Monthly Archives: March 2009

Shelby Steele

Today, in the Wall Street Journal, on the Republicans, conservatives, and minorities: What drew me to conservatism years ago was the fact that it gave discipline a slightly higher status than virtue. This meant it could not be subverted by … Continue reading

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Some economic history

Stephen Moore on the 1970s: The 1970s was to be the era of economic strangulation by regulation. In constant 2000 dollars, spending by federal regulatory agencies rocketed from $5.2 billion to $10.2 billion during Nixon’s tenure. By 1979 the spending … Continue reading

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“New Paltz senior to run for school board”

The title of this post is taken from the header on a letter to the editor (third letter down) in the last issue of the Novathrob Depravity-Rationalizer.* At first I thought that it meant a senior citizen was going to … Continue reading

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A favorite

From last September, The Five Families of Local Government: If the town board declared that it was a balmy, sunny day, I would expect to find a hail storm with dead animals frozen to the pavement. But I express perhaps … Continue reading

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“End of an Era”

R.R. Reno: Fifty years. It seems like a long time. But if you pick up Jacques Barzun’s searching analysis of modern education, The House of Intellect, the half-century melts away. Published in 1959, this piquant critique of post-War American attitudes … Continue reading

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Barbarian Hussein Obama in the Brave New World

His executive order forcing Americans to pay for killing human embryos in order to experiment on their stem cells is, if properly understood, no different than forcing Americans to pay for killing two year olds in order to experiment on … Continue reading

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All over but the continuous pain

I’m going to arbitrarily pick August 1, the beginning of summer Blade Runner weather, as I like to call it, as the moment when Americans suddenly realize, individually all at once, “Holy shit! I miss George Bush.” That, of course, … Continue reading

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New Paltz parents with children in the school system: please pay attention

Marcus Winters, writing yesterday in City Journal: If there exists anywhere in America an industry begging for streamlining, it’s the public school system. As of 2005, the U.S. spent an average of $10,725 per public school student. That’s about twice … Continue reading

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No Mo’ BoHo?

It could be my imagination, but listening to the way New Paltz Democrats are talking to one another, I get the distinct impression that they are looking for someone to replace Boss Hokanson as their candidate for town supervisor in … Continue reading

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Reading the local paper

It is both art and science, reading the Beriapaltz Strumpet-Buggerer,* a weekly event for which I keep my crack staff of crack-smoking epistemologists on call. As I mentioned here once, by now quite a ways back down the queue I … Continue reading

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Coulter drops a house on Keith Olbermann

Apparently, when Limbaugh said “Preamble of the Constitution” during his speech at CPAC when he meant the equivalent introductory paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, Olbermann couldn’t resist taking it out of his pants about it. Coulter decided that Olbermann … Continue reading

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Call the cut man…

…Thomas Sowell’s right jab opens a gash: The Obama administration’s new budget, with deficits that make previous irresponsible deficits look like child’s play, has a cover that says “A New Era of Responsibility.” You want responsibility? He’ll give you the … Continue reading

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Markets say “no”

From the Wall Street Journal: As 2009 opened, three weeks before Barack Obama took office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9034 on January 2, its highest level since the autumn panic. Yesterday the Dow fell another 4.24% to … Continue reading

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Giant

Those who have given study to the life of George Washington invariably come to understand him as a richly textured personality, resilient, a natural leader, aloof to some, always ambitious, protective of his personal honor and, despite all modern and … Continue reading

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