Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

So what’s an AR-15?

ar-15Lots of interesting information here for people who, like me, don’t know much or anything about the gun or why someone would want one. I’ve never lusted after an AR-15 purely for aesthetic reasons: I think they’re ugly, but learning of how versatile they are and especially watching the media swarm to ban them is making me rethink that position.  I may get one next year, while I still can.

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But, but ….

 

Hang on 200 years and this will all warm up

Hang on 200 years and this will all warm up, or so I’m told

Coldest winter in seventy years locks onto Russia.  Al Gore blames Bush.

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I have a client who’ll get a chuckle out of this

 

Inflated dreams come to earth, eventually

Inflated dreams come to earth, eventually

34 Bote Road reports a sale price of $1,667,575 million. Back when the owner thought it was worth, I kid you not, $2.795 million, my client offered to buy it at a number significantly lower than its ask but considerably more than this final price. We were told, “that’s why there are colored balloons – everyone has a different opinion”.

We dodged a bullet on this one, buddy.

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You can’t really say he’s hit a new low, but he sure’s still stuck about as low as a human being can be

Obama: “The children of Newtown died so that I could tax the rich”.

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How can we possibly solve this horrible dilemma with a house divided?

Joe Biden: “Barack O’Bama tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.”

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Do I have this right?

So the court sets her up with a date, she stands the poor guy up and runs off with her son – is that what happened here?

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I pointed this out just yesterday, but here are some numbers to back it up

Criminals are killing criminals with all those guns.

Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 2.39.42 PMWASHINGTON — A spike in murders in many cities is claiming a startling number of victims with criminal records, police say, suggesting that drug and gang wars are behind the escalating violence.

In Baltimore, about 91% of murder victims this year had criminal records, up from 74% a decade ago, police reported.

Philadelphia police Capt. Ben Naish says the Baltimore numbers are “shocking.” Philadelphia also has seen the number of victims with criminal pasts inch up — to 75% this year from 71% in 2005.

In Milwaukee, local leaders created the homicide commission after a spike in violence led to a 39% increase in murders in 2005. The group compiled statistics on victims’ criminal histories for the first time and found that 77% of homicide victims in the past two years had an average of nearly 12 arrests.

In Newark, where three young friends with no apparent links to crime were executed Aug. 4, roughly 85% of victims killed in the first six months of this year had criminal records, on par with the percentage in 2005 but up from 81% last year, police statistics show.

David Kennedy, a professor at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, says the rise in criminals killing criminals has escaped policymakers’ attention.

“The notion that these (murders) are random bolts of lightning, which is the commonly held image, is not the reality,” says Kennedy, who has examined the backgrounds of murder suspects and victims in multiple U.S. cities. “It happens, but it doesn’t happen often.”

The slaying of truly innocent victims is so unusual in Baltimore that the chief prosecutor says the city has become dangerously numb to the carnage. “If we don’t put human faces on the victims, we will become desensitized,” State Attorney Patricia Jessamy says.

To late for this writer – these thugs’ mothers may miss them, but I won’t.

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Sale, Accepted offers

Three more.

12 Mary Lane - who took this picture, and why?

12 Mary Lane – who took this picture, and why?

12 Mary Lane (NoPo Riverside), sold for $755,000.  Started at $859,000 in 2011. I like its ending price better.

2 Stanwich Lane, asked $2.5 originally but dropped to $1.995. Good house, really convenient location, so this one’s easy to understand.

Havemeyer Place

Havemeyer Place

And, finally, 12 Havemeyer Place (that’s the Greenwich Havemeyer, not NoPo Old Greenwich) has seemingly found a buyer. Great redo of an older home, and in what I’d call central Greenwich. Last price asked was $1.797, it started at $2.5 million in 2009 and when it didn’t sell after a year the builder raised the price to $3 million. That’s a tactic that usually doesn’t turn out well, as here.

