Daily Archives: April 8, 2014

Blame game

Not my fault, sir

Not my fault, sir

Saw a headline about Kerry laying off responsibility on the Russians today and I thought it’d be amusing to Google “Kerry blames” and see what I came up with. Millions and millions of hits, naturally. Here are just a few.

Kerry blames Kremlin for unrest.

Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of peace talks

Kerry blames Assad for failure of Syrian peace talks.

Kerry blames GOP for Obama’s bungled foreign policy and loss of respect for US abroad

And, of course, Kerry blames Bush for everything!

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Talk about a pane in the ass

 

Dry run - ouch

Dry run – ouch

Cops: City official hid glass meth pipe in his rectum before arrest.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A police report details how a high-ranking Hialeah official managed to hide a glass pipe from police by inserting it in his rectum just before he was arrested last December.

Carlos López, 45, who at the time was the city’s purchasing director, was arrested on in Fort Lauderdale for using methamphetamine while driving through the city’s downtown area reported CBS4 news partner, The Miami Herald.

López was taken to a hospital to have the pipe removed.

Rectum? Hell, it nearly killed him!

 

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Buena Vista bank-owned?

 

6 Buena Vista

6 Buena Vista

6 Buena Vista Drive is new on the market at $875,000. Listing says it’s owned by “Hotel Finance California” which, so far as Google is concerned, is a commercial lender based, coincidentally enough, in California. No record of a foreclosure in the Superior Court files, but the house is obviously vacant, is no longer owned by the owner of record and looks to have just had a limited refresh, with floors redone and new appliances installed.

Whoever owns it and regardless of its financial status, Buena Vista’s a nice, quiet street on the western side of town and this looks like a (relatively) decent price for a house there. And if it’s really bank-owned, there’s probably some negotiating room, hence my speculation.

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Land shortage hits builders

14 Cat Rock

14 Cat Rock

They’re out looking, and paying up to get it. Latest example, 14 Cat Rock Road, 0.57 acre, asking $739,000, sold in mere days for $796,000.

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Sweater Boy: Fred Camillo adds fat, keeps anti-gun stance

Sure looks like Freddie, eh?

Freddie does Hartford

Freddie does Hartford

A knitting pattern - how thoughtful!

A knitting pattern – how thoughtful!

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No problem, they’ll fit around your ankle too

Holder proposes wrist bracelets for gun owners.

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Flame out in N. Korea

How do you like yours done, Dung?

How do you like yours done, Dung?

News -get it while it’s hot: Jimmy Carter’s pen pal orders political opponent executed by flamethrower.

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Just what we need: another liberal with a guilty conscience in Congress

 

Gussie with his second wife

Gussie with his second wife

Rich twit announces his candidacy, running on platform of “soak the rich”.

The reason Gus Christensen [Gustavus Adolphus Henry Christensen IV, actually]  looks like an investment banker is that he was one until four months ago. A handshake reveals a shirt monogram over the wrist, an Omega watch and lapis cuff links he got on a JPMorgan Chase & Co.  trip to Chile.

One clue to his new line of work was the Vineyard Vines tie with donkeys he wore to the Yale Club on Feb. 27. Another was his name on the program for that night’s annual Lenox Hill Democratic Club dinner as president and benefactor.

“Reactionary forces are strong,” he told his neighbors from New York’s affluent Upper East Side, their forks and knives clinking as they ate mushroom tart. “But the progressive side is stronger. And both time and right are on our side.”

In his dinner speech, Christensen’s voice lurched and swelled to find the rhythm of the pulpit. He preached stronger rights for workers and women, tougher regulation, cheaper housing and “progress on inequality itself.”

Christensen has faced criticism even before officially declaring his candidacy to represent Manhattan’s 76th Assembly district, which stretches from 61st to 92nd streets east of Third Avenue and includes Roosevelt Island. He spent more than $2,600 on Lenox Hill dues for about 150 friends and colleagues to help him win the club’s presidency, the Daily News reported in January.

The explanation he gave in the interview last month about why he paid for friends to join the club, and how he feels after winning, had the long zigzag of testimony some of his former Wall Street colleagues have delivered in Washington.

“I didn’t come in off the street and, quote, buy this club,” he said at first, describing the support older members showed him. “Look, I regret how it played out, I regret how some people’s feelings were hurt,” he added. Then he described paying dues for some people to counter “moves that the other side had made to control the nominating procedures.”

Sounding like a defensive banker is one thing; looking like a secret Republican is another. An audience member at a Stonewall Democratic Club meet-the-candidates talk last month asked him if he’d once been registered to vote for the rival party. Christensen said he didn’t believe he had.

