Daily Archives: October 29, 2015

There’s barely time to get this done, so hurry – you don’t want your child stuck at home because she lacks an official stamp of approval

Colleges designate official “costume sensitivity advisors” to make certain that their children students don’t offend.

As part of FWIW’s mission to be a full service guide to everything, we have collaborated with Walt to present three fully-approved costumes for this Saturday night. Of course, these are only suggestions, and you should feel free to express your inner self, but these three officially approved getups will give you confidence that you’ll be welcome at any holiday party.

The Gentle Genie - probably best for parties at Walt's house

The Gentle Genie – probably best for parties at Walt’s house

The Laugh Riot; best for parties at your local mosque

The Laugh Riot; best for parties at your local mosque, where no one will notice

THE KK KADET (ages 3-90)

THE KK KADET (ages 3-90)

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Remember when Obama promised to “close the revolving door” between administration jobs and lobbying positions?

Besides his contacts, he also took his Lil' Al puppet when he left

Besides his contacts, he also took his Lil’ Al puppet when he left

Well he did, and he even claimed he succeeded, back in 2009.

the WHITE HOUSE president barack obama

The President’s first Executive Order called for more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government. This action set the bar for Executive Orders and Memoranda to follow that further his commitment to a government that is open and efficient.

President Obama has taken historic steps to close the “revolving door” that carries special interest influence in and out of the government by prohibiting former lobbyists from working on issues on which they lobbied or in agencies they previously lobbied and barring them altogether from holding future positions on advisory boards and commissions.

Way back when, Open Secrets, among other sites, exposed the Obama promises as complete bunkum, just like all his promises, and cited 791 officials who had already spun through that door. That number has grown in the succeeding years, and certainly didn’t include the former head of the Department of Defense, who is now lobbying against Connecticut’s attempt to build a third casino.

Once the closest of allies who fought to defend gun control laws and hold big business accountable for 2008 financial meltdown, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Connecticut counterpart, George Jepsen, are now playing poker against each other.

Holder is a now a member of the law firm representing MGM Resorts International in a federal lawsuit. The suit claims the state’s compact with the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Tribal Nation to build a third casino near Hartford is unconstitutional.

In an Oct. 26 letter to Jepsen obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media, Holder wrote that a law passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this year granting the two tribes exclusive rights to a new casino flies in the face of competitive bidding and fair contracting.

MGM, the casino giant developing a gambling resort just over the border in Springfield, Mass., filed suit against Malloy and other state officials over the constitutionality of the agreement in August.

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This one looks intriguing

145 Old Church Road

145 Old Church Road

145 Old Church Road, listed for $2.495 million just 20 days ago, has been reduced to $2.150, with the notation that the heirs are “eager to settle estate”. I’m sure that doesn’t mean “name your own price”, but it seems to be an invitation to do so.

Looks like great space, especially for an artist, and definitely not the usual house. If you’re a horse, or an unusual person, this could work. I haven’t seen it, but there’s a public open house this Saturday, 4:30 – 6:00.

(I understand they were going to have pumpkins, but cancelled them in view of the EPA’s condemnation of the gourds as a primary source of global warming.)

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A couple of low end sales and/or pending sales reported

32 Long Meadow Road

32 Long Meadow Road

32 Long Meadow Road, NoPo, $995,000. Just 36 days on market, so I’d guess it’s going for close to ask. Not much of a house, obviously, but this is a nice, older development with good neighbors and that great beach on the river, so that makes up for a lot.

60 Cos Cob Avenue

60 Cos Cob Avenue

60 Cos Cob Avenue sold for $800,000. What’s there to say? Welcome to Greenwich.

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L.L. Bean stays smart

Not your long term customer

Not your long term customer

Once again, their Bean Boots are selling out and backorders swelling, but they seem, wisely, to be avoiding the temptation to triple capacity to meet demand from fashionistas. Remember the LaCoste fad back in the 80s? I read of an analyst who said that when she discovered that 75% of the brand’s customers were teenage girls she dumped the stock, reasoning that nothing’s more fickle than the taste of young teens. Same thing, in my experience, when the sissy crowd discovers outdoor gear. Because they don’t value it for its durability and functionality, they’re as likely to be wearing Tommy Choo slippers next February as Calvin Klein flannel wife beaters – can’t rely on the demand.

Bean’s has added a million-dollar injection machine to make more soles, and is running its two Maine factories 24-hours a day, but that’s it – no outsourcing to China, no new factories in North Carolina. The company doesn’t even care that its shoes are selling for a triple premium on Ebay, and is holding its prices where they are. “It’s nice to see how popular our boots are” a company spokesman said last year in response to the question of “losing” profits to resellers, “but we’re pleased with what we’re doing now” (I’m paraphrasing from memory, but that was the gist of it). It’s no wonder the company’s celebrating its 103rd year in business this year.

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Price cut

20 Oak Street

20 Oak Street

20 Oak Street, that odd little area behind the Mercedes dealership, neither fish nor fowl, has cut its price, again, and now asks $3.850 million. The owners paid $2.950 for it in 2006, listed it for sale in 2010 for $4.0, increased it to $4.8 six months later, then dropped it to $4.3, until today.

I don’t see any reason why it should be worth a million more than they paid for it in 2006, but perhaps a buyer will.

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Mid Country sale

124 Birch Lane

124 Birch Lane

124 Birch Lane (off North Street) sold for $2.950 million, after asking $3.695. The real winner on this property was the guy who paid $1.565 million for it in 2004, spruced it up and sold it to these owners a year later for $3.050.

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And in Old Greenwich, …

35 Center Drive

35 Center Drive – sliding into the swamp?

35 Center Drive has sold for $850,000. It sat around for over a year, which in this price range is surprising, but it started at $1.195, and that was just too high, even for dear old Old Greenwich.

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Land sale on Gilliam Lane

32 Gilliam Lane

32 Gilliam Lane

32 Gilliam Lane, Riverside, $2.495 asking. 0.69 acres. Brother Gideon, whose listing it is, reports that buyers came flocking the day it was listed. Probably because the Fountain boys moved out from next door decades ago, and the stigma has finally been erased.

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I’ll be convinced there’s a global warming crisis when warmest profiteers start being serious

It's the number one threat to global security today, you callous fools

It’s the number one threat to global security today, you callous fools

And I’ll listen to liberals if they ever relent, and allow people to enjoy the little pleasures of life.

Energy Department: Jack-o-Lanterns endanger the world.

According to the department, pumpkins decompose, releasing methane into the atmosphere and that, in turn, is going to turn the globe into a hotbox. By that logic, everything made of carbon: trees, plants, human beings, even cuddly unicorns, poses a threat to the planet.

“Make the world safe for granite schists – die” hardly sounds like a good scare campaign motto, though, so the warmists will content themselves with making the sheeple feel guilty about enjoying a pumpkin holiday once a year. By the way, fellas, Christmas Trees and Easter Eggs also decompose. Oh, the humanity!

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I wish someone had asked him for evidence of that

Orwell-QuoteMalloy campaigns with Fudrucker, and Fudrucker pulls out the ol’ Marx Brother’s line, who ya gonna believe: me, or your lying eyes?

“Hartford is not our enemy,” Farricker said. “Hartford is our friend. We’re all Connecticut people first and foremost. We work together for the common good and that can work for us.”

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