Daily Archives: November 24, 2014

If this becomes law here, there are plenty of hedge funders who’ll be able to cry rape

Trophy wife

Trophy wife

New Jersey Democrats want to expand rape to include consent to intercourse obtained via fraud or deception.

I know a number of financially sophisticated Greenwich men who have been shocked, shocked to discover that their third wife really didn’t adore their bald spot and Buddha tummy, and were really in it for the money. Who knew?

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He really is a stupid head

Obama can’t handle a question from a friendly interrogator. 

President Obama completely fumbles when George Stephanopolous asks him how he’d respond if a future president takes the same action on taxes that Obama has taken on immigration. Incredibly, Obama responds as if he’d never heard or thought of this argument before, stumbling blindly along immigration talking points without answering the actual question.

Stephanopolous asked: “How do you respond to the argument, a future president comes in and wants lower taxes. Doesn’t happen. Congress won’t do it; so he says ‘I’m not going to prosecute those who don’t pay capital gains tax.’”

“The truth of the matter is George,” said the President, haltingly, “The reason that we, have to do.. uhm prosecutorial discretion in immigration, is that we know, that we – are not even close to being able to deal with the folks who have been here a long time…” Obama then pivoted to immigration talking points, without addressing the original question.

“The vast majority of folks understand that they need to pay taxes, and when we conduct an audit, for example, we are selecting those folks who are most likely to be cheating,” said Obama. “We’re not going after millions and millions of people who everybody knows are here and were taking advantage of low wages as they’re mowing lawns or cleaning out bedpans, and looking the other way.”

“So you don’t think it’d be legitimate for a future president to make that argument?” Stephanopoulos said.

Obama: “With respect to taxes? Absolutely not.”

Today Obama did a pre-holiday news dump, announcing 3,400 + new regulations during a week when Americans are pre-occupied (to be fair, Americans don’t seem to notice these things anyway). Many of the most egregious of those regulations are from the EPA. If we get a Republican president in 2016, one of his first official acts should be to summarily suspend via executive order enforcement of all EPA regulations; every single one of them. That would give the new legislature time to abolish the EPA and create a new agency, if necessary, charged with enforcing specific laws enacted by Congress but with no authority to issue regulations on its own.

And, as constitutional scholars like JRH and Dollar Bill will hasten to assure us, it will all be perfectly legal and well with the chief executive’s powers.

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Advice we all can use

I'm going to Disney World!

I’m going to in Disney World!

Except Russia, which already practices it. Kerry to Russia: “Just ignore Obama”. When even the second-dumbest-guy in Washington figures out who the dumbest one is, we’re probably in trouble.

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Bottom story of the day

Never let a Maine marketing class design your campaign

Never let a UM marketing class design your campaign

University of Maine fails to set flannel shirt attendance record.

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It looks like it’s raining something besides milk

Coca-Cola introduces new brand of milk it promises “will rain money”.

Not if this proposed ad campaign is used. At least they aren’t selling chocolate milk or lemonade; I’ll give them that, but (t) it sure looks unappetizing to me, especially the last poster on the right. Blow it out your …, buddy.

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As if poor India didn’t have enough problems

PETA warrior

PETA warrior

Animal rights activists unleash squads of killer monkeys on the populace.

It’s like “Planet of the Apes” in northern India — where countless mobs of marauding monkeys have been wreaking havoc on residents, killing at least one.

Panicked locals in Himachal Pradesh province have been fighting to keep the primates’ paws off of them after an ordinance was passed banning people from capturing the monkeys to sell for medical research, Central European News reports.

The new legislation has led to a primate boom in Shimla, where they have an average of 400 monkey bites per month. The wild creatures are responsible for one death and have left another person in critical condition.

“The growth of monkeys is at its peak,” said regional chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir. “It is shocking to record that in the last week, we have lost the precious life of a young woman.”

The unnamed victim was cornered by an angry gang of monkeys when she tried to shoo them off her farm, according to CEN. The vicious beasts attacked and killed the woman.

Locals are up in arms and have condemned the lack of government action.

“Our hands are tied,” said local deputy mayor Takinder Panwar. “We are no longer allowed to cull them or export them for medical research. As a result, the population is too large to be supported in the wild and they come into the town looking for easy food.”

But former Indian Forest Service ranger and Nature Watch campaigner Rajeshwar Negi isn’t ready to budge from his stand on the monkey ban just yet.

“We strongly reject and condemn the demands for either culling or allowing the export of monkeys for medical research,” he said.

Another victim of the wild monkeys is an 86-year-old, who survived an attack by a black-faced langur but is in critical condition at a local hospital with multiple bite wounds and fractures. Langurs can grow up to 4 feet tall and can weigh over 40 pounds, according to CEN.

Easy enough to understand the objection to using monkeys for medical research, although I don’t share that objection, but refusing to allow their culling, and blaming it on an overpopulation of humans? Sounds as though western PETA types have washed ashore in Asia to join their co-religionists who are also fighting GMO grains, capitalism and anything else that might improve the lives of the poor.

Despite the civil unrest and injuries, conservationists claim the only reason the estimated 400,000 monkeys in the region are a problem is because of the rapidly expanding towns and villages being built by humans.

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Best comment/intro of the day

Our next president, really?

Our next president, really?

From Instapundit

WELL, WITH HILLARY IT’S MORE LIKE BEN-GAY AND GIN:  Can any 2016 Democrat have that ‘new car smell’?

 

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I’ve never understood why this is a crime

Attorney Murphy on a better day, testifying on behalf of Michael Skakel

Attorney Murphy on a better day, testifying on behalf of Michael Skakel

Law professor [sort of – Ed] and five others arrested in prostitution sting.

