Monthly Archives: March 2007

Jason West tops off the tank

We don’t think that the trustees on the New Paltz village board quite appreciated the humor of last Wednesday night’s (March 21) meeting the way we did, but perhaps they’ll be able to at some future date. New Paltz mayor … Continue reading

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A one sentence review of HBO’s series “Rome”

The sun never sets on the British accent.

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Cartoon

A middle-age couple is sitting, each in a comfortable armchair, in their living room. She’s reading the newspaper, holding it in front of her about chest high, looking rather bored, and he’s relaxing with a drink in one hand and … Continue reading

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An old Milton Friedman interview

The interview is by Richard Hefner on the long-running PBS program The Open Mind. Friedman looks about sixty years old here, and Hefner looks considerably younger than he does now, so I’ll date the program from about the 1965-75 period. … Continue reading

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Camille Paglia, lunatictrix

Billy Beck has an item of Paglia’s chopped from a tall pile of writing she’s unloaded today over at Salon. I headed over there expecting a little entertainment, given Paglia’s accessible motor-mouth prose. I left fascinated by my own irritation … Continue reading

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The end of Ireland as we know it

Our trip to Ireland was so far back in the day that if you ordered a glass of wine in a pub the response from the barman probably would have been “What?” [T]he cliche of the Irish pub filled with … Continue reading

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At last, some good news

Just in from India, and it’s almost too much good news. I mean, I feel overwhelmed, nearly, by tears of joy and laughter: The uniforms, to be introduced in the next few months to the state’s 300,000 police, use cotton … Continue reading

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Now here’s an ambitious kid

The lad has chalked up quite a record of accomplishments: Andrew Riley faced 128 felony charges Tuesday that included theft, vandalism and intimidation, but he is no adult; he is a seventh grader. Riley, 13, is accused of burglary, theft, … Continue reading

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“French High Court Rejects Gay Marriage”

This strikes us as a sensible ruling by the French high court. At least it gives the French people an opportunity to speak democratically through their represenatives in parliament on the question of “gay marriage,” although we suspect what the … Continue reading

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“The Great Global Warming Swindle” (New Link)

Update: the old link was disabled; this link is new. It’s one hour and 15 minutes: The Great Global Warming Swindle and another link with a wider screen version. Features top scientists, is well presented, and very clearly argued via … Continue reading

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I’m no big fan of Attorney General…

…Alberto Gonzales, but Chuck Schumer calling for his resignation is a joke. For the sake of decency, I can’t even say what I would like to call on Schumer to do. But it does make me wonder, when the senators … Continue reading

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FOS Alert: Hillary compares herself to Jack

Jack Kennedy, that is. Yes, JFK. I would tend to compare Hillary to Sante Kimes, more than I would JFK. Although Sante always struck me as more convincing than Hillary and probably a safer person to be involved with.

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The gasbag’s gasbag

It’s John Kerry, of course. He’s still upset that his former fellow Swift Boat officers, pretty much in unison, said he was Unfit for Command. Speaking of, and in defense of, the Swift Boat vets, I first saw them on … Continue reading

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An Iranian defense big defects to the West

I picked the story up at The Belmont Club, which picked it up from the Washington Post. The defector is apparently familiar with Iran’s overall national security infrastructure, but not with details of the nuclear program.

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Another ugly performance by West

There are shades of unintentional comedy to it, but it’s mostly just ugly and disrespectful behavior. I refer to New Paltz mayor Jason West’s consistent rudeness to other members of the village board at their meetings. Why the other members … Continue reading

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Annie Nocenti on the world’s most dangereous hunting expedition

“It’s impossible to be at ease,” Annie Nocenti writes, “when you’re traveling with one of the world’s most dangerous hunting expeditions.” Her article “The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World” appears in the special Spring Fashion edition of Details … Continue reading

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