Daily Archives: March 22, 2016

Yes, I think he’s right

Glenn Reynold: Cost of attending Emory University:  $63,058 per year. Number of Trump voters created by this: Significant. Especially if a lot of people read this entire article. 

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Snowflakes are melting in Georgia

From that article

Students protested yesterday at the Emory Administration Building following a series of overnight, apparent pro-Donald Trump for president chalkings throughout campus.

Roughly 40 students gathered shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the outdoors space between the Administration Building and Goodrich C. White Hall; many students carried signs featuring slogans such as “Stop Trump” or “Stop Hate” and an antiphonal chant addressed to University administration, led by College sophomore Jonathan Peraza, resounded “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” throughout the Quad. Peraza opened the door to the Administration Building and students moved forward towards the door, shouting “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” 

After approximately ten minutes outside from the start of the demonstration, the gathered students were ushered into the Quad-facing entrance to the Administration Building and quickly filled a staircase to continue their demonstration. Pausing in the staircase, a few students shared their initial, personal reactions to the chalkings.

“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.

“What are we feeling?” [sophmore ] Peraza asked those assembled. Responses of “frustration” and “fear” came from around the room, but individual students soon began to offer more detailed, personal reactions to feelings of racial tension that Trump and his ideology bring to the fore.

“How can you not [disavow Trump] when Trump’s platform and his values undermine Emory’s values that I believe are diversity and inclusivity when they are obviously not [something that Trump supports]” one student said tearfully. “Banning Muslims? How is that something Emory supports?” asked yet another.

Other students asked for improving diversity in the “higher positions” of the University, including the Board of Trustees and the faculty in general who should not be simply “diversity sprinkles” to improve statistics, as one student described it.

Grievances were not restricted to shortcomings of the administration. “[Faculty] are supporting this rhetoric by not ending it,” said one student, who went on to say that “people of color are struggling academically because they are so focused on trying to have a safe community and focus on these issues [related to having safe spaces on campus].”

[It has nothing to do with your being unprepared to perform college level work? Or lack the self-discipline to study, rather than whine about your “feelings? – Ed]

While Wagner initially stated that he would not be writing a University-wide email regarding Trump, after over an hour of discussion in the board room, he appeared to have decided to begin working on an email concerned with at least the chalkings, at which point he gently wrapped up the conversation so that he could begin drafting it.

Assistant Vice President for Community [ wonder why college costs so much? Look no farther than the fact that the position of “Vice President for Community” exists] Suzanne Onorato, who was also present during the protest and suggested that she would look into hosting a forum for those involved, agreed with Wagner’s sentiments. “I think it’s wonderful that students are taking a stand for something that they’re passionate about, for something that’s so much about themselves  — and we want to support that,” she said in an interview with the Wheel.

The chalkings that generated such controversy appeared overnight throughout Emory’s campus. College junior Harpreet Singh said that, initially, he did not find the chalkings significant. “I saw one big one, ‘Trump 2016,’ so I thought it was an isolated incident and I didn’t think much of it,” he said. “I thought, ‘Okay, it’s just a guy who wants to write whatever he wants to believe in for his political campaign.’ I was like, ‘Okay, I’m fine with that, to a certain extent.’”

Singh reported having seen multiple chalkings that read “Trump 2016” between Cox Hall Bridge and the Dobbs University Center (DUC). “What I also saw on the steps near Cox [Hall] Bridge was ‘Accept the Inevitable: Trump 2016,’” he said. “That was a bit alarming. What exactly is the inevitable? Why does it have to be accepted?” 

The University will review footage “up by the hospital [from] security cameras” to identify those who made the chalkings, Wagner told the protesters. He also added that if they’re students, they will go through the conduct violation process, while if they are from outside of the University, trespassing charges will be pressed.

Organization and coordination of the protest appears to have fermented in individual student groups independently of one another. Singh, who participated in the protests, also had a part in their planning. While he said that each group or community held their own discussions on the chalkings over social media, he noted that “[he] also reached out to the Muslim community” and that several of these students attended the gathering.

 

Julia Munslow, Executive Editor
Oh, the humanity!

While the University has not released an official response as of press time, Donald Trump obviously remains a flashpoint for many students, but according to Singh there is comfort to be found for those who feel oppressed. “For the students, it’s reassuring to see how they are able to voice out their opinions and, although it might be safe  [sic] or uncomfortable, we know that we have a community behind us, whether that be the Latin community, the Muslim community or the black student community — there are pools of safety we can go to,” Singh said.

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While you were out the ballgame, Mr. President …

Smiling Obama enjoys a Cuban baseball game with his new friend Raul, refuses to leave “because then the terrorists will have won”. 

Judging from this Drudge snapshot of what’s going on, the terrorists seem already to have won. “Then so what?”, White House spokesman Helen Thomas demanded of FWIW. “The ballgame may not be over til the fat lady sings, but if the war on terrorism is over, if they won, then why shouldn’t the president have a little downtime?”

