Daily Archives: October 22, 2009

If they were legislators, no problem

Two state workers arrested for operating “man cave” in Albany.

ALBANY – Two state workers accused in July of operating a “man cave” drug and party den near the Capitol were indicted on 22 criminal charges including cocaine and marijuana sale.

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“Instead of working, these state employees allegedly used public property and taxpayer-funded time to nap and party in a den of illicit activities,’’ Cuomo said in a statement.

The pair was initially suspended in July in the wake of a report from state Inspector General Joseph Fisch, aided by a State Police undercover probe, that said they had used a state parking garage storage area as a secret hideaway and base for dealing marijuana. No mention was made of the cocaine sales alleged in the new indictments.

I’m just guessing here but, given the track record of the place, I’ll bet most of their customers were elected representatives.

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Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

walkthelight in the showerWhale washes ashore in California. “Otherwise, it looked healthy,” scientist observes.

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You can’t drive home to Cos Cob from Minnesota

Even using a Cos Cob GPS

Even using a Cos Cob GPS

Minnesota man pleads guilty to drunk driving in his La-Z-Boy.

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So I back up and try again – what’s the big deal?

Who wants to go to Minneapolis anyway?

Who wants to go to Minneapolis anyway?

Commercial jet overshoots Minneapolis 150 miles, comes back, eventually.

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He must have spent summers in Greenwich with his grandparents, PaPa and BitsyBoo

Brunswick Boy

Brunswick Boy

Georgetown sophomore advertises for personal assistant.

Cooper, 19, logged on to the university’s student employment Web site last week and posted an ad for someone to tackle “some of my everyday tasks,” such as organizing his closet, dropping him off and picking him up from work, scheduling haircuts, putting gas in the car and taking it in for service, managing his electronic accounts and doing laundry (although the assistant will be paid only for the time spent loading, unloading and folding clothes, not the entire laundry cycle).

The successful applicant can expect to work three to seven hours a week and make $10 to $12 an hour, although “on occasion it will be possible to work additional hours and/or receive bonuses at my discretion.” Preference will be given to Georgetown undergraduates, Cooper says in the listing, and the assistant can spread his or her tasks throughout the day.

“As my PA you will receive an email once a day by 9:00 am with a task list for that day and a time estimate for each task,” Cooper wrote in the job listing, which was first reported by the student newsmagazine, Georgetown Voice. “Important tasks will be bolded on the list and must be done that day (even though everything on the list should theoretically be finished on a daily basis). At the end of the day you will send me an email telling me what tasks are incomplete or that all tasks have been completed.”

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This should help those poll numbers climb back up

Hanoi "Spot"

Hanoi "Spot"

Save the planet, eat your dog, warmers say. Pet dog’s carbon footprint twice that of a Land Rover.

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How dumb was my valley

From the Journal’s Best of the Web comes this marvelous story:

By JAMES TARANTO

President Obama’s promise to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has run into a little obstacle: It turns out the place is full of terrorists! Like everything else, this is not Obama’s fault. The terrorists are there because George W. Bush put them there, leaving poor Obama once again stuck cleaning up someone else’s mess.

News travels slowly through the Northeast Appalachians, however, as the Boston Globe suggests:

The western Massachusetts university town of Amherst is mulling a resolution urging the Congress to release cleared Guantanamo Bay detainees into the United States and calling for the town to welcome those detainees into the community. . . .”The United States has a long history of being a place of refuge and asylum for persecuted people. There’s nothing new about this,” said Gerry Weiss, one of the two selectmen supporting the resolution. “This is the tradition of the United States.” . . .In briefing material supplied to the selectmen, the group said the resolution “asks our local community to look beyond the stereotype that all the men at Guantanamo are ‘terrorists,’ and instead to look at each man as a human being who deserves human rights and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”

There are five colleges in Amherst’s valley, at least some of which once had excellent reputations as institutions of learning. I hold an undergraduate degree in philosophy so it  hurts me to admit this, but I suspect the looniness up there would be less if four of those five schools weren’t focused on the liberal arts.

