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England’s last stand

“Happy Clappy Vicar” tossed from his parish by the old guard who objected to his leading the parishioners in hand-clapping versions of “He’s Got the Whole World” and “Michael Row the Boat Ashore”. His supporters call the move “wicked”, I see it as the last gasp of old people trying to protect their tradtions. When they’re gone so, too will be England as we knew it.

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Pass the snark, please

Mr. Creosote dines out

Mr. Creosote dines out, one last time

Realtor Carolyn Anderson of Greenwich has published a book of local restaurant reviews. I haven’t read it, but I know Carolyn, and while she’s a fabulous real estate broker, she’s also one of the sweetest people I know. Can she actually write a review that she knows will be hurtful and mean, yet accurate? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

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Great: NSA leaker is an Obama supporter – who’d have guessed?

Traitor. You agree or disagree with the NSA program; leaking one of its top secret programs is a violation of the law and this 28-year-old’s sworn oath. Hang ’em high.

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When they say “it’s not the money, its the principle”, it’s the money; when they say they only want to take the criminals’ guns, they want the guns

From eggs to assault rifles; it's a direct path

From eggs to assault rifles; it’s a direct path

1971 egg throwing incident deemed a disqualifier for gun ownership.

HARTFORD — A longtime gun owner who recently had his permit revoked over a 1971 Halloween egg fight was the inspiration for an amendment to the state’s new gun law.

James E. Gorham, a 61-year-old Norwalk gun collector and target shooter, got a letter in January ordering him to turn in his guns; his one instance of teenage mischief disqualified him from legal gun ownership.

“I was first contacted by the Norwalk Police Department before I got a certified letter from the State Police,” said Gorham, a businessman. “It was a real surprise. They told me I had been involved in domestic violence and I told them, ‘You’ve got the wrong person.’ ”

The letter referred to a misdemeanor charge for the egg fight, for which Gorham paid a $10 fine when he was 19.

…But his plight caught the attention of House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, who successfully introduced a change in gun legislation that will allow people like Gorham, with lower-level misdemeanors adjudicated before 1994 that do not involve drugs or firearms, to hold onto their guns.

That’s nice for Mr. Gorham, but the law applies only to misdemeanors committed 20 years ago or more; a misdemeanor after that date will permanently ban someone from owning a gun? The majority of Connecticut residents could care less, I know – any gun removed from an owner is a good thing, but when one constitutional right is taken away, others will be next, and some of those you may value more. Want to buy birth control pills? Have an abortion? You can only do so because the Supreme Court found a “right to privacy” hidden in the  Fifth (and 14th) Amendments that guarantee us the right to due process of law. Same for you homos out there who wish to engage in consensual sexual activity. Uneasy with the NSA wiretapping and reading your emails? Thank the Fourth Amendment.

The erosion of our liberties is ongoing and increasing, and not just under the Obama administration, although the recent exposure of his using the IRS to harass political enemies and the NSA evesdropping program bring that erosion into sharp focus. First Amendment vs. politically correct language laws (see, e.g., “homo”, above, used deliberately).  The First Amendment is taking a beating, especially in our universities. Property rights vs. state mandated mixing of economic classes? Welcome to Greenwich. And so on.

So it’s not about guns, it’s about liberty. In this case, it really is about the principle.

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Boondoggle turf wars

HMS Pork Barrel sails into Greenwich Harbor

HMS Pork Barrel sails into Greenwich Harbor

Reader “Pulled up in Old Greenwich” sends along this from Greenwich Time: the town unions are already squabbling over which one will get the plum of extra staffing for our new $600,000 (and counting) fireboat. This vessel came our way because the Department of Homeland Security’s been passing them out like candy bars. As far back as  2010,  Pulled Up’s been keeping an eye on this floating fiasco and sending along news, and I’ve been posting it. Originally, I thought the wiser heads at the RTM would reject it but that was just silly, wasn’t it? Last December, it became ours. Our public safety head defended the boat by pointing out that Norwalk had one now, so why not Greenwich? Thus are the needs of our town determined.

So for the first time in our 375-year history, we now possess a fireboat capable of taking off-duty police and firemen and their families on fishing trips and sunset cruises. Once we figure out which of those officers will be receiving overtime – my guess is “all of them” – the fun can begin, just in time for summer.

UPDATE: Our Irish Correspondent offers the perfect solution to this fire boat mess, give it away: Southport’s Fire Department is looking for someone to donate a boat. I don’t know what Southport’s ever done to us to merit such punishment, but hey, let’s make our problem their problem just on general principle.

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