Trump, Senator Chris Murphy, and the war against America

Trump said this:

The fight against terrorism is a "battle between good and evil," not a fight between "different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations," President Trump said Sunday in a widely-anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia.
This is Trump's first foreign trip as president, and he delivered the address to leaders of dozens of Arab and Muslim-majority nations. The Saudis said at least 37 leaders are present, NPR's Jane Arraf reported from Riyadh.
The speech focused on pushing the leaders to do their "fair share" and fulfill "their part of the burden" in the fight against extremists. It did not emphasize human rights.
Trump told the leaders that the U.S. is prepared to "stand by you," but "the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them."

And (h/t, EOS) our senator said this:

I don't really believe that Chris Murphy is an evil man, aligned with the enemies of civilization, but I do think he's a complete, utter idiot, unfit for duty.

From cucumber to gherkin

Better'n nothing, baarely

Better'n nothing, baarely

South African penis transplantee will have the offending member tattooed black. 

A black man who had a penis transplant will now undergo tattooing to change its color — because the donor was white
The 40-year-old man lost his penis during a botched circumcision 17 years ago and last month became the world’s third person to ever get such a transplant.
But he didn’t have a choice on his donor, so surgeons will be fixing the “color discrepancy,” The Mirror reported.
“We have very few donors for this transplant procedure,” noted urologist Dr. Andre van der Merwe, who led the man’s surgical team in South Africa.
Otherwise, “that is the only issue left,” van der Merwe said.
Doctors believe that in six months, the man will be able to urinate standing up and have sex for the first time in 17 years.
“The penis is working well, he can get erections already,” van der Merwe said. “There are no signs of rejection, and all the reconnected structures seem to be healing.
“He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen in our ward.” 

The idea once was to attract the successful and milk them: now, we want to drive them away and keep their replacements out

Greenwich mansion : 108 Orchard Street, Cos Cob, sold for $831,000

Greenwich mansion : 108 Orchard Street, Cos Cob, sold for $831,000

Realtors object to Malloy's "Mansion Tax".

GREENWICH -

The governor's proposed "mansion tax" could hit residents of western Connecticut hard -- even those who aren't millionaires, some realtors are warning.
Many homes in areas like Greenwich would be subject to the proposal, which would nearly double the tax on luxury home sales. Homes that sell for more than $800,000 would be impacted, and realtors say houses in that range are already struggling to sell as millennials move closer to New York City.
One affected house would be a waterfront home in Greenwich listed for just under $3 million. Coldwell Banker says a house like that would have fetched almost $4 million a few years ago, but as ultra-wealthy residents leave the state, real estate prices drop.
Realtors say the loss of residents looking to buy homes in the $3 million to $5 million range could also mean a decline in revenue for programs that normal residents rely on.
"These are the people that are…contributing to our tax base in other respects," says Mary Ann Clark, a Coldwell Banker realtor.
State lawmakers have two weeks to pass a new budget. Gov. Dannel Malloy says his proposal would actually protect towns like Greenwich by avoiding another income tax hike.
"We're making substantial adjustments in our income tax policy and our estate policy in this budget, so I think it was a fair trade-off," the governor says.

So how much from Hillary? Our budget problems could be solved

I never saw a thing. Excuse me, got  a call from vladimir

I never saw a thing. Excuse me, got  a call from vladimir

CT Attorney General and next senatorial candidate, George Jepson announces a $1 million windfall from his "me-too" lawsuit against Target for a data hack.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said Tuesday the state will receive about $1 million as part of a multistate settlement over a data breach at Target.
Connecticut joined 46 other states and Washington, D.C., in the $18.5 million settlement to resolve the states' investigation into the retail store's 2013 data breach. It represents the largest multistate data breach settlement, Jepsen said.
The states' investigation, which was led by Connecticut [sic] and Illinois, found that cyber attackers got access into Target's gateway server in November 2013. Credentials were stolen from a third-party vendor.
Maybe billions?

Cos Cobbers will soon be the envy of back country patricians

Cable spool table, a couple of Wally World chairs and the world's your oyster

Cable spool table, a couple of Wally World chairs and the world's your oyster

Newest fashion craze: "hillbilly hot tubs": stock tanks.

As the temperatures rise, installing a pool in your backyard probably sounds like a really good idea—until you learn that the average cost of a backyard pool is $20,000 to $30,000 [that would be $100,000 - $200,000, in Greenwich].  Instead of dropping a ton of cash just to stay cool this summer, you may want to consider a stock tank pool.
These inexpensive farm staples, originally designed as water troughs for livestock and affectionately referred to as "hillbilly hot tubs," are popping up in more backyards across the country than ever before. "More and more, we see our customers turning to this innovative solution as a way to enjoy many of the benefits of a pool without the high cost," reads the Tractor Supply Company's website.
Or bring in a  Cos Cob mason to do a little stone work, add a pair of tiki torches, and you're set to receive the most highfALUTIN company

Or bring in a  Cos Cob mason to do a little stone work, add a pair of tiki torches, and you're set to receive the most highfALUTIN company

True story

News that jury selection on the Bill Cosby case has begun left me unmoved — I just don't care about the star and his troubles — but it did remind me of another jury tale, told to me by a fellow attorney back when I was practicing law in Maine, long ago:

A jury pool had been assembled for a federal trial, and the judge who was to preside over that trial had been brought up from Massachusetts. As trial judge, he was also tasked with questioning the potential jurors, which he did:

"Does anyone here own a gun?", he asked.

At least three-quarters of the citizens in the pool, men and women, raised their hands. The judge was obviously shaken, but recovered quickly: "That's right, I'm in Maine, not Massachusetts. I should have asked, does anyone here not own a gun?"

Gotta love it.