Daily Archives: November 25, 2009

Gee, even the Huffington Post is pissed at Obama

I thought the HuffPo was a liberal ally of the Messiah, but you wouldn’t know it from this. Of course, they see unemployment and blame the One’s advisors, rather than the liberal policies that created the mess, but it’s all good fun nonetheless. Sure, fire Geithner, fire Summers. Bring in a real Democrat and watch what happens. Heh heh.

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See no evil

The New York Times once again is in denial mode, ignoring a huge story that is getting larger and will finally force them to disclose to their readers something they tried to shield them from for weeks. This is about the fifth time this year that’s happened – how much longer before the paper of no record goes kerfluie?

 

Mark Steyn has an interesting take:

Eine Decliner Nachtmusik   [Mark Steyn]

More from the tree-ring circus of Climate Research Unit “peer-reviewed” computer code:

 

Specify period over which to compute the regressions (stop in 1960 to avoid the decline that affects tree-ring density records)

 

Hmm. All sounds very scientific. By the way, the CRU may be in East Anglia but it gets money from the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA — which means you, Mr. and Mrs. America. Which makes it a domestic news story. Sadly, many U.S. newspapers evidently lack the resources to cover the story, but a reader copies me a letter he sent to the New York Times offering to help out:

 

Dear Mr. Broder,

Very nice article today on the upcoming Copenhagen meeting.  I’ve heard about the cutbacks at the NYT and I guess it’s gotten so bad that they no longer allow internet access to reporters.  So my news tip is that apparently, there’s some kind of development regarding the scientists behind the global warming data, involving emails or something like that.  Some of the papers in the UK are reporting on it and even a few here.  If you are not permitted to go online to find them, I could email you a few examples in pdf format.  Even better, I could download the file containing the emails and other documents themselves, burn them onto a CD, mail the CD to you, and then once you had access to the primary source material you and your colleagues would be able to do your own reporting and investigating.  None of this is to imply in any way that this stuff I’ve heard about could have any possible relevance to a meeting aimed at a global warming agreement based on conclusions based on data that may have been — let’s call them ambiguous. Just thought you might be curious is all, and I’m always happy to help out when I can.

 

 

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You just know this is coming to Greenwich Avenue

Swedes discover the nail bed.

 

29-year-old twin sisters Erika and Svenski Ditchtermark attribute their youthful looks to their nailbeds. "Vee sleep naked on zem,ja and it keeps boys away."

 

 

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For $166,000, let’s do without

Greenwich’s Health Department wants that sum returned to its budget next year so it can, among other high-priority tasks, organize a public forum on swine flu. Who the hell goes to these public forums anyway? People want to get scared, they can turn on their TV and catch all the fear-mongering they need, free, broadcast from Washington.

The two-person Community Health Planning Office was closed June 30. Its budget was $168,450, which included $166,000 for salaries. The office organized events, such as health fairs, and also took the lead in developing the department’s pandemic, bioterrorism and smallpox response plans

Health fairs? Smallpox response plans? These are bureaucrats in search of ways to spend money. Now they wanna draft an ebola virus response plan, I’m right there with them.

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Greenwich Time single-parent reporter is back on job

No, I don’t know the marital or parental status of the GT reporter covering the case of the 75-year-old murderer from Glenville, but would she please for the love of God stop referring to him as a “grandfather”? The only possible relevance to the man being a grandfather is that he murdered his grandchildren’s’ mother. I don’t know if the reporter intends the term to evoke sympathy for the creep or just thinks it odd that someone so old would stab another to death, but forget it. A forty-year-old can be a grandfather, a 75-year-old can be a criminal – ask Bernie Madoff. Write the story and call it quits.

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And they’re rendering fat people at Walmarts

This won’t help sales: J.C. Penny salesman rapes 13-year-old boy in changing room. Customer service reaches a new low.

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Climaquiddick

MEGAN MCARDLE: The Real Problem With the Climate Science Emails. “I think most people–including me–missed the biggest part of the climate emails story. Sexing up a graph is at best a misdemeanor. But a Declan McCullough story suggests a more disturbing possibility: the CRU’s main computer model may be, to put it bluntly, complete rubbish. . . . That is a big problem. The IPCC report, which is the most widely relied upon in policy circles, uses this model to estimate the costs of global warming. If those costs are unreliable, then any cost-benefit analysis is totally worthless. Obviously, this also casts their reluctance to conform with FOI requests in a slightly different light.”

