Daily Archives: January 14, 2012

Muck Boots – a superb product

I bought a pair of these boots last year, upon my soggy, waterlogged return from a week spent slogging through the marshes and wet ground of central Maine in leather boots (hand-made by Limmer 35 years ago and still going strong – another great product but not for this use). Muck Boots were highly recommended so I ordered them up and took them hunting this past November in the Catskills, where I once again encountered wet conditions – that’s where the deer hide out, generally. They did everything promised, kept my feet warm and dry and provided the support of a hiking boot. I hiked all day in them, over those two chipmunks, Hill and Dale, and after a week I was completely sold – best boots of their type I have ever owned.

You don’t have to order them in camo nor do you necessarily want the model I have (pictured) with a roll-up feature for extra deep water. They come in different heights and colors: black or even pink, for ladies like Walt who want to cut a stylish look while swilling the pigs.  Really good boots.


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Mysteries of Greenwich real estate: pasta faucets

Dumb ideas in kitchen design, part 17

Every “high end” kitchen I see these days has a pasta faucet in the wall behind its Viking stove. Why? Presumably, the idea is that the happy housewife, who in real life will come no closer to cooking in her home than to ring the caterer or stop by Balducci’s for take-out, will be spared lugging a big heavy pot of cold water to her stove and can fill it on site at her range.

Okay, but what then? Spared from dealing with a gallon of cold water, Suzy Wafflebottom must still deal with that same gallon, now boiling, and a pound or two of steaming spaghetti which she must drag across her 30-foot-wide kitchen to dump the contents in her farmhouse sink. And she has benefitted how?

But I guess these things look cool, or something.


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CBS News: 11 more Solyndras


So the money went out that door?

And counting. Job creation the Washington way or, how many pies does Al Gore have his fingers in?

CBS News counted 12 clean energy companies that are having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance. Five have filed for bankruptcy: The junk bond-rated Beacon, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy and Solyndra.

According to CBS News, Beacon Power, a “green energy storage company,” received $43 million from the government. Standard and Poor’s had given the project a rating of “CCC-plus.”

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Giving Occupy Wall Street something to chew on

The lovely Mrs. Verschleiser preps her daughter for the big day?

Jeffrey Verschleiser, who made a fortune at Bear Sterns peddling fraudulent mortgage-backed securities and who now resides under a rock at Goldman Sachs, presumably doing something equally as noble, is spending $1 million to throw his daughter a bat mitzvah. I’d be curious to learn how much he’s given to the families of the Bear Sterns employees who lost their jobs while Verschleiser was doing his.

UPDATE: Teri Buhl doesn’t think much of Mssr. Verschleiser either.


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Walter’s investors get clobbered again

Cooking the books

Bad enough that Walter Noel’s Fairfield Greenwich Group sunk under the waves with its investors’ money, now Picard is suing those same chumps for any money they got back before the great debacle.


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The chef was English

The French are below nibbling on cheese!

Italian skipper sinks cruise ship with Germans aboard.

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White House: we didn’t know ’bout no fires

Obama dressed for the Volt test ride

Obumpkus and crowd deny suppressing news of the propensity of Government Motors’ Volt to burn up. The car salesman in chief even drove one (very briefly) the last time he was in Detroit for a fund raiser. Uh huh.


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The great disconnect – house sales up but prices are falling

The boom in Las Vegas sales seems to confuse this BusinessInsider reporter because, he notes in astonishment, “price are still falling”. This is the identical logical failure that afflicts the New York Times when it keeps noting the “paradox” that prison populations are growing “while crime rates are declining”.


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Greek default – hasn’t the market already accounted for this?

Talks between Greece and its creditors broke down yesterday and default seems the likely result. I admittedly have no knowledge of how traders work but surely they’ve seen this coming for the past year and already priced Greek debt accordingly. Right? So I don’t see how this will cause any particular disruption but then, I had no idea that US bankers were leveraging junk mortgage bonds by 35X.


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My sentiments exactly

Marines piss on dead Taliban – war is hell.


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