Daily Archives: August 13, 2012

Zombie bullets for weathermen?

The question ya gotta ask yourself, Frosty, is ‘do I feel lucky?’. Well, DO you?

No kidding: in addition to the 450 million pistol and automatic rifle cartridges ordered by Obama for his  Department of Homeland Security, he’s now sending 46 thousand rounds to NOAA, including 16,000 of the death-dealing slugs to the weather station in Ellsworth, Maine.

Now I happen to know a bit about Ellsworth, Maine. In fact, I lived in the abutting town of East Holden for a couple of years and I can say with absolute certainty that there is nothing in Ellsworth worth shooting 16,000 times. Nothing. How curious, then.

UPDATE: And yet another order placed, this time for 750 million rounds (!) plus riot gear. What, exactly, is our government getting ready for? I may have to find and unfold my tinfoil hat.

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Will Rahm Emanuel ban Lebanese bologna in Chicago?

 

Oh noooo, Mr. Bill!

Activists protest Lebanese anal examinations of suspected homosexuals.

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How broke, really, is Coldwell Banker?

Will list for food

Adding a new meaning to the term “broker” and for the second (or third – hard to keep track with this company) time in a row, Coldwell Banker can’t come up with a lousy rental commission that was earned and payable weeks ago. This is annoying because rentals are done more as an accommodation for clients than for real money – they take as much time as a sale and pay a couple of thousand instead of, ahem, much more, and there just isn’t enough cash in the deal to make pursuing getting paid much fun.

If I were a property owner evaluating which broker I wanted to represent me, I might consider this: I can’t be the only agent in Greenwich who will no longer show Coldwell listings because, unlike Coldwell agents, most of us do this to earn a living, rather than from love.

Of course the flip side of this is that you can apparently list with Coldwell for free, which is a great deal so long as they can rent or sell it for you without any outside agents’ help.

(Tomorrow: The Coldwell Banker Lottery – guess how many days it will take before they finally pay up! We’re at 32 now, so you’ll have to start higher. Winner gets a “for sale by owner” sign, suitable for placement on his front yard)

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Borrowing still more money to buy votes

 

Spilled milk: How’s that hopey-changey thing workin’ out for you?

Obama’s using debt to buy pork and beef from farmers, hoping to drive the price up. That’s er, great news for consumers, isn’t it? Better news for your children, who’ll be footing the bill for this election year largess a decade from now.

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If it disrupts the sleep of just one liberal …

Harsh bud, dude

Democrats go into panic mode at reports of huge crowds at Romney/Ryan appearance.

(Links modified by Jammie wearing Fool)

Jammie –
I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday’s Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.

There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.

And that’s not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney’s campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.

We’ve got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters — starting right now.

Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama’s agenda >>

Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: “I love him…He’s going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board…”

We can’t let the Republicans claim the momentum. Donate $3 or whatever you can:

http://dccc.org/Stand-With-President-Obama

Thanks,

Brynne

Brynne Craig
DCCC Field Director

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Three (no longer) blind mice

Scientists develop a prosthetic device to get retina sending signals to brain again, restoring eyesight in blind mice. Use for humans in maybe just a year. If you’ve had a family member or friend go blind you’ll know how cool this could be, and even if not, it’s still a wow.

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Hmm – guess Riverside is still hot

38 Lockwood Lane (the extension from Lockwood Rd to the Post Road) sold for $1.875 million. Nice house, but lots of I-95 noise, and this place took forever to sell back in 2006 before finding a buyer at $1.595. Improvements were made in 2007, according to the listing but still ….

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When utopian laws meet reality

 

Who, us?

Homeland Security abandons attempt to screen cargo entering US, despite law requiring it.

Five years after Congress set a deadline for requiring all U.S.-bound shipping containers to be X-rayed overseas for nuclear weapons, customs officials have all but given up on the goal.

Customs and Border Protection officials scanned with X-ray or gamma-ray machines 473,380, or 4.1 percent, of the 11.5 million containers shipped in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, according to the agency. That’s essentially the same percentage of containers that were scanned in 2007, the year a Democratic- controlled Congress mandated that agents start vetting every container.

Screening 100 percent of incoming containers would be nearly impossible to implement now, cause huge delays and be less cost-effective than focusing only on suspicious cargo, customs officials say, even as the law’s supporters insist the mandate is the only way to ensure the safety of the shipping system.

Just so long as the intention is good, we don’t question practicality or results.

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Why can’t Republicans fight?

