Daily Archives: March 31, 2014

Lawyers full employment act


Future litigant

Future litigant

It is now a crime in England to fail to show your children enough love.

The campaign to amend The Children and Young Persons Act, with sections dating back to 1868, was started in April 2012 by the charity Action for Children. A spokesman for the charity said the change was a “monumental step” towards protecting the young.

“I’ve met children who have been scapegoated in their families, constantly humiliated and made to feel unloved,” Sir Tony Hawkhead, the charity’s chief executive said. “The impact is devastating and can lead to lifelong mental health problems and, in some cases, suicide.

We are one of the last countries in the West to recognize all forms of child abuse as a crime. Years of campaigning have been rewarded. The Government has listened.”

I can’t believe the American Trial Lawyers Association hasn’t already jumped on this gravy train but I have no doubt they will, soon. If it’s a crime, surely it’s also a civil tort, and suits against parents twenty-year after will be the new asbestos. Sueeeee!


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Fun quote of the day


I will not break the law unless I have to. I will not break the law unless I have to. I will not break the law ...

I will not break the law unless I have to. I will not break the law unless I have to. I will not break the law …

Barack Husein O’Bama on his role as Chief Executive 

“As the president, my first obligation is to observe the law here in the United States and to make sure that it’s applied consistently.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney hastened to assure reporters that the president’s acknowledgement of his duty to obey the law of the land did not extend to immigration, the environment, Justice Department investigations or healthcare. “There, he’ll follow his conscience”, Carney (might have) said.


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The center will not hold




The era of global civil unrest is upon us.

Submitted by Martin Armstrong via ArmstrongEconomics,

All governments had better open their eyes for we are on the brink of a major convergence between both the Cycle of Civil Unrest, Civil War & Revolution and International War. Both of these models converge and as I pointed out at the Cycles of War Conference, this is the first time we have seen this convergence since the 1700s.

This is no plain modern event with civil unrest erupting because of an interconnected world. These are grassroots uprisings cross-fertilized perhaps from a world contagion yet they often have similarities – corrupt governments. Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela and Bosnia-Herzegovina are all middle-income democracies with elected leaders besieged by people angry at misgovernment, corruption and economic sclerosis. These days it is no longer just dictators who have something to fear from the crowd. This is the promise of Marxism that centralized planning and false promises are coming home and governments are too corrupt and incompetent to deliver what they have claimed for decades. Communism is dead. The socialistic agendas that have lined the pockets of government and filled the coffers of banks is over. The national debts are on average composed of 70% interest payments not programs to help the poor as marketed.

The debts that keep growing with no intent upon paying anyone back are draining the national productivity and turning the people into economic slaves. The standard of living has declined and it now takes two incomes to survive where one use to be just fine. Women won the right to work and lost the right to stay home.

The promises that you save for the future have collapsed into dust as interest rates have been driven lower making savings utterly worthless. There is no such thing as saving and living off your fixed income. The elderly are being driven back into the work force and the whole ideas that a generation believed in are vanishing before their eyes.

So it is no longer communists and dictators that are the targets. All governments are now the targets and when the economy turns down after 2015.75, the threat of civilization will be pulled apart by the self-interest of politicians clinging to power to the detriment of the people.

Years and years ago – 1968, I think, I saw Farenheit 451; its final scene, of Oskar Werner, Julie Christie and other refugees hiding in a wooded sanctuary, preserving society by memorizing and reciting books, has stayed with me ever since. These days, that image comes back to me more frequently, and stronger. I don’t know what thing wicked comes this way, but I believe that something is. Funny thing, much of the country seems to be reaching this same, ominous conclusion, at least if you consider the treatment accorded “preppers” (not preppies; they’re doomed – those who prepare for survival): they were the subject of ridicule as little as a decade ago – now, they don’t seem quite so crazy.

And these days, I take a certain comfort in having learned through the years to camp, hunt, dress game and use a saw and axe. What’s changed is that I’m slowly accumulating ammunition in various calibers and even buckets of Mountain House freeze dried food. Ammo lasts forever, freeze-dried’s good for 25 years, so if I never need it, I can pass it on to my kids. Either I’m growing senile – entirely possible, or there are bad things afoot. Hmm.


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11 Steep Hollow sells

11 Steep Hollow Road

11 Steep Hollow Road

By far the largest numbers of transactions being reported lately are rentals (I’ll pull the statistics for the month and get some exact numbers, but it’s very interesting), but 11 Steep Hollow Road (off Cognewaugh) reports a sale price of $1.150 million on a $1.349 ask. That’s just about exactly where customers I showed this to back last fall thought it should land, and I agreed. Looks like the owner did too.

This sold back in 2000 for $1.145 million and the buyer put some money into landscaping and put it back in the market in 2007 at $1.949. That was never going to happen and in 2008 it was rented out, and stayed rented until this past year. Time and tenants weren’t kind to the property and it needed a complete refit, from new kitchen and baths to walls shifted and probably a new roof and windows.

While the land is mostly swamp, there’s a large, dry side yard that accommodates the septic field below and a great pool and courtyard in back that absolutely comes alive in spring (with flowers, not just biting bugs). This will once again be a very pretty house when its restored, and at this price, there should be money to do that.


