Monthly Archives: November 2007

“Liberal Racism”

Bruce Thornton tees off on it: There’s a sort of Fugitive Slave Law in America’s public culture that allows white liberals to pursue and hound blacks who dare to think for themselves and challenge the imposition of a demeaning identity … Continue reading

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In the running…

…for the greatest title of any literary work is Mourning Becomes Electra. Does that just resonate, or what? It’s one of Eugene O’Neill’s plays, first produced in 1931. I have never seen the play or the movie or the PBS … Continue reading

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“The American Child,” from 1913

There are a gazillion of these old books online. This one caught my notice. It’s from 1913 and it appears to be, God help us, a work of mild sociology minus the pretensions. The title is The American Child and … Continue reading

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“Being Someone Else”

One of my favorite writers, Lawrence Henry, on people who just leave and become someone else.

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Bernie Kerik indicted

The New York Times reports: Mr. Kerik, the indictment said, conspired with others to deprive the city and its citizens of his honest services by accepting $255,000 in renovations to his apartment from a company seeking to do business with … Continue reading

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The improving situation in Iraq

I’ll send you over to The Belmont Club for a capture of and comment on The New York Times report on the improving situation in Baghdad. It is always prudent to be prepared for setbacks, but Iraqi civil society does … Continue reading

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The New Paltz village board considers a “civil rights” law

Last night the New Paltz village board listened to a pitch from a charming woman (whose name I unfortunately missed) who wants the board to pass a “civil rights” law. This law would grant protection from discrimination to “gender identity” … Continue reading

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New Paltz election results

The results of the races in New Paltz are not officially available. As of just a minute or so ago the Ulster County board of elections website was still down (and has been down since last night). UPDATE: The board … Continue reading

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Waterboarding, etc.

On September 11, 2001, I was seated at my desk about two miles north of the World Trade Center. Before the events of the morning had come to their climax I stood on the roof of my building with binoculars, … Continue reading

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Herding shithouse rats

You’ve heard of the expression “it’s like herding cats,” right? It alludes to the notioriously short attention span, much less the complete lack of interest, that cats have vis a vis instructions from human beings. (It’s actually not that difficult … Continue reading

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The world is righted

Britney Spears returns to the top of the charts. See, I told you all that there’s no such thing as bad publicitiy. Next: Paris Hilton returns to the top of…ah, the top of…help me out here.

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Banquo’s ghost comes to dinner, again

One of the great things about the second coming of the Clintons is that you know the ghosts are coming to dinner. This time it’s that of a dead bag man. Drudge had the link.

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New Paltz police budget

I think that I’ve noted here, or somewhere, that the natural order of every bureaucracy is to expand itself, and always with the belief that it must do so to do its job effectively. Sometimes, the expansion is justified as … Continue reading

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This wretched awful thing

A YouTube of Hillary to make you wish you had never ever heard of her. (Thanks to McQ for that.)

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Rationalizing Giuliani

Philip Klein thinks that delusion on the Left will produce a compensating delusion on the Right: With the end of the dreaded Bush era approaching, Rudy Giuliani has slowly begun to supplant the president as the leading hate figure among … Continue reading

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Again, write in one of these names…

…for the position of New Paltz town supervisor: Michael Zierler, Vici Danskin, John Orcutt Jr., Robert Gabrielli, or Peter Fairweather. Don’t be lazy. Toni Hokanson is running unopposed because the Republican Party couldn’t get its act together and find a … Continue reading

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