Daily Archives: January 22, 2014

But, but, we just gave them 4 billion bucks ’cause they said they would!

 

The country's in the best of hands

The country’s in the best of hands

Iran: “We never agreed to dismantle anything.” Obama/Kerry = “smart diplomacy”.

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The new MLS system sucks

That’s not just my opinion, I’m hearing from other agents too. The trouble extends beyond expiring links, it seems to be buggy in every feature. Pull up a list of houses yu want to send to a client, for instance, then move to the history page for one and you’re locked out – you have to go back to the log-in page and start again.

Lots of problems like that and it’s affecting business – can’t get information to clients in a coherent, durable form. That’s not good.

UPDATE: Just received this from another agent: “When [X], the most diligent, savant realtor, can’t figure this out after spending hundreds of hours, taking classes, talking to the “help” center, trying everything, then you know this doesn’t work.”

Indeed I do.

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Darwin returns to the city

New AmsterdamDrug dealer who boasted in the hood of collecting a $125K windfall from a stop-and-frisk suit is shot in the head by someone who was neither stopped nor frisked.

Works for me.

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When you can set out tables on Madison Avenue without danger of being run over by a snow plow, the mayor’s in trouble

Madison Avenue, mid-afternoon

Madison Avenue, mid-afternoon

Newly-elected Mayor DeBlasio seems determined to match John Lindsay in more than just liberalism. Even Al Roker, for God’s sake, is offended.

Today show weatherman Al Roker tore into Bill de Blasio’s response to the snowstorm which caused traffic chaos across the Big Apple – after the New York Mayor claimed the city was caught by surprise.

Venting his frustration with the new administration, Roker, who is widely respected as the nation’s most trusted weather presenter, poured scorn on de Blasio’s claim that the storm arrived three hours earlier than expected.

‘They claimed it caught them off guard that it came in early,’ a clearly irate Roker exclaimed.

‘No, no, no, it didn’t! They should have been watching us!’

(Don’t tell Bill, but there may be another storm next Monday).

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Given their gullibility for fast trains to nowhere, impossible CO2 reductions and retread governors with half-baked ideas, where’s the surprise here?

I just love my new computer!

I just love my new computer!

Californians being scammed by sellers of floor tiles disguised to look like iPads.

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It seems that Bernie Madoff may not make the full 150 years

 

Same scam, different results

Same scam, different results

Reportedly had a heart attack last month, although he’s now back in his cell.

The Madoff family has not come out of this well, unlike the Walter Noel clan, which just celebrated another Christmas / New Years on Mustique.

His only surviving son, Andrew Madoff, 47, is currently receiving treatment for stage-four cancer. Son Mark Madoff, 46,  hanged himself in his SoHo apartment on Dec. 11, 2010, the second anniversary of his dad’s arrest.

His ex-wife, Ruth, 71, now lives in [Old] Greenwich, Conn.

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90 Round Hill Road sells

90 Round Hill RoadAsked $7.350, got $6.250 million, which is still a lot of money. Lovely house.

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Look for it on your Whole Foods shelves

Tod Jog Posse struts their stuff

Tod Jog Posse struts their stuff

The mommies will eat this up. Anorexic doll turns her head away when offered food.

A new doll which turns its head away when offered food has provoked outrage, with critics saying it could encourage young children to develop eating disorders.

Mental health campaigners are calling for the ‘Nenuco Won’t Eat’ doll to be banned on the basis it is ‘unhealthy’.

The doll, produced by Spanish firm Famosa, was unveiled at the London Toy Fair yesterday.

It is already for sale across Europe and will be on the shelves of major retailers in the UK from early February. The baby girl, which will be sold for £34.99, has a magnet in her spoon which causes her head to turn away when a child tries to feed her. She turns her head away repeatedly until the spoon is correctly aligned with her mouth at which point she eats the food.

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I said it then, it’s inching closer to proving me right

499 Indian Field Rd

499 Indian Field Rd

Ogilvy & Associates has cut the price of the Greenways/Copper Beech estate another $10 million to $130,000, down $60 from its opening price. Last May I noted that Ogilvy held the record for largest fall from asking to actual selling price: the Helmsley place, $90 million price cut; and predicted that he’d break his own record for this one. $60 million isn’t $90 million, yet, but back in September, when this property took its first price cut of $50 million I predicted an eventual selling price of $45 and, even if I was too conservative then,  there’s still plenty of room for that $90 to be surpassed.

