Here are some New Year-related links for your perusal:
—- Australia, of course, has already celebrated the new year with a beautiful fireworks display at the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
—- In the meantime, Bangkok is ringing in the New Year on a not so great note. Via the AP:
BANGKOK, Thailand – Nine bombs exploded across Bangkok as the Thai capital celebrated the New Year, killing two people and driving thousands of revelers home as the city canceled its countdown festivities.
The bombings late Sunday and early Monday capped a year of unrest in Thailand, including a military coup three months ago and an increasingly violent Muslim insurgency in the south.
Six near-simultaneous explosions Sunday night killed two people and injured 26.
Hours later, near the same shopping complex where thousands of people had planned to count down the New Year, three blasts minutes after midnight wounded eight people, including a foreigner who was rushed to the hospital after her legs were blown off, the iTV television station reported.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
National police chief Gen. Ajirawit Suphanaphesat said he did not believe insurgents were behind the attacks in Bangkok, a major international banking and technology hub for Asia.
Bangkok Mayor Apirak Kosayothin ordered the cancellation of the two major public New Year’s Eve countdown celebrations and other smaller ones.
“Due to several bomb explosions in Bangkok and for the sake of peace and security, I would ask all of you to return to your homes now” Apirak told some 5,000 revelers at the downtown Central World Plaza shopping mall, hours before the second set of explosions went off in the area. The crowd dispersed quickly but calmly.
The Counterterrorism blog is on top of the latest developments there, and notes that one suspected has been arrested.
—- Fresh off of creating yet another new “milestone” for troops deaths in Iraq, the MSM moves on to another one, this time, the 3,000th death. No matter the media’s obsession with casualties in the war, I’d like to wish our fighting men and women serving all the best in the coming year. May God bless you, and we’re all hoping things will take a turn for the better in Iraq and Afghanistan so you can start coming home.
—- Will attendance for the annual Times Square New Year’s eve festivities break the previous record?
—- The Washington Times reports on some new laws in various states that will take effect in the new year.
—- Slate posts what they believe to be the best cartoons of 2006.
—- Want to make more money in 2007? CNN’s Money page has some tips for you, you evil greedy capitalist
—- The MSN movie page takes a look back at the entertainers we lost this year.
—- ABC posts their list of the 10 most annoying songs for 2006.
—- “Economists” are predicting “slow economic growth” and “no recession” for 2007.
—- Check out NRO’s symposium of opinions on the best and worst of politics in 2006.
Lastly, I’d like to wish each and every one of my readers a very happy new year. Thanks for continuing to visit this blog and sharing your opinions with me on the various important issues of the day. 2006 was a great year for this blog, and I’m hoping 2007 will be even better