Don’t tell Obama – he’s stopping by Copenhagen to polish up his peace prize.

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Here’s a girl who could give those Cornell lovers some advice

New York Social Diary reports on a Marisa Noel sighting at the Boys and Girls Club fundraiser in New York City. Here’s our girl , missing in action these past months, working on selling Papa’s Round Hill cottage to home builder Ara Hovnanian She looks happy, Ara, not so much.

(Hat tip, Horsejock)

"I'll pick it up for peanuts in bankruptcy, you gangly bitch, and keep your hand off my wallet" (NY Social Diary photo)

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Where in the world do you hide after this?

A couple of employees at Cornell, married, but not to each other, managed to inadvertently copy the entire school (and now the entire Internet) with their randy sex emails. Honey, you got some s’plaining to do. Frank Gifford managed to pull out of a similar -sort of- mess, but he’s far better looking than these two. In fact, if there’s anything positive to take from this lesson, it’s that even ugly middle-aged people can enjoy sex too. There’s hope.

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Markie Madoff to sell his Nantucket property?

Why the hell does he still have a Nantucket property? He paid $6.5 million for it in stolen funds in 2008 and is still enjoying it. Madoff Trustee Irving Picard has sued both Madoff boys and presumably this house has liens on it as do the Madoff homes on Cherry Valley and Tomac Road, but I think he should be evicted and join his mother Ruth in that walk-up apartment in Harlem. (Hat tip, Horsejock. Cityfile’s got a great “deer-in-the-headlights” shot of Mark, probably taken right after his father confirmed the obvious). Did you know, by the way, that Mark “earned” $67 million during the past eight years plus another $17 million in loans to buy this and other real estate, never repaid, while running a trading business that was unprofitable? Of course, profitability has never been a requirement for outsized salaries on Wall Street, so perhaps the boy can be forgiven for not growing suspicious of the source of his funds. But he shouldn’t be allowed to keep his houses.

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So what happened to this in shalla business?

Saudi hajj numbers down 40% from Swine Flu panic.  Babies.

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New home sales rise in south, decline in rest of country

Hardly a bug whoop to me, but Wall Street will take what encouragement it can get these days. We have a housing market sustained by a paltry $8,000 give-away and cheap interest rates subsidized by the government, plus no-deposit loans, again. I suspect that this is not a sustainable business model but who can remember all the way back to 2008? It’s party hearty time – grab that performance bonus and wait for the government to bail out the mess again. The music never stops in New America.

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The Europeans can say what U.S. papers won’t: Obama’s whimp act does him no good

Remember how the world hated us because Bush was so arrogant (and Reagan, but never mind). Obama was going to fix that by crawling on all fours around the globe, bowing to dictators and licking their boots and lo, the world would see a new, loveable Unites States. Well he tried it, and Der Spiegel reports that it’s a bust.

When he entered office, US President Barack Obama promised to inject US foreign policy with a new tone of respect and diplomacy. His recent trip to Asia, however, showed that it’s not working. A shift to Bush-style bluntness may be coming.

There were only a few hours left before Air Force One was scheduled to depart for the flight home. US President Barack Obama trip through Asia had already seen him travel 24,000 kilometers, sit through a dozen state banquets, climb the Great Wall of China and shake hands with Korean children. It was high time to take stock of the trip.

Barack Obama looked tired on Thursday, as he stood in the Blue House in Seoul, the official residence of the South Korean president. He also seemed irritable and even slightly forlorn. The CNN cameras had already been set up. But then Obama decided not to play along, and not to answer the question he had already been asked several times on his trip: what did he plan to take home with him? Instead, he simply said “thank you, guys,” and disappeared. David Axelrod, senior advisor to the president, fielded the journalists’ questions in the hallway of the Blue House instead, telling them that the public’s expectations had been “too high.”

The mood in Obama’s foreign policy team is tense following an extended Asia trip that produced no palpable results. The “first Pacific president,” as Obama called himself, came as a friend and returned as a stranger. The Asians smiled but made no concessions.

