Daily Archives: April 7, 2016

Cold-hearted conservatives have pointed this out to compassionate liberals for decades now

student fight

Guess who got suspended here? Hint: it wasn’t the rather large student

Parents sue New York City for failing to proved a safe learning environment for their children.

Obama’s Justice Department mandated new rules for public schools, prohibiting disciplinary actions that had a “disparate effect” on colored students. Its was immediately pointed out by conservatives that the rules would establish a quota system that would let violence run wild, and that criticism was ignored.

Just last year, NYC doubled down on its policy of not disciplining students, and installed the new Obama guidelines, with predictable results.

New York public-school students caught stealing, doing drugs or even attacking someone can avoid suspension under new “progressive” discipline rules adopted this month.

Most likely, they will be sent to a talking circle instead, where they can discuss their feelings.

Convinced traditional discipline is racist because blacks are suspended at higher rates than whites, New York City’s Department of Education has in all but the most serious and dangerous offenses replaced out-of-school suspensions with a touchy-feely alternative punishment called “restorative justice,” which isn’t really punishment at all. It’s therapy.

“Every reasonable effort must be made to correct student behavior through…restorative practices,” advises the city’s new 32-page discipline code.

Except everywhere it’s been tried, this softer approach has backfired.

What’s more, the movement — which is driven by new race-based anti-discipline guidelines issued by the Obama administration — is creating friction between teachers unions and the liberal mayors they otherwise support.

Politicians can praise the new system, but it’s teachers who must deal with the disruptive and sometimes violent results.

‘You have to have consequences’

Last month, for instance, the Chicago Teachers Union complained the city’s revised student-discipline code has left teachers struggling to control unruly kids.

“It’s just basically been a totally lawless few months,” one teacher told the Chicago Tribune.

Etc. Chicago, LA, Syracuse, liberals are doing their best to destroy any chance black children might have of getting an education and breaking out of the poverty trap that’s ensnared them since the $7 trillion “War on Poverty” was initiated against them in 1965.


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Personally, I find this far more impressive that GHS’s athletic triumphs

GHS Math Team

William Yin, Robby Blank, Derrick Xiong, Michael Kural, Bennett Brain, Jovita Li, Steven Ma and Jason Shi

Greenwich High School’s Math Team whups the state, including private school teams from Brunswick and  Greenwich Academy. Seventh title in 8 years. I can’t throw a football any better than I can do my guzuntas, so I’m always impressed by kids who can do either, but, gee.

Others were less impressed than I: “Look at the goddamned picture,” FWIW’s Diversity Advisor Dan Schulman complained. “Nothing but Asians and what looks to me like a couple kids who might be Jews, or Armenians or something, maybe. If the private schools here in Greenwich ever decided to let those types in, you bet you’re ass they’d be winners too. But hey, you see Brunswick’s lacrosse championships? How ’bout them Bruins?”



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A reader asked about that spec house on Londonderry

37 Londonderry

37 Londonderry

37 Londonderry is still for sale, and pretty much at the same price it started off at last June: $5.195 million then, $4.999 now. I remember the lot quite well, as it was brother Gideon’s listing back when a tear down perched on it, and I visited several times, once or twice to show it to my own clients (they weren’t interested) a couple more times to see if Gid would loan me his Jag for an upstate hunting trip (no better luck).

In any event, it sold for $1.125 in 2013 (which explains 31 Londonderry’s selling price) and a new, 8,000 sq.ft. house was built. Give the builder and listing agent high marks for clearly stating that that figure includes 1,800 sq.ft. in the basement, and does not include the 850 s.ft. garage. Clarity makes things so much easier for everyone.

As for the house, I dunno. Very expensively finished, with a beautiful view over the golf course, but the same traffic noise that afflicts 31 Londerry hits here, too. I think I’d have a hard time selling this location  to a $5 million buyer – there are better locations, if not houses, available, and location always trumps the house itself. How much does the builder have into this? If he pulled off construction at $300 a foot, there’s still $3.550 million to be recouped (8,000 X $300 + land of $1.150), before profit and overhead, commissions and taxes. That’s a large final sales price.

