Monthly Archives: July 2007

“Defeat at any cost”

Has fear and loathing of success in Iraq gripped the war’s opponents? James Taranto, the first item.

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Another front in the culture war

This one in the unlikely realm of opera. Heather Mac Donald writes: Mozart’s lighthearted opera The Abduction from the Seraglio does not call for a prostitute’s nipples to be sliced off and presented to the lead soprano. Nor does it … Continue reading

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Obits

First, the fine football coach Bill Walsh has died. He was 75 and the cause was leukemia. Walsh won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s. It was Walsh who brought along the greatest football player … Continue reading

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The Ulster County Fair opens today

What I really enjoyed at last year’s Ulster County Fair were the animals. Madame Vandam and I got out there the day after that awful heat wave broke. It was still hot, but nothing like the previous days. And the … Continue reading

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Three ballplayers

This is a great time to be a baseball fan. The next home run by Barry Bonds of the Giants will tie him with Hank Aaron at 755 for the all-time lead. Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees will be the … Continue reading

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“The ugly truth about Canadian health care”

My tag line for how nationalized health care in the U.S. would turn out is “proctoscopes issued to postal workers.” Here is a Canadian doctor’s take on what has happened up north: I was once a believer in socialized medicine. … Continue reading

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Oh no! Not this!

Get this while it’s hot, before it recedes behind The New York Times firewall. It’s by two critics of the Iraq war from the Brookings Institute, Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, and the title is “A War We Just Might … Continue reading

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“Tom, can you get me off the hook?…”

“…For old time’s sake?” That’s Abe Vigoda’s Sal Tessio making a desperate appeal for leniency to Robert Duvall’s Tom Hagen as the former is about to be deported to the netherworld for betraying the family. “Can’t do it, Sally,” Hagen … Continue reading

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New Paltz town supervisor has surgery

Toni must be feeling a tad awful, given the customary post-op situation, and the Vandam household sends best wishes to her for a speedy recovery. There will be a moratorium on commenting about the supervisor here until she is well … Continue reading

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A further note about the Spitzer scandal

It occurred to me while watering my outdoor plants that with this Spitzer affair what is surprising is the dogs who have not seemed to bark behind the scenes. The two bigtime Democrats in New York are Madame Nu and … Continue reading

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Oh, dear

It appears as though the kabuki of scandal is being staged around Eliot Spitzer as I write. From today’s Poughkeepsie Journal, let’s see if we recognize any of these dance movements: ALBANY – Gov. Eliot Spitzer Thursday repeatedly declined to … Continue reading

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Break up the village board!

That’s a compliment, like “break up the Yankees!” I’m exaggerating a bit, but I did notice at last night’s New Paltz village board meeting that the mayor and four trustees have become a team capable of serious rational deliberation over … Continue reading

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I usually refrain…

…from posting links to the leggy babe who gives no quarter because I know how she ruffles the feathers of my liberal friends, and everyone knows how hard I try to avoid that. But her reporting today on Barak Obama’s … Continue reading

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I always thought that Al Hunt…

…was something that rhymes with his name. This is an account from Mona Charen, who I’ve always liked and who is much smarter than Al Hunt, of her confrontations on-air and behind the scenes with Hunt over things she said … Continue reading

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Do you know what this means?

It’s from Joe Dimaggio’s career stats: Over 13 seasons DiMaggio played in 1,736 games and had 6,850 at-bats. O.K. But here’s the stat that blows my mind. Joe hit 361 homers, but struck out only 369 times. His strikeout total … Continue reading

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The playground as prison yard

Where did these kids get the idea for this: The plot surfaced when the target, 13-year-old Ethan Travis, went public May 10. Travis said fellow students at Mount Marion Elementary School, part of the Saugerties School District, had planned to … Continue reading

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