It’s always racist

Squantz Pond State Park has a problem: it’s grievously overcrowded. Yesterday its parking lot reached capacity at 8:30 Am and was closed, Sunday it hit that point at 9.

Despite the closures, “walk-in” visitors continued streaming into the park, renewing the long-standing safety worries of town officials.

First Selectman Susan Chapman said it’s normal for the park to reach capacity shortly after the park opens on the Fourth of July, but she said that occurred even earlier this year because the state reduced the parking cap for Monday from 250 to 200 vehicles.

“It’s a disaster,” Chapman said.

Hundreds of beachgoers parked their cars at nearby parking lots or on side streets on Sunday and Monday and walked to the park.

Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the park supervisor and state parks director decided Sunday to reduce the number of cars allowed in the lot Monday after learning that walk-in visitors were paying to park at businesses down the street. Since there was no way to regulate the walk-ins, he said, officials hoped that limiting access to the park itself would reduce crowding.

Suantz Pond

It’s racist to show reality.

Chapman and other town officials have long complained that allowing walk-ins permits crowding and creates dangerous pressures on lifeguards. She has repeatedly asked the state to ban walk-ins and to increase the number of lifeguards and state troopers at the park.

During the afternoon Sunday, Chapman tweeted a picture of walk-ins making their way along Route 37 and renewed her call for a moratorium. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton retweeted the post.

A spokesman for Connecticut Democrats called the tweet “racist” because most of those shown in the photo are black.

“This is racism, plain and simple,” said Leigh Appleby, communications director for Connecticut Democratic Party in a statement. “It’s outrageous that Susan Chapman and Mark Boughton would classify people of color as second class citizens. And it’s no surprise that leaders of the the party of Donald Trump would sink to this level. Both of these Connecticut Republican leaders need to immediately explain themselves. Bigotry has no place in our political discourse.”

Chapman scoffed at the characterization, saying there was nothing racist about the tweet.

“These are the very people I’m trying to protect,” she said. “It’s an unsafe situation for people coming to the park and an unsafe situation for people driving because they’re forced into oncoming traffic to go around them.”

The charge of racism is used exclusively by leftists to cut off discussion, though why Democrats don’t want to discuss an issue that affects all people: black, white, swimmers and drowners alike, and instead turn it into a political attack is beyond me. It’s just one more illustration of why the state is unmanageable: the party holding the reins is incompetent, and relies on phony charges of racism against Republicans to keep its majority base in its thrall.

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Miss Leigh Appleby – I thought even the gender-confused liked to swim in clean water


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You won’t see this on mainstream TV

You will on ReasonTV


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HMS BarryO

HealthyCT Care goes under.

Connecticut’s financially “unstable” Obamacare health-insurance co-op was placed under state supervision on Tuesday, as regulators said 40,000 people covered by the company will ultimately have to find new plans for the coming year.

 HealthyCT is the 14th of 23 original Obamacare co-ops to fail since they began selling health plans on government-run Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. Several of the other remaining co-ops, at least, are believed to be on shaky financial ground.

Until last week, the nonprofit HealthyCT had “adequate capital and sustainable liquidity” — but that fell apart Thursday with a federal requirement that hit HealthyCT with a $13.4 million bill, according to the Connecticut Insurance Department.

State Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade said that the resulting “hazardous financial standing” of HealthyCT led her to place the co-op under supervision, which prevents the company from writing any new policies, and also from renewing any large or smaller employer plans that expire after last Friday.

The co-op covers about 13,000 people on plans sold on Connecticut’s Obamacare exchange, who represent about 10 percent of all the Obamacare plans sold in the Nutmeg State. And another 27,000 people are covered by HealthyCT through large and small employer plans.

I’m not sure how an insurance company can be described as having “adequate capital and sustainable liquidity” “until last week”, when it had to know that it owed $13.4 million to the federal government’s “spread the risk” fund, but that’s a quibble: no one believes this stuff anymore, anyway.

Which is not to say there’s anything to cheer about here, because there really has to be a way to provide affordable insurance to people of modest means. My own two daughters are participants in Oregon’s and Maine’s programs, respectively, and I worry that those, too will fail (Oregon’s is definitely in trouble, not sure about Maine’s). Several doctors in the Portland area have established a fee structure that offers unlimited care at the GP level, with generic prescription drugs sold at cost – usually $3, for $50 a month. Great idea, great doctors, but for the plan to really work, patients should also purchase a catastrophic illness policy with, say, a $5,000 deductible, just in case.

