Daily Archives: April 3, 2016

Jolly Old England: adopt to local values or else

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The next Mayor of London’s speech writer, Shueb Salar

The Pakistani Labor candidate for Mayor of the City of London, one Sadiq Khan, is expected to win the upcoming election. He is also the author of a book addressed to his fellow Muslims on how to sue the police and win big bucks by inventing human rights violations.

Sadiq Khan told his readers that they could secure payouts of up to £10,000 from forces by alleging racist behaviour or claiming wrongful arrest.

Mr Khan, who is predicted to beat Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith in next month’s mayoral contest, gave the advice as a contributor to the book Challenging Racism: Using The Human Rights Act.

In a chapter called Actions Against The Police, Mr Khan advised potential claimants to accuse officers of behaving in a ‘high-handed’ manner, because it would allow them to demand aggravated damages.

Astonishingly, Mr Khan – who as Mayor would be in charge of the Metropolitan force – appears to encourage people to engineer claims by urging them to ‘think laterally in looking for human rights issues; many are not obviously a breach of human rights, but have a human rights angle’. Mr Khan also suggested potential litigants should approach the unions, who may ‘consider paying the legal costs of bringing a case against the police’.

The row comes after Mr Khan was forced to suspend his Commons-based speechwriter Shueb Salar after The Mail on Sunday revealed he had posted offensive and homophobic remarks on social media.

Mr. Shueb Salar, a Muslim and a Paki and a lawyer, posed on line pointing an “assault rifle” at the camera, laughing at homosexuals being beaten to the street and referring to Indian (not Navajos, dot-heads) women as “hoes” (not garden implements either).

But wait, there’s more! The other candidate for Mayor is not a Muslim, he’s a Jewish Green, a Mr. Zac Goldsmith, who advocates crashing the British economy to end global warming (in fact, that’s the real goal of all global warmists, but most aren’t so open with their aim).

Mr Goldsmith also called for a ban on new international trade deals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He called for punitive taxes on motoring and an end to the exploration and development of new oil, coal and gas reserves.

And to reduce fossil fuel consumption, he advocated ‘nothing less than a crash programme’.

By “crash programme” he means a program to crash the economy. Of course, as the son of a billionaire and the beneficiary of a massive trust fund, Goldsmith is unlikely to feel the effects of that crash as keenly as his his less fortunate constituents, but that, too is the hallmark of a global warmest.

So London’s next mayor will be either a Muslim radical or a Jewish radical, just as it’s recovering from the rule of a communist. This must be the price for being a wicked, imperialist power oh so very long ago.

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Alice in Courtland

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“Alaskan Indian” tourist T shirt, made in Taiwan

Federal judge rules that the Navajo nation can sue Urban Outfitters for use of word “Navajo” even though the company’s been selling clothing under that name since 2001.

The redskins are seeking millions of dollars on this one Navajo suit alone, but their list of new targets is practically endless.

Non-Indians have been selling “Navajo blankets” for decades. (The University of Arizona even has an online “design your own” app – presumably, anyone who attempts to sell her creation after completion is liable to the savages.)

Bakeries sell “Navajo design” cakes, although whether they’ll do one featuring two braves copulating on their wedding night, I don’t know.

Pendleton, which sold blankets to the Indians in the first place, is still manufacturing and selling them today.

Minnetonka sells “Navajo” moccasins.

And so on. The term, in any normal world, has become generic. But our judicial system is not a normal world.

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And how’s this supposed to work?

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Guess which one is the lawyer

News Item I:Hartford’s Democratic  leadership has promised “no new taxes”

News Item II: Connecticut’s 2016-17 budget spells trouble for our court system.

Proposed budget cuts would require slashing hundreds of state Judicial Branch jobs and closing at least six courthouses and a juvenile detention center, according to Chief Court Administrator Judge Patrick Carroll III.

News Item III (yesterday): Hartford ‘s Democratic leadership proposes providing free legal services in civil cases for the poor.

 

It’s awful that those without the money to hire a lawyer have to represent themselves in court, but there’s no money to remedy that in state coffers. The best solution, it seems to me, is to eliminate the lawyer’s monopoly and let laymen, perhaps with a basic training course, handle these cases. Poor people may not be able to pay $300 an hour for representation, but more of them could afford an advocate at, say, $35.

