Daily Archives: March 10, 2012

Hanoi Jane demands that Rush Limbaugh be forced off the air

Slut, prostitute, traitor

Unbelievable, but true. 

Here’s what this harlot who wants to shut down free speech was up to in 1972:

During her trip, Fonda made ten radio broadcasts in which she denounced American political and military leaders as “war criminals”. Fonda has defended her decision to travel to North Vietnam and her radio broadcasts.[33][34] Also during the course of her visit, Fonda visited American prisoners of war (POWs), and brought back messages from them to their families. When cases of torture began to emerge among POWs returning to the United States, Fonda called the returning POWs “hypocrites and liars”. She added, “These were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved. These were not men who had been brainwashed.”[35] Later, on the subject of torture used during the Vietnam War, Fonda told The New York Times in 1973, “I’m quite sure that there were incidents of torture … but the pilots who were saying it was the policy of the Vietnamese and that it was systematic, I believe that’s a lie.”[36] Fonda said the POWs were “military careerists and professional killers” who are “trying to make themselves look self-righteous, but they are war criminals according to the law”.[34] 

Forget taking her off the air, this bitch should have been dragged off and shot.

Gunning for American pilots, Hanoi

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When I grow up I want to screw up at big companies and get rich, Vol. II

Bob Nardelli, passed over by GE for top spot, former CEO of Home Depot before being $500 million to go away, former head of Chrysler while screwing that up, too, has now left the investment firm that had installed him at Chrysler. The man’s got to approaching $750 million, all for failing at what he says he can do. Yet he keeps getting hired. Lucky shareholders.

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While we’re on the subject of the Community Organizer

Here’s the chart he prepared:

Maybe he meant electric car sales?

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Read his lips – if they’re moving, he’s lying

I'll quit tomorrow

In his 2011 State of the Union address, the Community Organizer promised “One million electric cars on American roads by 2015”. What a great goal, what an amazing man, to pull off such a feat with an untested, unproved technology. How’s he doing on redeeming that pledge? About as well as closing Gitmo and making America beloved and respected around the globe. Here are the numbers so far:

2011: 18,000: 9,674 NissanLeafs, 7,671 Volts, 655 “others” ($100,000 Teslas and Fiskers, presumably)

Gartner Group predicts 100,000 sales in 2012

Actual YTD Sales, Jan-Feb: Volt 1,626; Leaf, 1,154

It looks, therefore, as though 2012 sales will be at the same level as 2011’s or 18,000 cars. By my math, that’s 36,000 cars sold in the past two years and we have two more years to reach 2015. Again by my math, car makers will have to sell 964,000 cars between 2013 and 2014, or 482,000 a year. Quite a jump from 18,000, and I wonder how Obummer’s going to manage it?

You might want to short Gartner stock, by the way, assuming it’s a public company. Their expert opinion of 100,000 sales this year looks to be off by 82,000.

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Greenwich’s Chairman of the Land Use Commission, Peter Berg, is either a liar, an ignorant fool, or most likely, both.

Peter Berg, District 8

The P& Z has enacted its “lot coverage” regulations effective as of last Tuesday. If you’re a homeowner with an undersized lot or a one-story house you’ve just been thoroughly screwed. And even if you aren’t in either of those categories, the cost of adding on or renovating your house has just been hugely increased. Mark Pruner is not pleased, nor should you be.

“It adds an entire new regulatory regime to the present system of setbacks and height limitations and floor-area ratios,” Mark Pruner said. “It means that about 8 percent of the houses are over the limit,” referring to regulations that govern the height of houses and how far they are from property lines.”

The requirements range from 35 percent in the R-6 single and two-family homes on the smaller lot sizes, to 84 percent in the RA-4 zone, the minimum four-acre lots.

Pruner fears the green space requirements will prevent property owners from expanding their homes, even though the homes fall well within the FAR limits. He said owners could discover that buildings on the property, or paved driveways that are included in the impervious surface calculation, may limit home expansion.

“People who have a one-story house and have plenty of FAR are all of a sudden going to find out because of the things they have around the house they are not going to be able to develop further outside the house,” he said.

Here’s where the ignorance, wilful or otherwise, of Peter Berg comes in. Sadly, he’s speaking as head of the very body that foisted this on Greenwich property owners.

While Pruner is concerned about how the new regulations may affect property development and value, Berg argues that tight building regulations improve property values.

“We know that the towns that have the strictest zoning regulations have the highest property values,” Berg said.

