Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

Throw Scott from the train

I didn't know the gun was loaded - really!

I didn’t know the gun was loaded – really!

I’m just formulating how to do this, but a concerted effort by Greenwich gun owners to punish our legislators for their betrayal of this week should, I think, focus on Scott Frantz. Not because he’s the worst of the four; far from it, but his defeat would garner national attention, while ridding ourselves of any of the others will  be of local interest only. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t throw them all out, but we should focus on Frantz.

Whose defeat will best send a message to other wavering politicians across the country: an amiable garbage man, a small town lawyer, the local drunk in a Chanel dress, or a multi-millionaire scion, host of presidents, a man with huge political ambitions and a state party aligned to help him achieve them? Make Frantz pay the ultimate price for his perfidy and politicians across the country, of both parties, will feel a loosening of their bowels and endure sleepless nights, the poor dears.

Scott is a very decent guy, but he bartered our trust for a bowl of pottage from his political bosses. We can and should make him pay for that betrayal, and his defeat will place the story right in the middle of the national debate. Besides, we’ve done the Lowell Weicker thing before, sending a local rich boy off to the national scene – do we need to repeat it?

Unlike Weicker, Frantz’s heart is in the right place: he articulates fiscally conservative views, advocates for a (somewhat) limited government and certainly doesn’t line his pockets at the public trough like Weicker). But he is totally ineffective, both because Republicans are irrelevant in Hartford and because he’s a patsy, susceptible to being rolled by scary Democrats and even his Republican peers. Losing his seat to a Democrat won’t affect us here in Greenwich one iota:  there’s  always been a bullseye on the town’s coffers, stapled there by the Democrats long ago. Frantz’s weak voice of protest has done nothing to protect us up to now and will do nothing in the future. He’s expendable.

But as a symbol, as someone to serve as an example to other politicians who vote against their principles, he’s priceless.

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At least one angry Democrat FWIW reader may get his wish

We'll always have Greenwich

We’ll always have Greenwich

An aging ex-pseudo-radical showed up on these pages recently urging anyone who dared question what his Democrat party has done to Connecticut to “love it or leave it”. Well I’m stuck here for at least a short time, but Connecticut’s gun industry manufacturers are considering it. If they go, and their ranks include Colt, Mossberg, Ruger, Stag and dozens of part suppliers, they’ll take thousands of jobs with them, which I’m sure will please the Democrats no end – goodbye, merchants of death!

They can always hike taxes on Fairfield County residents to make up the slack.

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Final report

Cheap remained hot this week. Here are two that just went:

9 Bolling Place

9 Bolling Place

9 Bolling Place. $950,000, came on Monday, gone today. Owners paid $811,000 for it in 2005 in a bidding war that started at $795,000. The listing this time said that there’d been some “renovations” in 2011, but those were unspecified, giving rise to the suspicion that any improvements amounted to no more than sweeping the fireplace clean and vacuuming  the dust bunnies from under the beds.

29 Carey Road returned to the market Monday after a previously reported contract fell through and was again under contract by today. $549,000.

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From now on it’s “peace loving, gentle sons of Allah”

Running from the truth

Ok, I’m sorry about your sister!

Two days after changing “illegal immigrant” to “persons with borderline personality disorders”, the Associated Press is dropping the term “Islamist” when referring to blood-dripping, unwashed savages who pray to Mecca. “We were going to switch to towel heads” AP spokesman spokeswoman chairperson Fluke explained, but we decided on ‘Sand the N word’ instead. Just a bit naughty, don’t you think?

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This is what Republicans should be doing instead of attending pheasant shoots in Britain

Democrats create phony “hunting organization” and then tout it as proof that most hunters support universal background checks. And it doesn’t matter that their fraud is exposed – major media used the original story to support the narrative that “sensible people” want background checks and, having got that message across, will never report back on the actual truth. It’s about sound bites: Democrats get that, Republicans don’t.

In fact, Bull Moose Sportsmen is a fringe organization run by Democratic activists that has been rejected from membership into the major gun and hunting groups’ umbrella organization because it refuses to reveal its funding sources.

According to some public filings, the “non-partisan nonprofit organization”  gave $17,000 in the 2012 federal election,  and all of it went to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. It spent $117,540 in support of Mr. Bennet in the 2010 cycle. The group raised $354,228 in 2011 and spent $295,863.

While calling itself “nonpartisan,” Bull Moose Sportsmen is run by Democrats. Co-Founder Gaspar Perricone, who told Politico that, “Background checks fall within the ethics of responsible gun ownership,” is a former staffer for Senator Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat. Politico also ran an op-ed by Mr. Perricone on Thursday entitled, “Hunters Chart Middle Ground on Guns.”  The other co-founder of Bull Moose, Tim Mauck, was Mr. Udalll’s finance director and was paid $4,743 by the senator’s campaign in 2012.

