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March 13, 2016 · 7:50 pm

Well, she’s all for recycling, so why not reuse her empty promises?

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Oh Buffalo, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Time Magazine, March 12, 2016: Clinton promises “manufacturing renaissance “in Rustbelt, Ohio”. 

Standing in a loading dock in the Mahoning Valley on Saturday night, she vowed to bring back manufacturing jobs and helps small businesses. Surrounded by the working-class voters who sided with rival Bernie Sanders last week in Michigan, Clinton appealed to the blue-collar Democrats who supported her husband but have been wary of her.

“I will stand up for companies in Ohio,” Clinton said, her voice at times sounding hoarse from a primary that continues in earnest. “I am really, totally committed to bringing back manufacturing. I’m the only candidate on either side who actually has a plan to do that.”

Upstate New Yorkers remember when they heard this first: the year 2000, when she promised 200,000 jobs would be coming their way if they’d only elect her Senator. 

Albany Business Leader, 2007:

“I have now spent countless hours talking to parents who tell me, with tears in their eyes, that their children had to leave upstate, leave their hometown, because there weren’t jobs for them. I want to help address that, not ignore it, not put happy talk on it, and I have a plan to do that.”

That was Hillary Clinton talking during a Sept. 13, 2000, debate with Rick Lazio during her first campaign for the U.S. Senate.

During that campaign, Clinton repeatedly told voters that if she was elected to the Senate, she had an economic recovery plan that would bring 200,000 new jobs to upstate New York in six years.

That was what she said. Two hundred thousand new jobs in six years.

Well, it is six years later.

Rather than gain jobs, upstate New York has fewer jobs.

Upstate has lost 32,400 jobs during the six years Clinton has been senator, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New York state, as a whole, has lost 96,800 jobs.

And during the last decade, upstate New York’s net out-migration has totaled 192,500, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

New York voters believed her message.

Two months after New York’s voters re-elected Clinton, she is running for president.

Reached for comment by FWIW on the similarity of her vows, Clinton responded, “yeah, okay, asshole, but this time I mean it”.

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AP “fact checks” the Donald, concludes that he’s lying when he says Islam treats women “very badly”

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Love him, honor him, and let him beat the shit out of you without complaint: it’s Allah’s way!

Muslim women are content in their lives, just like those playful darkies in Mississippi back in 1860.

“Some Muslim societies are indeed repressive by Western standards, enforcing or pressing for norms such as clothing that covers all but their eyes or faces; bans on driving, voting and education; and restrictions on interacting with the other sex,” he writes. “But many Muslim women adhere to Islamic norms not out of fear or repression, but in observance of faith and their own preference.”

I’d like to see a few feminists over here convert to the religion of peace – might very well come in handy:

Quran (4:34) – “Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made one of them to excel the other and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.” 

 

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Suffer the children to come unto me

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Not so much, now

If you took that phrase and used suffer in its modern sense, you’d have Trump’s position on letting Muslims into the US, and this story will certainly resonate with his supporters. If you’re a a King James version fan, and understand “suffer” as “permit”, then you have Angela Merkle’s position, and her former supporters are prepared to give her a party a beating in the election today.

Go figure.

France: Two Muslim girls, 15 and 17, arrested for plotting terrorist attack.

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I hate to see this buried in the comments

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Burn, baby burn Greenwich firemen stand by as they watch taxpayers’ money go up in flames

The Mickster posted the following in the comments section, complaining that our town has agreed to pay $2 million for 4 acres land off King Street from Fairview Country Club, at least double what anyone has ever paid for that street before, to host the new firehouse. [Greenwich Time article inspiring his screed here].

He also notes that somehow the town paid $1.2 million for the same project without making the sale contingent on water tests which, when failed, caused us to write off the entire sum.

Hmm: paying twice the value of land? Buying land without test contingencies that every single homeowner or commercial land buyer requires as standard? There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark, and at 101 Field Point Road.

I’m still waiting, by the way, for an explanation of how Tesei got a $1.1 million mortgage to buy his new house with a $100,000 salary and his only asset, a condo on River Road, was deeply underwater with a $700,000 mortgage. Nice work, if you can get it.

Here’s the Mick:

Here’s how well our Town spends your money. I just got a notice they have negotiated to buy 4 ACRES from Fairview County Club on King Street for TWO MILLION DOLLARS to house the proposed Fire Station. Property not yet sub divided (lol). Couple of things here:
1. They already paid $1.2 MILLION for a 2.5 ACRE lot just north of the Griff in 2004 but “tests and analyses” AFTER (my emphasis) AFTER the purchase, deemed the site unsuitable. You couldn’t buy subject to running those tests??? Was there a rush? WWWWTTTTFFFFF!!!!!
2. Do you know the last time somebody bought ANYTHING on King Street for TWO MILLION???? NEVER – EVER – EVER!!!
3. This will be a bigger complex than all the other fire stations combined.
4. There’s .63 of an acre north on the Liquor Store on King asking $500k++ on the MLS – buy it for $400k and get the job done.
AMATEUR HOUR AT TOWN HALL.
FOUR ACRES…. OMG … Is it after 5.00 yet?

The public BET meeting where this item (the land purchase, not Tesi’s home purchase, alas) is set for Town Hall at 7:00 PM on March 17th. Might be fun to attend and ask embarrassing questions.

UPDATE: Just out of curiosity, I looked up the mileage and driving time from Glenville’s firs station to 1241 King Street, the site of the new firehouse. 3.7 miles, driving time (for a private citizen following the speed limit) 7 minutes.

How much is shaving a minute or so from the response time worth? How much will it cost to hire and station four new fire department members to the North West Fire and Music Hall?

UPDATE II

The only comparable sale I could find for this property was 1093 King Street, which sold on February 26 of this year for $1.550 million. 3.32 acres, including an 1850 house that was completely renovated, stem-to-stern, in 2013.

UPDATE III: Louis Van Leewuen, one of the towns best, most experienced builders (Greenwichconstruction.com) tells me that demolishing and carting away the condemned property at 1327 King Street would take one day, cost $15,000, maybe a few thousand more if there’s a huge amount of asbestos to remove (the town says there are “minimal traces”). The town wants to spend $65,000 to do that job. Why?

 

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