Daily Archives: February 26, 2014

And another

The English Midlands, as depicted by The Independent, 2000

The English Midlands, as depicted by The Independent, 2000

Reports from England:

March 20, 2000, The Independent: Because of Global Warming, “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”.

February 27, 2014 The Daily Mail:  Up to 8″of snow expected to fall across England.

And from Scotland, this:

Hamish MacInnes, former leader of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, said yesterday: ‘This winter is the heaviest snowfall I can recall since I first went climbing in  the Highlands in 1945. It’s Alpine-like.’

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It’s an evening of exploding myths

 

Heh heh heh

Heh heh heh

Dogs aren’t really sorry.

Dogs may look guilty when they are being told off by their owner for eating the mail or emptying the trash, but they don’t feel shame, according to animal behaviorists.

The guilty look – head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy – is a reaction to the tantrum the owner is  throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

‘Just get over it and remind yourself not to put temptation in the way next time,’ Dr Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, said.

‘I don’t think dogs actually feel shame,’ Lemire said. ‘I think they know how to placate us with this sad puppy-dog look that makes us think they’re ashamed of what they’ve done.’

‘My guess is that their thinking is, “Oh man, my owner is super mad about something, but I don’t know what, but he seems to calm down when I give him the sad face, so let’s try that again”,’ she said.

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Good Lord, next we’ll learn that echinacea won’t cure colds

Useless and uselesser

Useless and uselesser

Study: Breast milk is no better than formula, and actually increases risk of developing asthma.

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Chicagoland Justice

 

Jan. 2, 1925: Senate Pages train for a life of crime

Jan. 2, 1925: Senate Pages train for a life of crime

Police charge thirteen-year-old with felonious assault after he throws snowball at officer and hits him on the arm (or misses – stories differ).

According to police, a 13-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with felony aggravated battery against a police officer Wednesday after he hit the officer in the arm with a snowball while the officer was parked in his vehicle in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway about 3:20 p.m.

A cop, a person not entirely unlike anyone else ever hit by a snowball, found the impact of snow against his arm to be nearly unbearable. The main difference between Joe Citizen and Officer Snowball is that the Chicago police officer has the power to toss the offending person into the gears of the criminal justice system. Which is what he did. Obviously, this has provoked plenty of negative reaction.

“I think that’s ridiculous — it’s such a big charge,” said Latanya Powell, a construction worker on the block. “It’s just going overboard. I can see if it were a weapon and harm was done, but it was just a snowball.

“This is a case of kids being kids.”

Boys will be boys, but that’s only acceptable if they don’t extend their natural mischievousness to include this particular uniformed manchild. Once you cross that line — a line only a cop can see — you’re finished. Say goodbye to childhood and hello to a criminal record that will affect you for years to come.

Not everyone was as nonplussed as Latanya Powell. Local idiot educator Ray Fields felt this was a totally appropriate response to snowball-throwing.

“If [the boy] had gotten away with it, who’s to say what they’d do next? If it doesn’t stick to them now, they’ll be 16 or 17, and they’ll have a gun,” Fields said, adding that he has experience with local teens as a teacher and was the victim of a home burglary by neighborhood teens in 2010.

Hmm. Well, if we follow Fields’ reasoning (and that of the unnamed cop), we arrive at a couple of conclusions, both equally asinine.

A. Throwing snowballs at authority figures is a gateway drug to a life of crime. (Because snowballs magically become guns when the snowball thrower hits “age 16 or 17.”)

B. If a kid hitting a cop with a snowball is felonious battery, then kids everywhere are committing this crime — repeatedly — after every snowfall (with the attendant “snowballs lead to gunplay” concerns nowhere to be seen).

Conclusion A is a dead end. It’s not unlike the assertion that because criminals play video games, playing video games leads to criminal acts. Many criminals threw snowballs at their friends and authority figures (adults, teachers, cops) during their formative years, therefore snowball throwing leads to criminal acts. Rather than punish criminal behavior, those deploying this stunted logic want to crack down on non-criminal behavior in the deluded hope of preventing future criminal acts. All the way wrong, all the way down.

Conclusion B just exposes the fact that there are multiple sets of rules in play at any given time: one for citizens, one for cops and one for when the two intersect. Johnny hits Timmy with a snowball and it’s “playing.” A cop hits another cop with a snowball and it’s “playing.” But Johnny hitting a cop with a snowball is a felony.

Hanging a felony charge on a kid for snowball throwing is not only completely absurd, it has a much greater chance of converting him to a criminal than his cop-targeting snowball throwing does. Way to go, law enforcement (and enablers like Ray Fields): you’re generating scofflaws just as fast as you can trump up charges against them.

 

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They’ll market it as offering “instant, permanent relief”

One is all you'll need!

Take one: you won’t be calling in the morning

Doctors say new pain pill will kill people as soon as it’s released.

