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Annual East Hampton Historical Society Antique Show is this weekend

"The Hamptons", and materialism?

They go hand in hand like arrogance, and ignorance!

SHEEESH!!!" Jul 9, 10 8:25 PM

Southampton Town planner defends Tuckahoe planned development district

I'm not so sure she will." Jul 9, 10 8:43 PM

Unexploded mortar shell and spine both discovered on Ponquogue Beach

Trust me, give this a read, should you have the time...

"In the arts of buying and selling capital itself men grew both more subtle and more daring. Progress was registered not only in water power and steam engines, but in the rise and spread of “jointstock companies” before 1840, in the growth of bourses or exchanges which dealt in such capital. The most notable of these at the time of the Civil War was the Stock Exchange of the City of New York, which by its natural advantages became the seaport and commercial metropolis of the nation. A century earlier, Wall and Water Streets were the haunt of pirates and slave-traders, and especially of the immortal William Kidd ; here a market flourished already which differed in no wise from the old ‘changes of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and London. Out of the neighboring coffeehouses where merchants of the shiftier kind, gamblers, lotteryplayers, touts and politicians had been wont to gather, the personnel of the marketplace was recruited in the days of the Revolutionary War. Under the shade of a famous old buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street there congregated those shrewd, lynx-eyed, slit-mouthed speculator-politicians who participated in the “bull” movement in “continentals” of the 1790’s—a crowd bearing a close enough resemblance to the grave, secretive traders who walked in the Florence of the Medicis or in seventeenth- century Edinburgh, or on the London Exchange whose “stock-jobbers” Defoe has described.

Robert Morris had been the leader of the first manipulative campaign for selling dear the rescued government scrip and securities which had been bought so cheap. The “stock-jobbers” who dealt in these peculiar wares were a perennial, hardy and resourceful race. In good times they did a flourishing business ; even before the War of 1812 it often seemed that “stock and scrip were the sole subject of conversation” among the commercial-minded freemen, as Madison complainingly wrote to Jefferson. The press of the early republic spoke of the “raving madness bordering on insanity” of the mercantile public. And when the exaltation was succeeded by the cathartic cycle of depression, of tragic disillusionment, the society of brokers which had formed itself in Wall Street showed, ever since 1791, a wondeful poise, a “calm detachment toward the public ruin” which was to be one of the undying traditions of Wall Street."

- "The Robber Barons"
Matthew Josephson (1934)" Jul 9, 10 8:55 PM

We need some type of change, for the better. "Business as usual", has historically failed..." Jul 9, 10 9:33 PM

Rumor about attack in village is debunked by police

"Distinguished by an unequal distribution of goods, and pay according to work done."

Almost looks like we're already Socialist, eh?" Jul 9, 10 9:53 PM

Well, numbers 2, and 3 are quite open ended.

However the rest seems rather familiar..." Jul 10, 10 8:51 AM

I remember this line about "feed the stray, and now it stays".

I so do love Metallica..." Jul 10, 10 11:07 AM

Southampton Town planner defends Tuckahoe planned development district

PDD is nothing but an end around to put whatever you want, on whatever site you want, if you can afford to push it through. Also, you need a bunch of snowblind people running the show.

There is more conflict of interest here than you can shake a stick at, and it must be not only put to a stop, but put so to bed, it's "dirtnapping".

If this goes through, it won't be because the people cried "NO"." Jul 10, 10 11:13 AM

Contractor, marina owner cited by DEC for dredging

As usual, that smell ain't low tide..." Jul 10, 10 12:22 PM

Wind blows hot, cold over farm wind turbine

Solar cells and batteries would definitely be more in order with the character of the area, and I'm quite sure would incite less dissent.

There's a nanotech outfit who produces them not only paper thin as we speak, but on average almost a THIRD more efficient than older, conventional photovoltaics.

It would be nice to see advanced solar power being utilized..." Jul 10, 10 12:29 PM

Rumor about attack in village is debunked by police

Main difference is, that he was speaking of U.S. citizens, who are indeed legal residents.

