Daily Archives: October 18, 2013

Stupidity only a homeopath could love

Sgt. Pete Simpson (right) accepts the "Dumb as a Beaver Award" on the shores of Lake

Sgt. Pete Simpson (right) accepts the “Dumb as a Beaver Award” on the shores of Gitche Gumee

Oregon: Officials dump 7.8 million gallons of water from reservoir after (one) man pees in it.

An administrator for the Water Bureau, David Shaff, said that because of this incident, roughly 7.8 million gallons of drinking water will be discarded.  He said the bureau often finds dead animals in the same drinking supply but the water isn’t dumped.

“This is different,” Shaff told the newspaper. “Do you want to drink pee?”

I can’t do the precise math to calculate the distillation factor of 8 oz of urine to 7,800,000 gallons, but it would make homeopathic medicine fans, who believe that one molecule in trillions can affect their health, very happy. The rest of Oregon taxpayers might want to bring these village idiots up on charges of gross misuse of public funds.

One bright side, a Sergeant Simpson of the prosecutor’s office did come up with a bad pun, which is always welcome:

 ]T]he Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office may press criminal charges after surveillance video and police reports are reviewed.

“It’ll kind of depend on what the surveillance video shows,” Sgt. Pete Simpson explained to the newspaper.  ”He’s not out of the water yet.”

UPDATE: a reader alerted me that this story, that CBS dates October 16, 2013, is a repeat from a CBS story of 2011. We know that the mainstream media runs its bias in a continuous loop but I thought they still reported fresh, not canned news. I blame Cruz and his budget shutdown!

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Yo, Wall Streeters – am I right that JP Morgan’s getting screwed here?

They’re agreeing to pay $4 billion to the government for misrepresenting the quality of junk mortgages it sold to Fannie Mae but at least a portion of those mortgages – I thought most – were originated and sold by Merrill Lynch and Washington Mutual. I also believe that the feds pressured Morgan to buy those institutions  during the financial crisis, so why, having helped out the government, is it now being punished for their misdeeds?

I don’t get it, but I’m sure at least a few of you readers do. Please enlighten me.

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Worth waiting for

 

145 Porchuck Road

145 Porchuck Road

145 Porchuck Road, February contract, closed today for $1.740 million.  Owners paid $3.1 million in 2006, took out a $2 million mortgage at that time and then, according to the court docket, split up. Final orders entered end of August, sale followed. Two acres in the 4 acre zone, but looks like good property.

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Chicken entrails

751 Lake Avenue, Lot 3

751 Lake Avenue, Lot 3

751 Lake Avenue, one of a trio of Kali-Naagy spec houses all in a row, has parted ways with Shelly Tretter and Sotheby’s and relisted with Dancy Cassell at Ogilvy’s. While he was at it, Kali-Naagy dropped the price from $8.995 million to $8.295. These are both good agents, at good firms, so I have no clue why the switch. The house is still beautiful, regardless, although I’ll be curious to see where the market finally places this house and this location. Lake continues to see some huge selling prices despite its traffic volume. I personally would prefer something quieter and with more land (2.3 acres here) for this much money, but obviously some people don’t care.

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Gore nails it again

According to the nation’s chief warm-profiteer, we’re seeing “increasingly severe weather”, all due to CO2, and all of which can only be mitigated by funding Gore’s companies.

According to ClimateDepot.com, 2013 has seen some of the least severe weather in decades. Wildfires, tornados, extreme heat, hurricanes: all quiescent.

Just saying.

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While I was out …

Activity was called in.

7 Stormy Circle

7 Stormy Circle

7 Stormy Circle, Byram, asked $1.095 (well, it asked $1.680 back in 2004, but didn’t get it), sold for $1.060.

36 Widgeon

36 Widgeon

36 Widgeon Way (part of that aviary off Mallard Drive) has a contract, asking price $1.635. I like Widgeon: it’s removed from the traffic of Mallard, and the area’s a great neighborhood. And the sellers obviously did a beautiful job modernizing.

167 Bedford Road

167 Bedford Road

167 Bedford Road, $3.695 million, started at $4.8 million just this winter but quickly cut its price and today reports an accepted offer. 5 + acres, guest house, pool, all for what passes in Greenwich as not a whole lot of money.

226 Riverside Avenue

226 Riverside Avenue

On the other hand, 226 Riverside Avenue has been renovated and put up for sale at $1.745 million, and that does seem like a lot of money. The owner paid $853,000 for it in July and completely redid it – it looks great, in fact, but it’s still a small house, on the road, on 0.14 of an acre. If this sells for anything close to its ask, good for the builder, and look for a lot of owners of old houses in Riverside to start talking to builders.

