Daily Archives: August 14, 2014

The law isn’t supposed to be tilted in favor of celebrities, even dead ones


Part sale

Parts sale

Teen who grabbed the roof panel off Paul Walker’s crashed death Porsche sentenced to six months in jail for felony theft. If the car had belonged to an “ordinary” citizen, the kid walks, but outraged fans led the lynching and in LA, where every prosecutor is an aspiring celebrity himself, solidarity won.

By comparison to the ruination of this kid’s life, California law imposes a mandatory 120-day jail sentence for drivers after, and only after, they’ve been convicted of drunk driving three times. I imagine that penalty is tripled if you run into Leonardo Di Caprio’s Tesla.


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A royal boon bestowed on Count Elon


I don't think we need to pay much attention to these after all, do you?

I don’t think we need to pay much attention to these after all, do you?

California is offering to waive its harsh environmental construction laws in order to keep the proposed Tesla battery factory in the state. Oh, and it will toss in $500 million of taxpayers’ money, too.

The governor’s package would speed up or skip over requirements for reviews by local and state government agencies intended to asses possible environmental threats posed by development, and offer up to $500 million in tax breaks, roughly equal to 10 percent of the Gigafactory’s estimated cost.

If you’re a small entrepreneur in the Golden State, hoping to build an addition to your factory to expand production of, say, pickup truck bed covers, and hire another two dozen workers, it’s jack shit for you, buddy, go to the end of the line and we’ll see you in three years. If, however, you’re the manufacturer of the latest “it” thing for the Green 1%ers, and you want to build a $5 billion toxic battery factory then hey, those rules aren’t so important after all, are they?

Which is how these things work; when politicians control economic development and can strangle it or get out of the way of it as they see fit, then it becomes very important for businesses to know, and woo, those politicians. If California’s environmental laws were as critical to preserving the land as those who wield them claim they are, then their application should be stricter, not eliminated, for a huge battery factory.

The fact that they’re being waived say all you need to know about the real game here. If I were Elon Musk I’d follow through with my plan to build the plant in Texas or Arizona because what can one day be bestowed by the King can just as easily be taken back, at the whim of the King. Hit the border and keep running, Elon.




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Mid Country price cut


15 Cedarwood

15 Cedarwood

15 Cedarwood, down to $6.995million after starting off at $8.2. There are a number of these houses on Cedarwood, all built in the early 2000s, all pretty much the same, that sold for $5.2-$5.750 (this one sold for $5.725, in 2002) and all have come up for resale in recent years. They each began in the plus-$8s and ended in the low $6s.  If history is our guide, look for this one to go for around $6.3.


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No meeting of the minds on this one, yet


33 Meeting House Rd

33 Meeting House Rd

Thirty-three Meeting House Road has been for sale, on-and-off, since 2008, when it came on at $8.995 and stayed there through 2009. In 2011 it was returned to the market, again at $8.995, but this time the owner has gradually cut her price and as of today, it can be yours for $6.595 million.

This is a beautiful house, with great lawns and amenities, but its problem lies, I think, not within its own walls but with the two abandoned Licata properties that flank the entrance. Until those are disposed of, somehow, Meeting House will continue to look and feel like Tobacco Road, and anything priced this high is going to be a hard sell.

(The former) Mrs. Jimmy Licata foreclosure, 23 Meeting House

(The former) Mrs. Jimmy Licata foreclosure, 23 Meeting House Rd

Jimmy Licata Plaza

Jimmy Licata Plaza

Scenic, but ...

Scenic, but …


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48 Lockwood Avenue, Old Greenwich, sells

48 Lockwood$2.625 million. I liked the house, wasn’t wild about its price, but inventory in this range is thin.

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Post-Sandy recovery

31, 33 Heustead, and Hendrie Drive, 0.6 acre total, sells for $2.6 million.


Can’t tell from its picture (33 Heusted is the little block building at the end of the road) how much of that 0.6 acres, if any, is below the high water mark and thus unavailable for FAR purposes, but either way, it’s a lot of money for tidal waterfront without a spectacular view. As the partial owner of two tidal waterfront properties just down the creek from here, also with nice, but not spectacular views, I commend agent Ellen Mosher for getting so much for this land.

