ISIS Files Complaint With UN

After U.S. commandos launched a devastating raid on an ISIS base in Syria, ISIS  immediately filed a formal complaint against the United States military at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Charging the U.S. with using “unfair tactics” and fighting techniques that “violate Genoeva Convention standards for interacting with Islamic terrorists”, spokesman Muhamad Ali Ali Oxenfree called for severe sanctions against the U.S. and its allies.

“These [U.S. commandos] did not have their hands tied, nor were they defenseless children”, Oxenfree wrote in the formal complaint. “We are in no way prepared to fight such savages!”

“Raping children, cutting off heads of civilians whose hands are tightly tied behind their backs, this sort of thing, the brave warriors of ISIS can handle. But these cowardly Americans sent grown men, with guns and fighting skills, so of course our fighters could do nothing but immediately die for Allah”.

“We call on the United Nations to send us protection from further attacks. We also demand that any future U.S. attack forces be made up of soldiers no older than six years of age,  just to make it fair for us!”

Do We Worry Too Much About Germs?

<> on November 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

The germs, imagine the germs! Better hold it till you’ve landed and can use the nice, clean airport bathroom.

Here’s a typical (disgusting) scare story, in this case from the British news site, Daily Mail, that attempts to scare crap out of you about  “fecal matter on airplane tray tables”, supposedly left there by all the thousands of parents using the tray tables to change baby’s nappie.

Really? Have you ever in your life seen this happening? Unlike my clients, I regularly fly coach, jammed in back there with the mob you first-class types are barely aware of. I have never, ever seen anyone changing a damned diaper on a tray table.

Perhaps fearing likely reader skepticism about this bull-%#@% claim, the article then goes on to suggest that if you really want to be disgusted (and sickened!), you should take a look at the millions and millions of germs in the airplane bathroom, oh the horrors!

Again, I have only experience to guide me, but I consistently find airplane bathrooms to be reasonably clean looking. And if all these germs are so dangerous, how come we aren’t all constantly getting sick? Oh sure, you might trace your catching of the occasional cold to a particular flight, but are cold-virus germs the ones hiding in the bathroom?

And also keep in mind the very annoying fact that we humans keep living longer and longer and longer! Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes spent the last 30 years of his life desperately avoiding germs and what did it get him? He died at age 70! Phooey.

Riverside Tear-Downs

58 Club Road, great old house, damn shame but it's about to enter the dumpster. Asked $3.295M, got $3.5M.  This sold months ago. Click link below for the latest two.

58 Club Road, great old house, damn shame but it’s about to enter the dumpster. Asked $3.295M, got $3.5M. This sold months ago. Click link below for the latest two.

UPDATE: I forgot to add my conclusion, namely, an over-sized Riverside parcel in the R-12 zone now easily fetches $2M+. That’s too high for builders to make money, so these lots are surely being bought by end-users.

Since so many properties in this town are sold for land value only, it’s useful to keep track of recent sale prices of houses that sell and soon thereafter have “DEMOLITION” signs put up in front of them. That removes any doubt about where the buyer thought the value lay.

So here’re two that have signs in front of them right now.

Two Riverside tear-downs

Note: when you get to the linked site, click on the property address for the full description (added bonus, you get to see a picture of me, dressed like a Century-21 agent)

Note Note: Click “no thanks” if you don’t want the Houlihan Lawrence “app” (but it is truly useful, I assure you).