Daily Archives: April 3, 2014

Too bad the left didn’t fire Obama two years ago

 

Love birds

Love birds

Mozzilla CEO forced to resign because he opposes gay marriage. This was exactly the position held by the current Golfer in Chief until his views “evolved” in 2012. Gotta move quick these days to stay ahead of the mob.

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Sale in Havemeyer

82 Halsey Drive, 0.18 acre, $890,000. Never on the market, just reported as sold today. I presume it’s being replaced.

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Open House Report

25 East Point Lane, Old Greenwich

25 East Point Lane, Old Greenwich

First off is 25 East Point Lane, in Old Greenwich, $10.995 million. It’s absolutely fabulous, from the quality of construction to its design and layout to the incredible views up and down Long Island Sound from almost every window. If you want to live on the water in Greenwich, this is the place to do it. My guess? Gone in a week; there’s really nothing like this out there.

Another house that didn’t disappoint was 510 Valley Road, $3.750 million. Even nicer inside than out, with beautiful finish work, nicely-proportioned rooms and great space. For the reader concerned that a tipsy nanny might back out of one of the three garages we see in the picture, know that the real entrance is around back, where the biggest danger is being

510 Valley Road

510 Valley Road

attacked by wolf-dogs or some-such wildlife. The 7,000 5,300 sq. ft. on the listing does not include the huge, walk-out basement, which has already been plumbed and could be done up as yet another bedroom or semi-private movie theatre or whatever suits an owner’s fancy. The current owners must have decided that 7,000 sq. ft. was sufficient to meet their needs and unless you’re insane, you will too. Michael Dinneen, Coldwell,  is the listing agent.

A third house I liked was Vicky Harris’s (Raveis) listing at 269 Stanwich Road which is really on Cat Rock. It’s a rather quirky old 1915 renovated and expanded farmhouse that doesn’t need too much, but the master bathroom is laughable. I’d sacrifice the tiny bedroom next to it and put in a real bathroom, but there’s no need to do so – no one’s thought it was necessary since 1915, obviously. Asking price is $2.025, which is probably high, given the work to be done, but it’s ballpark. Nice house.

269 Stanwich Rd

269 Stanwich Rd

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Off to open house tour, back later

Raccoon hunt, Tod's Point

Raccoon hunt, Tod’s Point

Lots of new stuff to see, finally, and then I’m heading over to give a reader real estate advice in exchange for hunting rights on his property this fall. This is not only a great deal for me, it’s an offer I’m happy to extend to any other readers who have land outside crowded little Greenwich. Litchfield County, for instance, has a nice, quiet ring to it.

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Rogue madman hacks Senator Reid’s website, posts illegal campaign material

 

Punch drunk

Punch drunk

Someone claiming to be Senator Harry Reid invaded the senator’s official website and posted a raving screed against the Koch Brothers, thereby placing the senator outside the law. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has escalated his war of words against the billionaire Koch brothers by publishing an anti-Koch hit piece on his Senate.gov page, despite official rules prohibiting the use of U.S. senators’ .gov websites for political purposes.

The Senate.gov web page belonging to the Nevada Democrat currently features a list a list of “facts” about the Koch brothers, their limited government views and financial support for candidates that support these views. “The Kochs want to abolish Social Security,” reads the page. “The Kochs spent $400 million on misleading attack ads in the last election cycle.”

The post contains links to articles supporting the accusations. At least one of Reid’s supposed facts is incorrect, the website admits. The claim that Koch Industries pays no corporate taxes was deemed false and crossed off after it was reported by The Weekly Standard.

The Senate maintains strict rules on what kind of content can be posted on Senate.gov sites–rules that the anti-Koch hit piece at least appears to violate:
The use of Senate Internet Services for personal, promotional, commercial, or partisan political/campaign purposes is prohibited. It is the responsibility of each Senator, Committee Chairman (on behalf of the committee), Officer of the Senate, or office head to oversee the use of the Internet Services by his or her office and to ensure that the use of the services is consistent with the requirements established by this policy and applicable laws and regulations.

Laws are for the little people,not the Senate Majority Leader.

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He’d have been better off breaking into Old Greenwich Elementary and sleeping it off

 

Probably the cross-dressing that drove hi to drink

Probably the cross-dressing that drove him to drink

Alcoholic stenographer throws court into chaos when he types gibberish  instead of recording trials.

An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post.

The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage. One high-level source said his “gibberish” typing may have jeopardized hard-won convictions by giving criminals the chance to claim crucial evidence is missing.

[In a scene right out of 1980’s “The Shining,” where Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails writer repeatedly types “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a source said of Kochanski: “He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over.”