20 West End Ave

20 West End Ave

I’m sorry to see that 20 West End Avenue, Old Greenwich, $4.189 million, is back on active status: it had reported an accepted offer a week or so ago. I like this house and was gratified to see a builder take a chance with a daring design and get rewarded for it but apparently that reward will be deferred. I have no idea what broke the deal apart – I’m not involved – but I think it might be the home’s proximity to the flood zone. Again, I don’t know that, but it’s an issue that was discussed here by many readers. It remains a great house, and if the surrounding streets flood occasionally, get the builder to toss a rubber raft into the deal.

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There is everything to hate about political correctness: its shutting off of rational discussion is just one of them

Get back, you villain, get back, I say!

Get back, you villain, get back, I say!

Uproar among the chattering class over advice columnist’s advice to college girls: don’t get drunk at parties.

Emily Yoffe  warns young women that there’s a connection between passing out drunk at parties and getting raped. The sensitive libtards are outraged. Here’s Yoffe:

In one awful high-profile case after another—the U.S. Naval Academy; Steubenville, Ohio; now the allegations in Maryville, Mo.—we read about a young woman, sometimes only a girl, who goes to a party and ends up being raped. As soon as the school year begins, so do reports of female students sexually assaulted by their male classmates. A common denominator in these cases is alcohol, often copious amounts, enough to render the young woman incapacitated. But a misplaced fear of blaming the victim has made it somehow unacceptable to warn inexperienced young women that when they get wasted, they are putting themselves in potential peril.

That sounds like common sense advice, but liberals are having none of it: to even discuss the subject is to demean women. The Daily Mail rounds up the reaction:

Newsweek’s Katie Baker, who labeled Ms Yoffe’s argument as ‘offensive and damaging to victims, also emphasized that ‘our culture is swimming with examples of women — in movies, television and real life — who are “punished” for their “bad choices” with sexual violence.

Ms Yoffee cites how researchers Abbey and David Lisak have explored how these men use alcohol, instead of violence, to commit their crimes — offenders who can be ‘campus leaders, charming and well liked — something that comes in handy if they are accused of anything.’

‘But this argument ultimately tells victims it is their responsibility not to get raped.”

Jennifer Marsh, vice president of victim services at the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, America’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, said it is ‘ineffective and harmful’ to offer advice that suggests there are specific steps one can take to avoid being sexually assaulted. [How so? She doesn’t explain – in the PC Dollar Bill world, simply to make the accusation is to prove it – Ed]

“Ms Yoffe’s column ‘sends the message [p.c.speak for “she doesn’t actually say that, but the penumbras do” – ED] that if you don’t drink, you won’t be raped, which is obviously not the case,'” Ms Marsh told Newsweek. ‘Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to prevent sexual assault. [Rape] can take place anywhere, at any time. It’s not just in a fraternity bedroom after a party.’ And it can happen to women who are sober, too.

And so on. If you read Yoffe’s column, she is not conducting one of those ridiculous “don’t help a good boy go bad” ad campaigns of the 70s, which suggested that leaving your car keys in the ignition could tempt an otherwise decent young man to commit grand theft auto; good boys don’t steal cars or rape women, and Yoffee has plenty to say about the heinous nature of rapists. What she is saying is, there’s an epidemic of binge drinking among college girls and terrible things are happening to them when they’re drunk, so colleges should warn their students of the danger, a warning that, Yoffee says, is not being given now out of a fear of raising a sensitive subject. The PC brigade immediately proves her point by savaging her.

Of course a woman has the right to go to a party, drink herself senseless and wake up the next morning still virgo intacta. She also has the right to wander down a dark alley after midnight without giving up her right to life and property. But neither is necessarily wise, and Yoffee says we should caution against it.

This is very much like the incident when Larry Sommers, then president of Harvard, raised the point at a faculty meeting that girls weren’t majoring in math at the same rate boys were, and they weren’t doing as well when they did. Sommers suggested that the school look at the problem (which was entirely backed up by irrefutable statistics) and address it: how could the school encourage more females to take math courses, and how could the school help them to succeed in that subject? He was driven from the school for daring to raise the subject.

Political Correctness, by design, stifles thought. Those who suffer from it are afraid to face uncomfortable truths, so they mark entire areas as beyond the pale and will not venture there nor permit more intrepid people to explore it. This does keep them comfortable, I suppose – “fat and stupid” is another way of putting that –  but it does nothing to address important issues.

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And if they get their application process together, ObamaCare designers face this:

It's for the good of the people

It’s for the good of the people

Doctors holding off joining the program as providers: who’s going to pay them? How much?

They might even be wondering how they’ll get paid, seeing the debacle of signing up customers that’s been going on.

What if they gave a healthcare party and the caterers refused to show up? Dollar Bill would just conscript them, and that indeed could be coming, but we’ll have to repeal the 13th Amendment. “We can do that, sure,” said the program’s chief designer. “I won the election, and elections have consequences.”

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