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There’s no point in airport security until we accept reality and stop living in a fictional world

As practiced by liberal governments the world over, an 80-year-old woman or a six-year-old white child is as likely to be a muslim suicide bomber as – well,  a Muslim suicide bomber. So enormous amounts of time and attention are paid to protect against a non-existent risk and nothing is done to focus on the actual threat coming down the line.

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A black glove hiding the suicide vest trigger, Abdul and his cousins stroll into Belgium’s airport, unmolested

And here’s a TSA line up of screening suspects

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How droll: muslim searching a nun

Old woman TSA

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This woman had had enough, and showed up at the airport dressed like this. I’m all for it, age and body condition permitting.

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Old Greenwich contract

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A buyer extends a helping hand

12 Lockwood Drive, $1.195 million, finally has a contract. That’s a fine neighborhood, albeit with a tendency to get its feet wet from time to time. This isn’t all that much of a house but I suppose, for Old Greenwich south of the Village, it’s not all that much of a price.

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What would we do without the sophisticated analysis of the New York Times and its like-minded wizards?

Two months ago, Trump said “there is something bad going on in Brussels”, and the Times mocked him.

The neighborhood of Molenbeek has long been known as a breeding ground for terrorists and a virtual “no go” sector for the cops, no matter what other European leaders say. CNN terrorism analysts this morning were bemoaning the fact that previous efforts to locate suspects in the neighborhood were met with a “wall of silence” if not overt hostility. In fact, you couldn’t find one “expert” on the air today who wasn’t talking about this problem as if it were just a sad but known fact of life.

Of course, much of the media was singing a different tune only two months ago when The Donald had the audacity to point out some of the problems in Brussels, saying Trump had found “a new city to insult.”

Now Donald J. Trump has upset the already beleaguered people of Belgium, calling its capital, Brussels, “a hellhole.”

Asked by the Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo about the feasibility of his proposal to bar foreign Muslims from entering the United States, Mr. Trump argued that Belgium and France had been blighted by the failure of Muslims in these countries to integrate.

“There is something going on, Maria,” he said. “Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Shariah law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on.”…

For Belgians, already reeling from recent terrorist plots and a chronically dysfunctional government, Mr. Trump’s words were enough to induce a fit of pique worthy, in some cases, of Mr. Trump himself.

Adding even more irony to the story, Trump had referenced the work of Eric Zemmour regarding the situation in Brussels. The French writer had been sending up warnings about Molenbeek for some time and they seem eerily prescient in light of today’s events.

Éric Zemmour, a French writer, recently suggested in an interview that rather than bombing the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, France should bomb Molenbeek, the working-class district in Brussels where several of the Paris attackers lived.

Most Belgian officials reacted with quiet defiance. “We don’t react to Mr. Trump’s comments,” the office of Mayor Yvan Mayeur of Brussels said in an email. “Have a nice day.”

They’ve bankrupted states, ruined cities, destroyed public education and ignored our national defense, all because of their insistence that their system of government is the correct one and those who oppose it are racist, unsophisticated fools.Having utterly failed at every single thing they’ve tried to achieve since 1964, it’s time to stop being polite; liberals are fools; unmitigated idiots, and there’s no point being polite to them or even pretending to listen to their nostrums. Beat them with a stick.

Or, failing that, I’m

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I’m so smart I can barely stand it – or myself

voting for Trump.

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And another big sale – sellers take hope

48 Parsonage

48 Parsonage Road

48 Parsonage Road, on the market for 6 months at $5.9 million, reports a pending contract. It was purchased new in February, 2009 for $6 million, after its builder had started off in 2008 at $7.850. Part of that price difference can be assigned to spec builders’ irrational exuberance, but 2008 was also the year of living dangerously on Wall Street, so I think these owners got a (relative) bargain. While they’re not getting out whole, even if it closes at, say, $5.450, they’re doing alright.

Only 169 more $5 million + houses to go, barring any new ones entering the market.

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Current history says no

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40 Aiken Road (representative)

40 Aiken Road, abutting Greenwich’s north pole, hit the market as land yesterday, priced at $2. 275 million. Not so long ago, that’d be a reasonable price for 4.5 acres up here, but if I were a land buyer, I’d worry about building the $6 million house such a land price calls for.

38 Aiken, a house on 4.44 acres, sold in just 26 days back in 2002 for $6.9 million, but it’s having difficulties getting that back -it came on in 2013 for $6.995, and has dropped to $6.495 since then, but still no takers. It’s possible, of course, that the back country will rebound, and by the time someone buys #40, builds a house and lives in it for a decade or two the neighborhood sales environment will have improved.

It’s also possible that it won’t.

