Daily Archives: February 16, 2010

Why I moderate comments on this blog

I approve probably 99% of all comments on this site, erring on the side of free expression, but the very fact that comments are moderated seems to deter the comments that drag down unmoderated sites. As the result, there are usually great, intelligent comments here, many from people who disagree with my politics, many that correct or expand on my knowledge of real estate or the financial world (an easy task), but all great stuff. This article from Canada, and its comments, reminds me of why it’s worth the effort.

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Leaving the reservation

Three biggies quit lobbying group for global warming.

Oil giants BP PLC and ConocoPhillips and heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. said Tuesday they won’t renew their membership in the three-year-old U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a broad business-environmental coalition that had been instrumental in building support in Washington for capping emissions of greenhouse gases.

The move comes as debate over climate change intensifies and concerns mount about the cost of capping greenhouse-gas emissions.

Crow Indians form tea party, demand the end of government subsidies.

Get blacks off the plantation and the middle class weaned from the Democrat teat and we have a revolution here.

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Cook show host fired for recipe suggestion

Do I really taste like chicken?

Cats are delicious! He maintained, and gets canned.

Bigazzi, a consumer affairs journalist and author of Cooking with Common Sense, has been one of the stars of La Prova del Cuoco for the past ten years. He is noted for his exuberant style and previously caused uproar by boiling lobsters live on the show. Yesterday he said that he had only been joking about the recipe, and he had been misunderstood.He added: “Mind you, I wasn’t joking all that much. In the 1930s and 1940s, when I was a boy, people certainly did eat cat in the countryside around Arezzo.”

Food historians said that Italians in cities such as Vicenza devised cat recipes in times of economic hardship. Inhabitants of Vicenza are still nicknamed magnagati (cat eaters), and in some butchers’ shops rabbits are sold with their heads to assure buyers that they are not cats.

My own* cat Henry would not be amused at being included in a casserole, but if this guy got in trouble before for boiling a lobster (instead of what, singing it to sleep?) I guess his days as a TV cook were numbered.

* house guest? King of William Street?

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Let India train the Afghan Army?

India has the experience, knowledge and will to do it, at a tiny price compared to what it costs us. And it would drive the Pakis crazy, never a bad thing.

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So what’s it worth?

A new listing in Havemeyer came on today at around $850,000 and I wonder whether that neighborhood still commands that price range? This sounds like a nice cape; it sold for $560 back in 2001 and its appraised value today is $549,000. I may be wrong, but it strikes me that the $549 value is closer to reality that the asked-for price. We’ll see.

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The periphery crumbles first

6 Old Stone Bridge

The Chimblo development of Old Stone Bridge, between Cat Rock and Cognewaugh, has never been one of the most desireable of neighborhoods but it still commanded a decent price in the past. But last fall, the best house on the street sold for $1.7, a big loss for the seller and today comes news that 6 Old Stone sold for $1.580 million. It last sold for $1.675 in 2003. Assessment is $1.2695.

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God bless them

MoveOn.org and other crazies will continue attacking moderate Democrats. You go, girls!

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Guinea pig – it’s what’s for dinner!

Better tasting than your neighbor!

Humanitarians to Congo: eat guinea pig, not the guy next door.

"So much tastier than Kwimbo and his wife were - I love it!"

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The New York Times on the end of global warming

Nothing to see here, move along, move along. Oh, by the way, the Nobel Prize winning IPCC’s conclusion that hurricanes have intensified as the result of global warming? Debunked. You won’t find that in the Times, either. The home base of Walter Duranty continues its legacy.

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Protecting its turf

After ignoring the tea party movement just as thoroughly as it has the explosion of the global warming myth, the Times now seeks to ridicule it and frame it as the next  militant hill billy John Birch Society. As this professional in “The Nuking of Dan Coates” explains, “it’s politics 101 – frame the guy early”.

The Times, obviously chagrined at ignoring the Scott Brown movement – that happens when one lives in a solipsistic world – seems determined not to make that same mistake again.

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Busing coming to Greenwich schools?

Despite huge sums spent on developing magnet schools in western Greenwich, Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon remain stubbornly non-white, and the state’s pissed. Now, our own town leaders seem ready to toss in the towel, save money and let the state redistrict us. Wanna see your real estate values go poof? Eliminate neighborhood schools.

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U.S. plan for housing financing: dumb foreigners

Goldman Sachs does it again

According to the Washington Post, the government’s plan for withdrawing from financing the entire mortgage market is to lure back foreign sovereign funds to replace U.S. taxpayer money. So if I understand it, Goldman Sachs and the like will go out and collect mortgages, assemble them in packages, rate them all as Triple AAAA safe, sell them to the foreigners while assiduously selling them short on the other side of the deal, laughing all the way to bonus day.

This may lack originality but maybe there are a ton of Charlie Browns out there. Our government’s  banking on it.

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