Monthly Archives: February 2007

My American sensibility is…

…positively creeped out by this: Earlier this month, a German teen-ager was forcibly taken from her parents and imprisoned in a psychiatric ward. Her crime? She is being home-schooled. On Feb. 1, 15 German police officers forced their way into … Continue reading

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This one is too much…

It’s about Al Gore and the “carbon footprint” of his Tennessee mansion, as recounted by James Taranto, here quoting the Tennessee Center for Policy Research: The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department … Continue reading

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Rick Brookheiser on Washington Irving

Ulster County weekender, historian, writer, and all-around brilliant guy, Rick Brookheiser hails the author of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” as he discusses a new biography of Irving. Brookheiser writes: Before you read “The Original Knickerbocker,” … Continue reading

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Oscars: dreadful

Honestly, we’re not inclined to reflexively bash the Oscars telecast. We maintain only the lowest standards for it and take it, usually, for what it is, and wonder why its critics pout about it year after year. But this year … Continue reading

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Attention, students…

Does anyone know what this is all about? Venezuelan military and government officials here say the arms acquisitions, which include dozens of fighter jets and attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, are needed to circumvent a ban by the … Continue reading

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“An Upside-Down World”

The British writer Nick Cohen is confused (and I use that word carefully) by what he is seeing in the U.K., which is an alliance between the Left and Islamic fascism together with the mainstreaming of hard anti-American sentiments. It’s … Continue reading

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Five great living black Americans

February is black history month, so here we recognize five great living black Americans: Thomas Sowell is one of the great economists, philosophers, and writers in contemporary America. His columns can be found here. His books can be purchased here. … Continue reading

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A souvenir shop?

The New Paltz Times reports that the angular storefront, most recently a pizza joint, that sits on the southwest corner of Main and Chestnut St., is to become a souvenir shop. Well, God bless them, whoever they are. May business … Continue reading

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First Beaver spotted in NYC in 200 Years?

200 years? Well, at least since Diamond Lil’s on Canal Street closed about two decades back. Here’s the video. Link from Drudge.

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Palladia opts out of New Paltz

Here’s the Times-Herald Record report on Palladia, Inc. withdrawing its proposal to build “affordable housing” in New Paltz. And a good thing, too. The project was riddled with BS from the start, with every local official involved pretending not to … Continue reading

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“Misplaced Faith”

The subtitle for this piece, posted yesterday at the Wall Street Journal site is “Why no one questioned the implications of bringing large Muslim populations into a secularizing West.” That question, however, is only glancingly raised at the end of … Continue reading

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She’s got that right

Peggy Noonan is writing about Hollywood big boss David Geffen this week slamming Hillary and Bill Clinton. As someone who followed the Clinton operation quite closely during their eight years in the White House, I can say with certainty that … Continue reading

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Two clowns shot dead at circus

Well, that’s got to be up there with “Headless body found in topless bar,” the New York Post classic. Two clowns shot dead at circus? Who investigates a crime like that? Charlie Chan? Mr. Moto? Boston Blackie? Check out the … Continue reading

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Impressions of the pretenders

Hate to see the 2008 campaign underway already but, alas, it is. So here are some impressions of the leading candidates: Democrats go first: Hillary Clinton: Reminds me a lot of Hillary Clinton, only less interesting. Barack Obama: The Democrat’s … Continue reading

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The blogging council!?

I’ll second what Billy Beck has to say about Eric Alterman. I get upset even thinking about him. He’s even worse than that guy who was in town here singing the praises of Hugo Chavez several months back, what’s his … Continue reading

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Spitzer Backs Indian Casino in Catskils

The New York Times reports.

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