Daily Archives: August 5, 2013

He promised change and he’s delivered

 

So we got your Discourse on Method and Plato's Dialogues here - you want ketchup on that?

So we got your Discourse on Method and Plato’s Dialogues here – you want ketchup on that?

90% of all new jobs created since 2009 are temporary. “That’s okay,” says our Golfer in Chief, “most of these folks will be moving on to jobs as rocket scientists and Internet geniuses, so you don’t want them too attached to what they got now.”

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Looking for a shortcut, presumably

 

Just a little off the top

Just a little off the top, please

Car crashes into Fairfield hair salon

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NYT restaurant critic confuses weiner with something more solid

Mr. Frank Bruni, political commentator and latest Anthony Wiener conquest

Mr. Frank Bruni, political commentator and latest Anthony Wiener conquest

Frank Bruni: “Ted Cruz is  Anthony Weiner because (a), they both belong to political parties and (b), Weiner’s a perverted, sick fuck , and I don’t like Cruz’s politics – See? Both same!”

This is what passes for insightful political commentary at the New York Times these days. Let me say, Mr. Bruni, that your paper is the Boston Globe.

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“There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” ― Mark Twain

 

You want Michelle and Eric to save on travel expenses? Okay, HERE's how they'll save money, they'll fly themselves! Hyuck Hyuck

You want Michelle and Eric to save on travel expenses? Okay, HERE’s how they’ll save money, they’ll fly themselves! Hyuck Hyuck

Eric Holder and $4 million of your tax dollars. He’s having fun; are you?

Daily Caller:

Taxpayers spent more than $4 million over the last four years on Attorney General Eric Holder’s travel costs, according to a new report.

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, says it determined those figures detailing Holder’s travel costs from March of 2009 to August 2012 through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The group deemed $697,525.20 of those expenses as “taxpayer-funded personal travel expenses.”

The report details 213 trips outside Washington. The group classified 31 as personal trips, including “two trips to Martha’s Vineyard with a flight-only price tag of $95,184.50, as well as eight trips to Farmingdale, N.Y., at a flight cost of $118,553.71.”

Among trips listed by the group: Taxpayers spent $15,452.50 for Holder to give a speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York City.

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Greenwich Democrats find a sacrificial animal, and it’s not a goat

Hey, at least I don't belong to a cult!

Hey, at least I don’t belong to a cult!

Democrat Chairman Francis Fudrucker says he’s found someone willing to suffer the usual ignominious defeat visited upon Democrat candidates for First Selectman, but he won’t say who, yet. “We are determined to field a balanced ticket this fall”, Fudrucker told FWIW, “but how do you balance a Board of Education candidate who was in serious need of shock therapy for thirty years? A nut job who smoked incense and begged for coins at airports around the world? We thought maybe a Mormon, but Steve Young won’t come home, and it turns out those Chabad Lubavitch folks over on Mason Street aren’t Latter Day Saints, so we were stuck, for a while – now we got one, and he’s a doozy.”

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Say, here’s a surprise

 

Service with a smile

Service with a smile

For five-bucks, buy a “service dog” tag on the Internet and take Fido everywhere. From hiring cripples to jump the lines of Disney World, using a phony  claim of Indian heritage to advance all the way up the academic ladder to the Senate of the United States or even a Kenyan father to ascend to the Presidency, we’ve created a nation of frauds.

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Palacette Intrigue

One DovertonOne Doverton Drive is back on the market as an Ogilvy listing – $3.495 million, after it spent just 56 days with Sotheby’s.  No idea what that’s about, but I’m sure we’ll learn.

3,000 sq. feet, 2 acres. $1,165 per square foot seems overly generous for 1976 construction, but Sotheby’s and Ogilvy both say that’s the right price, and who am I to say they’re wrong?

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Amazon does Washington?

Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post.  I can’t imagine what Bezos thinks he can do with a dying, former institution, but I’ve watched with admiration as he built Amazon from nothing, so this could be fun.

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Maher Court

4 Mahr Court

4 Maher Court

No. 4 Maher Court, asking $3.599 million, lasted less than 30 days on the market before finding a buyer and has now closed, $3,3175,000. It last sold in 2010, for $2,862,500 (wrong numbers before – sorry).

77 Chieftans is a new listing priced at $3.195 million. That’s probably optimistic: last sale, No. 20, was for $2.3 million, and there’s one under contract at, presumably, a discount from its $2.6 asking price, but the sellers can be forgiven for hoping: they paid $4.650 for this home in 2003. Time has not been kind to Chieftans or its mostly-elderly residents.

11 Partridge Hollow

11 Partridge Hollow

Way up yonder in Indian Nation, 11 Partridge Hollow Road, four acres and  bit of swamp, reports an accepted offer. It’s now priced at $1.975 million; in 2011 it tried  for $2.850 and in 2008 it reached for $2.995. All good things come to those that wait (and cut their price).

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Activity continues, albeit slowly

One sale, one price cut.

