Daily Archives: November 17, 2014

The world’s spinning out of control

I'll be loving you, always With a love that's true, always

I’ll be loving you,
always
With a love that’s true, always

Why are seals having sex with penguins?

I suppose the next question would be “how?”, but I don’t want to know that, either.

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More mush from the wimp

Father knows better

Father knows better

Trevor Timm, The Guardian: If you think the war on ISIS couldn’t get worse, just wait 

As the war against the Islamic State in Syria has fallen into even more chaos – partially due to the United States government’s increasing involvement there – the White House’s bright new idea seems to be to ramping up the involvement of the intelligence agency that is notorious for making bad situations worse. As the Washington Post reported late Friday, “The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases.”

Put aside for a minute that the Central Intelligence Agency has been secretly arming Syrian rebels with automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and antitank weapons since at least 2012 – and with almost nothing to show for it. Somehow the Post neglected to cite a front-page New York Times article from just one month ago alerting the public to the existence of a still-classified internal CIA study admitting that arming rebels with weapons has rarely – if ever – worked:

As the Times’ Mark Mazzetti reported:

‘One of the things that Obama wanted to know was: Did this ever work?’ said one former senior administration official who participated in the debate and spoke anonymously because he was discussing a classified report. The C.I.A. report, he said, ‘was pretty dour in its conclusions.’

We’ve already seen Syrian fortunes turn for the worse as the US has stepped up involvement in the past few months, as Bashar al-Assad has gone on the offensive against the US-backed rebels, and as the US airstrikes have reportedly led to Isis and al-Qaida reuniting, after being sworn enemies for more than a year. The two terrorist groups then proceeded to route the “moderate” rebels in combat and are currently in possession of many of the US-made weapons previously owned by the rebels.

… The Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim and Sam Stein quoted an unnamed Democratic Congressman in September who was even more blunt, insisting that the CIA’s belief in arming rebels was “doomed to failure”:

‘I have heard it expressed, outside of classified contexts, that what you heard from your intelligence sources is correct, because the CIA regards the effort as doomed to failure,’ the congressman said in an email. ‘Specifically (again without referring to classified information), the CIA thinks that it is impossible to train and equip a force of pro-Western Syrian nationals that can fight and defeat Assad, al-Nusra and ISIS, regardless of whatever air support that force may receive.’

The unnamed Congressman added: “The CIA also believes that its previous assignment to accomplish this was basically a fool’s errand, and they are well aware of the fact that many of the arms that they provided ended up in the wrong hands.”

Perhaps the most shocking part is that we know Barack Obama himself has read the CIA study and knows that arming rebels in Syria – or anywhere – was an incredibly dangerous idea. Seemingly referencing the study, Obama told David Remnick of the New Yorker earlier this year:

Very early in this process, I actually asked the C.I.A. to analyze examples of America financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well. And they couldn’t come up with much.

So even though the CIA “couldn’t come up with much” proof of any time when sending tons of weapons into a war zone full of extremists has worked in the past, or that the agency itself has told Congressmen arming the rebels was “doomed to failure,” the Obama administration is ready to do just that.

It’s only because the Guardian and Mr. Timm are hopeless leftists that they can even partially blame the CIA for this unfolding disaster – if there’s anyone sounding the klaxon horn, warning against this misadventure, it’s our spy agency.  But Onama and his crew are much too smart to listen to such people; instead, they’ll just blame the CIA when it happens.

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Sale prices reported

50 Zaccheus Mead

50 Zaccheus Mead

50 Zaccheus Mead Lane, $5,092,500, after starting off in 2008 (!) at $8.350 million.

1 Midwood Drive

1 Midwood Drive

1 Midwood Drive, $4.1 million. Asked $5.2 million 754 days ago and ended up here. The owners paid $4.4 in 2004 and put some real money into it for changes that, some felt, didn’t add to the home’s original charm.

7 Steroid Way

7 Steroid Way

7 Oakwood Lane, one of those 10,000 sq.ft. builder things, asked $7.195 million a year ago, sold for $6.1

550 Round Hill Rd

550 Round Hill Rd

 

 

And one house that hasn’t sold, although it’s been trying to find a buyer since 2009, is 550 Round Hill Road, now asking $11.5 million despite failing to sell at $10.750 last time around. The owner originally set the price at $22.5 million, so perhaps she’s just tossing darts, hoping that one will prove to be the right one.

