Daily Archives: February 7, 2014

Looks like Farricker’s been pilfering the governor’s stationery again

 

Come on, Drew, of course it's real, it's got Dan's signature o it!

Come on, Drew, of course it’s real, it’s got Dan’s signature on it! Pay up.

Letter on official Malloy letterhead is, shockingly, a fraud.

Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein, Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro today are advising residents to avoid responding to a letter claiming to be from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and bearing a replica of his signature, informing them that in return for a cash payment to cover state taxes, they will receive the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes prize of $5 million and a Mercedes Benz vehicle.

“This letter is not from any office within the State of Connecticut, particularly that of the Governor,” Commissioner William Rubenstein said.

Contacted at Foxwood’s Casino, Connecticut Lottery Commissioner Farunker briefly commented, “baby needs new shoes!” and returned to the board.

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We shall never surrender!

Great Britain blizzard, 2014

Great Britain blizzard, 2014

In the year 2000 the Britisher Independent penned a sad lament: Snowfalls  are now just a thing of the past

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

In fact, the average days of snowfall doubled in the following 13 years, from an average of 19 to 38.7. Did that shut them up? Does the Pope hire people to shovel snow? Nah, the alarmists just keep on going. Here’s today’s attempt, from the NYT: “The End of Snow and this time we really mean it!” And when that’s proved wrong, they’ll drag out the “extreme weather” excuse to prove themselves right.

It was reported today that 2/3 of the contiguous United States is covered in snow.

You can only cry wolf so many times.

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Peace is war, eventually

Now we've got it, by jove!

Now we’ve got it, by jove!

A reflection on five years of “smart diplomacy”

“SMART DIPLOMACY:” The Emperor Has No Clothes. “The problems over the Ukraine come almost as a caboose to a long train of disasters, with a disconsolate State Department pulling along a whole string of derelicts: Libya, Syria, Iran, the Arab Spring and growing tension in the Western Pacific, so that the troubles with Russia pass almost unnoticed as the last car in the series. . . . Under his watch the 70 year old Pax Americana has fallen apart. Al-Qaeda has flourished. President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines caught the tone of rising concern when he warned, in an interview with the New York Times that China was doing to Southeast Asia what Nazi Germany did to Central Europe in the late 1930s. . . . Barack Obama is in trouble and so are we all. It’s time to stop the Happy Talk and for Republicans and Democrats to face the facts. The emperor has no clothes.”

This past December I read Churchill’s “The Gathering Storm”.I was horrified yet fascinated by the exact parallel to what Obama is  doing now,  and I went on to read (all of, amazingly enough) Manchester’s biography of the man, “The Last Lion” (the boxed set of three volumes has zoomed up to $125 since December, but you can buy just the middle one, covering the 1930-1940 period, for far less). It’s uncanny to see the same scenario unfold, with the same obliviousness by our Obama administration. Then again, Barry and his crowd are unlikely to have read a dead white man like Churchill while at Harvard – they’re too sophisticated.

Spoiler alert: Although it’s often depicted as the start of WW II, Neville Chamberlin’s “peace in our time” moment in 1938 came at the end of and as the inevitable culmination of almost a decade of good intentions and a blind eye turned toward the build up of Germany and Japan. In other words, after nine years, it was too late to prevent war. By the time Barry leaves office, it will have been eight.

UPDATE: Jordan’s King Abdulla II will be flying all the way to California next week, where Barry will be fundraising, for an emergency meeting to find out why our Mr. Kerry is blundering around the Middle East and abandoning allies like Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  It’s a pretty sure bet that Barry will not have a satisfactory answer – the clueless usually don’t.

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Interesting to see how this fares

2 Wooddale

2 Wooddale

2 Wooddale, corner of Lake and just before Clapboard Ridge, hit the market today at $12 million. It’s a stunning house inside, everything absolutely top of the line, on five + acres in a really convenient location close to town. But will it command this price? I passed on competing for the listing because, as I told the owner, I feared he’d made a mistake by building something that was too tasteful, even modest for the people in this price range, who tend to demand lots of stone, huge pillars and neon lights on the chimney (s). Vertical wood siding and a contemporary farm house design do not scream “I hit it rich!” in loud enough tones, I think.

But I could be wrong; taste may be changing, although I’m not sure human nature is. We shall see.

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I don’t care how good he is, $170,000 for a guidance counselor is nuts

Does this face make me look stupid?

Does this face make me look stupid?

Just what we needed, another addition to the school administration, this time a counselor for the students of Central Middle School. That’s $170,000 plus benefits, of course.

“The counselor would help support, intervene and identify at-risk youth and work with them not just during the school day but throughout the week,” Tesei said.

So that’s a relief – the gentleman will be putting in a full 40-hour week for that money.

 It’s real money, no question. But it’s $170,000 out of a budget of about $400 million.

Yeah, Peter, that’s the spirit: what’s $200k on a $400 million budget? We’ll never feel it.

“So, is it there to be effective? Yes. So that’s going to be the discussion: how effective is this? We know at Western (school) it has been deemed to be fairly effective.”

I want more for my money than “fairly effective”. In fact, I want my money back.

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Well if you’re a Yale underclassman of course you’re entitled to have a Nobel Prize winner teach introductory economics and of course you’re entitled to mock him and disrupt his class

 

Yale grads protest repaying their loans

Yale grads protest repaying their loans

Yale freshmen interrupt, then walk out on Robert Shiller’s lecture

You have a hugely respected professor agreeing to take on an “Intro to Macro Economics” class (most often, these beginner classes are taught by graduate students) and you piss on him? I keep hearing that the true, and only value of an Ivy education is the wonderful people you’ll meet and rule the world with later in life, but I wonder how long that can last; who’s going to listen to a swarm of uneducated, entitled babies who think they’re just swell?

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Why won’t he do that for all of us?

We'll call if we need you

We’ll call if we need you

Obama offers to help Democrats by staying away.

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Since I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read this blog, I wonder who told him?

 

New Haven Line, Old Greenwich (photo supplied by Savageau/DeLuca Studios

New Haven Line, Old Greenwich (photo supplied by Savageau/DeLuca Studios

Tesi: Old Greenwich property values getting hammered.

First Selectman Peter Tesei devoted several minutes of Thursday morning’s Board of Selectman meeting to discuss the influence of new federal flood regulations on the value of coastal real estate in Old Greenwich.

“As we look at the 2014-2015 budget, it is really imperative that we understand what is happening with our primary revenue source, and that is our Grand List,” Tesei said.

“Most important I think it’s very critical for us to understand what impacts the decisions that (the Land Use Commission) makes on our property values and the decisions that they’re making as it relates to zoning and new regulations.

“One of the things that should be at the top of the page to look at is what is transpiring in Old Greenwich with regard to the implementation of new federal flood regulations and elevation levels. Clearly, that is requiring a significant economic investment on the part of those residents.

“There are going to be impacts to our Grand List, I believe, based on these new regulations.”

So that there’s no misunderstanding, Mr. Tesei, who has studiously avoided attending any of the P&Z public meetings on these regulations, where he could have heard homeowners and realtors and builders and surveyors decry their effect, could control the P&Z staff and rein them in. He has not.

He has, however, done an admirable job of wringing his hands.

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