20 Limerick Place

20 Limerick Place

20 Limerick Place sold for $1.630 (asked $1.895). Last sale was in 2009 for $1.695 million and before that, 2000,$1.3.

88 Birch Lane

88 Birch Lane

88 Birch Lane drops to $2.050 million. A 1954 house on a flat acre, I didn’t understand its 2011 price of $2.1 million and neither did buyers, because it expired unsold. Not sure it’s priced all that more attractively now.

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Let’s wait until the NSA solves this problem before we dismantle it

Can't get no Satis (faction)

Can’t get no Satis (faction)

From reader Chris R, who’s always on top of this sort of thing: Security flaw exposes users to danger.

A luxury toilet controlled by a smartphone app is vulnerable to attack, according to security experts.

Retailing for up to $5,686 (£3,821), the Satis toilet includes automatic flushing, bidet spray, music and fragrance release.

The toilet, manufactured by Japanese firm Lixil, is controlled via an Android app called My Satis.

But a hardware flaw means any phone with the app could activate any of the toilets, researchers say.

The toilet uses bluetooth to receive instructions via the app, but the Pin code for every model is hardwired to be four zeros (0000), meaning that it [can] be reset and can be activated by any phone with the My Satis app, a report by Trustwave’s Spiderlabs information security experts reveals.

“Attackers could [also] cause the unit to unexpectedly open/close the lid, activate bidet or air-dry functions, causing discomfort or distress to [the] user.”

The limited range of bluetooth means that anyone wishing to carry out such an attack would need to be fairly close to the toilet itself, said security expert Graham Cluley.

“It’s easy to see how a practical joker might be able to trick his neighbours into thinking his toilet is possessed as it squirts water and blows warm air unexpectedly on their intended victim, but it’s hard to imagine how serious hardened cybercriminals would be interested in this security hole,” he told the BBC. [unfortunate choice of words, eh? – Ed]

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Suckers

 

Many families have been devastated tonight. This is just not right. They did not deserve to die. ... If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him. Boston, New York, D.C., and the planes' destination of California — these were the places that voted AGAINST Bush.

Many families have been devastated tonight. This is just not right. They did not deserve to die. … If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him. Boston, New York, D.C., and the planes’ destination of California — these were the places that voted AGAINST Bush.

Municipal unions discovering a hidden benefit of ObamaKare: the “Cadillac tax” on the luxury insurance plans those unions presently enjoy.

NYT: The so-called Cadillac tax was inserted into the Affordable Care Act at the advice of economists who argued that expensive health insurance with the employee bearing little cost made people insensitive to the cost of care. In public employment, though, where benefits are arrived at through bargaining with powerful unions, switching to cheaper plans will not be easy.

Cities including New York and Boston, and school districts from Westchester County, N.Y., to Orange County, Calif., are warning unions that if they cannot figure out how to rein in health care costs now, the price when the tax goes into effect will be steep, threatening raises and even jobs.

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Real Estate News

We do try to report it, when it’s available. And now there is.

Sales:

24 Terrace Ave

24 Terrace Ave

24 Terrace Avenue, Riverside, $2.390 million on an asking price of $2.495

68 Park Avenue So.

68 Park Avenue So.

68 Park Avenue So., Old Greenwich, $2.765, asked $2.895. Sold in 2010 for $2.665 million.

32 Midwood Dr

32 Midwood Dr

32 Midwood Drive (Greenwich) reports a fully-executed contract – I may have mentioned its accepted offer back on July 26 but if not ….. Asking price, $4.9 million.

205 Valley Road

205 Valley Road

205 Valley Road, Cos Cob, a 1906 home directly on the Mianus and priced at $995,000, has an accepted offer. Its listing hints at tearing it down and starting over, but I think it’d be great as is; nothing better than living on the Mianus.

84 Burning Tree

84 Burning Tree

And evidence that mid country has yet to recover from the fall, 84 Burning Tree has cut its price again and now asks $1.975 million. It sold for $2.250 in 2007.

2 Buxton Lane

2 Buxton Lane

Perhaps banking on Riverside’s resurgence, 2 Buxton Lane, directly on Riverside Avenue, which sold new in 2003 for $1.7 million, is back up for sale today, demanding $2.950. That seems awfully steep for a modular (albeit a very nice modular) with exposure to Thruway noise and Riverside Avenue traffic, but I’ve been guessing wrong about Riverside pricing for the past year.

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Not content with Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren receives still more of “her” ancestral land

It's quiet...too quiet...

It’s quiet…too quiet…

Obama will use your money to purchase 10 million acres of land, twice the size of Massachusetts, and give it away to (some) Indians. $2 billion, but who’s counting?

“We can improve Indian Country if people will go along with this program and sell their interests back to their tribes,” Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said in an interview.

Meanwhile, tribe leaders say 45 percent of the land will go to just seven tribes, while other tribes will have to fight over the rest.

“We’re all going to be fighting for scraps,” said Chief James Allan of Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Tribe

And, many believe that property owners are expected to be reluctant sellers.

The Gateway Pundit asks, “can’t we just give them Detroit and call it a day?”

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