Daily Archives: April 16, 2014

We’re in the best of hands

 

To serve and protect our own

To serve and protect our own

Drunk driving, lesbian cop beats the crap out of her girlfriend and tosses her through a shop window.

[The girlfriend] Douglas, 38, tried to leave and hop in a taxi, but was turned away by the cabby because she was bleeding, the friend said.

When Douglas returned to Beauzile’s car to get her purse, the cop jumped out and started beating her, the friend said.

“She ran into her like a train with no brakes,” the friend said. “She just kept punching her.”

Beauzile then picked up Douglas and threw her into the window of Canal Furniture on Broadway near Walker Street, leaving a gaping hole.

“She picked her up and threw her into the glass,” the friend said. “She was like a raging bull.”

Both Beauzile and Douglas were injured by shards of glass.

“[Douglas] got kicked out of her shoes,” the friend added. “I put my hand up on her back and it was nothing but blood. She got stitches in her back.”

Beauzile was arrested and hauled off to the Fifth Precinct station house.

Douglas was treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries before she, too, was arrested and slapped with the same charges.

Police said Beauzile has not been charged with DWI, despite her friends’ claims that she was intoxicated.

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Now they tell us

 

Causes earthquakes too, no doubt

Causes earthquakes too, no doubt

The science isn’t settled – “experts” now warn that it’s Asian air pollution that’s causing  our severe weather, not CO2. I don’t believe anything these professional scammers preach, but doesn’t this put the lie to their claim that they have precise computer models telling them exactly the effect of CO2?

Yes it does.

(CNN) — A study finds that air pollution from Asia directly affects the storm pattern over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers further speculate that this could be driving freak winter weather in North America.

“The Pacific storm track is a major driving force over global weather patterns,” says the study’s lead author Yuan Wang, a post-doctorate fellow at the NASA U.S. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“The modulated storm track can be linked to abnormal weather behavior in the mid-latitudes of the Northern hemisphere, including U.S. and Canada.”

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He does this a lot

Obama bars press from his “personal moment of silence to commemorate the Boston Marathon bombing, but includes White House photographer so that we can all enjoy the so-private scene.  Next up: 15-hour harangues on national television.

So very sad

So very sad

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White House folds census bureau into the administration, with predictable results.

Three more years

Three more years

First came the phony unemployment count in the fall, 2012, revised upward only after the election. Now the Bureau has announced a new way of measuring health insurance coverage so there can be no comparison between pre-and-post Obama Care enactment.

Obama has politicized the IRS, the Department of Justice and now, the Census Bureau. He’s abdicated the rule of law by abusing his executive powers, and made the US the laughing stock of the world.

We’re living in a (bad) banana republic.

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Sweet irony

 

 

Distinguished Fellows, CUNY

Distinguished Fellows, CUNY

Paul Krugman accepts a $25,000-a-month gig to “help study income inequality”. No work required – for all I know, CUNY will arrange direct deposit for his pay check, so he won’t have to even show his face on campus.

 According to a formal offer letter obtained under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, CUNY intends to pay Krugman $225,000, or $25,000 per month (over two semesters), to “play a modest role in our public events” and “contribute to the build-up” of a new “inequality initiative.” It is not clear, and neither CUNY nor Krugman was able to explain, what “contribute to the build-up” entails.

It’s certainly not teaching. “You will not be expected to teach or supervise students,” the letter informs Professor Krugman, who replies: “I admit that I had to read it several times to be clear … it’s remarkably generous.” (After his first year, Krugman will be required to host a single seminar.)

The new professional class is comprised of poverty experts. You’d think someone in the South Bronx could opine on the study for less and help narrow, rather than grow, the income inequality gap.

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The compensation plague has spread across the pond

 

I'll give you splinters, you little squib!

I’ll give you splinters, you little squib!

British boy with too soft a butt hits pay dirt for picking up a splinter in his bum.

A schoolboy has received almost £3,000 compensation after getting a splinter in his bottom while sitting on a wooden bench in class.

The family of the unnamed youngster, who was seven at the time, successfully sued education chiefs over the ‘small injury’, which his parents claimed took four weeks to heal and might leave a permanent scar.

The boy, a pupil at Winterbourne Junior Boys’ School in Thornton Heath, south London, received £2,760 in compensation from Croydon Council, which is in charge of the school.

America used to be laughed at for our litigious culture; now we’re emulated.

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New price, old land listing on 70 Lower Cross Road

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 12.22.03 PM10 plus acres, now asking $3.5 million, down from last fall, when it asked $4.2.  I walked the property then, and it’s really very special. Lots of new growth that I’d clear because it’s overgrown the meadows, but very, very nice property. It’s across the street from Conyers, adjacent to the Babcock Property town park, and there are still a couple of deer hunting stands hanging, if that’s your thing (and if it isn’t, call me – we’ll talk pest control). I didn’t think $4.2 for ten good acres was crazy last fall; I’d assume you can now get the property for a million less, and if you want back country land at a decent price, here’s your chance.

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The white elephant moves

 

Still some life in the old boy after all, eh what?

Still some life in the old boy after all, eh what?

11 Langhorne Lane, all 26,000 square feet of it, has sold, and sold for $17 million. I hadn’t thought there was still a market for this size home but I must not be hanging out with enough Russian oligarchs these days.

Antares built this and tried selling it for $35 million, unfinished. They eventually unloaded it for $13.750 million in 2008 to these sellers, who first put it back up for sale at $14.5 as is, then finished it and relisted it for $27,500. They didn’t get it, but $17 is still impressive. Lots of liens on this property, including a $150,000 “mortgage” to a painting contractor – I’ll bet that guy is the happiest of all to see this sale.

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New Listing in Old Greenwich, “water views”

 

8 E. Point Lane

8 E. Point Lane

8 E. Point Lane has resurfaced, now asking $4.295 million. I remember when this was new in 2006 and the builder asked $3.995 million. It struck me as overpriced then and the market must have agreed, because it didn’t sell. On the other hand, I liked the house itself very much and given the hike in prices in OG since 2006, perhaps it’s more in line with the market; we’ll see. Listing says it’s “FEMA Compliant”, which is reassuring – some parts of this neighborhood got hammered by Sandy, and you’d probably want to determine how this home fared during that storm.

From a historical perspective on prices, this was listed as a land sale in 2005 at $1.550 million and sold to this builder in a bidding war for $1.625. Pretty pricey, at the time, for a quarter-acre of non-waterfront land.  Today, not so much.

UPDATE: Just heard from the owner – absolutely no damage from the storm, which it rode out high and dry. He also sent along an extensive (very extensive) list of improvements upgrades made to the house since it was built. In all, it’s impressive. And the location – walk to the beach, great neighborhood – is superb. I’d certainly take a good look at it, if you’re in this price range, in Old Greenwich.

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And speaking of embarrassing photos …

My pal, Attorney Jeremy E. Kaye, skipped yesterday’s closing to go on vacation in Florida (WTF? During school children’s break?!) Every time he does this to me I try to find a suitable photograph of him in his travels so as to discourage him from abandoning his duties. This year (month’s – he’s skipping out of town a lot, lately) is here.

He's going to Disney World!

He’s going to Disney World!

 

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This would be discouraging, if I let it

The new puppy woke me just now (3:15 AM, early even for me) to go outside. It has snowed overnight. She doesn’t seem to mind, but I do.

Back to bed, perchance to dream of palm trees and white beaches.

UPDATE: I’m just puppy sitting for a friend. And since you’ve asked for a picture of the canine, I’ve tried to select one that will most embarrass that friend,let alone the dog. This should do it:

(Okay, not really)

(Okay, not really)

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