“The official sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s world-televised memorial in South Africa yesterday was a hand-flapping phony, who made up motions as he went along – and couldn’t even muster up one real word, sign language experts say.”
Ahem. I direct the reader’s attention to this blogger’s 2006 opus, Greenwich Mean Time, which tells the story of a band of fake Indians who claim to be Siwanoys and invade Tod’s Point to build a casino. This scene is from their first news conference at the beach, held on the meadow atop the Memorial Rock:
A towering black man dressed largely in a shaved head, loincloth and gold hoop earring joined the lawyer [Daniel Worthy] and Watkins on the rock. Worthy attempted to explain the day’s legal actions but as soon as he started speaking the large man began to pantomime for the deaf in the audience, wriggling his fingers, waving his arms, wringing his hands and rolling his eyes, all to Worthy’s complete distraction. He struggled through his prepared remarks and then shouted at the man, telling him to cease and desist. This proved a mistake, for the man attempted to translate the emotion behind the command by flinging wide his huge, muscular arms and knocked both Worthy and Lanny from the rock.
….. [back on the rock] The large man paused for a moment, evidently considering how to translate Vespucci. He settled for forming a “V” with his two arms and hopping up and down on one foot.
Later, Jerry Yudain, intrepid Greenwich Time reporter, confronts Sweetwater:
“Hey – that big guy doing the beadwork – Billy? The one who signed for Watkins yesterday? I checked with a deaf friend of mine and he says it was all gibberish. Is there anything real about you guys? Anything genuine?”
“It’s symbolism,” Sweetwater said. “How many deaf reporters were there? None, right? How many deaf people watching on TV have any influence on what’s going on here? Same answer: none. You call it a shuck; Lanny calls it symbolism.”
“Symbolic of what?”
Sweetwater recited from memory. “Of our acceptance of all people, our solidarity with the handicapped and, by extension, with oppressed people of all types.”
“So a seven-foot NBA refugee flopping around on a rock is supposed to mean that you support the Palestinians’ right of return?”
The Indian grinned. “Something like that.”
Sock puppet, disarmed
TSA agents confiscate 2″ toy gun from sock puppet.
The TSA issued a statement Monday saying that under “longstanding aircraft security policy, and out of an abundance of caution, realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags.”
Here’s a hint, moron: a two-inch toy gun held by a sock puppet is not a realistic replica of a firearm.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
¿que ama a su bebé?
Obama defies the law and extends amnesty for illegals once again.
President Obama will extend his mini-amnesty for young illegals, said Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of domestic policy.
“As long as this president” is in power, “you will be able to renew your deferred action,” Muñoz told one questioner during an online question-and-answer session on immigration conducted via Skype.
So far, Obama’s deputies have granted the two-year “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” amnesty to at least 567,563 illegals, giving them the right to get jobs in every state, get drivers’ licenses in some states, to enroll in school and to receive government aid. Only 21,162 illegals have been rejected. Roughly 11 million illegals are living in the United States.
Munoz’s promise of another mini-amnesty may torpedo the White House’s closed-door to push the House leadership to pass a very ambitious business-backed immigration bill, similar to the bill passed by the Senate in June.
Numerous GOP legislators already say they can’t strike an immigration bargain with Obama because they don’t trust him to enforce curbs on immigration.
Well duh. Killing any new immigration bill should be just the beginning. This man took an oath to defend the constitution and uphold our laws – impeachment?
But I need my phone to save the planet!
What’s the carbon foot print for various items essential to a young Harvard student? This go-green website provides some numbers.
1/2 gallon orange juice 3.75 lbs
1 cheeseburger: 13.4 lbs
1 h20 bottle: 0.5 lbs
1 iPhone: 121 lbs
No wonder the boys and girls are willing to give up their water bottles – great feel-good symbolism, no discomfort. They’re ready for liberaldom.
Government Mortgage Inc.
Bring back 0%-down loans! Coming to Washington to do just that is Rep. Mel Watt (D., N.C.) who will head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Just before the crisis, 58% of all U.S. mortgages—32 million loans—were subprime or otherwise weak. Of these, 24 million, or 76%, were on the books of government agencies, primarily Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This shows incontrovertibly that the government itself was the source of the demand for these low-quality loans.
The U.S. had once been known for the high quality of its mortgage loans, but this began to change once Congress enacted affordable-housing goals in 1992. Under that legislation, Fannie and Freddie—which were then, as now, the standard-setters for the mortgage market—were required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to purchase an increasing quota of loans to borrowers at or below the median income where they lived.
Enter Mr. Watt. The North Carolina congressman is a consistent, long-time supporter of affordable-housing quotas. He joined Barney Frank in 2003 to block the Bush administration’s attempt that year to increase government oversight of Fannie and Freddie. And in 2007 he cosponsored legislation that would have pushed the two GSEs even deeper into the subprime mess. One can be sure that there will be many low-quality mortgages approved by Fannie and Freddie on his watch.
