Daily Archives: September 14, 2013

10th Grade literature as recommended by Common Core

Dreaming-in-Cuban“Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.

“Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapping him sharply when he asked.

“‘You’re my bitch,’” Hugo said, groaning.

“In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.”

Required reading for all 10th graders in Sierra Vista Arizona – in fact, students were required to read this particular passage aloud, in class.  Well after all, it’s a National Book Award finalist.

(Now pulled from the curriculum at this particular high school, it remains on the national Core Curriculum recommended list).

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Ole’s back?

Ole's Boat Yard

Ole’s Boat Yard

From our Irish correspondent, this Craig’s list ad:

Indoor storage and repair for classic and antique boats (Wood & Fiberglass).
We also have a showroom for small boats for sale and maritime antiques on consignment in a 1890 Stone Boathouse that has offered repair, storage and marine supplies since the 1930’s by the highly respected Amundsen (Ole & Eric) Family. We also have 230 feet of dockage (tidal) for boats that can sit on the hard at low tide.
Presently reserving space for the winter and spring. Please call to discuss our facility and your needs. Varnish and paint work. Major and Minor repair. Boat Designer, Marine Surveyor, Yacht Brokerage and Charter available, all at one location! New owner/operator with over 40 years experience!!! 561-254-4943 (c)
Interior (duh)

Interior (duh)

This Riverside landmark has sat vacant for quite a while, and so far as I know its owner Erik Amundsen has been unable to find a buyer. Now it appears that someone has leased it (or maybe he bought it; I haven’t seen any record of that, though) and will service boats here again.

That’s great: I wish them all the best of luck and success.
UPDATE: Good history of the building (I thought it was much older than the 1890 age given in this Craig’s list ad, and I was right), and its owners, here.  
Excerpt: 

At different periods in its long history, the building had functioned as Stephen Clason’s blacksmith shop and later as a steam laundry.

The Amundsens, Tina and Ole, bought the waterfront property on a tidal inlet of Greenwich Cove from the Marks family around 1933 during the Depression. Ole Amundsen was a boat builder and used the first floor of the building of 3,135 square feet to build sail boats and skiffs, some of which may still be afloat today.

Many were one-off designs, but he also built 19-foot Hurricanes of molded plywood in the late 40s and early 50s that were sailed out of the Rocky Point Club, according to his son, Erik Amundsen. He also built small cruising boats up to 34 feet but stopped building when fiberglass boats arrived on the scene.

Erik’s grandfather had sailed on tall ships out of Norway, and Ole became a cabin boy at the age of 11, Erik added. After high school, Ole went to sea on tramp steamers all over the world. Later he emigrated to Brooklyn, where he took courses in marine architecture. By 1933 he was working at a shipyard in Stamford but was laid off and lost the sailboat where he, his wife and his daughter were living.

“With his last bit of money, he bought the Riverside building and turned it into a boatyard,” Erik said.

Ultimately, seven Amundsens lived in the 900 square-foot second floor apartment, but it never seemed cramped, according to Erik.

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Isn’t it against the law to threaten someone?

Buick City Plant, Flint, MI

Buick City Plant, Flint, MI

UAW moves to unionize southern auto plants. “We’ll do to you what we did to Detroit” doesn’t seem like much of a deal, but if the UAW is serious, its leaders should be arrested for making terrorist threats.

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Democrats prepare to renew their assault on Greenwich

Yo, Greenwich: what's yours is mine and what's mine is mine-you got a problem with that?

Yo, Greenwich: what’s yours is ours and what’s ours is ours – you got a problem with that?

Regional taxation is coming back. This time under the guise of eliminating local property taxes on motor vehicles. That sounds good, but check the justification for the move offered by Connecticut’s House Speaker, Brendan Sharkey [no kidding]:

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, this week said a committee charged with studying regional efficiency will again look for ways to eliminate the car tax and to reimburse towns and cities for lost revenue.

“The [Regional Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies]  commission will spend a considerable amount of time working on how we can phase out the motor vehicle tax,”

“Everyone recognizes it is the most regressive tax,” Sharkey said. “We have to make towns and cities whole and reduce or eliminate that tax.”

When a Democrat has “regressive” on his lips, he’s got lust and higher taxes in his mind.

Just last month we discussed this new commission and what it was being set up to do:  Republicans saw in it the beginning of the reimposition of a county system of government, giving Hartford the power to redistribute tax revenue, create regional, cross-border school systems and in general, reshape Connecticut as Hartford, rather than local towns, saw fit.

