Daily Archives: September 4, 2010

Scusie Gossip

Scusie says

Ron Howard, Regis Philben, Frank Gifford and Elton John spotted on Greenwich Avenue eating Valbella’s ice cream cones!

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Wind is still out of the west

(11:00 PM). Good thing for the Martha’s Vineyard racers, who will need approximately 20 hours to get up there and 20 more hours to return.  A decent trimaran could accomplish the entire 300 mile journey in 15 or 20 hours, but they’re banned from racing. Ridiculous.

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Send a CFL to your congressman (Bumped)

A reader reminded me that I had promised to send defunct CFL bulbs to my Congressman, so I’ve dug the latest failure out of the kitchen trash can and will send it off to Jimbo in Washington, labeled “hazardous waste’. Blogging may be suspended while I arrange bail.

UPDATE: rethinking the subject, I may send it anonymously.

UPDate II: Since I’ve been Instalanched, I thought I’d combine my two posts.

I’m a little nervous about mailing off, all by my lonesome, a lightbulb that the DEP has declared a hazardous substance – a few months in jail could be a bummer. But if voters from all over the country sent them to Washington – how about September 30th? – anonymously, we’d shut down the Capitol while hazmat teams ran around like chickens. I’m sending out a link to this suggestion to all my fellow whacko bloggers, in the hope that readers with dead, burned-out CFLs will save them and, after wiping off fingerprints, mail them on the 30th. Here’s where to find the address of your Congressman.

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If something can’t continue, it won’t

Japanese fishery depleted. By the same reasoning, I don’t believe we’ll reach a global population of 9 billion in 2050, but I don’t like to contemplate the means by which we won’t.

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BP Gulf well pretty much sealed up

The defective, 300 ton blow-out preventer was pulled yesterday and replaced with a working one. A permanent bottom plug will be put in next week, but that’s just belt and suspenders – this sucker’s dead. As I’ve said before, BP’s management blew this one, and the company’s shareholders will lose billions of dollars, far in excess of whatever cost savings the management sought by cutting corners, but the engineers did an incredible job solving the problem – I am awed.

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NYC’s Stuyvesant Town going into foreclosure

And then bankruptcy, which may wipe out $3 billion in debt. 11,000 apartments – interesting situation.

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Send a dead CFL to your Congressman, Part II

Return to sender!

I’m a little nervous about mailing off, all by my lonesome, a lightbulb that the DEP has declared a hazardous substance – a few months in jail could be a bummer. But if voters from all over the country sent them to Washington – how about September 30th? – anonymously, we’d shut down the Capitol while hazmat teams ran around like chickens. I’m sending out a link to this suggestion to all my fellow whacko bloggers, in the hope that readers with dead, burned-out CFLs will save them and, after wiping off fingerprints, mail them on the 30th. Here’s where to find the address of your Congressman.

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There goes my weekend

CraigsList blocks sex ads. Maybe Teri and her boyfriend want to go camping?

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So what’s wrong with this?

From InstaPundit:

HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: Sheriff Fires Deputies Caught Naked In The Forest. As part of a threesome, which led to this memorable line: “No one has been able to say how long U.S. Forest Service Officer Scott Cairnes and Deputy Derek Hamm stood watching the trio.”

Two Washington County Sheriff’s deputies caught drinking and having sex at a U.S. Forest campground are now off the county’s payroll.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Tuesday he dismissed Deputies Chris Adkins and Scarlett Dennison from their positions as patrol officers for the sheriff’s office because their conduct was unbecoming of officers, which violated the department’s general orders.

Adkins, 30, and Dennison, 42, paid around $250 each for the citations they received earlier this month from a U.S. Forest Service officer.

The event that led to the firings happened on a Friday night when the deputies were off duty. The U.S. Forest Service office and a Carter County deputy, working off-duty with the forest service at the time, came upon Adkins, Dennison and a third person, Jamie Walsh, 32, of Butler, around 11 p.m. July 30 at Cardens Bluff Campground.

The forest ranger and Carter County deputy were conducting patrols at area federal forest land campgrounds. The Forest Service hires off-duty Carter County deputies to assist them with patrolling those areas.

According to the federal citations charging the three, the forest ranger saw the three at a camp site drinking alcohol in the open and then engaging in sex.

No one has been able to say how long U.S. Forest Service Officer Scott Cairnes and Deputy Derek Hamm stood watching the trio, but in Cairnes’ report he wrote that he saw Dennison and Adkins engage in three sex acts and then Adkins and Walsh began to fondle Dennison.

Cairnes and Hamm made their presence known after the campers were startled by a camper at another site closing a truck door and the three stopped what they were doing.

A 42 year-old woman getting it on with a couple of younger men, off duty? Sounds okay to me, or at least understandable. Not my cup of tea, but heck ….

Too bad she dyed her roots black.

