Daily Archives: April 21, 2016

Contracts reported

21 Cherry Valley

21 Cherry Valley

21 Cherry Valley Road, the former (weekend, on presumes) home of the late Stephen Madoff, has a contract just 7 days after hitting the market at $1.775. We discussed it last week. Decent house, in serious need of updating, swamp property, bad karma.

100 Orchard Street

100 Orchard Street

Also flying off the shelves is 100 Orchard, 13 days, asking $1.895 million. Beautiful house, busy street. These owners paid $1.625 for it in 2014 and don’t seem to have done much to it except live in it, so there’s your Cos Cob market indicator.

112 Orchard

112 Orchard Street

112 Orchard, $989,000, lasted 23 days.

As for land, 36 Evergreen, 0.66 acres on that little dead end off lower Lake Avenue, asked $1.565 17 days ago, and also has a contract today.


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Who loves ya, baby?

whites and BLMEarlier this week I was berated by a self-identifying “left-leaning liberal” reader for my headline, Black criminal Lives Matter; or is that redundant?. I’m not sure what the reader thought I meant, but here’s the point: the culture of black criminality harms the back people who live in it far more than whites, liberals and conservatives, who don’t. The difference is that conservatives feel compassion for those victims, liberals create more of them, under the guise of protecting the rights of young murderers.

Back to Bedlam 

Will the anti-cop Left please figure out what it wants? For more than a decade, activists have demanded the end of proactive policing, claiming that it was racist. Pedestrian stops—otherwise known as stop, question, and frisk—were attacked as a bigoted oppression of minority communities. In March 2015, for example, the ACLU of Illinois accused the Chicago Police Department of “targeting” minorities because stops are “disproportionately concentrated in the black community.”

Equally vilified was Broken Windows policing, which responds to low-level offenses such as graffiti, disorderly conduct, and turnstile jumping.

Well, the police got the message. In response to the incessant accusations of racism and the heightened hostility in the streets that has followed the Michael Brown shooting, officers have pulled back from making investigatory stops and enforcing low-level offenses in many urban areas. As a result, violent crime in cities with large black populations has shot up—homicides in the largest 50 cities rose nearly 17 percent in 2015.

And the Left is once again denouncing the police—this time for not doing enough policing. Stops in Chicago are down nearly 90 percent this year through the end of March, compared with the same period in 2015; shootings were up 78 percent and homicides up 62 percent through April 10. Over 100 people were shot in the first ten days of 2016.

On March 25, … two groups of youths were fighting on a street corner on Chicago’s West Side. If Chicago officers had dispersed them and questioned anyone who seemed to be harboring a gun, a Black Lives Matter sympathizer would have seen only racial harassment. …  and one of the teens started shooting at his rivals. The gunslinger hit 13-year-old Zarriel Trotter, an innocent bystander; the bullet entered Trotter’s back near his spine and punctured his intestines. As of early April, the police were still searching for the shooter.

“It gets scarier out here every day,” a classmate of Zarriel’s told the Chicago Tribune. “Young people in Chicago can’t go outside without knowing whether they will be the next person fired at.”

Chicago had a harbinger of its current depolicing situation in 2012. Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy had disbanded a city-wide, anti-gang task force that advocates had criticized for allegedly making too many stops in minority neighborhoods. Homicides soared, ultimately reaching 500 that year. South Side residents begged for the reconstitution of the task force and the resumption of stops.

“We have had enough,” the grandmother of a murder victim told the Telegraph, afraid to give her name for fear of retribution. “The older folks are terrified. We need the police to crack down on them. Responsibly yes, but forcefully.”

A local city councilman, Willie Cochran, said that his constituents “wanted a more aggressive force engaging these terrorists on the streets.” His community was “ready to stand by the police” in the face of complaints about “racial profiling,”



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Love it, love it, love it!

50 cent pictures with guns2

Mr.50 Cent,

Pitzer College student Gregory Ochiagha, who self- identifies as black (and gay, NTTAWWT)  lashes out at his college for allowing an “emotionally triggering” drawing of a gun (with a flower in its barrel):

“My Black Mental and Emotional Health Matters. I shouldn’t be reminded every time I leave my dorm room of how easy my life can be taken away, or how many Black lives have been taken away because of police brutality. This is emotionally triggering for very obvious reasons.”

This being Pizer and a modern college, the artist in question, one Jessica Folsom, (PZ’19), was both contrite and groveling:

“I spoke with Gregory earlier and we agreed on a modification that preserves the integrity of the original piece while avoiding any potentially triggering content—it’s a change I was absolutely happy to make in the interest of creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone in my community,” Spier told the Claremont Independent. “I have absolutely no right to decide whether or not my artwork is offensive to marginalized communities—nor does anyone else in a position of privilege, racial or otherwise.”

It’s heartbreaking that Mr. Ochiagha should have strayed so far from his black culture that he can no longer deal emotionally with the image of a gun, even one with an imaginary flower extending from its imaginary barrel. One can only imagine what life must have been like for this young, sensitive gay man growing up in an environment that idolized black rappers, and glorified them and their gun collections.

Fortunately, there’s hope for Mr. Ochiaga’s last month at Pizer, before he heads into the harsh, cruel world of graduate school (that’s me being ironic). Pizer has found a video of a less threatening musician/artist, and will be playing it, non-stop, in the safe room it provides for blacksandthoseidentifyingasblack students until graduation.



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