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Self-defense is not for the Little People

No soup for you!

No soup for you!

Celebrities like Charlie Sheen springing for million-dollar armored limos.

The combination of guns, death and the particular vulnerability that a car on a public street presents to stars who are under siege from paparazzi and stalkers hits close to home for many in L.A.’s celebrity culture, where spending lavishly on personal security is a seldom-discussed necessity.

According to Aaron Cohen, director of IMS Security in Hollywood, whose clients have included Katy Perry, Kate Moss and Charlie Sheen, the cost to secure the home of a tabloid-exposed family like that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can top $1 million a year. So it’s inevitable that celebrities — as well as Hollywood’s high-net-worth agents, studio executives and producers — would extend their security periphery to include the possession that serves as a mobile status-signifier in this car-obsessed city.

Enter the armored vehicle. …

Mercedes, BMW and Bentley quietly manufacture armored versions of their cars. The BMW 7 Series High Security can withstand armor-piercing bullets and is outfitted with run-flat tires and a sealed ventilation system in case of attack by chemical weapons.

Who would begrudge a movie star the right to protect himself and his family? So if Brad “I support the right of Americans to own guns” Pitt wants to buy an armored car to supplement his security, more power to him. But it’s little mini-Bloombergs like Charlie Sheen that are so offensive: Guards, guns and armored cars for me, the hoi polloi  get bupkis:

“If anybody from the NRA wants to look those parents in the eye from [Sandy Hook] and tell them that guns are still necessary, then I urge them to, and see how that goes,” Sheen began. “Because we’re not supported to bury our children.”

Why are stars like Charlie Sheen and Barbara Streisand so special? Well, because… well, because they just are!

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When religion replaces reason

University of California truth squad

University of California truth squad

University of California San Francisco fundraiser Stephanie Handlerr: Non-believers must die.

@shandlerr: @BarackObama …deny nonbelievers access to care at all. Let them eat their McDonalds…”

Politicized death panels.

Same church, different pew for global warmers.

Professor Richard Parncutt: “Death penalty for global warming deniers”.

UPDATE: Libertarian Advocate draws our attention to the Sacramento Democrat Chairman and homosexual “civil rights advocate” Allan Brauer demonstrating his feminine side to a Ted Cruz staffer: “May all your children all [sic] die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases”. Apologetic when people objected? Ha – he’s a Democrat, and thus unassailable on moral issues.

Allan Breuer, Democrat Chairman

Allan Brauer, Democrat Chairman

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She keeps selling it because Americans still buy it

Stretching it

Stretching it

On Friday, Nancy Pelosi was in the news for saying that Obama has been “almost apolitical, certainly non-partisan during his term in office”. Yesterday she followed up that preposterous statement with another: “there is nothing left to cut in the federal budget”.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republican-led efforts to rein in government spending are pointless because there is nothing left to cut in the almost $4 trillion-a-year federal budget.

“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that.”

The Washington Time points out,

The federal budget has doubled in size in 12 years, from $1.9 trillion in 2001 to $3.8 trillion this year.

But who reads the Washington Times when CNN is available to dispense the truth?

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Peter Tesei finds an ally – unless this is His Honor in drag

An intellect lighter than air

An intellect lighter than air

The last time he was allowed out in public, our first selectman Tesei sought to blame this blog and its anonymous commenters for the suicide of Bart Paloscz and said,

“I think our media locally has been irresponsible…when you provide a platform for adults to make anonymous comments…you fuel a behavior that is deemed acceptable. In a sick sort of way people get off on it because they get, ‘Well, I can say what I want but I don’t have to say who I am.’ They say things that are inflammatory, inaccurate, andthey are allowed to get away with it...I’m all for freedom of speech, but I think freedom of speech means you have to know who is saying what. Anonymity is cowardice and I think bullies are cowards…I would call upon the local media outlets, Hearst and all the others…to cease that practice.”

Tesei seems to have no respect for either the Second Amendment or the First. Fortunately for the universe he’s merely a small town mayor with no particular general appeal, but he is rumored to have higher political ambitions. Should he somehow achieve that ambition, here’s a logical choice for his running mate:

Anonymous Cop Pens Bizarre Editorial Calling for ‘End of Anonymity on the Internet,’ Says All Internet Posters Should be Forced to Register with the Government for ‘Public Safety.’

