Monthly Archives: April 2007

Holy moly

Craig Bernthal, who teaches English at California State U, Fresno, is (SUNY New Paltz students take note) all over the multicultural wing of the therapeutic society at Victor Hanson’s place. (I just borrowed The Triumph of the Therapeutic by Philip … Continue reading

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Schumer and Iraq

James Taranto today catches Schumer’s role (first item, and down in the quotes under the fourth paragraph) in the Senate half of the resolution requiring U.S. troops to be pulled out of Iraq. It seems almost incidental now, but it … Continue reading

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What has happened in village politics?

I watch village board meetings. Being a political junkie, I can’t help myself. Local politics is intrigue rich, even if one has to wade through a swamp of banalities to find the richness. I’ve been watching since 2004, the year … Continue reading

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I was a little shocked, frankly…

…when I got to the end of this blog entry from today at First Things. I was shocked because it is written by an American Catholic archbishop, Charles Chaput. Generally, I’m not inclined to think of archbishops laying it out … Continue reading

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David Halberstam dies

Halberstam, 73, was killed in a car crash yesterday in California. Billy Beck sent us over to check out this review by Hilton Kramer of one of Halberstam’s books, The Fifties. It’s strong medicine, Kramer’s review is, not just for … Continue reading

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The second mayoral debate

Last night the candidates for mayor — Jason West, Terry Dungan, and Jonathan Cohen — got together for a second debate, this one at Elting Memorial Library. The exuberant moderator of this debate was Charlie North, president of the Poughkeepsie … Continue reading

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“The Vodka harvest exceeds all expectations, tovarich!”

Boris Yeltsin is dead. Yeltsin was the first president of Russia after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the murderous Communist monstrosity that destroyed a great civilization. Yeltsin was left with the rubble and did what he could to keep … Continue reading

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“Bedlam Revisited”

Jonathan Kellerman writes today on “why the Virginia Tech shooter was not committed” to a mental institution before he went on his murderous rampage. It’s one of the best accounts of the movement to deinstitutionalize mental patients we’ve seen. Students … Continue reading

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Ahh, there’s nothing so, so, so wonderful…

…as watching The New York Times engage in Pavlovian salivation over the possibility that the Church is in its twilight: The core of the New York archdiocese’s 2.5 million Catholics is slowly shifting to the northern suburbs, resulting in the … Continue reading

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Here’s a good one

The answer to what Hillary would do with Bill if she’s elected president: MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that if she is elected president, she would make her husband a roaming ambassador to the world, using … Continue reading

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A word about Ralph Nader coming to town to endorse Jason West

There is nothing more fake or more craven than a celebrity “consumer advocate” of Nader’s reputation involving himself in an election in a tiny village, where fewer than a thousand residents are likely to vote, to endorse a candidate he … Continue reading

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Terry Dungan does YouTube II

In a brief video Terry explains why he is running for mayor. It’s at his campaign website. There are some great still photos of Terry and his wife when they were students at the college and then a bit later … Continue reading

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Hillary’s negatives shoot up

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann interpret the latest Gallup poll that sampled opinions about Hillary Clinton. It looks as though the more Hillary appears in public, the less the public likes her. Our opinion is that we view the merely … Continue reading

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Terry Dungan does YouTube

The video is about tenant rights in the village of New Paltz. Catch it at Terry’s campaign site.

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Yes, where indeed are the grown-ups?

We’ve been hard on Peggy Noonan the past year or so. But she’s gotten something so right today about the Virginia Tech tragedy that it deserves broad play. Take a look at the whole thing via the link if you … Continue reading

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Scheduling the mayor’s time

As we pointed out in the previous post, “Everyone” does not agree, as asserted by New Paltz mayor Jason West, that the job of mayor is a fulltime position. The mayor’s job is mainly a policy position and there’s not … Continue reading

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