The Southington Police Department arrested six men on Friday, Nov. 14 after an undercover prostitution operation that was planned after numerous reports of prostitutes actively working at several motels in the area.

An officer posed as a prostitute and responded to numerous requests for sexual activity in exchange for money. The officer arranged to meet at a local motel room, and the suspects who showed up were arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute.

… Murphy is a prominent trial lawyer who is bar certified in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He owns his own firm, Advocates Law Firm, which defends victims of accidents and malpractice, as well as those accused of criminal or professional misconduct.

Murphy is also an adjunct instructor at UConn Law, where he is teaching trial advocacy this term, according to the UConn course catalog.

… According to Transparency.CT.gov, Murphy earned $1,618.66 in his role at UConn during fiscal year 2013. He earned the same amount, give or take $1, for fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010.

The prospect of intense intimacy with a complete stranger always struck me as icky, so I’ve never done it (never paid to do it, at least), but sexual acts between consenting adults doesn’t seem to me to be a fit area of concern for the government. Nevertheless, it is illegal here in the United States, and the fact that Attorney Brown can loosely be called a “law professor” ensures he’ll be in the headlines – if it bleeds, it leads.

Murphy does have a slight connection to Greenwich: he served as an expert witness on legal ethics in the last Skakel appeal. I suppose there’s some irony in that.

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Before I head north, a bit of real estate news

18 Hawkwood Lane

18 Hawkwood Lane

It took a year, but 18 Hawkwood Lane, a 1984 contemporary on a back lot asking $2.450 million, has a contract.  Not my cup of tea, but a good location, and considering that the owners paid $1,587,500 for it in 1994, not a bad price.

 

 

1 North Street, Cos Cob

1 North Street, Cos Cob

 

1 North Street, Cos Cob (the street off Valley Road, across from the water filter plant), a foreclosed property owned by its lender since 2008, when that institution swallowed an $880,000 mortgage, reports a pending deal. Last asking $559,900, this seemed like a good deal, notwithstanding that the defaulting borrowers left it in very poor shape.

 

12 Long View Ave

12 Long View Ave

And, too soon to have hit Zillow (but check that site later in the day), 12 Long View Avenue [sic – it’s a three-house scrap of a road linking Armstrong to Gilliam Lane, and if it has a long view of anything, it’s a philosophical one] in Riverside, new construction asking $3.695 million, has been listed today. A fair price for this area, and it should sell, probably before it’s completed in the spring.

The builder paid $2.675 for the land last year (when it was listed as 14 Long View) and has split it into two 0.35 acre lots. I assume this is the front lot, but I haven’t been by to check.

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9 Willow Rd

9 Willow Rd

Still in Riverside, and still for sale, 9 Willow Road has cut its price again and is now back to the $2.3 the owners paid for it in 2008. Decent street, although Willow does serve as a cut through for those wishing to avoid Riverside Avenue, but the house, as its price reflects, is a bit dull. It sold at the height of the market in 2006 for $2.575 and those buyers, perhaps buoyed by irrational exuberance, slapped a new roof on it in 2007 and tried reselling it for $2.850; imagine their disappointment when they only got the $2.3 mentioned above.

This time, it started (in September) at a more modest $2.499, but even that hasn’t worked. To me, $2.3 doesn’t seem crazy.

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With lovers like this, who needs enemies?

Death of a banana republic dictator

Death of a banana republic dictator

Crackhead Barry remembered for “his love for D.C.”.

Love for the city? He ruined it, and made life even more miserable for its inhabitants than any other of the city’s leaders, before or since.

Lest he be buried under the fulsome praise of Barry O and others without a mention of how and what he really was all about, here’s a piece from the Atlantic in 1997 that summarized his charms.

The people who have the most right to feel this way toward Barry are the poor, working-class, and lower-middle-class blacks of Washington, the neglected people to whom he promised a better deal.

They should feel betrayed because, contrary to what Barry led them to believe, he did not institute a populist municipal government dedicated to serving those most in need. Instead he instituted a municipal government whose rhetoric was populist but whose actions systematically favored white commercial interests and black bureaucrats and entrepreneurs who zealously demanded their cut of the city’s budget regardless of the cost to the citizenry as a whole.

During Barry’s tenure and with his active encouragement the District gave sweetheart deals to white businessmen, deals that cost it millions in forgone and desperately needed revenue. And in the guise of advancing black power Barry funneled lucrative municipal accounts to minority contractors (many of whom were his cronies) who then, all too often, supplied Washington residents with inferior goods and services at high prices.

[P] rior to Barry’s tenure the public schools bought cornflakes for $8 a carton. After his ascension to power the city changed suppliers on racial grounds, a reform that raised the cost of cornflakes to $13.50 a carton and that amounted, to paraphrase the superintendent of schools, to taking food out of a black kid’s stomach so that some black dude could get rich.

This is the best the black community can come up with as a model politician?

 

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I want one of these for my own hunting grounds

Sister Lorin sends this along:

deer baiting

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View from the cheap seats

Well, gift seats anyway, from Jim Bell and the Patriots. As someone who misspent his youth in bleacher seats in the nosebleed sections of various forums, I ask, how cool is this?

Patriots Game

Kids selfie

Kids selfie

Sarah ponders her incredible timing, rivaling that of Odell Beckham himself, in switching allegiance from the Giants to the Patriots when she moved to Maine

Sarah ponders her incredible timing, rivaling that of Odell Beckham himself, in switching allegiance from the Giants to the Patriots when she moved to Maine

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Global warming strikes: 6″ of snow on Thanksgiving?

Snow on a Turkey day

Snow on a Turkey day – Istanbul

That’s the possibility, although it looks as though the brewing storm will skirt lower CT and NYC. I’ll be up in Maine by then, where snow is not exactly unexpected.

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