Monthly Archives: August 2012

He doesn’t call, he doesn’t write

Are you sure they said Miami, DB?

Convention ends without a single postcard from Dollar Bill or his Occupy friends.

THE SWEETNESS OF THEIR BITTER TEARS: Occupy RNC ends in tears, frustration. “Republican National Convention protesters sobbed in each other’s arms as their weeklong series of protests came to an abrupt and unremarkable end… Following a fragmented march against the GOP, TheDC’s photo team spoke to several protesters who said they were disappointed by low turnout at protests and the lack of open discussion between protesters and Republican leadership.”

[Professor Reynolds] Pro Tip: It’s easier to have an “open discussion” with people when you’re not dressed as a giant floppy vagina.

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At Harvard, learning by doing

Joe Biden addresses graduates: “Hey, I did it and look where I ended up!”

Half the students in Harvard’s gut course ” Introduction to Congress” accused of cheating on final exam.

“We always stress academic integrity with our students,” [College Committee on Academic Integrity head Jay Harris]   said. “It’s very hard to explain to someone that even though this course was about Congress and students might therefore believe that cheating was both expected and appropriate,  this raises ethical concerns and that’s not OK.” [Note from our lawyers: this quote has been juiced up a bit - Ed].

What’s most impressive about this story is the intended punishment for anyone proved to have cheated: probation, no milk with their cookies and a really, really scary lecture from the dean. Some colleges – I attended a couple of them – expel, or used to expel students caught cheating. Not so at Harvard, not any more. “There’s a crying need for Harvard graduates on Wall Street,” Harris [could have] said. “We can’t just cut off the spigot now and abandon our benefactors.”

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Professional colored man issues State Department guidelines for PC jive

You people are soooo dumb!

“Chief Diversity Office” John Robinson grunts and squeezes and pinches off a lesson cautioning fellow State Department employees how to speak in today’s illiterate society.

For instance, Robinson warned, “hold down the fort” is a potentially insulting reference to American Indian stereotypes.

“How many times have you or a colleague asked if someone could ‘hold down the fort?’” he wrote. “You were likely asking someone to watch the office while you go and do something else, but the phrase’s historical connotation to some is negative and racially offensive.”

He explained: “To ‘hold down the fort’ originally meant to watch and protect against the vicious Native American intruders. In the territories of the West, Army soldiers or settlers saw the ‘fort’ as their refuge from their perceived ‘enemy,’ the stereotypical ‘savage’ Native American tribes.”

He singled out another phrase, “Going Dutch,” as a “negative stereotype portraying the Dutch as cheap.”

And “rule of thumb,” he wrote, can according to women’s activists refer “to an antiquated law, whereby the width of a husband’s thumb was the legal size of a switch or rod allowed to beat his wife.”

Further, he explained, “If her bruises were not larger than the width of his thumb, the husband could not be brought to court to answer for his behavior because he had not violated the ‘rule of thumb.’”

He went on to urge caution over the word “handicap,” as some disability advocates “believe this term is rooted in a correlation between a disabled individual and a beggar, who had to beg with a cap in his or her hand because of the inability to maintain employment.”

Look – there’s nothing wrong with a smart black man figuring out a jive and making a living off his scam, as this guy has done for decades – he was an assistant dean at Brown University, for instance (snicker – see Rhode Island bankrupt, below – ED) but is there really no one left in our political world to at least resist this bullshit?

Here’s just a sampling of fact, all available at an expenditure of just minutes on the Internet, vs. what this fat, ignorant huckster claims is truth as he sees it:

“Rule of Thumb” - The earliest citation comes from J. Durham’s Heaven upon Earth, 1685, ii. 217: “Many profest Christians are like to foolish builders, who build by guess, and by rule of thumb.”[1]

“Hold the Fort”: Oops! That done don’ mean nuttin’ bout chicken feather injuns neither, Kingfish! Probably goes back a thousn’ years ago or so, back looong before whitey done showed up on dese shores.

“Handicap” does not mean “cap in hand”, as the buffoon believes. It dates back to at least 1643 and refers to a barter transaction.

I’ll give the man this much: “Going Dutch” was indeed intended as a slur and dates back to the Anglo-Dutch War in the 16th Century, when Holland was a world power and thus engendered ill will among citizens of other nations. “Dutch Courage” (booze-aided), “Dutch Treat” (no treat at all), Dutch Wife (prostitute) and on and on, these were all fun terms used during a time of active hostilities. That war is over and, speaking as one with a great deal of Dutch ancestry in my heritage, I can say that all is forgiven, and if you want to treat me like a Dutch Uncle, go for it. (Somehow, I doubt anyone at the State Department is losing sleep over whether a person of Dutchness is subject to 16th Century slurs directed at his ancestors.)

