Greenwich Indivisible - outsiders' money

 I'm pretty sure this man doesn't particularly care about REBUILDING the Eastern civic center

I'm pretty sure this man doesn't particularly care about REBUILDING the Eastern civic center

Greenwich's Harry Fisher has an interesting letter to the editor out today, detailing the George Soros-funded money coming into Greenwich's, and other municipal elections, to support the "Indivisible" parties. If you still believe that these people have nothing but improvements to Tod's Point on their agenda well, you're naive.

Here's an excerpt, but read the whole thing:

To the Editor:
Non-residents, and their money, have entered local Greenwich politics with a clear objective to influence our election for town offices, and by extension, policy for years to come. In over 30 years of local involvement, I have never witnessed anything like it. If successful, the attack
would have a negative impact on your tax bill.
Hard evidence can be found in filings by the campaign for Sandy Litvack, Democrat for First
Selectman, whose campaign took in 62 percent of contributions through September 30th from non-residents, versus zero for Republican Peter Tesei. We not know how much went to the two parties in town, but my bet is a similar pattern. And all should watch for the next set of reports due this week.
That money is being spent. Make no mistake, these are highly coordinated and expensive efforts utilizing print, pre-recorded robo calls, social media, video and banner ad insertion to your computer and phone, and activists interacting to a high degree. I wish we could follow the money to determine who is paying, and who is being paid, but we do know some things.


I heard this report, and thought exactly the same thing

PJ Media had this posted this morning when I turned on my computer, and I couldn't agree more, both about Trump corrupting the jury pool and the preference for letting the SOB (the driver of the truck, not Trump, necessarily) rot in SuperMax for the next 50 years, isolated 24 hours a day. It's a far crueler punishment than death; so cruel that, if it weren't for the people who are locked in there, I'd think we shouldn't do it. 

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Banshee attack

 Miss Beth RusselL, Little Bee Graphics, flies home from New Hampshire to Greenwich, male protector in front, to smite the wicked

Miss Beth RusselL, Little Bee Graphics, flies home from New Hampshire to Greenwich, male protector in front, to smite the wicked

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As an aside, I note that, in addition to Miss Russell calling me a "shitbiscuit", which is an agiest term perhaps best directed at her preferred First Selectman candidate Sandy Litvack, also refers to me as a "shitdick", and apparently means that as a term of opprobrium, too. Does she mean to imply that I have recently engaged in anal sex, and if so, does she object to that? Why? Is the young lady offended by just homosexual sex, or anal sex in general, and again, why? It was my understanding that peoplepersons of Russell's generation were open, so to speak, to all varieties of sexual experience, and at the very least, don't condemn (male) homosexuals' sex practices. Am I wrong? Should I abandon my attempts to join those wild, crazy dorm parties I've dreamed about?

I'm disappointed in you, Beth. I think you need to return to your college for reindoctrination, because you seem to be reverting to your staid, conventional Greenwich roots. Sad.

Another day, another price cut

 8 Dairy Road

8 Dairy Road

8 Dairy Road, which sold for $8.2 million in 2010, is now marked down to $6.975, with room to fall from there. This was originally the site, then known as 10 Dairy Road, where the real estate developer (some said he was  bit less, or more than that) Andrew Kissel was stabbed (repeatedly) to death in 2006. Another Greenwich developer, Mark Mariani, bought the property, razed it, changed the address to number 8, built his standard Mariani mansion and priced it in 2007 — unfortunate timing — at $10.750. As noted, he finally unloaded it in 2010 for substantially less. 

There's nothing particularly surprising about all this: I've been reporting on the pricing collapse of high end homes since, well, 2007. But it does raise a question of both First Selectman candidates hopes for a recovery in Greenwich real estate prices. Incumbent Tesei pins his hopes on a $100,000 public relations campaign, while Litvack insists that we need a new "economic plan" that will attract a new industry to town to replace the rapidly-fleeing financial types. So here's my question: what other industry pays the kind of multi-million-dollar salaries that have sustained our prices?

I'm all for seeing Greenwich return to an upper-middle-class community of plumbers, lawyers and dentists, but home sellers aren't going to like what happens to the value of their homes when they're priced based on the ability of such low-lifes to pay mortgages. It's possible that a new, heretofore non-existent business model will emerge: our economic history is full of such developments, as illustrated by the emergence of Silicon Valley and its tech billionaires, but I don't think a public relations campaign or some sort of economic plan is going to do the trick.