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Earl was a bust, and that’s good

Even Nantucket escaped damage, although there’s some mention of beach erosion and for some houses, that’s serious. Chatham, on Cape Cod, missed out on the excitement and I’m glad for that because Pal Nancy postponed her trip up there yesterday and is headed up today. Sounds like she’ll have a great weekend. My personal choice is to avoid the traffic from Cape Cod on Labor Day, but that’s why Nancy and I live two doors apart.

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The town gets something right

From brother Gideon, two pictures of progress:

Before

After

Is this a new trend, or just an isolated improvement?

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When the going gets tough, the tough get growing

Hedge funder in trouble arrested for operating pot farm in Newtown. From Teri Buhl at Forbes, which still won’t provide the girl with a copyeditor. Good article, though.

UPDATE: More details here.

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Good weekend for the Vineyard race

Damn – wind’s blowing hard out of the WSW, the tide’s been ebbing since the start of the race at 10:00 this morning, and the fleet’s going to have a glorious run down the Sound. If they’re lucky, the wind will shift to the east this evening and they can cruise on back home. Regardless, a day like today will make a lot of grumpy ex-racers like me sorry they missed the race.

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The first thing we do is recognize that these people aren’t serious

Jessie Jackson’s Cadillac Escalade SUV (8 mpg) stripped while he was demonstrating with UAW chief for “green” jobs. It’s about power and directing other people’s lives, and has nothing to do with saving the planet.

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Rocket dockets and Florida foreclosures

V2, coming your way

Florida has pulled in retired judges to clear its courts of foreclosure cases. It may accomplish that but it sure doesn’t sound like the judicial system I worked in. On the other hand, should deadbeats be permitted to stay in their houses years after they’ve defaulted?

TEN days from now, a four-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac in Middleburg, Fla., is scheduled to be auctioned off at the Clay County courthouse, 25 miles south of Jacksonville.

A judge who recently took over their foreclosure case has ordered Rodney Waters; his fiancée, Terri Reese; and their four children to leave the home they bought in 2006.

Mr. Waters, a supervisor at a local packaging company and the family’s sole breadwinner, fell behind on his mortgage two years ago after his property taxes jumped unexpectedly. He now owes $264,000 on the house; a similar home down the street sold for $138,500 in February.

The predicament of the Waters-Reese family is common in Florida today. The state routinely sets new records for foreclosures — in the second quarter, 20.13 percent of its mortgages were delinquent or in foreclosure, a national high, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. And with housing prices still in a free fall, almost half of all borrowers in Florida owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, says CoreLogic, a data firm.

While the Waters-Reese case may not be unusual in Florida, the coming auction of the home is still notable: it will be a result of the Florida Legislature’s new effort to cut the number of foreclosures inching their way through the state’s courts. Earlier this year, Florida earmarked $9.6 million to set up foreclosures-only courts across the state, staffed by retired judges. The goal of the program, which began in July, is to reduce the foreclosures backlog by 62 percent within a year.

No one disputes that foreclosures dominate Florida’s dockets and that something needs to be done to streamline a complex and emotionally wrenching process. But lawyers representing troubled borrowers contend that many of the retired judges called in from the sidelines to oversee these matters are so focused on cutting the caseload that they are unfairly favoring financial institutions at the expense of homeowners.

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7 Dwight Lane

I’m pretty sure this is the house sold at an IRS auction in 2008 to an out-of-town buyer. It’s been fixed up (it needed it) and came on yesterday afternoon at $4.250. Contemporary on five acres off of John Street. We’ll see.

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I guess they didn’t teach our president much history there at Harvard

From O’Bummer’s radio address today:

This Labor Day, we are reminded that we didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world by rewarding greed and recklessness. We did it by rewarding hard work and responsibility.  We did it by recognizing that we rise or we fall together as one nation – one people – all of us vested in one another.  That is how we have succeeded in the past. And that is how we will not only rebuild this economy, but rebuild it stronger than ever before.

Daniel Boone led settlers into hostile Indian country in Kentucky and further west – pretty reckless. The railroads were built by greedy, reckless entrepreneurs, as was, before that, the Erie Canal which opened up New York and the middle west. Remember the Alamo!

And so on. Everything this country is, or was, was built by tough, hard people who were looking out for themselves. And we all prospered as the result.

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Inexpensive bed bug trap

After I reported on Bliss Exterminators charging $600 for a bed bug detection service and a $3,500 eradication program, reader DK sent along a link to this homemade alternative using dry ice. Cost: $15.

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Pathetic Patricia Cohen

The former wife of Greenwich’s Steve Cohen, who started out by demanding half of SAC Capital, is now suing one of her former lawyers for $60,000 and has dropped her demand against SAC to $2.75 million. I understand delusional, bitter former wives (from my former legal career, not personal experience) but what lawyer takes a woman like this on as a client?

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