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He must be feeling a bit sheepish

The groom may kiss the bride

The groom may kiss the bride

Saudi man marries girl of his dreams, until she lifts her veil.

A Saudi groom has divorced his bride on their wedding night after seeing her face for the first time when the photographer asked them to pose for pictures.

The couple, from the Western Saudi town of Medinah, had agreed to marry each other despite having not met face to face – a popular custom in certain Middle Eastern countries.

But when the bride removed her veil and smiled for the camera, her new husband leapt to his feet in disgust.

‘You are not the girl I want to marry,’ he declared. ‘You are not the one I had imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you.’

Just sixty years ago these people were primitive, illiterate savages living in the desert. Today, thanks to petrodollars, they’re primitive, illiterate savages living in cities. Another fifty, and it will be as though they were never here.

 

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It’s too little too late, but the NYT’s editors seems to have finally awakened to the nature of the man they placed in office

That was then

That was then

Why, the man’s just a lying, petty dictator!

WASHINGTON — President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.”

Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself.

For years, the president has repeatedly waved aside the demands of Latino activists and Democratic allies who begged him to take action on his own, and he insisted publicly that a decision to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president.

But Mr. Obama has reversed position and now said he believes that such actions can be “legally unassailable,” as a senior White House official put it last week. As early as this week, officials said, Mr. Obama is expected to announce plans to shield up to five million people from deportation and provide work permits for many of them.

In a Telemundo interview in September 2013, Mr. Obama said he was proud of having protected the “Dreamers” — people who came to the United States illegally as young children — from deportation. But he said at the time that he could not apply that same action to other groups of people; the very thing he is soon expected to announce.

“If we start broadening that, then essentially, I’ll be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally,” Mr. Obama told Jose Diaz-Balart in the interview. “So that’s not an option.”

In an immigration speech in San Francisco last November, several protesters repeatedly interrupted the president, yelling “Stop deportations! Stop deportations!” Mr. Obama told the protesters that he respected their “passion,” but insisted that only Congress had the authority to do what they wanted.

“The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws,” he said. “And what I’m proposing is the harder path.”

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Maybe a Russian could dismantle it and ship here to Greenwich

Five Mile Hall

Five Mile Hall

England’s largest home is up for sale at a mere £7 million.

The sales brochure is bound to be a collector’s item — but spare a thought for the poor estate agent who has to put it together. This is no job for Tim Nice-But-Dim. How do you count the bedrooms in a house which has cupboards the size of a garage? How do you calculate the floor space of a property with five miles of corridors?

How, for that matter, do you agree a price for what is, quite simply, the largest private residence in Europe?

Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, is not merely our most palatial stately home (at double the span of Buckingham Palace, palatial is the only word), it is, in fact, five stately homes bolted together. Or six if you include the vast adjacent stable block. In other words, it makes Downton Abbey look like a two-up, two-down.

The former seat of one of Britain’s wealthiest families, its occupants have included a Prime Minister and the man who inspired Mr Darcy, Jane Austen’s famous hero. It has entertained royalty, hidden some jaw-dropping scandals and provoked truly poisonous family feuds.

This is a house which, in its Edwardian prime, required 85 indoor staff, including nine housemaids, four ‘still-room maids’ (who made drinks and jams), two butlers, two under-butlers, two brewers and a clockman, plus a further 300 outdoor staff, including gardeners, park-keepers, deer-keepers, gamekeepers and, believe it or not, a bear keeper.

Back then, guests were issued with confetti to lay a trail from their bedroom to the dining table, so that they could find their way back again. It’s a house which still boasts as many rooms as there are days in the year.

The 8th Earl, Peter Fitzwilliam, inherited during World War II. Although he won the DSO for his heroics, it didn’t impress a new enemy, Manny Shinwell, Minister for Fuel in the post-war Labour government.

Shinwell didn’t bother to disguise his hatred of the ‘old brigade’. After the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1946, he ordered the bulldozers to start open-cast mining through the gardens and right up to the back doors of Wentworth Woodhouse.

The miners themselves rallied to the Earl’s defence. The Fitzwilliams had been regarded as fair-minded and (by the standards of the day) generous mine-owners. The park around the house had been a playground for generations of locals.

The President of the Yorkshire branch of the National Union of Mineworkers — a forerunner of Arthur Scargill, no less — condemned Manny Shinwell’s vindictive policy as ‘sacrilege’.

