Category Archives: General

New Paltz: Coal-fired?

The Daily Serf* out of Kingston is reporting that town of New Paltz supervisor Susan Zimet is enthusing about funding for a local “microgrid” that would stay online during big power failures. That had me scratching my head until I … Continue reading

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How complex is common sense?

Common sense needs to be simple, because it sometimes needs to be fast-acting, but it is also by necessity complex. It’s like a net of understanding that gets thrown forward onto immediate experience, with feedback loops working to get the … Continue reading

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Was Andreas Lubitz another Adam Lanza but with an airliner?

How do you murder 150 people for no apparent reason? Lubitz, by early indications, was functional. Lanza wasn’t. The cockpit voice recorder had co-pilot Lubitz silent and breathing normally right into the crash, while the pilot was banging frantically on the … Continue reading

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New Paltz: Public School Penal Colonies and Union Cash Machines Will Get Cosmetic Surgery

Five years ago a swaggering big mouth on the New Paltz school board lectured local homeowners about how they were unqualified to say anything but “Yes” to a proposed $50 million renovation of the Middle School. That resulted in a … Continue reading

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New Paltz: The latest school construction bond vote on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My advice to voters is to not give these people one more dime. Don’t buy into the song and dance. The school district is not the community’s prize bull. It’s an overarching self-replicating cash machine that mocks the idea of … Continue reading

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The Kindle version of “New Water: Twelve Stories” by Anthony Robinson has been published

And it’s only $3.95! Buy “New Water: Twelve Stories” here.

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New Paltz: A spectacular new collection of stories from Tony Robinson

I’ve read them all in manuscript and this is a great, superb collection of short stories. I give it the highest recommendation. New Water: Twelve Stories by Anthony Robinson

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The “long train of abuses and usurpations”

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing … Continue reading

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“Freedom’s Scion” by Francis W. Porretto

My friend Fran Porretto has a new book out in paperback, titled “Freedom’s Scion.” It is a sequel to his earlier science fiction novel, “Which Art in Hope.” (“Hope” is an “ungoverned world.”) I am pretty much not a science … Continue reading

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“The hidden jobless disaster”

It’s not that hidden. Ed Lazear explains it: The U.S. is not getting back many of the jobs that were lost during the recession. At the present slow pace of job growth, it will require more than a decade to … Continue reading

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Susan Rice to become National Security Adviser

That’s the news this morning. Tom Donilon, the current National Security Adviser, is resigning and Susan Rice is going to be named to replace him. It has never been clear to me that Susan Rice knows anything about national security.

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“Myth” is too kind a word for it

“THE GREATEST myth in American politics today is the view, perpetrated by the Democratic Left and elements of the news media, that Barack Obama is a political moderate. In truth he represents an ideology that is barely within the American … Continue reading

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Scalia corrects USSC majority in police DNA swab case

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, compared DNA to fingerprints and mug shots. That is not a serious comparison. DNA is everything that you are genetically. It reveals diseases your are predisposed to. It tells people things you may … Continue reading

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New Paltz: Drop it, now

A few years ago the recurring idea of getting rid of the Village of New Palltz as a municipal government resulted in a $50,000 grant to study the issue. Fairweather Consulting, a local firm, was hired to conduct the study … Continue reading

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Syria

One does not follow Obama foreign policy. Its purpose is incoherent other than as a means to “increase the contradictions.” So Putin is helping out by making it obvious that the supposed cure in Syria is worse than the disease. … Continue reading

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Who? What?

Brent Bozell: The young man would return to Germany after the war, in 1945, and after visiting Hitler’s famous “Eagle’s Nest” mountain-top retreat, would write that, “Anyone who has visited these places can imagine how in a few years, Hitler … Continue reading

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