Daily Archives: April 20, 2012

I’d say they were banking on an Obama victory

$100 million in bail out money but BOA refuses him credit

Bank Of America terminates relationship with customer McMillian because it makes weapons for the U.S. Marine Corp.

BOA obviously knows nothing about its customer’s business or they’d know that gun sales have soared since the day Obama was elected in 2008.  In fact, the man was just named “Gun Salesman of the Year”.  If the bank  really thinks Obama is going to win they should be doubling down on this one bright spot in the economy, not abandoning it.

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The new civility

Coming to visit

Former commodities trader, Forbes commentator and climate alarmist Steve Zwick: burn down skeptics’ homes.

We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies.  Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay.  Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands.  Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.

They broke the climate.  Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?

If the Secret Service sends a team of agents to interview Ted Nugent about his hyperbole, shouldn’t they be tracking down this man? Maybe I’ll send in an anonymous tip reporting that I spotted prostitutes at his house.

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Will the last one leaving the ship please turn off the lights?

See ya

Democrat senator says he “doesn’t know” whether he’ll vote for Obama. First among his (Democrat) countrymen.

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This only took thirty years

The obligatory mug shot

Fifty-five federal agents raid Connecticut’s Community Renewal Team headquarters. These state and federally funded crooks have been stealing since the inception of the program so while it’s nice that someone finally noticed, it’s way overdue. All fifty-seven states, by the way, have a Community Renewal Team, all with the same crooks: the War on Poverty continues its fine work.

I wrote about this back in February, here and here.

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And he’d better keep doing it, he wants to stay out of jail

Who, me?

Corzine continues to serve as Obama’s bag man. Raises another $500,000 for the man who stands between him and La Tuna Medium Security Prison, El Paso.

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Maybe one will cure the other

Waiting for lunch

Town cautions Greenwich residents on water use.

Toxins found in groundwater

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Counting on more Obummer Bucks?

There's gotta be a reason in here somewhere!

Wall Street trading continues to confound me.

First Solar shares are up 10% on news that the company is failing.

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — First Solar shares surged 10% Tuesday after the struggling company announced a draconian overhaul of its operations, capping a rally by more traditional energy stocks that drew strength from firmer oil prices.

First Solar Inc. said before the market open it plans to shut its plant in Frankfurt, Germany, idle indefinitely four production lines in Malaysia, and eliminate 2,000 jobs, or roughly 30% of its work force.

The move reflects tough competition from Chinese solar panel makers and deteriorating market conditions in Europe, where the region’s ongoing debt crisis has cut into government subsidies for renewable energy.

First Solar shares, which had lost 84% of their value over the past 12 months, rose $2.14, or 10.3%, to close at $22.96.

Billions in federal loans, just as a by the way.

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I do hope they consulted a land use lawyer

House warming gift from selling agent?

Proving that, sooner or later, every house in Greenwich can sell, 35 Chapel Lane is reported sold today for $1.450 million. To say this house is challenged would be a gross understatement – in addition to the babbling brook sound of I-95 traffic roaring overhead, the property sits squarely in the coastal management/FEMA flood regulation zone and is going to encounter difficulties in any planned renovation, expansion or replacement.

$1.450 million must have appealed to these buyers as a reasonable price to pay for water views regardless of the trucks and car traffic intruding into the vista. And that’s fine – their money, their taste, their judgment. If they were somehow lulled into thinking the place was a bargain because at one point (2008) it was priced at a hilarious $3.5 million, then they were sold a bill of goods.

UPDATE: George Crossman XXXII, reader, fellow realtor and resident of Chapel Lane, writes to say this house is up high enough to stay dry and that it actually was a good buy. Hey, I’ll stand corrected, but I may stand in my Muck Boots and wear ear plugs while doing so.

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Obama meats Bo?

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A British perspective: Obama in trouble

We'll always have the Vineyard

As of right now, and subject to change, bad economy, lack of real issues are hurting Obama.

Obama can’t talk about the economy being bad because he would be held responsible for it. But going too far in talking it up could be just as disastrous. Politically, he has to thread the needle.

Obama will keep trying to talk about something, anything other than the economy – contraception and dogs being the most recent examples – but Romney has the relatively straightforward task of being disciplined enough to talk relentlessly about jobs and the economy.

If you viewed all this solely through the prism of media coverage and listened just to Washington pundits, you’d conclude that Obama has about an 80 percent chances of victory. In reality, his chances are much closer to 50:50, perhaps even with Romney holding an advantage (though many things can and will happen in six months).

