Daily Archives: August 4, 2014

The next Democrat spokesman tries his wings inLondon

 

No need for a dog whistle here - Democratic Party ad, 1860

No need for a dog whistle here – Democratic Party ad, 1860

Gardening talk about “native soil” and “invasive species” is code for white supremacists, expert declares.

Dr Ben Pitcher, a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Westminster, says the panel show is ‘saturated’ with racial language.

From debates about native and non-native plant species to advice about the purity of different soil types, the programme’s resident green-fingered experts are secretly feeding nationalist and fascist fantasies, he claims.

Speaking on another Radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed [but obviously not required – ED] , he said: ‘Gardeners’ Question Time is … layered with, saturated with, racial meanings. The context here is the rise of nationalism. The rise of racist and fascist parties across Europe. Nationalism is about shoring up a fantasy of national integrity. My question is, what feeds nationalism? What makes nationalism powerful?’

Dr Pitcher said there is a ‘crisis in white identity in multicultural Britain’ caused by the fact that ‘white culture’ is historically associated with racism and far-Right views.

White people are therefore forced to find other ways of talking about white identity – such as through gardening – so they do not appear to be racist.

Speaking on the same programme, Lola Young, a crossbench peer and former professor of cultural studies, agreed with Dr Pitcher’s argument. She added: ‘I remember back in the late 80s-early 90s when rhododendrons were seen as this huge problem, and people were talking about going out rhododendron-bashing.

Dr Ben Pitcher said he believes the programme is saturated with racial language

‘That was at a time when Paki-bashing was something that was all too prevalent on our streets. This kind of slippage of language into alien and native is a thread in our language.’

 

 

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Quote of the day

From a friend of mine, who was once chief of staff for a prominent Congressman, on how he was chastised by his boss: “[name], lying’s not like riding a bicycle; you have to practice it, every day.”

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Sale on Thunder Mountain

 

28 Thunder Mountain Rd

28 Thunder Mountain Rd

28 Thunder Mountain has sold for $4.490 million, a pretty good deal for the buyer (who rented in May with an option to buy, discovered he liked his neighbors and neighborhood, and decided to stay. The sellers paid $5.650 for the home in 2008, right at the peak of the market, so they didn’t make out as well.

Thunder Mountain building lot

Thunder Mountain building lot

Speaking of peaks, a client of mine owns 2.6 acres at the top of the hill here (where you can look down on the new owners of 28), approved for building, with spectacular views. He got it at a low enough price that there’s room for a tidy profit while still offering someone who wants to build his own home an affordable lot for a $4.5 million home. This is an ad for that property, I suppose but heck, but we had to do that sometime.

Write me: I’ll throw in a Chevy Volt.

Christopher.fountain@gmail.com

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Chevy buyers refuse to help Obama meet his dreams

"BUY IT NOW!!!! THIS BABY WON'T LAST!!!"

“BUY IT NOW!!!! THIS BABY WON’T LAST!!!”

In his 2011 State of the Union address, Barack Hussein promised to have 1,000,000 electric cars on America’s highways by 2015. Idiot sites like Business Insider seem to think we’re almost there,with headlines like today’s, “People bought tons of electric cars in July”, and that’s probably where Mr. B and his advisors get their news from, but us non-Harvard types tend to read deeper than mere headlines (or resumes) and in reality, those “tons” don’t add up to much.

Sales of plug-in electric cars in the U.S. continued their rise in July, as Nissan delivered more than 3,000 Leaf battery electric cars and Chevy more than 2,000 Volt range-extended electrics.

It’s was only the second time that the two cars together have sold more than 5,000 units in a single month; the first was last August, when 5,771 were delivered.

The first report this morning came in for the highest-selling electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf. It logged 3,019 deliveries last month, bringing its year-to-date total to 15,755.

While this wasn’t the Leaf’s highest-ever single sales month — that would be this past May, at 3,117 — it’s fully 62 percent higher than the 1,864 sold in July a year ago.

Nissan attributed the sales growth to its No Charge To Charge promotion, which is now in 10 markets across the country. “Leaf sales in the northeastern U.S. are also picking up,” said Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of LEAF Sales and Infrastructure, “with new tax incentives for Massachusetts and Maryland residents.”

Those “incentives” – forced contribution from taxpayers to greenies, amount to $7,500 per car in federal money, plus $1.4 billion tax credit for Nissan to build a factory partially-dedicated (only 300 workers assemble Leafs there, due to low demand).  The state subsidies Nissan’s spokesman refers to are an additional $2,000 in Maryland and $2,500 on Massachusetts.

So, how many Volts is 2,000? Well, GM delivered  256,160 vehicles this past July, including 23,584 SUV’s: Yukons, Suburbans and Cadillac Escalades. All without extra taxpayer subsidies.

While loyal citizens still have five more months to help Barack achieve his goals, things are looking dim. Unless, of course Mr. B exercises his executive powers and changes the calendar, or orders all of us to by electric cars before year-end, but what kind of ruler would do that?

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Evolution works south of the border, too

 

Hey Y'all, watch this!

Hey Y’all, watch this!

Drunken Mexican poses for selfie with .45, shoots himself in the head.

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Private waterfront sale, Riverside

 

95 Club Road

95 Club Road

95 Club Road, $6.750 on 0.97 acre. There’s a three-bedroom house on the property but obviously, that isn’t what this was about. Assessor’s Office has land appraised at $4.950 million (100%), which five years ago, was probably right. There have been a number of private sales in this area recently, on both Club Road and Gilliam, probably because the neighbors know what they like and pretty much what something’s worth. No need to pay 5% to a broker to attract an out-of-town buyer when there’s a buyer at your club.

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Real estate news from Friday

 

11 Flower Lane

11 Flower Lane

11 Flower Avenue (off of Calhoun) and asking $1.7 million, reports a contingent contract after a long wait. It started out at $2.7 million in 2008, had dropped to $1.7 by September, 2013, when it also reported a contract, then came back on the market when that deal fell apart.Let’s hope this one fares better.

38 Cedarwood Drive (photo credit, GAR)

38 Cedarwood Drive (photo credit, GAR)

38 Cedarwood Drive, May contract, closed at $6.795 million.Owners paid just $6.350 in 2012, so that was a smart move (it sold for $6.5 in ’03).  The GAR has removed all information about this house from the internet, so I’ve selected a representative photo at random.

 

21 Pierce Rd

21 Pierce Rd

21 Pierce Road, Riverside, sold for full asking price, $1.750 million.

 

156 Weaver Street

156 Weaver Street

156 Weaver Street, sold, $2.670 million. Sold in 2010 for $2.350. I’m a little surprised a house on Weaver could fetch this much, but there you have it.

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Remember when Pelosi argued that there’s not a single dime that can be cut from the budget”?

Pelosi“The cupboard is bare,” we were assured in 2013.

But then there’s this: Federal workers caught surfing porn sites, “because they’re bored and have nothing to do.”

Of course, there’s always room to cut to save the jobs of federal bureaucrats, you just have to have your Democrat priorities straight. Army to force 550 majors, 1,200 captains to leave.

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