Daily Archives: July 1, 2014

TV ratings can now sink back to zero

 

Can't I do anything right?

“Can’t I do anything right?” Our president tries playing basketball

U.S. out of World Cup

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Pending sales reported while I was out

 

11 Shannon Lane

11 Shannon Lane

11 Shannon Lane, off Cognewaugh, asking $1.298 million. Nice street, decent-enough house for this price range, went in 40 days.

671 River Road

671 River Road

671 River Road (the River Road on the east side of the Mianus), asking $1.450

9 Stepping Stone, $1.949. Listing’s been “disappeared” by the Greenwich Association of Realtors. My opinion? Meh.

15 Palmer Terrace

15 Palmer Terrace

15 Palmer Terrace, Riverside, $2.495 million. I was just asking a couple of weeks ago why this one hadn’t sold; now it has.

48 Lockwood Avenue

48 Lockwood Avenue

48 Lockwood Avenue Old Greenwich, $2.695. I liked the house, wasn’t as keen on the price, but someone obviously doesn’t agree.

610 Round Hill Rd

610 Round Hill Rd

610 Round Hill Road, asking $4.995 million. This sold for $5.5 million in 2004, and $4.950 in 2001. Regression to mean.

78 Baldwin Farms South

78 Baldwin Farms South

78 Baldwin Farms South, $3.395 ask. Paid $3,224,000 in 2012, did some clean up and returned it to the market in August of last year for $3.695. If this was supposed to be a profitable flip, it didn’t work.

96 Husted Lane

96 Husted Lane

96 Husted Lane, asking $6.750. A 2005 example of the builder’s craft, it sold for $7.350 million in 2006 and again, via a relocation deal, for $5.650 in 2011. In this case, it seems that the 2011 purchase was a wise one; especially since the buyers didn’t have to live in it too long.

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A human right to free gasoline?

Sign spotted at New Mexico gas station on our recent visit

 

 

It must be that corn-based ethanol that qualifies it as food

It must be that corn-based ethanol that qualifies it as food

 

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Hillary “deeply disturbed” that Supreme Court upheld statute signed into law by her husband

 

Well I didn't know it meant THAT! Yale Law grad explains her "evolved" position on NFRA

Well I didn’t know it meant THAT!
Yale Law grad explains her “evolved” position on RFRA

“It’s just a continuation of the war on women” the presumed presidential candidate told FWIW. “I’m appalled.” (Headline lifted from AG Conservative)

What the Supreme Court upheld, for those of you who get their news solely from the mainstream press, was the right of Congress to recognize religious freedom even beyond what the First Amendment recognizes. The law in question, the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”, or RFRA, was passed 97-3 by the United States Senate in 1993, by overwhelming voice vote in the House of Representatives, and signed into law by Hillary’s hubby. Supporters included Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein.

The employer’s specific objection, by the way, was to being forced to supply medical insurance coverage to morning after pills, which, besides inducing an abortion, are available over-the-counter at minimal cost to anyone who wants them.

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This is rich

 

Cut off their water? Never!

Cut off their water? Never!

U.N. Human Rights Commission to intervene in Detroit’s shutting off water to delinquent rate payers.

[A]fter issuing a statement last week condemning Detroit’s decision to send water shut-off notices to tens of thousands of customers behind in their payments, the U.N now plans to conduct confidential policy discussions with the Obama administration to be followed by a formal public report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. On Monday, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s office in Geneva confirmed to WND that the U.N. plans to intervene directly in the Detroit water crisis, determined to apply international law to judge the U.S. in violation of human rights to safe water. Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, DWSD, announced in March it would send shut-off notices to customers with balances more than $150 overdue or who are more than two months behind in their payments. The department, which said nearly half of the 324,000 water and sewerage accounts are overdue, has put out 46,000 notices since March. About 4,500 accounts have had their water shut off.

Membership on the commission is eclectic, to say the least, here are some of the champions of human rights currently serving: 

China

Cuba

Kuwait

Pakistan

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Venezuela

UPDATE: Sharia law is closer than you might think: Driver decapitated after stealing car in Brooklyn.

