Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

Soon we won’t need school supervisors because everyone will home school

Long Island middle school bans tossing footballs, baseballs or any “hard objects” during recess, bans tag, cartwheels too. Seriously: between the indoctrination in the classroom and the mindless supervision outside, sending a student to public school is an act of child abuse.


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Fair enough

Our school superintendent McKersie has written a letter to Greenwich Time acknowledging that his response to Board of Education member Peter Sherr’s questions was entirely wrong, as were his actions in passing his response along to third parties. 

I’m still not thrilled by the guy, but as someone who has too often lashed out in anger myself, when the far wiser course of action would have been to do or say nothing, I can sympathize. It’s a decent, adult letter.


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Obama quashes whistle blower’s book on Operation fast and Furious

For those of you who rely on the main stream media for your news and thus haven’t heard of this, Fast and Furious was a gun-running operation conducted by Eric Holder that sent thousands of automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the murder of several US DEA agents. Mr. Holder, who lied under oath to Congress about his role in the operation, still serves as the Attorney General of the United States.

The ACLU is raising a fuss.  Their usual allies on the left are, as in all things Obama, silent.


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Contract on Riversville Road

514 Riversville Rd

514 Riversville Rd

514, asking $3.550 million. I liked this house, and I loved the land it stands on. Owners paid $3.7 for it in 2007 and put some money into it after they bought, so no home run here, but someone’s getting a great house.

And Steve Archino, listing agent, is having another great year, as usual; that was also his listing on Taconic, reported as sold for $14 million.

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50% of all disability claims bogus?

That’s probably understating the problem.

60 Minutes:

[T]he Federal Disability Insurance Program, … could become the first government benefits program to run out of money. When it began back in the 1950s it was envisioned as a small program to assist people who were unable to work because of illness or injury.

Today, it serves nearly 12 million people — up 20 percent in the last six years — and has a budget of $135 billion. That’s more than the government spent last year on the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Labor Department combined. It’s been called a “secret welfare system” with it’s own “disability industrial complex,” a system ravaged by waste and fraud. A lot of people want to know what’s going on. Especially Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

Tom Coburn: Go read the statute. If there’s any job in the economy you can perform, you are not eligible for disability. That’s pretty clear. So, where’d all those disabled people come from?

The Social Security Administration, which runs the disability program says the explosive surge is due to aging baby boomers and the lingering effects of a bad economy. But Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Subcommittee for Investigations — who’s also a physician — says it’s more complicated than that. Last year, his staff randomly selected hundreds of disability files and found that 25 percent of them should never have been approved — another 20 percent, he said, were highly questionable.


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Two more Riverside accepted offers

21 Hendrie Avenue, 39 Hearthstone.

21 Hendrie Drive

21 Hendrie Avenue

21 Hendrie couldn’t sell in 2012, at a price that started at $1.995 and dropped to $1.875 before expiring in October of that year. It came back on a year later asking $1.780 and went in four days.

Sold for $1.595 in 2005.

39 Hearthstone Drive

39 Hearthstone Drive

39 Hearthstone Drive asked $1.925 back in July and I expressed my doubts, but it only dropped to $1.795 before finding a buyer over the weekend. It sold for $1.450 million in 2009.

I think I’ll just refrain from giving an opinion on Riverside prices for a while because I’m obviously missing something.


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If you believe tornadoes honor political boundaries, you can relax

According to this map issued by the National Weather Service, there’s a tornado watch for NYC and Westchester County but not Connecticut. That’s quite a relief, unless the guy drawing the map was sent home by the shutdown before he got around to coloring in Fairfield County.

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Two sales

Big and small

135 Taconic

135 Taconic

135 Taconic Road sold for $14 million. This was originally built by Jordan Saper for his own residence and he sold it for $11,460,000 back in 2005. Nice house for those who like houses this large.

68 John Street

68 John Street

68 John Street, land, really, with a sprinkling of guest cottages and a garage split off the original estate, sold for $2,148,111. Town taxes it on a fair market value (adjusting for the 0.70 of FMV assessment) of $2,585,600.

This same property was officially on the MLS from 9/16/11-9/15/12 at $2.490, but didn’t sell. It wasn’t listed this time, but perhaps someone who saw it then came back.


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This may come back to bite them

Dig that "shutdown" IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean? Know what I mean?

Dig that “shutdown” IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean? Know what I mean?

By taking the most aggressive stance of any agency to harass and punish US citizens for their Congress’s inability to reach a budget agreement, the National Parks Service looks increasingly like Obama’s attack- lap dog. I’d guess that of all our divisions of government, the Parks are, or were, the least controversial – who doesn’t like Smokey the Bear? Payback’s a bitch, though, and the next time these little jackboots send their own budget over to the Hill, I expect that whatever goodwill they’ve enjoyed up to now will have vanished.

