Daily Archives: September 30, 2014

Even the NYT can’t keep its dots and feathers apart

Go ahead, make my day: Sioux me!

Go ahead, make my day: Sioux me!

The Indian diaspora mostly embraces Mr. Modi without reservations

UPDATE: Neither can Obama, who lays on White House banquet to honor Mr.Modi without realizing that the Prime Minister conducts  religious fast this time of year. “Of course we knew that,” State Department spokeswoman Sandra Fluke told FWIW, “it’s our job to know those kinds of things. Unfortunately, we included the information in the President’s daily intelligence briefing.”

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Bottom story of the day

Dan Malloy goes along for the ride

Dan Malloy goes along for the ride

Connecticut’s teachers union endorses Malloy

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I was wondering what the correct term was

Residents only

Residents only

Tom Maguire:

We’ve lost control of the Texas border? Compared to what – the White House border?

No wonder Obama has no confidence in fences or guards. And since you ask, I deplore the criminal characterization of White House intruder Omar Gonzalez; surely he should be described as an “undocumented resident”.

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Price cut on North

98 North Street98 North Street asked $4.850 million when it was listed back in 2013, but has been cut today to $3.850 (there were various smaller cuts in between). Right price? Who knows, but it will certainly make it easier to sell.

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Cos Cob bidding war

33 Pleasant Street

33 Pleasant Street

33 Pleasant Street, asked $835,000, sold for $850,000 (link is to previous, 2012 sale, for $735,000). Joe Barbieri represented the winning bidder – that Joe: he’s determined to own the Greenwich market, from top to bottom.

UPDATE: Note the Zillow estimate of value in 2012 – take their estimates as a guideline only, sometimes useful, sometimes not.

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Across the street, 34 Pleasant Street, asking $1.195million, reports a pending contract. Wonder if the buyer is the disappointed bidder for #33?

Zillow estimates this was one at $825,414, by the way which, while reassuringly precise, suggests that the company doesn’t have a good grip on Pleasant Street values.

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While I was out …

One GinkgoLane

One Ginkgo Lane

1 Ginkgo was reported sold (June contract), for $3 million.  Three’s a nice number for this street and this property, but it must have disappointed its owner, who’d hoped for $3.950 million back in 2013 and at various lower prices thereafter. Aspirations and hopes, alas, do not always translate into actual market value.

 

 

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Nice profit

Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes

16 Mortimer Drive, Old Greenwich,$2.999, already has a contract. Builder paid $1.025 for the land in 2013 in a modest bidding war (ask was $1 million), put up this house on its 0.27 acre. Listing claims 4,500 sq.ft., but that must include garage and other non-living spec. Personally, I wouldn’t want to live this high up in the air, and I’d be cheesed that three million bucks couldn’t buy me a masonry chimney, but that’s just me.

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Knowledge that he is to be hanged in a fortnight, sir, concentrates a man’s mind wonderfully

30 Stone Brook Lane

30 Stone Brook Lane

30 Stone Brook, née Hooker, Lane in Cos Cob reports a contract, “pending bank approval”. Last asking price, $1.445, probably selling for less.

Owners paid $1.150 for this contemporary in 2002 and have been trying to sell it since August, 2012, when it appeared on the market at $1.775. It dropped as low as $1.549 in 2013, before a new agent raised its price to $1.680. That’s rarely an effective tactic, and the next new broker dropped it back down to $1.549 and, eventually its current price.

Foreclosure initiated in October, 2013, looks like a pending divorce was finalized earlier this year and, finally, this sale.

Nothing particularly wrong with the house, but 1980s contemporaries are a tough sell, and the debt on the house obviously made it difficult for the owners to drop their price to accommodate that.

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A savage beheading makes Boston imam rethink ISIS

Muslim child care

Muslim child care

So he apologizes for criticizing them.

Suhaib Webb is currently the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, which is part of the same entity under the same ownership as the Islamic Society of Boston, where Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worshipped. Webb spoke alongside the late al-Qaida senior operative Anwar al-Awlaki at a Sept. 9, 2001 fundraiser for an Islamic radical who killed two police officers, according to FBI surveillance documents.

The day after Nolen beheaded a co-worker, and the same day that Webb was publicly linked to Nolen’s mosque, Webb apologized to ISIS in an online column he wrote for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center entitled “Shame on Me: A Commitment to Discourse Instead of Demonization.”

“I woke up the other day and decided to skim through my body of work over the last few years,” Webb wrote. “Boy was I surprised at some of my posts and talks — the tone and the demonization of others — I compared ISIS to Ebola. While I don’t agree with ISIS, al-Qāida, certain progressives and others, I’ve decided to apologize to anyone that I have spoken ill towards or demonized.”

“I ask Allah to forgive me and to guide me to observe better character in the future,” Webb continued. “I asked myself, ‘Suhaib did you forget the 49th chapter of the Qur’an, Surah al-Hujurāt?’ Moving forward, I promise myself to address ideas instead of people, to be critical of thoughts instead of personalities and commit to ethics as best I can. That will create a better climate to unpack and examine current trends in our community, but ensure that I recognize other’s humanity and worth.”

Webb then asked Allah for forgiveness in his column.

As The Daily Caller previously reported, Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and then-Boston Mayor Tom Menino appeared at inaugural events for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in 2009. The city of Boston gave a “subsidy” to construct that cultural center. The Muslim American Society of Boston, an affiliate of a Muslim Brotherhood front group, runs the cultural center.

Mr. Webb is liked by liberal politicians and the politically correct because he represents the moderate face of Islam.

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