Category Archives: General

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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New Paltz: The generic candidate wins!

It was impossible that I would see a day when Jason West lost an election and my reaction would be “too bad.” But here it is. All it took was watching, on public access, that video of Tim Rogers at Shea … Continue reading

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New Paltz: The mayoral derby

Freddie Capossela, the great and long gone horse race announcer, would startle the ear with “It is now post time.” Here we are on Kentucky Derby day and by coincidence it is post time, with the crowd moving closer to the gate, … Continue reading

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“The worse, the better”

If you don’t know the Marxist-Leninist diktat “the worse, the better,” then you won’t understand the riots in Baltimore and the way Obama et al. respond to them. Baltimore is a city literally owned by the Left, but they insist … Continue reading

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Kevin Williamson’s hydrogen bomb

Dropped on the ruinous, ruined, ruining Left: “American cities are by and large Democratic-party monopolies, monopolies generally dominated by the so-called progressive wing of the party. The results have been catastrophic, and not only in poor black cities such as … Continue reading

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Baltimore

Just saw a woman who worked at the CVS that the thug assholes looted and then burned down. She was crying, beaten, pleading, and I’m with her. She loves her neighborhood and was proud to have a job working there.

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The screeching monkey and the cult of the unrighteous

Usenet, twenty years ago, was the harbinger of many things, and one of those things was the type of individual who I described then as “a screeching monkey, swinging back and forth in the newsgroup, shooting agitprop out of its … Continue reading

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