ObamaCare prohibits those policies.


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Sometimes, ya just gotta let go

stubborn mule

You can lead a mule to water, but a pencil must be lead

Two price cuts today illustrate what’s wrong with part of the Greenwich market: owners who just can’t, or won’t believe that this town will no longer support whatever price the homeowner sets on her property. I don’t think it ever did, actually, but the perception was always there, and we have houses in inventory that prove that that perception lives on.

180 Stanwich

180 Stanwich Road

Take 180 Stanwich Road, for instance, which today dropped $200,000 from its $2.6 million price demanded 657 days ago on September 17, 2014 (c0rrected). Yes, it’s a lovely old house, set on two beautiful acres in the RA-1 zone, and yes, the owners paid $2.6 for it in 2005, so it’s understandable that they’ve refused to acknowledge that their house is worth less than that now, but the market’s been telling them that for two years (!) Today’s 7.5% cut is a good sign that reality is sinking in, but it may be not enough of a cut to overcome the stigma of staleness and the”if it’s any good, how come nobody else has bought it?”question that settles onto old listings and just won’t lift.

24 Pecksland

24 Pecksland Rd

The owners of 24 Pecksland Road have shown a little less rigidity by dropping their house 14%, from $3.5 million to $3 million, after only a year of trying to get that first price. It’s a great house, with great potential, but besides being overpriced, it’s decorated like a mausoleum or, if anyone’s still alive in there, someone’s (rich) grandmother’s house; that’s not an attractive package for younger buyers.

The agent’s persuaded them to drop the price; now if she can just get them to move out, and take their furnishings with them.


Friends don’t let friends wallpaper their ceilings

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Not even in bedrooms



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Yes, we do report Greenwich real estate news, when it crops up

Which is increasingly infrequent as we move into the summer, but such as it is, here it is:

226 Riversville

226 Riversville Road

226 Riversville Road, asking $1.175, reports a pending sale. The owner, an agent, paid $1,012,500 for it in 2015 after it had sat on the market for a year, redid the kitchen, painted it and did a nice job making it look good. If she did all that to flip it, she probably didn’t make out all that well, but then again, paying just 1/2 a commission allows a little extra room, and the profit will probably pay a private school tuition or two, so nothing to sneeze at. Nice house.

11 Maher Avenue

11 Maher Avenue

11 Maher Avenue is also pending. Asking $2.295 million, it was on the market just 32 days, so it’s probably a safe assumption that the sellers are getting close to that price. Maher’s a popular street with good reason, although I find it busier than I’d prefer because it’s got Brunswick at one end, but that’s never hurt prices here and people who live there profess to love it (and often prove it by staying put for years). As an aside, Zillow shows a 2007 sale here for $2.7 million or something, but that’s not true – error on the on-line town tax records. The last sale was in 2010 at about $1.6, and improvements have been made.


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Homeowners in the rest of the state are rich, they can pay


Woe is you

Some home foundations in a the corner of north eastern Connecticut are failing due to faulty concrete sold to contractors by an unscrupulous supplier, and the homeowners are suffering. Of course, the state has a plan: force homeowner insurance companies to pay for repairs, and in turn, jack up the rates of every other homeowner in the state to pay for it.

Not every individual woe is the responsibility of others, not every personal misfortune creates a right to demand others to pay up. Except in the Land of Hartford.


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And speaking of another manufactured failure

NYT:A Model for ‘Clean Coal’ Runs Off the Tracks: A Mississippi project, a centerpiece of President Obama’s climate plan, has been plagued by problems that managers tried to conceal, and by cost overruns and questions of who will pay.

Well of course it is – Obama never, ever wanted to see coal as a part of his rainbows and unicorn fart energy program, and said as much when he was still just a candidate in 2008. This was set up to fail and, more important, as the NYT discovered, allowed to fail, so that he and his successor can argue, “hey, we tried that, and it didn’t work”.

Of course, any number of people could have told them, and did, that it would never work, but $6 billion of “ernest money” shows they really, reeeally tried, by golly. It’s all about a good faith effort – once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.


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Score one for AJ

Bluementhal Murphy

Well WE could have told you that; we just felt it’d be better coming from AJ

When the FBI investigation [sic] of Hillary was first announced, AJ wrote that the process was intended solely as a means to give the woman an official clean bill of health and remove it as a campaign issue. Our own CT senators, both lawyers presumably capable of reading criminal statutes  and one of whom is a master of the use of political prosecution, have demonstrated AJ’s prescience. Here. moments after the FBI’s announcement of non-prosecution, are the twin mouthpieces:  

Murphy: “This isn’t surprising. We’ve expected this announcement for a very long time. I’m frankly sorry it took this long to clear her name and hopefully this campaign can return to the issues that really matter to the American people.”

