Monthly Archives: June 2009

“Palace Cobra” by Ed Rasimus

I deliberately stretched out my reading of this book. From the beginning it moved along three different tracks for me, each track getting to me both viscerally and intellectually. The war fighting. The clarity of the apprehension of the things … Continue reading

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“The Climate Change Climate Change”

Kimberly Strassel thinks that the attempt by Warmists to label skeptics “deniers” brought the skeptics out and gave them strength. Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system … Continue reading

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McQ is on the case

The Obama case. Bruce McQuain’s blog is what I call a “process blog,” which means that Bruce and his associates follow the unfolding menace of the Obama administration in a steady, step-by-step, item-by-item fashion. Where McQ gets his energy from … Continue reading

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A happy birthday to Colin Wilson

The author of The Mind Parasites and The Philosopher’s Stone is 78 today. They are both inspired novels. I’ve read them probably seven or eight times each, which has to be my record. Do they still hold water for me? … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson, 50

Poor guy. It takes a lot of fame and money to make that much of a mess of yourself. But I’ll say this for him, he held on a lot longer than I would have. I might not have lasted … Continue reading

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Health care for the healthy!

A quick death for the sick! It has been the plan all along. The government will control those damnable health care costs if it kills you. One more time. “Universal” health care will be based on three proud principles of … Continue reading

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And the standards are arguably worse now

This is Roger Simon with a video report on early criminal negligence at the New York Times. One of the big improvements in my life came when I stopped buying that thing. I look at the web edition to see … Continue reading

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Iran and a bad faith American presidency

My comments this morning over at McQ’s place: I have yet to find a focal point on the Iran side of this. At least nothing that isn’t being made up on the fly. In terms of Obama, what you have … Continue reading

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Never write when you’re angry

It kills the irony needed to unbolt minds. Yeah, and in America those are bolts rusted shut. I move now to Caroline Glick, whose new appeal to me is based on the fact that the other day someone who is … Continue reading

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Malignant Narcissism & Burnt Offerings

Dr. Sanity has the low-down on the malignant narcissism. Jonah Goldberg has the burnt offerings covered.

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Some further notes on the autopsy

Charles Kesler throws a few slides under the microscope in the pathology lab.

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See, Benito, it wasn’t hard

Jonah Goldberg: Everywhere we look we see the great and once-great beneficiaries of free markets running to the state for protection from the cruel bullying of competition. On health care, insurance companies and others repeat the mantra that they want … Continue reading

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In this week’s Stalinpaltz Axe-Grinder*

There’s a very funny, in the wry sense of funny, letter from the always charitable George Civile, who lives in Gardiner. If you have sufficient local memory and get the jokes, you have to admire the self-restraint with which they … Continue reading

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The Last Wave

Paging Peter Weir: The weather is just right for a remake. I recommend Russell Crowe for the Richard Chamberlain role, and a recasting of the story from the aboriginal myth to the burnt offerings of New Paltz, and I’m not … Continue reading

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Fly on the wall?

Fernandez has this video (the first one, from the Air Force). I’ll throw a wild guess on it: something like it is already deployed in the Iraqi theater. The little bit that gets talked about over there is mind blowing. … Continue reading

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When I read them in high school

I thought that the dystopian visions of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984 would converge in the future. I took them seriously. Huxley’s ninety-six identical twins eating Orwell’s watery pink stew while watching Keith Olbermann on a … Continue reading

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