So long, Johnny Boy

So as you heard, we took sail this afternoon on a sloop owned and captained by a friend of John’s, Megan Jones, along with 30-35 of his friends from Portland’s sailing and music worlds, to honor his request that his ashes be scattered at sea. The way things work out in the mysterious world, yesterday Nancy and Sarah found a box among things moved up from Greenwich that contained the ashes of Casey the Wonder Dog, our 90-lb lab who was John’s best companion growing up and who died way back in 2002. No one could remember how Casey’s mortal remains disappeared back then or how they ended up here, but it seemed perfectly right to set boy and dog loose on the ocean to wander together, so that’s what we did.

Good music, many fond remembrances, a lot of laughs, on a tawny, late summer evening, with a freshening breeze from the west. A glorious send off for a fine son.

A couple of pictures, but, because it was absolutely John’s favorite movie and because he and I laughed about this when we were discussing his final wishes, I just have to include the ashes scene.

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Sarah

Sarah

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And then there was one

Now owned by a member of the Patel clan, naturally

Now owned by a member of the Patel clan, naturally

Penultimate HoJos closing in Bangor, leaving just one up in St. George.

I’m tempted to make the trek to Bangor for a last supper, just to go full circle. The year it opened, 1966, was the year a group of us stopped in for breakfast after coming off a three-week trip down the Allagash and I ordered fried claims, 6:00 AM or not. I was warned against it by my older brother and others, but I persisted, and learned a valuable lesson at 13: don’t order seafood away from the ocean.

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Sooner or later reality can’t be denied

Head for the hills

Head for the hills

Ct pension funds – even more underfunded than pretended thus far

Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier said the 0.35 percent return posted by the state’s $29 billion retirement system in the year that ended in June underscores the need to adopt more realistic investment assumptions.

The teachers’ and state employees’ funds, Connecticut’s two biggest pensions, target an 8 percent annual return. Such retirement plans are being forced to re-evaluate projected investment gains that determine how much money taxpayers need to put into them, given record-low bond yields, slow economic growth and declining stock prices.

“If return assumptions are set at levels unlikely to be attained, it will be difficult to achieve them without pursuing high risk-investment strategies,” Nappier said in a statement Monday. “It is far more prudent to structure the portfolio based on what is achievable, rather than what is desirable.”

In an April 2016 report, McKinsey & Co. forecast that under a slow growth scenario, U.S. stocks will return 4 percent over the next 20 years while government bonds won’t make any money. Ten-year returns for Connecticut’s teachers’ and state employees’ pensions is 5.25 percent and 5.14 percent, respectively, far short of the annual gains it currently expects.

Connecticut’s pensions are among the worst-funded in the nation, with a combined unfunded liability of $26 billion, according to Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. If Connecticut lowers its investment assumptions, that liability will grow.

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Glenville sealed bid sale

2 Tree Tops Terrace

2 Tree Tops Terrace

2 Treetops Terrace (no active link to direct you to, thanks to the GAR monopoly), listed for $1.095 million back in June, went to sealed bids and closed yesterday at $1.105. Owners paid $1.325  back in 2004, and tried to get $1.595 for it back in 2007. I saw it then, and decided that they’d overpaid in 2004. At this price, meh – it’s housing, and at what passes for a reasonable cost in this town.

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Business as usual on Capitol Hill

YOU may think that, but of course, I couldn't possibly comment

YOU may think that, but of course, I couldn’t possibly comment

Makers of anti-allergy “EpiPen” push bill through congress mandating its use in all classrooms, then quadruples the price.

Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan’s 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch.

If lawmakers follow the usual script, Bresch could get called up to Capitol Hill next month to explain her company’s justification for raising the price on the life-saving allergy shot. But that could be awkward, since she’s the daughter of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Mylan spent about $4 million in 2012 and 2013 on lobbying for access to EpiPens generally and for legislation, including the 2013 School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Office of the Clerk for the House of Representatives. Mylan also was the top corporate sponsor of a group called Food Allergy Research & Education that was the key lobbyist pushing for the bill encouraging schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors, of which EpiPen is by far the leading product.

But Bresch’s connections to Capitol Hill already have some lawmakers tiptoeing around the usual Washington blame game.

For example, Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a co-sponsor of the 2013 schools bill, asked Bresch in a letter Monday to explain the “shocking price increases.”

However, in an interview Tuesday, he was less eager to talk about Bresch herself or the prospect that she might soon be testifying to the committee.

He initially answered during one telephone call that he was unaware that she had any direct involvement in the pricing. Then, in a follow-up call, Blumenthal responded when asked again about the possibility of her coming before Congress by saying, “I am just not going to comment on that.”