My hope is this marks a turning point where we can get away from name calling and start talking about real issues.”

It was an off way to “clear her name”, but that’s a minor matter: just like the lady’s husband’s impeachment, “it’s time to move on”.

Then Blumenthal: [“FBI Director Comey]’s a former colleague and a friend, and most important, his record demonstrates that he has both the capacity and the determination to make judgments about criminal matters with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism,” Blumenthal said. “So, I trust his judgment, and I believe it will have a great deal of credibility with the American people.”

Blumenthal added, “It will be more surprising and outrageous if the campaign of Donald Trump continues to focus on this issue when it has been decided authoritatively and credibly that no criminal charges are appropriate.

Nothing to see here, move along, move along.


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Down to the smallest detail: Government sponsored television network broadcasts faked firework show

Bikini fireworks

(Possibly irrelevant, but more interesting than a photo of dud fireworks)

PBS apologizes “for any confusion we may have cause viewers” by broadcasting last year’s capitol fireworks show last night and describing it as real. 

The only “confusion” this may have caused would have been among those who somehow still believe anything the government says or does; that’s a dwindling number.


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FBI Director “No reasonable prosecutor worried about his job security would bring this case”

James Comey

Bad girl!

We’re not in danger of becoming a banana republic: we’re too big a country for that. Instead, we’ve become a country as lawless as Russia or China, where power, not the rule of law, runs the agenda. Just as Putin’s minions abrogate contracts at his will, we now throw out contractual obligations to bond holders (GM, Puerto Rico), the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court reads the political message from the executive branch of government and meekly declares constitutional a law that clearly isn’t, and we enforce laws only as the whim of the president dictates, we prosecute, and don’t prosecute, as that same executive decides.

FBI Director Comey decides against prosecuting Clinton because he found “no intent” to violate the law. That’s not required by the relevant law, but who cares?

The Attorney General of the United States meets secretly with the husband of someone under investigation by the FBI, and who cares?

Intellectual lightweights like Chris Murphy say that stripping a constitutional right from individuals is too important to wait for the cumbersome right of due process to  be indulged, and who cares?.

Richard Posner, a once respected federal judge who several times has been considered for a seat on the Supreme Court, declared last week that there is “absolutely no value in the Constitution of the United States.”

Richard Posner is wrong, but his summary of what now passes for our country’s legal system is spot on.


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Price war, and in mid-country even

21 Baldwin Farms South

21 Baldwin Farms South

21 Baldwin Farms S. listed at $3.495 million back in April and was immediately engulfed in a bidding war. The prevailing buyer paid $3.550 last week. Nice house, but I have almost never seen a “winner” of one of these things come out ahead, long term. Maybe this will be the exception; after all, if there were multiple people interested in buying it, surely that will also be true five years or so down the line.

Yet that rarely proves the case.


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Another Cos Cob contract

6 School Street

6 School Street

6 School Street, asking $1.295 million.  It’s a very decent house, nicely renovated in 2008, buy I think I liked its 2011 sale price of $950,000 better. Then again, that was then, this is now.


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Profiles in opportunitism

bluemthal murphy

“And I remind viewers that www. is always open, 24 hours a day. But as you make your contribution, please keep the innocent victims of Orlando in your thoughts and prayers”

“The Bulletin”, a newspaper based somewhere in eastern Connecticut, weighs in on Blumenthal’s, Murphy’s and Himes’ latest stunt, and gets it wrong.

We agree that the fundraising drive, coming in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern American history and in the midst of a pitched — and ultimately doomed — policy debate, was inappropriate. But state Rep. Dan Carter, R-Bethel, a candidate running to unseat incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the Senate, takes it too far by calling it “blood money.”

Carter’s vitriol suggests that Democrats like Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and the rest of the Connecticut delegation are not sincere and have cynically used the Orlando nightclub massacre as a political fundraising instrument.

What would you call it?


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The only effect of Global warming I’ve seen is that Al Gore’s gotten (much) richer, and fatuous fat head celebrities like DiCaprio get to fly around the world and toast themselves

Shark attacks helicopter

Global Warming: is there nothing it can’t do?

Cosmo: Global warming causing shark attacks. You can click the link to read a complete debunking of this idiocy by real live shark experts, but do you need to?


