Author Archives: Malone Vandam

“The Clintons are like the Tudors of the Ozarks”

Jonah Goldberg on Hillary’s pay-to-play days as Secretary of State: “It’s hard to boil down the Times’ deeply detailed account, but the broad brushstrokes are as follows: A Canadian business wanted to sell its uranium mines in Kazakhstan and the … Continue reading

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“The Media’s Litmus Test”

Old reliable George Neumayr takes on the old and chronic problem of the American media, grown even worse in the Age of Obama: “The media’s dissection of political arguments is primarily demagogic, turning not upon their intrinsic merits but upon … Continue reading

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New Paltz: An election for village mayor

Three of the candidates — Jason West, Sally Rhoads, and Tim Rogers — are three faces of the same political organism. The fourth candidate, Amy Cohen, is sui generis (as in a type unto herself) but not really cut out for … Continue reading

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“Then they left, carrying with them only a cellphone and a laptop”

This is new to me and I’m not ready to say anything about it. Have a look for yourself. See what you think. David French: “And, yes, there were the warnings. Don’t call your lawyer. Don’t talk to anyone about … Continue reading

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“Romantic revolutionary?” That’s it?

Victor Davis Hanson is getting warmer, though six years is a long time to get only this far. But, then, it is dangerous territory. If you are actually making the case that a President of the United States is an orthodox Marxist, however, … Continue reading

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Oak

Me and yard work. A love-hate relationship. Yesterday it was love until, while blissfully sawing smaller branches off the old oak, I went after a major limb. Waterloo time. This was the limb about which “as hard as oak” was … Continue reading

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New Paltz: Suitable for framing

Ran into Stewart’s earlier to get some cash. I had a plan. Get cash. Then go get pizza. Then go home and eat the pizza. Optional was getting a copy of the Che Paltz Jackwagon-Courier,* our weekly. But when I … Continue reading

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Hillary!

The question has been called. Is it sexist to call Hillary “Hillary?” (Like I give a flying pig fart.) The very best name for her was coined by Billy Beck: Field Marshal Rodham. (Bill was “The Lying Bastard.”) It covers … Continue reading

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The joy of the curse of owning controversial views

If you hold an unconventional or controversial view long enough, you tend to forget that it is controversial. For instance, even though most people don’t give much thought to Communism these days (it’s controversial to even think about it, apparently), saying that someone calling … Continue reading

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Freeman Dyson interview

Carbon dioxide increase is increasing vegetation. That impact is clear, according to Dyson. The interview begins at about 3:20. Skip to there if you want to avoid a lot of blather between the hosts.

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Doc Hanson on the daunting challenges of the thought police

Living in Stalinpaltz, I’m confident that the thought police can run a sweep here with little fear of hitting a den of oppositionists. The regime of political correctness is so complete that it can be updated as fast as new … Continue reading

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The ‘Mad Men’ exit strategy

The final seven episodes of Mad Men have been promoted as the end of the greatest television drama of all time. That’s not an empty boast. If it isn’t the best, it’s very close. Deadwood, The Sopranos, and what else … Continue reading

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Follow up

Mike Soja follows up on Kevin Williamson’s article “The War on the Private Mind.” Mike’s take is the best thing written by anyone, let’s say, this year, and gets to the core of the matter.

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For the children

“Eleven Atlanta teachers and school administrators each face 20 years in prison after being convicted of changing test scores for money. “Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard brought charges against 35 educators under racketeering (RICO) statutes, which are usually used against mobsters.” … Continue reading

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“The War on the Private Mind”

Kevin Williamson, today at National Review, nutshells the moral panic of the Left and its real goals: “The people who have hijacked the name “liberal” — the étatists — always win when social questions are decided by the state rather … Continue reading

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“Not to persuade or convince…but to humiliate”

“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less … Continue reading

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