Daily Archives: October 31, 2012

Well this isn’t very nice


I’d say we both have parents who are doomed to perdition, old man

Preacher selected to give Obama’s inaugural benediction says all white people are going to Hell.  His pal Barry also named him to receive our nation’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. Just sayin’.

Rev. Dr. James Lowery spoke at St. James Baptist Church as part of a Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) tour across Georgia to encourage black voters to cast ballots for Obama…

Lowery gave the benediction at Obama’s inauguration as 44th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2009…

Lowery said Obama lost Georgia by 200,000 votes in 2008 while 390,000 black folks in Georgia did not vote.

“I don’t know what kind of a n[igger] wouldn’t vote with a black man running,” said Lowery. “All that he did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney…”

Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.

“I’m frightened by the level of hatred and bitterness coming out in this election,” said Lowery.

The Great Uniter fails again.

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What do you suppose Dannel Malloy’s position on this is?


Forgot his rubbers, but our Gov’s in the game

Iowa joins Texas in threatening to arrest UN vote observers. My guess is that Dannel will be out at the polls helping them register to vote.


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Google analytics – huh?

All your email are belong to us

Received the following message in my GMail banner heading just now, and I have no idea what the Google computers were thinking. (Can’t expand type, but it reads, “You can make a lovely hat out of previously used aluminum foil.”


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One of the Binney Lane casualties

36 Binney Lane was a beautiful home, restored in 2001 and most recently sold, in nine days, in 2011 for its full asking price of $6.795 million. Very sad. Reader David Finn sent along this picture of one of the three houses that burned, not sure which, but there’s not a bad house on that street.

Binney Lane


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Riverside (the lesser parts, anyway) did get hammered

Because I left early for Maine yesterday morning I didn’t have a chance to cruise the neighborhood to see how it fared. Today I did, and what a mess. It seems that waterfront properties high enough to escape the waves did just fine, but still higher elevations suffered tremendous wind damage to their trees, and roads are still closed, power lines down and dead pets are littering the street (OK, I made that last part up).

Old Greenwich has no power at all, but that’s Old Greenwich for you.


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Hollande and his looters drive France into the ground

No backing off 35 work week and rigid labor policies despite a 1,300 euro premium to build a car in France.

With French labor costs up about 19 percent in a decade and neighboring Germany’s holding almost constant, France’s share of euro-area exports has dropped by 3.5 percent, more than any other country in the region, according to a study by research group Coe-Rexecode in Paris.

Over the period, operating margins of French companies have shrunk by almost 40 percent, limiting their ability to invest and sustain future growth, figures from the Groupe des Federations Industrielles show. The operating margins of German companies have gained about 40 percent, the GFI report said.

In many ways, the situation in the auto industry is emblematic. About 2 million cars are now produced in France, down from 3.5 million in 2005 and employment by car manufacturers has dropped by 30 percent in a decade, the government estimates. The question is whether Hollande is ready to do what it takes to reverse that drop.

Can’t say they weren’t warned about the difference between wishing something were so and stark reality.



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Report (as of yesterday) on Sandra’s departure

From Mike Finkbeiner, the only engineer/surveyor in town who seems to understand waterfront issues. You got a home on the water or on a flood plain or are considering buying one, hire Mike to do an analysis (I can’t get his website,”earth image.net” to respond at this moment, but I’ll fix the link soon- meantime, he’s in the book).

Assessment report- Tues Oct 30 am.

Winds South 25 – 35 mph
Waves 4-6 ft
Damaged docks – only observed at the Yacht Clubs.
General high water observed at NAVD (North American Vertical Datum of 1983) = FEMA Flood datum of 11.0 ft, or 15 ft over MLLW (NOAA’s tidal datum.)
Analysis of the storm surge to follow.
Findings:  This is a rainbow at the end – promising God will not destroy all mankind by means of flooding.
See Jones Rock Light off the Federal Calf Islands in Byram Harbor.
For SB – a follow-up photo of Old Greenwich Yacht Club – water about half way up the windows.  What were you all thinking with those sandbags?

Governor Cuomo sandbags?


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