HotAir Daily Express 12/25/2012

Merry Christmas!
12/25/2012 12:01:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
Jesus has come — our Emmanuel! In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’ius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own

Quotes of the day
12/24/2012 6:01:49 PM  Allahpundit
Parishioners at a church that lost eight children and two adults in the shootings in Newtown are being told to embrace the Christmas holiday. The message came at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, where a standing room crowd attended Mass on Sunday

Humbug: The last holiday shopping weekend falls short of expectations
12/24/2012 4:31:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
The final tally for third-quarter GDP rose a bit more than initially expected, thanks largely to government spending and inventory expansion, although consumer spending did tick upwards. Fears of the consequences of the fiscal cliff have been taking

Report: Assad’s forces use chemical weapons on Syrian rebels
12/24/2012 3:01:34 PM  Allahpundit
This report is the whole Syrian civil war in a nutshell. It’s horribly brutal; both sides are sufficiently dubious that you’re not sure whom to believe; and it’s going to take a higher death toll than this to get the west

2012 has been the best year, ever — really!
12/24/2012 1:31:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
We find plenty of reasons for some pretty deep-seated pessimism around here — certain Western democracies’ stubborn march into entirely self-inflicted rates of economic growth much less robust than what they could and should be figuring

2012 Lie of the Year: Government is affordable
12/24/2012 12:01:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
So says Janet Daley in yesterday’s London Telegraph, but it’s also the most successful lie of the year, too.  Even though exploding deficits make it clear to anyone who can do math that Western governments are unsustainable, voters flocked to

Booker: I’m not afraid of law-abiding gun owners
12/24/2012 10:31:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit included a portion of this argument from Cory Booker in last night’s QOTD, but the video is worth watching at more length.  The mayor of Newark and prospective US Senate candidate grabbed the panel’s attention by asking, ”I