Daily Archives: July 3, 2010

35 Years for killing a cop?

Or  anyone, for that matter. I don’t know the facts of the case, but I don’t see a 35 year imprisonment as adequate punishment for deliberately taking someone’s life.

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How the hell did this get past airport security?

Maggots from rotten meat cause cancellation of flight. My goodness, when Ma and I travelled to Italy last fall they TSA people searched her and her artificial knees as though she were Osama himself. So how does someone board a plane with maggot-infested meat? Was it in a 4 oz. plastic bag? Idiots.

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Well, at least it ain’t my arm

Ligament damage? Expect arthritis. That sucks – I’ve definitely done some serious damage to the ligaments in my ring finger on my right hand – and unfortunately, I’m right-handed – and I was considering consulting a hand surgeon. But hell, maybe I’ll just live with it.

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This is what not to do

Man blows his arm off with fireworks. Bad move. Kids (of all ages – like 57-year-olds) you wanna have fun, build a potato cannon.

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The return of old style policing or just a new kid on the block?

Gideon’s Pal Susie walked their dog Perkins, a well behaved, well trained Lab, down to Binney for the pre-fireworks fun, then Susie wisely brought him back to our house before the booms began. Exiting the tunnel, a cop directing traffic pointed out that Perkins had “no collar, no tags and no leash” (all of which were  at our house). “But he’s with me,” Susie replied and the cop, to her astonishment smiled and returned to directing traffic.

Now this may not strike you as the minor miracle that it is, but it has been my experience lately that many (certainly not all) on our police force  serve with  a chip on their shoulder. That fact that this guy could asses the situation, see that Perkins was not a threat to public safety and let it go is refreshing. I do appreciate the job our police do – really – but it would be nice if more of them could ease up on their attitude a bit.

Regardless, I think it’s cool that this particular policeman observed a (minor) violation, pointed it out, and then dropped the matter. It probably didn’t hurt that Susie’s beautiful – I’d have no doubt received a citation, but still ….

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Biden is in Iraq

Biden is a very smart fellow, which is why I detested his anti-fee trade position – I thought he was too intelligent to really believe what he was saying. But he’s the point man for the White House in the Mid-East, and  I, at least, find that reassuring. I think Joe Biden is one of the brighter lights of the current administration.

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Idiot Republican

Michael Steele calls Afghanistan “Obama’s war”. I have many, many issues with our president, but to pin Afghanistan on him is inane. Smarter Republicans are calling for Steels’ resignation.

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I’ve mentioned this story a couple of times, but InstaPundit is doing a far better job of covering it. Black Panthers engaged in voter intimidation and the DOJ has squelched any investigation into the assault. It’s pure black politics, and it’s (almost) shocking that the main stream media is burying it.

Washington Times:

Where is the New York Times? Where is The Washington Post? Where are CBS and NBC? A whistleblower makes explosive allegations about the Department of Justice; his story is backed by at least two other witnesses; and the allegations involve the two hot-button issues of race and of blatant politicization of the justice system. A potential constitutional confrontation stemming from the scandal brews between the Justice Department and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A congressman highly respected for thoughtfulness and bipartisanship has all but accused the department of serious impropriety. By every standard of objective journalism, this adds up to real news.

Or it would be real news if a Republican Justice Department stood accused. It would be real news if the liberal media weren’t mostly in the tank for our celebrated but failing first black president.

Tomorrow, the Civil Rights Commission will hear long-awaited testimony from J. Christian Adams, who resigned from the Voting Section of theJustice Department after the department improperly ordered him to refuse compliance with the commission’s lawful subpoena. Mr. Adamsfirst told his story in public in these pages on June 28 and later did two major interviews with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. In those appearances, he flatly accused the Obama Justice Department of adopting an unlawful, immoral policy identified in previous Washington Times editorials – namely, enforcing civil rights laws against white perpetrators who victimized minorities but never against black perpetrators who victimize whites or Asians. If this is indeed the policy, it makes a scandalous mockery of the cherished American principle of “equal justice under the law.”

