Daily Archives: December 9, 2014

They can always ask the girls to bring back lunch from school

Obamas mourn departure of their personal chef. Fret not, the daughters attend Sidwell Friends School, which is a private institution exempt from the public school dietary requirements imposed by Mama Obama, so they get to eat things like this, which is today’s (December 9th) menu: 

Potato Sausage Soup; Firecracker Slaw; California Chef’s Salad; All Natural Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings; Sweet Potato Black Bean Bake; Sautéed Local Greens; Gemelli Alfredo; Sliced Pineapple

Asked why her girls didn’t eat healthy tofu patties and bean casserole like ordinary American school children, Michelle explained: “for the same reason Barry and me don’t stay at the Red Roof Inn when we travel, cracker – we’re special.”

Tidwell Friends  amuse-bouche

Sidwell Friends amuse-bouche

Public school s**t on a shingle

Public school s**t on a shingle

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The friends Hillary just hasn’t met yet

And ow much did YOU fetch at the bazar?

And how much did YOU fetch at the bazar?

ISIS releases pamphlet for the proper treatment of sex slaves, including tips on when to beat them and when it is appropriate to screw a pre-pubescent girl (whenever a true believer feels like it, basically). Includes a recommended price guide for such slaves, with the price increasing as the age goes down.

The ha-ha-funny thing about the Democrats’ release of their torture report, aside from its omitting to mention that the program began under Clinton and continued with the knowledge and approval of Democrats like Pelosi and Feinstein for all these years, is that no one outside of Dollar Bill really cares what was done to these people.

I certainly won’t lose any sleep.

Looks mean, but we must respect their masters' feelings and needs

Looks mean, but we must respect their masters’ feelings and needs

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Big sale on Lake Avenue

895 Lake Avenue

895 Lake Avenue

895 Lake Avenue, new construction by BSF, asked $10.995 million, got $9.025. The builders paid $3.1 for this 4-acre lot back in 2008 and when the market crashed they decided to try to sell it, ultimately asking as little as $2.395 for it in June, 2012. I tried to interest a couple of buyers in it, without success, and I’m sure other agents did too. The company saw conditions improving and went ahead with its original plans much, I’m sure, to its satisfaction now.

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Probably not a home run

48 Walsh Lane

48 Walsh Lane

48 Walsh Lane, in almost in Belle Haven, has sold for $5.2 million (June contract). Sellers paid $4 million in 2008 for the 1959 house standing on the property and, according to the listing, “completely rebuilt it” the following year. They put it back up for sale a year ago May, for $6.850 million, so this final selling price was doubtless a disappointment.

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Well, maybe

11 Meyer, as envisioned

11 Meyer, as envisioned

11 Meyer Place (Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike Ext. South), new construction, has been listed for $2.888 million. Listing claims 5,000 sq.ft., at least a third of which must be underground. I’m skeptical that a house on Meyer can command this much; nothing has before, but the Riverside market has gone crazy, so who knows? I still think, though, that a $3 million house has to be below Lockwood Road.

The Zillow listing linked to, by the way, is all screwed up, conflating the house that was torn down to make this one with the new home’s description.

UPDATE: I was doing the FAR calculations for this place: 0.26 acre, 43,560 X .26 = 11,325, X FAR .225 = 2,548 sq.ft., and I’m stuck wondering how they got 5,000 sq.feet out of that number. Interesting. I do note that the garage apparently extends only half the depth of the house, with an open, non-FAR-counting porch in the rear half, and I suppose that, and  very deep basement, helps. Another note: there appears to be no chimney on this “timeless classic”, yet the listing shows a fireplace – electric wall accessory?

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Old Greenwich contract

3 Bennett Street

3 Bennett Street

3 Bennett Street, $2.695, 54 days on market. Owners paid $2.175 million in 2012, redid the bathrooms and finished the basement.

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Contingent contract

18 Gregory Rd18 Gregory Road, Cos Cob, asking $889,000, reports a contract after just 13 days, so presumably it’s going for close to (above?) asking price. It’s listed as both land and a re-do job; assuming this is a land sale, I suppose an end user can pay this much for land and make out alright, but the last two sales of new houses here were for $2.150 each, so there’s not much room for a builder to make a profit.

Or I wouldn’t think so, anyway.

18 Gregory Road

18 Gregory Road

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Out on a limb

I foresee an advisory fee

I foresee an advisory fee

Morgan Stanley to clients: Chinese stocks could go way, way up or way, way down.

Or stay the same.

Do people actually pay for this information? No wonder bonuses are so huge on Wall Street.

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One night in Bri$bane for our own prince

Fit for a king

Fit for a king

Taxpayers paid $1.7 million for hotel accommodations for Obama’s one-night-stay at the G20 summit.

That includes 4,096 rooms for his entourage (not a misprint) and the most expensive place in the house, a $2,000 penthouse for the weary president.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott opted for the thrifty $270-a-night Rydges hotel, while Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe required just $170 of public funds for his stay at Novotel.

Obama’s room at the Marriott was the 1,410-square-foot presidential suite on the top floor, with a king sized bed and panoramic views of Brisbane River.

Was this man’s sense of entitlement inculcated by his affirmative action educational career, or do you suppose he was born this way?

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NOAA: California drought natural, not man-made

And lo, Scroll 6A was opened, and the Lord said, "the non-believers shall be consumed by fire - ye sheep can come up here and stay with me"

And lo, Scroll 6A was opened, and the Lord said, “the non-believers shall be consumed by fire – ye sheep can come up here and stay with me”

And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth

Natural weather patterns, not man-made global warming, are causing the historic drought parching California, says a study out Monday from federal scientists.

“It’s important to note that California’s drought, while extreme, is not an uncommon occurrence for the state,” said Richard Seager, the report’s lead author and professor with Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. The report was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report did not appear in a peer-reviewed journal but was reviewed by other NOAA scientists.

“In fact, multiyear droughts appear regularly in the state’s climate record, and it’s a safe bet that a similar event will happen again,” he said.

The persistent weather pattern over the past several years has featured a warm, dry ridge of high pressure over the eastern north Pacific Ocean and western North America. Such high-pressure ridges prevent clouds from forming and precipitation from falling.

The study notes that this ridge — which has resulted in decreased rain and snowfall since 2011 — is almost opposite to what computer models predict would result from human-caused climate change.

Naturally, parishioners of the Holy Church of Mother Gaia are outraged

“The authors of the new report would really have us believe that is merely a coincidence and has nothing to do with the impact of human-caused climate change?” Penn State meteorologist Michael Mann wrote Monday in The Huffington Post. “Frankly, I don’t find that even remotely plausible.”

Mann said the NOAA report focuses primarily on the lack of precipitation, not the unusually high temperatures measured in the oceans as well as across California.

“This study completely fails to consider what climate change is doing to water in California,” wrote Kevin Trenberth, head of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He said the work “completely misses” how hotter air increases drying by evaporating more of it from the ground.

The NOAA report focused on the lack of precipitation because – well, it hasn’t been raining much out there. If the religious nuts really think that evaporation is the cause of their woes, and not the lack of rain, if they will ignore science, and ignore the fact that their predictive computer models are exactly wrong, then they should probably give up their “scientific” careers and go to work for Rolling Stone, covering the rape beat.

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