Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Mortgage deduction on Obama’s chopping block?

As a policy matter, I’ve never quite understood why homeowners should be so favored over renters, but I don’t see this “reform” happening anytime soon and certainly not before Obummer’s re-election bid in 2012.

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Get real

ESPN will try using real soccer commentators to lure American viewers.

Look: we all know how to play soccer in the US. I played it, badly but enthusiastically, in the late 60s. It’s a great game to engage in, but watch it on TV? Fuggedaboutit. We don’t watch cricket, the rest of the world doesn’t watch baseball. Fair enough. There are some sports that can’t break through cultural barriers and soccer is one of them.

It’s only the New World Order types who seem to think we Americans should go with the flow and join up with soccer fans. The hell with that. I wish the World Cup fans all enjoyment, but I’ll be waiting for the real football season to begin, in September.

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I want this house

I’m not wild about the structure itself, and I don’t really want a private zoo, but kitchen walls stuffed with $18 million in C notes? That I like.

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When is a sale a sale?

4 Buxton Lane

 

This spec house was reported as sold last August for $2.4 million, a price that surprised me, all things considered. Now it’s listed for sale by the original builder on Craig’s List. Interesting.

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Rulers don’t like Office of Congressional Ethics

Discontent started with the Black Congressional Caucus but it turns out no one in Washington is happy having their little schemes revealed. The OCE will be gone after November and before the end of the year.

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Well this is hardly encouraging

Grand Central, here we come!

Metro North : New Haven line schedule will remain the same, but with fewer cars. Roof racks on top for overflow passengers?

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Antisemitism wins out over self-preservation

Gay teenagers hanged in Iran

Spanish homosexuals ban Israelis from participating in Gay Pride parade.

A delegation of gay residents of Tel Aviv has been banned from joining a gay pride march in Madrid because authorities in the Israeli city have not condemned the recent attack on the Gaza flotilla.

“After what has happened, and as human rights campaigners, it seemed barbaric to us to have them taking part,” explained Antonio Poveda, ofSpain‘s Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals and Bisexuals. “We don’t just defend out own little patch.”

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