Daily Archives: May 5, 2014

A sonogram on the door rates a blood splat on the floor

 

Hi Mom!

Hi Mom!

Abortion advocate films her own abortion (well, her baby’s, actually) and posts it on You Tube.

Emily Letts, a counselor at a New Jersey abortion clinic, decided to film her own abortion and post it on YouTube as a form of positive inspiration to women who are contemplating having the procedure but worry that they might feel guilty afterward.

Letts has no such guilt. She recalls the procedure with fondness. She even describes it as “birth-like,” and said it made her feel good, just like giving birth would.

Letts, whose job involves encouraging women to have abortions, sees her own abortion as an entirely positive experience, and hopes the video will prove to be both instructional and morally persuasive. She feels better about herself every time she watches the video, according to Cosmopolitan.

“Still, every time I watch the video, I love it,” she wrote. “I love how positive it is. I think that there are just no positive abortion stories on video for everyone to see. But mine is.”

The disturbing video has been viewed 10,000 on YouTube. During the three-minute procedure, she repeatedly tells herself how lucky she is. She also hums to herself.

After the abortion is over, she says, “Cool. I feel good.”

Letts writes that having an abortion and giving birth produce similarly happy feelings. Despite aborting her child, she kept the sonogram.

“I remember breathing and humming through it like I was giving birth,” she wrote. “I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/05/woman-films-her-own-abortion-to-show-world-how-cool-it-is/#ixzz30t0blkEk

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Land sale reported

55 Hillside

55 Hillside

55 Hillside Drive (across from GA), asked $1.125, sold in 16 days, $1.050. Small lot, maximum FAR 3,300, but this is a popular location, so its price makes perfect sense. The owner paid $424,000 for it in 1994, got 20 years of living here and pocketed some nice change on the way out. You number crunchers can decide whether that was a good deal or not, but she would have had nothing to show after twenty years of paying rent, so it sounds appealing to me.

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Another shot at Oregon and Linda “Squeaky” Gibson

Rivman sends this along – I may have to start watching television, if this is what’s available.

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Of course, not even Oregon Care could have saved this exercise fanatic: Portland man run over and killed while performing naked push-ups in the street.

 

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One more Stamford “bargain”

27 Hoyclo Rd

27 Hoyclo Rd

Or at least,much more house than this would get you in Greenwich. 27 Hoyclo Road, about 5 miles north of the Merritt between Hunting Ridge and High Ridge,sold for $1.3 million. (Because it sold, the listing is no longer available “RangeRoverSport provides a link). An 1850 home,still with 1.42 acres, nice flat yard, separate guest house, pool, and recent renovations. It started at $2.395, which was too high (or it would have sold) but $1.3? Seems like a great deal. Taxes, $20,000.

(Zillow says it was a foreclosure, but the only cases I can find on the docket are for some piddley consumer debt collections – no mortgage foreclosure).

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I believe we were just having this discussion

 

Your order, sir

Your order, sir

Panera chain replacing cashiers with kiosks.

The fast-casual chain will start adding about eight kiosks per restaurant, writes Venessa Wong at Bloomberg Businessweek. Customers will also be able to order from their phones.

As a result, there will be 1-2 fewer cashiers in restaurants.

Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich said that the new system would help accuracy of orders. Customers would also be able to customize their food.

Shaich told Businessweek that it won’t be cutting back on workers. The former cashiers will now carry food to customers’ tables.

Exactly how much is it worth to have a worker “carry food to customers’ tables”? $23 per hour, as advocates want? Plus, in CT, five days paid sick leave? Plus medical benefits? I think not.  A reader – a liberal – suggested that the demise of small businesses that offered “limited value services” was nothing but eggs breaking to make omelets; the same can be said about the workers carrying those omelets to customers. 

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Price cut

 

44 Bruce Park Drive

44 Bruce Park Drive

44 Bruce Park Drive, purchased for $1.575 million in ’07 and relisted a while ago for $1.5, was marked down today to $1.375. I haven’t seen it, but it seems to be a reasonable value, and I love this location across from Bruce Park. I’m sure it was much nicer when it was built in 1950, before I-95 went up in 1954, but that shouldn’t be the end of the world – that’s what price cuts are for.

I’m amused by the broker-to-broker note that “the current above-ground pool will be removed by Memorial Day”.  Apparently P&Z has caught up with them after noticing that the property is located across the Cos Cob line, in Greenwich proper, where we don’t “do” above-grounds.

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Stamford has bargains

202 Guinea Rd

202 Guinea Rd

I noticed this new listing brought on by Giselle Gibbs (Hvolbeck) today, at 202 Guinea Road, Stamford, asking $1.195 million. It’s on an acre of land, a beautiful older (1930s) farm-housey-sort-of home, and recently updated. Taxes are $10,000. If I had to guess, this might run $1.7 or so if it were in Greenwich – with some negotiating, you could get a lot of house here for what, in this area, isn’t a whole lot of money.

