Daily Archives: July 15, 2014

They don’t even bother looking abashed when they flat-out lie to the public

Harry Reid: “the border is secure”. Has he learned how to do that from his boss, or are the two of them just charlatans from birth?

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Wanna bet he won’t fly there on a commercial carrier?

 

We can't allow the little people to have cheap energy - don't you get it?

We can’t allow the little people to have cheap energy – don’t you get it?

Professional Kennedy and “environmentalist” Robert Jr. will marry still another woman and move to a newly purchased hovel (just $5 mil.) in Malibu soon. Although a small wedding of 600 guests will be invited, only a fraction of those will attend Kennedy’s upcoming deposition for the divorce trial of his former mistress, Greenwichite  Chelsea Kirwan.

“This time it’s real love,” Kennedy told FWIW. “I really mean that.”

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Non-sequitor? Not to the liberal mind

Private jets at Bali Warming Conference

Private jets at Bali Warming Conference

From Best of the Web (James Taranto) : Electric Shock  “People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, a Government study has found,” reports London’s Daily Telegraph:

Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is “too far into the future to worry about,” the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found. . . .

The findings will strengthen the case of those who argue that more coercive methods are needed if people’s energy consumption is to be reduced.

Just imagine how these people think: I’m worried about the planet. The government must act now before I destroy it!

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Some good came from the Trayvon Martin case after all

 

 Rachel Jeante

Rachel Jeante

Girl revealed as an illiterate at the trial can now read and has graduated high school.

One year after being outed as illiterate in the George Zimmerman murder trial, Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school.

Jeantel underwent seven hours of tutoring a day after her reading skills were ridiculed when she testified during the Florida trial last year at age 19. At the time, she had a fourth-grade reading level.

“Very, very, very tough,” she told ABC News of the tutoring. “That’s what I needed.”

With the help of friend and lawyer Rod Vereen, who arranged the tutoring, she hopes to graduate college one day.

Far more useful assistance than Al Sharpton or the president supplied. It’s also a testament to the grit of this girl who much of the world -including myself, unfortunately – ridiculed. Seven hours a day learning to read? I hope she travels far, and well.

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Contract in the North East Kingdom

 

81 Howard Road

81 Howard Road

81 Howard Road, asking $2.899 million, has a buyer just 60 days after hitting the market. At first blush that’s a high price for a home so far up and east, especially one on just 1.7 acres in the 4-acre zone, but if you’ll look at the pictures you’ll see what a nifty place it is. As for its undersized lot, that’s really only a FAR issue, because there’s 200 acres next door that you can enjoy without paying taxes on. And with 5,500 feet already here, who needs more?

Nice house. Brian Tunney listing.

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A little activity to report

24 Daffodil Lane closed, for $2.325 million. Unfortunately, the GAR’s new policy of stripping the internet of  content means I can no longer link to it, but here’s what I had to say about it when it first came on. 24 Daffodil Lane 24 Daffodil Lane, Cos Cob (off Mimosa), $2.450 million. An exterior that is not often seen in this neighborhood, but once inside, this offers a lot of very usable space, in great condition, for not a whole lot of money. It’s on two acres, mostly woods, with a pool. It failed to sell in 2011-2012 when it was priced at $2.6, but the market’s gone up since then, and this one’s price has come down. All in all, for this price range, very attractive.

190 lake Avenue

190 lake Avenue

Failed contract – 190 Lake Avenue, $1.895 million, had a contract in June, now it doesn’t. So many things can go wrong in a real estate transaction that it would be useless to speculate on what happened here, but it’s available again.

19 Hidden Brook, front

19 Hidden Brook, front

Price Cut – Ordinarily, I’d suggest sellers wait until everyone’s back from summer vacations to cut a price, lest their effort go unnoticed, but in the case of 19 Hidden Brook Road, Riverside, no cut could come too soon. Today it was nibbled down from $7.5million to $6.850, and I suspect we’ll see more of that before we see a sale.

The land this home was built on was purchased for $1.8 million in a bidding war that started at $1.495, and the owners then contracted with Doran Sabag and Jim Hoffman to build that partnerships’ usual, beautifully crafted home. So far, so good, but it remains a 5,236 sq.ft. home crammed into 0.4 of an acre and surrounded by its neighbors. Even transplanted New Yorkers may want more space than that.

Or not – New Yorkers do do crazy things, so we’ll see. The listing, by the way, mentions that the house received a “HOBI” award in 2013, which is a sign of approval, but it’s an award given to builders by their fellow builders, so it’s not quite the independent judgment one might expect. Sort of like real estate firms awarding their own agents “Miss Personality of the Month” or the Greenwich Association of Realtors naming a member “Most Ethical Realtor of the Year”.  Oh well, you do get a nice ribbon.

19 Hidden Brook,back yard. "Welcome to the neighborhood!"

 Welcome to the neighborhood – what’s for supper?

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Someone should (almost) hit this price

 

141 Taconic Rd

141 Taconic Rd

141 Taconic Road, a terrific house, has just dropped its price again, this time by $550,000,and is now asking $5.2 million. At this price it comes with just four acres, but I’d bid $5 for the house and its additional 4-acre  lot and see what happened. Eight acres, great house, lower Taconic location, that would be a sweet deal. I’m not saying the owners would take so little, mind you, but at some point, people get tired of owning vacant houses.

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And the top-dollar sales keep rolling along

32 Meadowcroft

32 Meadowcroft

Just a week after 6 Meadowcroft, $14.5 million, reported a pending deal, 32 Meadowcroft Lane, $10.5 million, has a contract. This is a Mariani house, built in 2011 and unsuccessfully marketed (until now) since then, at prices beginning at $12.575 and ending here. I personally find it a distasteful example of the Mariani style but then, I don’t have $10.5 million to spend on anything, let alone a mini-mansion in Greenwich, so what do I know? Anyway, it’s found a buyer.

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We don’ need your stinkin’ jobs

Trident  II missile:  the thinking man's alternative to shotguns

Trident II missile: the thinking man’s alternative to shotguns

Publius sends along this link to Forbes: America’s largest shotgun manufacturer moving to Texas

America’s largest shotgun manufacturer, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., decided not to expand in Connecticut. Sure it was founded there 1919 and still has its corporate headquarters in North Haven. But in 2013 Connecticut rushed through legislation to ban some of Mossberg’s popular products. As a result, Mossberg CEO, Iver Mossberg, says, “Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It’s a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers.”

Mossberg is America’s oldest family owned and operated firearms manufacturer. It’s also the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has been aggressively coaxing them to bring even more jobs to Texas—Mossberg has been making guns there since 1989. Perry has been seducing them with the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), the state’s low taxes, simpler regulations and a skilled workforce.

This development won’t disturb Malloy and his base, however. The Governor described his state’s gun manufacturers thus: “What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible—even if they are deranged, even if they are mentally ill, even if they have a criminal background. They don’t care. They want to sell guns.”

So far as Malloy and his anti-gun nuts are concerned, the only weapons manufacturers wanted in this state are the Wiffleball folks in Shelton and, of course, nuclear subs in Groton and attack helicopters in Stratford. We’re losing both the latter, leaving us whiffleballs.

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Five-and-a-half years in, the NYT catches on

 

Jerk

Jerk

Obama, weary of governing, no longer concerned about appearance of partying with his rich friends.

Sometimes stretching into the small hours of the morning, the dinners reflect a restless president weary of the obligations of the White House and less concerned about the appearance of partying with the rich and celebrated.

When did he ever worry about that? For that matter, when was he ever engaged in governing?

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