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Kurt Schlicter on Independence day: you owe them nothing

Obama and the clintons

And another four years!

No, not the founding fathers, but our present rulers.

You owe them nothing – not respect, not loyalty, not obedience; 


… The law mattered. It applied equally to everyone. We demanded that it did, all of us – politicians, the media, and regular citizens. Oh, there were mistakes and miscarriages of justice but they weren’t common and they weren’t celebrated – they were universally reviled. And, more importantly, they weren’t part and parcel of the ideology of one particular party. There was once a time where you could imagine a Democrat scandal where the media actually called for the head of the Democrat instead of deploying to cover it up.

People assumed that the law mattered, that the same rules applied to everyone. That duly enacted laws would be enforced equally until repealed. That the Constitution set the foundation and that its guarantees would be honored even if we disliked the result in a particular case. But that’s not our country today.

…  The idea of the rule of law today is a lie. There is no law. There is no justice. There are only lies.

… Only power matters, and Hillary stands ready to accumulate more power on their behalf so their oaths, their alleged principles, their duty to the country – all of it goes out the window. But it’s much worse than just one scandal that seems not to scandalize anyone in the elite. Just read the Declaration of Independence – it’s almost like those dead white Christian male proto-NRA members foresaw and cataloged the myriad oppressions of liberalism’s current junior varsity tyranny.

There is one law for them, and another for us. Sanctuary cities? Obama’s immigration orders? If you conservatives can play by the rules and pass your laws, then we liberals will just not enforce them. You don’t get the benefit of the laws you like. We get the benefit of the ones we do, though. Not you. Too bad, rubes.

… Who is standing against this? Not the judges. The Constitution? Meh. Why should their personal agendas be constrained by some sort of foundational document? Judges find rights that don’t appear in the text and gut ones that do….

…. What do these moral abortions have in common? Short term political gain over principle. These people are so used to the good life that a society’s reflexive reliance on the principle of the rule of law brings that they think they can undermine it with impunity. Oh it’s no big deal if we do this, they reason. Everyone else will keep playing by the rules, right? Everything will be fine even as we score in the short term.

The Romans had principles for a while. Then they got tempted to abandon principle for – wait for it – short term political gain. Then they got Caesar. Then the emperors. Then the barbarians. And then the Dark Ages. But hey, we’re much smarter and more sophisticated than the Romans, who were so dumb they didn’t even know that gender is a matter of choice. Our civilization is permanent and indestructible – it’s not like we are threatened by barbarians who want to come massacre us.

…. There used to be a social contract requiring that our government treat us all equally within the scope of the Constitution and defend us, and in return we would recognize the legitimacy of its laws and defend it when in need. But that contract has been breached. We are not all equal before the law. Our constitutional rights are not being upheld. We are not being defended – hell, we normals get blamed every time some Seventh Century savage goes on a kill spree. Yet we’re still supposed to keep going along as if everything is cool, obeying the law, subsidizing the elite with our taxes, taking their abuse. We’ve been evicted by the landlord but he still wants us to pay him rent.

… It’s not a social contract anymore – American society today is a suicide pact we never agreed to and yet we’re expected to go first.

We make it easy for them by going along. We make it simple by defaulting to the old rules. But there are no rules anymore, certainly none that morally bind us once we are outside the presence of some government worker with a gun to force our compliance. There is only will and power and we must rediscover our own. If there is no cop sitting right there, then there is nothing to make you stop at that stop sign tonight.

They don’t realize that by rejecting the rule of law, they have set us free. We are independent. We owe them nothing – not respect, not loyalty, not obedience. But with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we will still mutually pledge those who have earned our loyalty with their adherence to the rule of law, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.


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And at least Hillary was thorough


Catch me if you can!

Thoroughly corrupt. Huma states in deposition that Hillary burned her daily  schedules “on more than one occasion” . Since the destruction of public records, as opposed to her destruction of what she claimed were”personal” e-mails, is a federal crime, one can wonder who, exactly, met with the Secretary of State on those days and why she was so determined to purge any record of her meeting them. It probably wasn’t her hairdresser.

RELATED: “Psst! Loretta! Wanna keep your job?” Hillary leaks that she wants to keep Loretta Lynch as her Attorney General. Of course, that will depend on continued good behavior, as Loretta was undoubtedly warned by Hillary’s Hubby last week on the tarmac.



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Well at least he didn’t call him a gravy head

Jim Himes, a man of no small accomplishments, and no large ones either, says Trump has “the policy knowledge of a second or third grader.”

