Monthly Archives: July 2007

Planned Parenthood, India style

Let’s see, 7,000 girls lost a day in India, on the strength of a cultural preference for boys. That’s a mere 2.5 million girls a year, nothing that Comrade Stalin would comment on with more than a burp. Perhaps Stalin … Continue reading

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“We told you so”

The Wall Street Journal unloads on Eliot Spitzer: The media are doing their best Claude Rains act over the revelation that the office of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer orchestrated a smear campaign against State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. … Continue reading

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When Thomas Sowell throws the fastball…

…you don’t want to be crowding the plate. Are we France? At one point, Hitler could have been stopped in his tracks “without the firing of a single shot,” Churchill said. That point came in 1936 — three years before … Continue reading

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Spitzer’s aides used police for politics

This is from the New York Times: ALBANY, July 23 — Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s aides, including one of his closest advisers, improperly used the State Police to gather information about the governor’s chief rival, Joseph L. Bruno, the State Senate … Continue reading

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When democracy is the wrecking ball

America has come to be called a “democracy” and, indeed, we’re almost there. The Founders regarded democracy with fear and loathing because they saw the “will of the people” as being as overwhelmingly destructive as the worst tyranny. That’s why … Continue reading

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Killing Field Denial

James Taranto catches (first item) John Kerry talking like an imbecile again. This time it’s about how the post-Vietnam bloodbath in Southeast Asia “didn’t happen.” If the effective murder of 165,000 Vietnamese in “re-education camps” “didn’t happen,” then I suppose … Continue reading

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Universal, you say?

When government starts giving you free stuff, pretty soon you don’t have much money left. No matter how many times the lessons of the destructive power of socialism are taught, governments never quite learn them because, after all, there’s always … Continue reading

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So, that was the “presentation”

If I’ve ever seen a more listless and feckless “presentation” than the one given by Toni Hokanson to the village board last night, I don’t recall it. This was supposed to be, I think, a progress report on “implementation” of … Continue reading

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The unintended consequences of biofuels

Well, it’s not like you couldn’t see this coming should the ethanol thing ever get rolling, which it has. Victor Davis Hanson, by the way, is also a working farmer, in addition to being a* historian. I’m not certain, but … Continue reading

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The Yuri Bezmenov video

Thanks to Linda in North Carolina for this fresh link to the 1984 interview with Soviet defector and former KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov. This is a half-hour segment of the entire interview. About halfway in he gets to the question … Continue reading

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A presentation on implementation of the New Paltz traffic study

This will be a presentation to the New Paltz village board by town supervisor Toni Hokanson this Wednesday evening at village hall. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., but according to the agenda posted at the village website there’s a … Continue reading

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Why do local reporters allow themselves to be used as government publicists?

This reporter for the Times Herald-Record doesn’t even pretend to have the arm’s-lenth objectivity that is supposedly required to be a reporter in the first place. This is not reporting, it’s publicity: People have been complaining about it — along … Continue reading

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Oscar Levant with Fred Astaire

Moving from baseball greats to entertainment greats, I found this YouTube clip of Fred Astaire making an appearance on Oscar Levant’s TV show. Be warned, the picture and audio aren’t very good. But I wanted to show a little bit … Continue reading

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Yogi Berra

This YouTube clip doesn’t really do Yogi justice, but it makes the effort. It doesn’t include one thing that I heard him say in an interview. He was asked if it were true that he had once had dinner with … Continue reading

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Ty Cobb

Well, at the very least one could say of Cobb that earning an honest living in baseball alleviated the need for taxpayers to support him for a lifetime in an insane asylum. Here’s the YouTube clip about Cobb from Ken … Continue reading

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The enemy online

This is pretty serious business. The Belmont Club reports on Shannen Rossmiller, a municipal judge in Montana who decided to wage her own counter-terrorist war against online jihadists: Ironically if Rossmiller had been engaged in important sleuthing such as uncovering … Continue reading

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