Daily Archives: February 10, 2016

Greenwich Democrat calls his local peers racist pigs indifferent to the plight of the poor, and those peers “mostly agree”


Damn, he figured us out!

Yet they wonder why they can’t win in Greenwich.

Anthony Lopez announced Wednesday that he would drop out of the race to become the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee’s next chairman, as he lambasted the party for an alleged indifference to major issues in the town and a lack of diversity in its ranks.

In an email Wednesday announcing his decision to party colleagues, he chastised the party for its failure to advocate for marginalized community members.

“The DTC remains firmly in the hands of people who would rather talk about change, than actually do the things necessary to make that change happen,” Lopez wrote. “While many in Greenwich, and some in the DTC, sit in their million dollar homes, people are essentially starving for basic resources. The DTC does not speak out against the clear socioeconomic and somewhat racial segregation that is clearly visible in this town.”

In the email, Lopez pointed to conditions in the town’s public housing and disproportionate suspension rates for minority students as two of the pressing issues to which the DTC did not properly respond.

Lopez, who is black, also took the party to task for its mostly white and middle- and upper-middle-class membership.

“We have reached an almost life and death situation in this town among thousands of our residents, while the DTC sat on its laurels,” Lopez wrote. “Make no mistake, there is no one in the party that can argue against this charge. At the heart of this disgusting display of apathy by our party, is a sickening lack of diversity within the party itself. This party seems not just resistant to diversity, but wholly inoculated from it.

Farricker, who has also vocally advocated for the party to more aggressively stand up for Democratic principles, said that he agreed with most of what Lopez wrote.

Speaking from his own multi-million-dollar home in Riverside, Democrat Jeff Ramer also applauded Mr. Lopez:

Anthony is an exciting and high energy person,” said Board of Estimate and Taxation member Jeff Ramer. “He brings fresh ideas. I think he is a very energizing presence on the DTC so I’m hoping his dropping out of the running for that is only a reflection of him wanting to do other things within the DTC and not that his zeal for the DTC is abating in any way. If that in any way reflected any disappointment on his part with the DTC, I would be hugely disappointed.”

First of all, if Ramer thinks that his friend Anthony dropped out of the running “because he wanted to do other things within the DTC”, his clients should hope that he lawyers better than he reads.

Second, the claim that blacks in Greenwich are “essentially starving” is a “fresh idea” only if Ramer believes wild, fantastical notions of reality haven’t been seen before – all he has to do to dissuade himself of that notion is to stay awake during his next Democrat Town Committee meeting.


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Why don’t they teach this in school?

Because brainwashing is the only way to overcome facts.

Ed Driscoll: Don’t tell Bernie, but capitalism has made human life fantastically better.

Back in 1995, now-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said, “I personally happen not to be a great believer in the free enterprise system for many reasons.”

And having watched Sanders during this primary season, it doesn’t appear to me that the self-described democratic socialist has much changed his opinion of capitalism. Which is both amazing and appalling. The single greatest story of human achievement of the past 2,000 years is the dramatic rise in living standards of the past 200 years. It’s an astounding ascent — see above chart — driven by innovative, entrepreneurial capitalism. Free enterprise. Economic freedom.

And to turn a Bernie-esque argument on its head, look at how much it’s accomplished while having to drag the parasite of socialism alongside it for well over a century. Imagine what it could to do if it was really unleashed.



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Despite school vacations, there’s a bit of real estate activity to report

21 Topping

21 Topping Road

21 Topping Road, 27 beautiful acres with what’s almost certainly a tear-down house, sold for $6.7 million, on an “original” – to this broker – price of $15.950. Tamar Laurie had it listed at $24 million and before that, if memory serves, Marge Rowe put it up for $30. It seems the market disagreed with all theses fine agents’ price opinions.

7 bailiwick

7 Bailiwick – when the broker doesn’t dare post a picture of the exterior, you probably know all you need to know

Hudson City Savings Bank sold, post foreclosure, 7 Bailiwick Road, for $1.2 million. It was purchased for $1.175 million in 1996, so this area’s price appreciation continues to lag the rest of the town.

UPDATE: Google images has an exterior view – poor, forlorn little house

7 bailiwick

7 Bailiwick

16 Roosevelt

16 Roosevelt – a shoebox shoehorned in

16 Roosevelt Avenue, Old Greenwich, sold for $2.395 million. New (modular?) construction, the listing claims 3,700 square feet but at least a third of that will be found in its basement.


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What’s the difference between a fifth of vodka and a snow tire?


Well we had a couple drinks about an hour ago, and they barely cost a thing (dum dum dum) …

In CT, it’s the fact that vodka must be sold at a minimum price, while tire dealers enjoy no such shield against competition. Daniel Malloy wants to change that, in order to capture the taxes now being lost to out-of-state retailers, but his peers in our legislature are determined to keep mom and pop liquor stores protected against discount sellers. I don’t drink, so I have no dog in this fight, other than being a proponent of free markets, but why is one tiny segment of the state’s retailers entitled to force higher prices on consumers while the rest must engage in a free market?

Minimum bottle pricing in Connecticut means that shops can’t sell alcohol for less than what they paid for it. Most retailers receive discounts when buying in bulk, so the wholesale cost of a single bottle is used as the standard.

Removing that standard, industry experts say, would allow larger “big box” liquor retailers to undercut their competition and eventually put family-owned shops out of business.

“It’s the same thing that’s already happened with pharmacies,” Bran said. “All of the independent pharmacies that used to exist in the region are gone. It’s now dominated by the national chain stores and now they can charge whatever they want. The same will happen in our business.”

While some will appreciate Mr. Bran’s concern that prices might rise from the introduction of discount retailers, others may find his claim disingenuous, and suspect that he and his constituency may actually oppose the bill because they fear they themselves will have to drop prices. To use the same example he cites, the elimination of town-based pharmacies in Greenwich saw a cut in the prices I was paying for prescriptions drop by a third to a half, and have not soared since, probably because there are too many high volume sellers for a single chain to jack up its rices.

Welcome to the world of competitive retailing, sir.




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Results tallied, angry Bush donor returns to campaign headquarters


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