Daily Archives: February 19, 2014

Panic in the belly of the beast

Hartford Courant demands that tens of thousands of gun owners be arrested and imprisoned for failing to comply with the new gun laws that, as noted here, made criminals out of law abiding citizens wit one stroke of Dan Malloy’s pen.

Note this:

Widespread noncompliance with this major element of a law that was seen as a speedy and hopefully effective response by Connecticut to mass shootings such as the one at Sandy Hook creates a headache for the state.

So the law constituted a “speedy” response to mass shootings, nothing more – “hopefully effective” is an admission that the pols wanted to do something, regardless of whether it would accomplish anything.

And how will this registration of scary-looking guns prevent another shooting? It won’t of course, but here’s the real point, as noted by the Courant:

[O]wning an unregistered assault weapon is a Class D felony. Felonies cannot go unenforced.

A Class D felony calls for a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Even much lesser penalties or probation would mar a heretofore clean record and could adversely affect, say, the ability to have a pistol permit.

And that’s what this is all about: the move to confiscate all guns, pistols, shotguns and yes, scary guns. Seek treatment for depression? No more guns for you! Buy a box of .22 cartridges without a permit? Same result. Every owner of a properly registered modern handgun has been made a criminal now because those guns’ magazines hold more than ten cartridges. The Courant wants the state police to comb the records of all such gun purchases and arrest anyone who’s failed to register, not the gun – that was already done, but the standard magazines it came with. Bust an owner for one such failure and you’ve taken away all his guns, for life.

All of which has the gangs in Hartford and Bridgeport quaking in their Air Jordans, I’m sure.

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Another independent bites the dust

 

Round Hill Partners International Headquarters

Round Hill Partners International Headquarters

Round Hill Partners has been sold to Coldwell-Banker. I got my start there and I really liked its people, but the days of small firms (except for Lockwood & Mead and David Oglivy & Associates, of course) are over.

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We can do better than this

 

Time to go home

Time to go home

Federal employees aren’t in the office 25% or the time, Congress is absent 50%. Let’s see if we can’t move that up to 100% for each.

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Contracts and sales

13 Hoover Rd

13 Hoover Rd

13 Hoover Road under contract, asking price $769,9000. Previous sales in this Sound Beach Avenue Extension neighborhood for houses of this vintage have been in the $500,000 range, so a price barrier appears to have been breached.

38 Dairy Rd

38 Dairy Rd

38 Dairy Road has finally sold for $1.8 million, after starting off long ago at $3.495. The owner paid $1.640 for it in 2000 so his aggressive pricing might be understandable, but this is, and has always been, a land sale: the house is obsolete.

217 Taconic Rd

217 Taconic Rd

And lo, 217 Taconic Road, asking $14,500,000 finally has a contract. This too started off high: $24 million, back in 2006, but it just shows, knock off ten million or so and a house starts looking attractive. Eleven acres, 13,000 to 17,000 sq. ft. depending, I guess, on whether you include the outbuildings. Spectacular place.

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Since Walt hasn’t bothered to check in, I’ll tell you myself

Hat trick

Hat trick

The Finns whipped the Ruskies! 3-1, knock Russia out of the tournament. If anyone hates Russia more than the America of 1980, it’s Finland today, so this must have been a great game.

Interesting book on the Soviet/Finn war, “The Hundred Day War”, published last year. I imagine the Finnish hockey players didn’t need to read it to get into the spirit.

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Back to real estate, I hope

6 Wykham Hill

6 Wykham Hill

As the snow melts, new listings, many returning from last year, are appearing. The snows and vacations have slowed the spring market a bit but that will change quickly.

Yesterday’s open house tour was a bust, for instance, but one home that was at least scheduled for the tour (I didn’t go, as I’ve seen it many times before) is 6 Wykham Hill, now back at $4.390, after trying for $5.8 originally and dropping as low as $3.9 (as shown in the link – I’m taking advantage of the last days of our old system to post a meaningful listing but unfortunately, it’s no longer updated).

