Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

Now we know why the government is buying billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition

Turn your tap water on and stand back from the faucet - now!

Turn your tap water on and stand back from the faucet – now!

They’re turning every government agency in our country into mini-armies.

EPA agents don SWAT gear to conduct water quality tests in Alaska

When agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE in big, bold letters, local placer miners didn’t quit know what to think.

Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water? Some of the miners, who run small businesses, say they felt intimidated.

Miners suggest it might have been better all around if officials had just shown up at the door — as they used to do — and said they wanted to check the water.

Miners from the Chicken area — a gold mining town of just 17 full-time residents and dozens of seasonal miners off the Taylor Highway, between Tok and the Canadian border — said that during the third week of August they were surprised by groups of four to eight armed officers, who swarmed onto their mining claims with little or no warning.

The officers were armed and wearing body armor. They were part of the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force and were there to check for violations of section 404 of the Clean Water Act, according to several miners who were contacted by the group. Section 404 governs water discharges into rivers, streams, lakes and oceans.

The task force’s methods are now being questioned by the miners as well as the Alaska congressional delegation.

Both Alaska U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have inquired into the task force’s actions. Congressman Don Young is also looking into it. They have been having a difficult time getting straight answers from the EPA.

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In any modern public school, they’d both be expelled for violating the zero-tolerance rules

Obama and Trayvon Martin Jr. trade  "pistol" gang signs

Obama and Trayvon Martin Jr. trade “pistol” gang signs

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Expect more of these stories emanating from Greenwich after our new BOE member steps aboard

 

Greenwich Democrat Party headquarters, election eve

Greenwich Democrat Party headquarters, election eve

Vanna White says her son has been brainwashed by Hare Krishna sect.

Vanna White is fighting to save her teenage son after fears that he is being brainwashed by a monk from the Hare Krishna movement, it has been revealed today.

The 56-year-old’s son Nicholas, who likes to be called Nikko, is living with a monk twice his age while both attend the University of Arizona.

The 19-year-old reportedly has been living with Hare Krishna devotee Jaycee Akinsanya, 34, in his small house in Tucson.

Democrat Party Chairman Francis Fudrucker refused to make his next appointee to the BOE, cultist Ramadamadingdong Tamm, available for comment. “Nothing to see here,” Fudrucker said, “move along, move along.”

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Thank God at least one Democrat is standing firm on his principles

Go get 'em, Barry! (But tell those rag heads it's cash on the barrelhead).

Go get ’em, Barry! (But tell those rag heads it’s cash on the barrelhead).

Howard Dean:

“What I want to know,is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the president’s unilateral intervention in Iraq?”

Oops! That was, of course, the jolly madman squawking about a Republican president’s plan for invading another sandbox back in 2003. It’s a different tune for him now, just like the rest of his unprincipled liberal peers:

“Thus far I fully support the president, including his going to Congress,” Dean said in an email to The Hill.

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Obama is renting out our soldiers and no one is screaming?

Straighten that collar, I want you looking good for the Sheik's inspection

Straighten that collar, I want you looking good for the Sheik’s inspection

Our country is hurtling to its doom and Obama pushed it. Kerry admits that the administrations has been negotiating with the Arabs: they’ll pay us to depose Assad, Obama will sell them the American troops to do it. The very act of even entertaining such a concept is treasonable, and negotiating the sale impeachable. Will no one rid us of this troublesome man?

Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily.

“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.”

Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.

“In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost,” Kerry said. “That’s how dedicated they are at this. That’s not in the cards, and nobody’s talking about it , but they’re talking in serious ways about getting this done. [“nobody’s talking about it” yet “they’re talking” to whom, if not Kerry? – Ed].

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Psst! Hey, buddy – wanna be somebody?

Quorum at the RTM

Quorum at the RTM

As election draws near, there’s plenty of room to self-appoint yourself to the Representative Town Meeting. It’s not surprising that no normal person desires such an honor; it involves hours of listening to the same wannabe junior pols droning on and on with nothing of substance to say, then serving as a rubber stamp for decisions already made by your betters. I suffered through two terms of such nonsense years ago out of a vague sense of civic duty and, having left such foolish things behind me, it’s discouraging to see that the same people – people who, just because the four speakers before them said exactly what they were going to say can’t resist saying it again – are still there every fourth Monday of the year, dishing out more of the same. I don’t know how to encourage people to serve on the RTM and dislodge these blowhard pretenders, unless it’s to give the RTM real power over the governance of this town, and that will never happen.

