Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Advice you can use, II

Tourist gored by charging rhino after being urged by guide to “get a little bit closer”.

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Advice you can use

Malaysian government warns parents: if your boy likes V neck sweaters, he’s probably gay. Well everybody knows that!

Poofter garb

Poofter garb

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Why not ban playing cops and robbers while they’re at it?

Protesters picket Danbury WalMart over gun sales, but the store doesn’t sell guns.. It’s the thought that counts – and the tv cameras.

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Just as effective as harassing gun owners

The GAR Evil Princess isn't happy either way

The GAR Evil Princess isn’t pleased

Two six-year-olds suspended from school for playing cops and robbers during recess.

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“New” listing

45 Baldwin Farms South is back, still asking $5.495 million, still unsold. This may well become the oldest foreclosure in Greenwich if it keeps up. Its builder originally listed it for $9.750 in 2007 on the advice of the broker, or so he once told me ruefully. He switched brokers and prices and kept dropping that price as the creditors closed in. So far, no buyers, perhaps because – and I don’t know this, I’m just speculating, the banks are owed more than someone is willing to pay for the house.

Which is too bad, because it’s a beautiful house, in its own, unique fashion. It’s right on the pond that runs behind South Baldwin homes and was designed with big spaces and easy room flow. I’ve had several clients interested in it over the years but we could never make a deal that worked for the lenders, the seller and the buyer all at the same time. I hope someone will be able to pull off that feat this time, because the house is too nice to just sit empty.

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Accepted offers, finally

Three accepted offers of note today:
111 Patterson Avenue, asking $1.850 million. 588 DOM, after starting at $2.195

44 North Stanwich, last price $6.995 million, 504 Days on Market, started at $8.9 million (and sold for $6 million in 1994).

51 Glenwood Drive, Belle Haven, asked $7.995 now, $9.750 1,126 days ago. Almost always, the right price will cure whatever might otherwise ails a house, even big ticket ones.

51 Glenwood

51 Glenwood

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Your sale has been deferred again

Just heard from a client that Morgan Stanley.is deferring, again 100% of all bonuses over $50,000 (which means for all employees other than janitors). Not all banks suffered like Morgan last year, of course, but this a pool of potential Greenwich buyers who presumably have just stepped out of the arena, for now.

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If you want to make something happen, pass a law

The President of the United States has just informed the House that he refuses to obey the law requiring the submission of a budget by February 1st. This marks the third time in as many years that the president and his Democrat colleagues have broken that law – in fact, the Democrats last submitted a budget in 2009. If the highest office holder in the land feels he is above the law, why do we expect a deranged gunman to pay heed to laws establishing gun-free zones and banning high capacity gun magazines?

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Off to the very limited open house tour

Not much on today. I don’t do Chieftans, so there go three off the list, I don’t like expensive houses built on swamp land, especially when its owner thinks it’s worth $600,000 more than he paid for it in 2005 (of course, his first broker priced it $1.6 million higher in 2011, so the owner can be forgiven for thinking that he’s come closer to its true value) and so on. Back soon.

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Helping a good citizen go renegade

Yesterday Obama threatened to impose new gun laws by executive fiat and dismissed as “fear mongering” claims that he had any intention of going farther than “common sense” restrictions.
And in the face of record-high gun sales, he said some people are manufacturing a crisis, in part to enrich themselves.

“I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government is about to take all your guns away,” he said. “And there’s probably an economic element to that. It obviously is good for business.”

At the very moment he spoke, New York’s legislature was enacting a law that will confiscate guns (registration of all guns, confiscation upon the death of the owner), ban the sale of ammunition over the internet and make illegal any gun designed more recently than 1911.

As our president ridiculed the fears of gun owners and blamed that fear on greedy capitalists, his colleague Diane Feinstein, a politician who has been trying at least since 2000 to ban and confiscate all guns was just steps away in the Capitol. Feinstein has promised to reintroduce her anti-gun laws and this time, she stands a reasonable chance of achieving her goal.

Last summer, when I was interviewed by the Greenwich police in connection with the Greenwich Association of Realtor’s false (and malicious) claim that I had threatened one of its employees, the detective I spoke with casually mentioned that “we know what guns you have”. I was startled by that statement but upon reflection I realized that of course they would know. Most of my very modest arsenal of hunting and target guns, with the exception of one or two inherited from my father, was purchased through licensed gun dealers, so the serial numbers and my name were reported to he FBI and stored in their computers, ready for access by the local police. Until now, I was entirely comfortable with that.

No longer. As soon as this latest spasm of gun confiscation dies down and the demand for them slows enough to find them again, I intend to go out of channel and buy three “assault” rifles so that my children will have them a decade from now. I will not buy them from a legitimate dealer because I want no record of my ownership of them, no way for Feinstein’s troopers to show up at my door to demand their surrender.

I recently purchased 500 rounds of .45 ammunition: enough for 10 sessions at the shooting range, which I felt entirely adequate for present purposes. Now that I know that bulk orders like that are threatened I will order 5,000 rounds, and probably more. Like guns, ammunition lasts for decades – I just used up the last of a batch my father purchased in 1968; keep it dry and it will be available for use well into the next century. While I’m at it, I’ll order at least 10,000 rounds of .223 ammunition to supply those AR-15′s I’m buying, and the same amount of .308 and .270 loads to keep my other guns useful well past my children’s lifetimes.

Until just this past November I had never been a member of the NRA and in fact always thought they were a little excessive in their fear of a repeal of the second Amendment. I just sent them an extra $100 to use in the next elections.

All of this from a law abiding, middle class citizen whose biggest crime until today was a speeding ticket, racked up some twenty years ago. I now feel like John Adams who, after resisting his hot-headed cousin Sam’s call for rebellion for years, finally reached a boiling point when the British abolished the Colonial judicial system and imposed British law instead. John joined the Sons of Liberty. Unless you’re a recent graduate of our education system, you probably know the rest of the story.

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New York legislators follow through on their threat

Ban all pistols except revolvers, set stage for confiscation of weapons, ban “bayonet mounts” (and that will preempt another battle of Little Round Top and nothing else), and here’s a nice kicker, ban the internet sale of ammunition.. If you’re a target shooter, the ability to buy 1,000 rounds of .22 ammunition at, say, five cents a round vs. 15 cents in boxes of 50 at your dealer, or if you’re a hunter, selecting the exact bullet/grain load hunting cartridge you want instead of relying on the handful of loads that same retailer has on his selves: twice the price, a third the selection, both make sense and under the wildest scenario poses no threat to school children. Trust me on this: if you’re determined to commit mayhem, paying an extra $25 for 100 rounds of your .223 ammo isn’t going to give you any more pause than violating a school’s “gun-free zone”.
Upstate Republicans were the only politicians to stand up to this panicked grandstanding. I’ll be doubling my contributions to the NRA so it can target every politician, Republicans in particular, who voted for this.

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Sexbots rub feminists the wrong way

Female Canadian hockey players want to preemptively ban sex robots out of fear of competition.. Glenn Reynolds imagines the outrage if men sought to ban vibrators and dildos for the ladies, I say that if these girls followed the example of the robots’ designers and shaved, both armpits and chins, they’d have less to worry about.

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