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I do admire a girl who knows how to stir things up

 

It does bring out the best i people, however

It does bring out the best in people, however

Ann Coulter hates soccer, and tells us why. Excerpts:

I’ve held off on writing about soccer for a decade — or about the length of the average soccer game — so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.
…. In soccer, the blame is dispersed and almost no one scores anyway. There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child’s fragile self-esteem is bruised. There’s a reason perpetually alarmed women are called “soccer moms,” not “football moms.”
(2) Liberal moms like soccer because it’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys. No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level.
(4) The prospect of either personal humiliation or major injury is required to count as a sport. Most sports are sublimated warfare. As Lady Thatcher reportedly said after Germany had beaten England in some major soccer game: Don’t worry. After all, twice in this century we beat them at their national game.
Baseball and basketball present a constant threat of personal disgrace. In hockey, there are three or four fights a game — and it’s not a stroll on beach to be on ice with a puck flying around at 100 miles per hour. After a football game, ambulances carry off the wounded. After a soccer game, every player gets a ribbon and a juice box.
(5) You can’t use your hands in soccer. (Thus eliminating the danger of having to catch a fly ball.) What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs. Our hands can hold things. Here’s a great idea: Let’s create a game where you’re not allowed to use them!
(6) I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer. The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s “Girls,” light-rail,Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is “catching on” is exceeded only by the ones pretending women’s basketball is fascinating.I note that we don’t have to be endlessly told how exciting football is.
(7) It’s foreign. In fact, that’s the precise reason the Times is constantly hectoring Americans to love soccer. One group of sports fans with whom soccer is not “catching on” at all, is African-Americans. They remain distinctly unimpressed by the fact that the French like it.
(8) Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European. Naturally, the metric system emerged from the French Revolution, during the brief intervals when they weren’t committing mass murder by guillotine.

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Of sows’ ears

 

26 Broad Road, Greenwich

26 Broad Road, Greenwich

26 Broad Road, near Belle Haven, has sold after 1,361 days for $5,912,000; it started off at $8.5 million. The sellers paid full price: $6,700,000 for it back in 2007, and dumped a huge amount of money into it, money which proved to be misspent. Personally, if $6.7 was way overpriced in 2007, I’m not convinced that $6 million for a 1960s pseudo-French Provincial was the right price now, but we can check back when the house next appears on the market and see how it fared.

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More unsettling of settled science

 

Or not, but it makes for a great-looking poster, eh?

Or not, but it makes for a great-looking poster, eh?

The plastic dump in our oceans is disappearing. Breaking down? Sinking? As of today, no one knows, and no one knows whether the result is good or bad.

The researchers circumnavigated the globe in a ship called the Malaspina in 2010, collecting surface water samples and measuring plastic concentrations. The team also analyzed data from several other expeditions, looking at a total of 3,070 samples. What they found was strange. Despite the drastic increase in plastic produced since the 1970s, the researchers estimated there were between 7,000 and 35,000 tons of plastic in the oceans. Based on crude calculations, there should have been millions of tons of garbage in the oceans. Because each large piece of plastic can break down into many additional, smaller pieces of plastic, the researchers expected to find more tiny pieces of debris. But the vast majority of the small plastic pieces, measuring less than 0.2 inches (5 millimeters) in size, were missing, Cózar said.

That’s the news as of today. Back in 2009, however, the National Geographic, once a reliable source of objective science news, reported that the plastic was decomposing with, the Geographic predicted (of course), disastrous effects on sea life. What’s Al Gore have to say about it all? Al Gore’s film industry branch* has decided to ignore what the National Geographic was reporting five years ago and is still claiming that “Plastic is Forever” 

It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade. Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations, threatening both human and ocean health. Despite these alarming facts, there are actions we can take to address the problem of plastics.

These people simply don’t care about facts – it’s all about appeals to emotion, and whatever “facts” will heighten that emotion is just fine; if it turns out that one claim is wrong, they either dump it and move on or, as Al Gore’s site shows, they just ignore it completely and repeat their mantra.

“We don’t know” is not an acceptable admission.

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OMG, now he thinks he’s a goalie

Obama does Brazil

usa-world-cup

 

Of course, he’s always been rather impressed with himself

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If this lady wins, we could see an end to traffic on I-95 (and business in general, but hey …)

 

In the 60s, traffic stress was dealt with in more organic ways

In the 60s, traffic stress was dealt with in more organic ways

Woman sues employer for failing to accommodate her need to avoid “stressful” commuter traffic.

Andrea DeGarolamo went out on disability because of depression. When she returned she asked her employer, Fulton Financial, to allow her to arrive late and leave early so she could avoid traffic. The company agreed.

But, Fulton Financial changed DeGarolamo’s responsibilities without discussing it with her. DeGarolamo’s attorney says that’s discriminating against illness.

“I think that what we’re doing is opening the door for a floodgate of more frivolous lawsuits,” said Attorney Tarqi El Shabazz who does not represent DeGarolamo nor Fulton Financial.

But therapist Dr. Argie Allen takes a different approach saying a regular nuisance may be a legit medical issue.

“For this person who may find themselves in traffic…they may find themselves in a state of anxiety on a regular basis,” said Allen.

 

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Scariest quote of the week (century? History of the United States?)

Welcome to the banana plantation

Welcome to the banana plantation

Senator Durbin, (D.Ill.): President Obama will “borrow” the power from Congress to dictate immigration law by himself.

There once was a constitution to protect us from acts of lawlessness like this.

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