But at least we can draw some humor from the sight of some of these clowns strutting around town, chests puffed out, proclaiming themselves to be “elected officers of the Town of Greenwich”. When anyone at all, including your dog, can be “elected” merely by filling out a candidate form, the adjective “elected” seems a tad too fancy. Perhaps “showed up”, or “what else do I have to do?” would better describe the process and the people.

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The Republicans join the Democrats in eating their young

I'm here to demonstrate that it's not affirmative action that's at fault, it's a Harvard law degree

That’s right, Livvy, it’s a full sheet of blotter acid – enjoy! Oh – I see you’ve already done that.

We need an independent party, now, to lift Greenwich out of the stagnant cesspool dug and maintained by our two major parties, who divvy up the power between themselves, quash challengers and seek simply to maintain the failing status quo. The latest?

Greenwich Post will have a letter tomorrow from Republican Town Committee – approved BOE candidates  Bernstein and Paldonus savaging Peter Sherr and Herr Pieter von Schnitzlegrüber for various despicable apostasies, including daring to defy their Republican bosses.

All this is standard fare for Greenwich; witness the defenestration of Inland Wetlands Chairman Lawrence Perry: Drew Marzullu (D) and this fellow Theis (R) knocked him off because he wouldn’t promise to kill the synagogue in their Cos Cob neighborhood, Tesei (R) joined in the fun because Perry had offended rich Republican donors on Zaccheus Mead Road. Greenwich residents got hosed.

I’m not surprised that Republican Chairman Jim Campbell has sicced his Chihuahuas on these dissidents, but I’m very sorry to see Brain Paldonus go along; I’d hoped for better things from him.

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Sale, contract, price cut

No, no the same property, three different ones

9 Shore Acre

9 Shore Acre

9 Shore Acre Drive, Old Greenwich, asked $3.195, got $3,050,80 (there’s nothing as annoying to an agent then getting caught up in one of these end-stage nickel-and-dime negotiations when the reward for those last coins is so little. Important, no doubt, for the parties, but a 5% commission on eight eighty-bucks, divided four ways, is $1 each. And it may take three weeks to get to that dollar.

9 Paddock Drive

9 Paddock Drive

9 Paddock, up on the Merritt off of Lake, has a contract. Started at $2.695, dropped to $2.495, which is what it was purchased for in 2002. I liked this house very much. Paddock is a nice little dead-end street, this house itself was opened up and expanded and has a great yard, and the highway noise is not too noisy. Compared to what you’d get elsewhere in this price range, it’s a lot of house.

And, of course, convenient to transportation.

12 Shore Rd

12 Shore Rd

And 12 Shore Road, also in Old Greenwich, has suffered another price cut and is now priced at $2.675, q huge improvement over its first price when it was built in 2011, $3.495. I thought the house was great when I saw it back then, with direct frontage on Tomac Cove, but it didn’t strike me, or any buyer, as a $3.5 house. Now, it looks like a relative bargain.

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Obama makes it as hard on his sheeple as Stalin did on their grandparents

Obama in Sweden: “I didn’t make that red line, someone else did”. Now, dang it all, his adoring followers will be forced to reset their memories (usually accomplished by pushing the “Bush/Chaney” button) and forget that Dear Leader did, in fact, set a “red line” which is now embarrassing him so. Very much like the progressives of 1941 who, after Hitler suddenly invaded the Soviet Union, had to switch overnight from demanding strict neutrality to demanding that we open a “second front now!” A mind is a terrible thing to erase.

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The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz reports on Syrian/Washington developments

I hadn’t known of Andy Borowitz’s satirical pieces for the New Yorker until last week, but he’s very funny, so I signed up for his weekly (?) feed. Here’s part of his latest.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Aides to President Obama said today that he was “visibly shaken” after receiving support from House Speaker John Boehner for his Syria campaign, adding that the Speaker’s vote of confidence was “making him rethink the whole thing.”

An aide to Mr. Obama, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that he was in the Oval Office with the President when he got the call from Mr. Boehner: “As it became clear that Boehner was going to support him on this, he looked more and more stunned. He was trying to stay calm and all but you could see that he was really taken aback.”

