Daily Archives: April 3, 2010

Scusie’s Dish

Arrested for shop lifting at Costco: Al Sharpton, Regis Philben, Cathy Gifford and Donald Trumpet

Hey – Scusie doesn’t make this shit up – she just steals it from the Greenwich paper of record. (Bernie, former editor of that once proud paper, may you rest in peace).


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Bernie Yudain dead at 91

I adored Bernie and was so honored by his friendship – he thought I was a good writer, and told me so and I considered that the highest praise I would ever receive or ask for. What a great guy , and what a loss, but how blessed we all were to have this fine man for so long. Go with God, Bernie, and with my love and gratitude.

UPDATE: Bernie and I had a caustic relationship (in print) which I always trusted was actually based on a deep friendship but last Christmas Eve,  worried that I might have overstepped my boundaries, I sent him an email greeting. He responded graciously and, as I think you’ll see, entirely as the man he was. I loved this man, and I am so glad that we had this last communication.

Bernie – it’s that time of year – Jimmy Carter’s making nice to the Jews with one of those “if I offended anyone” non-apologies, so it seems only fair that I send a real one to you. I hope you know how much I like, respect and admire you, and really: if anything I wrote this past year offended you or hurt your feelings, I regret it deeply – that was never my intention, nor will it ever be.

So Merry Christmas, and may only all good things come your way next year.



bernardct6@aol.com to me

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Bless you, Christopher.It never occurred to me you would intentionally or even unintentionally do me ill,.I take your stuff in good spirit and hope you do mine. Yours is the BEST READING IN GREENWICH, BAR NONE.I click in several times a day. I not only love it I have directed any number of my friends to your site.In this tight-assed town, you’re a fresh free spirit. Keep it up or I’ll stamp my foot petulantly!!!–and a merry to you too.And a great New Year!


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New York State: back to dark caves!

Shut down Indian Point nuclear plant by 2013!

The decision could force the plant’s owner to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade its cooling system, and it raises the threat that the two operating reactors at Indian Point, which supply 30 percent of the electricity used by New York City and Westchester County, could be forced to shut down when their federal operating licenses expire, beginning in 2013.

You must understand, these are people determined to destroy what the rest of us consider to be civilization. And they are succeeding, step by step, inch by inch.


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Heh – Easter cooks panic

Say hello (and good bye) to your Easter Bunny!

I thought I’d log onto Cook’s Illustrated to find a recipe for a reader looking for a pork roast glaze, but it won’t load, indicating, I think, that anxious cooks have overloaded the server. Plan ahead, people – plan ahead.

UPDATE: just went to Food Mart to check whether they’d cut their prices on lamb and they haven’t! Still $3.69 a pound. They’re closed tomorrow and by Monday, ain’t no one who’ll want lamb,  so dumb dumb dumb. (Food Mart’s owner seems to have the same philosophy on his real estate offerings, so this isn’t all that surprising).

The first case I encountered in contract law in law school involved a box car of watermelons that arrived the day after Memorial Day, 1939 or, perhaps, the 4th of July. [UPDATE: now that I think of it, and remember that school started it late August, it was probably Labor Day]. The shipper said he’d sent what was ordered, who cared when it arrived, while  the store owner said that watermelons that arrived after the holiday weren’t worth squat.

I forget who won – the case turned on notice to the shipper as to timing being imperative – but the lesson: there’s a window to sell specialty items – wasn’t lost on me. I guess Jerry Porecelli never attended law school.


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Splurge on Dirt

Henry and his flowers (Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition, to his left - he rarely needs it to prove his point)

So here’s a poor photograph of a beautiful gift from Splurge, with flowers from Dirt, two different stores in Greenwich. Splurge is a gift store (hostess, wedding, you get it) near Greenwich Avenue next to Threads and Treads, Dirt is a floral design shop, just opened in Cos Cob, near Chicken Joe’s and across from Plum. Don’t blame either for my own and my iPod’s lousy photography – in fact, the two stores produced a beautiful combination (Henry doesn’t particularly care what you think of him).

I’m so ashamed of this lousy photo that I’m going to do it again outside, with better light – don’t tell Henry.

UPDATE: Okay, this is better. Mail basket from Splurge, flowers by Dirt.


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So why am I inside on this beautiful sunny day?

Bob Edwards is interviewing George Friedman – the Strat For founder, analyst and possessor of one of the intriguing views of world politics I’ve heard. Fascinating.

Okay – 45 minute interview over, I’m heading outside. But what an amazing mind! I’ve ordered his latest book, “The Next Hundred years” from Amazon, and dug very shallowly into his bio on Wickipedia. I know I’ve read occasional articles of this man in my web prowling, but hadn’t focused on him. Listening to him, I think he’s the brightest guy I’ve heard from in a long time. And I don’t think, by the way, that this is a political slant sort of thing – I would expect that any smart person, looking for intelligent commentary, will find this man way ahead of their own thinking and yet confirming their own hunches. I’ll be back soon with more links (so outdoors is delayed a few minutes).


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Where’s Sean Penn now?

Chavez imprisoning opponents

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela — When Judge María Lourdes Afiuni issued a ruling in December that irked President Hugo Chávez, he did little to contain his outrage. The president, contending on national television that she would have been put before a firing squad in earlier times, sent his secret intelligence police to arrest her.

Then the agents took her to the overcrowded women’s prison in this city of slums near Caracas. They put her in a cell near more than 20 inmates whom Judge Afiuni had sentenced on charges like murder and drug smuggling.

“I’ve received threats from inmates telling me they will burn me alive because they see me as a symbol of the system that put them in prison,” said Judge Afiuni, 46, in her prison cell. “I’m in this hell because I had the temerity to do my job as a judge in a way that didn’t please Chávez.”

Since Judge Afiuni’s imprisonment, a dizzying sequence of other high-profile arrests has taken place, pointing to Mr. Chávez’s recent use of his security and intelligence apparatus to quash challenges to his grip on the country’s political institutions. The arrests come at a time of spreading public ire over an economy hobbled by electricity shortages and soaring inflation.

Senior officials in Mr. Chávez’s government here, including Attorney General Luisa Ortega, say the most recent arrests were necessary to suppress conspiracies or to prosecute people whose comments were deemed offensive to Mr. Chávez. In Judge Afiuni’s case, Attorney General Ortega said the judge had illegally freed another high-profile prisoner, the businessman Eligio Cedeño.

In March, intelligence agents arrested Oswaldo Álvarez Paz, a former presidential candidate, charging him with conspiracy after he said in televised remarks that Venezuela had become a haven for drug trafficking; he also supported a Spanish indictment asserting that officials here had helped Basque separatists train on Venezuelan soil.

Only days later, agents arrested Guillermo Zuloaga, the owner of the opposition television network Globovisión, after he criticized the government’s efforts to shut down media outlets that challenged the president. After an outcry by rights groups, Mr. Zuloaga was released on the condition that he could not travel outside the country.

Etc., etc. etc. The crushing of liberty in Venezuela is increasing, every day, yet Jimmy Carter and Sean Penn and their ilk remain silent. I wonder why?

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