Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

Weiner leaks

Video announcing his candidacy for NYC mayor leaks prematurely. I hope he’s victorious – there’s four years of 4th-grade humor here. “I won!”, he ejaculated, would just be the start.

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To be honest, I’m perfectly alright with this, but it’s fun to watch the liberals squirm

Obama admits to killing four American citizens in predator strikes. Muslim terrorists who came here, got citizenship (WTF?!) and returned to their homeland to wage war. Screw ’em.

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Ok, one accepted offer at the closing bell, for a multi-family

52 Ute52 Ute Place (near Boxcar Cantina), asking $1.250 million. There is, or was, a foreclosure action going on against this property, so it will be interesting to see what it actually sells for.

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End of the season?

No accepted offers reported today as of 4:00 pm. Certainly there are still buyers out there but I suspect that the ones who had to buy this spring have bought; the rest are waiting to see some value.

Little house next to the prairie

Little house next to the prairie

We do have price cuts taking place, even though the end of May is a little late for it. Head start on the fall season, I suppose. 3 Cherry Blossom Lane, that failed development up in Banksville, is as of today available for $3.8 million, still too high, but considerably more realistic than its $7.995 2008 price. The listing, by the way, shows its construction date as 2012, which is curious, because the structure in the picture looks identical to the house that graced this land back in 2008.

The Prairie

The Prairie

So what’s the value of this vacant brick wonder? We don’t even know  the land value yet because 8 Cherry Blossom Lane, vacant land, still hasn’t found a buyer, even though its 2008 price of $2.125 has been steadily reduced to, today,  $1.395. I’m guessing that #3 will find its niche somewhere between land value and …? Less than it’s asking now, probably.

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The religion of pieces strikes again

British soldier beheaded in London.

The BBC reported sources had told them the men were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they carried out the attack and had filmed carrying it out.

One witness, called James, told LBC radio: “We saw clearly two knives, meat cleavers, they were big kitchen knives like you would use in a butcher’s, they were hacking at this poor guy, we thought they were trying to remove organs from him”

“These two guys were crazed, they were not there, they were just animals. They then dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road.

“They took 20 minutes to arrive, the police – the armed response.”

Thank God (or the Prophet, blessed be his name) that Britain has disarmed its citizens and soldiers so that no one could stop this faith demonstration until the police arrived twenty minutes after the religious service began.

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Who will help me plant my wheat?

Our Hartford Yahoos have just voted in a bill that will require labeling of all genetically modified food and we’ll be the first state in the nation to do so. This dovetails nicely with those same folks’ recent requirement that all ammunition sales be restricted to licensed ammunition buyers, and just as out-of-state ammunition dealers are writing off our small market and declining to ship to Connecticut residents rather than incur the cost and liability of attempting to comply with our law, so too will food manufacturers. I have a garden, a bow and a ton of ammunition, so I’m okay, but what are the rest of you going to eat?

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Don’t these idiots even speak to each other?

Senator Whitehouse (D., RI) has apologized for citing Oklahoma tornado in his attack claiming Republicans cause global warming, while simultaneously, Senator Barbara Boxer (D., CA) says tornado was caused by Republican’s failure to impose a carbon tax. Democrats joined Republicans in rejecting a carbon tax, of course, but that’s of no matter when it comes to exploiting a tragedy for political gain.

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It doesn’t sound like an economically viable plan, but it’s the government, so …

 

About to learn the future of electric cars

About to learn the future of electric cars

Electric car manufacturers discovering they can’t give the things away, but they’ll keep trying, thanks to government subsidies.

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If only we could persuade her husband to join her for the next three years

 

decisions, decisions

decisions, decisions

Empress Michelle considering taking an extended vacation from Washington. Who will miss her?

I like this snark from White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler:

The Obamas opted out of their annual trip to Martha’s Vineyard in 2012, likely because they were campaigning and because a luxury sojourn there would have conflicted with the campaign image Obama was trying to project as a fighter for the middle class.

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Walter Russell Mead: “Feeding the Beast”

From his blog:

The proposals put forward by Obama, House Republicans, and Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) would tie student loans to the market rate (either the 10-year or the 91-day Treasury rate), though each with its own variation. The boldest plan, from new Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), would reduce student loan rates to .75 percent (the rate at which banks borrow from the Federal Reserve) for one year.

These proposals would offer students some relief, but none of them address the core problem that rising college tuition rates are closely linked to the increased availability of government loans. Stafford loans have been around for just over forty years, and over the past thirty, college tuition and fees surged 1,120 percent—four times faster than the consumer price index, more than medical or food prices. And this isn’t all due to a rising cost of teaching: Colleges have used their newfound wealth to bloat their administrative ranks and spend lavishly on construction projects.

These new student loan proposals, particularly Warren’s, will only feed the higher education beast. Perhaps lawmakers should give more thought to policies that would increase price competition among universities and drive down costs.

College administrators are just like politicians: give them a dollar, they’ll spend $1.50 ($2.50, in Connecticut). Starve ’em.

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While we’re waiting for real estate sales activity to report in, here’s a new listing

51 Circle Drive51 Circle Drive, $1.295 million. The better half of Circle backs up to the Milbrook golf course. This is the I-95 side, so not nearly as attractive, but I remember the house from way back in 2004, when it was listed for $1.595 (and sold for $1.2) and thought it was a pretty good house with the wrong price tag attached. If you take that 2004 purchase price and negotiate down from the current price, you could end up with all the post-purchase improvements put in by the current owner for “free”. It’s not a bad house, in a good neighborhood, and if you’re in this price range, worth considering, I think.

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Winthrop Drive price reported

 

63 Winthrop Drive

63 Winthrop Drive

63 Winthrop Drive, new construction in Riverside, reports a sale of $4.150 million, $4.395 ask. This was discussed when the property went to contract, but final sales price is always useful for keeping track.

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