Daily Archives: April 23, 2015

I’ll have to consult my siblings about this, but if they’ll agree, I could finally meet Walt

You likea stiffy?

(I had  a caption for this, but even I was offended)

We have a memorial party (as she requested) planned for my mother on May 2nd, but because she died at 90, not many of her contemporaries are still around to celebrate her life. This might be the key to drag her male friends, at least, from their nursing homes: Chinamen now provide strippers at funerals.

BEIJING — Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas, the Ministry of Culture said Thursday.

The ministry said in a statement that it will tighten control over rural culture, where vulgar performances have been thriving because of a general lack of cultural events.

Such erotic performances at funerals are a relatively new phenomenon. Many rural people believe that a large attendance at funerals is a sign of honor for the deceased, and the shows are used to attract more people and display the family’s prosperity.


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Sooner or later, any house in Greenwich will sell

195 Clapboard Ridge

195 Clapboard Ridge

After 8 years, 195 Clapboard Ridge Road, $3.1 million, has a contract. Owners paid $2.6 (or $2.7 or $3.050 – three different reported prices, depending on where you look) *  for it back in 2005, renovated it and expanded it 1,000 feet, and put it back up for sale in 2007 for $4.6 million. I saw it a few times over the years and it was a nice house, but never, in my opinion (or the market’s) worth its asking price at the time. It’s been sitting around at this $3.1 price since last September, so I’d guess its owner finally gave up – I assume its final selling price will be below $3. At the right price, it might even be a land sale.

* Now that I think about it, I think I remember that the present owner lost out on a bidding war, and a week after the winner paid $2.7 for it, she paid him $3.050. Lucky her.


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The vast, right wing conspiracy has now added the NYT and Washington Post to its ranks

I'm telling you, we did NOT have sex with those rubles!

I’m telling you, we did NOT have sex with those rubles!

Hillary Clinton, who last blamed a “vast, right-wing conspiracy” when it was being whispered about that some bit of trailer trash named Monica Lewinsky had being giving Bill blow jobs in the Oval Office, is back to that claim now, to counter  evidence of her selling the office of Secretary of State to Russians and anyone else who’d pay her.

That’s a little hard to believe, now that the gold standard of liberal “thought” [sic], the New York Times and the Washington Post are detailing the specifics of her corruption.

“Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown,” The Times concludes. “But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.”

Now that Hillary Clinton formally announced a presidential run, her foundation has come under increasing scrutiny.

Her family’s charities are refiling at least five tax returns after Reuters found errors in how the foundations reported donations from governments, the news wire reported this week.

I don’t know who the left establishment has decided will be the Democrat nominee for president but clearly, it won’t be Hillary.

UPDATE: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors: “For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years. Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars.”


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Here’s a pleasant surprise

Post- Earth Day rally, National Mall

Post- Earth Day rally, National Mall

I saw the headline, “GHS initiative focuses on student center trash”, and assumed it was going to be about another useless effort to recycle plastic water bottles or perhaps burning those bottles in the center of the student center to generate power. Instead, it turns out that (some of) the students want their peers to stop being pigs and to clean up after themselves.

All Greenwich High School students have a new, hands-on assignment.

They can no longer count on anyone else to clean up their tables after they have lunch. On Wednesday, student government leaders launched the Clean Student Center Initiative, which calls on students to clear their places and dispose of all their trash. Custodians will no longer clean up after them.

“It’s teaching students a lesson for later in life,” said senior Blake Reinken, the student government president. “You’re entitled to nothing. No one will pick up your trash for you after you leave here, so it shouldn’t be any different while you’re here. Our motto is ‘freedom with responsibility.’ It’s time we start acting like that’s our motto.”

I’ve always found it interesting that conservative rallies in public spaces are always left pretty much spotless, while Occupy Wall Street, Mother Gaia, and other demonstrations leave rubble piles of litter that rival those of the worst slums of Calcutta. The reason for that difference, I think, is that conservatives honor themselves and others by taking responsibility for themselves, while liberals assume that the government, or no one, so long as it’s not them, will clean up their mess. Maybe the GHS students could supplement this initiative with the formation of some conservative clubs.


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Tom Wolfe in Greenwich

Hubba hubba

Hubba hubba

Wolfe famously described the anorexic women of high society NYC as “social x-rays” in his masterpiece, “Bonfire of the Vanities”. I thought of that term, again, today, when I passed three dog-walking ladies in back country Greenwich. Why anyone thinks herself attractive with pipe stem legs wrapped tightly in spandex is beyond me. They look like Haitians in the last stage of starvation.

These ladies may be Stanwich Church parishioners expressing their solidarity with the poor of the world, but as an idle appreciator of the female figure, give me some curves.


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The marketplace speaks

Say goodbye to all that

Say goodbye to all that

Owners are trading in their electric cars and buying SUVs in record numbers

22%, according to Edmunds, twice the number of a few years ago. This despite the $7,500 extracted from their fellow taxpayers and given to buyers of electric cars. Reasons include, obviously, the drop in gasoline prices, which now doubles the time it will take to recoup the extra cost (from 5 years to 10), but also the cost of a replacement battery, and other factors too:

Electric cars are also facing increased competition from more fuel-efficient vehicles. Aside from market forces, federal fuel efficiency standards have been forcing automakers to increase the miles per gallon of engines.

Electric cars also suffer from issues with battery life. Each hybrid or electric car battery can cost thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars, which only helps tip the economic scale in favor of traditional vehicles.

“It wouldn’t make sense to replace a 12-year old battery with a new battery that’s going to last 12 years, because chances are the car’s not going to last that long,” Eric Ibara with Kelley Blue Book told Detroit News.

Obama vowed to put 1,000,000 electric cars on our streets by the end of his tenure; so far, he’s 800,000 shy of that promise, and losing ground steadily. Too bad he didn’t heed the lesson of King Canute.


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