Well, at least it was NY taxpayers who paid for this "study"*

Clearly, what's called for here is a massive injection of long island traffic

Clearly, what's called for here is a massive injection of long island traffic

New York paid some Canadian consultants $5 million to devise a way to get traffic off Long Island, and their solution? A $55 billion tunnel to Connecticut. That's billion with a "B" — talk about DOA. These geniuses also had an alternative "solution": three new bridges to Connecticut, which would deposit Long Island traffic on I-95, so that drivers could sit in traffic here, rather than there.

We won't be seeing a $55 billion tunnel built, of course, but I would have told Governor Cuomo that for just, say, fifty-cents, rather than $5 million. 

* Upon reflection, it occurs to me that the consultants' fee was probably foisted onto the federal government, so we did pay for it, after all.

The left, always a collection of shaken brains, has truly gone nuts

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Convicted traitor Bradley Manning has announced his candidacy for Congress and Glenn Greenwald welcomes him back to the fight:

While her whistleblowing made her a hero around the world, Manning has also now become an icon of LGBT equality and trans rights with an act of profound bravery that at least matches, if not surpasses, her whistleblowing. She announced her transition, and demanded the dignity and treatment to which she was entitled, while she was imprisoned in the middle of a sprawling U.S. military base, in a brig at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Since her release from prison, she has become a visible and outspoken advocate for the rights of trans people. She has used her position as a Guardian columnist to stake out a wide range of positions, includingdrafting a proposed law to provide protections for whistleblowers. She certainly has more political experience and activism than many other Senate candidates previously supported by the Democratic establishment (Al Franken comes to mind as one example). If elected, Manning would become the first trans woman ever, and the youngest woman ever, to serve in the U.S. Senate.

May her campaign prosper and flourish

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Trump supporter? Er, no, this Silicon Valley lady denounces middle America as "shitholes" of bigotry, stupidity and violence

So glad to see you!

So glad to see you!

Melinda Byerley, MBA and founder of Timeshare CMO, a Silicon Valley-based tech start-up, tweeted out Saturday afternoon describing what middle America could do to “get more jobs in their area.”

 

Byerley says that the first thing those in middle America need to realize is that “no educated person wants to live in a shithole with stupid people.” Particularly, in a “shithole” filled with people who are “violent, racist, and/or misogynistic.” In Byerley’s opinion, “big corporations,” do not consider moving to the heart of America because “those towns have nothing going for them.”
The towns have “no infrastructure, just a few bars and a terrible school system.”
The MBA claims that “we,” the educated people, like herself, “would like to live a more rural lifestyle,” but they “won’t sacrifice tolerance or diversity to do so.” Especially, these folks do not want to live in “states where the majority of residents are voting for things against their own interests,” solely, because these voters “don’t want brown people to thrive.”
She declares that if middle American towns can begin fixing their schools, and, essentially, “clean up their act,” then people like Byerley will “want to live there.” She even says that the fixing these problems would bring the “best and brightest” of our youth who “would rather scrape by in SF than live in a huge house somewhere if it meant dealing with with bigots and backwards ideologies every day,” to middle America.

My guess is that middle America is as eager for Miss Byerly to stay put where she is as she is reluctant to move.

UPDATE: A reader informs me (with link) that Byerly spewed this venom a year ago: do you upped The Donald picked up his potty-mouth from her?

This won't end well

He's as dumb as I am, promise! You're gonna love it.

He's as dumb as I am, promise! You're gonna love it.

New Jersey's incoming governor Phil Murphy promises higher taxes, a sanctuary state for illegal aliens, and higher spending.

Maybe there's hope for CT after all: the stream of refugees from that shithole state might just keep us going for another decade.

“This state, under the current leadership, has gotten into the belief that if I give something to you, it comes at my expense,” Murphy said. “That’s a myth. Raising the minimum wage does not take from growth, it adds to growth. Earned sick leave gives workers a lot more confidence and adds to their participation in the economy. Equal pay for equal work isn’t, ‘Here, I’ll give this to you.’ It’s confidence, it’s participation.”
“This state used to be a progressive beacon,” he said. “In many respects, that soul has been ripped out of us. We can put it back.”

OPDAT: We're Number One! California, according to U.S. Census Bureau, now has the highest percentage: 20%, of citizens living in poverty. The state has surpassed former titleholders W. Virginia and New Mexico..

Thank Trump: liberals are rediscovering the 10th Amendment

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people

The Guardian reports on California's rebellion against the national government's attempt to assert its authority to regulate everything from immigration to pot to offshore oil drilling. One might question whether states can decide immigration matters for themselves — I think not — but  a return to federalism and individual rights is a wonderful trend. For more than a century, "progressives" have promoted the idea that a central government can and should control every activity of every citizen. Now they're rebelling, and good for them. 

Next up: a new appreciation for the right to secede. Let cry the Rebel yell!

Why didn't she just self-identify as a strong male?

Newly-approved test dummy for k-9 female candidates. weight, 12 oz

Newly-approved test dummy for k-9 female candidates. weight, 12 oz

Police K-9 candidate awarded £15,000 because her dog was too heavy to carry. 