Whatever works.

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What, he’s not good enough for the Nobel Peace Prize?

 

Play with me, little boy,I'll get you the big one

Play with me, little boy,I’ll get you the big one

Mia Farrow’s kid gets the “Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism” Award after three days on the air. I think it took Barry three months to get his gong, so I suppose Master Farrow has time.

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Cos Cob contract

 

28 Meadow Drive

28 Meadow Drive

28 Meadow Drive sold for full price: $799,000,in 2012 in just a matter of days. The new owners appear to have slapped down some granite counters in the kitchen and put it back on just two weeks ago for $875,00, with a contract reported today. That’s a slow way to become a millionaire, I suppose, but it does provide evidence how thin the under-one-million inventory is. I’m referring to the speed it went, not in any way denigrating the street (very nice) or even the architecture (God-awful).

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Nothing to see here, move along, move along

 

More likely, it will be Russia and China that free us from the tyranny of oil, by shutting off our supply

More likely, it will be Russia and China that free us from the tyranny of oil, by shutting off our supply

Russia announces expansion of navy across the world

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it plans to expand its worldwide military presence by seeking permission for navy ships to use ports in Latin America, Asia and elsewhere.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday in remarks carried by Russian news agencies the military was conducting talks with Algeria, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore.

He said that it was essential for the Russian navy to be able to call at their ports to service its ships.

Shoigu said Russia was also talking to some of those countries asking them to allow long-range bombers to use their air bases for refueling.

President Vladimir Putin has launched a massive military modernization program and sought to demonstrate Russia’s global reach by sending navy ships to the Mediterranean, Latin America and other areas.

NYT (2010) : China expands its naval strength

China calls the new strategy “far sea defense,” and the speed with which it is building long-range capabilities has surprised foreign military officials.

The strategy is a sharp break from the traditional, narrower doctrine of preparing for war over the self-governing island of Taiwan or defending the Chinese coast. Now, Chinese admirals say they want warships to escort commercial vessels that are crucial to the country’s economy, from as far as the Persian Gulf to the Strait of Malacca, in Southeast Asia, and to help secure Chinese interests in the resource-rich South and East China Seas.

U.S. Navy continues to shrink.

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Canadians retaliate for invasion of 1812

Native Canadian prepares poutine

Native Canadian prepares poutine

Still smarting after 202 years over our sending troops across their border to offer them Christianity and salvation, Canadians have finally struck back and opened the first “poutinerie” in the United States – or Chicago, which is close enough. 

For readers fortunate to have avoided the Canadian national food, “poutine”, from which the word ptomaine is derived, is a combination of soggy Quebec Fries, cheese curd, flour gravy and lard, cooled to room temperature and served on a greasy  paper plate. John Candy remains its spokesman in the frozen north and has yet to lose weight on the diet, 12 years after his death.

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Unknown talents

Cos Cobber sends along this story of George Bush putting some of his paintings on exhibit at his library. Jealous White House aides immediately claimed that they, too have a painter-president in residence and have released their own picture to prove it. As always, I blame Bush.

Highest and best use

Highest and best use

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New Listings

Not much in completed transactions reported today but quite a few new listings (including retreads) are up.

46 Havemeyer Lane/ 1 MacCarthur

46 Havemeyer Lane/ 1 MacCarthur

One MacArthur Drive is new proposed construction in Havemeyer, asking $1.5 million, which sounds as though it should be in the ballpark. Readers may remember this as the former 46 Havemeyer Lane, where a disturbed son set fire to the house, with his mother inside, then shot himself.  The address change makes sense, as does razing the existing structure and building anew.

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 2.22.59 PM20 Heronvue, west side off Cliffdale, is back, at $3.5 million. This was a failed spec project originally priced at $5.4 million in 2008 and then either lost to foreclosure or reclaimed, I forget which. It’s seen periods of rental occupancies and vacancies since. Last time I viewed it with a potential buyer it was in awful shape and showed the effects of long periods of neglect. It was rented after that and perhaps repairs were made. Could be a very nice, if a bit odd, house, but a thorough building inspection is advised.

14 Hawkwood Lane

14 Hawkwood Lane

14 Hawkwood Lane, off North Street, sold in 2011 for $5.695 million and, “renovated” (a flexible term, in real estate) is back on at $6.295. Open house is tomorrow, so we agents can see what those renovations entailed.

12 Ricky Beth

12 Ricky Beth

12 Ricky Beth Lane, Hillcrest Park, asks $2.193 (?) . The house failed to sell when it was asking $2.350 million in 2012 and, thanks to the Greenwich Association of Realtors new policy of erasing property histories I can’t easily took up whether the foreclosure pending at that time was completed and these are new owners, or whether the original owners held on. Irrelevant, really, to its present value, and we’ll know more about that after viewing it at tomorrow’s open house.