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Reader Stanwich finally sells his house in Cos Cob

Scusie snapped this picture of the happy fellow as he left his lawyer’s office this afternoon.

gucci loafer man

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But the debate is over!

Percentage of Americans still hoodwinked by warmers drops sharply. There’s nothing sillier or more inane that having “scientific truth” decided by popular opinion poll. I’m waiting for the day when scientists conclude they’ve been had, not the same group of people who believe Elvis is living on mars and that a free lunch is part of their birthright. But Owl Gore and his cronies have been using the mob to advance their political / religious agenda for several years now so it’s fun to see that effort failing.

Just a few years ago, Americans reached a consensus that the earth had warmed over the past few decades. These days, however, far fewer Americans believe in global warming.

A Pew poll shows that belief in global warming dropped to 57 percent from 77 percent.

Of course, this will drive the Warmers absolutely crazy. They claim that the scientific evidence for warming has increased over this period. So an increase in dissent from the expert’s position on warming is bound to birth anguish.

Here’s the AP’s report:

The number of Americans who believe there is solid evidence that the Earth is warming because of pollution is at its lowest point in three years, according to a survey released Thursday.

The poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that only 57 percent believe there is strong scientific evidence that the Earth has gotten warmer over the past few decades, and as a result, people are viewing the problem as less serious. That’s down from 77 percent in 2006.

The steepest drop occurred during the last year, as Congress and the Obama administration have taken steps to control heat-trapping emissions for the first time. The drop also was seen during a time of mounting scientific evidence of climate change — from melting ice caps to the world’s oceans hitting the highest monthly recorded temperatures this summer.

The poll was released a day after 18 scientific organizations wrote Congress to reaffirm the consensus behind global warming.

“The priority that people give to pollution and environmental concerns and a whole host of other issues is down because of the economy and because of the focus on other things,” said Andrew Kohut, the director of the research center, which conducted the poll from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. “When the focus is on other things, people forget and see these issues as less grave.”

Despite misgivings about the science, half the respondents still said they supported limits on greenhouse gases, even if it could lead to higher energy prices. But many of those supporters have heard little to nothing about cap-and-trade, the main mechanism for reducing greenhouse gases favored by the White House and central to legislation passed by the House and a bill the Senate will take up next week.

Under cap-and-trade, a price is put on each ton of pollution and businesses can buy and sell permits to meet emissions limits.

Other results of the survey also suggest that it will be tough politically to enact a law limiting emissions of global warming pollution. While three-quarters of Democrats believe the evidence of a warming planet is solid, and nearly half believe the problem is serious, far fewer conservative and moderate Democrats see the problem as grave as they did last year.

Regional differences were also detected. People living in the Midwest and mountainous areas of the West are far less likely to view global warming as a serious problem and to support limits on greenhouse gases than those in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Both the House and Senate bills have been drafted by lawmakers from Massachusetts and California.

Earlier polls, from different organizations, have not detected a growing skepticism about the science behind global warming.

Since 1997, the percentage of Americans that believe the Earth is heating up has remained constant — at around 80 percent — in polling done by Jon Krosnick of Stanford University. Krosnick, who has been conducting surveys on attitudes about global warming since 1993 was surprised by the Pew results.

He described the decline in the Pew results as “implausible,” saying there is nothing that could have caused it.

“Haven’t they seen the goddamned movie?” Krosnick screamed. “Are they aware that the man who made that film won the fucking Nobel Prize, just like Obama? What the HELL is wrong with them?

“Okay, that’s it,” he said, calming down. “It’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ day at their little brats’s schools every day, all day, until June. By the time we’re finished,” he vowed,”parents will be begging for cap and trade, even if they don’t know what the fuck it is. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

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How Joe Barbieri keeps in Bentleys

74 Lower Cross Rd

74 Lower Cross Rd

Someone else sold this beauty for $6,747,500 in August, 2003, but when the buyer decided to sell it again in February the next year she listed it with Joe for $6.995. It took him awhile, but he sold it to his own client in 2005 for $5.522 million – hey, even in 2003, you could over-pay for a house. In 2008, Joe listed it again, this time for $6.495 and reported it as under contract today. Will he get close to asking price after 18 months on the market? Has he found yet another of his own clients to sell it to? I’m not telling, but I’m pretty sure I saw Joe talking to a Bentley salesman the other day talking about 2010 models.

