Daily Archives: July 18, 2014

Just a few days ago, I pointed out that Harvard Law teaches its students to lie, distort and ignore facts…

 

"Well okay, this didn't really happen in 2014, but it COULD have" Samantha Power

“Well okay, this didn’t really happen in 2014, but it COULD have” Samantha Power

US Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power (Harvard Law 1999) blames collapse of Benin hotel on “global warming” and uses 12-year-old photo to “prove” it.  No one in Obama’s administration, from the State Department to the Department of Justice, the IRS, the EPA, and on down hasn’t been revealed as a liar. That’s a remarkable record.

 

 U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power posted photos on Twitter Wednesday to illustrate the purported effects of climate change on a West African nation’s coastline, but the pictures show a hotel that collapsed into the sea 12 years ago, the victim of erosion blamed largely on years of illegal mining of coastal sand.

“Had sobering meeting with Benin’s U.N. Ambassador, who described the devastating effects of climate change on his coastal country,” she tweeted. “Showed me chilling photos of eroding coastline, said ‘that’s climate change – a daily life of falling in the sea.’”

Although not identified by Power, the two photos posted with the tweet are of the remains of the Palm Hotel in Cotonou, the largest city in Benin, a small, narrow country tucked between Nigeria and Togo. The building collapsed in 2002, 20 years after it was built.

A Nexis search of news reports going back almost two decades shows that Benin, like its Gulf of Guinea neighbors, has long struggled with coastal erosion, a problem recorded since the 1960s.

The earlier reports, however, say nothing about climate change, rising sea levels or melting icecaps.

Instead, the erosion is attributed largely to activity by locals and poor decision-making by authorities in the affected countries, and in Cotonou’s particular case to the city’s location on a narrow strip of low-lying land, between a large lake and the sea.

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Bill Whittle

CORE promotes the idea of “the village” for the benefit of the village leaders – and guess who they are?

This should be shown in every damn socialism social studies class in America, but it won’t be.

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It’s back again

39 Doubling Road

39 Doubling Road

The foreclosing lender pulled it from the market back in May but now 39 Doubling Road is available again, still asking $3.750. At, say, $3 million, you could put $2 million into a total renovation and, I think, still be ahead of the game. It’s a nifty house, close to town, and while it sits on just an acre it shares another acre with its neighbor under an arrangement that restricts that use to lawn, so there’s a huge, private back yard. I banged some heads of clients last fall when, on the eve of foreclosure, a deal could have been made for $2.5 million but to no avail. The new owner probably won’t settle for so little, but this is definitely a property with taking a run at.

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There goes his chances

There goes his chances

45 years ago todayJuly 18, 1969, Teddy Kennedy saved his hide and spared the country from his presidency. The most beneficial event of 1969 in terms of our nation’s well being, ahead of the moon landing and even Woodstock.

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They won’t stop until they control every single part of our lives

Michelle oMichelle O wants to impose talking shopping carts which will direct shoppers around the Fruit Loops and to the kale.

A new 80-page report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains that federal bureaucrats hope to use a variety of tools to modify the way Americans select food items at the supermarket.

The stated goal is steer consumers toward fruits and vegetables – and away from sugar- and fat-laden items. The plan is in line with “Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to ‘impact the nature of food in grocery stores,’” reports FreeBeacon.com.

While the feds’ plan deals mostly with the 47 million Americans who participate in the government’s food stamp program, it would indirectly affect all consumers.

According to FreeBeacon.com, the federal busybodies want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.

The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer,” FreeBeacon.com reports.

In case that’s not creepy enough, the feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.

Michelle Obama and her minions also envision turning the grocery store into a “classroom” where shoppers can receive cooking tips and advice from dieticians – presumably ones employed by the federal government.

The feds also want stores to use better signage, lighting and product placement so customers can easily find the food their government thinks they should be eating. They also want stores to set aside more shelf space for the government-preferred products.

While the feds could easily ensure healthier purchases for food stamp participants by clamping down on which products are available to them, the government busybodies want consumers to think they’re making these choices all by themselves.

The feds are following “the principle of self-attribution (which) suggests that when an individual perceives they have the ability to freely choose between options, they are more likely to be satisfied with the choice they make,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report states.

So even though Michelle Obama will be limiting your choices and “nudging” you in the “proper” direction, she wants you to think you’re doing these things voluntarily.

