Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

Are editors spiking Gosnell trial stories?

Trial of one of the largest mass murderers in American history goes unreported by the press.

Kermit Gosnell? Who’s he?

If it were important, we'd tell you

Reserved for media but … If it were important, we’d tell you

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He’s a dick, alright

Give me five bucks or more children will die

Give me five bucks or I promise, more children will die

Greenwich’s own, Little Malkin Junior uses the “murder of 20 beautiful children” to solicit five-buck-donations to his campaign coffers. Here’s what this man sent out, a message that the New Haven Register calls “despicable”. That’s a milder term than I’d use, but the Register’s a Democrat newspaper.

In the wake of the horror of the December 14, 2012 massacre of 20 beautiful children and 6 dedicated educators in Newtown, Connecticut, I have focused on serving as a leader in the national effort for meaningful and reasonable steps against gun violence.

Please contribute $5 now as the Senate debate continues on commonsense gun reform legislation this week.

 

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It’s baaack, but have they moved the Parkway?

If you lived here you'd be commuting by now!

If you lived here you’d be commuting by now!

329 Riversville has been foreclosed, completed, and put back up for sale at an asking price of $2.799 million. You do as you see fit, but I’d suggest starting negotiations below that figure. This spec house is nestled under the Merritt Parkway, a location that offers shelter from wet weather, of course, but can also be a bit noisy. The original builder here must have discovered that.

The late, unlamented (except by us taxpayers) IndyMac loaned $2,600,000 on this project in 2007, when money was free and the loaning was easy. Whoever took control of the bank’s assets after its failure foreclosed, then sold it to the present seller for $1,489,952 (?) in March, and those people presumably have spent money finishing the house and repairing whatever damage it may have suffered from sitting vacant for so long.

Which is all fine, but the last time I drove by, it looked like the highway remains where it’s always been.

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Prison? He deserves the Medal of Freedom!

Speechless in Seattle

Speechless in Seattle

Man gets seven years for stealing Obama’s teleprompter.

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Sale, accepted offer

4 Lockwood Drive

4 Lockwood Drive

Four Lockwood Drive sold for its final asking price of $1.150 million after starting off in 2006 at $1.699 (snicker), which I suppose is testament to how much some people want to live in Old Greenwich south of the village. Old, dated, cramped (its former garage now serves as its living room) and no room for expansion, even if FEMA regs were to allow you, I did wonder who would be willing to pay so much for so little, however nice the neighborhood. That person showed up.

21 Shore Acre

21 Shore Acre

And 21 Shore Acre, same general neighborhood, went to a bidding war over and above its price of $1.275 million. Listing states that it is not in the FEMA flood zone, which surprises me – it’s on the list that I have, but that’s obviously not controlling.

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The end of ethanol? I’ll believe it when I see it

Walter Russell Mead reports that two separate bills have been introduced in Congress seeking to limit the corn-to-ethanol boondoggle. The ethanol mandate was invented by the greens, who believed, falsely, that it would lower air pollution by “oxygenating” gasoline and making it burn cleaner. That scientifically dubious proposition was made moot even while the econuts were dreaming up laws to force it on us because by 1983 the entire fleet of domestic automobiles had replaced carburetors with fuel injection systems.

Undeterred, the supporters switched to an “energy independence” theory and that, in turn, was discredited when studies showed that it costs more energy to produce ethanol from corn than it yields.

By this time, every corn grower in America, large corporation and Mr. Greenjeans alike, was addicted to the cash flowing from the mandate. 40% of corn production now goes to ethanol, and demand for corn has pushed its price to all new highs. Tough for people who like to, say, eat, but ConAgra loved the result and Washington loves ConAgra, so there you have it. Doesn’t hurt that Iowa, the heart of the corn industry, holds an early presidential primary.

Ethanol ruins engines by destroying rubber seals, clogs them with sludge, and costs consumers at the pump but so far, Congress has refused to admit that. Indeed, Obama’s EPA is pushing ahead to require still more: 15% instead of 10% be blended with gas, for no known reason other than to pay off their boss’s contributors. I don’t share Mead’s optimism that these bills will go anywhere, but I do hope I’m wrong.