A female police officer has been awarded £15,000 after failing a grueling fitness test to become a dog handler - and now the rules are changing.
Constable Kim-Louise Carter was up against a ten-mile run before she had to carry a dog over a course known as 'The Long Walk', in wet and muddy conditions.
She claimed that the test put women at a disadvantage because it was too physically tough to pass as she struggled to keep up with her male equivalents.
Miss Carter, 31 won a landmark sex-discrimination case proving that the system to become a dog handler was too demanding for some women.
Miss Carter told the tribunal that she became exhausted while carrying a dog that weighed 35kg, appropriately named Hulk, up a hill.
The female police constable, who began her policing career as a community support officer in 2005 before becoming a constable in 2013, said the test favoured men more than women.
The tribunal heard that out of 48 dog handles in the Gloucester force just four were women. While Avon and Somerset had three women out of 24 handlers and Whiltshire had four women out of 12 in total.
However the defence for the forces said that in order to succeed as a dog handler it is vital to be phyiscally fit as tracking criminals over long periods of time in debilitating conditions and then arresting the criminal was especially challenging.
The judge agreed women were at particular disadvantage compared with men and awarded Miss Carter a total of £14,930 for indirect sex discrimination.

The (new) "settled science" says that gender is something to be decided by the individual itself, so I don't understand why this claim wasn't dismissed on the court house steps. As it is, I'm sure those in need of police assistance will be relieved to know that, though rescue may not come, persons self-identifying as women-K9 handlers have secure jobs.

And then you go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like "I hate you"

LOOKS LIKE A SHIT HOLE TO ME

LOOKS LIKE A SHIT HOLE TO ME

No sooner had the cameras stopped and reporters left the room where the bi-partisan meeting on DACA was being conducted than Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and Africa "shit holes".  Well of course they are — that's precisely the argument Democrats are using to prevent citizens of those countries  from being returned — but describing them as such to senators and congressmen was exceptionally stupid. By making the comments to Democrats, he must have known they'd be publicly disclosed, so why, then, did he deny making them in today's morning tweet? He's now shown himself to be a liar, as well as a political fool.

Too bad, too, because the 55 televised minutes of his performance made him look presidential (different from former presidents, admittedly, but that's probably a good thing). If he thought his shit hole comments would appeal to his base, I think he badly miscalculated. Maybe he really is as dumb as his critics claim.

Probably thought he was heeding his friend Frank's advice on what not to say, but ... no. Bad idea.

And another old listing finally heads for new ownership

180 Stanwich Road

180 Stanwich Road

180 Stanwich Road, last asking $2.195 million, reports a contract.

I never quite understood why this house didn't move more quickly. It's an older home: 1928, and with just 3,000 square feet it's small by today's standards, but with 2-acres, there's plenty of room to expand. 

It sits far back from the road, giving it a nice presence, to my taste, and both the front and back yards are very nice. It was on the market for just 74 days in 2005, when these owners paid $2.6 for it but this time, returned to the market in April, 2014 at that same price, it took 1,211 and multiple price cuts to attract a buyer. 

No one ever said, I hope, that real estate is a liquid asset.

It took a while, but 80 Glenville Road has finally sold

80 Glenville road

80 Glenville road

For $2.270 million, down from its 2016 price of $2.950. I wrote about this property last April when, after a year on the market, it shaved $500,00 from its price. I praised the house then, particularly its employment of two zebras, the Orange, the Chair, and even a bearskin rug, but did question the merits of the road it sits on.

Last August the owner/agent moved out, taking her dead animal collection with her. The succeeding agent replaced The CHAIR but otherwise, wisely, I think, left the place bare. The removal of the menagerie (I think the Zebra, in particular, is growing stale) and another price cut, finally produced a buyer.

Greenwich's PR campaign is off to a rousing start. Sort of.

Old royal naval college, greenwich, connecticut

Old royal naval college, greenwich, connecticut

First four months encountered a few bumps but hey, we've hired professionals, and they'll figure out how to do it right — right?

In addition to pitches to A-List publications, which Kencel and Schoenberg said has been expanded out to the next tier, Loud [sic] Hammond Group has established Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts on behalf of Greenwich, all named “Think Greenwich.”
As of Thursday, the Think Greenwich Facebook page has 40 likes. Think Greenwich on Instagram has 296 followers, and Twitter has 84 followers....
Unfortunately, the Twitter feed features links to Greenwich in England, including a suggestion to visit Greenwich, UK @VisitGreenwich, take a walk in Greenwich Park @VisitGreenwich and peruse titles at @greenwichlibs.
There is a re-Tweet of an article on art therapy for cancer patients at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
There’s even a suggestion to enjoy pancakes at Greenwich Tavern in London (Located right outside the Royal Park’s lower gates) @Greenwich_Tav.
A Tweet on Thursday links to a story on a business founded by a mom in Greenwich Village, NY. Not only is it not Greenwich, Connecticut, but the business is defunct.