Daily Archives: March 5, 2013

Maybe they can travel to Caracas instead

GHS Band’s trip to Cuba cancelled due to failure to get travel visas from the US government. Not to worry; although they’re missing a chance to celebrate the triumphs of communist rule, they’ve gained a valuable educational lesson in how government bureaucracies (don’t) work.

Tourists don’t need special permission from Obama to visit Venezuela, so perhaps the commie sympathizers over on Hillside Road can get the kids down south in time to join the marching bands mourning the passing of Latin America’s latest billionaire, Hugo. Sean Penn will be there, why not our kids?

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Lockwood Rd, Riverside, gone in 14 days

152 Lockwood152 Lockwood, asking $1.995 million. For those readers who subscribe to the Freakanomic’s conspiracy theory which postulates that real estate agents set the price for their own home higher than that of their client’s, hold out longer and get a higher price, this house is owned by a realtor.

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A fish rots from the head

Maybe a little in under the arms

Maybe a little in under the arms

As she released thousands of illegal aliens and threatened to shut down the nation’s airports if sequestration proceeded, Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano ordered $50 million of new uniforms for her crew – no mention whether the uniforms included brown shirts. They will be made in Mexico, however, as a sign of solidarity with our new owners to our south.

UPDATE: Turns out that our unionized TSA workers (thanks, Democrats) get a larger uniform allowance per year than a Marine lieutenant receives for his entire career.

Under their new collective bargaining agreement, Transportation Security Administration officers get to spend more taxpayer money on their uniforms every year than a United States Marine Corps lieutenant can spend in a lifetime.

“TSA employees will see their uniform allowances nearly double to $446 per year,” the House Transportation Committee noted in a press release on the TSA’s new collective bargaining agreement.  “By comparison, a combat Marine Lieutenant receives a one-time uniform allowance of $400.”

A country by the unions and for the unions, aided and abetted by that other creation of the Democrats, the welfare class.

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Generalissimo Franco is still dead

You have outlived Fidel, you will outlive Raul, yo promito!

You have outlived Fidel, you will outlive Raul, yo promito!

Chavez’s condition worsens (from terminal to post terminal?), supporters “devastated”. 

Boo Hoo.

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Maybe it was just chipped beef on toast?

Service Workers union mess hall

Service Workers union mess hall

Darien: Health care maid accused of depositing a big one in employer’s refrigerator. Doesn’t say whether she placed it on a shingle.

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So what’s $534,000 get you in Riverside, north of the Post Road?

 

21 Wescott

21 Wescott

This. 21 Wescott Street, 1950 ranch, 780 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, one bath, four rooms total, 0.15 acre on the wrong side of the tracks. Not commenting here, just passing along current market data.

For slightly more money, you could have, until today, when an accepted offer was reported, grabbed 1+ acre of swamp at 24 Midwood Road, asking $1.2 million. I looked at this property with a client who was hoping to build on it but we dismissed it as too restricted by land regulations. Someone has obviously reached a different conclusion.

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Wasted ad placement

rationing-405x248Saw this posted on a libertarian political website – apparently the algorithm that places ads on the internet isn’t up to the nuances of various right wing nutter sites.

—– A Message from American Sugar Alliance —–

U.S. sugar policy ensures homegrown supplies, instead of depending on unreliable imports, as we did in 1942 when sugar was rationed. Support food security. Support sugar policy.

As the product of public education, my knowledge of American history is mostly limited to a vague sense of the oppression we white rulers inflicted on women and people of color, but I seem to recall hearing about something else happening in 1942 other than sugar rationing, and I wonder whether there’s more to the story of than just the failure of the government to protect growers’ profits.

Probably not.

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Open house Tuesday but nothing to see

This is getting both frustrating and weird: plenty of buyers, no inventory. There’s a handful of houses on the list today that are appearing for their first time, but I mean “handful”, and only two, 104 Brookside and a place up in Conyers Farm hold any interest for me. It’s cruel to say so, but there are certain agents in town who so consistently overprice their listings that I won’t bother wasting the time and the gas to see them during their first year on the market. Not that there are any of those on the tour today, of course, just a general observation.

So off we go – back (very) shortly.

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Is it child abuse to you let your child attend public school?

Cream of the crop

Cream of the crop

That’s what Glenn Reynolds often suggests, especially if the child you’re surrendering to the authorities is a boy. Boy or girl, here’s further evidence of the idiocy of what passes for “progressive” education these days:

Administrators suggest therapy for students disturbed by the seven-year-old’s chewing a Pop Tart into a gun shaped pastry.

The elementary school that was the scene of Josh’s brutally harmless rampage sent students home Friday with a letter describing the incident as if it had actually been serious:

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred this morning in one of our classrooms and encourage you to discuss this matter with your child in a manner you deem most appropriate.

During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one [was] harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom.

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If your children express that they are troubled by today’s incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week. In general, please remind them of the importance of making good choices.

The blogger who posted this comments, “[p]retty sure that if your children are “troubled” by another kid biting a pastry into something that looks sort of like a gun and waving said pastry around, you have already failed as a parent.”

I’d point out the irony of the administrator instructing parents to “remind their children of the importance of making good choices.” It is adults making the choice to suspend and expel six-year-olds for pointing fingers at each other while playing cops and robbers, bringing a 1/2″ GI Joe action figure rifle to show and tell, for threatening to blow bubbles at another student with a “Hello Kitty” bubble “gun”, and of course, the choice to panic at the sight of a Pop Tart  wielding little boy. These same adults, if they are in administrative positions, usually hold at least a masters and often a Phd in education, which tells you all you need to know about the value of such advanced degrees.

Do you trust these same dolts to make informed, wise decisions on how to teach your child anything? Why?

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