Reached at his villa in Mustique, just purchased from Walter Noel for $67 million, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei saw cause for alarm, and told FWIW:

“It could happen this year or next year, but I think there is going to be a major play to redistribute resources,” Greenwich First Selectman Peter Teseisaid. “There is no doubt this is the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent. And looking at how poorly Connecticut is doing financially, and the debt burden and taxes in certain communities, the Legislature and governor are going to look to for alternate means to feed the beast.”

Tesei said is unclear how a reorganized planning group might operate, but he said such consolidations can be accompanied by funding formulas that distribute resources based on population. Language accompanying the legislation suggests regions could assume area-wide responsibility for social services, housing, education, and public safety functions in the future, Tesei said.

“In a way, it is a masking of an alternate ways to tax people. They’ve already maxed out state taxes and that’s why the economy is so bad. They’ve beaten that horse down, so they get on another one.”

Redistributing (read, “denying wealthier towns) federal transportation money was the first step. Taking away property taxes from municipalities and “reimbursing” them from Hartford, which, always, means collecting money from the rich and giving to the poor, is next. If Bridgeport loses the revenue it collects from its car tax, where will the money to make up that loss come from, higher taxes on Bridgeport’s residents or on Greenwich’s?  You get just one guess.

Schools and hospitals are next.

 

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Say, here’s a poser, who do Hartford Democrats represent, workers or their union bosses?

Malloy charms his employers

Malloy charms his employers

Now that Wisconsin’s educators have been given the right to choose whether or not to belong to a labor union, the unions are struggling to attract enough members to stay afloat. Proving all along that the union leaders didn’t really represent their members, as much as sponge off of them.

Under a provision of Act 10, public employee unions are required to file for annual re-certification by August 30 if they wish to remain a recognized bargaining unit. Thursday Afternoon, Mark Belling broke the news that only 37 percent of the teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District voted to reauthorize the union in a recent vote.
So, in the end, it wasn’t just the mean old Republican lawmakers who had issues with teachers’ unions. Teachers themselves were/are dissatisfied with the union’s strong arm tactics.
As it turns out, Act 10 was the largest anti-bullying initiative in the nation. Who knew?
What’ the difference between Wisconsin and Connecticut? The latter is still controlled by democrats and their union bosses.

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Putin and American liberalism; same thing

 

University of Chicago students for Putin

University of Chicago students for Putin

Why the outrage over a KBGF chief mouthing what liberals have long believed?

James Piereson:

Where have we heard Mr. Putin’s principles before? They are in fact basic articles of faith among American liberals who have been saying for decades that the U.S. should not use military force without United Nations authorization, we should not intervene in civil wars abroad, and the idea of American exceptionalism is a myth used to cover up crimes against women and minorities at home and the poor and oppressed abroad.

Barack Obama at one time or another has expressed support for all three of Mr. Putin’s principles. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he said that the intervention in Iraq was illegal because it was not authorized by the United Nations. In 2009, when asked about American exceptionalism, President Obama said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” In other words, we are all exceptional alike, just as Mr. Putin said.

Today, as the debate goes on, every major college and university in the nation is offering courses in multiculturalism and American studies that attack the concept of American exceptionalism as an exercise in national hubris. The idea that America is an exceptional nation developed soon after the Revolution when members of the founding generation pointed out that the United States was the first nation to be created anew on the basis of the universal principles of liberty and equality. It was “the first new nation,” and a model for others to follow and to emulate. Yet on American campuses today this idea is denounced as a fraud because, despite the rhetoric, the nation’s governing classes have condoned slavery, racial bigotry, and ethnic prejudice. The academic field of American studies devoted to a systematic attack on the ideal of American exceptionalism as a justification for white privilege and American power abroad. They prefer the ideal of diversity to that of a culture of “exceptionalism.” Liberals and leftists attacked the Iraq war because they denied that the United States had the right or the capacity to export its institutions abroad. This has been an article of faith among liberals and leftists since the era of the Vietnam war.

It would be a good thing if American liberals, in their zeal to defend a liberal president, would in fact shelve for good their doctrines about diversity, multiculturalism, and American imperialism. But their attacks on Mr. Putin will undoubtedly prove to be but a momentary lapse in their ideological campaign to re-make the United States into a multi-cultural utopia. At some point in the future, probably when a Republican next occupies the White House, they will dust off Mr. Putin’s principles and put them into play once more.

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