Jim Lehrer announces ground rules for debate to Republican politicos

Roger Simon notices that the “debates” will all be moderated by liberal newsmen*. Well of course they are; it’s how things are done in this country. But why do Republicans go along with this charade? Why not simply refuse to participate, and state the reason for their boycott loud and clear?

Maybe Newsweek was right, maybe there is a “whimp factor” at work, but it’s still not too late for these “experts” to find a backbone.

* Bowing to feminist pressure, the organizers added Candy Crowley as a neutral moderator. On Sunday, hours after the Ryan pick was announced, she pronounced the choice “a Republican death wish”. Which explains why she was selected, but not why the Republicans tolerate it.

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He may be Kenyan but he’s no Thomas Jefferson

 

Back when we didn’t kowtow to barbarians

Obama hosts Ramadanadingdong dinner for assorted muslims, displays Koran ostensibly used by Thomas Jefferson to honor Tunisian envoy and waxes nostalgic.

“And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story.”

Islam was part of our national story back then alright, but what part? Obama left out, probably because it was a subject addressed while he was absent from Columbia and he just doesn’t know better, that the Tunisian was here in an attempt to avert war between the US and the Muslim countries hosting the Barbary Pirates.

The backdrop to this state visit was the ongoing conflict between the United States and the Barbary states, autonomous provinces of the Ottoman Empire that rimmed the Mediterranean coast of North Africa. Soon after the Revolutionary War and the consequent loss of the British navy’s protection, American merchant vessels had become prey for Barbary corsairs. Jefferson was outraged by the demands of ransom for civilians captured from American vessels and the Barbary states’ expectation of annual tribute to be paid as insurance against future seizures. He took an uncharacteristically hawkish position against the prevailing thought that it was cheaper to pay tribute than maintain a navy to protect shipping from piracy.

The crisis with Tunis erupted when the USS Constitution captured Tunisian vessels attempting to run the American blockade of Tripoli. The bey of Tunis threatened war and sent Mellimelli to the United States to negotiate full restitution for the captured vessels and to barter for tribute.

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Even Old Greenwich has its limits

33 Highview reports a sales price of $2.525. Not a bad price, but the seller must have been disappointed. Offered new for $3.550 million in 2008, rented out when it didn’t sell, it came back on the market earlier this year at $3.150.

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Obama: what’s yours is ours, to redistribute as we see fit

Obamanomics – as American as Apple pie, as revised

“A new vision of America, where prosperity is shared.”

In fact, this “new” vision of the Messiah’s is at least four years old (and he probably learned it in his Kenyan cradle). Remember his conversation with Joe the Plumber back in 2008? “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

The man has a vision of a static pie, where a larger slice for one means a smaller piece for someone else. Peddling this theory of life may be good politics, but it’s flawed economics and bad news for the country.

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A/O and a price cut

 

Not representative, but pretty

76 Stanwich Road, a building lot on 1.75 acres (R-1 zone, 10,000 sq. ft. FAR) asked $1.6 million 37 days ago and already has a buyer. Builder or end user, I don’t know, but it’s a comp for some other land listings nearby – adjust up or down, depending on location.

22 Echo Lane has dropped its price from $2.995 million to $2.750. There were some who felt this was overpriced when it came on the market some months ago and I’m not sure this reduction adequately addresses the issue.

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Green alert!

 

Into action!

Cheap energy, natural gas boom threaten to create 3.6 million jobs, add 3% to the GDP.

“We’re just seeing an incredible amount of activity,” said Eades, who tallied $1.1 billion in new projects last year in Ascension Parish alone, where his private, nonprofit group promotes development. He expects twice that this year.

It’s a harbinger of a nationwide investment boom spreading from the oil fields of North Dakota and the Marcellus gas shale in Pennsylvania to power plants in California and chemical refiners in Texas. A surge in U.S. natural gas development has spurred $226 billion in spending plans on pipelines, storage, processing facilities and power plants, most slated for the next five years, according to Industrial Info Resources, a market- intelligence provider in Sugar Land, Texas.

U.S. energy supplies have been transformed in less than a decade, driven by advances in technology, and the economic implications are only beginning to be understood. U.S. natural gas production will expand to a record this year and oil outputswelled in July to its highest point since 1999. Citigroup Inc. (C)estimated in a March report that a “reindustrialization” of America could add as many as 3.6 million jobs by 2020 and increase the gross domestic product by as much as 3 percent.

