Daily Archives: September 1, 2011

Well this should help the economy

NYT reports that our government is about to launch a massive wave of suits against banks for mortgage fraud. On behalf of Fannie Mae, the perpetrator of this mess. Try suing Barnie Frank, Chris Dodd and his friend at Countrywide, Mozillo, and I’ll be impressed.Otherwise, sound and fury signifying nothing.

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I don’t think I’ve ever eaten at a Subway store

But a client who became a friend designed their original stores and  got very, very rich from his work. Now they’re changing designs.  I hope my guy is involved but I’m pretty sure he’s set for life, regardless.

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Not my problem and besides, my father’s dead

Idiot son suffering from priapism holds up his own father for drug money. At my age, I almost envy him.

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Green jobs update

NYT: China benefits as U.S. solar industry withers. But see, this doesn’t bother liberals because their intentions were good.

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I think I wrote about this already, but a nasty Noel story is always worth repeating

Marissa Noel sued for stealing someone else’s jewelry designs. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and all that.

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Anyone else see something fishy about this?

Cos Cob resident Frankie Fudrucker becomes Lottery Commissioner and suddenly one Cos Cob resident wins $50,000 per year for life and now a Cos Cob couple wins a $10,000 prize. I’m happy for all of them, of course, but I sit one desk away from Fudrucker, day after day and although it’s true that I don’t buy lottery tickets, doesn’t it seem fair that I should win once in a while?

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Keeping an eye on Katia

But just because I love this stuff. No reason to think she’ll hit us – still far too far away to make predictions, according to the experts but the odds are it will veer out to sea. As someone who’s sailed those waters, that’s not necessarily great news for mariners, but hey – you hit the ocean, you take your chances. Landlubbers can’t sail their way around these things.

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Yeah, I’ll be there

 North Korea launches “luxury” cruise business. Watch starving people freeze to death, step out of line and you’ll be shot to death. And a propaganda buffet all day. What’s not to like?

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Why isn’t this Madoff scammer in jail?

That’s what the prosecution is asking and it’s a damn good question. This lady helped Bernie cook the books but is still out on bail. In January she had $500,000 but she’s now down to just $200,000. Her monthly expenses are, according to her own affidavit, $13,000 a month (and wouldn’t you like that lifestyle?) so where, other than her rolls of fat, has she hidden the money? Book her, Danno.

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Reminds me of some home sellers I’ve encountered

Mel Gibson’s girlfriend turns down $15 million, gets $750,000 in court.

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Hysteria

Greenwich High School fields off limits. Understand that whatever is there now has been there for forty years. If it were all that dangerous, my own 40th reunion last weekend would have been cancelled for lack of participants.

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Housing prices: no bottom in sight?

So says this commentator. I don’t know if he’s right, but I can attest that my buyer clients have absolutely no sense of urgency and are willing to wait another year to see how things pan out. That’s probably smart but for people like me who like to eat, rather discouraging.

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Rehab comes to the Hamptons

Pure luxury. Sadly, after your 30 day stay in heaven, you have to return to the real world.

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Another tear-down across the creek

No particular loss, unless you mourn a 1950’s ranch. In fact, I’m sure it will help my property value. But, while I think I remember it being listed a year ago, I don’t remember it selling. Either I missed the sale (entirely possible) or it went via private sale. Again – I have no objection to the project – some houses, like my own, are just plain obsolete – and besides, it’s kinda cool to watch a house get chewed up.

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Exhausted from his efforts creating jobs on the Vineyard, Obama has another excursion planned

Bali in November. Who’s advising him on these things?

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Angry reader

After power & cable got restored to the Route 1 corridor in Riverside on Tuesday afternoon, today/Wednesday the goofballs at Valbella decide to cut down their trees – probably with an unlicensed/illegal immigrant landscaper – and they topple a tree on the power line & take down the power & cable just recently restored!  So, no tv or Internet tonight – no US Open on TV.  Do you think they checked with the Town tree warden?  Doubt it. Licensed landscaper?  Doubt it.  Bad PR  –  won’t be eating there again.

I’m going up there to see for myself (no open houses today, so I have time) but hell, given their history, this could just be another Mafia hit.

UPDATE: shucks – they removed the evidence – nothing to see or photograph.

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Wasn’t this dummy once considered smart?

Obummer can’t even give his jobs program speech when he wants to. The man is a political moron and so are his advisors.

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A pre-obituary obituary for Steve Jobs

He brought us the personal computer and then destroyed it as his vision changed. A really good column from the WSJ. If you can’t get by the paper’s pay wall, Google it. Well worth the effort.

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Well this should make you feel safer while driving on I-95

 

But his civil rights were protected

Obama administration declares alcoholic truck drivers a protected class.

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