Daily Archives: November 18, 2011

And why I don’t buy version 1.0s

Lousy review of the new Kindle Fire. I’m a huge fan of Jeff Bezos and Amazon and I’m sure he’ll work out the kinks but until then, I’ll wait.

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Why I hunt

So that I don’t have to pretend I’m humane while chowing on an Egg McMuffin

We watched the 4-minute video, and it’s pretty gruesome.

It shows workers tormenting birds by swinging them in circles and ramming their necks through wire cages and chicks getting their beaks burned off without painkillers. In some instances, unwanted chicks are left to suffocate in plastic bags.

According to the AP, McDonald’s called the treatment of animals in the video “disturbing and completely unacceptable.”

Give me a free range deer who’s dead before my shot finishes echoing off the hills.

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The greedy 1%

"I'm rich, my Trustee says, and I vote!"

Obummer has already raised $86 million for next year’s campaign, more than all eight Republican challengers combined and all of it from “the little people” who pay $75,000 per couple for dinner with their hero. Truth to power! Hangman, bring me that rope!

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If at first you don’t succeed

11 Byram Dock Street is back again, this time asking $3.295. That’s an improvement over its original price of $4.695 back when it was new in ’07 but I think it’s still too high, given its location. Nice views, nice house, no yard, “convenient to transportation”.

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They never quit

Pelosi: “we need federal daycare!”

“One of the great pieces of unfinished business is high-quality child care; I  wonder why we just can’t do that,’’ she recently said to a California  audience.

She made no mention of who would pay for this new army of babysitters, nor did she need to: in her circles, it’s understood that the bill will be footed by greedy corporations and the 1% ers.

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A contract on Taconic

162 Taconic asked $2.295  $2.995 (down from $3.450 way back in 2006) and now has a buyer. It looked like a very nice house and depending on actual price being paid, the buyer should be pleased. The seller paid $3.2 million for the place in March of ’06 and again, depending on the final price, she should be pleased to get out so cheaply.

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Never trust a man called Chip

When he still had a view of Town Hall

Skowron gets the agreed-upon five year sentence. A fraud and a fool.

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Aw, and just as the season was starting

Swiss may ban naked hiking. A sport that demands ThermoBalls

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About what I expected

I mentioned yesterday that BSF’s spec house at 84 Butternut Hollow Road, originally priced at $7.950 and finally dropping to $7.495, had gone to contract. It turns out that it also sold yesterday: $6.3 million.

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But Michelle TOLD us to!

And no smoking in the house!

Parents arrested for starving baby – “didn’t want her to get fat”

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No surprise here

The longer an American student is exposed to “higher” education, the less likely he is to think his country is special.

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What’s (not) doing

Today we have 561 single family homes for sale. One hundred seventy-nine of those are priced over $4.5 million and of those, 62 are asking $9.5 million and up. And what’s gone to contract this year? 445 all told, 54 $4.5+ and 9 that asked (but didn’t necessarily get, more than $9.5. Draw what conclusions you wish.

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Something I’ve always marveled at

How politicians come to Washington poor and leave as multi-millionaires.

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Nobody wants (some) Spanish real estate

Land that is literally worthless, cluttered with houses and apartment buildings for which there is no market and no forseeable demand for fifty years. Sounds like Las Vegas. In Spain, we’re talking about 43% of all bank loans – Las Vegas, fortunately, comprises only a small part of the total US banking industry.

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Buy my arugula or I’ll jail you, damn it!

Lovingly raised on public land

Interesting discussion of the supposed power of the government to force us citizens to buy what’s good for us.

 [I]n the course of arguing for the constitutionality of  Obamacare’s “individual mandate,” Einer Elhauge pretty much rules out  the possibility that limiting the federal government to the  regulation of “commerce … among the several states” inhibits the feds from doing  anything.  To counter the charge that then Washington could make you buy  broccoli, Elhauge argues … um, Washington could make you buy  broccoli! But don’t worry, there are other limitations:

There are, of course, limits to what Congress can  do under the commerce clause. If it tried to enact a law requiring Americans to eat broccoli, that would be likely to violate bodily integrity and the  right to liberty.

Well, OK then! As long as we can just leave it rotting in the fridge.** … But it’s a little suspicious–and surely not a selling point–that under  Elhauge’s argument the only limits on government would be the  rights — like “bodily integrity” and privacy — that liberal  lawyers have  dreamed up but not the limit — i.e. whether or not something is “interstate commerce” – the Founders dreamed up.

So – insurance, peas, CFLs and engine-ruining ethanol. Our government: is there anything it can’t do?

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What’d they expect when they signed on as “ball boys”?

Former Syracuse students claim basketball coach fondled them

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