‘To many mining communities, it is sacred ground,’ declared Joe Hall.

Shinwell was unmoved. This was about class warfare, not coal. Not content with bulldozing the grounds, the Government then issued an order to requisition the house.

Tragedy intervened before Peter Fitzwilliam could see the result. Unhappily married with one daughter, he was having an affair with ‘Kick’ Kennedy, the beautiful widowed sister of John F. Kennedy. Returning from a tryst on the French Riviera in 1948, their private plane crashed in a storm and the two lovers were killed.

While the diggers continued ripping up the grounds, the house became a local authority college of physical education. The great Palladian Marble Saloon, where the Fitzwilliams had entertained George V, became a badminton court.

Just as an aside, has there ever been a Kennedy who did not practice adultery?

 

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Belle Haven residents, if you see David Ogilvy experimenting with a new drone, be worried

Christie's Previews, Field Point Circle

Christie’s Previews, Field Point Circle

Aussie woman peeved after realtor’s drone snaps her picture sunbathing topless.

Mandy Lingard, 50, was reportedly stunned to see the saucy snap of her lying face down in just a G-string splashed on an advertisement for her neighbor’s property.

The mom-of-three said she remembered hearing the drone buzzing high above her Mt Martha home, south-east of Melbourne, several weeks ago, reports Perth Now.

But she claimed she was left “shocked” when she walked out of her front door and saw her naked body on the hoarding.

“You could see it’s our backyard and quite clearly it was me”

“It’s in the real estate magazine, it’s on the internet and on the board and I’m really embarrassed. My son has noticed it and he’s embarrassed his mom is there,” she added.

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Contracts

3 Jofran

3 Jofran

3 Jofran Lane, off of N. Maple, reports a contract. Asking price was $2.295, 0.85 acre in the R-1 zone. Back in 2004, this house was offered at $1.995 and sold in a bidding war to these owners for $2.057. No bidding war this time, but it did sell quickly.

13 Center Drive

13 Center Drive

13 Center Drive also has a contract, also after just a few weeks. Asked $1.195 million.

87 Lake Ave

87 Lake Ave

And over at the Lake Avenue rotary, 87 Lake Avenue, which started at $1.850 last April and dropped to $1.450 in October, reports a contingent contract.

For local crime news buffs, this house was owned by Heidi Walker until 2004, when she sold it and moved to 67 Lake. Heidi’s been out of prison for a while now, but her present whereabouts are unknown or at least, she hasn’t dropped us a line.

4 Gregory Rd

4 Gregory Rd

4 Gregory Road, new Cos Cob construction off Valley Road, sold for $2.050.

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So who cares? HE got a meaningless “we’ll think about it” commitment from the Chinee to cap their emissions at 2030 levels

So, you have delivered me China - I knew I could do it!

So, you have delivered me China – I knew I could do it!

China, Australia sign huge trade agreement, the very thing Obama said he was going over to get for our country before he was distracted. The man is past incompetent, he’s an unmitigated, disastrous bungler.

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Friggin’ Tea Party racist xenophobe

This land is their land

This land is their land – Californian illegals exercise their First Amendment rights

So who said this? Rand Paul? Scott Walker/ Dollar Bill?

“[T]here’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border—a sense that what’s happening now is fundamentally different from what has gone on before.

”Not all these fears are irrational.

“The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century.

“If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole—especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan—it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.

“Native-born Americans suspect that it is they, and not the immigrant, who are being forced to adapt” to social changes caused by migration.

“When I see Mexican flags waved at pro-immigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.”

Those are the words of then-senator Barack Hussein Obama in 2006, when he was starting his run for the presidency. That was before he’d locked up the black vote. When he’d done that, he moved on to work the Mexicans.

Resident FWIW liberals are invited to comment.

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Oh please, oh please?

We could be running mates

We could be running mates!

NY GOP head (Richard Nixon’s son-in-law, just as a curiosity) claims de Blasio, not Hillary will be presidential nominee in 2016.

We should be so lucky, but it will never happen. Still, I’m tempted to send a contribution to the mayor’s secret campaign fund.

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“And what is wrong with this?”, asks Bandar A. Al-Ghamdi. “Sheep are Allah’s gift to man; sheep, and young boys.”

Fresno State ag student caught in university’s breeding barn experimenting with cross-breeding. “It’s not ewe, it’s me,” he apologized to his wooly headed partner as authorities, armed with a crowbar, forced the couple to part. 

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