Daily Archives: August 8, 2014

Barbieri rides again

1068 Lake Avenue

1068 Lake Avenue

Not content to sell off most of the available Greenwich waterfront the past two weeks, Joe Barbieri has found a buyer for his own listing at 1068 Lake Avenue, last price, $4.175, a house that has been for sale since March, 2008 when, under a different broker, it came on at $7.380 million. This huge house: 12,650 sq.ft., on 4 acres, is quite nice, in its own way, but its location on the New York border has always detracted from its charms, and pricing it above $7 million for so long didn’t help at all. Before Joe, the price had dropped to $4.799 where it expired, unsold, in November of last year. I don’t know whether the owner finally got tired of the game or if Joe brought him to reason, but the new price obviously worked to overcome the twin obstacles of size and location.

If you’re curious, the owner paid $4.980 for this in 2000 and, after taking out a full 100% mortgage, according to the tax card, added another $814,250 mortgage in 2006. If that second mortgage went into improvements, this will definitely not go down as one of the great Greenwich real estate “investments” of all time.

"Sitting Pretty" Joe shows off his softer, more feminine side, the key to his success

“Sitting Pretty”
Joe shows off his softer, more feminine side, the key to his success

Either way, Joe didn’t sell it to the owner back then, but by finding his own buyer now, he’ll earn a double commission. Just in case you don’t see him around the rest of the summer, and wonder why.

 

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With war in Iraq won, again, Obama heads north for fun and fund raising

 

Stay there

Stay there

Off he goes! No word whether Bo and the new dog will each get their own helicopters or if they’ll double up. “We’re keeping that secret for security reasons”, White House spokesman Joshin Earnest told FWIW.

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Chief Democrat Head – wind her up, she speaks!

Too bad for her, she was programmed with just a 1/2 kb memory, so her ability to say anything meaningful is, er, “compromised”.

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Half-assed response from our Commander in chief

 

Nobel Peace Prize winner to the rescue

Nobel Peace Prize winner to the rescue

Barry bombs the bad guys – sort of, kind of. After six years of withholding weapons and training from the Kurds, Bagdad Barry has reduced the Kurdish militia to the same level of weakness as those in the rest of that benighted country, and ISIS is moving in. So today, Hussein ordered two 500-kb bombs dropped on an artillery piece, a dozen picnic baskets to the genocide victims and has declared “mission accomplished”, at least and until public pressure forces him to do it again. Why so little effort? It’s real hard, his mouthpiece explains, to distinguish between the refugees fleeing the Islamists and the Islamists themselves.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the US conducted the “targeted airstrike” with two F/A-18 fighter jets, dropping two 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil.

The radical Islamist group “was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Irbil where US personnel are located,” he said in a statement.

In New Delhi, where he is traveling, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the US has airdropped more than 60 of 72 bundles of food and water to religious minorities holed up in mountaintop camps in northern Iraq, where they are surrounded by the militants.

The Pentagon says it has the ability to launch strikes from manned and unmanned aircraft — though it has held off to date, partly out of concern that Islamic State fighters have mingled with the population and are hard to root out.

Hagel said if the group moves against Erbil, Baghdad or the stranded refugees, “It’s pretty clear who they are, and they would be pretty identifiable where our airstrikes could be effective.”

You might think that if we had Special Forces units at the front lines, they could distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys and direct air strikes accordingly, and you’d be right; unfortunately  for the Kurds, Obama has ordered those forces to stay far behind the lines, lest they drag us back into a war he claimed was won, long ago.

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I-95 sale, $3.850 million

26 Cobb Island Drive26 Cobb “Island” [sic], sold for just about full asking price ($3.995 ask, $3.850 got) in just 65 days. That’s exactly what the sellers paid for the house in 2011, so not bad for them. It’s a great house, and were it not for the highway roaring by a hundred yards away, it’d surely sell in the mid-$4s, even, depending on location, mid-$5s.

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Works for me

 

Watch it, that crazy N...means it!

Watch it, that crazy N…means it!

Russia bans food imports from the West in retaliation for sanctions. I’m always in favor of hunger strikes when they’re done by terrorists or liberals.

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