Monthly Archives: February 2008

William F. Buckley Jr.

I honestly don’t know what to say about Bill Buckley on the occasion of his death. The one time I laid eyes on him, at the 1980 American Book Awards held at the Park Avenue Armory, I was in the … Continue reading

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Thomas Sowell on economic fallacies

Want to see some really, really good video? Watch this, the second part of what will be a five-part interview with Thomas Sowell. The interviewer is Peter Robinson and the occasion is the publication of Sowell’s latest book, “Economic Facts … Continue reading

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Global warmism gets iced

Things did not go well the past year for the Warmists: Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. … Continue reading

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Huh?

I’m not a regular reader of Ed Morrissey, though I’ve never heard anything but good things about him. He’s been running a blog called Captain’s Quarters for a few years. Soon he’ll be bringing that to a close and moving … Continue reading

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Once, in a galaxy far, far away…

…in a time long, long ago, we did a lot of stuff, including the supreme commander’s job, at the SUNY New Paltz student newspaper, The Oracle. In one of the more gleeful moments, we put out a special paper greeting … Continue reading

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Terrorist who teaches teachers makes the news for speech at SUNY New Paltz

The New York Sun had the story: William Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in the 1970s, spoke to … Continue reading

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Mark Steyn takes a shot at the title

A couple posts back I quoted a crushing “David Kahane” one-line capture of Hillary. Mark Steyn, also writing at National Review Online, has his own ace regarding the deuce: Hillary is what the Clintons look like with their pants up. … Continue reading

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H.L. Mencken on the police

The Ludwig von Mises Institute (Mises was a guiding force in Austrian Economics and in some sense Hayek’s predecessor in that school) is getting ready to print Mencken’s “Notes on Democracy.” At their website they are offering this snippet about … Continue reading

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VDH appears to know the same Clintons I know

He believes that they will leave no ruse unturned if there’s still a chance to beat Obama.

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Hoot

Unashamedly, immodestly, and without hesitation I’ll lay claim to the best description of a presidential candidate of all-time: my quip that Dennis Kucinich is “a congenital bellhop.” But here comes “David Kahane” (the pseudonym of a “writer in Hollywood” who … Continue reading

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Global warmism enters the self-parody stage

Now comes the python threat: As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. … Continue reading

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So much talent?

There are rare days when I have a real “wait a minute” reaction to the commentary of Wretchard at The Belmont Club. In the middle of a rumination about how George W. Bush will be regarded by history came this … Continue reading

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The biggest story is too big for the news

That story is the disintegration of Europe. The European Union is, in Arnold Toynbee’s terminology, a “universal state,” and a universal state is not a good sign for a great society. It is not a sign of a civilization’s cohension, … Continue reading

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Are the Clintons over?

Barack Obama crushed Hillary Clinton in yesterday’s Wisconsin primary contest. I was shocked when I saw the results. There had been indications of a comeback for Hillary. With expectations cast low for her, even a two- or three-point loss could … Continue reading

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It’s “bombs away” for SUNY New Paltz

You just gotta love the leftward tilt to speakers invited to SUNY New Paltz. I’ve gone up there in recent months to see a film introduced by a veteran antiwar veteran, who seemingly has made a career as an antiwar … Continue reading

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The rules for the ’08 presidential contest

There are three rules right now, but soon enough there will only be two: 1. If Hillary Clinton is the nominee and you criticize her, you are a misogynist. 2. If Barack Obama is the nominee and you criticize him, … Continue reading

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