After putting down the phone with Mr. Boehner, the President reportedly told aides, “Boehner’s supporting it. That’s so weird. This is still a good idea, right?”

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Adjusting to the new reality of the Greenwich market

646 Riversville Rd, 2015 - ADA compliant

646 Riversville Rd, 2015 – ADA compliant

646 Riversville Road is back on the market, now offering a 9,000 sq.ft. house to be built for $6.975 million. This five-acre parcel was purchased for $2 million back in 2001 and since then the builder/buyer has been trying to either unload the land (starting at $3.295 in 2003, increased to $4.750 in 2008, reason for increase unknown, then back down, to $3.795, since 2010) or build you a house on it.

That proposed house was originally to be 14,000 sq.ft., priced at $12.9 million, then 11,500 sq. ft. for $8.9 million in 2010 and now, as noted, 9,000 sq.ft for 6.975.

It will be interesting to see how much house they’re offering in 2015.

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Why work?

Reader ML (who speaks Spanish, just as a by the bye), sends along this Forbes article on the benefits of welfare vs. working for minimum wage. Blue states are the most generous in their involuntary transfers from the productive to the non-productive, which probably doesn’t surprise you, and Connecticut, while not at the very top of the redistribution chart, an honor that belongs to Hawaii, is right there in contention, paying $44,370 per year, or $21.33 per hour of loafing and breeding. And that’s tax free. What a country, what a state.

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Democrats and their school board picks

No entiendo Inglés o la ley

No entiendo Inglés o la ley

I hadn’t quite realized that the Democrats’ appointment of Ramalamadingdong Tamm to the BOE was intended to supplement the ranks of the “progressives” already there, but reader Ghost sent along the following comment which raises an interesting question: is there anyone the Democrats are willing to put on the Board who is capable of even rudimentary thought?

UPDATE: Question asked, question answered – Ms. Ospina is a graduate of Harvard Law School. No slur intended against a lawyer who can’t understand the law, but given the recent difficulties of another Harvard Law graduate of color, I’m beginning to wonder whether this affirmative action thing is all that it’s cracked up to be.

Ghost:

Here’s what puzzles me. This is the quote in the GT from last night’s meeting by Ms. Ospina:

“The law is the law,” Ospina said. “We have a large achievement gap between minority and non-minority pupils. The state wants to see that Greenwich is making progress towards addressing that achievement gap.”

What did I miss in all of the meetings over the summer? The state law doesn’t care about an achievement gap, only race statistics. If we came up with a busing plan, for instance, that resolved the racial imbalance at Ham Ave and New Leb, the State would say “you are now in compliance”, stop sending letters and not care what happened to student achievement as a result.

After all of the discussion, how can a BOE member not understand the basic issue?

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Inferences can be misleading

We look to the hills of Hartford, from whence cometh our strength, and orders

We look to the hills of Hartford, from whence cometh our strength, and orders

Greenwich Time has a story on its pages entitled “Unique School Exemption Addressed” implying that the argument put forward by Board members Peter Sherr, Herr Pieter Von Brätwurst and attorney Ben Bianco that , because New Lebanon and Hamilton Avenue schools are designated “magnet schools”, they are exempt from Connecticut’s racial balance laws and we can ignore the state and get about the business of improving student performance there without interference from the Hartford.

“Addressed” can imply “considered” – a more accurate headline would have used “Dismissed”, because that’s what’s (not) going on.

Leslie Moriarty, the board’s chairman, also expressed wariness about seeking unique-school status.

“Let’s say you go forward with that plan, our history would tell you that they would not accept that decision,” she said. “And then you’re in the ambiguous world of what happens next. There’s a lot of uncertainty.”

Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said the state would entertain a Greenwich bid for unique-school designations.

“The board can vote to bring that question to them — that’s your call,” he said. “They’re open to the question, but they’re not encouraging it.”

At last week’s hearing, the board declined to answer my own question as to the status of the town’s decision whether to challenge the constitutionality of Connecticut’s racial laws and what the attorneys we hired this past June to render an opinion had concluded. Perhaps they did answer it last night, where the proceedings were conducted entirely in Spanish. If they didn’t, I’m sure they will in two weeks, when they’re holding yet another meeting, this time in Urdu.

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