Daily Archives: August 13, 2015

Phew! Now Farricker can step down from the First Selectman’s race and let her take over

Our next First Selectman, Lee Whitnum

Our next First Selectman?

Former Ct. Democrat senatorial candidate Lee Whitnum has been found guilty of a mere misdemeanor and fined just $90. Greenwich Democratic Party chairman Frank Farricker, who reluctantly put himself forward as the party’s candidate to replace Peter Tesei, is greatly relieved by Whitnum’s triumph – “all of our other potential candidates are felons”, Farricker explained to FWIW, “and ineligible to hold public office, so I had to run. But a misdemeanor is not disqualifying – in fact, it’s the mark of a good Democrat, so I look forward to turning over the reins to Lee and returning to my real estate practice here at Lockwood & Mead. I’m so happy.”

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And illegal immigration offers yet another opportunity for graft

Hubba hubba - have some cash

Hubba hubba – have some cash

Mayor DeBlasio creates $150,000 non-job for his aide’s lesbian lover.

New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio has come under fire after he was accused of giving an unadvertised job to his aide’s girlfriend with a reported salary of $150,000 a year.

Appointed as ‘campaign director’ for de Blasio’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in May, Stephanie Yazgi’s salary will initially be paid for by the taxpayers until it is covered by a delayed private grant.

The 38-year-old is the partner of one of the mayor’s most trusted aides, Emma Wolfe.

The startling findings were revealed by the New York Post, who were told by one Democrat insider that it was ‘just a made up position.’

[Blasio spokesman] Agarwal praised Ms Yazgi for her credentials, calling her ‘very experienced’ having worked as the director for Walmart Free NYC campaign.

Why illegal aliens require a “campaign director” provided at taxpayers’ expense is an open question.

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The Welfare State meets open borders

Welcome Ashore

Welcome Ashore

Violent backlash in Germany as asylum seekers pour in.

Elsewhere, the rhetoric has been no more welcoming, and often the official policies are designed to push migrants away. Right-wing parties in Denmark are seeking to clamp down on the number of people coming in, while Hungary is pushing ahead with plans to build a 13-foot-high barbed-wire fence along its border with Serbia, despite criticism from its European Union partners.

The Czech government has defended the right of the police to detain illegal migrants. Last week, its president, Milos Zeman, responded to a revoltamong migrants held in a guarded facility by saying, “No one invited you here,” and, “If you don’t like it, leave.”

Sweden’s immigrant influx triggers a backlash

And, again from Sweden, back in 2010:

In Maria’s high-rise suburb of Almgården an astonishing one in three voted for Sweden Democrats, a party dubbed “racist and neo-Nazi” and led by Jimmie Åkesson, the new young darling of the European far right.

The reason is plain. Maria pointed across the dual carriageway to the neighbouring housing scheme of Rosengård, known locally as “the ghetto”.

It is home to almost 20,000 immigrants, overwhelmingly Muslim, almost half of them jobless.

“It’s become crazy around here. You can’t go out in the evening,” said Maria, who like other locals, did not want her surname revealed. “I’ve got nothing against foreigners. I’ve been married to a Bulgarian for 40 years. But these people don’t share our values. If you don’t like the colour of our flag, I say, I’ll help you pack your bags.”

Milton Friedman pointed out the problem decades ago:

Why is it that free immigration was a good thing before 1914 and free immigration is a bad thing today?

“Well, there is a sense in which that answer is right. There is a sense in which free immigration, in the same sense in which we had it before 1914, is not possible today.

“Why not? Because it is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare.”

“So it’s one thing to come to America, it’s one thing to immigrate for jobs, it’s another for welfare.”

Obama and other supporters of the centralized state, including many Republicans, disagree but, as always, when something can’t continue, it won’t, as the Europeans are discovering.

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Better’n tinfoil

No, AJ, not these

No, AJ, not these

For those whose thinking process occurs below the belt, good news: Armored boxer shorts that will protect your package from stray cellphone radiation have gone on sale

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Pending sales reported

69 Mallar Drive

69 Mallar Drive

69 Mallard Drive, dropped from $2.450 million to $1.995, has a contract. Still an impressive price for this busy street.

11 Wynnwood

11 Wynnwood

Moving a bit up the price scale, 11 Wynnwood, asking $7.450, reports a buyer, as does

26 Woodpile

26 Woodpile

26 Wooddale, at $8.4 million. Some people still have money.

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Where’s that Riverside magic?

10 Tyler Lane

10 Tyler Lane

10 Tyler Lane has sold for $.387    $3.387; it sold for $3.2 million in 2005.

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