Monthly Archives: August 2006

The A.Q. Khan story is…

…also an incompetence-at-the-CIA story. And this piece from the Wall Street Journal about the man who spread nuclear technology around the Muslim world should send a shiver up your spine.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Now this is a real estate deal

The New York Times reports today that MetLife, the insurance company, is putting the Stuyvesant Town & Peter Cooper Village apartment complex on the market. It’s an 80-acre site in Manhattan that runs along the east side of First Avenue … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Dennis O’Keefe, a stalwart local, passes

WikiPaltz reports that Dennis O’Keefe, a New Paltz fireman and Green Party activist, died yesterday at home. Dennis was a 1973 SUNY New Paltz graduate and worked at the college’s Sojourner Truth Library. Accompanying one reminiscence of Dennis at WikiPaltz … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

No wonder it’s called the Green Party: After 3.5 years as mayor, Jason West seeks a salary 400% greater than when he was elected

The New Paltz Times reports in its August 24 issue that Village of New Paltz mayor Jason West is seeking to make his job a full-time position. It is currently considered a part-time job. When West took office the annual … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Robin Williams…

…explains the origins of golf, in this video. Don’t worry, this isn’t the annoying Robin Williams; this is the funny Robin Williams. That they are the same person needs no discussion. It would be too annoying.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Best video ever?

Kim du Toit (see the blogroll on the right) thinks so. Here it is. As Kim points out, the storyline takes a while to develop, so stick with it. Think of this as an “instructional” video.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

The Vandam outing to Lake Awosting

The Vandams threw tradition to the wind, left the heavily armored Vandammobile in the parking lot, and walked some twelve miles up to, around, way way beyond (to the silent enclave of Mud Pond), and back from the stunningly beautiful … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off

August v. September

If T.S. Eliot really did think that April was the cruelest month, I wonder what the hell he thought about August. I’m an admirer of all the months, myself. But August can be a real bastard when it gets busy … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Welcome to town, new students

Some 1,700 first year and transfer students start arriving in New Paltz today to attend the college. As a welcome to town, here is a video via Billy Beck (see the blogroll on the right) made by the comedy team … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

The full defense of the Bush Doctrine…

…from Norman Podhoretz, first presented in Commentary, and available online today via the Wall Street Journal. Big statements like this one are inevitably structured around comparisons to historical precedents, and Podhoretz closes out by likening Bush’s foreign policy to Truman’s. … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

What to do about Iran

I don’t truly understand the Bush policy toward Iran, as it now stands. I’m not even sure I know what the policy is. Seems to be something about “going through the UN,” which inspires hypothetical headlines such as “Iran Nukes … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

The JonBenet media orgy, redux

Of course the excuse this time around is that “well, we gave this so much big time coverage ten years ago [has it really been that long?] that we can hardly not crank it up again this time.” In other … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Beck at the airport

I could get myself in a lot of trouble here, but since I don’t fly I’ll consider myself lacking sufficient standing to comment. Needless to say, I’m hardly pusillanimous when it comes to encounters with officious behavior, especially when it’s … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Shelby Steele…

…in today’s WSJ, as borrowed by the blog Atlas Shrugs, on the question of who and what we are fighting with in the Muslim world, and within the West itself.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Mark Steyn on Bush five years after 9/11

One of the points that Steyn makes in this column is about the remarkable job that Bush did on General Musharraf, Pakistan’s dictator, just after the 9/11 attacks. It was an arm-twisting, all right, but more along the lines of … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Father Oakes got irony

The post two back from this one is titled “Beware of religion without irony.” Well, Edward T. Oakes, S.J., a Catholic priest and theologian, he got irony, in spades, this morning at First Things.

Posted in General | Leave a comment