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It seems that polo and $millions doesn’t necessarily breed good behavior

 

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“Here’s your coke, my beloved – be responsible with it” (Nice boner on the boy -is that a gay thing?)

Just two weeks after being charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and assault  of a police officer, young Peter Brant skipped out of Nobu, leaving his pals, including another sot, Kyar Kennedy to pay his $2,000 bill.

Peter’s mom and Walt’s girlfriend Stephenie Seymour is not around to help him through this troubled time because she’s in her umpteenth rehab, trying to avoid the consequences other own recent arrest here in Greenwich for drunk driving.

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It’s too much to expect accuracy from our media, but couldn’t our local school board get things right, instead of succumbing to hysteria?

Date violence

Violence while dating

Greenwich School Board intends to prohibit violence while on dates, a crime that for some reason it feels is presently legal and permitted.

The Board of Education is considering an expansion of the school district’s regulations to explicitly prohibit teen dating violence, a proposal that has garnered broad support in the community.

An epidemic of abuse is spurring changes locally and at the state level. Greenwich school officials said they want to do more to protect teenagers.

“This is a serious matter,” said Board of Education Vice Chairman Barbara O’Neill. “We can heighten the awareness of the seriousness of this and the consequences.”

A pervasive problem

Abusive relationships are rampant nationally, around the state and locally.

Almost one in five women have been raped or been the victim of attempted rape in their lifetime, according to a 2011 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in four women have endured physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the CDC.

The epidemic extends to Greenwich. Domestic violence is the second-most investigated crime in Greenwich, and the most frequently investigated violent crime by local police. In 2015, about 270 domestic violence incidents were reported to Greenwich police, compared with about 230 in the previous year.

In the past five years, Greenwich High School has not had any documented cases of dating violence, according to Dean of Student Life Lorraine Termini [salary: $148,000 per year, plus benefits – just sayin’].

All of this is pure hokum, an invented crisis that has been created by defining downward the definition of rape to include any unwelcome contact of a sexual nature, including comments about one’s personal appearance. “Nice dress” may be the moral equivalent of rape to the most rabid of feminists, but when the average member of the public hears “sexual assault” or “rape”, a wolf-whistling construction worker isn’t what comes to mind.

The “one in five raped in lifetime” statistic is  a completely bogus figure, invented by activist- feminists and pumped up by a definition of “rape” that includes ever having sex while under the influence of alcohol.  The fact is, most young people old enough to engage in sex are also old enough to drink, legally or not, and fornicating under the influence of alcohol is not necessarily rape – only the CDC thinks it is. Passed out drunk and violated? That’s rape, absolutely, but the CDC counts any sex while drinking to be non-consensual on the part of the female; that’s a version of reality dating back to the Victorian era, but hardly the case today.

If this is all that the BOE has to do with its time, let’s send its members down to Binney to start dredging. And hand that $150,000 Dean of Student Life a shovel and bring her along too: might as well get something for our money.

 

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Greenwich emulates NYC and Washington D.C. – “but that’s okay, we’re Republicans!”

Binney Park Pond

Bonney Park Pond, as brought to you by Peter Tesei and his department of public works [sic]

Bob Horton recounts the years-long delay in dredging Binney Park, a project that looks more like New York’s Wollman Rink with every passing year (the Wollman skating Rink in Central Park was supposed to be renovated in 1980 at a cost of $9.1 million. Six years and $13 million later, work had barely started. Donald Trump offered, and publicity forced Ed Koch to accept that offer,  to complete the project in 4 months, for $2.5 million. He did it in less time, at a cost of $2.250 million).

First, some history: the last time the Binney Pond was dredged, many years ago (but not that long ago – maybe 1990s?) plans called for the installation of silt catchments, which would trap silt coming into the pond and could be easily cleaned periodically, cheaply, and thus avoid having to re-dredge the pond every few years at enormous cost. On the evening when that year’s budget was voted on,  our RTM approved the cost of the dredging itself but eliminated the $450,000 required for catch basins, despite warnings that the group was being penny foolish. The pond has been silted up again for years now. Bob takes the story from there:

Various groups from the eastern end of town, including the Old Greenwich Merchants Association and local neighborhood organizations, have pressured town government for several years to restore the once beautiful man-made pond. It is now an eyesore, dotted with expanding islands of silt that host marsh grasses and invasive weeds, snaring trash and other debris swept downstream during heavy rains.

