Daily Archives: September 5, 2011

Jimmy Hoffa – Jimmy Hoffa! Attacks tea party at Obama rally

A corrupt labor leader doesn’t like the Tea Party but Obama likes Hoffa.  Warning: harsh language. Somehow, I think these two are going to be totally irrelevant in less than two years.

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I’d have guessed 100%

Report: 40% of Europeans suffer from mental illness. Do you ever suspect that reports like this are put out by people with an agenda?

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Who writes this crap?

Business Insider gives glowing coverage to Obummer’s speech. Utter nonsense, both the speech, which said nothing, and the article itself. I may give up following Business Insider.

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Car break-ins in Milbrook

Honestly, this stuff happens and there’s not much you can do about it (I leave my car unlocked, myself, under the Shakespearean theory that who steals my purse steals trash – keeps my windows intact). I really am posting this because the article mentions Sgt. Sean O’Donnell, who served two tours of duty in Iraq. I like to remind readers of his service. (His brother, also a cop, is a complete jerk, by the way, but folks who like Gideon say the same thing about me, so there you have it).

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Ooh, I wish I could name names

Just  had a wonderful Labor Day family lunch on the deck (and celebrated Ma’s 87th, which arrives tomorrow – everyone wish Leatrice a happy birthday!) and I heard a simply woeful storm story. Turns out one of our Back Country residents is absolutely furious, and let his generator supplier know it, that his generator wasn’t powerful enough to light his tennis court and his swimming pool lights at the same time. I assume he will be suing for severe emotional harm but in the meantime, can’t we all shed a quiet tear for his troubles?

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Okay, totally inappropriate, but Walt, you really have to visit Riverside

The weather is warm and the women are beautiful. Jogging weather. Heaven.

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You know, this pisses me off

Back in 1994 my life kind of exploded and life became tough. I had to cash out my retirement funds, paid a penalty and still owe the IRS for “income taxes” although I had none, and ruined my credit. But I kept our mortgage current and my kids in their house.

Now Obama is proposing a grand new plan so that people can skip out on their debts. Maybe that’s what’s required – I don’t know – but as someone who has struggled for 17 years to do the proper, middle-class thing, I sure do feel like a sucker.

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Sympathy for the devil

I really feel for the utility workers who’ve been out there restoring our power. Back in college, I worked summers for a moving company and we’d load up three houses a day, beginning at maybe 8 AM and finishing at midnight, then sleeping in the warehouse and hitting the road again at 6. Good pay at the time: $6 an hour, plus overtime! but the worst part was our dispatcher, who would lie to customers and tell them we’d be at their house at 8:00 AM. When we showed up at our third house, at 6:oo PM, the furious homeowner, who’d been waiting all day, would let us have it. Couldn’t blame the poor guy, but when you’re on your third job of the day, it’s hard to be civil and apologetic.

We begged our bosses to either fire the dispatcher or at least force her to tell the truth but apparently that was their business model. I did develop a tough skin and some incredible muscles those two summers, but I also determined never to lie to a customer. All in all, a valuable experience. And I did make a lot of money.

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Bear with me – this blog is really about Greenwich real estate

It’s just that the last weeks of August and Labor Day weekend don’t produce much real estate news so I turn to other subjects. I hope to have much more on real estate topics beginning tomorrow. Or not – I can’t control the market. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday.

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Is there anything more irrelevant than the black voter?

Texas blacks oppose Rick Perry. Hate to be harsh here, but who cares about them? They’re captive Democrat voters so Republicans don’t even bother reaching out to them: half of the men are in jail or felons so can’t vote and most of the rest don’t bother going to the polls unless they receive street money. Hispanics and Asians know how to organize and get their voices heard. Blacks have let themselves be taken for granted by the Democrats and get bupkis. Bullworth summed it up perfectly (and readers, if you can find this on YouTube, please supply the link – I’m hopeless on this stuff):

Angry black woman: Are you sayin’ the Democratic Party don’t care about the African-American community?
Bullworth: Isn’t that OBVIOUS? You got half your kids are out of work and the other half are in jail. Do you see ANY Democrat doing anything about it? Certainly not me! So what’re you gonna do, vote Republican? Come on! Come on, you’re not gonna vote Republican! Let’s call a spade a spade!
[Loud, angry booing]
Bullworth: I mean – come on! You can have a Billion Man March! If you don’t put down that malt liquor and chicken wings, and get behind someone other than a running back who stabs his wife, you’re NEVER gonna get rid of somebody like me!

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Amanda Knox trial resumes in Italy

Long story, but if you’ve been following this since 2007, it’s a tale of , I think, a wrongfully convicted young girl.  Sloppy police work, defective DNA evidence, and the 24-year-old has been held in prison four years. From 3,000 (?) miles away, it seems she got a raw  deal.

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Oh my goodness – we’re doomed

I just heard on NPR that Obama, having labored mightily, is planning to address us Thursday with a speech preceded by a performance by Aretha Franklin, and then, flanked by union reps who will attack his free trade proposals, announce some job training programs. Presumably, he will conclude with Pete Seeger leading us all in a rousing chorus of “Michael row the boat ashore”. Fear for our future: we are being ruled by an idiot. If the markets don’t collapse tomorrow, they certainly will on Friday.

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Some deals just can’t be done

There’s a pair of side-by-side tear-downs in Old Greenwich – one an undersized lot, the other slightly oversized. Put them together, and you’d probably have enough land to build and sell a house for $4.5, maybe $4.8 million, given recent sales on the street. But the combined asking prices, even after reductions, are $3.4. That just doesn’t work – not for a builder, not even for an end user. There’s such a disconnect here between reality and desire that I don’t see these properties going anywhere for a long, long time.

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We may have the day off, but Europe is being clobbered

Markets down 3% and more. Last fun day at the Hamptons – tomorrow, Armageddon?

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Bottom story of the day, so to speak

Porn star retested, is not HIV positive, so porn films can resume shooting.

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Rain rain go away come again some other day

Katia’s looking good for being steered off land. Hope so.

UPDATE: Good map here.

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No consolation for the remaining homeowners

But we’re almost there – as of last night, all but 125 residences have had their power restored. Today seems to be the day for the rest. I’ve taken the time to speak with several of the crews and, to a man, they confess to being exhausted. Overtime pay is grand, but 16 hour days grow long. By the way, and I know some residents whose roads were blocked will disagree, but I was impressed by our own road crews. Even by Monday afternoon, most roads had not only been cleared but street sweepers had cleaned up the debris. Plenty of stuff still piled on the sides of the roads but the roadways themselves were clear sailing. The town doesn’t control our electricity – it does rule the roads, and I think the responsible department did a very decent job.

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He may be a nut, but we need gadflys

Bill Effros, who lives high above Greenwich High School on Old Church Road, has been suing the town over almost anything that goes on on campus. Now, the ban against him stepping foot on the grounds has been lifted so that he can attend a public hearing on the soil contamination. That’s very much as it should be. And in the end, this “nut” may well be proved right on many of his concerns.

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