Daily Archives: January 5, 2011

What’s wrong with this picture?

Idiot dives onto subway tracks to retrieve dropped baggage, subway engineer slams brakes while frantically motioning him to duck under the platform. Moronic would-be passenger is led to hospital to make sure he’s okay while the engineer is hauled off for drug and alcohol tests.

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The death of the Republican party

I’m hearing today that many of the newly elected  Republicans are saying that “if you aren’t pro-life, you aren’t a Republican”. Time for a third party, then.

So far as I can tell, the Republicans stand for huge, excessive spending, oppression of gays and a total obsession with abortion. The Demmerkrats spend even more, so I’ve tended to vote for the Republicans, but the Tea Party (of course, there is no Tea “Party” – that’s the point)  is all about fiscal responsibility, limited government and getting the assholes off our backs. Happily married gays with assault rifles, women who’ve had abortions, all are welcome. Screw the two establishment parties – I’ll never vote for either, again.

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Don’t tell Don Imus

he loves kids, he's just a lunatic

 Report: study linking vaccines to autism “an elaborate fraud”.  Doctor was in cahoots with a trial lawyer. If you think of the thousands of children who weren’t vaccinated because of Imus’s rantings, and the countless thousands of other children who were thus exposed to horrible diseases, it’s almost enough to want to pull the old man from out behind his microphone and drag him to death on the street.

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Tacos in Riverside

The owners of that yellow taco truck across from Sachs Plumbing in Stamford (and, I believe, a strip joint) are opening a store on Apache Place next week. Apache is that little street, first left off Sheephill, next to the Mobil station. Not much visibility, but these folks make food good enough to seek out. Not quite the same quality, I think, of some of best of the little roadside Mexican stands I found in New Mexico, but pretty damn good, and compared to Taco Bell? No contest. I’ll be there next week.

UPDATE: Beginning Monday, they’ll be open 7 am –  8 pm.

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Walter Olson – someone I’m proud to call a friend

He’s so damn smart, and a really nice guy. But he’s pretty mean when bidding a farewell to Henry Waxman, as well he should be.

While others wish the new Congress well today on its swearing-in, I plan to light a 100-watt incandescent bulb and hoist a caffeinated alcoholic beverage in honor of a different milestone: starting today, the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee will no longer be under the control of Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

Some lawmakers can talk a decent game about lean ‘n’ smart regulation, but no one ever accused Waxman of having a light touch. (The 900-page Waxman-Markey environmental bill, mercifully killed by the Senate, included provisions letting Washington rewrite local building codes.) He’s known for aggressive micromanagement even of agencies run by putative allies: his staff has repeatedly twisted the ears of Obamanaut appointees to complain that their approach to regulation is too moderate and gradual. More than any other lawmaker on the Hill, he’s stood in the way of any meaningful reform of the 2008 CPSIA law, which piles impractical burdens on small makers of children’s products, thrift stores, bicycles and others.

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Yeah yeah yeah, Florida mortgage foreclosure fraud – old news

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

No surprise here.

The real question is, why did we have to put  up with a butt-ugly AG like Dick Blumenthal when this woman was working in Florida? What, we don’t recruit?

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So who benefits from this stupidity?

8 Hobart Lane

This is a beautiful house, located close to town, but was priced at $7.8 million back in 2008. No go. It was already under foreclosure in 2009 when I presented an offer of $4.5 million on behalf of a client and was rudely rebuffed. Okay, we went off somewhere else. Today, it’s listed by its new owner, Patriot Bank, for $4.6 million. They were rude to me so that they could carry it for another year-and-a-half? Idiots.

By the way, at $3.9, you’d have yourself a great house – try it out.

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I think not

Piss off, a**hole!

I’d been thinking, in a maybe, sort-of kind of way, about going bear hunting this year, but so far as i can tell, the meat sucks. I’m not killing anything I don’t want to eat, so maybe I’ll go for a moose permit- not much sport to killing the poor dears, but they are tasty.

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Hey, here’s $70,000 in our pocket

"No no, no swimmies"

 Town considers Park Rangers for Island Beach and Tod’s Point. I can’t speak for Island beach, having visited it perhaps three dozen times in 57 years, but I know that I’ve never in all those years felt the need for a ranger at Tod’s (except, maybe, in 1966, when some bastard stole my brand new, red Raleigh three-speed). Let’s not spend the money.

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Storm warning

Listening to NPR this morning on a discussion of Dan Malloy’s new governorship, one of the interviewees casually mentioned that it might be the right time to reintroduce a “county government”. Whoa, Nelly! We’re already facing an almost – fatal budget deficit and certain Demmerkrats are proposing an entirely new level of bureaucracy with additional employees with benefits and pensions? For what purpose, and who would pay for it? I assume this is an idea dead on arrival, but as we all should have learned by now, never assume when it comes to governmental growth. Certainly something to keep a wary eye on.

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Children everywhere can finally relax

Hiya, little boy!

Mexican druggies kill clowns. This city, Ciudad, by the way, provides an amazing example of how quickly civilization can implode. I was in El Paso, just across the river in 2000, and it was considered absolutely routine to cross the border for dinner or shopping. Today, you wouldn’t dream of doing anything of the sort.

In a way, it’s sort of like Germany in the past century – until 1933, there was a veneer of civilization, hundreds of years old, with laws, a judiciary, excellent universities and high culture. It all dissolved instantly with Hitler’s accension. We aren’t far removed from savagery, and can return in an instant, I fear.

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Duck and cover

Back in 1963, when we practiced this in the halls of Riverside School, they never told us that we were doomed.

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Unintended consequences

You're off to Wyoming to find a new home

In a feel-good move, Congress banned horse slaughter some years ago – who wants to kill Black Beauty? – but never considered what would happen to the horses they “saved”. Turns out, they’re being shipped, under dreadful conditions, to slaughterhouses in Mexico. Now some animal rights activists are reconsidering. Maybe they should have thought this through in the first place.

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More fun for landlords, courtesy of Congress

Own and rent out a house? You’ll love this new law. It’s an accountant-full-employment act, writ large.

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