Hope so. Elephants are supposed to have a long memory, no?


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Gentlemen, start your engines!

166 E. Middle Patent Rd

166 E. Middle Patent Rd

166 East Middle Patent Road, Stamford, has been up for sale since last April at $1,000,500, without success. Today it dropped its price $1,5000 to $999,000.

There are those who might think that there’s more to this home’s failure to sell than one thousand, five hundred dollars – three acres of land, with a dated house, is probably worth somewhere around a million – but the owner and her agent obviously disagree. I suspect that at least one of its problems is its description of the property as a Greenwich residence when in fact it is not; buyers can get cranky when they discover they’re being jerked around.

“Circular driveway w/belgian block entices you into this peaceful, serene and tranquil lake front setting home on 3+ acre in back country Greenwich.”


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21 Winthrop

21 Winthrop

21 Winthrop

I mentioned here last week that 21 Winthrop, 0.75 acre, two building lots, asking $3.450 million, had gone to sealed bids. Today that’s confirmed. I won’t even pretend to understand how someone could pay this much or, it sounds like, even more.

Crazy market over here in Riverside.


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Amber Alert website shut down, Queen Michelle’s still running


Sic Semper Tyrannis, baby

Sic Semper Tyrannis, baby

Because, after all, she may want to post pictures of Bo in his helicopter.


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Where is the left?

Virginia SealThe Lefty “progressives” have no principles to guide them, only situational “ethics”. But anyone with an IQ only slightly higher than FWIW’s Dollar Bill should be able to see what Obama is doing to all citizens of the United States – unlike the IRS persecution of the hated Tea Bag party members, this is happening to all citizens, just as warned of here, repeatedly. Glenn Reynolds has several posts on this today. 

JOHN ONDRASIK SHOVED OUT OF JEFFERSON MEMORIAL: I asked him “why do you have to put your hands on me and push me out when I’m leaving anyways”…he replied “it’s quicker this way”…

Duane Patterson comments:

Look, we know the meme has been written within mainstream media since before the shutdown began. It’s the Republicans’ intransigence that has caused all this. There certainly will be plenty of time to debate the wisdom and efficacy of the strategy. But can we not just recognize what’s going on here? The President is a tyrant. That’s what you call people who act in a tyrannical manner.

MSM might continue to cover up the horrible optics of the childish and despotic lengths President Obama’s administration will go to make sure the effects of the shutdown are felt as painfully as possible to make a political point. But all of you who read this have a voice. You can help by multiplying John’s message by showing what’s really going on. Retweet it, if you’re on Twitter, post it, if you’re on Facebook, or if nothing else, tell others what this government is doing. The fight in Washington is more than just Obamacare. It always has been. It’s about what happens when a government gets too big and decides it doesn’t serve the people anymore.

More here.

And a reader provides these:

Elderly couple evicted from their paid for Nevada home because it sits on federal land – land which belongs to the American people not the Obama Administration.

NPS shuts down private inns on the Blue Ridge Parkway – inns which are maintained and operated with private monies.


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ObamaKare, Round II

Poster sighted at the White House

Poster sighted at the White House

The government claims that its portal into ObamaKare will be up and running today and that this time it has it right. A man who describes himself as “very, very supportive of the Healthcare Act” but who also designs the software that keeps Netflix and other high-volume users up and running isn’t so sure: 

Washington Post: Jyoti Bansal is the founder of AppDynamics, an application management company that, among other things “makes sure essential software applications of customers such as Netflix stay up and running.” I gave him a call to talk about some of the technological challenges that have plagued HealthCare.Gov during its first week online, what’s causing those problems, and what he would change if put in charge of the project.

JB: On day one, if you’re having high volume, you could add more servers. Hardware is the easy part. Let’s say you add servers, and hardware isn’t a problem but you still can’t keep up on scalability, then that’s indicative of something wrong in the software. It’s like you have four lanes in the highway converging into three lanes of a bottleneck. If your software isn’t designed to reach all the lanes, that will happen.

SK: The Obama administration has said that all these problems are happening because of overwhelming traffic. How good of an explanation is that?

JB: That seems like not a very good excuse to me. In sites like these there’s a very standard approach to capacity planning. You start with some basic math. Like, in this case, you look at all the federal states and how many uninsured people they have. Out of those you think, maybe 10 percent would log in in the first day. But you model for the worst case, and that’s how you come up with your peak of how many people could try to do the same thing at the same time.

Before you launch you run a lot of load testing with twice the load of the peak , so you can go through and remove glitches. I’m a very very big supporter of the health-care act, but I don’t buy the argument that the load was too unexpected.


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If it takes the life of just one child …

Buy this healthcare!

Buy this healthcare!

Obama closes Amber Alert website “due to government shut down”. WWII Veterans, sightseers, children; next up? Look for a gun held to a puppy’s head.


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