Monthly Archives: December 2010

Don’t you believe it for a minute

You get me a contract, I'll get me a plow

NYC garbagemen deny a slowdown during blizzard. “We’d never do that”, union chief declares. Hmm. A couple of decades ago my firm recovered a huge award for a young woman who  nearly lost her leg and spent months in the hospital after her car skidded on an icy intersection. Two Westport supervisors testified that their men had concentrated solely on the intersection in question, salting and sanding that exact spot. Then some of the actual workers testified: they’d been in the garage, staging a work-slow-down, and never come close to the site of the accident. Turns out, they’d been instructed to lie by their supervisors, and boy, do juries get mad when they discover they’ve been lied to. I think the award was at least trebled because of that.

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Oh gosh, don’t ever do this!

Love is not necessarily forever

 

Husband threatens to release sex tapes to Internet unless he gets favorable divorce terms.

Years ago, I represented a young woman who worked at Harry O’s (for you of gentle minds, that’s a strip club on Sellack Street in Stamford – no, she found me in the yellow pages, not at the bar) and the suit balanced on the existence of videos involving her, a beautiful, petite  (dyed) blonde and her 350-pound husband known, of course, as “Tiny”.

This was in the days before the Internet but still, there was no way my client wanted those tapes out in the world. We were going to have a hearing on the matter but Tiny’s lawyer and I agreed that we’d probably both vomit if we saw the damn tapes, so he pressured the husband to destroy them and the hearing was called off.

Anyway, don’t do this.

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Al Gore: Snow is a thing of the past

Oh, woe is us!

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 14, 2009 (ENS) – Snow and ice across the planet are melting much faster than anticipated, and the cryosphere – the Earth’s ice and snow cover – is very vulnerable to climate change, finds a new report presented today at the United Nations Climate Summit by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Snow cover is diminishing, and glaciers from the Himalayas to the Alps are melting rapidly, with the greatest reductions in the Andes and the Rockies, the report shows.

Berlin: snowiest December in 110 years.

Sierra snowpack at twice long-term average.

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A little high?

32 Sinawoy Rd

1926 house on Sinawoy in Cos Cob, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, “newer’ roof. Asked $699,000, appraised at $492,000, sold for $500,000. I might have waited.

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So, will house prices fall 10% or 20%?

Depends on which pessimist you care to listen to.

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The softer side of Tony Soprano

Who knew he had one? Spent 45 minutes helping a driver out of a West Side snow drift, then passed out $20 tips to others who’d helped.

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I’ve no dog in this fight, but I have wondered about it

Israelis split on paying Orthodox males to do no work. When the policy was established, there were 400 students of the Torah. Now there are 60,000. In a small country, that’s a lot.

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But why do we need such a commission at all?

Your tax dollars at work

Malloy names new head (so-to-speak) to Agricultural Commission.

Reviczky has advocated streamlining laws to allow farmers to sell pickles, salsa and other products at local farm stands and markets.

Malloy said he does not have any plans to merge the department of agriculture with another state department.   

I guarantee you we’re spending at least a million bucks on this commission per year, what with a genuine Commissioner, staff and all that, but I could draft a bill allowing farmers to sell pickles in five minutes and I wouldn’t charge a nickel.

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Is reading your wife’s email really a felony?

A Michigan prosecutor thinks so. Seems a bit of a stretch to me.

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Render unto Ceasar

Minister arrested for breaking into congregant’s home, stealing computers, fur coats and designer purses. She was loading the loot into her Jaguar when the cops arrived.

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Why not? He’s as good as any other Demmerkrat

Alvin Greene, thwarted in his Senate campaign, is now running for Congress.Go man, go!

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Some very smart GHS students

Here’s a group of kids who do Greenwich High proud. The high school is a large place, and it’s easy to get lost, but self-directed kids will find mentors ready to push them to great heights.

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Turn that back on!

Freeze hits Florida orange crop.

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1990 prices for homes?

Adjusted for inflation, I presume.

UPDATE: Readers alert me that this charts shows price increases, not actual price.

UPDATE II: Here’s someone who’s as alarmed as I am by this chart. As he points out, this time, there’s no built-up equity to shield owners from the decline.

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It’s a suckers’ game, played in both Connecticut and the U.S.

From InstaPundit.

FLEECED: The upper 1% earned 19.6% of total income before tax, and paid 41% of the individual federal income tax. “No other major country is so dependent on so few taxpayers.”

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50 Cent’s money pit

$500,000 a year for maintenance,and he’s never there. Can’t sell it, either. The future of our own larger houses here in Greenwich?

UPDATE: bad history here. The 52,000 sq. ft house was built for Benjamin Sisti, of the Colonial Realty fraud, then Mike Tyson, and now this dumb chump. It’s possible Mr. Cents will find another sucker, but I doubt it. He’s cut his price from $18 million to $9, but my guess is he’ll get land value, less the cost of destroying it.

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It’s good to be King

This is not the street Mayor Bloomberg lives on

But this is

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$290,000 per year for rearranging chairs on the Titanic

That’s your average stagehand’s pay at Lincoln Center. I can think of one federal budget cut that’s in order.

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Brace yourself, Bridget

 

 What moronic voters don’t realize is that, after they drive out the succesful people, the unions and the Demmerkrats will turn on them.

rape of the Sabine Women

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This is better

As of 4:30 A.M, , we have some fairly serious snow here in Riverside, plus wind. Not two feet, but  a decent storm.

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