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Speaking of imaginary weapons, what about banning handgun ammunition and shutting down all American gun manufacturers?

That’s what the next mayor of New York, Bill de Balasio is demanding, and he’s been joined by the supposed parents of murdered Sandy Hook children, the  “Newtown Action Alliance”.

Check out their accompanying illustration of what they seek to ban: the 9mm pistol round, used by almost every police force in the country (as well as our military). The rationale, according to these people, is that a pistol was used to kill people in Colorado. Of course Monday’s killer used a shotgun so that, too is on their agenda. When you hear that “no one wants to confiscate guns, we just want ‘common sense regulations’,”  think, “we want to confiscate all guns and disarm the nation”.

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And the liberal outrage is … where?

Designated Democrat Intellectual, Dollar Bill

Designated Democrat Intellectual, Dollar Bill

IRS specifically focused on Tea Party because of its anti-Obama rhetoric.

USA TODAY:

WASHINGTON — Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about “anti-Obama rhetoric,” inflammatory language and “emotional” statements made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.

The internal 2011 documents, obtained by USA TODAY, list 162 groups by name, with comments by Internal Revenue Service lawyers in Washington raising issues about their political, lobbying and advocacy activities. In 21 cases, those activities were characterized as “propaganda.”

Reached for comment, Greenwich Democrat spokesman Dollar Bill explained his party’s position to FWIW: “Bushchaneykochbrothers!Bushchaneykochbrothers!Teabaggersteabaggerteabaggers!” Our interview was ended by the appearance of Democrat BOE member Ramadamadingdong Tamm and party chairman, Kaptain Keno, who hugged DB in a loving embrace and gently led him away. “This guy’s a fucking lunatic”, Tamm said.

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The lies continue at the NYT

"All the News That's Fit to Fabricate"

“All the News That’s Fit to Fabricate”

We’ve seen the Daily News (and dozens of other media outlets) focus on the gun that was never used, the dreaded “AR-15”; we’ve seen CNN invent a new weapon, the “AR-15 shotgun”, and here’s the NYT, falsely claiming that Virginia’s strict gun laws actually prevented the shooter from buying one: (you may remember that the mainstream press, since the time when Bloggers exposed Dan Rather’s lies about George Bush’s military service, has distinguished itself from bloggers by touting the “many, many layers of fact-checking and verification procedures” they employ. That claim is no longer – never was – operative):

NYT:  “State Law Stopped Gunman From Buying Rifle, Officials Say.”

The first line says: “The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test fired an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week but was stopped from buying one because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials.”

Apparently neither the reporter nor his editors took the time to fact check their vague “law enforcement officials” sources.

“Virginia law does not prohibit the sale of assault rifles to out-of-state citizens who have proper identification,” Dan Peterson, a Virginia firearms attorney, told me Tuesday night. The required identification is proof of residency in another state and of U.S. citizenship, which can be items like a passport, birth certificate or voter identification card.

John Frazer, also a firearms attorney in the Commonwealth, told me that, “State law in Virginia — like most states — allows purchase of rifles or shotguns by residents of other states. Virginia simply requires some additional forms of identification.”

Federal law is clear on this residency issue. A quick glance at the ATF website would have informed the New York Times journalists that a person may buy a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a federal firearms licensee’s premises in any state, provided the sale complies with state laws, which it would in this case.

So is the NYT merely guilty of gross incompetence and laziness, driven by its anti-gun agenda, or is it deliberately fabricating news stories in order to feed its readers’ delusions? To quote one of that paper’s favorite politicians, “what difference does it make?”

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Thank you, Bill Clinton

Official Bill Clinton Marine Paintball Brigade

Official Bill Clinton Marine Paintball Brigade

When Clinton disarmed military bases and declared them “gun free zones”, the ostensible reason was to increase the safety of our troops (it was, of course, just an expression of his animus towards weapons). That didn’t stop the Ft. Hood rampage by a muslim fanatic, and was responsible for the deaths of most of those killed Monday at the Navy Yard. Marine: If we’d had ammunition, we could have cleared the building”.

“My son was at Marine Barracks — at the Navy Yard yesterday – and they had weapons with them, but they didn’t have ammunition.   And they said, ‘We were trained, and if we had the ammunition, we could’ve cleared that building.’ Only three people had been shot at that time, and they could’ve stopped the rest of it.”

