Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

Finally, some good news for Obama

Only 25% of Americans believe he’s the antichrist.  Of course, he has four more years to convince the others.

Interesting, the same poll shows that 48% of Americans have already figured out that global warming is a hoax. It will be fun to watch how this plays out when the hoaxter in chief’s plans for the country start to bite: tripling electric rates, doubling the price of gas, mandatory calisthenics at dawn in our public parks, ….. if a majority of the population has caught on by then, perhaps they’ll express their anger at the people who made it all up in the first place. No wonder they want to seize our weapons!

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An old listing comes out to try again

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 4.47.46 PM11 Pinecroft Road is back after expiring back in 2010, and it’s now asking $2.495 million, a far more reasonable amount than its 2007 price of $4.350. It was on the market for 1,200 days during the 2007-2010 period and despite several price drops, never sold. By the time the listing died in 2010 the price had dropped to $2.995, so today’s new price is an improvement.

The problem with this house, at least as I saw it, was that it was more of a teardown than a house, and its 1 + acre lot in the R-2 zone detracted from whatever the land value it holds. Still, it’s good land, beautiful yard, and Pinecroft’s a very good location, off Parsonage, close to town. If someone cares to live in this house –  and anyone over 40 probably would, it looks very comfortable and very well built, then $2.5 seems like a good price. But as land, it still looks a tad high, to me.

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The IMF has plans for your money

And, surprise! It involve taking it from you and redistributing it as they and their cronies see fit. A $1.40 per gallon sin tax on gasoline which, along with other new fees, will take an extra $500 billion per year from American citizens.

Globally, the IMF is calling for an aggressive energy tax that would reflect not only the initial use of fossil fuels, but the damage they cause to the climate. Getting into specifics, the IMF suggests a $1.40 tax on every gallon of gasoline sold in the US, plus other taxes that would mean about $1,400 per year/PER PERSON. The total: $500 billion in taxes annually.

First we disarm the populace….

(h/t, AJ)

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A little more activity to report

35 Bramble Lane, new construction, asked $3.4, got $3.325. $3.2-$3.4 is now the official price for the Bramble Lane/Hearthstone neighborhood. Who’d have thunk. The listing claims 5,498 sq. ft., by the way, but FAR would allow just 3,843 above ground so the remainder must be in the finished basement. Not that the basement isn’t marvelous, but when all you number crunchers out there start calculating your cost-per-square-foot spreadsheets (and you know you do) remember that basements are not worth as much as above-ground space. There is complete non-uniformity in square footage claims in this town, some including basements, some not, so take that into account.

22 Mianus View

22 Mianus View

22 Minus View Terrace has a contract in just 16 days so presumably its $1.1 asking price was met.

55 Moorland

55 Moorland

And you can stop worrying about the Antares Boyz financial woes: at least one of the partners’ homes, that at 55 Mooreland Road, has been rented out at $35,000 per month. A lot of house, a lot of money.

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Poor little rich boy

Fresh from seeing his most trusted lieutenant busted for insider trading, Steve Cohen’s ex-wife’s lawsuit against him has been reinstated. This lady divorced him in 1989 and is still going after him. If she’d spent half of what it’s cost her in lawyers’ fees on a good psychiatrist, she’d have moved on by now.

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The power of the NEA

What can our country do for them?

What can our country do for them?

If you can’t grow the student population, add administrators. School administration jobs, 700% since 1950, teachers 200%, students, 97%. Those of you keeping score might notice that the decline of our public education began in the 60s and accelerated as this phenomenon spread.

The number of full time employees in the public system has increased 386 percent since 1950. Of these full time employees, the number of teachers has increased 252 percent, while the number of administrators increased 700 percent–more than seven times the increase in the amount of students.

But is the increase in funding for public education administrators and teachers really helping students?

A 2011 study by the House Committee on Education & the Workforce reported that spending has tripled on K-12 education since 1970 with zero impact on student test scores.

We spent over $151,000 per student sending the graduating class of 2009 through public schools. That is nearly three times as much as we spent on the graduating class of 1970, adjusting for inflation. Despite that massive real spending increase, overall achievement has stagnated or declined, depending on the subject.

Despite the significant increase in public funding, reading and math scores have remained stagnant since 1970, and science scores have declined.

Not all school districts have had the same issue. Washington, D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarships Program (OSP) is a grant program that allows families to send their children to a school of their choice. The Department of Education noted that students engaged in this program had equal or greater test scores than children enrolled in public schools across the nation–at a quarter of the cost.

The NEA and the American Trial Lawyers Association are two of the biggest contributors to the Democrat Party (a third is the state and municipal workers union). Add in George Soros’s money and you have the answer to what’s gone wrong with our country.

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The Hope & Change generation

 

Bates class of 2012

Bates class of 2012

A McDonalds job flipping burgers, requirements: 1-2 years experience and a bachelor’s degree. For toilet cleaner, a philosophy degree will suffice.

