Monthly Archives: April 2008

Campus codewords

Dammit, I knew that I had been hearing this word all over the place: “It turns out that virtually the entire agenda of the progressive left can be fit inside the word ‘sustainability.” It just didn’t occur to me that … Continue reading

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A Founding Father of 1960s New Paltz dies at 102

He is the great chemist Albert Hofmann. While I’m fairly certain that he never found his way to New Paltz, his impact here can still be felt, for better or worse. Ultimately, Hofmann’s synthesis of LSD amounted to the wide … Continue reading

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The UK is finished: Part MMMDCXXXII

Basically, in the UK a Muslim sect, building a huge mosque, wants to totally reject Western culture (with particular reference to Christianity and Judaism) and establish its own separate culture but the state-run BBC will not allow the sect to … Continue reading

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Thomas Sowell on reaching the landmark of a black president

No doubt it is only a matter of time before there is a black president… The issue is whether we want to reach that landmark so badly that we are willing to overlook how questionably that landmark is reached. Read … Continue reading

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“Obama campaign and its appendages have set back racial relations a generation.”

That’s what Victor Davis Hanson thinks after seeing Jeremiah Wright’s speech to the NAACP: In short, Wright’s speech on black-right brainers, white-left brainers — replete with bogus stereotypes and crude voice imitations — was about as racist as they come … Continue reading

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O.K., let’s end the bidding at $1.00

That big nature preserve (and at 50 acres, bigger than I thought it was) down behind Huguenot Street belongs to the Huguenot Historical Society. The preserve is called the Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, after the family that donated it to the … Continue reading

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As I write…

…Barack Obama’s spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright is speaking at the National Press Club. Having already dug Obama’s political grave, Wright has now pushed Obama into it and is presently filling it in with dirt. Perhaps that is as it should … Continue reading

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“An Anatomy of Surrender”

Bruce Bawer moved to Europe several years ago to escape what he thought was a stifling American culture, a condition that he blamed on the influence of the religious right. In Europe, Bawer believed, he and his gay partner would … Continue reading

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Leggybabeworks

My dear liberal friends know how hard I try to limit their exposure to the Leggy Babe who gives no quarter. Indeed, she’s hard for Lefties to take: nearly half as nasty as Maureen Dowd and only four times more … Continue reading

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“Man against a pitiless universe”

Soja finds a new estate in Tennessee but must defend it against the forces of nature: [W]e finished subduing the last of the moving boxes and took them to the dump. As previously reported, it was nearly $600 worth of … Continue reading

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Europe’s bureaucrats wag the continent

This has been on my radar screen for a while. But that’s where it has stayed. I’ve been frozen by it and haven’t written a word on it. Apparently that is also where it has stayed, if it got that … Continue reading

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The textbook comedy of cultural chauvinism

Or something like that. From Mark Steyn, quoting a Russian woman on British women: The first thing that struck me was the way women dress at night. Even in the winter they brave the cold in little more that a … Continue reading

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Here’s the global warming debate

We have a news story about a weather forecaster in Oregon who also teaches at Oregon State University. Now, read it carefully for the most significant detail. And it doesn’t have anything to do with climatology. Hint: Following a debate … Continue reading

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“Why Orwell Matters”

When Victor Davis Hanson began expanding his already impressive portfolio that included, among other things, the nature of war and the war on terror, including the war in Iraq, into the area of commentary on the current presidential contest, I … Continue reading

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“Opium and Revolution”

R.R. Reno’s short essay posted today at First Things is not a new take on the question of political revolution as a substitute for religion, but it is provocative nonetheless. I don’t think that I’m giving anything away to say … Continue reading

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Green anger kid

I was checking out this blog that I’ve never been to before called The Climate Scam, and the most current post was about how kids are being enlisted to promote global warming activism. I wasn’t surprised by the concept so, … Continue reading

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