Jason Lee in a lighter moment
Goldman Sachs partner Jason Lee arrested for raping 20-year-old at Hampton’s summer party. Nothing unusual about that, I suppose, but here’s where you know Mr. Lee is doomed:
Lee’s lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., said his client denies the charge.
“He is very accomplished and he’s never been in trouble with the law,” Burke said.
”His wife and family fully support him. He denies the allegation against him completely and looks forward to defending himself in court.”
Since Cain slew Abel, every single accused criminal whose mouthpiece claimed was “looking forward to his day in court” has either pled out or been found guilty: little known fact.
Please, Mr. Gore, won’t you just go away?!
From today’s “Best of the Web”
Life Imitates the Movies
- Nigel Tufnel: “The numbers all go to 11. Look, right across the board, 11, 11, 11 and–” . . .Marty DiBergi: “Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?” Nigel: “Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not 10. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at 10. You’re on 10 here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?”–from “This Is Spinal Tap,” 1984
- “Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger now. The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6.”–Al Gore, interview with Washington Post, Aug. 21
Okay, okay, you can take my credit card!
Obama: “at some point, the government will run out of money”. This would be startling, even alarming news to Francis and his pals at Democrat headquarters, but they can relax: what appears at first blush to be a breakthrough in our Dear Leader’s understanding of reality is really just his taking a breath before proceeding to take more of ours.
Noted Greenwich philanthropist “Dutch” Dozer waits for company in the A-Rod cheering section, Yankee Stadium, 8/22/2013
Don’t say another word
And sure as hell intends to stay ignorant. Besides, he’s too busy monitoring his DOJ’s investigation into Trayvon Martin’s civil rights case to attend to the death of some white cracker.
In a related story, the 15-year-old trigger man proclaimed his intention to kill a white man three days before he actually achieved his ambition.
One of the Oklahoma teens who allegedly gunned down an Australian student “because he was bored” tweeted “it’s time to start taken life’s” in the days before the murder.
James Edwards Jr., 15, tweeted the disturbing message three days before 23-year-old Christopher Lane was shot dead has he jogged down a Duncan., Okla. road.
“90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.” Edwards tweeted in April.
Last one out please turn off the lights
FINANCES: New York, California, Illinois Hemorrhage Tax Dollars.
Blue states like California and Illinois are struggling meeting obligations for their own public pension funds, so they certainly don’t need this latest bit of news—their tax bases are shrinking drastically. A new study on state-by-state income migration from the Tax Foundation (h/t WSJ), found that New York, California, and Illinois—the largest blue states in the country—led the country in income flight during the last decade. New York was hit particularly hard, losing $46 billion dollars of taxable income to people leaving the state over the past ten years. And these states were not alone: blue stalwarts like Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts were not far behind.
Red and purple destinations like Florida, Texas, Arizona and North Carolina led the pack of states benefiting from this migration, each gaining over $10 billion in taxable income due to new migrants from other states. Although the red/blue divide breaks down somewhat towards the middle of the group—red states like Louisiana saw some minor losses while blue states like Vermont enjoyed modest gains—the overall pattern is hard to miss.
One of the trends driving blue boosters to despair is that the most extensive government programs require taxes hikes which tend to cause businesses to flee, eventually taking residents and their tax dollars with them. This erosion of the tax base forces states to hike taxes further to keep the system running which only accelerates the process.
Then there are the businesses — like gunmakers — who have left in the face of cultural/legal pogroms. Either way, bring your jobs to Tennessee!
Al Gore’s newest home, Casa “Do Unto Others What I Would Not Have Done Unto Me”, Montecito CA
Equates his opponents with racists, homophobes, alcoholics and slave holders, then calls for “conversation”. Speaking from yet another of his mansions, this time his $8.725 seaside bungalow in Montecito (purchased in 2010), the leader of the band of warm profiteers has this to say:
AG: Well, I think the most important part of it is winning the conversation. I remember as a boy when the conversation on civil rights was won in the South. I remember a time when one of my friends made a racist joke and another said, hey man, we don’t go for that anymore. The same thing happened on apartheid. The same thing happened on the nuclear arms race with the freeze movement. The same thing happened in an earlier era with abolition. A few months ago, I saw an article about two gay men standing in line for pizza and some homophobe made an ugly comment about them holding hands and everyone else in line told them to shut up. We’re winning that conversation.
The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it’s mentioned. It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned and so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace. But the political climate is changing. Something like Chris Hayes’s excellent documentary on climate change wouldn’t have made it on TV a few years ago. And as I said, many Republicans who’re still timid on the issue are now openly embarrassed about the extreme deniers. The deniers are being hit politically. They’re being subjected to ridicule, which stings. The polling is going back up in favor of doing something on this issue. The ability of the raging deniers to stop progress is waning every single day.
Back Country well with problems
Greenwich health officials are sending out a letter to homeowners who rely on private wells to have them tested for the pesticide chlordane, a suspected cancer-causing chemical. The verdict’s still out on the danger of chlordane, I believe, but it’s no longer used as a pesticide, and you may want to see what you’re drinking just in case.
Our town lab isn’t equipped to test for these types of chemicals nor should it be, in my opinion; the equipment is expensive, the instances of pollution are predicted to be rare, and we’d just be duplicating the service available from private labs, a list of which will be provided homeowners in that same letter.
The town can test for the more common critters found in well water and you, or your well service company, should already be taking the occasional sample for testing.