There’s something so breathtakingly arrogant about liberals, who firmly believe that they know what’s best for everyone else and they should have the power to enforce that. I remember these people when they were youngsters, protesting against “the man”, and demanding to be left alone to smoke pot and screw their girlfriends. Turns out, having achieved those goals, they returned to the lickspittles they were, happy to acquiesce to a higher authority that would tell them what to do. The National Guard at Kent State should have reloaded and kept firing.

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Price cuts on Indian Field (Mead Point)

 

504 Indian Field Rd

504 Indian Field Rd

504 Indian Field has dropped from $3.475 million to $3.1, which I think is a pretty fair deal. It’s a full two acres, with access, sort of, to the water – good views, at least, through the spartina. I like the house itself, which was custom built for a down-sizing couple, but this is now pretty much priced as land, which means another one of those free house deals, should you choose to go bigger. Curtis Wood listing.

591 Indian Field Rd

591 Indian Field Rd

I’m less impressed with the latest price cut on 591 Indian Field, however, now down to $4.495 million from an original ask of $8.9 (!). The house sits on an undersized lot:0.9 acres in the R-2 zone, and is already grossly non-conforming, so no room to add anything. Which wouldn’t be a problem if you like the house but so far, no one has. To my eyes and to those of my clients and, presumably, all the other people who’ve seen and rejected this home over the years, it’s too dated and chopped up to do much with except raze it and rebuild and if that’s to be done, the new owner is faced with a maximum size, including garages, of around 3,500 sq. ft. Nothing wrong with that, but you wouldn’t want to spend $4.5 just for the land on which to sit such a modest sized house, especially in Mead Point.

565 Indian Field

565 Indian Field

The next house down, 565 Indian Field, also was on just 0.9 of an acre, but it included a very nice house (3,800 sq.ft) in move-in condition, and sold for $3.375 in 2012. I’d peg 591’s value well below that: $2.5, perhaps? Unfortunately, there’s something like $4 million in debt on the place, so the most logical course to take is to let the pending foreclosure conclude and then deal directly with the next owner, the bank.

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Obama targets yet another enemy

Well then you're a racist!

Well then you’re a racist!

We’ve seen the president sic his IRS on conservative groups, the Department of Justice persecute a citizen for daring to mock the president’s performance by pulling an outhouse along in an Independence Day march, and now he’s using his power over the banking system to squash legal businesses that he doesn’t like.

A Justice Department fraud prevention program came under fire Thursday for allegedly morphing into actively pressuring banks to deny financial services to businesses for political reasons.

Operation Choke Point functions as a partnership between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and various other federal agencies which deal with bank regulations, specifically the Treasury and the SEC. The objective of the project is to choke-off fraudulent businesses from accessing financial services, in an effort to protect consumers.

The controversy, however, is over allegations that the DOJ is pressuring financial institutions to decline doing business with so-called “high risk” industries which line up squarely against the political leanings of the current administration. These businesses include ammunition sales, payday loans, pornography, fireworks companies, and others—24 industries in total, as listed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

“Operation Choke Point is one of the most dangerous programs I have experienced in my 45 years of service as a bank regulator, bank attorney and consultant, and bank board member. Operating without legal authority and guided by a political agenda, unelected officials at the DOJ are discouraging banks from providing basic banking services…to lawful businesses simply because they don’t like them,” said William M. Isaac, former chairman of the FDIC.

Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing focused on the legality of DOJ overreach. Letters have poured in from company owners in support of these suspicions, noting startling cases where the DOJ reportedly has directly strong-armed banks into dropping clients not engaging in fraud.

Virginia Republican Rep. Robert Goodlatte revealed that one of the more egregious examples sent in to the committee was a meeting between the DOJ and a bank regarding the continued provision of financial services to a payday loan company.

The DOJ official reportedly told the banker, “I don’t like this product, and I don’t believe it should have a place in our financial system. And if you don’t agree, there will be an immediate, unplanned audit of your entire bank.”

 

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I’d feel better about this if she were a he.

 

General Lori Robinson

General Lori Robinson

First non-pilot named by Obama to head the Pacific Air Force.

The White House has picked the first female general (Lori G. Robinson] to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation.

Gen. Robinson is not a career pilot. Her military profession is air battle manager. She has served aboard the Air Force’s surveillance aircraft, the E-3 AWACs and E-8 JSTARS, and she was nominated for a promotion amid a drive for more diversity in the Pentagon.