1. Berg has put the cart before the horse here. Towns with the highest property values are people by owners who don’t want a trailer park next door lowering those values so they enact stricter zoning laws.

2. If Berg truly believes that his group hasn’t confiscated the property and thus the money of his fellow citizens then he knows absolutely nothing and hasn’t inquired into the facts.  Own a smaller lot, even if it’s not legally undersized? You’re hosed – what we will see in town now are larger lots which can accommodate FAR – approved sized houses increasing in value while smaller ones, because they can’t be added onto under these new regulations, fall. For Berg to say otherwise is just an absolute falsehood.

Berg, by the way, lives in Cos Cob so only Cos Cob residents can throw him out. But in fact, given the sprawling mess that is the RTM, there’s nothing effective to do about an individual’s perfidy – you can’t vote out a buffoon when because of the dearth of RTM candidates, members like Berg are “elected’ merely by placing their name on the ballot. The only avenue of redress is to find selectmen candidates who promise to repeal this entire FAR “Green Space” scheme and start over. Peter Tesei isn’t that man; he’s used his power of appointment for P&Z members to settle political scores but never to address issues of substance, nor are there any Democrats I’m aware of willing to stand up. Time to start searching for someone who is.

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Speaking of suicide, Obummer’s goal to destroy the economy to save the world from global warming is futile

Dollar Bill has a great pain between his ears

Not the destroying the economy part – he’s determined to join Europe in its suicide and he’s aided and abetted by the media and the useful idiots on the left. But futile because China, which is building a new coal-fired power plant a week, is going to dwarf all of western civilization in CO2 emissions soon, very soon. The increase in cars in that country is predicted to be “insane”.  In fact, by 2030, its CO2 production is likely to equal the entire world’s production of that fatal gas today. (For the mathematically challenged, that’s 18 years away).

India’s CO2 emissions will triple by 2030.

A drought in the Amazon in 2010 produced as much CO2 as India produced that year.

Experts” like Al Gore say that global warming will be irreversible by 2017 at present levels.

In view of all this and not surprisingly, China has told the EU that it won’t buy their friggin’ Airbus if it involves paying that organization’s punitive carbon tax. It also refused to sign the Kyoto treaty, as did we, back when even Democrats had a few brain cells still functioning.

Finally, and as the ultimate Polish joke, Poland has vetoed its participation in “mandatory” EU carbon emission cuts, thus depriving the union of the unanimous consent required from all members if those cuts are to be imposed. It’s a sad day (not really) when Poles have more common sense than the brightest, “the science is settled” thinkers of the rest of Europe and the United States combined.

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Sure, especially if they’re from Massachusetts

Drop dead, Flatlander

Should Vermonters be allowed to kill themselves?

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(The liberal) Noah Milbank of the Washington Post

Doesn't ANYBODY like me anymore?

Obama’s hiring discloses him as a sham and a fraud. Go cry on Chris Dodd’s shoulder.

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Thomas Freidman follower dead but the damage has been done

 

Cole Stangler and friends having an excellent day in NYC

Mohammed Yusef, Muslim terrorist who insisted that the earth was flat, was killed by Nigerian police three years ago but his group has metastasized, joined with Al Qaeda and continues on. Fun guy:

Yusuf founded Boko Haram, which loosely translates as “Western Education is Prohibited”, in 2002 with the aim of purging northern Nigeria of the corruption and decadence of the Western way of life. This extended to stamping out scientific beliefs that Yusuf held to be incompatible with Islamic teaching.

On the question of how rain is made, he insisted: “We believe it is the creation of God rather than an evaporation caused by the sun that condenses and becomes rain.” As for the suggestion that the earth is a sphere, Yusuf said this alien theory “runs contrary to the teachings of Allah”.

But the preacher was careful not to reject every aspect of Western culture, at least so far as his own life was concerned. “He lives lavishly and drives a Mercedes-Benz,” one of his contemporaries once remarked. “He is very well-educated in a Western context.”

So what are our friends from Pakistan and Afghanistan doing in the swamps and deserts of Nigeria? No civil order – no effective government at all, actually, thus allowing them to cook up further mayhem world-wide. Not so good.

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The Old Mick must not be in Hartford yet

Because he sent me this story on Greenwich resident Sean Dunne’s financial woes back in Ireland.