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My goodness, even the mainstream media is catching on to Hillary

And that's the way it is; good night

And that’s the way it is; good night

The Associated Press has matched State Department records with Hillary’s private audiences, and found that the majority of those privileged few had contributed to her foundation.

WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton’s help with a visa problem and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm’s corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.

The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.

The AP’s findings represent the first systematic effort to calculate the scope of the intersecting interests of Clinton foundation donors and people who met personally with Clinton or spoke to her by phone about their needs.

When you’ve lost the Associated Press; hell, when you’ve lost Snopes, you’ve lost the country.

 

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FBI investigation report of Hillary’s role in Vince Foster’s death is missing from the National Archives

July 19, 1993: The Shrillery discusses her health care plan with Vince Foster,

July 19, 1993: The Shrillery discusses her health care plan with Vince Foster,

Reader Chris passes along this link to a Daily Mail article, out today:

FBI agents’ reports of interviews documenting that Hillary Clinton’s stinging humiliation of her friend and mentor Vince Foster in front of White House aides triggered his suicide a week later are missing from where they should be filed at the National Archives, Daily Mail Online has learned exclusively.

You can read the whole thing, or not, as your curiosity and your time determine, but basically, the investigation showed that Hillary had publicly screamed at and humiliated Foster at White House meeting over the failure of Hillary Care™, and it was speculated that this drove or contributed to Foster’s suicide. Not all that much there so far as culpability, but it’s not too far fetched to think that public exposure of  her behavior would embarrass her now, when she already has enough embarrassing things raining down on her head.

And no one I know would put it past her to have the records disappear.

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Sale Price reported, Old Stone Bridge

62 Old Stone Bridge

62 Old Stone Bridge

62 Old Stone Bridge (sorry, the only link I could find with pictures still up was this marketing video with annoying music), $1.8 million. Previous owners tried for $1.830, but that was in September, 2008, just as the market collapsed, and couldn’t sell it until 2010, when these sellers paid $1.560 million.

They did  terrific job of bringing it up to date, with a new kitchen, a new breakfast nook, and fresh painting to erase the sins of the past, so I hope they made a little money for their efforts, but I suspect it was the buyers who made out best here. Nice house.

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Wordy son of a bitch, ain’t he?

t need both

The brand or the bumper stickers – you don’t need both

Wesleyan’s president has published a long, long screed accusing Donald Trump of everything from infanticide to bestiality and calls for doing… something – I didn’t read past his wind up – when in fact his entire position is perfectly presented in just eight words, one phrase: “I identify as a person on the left”.

The new leftspeak is all about equating feelings with reality, so when this scholar says he (or aer, em, gem or per) “identifies as a person on the left” and can’t bring himself to say something so basic and assertive as “I am“, we need no go no further: he’s not a man of the Trump. Duh.

This academic presides over a student body that this year self-censored itself by shutting down the college newspaper for publishing an editorial mildly criticizing the Black Lives Movement, and as far back as 2007 was voted “most annoying liberal arts school in the country”, so writing an editorial against Trump is about as redundant as sticking an Obama sticker on his (aer em, gem, per) Prius.

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$30 million over budget, 6 years overdue, the GHS Music Palace is almost done

I got my gig through the BOE

I got my gig through the BOE

Hip hip hooray – Byram pool, here we come.

The new classroom space will allow the school to expand its music programming and serve more students.

In the electronic music program, for example, the high school was unable to accommodate all the students interested because the class had to share computer lab space with art classes, said Greenwich High School Headmaster Chris Winters.

“The nice thing about electronic music is you don’t have to have a music background to come and enjoy electronic music,” said Winters. “It’s very hard in some of the other ensembles, you sort of have to have had some experience.”

With the new electronic music classroom, the school will be able to meet the full demand and offer new classes such as a singer/songwriter course.

Winters and MISA Building Committee members hope the new technology in the electronic music classrooms, recording studio and performing arts center can help students gain technological savvy useful in future careers.

Electronic music is “a direct vocational route through doing sound engineering and recording,” said MISA Building Committee Vice Chair Jackie Welsh. “We have people that go into that, so this is twenty-first century technology in their classes.”

What’s more popular today than electronic music? And Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and John Lennon would never have achieved success without singer/songwriter classes in their high schools. So hats off to our school board and RTM for making all this possible. Too bad that it came at the expense of eliminating the high school’s vocational training classes, where children could learn actual marketable skills, but Greenwich is a college town, geared to raising elite students who will go on to careers in corporate cubicles and San Francisco coffee bars. The country might have a shortage of skilled workers, but it will never lack for caterwauling noise distortion machine operators, protest songs by spoiled children, corporate drones or even baristas, thanks to the generosity of Greenwich taxpayers.