A retired pilot said there is a reason the Air Force historically has put a pilot in charge of large combatant command Air Forces. “It is because you make operational decisions that require the understanding of what you are going to ask pilots to execute in combat where the wrong decisions mean the difference between life and death,” the retired pilot said. “Now her vice commander and director of operations will be rated fighter pilots, but still she makes the decisions.”

The General may be superbly qualified – how would I know? But there’s always a stigma attached to affirmative action hires, and sometimes that stigma is deserved: look what’s happened to us since we placed an affirmative action candidate in charge of our country.

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Loss in Old Greenwich

keoffram35 Keoffram Road has sold for $2.2 million – the Greenwich Association of Realtors has disconnected all public access to the listing, but I can tell you that it was purchased for $2.750 million in 2005 and these owners tried to get $2.795 for it last December – seven months later, it fetched this.

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180 North Street foreclosure sale Saturday, July 26th

Looks like the bank wants $3.650 million, in which case it will probably bid that itself and try reselling it later. I’d let it go, at that price. If by some fluke the bank decides to end the charade now, (it won’t) and you can get it for $2.5, grab it.

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The Queen of Mean is back – or her mausoleum is

 

Rogues Hill Road

521 Rogues Hill Road

The Helmsley house has been shrunk (by 5,000 feet), renovated and placed back on the market for $65 million.

The gated, 40-acre property was last sold by the Helmsley estate to an undisclosed buyer in 2010 for $35 million, Ms. [Jane] Basham said. At the time, it was among the priciest deals ever in the affluent town, although it sold for far less than its initial $125 million price tag. Less than a year later, the new owners relisted the house for nearly $43 million when they had “a change of plans,” said Ms. Basham. They then decided to renovate the property before selling and took it off the market, said Ms. Basham, who declined to identify the owners.

The renovation took about three years and involved removing some wings of the house, Ms. Basham said. Now, at roughly 17,000 square feet, the nine-bedroom, 11-bathroom house is somewhat smaller than it was during the Helmsley era, she said. It has a new staircase, a new kitchen with a La Cornue stove, butler’s pantry and new mechanical systems. The Ludowici tile roof was removed, rebuilt and reinstalled.

“It’s a whole new place,” Ms. Basham said, adding that the renovation “took it from looking like a museum to becoming a home.”

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Tesei feels the heat on the Cos Cob synagogue

 

I have absolutely no idea what I'm supposed to do

I have absolutely no idea what I’m supposed to do

He and the town’s lawyers will be meeting the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals to put the squeeze on them to change their vote.

Greenwich selectmen and legal counsel are set to meet with members of the Zoning Board of Appeals over the board’s controversial vote to reject plans for a new synagogue in residential Cos Cob.

As a result of that vote, Greenwich Reform Synagogue, which has been seeking to build a 12,000-square-foot house of worship on Orchard Street, is suing the town in federal court on grounds that land use regulations cited by the ZBA violate the congregation’s civil rights. The legal battle, sources say, may not be winnable without significant costs to the town, if at all, and may result in GRS’ being able to build an even bigger synagogue than now agreed upon.

“As a result of (the ZBA) exercising their duties as assigned, it has resulted in the town’s being named in a lawsuit in federal court under a federal act,” First Selectman Peter Tesei said. “We want to make sure the board is fully aware of the potential consequences its actions have on the town at large from a monetary point of view, a land use point of view and a community welfare point of view.”

Poor Peter: after 3 terms in office (4? Who can remember?), he’s finally up against an issue he can’t dodge nor, his worst nightmare, please both sides. This should be fun to watch.

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Oh Drew, please stop being so stupid

 

Gimme a minute, gimme a minute ...

Gimme a minute, gimme a minute …

Selectman Drew Marzulo’s heading down to Belle Haven to protest Governor Christie’s refusal to ban 15-round pistol magazines.

“High capacity ammunition magazines were designed as weapons of war,” Greenwich Selectman Drew Marzullo, a Democrat, told Hearst Thursday.

Drew, the 1911 .45 was designed “as a weapon of war”, and it holds 7 rounds. The Ruger 10/22 was designed as a recreational gun, and it holds up to 25 rounds (but not in CT).  Magazine capacity is completely irrelevant to any discussion of gun safety, and your ignorance of this fact undercuts your authority to speak on the subject. Why don’t you ask a policeman to demonstrate to you how quickly one can drop an expended magazine from a modern pistol and slam home a loaded one? About 3 seconds. Ten rounds or fifteen, you won’t have time to charge a crazed shooter – really.