But John Robinson should be returned to the street immediately and no replacement hired. You want to cut government spending, I can think of no better place to start.

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Not that EOS needs reminding but ….

Get out while the getting’s good

Rhode Island has arrived at Hell in its hand basket.  Lots of reasons listed here but I’m surprised they don’t mention corruption: that will crush an economy faster and more permanently than anything else: ask a Russian or African.

When it comes to state economies, bigger is not necessarily better — cf. California.

But the nation’s smallest state remains stuck in reverse while the rest of the country slowly regains its footing.

Pick any survey or economic indicator, and Rhode Island is at the bottom.

The state was the only one to register rising unemployment last month.

They also scored dead last in CNBC’s survey of states’ business climates, third-to-last in Forbes’ and fifth-worst in the Tax Foundation’s.

Companies who’ve recently laid off workers there include Blue Cross/Blue ShieldHasbro — and, last February, every teacher in Providence.

We asked to two Rhode Island economists why such a small state could have such massive problems, and they were unanimous in their response: the state has the same problems as other former industrial powerhouse states, but lacks the Rust Belt glamour and urgency to have done anything about it.

“It’s not a recent problem,” he said. “It has a history that goes back to the 1990s, when the U.S. economy moved away from a traditional economy,” to a knowledge-based one. “With that, you had to change the way you organized your economy, a more flexible system to take advantage of innovation.

“We failed to make that transition.”

Permits can take months to get approved, and regulations remain excessively burdensome, he said.

Recent history has further compounded the problem, he said. After 2003′s “Great White” concert fire, which claimed 100 lives, the state revised its firecode that Tebaldi says unwittingly made it one of the most expensive in the nation.

University of Rhode Island Professor Leonard Lardaro agreed.

“Going back decades, if there was any revenue stone to be gotten” state leaders would grab it, he said.

An even greater problem, he said, was brain drain.

“The most glaring deficiency is the lack of skilled workers,” he said.

While the state trains a lot of skilled people, there is no knowledge-based economy to keep them from leaving for Boston or Connecticut, he said.

 

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Chris Matthews should move to Greenwich so he can meet some genuine black people

That suppressed homosexual Chris, “I feel a tingle down my leg” Matthews says he’s an expert on race relations because “I go back to living in D.C. all these years. I’ve lived there 40 years, a black-majority city, and anybody who wants to get up early in Washington and drive down North Capitol and drive past Florida Ave., sees nothing but young, but black people up at 6:30 in the morning going to work.”

In fact, Mr. Matthews lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with a resident population of ten blacks. Confronted, Matthews expressed surprise: “You mean those maids and domestics going to work don’t live here? Well then, how about my garbage man, did you count him? He’s definitely a real kneegrow. I’m pretty sure he has a garage apartment somewhere around here and he’s my bro – I speak rap with him and everything, twice a week on pick-up days. So I know these folks”, he insisted, “they’re my peeps”.

If Matthews wants to expand his consciousness while still remaining safe and living in a nice, safe neighborhood, he really should come on up here – I’ll sell him a house next to Wilbur Peck.

Eat your heart out, 50 Cent!

UPDATE: Inagua points out that, when he’s not getting down with his black brothers, Matthews spends time with “the people” at that bastion of the underprivileged, Nantucket. Notice that he’s got the right wife for that too: just as the Golden Retriever is the official dog of Nantucket, so too is its human equivalent: blonde, spoiled and vacuous.

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Democrat’s panicking, lose their pointy heads

Does this dress make me look stupid?

Democrat Party Chairman Debbie Wasserman crashes the Republican convention. Why would Democrats break the long-standing tradition of each party leaving the other alone during their conventions for such a meaningless display of impotence? What was this supposed to achieve?

Wasserman’s appearance in the convention hall (she dragged along that lady who demands free birth control, for reasons as mysterious as her own) was so pointless, so bizarre, it can only be a sign of hysteria, and I don’t think that hysteria is confined to two ugly women – the entire party is losing it. That happens when you have a candidate trying to run away from a record of sheer incompetence and failure, I guess.

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Business? We don’ wan no stinkin’ business!

 

Time out – wait’ll you see her next year!

Stamford opponents seek to derail Bridgewater’s headquarters plan.

The redevelopment of south Stamford, 1,000 high-end jobs (plus, presumable, many more less-well-paid positions), property tax revenue, vs. an aging old marina. It’s their city, and the boaters and anti-development can do as they wish, but their opposition and determination to obstrcut and preven this project strikes me as ill-advised.

But zoning and development plans for the site stipulate the land must be used for water-dependent purposes — specifically, a working boatyard. A move to build a corporate headquarters there needs approval from city officials, who still have a cease-and-desist order pending against BLT for failing to provide plans for replacing the boatyard. BLT has appealed the order.