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Virgin? No longer

 

Mile High Club

Mile High Club

Drunken English girl and seat mate get it on in Virgin Airline toilet.

A ‘drunken’ British woman was questioned by police in the US after reportedly having sex with a man in the toilets of an airliner.

Cabin crew had to intervene after the woman, said to be in her 20s and flying with her parents, disappeared into the toilets with a man sitting next to her.

Another passenger told The Sun: ‘She started getting heated with the guy next to her.

‘They went into the bathroom and people could hear loud noises. The cabin crew forced to door open, then she really kicked off.’

 

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Must run in the family

 

But I had good intentions!

But I had good intentions!

Obama’s brother-in-law, once “a beacon of hope”, is fired as Oregon State’s basketball team coach after disappointing his supporters. Not to worry, though; just as Barry will make millions (and millions) on the speaker tour after he slinks out of D.C., the coach will still be paid $4 million for the remaining years on his contract.

Unfortunately for the now-unemployed coach, Oregon’s subsidized health care program, designed for “each lawyer and logger and stay-at-home dad” was a bust and never implemented. Short lived in Oregon.

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Gone fishing

 

28 E. Point Lane

28 E. Point Lane

Old Greenwich waterfront at 28 E. Point Lane, asking $6.495, has sold (actually, closing soon) via multiple bids. Tried $7.995 last year (and, I think, much more than that some years ago) but got nowhere. Came back on April 4th at this lower price, and sailed away.

Same source tells me that 12 Rocky Point Lane, $3.995 million,is also gone. A really nice house, so no surprise there.

12 Rocky Point

12 Rocky Point

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LA imposes (more) limitations on building size

 

Nah, it's too much house

Nah, it’s too much house

And meets the same battle as Greenwich. Difference, if there’s any, is that LA lots are tiny (5,000) square feet, so houses are limited to as little as 1,200-1,400 sq. feet, total.

Those opposed to larger houses call the proposed homes “mansions”, but even in the land of exaggeration, a 1,800 sq. ft. home seems a little cramped to be considered a mansion. Nonetheless, advocates are calling for still stricter restrictions.

In his Westside neighborhood and in Studio City in the Valley, where frustration has simmered over such buildings, homeowners successfully campaigned to impose tighter restrictions on home size. Some argue that similar restrictions should be adopted citywide.

That alarms some builders, architects and homeowners. “What happened in Beverly Grove was basically a death sentence to development and real estate in the area,” said Eran Gispan, a designer with N.E. Designs Inc. Similar restrictions citywide would “kill the market completely,” he said.

Architect Daniel Bibawi said that since the tighter Beverly Grove building limits were approved last year, his firm hasn’t had any projects in the area. The families that hire him typically want at least five bedrooms to accommodate two children, a master bedroom, a guest room and an office, he said. “It’s become a real bear to deal with, from the design point of view,” he said. “People hire you to build what they want. But then you have to tell them — they can’t have what they want.”

In the Mid-City neighborhood of Faircrest Heights, homeowners are going door to door with petitions against “super-sized homes.” Kathleen Clark and Beth Marlis point to a neighboring Pickford Street house, now undergoing a renovation that roughly doubles its size, which they say blocks their sunset views. The two trucked in grown trees to try to preserve the privacy of their yard. “They said, ‘It’s going to be green, it’s going to make your house worth more … it’s going to make your neighborhood better,'” Marlis said. “Far from it.”

Under the basic provisions of the anti-mansionization ordinance, the Pickford Street home would be limited to a residential floor area of 1,450 square feet. Owner Jerome Hunter said he was able to increase the approved area to 1,885 square feet [only the LA Times could consider this a “roughly doubling in size” – Ed] by incorporating green construction techniques and technologies, including LED lights and an efficient air conditioner. “It’s not like I’m building a mansion,” Hunter said. If the rules were any tighter, “It wouldn’t be worth living here. I’d rent it out.

The tensions also reflect clashing expectations of Los Angeles living.

For decades there was “kind of a consensus about what a Southern California house should look like” — low, rambling and open to the landscape, cultural historian D.J. Waldie said. That philosophy, along with requirements imposed by builders, gave rise to uniform neighborhoods lined with homes of similar sizes and styles, Waldie said.

But in a growing city with scant undeveloped land and changing tastes, some Angelenos see things differently. They look at older neighborhoods and think, “‘this is where the good life is lived,'” Waldie said. “‘But I don’t want to live in a 1,300-square-foot house.'”

The builder behind the home, Amnon Edri, said that as long as his project meets requirements, it shouldn’t be a problem.

“If the city code allows it, and you want a bigger house, you have the right to a bigger house,” he said. “This is America. It’s a free country.”

Hasn’t been that for a long time, Amnon – you were misinformed. On the other hand, in developments carved into 5,000 sq. ft. lots, those looking for larger homes might consider moving elsewhere. The effort to build a modern-sized home on one of those lots seems suspiciously like trying to fit five pounds of crap into a 2-lb sack.

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