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Altschuler will face Bishop in November

Probably not, but maybe this new breed of Republican will actually act on them this time instead of going along with the fiscally reckless Democrats" Sep 15, 10 3:40 PM

Phil, lets cut through the partisan stuff and get idealogical.

Do you seriously believe the current state of spending and entitlements is sustainable? If the answer is yes, provide a detailed thesis on how" Sep 15, 10 4:03 PM

How about taking less to DC to begin with?" Sep 15, 10 4:32 PM

joe hampton

Thanks for fighting the good fight against all these know nothings and lemmings. For today I bid you adieu, you are Princes among men (or Princesses as the case may be)*

* for those with reading comprehension problems, that is not an endorsement of hereditary monarchy.
" Sep 15, 10 4:45 PM

Huh? once again your reading comprehension needs work" Sep 15, 10 6:17 PM

your solution?" Sep 15, 10 6:18 PM

If anything is evident here, those on the right are guided by reason and fact while those on the left are ruled by emotion and resort to lies and name calling when cornered by facts." Sep 15, 10 6:20 PM

Editor: Please censor all references and uses of the term "tea baggers". It has nothing to do with any political movement and describes something inappropriate to a family new source and only coarsens the discourse.
Thanks in advance" Sep 15, 10 7:43 PM

Hey ICE were cousins!
And yes, Summertime seems to have serious cognitive impairments, as well as expecting others to fund a more generous retirement for her.
She must be part of the group dragging down avg scores at the Southampton public schools" Sep 16, 10 8:48 AM

Your middle class of the mid 20th century has indeed vanished.
They have been crushed by ever higher taxes
Priced out of homes by government lending schemes that artificially inflate values
Crushed my medical expenses inflated by over regulation of health insurance and Tort laws that keep trail lawyers enriched (and in turn the Dem party)
Downward pressure on lower end wages from illegal immigration
I could go on, but the point is your plan for ever higher taxes, expanding public payrolls, and nationalization of everything in site simply wont work, it will crush the whole country. + were not that kind of country
I do recommend however you look in to living in Cuba, oh wait they just sacked half a million government workers because there was no tax base (or Soviet aid) left to support them. I don't think they got pensions either, so you'll have lots of competition at the dumpster.
" Sep 16, 10 9:00 AM

And the Left is trying to sell the same statist non-sense that is the real problem in this country" Sep 16, 10 9:03 AM

Jefferson, whatever his good ideas, also favored farmers over industry and trade, and thought we only needed a few row boats for Navy. Where would we be if he had prevailed? Bunch of serfs with no tax base to fund anything, and being overrun by who knows.
Come to think of it, you are a modern day Jefferson. (not a compliment)" Sep 16, 10 9:10 AM

she is certainly enjoying the perks at our expense" Sep 16, 10 9:11 AM

Indeed some my biggest pay checks have come from big corporations. The ones that put me in to the highest tax bracket so that I may support Philathome, Summertime and Mr.Z in the style to which they would like to become accustomed." Sep 16, 10 9:15 AM

Hey everybody, Christopher Nixon Cox just became my friend on Facebook. 2 months after I requested and 2 days after he lost the primary.
How much longer will he have a WHB address on his driver license? 2 days?" Sep 16, 10 9:21 AM

Demolition crews still at work at Quogue gas station

A 24 Hour Hess gas/convenience store seems like overkill for Montauk Hwy in Quogue.
Get ready for midnight stick ups and all night glare for nearby homes.
Surprised the village didn't try to stop it" Sep 23, 10 6:52 PM

Court dismisses Konrad's claims of defamation

Some lawyer! Why isnt she trying to change the zoning instead of legally harassing individuals building as of right under current guidelines. She totally lacks any real grasp of the law and is using her credentials to harass individuals she doesnt like.
As much as I would like to see her tarred and feathered, as a law abiding citizen I will settle for disbarment." Sep 27, 10 2:36 PM

Ballot Count Begins; Altschuler Travels To Washington

Actually, we'll be paying Tim quite generously for the rest of his life, as well as providing him with the excellent medical coverage he has denied us. Blasted congressional pensions and benefits." Nov 9, 10 6:20 AM

Silly person, neither Bush practiced trickle down economics. 41 raised taxes as the dem congress wanted, and they spent even more. Bush 43 gave a modest pro growth tax cut to our most productive and overtaxed income bracket, while he and congress went on a wild spending spree culminating in the Bush/Reid/Pelosi bailouts/stimulus/nationalizations followed by same x5 from Obama/Reid/Pelosi. Almost simultaneously a 50 year old left wing government scheme to give mortgages to people who cant make the payments predictably melted down when policies of Clinton/Cuomo/Dodd/Frank encouraged even more such recklessness.
In other words there have not been true conservative economic and tax policies in most peoples lifetimes, and Democrats and liberals, as well as quite a few Republicans, are the most economically illiterate people I have ever encountered and that includes Nobel consolation prize winner Paul Krugman.

