Monthly Archives: June 2014

What’s the world coming to when you pay a million bucks for an ambassadorship and don’t get it?

Idiot dolt/scion George Tsunis, whose incredible failure at his senate confirmation hearing for the Norwegian ambassadorship was detailed here last January, (among the highlights, he called one of the government coalition parties a “right-wing fringe group, spewing hatred) has still not been confirmed, despite Obama’s vow to stand by him. Turns out, way up in Peg Kaplan country, the Minnesotans are a tad upset that a man who has never stepped foot in the land of their ancestral square heads, is going over there to represent our country, and have forced even Al Franken to speak out against him. Harry Reid can still force the appointment through, but in an election year, will be dare? Stay tuned.

Here’s a video from that hearing – fun begins around 1;35 minutes in.

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How high will the Riverside hysteria reach?

19 Hidden Brook

19 Hidden Brook

It will have to be mighty high, if the owners of 19 Hidden Brook Road are to achieve their asking price of $7,500,000.  The house was built just last year by Doran Sabag, and no one admires Sabag’s craftsmanship more than I: I even, sort of, understand the premium people are willing to pay for his work, but $7.5 for a used, 5,000 sq. ft. (plus space underground) house on less than a half-acre and just a two-car garage seems …. ambitious.

On the other hand, never stand between a Wall Streeter and the house he wants during bonus pay-out time.

Grass between the flagstones?

Grass between the flagstones? Cos Cob east.

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Vulcan mind meld, public education style

 

You will now understand all that Howard Zinn has spoken

You will now understand all that Howard Zinn has spoken

Woodbury school district blocks students’ internet access to conservative web sites. Don’t want to undo all the time and effort spent on their brainwashing, obviously.

Andrew Lampart couldn’t right click.

Yet the 18-year-old high school senior from Woodbury could left click with relative ease.

Denied access to conservative-leaning websites by the school district’s Internet firewall, the soon-to-be graduate of Nonnewaug High School lodged a formal complaint with the Region 14 Board of Education Monday night over what Lampart said is double standard.

While doing research for a assignment on gun control in the school’s library, Lampart said he tried unsuccessfully to visit the websites of Second Amendment groups such as the National Rifle Association on his Android tablet that was connected to the school’s WiFi network. Woodbury is 13 miles from Newtown.

Lampart said he ran into similar roadblocks while surfing the websites of anti-abortion and traditional marriage organizations — and even the Connecticut Republican Party.

Access to the websites of the Connecticut Democrats, the pro-gun control Newtown Action Alliance and advocacy groups for the LGBT community was unfettered, according to Lampart, who took screen shots from his Internet browser.

“It was appalling to see that it was very one-sided,” Lampart, who is bound for the Christian-oriented Liberty University in the fall and is in the process of starting up a Young Republicans chapter in Woodbury, told Hearst Connecticut Media Wednesday.

Jody Ian Goeler, the superintendent of Region 14, which serves the towns of Woodbury and Bethlehem, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the newspaper.

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A victim of Sandy? Irene?

 

Surprise visitor

Surprise visitor

18 Rocky Point Rd has cut its price by $900,000, from $8.750 million to $7.850. That’s still not chump change, of course, but Old Greenwich waterfront has been flying off the shelf, and this, from its photos, looks like a gorgeous home. What gives? Was it blasted by Irene, or Sandy (I note a $4.5 million mortgage went on in 2011)?  Locals in the know, please contribute here.

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What a difference a year-and-a-half (and $650,000) makes

 

35 Keofferam

35 Keofferam

35 Keofferam Road has a contract, after 18 months. It started at $3.145 million in January, 2013 and finally dropped to $2.495, and that did it.

I’m sorry to see the notation on the listing that “the price has been reduced to a level attractive to those wishing to build new”.  Keofferam’s charm is due, at least in part, to these old summer homes that have been turned into full-time residences over the years. It appears that their time is drawing to an end.

UPDATE: I see that it sold for $2.750 in 2005, by the same couple that’s now leaving East Point Lane with an $11 million sale in their pocket. May the new owner do better than the current one, and as well as the previous seller.

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ISIS captures US Humvees, ships them to Syria – White House responds forcefully

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June 18, 2014 · 2:05 pm

And politics in foreign policy

Harry Reid wants to draw and quarter “the architects of the Iraq war”. That would include you, Harry, as well as your Democrat colleagues.

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Remember when the left vowed to “take the politics out of science”? They were just kidding.

 

IPS founders  Marcus Raskin and Richard Barnet, coiners, I kid you not, of the  defiant claim, "speaking truth to power" . Hahahahaha

IPS founders Marcus Raskin and Richard Barnet, coiners, I kid you not, of the defiant claim, “speaking truth to power” . Hahahahaha

“Progressive” think tank Institute for Policy Studies, fires professor after he concludes that global warming “is an unproved science.”

