Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

Will women in combat get four days off each month?

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OMG, it’s my time of the month! Feminism circa 2016

Feminists demand paid leave 4 days a month to cope with their menstrual cramps.

“For women, one of these [natural body cycles]  is their menstrual cycles. Naturally, when women are having their periods, they are in a winter state, when they need to regroup, keep warm and nourish their bodies,” Baxter told the Mirror. “The spring section of the cycle, immediately after a period, is a time when women are actually three times as productive as usual.”

So far this week, we’ve seen feminists admit that they’re dependent on the government to procure and provide, for free, tampons, they need counseling and safe rooms to recover from hearing mean people, and now, that they’re ineffective and useless one week out of four.

Do your remember the early feminists, who insisted that women were as tough as men, and could do anything men could do? How far they’ve dropped in their self-esteem.

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This ought to make His Holiness’s day

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Thank you, thank you very much

British Home Office admits it can’t deport illegal immigrants “because we  have nowhere to send them”.

The most basic duty of a nation’s government is to defend its borders; I’d look for a British Trump to emerge there soon.

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Buck up, Sarah, you’re not alone

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Eeee! It’s a Trump attack!

Greenwich’s bovine bloviator (sorry, Anthony) Sarah Littman has been freaking out over the possibility of Donald Trump arriving in jackboots at her Cos Cob home, but according to the WaPo, she has plenty of company among her fellow neurotics.

“He has stirred people up,” [D.C. psychologist  Alison Howard] said. “We’ve been told our whole lives not to say bad things about people, to not be bullies, to not ostracize people based on their skin color. We have these social mores and he breaks all of them and he’s successful. And people are wondering how he gets away with it.”

Hand-wringing over Trump’s rapid climb, once confined to Washington’s political establishment, is now palpable among everyday Americans who are growing ever more anxious over the prospect of the billionaire reaching the White House.

“Oh, thank you, thank you thank you for sharing this with me”, Littman gushed to FWIW while shopping at Dick’s Guns & Ammo for a home protection riot gun. “I thought I was just fuckin’ nuts, but sanity is relative, right? Right? So if all these other people can’t sleep, can’t eat and can’t even bathe in the shower alone either, I must be as sane as they are – right?

“Gotta go – that’s my psychiatrist calling.”

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His predecessors sang a different tune in 1683 and 732

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Battle of Vienna: sinful, wicked Christians repel Muslim invaders

Pope says Muslim invasion of Europe “is a good thing”

The pope went on to explain that the arrival of migrants, predominantly from Syria and Iraq, should be seen from a wider perspective in time and impact.

He insisted Europe will ‘go forward and find itself enhanced by the exchange among cultures.’

Speaking proudly of Europe, the Pope declared that the continent ‘can bring about a certain unity to the world.’

The Pope’s South American, so perhaps he can be forgiven not knowing about the Battle of Vienna in 1683, which “is often seen as a turning point in history, after which “the Ottoman Turks ceased to be a menace to the Christian world”.

And the Battle of Tours, in which Charles Martel defeated Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, took place all the way back in 732 AD, so even though, “according to modern military historian Victor Davis Hanson, “most of the 18th and 19th century historians, like Gibbon, saw Poitiers (Tours), as a landmark battle that marked the high tide of the Muslim advance into Europe”, the Pope’s fogged memory is easy to understand.

But when you remember the pontiff’s denunciation of capitalism and free markets : “the dung of the Devil”, you yourself might be forgiven for wondering, like Obama, whose side he’s on?

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Ted Cruz promises to investigate Area 51

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Hillary joins the Tin Foil Brigade, and now we know why

Nah, actually that’s Hillary Clinton speaking. Ed Driscoll points out:

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE BEST OF HANDS: Hillary Clinton promises to ‘get to the bottom of UFO mystery’ if elected, and ‘maybe send a task force’ to alleged alien prison Area 51.

Oh, the nonstop howls of laughter the DNC-MSM would generate on the nightly news if the campaign manager of a Republican presidential candidate was a UFO conspiracist. Instead, silence regarding John Podesta’s UFO obsessions.