Joe Barbieri and date at Fondle My Paloma, Cos Cob

Joe Barbieri and date at Fondle My Paloma, Cos Cob

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Tick, tock

Presented without comment, the latest communication from the Sound View Drive condominium project

Beacon Hill

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Even for Cos Cob, this is a good deal

142 Cat Rock

142 Cat Rock

Pending, finally. Bought for $4.050 million, priced at $5.450 in 2007 (alright, that was silly), marked all the way down to $2.995 and selling, presmably, for even less. Excellent house for mid-$2s. Nothing like it, in fact.

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How to make a small fortune in real estate

Invest a large fortune in Cos Cob or Lyons Farm.

3 Jennifer Lane, off Bible Street, sold for $2.312 million in 2004, $2.255 million in 2007 and $1.690 today. Owie. Assessment is $1.8.

214 W. Lyon Farm sold for $1.750 in a bidding war in 2005 and $1.125 yesterday.

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Good thing Andres didn’t sell FGG investments to the Iranians

(Second) UN employee falls 44 meters to his death in UN’s Vienna headquarters. Nuclear scientist had been negotiating with Iranians. Reached for comment, Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg assured FWIW’s Scusie that “we’ve looked into it, and it’s a clear case of suicide”. The Vienna police will be shutting down their investigation shortly.

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What’s fraud got to do with it?

Federal judge denies TRO against Lend America after government can come up with only a dozen specific instances of fraudulent FHA loan applications.

In a press statement, Ideal Mortgage Bankers said: “Lend America is pleased to announce that today the court denied the Government’s request for an order prohibiting Lend America from originating FHA insured loans.”

Ideal added: “We look forward to continuing our partnership with HUD and our mission of providing affordable financing for those borrowers in need.”

That’s so sweet.

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Government helps four-year-old buy house

It’s your tax money but it’s her house.

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Cos Cob showpiece

home of the week
home of the week

Susan Nova, eat your heart out.

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There’s an optimist on every corner

17 Tomac Ave

17 Tomac Ave

Here’s a nice ten-year-old house in Old Greenwich that sold for $2.775 million in 2006 and was returned to the market in 2008 for $3.450 before the owner realized that the market had turned against him. He’s down today to $3.2 million, which is an improvement. Assessment is $2.390.

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Off to open houses (well, one, anyway)

Thanksgiving and the end of the fall selling season approaches and the sellers seem already to have given up and decided to wait the market out another six months. Open houses today are all retreads, a few with new prices (and one of which I’m working on), the rest still pie-in-the-sky dreaming with no hope of selling. And, as always, there are a bunch of those Stamford condos on Havemeyer available for inspection but that’s an opportunity I can safely postpone for another year.

26 Mohawk Lane

26 Mohawk Lane

Not to pick on any one house, but what is one supposed to do with this listing on Mohawk (up off of Stanwich) asking $7.850 million? It’s not to my taste but it’s well made, on five acres and is friggin’ huge. The seller paid $7.500 for it just a year ago, and, perhaps two years ago that wouldn’t have been nuts. But today there are so many homes in this price range that I can easily find a better location with the same style house and might even get a pool thrown in, which this one lacks. Unless someone really wants to live on Mohawk, I don’t see this moving without a substantial discount (that means a loss, I’m sorry to say).

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New Greenwich Police Headquarters

Curious how we could have spent $4,365 per square foot providing a new headquarters building for our boys in Blue, I assigned FWIW’s Scusie to slip in and snap some pictures before the place opens next Tuesday. Now I understand.

UPDATE: A reader points out that I forgot the chapel. My bad.

sistine chapel

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