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Science marches on


And stay in the corner til I call you

She’s not for everyone, mind you but for some …

From Japan, the “Dutch Wife”, perfected. Usually, “Dutch” preceding a noun is intended as a slur: “Dutch Uncle”, Dutch Courage”, “Dutch Treat “(no treat at all), “Dutch Concert” (noisy yelling from a drunken crowd), and so on. But in this instance, what misogynist could ask, or want for anything more?

A Japanese company claims to have reached the next level in developing the most genuine looking sex doll which comes complete with realistic feeling skin and authentic looking eyes.

Orient Industry say their new range of dolls, made from high quality silicon, are so realistic there is very little to distinguish them from a real girlfriend at first glance.

Latest models of the dolls include movable joints so buyers can place them in any position they wish.

The dolls, which are non inflatable, are sold under the name ‘Dutch Wives’, a Japanese term for a sex doll, and adverts in the media boast that anyone who buys one will never want a real girlfriend again.

RELATED: Glen Reynolds

“I FORESEE AN ADVANCE IN SEXBOT TECHNOLOGY: Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask.


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No shortage of money in some quarters, anyway

23 Hendrie Drive23 Hendrie Drive Ext., Old Greenwich, asked $9.2 million, got $9 million, pronto. Once again, the Greenwich Association of Realtor’s new policy of yanking data off publicly accessible sites prevents my linking to a full description, but here’s the basic fact sheet.

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From sister Lorin, terror in the steppes (child alert)


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Chicago union head Karen, “the inequitable distribution of wealth is not the American way”, Lewis owns three houses, including one in Hawaii and a weekend home in “Harbor Country”, Michigan

She’s always claimed that all wealth is “the people’s money”, and she’s a people.


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And I sell real estate “near Bridgeport”


"Long Island" beach cottage

“Long Island” beach cottage

Vice President Joe Biden is spending this week in the Hamptons, although his press office describes it as “vacationing on Long Island”. Man of the People.

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Minister  gave his own unsolicited opinion of our country’s leadership’s schedules:

Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.

‘I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,’ Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,’ but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.’

“The President is no more likely to take advice from a cheese-eating surrender monkey like Fabius than he is to have hot, steamy sex with Hillary Clinton,” White House spokesman Dan Rather told FWIW. “Besides, remember? He said he’d change the world’s opinion of our country, and that’s what he’s done; mission accomplished.”


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Practice will do that: Obama on track to beat Tiger Woods at golf


It is SO cool to be President!

It is SO cool to be President!

Since January, 2009, Tiger Woods has played 269 rounds of golf while our Barry has played 200.

With Tiger sidelined, possibly for the rest of the year, Mr. Obama will almost certainly surpass Woods, possibly even before leaving Martha’s Vineyard.

“Yeah, we’re still a bit behind,” White House spokesman Joshin Earnest conceded, “but don’t forget, golf is Tiger’s day job; President Obama has to squeeze his rounds in between fund raising and, and … well, other stuff. But he’s set a goal, made a promise to the American people – he’ll do it; give him just  few days more of good weather.

“And when he does,” Earnest continued, “we’ll tell you about it. Until then, this subject is off limits, just like always.”

President Obama played golf Sunday with Tiger Woods during the president’s long holiday weekend in Florida, amid concerns from the media about a lack of access before, during and after the newsworthy outing.

The foursome at the Floridian National Golf Club, in Palm City, Fla., included [beside Tiger and the Prez] U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, a Democratic donor who owns the club [not a golf club, dummy, the club]  and the Houston Astros baseball team.

The White House has prohibited media coverage of Obama’s weekend golf outing, prompting Fox News’ Ed Henry, who is the president of the White House Correspondents Association, to issue a statement saying, “a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend.”

The White House responded by saying the press access granted Sunday was “entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings.”

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With a new, larger Byram pool, he’ll have the privacy to attend to his business without disturbing others

Man arrested at Byram pool for masturbating in front of nanny and her charges.

The Junior League was unavailable for comment.


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