Daily Archives: April 26, 2010

Rosalind Russell

Just watched “His Girl Friday” on YouTube. Got ninety minutes, best hour-and-a-half you’ll ever spend.

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Does anyone believe this S**t or are they just justifying their “mission”?

YWCA denounces racism.

It was a day for awareness Monday, as various community groups joined the YWCA of Greenwich at Town Hall in one of its core missions — eliminating racism.

The YWCA’s “Stand Against Racism” initiative is being carried out by more than 75 other YWCAs across the country, and Greenwich marked it Monday with declarations from town leaders.

“There are still some people who believe that only some of us are created equal,” said Adrianne Singer, the YWCA of Greenwich’s president. “There are still some people who believe that hatred is a tool for progress.”

The YWCA effort is a response to the rapid rise in hate groups — a 54 percent increase in the last eight years, Singer said.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said state residents may have become complacent, despite the facts that Connecticut is where African captives from the Amistad slave ship won their freedom, and is one of the few states that allow same-sex couples to marry.

“Just when you are tempted to feel that sense of complacency, just when you’re tempted to look back on your history and say, `We do OK here’ — that it’s not our problem, it’s Alabama’s problem, or Wyoming’s problem — that’s the moment when you need a day like this,” Himes said.

A number of town organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the United Way of Greenwich, have also signed on to the initiative. The town’s schools marked the day in various ways, including through pledges, designing posters and participating in discussions.

Superintendent of Schools Sidney Freund said people must be vigilant to ensure that those responsible for education view all children equally.

Throw all these idiots out – all of them, Sigmund Freud among them. We are now governed by a black president, elected by a majority of American voters. Anyone who claims that blacks are still suffering under the racist whip of white Americans is either entirely delusional or – gee, do I dare say it? – pandering to black voters. Shame on you, Jim Himes, and shame on you, Mr. Freund. Together, you’re working on the ruination of this country.

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In which I disagree with Glenn Reynolds

This joke by National Security advisor General James Jones is being played up as anti-Semitic. I disagree with the Professor, and agree with this guy – but I am so anti-pc that I may go too far and not recognize offensive humor. Here’s the joke – what do you think?

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Try losing your own iPhone and see if you get this kind of cop response

Cops raid Gizmodo editor’s house. (Bumped)

UPDATE: what I said, but said this time by a Constitutional law professor.

Some readers think I’m being unfair here, but I’m not. Let me explain this in terms of gang-vs.-gang politics, which is really the operative paradigm.

First, in the absence of an unusually solicitous California statute, there’d be no claim by Apple (the most powerful gang here) against Gizmodo — their employee lost the iPhone in a bar, and that would be their tough luck. But there’s also another unusually solicitous California statute that immunizes journalists. But even in the absence of the statutes, the cops would never have raided, say, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News,because if they had, the Mercury News would have run a 16-part series on police corruption and ineptitude. They’re not similarly afraid of bloggers, because bloggers don’t have as powerful a gang, or so they think.

But it’s all gangland politics, no more and no less.

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God forfend someone should kill them

So this Revolutionmuslim.com group is all of six morons in Brooklyn. They’ve been around for ten years now, praising their brothers who brought about 9/11, cheering on the terrorists in Afghanistan and, most recently, threatening the South Park artists for mentioning the name Mohammed in their cartoon.

Six people – a modern rifle holds at least that many cartridges. Like Revolution Muslim itself, I of course am not advocating that anyone take advantage of this advance in technology, merely warning these idiots that threatening Americans is a hostile act that could anger some people and stir them into taking a regrettable action.

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Ethanol subsidies kick in

American tax payer

Pork, beef and chicken up 20% as corn-to-ethanol diversion hits marketplace. Blumberg blames Bush (of course). I blame Washington in general.

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Matt Taibbi vs. Ayn Rand

I’ve been avoiding reading this guy, but a reader sent along this piece he wrote for the Guardian, in which he blames Rand for the current Goldman Sachs scandal. Funny – he accuses Rand supporters of not reading her work, but clearly, though he may have moved his lips, his brain never registered the import of her philosophy.