“It’s really going to become a land-use issue,” [Mayor] Pavia said. “A Zoning Board and a Planning Board review process that I believe will be very involved, probably one of the most involved land use issues that they’ve ever had to face.”

Two officials with perhaps the most power over the project’s future, Planning Board Chairwoman Theresa Dell and Zoning Board Chairman Tom Mills, were invited, but did not attend Thursday’s meeting. Mills said he decided to stay away after Save Our Boatyard members criticized the gathering.

“We were getting a lot of calls from people thinking there were backdoor deals going on and everything else,” Mills said. “I don’t need to stir up the pot any more than it’s already been stirred. They didn’t want me to go so I didn’t go.”

Dell could not be reached for comment Thursday. Maureen Boylan, an organizer with the Save Our Boatyard organization, accused city officials of holding a “secret meeting.”

“Why was it not an open meeting?” Boylan said. “They can try and fast-track it all they want, but it’s not going to happen. Legally, this deal should not be happening because the property is not zoned for it and it violates all the rules in place.”

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Shipped off to Bridgeport, where they’re needed?

 

Take a left at the St. Louis Arch!

Sixty-percent of Wisconsin’s black voters have been disappeared. Two plausible explanations: (1) they existed only on election day and returned to vapor when their job was done or (2) they’re more useful elsewhere.

Chicago’s already got all the (mostly-dead) voters the Democrats will require, but around the nation, local pols are calling for help – can’t you hear Dannel now?

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Two sales reported

27 Leeward Lane

27 Leeward Lane in Riverside, waterviews (if you crane your neck), sold today for $4 million. This was a nice house but limited, perhaps, by the decision to renovate the existing house, which wasn’t that great, rather than starting anew. But the final result was beautiful – there was nothing wrong with this house, which lingered for some months in a hot Riverside market, except for its original price of $4.875. Once that was addressed, it sold.

11 Bayside Terrace, also in Riverside, had no such problem. Priced at $1.065, it sold almost instantly for $1.075. Probably a teardown but it could certainly be brought forward from 1954 to today and you’d have a nice house.

 

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So why won’t Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods label their products with their country of origin?

Alas, poor Yorkie! I knew him, Horatio

Patrons of those stores presumably care more about what they ingest than us mere mortals because they pay so much more for their staples, like quinoa and malted milk balls. For “competitive reasons”, these chain stores refuse to disclose where their stuff comes from, leaving their customers in the dark (where admittedly they live anyway, so as to avoid the dangers of sunlight) and unable to determine where that bit of parsley, still foaming with pesticide and rinsed in sewage water, might have been grown.

Yet Mexico ships us deadly mangos while China continues to flood our shores with tainted milk, poisoned shrimp and, you ask, what in God’s name else? Doggy treats – tired of Fido? Feed’m Chinese turkey jerky.

You can learn all about the presence of trans fats or nut oil in your box of Orgasmic Oats, but not where the gluten-free wheat was grown and contaminated. That doesn’t bother me, but I wonder at the SUV Mommies’ naivety and blind faith in the goodness of mystery food from Trader Joe and his friends.

UPDATE: To respond to comments: “Trader Joe’s does not provide ‘country of origin” disclosures on most of its private label brands, citing reasons of food source and supplier secrecy”. (Besides, all you devoted shoppers, the stuff about Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s was mostly intended as filler to give me a chance to post a bad pun – ya wanna eat at Joe’s, s’okay with me).

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Good news for the human race haters at Environmentalists R Us

Loved “The World Without Us”? *Join Earth Day rallies to cheer on the elimination of er, us? Then here, let me make your day: Drug resistant tuberculosis is spreading around the globe and headed our way. What with super-bugs becoming immune to antibiotics, a good scourge of TB should help achieve every budding environmentalists dreams.

Most troubling was an interview with a 12-year old girl who said she had been taught in school that global warming was real, that there were too many people on the planet, and that, based upon what she has learned at school, humans should not exist.

Her mom stood next to her, proudly looking on.

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No surprise here

Dannel Malloy addresses the faithful

A reader sends along news that Governor Dannel Malloy has appointed a communist to the post of Commissar of Labor. Sharon Palmer, currently head of the American Federation of Teachers (do tell – Ed), attended and was honored at the 2004 celebration of the founding of the Communist Party USA. She gave a stirring speech and then returned to foment revolution among the mush-heads under her charge.

Here’s a thought experiment: would you be comfortable with a governor who recently attended a celebration of the Communist Party’s founding? Who accepted an honorary award from the group? And what if, instead of attending such a convention himself, he appointed to a top position in his administration someone who did?

And if that doesn’t give you pause, try substituting the Nazi Party for the Communists – same philosophy of state ownership of individuals yet for some odd reason, the Nazi’s engender more loathing among many people. Should Malloy appoint a member of the Nazi party to be his Labor Reichmeister?