And if he spent $450, which isn’t impossible, he’s totally screwed.


Do you suppose they Photoshopped out the Merritt in this picture? Pasted a few fuzzy little trees over the asphalt?


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Nothing wrong with the high end market that the right location and right price won’t fix

111 Park Avenue

111 Park Avenue

111 Park Avenue, $6.150 million, reports a pending contract. This is an absolutely gorgeous , 1918 home(gorgeous interior; not quite so keen on the exterior design, but it’ll do) on almost two acres on what’s probably the best street in central Greenwich – it’s certainly my favorite. Ogilvy tried to sell it for a year at $7.450 million, BK Bates had another year to pitch it at $6.995, then this, the third broker, gets the price right and unloads it in 30 days. The saying is,” its best to be the first son, the second wife, and the third broker.”

Works like a charm.


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Well, it gets you into Greenwich at an affordable price

31 Londonderry Drive

31 Londonderry Drive

31 Londonderry Drive, asking $1.195 million, reports a contract. The house is being sold “as is”,  the listing doesn’t dare include interior shots, and it’s also listed as land, so it’s probably fair to say that this 1969 structure has passed its sell-by date.

The buyer could be someone who wants to sink a quarter-million bucks into the place and have a habitat place at not too dear a price, but I’m guessing some builder will try to sell a new $3 million house here. The roar of the Merritt rushing by just a few feet away may make that a challenging prospect, but who knows? Some people don’t care about that sort of thing.


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J. P. Morgan price cut on Round Hill Road

591 Round Hill Road

551 Round Hill Road, showcasing the Westchester/ New Jersey style

After foreclosing on it back in 2014, J.P.Morgan has been trying to get rid of 551 Round Hill Road ever since, and today cut its price, again, to $5.2 million. The former owner, a John Friel, paid $4.484 for it in 1998, and tried selling it from 2008 until that foreclosure in 2014. He started at an asking price of $9.5 million in 2008, but that was not the year to reach for the stars.

11,500 square feet,  5.61 acres, almost in Banksville, and of a rather distressing design; not a good combination for success.

In case you’re wondering, Raj Rajaratnam’s similar house at 477 Round Hill has never hit the market, despite Mr. Rajaratnam’s relocation to Ayers, Massachusetts four years ago, and where he is expected to stay another nine years, barring a successful appeal.


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More on the White Man’s burden


Off to class – an appropriately dressed Miss Gretchen Scneiserkopf arrives to meet her new students

Muslim students don’t have to shake hands with their female teachers, Switzerland decrees.

Muslim students in Switzerland will no longer need to shake hands with their female teachers, in a ruling that has caused an uproar and consternation in the country.

Education authorities in the northern Swiss municipality of Therwil, in the canton of Basel-Country, reached the controversial decision after two male students complained about the Swiss custom.

They claimed shaking hands with the teacher is counter to their religious beliefs if the teacher is a woman.

Christoph Eymann, who heads the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education, meanwhile said ‘We cannot tolerate that women in the public service are treated differently from men.”

Christine Akeret, in charge of the Therwil school system, told media she was not satisfied with the decision, but had not seen any other option.

‘It is difficult when someone refuses to adopt our way of life,’ she said.

FWIW’s advisor on cultural affairs, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, sighed when reached for comment. “I just told you,” he said, “we can’t hold the dumb races to our standards. If the Swiss invited in a bunch of muslims with a package of whackadoodle beliefs, then they have to honor those beliefs until slooowly, oh so slowly, these Pakis can be raised out of the darkness. That could take generations, if it’s possible at all, but in the meantime, we must future them, and if that means ending the Swiss custom of students shaking hands with their teachers, so be it. Message: ‘We care!’ “

Down the hill in France, meanwhile, Air France stewardesses have been ordered to wear scarves on flights to Iran, as a concession to Muslim beliefs.


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