In February 2015, then Board of Estimate and Taxation member Sean Goldrick, a Riverside resident, pushed Commissioner of Public Works Amy Siebert to speed up the pond project, which she had said would take four years from start to finish. During questioning, Siebert answered that if the BET wanted the DPW to move faster, it should add $1 million to the 2016 fiscal year budget. The BET unanimously approved the extra dollars.

Those dollars were available as of last July 1, and were specifically allocated to design and install silt traps that would significantly slow the flow of silt and, with proper maintenance, add many years to the intervals between expensive dredging work.

Last September, Ms. Siebert told Goldrick by email that even though the town engineer managing the project had retired due to illness, “the sedimentation trap designs are being completed.” She added that absent any regulatory delays, “our hope is still to bid the project this winter and build in Spring 2016.” And, she concluded, “We expect to be requesting dredging funds in the (fiscal year) 2016/17 budget.”

Now it is Spring 2016, and there is no longer any talk of installing silt traps this year. Nor is there any indication that the designs were submitted to state and federal regulators for approval. And Ms. Siebert did not include money for dredging in the DPW 2016-17 budget.

Siebert says now:

“At this time, we have our sediment study and a preliminary design. We are proceeding with additional sediment testing and final design – this can be a lengthy process. As a result, we are forecasting that we will ask for the actual constructions funds (which would include dredging) in FY 17/18. Our work over the coming months will inform our FY 17/18 request,” the DPW commissioner wrote in a March 28 email.

In a few short months, the DPW went from nearing completion of silt trap design and asking for construction bids, to having just a preliminary design and not even asking for construction money for another year.

Dredging of the two-acre pond has featured prominently in the last two local election cycles, and each time First Selectman Peter Tesei’s administration has said it is a top priority, only to have the sense of urgency ease once election day passes.

During a 2013 campaign walking tour of Old Greenwich, Tesei said that pond dredging was a priority, but that the town also had to address silt at its source, strongly implying it was coming from real estate development in Stamford. He was supported in this position by Conservation Director Denise Savageau, who said talks would start with Stamford about how it could help stop siltation.

Then, after the election, a funny thing happened. After a $100,000 study of silt sources, the town’s chief engineer told the Parks and Recreation Board in late 2014 that “it was determined that the majority of the sediment was coming from the westerly branch of Cider Mill Brook, the section that is completely in Greenwich. Only a small portion of the sediment was determined to come from the eastern branch which includes Stamford.” So Stamford wasn’t mucking up Greenwich after all. No matter, the old trope of blaming Stamford worked to deflect attention for another year or so.

For years, Tesei and his predecessors have bemoaned their inability to do anything at all about governing Greenwich because our town charted deprives them of authority to address pressing issues. Thus, we have out of control union contracts, a grossly underfunded pension plan, public projects that take decades to complete, and cost overruns on every project we do undertake. The Planning & Zoning staff has been handed the authority to dream up building permit restrictions that delay any private project, from adding a sunporch to building a house, for a year or more, adding huge costs to an already expensive building environment, create bizarre, irrational calculations of floor area restrictions that reward some homeowners and make the land of others virtually worthless, and, via the same Denise Savage cited above, embark on a plan to remove all housing from the Old Greenwich shoreline without compensation to its owners.

Tesei and his fellow politicians of both parties insist on delegating authority and abandoning all responsibility for the results. if they really don’t want to govern, why won’t they simply go away? In Tesie’s case, the answer is obvious: he’s a career politician, and such a creature’s biggest fear; only fear, is losing office and being forced to find a real job, something they have either never tried or, having tried, failed at. The part timers in our government are more of a puzzle, but regardless, it’s time for them to lead, follow,or get out of the way.

Fat Ball

Amy Siebert is ready to start, or says she is

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