Monthly Archives: July 2008

Two cheers for New Paltz village trustee Shari Osborn

At last night’s New Paltz village board meeting Shari Osborn said that she couldn’t quite get past the idea that taxpayers in the village, or in the town, for that matter, should subsidize rides on a new bus service that … Continue reading

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Suckers

He once had them fainting in the front rows, as he called for help or tossed a bottle of water their way. They swooned glassy-eyed. In the air, you see, was “Change!” Not just “Change!” but “Real Change!” That special … Continue reading

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More of the “if you criticize Obama, you’re a racist” trope

Jonah Goldberg found out that he’s a racist because he’s doing a piece on the Obamessiah’s rather outsized sense of self-regard: I’m working on a piece on Obama’s arrogance. While googling around I came upon this amusingly hyperbolic screed at … Continue reading

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Is Obama irritating you yet?

I know that he’s irritating Democratic Party leaders. The Obamessiah is consistently underperforming Democrats in the generic ballot preferences for Congress and looking suspiciously like John Kerry, at best. But compared to Kerry, Obama’s problems add up to more than … Continue reading

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This Congress is lost

It is a fiasco. This Congress is broken. It is overextended. This is an unnecessary Congress. This Congress has been a disaster. It has been mismanaged, from the beginning. But we support the Congressmen.

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Andrew McCarthy reviews “Party of Defeat”

That’s the book by David Horowitz and Ben Johnson. Here’s McCarthy on what he calls Al Gore’s volte-face on the Iraq war: On a dais at the influential Council on Foreign Relations, the man whom Bush had defeated in the … Continue reading

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A gift that never stops giving

John Kerry, whose generosity makes Wesley Clark’s seem miserly. In this case it’s Kerry’s defenders who are filling the collection plate, but they are sufficient proxies for the man himself.

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Wesley Clark

Certified numbnuts. That’s good news. Any summer is too long and too hot to have Clark around all the time.

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U.K. Diversity Police make Big Brother look like a slacker

I’ve said this before, but maybe not here, but I knew the U.K. had gone insane when, at least ten years ago, I watched Tony Blair give a speech, on C-SPAN, to a convention of his British Labour Party. Blair … Continue reading

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Pretty soon, all that free government cheese starts costing you

This woman puts it well.

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Upon a time

Half-jokingly, but only half, at one point in the 1990s I began to refer to myself, with purposeful immodesty, as “the world’s greatest living detective.” Why? Well, that’s a complicated question. But a short answer is that I had drawn … Continue reading

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The LBWGNQ* takes up the theme of our time

The cannibal pot finds its way into her column: I guess we’re beginning to see the problem of basing a political platform on the passing fancies of “centrists.” These are people who have no opinions because they know nothing about … Continue reading

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Sobriety, now, about Boumediene

Congress can fix this, by passing legislation that reinstates the status quo ante (i.e., enemy combatants do not have any right to habeas review in U.S. courts) and in that legislation use its Constitutional authority to take jurisdiction over the … Continue reading

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“What Iraqi Expats Are Saying Now”

This is a short piece from The Wall Street Journal by Numan al Faddagh, an Iraqi writer who lives in Cairo. Iraqi expats in Cairo gather at a restaurant by the name of Le Grillion: Owned by an Iraqi, it … Continue reading

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What do our schools teach on the question of patriotism?

Thomas Sowell takes a look at what happens when internationalism and pacifism erode the sense of patriotism. Naturally, he looks first to France, and the difference between its response to German aggression in World War I and World War II. … Continue reading

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“Hairspray the Trial”

From the European edition of The Wall Street Journal comes this latest shovel of dirt into the U.K.’s sad grave: Franz Kafka never lived in the British capital. But the Central London employment tribunal paid his life’s work inadvertent tribute … Continue reading

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