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First they came for the sabots, but I was not a sabot and so remained silent

Sabot (left)

Sabot (left)

District of Columbia prosecuting financial advisor for possession of a sabot. A sabot is a hollow plastic sleeve used to hold a bullet in the barrel of a single-shot, black powder musket – just like the Colonials used. It has no powder, no lead, no bullet- it’s a plastic sleeve, period. For those unfamiliar with muzzle loaders, they’re loaded by pouring a measured amount of powder into the top of the barrel, then, if not using a sabot, wrapping a bullet in a round patch or, with a sabot, placing a bullet in the sleeve, and ramming the whole thing home. Then a percussion cap  (like a cap for a cap pistol) is inserted over a nipple, the trigger is pulled, the hammer strikes the cap, a small spark ignites the powder and the gun fires. Total time between shots, 15 seconds to a minute, depending on the skill of the user.

Is a plastic sabot “ammunition” as defined and outlawed by the District of Columbia? Probably not, but this defendant, with no prior criminal record, has been fighting the charge for 18 months now, paying attorney fees all the way.

In 2010 (latest figures I could find), there were 84 homicides committed with guns in D.C. Not one was caused by a muzzle loader and in fact, it’s probable that a muzzle loader hasn’t been used to kill anyone in the district in at least 100 years. So why is the government expending such a huge amount of resources to jail this man for two years? Because it can.

Here’s the description of the initial apprehension of this threat to public safety:

Mark Witaschek

Mark Witaschek

After entering the house, the police immediately went upstairs, pointed guns at the heads of Mr. Witaschek and his girlfriend, Bonnie Harris, and demanded they surrender, facedown and be handcuffed.

In recalling what followed, Mr. Witaschek became visibly emotional in describing how the police treated him, Ms. Harris and the four children in the house.

His 16-year-old son was in the shower when the police arrived. “They used a battering ram to bash down the bathroom door and pull him out of the shower, naked,” said his father. “The police put all the children together in a room, while we were handcuffed upstairs. I could hear them crying, not knowing what was happening.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/23/miller-dc-businessman-faces-two-years-jail-unregis/#ixzz2r8S0uojM

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Well I had a little drink about an hour ago ….

 

Driver doesn’t notice bicyclist stuck in his windshield until he arrives home.

Who knew?

Who knew?

It could happen to anyone, eh?

It could happen to anyone, eh?

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, “Hello, I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.”

The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove, told HTR Media about the Saturday incident (http://htrne.ws/1bI58jh ).

The man finally noticed Gove when he stopped the car outside his home.

“He looked at me and said ‘Who are you? What are you doing in the car?'” Gove said. “He started freaking out: ‘I’m going to jail, I’m going to jail.'”

The man then locked the car doors and went into his home. Gove, whose body had gone most of the way through the windshield, then pulled his knees and feet into the car.

“I righted myself and got out,” he said. “I unlocked the passenger’s side door and started walking down the street.”

A witness had called police, who found Gove as he was walking and took him to a hospital. Doctors removed glass from Gove’s eyes and treated him for other cuts to the head and leg.

The driver, a 20-year-old Manitowoc man, was found at the home and treated at a hospital for a serious cut to the hand. He hadn’t been formally charged as of Tuesday morning, but he was facing several preliminary charges, including suspicion of drunken driving, suspicion of hit-and-run causing injury and suspicion of failing to render aid.

Those sound like solid suspicions, to me.

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If you’re counting on low mortgage rates continuing, beware: history is against you

Great chart illustrating interest rates going back to 3,000 B.C. We’re currently at the lowest rate in 5,214 years.

long-term-charts 25-12

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I blame Bush

 

Obama's children

Obama’s children

Five years after Obama took office, 20% of all households are now on food stamps. 

In the past five years alone, the number of households on food stamps has greatly increased. In fiscal year 2009 – Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2009 — the number of households on food stamps was 15,232,115. Five years later, in 2013, that amount had increased by 51.3%  to reach 23,052,388 households.

Not only have households seen a major increase in food stamps’ participation, but so have individuals.

In 2013, the monthly average for individuals on food stamps hit an all-time-high of 47,636,084, according to the USDA, an increase of 1,027,012 over the  46,609,072 individuals who were participating in the program in 2012.

That number has dramatically increased from five years ago. In fiscal year 2009, the number of individuals participating in the food stamp program was 33,489,975. In 2013, the number was 47,636,084, an increase of 42.2%.

The headline is meant to be ironic but five years on, the Left still believes it.

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