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And some real estate news

67 Stag lane

67 Stag lane

67 Stag Lane, bank-owned, sold for $950,000. The former owners paid $2.395 million for it in 2005, so this didn’t work out very well for them. Stag Lane’s always been a tough sell, but $950,000 for 5 acres and a repairable house may be a bargain, even for this street.

11 Sachem Lane

11 Sachem Lane

11 Sachem Lane (Greenwich address, Cos Cob school, NTTAWWT) asking $1.995 million, reports a contract. The owners tried to sell it for $2.075  for much of 2015, let it expire in December and then brought it back at $2.085, presumably hoping that the market had improved. It hadn’t, and they dropped it to this price last May. Nice house, though, and Sachem’s a good little street.

6 Interlaken

6 Interlaken

And 6 Interlaken, which sold for $2.8 million in 2005 and has been on the market since 2013, starting at $2.995, has now dropped to $2.495. Nice enough house, and right on the Burning Tree golf course (you could make back much of your purchase price reselling errant golf balls) but Interlake’s on the Merritt, and that hurts: just ask the former owners of 67 Stag Lane.

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Moral Narcissism

1,700 private jets flew global warming alarmists to Davos conference

January 8, 2016: 1,700 private jets flew world’s elite to Davos conference on global warming

For years, I’ve been pointing out that liberals will not look at the consequences of their policies and laws, so that, when their prescriptions fail to achieve the desired result they simply dismiss the collision of theory and reality and press on because, they say,  “our intentions were good”.

It turns out, Roger Simon made this same observation some time ago and he’s written a book about it:  “I know best: How moral narcissism is destroying our republic, if it hasn’t already”. Here’s his summary of what I’d been calling “the good intentions excuse” and he calls “moral narcissism”.

The short form is this: What you believe, or claim to believe or say you believe—not what you do or how you act or what the results of your actions may be—defines you as a person and makes you “good.” It is how your life will be judged by others and by yourself. In 19th-century France, the gastronome Jean Brillat-Savarin told us that “you are what you eat.” In 21st-century America, almost all of us seem to have concluded that “you are what you say you are. You are what you proclaim your values to be, irrespective of their consequences.” That is moral narcissism.

It explains why people can ignore the results of their actions: opposition to charter schools, based on the support of the national teacher union has produced an 85% illiteracy rate among inner city high school graduates, the great welfare state has increased poverty, not alleviated it, mandatory ethanol requirements have led to the doubling of the price of corn in poor countries and wrecked havoc on our own environment, and so forth, large and small (and large would include our neo-con’s invasion of Iraq, which was done with their own best intentions).

Combine moral narcissism with its partner, virtue signaling, and you have Greenwich mansion owners driving Teslas to Whole Foods and returning to their 10,000 square foot homes, satisfying themselves that they’ve done their bit in the fight against global warming, or Leonardo De Caprio and Al Gore jetting around the world to save the planet celebrations of the rich, or Hillary taking a Gulfstream IV from Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket, a distance of 20 miles – they make these trips because in their hearts, they know that they’re saving the planet (by, in Hillary’s case, defeating Donald Trump). It isn’t entirely due to their hypocrisy, as I’d supposed, although there’s plenty of that, so much as a complete blindness to the results of their actions: good intentions trump consequences, every time.

 

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Why is “person of color” acceptable, but “colored person” racist?

Badge of the Ku Klux Klan

Badge of the Ku Klux Klan

 A TV hostess has apologized profusely for using the “racist term ‘colored people’ “, but professional offendees aren’t mollified.

 [One viewer] said Robach “gets a pass this time” but vowed to ditch “GMA” for a rival morning program if it happened again.

Leaders of the  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People could not be reached for comment, as they were attending a conference at the Washington (go Redskins!) headquarters of the United Negro College Fund.

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They don’t matter much, though

Blacks chanting “black lives matter” viciously beat whites in Cleveland.

A Louisiana man, meanwhile, has taken the measure of the BLM crowd, and the Black Panthers, and asks, where are you?

The answer is, they’re at the White House and various Democratic rallies being feted and honored by being, you know, “right on!”

Jerry L. Washington posted a video to his Facebook page that has gone off-the-charts viral. He asked a simple question: “Where’s the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter Organizations at now???”

“I ain’t seen one Black Panther boat or one Black Lives Matter boat,” he said from his flood-ravaged hometown. “All I see are our own people from our own city.”

“With all the drama that was going on with the Alton Sterling killing,” he said, “they came out with guns and ready to go to war.”’

