Daily Archives: January 12, 2015

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farsideEast Hampton will spend $1,000 per deer to trap, surgically sterilize and re-release does back into the neighborhood. Do-gooders have raised $110,000 for the project, which is laughable; there are an estimated 35,000 deer on the eastern end of Long Island, and if 110 deer eventually die off, leaving no heirs, that will still leave 34,890 deer available to take their place.

Ijits.

 

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Kind of dampens the aura of moral outrage raised by their suit against gun manufacturers

Newtown parents sue their fellow taxpayers for Sandy Hook tragedy.

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But penguins are so sensitive

 “Penguin Awareness Day” to be celebrated at the Bruce Museum next Tuesday evening. In fact, it sounds like a fascinating presentation.

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Profiles in courage

WWJD?

WWJD?

NYT (and the Washington Post, and other major media) refused to run the Charlie cartoons. James Taranto dug up the paper’s thinking on other such incidences when, as in the Virgin Mary smeared with cowshit “art” it did include depictions of the offending piece.

  • “It is understandable that many Roman Catholics would find Chris Ofili’s image of the Virgin Mary [featuring elephant dung and cutouts from pornographic magazines] offensive. Others would agree with our colleague William Safire that while the Brooklyn Museum has a right to show what it likes, the administrators have been clumsy or needlessly provocative. . . . [But] a museum is obliged to challenge the public as well as to placate it, or else the museum becomes a chamber of attractive ghosts, an institution completely disconnected from art in our time.”—editorial, New York Times, Oct. 2, 1999
  • “The origins of the video, which mocks the Prophet Muhammad, are not clear. There is considerable speculation about who even produced the film, which largely went unnoticed until it was promoted on the Internet by Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian ally of Terry Jones, a Florida pastor and hatemonger whose threats to burn a copy of the Koran inspired deadly riots in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. However offensive the video is, it could never justify the violence in Benghazi and Cairo. But Mr. Jones, Mr. Sadek and whoever made the film did true damage to the interests of the United States and its core principle of respecting all faiths.”—editorial, New York Times, Sept. 13, 2013
  • “There are some who will say that Charlie Hebdo tempted the ire of Islamists one too many times, as if coldblooded murder is the price to pay for putting out a magazine. The massacre was motivated by hate. It is absurd to suggest that the way to avoid terrorist attacks is to let the terrorists dictate standards in a democracy.”—editorial, New York Times, Jan. 8, 2015
  • “I talked to the executive editor, Dean Baquet, on Thursday morning about his decision not to show the images of the prophet Muhammad. . . . Ultimately, he decided against it, he said, because he had to consider foremost the sensibilities of Times readers, especially its Muslim readers. To many of them, he said, depictions of the prophet Muhammad are sacrilegious; those that are meant to mock even more so. ‘We have a standard that is long held and that serves us well: that there is a line between gratuitous insult and satire. Most of these are gratuitous insult.’ ”—public editor Margaret Sullivan, New York Times website, Jan. 8, 2015

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Accountability

WSJ: “Regretful White House acknowledges ‘mistake’ not sending a high ranking official to Paris”.

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama regrets his decision not to send a top White House official to represent the U.S. at a march in Paris on Sunday that drew dozens of world leaders in a show of solidarity against terrorism, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The response to criticism that neither Mr. Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attended the event marked a rare public admission of a mistake by the White House.

“I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile,” Mr. Earnest said on Monday. “I think the president himself would have liked to have the opportunity to be there.”

The highest-ranking U.S. official at the march was the American ambassador to France, Jane Hartley. Mr. Obama didn’t make that decision, Mr. Earnest said, adding that no one at the White House brought such a request to the president’s attention. Mr. Earnest declined to say specifically who made the decision to send the ambassador, except that it was a White House official.

As a WSJ reader comments on this blaming of an unknown staffer, “send me the head of Willie the Mailboy!”

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It’s come to this

That's wasist!

That’s waysist!

Liberals denounce as racist Korean-American comedienne Margaret Cho dressing up as a North Korean general.

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Finally

105 Dingletown Rd

105 Dingletown Rd

105 Dingletown Road, which started off at $8 million in 2010 and gradually dropped to $2.999, has a contingent contract. Two acres with a 9,000 sq.ft. white elephant of a house that will probably be scraped off. Final sales price? I’m guessing $2.650.

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Remember when public servants worked for us?

I wonder how the Little People are doing down there?

I wonder how the Little People are doing down there?

Well no, neither do I, but they didn’t used to make it so blatant that we work for them, as they do now. For instance, HHS workers have been routinely upgrading to First Class on their flights about the country and the world, all at our expense, because they deserve it.

Helping America’s poor, aged and sick is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ reason for being, but hundreds of its top officials are traveling in style and luxury at taxpayer expense.

Records obtained by the Washington Examiner under the Freedom of Information Act show that HHS executives spent $31 million taking 7,000 first class and business class flights between 2009 and 2013, including 253 trips for which a one-way ticket cost more than $15,000.

Half the records listed the price of a coach ticket for comparison. For that portion alone, the upgrade boosted the cost by almost $14 million, from $4.9 million to $18.5 million.

Federal employees are allowed to fly business or first class if the flight is longer than 14 hours, but only 1,400 of the 7,000 flights met that description.

For the vast majority of the flights — 5,100 — the government executives upgraded because they claimed they had a medical disability that necessitated it.

Others cited “exceptional security circumstances,” that no coach tickets were available, that a non-federal source was footing the bill, that first or business class was “required because of agency mission.”

Then-Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took 14 first- or business-class trips totaling $56,000, including flights to and within India and from Paris to Vietnam.

The Food and Drug Administration took 2,000 upgraded trips costing $14 million and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took 3,000 trips costing $11 million. The National Institutes of Health took 1,300 such trips costing $3.5 million.

One flight for the Food and Drug Administration from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles , then to Australia and Germany, is listed as costing $26,469.23, with the upgrade because of a medical disability. A flight to Germany cost $23,000 for the same reason. Another FDA staffer spent an extra $10,000 of taxpayer money to fly first class from San Francisco to D.C.

A flight by FDA inspector David Heiar to India cost $30,000. Inspector Robert Horan flew to Hong Kong at a cost of $21,427 when coach would have cost $5,021. Another inspector flew to Australia for $12,344 when coach was $543.

But over 1,000 trips were for conferences, training sessions, speeches and meetings. An additional 1,000 records didn’t have a description of the purpose.

That’s just one of fourteen departments, and the government itself has no idea how many agencies and federal programs it’s running. Not to worry, though; we’ve been assured by no less a Democrat than Nancy Pelosi that “the cupboard is bare, there’s nothing left to cut.”

Something you can remember this April 15th so that you’ll feel better about our government.

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Free house?

420 North Street

420 North Street

420 North Street is approaching that status at $2.699, although it’s not quite there yet. Still, a very nice one – acre (on North, but decently shielded) with an almost-new home (1948 original, basically rebuilt and expanded a few years ago. The layout works for me, although someone else might want to add a playroom or some such thing, which the FAR should allow. Failing that, tear it down and use the grade to take advantage of extra FAR and build a bigger new home.

 

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