Daily Archives: September 17, 2012

Another dozing town employee exposed

Town Hall Information desk?


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Well, reason has always been in short supply

Warp drive more possible than thought, scientists say.

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I still love the empty chair routine and it’s still relevant


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He’s exactly right, so why the fuss?

Romney says that the 47% of Americans dependent on government will all vote for Obama rather than risk going off the dole and the press goes wild. But the only thing surprising about this is that a politician told the truth. The entire campaign has been about “them against us” – Romney is trying to appeal to those productive citizens weary of being sucked dry by the moochers, Obama’s bluntly warning his voters that their gravy train will be derailed by a Republican victory. “You wanna keep your food stamps, you damn well better vote for me” is the essence of the Obama vote-getting strategy.

So all that’s happened here is that the truth somehow leaked out – anyone who expresses “shock and dismay”, as the press seems to be doing, is just shucking. This really is a battle for the country’s soul and unfortunately, it seems that the mob is winning.

UPDATE: This, from Doug Ross:

Speaking of “writing off” voters, remember this golden oldie from The New York Times?

Obama campaign abandons white working-class voters

President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign will be the first in modern political history to abandon white working-class voters, strategists claim.

For decades, Democrats have been losing more and more blue collar whites. Their alienation helped lead to the massive Republican wave in 2010, when the GOP wooed 30 percent more of them than the Democrats could. Democratic strategists say President Obama is focusing his attention, instead, on poor black and Hispanic voters and educated white professionals…

‘All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment… and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic,’ longtime political reporter Thomas B. Edsall wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times… ‘The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort,’ he writes later.


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Panic 1, credibility 0



Greenwich Health Department expands its ban on outside activity to to West Nile “outbreak”. That would be two cases of flu. Two. In their endless quest to appear relevant (and coincidentally, keep their budgets up to snuff), our town bureaucrats   whip the gullible to a frenzy over a non-existent health risk, inconveniencing thousands and scaring still more. Remember when a broken classroom thermometer shut down all of Eastern Middle School while hazmat-suited moonwalkers cleaned up a teaspoon of the silvery stuff? Same thing.

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Keeping up a neighborhood tradition

‘You’ll never catch me alive!’ cried he

Cos Cob man breaks into Cos Cob home, escapes “cowboy style” through window but lands in  cop’s lap.



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Waiting for the election

I sense that the reason that the real estate market is dead this fall – and except for what passes for the low end here in Greenwich, it’s positively curled up and stiffening – is that most buyers believe the MSM’s polls and believe that Obama will be reelected. That is making them wary of committing to a large purchase that is dependent on a healthy economy, because they see the two as mutually exclusive.

You would think that rich Democrats would be ecstatic over the prospect of four more years of what we’ve just enjoyed and would be buying like crazy, but all buyers have retreated to the sidelines, regardless of political affliction. Do the Democrats know something about their candidate they’re not admitting to the rest of us?


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Another dull day at the races

Nothing to report in the way of accepted offers (cheap rentals and some condos but otherwise, eh-) and that’s about it. 33 Meeting House Road announced a million-dollar price cut but that’s from $8.995 million, where it’s been since 2008, to $7.995. It’s a beautiful house on beautiful land and while it is true that high prices have been achieved in this general neighborhood, Meeting House is still flanked by the Jimmy LiCata abandoned disaster on the right and his ex-wife’s foreclosure to the left, and that’s a real turn-off for buyers. Good thing this owner is stubborn because she’s going to need that determination over the next few years.


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Occupy Wall Street is as effective today as it was last year

Still looking for work despite his double-major in Women’s Oppression Studies and Successful Socialism. Graduation date May, 1970.

What if they threw a temper tantrum and nobody came? Still, it’s a bit sad; look at the poor sap to the left, wearing his Che T-shirt in support of execution of political prisoners, his red bandanna symbolizing his truly radical wild side, and the sagging, flabby jowls marking nearly fifty years since he last got laid by a co-ed. I mean, the guy paid his dues, man, and no one wants to listen!