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Hmm – all is not gloom in Greenwich real estate at least

11 Broad Rd

11 Broad Rd

Another big ticket home has gone to contract, 11 Broad Road, in Belle Haven*, asking $5.299 million and never budging from that price in 200+ days. I don’t remember seeing this, but it looks very nice and attractive for those who wish to live in Belle Haven. It’s probably not true that Paul Tudor Jones is buying it for staff housing because we all heard the same rumor about him buying the Belle Haven club house for that purpose and, last we looked, the members are still hanging around the grounds, most of them without rakes or leaf blowers.

*not, I am informed by a reader who knows about these things, within the Belle Haven Association’s boundaries itself. Of the world but not in it, I guess.

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Greenwich Republicans cheer new gun law

Greenwich Republican delegation returns from exercising their Second Amendment rights in Hartford

Greenwich Republican delegation returns from exercising their Second Amendment rights in Hartford

We send four representatives to Hartford – there are many, many people in town who have begun to actively look for replacements to these noodle-spined RHINOs. It’s time to elect men and women who understand gutter fighting and guerrilla political warfare, not ladies and gentlemen who gently whisper their protest and return home claiming, “well, we certainly gave it the old college try, at least. Boohla boolah, Eli Yale and pass the martinis.”

Our Riverside patrician Scott L. Frantz, Esq., doesn’t understand why anyone would be mad at him.  “I tried to exempt shotguns, he whined, “to protect the many sensible Republicans like me and my friend Jack Moffly who shoot skeet at the Country Club, but would they listen? They would not, and I’m oh so sorry that they wouldn’t. And to think I went to the trouble of having an elastic waistband sewn into my silk briefs just to make it easier for them. Such ingratitude (but oooh, such brutality!)”

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And another house moves off the market

29 Hunting Ridge

29 Hunting Ridge

29 Hunting Ridge, asking $1.950, has a contract. A house with some potential, four acres on lower Taconic so a quick run to town, some Merritt noise but not particularly offensive to my ears nor, obviously, to this buyer. Owners paid $2.5 million for it in 2006, so this price seems to be in line with what’s happened to prices in most parts of town since then.

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Obama-fail, take 322

I may not be Al Gore but by golly, I can spend your money just as good!

I may not be Al Gore but by golly, I can spend your money just as good!

Fisker electric car going belly up. Although we’ll be losing the $558 million of our money that Obama gave to this car that would save the world, at least we won’t have to see any of the jobs the president promised disappear: they made these $97,000 “people’s cars” in Finland.

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Let me (well, someone else) draw you a picture

Fly Angler sends along these charts from Zero Hedge I understand that the baby boom generation is well into retirement these days and so we can expect an increase in people quitting work but unless you’re an Obamaite, these should give you pause.

Labor Force_0

Labor Force Rate_0

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Compare and contrast

(Listings referred to are here)

548 Stanwich. Lousy piggy bank, but large

548 Stanwich. Lousy piggy bank, but large

548 Stanwich Road, asking $6.8 million, has an accepted offer. It sold for $6.450 in 2002, asked $7.9 a year ago, and I’m guessing it will sell for just about that 2002 price.

Over in Riverside, a building lot at 16 Hearthstone has sold for $1.625 million (paid $785, 1998) and another lot around the corner at 34 Bramble is new at $1.595 and probably heading for a bidding war. Here’s the amusing thing: The owners of 34 Bramble bought in 2002, the same year as the Stanwich buyers did, and paid $965,000. Stanwich sells for cost, Bramble does er, much better. I understand that the Stanwich owners enjoyed the use of a huge house all those years while Bramble was just an original post-war cape, but for return on capital, can’t beat it.

We have another contract reported, 3 Ashton Lane, (off Zaccheus Mead), asking $7.250 million. Big bucks for an ugly house, but down considerably from its 2011 price of $11.750.

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There’s a great big, beautiful tomorrow*

 

Oops! There goes your Social Security

Oops! There goes your Social Security

“Unexpectedly bad” job numbers are out: 460,000 workers gave up looking for work, 88,000 found work – “economists” had expected 200,000. They didn’t ask me.

Meanwhile, the liberals over at BusinessInsider are jubilant. My favorite spin? The massive jump in workforce drop outs not only lowers that pesky unemployment rate pessimists are so concerned about, but it’s a sign of confidence because obviously, people now feel economically secure enough to retire! No shit, Joe Weisenthal actually says that.

Reached on the 9th hole at the Congressional Country Club, our Vacationer in Chief was unconcerned. “The way I see it,,” he said, with just a tiny smirk on his lips, “at the rate we’re going, every dumb soul trying to find work in the private sector is gonna have to give up sooner rather than later, and we’ll have that unemployment rate down to zero. Besides, it’s all Bush’s fault anyway. Hope and change, baby. Fore!”

* There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow’s just a dream away

Man has a dream and that’s the start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
It’s a dream come true for you and me

So there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Just a dream away

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Which is why Jay Leno refers to them as “undocumented Democrats”

 

 

Don't laugh; they'll be setting your tax rate

Don’t laugh; they’ll be setting your tax rate

Hispanics make up 38% of the population of Texas and breeding, fueling hopes by the Neo-Communist Party that they’ll capture the state in less than ten years.