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The low end of Greenwich real estate keeps humming along

One sale, 3 contracts and one new listing. The new listing, at $1.895 isn’t what I’d label “low end” but the houses actually selling are.

25 Griffith Road, Riverside north of the Post Road, sold for $950,000.

11 Hickory, over in the west, has a contract, asking $1.075.

9 Bonwit

9 Bonwit

9 Bonwit, back to Riverside, again in NoPo, contract, asking $799,000

20 Maplewood

20 Maplewood

20 Maplewood, Cos Cob, contract, listing price, $895,000.

2 William Street

2 William Street

The new listing is 2 William Street, $1.895 and I’m going to be cheering it on because it’s directly across from us on the non-water side. You go, guys! Sold new in 2001 (and I’m shocked to see that it was so long ago) for $1.026 million.

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Why I won’t vote for another Greenwich or Connecticut Republican

Deep in the RHINO graveyard

Deep in the RHINO graveyard

1. They are all what I’ve come to think of as “Jack Moffly Republicans”, cheerful, pleasant individuals with an insatiable need to be liked,  “go-along, get-along” personalities who will support any policy of the Democrats if they think they can get away with it with their voters. Today’s affirmative vote on the misbegotten gun confiscation bill is just the most recent example.

2. (And most important), their participation in the Democrats’ schemes adds a false veneer of bi-partisanship and legitimacy to Democrat Party rule and permits those Democrats to defer responsibility to Republicans. Notice that Fudrucker and other looters respond to complaints about sweetheart union deals and wildly out of control budgets by pointing out that we had a Republican governor installed when the groundwork for our current crisis was laid. Happens all the time.

By their own admission, Greenwich (Connecticut) Republican’s have zero influence in Hartford, a fact frequently pointed out by Fudrucker and his crowd when urging the election of their own candidates who might stand a chance to be listened to. So there’s nothing to be lost in denying them our votes and everything to be gained if the Democrats lose their ability to evade responsibility for the results of their policies. Stay home in November; I know I will.

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Connecticut democrats (with a small d”, not the Hartford Muggers) might wonder about this

Today our legislators will impose draconian restrictions on a civil liberty protected under both the federal and state constitutions and will do so by enacting a law whose text has never been revealed to the public. Our local Republican representatives have voiced no complaint about this secrecy, proving, if proof were needed, that they serve no purpose other than window dressing. Toss them out.

UPDATE: (9:45) Two hours before its passage, the bill has been released to the public. 92 sections long, it’s the Evelyn Woods school of democracy.

UPDATE II: Yes, they really are attempting to curtail interstate sale of ammunition by requiring an “ammunition certificate” to purchase or possess it; it will require the same background check currently required for pistol and now, rifles. I suspect that ammunition suppliers will do to us what they’ve already done to California residents in response to that state’s stringent gun laws (which have proved so effective in turning gang bangers with illegal guns into law abiding, non-violent, registered gun owners): they just won’t ship it. Which of course is exactly what the gun confiscators and our Greenwich Republican representatives want.

Here’s another fun item in the bill: an anorexic or anyone else suffering from mental difficulties who voluntarily checks into a mental hospital for treatment will be barred from owning a gun. It is a little known fact that anorexics have been responsible for 87.9 % of all mass shootings in this country, so this is a loophole that, now closed, can assure all of us that our children are safe.

By the way, the remaining 12.1% of such massacres have been committed by shooters wielding grenade launchers and bayonets, so you’ll be relieved that our legislators have responded to Sandy Hook by banning those too.

Nothing – nothing in this secret bill will accomplish anything to prevent another Sandy Hook, as anyone with common sense must acknowledge. Start with the idea that there is already a law against homicide on the books, and puzzle it out: if someone is willing to break that basic law, will he really shrink from committing murder using ammunition he is prohibited from possessing? By violating a gun-free zone at a supermarket? By denying him a bayonet? This is all politics all the time, and our politicians, at least, know that.

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I wish him well, but also, politically, adios

And so, a I pass into my next career i life, I wish all of my former supporters adieu. Now it's off to be a Democrat

And so, as I pass into my next career, I wish all of my former supporters adieu. Now it’s off to be a Democrat.

State rep Fred Camillo has thyroid cancer, I’m sorry to learn, (from his own announcement, and certainly not some private information).  Fred’s an amiable guy, albeit with a terrible taste in sweaters, so I hope he recovers and flourishes.

But in the same article discussing his cancer Camillo says that he regrets being unable to vote in favor of today’s latest round in gun confiscation. I’m aware of a number of people who have supported Camillo’s political ambitions in the past. I rather suspect the ones I know will do so no longer. Certainly I won’t.

Freddie’s got a seemingly bomb proof sinecure here in town, but that security comes from a Republican base. Alienating a large portion of that base and ensuring that they stay home on election day will open the way for a Democrat to oust him.

Dunce.

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