Author Archives: Malone Vandam

“The Rise of House Clinton”

Jonah Goldberg summarizes the crime family aura of the Clintons. One of his best, actually.

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Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Elizabeth Scalia: “85 years ago, Chesterton nailed the Boomers.” “A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young.” And a generation, now, broadminded enough for a Boeing 757 to fly through … Continue reading

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Memorial Day weekend murders in Baltimore

Twenty-eight shootings, nine fatal.

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McDonalds…

…responds to minimum wage protests.

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Memorial Day 2015

As always, I remember Bobby Bates, my neighbor several houses down Wayne Avenue as a boy growing up in Suffern, New York. He died in the Vietnam War at the age of 19. I’ve discussed him and his family here before. … Continue reading

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New Paltz: The bus station isn’t broken, and does not need to be fixed

I was shocked, I tell you, to see not one, not two, but six letters to the editor in the 5/21/15 edition of the Fidelpaltz Blundergas-Assassin,* saying “hold on a second” about the latest local civic fad, which is to invite the Ulster … Continue reading

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Obama vs. Reagan on jobs

Deroy Murdock: “’Eliminating the Obama recovery’s private-sector jobs gap compared with the average of post-1960 recoveries by the end of 2016 would require the addition of 431,000 private-sector jobs in each of the next 20 months,’ Brady calculates. ‘Closing the … Continue reading

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“Were we right to take out Saddam?”

Victor Davis Hanson asks that question and offers his analysis at NR. This is my take, in a nutshell. In what we accepted as the normative terms of geopolitics in 2003, it was right to remove Saddam Hussein and his … Continue reading

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8 Seconds

Time magazine reports that the new attention span is eight seconds. My attention span has to be measured in years, if “attention” and “span” are to be taken seriously and in tandem. I know it sounds like a lot of attention and … Continue reading

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The Mad Men finale

Will Don Draper get nabbed by the Army for his desertion in Korea after stealing, well, the real Don Draper’s identity? Will Betty kill herself in the face of her terminal diagnosis? Or will she find out that she was wrongly … Continue reading

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The Clintons vs. The Obamas

If you think that the hits on Hillary are her old “vast right wing conspiracy” nightmares materializing out of the political ether, consider this from Ed Klein’s 2014 book “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas,” found on page 72. Setting the … Continue reading

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New Paltz: New civic fad alert

There’s always at least one going, a civic fad, around here. Now the emerging fad is to invite the Ulster County Transportation Council’s bull into the downtown New Paltz china shop. The bull is supposed to “raze” the bus station and do … Continue reading

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William Zinsser, who wrote “On Writing Well,” was 92

“There’s not much to be said about the period except that most writers don’t reach it soon enough.” Sandra Oddo gave me that book. I think that she said that she and Zinsser were friends. It was good.

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I got out of the Inquisitionist side of the bed this morning

If I said that to Madam Vandam she would ask, “And how is that different from every other morning?”

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The Cardinal was an optimist

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as … Continue reading

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Yogi is 90 today

Favorite Yogi line: When asked what he most remembered about a dinner he had with Joe D. and Marilyn, as if he was supposed to be impressed by the company, he said, “The shrimp. They were the biggest shrimp I’ve … Continue reading

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