I suspect that you and your fellow idiots have an image of a train robber fumbling to reload his revolver while Gary Cooper rushes in to disarm him. While I myself have a cowboy gun (a “five shooter”, rather than a six) and it does take a fairly long time – 10 seconds, perhaps – to reload, I’d only bring it to a knife fight.

Connecticut’s new law banning gun magazines holding more than ten cartridges makes illegal all modern pistols, while still leaving the populace at the mercy of bad guys wielding 1911’s and, of course, cowboy guns. No one is any safer. That was precisely why Governor Christie vetoed the New Jersey’s Democrats attempt to emulate Connecticut’s.

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Parents from hell

 

The tutor

The tutor

Cabbage juice and vibrator boots will help this child reach her full potential, her parents claim

There is method to this madness, of a sort. For Aliyah’s parents have convinced themselves that their daughter is a genius, and are leaving nothing to chance in ensuring that she reaches her full potential.

‘Raising a kid is like raising a well-bred horse,’ her father Sasha says sternly.

Convinced that Aliyah is brighter than Einstein, he and his wife Shoshana have devised a special regimen to enhance her ferocious brainpower.

For Aliyah, this means a regimented study and exercise schedule, fuelled by a gluten-free ‘Ayurvedic’ diet — which means she exists on vegetables, yoghurt, chicken and rice, and drinks vegetable juice until it’s coming out of her ears. When she’s not studying, her day is filled with alternative therapies and regular ‘family meetings’ in which her study schedule is examined with intense fervour and noted on a clipboard.

Then there are her cyberkinetic kinesiology sessions, a mind-boggling alternative therapy which apparently uses vibrations to rebalance the body’s energy levels.

It involves Shoshana taking her daughter to a therapist, where she lies on a bed. Her feet are placed in a pair of vibrating boots while a therapist asks her to unlock her anxieties. Shoshana and Sasha firmly believe that this will help her to achieve her full potential.

Aliyah’s extraordinary ability — she has an IQ of 135, a prodigious memory and can do complex multiplication without batting an eyelid — is highlighted in a Channel 4 documentary series, Child Genius, in which 20 gifted children between the ages of seven and 11 compete for the title of Britain’s brightest child.

The children are subjected to a terrifying series of tests, ranging from advanced mental arithmetic and logic skills to memory, all against the clock and under the scrutiny of a panel from Mensa and a crowd of anxious, highly strung parents (not to mention millions of viewers at home).

Among the contestants — whittled down from hundreds of hopefuls — are ten-year-old Curtis, who is studying music at university level; Rubaiyat, an 11-year-old mathematician equally advanced in his subject; and Eleanor, 11, a tiny boffin who is clear why she needs to prove her cleverness.

‘If you don’t do well at A-levels then you don’t go to a good university. If you don’t go to a good university then you don’t get a good job. If you don’t get a good job then you don’t get enough money so you starve to death,’ she declares.

Funny, I tested at an IQ of 145 once, probably before the LSD experiments of my youth, and I hate to break it to these whack jobs, but I was neither a genius nor exceptional and no friggin’ way an Einstein; in fact, in Greenwich, I was probably at best in the middle of the pack. I don’t think it was lack of cabbage juice and shaking that stopped me from winning a Nobel Prize, it’s just the way it is.

Fortunately for these parents, in this new bizzaro world, a parent letting her child play unsupervised in a park will be arrested for child endangerment, while two psychologists can torture a young girl as they please. Lucky them; poor child.

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This is your State Department on Drugs

From Hot Air’s Mary Katharine Ham:

This tweet is from the official State Department account, from Jen Psaki, at 9:26 p.m, hours after two huge international stories have broken. Now, the administration perhaps can’t be expected to react to the actual events at issue seriously. Too much to ask. But what they do sometimes react to seriously is a p.r. issue, and they’ve had many hours to realize everyone thinks they’re muffing this. Would it be so much to ask to keep it relatively sober tonight?

And yet. And yet. Maybe it’s time to take the semi- off of semi-retired. Today, the president had the opportunity to do the two things (maybe the only two things?) that are in his wheelhouse—respond to a tragedy with a decently written and serviceably delivered speech and react to a p.r. crisis in such a way as to spare him and his team immediate political consequences. He can’t even be bothered with either of those.

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