Daily Archives: May 3, 2013

And all for nothing (except, of course, your tax dollars)

 

Waiting game

Waiting game

Background checks for guns swamps state police.

State police Col. Danny Stebbins on Friday said a backlog in background check requests has exploded to over 62,000 from about 1,000 in December — a more than 6,000 percent spike.

“The numbers are way up,” Stebbins said, explaining that much of the increase is related to private gun sales, which now require a background check along with sales at a retailer.

“We didn’t see this coming and there was no way we could be prepared for it,” he said.

The Office of Fiscal Analysis estimates the gun control law will cost taxpayers up to $17 million through the 2015 fiscal year, including more than $4 million for state police to conduct background checks, issue permits and develop and maintain a gun offender registry.

State police are going to need more sworn officers and civilian workers to handle the background checks, conceded Steven Spellman, chief of staff for the emergency services and public protection department.

Look for the numbers to explode later this year as hunters discover that they now need a background check and certificate of eligibility to by a rifle, shotgun and even a box of shells for the shotgun they already own.

Low information voters may think that this will somehow make them safer but the people behind this law know that it won’t – the law is directed solely to law abiding citizens and is meant to harass them and discourage them from owning guns. An increase in permit applications by 6,000% suggests that the law is having the opposite effect.

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That’s not a feature, it’s a bug

Colonel Sanders's other daughter

Colonel Sanders’s other daughter

Or a mink or a cat or a rat.  Chinese restaurants find a variety of interesting meats to serve as “lamb”. Take out, anyone?

HONG KONG — Even for China’s scandal-numbed diners, inured to endless outrages about food hazards, news that the lamb simmering in the pot may actually be rat tested new depths of disgust.

In an announcement intended to show that the government is serious about improving food safety, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday that the police had caught a gang of traders in eastern China who bought rat, fox and mink flesh and sold it as mutton. But that and other cases of meat smuggling, faking and adulteration featured in Chinese newspapers and Web sites on Friday were unlikely to instill confidence in consumers already queasy over many reports about meat, fruit and vegetables laden with disease, toxins, banned dyes and preservatives.

I myself won’t buy food from our far eastern friends but if you aren’t so squeamish, there’s some useful information available from America’s favorite detective, Charlie Chan:

[T] he Shanghai police took the time to give advice on the internet on how to spot fake lamb.

“In fake lamb, it is easy to pull apart the fat from the red meat. In real lamb, the fat is difficult to separate,” the police said on Sina Weibo, in a post that was forwarded more than 10,000 times.

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Riddle me this, Batman (no, not you Cliff)

Dreaming up new taxes at 101 Field Point Road

Dreaming up new taxes at 101 Field Point Road

Reader Sound Beacher sends along an interesting link to a comparison of the respective cost of living in Fairfield vs. Greenwich. What intrigues me is that the author states (accurately – I checked the count for 2012) that for essentially the same size population: Fairfield, 57,578, Greenwich, 61,983, Fairfield’s budget is $272 million and Greenwich’s is $401 million – 47% more. What exactly are we spending that extra $129 million on?

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The Ark floats nearer

Reader Toonces writes:

Here is picture of 18 mortimer. Measured from front of home it is 6 feet of concrete blocks.  Pond in front. Surrounded mostly unoccupied homes. One with demolition notice and a few with the red CLP sign that means not cleared by CL and P for power/gas.

This could get interesting down there.

Photo by Heidi

Photo by Toonces

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(A little) real estate news

Fairly slow day – three sales of note, two accepted offers.

4 Old Camp Rd

4 Old Camp Rd

4 Old Camp Road, Cos Cob, asked $1.595, sold in 15 days for $1.550 million. Someone saw something here that I didn’t, but that’s what makes real estate so interesting.

15 Londonderry

15 Londonderry

15 Londonderry, $1.395 ask, $1.245 got, 33 days. Merritt Parkway views free.

16 Webb Ave.

16 Webb Ave.

16 Webb Avenue, Old Greenwich, went in a bidding war for $1.0 million after it came on at $1.078. Investor?

Go figure

Langhorne Lane. Go figure

10 Langhorne, $3.185 ask, 18 days to an accepted offer. See my comments regarding 4 Old Camp Road.

20 Stoney Ridge

20 Stoney Ridge

And Riverside, of course, is always moving. 20 Stoney Ridge, $2.795 asking price, now has an accepted offer. Took 74 days – unusually slow for Riverside, and it spent 177 days on the market in 2012 at $2.995, without result. The market’s warmed up since then.

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Yet the administration and the press and school teachers assured us that the Boston bombing was likely to have been the act of Tea Party radicals

 

Happy Daze

Happy Daze

30 of the 31 people on the FBI’s top terrorist list” are muslims. The other is Joan Chesnard, Black Pantheress and communist hiding in Cuba.

But let’s not jump to conclusions: in Liberal Land, it’s as likely as not that an individual terrorist attack was committed by one of those Tea Party types. Hasn’t happened yet, but hey ….

UPDATE: more on this subject from Roger Simon, here:

We live in a country whose leadership, almost twelve years after 9/11, still does not name our enemy.  They will do anything but, often to the extent of comic absurdity. Too bad that nonstop uncomfortable head count dampens the levity.

The justification for this extreme bowdlerization by our leadership and mainstream media, I’m assuming, is that to name Islam — and often even radical Islam — as the culprit is to make matters worse,  to stir them up.

This attitude is actually racist.  By making Islam immune to criticism, you are treating its adherents as if they were children (mere “wogs” in the unattractive parlance of the British Empire), unable to correct or adapt their ideology and join modern civilization.  Consciously or unconsciously, you are saying they are just not up to it.

And in that case, they certainly won’t be.  Those who fail to criticize Islam are enabling it.

Something is wrong here, very wrong.  And you don’t have to read thereligionofpeace.com to know it – but stopping by once in a while is a grim reminder.

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