Monthly Archives: August 2007

For SUNY New Paltz students

Our guide on how to avoid idiot professors. Here is a quick list of easily recognizable signs that you have a professor whose class you should immediately drop: 1. The professor either assigns or says that you need to read … Continue reading

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Late, early

As Yogi Berra has characterized such circumstances, last night it got late early for the Yankees in their game on the Left Coast against the Los Angeles Angels, the only American League team that has a winning record against the … Continue reading

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The U.K. is finished, part [this is too ugly to number]

Not for the faint-hearted: The top item.

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Some words about SUNY New Paltz

We were a bit rough in poking fun at SUNY New Paltz for being named the “Hottest Small State School” by Newsweek, a magazine that if it disappeared tomorrow might bump-up the average national IQ score. Oh, we’re not concerned … Continue reading

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Peace?

The excerpt below is from Bruce Bawer’s article for City Journal titled “The Peace Racket.” I’m posting this especially for the benefit of newly arriving and returning SUNY New Paltz students. What worries me, though, is that they won’t understand … Continue reading

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You can say that again

A man has got to know his limitations. Link from Drudge.

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The U.K. is finished, part MMMDCCL

This isn’t some anomaly. It fits in perfectly with all sorts of 1984-like official behavior in the U.K.: She recorded a social worker telling her and her husband Martin, 41, that even though there was “no immediate risk to your … Continue reading

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Some Mississippi Delta Blues lyrics

Carbon Blues Well I got my carbon footprint It’s the biggest in the world I got my carbon footprint It’s the biggest in the world But I like my carbon footprint A lot like I like my girl I keep … Continue reading

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‘Frozen Smoke’

It was invented 76 years ago, but apparently no one paid much attention to it until NASA started working with it a while back. And it sounds like the solution to everything: Aerogel is nicknamed “frozen smoke” and is made … Continue reading

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A brief note on Hasbrouck Park renovation

In a post about last Wednesday’s (8/15) village board meeting, I commented (first bulleted item) on the proposed renovation of Hasbrouck Park. At one point I described the children’s playground there as emitting “a disturbing crumminess,” and suggested it might … Continue reading

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There’s nothing like great public relations

Public relations is an art, and getting good PR is about the next best thing to actually being good. That’s why we’re so happy to see that SUNY New Paltz has been accorded the high honor and distinct privilege of … Continue reading

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Good news on the local civil liberties front

Current town justice Judith Reichler will not be running for re-election, according to yesterday’s New Paltz Times. Reichler, as we have noted on more than one occasion, engaged in the worst sort of judicial abuse imaginable when she interpreted the … Continue reading

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Notes on the August 15 village board meeting

This was an important meeting for the future of the village. Let’s take a look at four matters that were discussed: * Brian Gulbrandsen, a landscape architect speaking on behalf of the New Paltz Community Foundation, presented a plan for … Continue reading

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The Imus comeback

There are reports that Don Imus has reached a settlement with CBS over his unfinished contract, and the deal includes a “non-disparaging” clause that prevents him from speaking ill of his former employer. That’s going to make it even tougher … Continue reading

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Phil Rizzuto, RIP

Rizzuto was a one-of-a-kind one-of-a-kind or, to use the Latin term, Phil was sui generis. He played shortstop for the Yankees in front of both DiMaggio and Mantle in centerfield, and went to nine World Series, the Yanks coming out … Continue reading

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“The Politics of Global Warming”

It’s an essay at First Things, and is a fairly good summary of the skeptics’ case in layman’s terms. The author, Thomas Sieger Derr, “is professor emeritus of religion and ethics at Smith College and the author of Environmental Ethics … Continue reading

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