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Here in Greenwich, we mostly worry about cougars, of both types

Of course, sometimes the bear eats you

State warns Connecticut residents: coyotes munching on dogs. And cats, goldfish and wee children – watch out.

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It’s five days early, but when has that ever deterred an Irishman?

Erin go braless!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off in Hartford (to continue through Friday).

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Breaking news from 1947, 48, 49, 50, …

Aid group warns of African famine. Billions spent over the decades, all gone to corruption, socialism and war. To quote Pete Seeger, “when will we ever learn?”

Here’s Pete now (and Dollar Bill) singing out against further aid to the African kleptocracy:

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It’s come to this: shuffling boulders is now considered an economic stimulus

Rock heads

Originally estimated to cost $1.5 million to move to Los Angeles, California museum now paying $10,000,000 to move “Levitating Mass”, a 340 ton boulder, to its grounds, where it will as pose as “art”. Makes the $600,000 collection of stones at Hartford’s Wadsworth Athenaeum look cheap.

The $10 million is just for moving this chunk of rock from one place to another – no word on what the artist Michael Heizer was paid for his correction but the rock itself cost $960,000. I’s all for a good cause, though:

“You couldn’t ask for a better gift to the economy right now than to be paying iron workers, truck drivers, concrete, construction workers,” said Govan. “It makes sense in our modern California culture to take advantage of the outdoors for monumental sculpture because people love it.”

There was a time, long ago, when jobs were created by building factories, roads and bridges. Long ago.

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It’s Saturday, must be time for car talk

"Green" Limo (except for that pesky methane)

Energy Secretary chuses BMW over Volt or even a Fisker. (From InstaPundit)

CONSISTENCY, LIKE PAYING TAXES, IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:  Chu chooses a BMW over a Volt.“The big news yesterday was that Energy Secretary Steven Chu does not own a car. But his wife owns a 2002 BMW 325i, which gets 21 MPG, according to the Daily Caller. Why did Chu not get her to trade in the Beamer for a Chevy Volt?  Also, as a Cabinet secretary, he gets a security detail that drives him around in an SUV, most likely a Cadillac Escalade. We can mince around with words over whether he owns a car or not, but he is not taking public transportation, walking or riding a bicycle to get everywhere.”

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Another Obummer dream car DOA

Greenfail

Fisker electric car, $100,000 retail before the Obummer rich folk’s subsidy, dies on the test track before Consumer Reports can put it through its paces.  Obummer insist’s he’s undaunted; “we’ll just double down on those subsidies,” he vowed. “Michelle really wants of these for the Vineyard this summer and by God, she’ll have one. If it takes five guys to push it around well hell, that’s not a bug, it’s a feature – it’ll be five more “green jobs” I’ve created.”

You remember the Fisker, right? The car that Obummer spent your money on to help out Al Gore and the country of Finland, where the car is built? 

With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department’s $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the company’s manufacturing jobs are still limited to the assembly of the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car in Finland.

The loan to Fisker is part of a $1 billion bet the Energy Department has made in two politically connected California-based electric carmakers producing sporty — and pricey — cutting-edge autos. Fisker Automotive, backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore, predicts it will eventually be churning out tens of thousands of electric sports sedans at the shuttered GM factory it bought in Delaware.

Don’t hold your breath.

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Selling your house? Not if you’re in Darien

“There were no accepted offers in Darien last week”.  For those of my peers who accuse me of ruining the real estate market (some do), reflect on this: I don’t blog on or about Darien.

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What, we worry?

 

Would you buy real estate or junk bonds from this man? How about junk bonds BACKED by real estate?

Junk bonds are snapped up by traders desperate for any promise of interest payments regardless of quality. Hey, it worked with Greeks bearing bonds, didn’t it?

Here’s how the parent company of Soetheby’s, Coldwell Banker and Century 21 fared – pretty damn well:

Realogy recently sold $918 million of eight-year bonds to replace debt due to mature next year. It will cost the company $42 million on an annualized basis.Since 2011, the company has refinanced all its $7 billion in debt. It was taken private by Apollo in 2007 and recently disclosed a net loss for 2011 that was four times its net loss in 2010. Tony Hull, chief financial officer, said the company had been “waiting to pull the trigger” on an offering. He said the deal priced just six hours after it launched. It was “the fastest deal we ever did,” he said.

My failure to understand these people explains why they’re rich and I’m not. I also didn’t understand the dot.com frenzy and look what happened to those who did – they lost billions and made it all back again in the next tulip bulb madness. Fascinating.

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