UPDATE: Inagua reminds me that Al Gore now admits that the ethanol mandate “was a mistake”, made because “I have a certain fondness for Iowa farmers because I was running for president”. Gee, if he’d lie to the American public because of personal ambition, do you suppose there’s anything else he’s not been telling the truth about? Did the possibility of becoming a multi-multi-millionaire from other government-imposed mandates affect his statements about global warming? I know my answer to that question.

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Sold to a Jehovah’s Witness?

6 Watch Tower Lane

6 Watch Tower Lane

6 Watch Tower Lane, which went to contract in just 21 days (and to an accepted offer even sooner) closed for $1.125 million on an asking price of $1.295. Nice house, good street, I’d thought it was worth about $975,000, but I was wrong.

38 Bramble Lane

38 Bramble Lane

Meanwhile, over on the southern side of Riverside, the land rush in the Bramble/Druid/Hearthstone micro-neighborhood continues apace. 38 Bramble, maximum building size “about 3,700 sq.ft.”, asked $1.595 seven days ago and already has a buyer. In the past two years, 12 houses priced at land value only ($1.2-$1.8) have sold, presumably as tear downs. I’ll be interested to see how all this works out for builders over there.

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GHS Lockdown

Several readers sent me this press release from the police. Read it yourself but I think they acted appropriately to the limited information they received.

Greenwich, CT: At approximately 10:43 hours April 11, 2013 the Greenwich Police Department (GPD)E911 dispatch center received a call from a Greenwich High School(GHS) student who was reporting that there was a male student armed with a gun walking into the building.

The GHS administration was notified of the report and they initiated their Lockdown protocols as the Greenwich Police, including the GPD School Resource Officer (SRO), responded. The suspect was quickly located and detained at gunpoint by the SRO and responding officers. The suspect was highly cooperative and it was determined that the suspect was NOT in possession of a weapon. No one was injured during the incident.

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Her role model was undoubtedly Al Gore

Watch by Jessica

Watch by Jessica

Greenwich woman sued for stealing idea and business model for guns-into-jewelry scheme from another gun opponent and profiting from Sandy Hook. “If Gore can pocket hundreds of millions from his save the polar bears campaign”, Jessica Mindich, owner  of Jewelry for a Cause (must have) said, “why can’t I make a few bucks on this one? Besides, I don’t believe in property rights, intellectual or otherwise: we’re taught in school that all property is theft.”

Former Vice President Gore was too busy ramping up his carbon tax business to comment for this story, according to his spokesman.

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(A little) more on Scott Frantz

Frantz comes to his senses and ditches this mess in favor of sailing to Bermuda

Frantz comes to his senses and ditches this mess in favor of sailing to Bermuda

I heard attorney Martha Dean speak Wednesday night on the subject of our new gun law and the plans afoot to file a legal challenge against it. A lot of what she said I’ve said here previously: you don’t negotiate with these people, because they have no intention of stopping with this month’s triumph and will return, again and again, until they’ve driven gun owners from Connecticut. I was struck by one observation she made that confirmed my own sense that Scott Frantz, instead of working to remove the most egregious proposals for confiscation, should have encouraged their inclusion instead.

Dean reported that the structure of the gun bill was supplied by legal scholars from out of state, who carefully drafted a law, limited in its provisions, that had the best chance of surviving constitutional review. That’s not surprising; Connecticut’s legislators are not renowned for their mental acuity or keen legal skills, but it does suggest that Frantz missed an opportunity to sabotage their efforts. Had he and his handful of fellow Republicans supported and encouraged the amateurs who were pressing for immediate confiscation of guns, in-home, forcible inspections, mandatory insurance policies, huge annual permit fees, and all the rest, then either the careful work of the out of state lawyers would have been derailed – best result, because it would have made it child’s play to get the law overturned, or, second best, the Democrat leadership would have been forced to strike out the most onerous of the Republican’s suggestions and then explain to their base why they wanted a watered down bill. That at least would have provided great theatre, even if the outcome: the current law, was unchanged. Frantz never had a chance to effect that outcome anyway, so as I suggested last week, he should have tried a more devious route.

Scott Frantz is one of the most decent people in Greenwich, kind, generous and well liked by everyone, so this is not a criticism of him as a person, at all. But when we send a representative up to Hartford to wage battle in a hopelessly one-sided war, we would probably be better served by a mean, sneaky son of a bitch.

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