Monthly Archives: September 2009

New Paltz: Columnist says he’s never seen things so coarse and uncivil

Ed Flynn, a columnist for the Stalinpaltz Rancorous-Inbreeder,* tells readers he has never seen it so bad. In a list of four examples for his lead paragraph that begins “I’ve never known a time when America seemed more angry,” he … Continue reading

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The modern American university…

…as an extension of elementary school. Right here in River City.

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“There Are Only Two Choices Left on Iran”

The bad choice and the horrible choice. Eliot Cohen.

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Part of the sad story…

…of the 20th Century was the astonishing popular political allure of revolting malignant narcissists around the world. We had a good helping of them in the United States, including Saint Franklin of Roosevelt, who was barely contained, and sometimes not … Continue reading

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Obama’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus

Just listened to it, breaking my own policy of never watching him. But something told me to pay attention. It was a belligerently partisan speech, I thought. Subtly racialist, or maybe not so subtle. Trying to tie his presidency in … Continue reading

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New Paltz: Francesco (Frank) Patricolo

I got the news yesterday morning from Joe St. George that Frank Patricolo has died. He was living in Portland, Oregon, and he had been seriously ill for several years. Frank and I were only slightly acquainted personally, but I … Continue reading

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New Paltz: the deterioration of public access coverage of local government

I guess what happened is that both the town and the village governments entered into separate contracts with the same local videography outfit to handle town and village board meetings as well as some of the other government meetings, like … Continue reading

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The UN speech

VDH’s analysis: The President’s U.N.* talk was more of the same, same old formula: Me, me, me/then Bush blew it/then I came/and, presto, the waters parted. There is no need to listen to these speeches anymore That’s what I’ve been … Continue reading

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Now, ladies and gentlemen, this is fascism

A word made all but meaningless by its frivolous use does actually have its applications. Here is one of them: Maybe Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus should put a gag order on Douglas Elmendorf too. On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget … Continue reading

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The Obama Youth!

The public schools, just doing their job.

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“Barack Obama, College Administrator”

I can’t think of a more pronounced, but perfectly true, insult than that. Victor Davis Hanson: If you are confused by the first nine months of the Obama administration, take solace that there is at least a pattern. The president, … Continue reading

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The great hoax unravels

It’s up there with Piltdown Man. “The Dog Ate Global Warming.” Patrick Michaels is on the matter. As noted here before, the undergirding data for warming, as unimpressive and misrepresented as it was in the first place, has “gone missing.” … Continue reading

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Can you imagine

Listen, the past months, the next months, next years, have provided and will provide a virtually inexhaustible number of opportunities to ask “Can you imagine if George Bush had done this?” or “Can you imagine if the Bush White House … Continue reading

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From the Field Marshall Rodham archives

Soja dips into the Wellesley thesis and finds the flat affect of the puritanical radical. Sometimes the 1960s at American universities, especially when it came to elite radicals like Hillary, strike me as being akin to the nuclear blast over … Continue reading

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A reliable narrative emerges

Fernandez: Malcolm Gladwell, in his book The Tipping Point talks about “‘the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point’ … [when] sociological changes … ’spread like viruses do’” In plain language, it’s the moment when a consensus begins … Continue reading

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The Left’s JFK myths

Mark Hemingway collects three examples of the Left coming unhinged and comparing the atmosphere of opposition to Obama to the myth that Jack Kennedy was murdered by crazy right-wingers. Jonah Goldberg helps Hemingway out by offering a few paragraphs from … Continue reading

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