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Maybe the third broker will be the charm – or the third price

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111 Park Avenue, Greenwich

111 Park Avenue, probably my favorite street in Greenwich proper, is back again with a new broker and a new price, $6.150, after David Ogilvy kicked things off in 2010-2011 at $7.450. It’s an old classic, that can certainly use some major updating, but you’ll end up with a gorgeous home, right in town. Its price includes an extra building lot, but why would you ruin this lot by cramming in another home? False economy, in my opinion.

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Frost Road price cut

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9 Frost Road

$3.5 million, down from an original ask of $4.595. I love this house.

Sally Maloney listing – she gets all the beautiful homes.

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Sale Price reported

10 Will Merry

10 Will Merry Lane

10 Will Merry Lane, $4,391,500. Purchased new for $3.730 in 2005, it couldn’t fetch $5.490 in 2011, or even $4.950 in 2014, but this time it sold in 15 days.

It’s without doubt the best looking house on Will Merry, and it’s across from the Merritt side, but I’m always nervous about a house that’s so much more expensive than its peers: the next highest price on Will Merry was $2.8 million, in 2012. On the other hand, sold in 15 days suggests that my nervousness is unfounded.

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Friends don’t let friends do this to their home

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One Butternut Hollow Road

1 Butternut Hollow cut its price to $4.450 today, but I think it’s still going to be a tough sell. The place was built in 2005 and priced at $5.895, but couldn’t find a buyer until 2010, when it fetched $3.7. That buyer’s been renting it out, off and on, since then, and when I last showed it as a rental it was very dark and very much a ridden hard and put away wet situation.

It seems she’s spruced it up now, but the phrase “let sleeping dogs lie” comes to mind.

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Drinking on the government dole

A reader sent this along

Bernie Sanders

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Price cut on Mackenzie Glen

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9 Mackenzie Glen

9 Mackenzie Glen, to be specific, down to $5.450 million. I liked this house very much when it was new in 2006 and sold for $5.5 million, and I still like it. It’s one-lot-in from North Street so to my ear, at least, traffic noise is acceptable, and it was very, very well built. The owners had it as low as $5.350 back in 2012, and I’m pretty sure they no longer live here, so there’s probably some negotiating room even at this price.

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A couple of listings

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30 Northway, Lucas Point

30 Northway, in Lucas Point, is back with a new broker and a new price, $7.995 million, down from last year’s $10.450. Wonderful location, but this 1937, 3,000 sq. ft. house is in the VE zone, so it will have to be replaced with a much higher structure. Great views, though.

Oversized lot, but can’t be subdivided, according to the town.

45 Midwood Road, in Deer Park, is new – $4.750 million. Owners paid $3.375 for it in 2012, expanded it from 3,804 sq.ft. to 5,553 (a good portion of which seems to have been taken up converting a screened porch into permanent interior space) and totally renovated it. It looks very nice, and Deer Park is a terrific neighborhood. My only caution would be that the new listing declines to offer a view of the front, which makes me think it wasn’t changed from the rather modest face it presented from 1957-2012. That wouldn’t bother me, but ordinarily, buyers in the $5 million range want more pizazz. Here’s that view, from a couple of years ago:

45 Midwood Road

45 Midwood Road

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A bellwether of what’s happening up north?

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296 Round Hill Road

296 Round Hill, a two-acre building site (just) south of the Parkway, hit the market a few minutes ago at $995,000. That’s about what a quarter-acre in Havemeyer fetches these days.

Wow.

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What I said, but he says it better

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Muzzle tov in San Francisco

How the P.C. Police propelled Donald Trump, by a Trump hater.

Tom Nichols:

The American left created Donald Trump.

When I say “the left,” I do not mean the Democratic Party—or, solely the Democratic Party. Rather, the pestilence that is the Trump campaign is the result of a conglomeration of political, academic, media, and cultural elites who for decades have tried to act as the arbiters of acceptable public debate and shut down any political expression from Americans with whom they disagree. They, more than anyone else, created Donald Trump’s candidacy and the increasingly hideous movement he now leads.

