Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

There are three kinds of people in this world: those who can count, and those who can’t

Obama: “Three proud words: Made in the USA”. “Now on to the 57th state!”


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News you can use, Wall Streeters


No Peking!

Mooning your boss can get you fired and can cost you a multi-million-dollar bonus. Even for exuberant traders, that seems an expensive way to vent, so to speak.

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Special needs or needy parents?

Article here about “special need” students and staffing.  Looking at the fifteen schools which have 25-35% of their students receiving extra help, I wonder who needs help and who has parents trying to push their precious children to higher levels of achievement on our dime. I mean, Old Greenwich School? Parkway? Thirty-five percent of those kids are “special needs”? I’m doubtful.

As for Cos Cob, how many assistants are required to teach simple snowplowing techniques, and how much do they cost? There’s a cost savings here, I believe, if we look for it.

“In addition to one teacher, in 15 cases, anywhere from between 25 to 35 percent of students were receiving additional support from professionals,” McKersie said. “We’re not just talking about one teacher and 21 students.”

“The reality is, based on a needs analysis, we couldn’t find a way to distinguish between any one of these 15 that would be defensible to anyone,” McKersie said.

The 15 classes approaching the guidelines include the first grade at Cos Cob School; kindergarten and first grades at the International School at Dundee; third grade at Hamilton Avenue School; fifth grade at Julian Curtiss School; second grade at New Lebanon School; fourth and fifth grades at North Mianus School; kindergarten, third grade and fourth grades at Old Greenwich School; and fifth grade at Parkway School.


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True for me

Debbie leaves a message

Voice mail usage declines as texting takes over. I know that when I’m trying to get a message to anther agent I look first for her cell phone number so that I can text it, rather than listen to a long recorded greeting, an even lengthier recital of choices, from speaking in Ukrainian, faxing (remember those?) and dialing (and remember doing that?) “1” to mark a message as urgent.

My disillusionment with voice mail actually began long before cell phones even came on the scene, when I had a girlfriend who could, and would, fill up an entire 30-minute capacity memory by calling repeatedly, exhausting all ten 3-minute allotments, with a simple message that could have been delivered in fifteen seconds. The girlfriend and the answering machine are long gone; texting might have saved the relationship.


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Look for it on the White House menu


Corgi: it’s what’s for dinner!

Queen Elizabeth’s oldest doggie succumbs.


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What? Christians aren’t fair game, even for Democrats? What’s happening to the world as we know it?

Wood head and Dum Dum are remorseful

Florida Democrat Chairman Mark Allen Siegel apologizes “if anyone was offended” by his assertion that Christians want Jews to die. 

“I apologize to all Democrats and Floridians for my ill-chosen words last night. After watching the interview I realize that what I said did not accurately make the point I was trying to establish. More importantly I apologize to all Christians, Jews and other people of faith for any embarrassment or anger my remarks may have caused.

What were those “ill-chosen words” that might have “embarrassed” his fellow Democrats, and did they really fail to “accurately make his point”?

“I’m Jewish, I’m not a fan of any other religion than Judaism,” he said. “The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians who want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their Lord.”

They don’t sound ill chosen to me, they seem to express Mr. Siegel’s exact sentiments, so, and curse me for a rude brute for saying this, I interpret his apology as one to himself and his fellow Democrats for being caught saying what he believes.


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