Daily Archives: May 3, 2010

Blumenthal a showboat? Say it ain’t so.

Our ridiculous senator-wannabe, Dick Blumenthal, has gone on TV to denounce Craig’s List. Nothing unusual about that from this man, but Craig’s List’s CEO’s response is priceless:

Deja Blumenthal

True to form, CT AG Blumenthal is once again indulging in self-serving publicity at the expense of the truth and his constituents — touting a subpoena on television and telling whoppers about craigslist “reneging” on promises — even before craigslist had been served with a subpoena.

As AG Blumenthal knows full well, craigslist has gone beyond fulfilling its legal obligations, far beyond classifieds industry norms, has more than lived up to any promises it made, and working together with its partners is in fact a leader in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation.

With his senatorial race in full swing however, AG Blumenthal won’t let the facts get in the way of a good photo op. Or as I heard while in his offices 2 years ago — “The most dangerous place on earth is getting caught between Dick Blumenthal and a television camera.”

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CIA “star” tasered twice while being arrested for rape

42-year-old converted muslim crack addict and rapist was “a rising star” in the CIA serving as station chief in Algeria and doing tours of duty in Afghanistan and Egypt.

Local ABC affiliate WVEC reported earlier this week that neighbors of Warren noticed odd behavior in the weeks prior to the hotel room arrest. The acquaintances said that Warren displayed his genitals outside his pants.

Warren is now in federal custody and was transferred to Washington on Thursday. The former CIA chief of station in Algeria faces one federal count of sexual abuse.

Hmm – I wonder how long it took the CIA to notice their station chief was hanging his genitals outside his pants?

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World’s largest sloop pulls up in Greenwich

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Pretty cool boat, owned by former Greenwich resident Joe Vittoria (Avis CEO, once).

Although he does own a 31-foot power boat in Florida, something he calls a “runabout,” sailing is Vittoria’s passion.

“It’s cleaner, it’s quieter, you are basically moving on the wind.”

That’s sweet, and I don’t disagree with Mr. Vittoria’s sentiments, but when I checked the yacht’s website, I was reminded of the adage that the second happiest day of your life is when you buy a sailboat and the happiest is the day you sell it.  Turns out, the Mirabella is for sale. Oops.

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You mean it wasn’t the Tea Party?

The war continues. ABC:

Federal authorities are closing in on the man they say is a person of interest in the Times Square car bomb attempt this weekend, who is described as a naturalized American citizen who hails from Pakistan and just returned after spending five months there. There is growing evidence the bomber did not act alone and had ties to radical elements overseas, with one senior official telling ABC News there are several individuals believed to be connected with the bombing and that at least one of them is a Pakistani-American.

Authorities said another clue in the investigation is a video posted online early Sunday morning by persons in Connecticut, who may have been involved in the bomb attempt and are being sought by law enforcement. The video, posted on a site registered one day before the attack, has the Taliban in Pakistan claiming responsibility for the attempted bombing.

UPDATE: a 19-year-old co-ed sold the SUV to the bomber. The feds say she isn’t a suspect and I imagine that’s true.

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Coming our way

Best of the Web reports:

Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
“A doctor denied vital cancer treatment said yesterday that she had been betrayed by the NHS,” reports London’s Daily Mail. The NHS, of course, is the National Health Service, Britain’s socialized medical system:

Becky Smith, 30, has been refused a breakthrough treatment which could prolong her life by up to 20 years.

The drug refusal came after her breast cancer was missed four times.

Without the treatment she may only have 18 months to live, the NHS surgeon has been told.

She said: “I feel so let down. I’ve given my all to the NHS and I could give it another 20 years, doing the work I love. I just need this treatment to give me a fighting chance.”

Dr Smith’s NHS trust has refused to pay for the £23,000 [$35,000] treatment, although it is available from 40 others, including one only five miles from her family’s home.

She now faces the agonising decision of whether to cancel her wedding to her childhood sweetheart and allow her retired parents to remortgage their home to buy her the chance of extra years of life.

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I blame BP

Volcano’s ash shuts down Irish airspace. If they cared about our environment they’d have stopped it by now.

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A (somewhat) surprising contract

186 Shore Road

This a beautiful house and exceptionally well made but its location on Shore Road always turned me off as did the fact that its waterview was down a neighbor’s driveway. It started a year ago at $7.995, dropped to $6.995 and has just been reported under contract.

Not a crazy price, it just demonstrates that some people are less bothered by traffic than are others.

UPDATE: word is price is $6.665, plus a whole bunch of extras put in at builder’s expense.

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