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“Non-profit” doesn’t mean you can’t

We only do it for the sake of the poor children

Executive pay at non-profits now routinely exceeds $1,000,000. I learned the beauty of this scam way back in 1971 when friends of mine (and I, briefly) worked for a Greenwich resident who’d started his own “non-profit” placement service for foreign nannies students. The guy had a huge farm up in Randolph Vermont and when he purchased a million-dollar waterfront home (this was when a million dollars actually was a million dollars), I thought, “I wanna be a non-profit when I grow up”. Unfortunately, while I achieved that dream, it wasn’t accompanied by great wealth. These guys are smarter.


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Seriously: who is going to be around to support our welfare state?

The results are back and it’s conclusive: we’re turning out a nation of illiterates.

Three-quarters of students taking the test were able to perform at or above a basic level — showing they can at least partially communicate clearly in writing, but just one-quarter wrote at or above a proficient level, meaning they demonstrated solid academic performance.

All the job training programs Washington can dream up will do nothing if the participants can’t write because, in my experience, those who can’t form a clear, understandable sentence also can’t think. And no, I’m not singling out Dollar Bill here.



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Greenwich real estate market bursting at the seams

25 Spezzano Drive

25 Spezzano Drive, Riverside NoPo, asked $879,000 sold for $730,000. Owners paid $780,000 in 2006.

One Revere

1 Revere Drive, also Riverside, also NoPo, has an accepted offer almost immediately after it was listed for $949,000. There is very little housing stock available in the under a million range, obviously. On the other hand, there are 233 homes priced at $3.5 million and above and they don’t seem to be going anywhere.


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Paul Ryan comes to collect our cash

Who invited HIM?

He’ll be here in a couple of weeks, with the obligatory stop in Riverside and then a big-bucks dinner up at Conyers Farm. No, of course I’m not on the guest list, but I couldn’t go anyway because a) I never give money to politicians, even those I like, because it just encourages them, and (b) there’s a Secret Service background check involved – I’d never get past the door.

But if you go, drop us a line.


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Food Mart, which grew stale years ago, folds its bags, (more) tacos come to the Post Road

And the new place will have organic quinoa at just $35 a pound!

Food Mart in Old Greenwich is gone and Greenwich Tavern, nee Boxing Cat Grill, is going for the Democrat crowd and converting to a Latino menu offering starvation portions on used paper plates “to recreate the Havana ambience so many of our Greenwich customers enjoy on their annual tours to the People’s Paradise”, according to the restaurant’s new owner, “Che – just Che – got INS to worry about here, you dig?”.

Alright, (some) of that is made up, but Food Mart really has closed and in its final years it did look more like a Cuban bodega than an American food store offering, you know, food. And the Tavern has also closed, with a new plantain/guava juice menu to rise from the cauldron in a couple of weeks – will it give Taco Bell’s across the street a run for its burritos? Have to wait and see.

As an aside, this quote from the Greenwich Time article on the closings, penned by a Hearst Executive who is a purported Republican and who presumably has some say in the running of the local paper, caught my eye:

The frozen yogurt shop on lower Sound Beach finally opened. Just in time for winter. Timing is everything. Oh well. We now have three frozen yogurt/ice cream joints, five dry cleaners and the ever superfluous Dunkin Donuts which I have never set foot in … and never will.

We have 10 banks in Cos Cob, five dry cleaners in OG. Does this town have a planning department?

The sentiments are understandable, the conclusion: Greenwich’s planning department should regulate what types of businesses should open, is not. We are not San Francisco – if an entrepreneur wants to try to attract customers to a new store, even if it’s the fifteenth yogurt shoppe or the twelfth Tae kwan do studio, that’s literally his business, not that of  some omniscient bureau of competition, and a matter to be determined by the owner and his hoped-for customers.

When I was in law school back in 1980, Massachusetts regulators barred the sale of Apple Computer’s ipo to citizens of their state on the ground that it was “too risky”. I’m sure those citizens who were so protected bless their guardians to this day.


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