Monthly Archives: May 2008

A “different viewpoint?” What the hell is that?

Thomas Sowell is recommending a handful of books for summer reading, among them two of his own, his classic Basic Economics, and his latest Economic Facts and Fallacies. These opening paragraphs from Sowell’s column inspired the title of this post: … Continue reading

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Fr. O’Malley, call your office

Lord, in time he will hear your call. But I think his hearing has been diminished by the rock shows. You might have to make a house call and spell it out with the Big Crayon.

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New Paltz school budget passes

Here’s what the Kingston Freeman is saying tonight (as of 10:02 p.m.) about the vote on the school budget and the vote for members of the school board: NEW PALTZ Budget: Approved, 896-471 Winning candidates:Greenfield, Rausch Well, what a pity … Continue reading

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The New Paltz school budget vote: Some education myths

Jay Greene has some unusually straightforward items on the current myths of American education. For instance: The money myth If people know anything about public schools today, it’s that they are strapped for cash. Bestselling books, popular movies, and countless … Continue reading

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The New Paltz school budget vote is today: Vote “No” and vote often

It would be a hell of a good start on reforming the New Paltz school district — reform here meaning curtailing the outrageous school budgets and the resulting property taxes — if the proposed budget gets voted down today. Many … Continue reading

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Barack puts Michelle off limits

This morning Barack Obama warned Republicans not to criticize his wife. She’s off limits, apparently. He should have thought of that before his campaign put her out there making big speeches at big rallies on his behalf.

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Freedom Firepower: Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman in a half-hour interview on the long-running program Open Mind, from roughly 30 or 35 years ago. New Paltzers should watch it a few times to learn the power of “No” before going out to vote “No” tomorrow … Continue reading

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New Paltz school board candidates: Don’t vote for any of them

Yes, vote “No” on the New Paltz school budget. But what to do about the three candidates running for the two seats that are up on the school board? Here you get a second opportunity to say “No”: Don’t vote … Continue reading

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“No” is the revolution you’ve been waiting for

When residents of New Paltz and Gardiner vote “No” on the New Paltz school budget tomorrow, they vote “Yes” for their neighbors who are endangered by the property tax tidal wave. Residents should not be conned into approving another budget … Continue reading

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Note to school board candidate Steve Greenfield

You are misusing the term “off the grid.” “Off the grid” refers to a building that is self-sufficient in the production of electricity, i.e., you have no need to be connected to a centralized system of electrical generation and distribution … Continue reading

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Peggy Noonan as the next Arianna Huffington

Peggy Noonan, you’ll recall, is the Jersey girl, raised a prototypical Reagan Democrat, who was literally enthralled by Reagan and became one of his speechwriters. Later, she made herself famous by writing a book about Reagan and then still later … Continue reading

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What about the November election?

Yesterday, in a net discussion with people apparently more sensible than me, I shocked an interlocuter who stated flatly that if the election were to be held today that Obama would defeat McCain. My response was that I didn’t think … Continue reading

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Will they roll the cart out one more time…

…at the Stalinpaltz Homocentric-Dictator?* With yesterday’s act of judicial supremacy in California, overruling the state law defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman, I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the … Continue reading

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“The Real Iraq”

Michael J. Totten reviews Michael Yon’s book on Iraq: Yon begins his story in medias res. “We are in trouble, but we have a great general,” he writes on the eve of Arrowhead Ripper, the major battle last summer against … Continue reading

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So, why was the Bear stopped?

Do these charges follow from a random traffic stop, or did the troopers pull Bear Kerr over because he was driving erratically? The story doesn’t say that he was additionally charged with speeding or for running a stop sign, so … Continue reading

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The upcoming vote on the New Paltz school budget

If you live in the New Paltz school district, which includes the village and town of New Paltz, most of Gardiner, and parts of other neighboring towns, you get to vote on the school budget next Tuesday, May 20. It’s … Continue reading

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