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It’s pointless to try to explain Trump in terms of political platforms because Trump himself is too stupid and too incoherent to have any kind of consistent political views about anything beyond hating minorities and immigrants. Nuclear weapons? “With nuclear, the power, the devastation is very important to me.” Drugs? “That whole heroin thing, I tell you what, we gotta get that whole thing under control.” A random word generation program could do better.

 

To understand Trump’s seemingly effortless seizure of the public spotlight, forget about programs, and instead zero in on the one complaint that seems to unite all of the disparate angry factions gravitating to him: political correctness. This, more than anything, is how the left created Trump.

 

I am not referring here to the daily political correctness that became normal after the 1970s, the reflexive self-editing that we’ve all learned to do, almost unconsciously, in the name of being nice to other people. This early “correctness” was always awkward and artificial, but it wasn’t overly onerous.

 

Today, however, we have a new, more virulent political correctness that terrorizes both liberals and conservatives, old-line Democrats and Republicans, alike. This form of political correctness is distinctly illiberal; indeed, it is not liberalism at all but Maoism circa the Cultural Revolution.

 

The extremist adherents of this new political correctness have essentially taken a flamethrower to the public space and annihilated its center. Topics in American life that once were the legitimate subjects of debate between liberals and conservative are now off-limits and lead to immediate attack by the cultural establishment if raised at all. Any incorrect position, any expression of the constitutional right to a different opinion, or even just a slip of the tongue can lead to public ostracism and the loss of a job. (Just ask Brendan Eich.) There is a huge vacuum left by this leftist attack on speech, and Trump is filling it.

Gay marriage is a good example. Liberals wanted gay marriage to win in the Supreme Court, and it did. Leftists wanted more: to silence their opponents even after those opponents completely lost on the issue. Ugly language that good liberals would normally deplore emerged not in the wake of defeat, but of victory: actor and gay activist George Takei, for example, actually  called Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface” and said Thomas had “abdicated” his status as an African American. That’s heavy stuff, and it would likely scan better written in Chinese on a paper dunce cap.

 

I could reel off many other examples. When The New York Times tells the rubes that it’s time to hand in their guns, when The Washington Post suggests that Jesus is ashamed of them for not welcoming Syrian refugees the week after a terrorist attack, people react not because they love guns or hate Syrians, but because their natural urge to being told by coastal liberals that they’re awful people and that they should just obey and shut up is to issue a certain Anglo-Saxon verb and pronoun combination with all the vigor they can muster. And if they can’t say it themselves, they’ll find someone who will, even if it’s a crude jerk from Queens who can’t make a point without raising his pinky like a Mafia goon explaining the vig to you after you’ve had a bad day at the track.

 

These brutish leftist tactics radicalized otherwise more centrist people toward Trump not because they care so much about gay marriage or guns or refugees any other issue, but because they’re terrified that they’re losing the basic right to express themselves. Many of these people are not nearly as conservative or extreme as the white supremacists, nativists, and other assorted fringe nuts who are riding along on Trump’s ego trip. But they are cheering on Trump because they feel they have nowhere else to go. And for that, liberals—especially those who have politely looked away as such methods were employed in the public square—must directly shoulder the blame.

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Forget those pansies at Pitt, I want a safe space!

First sighting of a Tesla with Maine plates in Portland this morning. I’ll be fleeing south this weekend, where at least I’m not taken by surprise.

Tesla

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Another candidate

After watching his brother’s debate performance last night, Victor Cruz announces he’s started running.

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Snowflakes melt in Pittsburg

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I want Mommy!

Students left in tears and shaken after voluntarily attending speech by conservative homosexual blogger Milo Yiannopoulos at University of Pittsburg. Traumatic stress counseling and safe rooms demanded.

College students used to be hailed at graduation ceremonies as “the next leaders of the world”. I don’t think that’s done anymore; not seriously, anyway.

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