[T] there are signs the economic gains have begun to expand beyond the oil and gas fields and that the promise of abundant, low-cost fuels will give a competitive edge to industries from steel, aluminum and automobiles to fertilizers and chemicals.

Not to worry: the greens are on the job. Here’s the National Geographic weighing in:

And so oil companies are searching for new supplies and braving high costs, both human and economic. Making gambles like Thunder Horse and venturing into West Africa and Russia, they are still finding oil in quantities to gladden a Hummer owner’s heart. But in the end the quest for more cheap oil will prove a losing game: Not just because oil consumption imposes severe costs on the environment, health, and taxpayers, but also because the world’s oil addiction is hastening a day of reckoning.

I cancelled my subscription to the National Geographic when it stopped printing pictures of bare breasted native girls; seems it hasn’t improved in the past few decades.

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I don’t share their optimism

Got my ass covered, dude

Some of us here on the small government side of the spectrum are encouraged by Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as VP because they think this will kindle a national debate on the sustainability of the welfare state. I doubt that. The last thing Obama and his crowd want is any kind of discussion of entitlement programs or even his own performance in office and they will do all they can to divert voters from those topics. They’ve been doing a fine job of it, with the “Romney causes cancer” ad just the latest example.

They don’t care that the ad was exposed as a fraud or even that they had to disavow it this past weekend – the point is that it controlled the airwaves all of last week; this week, they’ll come up with something new and so on ad infinitum until the election. And the press will abet them – there will be no discussion of substantive issues because Obama and his media allies won’t allow one, and all the bloggers in the country won’t change that.

Or that’s my dismal view, anyway, but hey, I was pretty sure that Al Qaeda would slaughter innocents at the Olympics and that fear never materialized, so I’m hopeful my pessimism is misplaced. Not if history is a guide, but ….

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This isn’t going to help property values over there

Western Greenwich schools in free fall.

Western is ranked 131 out of 266 middle schools in the state, testing lower than schools in Norwalk, Stamford and at least one in Bridgeport. High Horizons School in Bridgeport is one of the poorest middle schools in Connecticut, with 88 percent of its students qualified for free or discounted lunches. And yet it was able to out perform Western Middle School in both math and reading.

– Western has only 30 percent of its students on a free or discounted lunch program.

– Western has a hispanic student population of 29 percent, but the Bridgeport school has 38 percent hispanics.
– Western has an African American population of 5.9 percent while High Horizons has 44 percent African Americans.
– Western has a teacher-student ratio of 12-1; Bridgeport is 18-1.
– Both schools are about same size: Western 490, and High Horizons 432.

You simply can’t explain the problem away in Greenwich by blaming it on ethnicity or on the influx of non-English speaking students, which is what the current superintendent and his predecessor were happy to whisper to any of the mostly sympathetic PTA types. Only 14.6 percent of High Horizons students are white, while Western has a white population of 57.1 percent.

Those are figures for the middle school – the local elementary test scores are even worse.

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As a real estate speculator, A-Rod’s a pretty good baseball player

Ugly as his chances of unloading this box

Asking $38 million for a Miami home he bought in 2010 for $24.

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Morning in America – welcome to ObamaWorld

Taking a page, so to speak, from the Soviets, Obama is disappeared from history.

Gone but not forgotten: Obama meets BuildingOneAmerica’s Mike Kruglik

AIRBRUSHING: Scrubbed : Photo of President Obama Removed Just Days After Book Exposes Anti-Suburb Agenda.

A photo of President Obama was suddenly pulled from the website of the group Building One America, whose goals were documented extensively in Stanley Kurtz’s book Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. The book, which was released ten days ago, reveals what Kurtz refers to as Obama’s plan to undercut the political and economic independence of America’s suburbs. Kurtz connects current Obama administration policy with his personal history, and with groups like Building One America in particular.

This website shows a cached view of how the BuildingOneAmerica.org site looked on July 19th, 2012 — with a photo of President Obama talking to Building One America’s President Mike Kruglik, which was taken during a 2011 meeting held at the White House.

The Internet is hard to fool. “The photo of Obama and his mentor appears to be completely gone from the BuildingOneAmerica website. The site has gone from having a photo of President Obama — one of the best known, most instantly recognizable people in the world — talking with a leader of Building One America to its current state, with dozens of photos of unidentified people either talking or listening. The photo of Pres. Obama and Mr. Kruglik gave the site and organization an instant, visceral credibility as a politically well-connected group. Removing that instant recognition seems like a bizarre choice for the organization to suddenly make.”

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 11:42 pm

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