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Hey, Wait!



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Is it still the weekend and no one told me?

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Pearl Harbor



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Is a terrorist target, reports Bill Gertz. Expect airplanes to be used as bombs again, too.

Web Briefing: Nvember 27, 2014

Get Ready



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Iraq Lessons



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Not Surprising



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This Month’s Math Puzzle--Solution



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I have put the solution to this month’s math puzzle up on my personal web
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More On The Dajjal



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I heard from a kind reader who was grateful to read the interview I did with Prof. David Cook, on the subject of Islamic apocalypticism. The reader believes Americans won’t really grasp what kind of enemy we face until we become conversant with concepts like the “Dajjal” (Islam’s version of the Antichrist), and how fervent belief in this vision of the End drives those who hate the West the most. He sent along a couple of interesting links, from Free Republic, for those who want more information (try here and here).

One the second thread, which is a discussion of my Islamic prophecy interview, I found a fascinating link to an article about eclipses during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Apparently eclipses during Ramadan are interpreted by many of the Muslim faithful as significant. Two total eclipses during Ramadan is a very rare phenomenon. The last time it happened was 200 or so years ago. It’s going to happen again this November. There is speculation that pious Muslims may view this phenomenon as a sign from heaven that Something Major Is Going to Happen.

Remember, folks, it doesn’t immediately matter whether these people are right or wrong about the way history is going to unfold. We have to pay attention to this stuff, because somewhere, there are Islamic zealots now plotting their own violent role in what they see as the apocalyptic drama, in which the forces of Islam clash for the final time with the forces of the Dajjal (that is, non-Muslims).

Fair Play?



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If there was something that supporters of East Germany liked to boast about, it was their ‘country’s’ sporting success. Well, here’s the legacy.

Nit-Picking



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Today’s Sunday New York Times includes a cartoon about Michael Bellesiles and John Lott, accusing them of moral equivalence. It’s a hard claim to make since Bellesiles’s book was a fabrication through and through, as Clayton Cramer has proven. In contrast, the Lott controversy involves only a single sentence in his book, and the rest of the book is supported by a detailed data which Lott has made available to many dozens of researchers. But I think the worst thing about the cartoon is that it shows the continuing decline of quality editing at the Times. The cartoon refers to “knit-picking” scholars who questioned Lott. People who pay attention to small details are not like people who pick at knitted fabric; the proper word is “nit-picking”–a metaphor for picking tiny lice eggs (nits) out of hair. Nit-picking, both literally and figuratively is a very important activity. During my father’s 22-year career in the Colorado legislature, he was known as the body’s chief nit-picker, which meant that he paid careful attention to how proposed statutes were worded, so that sloppy language did not cause unintended problems. (He also worked on scores of bigger projects, authoring many major bills, and serving for a while as House Judiciary Chairman, and as Assistant Minority Leader). Nit-pickers get rid of problems which are tiny now but which will cause serious trouble later if they are not removed. Let’s not confuse much-needed nit-pickers which the pointlessly destructive people who distress knitted clothing.

Human Shields



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Asylum Watch



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First it was former members of the Taliban, now it’s this guy.

Recycling?



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Can recycling be as bad for the environment as it is time-consuming? Judging by this report, some Swedes think that it could be.

Akhmatova (2)



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A reader e-mails to say that Akhmatova actually wrote those lines around 1940. She then showed what she had written to about a dozen people (even that was an act of extraordinary courage), committed the words to memory and destroyed the original text.

Catching Up to Crunchy



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Geoffrey Nunberg, writing in The New York Times’ Week in Review section, takes a mild shot at NR’s own Dear Leader today, and other educated conservative writers, saying that “their politics turns them into traitors to their demographic.” The idea is that proper conservatives should stay away from Sam Adams, Starbucks and gruyere, and only partake of Stroh’s, Maxwell House and Velveeta. Now, I’m not going to accuse Meister Lowry of being a crunchy conservative, but I do think Nunberg is behind the curve. Crunchy-cons shop like broke Episcopalians, but vote like Pentecostals. We look like Blue America on the outside, but are Red America through and through. Come on, Nunberg, pay attention!

Maybe the Nunbergs of the world will be learning about crunchy conservatism when they open their Utne Reader this month. The magazine reprints NR’s crunchy-con cover story from last year. Thanks, Utne Reader!

Wtc Rebuilding



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Another angle on this, from a reader with an excellent point to make:


One thing that surprises me is there has been no criticism for selecting a
non-American firm. Especially since the firm is German. This country is
standing in the way of our war on terrorism and, ironically, the staging
country for most of the 9-11 hijackers!!! I work in the building design
industry and, like many it is in bad shape right now. Most design firms are
desperately seeking work. If ever there were a project that should be
conceived, inspired, designed and executed by Americans, wouldn’t it be this
project to rebuild the Manhattan skyline. The heart and soul (and money) of
the country is involved in this project but the plans and engineering will
be executed on drawing tables in Berlin, Germany. I don’t get it and I
don’t understand the lack of others questioning this selection.

Forget Turkey



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Now that we don’t have to spend six billion dollars bribing Turkey to help us, let’s take the money and build another aircraft carrier ($4.5 billion)
and save the rest to pay for maintainance and personnel for the carrier.

Coming Here



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Timing Is Everything



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Jonah: Perhaps the New Republic should label President Bush “The 9/10 President” more often–given the spectacular success in Pakistan today, just two days after TNR’s new issue is out.

Borat, Now and Forever



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