Daily Archives: January 6, 2010

Wait ’til he’s unionized

Snoozing TSA guard missed Newark man slipping past security line. Placed on “administrative leave” If this happens next year, and it will, the son of a bitch’s union will see to it that he gets a medal and a promotion.

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Why do I think someone doesn’t want a park at the power plant?

The P&Z turned down the proposed park at the old New Haven RR power plant last night, ostensibly because they just discovered that FEMA flood regulations control use of the site. Well gosh, the property does abut Cos Cob Harbor and FEMA, in its wisdom, has always labelled that harbor a high impact area, so everything along its shores is subject to FEMA’s whims. Where’s the surprise? But so far as I know most, if not all of the proposed park is perched way above the 16 ‘ (?) minimum for the high impact zone – my questions then, are why didn’t the P&Z know of FEMA regulations years ago, as they have been avid enforcers of those exact regulations against home owners for at least a decade, and why are they suddenly worried that the playing fields 50’ above sea level are subject to FEMA? I smell a rat here – in fact, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Fudrucker and his cronies weren’t planning to sell the whole thing off to Verizon for a cell tower site.

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Teri Buhl’s already hard at work at Greenwich Time

Nice link to a Dodd appearance on Meet the Press where he explains why the right and responsible thing to do is to help out his hedge fund pals who had paid him so handsomely.

UPDATE: Mother Jones put up a detailed posting back in April of some of the many, many financial types giving money to the this awful man. I’ve said before that his entire presidential “campaign” was nothing more than a fund grabber from the industry he regulated and nothing that’s happened since has convinced me I was wrong.

Update Update: I went searching for my first anti-Dodd posting but it was lost when Google banned me and I switched to WordPress. I did discover this post from April Fools day, last year, passing on my very first boss’s guarantee that Dodd was not going to run and that Blumenthal would. I’m obliged to keep that gentleman’s identity secret, but, for a Republican, he’s pretty plugged in to Demmerkrat politics.

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Still in the doldrums

Nothing exciting in new listings so far this week and in fact most of those labelled “new” are actually just expired listings coming back on. I see that 8 Sunshine Avenue is on its 3rd or 4th broker and has dropped to $1.350 from its dreamed-for price back in 2006 of $1.995. Assessment is $821,000, but at least the owner’s heading in the right direction.

The builder/developer who owns 31 Indian Field Road, however, must be made of sterner or more optimistic stuff. Despite being unable to unload the piece since 2008, he’s back on now at $625,000, barely a budge from his original price of $679.

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Two more sale prices reported

21 Willowmere Circle

21  Willowmere Circle in Riverside was an August contract that just closed. Asking price was $7.4 million, selling price was $5,875,500. Assessment was just $4.3.

And another creek neighbor of mine sold his house (November contract) at 29 Palmer Island for $1.767, down from its first asking price of $2.279 (quickly adjusted to $1.859) and even below its assessed price of $1.825. It’s a nice house in excellent condition.

29 Palmer Island

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Ethanol + Congress + tax $ = exactly what you’d think

$4 billion wasted on “bio-fuels” in 2008 alone, adding $1.95 per gallon of gas, for nothing (good).  Congress is increasing the ethanol requirement from 10% to 20%, which should finish off your engine. If Maine held its presidential primary before Iowa. we’d be cramming blueberries in our fuel tanks.

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Cell phone towers

14 Mead Avenue (proposed)

I was skimming around the Internet just now and found this company selling disguised cell phone towers. Heck, seems to me we could have one of these in Pinetum and hardly know it was there.

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This is rich

Nigeria is suffering a plague of cellphone scammers

He says his uncle has died in a tragic plane crash in the United States ....

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Someone’s buying land again, and marginal land at that

Three land contracts announced today, two of which surprise me (Butternut Hollow is a nice lot). 638 North Street, that two acre plot bounded by North, the Merritt entrance and the Merritt itself, was asking $995 last time I looked, below its assessment of $1.1 but still, who’d want this land?

And 15 Quaker Lane, nice land but with serious wetland and other building issues, is also under contract – it was asking $1.795. This could be a bank sale – I haven’t followed the foreclosure action on it, but someone apparently wants it, at some price.

So I find that encouraging.

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Let there be light

Earliest pictures of the universe yet.

