Monthly Archives: January 2008

Olympic champ Marion Jones gets six months in prison

Rough stuff. I don’t like it. She’s been disgraced. Her dream is way over. The judge refused to hear her request for mercy and gave her the maximum agreed to in her plea deal: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Marion … Continue reading

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“Diversity — There’s Never Enough”

John Leo, in a post last month at City Journal: Yale’s college council has come up with a bright idea: it endorsed a call for each of the twelve residential colleges on campus to have two diversity coordinators. The relentless … Continue reading

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Yeah, I’m sure they are

“Teachers’ Union Is Leery of Effort to Limit Taxes” If you’re among the folks from New Paltz who read this blog, you’re familiar with my take on the power of teachers unions as the ultimate factor in running up your … Continue reading

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Robert George…

…on the dignity of embryonic life.

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In a serious rock climbing town like New Paltz…

…there ought to be many glasses of whiskey hoisted in honor of this man. Sir Edmund Hillary was 88.

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I might have this wrong…

…but I think it was William Carlos Williams, the poet who was also an M.D., who said, perhaps even when he was dying, “There are a lot of bastards out there.”

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The New York Times

You know, I think that I must be damn close to the point where I haven’t bought and read that thing every day for as many years as I did buy and read it. But scanning through the cable universe … Continue reading

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John Kerry just took the podium…

…at an Obama rally in South Carolina to give the endorsement speech. Without even putting the sound on, I can tell that he’ll have the effect of an intestinal blockage on Obama’s campaign. It will take 72 hours to flush … Continue reading

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The leggy babe…

…who gives no quarter has lost her dad. Don’t worry, Ann, he’ll still be there for you, even stronger now.

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A kiss of death for Obama

The clod is endorsing him. That ought to give pause to Democrats on the fence. If Obama wants to know who the Clinton operatives are within his campaign, he’ll find one in the person who negotiated with Kerry to get … Continue reading

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Underestimating the Clintons

Bob Tyrrell is an unparalleled Clinton tormentor, but he has developed the habit of underestimating Bill and Hillary. No, his underestimation is not an underestimation of their respective characters. He has the depraved condition of each sized up pretty well. … Continue reading

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McCain?!

His comeback last night was really the big story. Six months ago he was fading and fading fast. Once the frontrunner, he was on his way to being an also-ran. But by the simple calculus of a troubling Republican field, … Continue reading

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Obama?

I hadn’t seen him give a speech for at least several months. Last night I listened to most of his wrap-up in New Hampshire after losing and then I heard a bit from a speech he gave late this afternoon … Continue reading

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Hillary!

Funniest moment of the day: Pat Buchanan on Hardball with Chris Matthews defending Hillary against those who seek to “tarnish” her victory last night by suggesting that racism might have played a role in Obama’s collapse. The two other guests … Continue reading

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Hillary last night

When she came out to give her “triumph of the will” speech, Hillary looked so wonderfully fresh, as though she had just spent an hour relaxing on the bidet. I hadn’t seen the dress she had on since Miss Kitty … Continue reading

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No surprise about this

New Paltz’s putative Mexican restaurant, Blockheads, is closing. Madame Vandam and I ate there once. I think the occasion was a modest Saturday birthday lunch for me. Our expectations were not high, but they turned out not to be low … Continue reading

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