If one would have asked statistician Caleb Rossiter a decade ago about global warming, he says he would have given the same answer that President Barack Obama offered at a recent commencement address.

“He castigated people who don’t believe in climate catastrophe as some sort of major fools,” Rossiter says of the president’s speech, adding he would have agreed with the president – back then.

But Rossiter would give a different answer today.

“I am simply someone who became convinced that the claims of certainty about the cause of the warming and the effect of the warming were tremendously and irresponsibly overblown,” he said in an exclusive interview Tuesday with The College Fix. “I am not someone who says there wasn’t warming and it doesn’t have an effect, I just cannot figure out why so many people believe that it is a catastrophic threat to our society and to Africa.”

For this belief – based in a decade’s worth of statistical research and analysis on climate change data – Rossiter was recently terminated as an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive Washington D.C. think tank.

The IPS has been a commie front since its founding in 1963 and is practically irrelevant today, but it’s notable that it should support both the communist model of silence dissenting opinions and the movement to shut down the First World’s economy. The useful idiots who are manipulated by these people and the global warming profiteers might want to ponder that coincidence.

 

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Pending Sale

 

1 Brookside Park

1 Brookside Park

One Brookside Park,Greenwich, asking price $3.795 million. It sold new in 2006 for $4.250, and used in 2008 for $3.8. Assuming normal negotiations, it’s probably selling for still less this time.

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Time for a time out

James Martin, Greenwich Well I had a little drink about an hour ago, and it went right to my head

James Martin, Greenwich
Well I had a little drink about an hour ago, and it went right to my head

I’ve got all the sympathy in the world for alcoholics who are trying to break free of it, but when they hit the streets in their cars, and they show a history of refusing to address their problems, it seems only fair that society remove them from the free world for a while – in this guy’s case, maybe 10 years or so?

 Greenwich resident James Martin picks up his sixth DWI arrest.

Some other highlights of Mr.Martin’s life include:

Arrested for stealing jewelry from his mother’s neighbor in Putnam Park

Arrested in February, 2013 for drunk driving, evading responsibility, driving without insurance and – oh yes: speeding down the Post Road in the dark with his headlights off.

Etc.

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Elmer Fudd goes postal

 

"Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating rabbit."

“Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating rabbit.”

British novelist Jeanette Winterson causes animists to go wild after posting pictures of garden-raiding rabbit she trapped, killed and ate. “The head would make a wonderful sock puppet”, she tweets.

Shots of the meat bubbling on her Aga followed, but her tweets began to attract angry responses from followers. Jacqueline Looker wrote: ‘Before I unfollow you, you make me sick. I will never again read a word you write. Rest in peace, little rabbit.’ Winterson replied: ‘Do you only read vegetarians? If not, why is farmed meat fine but personally trapped disgusting? Think about it.’

 

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The longest yard is the last yard

 

Next time, HE throws it!

Next time, HE throws it!

Man attempts to toss contraband-loaded football into prison yard, falls just short

A Detroit man is facing felony charges after he allegedly tried to throw a football containing drugs, cell phones and other contraband into the yard of a state prison in Jackson on Sunday.

The throw came up short and the football landed between two fences at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility and did not land in the yard where prisoners exercise, said Trooper Toby Baker of the Michigan State Police Jackson post.

 

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Keith Koffler asks the important question

Uhh, where’s John Kerry?

Why isn’t Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad today?

The Obama administration loves to talk about how it wants to rely on diplomacy, unlike the knee-jerk start-a-war Bush folks.

SO WHY IS JOHN KERRY SPENDING THE DAY FOCUSED ON PLANKTON AND TUNA FISH?

One fish two fish, red fish blue fish.

The Secretary of State today is hanging out and giving various remarks at the “Our Ocean” Conference at the Department of State. I don’t know what this is but I assume it isn’t an effort to help the fishing industry.

Friday, he was in London attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Thursday he huddled with the prime minister of Australia, who was in Washington for a visit, met with Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, and attended a reception for the Global Equality Fund at the Department of State.

Over the weekend I don’t know what he was doing. His boss was playing golf.

Meanwhile, Iraq is falling apart.

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The poor guy never sleeps

The ungrateful son of a bitch is late, damn it

The ungrateful little son of a bitch is late again, damn him

Dead tired from a four-day-trip of fund raining and golf in California, the leader of the free world barely had time to rest his head on his pillow before flying up to NYC for four separate fundraisers, all in one evening! White House spokesman Jay Carney scoffed at the suggestion that the world’s smartest man might want to stick around to see what he could do about Syria, Ukraine, Iraq or Iran. “The president isn’t interested in foreign affairs,” Carney told FWIW, “so that frees up his schedule tremendously. He’s got all the time in the world.”

