Daily Archives: October 7, 2010

Chilean miners may be rescued in next few days

Stuck in there since August, but the rescuers are a month ahead of schedule. Good for them.

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Man bites dog!

Really. A headline writer could wait a lifetime for this opportunity. Dog is okay.

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Connecticut: foreclosures in limbo

They’re still going forward for now, but by next week, maybe not. And from the NYT, a look at the people who are getting slammed by all this: buyers.

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Damn Yankees

Leading by 2 runs in the second game. Andy Petite pitched seven strong innings. Next to Jeter, he’s my favorite of that crowd.

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Christie kills the NJ tunnel

Deader than a doornail. Good arguments on both sides of this project, but with cost overruns headed north of $2 billion, I understand Christie’s decision. Personally, I think the state will regret this in later years.

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10% unemployment?

That’s the advance word. We’ll get the official number tomorrow, but this can’t be good news for Obummer.

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ObummerCare and the rule of law

Here’s an esoteric argument about the waivers granted MDonalds and 29 other large companies from the strictures of ObummerCare. It’s a fine piece of legal reasoning, but I think the problem is far simpler than the author admits: if your’re big business, you can get around this mandate, but if you’re a simple self-employed individual or the owner of a small business, you’re f..ked. And that’s not good.

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I wish we lived in simpler times

A cop sees a suspicious, smoldering object on East Elm and calls in the Stamford bomb squad. Turns out to have been nothing but a burning seat cushion that, twenty years ago, the cop would have scuffed out with his shoe, instead of tying up two cities’ police forces and a robot bomb  detector. But I’m not faulting his response at all – after the Times Square bomb attempt and all the other crazy things that have gone on since 9/11, the police did what they had to do. I just wish they didn’t have to.

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Bet the banks miss Chris Dodd now

O’Bummer will pocket veto the Foreclosure Gate bailout bill. Good for him. And shame on Vermont’s champion of the “little people”, Demmerkrat Patrick Leahy. You’d expect the Republicans to back their fat cat banker friends, and you wouldn’t be disappointed, but a Vermont populist siding with these crooks? Shameless.

UPDATE: Seems the Demmerkrats are siding with their dead-beat voters, and will shut down the foreclosure process. Harry Reid’s trying it and it’s sure to sweep the nation. Of course, for every person they keep in a house, there’s an equally deserving family denied the opportunity to buy. But politicians, regardless of party, are all about preserving the status quo.

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Despite cellphones, we’re at 1950 death rates in auto accidents

“I’ll call you back”

Down 10% in 2009 from just the year before. So why does the Nanny state persist in its attempts to shut down drivers? In Texas – Texas! – they’re pushing to prosecute one-beer-drivers. In Connecticut, we’ve just imposed new draconian penalties for “driving while distracted” when in fact there is no evidence that it’s a problem – if we’re at 1950 accident rates, where’s (and what’s) the beef? If cellphones cause accidents, shouldn’t the rate be higher than 60 years ago, rather than declining?

This is all of the same thinking that has Bloomberg banning smoking in Central Park and Times Square and denying food stamp recipients the right to buy soda. And many, many citizens love it. Time to tell them to back the f..k off. It’s Tea Party time, and time to let the Franklin Bloomer school of tch tching liberals sit on the sidewalk, mending their bicycle tires.

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It must be all those blows to the head. But then, how to explain Tiger?

Nude pictures of Bret Favre jerking off, sent to a female acquaintance in 2008, are due to hit the Internet today. I suppose it’s possible that athletes really are as stupid as we thought they were.

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Excuse me?

Lawyer jailed for refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance in courtroom. Yes, it happened in Mississippi, but still.

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Slouching toward reality

16 Lauder Way

The owner of this property tried asking $7.750 million for it back in 2000 and his listing expired a year later, unsold. In 2008 he tried again, at $7.450 and has been dropping the price ever since. Today he’s at $5.975. Assessment is $5.647, so maybe he’s got the right price now. We’ll see.

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The fix is in

Faced with millions of mortgages being foreclosed on using forged documents, our congress has acted, passing a bill, by huge margins in both the House and the Senate, absolving the banks of their sins and permitting them to proceed. The did this on September 16th, just before skipping out of town, via “special procedure”. Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says he pushed the bill along “at the request of constituents”.  Can you imagine an impoverished Vermont dairy farmer, faced with foreclosure, calling up his senator and asking him to please help the bank that’s crushing him? Nor can I.

The Republicans are in on this too. The Tea Party may yet make a difference this election.

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