By the way, do you think Obama is Keynsian?" Nov 9, 10 6:37 AM

"media onslaught from the right" one network of 8 and 3 magazines of dozens.
The poor little Left needs a big bad Billionaire puppet master to get their big government, high tax, rampantly corrupt, corporate whoring (and alternately crushing), reckless lending, low growth, anti-capitalist, pro-statist, tax serfdon and dependancy creating ideas out there.
The current conservative or Tea party movement is as anti-Bush/RINO as it is the current administration. It's about returning government to its constitutional limits and to stop over reaching and distorting markets (mortgages anyone) and eroding indivdual libertyis. If the new bunch who rode that wave to office incl Randy, do not perform, or are co-opted by establishment Republican in the beltway, nothing will have been gained and they too will be out of office, next time replaced by new 3rd party conservatives who will really make Phil blow an O ring.
" Nov 12, 10 6:42 AM

PS David Brock was outed as gay by the NY Times for being conservative. He subsequently gained favor with the some of the libertine left when he repudiated his previous journalistic efforts that had showed what a power abusing, sexual harasser, philanderer and all around degenerate Bill Clinton is." Nov 12, 10 6:45 AM

Sweeping deregulation?
How about decades old policy of giving mortgages to people with no means to service them and having the gov insure it?
Both were both parties being "progressive"
The GOP is now on notice and has new blood. Remains to be seen if the perform, or become beltway whores like the rest." Nov 12, 10 6:51 AM

Soros is just the worst sort of crony capitalist, using his wealth to buy office holders, and subvert democracy (Franken) for personal financial gain and all around megalomania. A sort of Bond villain if you will, representing everything the left claims to be against but they love it when he funds election theft and organizations dedicated to slandering free market/limited gov ideas and the people who prefer them.
BTW who let that parasite in the Meadow Club?" Nov 12, 10 7:00 AM

Randy didnt send any jobs anywhere. He created jobs that never existed before both here and and overseas. Also created value for his investors and shareholders, some of whom are many of us with pensions and 401Ks. Some of his investors and employees took their profits and bought things or improved their homes, all of which created jobs and further taxable economic activity. Some of these prosperous people then also gave to their favorite charity or cause.

That ends todays chapter of Econ 101 for myopic leftists" Nov 12, 10 9:58 PM

If you are referring to extending marginal tax cuts passed during the Bush admin for the already overtaxed $250K+ earner you know not of what you speak. The idle rich live off capital gains and interest dividends and I know of no plans by either party to either cut or raise those.
The $250K+ w-2 earner is among the hardest working, most overtaxed person out there, yet Obama id targeting them and not the truly idle rich" Nov 12, 10 10:03 PM

The left accuses the right of being all about money, when its the left that wants to take our money form us" Nov 12, 10 10:11 PM

Bishop Leads Altschuler After Absentee Ballots Counted

Thats nice, when will he criminally prosecuted by the IRS?" Nov 19, 10 7:59 PM

Randy is challenging votes that may be cast by people may be NYC residents and may even be voting 2x.
Bishop is doing the usual Demoncrat thing and trying to challenge military overseas ballots." Nov 19, 10 8:02 PM


Its not about military people stationed in 1st district, its people whose home are in the 1st district but may be serving elsewhere, whether domestically or overseas." Nov 19, 10 8:09 PM

View The Kabot DWI Police Tape

1. should have pulled her over on sunset if that was such an egregious swerve
2. It would be nice to have the audio from the pursuit part, not just the stop" Feb 2, 11 1:03 PM

I would fail that test sober after about 10 minutes of going through those motions on heels.
PS not a Kabot fan" Feb 2, 11 1:12 PM

Again, the complete audio would be helpful, and they should have requested she sit in the car while they went back to theirs." Feb 2, 11 1:14 PM

Southampton Town Board To Consider Most Expensive CPF Purchase In History

Dam, I wanted to see more Michael Davis McMansions, fake ponds, and curvy street subdivisons. After all, "thats what the hamptons is all about" quoth Lizzie Grubman, Judy Guliani, Jodi De la Femina and all the other experts who just showed up in the last decade or so to school those of us who were born here." May 23, 11 4:00 PM