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She was probably hoping to preempt Barry’s promise of “the most transparent administration in history”

What difference does it make, now?

What difference does it make, now?

Hillary Clinton 2004 on the new Clinton Library’s policy towards presidential archives:  All documents, all the time.

In 2004, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton said that records at the Clinton Library would actually be available earlier than legally required. Clinton said the library would be about “openness” where people can “come and really study,” adding “everything’s going to be available.”

Here’s the transcript from Clinton’s 2004 interview on CNN with Larry King:

Larry King: Well, make a call as I said. Do you think the impeachment thing was handled tastefully and well?

Hillary Clinton: I do. I do. I’ve told everyone that the history was going to be full and accurate. Nothing’s left out. Obviously, not everything can be shown. But there’s going to be access to all of the documents. In fact, Bill is going to be making his documents accessible even earlier than legally required.

LK: He is?

HC: He is. Because he really thinks it’s important. That’s one of the things the library really stands for. It physically stands for openness with all the glass and the light. But he wants it to be a place where people come and really study. And everything’s going to be available.

Hillary Clinton 2014 on access to secret records: Only when you pry them from my cold, stiff hands.

A trove of Clinton White House records long processed for release remains hidden from public view at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock — even though the legal basis initially used to withhold them expired more than a year ago.

The papers contain confidential advice given to or sought by President Bill Clinton, including communications with then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and records about people considered for appointments to federal office.

About 33,000 pages of documents are involved, according to the National Archives, which runs the library.

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Typhoid Barry

The Infector in Chief comes up with a new way to encourage people to buy healthcare: make them sick.

Keith Koffler, White House Dossier:

Eddie Scarry notes over at The Blaze blog that Obama fails egregiously to employ the accepted protocol for preventing disease dissemination, the sneeze in the sleeve technique.

Rather, he actually waves his arms as if attempting to spread infection left and right.

One can get in trouble for this.

His own HHS Secretary knows how it’s done.

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Seattle’s clever plan to rid their streets of the homeless: raise the minimum wage

Shove 'em off to Buffalo

Shove ’em off to Buffalo

Seattle’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour will force food banks and homeless shelters to fire workers, curtail services and shutter shelters.

A proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would force many nonprofit organizations to either shut their doors or limit their services to the disabled and needy, according to a preliminary study conducted by the Seattle Human Services Coalition (SHSC).

SHSC, which actually supports increasing the minimum wage, surveyed 29 different nonprofits within Seattle to determine these findings.

Make the environment inhospitable and move those people on out. Yippee Ki Yay!

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Old Greenwich sale reported

149 Shore Rd

149 Shore Rd

149 Shore Road, on the way to the beach. $1.8 million,after asking $2.3 since 2012. Price seems about right, to me and, obviously, the buyers.

Sellers leave area

Sellers leave area

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This should surprise no one

Never say Neville again

Never say Neville again

Putin begins massive army buildup on Ukraine border. He invaded Georgia (the country, not the state – my great-grandfather participated in the latter event) in 2008 and watched to see what Europe and the United States would do. The answer was, nothing”, so he bided his time. He’s watched as the U.S. has caved on Syria, Iran and China’s claims to the eastern Pacific and knows precisely what we’ll do with this, his next step in restoring the Russian Empire: nothing.

Weakness invites mischief. When the President of the last remaining western military power begins his first term in office with a world-wide apology tour, cuts the military to a size and weakness not seen before WWII, decimates his combat generals’ ranks in a purge that would have done Stalin proud, and proclaims that we can no longer expect to exert military dominance over the world, it’s no shock that other countries see their opportunities and move in.

I’ve recommended Churchill’s “The Gathering Storm”, which recounts in great detail Hitler’s cautious testing of the tolerance of his more powerful neighbors in small steps until, satisfied that there would be no military response, he moved on Czechoslovakia and finally, Poland – I recommend it again. I’m sure Putin and his generals have already studied it.

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In capitalism, it’s a dog-eat-dog competition for voluntary transactions; Obama’s got a better idea

He’s off to the Canadian border today to announce a competition for federal grants. Competing for dollars granted by the state and wrested from unwilling taxpayer participants, instead of from free consumers: it’s the new American way.

We’ll make ’em all beggars ’cause they’re easy to please.

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Will the Journal American join in?

Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY 10543 (248) 594-2197

Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY 10543 (248) 594-2197

Ugandan newspaper publishes names and addresses of “200 Homos” . Westchester’s Janet Hasson, editor of the  Journal American, wouldn’t say whether she’d be preparing an interactive map of homosexuals in her county as she has done with registered gun owners, but did point to this comment from a loyal reader: — “LOVE the Gun License map! Excellent information to anyone concerned with who they live around!”

We’ll have to wait to see if Hassan offers her reader the same excellent information on the whereabouts of the queers around her.

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