 

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Demos

Greenwich Free Press does a nice job of reporting on pending demolitions, and has done so again today, highlighting two 1930s houses headed for the dumpster.

15 Oakely Lane - gone, and quickly forgotten

15 Oakely Lane – gone, and quickly forgotten

15 Oakley Lane, off North Street, sold for and is being knocked down. From its pictures, it looks like it’s well past its sell-by date, so … see ya. It sold for $4.2 million just a couple of weeks ago, The land next door, No. 9, sold for $2.5 in 2015, and now boasts a house under construction and asking $12 million. If the new owner of 15 Oakely can carve two lots from it, then the $4 + price he paid makes sense.

48 Round Hill Road

48 Round Hill Road

48 Round Hill Road, on the other hand, was a gorgeous home, and sold for $9.7 million in 2015. I suppose what’s doomed it is that it sits in the middle of 5.9 acres in the two-acre zone, and, presumably, the only way to get at the value of the land is to get this one out of the way. Pity.

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Well this should help home prices

Babbling Brook Acres

Babbling Brook Acres

Obama increases height requirements for houses again: 2′ above 100-year flood plain. It’s all part of the climate alarmists’   certainty that bigger storms are coming.

The regulations stem from an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in January 2015. The order requires a new flood-protection standard for infrastructure projects that use federal money and is part of the administration’s broader agenda to address climate change.

The FEMA regulations provide three options for construction projects using federal funds in flood-prone areas: build two feet above the 100-year floodplain level for standard projects, or 3 feet above for “critical action” projects such as hospitals or nursing homes; build to the 500-year floodplain; or use the best available scientific models which often combine flood records with other factors like sea-level rise data.

The regulations would essentially rewrite the current 100-year flood standard that has been used nationwide for the past five decades since the national flood insurance program was adopted in the late 1960s. To qualify for that program, communities have required that buildings be at or above the elevation where a flood is calculated to rise once in 100 years.

The new rules would raise those levels for buildings, roads and other projects that receive federal funds, including those that are rebuilt with FEMA funds following federal disasters. Privately funded projects would be unaffected.

There’s nothing wrong philosophically with demanding that federal money not be used to rebuild structures on flood plains, where they’ll be knocked down like duck pins when the waters rise again; in fact,  the government should never have allowed it. But it did, and houses all over the country, including Greenwich, have been built at elevations that will no longer meet the new standards. And as our own Planning & Zoning’s Katie Blankley showed so enthusiastically three years ago, when she revised our building code to even exceed the new FEMA coastal guidelines, homeowners in the rest of town will soon be hammered with the same prohibitions against remodeling and renovation of existing homes that their neighbors on the shore already suffer. Take a look at a map of Greenwich: we’re a  town crisscrossed with streams, ponds and reservoirs, and all those bodies of water have flood plains.

You may think that you can just decline federal flood insurance and go your merry way, but that’s no longer the way it works: the federal government has driven private insurance companies from the field, and they now set the rules, exclusively. Lenders won’t lend in affected areas without flood insurance, and flood insurance will be denied those not in compliance. No mortgage, no buyers.

 

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Hot to trot

So I brought home that poor pig’s feet, just to see what I could do with them. As I recall, I once succumbed to a food writer’s enthusiastic recommendation of some chef’s version and tried it, which produced a sticky, glutenous mass (EOS would describe it as propolisic) that went straight from mouth to garbage can, but why quit after just one try?

There’s a Chinese recipe that looks interesting, or I could just try pickling them, tucking a jar under my arm and heading for a dive bar to gnaw on them with new friends; I’m pretty sure that pickled glue would definitely be inedible, but those inscrutable Chinese might have come up with something better.

Or I could just go full-Chinese and pick up a Pekinese off the street.

Trotters, ready to go

Trotters, ready to go …somewhere.

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New on Old Church Road

340 Old Church Road

340 Old Church Road – that’s part of the same house up on the hill, apparently

340 Old Church, asking $3.795 million. It just came on, so I haven’t seen it yet, but the street will support that price if the house does. It’s a 1939 house, according to the listing, that’s been added on to over the years. It looks a little “stairy” to me, but it could work. Some rooms look great, some are not to my taste, so it will be interesting to see how it ties together. It’s on an acre-and-a-half, which is promising. I look forward to touring it.

A two-level bedroom can work, I suppose

A two-level bedroom is a bit unusual, NTTAWWT

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More on Hillary and her pay for play foundation

This whole foundation thing? Her idea.

This whole foundation thing? Her idea.

And 15,000 more emails discovered by the FBI but not disclosed or produced by Hillary herself will be released in October.