I’d say they already have it
The little morons have just voted to ban the sale of bottled water on their campus. If these princesses and princes of privilege are such sheep, so incapable of rational thought and so lacking in fortitude that they are swayed by every current nonsensical fad, what possible use are they to any employer? You can fill your secretarial pool with harder, better workers for a fraction of the price and you won’t have some haughty know-nothing wandering the halls.
It’d be interesting to know how many of these children will be jetting off to the Rockies for ski vacations this
Christmas holiday kwanza break. Nothing uses water like ski resorts, and the carbon footprint of jets (yes, kids, even daddy’s private one) makes that of a plastic bottle look as puny as it actually is. For that matter, how many will eschew any such trip, even if transported there by dog sled, and ask their mom and dad to give the money to a homeless drunk, instead?
Village Idiots, Michael and Nova Smith
Couple assaults McDonald’s workers for forgetting their order of hash browns, then call 911. They’re promptly arrested.
Michael and Nova Smith ordered hash browns with their No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, on Monday, but didn’t receive them. Instead of simply asking for their missing hash browns, Michael went behind the counter and Nova threw her purse and McDonald’s bag at employees, according to ABC 15.
“It’s a meal,” Nova told ABC 15. “Just like you should get fries with your hamburger, we should have got our hash browns with our breakfast sandwiches.”
She claims that McDonald’s would not give her hash browns or her money back, so she started throwing things.
“And that was out of frustration, which I probably shouldn’t have done, but I did. Fighting over $2 of hash browns is ridiculous. It is ridiculous to have to fight that hard just to get customer service,”she said.
For Michael’s part, he went behind the counter to confront the manager and then called 911 to tell them about the Great Hash Brown Debacle of 2013.
“I just was barely able to hold myself back,” Michael said. “And if not for the 911 call operator calling me back, I probably would have went berserk on him.”
GT has an article detailing homes with indoor pools ( its including an apartment in a building with an indoor pool seems a bit of a stretch), and implies that there’s something desirable about having one. Perhaps there is, but not when you go to sell your place. The gentlemen on the left are the only people I can think of with a use for such a pool; most buyers just ask how much it will cost to rip it out.
Four of them UPDATE: Links are expiring – I’ll figure out a work-around soon.
UPDATE II – bear with me for a few days. Turns out the new system has some amazing features for WordPress blogs, so once I get them sorted out and installed, we’ll be 10X better. In the meantime, I’ll report what little activity there is, without bothering with links that die. Fortunately, this is the dormant season.
291 Round Hill Rd
291 Round Hill Road,
$5.650 $3.650 million. Sold for $3.5 million in 2005.
44 Glenville Rd
44 Glenville Road, $4.3 million, sold (pre-renovations) for $3,462,500 in 2003.
85 Richmond Hill
85 Richmond Hill didn’t do as well, selling for $4.825 million after being purchased in 2006 for $7.1. The owner started out 1,097 days ago asking $8.890, and this was the sad result.
David Ogilvy did just fine, selling his own house at 197 Otter Rock for $5.4 million. I rather suspect he had a buyer lined up when he listed it a week go.
Congresman delivering your money to good little tree farmers everywhere
The latest? A 15¢ tax on every Christmas tree, to be handed out to the private Christmas Tree Growers Association to promote sales. Huh? It’s attached to the Farm Bill, naturally, as are other goodies for mango growers and cotton farmers and and and.
Mommy in Lexus SUV crashes through a Starbucks. The choice of vehicle is no surprise, but this is: no evidence that a cellphone was involved.
My Tea Party brethren are howling, but Paul Ryan is leading the way to a budget compromise and with good reason: the ObamaCare debacle is handing the Republicans the 2014 elections on a platter, and a government shutdown will give that momentum back to the enemy.
Winning battles is essential to winning the war.
The horniness of a Tod’s Point runner
Study: “It might not be as effective an exercise in general, but as you’d expect, 98 per cent of the participants reported finding sex more pleasurable than jogging.”
I’m not saying that that 2% lives exclusively in Greenwich; it only seems that way.
Potential victim of racist Aussies?
Criminal avoids deportation to his homeland because of the “passive aggressive” racism that pervades that country.
One oddity: he’s white, and that hell hole of a country? Australia.
He was the man who tried to wreck the 2012 Varsity Boat Race, received a six-month jail sentence back on dry land and was subsequently branded ‘undesirable’ by the Home Secretary and her department.
One year on, Trenton Oldfield has pulled off yet another stunt which, in its own way, is as spectacular as the original. And it is one which leaves the rest of the world asking: what does it actually take to get kicked out of Britain?
For the Australian amphibian will not now be going back Down Under, after all. His argument, absurdly, is that his home country is full of ‘racists’. And it has been enough to persuade an immigration judge to overrule the Home Office and let him stay put to entertain us all indefinitely.