Daily Archives: June 16, 2014

The demise of American justice

bad1As Brooklyn gentrifies, plaintiff’s lawyers lose their jackpot.

“There’s an influx of money, and when everything gets gentrified, these jurors aren’t pro-plaintiff anymore,” said plaintiff lawyer Charen Kim.

“We’re dealing with more sophisticated people, and they don’t believe [plaintiffs] should be awarded millions of dollars for nothing.”

Is nothing sacred?

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Well there’d almost have to have been some, no?

 

Okay, there's this, but they DID procreate with women, really!

Okay, there’s this, but they DID procreate with women, really!

Yale professor to speak on presence of women in ancient Crete. You’d think a biology professor could have spared his colleague the trouble of “discovering” this.

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It’s what powers our industry

 

Brought to you by the National Association of Realtors

Brought to you by the National Association of Realtors

Study: only 3 in 10 couples are in a happy marriage. Don’t change a thing, at least until I get out of this racket.

Update: Related? One 1 in 6 women admit they’re more aroused by a new pair of shoes than by their husbands. That’s probably low.

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Shameless; simply shameless

 

Need some help with your calculus, little boy?

Need some help with your calculus, little boy?

Cougar stalks junior high school students. It happened in California, of course, so there’s no real surprise here, but still …

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But it works for guns in schools

 

Go, and sin no more

Go, and sin no more

Federal government moving to eradicate feel cat population in Gateway National Park, cats that moved there despite a sign stating that they are prohibited.

“It’s a real head scratcher,” Park ranger Michael Bloomberg told FWIW.  “Defiance or illiteracy? We just don’t know.”

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But now he can enter that short weenie contest in Brooklyn

 

Where'd it go?

Where’d it go?

Paraplegic fractures boner during sex, then sues doctor for not leaving tip.

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Two more deals, one in Mead Point, one not

526 Field Point Rd

526 Field Point Rd

The Mead Point house is at 526 Indian Field Road, last asking price, $6.950 million, a marked improvement over it’s first price, way back in 2008, of $11.5. I found the house much more attractive at this level; in fact, overlooking the exterior, which isn’t to my taste (big deal) the interior is quite beautiful. I have clients who like Mead Point as much as I do, and this has been available at its current, “reasonable” price for a while, but its 10,514 sq. feet was dauntingly large. Not to someone else, though.

10 Florence Rd

10 Florence Rd

10 Florence Road (already shifted behind the paywall by the GAR), has a deal. $795,000. You get what you pay for; or, in Greenwich, you don’t.

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And Hillary’s resume continues to grow

 

What difference, at this point, does it make?

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Got a child rapist off when state lab accidentally destroyed key evidence, the girl’s bloody underpants. And used the usual tactics on the victim.

‘Rodham, records show, questioned the sixth grader’s honesty and claimed she had made false accusations in the past. She implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out ‘older men’ like Taylor, according to a July 1975 affidavit signed ‘Hillary D. Rodham’ ‘in compact cursive,’ wrote Newsday.

But wait, there’s more!

‘I had him take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,’ she says with a laugh.

This champion of women’s right should probably cash in on her speaking fees soon, before the presidential primaries start.

 

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GHS muck raking

1970: Greenwich First Selectman John Taintor (your name is destiny) oversees swamp fill at GHS

1970: Greenwich First Selectman John Taintor (your name is destiny) oversees swamp fill at GHS

Bill Effros sent me this story on Saturday, but I was still getting around to it when it appeared in Greenwich Time. Town officials knew about the toxic waste buried under the high school years ago,and did nothing.

GREENWICH — At least two years before PCBs and other toxins were found at Greenwich High School in 2011, the town had compelling evidence that something foul was lurking underground there.

Yet no one probed the suspicious soil or investigated further, even as students in one of the wealthiest communities in the nation continued to play sports on the lush athletic fields where layers of dangerous contaminants were hidden just inches below the turf in some areas.

A Hearst Connecticut Media review of hundreds of documents found that the town’s own consultant discovered “little cinders” and other debris underground during soil stability tests there in 2009, solid evidence of burned material — not the clean fill that should have been present.

