Daily Archives: December 30, 2010

Nice job, John Robben

John’s a great photographer, but he tossed his camera aside to pluck a kid out of a creek at Innis Arden.

UPDATE: I really like this quote from the GPD, because Lt. Gray (by the way, what happened to my old classmate, GHS ’71, Lt. Daniel Allen?) gets what’s fun about sledding and other risky activities:

Lt. Kraig Gray, spokesman for the police department, said police were not aware of the incident, but urged residents to use caution when sledding.

“Part of what makes sledding fun is the element of danger,” Gray said “But it can be a hazardous activity, especially for young ones when they are not monitored closely.”

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Greenwich twins don’t know when to quit

Take the money and run, guys

Keep on keeping on. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss settled with Facebook for $65 million, but now they want more. Yeah, you were probably screwed, but how much do you need to move on and get a life?.

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A despicable old traitor

I so despise Coleman McCarthy that I refused to comment on his remark that ROTC students came from parents too poor to pay college tuition, but here’s someone who still cares.

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More on the FDNY exam

The Village Voice – The Village Voice! – has a great article on why the Fireman exam has no racial content. My (few) liberal readers won’t believe me, but surely they’ll go to the source of all knowledge and report back. The judge in question is demanding that NYC hire black folks who can neither read nor think, but are er, black. The city is resisting. I’m with the city on this one.

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And all without stimulus funds

Chinese immigrants expand from basement kitchen to 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse. That should produce more jobs than Obama’s $700 billion did.

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No new firemen for NYC

18 months ago, a federal judge ruled that the FDNY’s application test discriminated against blacks, not because of any specific requirements, but because fewer blacks passed than whites. He has prohibited the department from hiring anyone until it comes up with a test he approves of. He hasn’t liked anything yet and so, down 370 new firefighters that it needs, the city of New York is paying massive overtime to current fierefighters, ruining its budget and depriving 370 men and women jobs they want. So goes modern American society.

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Don’t be stupid

Owners of 32 Dairy Road paid $4.5 million for the place in 2008 and made the following improvements:

CONCEIVED & EXECUTED BY AN INTERIOR DESIGNER ADD’S & EXTENSIVE MODIFICATIONS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED. A 2ND FLR ADD W/BR SUITE OFFICE & PLAYRM/GYM, NEW KITCHEN, ALL NEW BATHS, CAL CLOSETS THROUGHOUT, CRESTRON SYS, NEW TELEPHONE SYSTEM, NEW SEPTIC, CUSTOM DESIGNED KOI POND W/NEW FILTRATION. THIS IDYLLIC HAVEN W/EXTENSIVE NEW LANDSCAPING. NEW POOL & WATERFALL, NEW POOL HSE, TERRACES & VINE COVERED PERGOLA & NEW CUSTOM AWNING OVER TERRACE.
Asked $5.495, got $4.4.

280 Stanwich

 At least this owner didn’t put anything into his purchase except for a heated driveway. Paid $2.5 for it in May, 2007, and sold it yesterday for $2.1 150. Even after commissions and taxes, he got off lucky.
 
 
 
Owners of this Old Greenwich ranch asked $1.695 for it in May, 2009, sold it yesterday for $1.250. I wonder how many buyers they lost between listing it and selling it?

27 Shadybrook Lane, Old Greenwich

 
 
 
 

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Buffalo shit

Would I lie to you?

Is there anything more annoying than a press release printed as a genuine newspaper article? I think not. This one claims that bison meat is so desired that producers can barely keep up with demand. Fine – and what’s that demand? 92,000 pounds per year. That compares to U.S. consumption of 27 billion pounds of beef in 2009.

I’m not anti-bison, I think they’re great. But newspapers who print ridiculous articles like this deserve to fold.

UPDATE: Do they read my blog? They’ve corrected the article to say that it’s 92,000 head, not pounds, and note that that is still less than 1% of U.S. beef production.

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Obummer’s multi-million dollar vacation

I don’t begrudge our president and his family a (nother) vacation,  and I wasn’t going to comment on this story, but the more I read, the more I wondered. The Prez could have stayed at the Marine base two miles away, saving a million or so on security costs.  I can see that three beach-front homes for Obummer and his friends would be more fun , but perhaps the Commander-in-Chief should share quarters with the troops he’s ordered into harm’s way?

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“We shall emulate France!”

Viva la non differance!

Cuba ends subsidies on soap.

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Mandatory blood tests?

We are rapidly going overboard.

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Profile in Courage

I once was blind, but now I see

 New York Governor Paterson demands criminal investigation into snowplowers union slowdown. What a hero, standing up to the unions. Of course, he does leave office at midnight tomorrow, so ….

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Old dogs have no teeth

Chris Dodd, who has about a week to go before he’s removed from the Senate, slipped a $100 million grant to UConn’s hospital in Farmington into the Obama Care bill. But now that he’s going nowhere, the money went instead to a hospital in Ohio. So Dodd’s constituents will be sending their dollars to Ohio. On the other hand, why should Ohio’s taxpayers have subsidized Connecticut’s? A nice lesson for those states, like ours, that send more money to Washington than they ever get back.

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As suspected, NYC’s snow removal woes were due to the union

Drivers were instructed to raise their plows, smash equipment, etc.

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