So much for “gun-free zones”: all of the recent mass shootings that took place at civilian locations occurred in such zones: Aurora, Columbine, Newtown, and now we know, twice-over, they don’t work on military bases.

UPDATE: A reader says it was George Bush I who first disarmed the military and provides the relevant regulation. The regulation I link to is apparently a change made to that regulation by executive order of William Jefferson, but the essential disarming is Bush’s, and subsequent administrations, burden to shoulder.

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They don’t even pretend to tell the truth anymore

Daily News details all the evils of the AR-15 used in yesterdays’s Naval Yards shooting. Neglects to mention that the FBI says no such weapon was used. The point for these liars is to get the narrative out, nothing else. The Daily News thus joins MSNBC, the “Newtown Alliance” and hundreds of other professional prevaricators in sacrificing integrity for propaganda.

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He’s punishing me for my politics, the bastard!

Happy Winner, Drew Marzullo

Happy (disguised)  Winner, Drew Marzullo

Captain Keno, my own business partner, has let an Old Greenwich resident win a $2 million scratch-and-sniff lotto card.  This is just sooo cruel.

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First step in bailing out the blue states and their unfunded, unsupportable pension promises to public workers

 

See ya, suckers!

See ya, suckers!

ObamaCare will allow them to shift hundreds of billions of retiree health care benefits onto the rest of us (our children, in fact). 

That still leaves trillions of pension dollars that will have to be paid by those same children but like the pension promises themselves, this will provide temporary relief, and afford the current crop of politicians time to finish up their careers and get the hell out of Dodge.

States and localities have enormous liabilities in the form of health benefits they have promised to provide to retired workers. (Finance professionals call these benefits OPEB, or “other post-employment benefits.”) Most public sector retirees get health plans until they turn 65, and then supplemental coverage on top of Medicare after that.

In most cases, state and local governments haven’t prefunded these liabilities at all. As Americans age and health care costs rise, this is becoming a major drain on state and local finances, arguably more important than more-widely-discussed problems with public employee pensions.

But Obamacare will give states and cities a major out. Instead of providing health care to under-65 retirees, they can tell them to go buy health plans in the Obamacare exchanges. In many cases, those retirees will qualify for substantial subsidies to buy such plans. States and localities will often stand to save thousands of dollars per retiree per year, even if they provide a cash stipend to help each employee buy insurance in the exchange.

All told, state and local governments should be able to shift hundreds of billions of dollars in OPEB liabilities to the federal government. That will mean a major saving for those governments. But it will also drive costs upward at the federal level.

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New North Street School playground?

Hop Scotch

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September 17, 2013 · 3:21 pm

Folklore on katydids may be closer to the mark than I thought last week

Forestalling winter

Forestalling winter

Temperature in the mid-to high 30s tonight, with patches of frost in the northern counties. Just last Thursday I was complaining that the folklore that called for frost six weeks after hearing the fist katydid was a bust: that day should have arrived Saturday, the 13th, when temperatures never dipped below 59 degrees.

But, even acknowledging that the 17th of September is not the 13th, and upper Fairfield county is not Greenwich, the little buggers may not have been so far off after all.

(off to open houses – back in a few hours)

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Mission creep

The Newtown Action Alliance, an amalgamation of anti-gun activists named after the Sandy Hook massacre, is off to Washington to protest Florida’s “stand your ground” law and the latest shooting in Washington.

The entire country was horrified and sickened by the murders in Newtown last year, but like so many tragedies – or even illnesses: see, “The March of Dimes”, founded to eliminate polio – the organization formed in its aftermath is now stuck looking for something new to justify its existence. A street quarrel in Florida between two men is not Sandy Hook (nor did it have anything to do with that state’s “stand-your-ground” law, which was never even raised as a defense), and a navy reservist stealing a rifle from a gun safe in Navy headquarters, a guarded, “secure” location, is even farther removed from what happened in Newtown that day.

By politicizing yesterday’s shootings and exploiting the names of those dead children to fund their anti-gun lobbying, the people behind the “Newtown” Alliance forfeit any transfer of sympathy that might otherwise flow from the grieving parents of Sandy Hook children to national advocates using their pain.

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No. Next question.

ObamaKare requires doctors to inquire about your sexual activity and report it to the central data base.

‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”

Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law.

“This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.

