Author Archives: Malone Vandam

The price

Bobby Bates was 19 when he was killed in Vietnam in 1967. He was a neighbor, an older kid down the street, when I was growing up in Suffern, New York. I remember him every Memorial Day. His death was a … Continue reading

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New Paltz: Mayor Generic Wants an 80% Raise — Hey, Don’t We All!

Our glorious newspaper of the local revolution, the Fidelpaltz Nytol-Abuser,* reports in a press release from its top public relations man Terence Ward that Mayor Generic wants a $20,000 raise. So do I! The burdens I bear are enormous, and they constitute a … Continue reading

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New Paltz Spring

The wind blew the garbage dumpsters over last night. It must have been the result of Donald Trump supporters and the people who watch Fox News. (This is the new mimetic contagion sweeping progressive communities everywhere, apparently.) This is a … Continue reading

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“The One-Stop Shop for All Your Terror-Sentimentalizing Needs”

Gallows humor from Mark Steyn.

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On Molenbeek

Theodore Dalrymple: “On my visit to that quarter of Brussels a few years ago, I could see the dangers clearly enough. People like Salah Abdeslam, the terrorist arrested there a few days ago, would swim like a fish in the … Continue reading

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New Paltz: To Pledge or not to Pledge

New Paltz consists of two municipalities, the geographically larger town of New Paltz, within which is the geographically smaller but denser population center, the village of New Paltz. Each has a governing board and under each is a planning board. … Continue reading

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Report from Calais

A disturbing account of life with migrants in Calais, France.

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“Intensification of the struggle”

Tight-lipped liberal women (of both sexes) muttering bien pensant phrases about this or that, who can neither hear nor make real arguments. Sadism as a yoga position.

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Jay Nordlinger on Brown U’s secret forum…

…where students go “underground” to discuss politically incorrect issues.

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The triumph of death

Kathryn Lopez reports: “ABC’s prime-time show Scandal had lead character Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), D.C. “fixer,” at work. After encouraging the ex-wife of her boyfriend, the president, to finish the filibuster she had begun on Christmas Eve to stand up … Continue reading

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Is the Daily Serf being raped by a hacker?

The Daily Serf (known to itself as the Daily Freeman) out of Kingston, N.Y. appears to be running a sick political cartoon against its will. The cartoon first appeared, as best as I can tell, in the online edition of … Continue reading

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John Kerry

Not since Sonny Bono hit the tree skiing has there been a mess like John Kerry as SecState.

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New Paltz: My negligence

As always, I feel terrible at having missed a half dozen, at least, important political events, happenings, meetings, and things otherwise uncategorizable. I am negligent in my local duties, as I see them. There was the flap over whether or … Continue reading

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Paris

The cloud of terror descends. It’s a variant of the fog of war. A photograph flits across the bulb, and that, say the news readers and the cut line at the bottom, is the “mastermind” of the mass killing. This … Continue reading

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Stanley Kurtz on Bernie Sanders on Eugene Debs

I’m very happy that Sanders has come along. He has corralled in one place the unashamed political and economic illiterates, largely among American whites, along with the malicious haters of America and freedom, not to mention the haters of prosperity. He does … Continue reading

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A cryptic comment or two

Beneath the false bottom of America’s role in the world, as the status quo superpower and guarantor of strategic peace in the aftermath of the Cold War, was prior Soviet penetration of U.S. government. The Rosetta Stone of Soviet penetration … Continue reading

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