Here’s Friday’s treasure trove:

Crown Prince of Bahrain Forced to Go Through Foundation to See Clinton, after Pledging $32 Million to Clinton Global Initiative

Hollywood Executive Casey Wasserman, Slimfast Mogul Daniel Abraham, Controversial Appointee Rajiv Fernando also among Clinton Foundation Donors Granted Special Favors from Clinton State Department

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.

The new documents included 20 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 191 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department).  These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.

The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”

Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.

From: Doug Band

To: Huma Abedin

Sent: Tue Jun 23 1:29:42 2009

Subject:

Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday

Asking to see her

Good friend of ours

From: Huma Abedin

To: Doug Band

Sent: Tue Jun 23 4:12:46 2009

Subject: Re:

He asked to see hrc thurs and fri thru normal channels. I asked and she said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel. Also she says that she may want to go to ny and doesn’t want to be committed to stuff in ny…

FromHuma Abedin [Huma@clintonemail.com]

Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:35:15 AM

To: Doug Band

Subject:

Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc

If u see him, let him know

We have reached out thru official channels

Also included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange in which Band urged Abedin to get the Clinton State Department to intervene in order to obtain a visa for members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club, one of whose members was apparently having difficulty because of a “criminal charge.” Band was acting at the behest of Casey Wasserman, a millionaire Hollywood sports entertainment executive and President of the Wasserman Foundation. Wasserman has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.

On Friday, June 26, 2009, Clinton confidant Kevin O’Keefe wrote to Clinton saying that “Kevin Conlon is trying to set up a meeting with you and a major client.” Clinton wrote to Abedin, “Can you help deliver these for Kevin?” Abedin responded, “I’ll look into it asap” Kevin O’Keefe donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Kevin Conlon is a Clinton presidential campaign “Hillblazer” who has raised more than $100,000 for the candidate.

  • On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, Ben Ringel wrote to Abedin, “I’m on shuttle w Avigdor Liberman. I called u back yesterday. I want to stop by to see hrc tonite for 10 mins.” Ringel donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
  • On Monday, July 6, 2009, Maureen White wrote to Abedin, “I am going to be in DC on Thursday. Would she have any time to spare?” Abedin responded, “Yes I’ll make it work.” White donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
  • In June 2009, prominent St. Louis political power broker Joyce Aboussie exchanged a series of insistent emails with Abedin concerning Aboussie’s efforts to set up a meeting between Clinton and Peabody Energy VP Cartan Sumner. Aboussie wrote, “Huma, I need your help now to intervene please. We need this meeting with Secretary Clinton, who has been there now for nearly six months. This is, by the way, my first request. I really would appreciate your help on this. It should go without saying that the Peabody folks came to Dick [Gephardt] and I because of our relationship with the Clinton’s.” After further notes from Aboussie, Abedin responded, “We are working on it and I hope we can make something work… we have to work through the beauracracy [sic] here.” Aboussie donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
  • On Saturday, May 16, 2009, mobile communications executive and political activist Jill Iscol wrote to Clinton, “Please advise to whom I should forward Jacqueline Novogratz’s request [for a meeting with the secretary of state]. I know you know her, but honestly, she is so far ahead of the curve and brilliant I believe she could be enormously helpful to your work.” Clinton subsequently sent an email to Abedin saying, “Pls print.” Jill and husband Ken Iscol donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton subsequently appointed Novogratz to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

The newly obtained Abedin emails also contain a memorandum sent to Cheryl Mills from State Department White House liaison Laura Pena revealing that Rajiv Fernando was proposed for his controversial appointment to the sensitive International Security Advisory Board as early as June 2009. Fernando was not actually appointed until 2011, and his appointment raised a firestorm because, according to an ABC News report, “he had no obvious experience in the field.” Fernando donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.

 

This is the tenth set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin.  The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013, using a ‘non-state’.gov email address.”

 

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He may or may not have had it coming, but I’m pretty sure the GPD adjusted their story a bit here

No problem here, he jumped right in!

No problem here, he jumped right in!

Old Greenwich man punches Uber driver.

Michael Ettinger, 53, of Park Avenue, was charged Sunday night around 11 with assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

The Uber driver told officers that a “male passenger had punched him in the face and fled,” according to the arrest report. Ettinger was found nearby and charged. Officers said Ettinger was physically disruptive while he was being placed in a squad car, butting his head against a door, causing damage.

The accidental “bump on the head” when ushering an unruly passenger into a squad car is quite common; understandable payback for being an asshole with the cops. I especially like the “caused damage to the door” bit. Hard headed, this gentleman may be, but car doors are made of sterner stuff.

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