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Hey, Know What Day It Is?



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Second Amendment in Iraq



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At this stage, a big factor is going to be the relative strength of the
Iraqi populace vs. the remnants of Saddam’s secret police. It’s little use
for an anti-Saddam Iraqi to know that the Coalition forces are three blocks
away if he also knows there are a couple of armed secret police in his own
apartment block, with absolutely nothing to lose. Can he do anything about
them? Only if he himself is armed. So how armed is the general Iraqi
populace? I heard a TV commentator say that everyone in Baghdad has a gun.
If that is right, it disproves the main argument in support of the Second
Amendment–that an armed populace will not endure a dictatorship. I feel
sure that in fact it cannot be right. Yesterday Iraqi TV showed some
customers happily buying weapons at a gun store in Baghdad, but goodness
knows how authentic that was, or who the customers were. Anybody got hard
facts here?

Web Briefing: July 25, 2014

Simply Grand



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Shiite cleric urges Iraqis not to get in the way of Coalition forces.

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Crossing The Euphrates



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The Shiite Strategy?



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Dwarrows



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Who knew? A lot of Corner readers apparently. It turns out that ‘dwarfs’ is the correct plural. ‘Dwarves’ is an alternative spelling coined by none other than Tolkein, author of a certain big book about little folk, which is, I understand, quite popular with some people. So back to ‘dwarfs’ it is.

“Spunk”



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War Planners Were Right?



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Reuters: Six Miles From Baghdad



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According to FNC, “troops report seeing the skyline.” And we, courtesy of special forces, evidently control their command and control inside the city.

The Cw Threat



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MSNBC just reported that the Pentagon believes that the Iraqis–whoever they are, those in charge now–will not use chemical weapons. CBS says differently.

Baghdad From Above



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Frog Fedayeen



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Do you suppose Chirac’s frog fedayeen will desecrate an American military cemetary next? This is the level of modern French valor–attacking dead people. “Zo, you sink you are formidable! Take zat! And zat! And zat!” They have the passion of Lafayette without his character, the thuggery of Bonaparte without his genius, and the rhetoric of Celine with the politics of Celine. Putains de merd.

Death of a Geometer



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In my March diary on NRO last week I had occasion to mention the great
geometer H.S.M. “Donald” Coxeter. He died on Monday at the age of 96.
There is an obit in today’s Daily Telegraph, & I imagine in the Canadian
papers, too
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This is not just the loss of a
fine mathematician, but a blow to geometry itself. Non-mathematicians are,
I guess, not aware of the fact, but geometry is deeply out of favor in
modern universities. It is quite common for a university math department,
even a “strong” one, to teach no geometry at all. This is a great shame,
as geometry is not only beautiful and fascinating in itself, but has
nourished the imagination of great mathematicians to such a degree that the
history of math–I would almost go so far as to say “the history of Western
thought”–cannot really be understood without some acquaintance with
geometry. What, after all, was the inscription over the door of Plato’s
Academy? Ageometretos medeis eisito–”Let no-one ignorant of geometry
enter.” Coxeter kept this flame alive. If you like geometry, or think you
might want to know more about it, buy his great and very accessible classic
book, Introduction to Geometry

Al-Jazeera Gets Booted From Iraq



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Al Qaeda Captures Coalition Troops?



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Thank You National Review



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Well, shoot Rich, you beat me to announcing that Today Is It. My thanks go to you and the whole gang here at NR. I sincerely mean it when I say this has been the best job I’ve ever had. It took guts for you to run the Catholic scandal coverage, but as we’ve seen, your faith in me and that story was vindicated. You, Jay, K-Lo and everyone have let me write about the things I really care about, and that’s just about the greatest gift a journalist can be given. I’ll miss you all.




And I’ll miss NRO readers. I’ve been cleaning out my e-mail file today, and I’ve been pleasantly reminded of how many smart, thoughtful, kind-hearted readers we have. So many of you have helped me on stories, even if you only wrote in to say, “Good job.” I don’t think readers can possibly understand how much honest praise means to a writer. Thanks to those of you who supported me here, and to those of you who wrote to criticize me when I needed it. You helped too.




I’ll miss New York City like I don’t know what. I can’t think about it now. The best years of my life were spent here. I began my marriage here, and my son was born here. I’ve made dear friends here, and lived through what will likely be the most important day for America in the 21st century, right here at Ground Zero. I love New York, and always will. And that’s all I can say about that right now.




Starting April 10, I’ll be a columnist and editorial writer at the Dallas Morning News. This is a homecoming for my family, in a way. My wife Julie is a Dallasite, and Dallas is Southern enough to feel like home for this Louisiana boy. Matthew, our little boy, loves it there, and the best reason for this move was so he can grow up knowing his grandparents and cousins. He’s pretty thrilled to be getting a backyard, to be within a day’s drive of the Alamo, and he’s decided it’s better to be where “Prezbush” is from rather than live in Derek Jeter’s city. Kid’s got the conscience of a conservative, ah reckon. Onward, through the fog!

15 Miles



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from Baghdad, says CNN.

Best Line On Nro Today



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“If a frog had wings, it wouldn’t bump its ass when it jumped.”

Blegging



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Someone sent this e-mail yesterday: “i’ve noticed heavy begging on the corner today. i’d give you guys a couple hundred–i do enjoy the corner. i’m wondering, though. don’t you already get enough from selling advertisments? why do you need donations? for rich lowry’s spa treatments, tanning salons, and expensive cars?”




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