Monthly Archives: April 2010

Billy Beck: Live on Tape

This is good. Scott Ott, the satirist who does Scrappleface, conducts a serious interview with Billy Beck about Bill Clinton quoting him anonymously. Billy in turn blames it all on me! No, I’m kidding. He notes my contention that we … Continue reading

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I knew it: John Mearsheimer

A few years ago there was a big dust-up when two supposedly reputable scholars, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, wrote a paper (and then published a book? I don’t recall if it went that far) about how the Israeli lobby … Continue reading

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America Alone

Peter Robinson interviews Mark Steyn. That’s Part 5 of 5. You can click your way to the first four if you want more. This one comes in two halves. The first about the U.S. model vis a vis the European … Continue reading

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The maestro’s unguarded premise

Billy Beck explains in gentler philosophical terms the “shove it up your ass” rebuke to collectivizers by individualists that made America a nation of independent, acquisitive, castle-dwelling individual persons who changed the course of the river of history: I also … Continue reading

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Ponzi scheme vs. Ponzi scheme

Which is worse? Bernie Madoff vs. Social Security. More: Veronique de Rugy comments.

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“Misusing History”

Thomas Sowell: If the history of slavery ought to teach us anything, it is that human beings cannot be trusted with unbridled power over other human beings — no matter what color or creed any of them are. The history … Continue reading

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The bad faith presidency

It began with his Big Lie in 2004 as he climbed on the national stage: “Even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us–the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of ‘anything … Continue reading

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Jonah Goldberg hits a nice shot out of the rough

The subject is a rant against the Tea Party movement by Ron Rosenbaum: [N]otice how Rosenbaum capitalizes Socialists. It’s true that the National Socialists weren’t Socialists. But they were socialists. They believed in economic policies that intelligent and informed people … Continue reading

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Radical Christian theology as a response to evil

A review of a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran theologian in Germany during the rise and reign of the Nazis: Since the 1960s, some of Bonhoeffer’s admirers have seized upon a phrase from one of his letters—”religionless Christianity”—to argue … Continue reading

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Mark Steyn is the Peyton Manning of political commentary

Perfect spirals, right on the hands: For a long time, tea partiers were racists. Everybody knows that when you say “I’m becoming very concerned about unsustainable levels of federal spending,” that’s old Jim Crow code for “Let’s get up a … Continue reading

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New Paltz Journal: The NEW Local Edition

I started this blog with the intention of giving a lot of time to local New Paltz topics. That worked for a while, but then the 2008 presidential election and the aftermath drew more and more of my attention, and … Continue reading

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The jauntiness crisis abates

There is no jauntier being on the planet than our beloved hound, C.J. Peckerwood. He puts the jaunt in jauntiness. He is a veritable top hat and cane on the swell promenade when it comes to how jaunty he is. … Continue reading

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Parallel Lives: Bill Clinton and Timothy McVeigh

Timothy McVeigh was a psychopath, as was his chief antagonist: The plan Reno approved and took to President Clinton for approval contemplated the children choking in the gas unprotected for forty-eight hours if necessary, to produce the requisite “maternal feelings”. … Continue reading

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No one tells me a damn thing anymore

The former Criminal President quoted Billy Beck. We’re in a cold civil war right now. Anyone think otherwise? The governing class is bringing force harder and faster than ever. Ordinary people are standing up and saying stop, and the governing … Continue reading

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‘Corpse in Armor’ gets another 5-Star review at Amazon

I’m two for two in the reader reviews at Amazon. Kevin Prigge offers a very gracious appraisal: This book advertises itself as “A Thriller” and it delivers! What starts out as a seemingly simple detective story unfolds into a well-crafted … Continue reading

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A short-handed goal, around the back, by Mark Steyn

I’m going to crib the whole thing from The Corner because it’s such a beaut: Over to You, Bill Clinton, Frank Rich, Joe Klein et al. [Mark Steyn] Actually, there is a lot of incendiary hate out there — here, … Continue reading

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