Monthly Archives: April 2007

A few notes about the New Paltz mayoral debate

We’re going to try to be fair and balanced here and not as usual just pick on Jason West, but his performance in Sunday’s mayoral debate was target-rich. Let’s explore two of his claims: 1. At one point West repeated … Continue reading

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“Imus and Me”

Kenneth Woodward, who writes about religion for Newsweek, has a surprisingly astute and comprehensive take on the Imus thing at First Things this morning. We could quibble with some of it, but overall it’s very solid. This paragraph amused us: … Continue reading

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More on Virginia Tech

It’s very important to understand that a campus like Virginia Tech is a laboratory environment for a mass murderer. The shooter knows that his potential victims are all disarmed. None of them have firearms with which to stop him. Try … Continue reading

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The Virginia Tech shootings

Another lunatic decided that his final act of self-expression needed to be a mass murder. This one used the campus of Virginia Tech. Here is the perfect example of why you don’t want to take guns away from normal people. … Continue reading

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What’s the Rumpus?*

Over at WikiPaltz, the struggling site that seeks to “document” New Paltz, there’s an anonymous user who calls himself “RumpusRoute.” Rumpus kicks up a lot of dust at WikiPaltz, insults some of the other Wiki participants, and has been accused … Continue reading

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As I was saying…

James Taranto hammers home (first item), again, the real point of the Don Imus uproar. Read it through, so that you don’t miss the quote from Stanley Crouch.

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Dungan wins debate by a TKO

Yesterday afternoon’s televised debate among and between the Village of New Paltz mayoral candidates got off to an awful start, at least for those of us viewing from home: it disappeared. But that was rectified a mere forty or fifty … Continue reading

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Laurel and Hardy win the mayoral debate

***Update: Lo and behold! At some point around 4:00 p.m., after all four viewers no doubt stopped watching, the live cable broadcast of the mayoral debate came back on. And from what I’ve seen so far that wasn’t necessarily the … Continue reading

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The compounding complications of the ongoing crises

Roger Kimball compares the 1950s to our brave new world. The tragic comedy of it all. Link from Kathryn Lopez at The Corner.

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And spare me the Rev. DeForest Soaries, please

The Rev. DeForest Soaries has taken on the role of “facilitator,” as I take it, between Don Imus and the women on the Rutgers basketball team. (I assume that by now everyone knows the details of this story.) The Rev. … Continue reading

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You wanna see it?

You want to see the hypocrisy and race hustling that I was writing about in the previous post as it takes perfect shape in the new kid on the block? James Taranto has it for you (the first item) in … Continue reading

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No, not a “dialog about race”

We don’t need a “dialog about race” in the United States. We need a dialog about political correctness and its close relationship with totalitarianism. That’s the threat to America, not race or racism. Don Imus is being used as a … Continue reading

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Imus II

So, now CBS has zotzed Don Imus. His radio show, which was what was simulcast on MSNBC from that ridiculous set they cranked up for him, is off the air too. I hate having to defend the bitter old fart. … Continue reading

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Imus

Don Imus has now been kicked down several flights of stairs for his “nappy-headed hos” comment. As offensive as that might be to some, it doesn’t offend me nearly as much as Imus suddenly springing Tom Oliphant on me for … Continue reading

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The Fir Brook

(c) 2006 Abbey Green Photograph taken at Fir Brook last autumn during an outing with our friend the artist Michael Swido.

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“Global Warming!” in perspective

Put there by Holman Jenkins at the Wall Stree Journal: Some of this evidence may suggest, weakly or strongly, the existence of warming trends in particular parts of the world (such local trends, both cooling and warming, have been observed … Continue reading

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