Daily Archives: September 11, 2012

Just sayin’ …


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No, this is not satire but a genuine document from Obama’s State Department

Official response of this country to Egyptian mob storming our embassy:

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement
September 11, 2012

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others

UPDATE: The US apology has been disappeared, but the Internet means never being able to say you’re sorry.


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At some point, every house has its value and maybe this one has reached it

11 Will Merry (pictures will doubtless be posted soon) is back on the market and is now priced at $2.5 million. It started at $3.650 back in May, 2011, so there’s been a slow eroding of the owner’s opinion of what his house is worth, but gee …. This house does back up to the Merritt Parkway, but it’s on 2.6 acres, has a tennis court and a pool and is itself a very nice 1989 home, beautifully maintained by the owners during their 18 years here. Will Merry owners insist that the parkway noise becomes a non-issue after the ear adjusts and you almost have to believe them if these owners are an example: no one stays that long next to something that disturbs him.

Anyway, you might want to check this out if you’re in the $2.5 price range – it seems to offer far more than most houses at this level.


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Price wars, lower end, price cuts, higher

28 Crawford Terrace listed for $749,000 sold for $792,000.

On the other hand, 15 acres at 65 Conyers Farm Road, no house, has cut its price again and now asks $4.750 million. It sold for $5.125 in 2007 and, according to the listing, has wetlands and Conyers Farm approval for a whopper of a house, including a 21-car underground garage, which all must have cost a fair amount to prepare. Those plans are “available for sale”, but who’d pay anything for someone else’s dream? This plot once asked $9.975 back in 2005, but that, in retrospect, looks just plain dumb.


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My heavens, the Saudis will be pleased

It looks as though there are 81 86 open houses today. When I saw that number I assumed I’d retrieved the wrong information from the MLS but after three tries, it looks as though all are being shown to brokers today. Gracious. I’m busy with a client so I probably won’t get to any of these but those who do try to see all 81 had better travel fast and with a full tank of gas.

UPDATE: Reviewing the list more carefully, I see that the bulk of it is comprised of retreads, homes that didn’t sell in the Spring or this summer, so there’s no need to see them again (especially those who have maintained their price despite the loud signal from the market that it’s too high).

One tip for sellers, though: whoever had his house ready for showing last week would have had the field to himself instead of being lumped in today with 85 others. If an agent can get to 20 houses on the tour on a particular day she’s doing a phenomenal job of managing her time and driving, yet that still leaves 65 homes she won’t see this Tuesday.


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Almost makes Greenwich town executives look like professionals

Time to blow this clambake, Trigger

Horse auction coming up to sell off 400 quarter horses amassed by (former) comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, who embezzled $53 million dollars between 1990 and this year.

DIXON, Ill.—The show-horse set will descend on this small city this month to bid on the crown jewel of what federal authorities allege to be a massive fraud: Hundreds of top-ranked quarter horses amassed by the former city comptroller accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars from public coffers.

Rita Crundwell, 59 years old, was arrested by federal authorities in April and accused of stealing more than $53 million from this city of 15,700 whose finances she ran since the 1980s.

A town of 15,000 fails to notice the disappearance of $53 million dollars? Proportionately, that’s the equivalent of a theft of $212 million from a town Greenwich’s size – I think we’d notice that, especially if our comptroller owned a horse ranch, a fleet of luxury cars and a $2 million motor home.

The real scandal here is this: how big a budget does this tiny town have that $2.4 million can go astray each year?


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A lesson in free speech up in Milford

“I just don’t think our children should be exposed to this sort of thing”, one Democrat freedom lover complains, but much to her disappointment, the town says there’s nothing it can do.


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Don’t mess with Elizabeth Warren’s kin

Drunk attacks Indian gas station attendant who happened to be an amateur kick-boxer back in Bombay.  Unhappy drinker’s last mistake.

Surveillance video from the Long Island City Gulf station on Van Dam Street shows Arzeno sucker punching Walia in the eye after a heated argument.

Walia throws a combination of punches before delivering a roundhouse kick to the head.


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