PETA cancels “greased pig” protest

Ingrid Newkirk, PETA

PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk: “Never mind!”

They were geared up and ready to go until finally convinced that a man on skates in a pig costume was the object of their hysterical compassion.

Quoting her organization’s motto, PETA spokesman Ingrid Newkirk said, “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy” – obviously, however, an adult male is none of those, and may be treated as an insensate object: “fuck ’em”,  Newkirk told FWIW..

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Connecticut: where all the teachers are not only above average, they’re exemplary!

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“Well, we never said we were advocates for children”

98% of Connecticut public school teachers are rated “proficient” or “excellent”.

Public schools throughout the state — even urban districts like Bridgeport, New Haven and Danbury — are flush with great teachers.

That’s the most prominent finding in the state teacher evaluations this year — the first time student performance was factored into the review.

Results show that 98 percent of teachers were rated as proficient or exemplary. That’s out of 38,913 evaluations, across the state for the 2013-14 school year.

To some that outcome was no surprise. To others, it signals that the new system may actually hurt — not help— their ability to get rid of bad teachers.

“If you are focused on student learning outcomes, it can sometimes mask actual practice,” Bridgeport Interim Schools Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz said.

Rabinowitz said she can tell by observation if a teacher isn’t up to par.

But if student performance goes up anyway, the new system can leave the teacher with a higher rating and their job.

“When all is said and done, I think the state has to take a step back and look at it,” Rabinowitz said. “(Statewide) we still have 98 percent of teachers either proficient or exemplary — so what have you gained by doing this?”

In Bridgeport, where 13 teachers were deemed below standard, Rabinowitz was not able to say with certainty what became of them.

Imagine how truly awful those 13 teachers rated sub-par are, and pity their students. For that matter, pity all slum children, regardless of their teachers’ ratings.

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I don’t know what happened to the common law doctrine of an “easement by necessity” over in England, but here’s an object lesson in the importance of researching your title before buying

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Mr. Keith King, retired, lottery winner, grasper

New home owner being held to ransom by neighbor who owns the strip of land between owner’s driveway and the street.

That neighbor, a Mr. Keith King, didn’t know he owned the strip until recently, but instead of doing the neighborly thing and, say, giving his neighbor a license to use it, he rubbed his hands in glee and prepared to cash in:

Mr King, 62, said Mr Kisacikoglu had offered him £2,000 for the crucial strip, but he rejected the offer as ‘derisory’ and wants a lot more.

‘The discovery I owned the land was like finding a rare painting in the loft,’ said Mr King.

Mr King, a retired sound engineer, said: ‘I did not know about the ransom strip until after I paid off the mortgage and received the title deeds.

I thought it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I approached Mr Kisacikoglu when he bought the house. Yet he offered me £2,000. I’m not seeking millions of pounds but want a fair amount.

The cobbles owned by Mr King are known as a ‘ransom strip’ – a small but crucial piece of land which is needed to access a property, commonly a development site.

Planning experts say the ransom strip could be worth around £500,000.

There’s a reason back lots on a shared driveway trade at a discount, and there’s a reason why your lawyer – and your lender, if you have one – insist on a  thorough title search. Both the discount and the requirement for a title search stem from the same objective fact: some people are assholes.

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Over in Europe, there’s a feminist brain meltdown going on

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“Blame men, not immigrants!” Really?

What to do, what to do? On the one hand, as true progressives, they must side with the refugees who, after all, represent post-Colonilism white man repression (or something), but these refugees are mostly – 70% – men, and we all know how evil that creature is.

Carrie Lukas: “Of course, there’s a way out for feminists: Refocus on the core principle of defending women’s equal rights and fair treatment. This requires recognizing that the West — including Western men — have actually come a long way in protecting women from physical harm and enabling their full participation in the public sphere.”

Glenn Reynolds: When you yammer about a nonexistent “rape culture” at home, and then import millions from a genuine rape culture, it’s not likely to go well. And you can’t acknowledge anything good about Western men, or that would defeat the entire purpose of feminism, which is to cow and silence Western men.

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Tone deaf

This picture of Chelsea Clinton campaigning in New Hampshire Monday in a Canada Goose “Shelburne”, $750.00, struck me as a pretty apt symbol of what’s not working in her mother’s campaign. Canada Goose makes fabulous coats, incredibly warm, but they’re also expensive and are, for now, very stylish among Manhattanites and their ilk.

In Greenwich, a $750 parka would go unnoticed or, if spotted, be  viewed as the choice of an economical shopper, but in New Hampshire, where Hillary was trying to overcome her image as a billionaire  indifferent to the middle class,  a $125 Carhartt would have been the wiser choice.

And I’ll bet the campaign staff never noticed or even thought about it. Arrogance got her nowhere.

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Chelsea Clinton in Canada Goose

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There may be hope for the country yet

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No shit – actual illustration of a children’s site Ask.com, (http://www.ask.com/science/disadvantages-global-warming-1b94cbd5cfe010f3) “explaining global warming. Polar Bears: North Pole; Penguins: South, but why quibble about scientific accuracy when you’re teaching global warming?

Survey: 70,000 teachers are “bringing global warming denial” into their classrooms.

The news is presented as though that’s a bad thing; I see it as a good start.

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Progress in our time

On March 17, 1930, construction began on the Empire State Building, and in a White House ceremony May 1, 1931, President Hoover threw  switch that turned the lights on in the completed structure up in New York.

After the Twin Towers were destroyed by Muslim terrorists in 2001, jurisdictional and insurance disputes kept construction of a replacement stalled until 2006. Work began that year, and was finally completed in 2015.

On February 12, 2016, Greenwich announced that a bridge on Brookside Road would be rebuilt, estimated time, 4 months. 

That time table brings us closer to the Empire State Building’s 14-month construction pace and not, God help us, the Trade Center’s 9 years, but looking at the two structures, our piddly bridge and the building on 34th Street, I think we’re actually closer to the Trade Center’s speed  in this era than that which prevailed (with hand tools!) in 1930.

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The Hudson River, it ain’t

 

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