The universe is thought to have begun some 13.7 billion years ago with an energetic burst known as the Big Bang. As the universe expanded and cooled, the building blocks of matter began to distill from the seething soup of higher-energy particles the Big Bang created. The universe cooled to the point where it was populated by run-of-the-mill molecules. Roughly 75 percent of the matter in the universe was hydrogen, 25 percent helium, along with traces of a small handful of other elements. No stars shone. No galaxies pirouetted.

At some point between 100 million and 1 billion years after the Big Bang, cosmologists calculate, the universe slowly began to switch on the lights. The cosmos shifted from the cold and opaque aftermath of the Big Bang to a transparent universe filled with the dazzling display of stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters, and super clusters that humans gaze on today.

“We don’t know who pulled the trigger” on this period, known as re-ionization, says Rogier Windhorst, a cosmologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and a member of the Hubble team.

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Strange, but true – marriage works despite age difference

From the Onion, of course.

GREENWICH, CT—Despite their disparate backgrounds, lack of mutual interests, and seemingly insurmountable gap in age, former Miss Kentucky finalist Amber Williams, 26, and multimillionaire real estate mogul Chester R. Williams II, 61, told reporters Monday that they somehow continue to make their marriage work. “The moment I saw her, I knew I wanted to marry her,” said Chester Williams, adding that the couple’s relationship has inexplicably persevered despite the fact that they usually only see each other one or two nights a week. “Amber said she had always been waiting for somebody like me to come along and sweep her off her feet. I suppose she was exactly what I was looking for, too.” Sources close to the pair confirmed that it is almost as if the two were “made for each other.”

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What did they promise Dodd to persuade him to quit?

Something nice, says the Daily Beast. Fudrucker, who seems to have a good ear for Democrat shenanigans, says he’ll be Ambassador to Ireland by next year. That makes sense – he already has a house there, paid for by taxpayers.

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I’d worry too, having seen the movie

I think it means Luca Brasi is in Mexico

Dead fish alarm Mexican authorities

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TSA – we’re in the best of hands

The suspicious bag that closed down the Minneapolis airport yesterday actually belongs to the airport authority itself and is (was, anyway) used to mark the end of a luggage load.

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And the Chicago way again

C-Span clips showing Obama promising 8 separate times to televise the health care hearings. Of course now that there will be no hearings, I guess those promises are no longer operative.

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The Chicago way

Not enough blacks passing the cop entrance exam? Get rid of the exam!

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It’s not Mustique but the Noel girls can still have fun!

Marisa Noel enjoys a roll in the snow

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Politico’s reading of winners and losers of Dodd’s exit

Interesting speculation. I think this paragraph on losers is apt or at least, how I see it too:

3. Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon. Alas, it was too good too last. Blumenthal is as popular as any Democrat in Connecticut right now, with sky-high name recognition and a decades-long rep as a corruption fighter. The NRSC and the state party had been pulling their punches for weeks in hopes that Dodd would retain enough of a pulse to stay, wounded and ripe, in the race. That’s over. While Dodd and GOP Gov. Jodi Rell tanked over the summer with below-40 percent approval ratings, Blumenthal happy number was hovering around 80 (!) percent.

That’s unsustainable. But Democrats are heaving a huge sigh of relief this morning that Blumenthal is now their candidate instead of Dodd — regardless of all the “Black Tuesday” headlines.

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Sales activity

30 Mallard

30 Mallard Drive, listed at $995, sold for $832.5, assessment $635,000.

38 Orchard, listed at $977.5, sold for $795, assessment $637,000.

84 Butternut Hollow, listed (in 2008) for $2.595, dropped to $1.789 and has a contract. Assessment: $2.246

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December contracts

Nothing happening so far this week, so I thought I’d check out what happened last month in the way of contracts on single family homes. Not bad.

We had 36 contracts last month, compared to just 7 in ’08, 23 in ’07 and 49 in ’06.

The price ranges were interesting. Here’s ’09 c0mpared to ’06:

2009                              2006

11 <$1                           7 <$1

9 $1-$2                        13 $1-2

3 $2-$3                        11 $2-$3

3 $3-$4                          7 $3-$4

4 $4-$5                        3    $4-5

0  $5-$8                       6    $5-8

6 $8 -12                       1    $12

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