Daily Archives: September 22, 2010

I can sympathize: I used to read during Miss Cardoza’s 4th Grade math lessons

Bus driver fired for reading while driving. Miss Cardoza would sneak up on me and dump my desk on my lap, thus revealing the book I was reading. She was good-humored about it, probably because I wasn’t trying to drive the desk. I still managed to learn long division that year, because she was a fantastic teacher.

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11:37 PM. Anyone else seeing this? There’s what looks like a con trail overhead, but must be a searchlight because it’s moving north and south, shining west to east. I can’t get a picture of it on my IPhone 3 (not in this light) but it is NOT from the horizon – much higher.


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Obama: when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor

Or something.


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Russ Pruner, what is “corporate footwear”?

"Ferris Room" outfit

Back just for a minute to the Innis Arden dress code: I’m still puzzled by the term corporate footwear. Googling it provides no answer, but obviously, the golfers on Tomac know what it means. What does it mean? My dad liked to ask: “Why is a mouse when it spins?” Answer, “because no matter how far out to sea you go, you can’t shine your shoes with a lemon squeezer.” Are corporate shoes in that category?


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Ole’s Creek

Courtesy of a reader (Interesting: the deep hues of the original picture are washed out during posting – why is that?) UPDATE: If you click on the picture, the color is restored. Don’t know why, but try it!


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I’m not quite sure what they do, but here’s their first newsletter. I’ve seen their vans around town for ages, and good people volunteer to run it, but other than that, what do I know? Not sure this newsletter explains their mission, but …


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I ask again: where were these teachers when I was 16?

Boiling Springs teachers arrested for hosting sex, pot and booze parties with teens during the summer.


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8:30 – pretty impressive storm overhead here in Riverside. Henry the scaredy cat has hidden himself in my attic.


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My Back Pages

My favorite radio station, WFUV (90.7 FM) just played the Byrds’ cover of my favorite song, Dylan’s “My Back Pages”. As a former student radical, way back when,  I appreciate the sentiment.

UPDATE: I found the full lyrics: And while searching, found this incredible video of the song performed by Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and more. Sorry that I can’t figure out how to embed the Yahoo video, but click the link – well worth it. That must have been a hell of a concert.

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
Proud ’neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
“Rip down all hate,” I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull. I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Girls’ faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, though, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

A self-ordained professor’s tongue
Too serious to fool
Spouted out that liberty
Is just equality in school
“Equality,” I spoke the word
As if a wedding vow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

In a soldier’s stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I’d become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My pathway led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now


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Dog gone it!

Texas court reverses murder conviction based on Bloodhound evidence.

Jeff Blackburn, the chief counsel for the Innocence Project of Texas, has led the charge against dog scent identification and other types of ”junk science” in Texas. He said he believes there are dozens of innocent people behind bars statewide because of similar dog scent cases.

”This puts out a strong message from the court about junk science in this state,” Blackburn said. ”This is really the first time the court has rejected the use of this junk.”

Also prosecuted in the murder were Winfrey’s children. His son, Richard Jr., was acquitted in 13 minutes. His daughter Megan, who was 16 at the time of the killing, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Her appellate attorney, Scott Pawgan, said the ruling in the elder Winfrey’s case could help free Megan Winfrey. Pikett’s dogs also matched Megan’s scent to the clothing word [sic]  by Burr.

”I think this is voodoo science at its worst,” Pawgan said. ”It’s scary that juries will rely on it to convict people.”

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To Tod’s Point, now that we’ve put out the welcome mat?

From InstaPundit. Heh.

TRACY QUAN: Adult Services Is Dead — Where Will the Craigslist Pervs Go Next? They’re not “pervs,” they’re just “special needs lovers.”

Posted at 6:30 pm by Glenn Reynolds

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Only in Greenwich

Man charged with stealing antique silverware and crab.

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Serious sellers


116 Birch

Paid $4.250 in 2006. Reduced today to $3 million 


115 Brookside

115 Brookside – Bought for $2.650 in 2000, now asking $2.650, ten years later.

400 Lake Ave


Paid $3.2 in 2001, asked $4.8, dropped to $3.99 today 

These are all good houses.


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Greenwich YMCA thefts: 50 and growing, but shsssh! Don’t tell.

Den of thieves

This from a friend:

Hey Chris –

Long time, no speak.  While I would appreciate if you keep my name (and personal details) out of it, I wanted to write under my real name to share some really disturbing news about the Greenwich YMCA with you.

My  [XXX ] son is on the [XXX ] water polo team, which pays a stiff price to use the YMCA’s pool.  During his first week there he left his Vineyard Vines flip-flops outside of a locker when he went to the pool.  He gets back, the flip-flops are gone.  OK, lesson learned, don’t leave your stuff lying around.  A week later he opens his backpack after practice and finds that his pants have gone missing.  The explanation here isn’t perversion, or someone so desperate for clothing they’re stealing pants; instead, the reason was that his brand new Vineyard Vines belt was still on the pants, and it was easier to simply grab the trousers and run than take the time to remove the belt from the loops.  This motivated my wife and me to head to the front desk, where the level of responsiveness and concern was appallingly low.  At one point a woman showed up who simply radiated bad attitude.  She basically dared me to call the police to report the matter, and I think she was taken aback when I actually did.  Imagine my shock when I later learned that Ms. Bad Attitude is the current director of the Y!

In any case, a nice young Greenwich PD officer showed up and dutifully took our report.  What rocked us back – and led to this email – is when he told us that this was the fiftieth (50th) report that he’s taken concerning thefts in the Y in the last few months. To make sure I heard him correctly I repeated “Fifteenth?” and he said “No.  Fifty.  Five-zero.”

In other words, Chris, our Y is literally a den of thieves.  And the administration on-site doesn’t seem to give a damn about it.  Your readers deserve to know this.


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Are we returning to 2000?

How the heck would I know? But here’s an interesting chart from Businessinsider.com.


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