Daily Archives: August 30, 2009

They must be getting ready to declare it a suicide

25 years after 13-year-old Matthew Margolies’ murder, police are hopeful of solving case. Detroit may have us beat on number of bodies but Greenwich is surely the unsolved murder capital of the country.

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Why I worry when we buy Greenwich cops new toys

I'm shocked to discover that you've been speeding!

I'm shocked to discover that you've been speeding!

Bad people will use their toys badly. Here’s a Syracuse cop tasering a mother who was driving her two kids around. His first explanation for pulling her over? She was on her cellphone. When she demanded to see his car’s video tape because she wasn’t on her phone, he said he’d clocked her going 50 mph in a 45 mph zone. When she wasn’t duly respectful of him or his amended claim, he tasered the bitch, just to teach her a lesson. Today he’s in the news, explaining that, while “the video doesn’t look good” he really had to do what he did to save the citizens of Syracuse from this dangerous felon. Uh huh.

I know lots of Greenwich cops who are great individuals – I have also encountered a few who seem to hate their job and the citizens they police. I worry that some of the latter will end up with the cool new gear we’re passing out like candy over at headquarters and will succumb to their itch to try it out. I say, arm our men and women with peashooters. Until that happens, if a cop stops you, stay in your car and don’t even think of arguing with him. There are some seriously deranged bullies dressed in blue and out on our streets and they’re armed and dangerous.

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Earthquake!

 (Minor) earthquakes struck in both South Carolina and Okalahoma today, serving as a reminder that we still don’t know what causes them. Plate tectonics can explain the San Andreas Fault, with the Pacific plate burrowing under the continental plate (or maybe the continental plate’s moving north, or both – it’s been a long time since I studied geology at BC), but today’s quakes occurred along intraplate faults. This is nothing new; the New Madrid Missouri earthquakes in 1811-1812were tremendous – far more powerful than the 1964 Alaska quake, and the earthquake of 1886 wracked Charleston, South Carolina. Still, it’s all kind of cool, especially if you’re not living above one of these when it goes. But don’t beat yourself up with remorse and guilt if it does: it’s not your fault, so to speak.

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Why we mustn’t remind 78-year-olds of youthful frolics

I mentioned earlier today that we boys used to jump from the catwalk on the I-95 Mianus bridge and have received this picture just now from Monica Noel. Such a shame (but quick work on the stone mason’s part).

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It’s the politics, dummy

Ann Althouse points out that “womens groups” overlooked Chappequidick, the Palm Beach Rape, the molestation of waitresses etc. by the late and unlamented Teddy Kennedy because they aren’t really about womens issues, they’re about liberal politics. And abortion. Just ask Bill Clinton, who knew how to keep these dumb broads in line.

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Go, and sin no more

In an amazing display of brotherhood and good feelings, the Democrats are going to overlook House Ways and Means Chariman Charlie Rangel’s long history of tax fraud, tax evasion and general lawlessness that is being slowly exposed, so long as he doesn’t do it again. Nancy Pelosi, having “drained the swamp” and rid the capital of its “culture of corruption” now sees no further need for ethics. We got rid of Bush, now it’s back to the business of running this country.

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Houses for sale

Connecticut is considering selling off some residences along Route 7 it aquired when it planned to expand that route a few years ago. You can’t say this is a hurried decision: in 1973, I used to visit one of these homes when it was rented by a friend of mine. It was a beautiful old house whose owner had been told would soon be condemned. He moved out, rented to my friend and now, just 36 years later, it seems the property won’t be needed after all.

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Help Wanted

“Mianus Bridge jumpers sought“. Back in the 60’s, this was a rite of passage for all idiot 13-year-old boys. Once was enough for me, and in those days we jumped from the catwalk running under the old bridge and not from the deck itself, but nice to see that some traditions (and jumpers) still survive.

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