Good point golden boy
" May 23, 11 4:07 PM

Seven School District Budgets Get Passing Grades In Western Southampton Town

Nitpicking details notwithstanding, public employees, teachers, cops, etc need to have compensation indexed to the private sector mean in the town. Of course you need to account for business owners who have non w-2 income and the cash economy many avail themselves of may be problematic.
Pensions/retirement - everyone should be responsible for their own. Providing for a few at at expense of the many who are funding their own is just fundamentally unfair. I recomend everyone read up on 'Superannuation", the successful system Australia has been using." May 23, 11 4:25 PM

Boat Fire Extinguished In Noyac

Will the boatowner be re-imbursing the taxpayers for services provided?" May 23, 11 4:27 PM

BMW dealership an empty lot waiting for a buyer

Leased a BMW in 2007, Manhattan (Wall St branch) provided a better quote than Southampton. I gave SH a shot because its my hometown and employs childhood friends, but the cheesy up-island managers and sales people were a turn off. I guess they were spoiled by all the lay up business for decades from summer people who want Southampton around their license plate.
Lets face it, this was bad mgt all around, most of the cars are leased through BMW finance. Chase would finance a revolver for inventory if these guys were not bums and paid their taxes. With Mercedes (Where did the $8mill go?) moving to a better location, only a matter of time till BMW does the same under better mgt. and Sobel seeks permission to turn that corner in to a mini mall. Hopefully the town will take this opportunity to revamp the traffic intersection." Jun 28, 11 10:42 AM

Repeat DWI Offender Avoids Jail Time

I assume she's married (or was) to a successful real estate broker with the same surname. I cant help but think this is wealthy persons justice. Most anyone else would be doing the time after 2nd offense with injuries.
Oh, and she will do it again Judge" Dec 14, 11 8:52 PM

East Hampton Town Natural Resources Director Larry Penny Suspended, Could Be Fired

So a bankrupt town is trimming the payroll and elimination pointless jobs held by strange individuals by the means available to them. Unfortunately he'll be getting paid for life regardless. Who was "Natural Resources Director" before him? Probably nobody for the previous 300+ years of the towns history.
Since the Feds wont do anything about illegal aliens, maybe the town should hire a few, "off the books" at sub-standard wages, and no benes or pension of course, since they cant be hired legally, to pick up dead animals and dispose of them properly.
Now that would be good (local anyway) good government" Dec 14, 11 9:09 PM

Discord Erupts Over Shinnecock Vote On Casino Partner's Future

The reservation has a high concentration of pathologys because they don't own private property but kid themselves in to thinking they are preserving their ancient culture by living on a collectively owned land, and accumulating wealth becomes impossible. Gambling will provide stipends and/or jobs to many, a few clever people, along with the outside investors, will really cash in big (fostering resentment) and the pathologys will continue. Read up on whats happened on the reservations in Ct, not to mention the impact on surrounding communities. Also read up on "tragedy of the commons", and dust off Orwell, ie "some pigs are more equal than others"
" Dec 14, 11 9:22 PM

Oh and wait till someone decides to start kicking people out of the tribe (and off the gravy train) for having less discernible Native American ancestry than others. This has happened extensively on reservations out west when gambling revenues start rolling in.
" Dec 14, 11 9:27 PM

Please build a world class golf course on the land in Hampton Bays. Hire a good mgt company who will hire tribe members, (surely they have the skill sets), and provide health insurance and 401Ks. The neighbors will love it as their property values will go up, and people will come from miles around and pay hundreds of dollars to play a world class public golf course on Peconic Bay with the Shinnecock name on it. That other golf club surely wont begrudge the name.
Cheers" Dec 14, 11 9:32 PM

Given the low cost basis for the land, I'll bet they can price it so that a good 40% will be able to tee off there" Dec 15, 11 11:01 PM

So some tribal members OWN their shop locations?
Ah tobacco, the Red mans revenge on us
How about that corrupt president from Chicago?" Dec 15, 11 11:05 PM