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While Riverside sizzles, it’s still deep winter in the back country

42 Lower Cross.jpg42 Lower Cross Road, of Conyers Farm but not in it, and 90-minutes (or so) from downtown, continues its price decline, and today has been marked down to $5.495 million from last year’s $6.995. It’s a good looking house, on its own 11 acres backing up to the Babcock Property but other than myself, and I’m not buying, who wants it?

As of right now, the answer is no one, at its old price – maybe this new one will flush out a buyer.

Maybe.

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Apparently there’s no problem with the $4 + range in Riverside

41 Dawn Harbor

41 Dawn Harbor

41 Dawn Harbor, asked $4.450 million, found a buyer and has gone to contract in 13 days. In fact, this one doesn’t surprise me. It’s a good house on a desirable street that has seen sales well above this, so the buyers can feel pretty comfortable.

UPDATE: Brother Gideon informs me that there was such a line of buyers for this house that bids started at the asking price, and zoomed up from there. You can’t underprice real estate in Greenwich, because the market will correct it. You can certainly overprice it, and the market is even more savage in correcting that.

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Maybe we should round them up and put them on the Trail of Tears to Choctaw territory.

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Off to Oklahoma

In the wake of yesterday’s bombing in Brussels, Trump reiterated his call to keep Muslims out of our country, but that’s really not enough: the terrorists in these attacks are mostly homegrown, as our own experience shows.

If we could count on the five or six peaceful Muslims in the United States to rat out the bombers in our midst, it’d be different, but they don’t, and when we try to monitor their mosques for ourselves they sue, claiming oppression and unfair investigations of the religion of peace.

Roosevelt’s internment of Japanese American citizens during a time of war was upheld by the Supreme Court and is still the law of the land. I suppose I don’t really want to see a similar roundup of our Muslim enemies or live in a country that would do such a thing, but as “A Modest Proposal”, it’d be wonderful to see Trump advocate it, so we could stand back and watch the fun.

 

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BET approves Tessy’s Memorial Music Hall and Firehouse, but may have killed the New Lebanon school project – or pretended to, anyway

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BET members celebrate fire engines and fiscal responsibility

$2 million for Peter’s firehouse land purchase, but funding for the New Lebanon project made contingent on confirmation that the state will help pay for it.

Money for a new building was approved, but…  the $37.2 million allocation will come with a condition placed upon it that is contingent on state funding being made available.

Because the new school is being built, in part, to accommodate magnet students in under a state mandate to racially balance the school the project is eligible for as much as 80 percent reimbursement. However, BET concerns have grown throughout the discussion process about whether or not the money will be there given the state’s continued fiscal struggles.

What will probably happen is that the state will make a strong, meaningless promise to pay, the BET will use that as cover to proceed, and we’ll all be shocked and dismayed when, a couple of years from now, we present Hartford with the bill for reimbursement and they tell us where to place it.

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Mexico moves against Trump

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A heritage to be proud of: human sacrifice and casinos. Bring it on.

The stop Trump movement has a new ally, as Mexico joins establishment Republicans and Democrats at large to defeat the man who would say no.

Mexico is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens, a status that would enable them to vote — presumably against Donald Trump.

Officially, Mexico says it respects U.S. sovereignty and has no strategy to influence the result of the presidential race. Yet Mexican diplomats are mobilizing for the first time to assist immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship, hosting free workshops on naturalization.

“This is a historic moment where the Mexican consulate will open its doors to carry out these types of events in favor of the Mexican community,” Adrian Sosa, a spokesman for the consulate in Chicago, said before an event on March 19. In Dallas, about 250 permanent residents attended the consulate’s first “citizenship clinic” in February and another 150 in its second in March. In Las Vegas, the turnout topped 500.

Underscoring the fine line that separates participation from interfering in another country’s election, Sosa noted that the consulate only hosts the event but it’s community organizations who offer the advice. [uh huh]

“We’ll take all the help we can get”, Indian Chieftain Elizabeth Warren told FWIW. “First they came for the Mexicans, but my people were not Mexican, so we remained silent – well, okay, maybe we scalped, raped and tortured a couple thousand Texans, but pretty much, on the whole, we stayed put in our wigwams. But then they came for us, and now they’re circling back on the other side of my family tree, the proud Incas – or was that Aztecs? Doesn’t matter, they all look like my grandfather.

“We need action, and if our friends south of the border can provide it, may the great Spirit bless them.”

Meanwhile, across the sea, another failed experiment in admitting foreign aliens suffered a setback, when Muslims blew  up a Brussels airport and a train station, killing, at first news, 23 people, with that count sure to rise as authorities assemble the pieces.

“Islam is a religion of peace , not pieces”, official FWIW imam Rustoffi Mohmmed told this writer – “we will condemn these poor, misguided souls in due course but, for now, let us take off our shoes and thank Allah for bringing such devoted believers to the infidel world and teaching them in the ways of our people. A little too far? Perhaps, but they were trying, and isn’t that the important thing?”

 

 

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