Lost Some Stature

Upon taking office, Obama said that he wanted to listen to the world, promising respect instead of arrogance. But Obama’s currency isn’t as strong as he had believed. Everyone wants respect, but hardly anyone is willing to pay for it. Interests, not emotions, dominate the world of realpolitik. The Asia trip revealed the limits of Washington’s new foreign policy: Although Obama did not lose face in China and Japan, he did appear to have lost some of his initial stature.

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Darn it, all the good stuff happens when I’m away

This town's not big enough for both of us, mister

Acting a tip to Chief David Ridberg himself, Greenwich’s finest travelled to Norwalk and busted a woman who claimed to be a cop. Turns out that she is one, but Ridberg was unapologetic about the devotion of manpower sent to apprehend the alleged impersonator.”We’ve got all the time in the world to investigate a serious allegation like that,” Ridberg told FWIW’s Scusie. “If it means that a seatbelt violator gets off well, that’s too bad, but we can’t afford to let this kind of behavior go unchecked. We do the cop impersonations around here, and if amateurs start horning in on our act, where would we be then?

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Gay camo fashion

I suggested to a friend of mine that he and his companion would fit more comfortably in the rural community they weekend in if they found some matching camoflauge outfits to prance around in. He assured me that, if I could think of it, someone had already done it and, sure enough, Ralph Lauren has. Here are two shots from the man’s collections. You can see from the first picture why city boys would get the cold shoulder at the hunter’s breakfast on opening day. The second is quite the improvement.

Excuse me, can you tell us of a good place to find linen bargains?

Hello, sailor! Got your buck yet?

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Climaquiddick: the debate is over

Just as has been said by some of us all along, the global warming hoax is based on manipulation of data, outright lies and suppression of dissenting views. This is not about science and investigative research, it is religion, and a received truth that is inarguable.

To think that just two years ago American schoolchildren were exposed to Al Gore’s famous, and infamously false, “hockey stick graph” of ever-rising temperatures and instructed by their teachers that this was truth. I wonder if there will be new school assemblies now, in which students will be warned of the danger of listening to charlatans who own 110′ houseboats and private jets?

The New York Times and its ilk are busy ignoring this story but the revelation of fraud should kill Obama’s cap and trade bill anyway. The real danger is the EPA, however,  which is busy drafting regulations to shut down the economy  as I write. These madmen are not elected and, if you recall, Obama used them as a threat to press for his more “modest” bill: “It’s cap and trade or the EPA”. He was telling the truth, for once.

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While I was away ….

The market continued to tank despite my silence. Go figure. Case Shiller Index looks terrible and “experts” are predicting another 10-15% price decline. Makes sense to me and probably worse in Greenwich since we still haven’t taken the hit areas like California and Las Vegas have. This might be a good time to present that low-ball offer you’ve been thinking about because surely sellers, or some of them, anyway, are getting nervous about their “wait til the market comes back “strategy.

On the other hand, I was astonished to see that 8 Bramble Lane in Riverside sold in just 30 days at its full asking price of $1.795 despite an assessment of $1.2 million. Someone must have really really wanted to live on that street and had a bonus check to spend in a hurry.

More typical is 108 Park Avenue in Greenwich, which started two long years ago at $5.7 and sold for $3.2. I received several complaints from readers that the listing agent refused to accept bids if they came from a buyer represented by another agent. I hope this isn’t true (but what an odd story to make up) but in the event, it did produce a double commission for the listing agent. Won’t she have a merry Thanksgiving.

Way up north in Farwell Street they’re probably planning on a sawdust replica of turkey. The owners paid $5.15 million for their house back in 2002, relisted it at $6.650 in ’08 and dropped the price while I was out trying to reduce the deer infestation in Delaware County to $4.9 million.

And so it goes.

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Run, Bambi!

And run he did – saw just a fleeting glimpse of a buck, and that was about it. So it’s turkey for the Fountain family and Cos Cobber’s dinner tomorrow, much to the relief of most of my relatives. Next year.

UPDATE: Who knew? I’m now fashionable – The Times reports that hunting is now the “in” thing. It reminds of a decade or so ago when Ralph Lauren decided that outdoor garb was just the ticket to spike sales and he dressed up an entire collection of pansies in blue jeans, flannel shirts and hiking boots and posed them near canoes and in various outdoorsy settings. For a brief spell I could have been on the man’s best-dressed list but he moved on, and I fell from fashion. Until now.

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