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No doubt reader Art Layton would have preferred to wait for trained hostage negotiators to rescue him


Peter Tesei's solution to Greenwich crime

Peter Tesei’s solution to Greenwich crime

Gunman enters Dollar General store and starts herding customers into rear room before licensed pistol owner shoots him dead. It’s never a good sign when folks are shoved out of sight during a robbery – in fact, most times they all end up dead, which is probably why the police here are calling the good Samaritan a hero.

ORRVILLE — Law enforcement officials are calling Marlo Ellis a hero in the wake of Thursday’s shooting at the Dollar General in Orrville. Ellis shot and killed Dallas County resident Kevin McLaughlin after McLaughlin entered the store, reportedly shouting and waving a gun. Authorities said that as McLaughlin was leading a group of people into a break room, Ellis turned and used his own pistol to shoot McLaughlin. Ellis’ weapon was concealed according to Sheriff Harris Huffman. McLaughlin was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Dallas County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy Randy Pugh said McLaughlin’s motive is still unclear, but the death appeared to be a case of self-defense. “We don’t know what would have happened, but we know what could have happened,” Pugh said. “We see every indication that the shooting was a case of self defense.” He said Ellis was properly certified to carry a concealed weapon. Though, Ellis may have broken the law by entering the store with a weapon. A sign at the store’s entrance says the Dollar General does not allow the open carry of firearms, but neither the sheriff’s department nor District Attorney Michael Jackson say they plan to press charges against Ellis.

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.


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Williams College and its war on its alumni

Goodbye to all that

Goodbye to all that

Here’s a report of Williams College’s admission decisions this year. I have absolutely no doubt that it is identical to the colleges many FWIW readers attended themselves.

Williams College Admits 1,150 students for class of 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 27, 2014—Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,150 applicants for the Class of 2018. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 6,316, for an overall acceptance rate of 18 percent.

Of the admitted students, 566 are women and 584 are men. Ninety-nine students are non-U.S. citizens, representing 46 different nationalities. Among American students, 49 percent are students of color, 165 students are African American, 218 Asian American, 166 Latino, and 10 Native American. Sixteen percent (179) would be among the first generation in their families to attend college.

Among the admitted students living in the U.S.: 29 percent hail from the Mid-Atlantic; 19 percent from the West; 18 percent from the Northeast; 11 percent from the South; 8 percent from the Midwest; 6 percent from the Southwest. Six students are from Puerto Rico and one student is from Guam.

Let’s parse those numbers: 1,150 total, less 99 foreign born = 1051, 49% (515) of whom are “persons of color”. That leaves 536 openings for white boys and girls, 18% (48) each for children living in the northeast. Ch0ate, Exeter, Brunswick, Greenwich High, Rye High School, and on and on: 48 boys, 48 girls.

Essentially, Williams is telling its alumni and all white children from privileged backgrounds to forget applying. That’s the school’s choice; it’s a private institution and can do as it pleases, but I wonder whether the endowments of schools like Williams are large enough to survive the complete cut-off of alumni donations? If not, how do they intend to fund the education for all the “persons of color” they now prefer?


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Time to blink

Snow’s still on the ground, the spring market, according to some non-experts, has yet to begin, but homeowners are beginning to slough off some of their misperceptions about their house’s value.


186 Lake Avenue

186 Lake Avenue

186 Lake Avenue is an example, cutting its price today to $5.550 million after hitting the market at the beginning of the month at $5.9. Of course, and as is the case with the second house discussed below, this is not the first go round for this property, so the owner isn’t just coming into the land of doleful discovery.

It sold new for $6 million, in 2005, was put up for sale at $7.5 in 2012, dropped to $6.250 in the begging of this year, expired unsold and came back on at the aforesaid $5.9. This house has two things going against it, besides price: it’s at the lower end of Lake which, although offering convenience, subjects it to the daily traffic jam at the Lake Avenue rotary and it is the exact duplicate of the house a few doors up on the right. It’s my understanding that ladies hate to arrive at a ball wearing a dress identical to the hostess, and perhaps they have the same disinclination to share houses.

105 Dingletown Rd

105 Dingletown Rd

Further north and east, that old warhorse 105 Dingletown has suffered the ignominy of yet another price cut and now asks $3.450 million from the $3.9 million it wanted this morning. In fact, this is beginning to look like a very attractive buy. This is a 1919 home, with two acres still remaining, on a good street. It obviously wasn’t worth the $7.5 million demanded in 2008 and again in 2010, nor the $5.5 asked in 2012, or the $4.750 of 2013. I say “obviously” because no one bought it, but at around $3 million? I’d certainly take a new look.


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Put a cork in it, Barry

Bung holeObama wants to ban farting as part of his global warming campaign.


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Next up: mandatory criminal background checks and registration of all citizen’s hands and feet

Criminals at large

Criminals at large

Starting April 1st, Connecticut will require  complete criminal background check  to purchase a “long gun” – defined as a regular rifle (not a scary gun – they’re banned completely) or shotgun. This is supposedly a response to gun crime, yet FBI statistics show that more murders are committed with hands and feet than with long guns. 728 vs.679, out of a population of 300+ million. By comparison, in 2011 3,880 Americans died from the recreational use of dihydrogen monoxide, which remains unregulated.

Again – and again and again and again – these rules are designed solely to harass gun owners and hunters and have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with preventing murder and mayhem on our streets. Harassment, and the never-slaked thirst of witless politicians to demonstrate to voters that they’re “doing something” about whatever is the passion of the day.

Thank you, Scott Frantz.


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