Monthly Archives: December 2007

Predictions for 2008

Let’s get right to it: 1. George Bush will put one down the pipe of Iran’s nuclear facilities and Vladimir Putin will praise the act with faint damnation. (Yes, yes, I know, the NIE says that Iran “stopped” their nuclear … Continue reading

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New Paltz: A One-Way Main Street feasibility study

Before deciding to “further study” something already studied on the public’s dime, it’s a good idea to first take a hard look at whether it makes any sense to waste more time and resources on the thing. That will be … Continue reading

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Attention diversity mongers: Look north

“Diversity” is an ongoing big deal around New Paltz. I just caught a few minutes, via a channel 23 replay, of the New Paltz school system’s “diversity committee” reporting to the board of education. The way this stuff is packaged, … Continue reading

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Coming soon: Vandam’s one-way Main Street feasibility study

Yes, I intend to get to it after I recover from Christmas dinner, which should be around next Friday. (Dinner is preceded by days of cleaning, shopping, cooking, and heavy drinking, as experienced Christians are well aware.) The research is … Continue reading

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Boondoggle of pork, in a cream sauce

That’s what this solar energy initiative launched locally on the federal dollar by Congressman Maurice Hinchey is. But, surprisingly, it’s not the sort of thing that gets under my skin. It’s old-school pork, as opposed to the launch of a … Continue reading

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Well, yes, if “often” means “always”

Victor Davis Hanson, trying his hand at everyday political commentary, on the fulltime entry of the Big He into Hillary’s campaign: Bill Clinton often comes across as a narcissist. Hanson suggests that Bill could be more a hindrance than a … Continue reading

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It’s called “street cred”

Beck has it, in spades, because when the chips are down, and you’re his friend, he always has your back. And there are some long mean alleyways on the internet.

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A triple-bypass Christmas out in Idaho

Our nephew Don, master mechanic, ace of understatement, spectacularly loyal son to our sister, and everybody’s idea of a good guy, had some twinges checked out. Result: tomorrow he’s having, it sounds like, triple-bypass heart surgery. Naturally, he and his … Continue reading

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Ukraine: New York Times reports on the terror famine, 75 years later

These repulsive people at The New York Times have such an unsubtle subtle way about them. Here they publish an article about a woman who survived the 1932 terror famine in Ukraine. So, they acknowledge an event that their own … Continue reading

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One of my heroes

Father Richard John Neuhaus was the subject of a brief profile on Canadian television this past Sunday night. You can watch it here. Note that the blogroll at this blog includes the journal that Neuhaus edits, First Things. Father Neuhaus … Continue reading

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Boy, things are starting to get rough out in Gardiner

I don’t know what to think of this.

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Cartoon 3

This is a three-panel New Paltz cartoon in which the dramatis personae are New Paltz town supervisor Toni Hokanson, the former boy mayor of the village of New Paltz, Jason West, and in an off-camera roll the superintendant of New … Continue reading

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More on NR’s endorsement of Romney and the Republican dilemma

Earlier this week National Review, the girly-man journal of American conservatism, posed on the beach behind a carboard cutout of a heavily-muscled body and endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States. Now, remember, National Review is not a … Continue reading

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Right regime, wrong analogy

I just want you all to know that I gagged my way through the first half of Peggy Noonan’s column today to get to the only two paragraphs still alive and breathing and to rescue them. Here’s the first one: … Continue reading

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“The Peoples’ Soviet of Eighth Avenue”

Beck takes the business end of a buggy whip to The New York Times. That’s something I can never see enough of, especially when it comes to the droning-on that comes out of that editorial page, where the proprietors make … Continue reading

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Comes bad word

Yesterday, after a simple inquiry about why whosits would be taking over whatsits, came word that one of our most gallant, sprightly, everpresent local men of honor was very seriously laid up. We took the news badly, and will keep … Continue reading

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