In the Randian ethos, called objectivism, the only real morality is self-interest, and society is divided into groups who are efficiently self-interested (ie, the rich) and the “parasites” and “moochers” who wish to take their earnings through taxes, which are an unjust use of force in Randian politics. Rand believed government had virtually no natural role in society. She conceded that police were necessary, but was such a fervent believer in laissez-faire capitalism she refused to accept any need for economic regulation – which is a fancy way of saying we only need law enforcement for unsophisticated criminals.

Rand’s fingerprints are all over the recent Goldman story. The case in question involves a hedge fund financier, John Paulson, who went to Goldman with the idea of a synthetic derivative package pegged to risky American mortgages, for use in betting against the mortgage market. Paulson would short the package, called Abacus, and Goldman would then sell the deal to suckers who would be told it was a good bet for a long investment. The SEC’s contention is that Goldman committed a crime – a “failure to disclose” – when they failed to tell the suckers about the role played by the vulture betting against them on the other side of the deal.

Rand espoused honest trades between consenting adults, period. Each side benefits, or the trade doesn’t take place, absent the government putting a gun to head of one of the traders. In the case of Goldman, some investment bankers bet that the government could keep up an artificial housing market by taxing middle class taxpayers, while others – smarter, it turns out – bet that the scheme was doomed. Greed? I think not. Stupid? Maybe, but even the best efforts of liberals can’t stay the consequences of that.

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Bipartisanship

All Republicans and one Demmerkrat (Ben Nelson, Nebraska) vote against financial bill. Of course, the Demmerkrat is just cashing in on Warren Buffet’s support, but heck, bipartisan is bipartisan – isn’t that what America wants? God bless these folks – Nelson, recipient of the Cornhusker kickback on ObamaCare, simply has no shame, and why should he?

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There just aren’t enough rich people to sustain this spending

(This tax data point comes from The Heritage Foundation. Check out their research here.)

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-government-spending-per-household-2010-4#ixzz0mFQVvmlW

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I-95 shut down at Exit 5 – Greenwich cut off

Riverside Avenue traffic is backed up (as of 6:00 PM) from the Post Road to Tiny Tots.

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No problem at the top or the bottom

30 John Street (Hirshhorn estate) , asking $33 million, has gone to contract. That’s it for significant contracts today – if you’re under $1.5 million, you can get a mortgage, and if you don’t need a mortgage, no problem. It’s those in between – say, $2.5 buyers, who are expected to come up with a 50% down payment, who are having trouble.

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The trouble with investing

I’m with this guy: you should short on the fundamentals, but the market moves on minute-to-minute ticks and not what’s coming down the highway in the wrong lane, 500 miles out. So, for those of us who can’t day trade, what’s the answer? Gold?

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State unions eye “super rich” to pay higher wages – uh, that would be us

Feeling rich? Our state employees think you are, and they want your wallet.

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Who is SpongeTech’s and WGCH’s Michael Metter?

Bullet Head Greenwich resident, Michael Metter

Okay, it’s true that I’m trying to goad this fraud into suing me (hey fella, I’m judgement-proof, have a law license and time on my hands – come on!) but what the hell is the owner of WGCH – a fraud in itself, to the extent that it sells advertising on the claim that it has listeners, doing suing a reporter like Teri Buhl? Sue the NY Post? Go for it – they have lawyers. Sue a reporter? Well, Teri has friends.

But this guy, who filed bankruptcy himself in 2001, and ran First Cambridge Securities (which he once named “J.J. Morgan & Co.” – cute, eh? )-a penny stock firm, has been running what to all appearances is a classic pump-and-dump penny stock scam for years, has a lot of gall suing a reporter who merely covers goings-on in the financial world. Bullies are like that, and they’re despicable.

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The Master, P.J. O’Rourke, on being governed by A students

If only I could write like P.J., I wouldn’t have to sell real estate. He’s the guy who said giving money to politicians was like “giving car keys and whiskey to teen-aged boys”.

The C student starts a restaurant. The A student writes restaurant reviews. The input-worshipping universe of theNew York Times is like New York itself—thousands of restaurant reviews and no place we can afford to eat.

