Daily Archives: February 2, 2016

Still going begging, but its owner isn’t

549 North Street

549 north Street

549 North Street is back as “new’, after expiring unsold since last December. Price remains at $8.750 million for this 13,000 sq.ft. edifice, but that’s better than the $12.5 it looked for back in 2005, when it was first put up for sale (a year after it was bought new from Kaali-Nagy, it seems). Eleven years on, maybe this will be its year.

But don’t cry for him, Argentina, or Greenwich. According to an Internet search, the owner’s happily ensconced down on Mead Point in an even larger home, valued at $21 million.


My other house is a Volkswagen


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Cop-student escorted from classroom because his teacher said he made her nervous

Walt sends along this latest bit of inanity from our college campuses.

ALBANY, Ga. – An instructor at Darton State College recently ejected a uniformed police officer from the classroom because his presence made the instructor “uncomfortable,” though school officials are now apologizing.

dartonDarton College officials acknowledged in a statement that a uniformed police officer attending class in his spare time was told to leave the classroom after the teacher became “uncomfortable,” WALB reports.

“School officials confirmed the police officer was escorted out of the classroom, but did not elaborate,” according Fox 32 Chicago.

Unfortunately, the moron at the blackboard is not named, but Darton, as a state college, is subject to the control of the Georgia legislature, so I hope some enterprising politician in the capital (I assume Georgia has such a thing), will investigate and fire her sorry ass.


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And another

83 sawmill

83 Sawmill Lane

83 Sawmill Lane, asking $3.1 million, is pending sale. Owners paid $2.895 for it in 2002, tried for $3.450 in 2013, and rented it out ($11,500 per) when they couldn’t sell it. The listing describes it as “the house you’ve been waiting for”, but apparently that referred to the sellers, not buyers.

That said, and overlooking the unfortunate facade, not a terrible house at all.


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3 new contracts reported

2 finney knoll

2 Finney Knoll

2 Finney Knoll Lane, next to Balducci’s, asked $1.895 million. Owners paid $2.150 million for it new in 2006, but there you have it. I like the houses in this development, and $1.895 is right in line with what houses in the Riverside Lane neighborhood have been selling for. For some reason, the MLS listing restricts its pictures to the interior, and I’m not sure why; it’s not at all bad on the outside.

2 Prescott Lane

2 Prescott Lane

2 Prescott Lane, off lower Lake, $1.350 million, gone in 18 days. Unlike most houses down at this end of Lake, it’s removed from the traffic, and that makes it a very convenient location without the biggest drawback of this area.

84 Cognewaugh

84 Cognewaugh Road

84 Cognewaugh, $1.049. The house could have been just decent – and it isn’t; it’s quite pleasant – and would still have sold quickly at this price range, Cognewaugh Road notwithstanding, because there is almost nothing decent in this price range. Smart pricing.



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Architecturally, it’s no gem, but the price seems about right

101 Lockwood.jpg101 Lockwood Road, Riverside, reports a pending sale. Asking (not necessarily selling)price, $2.450. It has traded around the $2s the past couple of sales, so no surprise here.


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Brings to mind this incredible story

Charging elephant

Ya just never know – until it’s too late

Elephant fatally gores tourist in Thailand

It’s a variation on this happier story of reunion and reconcilement:

In 1988, Steve Jennings was on vacation in Australia after graduating from Southeastern University. During a hike through the Outback, he came across a young elephant standing with one leg raised in the air as if it was in pain.

The elephant seemed distressed, so Steve approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant’s foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Steve worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.

The elephant turned to face the man and, with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Steve stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Steve never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Steve was walking through the Atlanta Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Steve and his son Nicolas were standing. The large elephant stared at Steve, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1988, Steve couldn’t help wondering if this was the same elephant. Steve summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.

The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Steve’s legs and slammed his dumb ass against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn’t the same elephant.



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Heavens, what’s next, the return of Indulgences?

Martin Luther

Martin would disapprove

Vatican offers up Papal Fiat for sale.


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And speaking of “mission accomplished”, Hillary declares victory in Iowa

Candidates For President Attend Iowa Democrat's Wing Ding Dinner

The Politics of Joy™

With a margin of four delegates, Hillary declares victory

Clinton was awarded 699.57 state delegate equivalents, versus 695.49 for Sanders, Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire said in a statement. The results were the closest in state Democratic caucus history, and 171,109 Democratic voters turned out to caucus.

In a message sent from her secret Blackberry, her staff proclaimed:

“Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus. After thorough reporting – and analysis – of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.”

Another victory like this and Hill will be back in Westchester, getting a fresh change of clothes and prepping for her grand jury appearance. Popehat sums up the evening perfectly: “I never thought I would be rooting so hard and caring so much about an old socialist coot what’s angry at deodorant”.


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I’d say it was more “Mission Accomplished”

students for Bernie

Awaiting the great redistributor

OU Professor: Youths’ attraction to Sanders shows an education failure

Socialism is a dead end. For hundreds of years, it has failed everywhere it’s been adopted. The enthusiasm of our youth for the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is a symptom of our failure to educate them, not only in history, government and economics, but also basic morality.

You don’t have to be a student of ancient history to know socialism doesn’t work. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 was an unequivocal demonstration of the moral and economic superiority of capitalism. The misery caused by socialism is unfolding today in Venezuela. Since Venezuela embraced socialism in 1999, poverty, crime and corruption have all increased. Grocery shelves are empty and the annual inflation rate is estimated to be as high as 200 percent.

What about so-called “crony capitalism”? This is nothing more than socialism that benefits the wealthy and influential. It’s just as wrong as any other form of socialism. The cure is to limit government power. Human nature is corruptible. If government has the power to redistribute wealth, it will always act in the interests of the powerful segments of society. What made America great is not progressive government, but the genius and industry of a people freed from arbitrary power by the chains placed upon government by our Constitution.

…. Socialism isn’t so much a legitimate economic system as it is a moral failing. It will always exist because ignorant people will always want something for nothing. If we want to retain our freedom and prosperity, then we must educate our children that the purpose of government is to secure liberty, not provide free lunches.

That students don’t know this, that, in fact, they do believe in, and demand, free lunches, can be labelled a failure only if you mistake what the goal of educators has been for the past decades. In fact, they’ve done a damn good job.


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