You’d think that all these global warmists would take the train down to Washington to hand their money over to the chief in person, but three jets, fifteen armored limousines and massive gridlock is so much for fun, and it shows us who’s boss. Or not – the pathetic clown has to crawl on his knees before the liberal elite – that would be Anna Wintour and Harvey Weinstein – and beg for their largess.

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Cool!

Aw, Mummy loves you!

Aw, Mummy loves you!

Between this new breed of accommodating teachers and neat things found in abandoned houses, boys today are having all the fun.

12-year-old finds mummified corpse hanging in closet of abandoned house. The kid’s summer is off to a great start.

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Contracts reported

 

10 Palmer Terrace

10 Palmer Terrace

10 Palmer Terrace, Riverside, asking $2.245 million. I thought there was no contest between this one and 15 Palmer, $2.495, and apparently a buyer agreed, but disagreed with me as to their relative virtues. Number 15 is still for sale.

 

189 Valley Rd

189 Valley Rd

189 Valley Road, asking $3.150 million. Great antique, with riverfront, but that river is a long way down.

 

33 Alpine Rd

33 Alpine Rd

33 Alpine Lane, $3.299. Again, a nice house, beautifully renovated, but this has pretty much topped out at what you can do with the existing home. On the other hand, someone seems to have come to the sensible conclusion that a house is for living in, not an investment vehicle.

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Sales report

 

25 Ferncliff Rd

25 Ferncliff Rd

Thanks to the Greenwich Association of Realtor’s new practice, details of these houses are no longer available to the general  public. You want information, you must use the services of- surprise!- a member of the Greenwich Association of Realtors. Frauds and charlatans.

25 Ferncliff Road, asked $1.765 million, sold (20 days) $1.685. Nice house and yard for this price, and it wasn’t at all surprising that it sold so quickly.

80 Mallard

80 Mallard

80 Mallard Drive, asked $1.795, sold for $1.8 million. I’d rather live on Ferncliff than on this busy street, but new construction does attract the buyers. Of course, in ten years the house will no longer be new and Mallard will be just as busy, if not more so, but what can you say?

7 Calhoun Drive

7 Calhoun Drive

7 Calhoun Drive, asked $6.450 million, got $5.150.

 

35 Willow Rd

35 Willow Rd

35 Willow Road, Riverside. Asked $3.895 million, sold for $3.350. Charming, but dated and old. What do you want for $3.350 million?

13 St. Claire Avenue

13 St. Claire Avenue

13 St. Claire Avenue, Old Greenwich, $1.950 million. Original price, $2.475.

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Then act like it

Leonardo Dicaprio “demands action on climate change”

Today, environmental activist Leonardo Dicaprio urged people to sign a new petition encouraging leaders to take action on climate change through a post on the actor’s Facebook page: “The science is in: climate change is real and man-made. The debate is over. Spread the word and demand action.” The petition reads: “We call on you to respond to the unequivocal findings of the IPCC report with ambitious action to stop catastrophic climate change. It is up to you to lead a ‘BIG fix’: B — Big oil and polluters out of politics, I — Invest in cleaner and smarter energy, G — Global, ambitious and binding deal to cut emissions. Global warming is the most significant planetary crisis of our time and it demands courageous leadership. We call on you to meet this historic responsibility.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2014: Leonardo Dicaprio jets to Washington D.C. to speak at a State Department sponsored “Save Our Seas” conference.

And why did Leonardo have to take a jet to Washington – couldn’t he have ridden his wind powered bicycle there? No, silly, because he and 21 of his closest friends are down watching the World Cup in Brazil on a $1 billion yacht owned by a homophobic, anti-Semitic, dictatorial billionaire Saudi friend of his.

So they all fly down to Brazil to entertain themselves on a yacht that’s been driven half-way around the globe to meet them, then Leo flies back to the US to testify on the critical importance of saving the planet and, finished, will fly back to rejoin his friends. I hope he doesn’t miss too many games, poor guy.

All aboard HMS Leo - party time!

All aboard HMS Leo – party time!

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I missed this story last week

Planning and Zoning denies Cos Cob synagogue application. We’ll all meet in court, no doubt.

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Watch for her handlers to start passing them out free at campaign rallies

 

And if you like this, you'll just love MY book. Tell your parents you want two.

And if you like this, you’ll just love MY book. Tell your parents you want two.

Hillary’s tell-nothing book: 1,000,000 printed, $14 million advanced, 60,000 sold. 

It’s been reported that one million copies of Clinton’s book were shipped weeks before the June 10 publication date. “They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime,” the source writes in the email.

Hillary reportedly received a near-$14 million advance, a sum the publishing house will unlikely make back.

“It’s a bomb but it will be interesting to see how they spin it.”

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