Daily Archives: February 4, 2014

Good question


Road Scholars

Road Scholars

Thomas Sowell has a bunch of questions on amnesty for illegal aliens. Here are a couple of them:

Almost everyone seems to think that we need to solve the problem of the children of illegal immigrants, because these children are here “through no fault of their own.” Do people who say that have any idea how many millions of children are living in dire poverty in India, Africa or other places “through no fault of their own,” and would be better off living in the United States?

Do all children have some inherent right to live in America if they have done nothing wrong? If not, then why should the children of illegal immigrants have such a right?

More fundamentally, why do the American people not have a right to the protection that immigration laws provide people in other countries around the world — including Mexico, where illegal immigrants from other countries get no such special treatment as Mexico and its American supporters are demanding for illegal immigrants in the United States?

Our latest Supreme Court justice pronounced yesterday that calling illegal aliens criminals was “insulting”.  That’s probably not a good sign for those of us not quite ready to accept open borders.


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Why does Governor Malloy so hate the poor?

Ah-ah-ah, Simon says, "wait"

Ah-ah-ah, Simon says, “wait”

He’s just decreed another increase in the state minimum wage, but won’t make it effective until 2017.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in Bridgeport, has just recommended raising the $8.70 minimum wage, which jumped from $8.25 an hour on January first and for which a second increase to $9.00 is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Malloy just called for a change to bring it to $9.15 on January 1, 2015, a 45-cent increase to $9.60 beginning January 1, 2016, followed by a 50-cent increase to $10.10 effective January 1, 2017.

Why the delay? Malloy and fellow Democrats, including Chief Betsy up in Massachusetts, insist that raising the minimum wage will have absolutely no negative effect on businesses, so why not move it up immediately? For that matter, why stop, however briefly, at $10? What’s wrong with $100? And, speaking of Democrats, can Dollar Bill or another apologist explain why this wasn’t done back in 2009 when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the Executive office? Why don’t we already have at least a $50 national minimum wage?

And heck, if, as Krugman and his fellow Democrats say, every dollar of government spending generates $1.50 in economic growth, why the hell did the Democrats stop at just $800 billion in their TARP plan? We could be the richest country on earth today if they’d put the printing presses on auto and spat out, say, a trillion bucks we didn’t have. Why the lack of vision?

Do you suppose its because not even Malloy and his Democrats believe the crap they’re spewing on the uninformed voters’ heads?


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Gee, I hadn’t looked at it quite that way before

It's the American Way

It’s the American Way

White House: The CBO’s estimate that 2 million people will be forced from work because of ObamaCare illustrates the new freedom Americans have been granted by the Messiah.

Press secretary Jay Carney said that what CBO’s numbers actually show is the freedom that Obamacare will give to workers, who can now decide to retire rather than keep working.

“Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” Mr. Carney said in a statement. “This CBO report bears that out, and the Republican plan to repeal the ACA would strip those hard-working Americans of that opportunity.”

You retire “and pursue your dreams”, we keep working to pay for it. What a country!


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While Mike Finkbeiner cowers in Naples, we manly men brace for Monday

I could never date a man afraid of snow

I could NEVER date a man who’s afraid of snow, Lila-Belle

Yet another storm coming! Hooray!

 As the latest winter storm delivers a swath of snow reaching more than 1,500 miles at midweek, another snowstorm is being monitored for this weekend.

The timing of the storm as it travels from the Rockies and Southwest is Saturday to Sunday over the Central states and Sunday to Monday in the East.

The upcoming storm could be the most intense, and correspondingly the most disruptive, of the recent barrage especially as the storm nears and moves along the Atlantic coast.

The storm would affect major hubs in the East, such as New York City, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston during next Monday’s commute.

One scenario suggests the storm may develop into a blizzard as it nears the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, people from Virginia to Maine will need to watch this one carefully.

If the storm develops to its full potential along the mid-Atlantic coast, it may deliver not only snowfall rates of several inches per hour to inland areas of the Northeast, but also strong winds.

But wait, there’s more!

The Sunday to Monday weather event will not mark an end to the stormy pattern. Additional storms stormare on deck through at least the middle of February.


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How safe is Greenwich?

Pancho was a bandit boy, 9but he met his match in Mexico, not Greenwich)

Pancho was a bandit boy, (but he met his match in Mexico, not Greenwich)

Pretty safe, when a theft of loose change from a car, a ladder, and a six-pack of beer from a deli make the police blotter. The downside of a living in a safe town is that your failure to pick up your dog’s poop may land you in the news. The upside is that you don’t have to wear your gun outside your pants, for all the honest world to feel; or at least, I don’t.


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NBA star sells 29 Beechcroft

29 Beechcroft

29 Beechcroft

$6,123,800, a good chunk of change, but less than the $7.950 it started at 865 days ago. Ignore the crummy exterior picture, this is a beautiful home inside. Note, by the way, that Zillow (which has been blocked from showing this house) estimates its value as just $4.673 million, thus illustrating the point I make below about the varying accuracy of Zillow’s estimates.

Beechcroft kitchen

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Better than most girlfriends, too

Enjoying the view, no nagging

Less nagging, more wagging

11 reasons why your dog’s a better hunting companion than your friend .

The author misses the real test, however, as to who truly loves you: lock your girl and your dog in the trunk of your car and come back after a couple of hours – which one is glad to see you?

UPDATE: On the other hand, not everyone’s in love with their dog. Man gives away his spaniel after she chews off the fender of his £80,000 Aston Martin. I’d rather have the dog but then, I’m not much of a car guy.

Bad dog

Bad dog



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Not much on open house tour due to snow, but here’s a sale


43 Richmond Hill Rd

43 Richmond Hill Rd

43 Richmond Hill Road, $3.7 million. Interesting, that’s exactly Zillow’s estimate of value – did the buyer use Zillow as his landing spot or was Zillow on target? I don’t know -Zillow’s estimates can be millions too high or too low, but are sometimes exactly right. Use with caution, but they’re something to include in your calculus of worth.

Zillow was certainly more accurate than this property’s builder, who originally priced it at $6.395 back in 2005, or the seller here, who paid that builder $4.9 million in 2006 and returned it to the market in June, 2010 at $5.495.

Word of a recovery in back country prices is based more on optimism than actual experience.

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Oh hell, it’s come round at last



Today’s the day they find out you’re a fraud

WASHINGTON—While experts agree you’ve been remarkably successful so far at keeping up the ruse that you’re a capable, worthwhile individual, a new report out this week indicates that today is the day they finally figure out you’re a complete and utter fraud.

The report, compiled by the Pew Research Center, states that sometime within the next 24 hours, people will find out that you have no idea what you’re doing, that you’ve been faking it for years, and that, through continuous lying and shameless posturing, you’ve actually managed to dupe virtually everyone around you into thinking you’re something other than a weak and ineffectual person.

They’ve had their suspicions all along, sources said, but today their suspicions will be confirmed.

“Though you’ve somehow gotten this far in life without anyone discovering you’re not what you pretend to be, it’s all about to come crashing down, and not a minute too soon, to be frank,” reads the report, which goes on to note that you don’t deserve anything you have—not your job, not your relationship, not even your parents’ love—and you know it. “You’re incompetent, you’re petty, you’re vain, you’re barely keeping it together beneath that confident exterior you project, and your little charade is just about over.”

“They’re all on to you,” the report continues. “You do understand that, don’t you?”




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