The owner of Wykham made a bad trade when he let his agent (not me) talk him into placing a winning bid of $5 million some years back, when it was only asking $4.395 – weren’t those the days? He may have compounded that error by putting in well over $1 million in improvements, but the end result is very cool. It’s got some Merritt exposure, which I never found hugely objectionable, and at either its new price or its last price or somewhere in between, there’s a lot of house here for far below replacement cost.

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Depending on how you feel about them, this may be great news

it's no go

it’s no go

Clerics issue fatwa against Muslims living on Mars. More room for you, more room for me …

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Don’t think the Democrats don’t know this, or aren’t planning to fix it

Free condoms? Wow!

Free condoms? Wow!

If only this were true:

National Journal: Democrats are in denial over ObamaCare.

For nearly three years, the Democratic approach to the political unpopularity of President Obama’s health care law was denial. Deny it played a significant role in the party’s historic midterm losses in 2010. Insist, in the face of contradictory evidence, that as more voters experienced the benefits of the law, the more popular it would become. Deny it would be a major issue at all in the 2014 midterms.

[snip]

For a crystal-clear sign of the political woes Obamacare faces, look no further than the ad the Democratic House Majority PAC is airing in a majority-Hispanic south Florida district that Obama carried twice. The seat, represented by freshman Rep. Joe Garcia, is one of a small handful in the country that gave Obama a larger share of the vote in 2012 than in 2008—he won 53 percent last election. It’s also one of the media markets where the Obama presidential campaign spent millions of dollars in Spanish-language ads praising the law in unequivocal terms.

This new ad, as part of the damage control, contains no such accolades. It promotes how Garcia “took the White House to task,” referencing its “disastrous” health care website. Like its counterparts, it argues Garcia wants to fix the broken law. Democratic strategists said that outside of the most liberal precincts, they can’t persuade people of the law’s benefits until they acknowledge its problems first.

The Garcia ad shows that even in an Obamacare stronghold, where support for the law ran well ahead of its national numbers, dissatisfaction is creeping up. Indeed, The New York Times reported that uninsured Hispanics were signing up for the law at “strikingly” lower rates than anticipated.

 I think the National Journal is being wildly optimistic.

Of course ObamaCare polled well among young people and Hispanics; they thought they’d be getting free medical care; once they discovered that they were expected to pay for it, their enthusiasm evaporated. And this was all as planned. ObamaCare was never designed or intended to work, it was about introducing the concept of national health care. Next step will be to complete the nationalization of our medical system and shove the entire cost into the future by issuing more debt to hide the cost.

And the Democrats will reap the benefits of this illusion.

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Good point

 

Nothing to see in there - no worries, mate.

Nothing to see in there – no worries, mate.

Kerry and his environmentalist pals want to block Keystone pipeline, while seeing nothing wrong with Iran boosting its own oil exporting – in fact, Kerry helped make that happen.

Meanwhile, with nary a peep, Iran’s crude-oil exports rose to 1.32 million barrels from December’s high of 1.06 million barrels, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

That Iran is the same country that wants to build atomic weapons; the same country that wants to wipe Israel off the map; the same country that has promised the destruction of the United States. Still, we’re told by Mr. Obama’s top diplomat that Iran is simply not as dangerous as carbon emissions.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that your entire way of life here [in Indonesia] is at risk,” Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Sunday.

“In a sense, climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction,” he added without a hint of irony. “Perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

“Secretary Kerry is right: The global community needs to come together to combat climate change,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “And the United States must take a leadership role. Most immediately, that means moving forward expeditiously with limits on carbon pollution from America’s power plants. And it means saying no to the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”

Meanwhile, the administration isn’t concerned about Iran’s “carbon footprint.”

“Under the Joint Plan of Action, the United States will ‘pause efforts to further reduce Iran’s crude oil sales, enabling Iran’s current customers to purchase their current average amounts of crude oil,’” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told the Free Beacon.

 

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