The troubled stenographer’s dad, Ed Kochanski, said his son “became an alcoholic” about five years ago, costing him his marriage and job. He said his son was in rehab when they last spoke about three years ago. Ex-wife Heather Kochanski said, “The pressure of that job pushed him over the edge, leading him to lose everything.”

By phone Wednesday, Kochanski denied screwing up his transcripts. “I never typed gibberish. I always did my job 100 percent. I was let go because of substance abuse,” he said. “I’m in recovery. July will be one year I’m clean,” he said.

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Is 261 Round Hill, home of that wife beater DeMaio, really for sale for $11.750 million?

 

Buy they house!

Buy this house!

So says Zillow, which shows it as having appeared on the market three days ago. It’s not listed on the Greenwich Multiple Listing service but that doesn’t surprise me, because only an out of town agent could think she could sell a Westchester-style pre-fab for $12 million when it failed to sell, for years, for $7. A brutal notorious act like DeMaio’s lends a depreciating stigma to a house, not added value. I predict that eventually this property sells for its land value of $3-$3.5 million, and the prefab will be dismantled and shipped back to its manufacturer.

Michael DeMaio, by the way, remains in jail, while his wife remains (I think) in a coma. With $9 million or so still to be stripped off this asking price, I’ll bet DeMaio will have been tried, convicted and have served his term before this place goes.

261 Round Hill Road

261 Round Hill Road

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Oh, horse hockey

The press has turned its savage attention to the income gap between the wealthiest 0.01% and the rest of us, with the implication that we should seize that wealth for ourselves. Whatever – what pisses me off is the way these stories are presented, as shown in the picture below used by Business Insider to illustrate the gap. Two well dressed women (no indication that they’re in that 0.01%, just by the way), stroll by a homeless beggar, apparently ignoring him. Okay, so what? Neither of the ladies appear to be hopeless alcoholic drug addicts, the fellow on the sidewalk does. How is his condition related to theirs?

Beats me. When wealth is proven to cause alcoholism, drug addiction and schizophrenia in others, then let’s talk. So far, the best explanation for the homeless on the streets I’ve seen pins responsibility on the compassionate left, which emptied the lunatic asylums and “freed” these people to fend for themselves. “But our intentions were good – the consequences aren’t our business.”

Heartless bitches!

Heartless bitches!

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Britain preparing to crack down on global warming skeptics

Parliament report: BBC, newspapers mustn’t give them air.

The report stopped short of saying sceptical views on climate change should be excluded altogether, but the debate should be clearly labelled and the BBC should be especially careful “not to treat lobbying groups as disinterested parties”, the committee said. [Which lobbying groups, Al Gore and his billionaire profiteers or someone else?]

Bob Ward, policy director of The London School of Economics’ Grantham Institute, who gave evidence for the report, welcomed its conclusion. Mr Ward, who has presented his evidence to the BBC that he says demonstrates that “inaccurate and misleading statements were broadcast”, said: “I am glad that the Committee has explicitly acknowledged our evidence that the public interest is being harmed by inaccurate and misleading coverage of climate change by the BBC and other media.” [Well the, if the “public interest” is being harmed, surely that justifies governmental intervention]

“If you put sceptics on you have to make sure they don’t get away with making inaccurate and misleading statements,” he added. [“Get away with”? Sounds like they’re criminals]

The Science and Technology Committee report also criticised the climate change coverage of newspapers, singling out The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail in particular.

Concern was expressed about the difference between the accuracy of reporting in news items, which was generally viewed as acceptable, and the frequent inaccuracies seen in some opinion pieces or personal columns, the report said. [So, the government defines what is “acceptable” in news coverage, and will ban personal opinion] 

“We are very disappointed by the heavy reliance that The Daily Mailand The Daily Telegraph place on the ability of their readers to distinguish between fact and opinion on climate science.

“The mandate to act on climate can only be maintained if the electorate are convinced that the Government is acting on the basis of strong scientific evidence so Ministers need to do more to demonstrate that this is the case,” Mr Miller said. [Rather ominous, that]

The scary thing about this is that you could find millions of American Gaians who agree with every point made by these government functionaries and would join them in silencing critics here. In fact, they already have, in newspapers and on college campuses throughout our fair land. More to come, as the “science” deteriorates and panic sets in.

In fact, we've only just begun

In fact, we’ve only just begun

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Bringing the dignity of his office to a new level

Meany Weenie

Meany Weenie

President Barack Obama: “Paul Ryan’s budget plan is stink burger – a meanwich”. Oh yeah? Well you’re a poopy head.

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