But officials never tested the dirt or looked any further until a backhoe operator digging a ditch for a new $46 million Music Instructional Space and Auditorium in 2011 — a full two years after the cinders were detected — brought up scoops of oily, acrid-smelling muck.

Environmental testing confirmed the dirt was heavily contaminated with PCBs and other federally regulated cancer-causing toxins, including arsenic, lead, chromium and a mixture of hydrocarbons used in crude oil. The town fenced off areas where the dirt was exposed, posted hazardous materials signs and temporarily closed all athletic fields.

But documents show the town knew — or should have known — its high school property had been filled in with suspect materials nearly a half-century ago, and that it was likely the soil came from two highly contaminated sources: a former Greenwich garbage incinerator and the coal-fired Cos Cob Power Plant.

“That stuff was bad,” said Phillip Chimblo, an eyewitness who watched in the late 1960s as a convoy of trucks from the incinerator and power plant dumped tons of black ash at the school site. “It should have never been used.”

“Back then, they burned everything in the incinerator,” Chimbolo said. “If it didn’t burn, they just dumped it on top. Who gave them permission to use it, I have no idea.”

More on the story here.

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April contract, June sale

361 N. Maple

361 N. Maple

361 N. Maple, asked $2.350 million and got it, after just seven days (less, actually, if you figure in the days required to go from accepted offer to contract). Ellen Mosher listing.

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We’re not anti-Semitic, we’re just pro Palestinian

 

One man's terrorist is another man's opera singer

One man’s terrorist is another man’s opera singer

City Opera (NYC) revives production of “The Death of Leon Klinghoffer”. Klinghoffer was the American Jew who was shot in the head and tossed overboard, still in his wheelchair, from the Achillie Laura after Palestinian terrorists hijacked the ship. What better subject for a light hearted look at the Palestinians and their grievances? Here’s a sample of the lyrics – guffaw along with me:

 “We are / soldiers fighting a war / We are not criminals / and we are not vandals / but men of ideals.”

“Wherever poor men / are gathered they can / find Jews getting fat / You know how to cheat / the simple, exploit / the virgin, pollute / Where you have exploited / Defame those you cheated / and break your own law / with idolatry.”

It continues to astonish me that American Jews remain overwhelmingly Democratic and support cultural institutions like those in New York City and on our campuses that are determined to hate and demonize them. I’d find a better use for my money, and my vote.

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Talk about strict enforcement of the Common Core curriculum

 

May the peace of Allah be upon you

May the peace of Allah be upon you

Muslim terrorists execute dozens who fail test on Islam and, presumably, its teachings of peace and brotherhood. No comment from our own NEA.

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Price cut

295 Taconic

295 Taconic

295 Taconic Road, from $2.4 million to $2,000,000, and substantially below its 2010 price of $3.450. Back in October I suggested it might eventually go for $1 million, and I gave my reasoning then. Rather than beat that drum again, I’ll just repeat that it’s a grand old house, with some problems. If the owners hadn’t, foolishly, in my opinion, put it into a preservation zone, I’d suggest that its 5.2 acres are probably worth more than the current price, but as it is, who wants to buy a lawsuit?

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Contract in Byram

7 Charter Oak Lane

7 Charter Oak Lane

A cottage at 7 Charter Oak Lane and owned by our former state representative  Steve Walko reports a deal, asking price, $989,000. I’m not sure whether this is the former primary residence he claimed for his representative status or not, but at 1,158 square feet and a condition described as “as is”, but if it is, it would explain why he’s moving.

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Sale

10 Sawmill Terrace

10 Sawmill Terrace

The sale is 10 SawMill Terrace, $2.1 million on n original (November, 2013) ask of $2.645. Price had dropped to $2.295 before a buyer appeared. Not a bad house at all, and the list of improvements was extensive.

(Thanks to the new Greenwich Association of Realtors’ new policy of yanking all sold information off the internet, the better to retain its monopoly on information and keep the public in the dark, you’ll have to make do with this screen shot of the original listing sheet).

10 Sawmill Terrace, Greenwich CT

10 Sawmill Terrace, Greenwich CT

 

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Thank god they have windmills to supply western Europe’s needs

Russia cuts off Ukraine’s gas, which will cut supply to the west. No fracking over there in western Europe, no nukes and no coal, but a mighty wind will see them through. Or not.

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