All these allegations stem from what should have been a slam-dunk voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party videotaped in menacing behavior outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. The Obama Justice Department dropped or seriously reduced all the charges or penalties in the case after it already effectively had been won. Mr. Adams’ former colleague, longtime award-winning civil rights lawyer Christopher Coates, has been reported on multiple occasions to have backed Mr. Adams’ version of events and of the Obama team’s openly discriminatory policy.

If the department’s motives are not racial or racist, Justice officials surely appear political. One of the Black Panthers against whom thedepartment declined to press charges was an official poll watcher for the Democratic Party and an elected local party official. The departmentdropped charges just four days before another election, allowing him again to serve as a poll watcher.

Mr. Adams says the official most directly involved in dropping the case, Steven H. Rosenbaum – whose ethics have been subject to judicial sanction – refused to read his own team’s legal briefs before deciding to dismiss the case. Mr. Adams accuses Thomas E. Perez, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, of providing false answers in testimony to the Civil Rights Commission.

On a parallel track, The Washington Times has reported strong circumstantial evidence suggesting that department officials may have consulted the White House before dismissing the case. That possibility, too, cries out for investigation.

These broad policy questions and suggestions of political chicanery are important. Do we have a nation of laws equally applied to all, or is justice being reduced to raw politics? Investigating such questions is the essence of the news business. Failure to look into such a scandal is evidence of the institutional corruption of the much-ballyhooed “fourth branch of government,” a supposedly independent media.

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Mallard Drive

Sorry – picture won’t load, for some reason, but have you seen the house going up on Mallard Drive? It’s got to be 6,000 square feet, twice the size of its neighbors. So much for FAR regs, but I question the wisdom of building such a large house on a street with more modest neighbors. It’s not a bad-looking house at all – in fact, I rather like it – but it dwarfs the other houses on the street, and it seems to me, solely as a personal opinion, that that will not be a wise decision.

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Noise

Ole's creek,7:15.7/03/10

It’s a beautiful morning here on the creek and I’ve been up since 5:15, watching egrets stalking crabs and swallows catching flying bugs – truly a wonderful beginning to the day. But good God, it’s noisy! I – 95 sounds as though it’s five yards away, even though it’s at least a half-mile north, and my neighbor down the creek (I suspect it’s our local real estate genius lawyer, Tom Ward’s) air conditioner sounds like a 747 preparing for take-off,

I have no idea what atmospheric conditions cause noise to travel so far on certain days, but they do. I don’t want to take away from the most infamous quote on this blog of the Realtor who compared Merritt Parkway noise to that of a “babbling brook”, but if you can trust a real estate agent, some days are just different than others.

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The New York Times covers the attack of the coyotes

And does it very well – good article.

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Well this is just great – our only hope just got busted

Cops arrest man who was preparing to ward off the next scheduled alien invasion.

FAIRFIELD — A local man, who police said was preparing for an alien invasion, was arrested on a warrant Thursday morning, a little more than a month after he paid cash for a .30-06 rifle advertised in a classified ad.

After the sale took place at 57-year-old Dane Eisenman‘s Sherwood Drive home, the Danbury resident who sold the rifle to Eisenman reported Eisenman talked about using the rifle to kill aliens, police said.

While the seller initially thought Eisenman was joking, he went on to say that every 30,000 years, aliens who live under the sun come to Earth to kill humans, and so he plans to be prepared for them because “they’re going to be coming soon.”

Eisenman is a convicted felon and is not allowed to own handguns or rifles, police said.

Police issued a warrant for Eisenman’s arrest, and he turned himself in about 11:15 a.m. Thursday on a charge of criminal possession of a firearm.

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Will Illinois collapse before New York and California?

The NYT suggests so. The Times suggests that it’s a failure to tax its citizens enough, but I don’t agree – as we’ve seen here in Connecticut, for every dollar raised in revenue, politicians spend two. You can never tax enough to satisfy the spenders.

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