Daily Archives: October 20, 2015

Forget ISIS and Al Qaeda, the Saudi royal family will self-destruct on its own

And I will now turn around and fart in YOUR face, your Majesty

Having greeted the audience, I will now turn around and fart in YOUR face, your Majesty

Abdullah’s son forced sex on women and men: “I am a prince, and I do what I want. You are nobody” 

All three of the women claim to have seen the royal having his penis ‘stroked’ by a male aide and say they were forced to stay in the room and watch as the encounter unfolded.

Another says she was made to watch while a different male aide bent over and broke wind in Al Saud’s face – apparently at his request. 

Other than his appreciation of natural gas, all this sounds very un-Islamic- like, yet totally in accord with all the other stories over the years of the Saudi rulers. Despite all the support they’ve given to terrorists and their establishment of wasabi schools as the standard education in the country, even the less excitable of Mohammed’s followers have got to be growing tired of these sand fleas.


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It’s time to end the co-ed college experiment

Williams co-eds, with guardian, taken out for a breath of fresh air

Williams co-eds, with guardian, taken out for a bit of fresh air

Although they’ve tried bravely, girl students are simply too delicate and frail to withstand the rigors of the real world, and their education must be returned to the cloistered safety of an all-girl environment.

Latest example of this comes from the once-respected Williams College, which just cancelled a woman’s speech because the girls on campus demanded they be protected from the uncomfortable suggestion that, as the speaker would have suggested, there’s a difference between “equality” and “equal participation in all things”.

For the past two months, I’ve been preparing a speech for my upcoming visit to Williams College in Massachusetts. I was invited to speak at the university on behalf of its ‘Uncomfortable Learning’ Speaker Series. The purpose of this program, or “club,” is to provide intellectual diversity in an atmosphere in which debate is heavily influenced by left-leaning scholars.

“There is no learning without being uncomfortable,” says Williams College student David Gaines. “One cannot learn and grow without being challenged and made to think.”

Funny, ‘uncomfortable’ is the exact word I used in the opening remarks of the speech I’d prepared—before I even knew the title of the speaking series. Here’s the exact paragraph:

My goal for you all, my purpose in being here today, is to inspire you to think for yourselves. Do not be swayed by groupthink no matter what your friends, your family or the culture believe. Do not be afraid to ask yourself questions that may make you uncomfortable. And do not be afraid of the answers.

From there I had planned to talk about feminism, but from a different perspective than the one students are used to hearing. I was going to tell them why feminism fails. (Hint: because it denies the existence of biology and teaches that equality means sameness, which is a losing proposition when it comes to planning a life—particularly if that life includes marriage and family.)

Though my contact didn’t give a reason, the day before he’d sent me this email: “Dear Ms. Venker, A quick heads up…We’ve been advertising the event, and it’s already stirring a lot of angry reactions among students on campus. We just wanted to make you aware of the current state of students before your presentation…”

Despite the fortuitous match between my message and the ‘Uncomfortable Learning Speakers Series,’ my talk was cancelled several days prior to the event. “Thank you for agreeing to speak,” read the email, “but we’re not going to be able to host this event.”

And so, the school caved.

Oooh, scary man! Save us Proctor, save us!

Oooh, scary man! Save us Proctor, save us!

Although even an all-girl school may not be enough to protect these little flowers. At Wellesley, the temporary installation (I was going to use “erection”, but don’t want to send the more sensitive readers into a tailspin) of a man in underwear evoked a furious response from the students, who claimed that it was a “trigger” for all sorts of vile memories. The more I think about it, the Muslims probably have the right idea: let’s not educate girls at all, keep them inside the house, and let them out only in the company of a male protector.

If I were a modern young woman, I would be ashamed of my peers, and furious at what they are doing to the notion of equality between sexes.


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Wall Street’s favorite toy manufacturer takes a hit

Bump in the road

Bump in the road

Tesla shares got hammered today when Consumer Reports trashed its reliability.

Tesla’s stock has lost steam since the summer, down 28% since its July 20 high, versus a drop of 4.9% for the S&P 500 in the same time. Following the release of its long-awaited Model X SUV at the end of September, famed short seller James Chanos and several Wall Street analysts signaled concerns about the path of the stock.

Shares of Elon Musk’s electric car-company surged during 2013 and 2014, rallying 557% in that time, well outperforming the S&P 500′s 44% increase during the same period.

I haven’t seen any Teslas up here in Maine, not even ones that might belong to visitors, probably for the reason that Portland is blessedly beyond the car’s battery range.


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Riverside contract

24 Meadow Road

24 Meadow Road

24 Meadow Road, asking $ 2.195 million. I wrote about this house here on September 30, and predicted it would sell quickly, given the sparce inventory for homes in this price range and location. That wasn’t genius speaking, just an observation on the market.

Nice house. Since my own clients purchased the house next door, number 24, for $1.875 this past March and since I, naturally, thought 24 was a better home, I’m pleased to see this one go so quickly.


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Flooding and property values

43 Keofferam replacement home

43 Keofferam replacement home

43 Keofferam Road sold for $3.550 million in 2005 . Today it can be had for $2.795  which includes plans for a FEMA – approved new home.

I assume that the new house and the lower price reflect Hurricane Sandy’s visit to Old Greenwich in 2012. While the homeowners have suffered a great loss, as an aside, this looks like a pretty good deal, assuming you like the new house design, because all the regulatory hoops have been jumped through already, saving a buyer what wold probably be 18-24 months of delay.

And to my eye, the house seems nicely designed, fitting in with Keofferam’s style.


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Even a mere million-dollar shanty deserves better than this

These days, a home’s first exposure to the market is on the Internet, where potential buyers look for houses that merit further attention. So put your best foot forward, right?

Herewith, Coldwell Banker’s presentation of 21 Old Kings Highway, $995,000, for your consideration:

terrace deck Basement laundry master bath? master bedroom bathroom living room Entrance


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