Daily Archives: February 26, 2010

Never mind now, what about then?

Fresh from extending the Patriot Act and reauthorizing the torture of prisoners, the Senate, under Vermont Socialist Patrick Leahy, is whining about missing emails from the Bush administration and John Yoo.

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Dress up your garage

A reader sent this along:

Impress your neighbors with Amazing Garage Door Covers!”
A German firm called “Style Your Garage” – creates posters for garage doors that make it look as if it’s actually showing the interior of your garage, and what’s in it.
Prices range from $199 to $399 for the double-door.


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More on Peter Pervert’s bankruptcy filing

Oooh, Petsey, is that little thing just for us?

Buhl on Brant

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Snowfall 7 inches at best – Walter Noel dismayed

But Monica swore it was a foot or more!

Snow storm’s a bust.

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Twilight Zone

Welcome to Riverside!

Here in Riverside, the sun’s out, the snow’s melting and all is fine, but I hear reports that it’s snowing in Central Park. Really? Or are we being hit with media hysteria? Bizarre.

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I never asked!

We love Charlie!

Rangel says he’s been exonerated. “My staff, they knew who was paying for my junket, but me? Me? Hell, I just stuffed the ticket in my pocket and went. What, you think I should have asked? Fuck you!” Nancy Pelosi continues to support the Chairman of the house Ways and Means Committee because “well heck, he’s a Negro – everyone knows they have no morals”.

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Green demolition

These guys still have good stuff, despite their firing some great people. You won’t have the expert advice anymore, but if you know what you’re doing, there are good deals here.

Description MRSP GD Price
Vanity w/ Wood Top and Sink $   3,000 $999
Maple Natural Cabs w/ Laminate Wood edge $ 12,000 $4,999
Pullout Table, Golden Oak $ 10,000 $2,999
Entertainment Center, White Painted Oak $ 12,000 $2,999
Birdseye Maple Cabs w/ Black Gloss Attache $ 10,000 $2,999
Black Gloss Formica Cabs w/ Glass Doors, Avonite Top & 2 Sinks $ 25,000 $4,999
Natural Cherry Cabs w/ Glass Uppers, White Corian Top $ 15,000 $4,499
White Formica Cabs w/ Terrazzo Top $ 15,000 $3,999
Frosted/Bleached Oak Cabs w/ Pink/Gray Corian Top $   9,000 $1,799
White Laminate Cabs w/ Gray/White Corian Top and Backsplash $   9,000 $1,799
Vanity w/ 2 Pullouts, Marble Hardware, Corian Top, and Mirror $   8,000 $2,999
Winter White on Oak Cabs, Vermont Verde Marble, Viking 36″ SS Hood w/ Blower, Franke Sink & Faucet, and 3 Island Chairs $ 40,000 $15,999
Cherry Cabs – Refrigerator Cabinet Front, Upper, Pantry (3 cabs) $   8,000 $2,999
Wall Units, Wood Cabs w/ Glass Doors $   8,000 $2,999
Base w/ Microwave Cab, Granite, Walnut Tops $   4,000 $1,499
Wine Rack $   4,000. $1,499

Very Interested? As this one was so last minute and we have no layouts in advance, make a visit to the Bethel and Honesdale stores.

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Cowards!

Allahu akbar, baby!

Danish paper apologizes to Muslims.

Too bad. Here’s another:

Persian boy readies for education and punishment

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Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen

My favorite radio station, WFUV 90.7 FM, just played an old Robert Earl Keen song and I was reminded how much I like this guy’s music. Quite the fellow. “Feeling good again”

Here’s a video of one of his lesser, but very funny, songs.

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Going out in style

Who, me?

William Delahunt, the Massachusetts Congressman who, years ago, let Amy Bishop walk after shotgunning her brother, has burned through $550,000 in “campaign funds” on dinners, family salaries and such while raising no further money. He’s not expected to run for reelection. No worse than the usual Congressional junkets to Europe that these old frauds take during their last days in power, but it does speak volumes about the contempt they hold towards their constituents.

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Stupid criminal tricks

Nothin' in here, Boss!

A drug pedlar who is “well known by the police” is arrested as he tries to fly into Nantucket with bricks of marijuana in his backpack.

It seems to me that if I were well known by the Nantucket police, I’d find another venue to sell my illegal wares, but that’s just me.

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Online extortion?

The WSJ’s law blog discusses an interesting lawsuit against Yelp, an online review site. According to the suit, after a negative review of a business pops up, Yelp employees offer to remove the negative post in exchange for a six month advertising committment. Gee, I wonder if there are any houses out there that I don’t like?

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Girls celebrate with beer and cigars, IOC gets huffy

Great article from Canada here. Good for the girls.

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No storm in sheltered Riverside but …

The New England coast is getting slammed – 91 mph gust in New Hampshire. I haven’t checked yet but I’d guess Nantucket’s going to lose some more beach. UPDATE: the forecast yesterday predicted `15 to 20 foot waves on the island. Bummer.

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Assessed value = market value?

16 Carpenters Brook

Not always, obviously, but it’s a good starting point these days. The number, you will recall, is an estimate of a home’s 2005 value X.70. And in many cases, that’s just about right: we’re down 30% from 2005 prices (and way down from 2006 and ‘7, when houses sold, on average for 2X their assessed value). 

Here’s a case in point: this house on Carpenters Brook, brought back on the market today by Shore & Country at $1.350. Its assessed value is $1.145,550, close enough, given some negotiating room, to be right about where this is priced. It failed to sell last year at $1.595 – it’s got a better chance of selling now. 

Of course, Carpenters Brook is way off the map in our northwestern border and doesn’t command the price of Riverside or Old Greenwich, so you can take this assessment number only so far. But again, as a benchmark, I find it useful. The original assessments should have incorporated that value difference and, from what I can see, the price decline has been pretty uniform throughout town.

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Why do we spend money on this at all?

The BET cut a portion of funds from the office of Emergency Management, which seems to be nothing but a soft job for our supposed-to-be retired fire chief. $51,000 is better than the $71,000 we’ve been paying but is this really a position we need? It was created after 9/11, understandably, but I’d think that eight years on, our police and fire departments have had enough time to develop emergency plans and don’t require the services of an old crony to help them out.

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Things are different now

Politico: What would Nancy do?

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He’ll be lucky to serve out his term

New York’s accidental governor Paterson drops election run.

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Coming closer

32 Center Drive

This is a funky, quirky little house on Center Drive that I like very much, but it started at $1.549 back in 2008 and that was just too high to consider even bidding. It’s been dropping, slowly, and today it’s down to $1.190. Personally, I think its assessed value of $968,000 (or so) is closer to the mark, but at least now you could toss a bid in around there and have a reasonable chance of it being considered.

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Delaying the inevitable

Obama considering plan to halt all foreclosures until HAMP reviewed. It seems to me that this just prolongs the agony and will merely delay for a year the massive market reset that’s required. But Obama’s never struck me as a market kind of guy.

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