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Peter Malkin for Mayor

Okay, here in Greenwich we eschew the title Mayor and use First Selectman as a tonier alternative, but if you want a snappy headline, gotta go for mayor. In any event, Malkin has proposed dumping our current First Selectman Peter Tesei’s idea of relocating the town’s Senior Center to prime waterfront property the town owns at the Island Beach ferry.  Instead, Malkin suggests, build a center on a currently-unused parcel of the YMCA and lease the waterfront land to a developer for high-end luxury housing.

I’d go Malkin one better: close the existing center, toss the old folks out and sell the land to a developer to return it to the tax roll. But, like Malkin, I’m not running for mayor, so I can say such cruel things. My guess is our politicians will buy us another new building to maintain and the seniors will be playing bingo there for years to come.

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They’d better hurry and put Friends of Barry’s on their boards

Chinese solar energy industry collapsing. Over-production, poor quality and cheap government cash that hid the problems. Sounds familiar, somehow, but I just can’t put my finger on it.

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Bank Owned bargain?

No pictures posted yet but Niagara Bank has put 17 Sherwood Avenue (just off Riversville Road) back on the market at $1.899 million, a tad less than the $1,999,999 mortgage it foreclosed on. I loved this house when I last saw it. It was built in 1787, updated but not ruined, in my opinion, over the years, and still retains 2+ acres of great yard and, if I remember right, a separate barn with, maybe, an apartment above? Don’t hold me to that last part.

The previous owner paid $3.150 million for this at the height of the market in 2007. That proved to be unwise but, depending on whether Niagara Bank is willing to take a hit, there could be a very good buy here. One way to find out, of course: make an offer – can’t hurt a bank’s feelings.

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Keith Koffler pans Ann Romney’s speech

Koffler writes at TheWhitehousedossier.com and I usually agree with his take on things so this doesn’t fill me me great optimism. I hope he’s wrong, for once.

Where Mrs. Romney really came alive and sounded most natural was in her praise for her husband. And that’s because wife of Mitt and mother of his children is the main role she’s played in life.

Even there, for me, she pointed to the weakness of the candidate. Mitt, she said, will work hard. He’ll care. He’ll “move heaven and earth” to “fix problems.” Not once did she say he was a conservative or that he had any guiding philosophy.

And that’s exactly the problem with Mitt. He thinks he can assemble America’s Best and Brightest in a boardroom – in this case the Cabinet Room – and just figure things out.

 

 

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Here’s a surprise: media airbrushing out blacks from convention

I don’t have the energy to duplicate Glenn Reynold’s roundup of the major media’s deliberate attempt to stick to their story line: Republicans evil white racists, “African-Americans” cheerful, playful darkies dependent on Democrats for life itself. Can’t maintain that story line if there are actually intelligent, articulate kneegroes speaking at the Republican convention, so the press just ignores them and refuses to allow viewers to learn of them, let only listen to what they’re saying.

Here’s Glenn’s report detailing all this.

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Not even completed but sold already

Go figure

16 Hendrie Avenue, asking $4.150 million reports an accepted offer. Not my choice of an idyllic, peaceful street but then, I’m not buying it.

Its price is in line with two other sales of new construction on Hendrie, one just a few doors up, the other on the corner of Bramble, so obviously there’s a market for homes with a view of the passing parade.

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Awww. Occupy protestors hit burn out

They’ve quit their pup tents and gone home to collect their allowances.How could this happen when they had such an appealing agenda, one praised by the president of the United States, no less, and Nancy, “God Bless the Occupy Movement” , Pelosi? Here’s one young man explaining what’s left of the group’s strategy for the coming weeks:

S17 organizers said at meetings in New York this month that they’re planning for teams of protesters to avoid police on Sept. 17 by circulating around intersections, holding spaces long enough to give out food or offer free medical care. “We are just going to cause chaos, period,” said Drew Hornbein, 25, who helped develop the website for Occupy’s New York General Assembly. “Have you ever been in poverty in this country? Talk about inconvenience. I don’t have any sympathy for anyone who has any semblance of middle-class life in this country — no sympathy.”

The left has always despised the middle-class, of course, so it’s no wonder that Hollywood and Washington have so loved the Occupy mob, but they keep forgetting: most of us are middle-class, and don’t really want to be eliminated. I suspect that we know that there’s only so much room in Upper West Side penthouses and if, as in New York City, the country is to be divided into a thin strata of the super-rich and the rest consigned to poverty, we of the middle-class will be polishing, not riding in those limos.

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We don’t have an office yet, but our logo is ready

“Especially Smooth” R Us

Lockwood & Mead, the Oldest Names in Greenwich Real Estate

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