Greenwich and its neighboring towns once had the advantage over New Jersey and New York by offering a haven of low taxes (and no income tax) and a solvent state. Those are now gone, and the Hartford crowd has its sights set on Fairfield County to fund the looming multi-billion-dollar deficits. Would you move here? Maybe — Greenwich is still a beautiful town, with a lot to offer, but it's located in Connecticut, and that's a problem.

What's all this I hear about "speaking truth to power"?

 Oooh, don't  say  that!

Oooh, don't say that!

Over at greenwich Free Press (no link, by my choice; I the to give its publisher traffic, in light of her regularly calling me everything from a racist to a homophobe, to an anti—Semite, all because I disagree with her political views), a Mr. James Waters has posted an endorsement of Sandy Litvack. Water's letter is well written, and he makes good points in favor of his position (one I disagree with, mostly, but so what?), but he twice references Litvack as someone who "speaks truth to power". example:

On November 7, I will vote for Sandy Litvack for First Selectman and Peter Bernstein for Board of Education. Litvack is a seasoned and non-partisan executive, a former Vice Chairman of Disney, who speaks truth to power and brings fresh ideas to government.

Litvack worked for Walt Disney, so who did he speak "truth to power" to, Snow White? Certainly not Miramax or its chief executive Harvey Weinstein, and certainly not to anyone holding political power: he's been in town eleven years, and voted in municipal elections once in all that time.

There might be a good reason to vote for Litvack: proof that Greenwich voters aren't ageists, for instance, or, as I mentioned in a comment in the last post, pure entertainment value, but Litvack is hardly a profile in courage.

I'll ask again; what did he know, and when did he know it?

 Well yes, I do remember the name, but not much else, I'm afraid — ask my nurse.

Well yes, I do remember the name, but not much else, I'm afraid — ask my nurse.

Democrat First Selectman candidate Sandy Litvack used the occasion of yesterday's debate to deny any role in handling Harvey Weinstein's predations while Litvack served as general counsel for Weinstein's film company's parent, Disney:

Litvack denied any involvement in the scandal surrounding Weinstein, saying he and Weinstein did not get along at all in their dealings with each other.
“I didn’t draft any settlements for Mr. Weinstein,” Litvack said. “I had nothing to do with Harvey Weinstein. .... I’m not going to defend Harvey Weinstein. I had fights with Harvey Weinstein every day I was there.”

For a man who claims to be qualified to run our town because he was such a hands-on senior executive, serving as Disney's legal counsel, but also someone who fought with Weinstein "every day", is it plausible that Disney's subsidiary film company could have contractually agreed with Weinstein to let him molest whomever he wished, so long as he repaid his employer for out-of-pocket expenses and paid cash penalties for each complaint, without litvack's knowledge and approval? When, it now turns out, everyone else in Hollywood knew of Harvey's "open" secret? Really?

Litvack claimed in the debate that Disneyland "is the happiest place on earth", and promised to transform Greenwich into that same paradise. Perhaps he intends to issue blindfolds to the residents. 

And we're back! For a short period

 Picking up Bean Boots in Freeport was delayed

Picking up Bean Boots in Freeport was delayed

i'm sure it didn't make the NY media market (and yesterday's terrorist attack would certainly explain that) but Maine was pretty much shut down from Sunday night's windstorm which knocked out power for something like half the state. My power was restored at 5:30 this morning, but hundreds of thousands of people (including poor Pal Nancy) are still waiting. Observing crews from as far west as Ohio, north as New Brunswick and south as West Virginia toiling way, I'm  awed, once again, at both the fragility of our power grid, but also at the incredibly sophisticated response systems the utility companies have created. There's a good article here describing how Central Maine Power and, by extension (heh) other state utilities put together recovery plans. It's not as random as it might seem.

So after a few more restorative cups of coffee to make up for the past couple of day's deprivation, back to posting. Judging from a phone message left yesterday by a Vogue reporter (did you know that magazine was still in business? I didn't), we can soon expect a hit piece on the incredibly sexist attack being conducted here on the fine liberal womanhood of Greenwich. Probably won't be worth commenting on, but there's always real estate!

 Even in downtown portland, there are trees — who knew?

Even in downtown portland, there are trees — who knew?

Power loss = low blogging

I'm in Maine, preparing to head further north to a hunting camp where I can kill innocent animals and further cement my positive image among the Pussy Hat brigade, but the wind storm came up from Greenwich and smacked the place: 450,000 without power which, in Maine, constitutes a huge percentage of the population.

They're talking days, not hours, before restoration, by which time I'll be beyond the reach of electricity anyway, but check back soon. I should be up and running from somewhere (I'm at a Burger King in South Portland now, for instance) during the next few days.