Starting tomorrow morning, I will be on vacation until late Monday afternoon; the next News of the Day, therefore, will be on Tuesday, January 17.
In the meantime, however, please check out our Unofficial Back-up site Between Heaven and Earth. Despite having started only month and a half ago, this blog has become one of my go-to sites (and it should be one of yours, too). Of course, there are also the other members of the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Democratic China, One Free Korea, and ShaunKenney.com.
Ironically, this blog may be more well-known in Canada than here in the U.S. For that, I have to thank Friendly Blog Small Dead Animals and the good folks at the Western Standard, so be sure to stop by those sites over the next few days at least.
In fact, it is the northern neighbor that provided the inspiration for this weekend's contest. Last summer, Canada's lead opposition party (the Conservatives) called for the elimination of Ottawa's $50 million aid package to Communist China. The governing Liberals dismissed them out of hand. For anyone interested in where the money went, Terry O'Neill, Western Standard, has the details.
So, here's the contest question: What would have been a better way to spend the $50 million in Canadian taxpayer money that went to Communist China last year?
Please use the comments section to place your entries. Feel free to be humorous or serious, but please be civil. Also, let me know whether you are Canadian, American, or neither (Canada and the U.S. will likely have their own categories). The deadline is 9AM, Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday the 17th.
Depending on how many entries come in, the winners will be decided sometime between Tuesday and - let's be ridiculously optimistic on the entry number here - February. The categories will be multiple and diverse (i.e., they have not fully formed in my head yet). The winners will have their names (or noms de cyber) and entries announced to the world, and that's about it.
With that, see you on Tuesday!