This cognitive dissonance is partly because of a liberal tilt but also because most reporters and talking heads live in bubbles of comfortable affluence insulated from the economic pain most Americans are facing.

Sounds about right (and hopeful) to me.

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All quiet, so far, on the real estate front

Not much activity being reported these past few days but I know that I’m working on several deals and I keep running into “accepted offers” on houses I’d like to show, so I’d expect something to write about soon, either later today or next week. Bear with me until then – this isn’t supposed to be a purely political blog, but when there’s no real estate news to report I’m forced to prowl the Internet for items with which to annoy Dollar Bill and Fudrucker.

Zimmerman was just granted bail down in Florida but that’s a story that’s already been gnawed to the bone.

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I blame Obama

Hopelessness and change

Disability awards soar to highest rate ever as people run out of unemployment benefits and turn to the next scam.

Food stamp moochers also at all-time high.

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Minimum wage should be $45 per hour? – Democrat Ladies Convention

I am woman, hear me roar!

Ten bucks an hour won’t cut it.

HARTFORD — There are five distinct geographic and income sectors in Connecticut, but the minimum wage is inadequate for residents in all of them, according to a survey of basic fiscal security released Tuesday by the state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. ($600,000 per year for this important group and, with Governor Rell gone, probably headed back to the $1.2 million it used to spend).

The soaring cost of child care prevents many families from building the assets that parents may need to support them in medical emergencies, unemployment and, eventually, retirement, the report said.

Among its findings:

In “wealthy” Connecticut towns, including Greenwich, Westport, Darien, Ridgefield, New Canaan and Easton, a family of four with two working parents needs to make $96,432 a year.

In the “urban periphery” of Danbury, Ansonia, Norwalk, Seymour, Stamford, Stratford and Milford, four-member households need $82,536 to make ends meet.

In “urban core” cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford and West Haven, families of four need $81,240.

Suburbs, including Bethel, Brookfield, Fairfield, Monroe, New Fairfield, Newtown, Orange, Oxford, Redding and Shelton, require joint incomes of $81,168. Rural communities require nearly $73,000 for housing, food, transportation, utilities, child care, health care and other expenses.

The ladies insist that they aren’t advocating policy and no wonder – there just aren’t enough wealthy Greenwich residents to tax, even at 100%, to eliminate this shortfall. But never forget that old Russian saying and the Democrat’s motto, “better I should have no cow than my neighbor have two”.

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So’s your papa

At least my father MARRIED his dates!

Democrats attack Romney for polygamist ancestors but “forget” that Obama has the same issue.

The Washington Post reported:

“The line of polygamists in Obama’s family can be traced back generations in western Kenya, where it was an accepted practice within the Luo (pronounced LOO-oh) tribe.” His great-grandfather, Obama Opiyo, had five wives, including two who were sisters. His grandfather, Hussein Onyango, had at least four wives, one of whom, Akumu, gave birth to the president’s father, Barack Obama” before fleeing her abusive husband. Obama Sr. was already married when he left Kenya to study at the University of Hawaii, where he married again. His American wife-to-be, Stanley Ann Dunham, was not yet 18 and unaware of his marital situation when she became pregnant with his namesake son in 1961.

It is also well known that Democrat Senator from New Mexico, Tom Udall, and his cousin, Senator Mark Udall (D) from Colorado, come from a long line of polygamists.  But that was never an issue because they are Democrats.

A case of the black calling the kettle pot?

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There’s no country so filled with talented, industrious people that it can’t be brought down by bad government

Your child's future here

India struggles to deliver enough energy for growth

India has one of the world’s largest reserves of coal but it has not been able to exploit it effectively, largely because a state-owned company, Coal India, controls 80 percent of production. The company has been hamstrung by political decisions like a policy that requires it to sell coal at a 70 percent discount to market prices. Critics also say it has not invested aggressively enough in new mines and technologies.

Policy disputes have also caused problems. In recent years, coal regulators tried to open new areas to mining, but they did not coordinate their decisions with environmental regulators, who have blocked much of that mining because it would destroy dense forests.

India also appears to have a lot of cleaner-burning natural gas, but it has not fully exploited those reserves, either. Private firms have few incentives to do so because the government has capped the price of that fuel.

Think Venezuela and Argentina with their nationalization policies. Think the United States of America.

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The sad effects of bongs on (some) girls

EOS claims she was too busy flunking out of college at the time to notice the emergence of Levon Helm and The Band. Aw come on, was there anyone in that era who didn’t see Easy Rider?  And if you did, how could you possibly miss the best song of the movie, The Weight?

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