Daily Archives: August 16, 2013

Can’t fight City Hall … forever

And the mooring heads out to sea. I’m just guessing, but I wonder if the poor guy’s real offense was to park a down-at-the-heels, 1983 Betram within sight of the Chimney Cove swells?

UPDATE: Okay, now it’s the Harbor Master who’s abusing his powers. From Saturday’s Greenwich Time article on the subject: “MacMillan said he won’t issue him a permit to put it back in the water for the rest of this year unless he receives an apology for what he considers to be a false charge against him”.

If MacMillan is acting, or refusing to act, out of personal pique, he should be disciplined and told to issue a permit that a citizen is lawfully entitled to. I’ve enjoyed the excitement our Harbor Master has stirred up since he was appointed two years ago, but the man seems to have confused a lowly, $500-a-year position as a royal coronation. Time to pull the plug.

Over the bounding main...

Over the bounding main…

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Dartmouth explores its own Hegalian Dialectic

 

Gay no more. Putting an end to lanky-panky in Dartmouth Yard.

Gay no more. Putting an end to lanky-panky in Dartmouth Yard.

Dartmouth University has rescinded its job offer to Anglican Bishop because students and faculty complained of his disapproval of homosexual priests. Hey, fair enough, an Ivy’s got to take a firm stand on these matters, especially when Bishop Tengatenga (from Malawi) was slated to head up Dartmouth’s prestigious “William Jewitt Tucker Foundation”,  a campus institution whose goal is “to demonstrate a national model of moral and transformation leadership in higher education”. That’s pretty heavy-sounding stuff, whatever it means, and you can’t have someone leading it who doesn’t fully support the inclusion of homosexuals in every aspect of religious life, right?

But what about this guy, Mr. Dawood Yaser, who is the “Muslim Life and International Service and Educational Advisor at , you guessed it, The William Jewett Tucker Foundation”, right there on campus. Where are Bishop Tengatenga’s critics on this one?

Under Islam, homosexuality is considered not (just) a sin, but a crime, punishable  by death. I have no idea whether Mr. Yaser and his co-religionits prefer the old fashioned Taliban style of executing homosexuals: usually, topping walls on them in stadiums, or if they’re more modern types and do it Saudi Arabian  and Iranian style by hanging, flogging or beheading, but this much is clear: no fags need apply to be an imam in the religion of peace. Killing gays in Mohammed Land is “halal” – you accumulate valuable points and coupons for use in heaven if you smash one dead – so poofters, imams or not, go “poof!”

So what’s the difference? Why is Bishop Tengatenga’s employment terminated before it begins, and Dawood Yaser continues on, guiding Dartmouth Muslims in the way of the koran? I suggest the difference is that in academia, Christianity is perceived as the religion of western imperialists, while Islam is seen as the faith of our enemies. Put that way, it’s no contest who’ll be tolerated and who’ll be banished.

Who still gives money to places like this?

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Diane Fox and her Greenwich P&Z team present, “designs by FEMA”

The new look of Shorelands

Going up? Shorelands gets the Fox treatment

Going up? Shorelands gets the Fox treatment

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Clip this out and post it in front of the BOE’s faces next time they vote on the Music Palace

Email just received from a young reader – our great nation may survive yet, thanks to the families raising children in the Midwest:
Lincoln High School Marching Band at the Rose Bowl

Lincoln High School Marching Band at the Rose Bowl

My name is Skye Dearborn – I’m from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and I am a Lincoln High School graduate.  I found your post [on the Lincoln High School orchestra and band’s huge success] , and I thought I could give you some insight!

Lincoln High School’s music facilities are certainly nothing to brag about.  In fact, they’re the oldest of all the high schools in the Sioux Falls metro area.  There’s only one office space for two band directors – one of the directors is forced to set up his office in a practice room.
Obviously, facilities aren’t everything.  LHS is considered a powerhouse as far as upper-midwest music programs, and it was within this successful environment that I found the will to practice hard and dream big.  It didn’t matter what kind of auditorium we played our concerts in or the fact that the marching band practiced in a swamp of a football field.  My inspiration comes from supportive students, parents and staff who realize the importance of the arts, not a state-of-the-art band room.
I loved your post!

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I wondered when Greenwich Time would figure out that it wasn’t smart to piss off its last remaining advertiser

Last roundup

Last roundup

Flattering piece on David Ogilvy in today’s paper. You may recall that their last coverage of the man or more accurately, one of his listings was in July, when they picked up on the special tax treatment for his $190 million listing, Greenways.

Mr. Ogilvy has developed a unique business model, which he explains in this interview, and he’s been very, very successful with it. I’m not all that certain that modern buyers insist on learning about prospective houses in full-page advertisements in the local rag or being driven to those houses in an Ogilvy agent’s gleaming, freshly-washed sedan (most of my clients have infants in child seats in the back of their Mercedes SUVs, and GPS, and meet me on site – too bad, because they miss my tour patter, but there it is). But for those buyers who do insist on such amenities, Ogilvy still provides them and continues to do extremely well doing so, so why would he, or should he, change?

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A hard truth, admitted: Hillary is irritated by Weiners

No way!

No way!

God I hope Weiner wins election and continues to provide snappy headline fodder for  years to come.

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Jibes with my own observations, especially what’s happening in our high schools

 

Harvard Yard: the 1% protest the 1%

Harvard Yard: the 1% protest the 1%

SARAH HOYT: OCCUPIED! “I don’t think there has ever been a country like ours, where our elites are deliberately taught – in our best schools – to hate and despise everything that we are, everything that makes us unique. I don’t think there has ever been another country where our elites are taught to be ashamed to call themselves by our national name.”

Few people have read The Black Book of Communism – which should be taught in our schools, in every grade, in grade-appropriate chunks – but our highs chools boast Howard Zin’s People’s History which is the Soviet view of America; Young Hegelians clubs and hipsters decked in Che Guevara.

The “Well educated” are in fact indoctrinated, taught communist propaganda and syllogisms until they’re UNABLE to think.  We now have an administration composed of people like this, who are unable to connect to reality.  They might be our first Marxist administration, but they suffer from third generation blight, not having come to their opinions from their own mind, but having been browbeaten into them.  They are the good kids, trapped in an illusion from which they can’t break out.

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Don’t laugh, you’re next!

Credit, Daily Kos (!)

Credit, Daily Kos (!)

Old joke about a Polack  husband (can we still use “husband”, or is that politically offensive?) who finds his wife in bed with her lover, and puts a revolver to his own head, but never mind, I’m writing about this story from the source of much of own laws, originally, and much of the swamp of social nonsense plaguing our shores today:

Afte 11 months, court throws out assault charges against father and son who tackled burglar on their roof, while the police on the ground below refused to go up after him.

Two men were dragged to court for apprehending a Romanian they caught burgling their business.

A nine-month ordeal ended for Steven Iliffe, 54, and son Daniel, 26, yesterday when a judge threw out the case against them.

They had begged police to go on a roof to arrest career criminal Petre Ilie.

But officers were barred by their superiors, via their radio, due to health and safety rules.

Eventually, the father and son, both former soldiers, went on the roof themselves to tackle the armed man.

They were stunned when the police later arrested them on suspicion of attempted murder – and later charged them with the lesser offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Yesterday, the pair said they were considering legal action against Leicestershire Police.

Mr Iliffe senior said he had suffered a heart attack in a cell triggered by the stress of his arrest at their scrap metal business in Hinckley, Leicestershire, last December.

He added: ‘We had suffered a string of burglaries and went up onto that roof only because the police had refused to do so.’

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