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Nothing new under the sun

Sent from a friend who I’m sure wishes to remain anonymous because he likes to sell real estate.

Bath School Massacre, 1927. 1927, by the way, arrived seven years before 1934, when the National Firearms Act banning machine guns was enacted. Violent video games were in their infancy and autism hadn’t been invented, yet nonetheless, and despite the availability of a genuine “assault rifle”, this mad man chose dynamite, with equally devastating results. Excerpt from full article:

Bath SchoolThe Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, and four other adults; at least 58 people were injured. The perpetrator first killed his wife, and committed suicide with his last explosion. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades (7–14 years of age[1]) attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest mass murder in a school in United States history.

The bomber was the school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe, 55, who was angry after being defeated in the spring 1926 election for township clerk. He was thought to have planned his “murderous revenge” after that public defeat; he had a reputation for difficulty on the school board and in personal dealings. For much of the next year, a neighbor noticed Kehoe had stopped working on his farm and thought he might be planning suicide. During that period, Kehoe carried out steps in his plan to destroy the school and his farm by purchasing and hiding explosives.

Kehoe’s wife was ill with tuberculosis and he had stopped making mortgage payments; he was under pressure for foreclosure. Some time between May 16 and the morning of May 18, 1927, Kehoe murdered his wife by hitting her on the head. On the morning of May 18 about 8:45, he exploded incendiary devices in his house and farm buildings, setting them on fire and destroying them.

Almost simultaneously, an explosion devastated the north wing of the school building, killing many schoolchildren. Kehoe had used a timed detonator to ignite dynamite and hundreds of pounds of incendiary pyrotol, which he had secretly planted inside the school over the course of many months. As rescuers gathered at the school, Kehoe drove up, stopped, and used a rifle to detonate dynamite inside his shrapnel-filled truck, killing himself, the school superintendent, and several others nearby, as well as injuring more bystanders. During rescue efforts at the school, searchers discovered an additional 500 pounds (230 kg) of unexploded dynamite and pyrotol planted throughout the basement of the south wing. Kehoe had apparently intended to blow up and destroy the entire school.

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Oh stewardess, I speak jive

Oasis nestled amongst the trestles

Oasis nestled amongst the trestles

Reader KG (happy to give full credit to readers but hesitate to do so without explicit authorization) sends along this wonderful real estate description for 140 Bronson Road, in Southport:

A very secluded 2.76 acre oasis protected by Mill Pond, I-95 access ramp and Metro North railroad. A beautiful farm house with a 2 car garage. An easy walk to town with restaurants, shops and train.

In fairness, it looks like a nice spread, and the price, at $500,000 (ish) ain’t bad, but protected by the highway and train tracks? Protected from what? Somebody needs a thesaurus, or a reading lesson at Cos Cob Library, lucky them.

If you lived here, you'd be aboard right now!

If you lived here, you’d be aboard right now!

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Spoil sports

 

Bleeding heart liberal

Bleeding heart liberal

Authorities shut down mountaintop in Argentina, fearing mass suicides in celebration of the end of the Mayan world. Dollar Bill, ignore that free one-way bus ticket I sent you.

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Accepted offer and a contract

133 Lake Avenue

133 Lake Avenue

133 Lake Avenue has finally found a buyer.  It once sold for $699,500, in 2003 and then resold during the height of the feeding frenzy for $1.050 in 2005, but those days are gone. Asking price for this now is $749,000.  My guess is that when the sale is completed that price will have returned to the 2003 price, or lower. It started at $1.250 in 2007 and although it’s been on and off the market for parts of each succeeding year, it was actively listed for 1,655 days as its price dropped. Moral is, don’t overpay for lower Lake Avenue, unless you plan on staying awhile.

81 Lockwood Rd

81 Lockwood Rd

81 Lockwood Road in Riverside is under contract (a stronger status than “accepted offer”), asking $1.195 million. Good house that needs work, but at this price,  there’s room for that.

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