Monthly Archives: April 2009

Keith Olbermann

Caught about, oh, ten seconds of it last night. Do people actually watch that? I know that Father Coughlin was very popular back in the 1930s, but that was on the radio. Here you actually have to look at the … Continue reading

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Soja-san in paradise

Incidental virtues with new lawns and motors and nests and the new “smart” cat.

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It was Obama’s power handshake with Hugo Chavez…

…that cemented it for me. When I saw that, I immediately settled on the whole structure of this thing. To put it in terms of quantum mechanics: the observation of that collapsed the Obama wave function. That power handshake was … Continue reading

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“No one knew”

Yesterday I commented at McQ’s place that my greatest delusion in life has been my belief in democracy, and that as it always has and always will, democracy will vote itself into ruin. Aristotle was the first to make that … Continue reading

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100 Days: A Marxist takeover by Leftist slobs

My milestone marker for the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen in the culture of American politics was the mainstreaming of James Carville by the Clintons. In previous times, if they needed the help of a thing like that, politicians had … Continue reading

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Specter and Republican fecklessness

My comments at McQ’s place on this Specter business: It’s too bad no one has time to pick apart Specter’s statements today. They were pretty hilarious. I only heard them because the remote was out of reach. Republicans don’t need … Continue reading

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“Experiments”

Beck: I would point out that this could only be considered an “experiment” in the style of fourth-grade baking soda and vinegar volcanoes in custard dishes. In other words, all grown-ups know what’s going to happen here. That’s about the … Continue reading

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Shepard Smith

Over at Fox News Channel, loosening his bowels about everything today, swine flu, Specter, a car chase. I had briefly left the remote out of reach, obviously, to have seen that much.

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Just when I thought that everything looked gloomy for Republicans…

…a ray of golden sunlight shines in upon them: Arlen Specter is jumping to the Democratic Party. But don’t question his motives. No, he has compelling moral reasons for making the switch. He has a serious candidate challenging him in … Continue reading

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Has ‘First Things’ died with RJN?

RJN is the late Richard John Neuhaus. First Things is the distinguished journal of religion and public life that he edited from 1990 until his death this past January. Today, the new associate editor Russell Saltzman attacks the enhanced interrogation … Continue reading

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Yes, Thought Police. Really

My theory is that the population has to be prepped for quite a while to get it to take this sort of thing. How far are we along in this in the U.S.? How about in New Paltz, which seems … Continue reading

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This makes me wonder, again, about Andrew Cuomo shutting out Usenet

If you don’t know what Usenet is, well, you’re probably better off, but in its day it was, shall we say, the battlefield for the “First War in Cyberspace.” Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, got outfits like Time Warner to … Continue reading

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What I would really like from Obama

Absolutely nothing. If he were to just take off, with the lovely wife and the beautiful kids, and head down around gorgeous Santa Fe, New Mexico or up to the delicious seaside of Northern California, I wouldn’t say a word. … Continue reading

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On keen appetites

Barbara Key reviewing Jamie Glazov’s book: In The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn noted that Shakespeare’s evildoers were content to commit only a handful of murders. They stop killing, Solzhenitsyn explained, because “they have no ideology.” This pithy observation succinctly distinguishes Macbeth … Continue reading

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On the deification of science and the priesthood of scientists

(Note: This is one of those posts that I usually send to the draft file, where it would uniformly stay. Most of the really difficult stuff never gets posted because I’m never happy with it. But, here’s one that’s goin’ … Continue reading

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New Paltz: some local notes & this blog

Local readers of this often local blog know that I go light with most of the local personalities. I really don’t want to set people up for embarrassment, and I think that after many posts about New Paltz politics and … Continue reading

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