Daily Archives: May 10, 2013

Remind me to be nicer to my daughters

Kat and SarahReal estate blogger’s daughter and her boyfriend stab him to death.

Maryland police believe a well-respected [okay, that lets me out – Ed] local blogger was stabbed to death by his 14-year-old daughter’s boyfriend at her request in his home in affluent Ellicott City, the Baltimore Sun reports. Police believe the couple planned the murder for months in advance and decided to act on Thursday night, the Sun reported. After Arnold left open the sliding glass door of her father’s home, Bulmer allegedly snuck in and stabbed Lane several times at 4:20 a.m., according to police. When the cops arrived, they reportedly found Bulmer covered in blood.Arnold allegedly told her boyfriend that they could run away together after the murder. Police don’t know why the couple decided to kill Lane.
Lane wrote “Tale of Two Cities,” a prominent local blog about real estate and local news in Howard County, which is just west of Baltimore. He also wrote a monthly business column and worked at real estate company Lee & Associates.He had joint custody of his daughter with his ex-wife, and he and his daughter seemed “very close,” Lane’s co-worker told the Sun.

I always figured I had more to fear from an angry homeowner than my own kids but ya never know.


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Obama may be in trouble after all

I’ve got the radio on in the background and I just heard NPR headline news mention the Benghazi coverup. NPR hasn’t bothered to report on this since it happened. First ABC, then the BBC, now NPR? Where’s Walter Cronkite?


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Obama extends his reach to squelch free speech on campus

EOS sends along this story about the federal imposing a universal speech code on colleges.

The scary thing is that in today’s world, the little sheeple on campus will accept, and probably even applaud this.

In a letter sent yesterday to the University of Montana that explicitly states that it is intended as “a blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country,” the Departments of Justice and Education have mandated a breathtakingly broad definition of sexual harassment that makes virtually every student in the United States a harasser while ignoring the First Amendment. The mandate applies to every college receiving federal funding—virtually every American institution of higher education nationwide, public or private.

The letter states that “sexual harassment should be more broadly defined as ‘any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature’” including “verbal conduct” (that is, speech). It then explicitly states that allegedly harassing expression need not even be offensive to an “objectively reasonable person of the same gender in the same situation”—if the listener takes offense to sexually related speech for any reason, no matter how irrationally or unreasonably, the speaker may be punished.


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A couple more accepted offers at the close of the bell

19 Miltiades, 12 Wyckham Hill Lane.

19 Miltiades

19 Miltiades

Miltiades, $1.195 million, was on and off the market, but came back on just a few days ago and in this market, sold.

12 Wyckham Hill

12 Wyckham Hill

12 Wyckham Hill Lane, $2.395, was also a retread, returning to the market April 13 and again, in this market, sold quickly. 5,000 square feet of bad taste but hey, it’s a lot of house.

Psst! Wanna a house, real cheap?

Looking for ready cash …

The sellers, by the way, bought this cheap ($1.860) in 2009 from William Lindemann, the Greenwich chiropractor who had just been arrested for punching an old man in Florida Stamford during a parking dispute and killing the poor s.o.b. Spent a year in jail for negligent homicide back in 2011.


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Assault by the bureaucrats

How the government wrecked the gas can. No more vents, so they don’t work. Why? Because the government feels like doing it, you peasant.

“Hmmm, I just hate how slow these gas cans are these days,” he grumbled. “There’s no vent on them.”

That sound of frustration in this guy’s voice was strangely familiar, the grumble that comes when something that used to work but doesn’t work anymore, for some odd reason we can’t identify.

I’m pretty alert to such problems these days. Soap doesn’t work. Toilets don’t flush. Clothes washers don’t clean. Light bulbs don’t illuminate. Refrigerators break too soon. Paint discolors. Lawnmowers have to be hacked. It’s all caused by idiotic government regulations that are wrecking our lives one consumer product at a time, all in ways we hardly notice.

It’s like the barbarian invasions that wrecked Rome, taking away the gains we’ve made in bettering our lives. It’s the bureaucrats’ way of reminding market producers and consumers who is in charge.

Surely, the gas can is protected. It’s just a can, for goodness sake. Yet he was right. This one doesn’t have a vent. Who would make a can without a vent unless it was done under duress? After all, everyone knows to vent anything that pours. Otherwise, it doesn’t pour right and is likely to spill.

It took one quick search. The whole trend began in (wait for it) California. Regulations began in 2000, with the idea of preventing spillage. The notion spread and was picked up by the EPA, which is always looking for new and innovative ways to spread as much human misery as possible.



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8 months later, ABC News discovers the lies of Benghazi – can the rest of the mainstream media continue the cover up?

ABC reveals the reworking of White House talking points as pressure built.

