Lt. Carpenter has died at 89. When my father finally relented and allowed a TV into our house he stuck it in the laundry, already occupied by our grossly fat, flatulent hound Argus, and we boys would gather around the black and white set and watch McHale’s Navy. (Probably the only) scene I really remember is Captain Binghampton flopping down on a bar stool next to Carpenter after a rough day and telling him, “I’ll have what you’re having.” “Yes sir,” Carpenter replies – “waiter, we’ll have two Shirley Temples.”
American comedy at its peak.
346 Stanwich Rd
346 Stanwich Road (listing was understandably yanked from public view when a contract was signed, but here’s what’s left on Zillow) has closed at $2.505 million. It started off back in 2012 at $3.8 million which struck me as optimistic pricing for an old carriage house left with just two acres around it.
8 Circle Drive
8 Circle Drive, asking $1.495 million, has sold for $1.550. Builder/owner paid $722,000 for the 1,195 sq. ft.property in October of last year and basically build a brand new house of 3,057 sq. ft. It looks like a pleasant house, but Circle is pretty much on I-95 (the railroad tracks intervene) and there was a time when this location wouldn’t have drawn such interest, at this price. Owners of other similarly afflicted homes should take hope at this development.
15 Baldwin Farms S
15 Baldwin Farms South, asking $2.525, reports a contract. A 1960s home that would seem to have seen its day come and go, I’m guessing it’s being bought for the two acre plot it sits on.
Schools ban birthday cupcakes in classrooms.
“Birthday parties in classrooms may be celebrated with non-food treats and favors for students. No food is allowed as part of a birthday celebration,” according to a new Edmonds School District policy tied to the federal lunch rules, according to The Herald.
“Appropriate alternatives to food that may be shared on special occasions can be within the procedures,” the district’s website states.
Instead of tasty cupcakes, students can now celebrate their birthdays with gift pencils, origami frogs and extra recess time. Yay.
“The change in procedure was inspired by a new federal Wellness Policy, which requires superintendents to monitor nutritional standards for unregulated items such as food prepared by parent groups, vending-machine fare, student store offerings and classroom parties,” The Herald reports.
“The federal rule applies only to food sold to students, not given away. The Edmonds School District (Wellness Committee) took it a step further by banning food at birthday celebrations.”
Quinnipiac: Obama worst president since WW II.
While Obama’s slide in the polls is nothing new, the latest data from the Quinnipiac University Poll is about as bad as it gets for the president: in fact, perhaps the only thing more shocking than Obama “surpassing” George W. Bush as the worst president since World War II is the onset of revisionism, with some 45% saying the US would have been better with Romney as president, compared to just 38% who say Obama remains the better choice. Which incidentally confirms what we reported yesterday: while the Republican view of Obama has certainly never been lower, what is worse is that even the core democrat faithful are now giving up on the hope and change bringer, confirmed by the latest Gallup poll which saw democrat confidence in the economy tumbling to the lowest level for 2014.
Poll: liberals watch soccer, conservatives won’t (unless the sport adds more supporters like the MILTOF pictured here).
Menace to proper order on our streets
One-armed German bicyclist fined by zealous police officer for not using both hands.
German police have apologised to a one-armed cyclist after they pulled him over and fined him for riding one-handed.
Bogdan Ionescu was travelling through Cologne city centre when he was stopped by overzealous officer who told him he was riding dangerously.
Upon realising Mr Ionescu was missing an arm, the overzealous officer turned his attention to the customised bicycle, fining him €25 for having adapted his brakes to work off a single lever – despite the fact doing so was perfectly legal.
“Jurisdiction? We don’ need no stinkin’ jurisdiction,” GPDFolks told FWIW when reached overseas, where he’s been enjoying the Germans’ more relaxed attitude towards nude sunbathing in public parks. “The law’s the law, around the world. I just seen my opportunity and I took it.”