“I fumbled the answer,” he said a week after the session, acknowledging that Board of Elections records showed he was registered as a Republican until early 2007.

Christensen grew up in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, the son of two tax lawyers.His mother worked for Citibank, and his father represented philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor. The younger Christensen went to Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, with a year at New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy. After graduating from Yale University in 1994, he joined JPMorgan’s training program.

He left the bank in 2000, the year he was plucked for a photo shoot during a ski trip to Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He donned Dunhill ski wear for a fashion shoot in British GQ that year, according to a New York Observer story.

“Some people just have a classic look,” a fashion editor said about him then. “There’s something timeless about him.”

Christensen received a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School of theUniversity of Pennsylvania in 2003 and took a job at Goldman Sachs, where he helped advise Colony Capital LLC on casino purchases.

He left two years later for Evercore Partners Inc. (EVR), the boutique investment bank where he worked on mergers and acquisitions as a managing director. His clients included restaurant chain O’Charley’s Inc. and General Motors Co., the carmaker that filed for bankruptcy in 2009. A Justice Department trustee called the fees Evercore wanted “staggering.”

So a rich, entitled crook wants to rule the little people – how very unique.

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One sale, one retread

 

28 Meadow Drive

28 Meadow Drive

28 Meadow Drive in Cos Cob sold via multiple bids for $886,000 on an asking price of $875,000. I mentioned this one when it went to contract after just two weeks back at the end of February. Quick financing.

 

 

 

 

 

39 Patterson Avenue

39 Patterson Avenue

And 39 Patterson Avenue is back again, again at $3.995, exactly where it has been priced since 2012, when, after a year on the market, it was grudgingly reduced from $4.150. At the time of that price cut, I warned against taking such a tiny slice off the price of something that hadn’t sold in 485 days, and the owners were furious, sending complaints my way via their broker.

So I won’t make that mistake again. If an 1850’s house, last “renovated” in 1986, with a detached garage and only partial air conditioning hasn’t sold in four years, it’s not the price, it’s just that the right buyer hasn’t come along.

And I also won’t point out that the new listing’s note that the house has been decorated by “Stage to Show” might be more persuasive if it claimed it had been “Priced to Sell”.

Some might think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.

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This is exactly what PETA, Friends of Animals and the rest of the wackos want to ban

 

Hates your children, hates you

Hates your children, hates you

Scientists regenerate entire organ in mice.

LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal, a discovery they say may pave the way for similar techniques to be used in humans in future.

The University of Edinburgh team rebuilt the thymus – an organ central to the immune system and found in front of the heart – of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age.

The regenerated thymus was not only similar in structure and genetic detail to one in a young mouse, the scientists said, but was also able to function again, with the treated mice beginning to make more T-cells – a type of white blood cell key to fighting infections.

 

(here’s just one of thousands of web sites devoted to banning “worthless mice experiments) 

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Even the NYT has noticed

 

White House charwoman

White House charwoman

While Obama shouts pay equity with his lips, female White House staffers earn $0.88 to ever dollar males do. White House spokesman Jay Carney “explains”:

[T]he president’s press secretary said the statistics for White House staff members reflect the fact that women fill more lower-level positions than men. …

He said that the 88-cent statistic was misleading because it aggregates the salaries of White House staff members at all levels, including the lowest levels, where women outnumber men.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner, said the 77-cent statistic that Mr. Obama has often cited was misleading for the same reason, because it aggregates salaries for the American workforce. “The wage gap is real, but the White House does itself a disservice — and embarrasses itself in the process — by grasping for misleading statistics that don’t tell the whole story,” Mr. Buck said.

The real question is why “Mr. Entitlement” hires so many women for low level staff positions that their numbers drag down the average.

UPDATE: White House admits the 77¢ figure it’s using is misleading, but says it will keep using it anyway.

[A]s soon as Stevenson was actually questioned about the statistic by McClatchy reporter Lindsay Wise, the White House [economic] adviser crumbled, admitting her earlier comments were inaccurate.

“If I said 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke,” Stevenson said. “So let me just apologize and say that I certainly wouldn’t have meant to say that.”

Oh, I’m sorry, I guess when Stevenson said “we see it when men and women are working side by side doing identical work” — that was an accident?

“Seventy-seven cents captures the annual earnings of full-time, full-year women divided by the annual earnings of full-time, full-year men,” Stevenson clarified. “There are a lot of things that go into that 77-cents figure, there are a lot of things that contribute and no one’s trying to say that it’s all about discrimination, but I don’t think there’s a better figure.”

No one’s trying to blame discrimination? Isn’t that what the entire Paycheck Fairness Act and Equal Pay Day are based on?

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