UPDATE: White House brings in its pet reporters for an “off-the-record” briefing on Benghazi, excludes those it feels they can’t control. The New York Times was there.

When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk showsthe Sunday after that attack.

Related: Read the Full Benghazi Talking Point Revisions

White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from theState Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.

That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.

“Those talking points originated from the intelligence community. They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened,” Carney told reporters at the White House press briefing on November 28, 2012. “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

Summaries of White House and State Department emails – some of which were first published by Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard – show that the State Department had extensive input into the editing of the talking points.

State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland raised specific objections to this paragraph drafted by the CIA in its earlier versions of the talking points:

“The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. These noted that, since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has previously surveilled the U.S. facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.”

In an email to officials at the White House and the intelligence agencies, State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland took issue with including that information because it “could be abused by members [of Congress] to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that either? Concerned …”

The paragraph was entirely deleted.


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We all laugh at AJ and his conspiracy theories but once again ….

obama irsIRS admits targeting Tea Party and conservative groups during 2010-2012 election cycle: “mistakes were made.”

The only mistake I see here is that when Obama promised to do just that, people thought he was joking.

InstaPundit has a round up of all the blogosphere’s coverage of this over the year, coverage that, as usual, was ignored by the White House scribes mainstream media.


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Havemeyer Sale, new construction


22 Arnold (clouds optional feature)

22 Arnold (clouds optional feature)

22 Arnold, $1.650 – full asking price. 3,500 sq. ft., 0.19 acre. I have a client/friend who will find this pleasant news, I suspect.


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Where’s the media and where are the global warmists now?

newsweek coverHurricane level lowest since 1954. USA Today:

The USA in the past 12 months has seen the fewest number of tornadoes since at least 1954, and the death tolls from the dangerous storms have dropped dramatically since 2011.

I realize I mentioned this same phenomenon a week or so ago, using a different source, but those alarmist talking heads who were all over TV two years ago blaming an active tornado season on “global warming” are hunkered down now: in storm cellars, perhaps.

Here’s The Atlantic, 2011.

Here’s USA Today , 2011. Interestingly enough, that’s the same paper I link to above noting the dearth of tornadoes in 2012, but there’s no cross reference. They must have forgotten what they wrote.

And I like this one, from Newsweek, 2011:

Even those who deny the existence of global climate change are having trouble dismissing the evidence of the last year. In the U.S. alone, nearly 1,000 tornadoes have ripped across the heartland, killing more than 500 people and inflicting $9 billion in damage. The Midwest suffered the wettest April in 116 years, forcing the Mississippi to flood thousands of square miles, even as drought-plagued Texas suffered the driest month in a century. Worldwide, the litany of weather’s extremes has reached biblical proportions. The 2010 heat wave in Russia killed an estimated 15,000 people. Floods in Australia and Pakistan killed 2,000 and left large swaths of each country under water. A months-long drought in China has devastated millions of acres of farmland. And the temperature keeps rising: 2010 was the hottest year on earth since weather records began.

From these and other extreme-weather events, one lesson is sinking in with terrifying certainty. The stable climate of the last 12,000 years is gone. Which means you haven’t seen anything yet. And we are not prepared.

Turns out, Newsweek’s life span was as short as its tornado scare mongering campaign. Good riddance to them.


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Right price, right buyer, result: deal.

185 Old Mill185 Old Mill Road, $1.395 million, finally has a buyer. This is a pretty nifty, 1800 house, but it’s on an acre in the 4-acre zone (at that, the owner had to purchase 0.6 of an acre just to recover a tiny slice of the land that was sold off over the centuries), and back in 2008 it was priced at $2.375 million. That was a preposterous price: I’m not saying that, would-be buyers did; once it came back at its current price it’s found a buyer in just under a year. Not too many people in Greenwich are looking for an antique on a mere acre of land but I certainly would have been attracted to this house. And so was someone else, who could back his desire with his checkbook.


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Three accepted offers

20 Chieftans, 13 Lancer, 16 Indian Head Road



20 Chieftans was long overdue, having sat on the market since 2007 for a total of 1,066 days – perhaps the buyer is an Anglophile and a student of the Battle of Hastings? Sold for $3.850 million in 2001, listed for $4.350 in 2007, its last asking price was $2.595.

135 Lancer135 Lancer Road, NOPO, listed at $949,000, sold in 8 days.

16 Indian Head

16 Indian Head

16 Indian Head Road proves that overpricing can delay a sale, even in Riverside, but lo, it has finally found a buyer. Purchased for $3.945 in 2005, it was relisted in January 2012 for $4.495 and went nowhere. But this spring market has come to the owners’  rescue and, even though it was still priced at $3.999, someone bit. Couldn’t have hurt that this is a good house, in a good location and has a decent yard.

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