"Your government is at the ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to stop terrorist attacks in the holiday season and beyond," Mr Ridge said. He urged Americans to be vigilant, but to continue with their holiday plans and to enjoy the "spirit of the season".
Funny how this fearmongering comes out right after "we" caught Saddam, if by "we" you mean "The Kurds":
"Hussein was betrayed to the Kurds by a member of the al-Jabour tribe because Hussein's son Uday had raped a daughter of the tribe. He was then handed over to the Kurdish Patriotic Front who negotiated a deal with US forces for political power before drugging and abandoning Hussein for pickup. Ultimately he ended up in the hands of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
Hussein could not escape the hole in which he was recovered because the entrance had been sealed."
pfarley brings us a map of the world today (solstice):
And three months ago (equinox):