Monthly Archives: February 2008

Thomas Sowell on “Liberal Fascism”

I can’t imagine that Jonah Goldberg ever felt better about writing his new book “Liberal Fascism” than when he got this approving review from Thomas Sowell yesterday: [D]uring the 1920s “progressives” in the United States and Britain recognized the kinship … Continue reading

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“Is Obama a Cult?”

Stephen Webb addresses that question at the First Things blog.

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An economic history that contradicts free trade ideology

“Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism” by Ha-Joon Chang. This link takes you to a page at C-SPAN’s Book TV that has a video of a talk Chang gave about the book. I … Continue reading

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The Grammy Awards

I’m not sure why, but I had a feeling that the Grammys were going to be a riot when Madame Vandam, watching a commercial featuring Heather Locklear right at the beginning of the broadcast, said that Heather looked like she … Continue reading

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Those “60 Minutes” interviews

Barack and Hill were both interviewed on 60 Minutes last night. Obama was so convincing that I impulsively called the 800 number at the bottom of the screen and ordered not one, but two sets of encyclopedias. And when the … Continue reading

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Obama vs. Clinton

The author Toni Morrison famously called Bill Clinton the first black president. Now, with Barack Obama, we have the first black Bill Clinton. But with his empty high-missionary oratory, Obama has already crossed the border into the political Tombstone Territory … Continue reading

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Feedback on Real 21st Century education

My post from earlier today on what I believe are already live 21st Century options for education brings this response from a reader way down south in Pennsylvania: My boys are enrolled with the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. It is … Continue reading

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Capturing the essential Reagan speech

Lawrence Henry, one of my favorite writers, writes about why Reagan was different, especially so in contrast to current Republicans trying to claim his legacy. You can read the whole thing for yourself, but here is Henry’s synopsis of Reagan’s … Continue reading

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Problem solving

Gotta love this. Beck and his friend Brian had each of their vehicles slide off on the ice from where they were parked on a hill. This is the recovery effort. One thing I liked about this video is hearing … Continue reading

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Real 21st Century education

1. Hand-held wireless computers. Madam Vandam has something called a PDA with which she can access the internet from virtually anywhere. Provides answers immediately. 2. Learning to read at home as the first priority. (21st Century education will include what’s … Continue reading

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Be afraid

The New York Times has a supermodel as a “guest blogger” this week. “Well what’s wrong with that? Supermodels are people too.” So are coal miners and meat packers. Where are their blogs? (Hold those url’s, please.)

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For those who might think…

…that I suggest the impossible when I point in the direction of eventually getting rid of the New Paltz school district I have two words: Berlin Wall. Compulsory education has always given me hives, but the idea that it must … Continue reading

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Conservatives ask McCain: “Lookin’ for a date, baby”

All that’s left now is negotiating the price. Ann Coulter for Vice President, is all I’m saying.

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The “Obama trance” catches on

Just earlier today I noted that this Obama-Camelot thing “induces [a] hypnagogic trance.” Great observations seem to occur simultaneously on the internet and this afternoon James Taranto describes a music video (second item, right after the Mitt Romney bye-ku) based … Continue reading

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Practical? There is no “practical” way to do this

By this, I mean stopping the New Paltz school district from bankrupting the community. I pointed out a few posts back that even without the cost to taxpayers of the school board’s trip to fantasy island when it starts renovating … Continue reading

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One more time with this

It’s the famous 1984 Apple computer commercial as adapted last year by Obama supporters to portray Hillary as Big Brother. I missed it when it first came out, but finally caught up with it a few days ago. Having watched … Continue reading

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