Thus the level of political discourse this election year.


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This seems silly

Governor Malloy unveils new placard for handicapped spaces. They’re intended to deemphasize the handicapped nature of a handicapped person, and instead of using an image of a stationary person in a wheelchair going nowhere, they depict some sort of para-olympic athlete. Gone, too, is the word handicapped, replaced by “reserved”.

There are obviously larger fish to fry in Connecticut this fiscal year, but I thought the whole idea of these spaces in the first place was to reserve spots closest to stores for the handicapped: those with a physical disability that makes walking difficult. A kind accommodation for the unfortunate by society, and surely one that no one can object to, but if these spaces are really intended for the use of wheelchair racers, why should we bother?

PC rules.

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Blumenthal advances the nanny state


When I served in the jungles of Viet Nam we had to eats snakes and cockroaches to survive; is it too much to ask my fellow Americans to eat rotten fruit and mustard greens?

Our busy-body prima donna introduces the “Eat your vegetables” bill.

“Food is the single largest contributor to landfills today, and the sad truth is much of this food is tossed when it is perfectly good to eat and safe to consume,” Blumenthal said in a prepared statement. “Whether it is because a grocery store considers its produce ugly, a restaurant’s serving sizes are too large [this is ripe for new regulations dictating portion size, a la Bloomberg’s soda law], or a consumer was confused by its date label, this wasted food damages our environment and our pocketbooks.”

 The Food Recovery Act would:

Standardize confusing food date labels.

Encourage cafeterias to buy lower-price “ugly” fruits and vegetables, and educate students about food waste and recovery.

Create an Office of Food Recovery to coordinate federal efforts, and to require companies that contract with the federal government to donate surplus food to food banks and soup kitchens.

Encourage composting.

Direct the USDA to develop new technologies to increase the shelf life of fresh food, and establish a standard for how to estimate the amount of wasted food at the farm level.

Where to start? Every one of these “common sense regulations” will drive up the cost of food and increase tax payers’ burden, but how about the new “Office of Food Recovery”? That sounds like a rich new sinecure (sorry, EOS) to award hard working campaign staffers – you know, the people who stick up yard signs around town during election season but otherwise sit idle during the rest of the year?   Get them off the senator’s payroll and onto the backs of taxpayers.

Directing cafeterias to purchase and serve unpopular, ugly-looking fruits and vegetables? How’d this sort of thing fare with MichelleO’Lunches? More waste, more expense buying foods people won’t eat. Plus, of course, another federally mandated curriculum item for the schools, lessons on “food waste and ‘recovery’ “.

“Encourage composting”? Who sets up and runs the program, which requires fleets of trucks, with attached high-pressure wash hoses, to clean containers pick up the food at commercial establishments and produces new breeding grounds for bugs and vermin in residences? Are cities really so flush these days that they can afford this?

I’d go on, but readers are complaining that my posts are getting too long. There’s nothing to like about this half-baked idea.


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Another stupidity tax, but this one isn’t putting anything in state coffers

Range Rover

On the auction blocks

Thieves are hitting the Range Rover set in the back country this summer, including Tommy Hilfiger. 

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — People aren’t talking about it, but residents of some of the area’s wealthiest suburbs are experiencing a rash of high-end car thefts.

As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, Range Rovers seem to be a favorite this summer.

In upscale Fairfield County, Connecticut, some cars are hot – and others are hotter. In towns with a Maserati dealer, a Ferrari franchise, and a Bentley boutique, upscale residents of Greenwich and Darien love their Land Rovers.

“It’s a beautiful car — I love it,” said Diana Vettoretti of Greenwich.

Thieves love them too. Everyone seems to know of a victim.

Just this past week, designer Tommy Hilfiger [John Street – ED] confirmed that a Land Rover was grabbed from his driveway, in what is only the latest in a series of such thefts in the area. This time, the thieves made their way into a fenced-off mansion to make the grab.

Once inside, the thieves passed up a number of expensive cars — including a Cadillac Escalade — to get to the Land Rover. Security video showed a well-organized group of men in masks and hoodies driving the vehicle out through the disabled security gate.

The suspects then went next door to the next gated mansion and did it again.

“It’s going on,” said Allyson Green of Darien. “This is happening all the time.”

The cars do not use traditional keys, so owners often leave the fobs – with the electronic chips in them – inside the car, because what could go wrong?

“It’s a safe place to be, so I feel that I could, you know, just leave it in the car and not worry about it,” Vettoretti said.


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