'Occupy' To March In Southampton Village On Sunday

Franklin Delano "Frank" Raines , Obama and Clinton crony with no experience as a finance executive, took $90M in compensation out of a FNMA as CEO while cooking the books the whole time. Hearings held, he skated naturally, now a bag man for Obama and probably lives in an inflated McMansion in the DC suburbs. Most people who work on "Wall Street" never see $90m except on a computer screen. I think the OWS people are looking in the wrong place.
Was there a failure to regulate reasonably and properly?, Yes! Madoff and now Corzine, clear cases of fraud that regulators missed completely, or were told to ignore because of political connections. Could derivatives be better managed or regulated? Yes. But first lets make sure the underlying collateral they are derivative of is not a mortgage from a guy who cant possibly service it. The latter is a product of decades of so called "progressive" public policy, really aimed at buying votes from the less fortunate, wherein government mortgage agencies, as well as private institutions that were forced to by the government, made mortgages to the aforementioned less fortunates (who took the money and ran). And sure, everyone in the chain piled on with a vengeance when they saw the volume of money flowing. Given that it was a product of government policy, they thought the government had their back and it would keep going indefinitely. Some got bailed out in the end, some didn't.
Interesting think about Greenspan, after feeding the beast with liquidity as Fed chair until the foreclosures started flowing in, he promptly left and took a consulting job with our own John Paulson. I have no problem with Paulson profiting while everyone else was still drinking the koolaid and I dont blame him for buying political cover when the witch hunts began, but I have a problem with Greenspan the public official jumping to the private sector and taking the other side of the trade of the mess he helped create. Ethics rules anyone?
OWS manifesto contains 2 things I agree with;
1. No bailing out of investment banks (good, but don't ask them to provide liquidity to government schemes to lend to people money they don't have the means to repay)
2. Restore elements of Glass-Steagal (Good, don't include depositor funds in leverage calculations and keep Corzine's hands off them too, ie enforce reasonable laws already on the books too)
Unfortunately most of the protesters couldn't articulate or understand these, but have embraced all the Marxist/pay my student loan non sense.

Some advice to OWS:
Blaming "Wall Street" is too easy, and most Wall Street guys are just hard working fools, not unlike many small businessmen, trying to make an above average income for their family, while enjoying zero job security and no tax payer funded pensions . Do some real homework OWS, it might lead you to different addresses. Of course that addresses might also be the homes your enablers and financial supporters, 1%ers all." Dec 16, 11 7:24 AM

Eastport South Manor Middle School Parents Are Ticked Over Curriculum Changes

O dear, a school raising its standards instead of dumbing them down. Now the Mom in the article will have to spend time with her non-honors son as well as the honors kid. (assuming she has the aptitude for either)
While obviously not every kid is going to end up performing at honors level in high school, challenging them in middle school so they enter high school on the best possible footing is probably a good idea. Clearly some parents don't want the additional challenge it may present for themselves, other are probably tired of East End schools that are geared to turning out landscapers and beach club staff, and would like to see more kids go to some better colleges. Manorville is definitely a different demographic than it was not too many years ago." Dec 19, 11 9:38 AM

Shinnecocks Reject Casino Partner Contract

At risk of furthering a pointless tangent, Hamlin helping out the Shinnecocks against a land grab in the 60's is admirable but would not have been necessary if someone in the tribe didn't have a side deal with the builder. Point being, as we have learned this week, not everyone in the tribe thinks alike as has seemed to have been the case from most reporting in recent years.
As far as piling on the Meadow Club about the Arthur Ashe incident, he, or any other black man, whether noted or obscure, would have received the same cold shoulder at most any church, firehouse, and at the working mans Southampton Golf Club as well at that time in history." Dec 19, 11 9:50 AM

And on the subject of golf i will reiterate a posted response to an earlier article on the Shinnecock casino issue.
Forget gambling, build a world class golf course on the land in Hampton Bays. Hire a good mgt company who will hire tribe members, (surely they have the skill sets), and provide health insurance and 401Ks. The neighbors will love it as their property values will go up, and people will come from miles around and pay hundreds of dollars to play a world class public golf course on Peconic Bay with the Shinnecock name on it. That other golf club surely wont begrudge the name.
Cheers" Dec 19, 11 9:55 AM

Cops: One Arrested After East Quogue Brawl Over High School Football Game

Only one arrest involving 30-40 teens, some portion of which were from another district, and would have driven further East several more miles to be at the EQ school. Are we sure young Mr. Garcia wasn't defending himself?

Reminds me of the good ol' days when Southampton played Wyandanch." Dec 19, 11 10:03 AM

Discord Erupts Over Shinnecock Vote On Casino Partner's Future

As part of giving the go ahead to any Shinnecock plans, on their land or elsewhere, an arrangement could be made for a PILOT program or Payment in Lieu of Taxes. Plenty of precedent for it such as in commercial leases to for profit companies occupying public property such as in the World Trade Center.
" Dec 19, 11 10:10 AM

Residents Raise Concerns Over Plans For Remsenburg Subdivision

So Steve Kenny likes open space now? His home must abut this parcel" Jan 6, 12 12:14 PM

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