And if you wonder who’s still fighting for individual liberty in this brave new world, there’s this:

There’s one question they can’t ask: Thanks to the NRA, Section 2716 of the ObamaCare law bars the federal government from compelling doctors and hospitals to ask you if you own a firearm.

Gun owners understand that when the government succeeds at stripping away one constitutional right, it will continue on to take others. Like our right to privacy. Griswold vs. State of Connecticut, anyone? Oops! That just disappeared.

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Well this should boost private school enrollment

 

¡Se habla español!

¡Se habla español!

Republican BOE member Steve Anderson suggests moving  half of  North Street’s 400 students to Parkway to make room for poor kids bused in from the nether region  

Anderson favors moving about 200 North Street pupils who reside in the northern half of their school’s attendance area to Parkway. The available 200 seats would then be filled by about 100 magnet students from western Greenwich elementary attendance areas, with a “preponderance” coming from the school district’s two racially unbalanced schools, Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon. The other 100 magnet pupils would arrive from more eastern Greenwich attendance areas such as Cos Cob, Riverside and North Mianus.

Western Greenwich students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches would receive preference for enrolling in a North Street magnet.

Gee, and just when mid country prices were reviving, too.

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The Republican old guard panics: reminds me of Greenwich’s own set of clowns

 

That's just not done!

Deer in the headlights

David Brooks goes ballistic on Cruz, including “birther” charges. 

“What’s going on in theHouse and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,” Brooks said. “And Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in more as a media-protest person. And a lot of the House Republicans are in the same mode. They’re not normal members of Congress. They’re not legislators. They want to stop things. And so they’re just being — they just want to obstruct.”

Can’t we all just go along?

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Kant we all just get along?

The Categorial Imperative put to rest

The Categorial Imperative put to rest

Odessa: Argument about Kant’s philosophy leads to shooting.

MOSCOW (AP) — An argument in southern Russia over philosopher Immanuel Kant, the author of “Critique of Pure Reason,” devolved into pure mayhem when one debater shot the other

A police spokeswoman in Rostov-on Don, Viktoria Safarova, said two men in their 20s were discussing Kant as they stood in line to buy beer at a small store on Sunday. The discussion deteriorated into a fistfight and one participant pulled out a small nonlethal pistol and fired repeatedly…..

It was not clear which of Kant’s ideas may have triggered the violence.

Fisticuffs, even a little gunfire over Robert Nozick, sure; but Kant?

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Heck of a job, Barry, II

 

This puts them exactly where we want them!

This puts them exactly where we want them!

Obama waives prohibition against providing arms to Syrian terrorists.

Janes Report: Nearly half of all Syrian rebels Al-Qaeda or hard-line Islamists.

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Heck of a job, Barry

 

You need Congressional approval to do that. No you don't! Yes you do! No you don't! Heck, let's just ask Vladimir.

You need Congressional approval to do that – wait, maybe you don’t; uh, yes you do! No you don’t! Heck, let’s just ask Vladimir.

FEMA grounds private drones assisting in Colorado relief efforts, threatens operators with arrest.

On Saturday, FEMA grounded Colorado company Falcon UAV — a drone manufacturer that had been helping local authorities map the disaster area in near-real time — and threatened to arrest anyone flying a drone over the disaster area, IEEE Spectrum reports.

Falcon UAV had been volunteering its services with the Boulder County Emergency Operations Center’s (EOC) relief efforts for several days prior; the company’s drone, called the Falcon, uses GPS and cameras to create detailed maps of the ground it flies over.

The company said in a blog post that when they were heading up to Lyons, Colo. early Saturday morning to conduct damage assessment they were notified by the Boulder EOC that FEMA had taken over the relief operations, denied Falcon UAV’s request to fly a drone, and said “that anyone flying drones would be arrested.”

Falcon UAV also noted that while Civil Air Patrol and private aircraft were authorized to fly over the damaged town, the mountainous landscape made it difficult to see and help provide visual support for the recovery efforts.

“Meanwhile we were grounded on the Lyons high school football field with two Falcons that could have mapped the entire town in less than 30 minutes with another few hours to process the data providing a near real time map of the entire town,” said Falcon UAV.

Somewhere a federal bureaucrat is sleeping soundly tonight.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/16/fema-threatens-to-arrest-volunteer-drone-operators-during-colo-flood-relief/#ixzz2f62lMTIG

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