Daily Archives: May 24, 2013

Watching a nation commit suicide

Rushing to console Omar Bakri Mohammed

Rushing to console Bakri Mohammed

Brits arrest at least four young men for posting “anti-religious” comments about the muslim beheading of a  soldier.

A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby.

Benjamin Flatters, from Lincoln, was arrested last night after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature.

Flatters has been remanded in police custody and will appear before magistrates in Lincoln tomorrow.

A second man was visited by officers and warned about his activity on social media, the spokesman added.

The charge comes after two [other] men were earlier released on bail following their arrest for making alleged offensive comments on Twitter about the murder.

It took the police twenty minutes to arrive at the scene of the beheading; I’m sure they were much more prompt for these arrests because after all, feelings might be hurt.

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Hartford Democrats show their intellectual mettle again

DSr. Kermit Gosnell: "At least I didn't put my patients in tanning beds - at least I didn't do THAT!"

Dr. Kermit Gosnell: “At least I didn’t put my patients in tanning beds – at least I didn’t do THAT!”

Malloy and his pals have banned all teens from indoor tanning salons, thus repealing their previous rule that permitted such use with parental consent.  How can a parent possibly know as much about child safety as a pack of professional Democrat politicians? That’s why these same politicians have excluded parents from any decision involving the health and safety of their children and have taken that power unto themselves.

So if you’re 12 (or any age, so long as you’re pregnant, you have an absolute right to have an abortion, even a late-term abortion, without the consent of or even notice to your parents, but can no longer use a tanning salon until 17.

Which do you suppose is riskier, exposure to UV rays indoors (as opposed to walking outdoors or engaging in jet travel), or an abortion performed on an 8-month-pregnant 12-year old? The Democrats say it’s that tanning booth. These great thinkers are responsible for spending $20.5 billion of our earnings this year.

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A bit more activity to report

Two sales, one accepted offer. Plus, 11 Grimes Road closed today but has yet to hit the MLS.

235 N. Maple

235 N. Maple

235 North Maple, asked $2.1 million, sold for $1.950. That’s pretty good pricing, so congratulations to the listing agent.

42 Stonehedge

42 Stonehedge

42 Stonehedge, over in the rather unfortunately named King Merritt development, also sold for close to listing price: asked $999, got $953,000, in just 22 days.

54 Sound Beach Ave

54 Sound Beach Ave

And 54 Sound Beach Avenue, asking $750,000, the same price the owners bought it for in 2008, has an accepted contract.

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Your bridge fall down from lack of stimulus funds to maintain it? Thank a teacher.

London Bridge[Weekly Standard, June, 2009] No country for burly men:  How feminist groups skewed the Obama stimulus plan towards women’s jobs.

Last November, President-elect Obama addressed the devastation in the construction and manufacturing industries by proposing an ambitious New Deal-like program to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. He called for a two-year “shovel ready” stimulus program to modernize roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, public transportation, and dams and made reinvigorating the hardest-hit sectors of the economy the goal of the legislation that would become the recovery act.

Women’s groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like “Where are the New Jobs for Women?” and “The Macho Stimulus Plan.” A group of “notable feminist economists” circulated a petition that quickly garnered more than 600 signatures, calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to “institute apprenticeships” to train women for “at least one third” of the infrastructure jobs. At the same time, more than 1,000 feminist historians signed an open letter urging Obama not to favor a “heavily male-dominated field” like construction: “We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges.” As soon as these groups became aware of each other, they formed an anti-stimulus plan action group called WEAVE–
Women’s Equality Adds Value to the Economy.

The National Organization for Women (NOW), the Feminist Majority, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the National Women’s Law Center soon joined the battle against the supposedly sexist bailout of men’s jobs. At the suggestion of a staffer to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, NOW president Kim Gandy canvassed for a female equivalent of the “testosterone-laden ‘shovel-ready’ ” terminology. (“Apron-ready” was broached but rejected.) Christina Romer, the highly regarded economist President Obama chose to chair his Council of Economic Advisers, would later say of her entrance on the political stage, “The very first email I got . . . was from a women’s group saying ‘We don’t want this stimulus package to just create jobs for burly men.’ ”

No matter that those burly men were the ones who had lost most of the jobs. The president-elect’s original plan was designed to stop the hemorrhaging in construction and manufacturing while investing in physical infrastructure that is indispensable for long-term economic growth. It was not a grab bag of gender-correct programs, nor was it a macho plan–the whole idea of economic stimulus is to use government spending to put idle factors of production back to work.

Now you know how that turned out.

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Havemeyer accepted offer

 

17 Old Wagon

17 Old Wagon

17 Old Wagon, asking $2.050 million. It sold new in 2005 for $1.817.5 in 2005 and again for that exact price in a 2010 bidding war, so this is hardly surprising. Builders, start your bulldozers: plenty of scrapers on Old Wagon.

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Dan Malloy is in Stockholm and unavailable for comment

Smörgåsbord surprise

Smörgåsbord surprise

Can’t say it better than InstaPundit, so I won’t:

SO SEND ‘EM HOME: ‘They don’t want to integrate’: Fifth night of youth rioting rocks Stockholm. “In Sweden you’ve got welfare, access to the educational system – up to university level, you got access to public transport, libraries, healthcare – to everything. And still they feel that they [immigrants] need to riot throw stones and Molotov cocktails. It’s ridiculous and a bad excuse.” As Jim Bennett says, democracy,open immigration, multiculturalism: Pick any two.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 8:58 am

UPDATE: In fact, I did think of something to add, Milton Friedman’s warning : “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” Friedman, of course, was referring to the United States of the Americas.

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Jack booted storm troopers

The IRS wan’t the only government agency focused on enemies of Obama. There was Gibson Guitar.

On Aug. 24, 2011, federal agents executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. …. Two hostile raids on its factories by agents carrying weapons and attired in SWAT gear where employees were forced out of the premises, production was shut down, goods were seized as contraband and threats were made that would have forced the business to close.”

In one raid, the feds hauled away ebony fingerboards, alleging they violated Madagascar law. Gibson responded by obtaining the sworn word of the African island’s government that no law had been broken.

In another raid, the feds found materials imported from India, claiming they too moved across the globe in violation of Indian law. Gibson’s response was that the feds had simply misinterpreted Indian law.

Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood,” which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

Gibson, fearing a bankrupting legal battle, settled and agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty to the U.S. Government.

 

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Bomb them up to the stone age

Never too young to wed or watch an execution

Never too young to wed or watch an execution

Afghan students protest threat to their God-given right to beat women and rape young girls. No drugs, no alcohol, no electricity to power TVs, how else is an Afghan expected to entertain himself?

Bush was right to go in there and kick ass after 9/11 but we should have delivered our message and left. What hubris caused us to believe we could achieve any long lasting effect there, when Alexander the Great and both the Russian and British empires could not?

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If Connecticut law makers weren’t so busy regulating bamboo, maybe they could solve this problem too

New York pols take up debate requiring warning signs cautioning the wearing of bowling shoes outdoors.

Here in the Nutmeg State, we’re on the cusp of solving the dreaded bamboo threat, so perhaps we can get around to this hazard next.

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