Monthly Archives: June 2007

The immigration bill marked the end of the Bush administration

John Podhoretz notes that George Bush took an early retirement when he pushed for the revival of the immigration bill after it was killed the first time. I disagree. I think that he had already taken the early retirement during … Continue reading

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Victor Hanson on the lunatic fringes

My blogroll link to Victor Hanson takes you to his website, where you’ll find a ready supply of his columns and essays, which come along at the rate of two or three a week (or so it seems). Hanson does … Continue reading

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“Bad Vibe”

Stanley Kurtz captures something more than the usual “disgust with the process” about the way this immigration bill is being rammed down our throats. This is no fine distinction that he’s making. There’s something unusually and inordinately wrong here: Supporters … Continue reading

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An archaeological dig

Amity Shales excavates the bones of FDR’s New Deal, and there appear to be signs of cannibalism.

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So, you think the U.S. really ought to be more like Europe?

How about this? Does it meet with your approval? But surely such things could never happen here. Unless, of course, they first happen on a university campus, or in a university town. After watching the video clip at that second … Continue reading

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The political future

It’s like hearing a train way way off in the distance at night and you know that it’s bringing the plague. –a description by me of the “second coming of the Clintons” in an e-mail sent this a.m.

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Town board v. village board TV

Making the ultimate sacrifice in order to get a ready comparison between recent public access broadcasts, I tuned in the New Paltz town board meeting last night. While the town board has what might be described as a “content problem,” … Continue reading

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Last night’s village board meeting

Settled in with a glass of Ravenswood cabernet and a bag of McDonald’s and watched what I could of the second meeting of the new New Paltz village board. Some notes: * The mayor needs to wear a mic. Maybe … Continue reading

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Greatest films

The American Film Institute (AFI) did a TV special last night on the best 100 films of all-time, as chosen by 1,500 critics, filmmakers, and historians. Roger Ebert has the complete list. Here’s my thrown together list of the fifteen … Continue reading

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This was inevitable

The Gallup poll rating for Congress has hit an all-time low. I await the attempt by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to blame George Bush. “He’s dragged the Democratic-controlled Congress down with him. We’re victims of George Bush like everyone … Continue reading

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Worms by the can (.PDF ALERT ZONE AHEAD!)

My comments after the fiirst meeting of the new New Paltz village board included a wary note about something the new mayor, Terry Dungan, had said. The audio of the public access broadcast was not good, so I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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Is Anna Nicole Smith still dead?

Let’s hope not. She’s going to be needed to distract attention from this little example of direct democracy. Good grief. I wonder how long it will take before the defrocked sportscaster Keith Olbermann, lately seen wearing the eyeglasses of a … Continue reading

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Homeland Security?

If I were George Bush and read about this, I would call Michael Chertoff down to the White House, bring him into the Oval Office, and break a fucking chair over his head.

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Jimmy Carter…

…is such a damn fool. Ben Johnson at Frontpage provides the details: IT’S EITHER AN UNPRECEDENTED LOW IN PARTISAN DISCOURSE OR POLITICAL SURREALISM worthy of André Breton: on Tuesday, former president Jimmy Carter, speaking on foreign soil, denounced the policies … Continue reading

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Yes, very familiar

First, take a look at the previous post. Give it a quick read. Now, here’s Hollywood activist Laurie David writing about the distinguished climate scientist Richard Lindzen of MIT. Note the ironic use of “denounced” in the second paragraph. Just … Continue reading

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This sounds familiar

More from Jamie Glazov’s interview with David Horowitz: Glazov: What is teaching supposed to be, and what do academic radicals think it is? Horowitz: In a democracy, teachers are expected to teach students how to think, not tell them what … Continue reading

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