Daily Archives: February 27, 2013

Greenwich tax collector too broke to dress himself

Taxpayer

Taxpayer

Our fellow citizen  Tod Laudonia wants a $2,500 clothing allowance to buy himself sharper threads. This is a family-friendly blog, so I’ll just say that the request should be turned down as inopportune.

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Not a parody, this is really true

 

 

Made your campaign contribution to the Democrats yet?

Made your campaign contribution to the Democrats yet?

Cuomo to exempt Hollywood stars from the new gun control law. Because actors can be trusted, unlike New York State residents, who use drugs, booze and spend six months of the year in rehab.

Learn from the master

Learn from the master

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Lament the late, great state of Colorado

 

So when's recess?

So when’s recess?

Denver: parents of six-year-old “transgender” sue school district for access to girl’s bathroom.

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White House: how are we supposed to know what Homeland Security’s up to?

What does it matter now?

What difference does it make?

Obama claims he “wasn’t aware” that thousands of illegal aliens had been released back onto American soil by his cabinet secretary. Of course, now that she’s done it, what can we do? It’s all the fault of that evil sequester plan I proposed, anyway.

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Gosh, even Bob Woodward’s figured out Obama’s game plan

Mission almost accomplished. "We're working on it."

The disarming Kenyan strikes again

And is disgusted.

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward attacked President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying the commander-in-chief’s decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier because of budget cuts is “a kind of madness.”

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’” Woodward said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document?” Woodward added. “Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

The Pentagon announced earlier this month the U.S.S. Harry Truman, which was supposed to leave for the Persian Gulf, will remain stateside due to budget concerns.

UPDATE: White House to Woodward: “You will regret doing this.” Nixon’s enemies list, anyone?

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You can sell your house or you can stick a great big price tag on it to impress your friends

 

331 Round Hill

331 Round Hill

331 Round Hill Road first hit the market 722 days ago in 2010, when it was priced at $4.2 million. It sold today for $1.9

 

5 Keofferam rd

5 Keofferam rd

On the other hand, 5 Keofferam Road in Old Greenwich took 200+ days to receive an accepted offer, even though, in my opinion it was fairly priced at $3.395.  So sometime the right price is a necessary but not sufficient condition. The wrong price, however, just kills all possibility of sale.

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Too bad Greenwich Time’s cub reporters aren’t allowed to ask questions

Jonathan DuBoise (middle, effecting the really cool ascot look)

Jonathan DuBoise (middle, affecting the really cool ascot look)

The newly-formed Greenwich Knotted Knickers group, an anti-gun association, held a church meeting last night and said all the usual things.  No news there, but a striking solution to mass murders by gunmen was proposed by an attendee or his  Pathways House companion, and I wish the reporter had demanded that he defend his idea.

Greenwich resident Jonathan DuBois said he attended to see what was happening, and felt discouraged by the slow-moving process.

“It’s very, very discouraging to us that issues of public importance like this can’t be resolved,” said DuBois, 72. “If they passed a tax law, $2 per bullet, maybe something will happen.”

GT doesn’t bother mentioning that Mr. DuBoise is Chairman of the Greenwich Housing Authority, a huge ($18,000 contribution in 2012) supporter of Obama or an employee of the Rockefeller’s Indian Spring Land Development Corporation (which is ironic, because while Indian Spring is preparing to clear-cut its woods from Zaccheus Mead to Riversville Road, DuBoise is hanging out at Greenwich Tree Conservancy cocktail parties, as seen above).

But the question I’d have asked this tree-hugging, chainsaw Democrat is how exactly how he thinks imposing a $2 per cartridge tax would reduce the possibility of another Sandy Hook massacre? Such a tax would affect only target shooters, because only target shooters buy ammunition in large enough quantities to feel the pinch – will ending target practice reduce gun violence? If so, how? It’s a simple question, but DuBoise’s answer would have been fun to hear.

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New listing on Riverside Lane

 

76 Riverside Lane

76 Riverside Lane

No. 76, asking $2.195 million. If I had to live on Riverside Lane, the trio of homes here built in 2002 would make the experience endurable. They back up to the Mianus River conservation zone (or whatever it’s called – no one can build there, which is my point) with  a trail to the river itself. I remember these as well built homes and if you ignore the traffic whizzing by in front and concentrate your attention on the river below, it’s a pretty nice spot. Is $2.195 the right price? Given recent sales of similar homes on the other, none Mianus side of the street that were in the $1.7 range, probably not too far off.

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Another case of an agent who didn’t read Freakonomics

329 Shore Rd

329 Shore Rd

According to the authors of Freakonomics, real estate agents price their own homes higher than they do those of their clients, hold out longer, and get a higher price in the end. Had she read the book, perhaps this agent would have done better than getting just two out of three of those.

329 Shore Road “on the Belle Haven peninsula” (which means it’s not part of Belle Haven at all) was built in 2006, priced by its builder/owner/agent at $5.2 million that year and kept on the market for 915 days until late 2010, when it was pulled. It came back on at $3.495 last August and today reports an accepted offer.

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Obama declares war on the American people

Look at those little wetbacks run!

Look at those little wetbacks run!

This goes beyond politics and exposes the man for who he is and what he’ll do for political gain. For the first time, Michelle is proud to be an American.

Department of Homeland Security releases thousands of illegal aliens in attempt to stop sequestration. Next week, if Republicans are still holding fast on limiting sending, he’s unleashing more plagues, including frogs, deadly gases, anthrax and nuclear waste. He thinks he’s Moses; he’s Pharaoh.

The Department of Homeland Security has started releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails in anticipation of automatic budget cuts, in a move one Arizona sheriff called politically motivated — and dangerous.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more than 500 detainees in his county alone over the weekend. A spokesman for Babeu told FoxNews.com that ICE officials have said they plan to release a total of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants.

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Bad ideas never die

UPDATE: I spoke too soon about the zombie project: BET Democrats and Republican    are ready to dump $200,000 more into the sink hole, to hire a consultant. Forget the pool, why on earth does the town need to spend $200,000 to hire an outsider to move this scheme through our own zoning process?

Though Tarkington is opposed to the funding request for the pool, which is leaking water through cracks and has no restroom facilities, it does not appear to be enough to stall the funds.

Her three colleagues, fellow Republican and committee Chairman Joseph Pellegrino, and Democrats Jeffrey Ramer and William Finger, spoke in favor of moving the project along.

Check out this bit of objective, fact-based reporting by Greenwich Time:

That should come as good news to Byram residents for whom the pool, the only public facility of its kind in Greenwich, is a source of embarrassment among residents of the neighborhood and the greater swimming community. The project’s supporters, including the Junior League of Greenwich, have faced an years-long battle to secure preliminary funding.

The $200,000 would be used to commission more detailed drawings of the project and to steer it through the land use process.

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I do believe the Byram pool project has been shelved, at least until 2199

GHS Music Hall, opening Night (representative image - need not be built)

GHS Music Hall, opening night (representative image – need not be built)

Clean up costs for GHS field estimated at up to $146 million, before overruns.

It would likely take 60 dump trucks six days a week over a 10-week period for each of the next 12 summers — all at a cost of $146 million to local taxpayers — to remove several feet of toxic soil from Greenwich High School under the most expensive and aggressive cleanup option presented to the town by its environmental consultant Tuesday night.

Kind of makes the $50 million anticipated to be spent putting a music hall on top of the dirt a mere rounding error.

 

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