Let us allow that some intelligence is involved in screwing up Wall Street, Washington, and the world. A students and Type-A politicians do discover an occasional new element—Obscurantium—or pass an occasional piece of landmark legislation (of which the health care reform bill is not one). Smart people have their uses, but our country doesn’t belong to them. As the not-too-smart Woody Guthrie said, “This land was made for you and me.” The smart set stayed in fashionable Europe, where everything was nice and neat and people were clever about looking after their own interests and didn’t need to come to America. The Mayflower was full of C students. Their idea was that, given freedom, responsibility, rule of law and some elbow room, the average, the middling, and the mediocre could create the richest, most powerful country ever.

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We’re killing this country

(Better looking than a bulldozer, no?)

Caterpillar is going great guns in what used to be the Third World – dying here in the US. Trouble with that is, my kids live here.

Not surprisingly, Caterpillar loves Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Here’s Asia-Pacific:

Asia/Pacific – Sales increased $469 million, or 40 percent.

  • Sales volume increased $356 million.
  • Price realization increased $94 million.
  • Currency increased sales by $19 million.
  • Dealers reported higher inventories compared with year-end 2009.  In the first quarter of 2009, dealers reduced inventories.  These changes in dealer inventories contributed to higher sales volume.  Inventories were well below a year ago in both dollars and months of supply.  Months of supply were below the historical average.
  • Asian economies, particularly China and India, were the quickest to recover from the worldwide recession.  Better economic conditions enabled dealers to report higher deliveries to end users than the first quarter of 2009.
  • China accounted for most of the increase in sales as reported deliveries reached a record high.  The government’s stimulus program and a 26-percent increase in lending led to a 33-percent increase in both residential and nonresidential construction.
  • India’s record-low interest rates contributed to industrial production rising nearly 16 percent, leading to a large increase in sales.
  • Sales increased slightly in Australia.  Residential construction improved, and higher metals and coal prices caused mines to increase output.

But now look at North America:

North America – Sales decreased $326 million, or 15 percent.

  • Sales volume decreased $361 million.
  • Price realization increased $34 million.
  • Currency increased sales by $1 million.
  • Dealer inventories were about half of the year-earlier level.  As a result, months of supply ended the quarter well below a year earlier and in line with the historical average.
  • Dealers reduced reported inventories during the first quarter of 2010, compared with increases during the first quarter of 2009.  These changes in dealer inventories contributed to lower sales volume.
  • Dealers reported modest improvements in monthly delivery rates since September 2009; however, deliveries during the quarter were below year-earlier amounts.  Some industries have shown improvement, especially in Canada, but long, severe declines in activity have left users cautious about increasing machine purchases.
  • The U.S. housing industry showed scattered signs of improvement with starts up 17 percent from a postwar low in 2009 and new home sales increased 6 percent.  The Canadian housing industry rebounded vigorously, with starts up 48 percent from the first quarter of 2009.
  • U.S. nonresidential building contracting dropped 16 percent from a year earlier.  Commercial and industrial contracting dropped 42 percent due to extended property price declines and low industrial capacity utilization.
  • Highway contracting was up 36 percent.  Positives were increased funding from the U.S. government’s recovery program and the extension of existing highway legislation through the end of this year.
  • Modest improvements in construction led to a 3-percent increase in U.S. nonmetals mining and quarry production.  Canadian producers increased quarrying output 3 percent.

Got that?

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And, aside from the money, Congress is involved in this why?

Fed Ex and UPS fight it out in Washington. UPS drivers are teamsters and make $78,000 a year. FedEx drivers are classified as airline workers and make less. Congress is stuffing cash in its collective pockets while it considers reclassifying the FedEx workers.

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Cuba or USA?

EPA offers $2,500 taxpayer dollars for best video praising government regulations.

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UN Environmental Minister builds 22,000 sq.ft. mansion

Ms. Gisele Bundchen, mistress of Patriot’s QB Tom Brady, is building herself (and Tom) a 22,000 sq. ft. cottage in California. Well, there will be two of them living there, after all. And she does have to keep up with that other eco-warrier, her neighbor Barbra Streisand.

Here’s Tom Brady himself, telling the little people to turn off their lights and live in darkness while he and Gisele loll in their hot tub.

Getting ready for the Brady Bunch

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Even the NY Times has lost patience with the state legislature

It took fifty years or so, but here’s a call to fire them all.

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