Texas is one of just four states—California, New Mexico and Hawaii are the others—where non-Hispanic whites, at 45%, are in the minority. Hispanics, who went heavily Democratic in the 2012 national vote, now represent 38% of the Texas population. By 2016, nearly a million more Hispanics will be eligible to vote in Texas, more than quadruple the number of eligible new Anglo voters, according to several forecasts. Other new residents continue to pour in from an array of traditionally Democratic states, particularly California.

Meanwhile, Texas has some of the country’s lowest voter-participation rates, especially among groups that typically skew Democratic, That leads some Democrats to compare the state to a vast oil field that has yet to be tapped. The state has 13.6 million registered voters. But Democrats say there are nearly three million eligible but unregistered Hispanics and African Americans, and at least half that many who are registered but don’t vote.

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It’s a little late to be running articles on the absurdities of the new gun law Scott Franz voted for

20-year-old soldier back from Afghanistan barred from buying a .410 single shot shot gun. Thanks, Scott, thanks Livvy, and thank you Jack Moffly: without sensible Republicans to help our moronic Democrats craft a “bi-partisan” bill, ordinary citizens might have at least questioned what critics were complaining about. But a law approved by both parties is clearly just a “common sense” safety measure. And of course, they’re right:  I feel safer today than I did yesterday.

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Another FOO (Friend of Obama) turns out to be incompetent at best and probably crooked

Corzine juggernaut hits pothole

Corzine juggernaut hits pothole

Third investigation into collapse of MF Global reaches same conclusion of first two: Obama bundler, fund raiser and Goldman Sachs alumnus Jon Corzine was grossly negligent, at least. No mention of where those missing millions went, but I’d check under the bed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mr. Freeh’s report said Mr. Corzine and his management team failed to improve faulty controls in MF Global’s risk and treasury departments, even after being warned of their inadequacy. Those weaknesses prevented the company from knowing that some customer funds were being used to meet MF Global’s needs when the company began to falter, the report said.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has been investigating the events at MF Global for more than a year, though no case has been filed yet. Criminal investigations haven’t led to any indictments. The CFTC declined to comment Thursday.

Mr. Corzine, who left the company days after its bankruptcy, has spent recent months trading for his own account, traveling and [wait for it … ED] spending time with his family. His supporters point out that his doomed trade actually turned out to be a moneymaker. None of the European bonds he bet on defaulted through 2012.

But Mr. Corzine’s next moves may be limited. Regulators could try to suspend him from the securities or futures industry, if the claims of negligence made by Mr. Freeh hold up.

John Coffee, a law professor at Columbia Law School, says that the lack of evidence of criminal fraud is a helpful sign for Mr. Corzine’s future, but that he doesn’t expect the financier to work on Wall Street again.

No worries, he’ll be joining other Goldman alumni at the Treasury to continue and extend their programs for rebuilding the economy.

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Yet another reason not to fly, especially on United Airlines

 

United or die!

United or die!

Captain Queeg at the helm. Pilot diverts flight, calls FBI to meet and interrogate parents who asked that violent film be turned off as “inappropriate for their children”. I’ll point out that a “PG-13” rating means that the film’s producers themselves deemed it inappropriate for young children. The captain obviously disagreed: “everyone’s a critic”, he (could have) whined.

The parents were horrified, they said, by the graphic violence and sexual images that were being played on the in-flight movie ‘Alex Cross.’

‘On our plane, an A320, the movie was projected on drop-down screens above the seats, such that we could not shield our young children from this inappropriate content,’ the outraged family wrote.

‘Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible.’

The other nearby passengers agreed that the movie was inappropriate and said they did not mind their monitor being turned off. The flight attendants said they could not.

Finally, out of options, the parents asked if the captain had the authority to turn the television off and asked for the captain’s name. They received no response.

‘Throughout these interactions the atmosphere was collegial. no voices were raised and no threats, implicit or explicit, of any kind were made. The flight continued without incident, while my wife and I engaged our children to divert their attention from the horrific scenes on the movie screens,’ according to the account published by the Atlantic.

Moments later, the captain announced that the flight was being diverted to Chicago because of ‘security concerns.’

‘After landing a Chicago police officer boarded the plane and, to our disbelief, approached us and asked that we collect our belongings, and follow her to disembark,’ the family wrote.

‘The captain, apparently, felt that our complaint constituted grave danger to the aircraft, crew and the other passengers, and that this danger justified inconveniencing his crew… and a full plane of your customers, causing dozens of them to miss their connections.’

They said it took ‘five minutes’ for the FBI agent and other law enforcement officials to determine the family wasn’t a threat.

They said even the FBI agent was ‘incredulous’ about the captain’s behavior.

They say they have still not received an apology from United.

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