Though seemingly sans compassion, there is some validity to the point. If people cannot afford to breed, they most likely would not. There is a point where charity merely becomes a handout, and persons have no reason to improve themselves, for their basic needs are met. Warranted, some do better themselves due to personal desire, but what percentage is that? Probably mighty low. There are families who have been on welfare for GENERATIONS, and a there is a massive lack of oversight on top of that.

We have some serious problems, and maybe closing our borders like China did would actually HELP things. We could focus on things like cost of living based federal tax, and aid assessment, as well as deporting those immigrants who disregard our laws, since that is their due for their malfeasant behavior.

Maybe we could even focus on reducing our local cost of living, by ridding ourselves of the leaches who increase it!" Jul 10, 10 11:54 PM

Pine barrens closer to dedication in Schwenk's name

You don't oft see that kind of behavior on a regular basis these days..." Jul 11, 10 12:02 AM

Condos proposed in return for saving Canoe Place Inn

Ostnetatious!

One of my favorite words!!" Jul 11, 10 12:06 AM

I agree, let them stew.

Lawyers they may have, but we have more guns, and maybe money..." Jul 11, 10 12:09 AM

Rumor about attack in village is debunked by police

It's not about "limiting" anyone's ability to have children. The poor are only "undesireable", because our current state of society ALLOWS for it in abundance. Not too recently, Wall St. made most of the country poor again. Cathartically imploding the economy since 1791, and they've become the best at not giving a damn about it, either. On top of that, the subject of the original quote takes home a yearly pay a bit more than DOUBLE the mean income of his constituents. Public servants voting themselves raises doesn't help either.

The vast majority of the nation who have them (children), afford to nurture, and provide for them. It is not fair to those who work hard to provide for their family for some women just to have more kids so they get a bigger welfare check. And, yes, that does happen. More than one story over the years in the news about it.

Since you're "at home", I hope you aren't a sheltered islander. I'd be disappointed.

I'm not against government assistance, it is a useful tool when needed. HOWEVER, it is not meant to be a crutch, nor should it ever be." Jul 11, 10 6:48 PM

And, there's this study from back in 1995:

http://www.pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/pdialg_8.pdf" Jul 11, 10 6:56 PM

Contractor, marina owner cited by DEC for dredging

Enim, quis custodiet, ipsos custodes..." Jul 11, 10 7:06 PM

Schneiderman forgoes congressional run

Tim merely became that third violin that nobody actually plays, and sits on it's stand, but sounds off like the others when other violins play next to it.

There's a phrase for that, now, what was it..." Jul 11, 10 7:17 PM

Rumor about attack in village is debunked by police

Hypothetically, we could pull off deporting that many people, it would just require the state getting off of their collective a$$es.

On a national level, it looks like a huge problem. When you break it down 50 ways, it becomes alot of smaller problems. This country was set up so the states would govern themselves, and that's exactly what they need to do. At serious risk, Arizona has begun an initiative, and the sad part is everyone pulling the race card. It's actually really pathetic, since "illegal" is not a race. It just so happens that the vast majority of them are from one ethnic background. Fancy that, they are the nearest impoverished ethnic group in this hemisphere. Go figure the majority of illegals are Hispanic.

I'd have to ask, while they are here "looking for a better oppurtunity", who is home in their country, fighting to have what we have here? Instead of organizing, rebelling, and changing their own country for the better, they come here to leach from ours, and support their families on America's dime.

Alot of good people fought, and died to create this country, as depraved a state it's in.

How many "illegals" are doing that for their own countries?" Jul 12, 10 11:07 PM

Parrish Art Museum will break ground on new building next week

Lest we not forget, 2,500 sq. ft. "homes", on less than a 4,000 sq. ft. lot..." Jul 12, 10 11:30 PM

I've got an idea.

How about you ask Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Hank Paulson, Phil Gramm, and Lloyd Blankfein for the extra money to cover the lost square footage?

Maybe we could even ask Christopher Cox could throw in a couple bucks?

And while we're at it, we even could hit up Ayn Rand's estate for a little more to ice the cake..." Jul 12, 10 11:41 PM

Two men rushed to hospital after lightning strike in Westhampton

As a survivor myself, I wish him a speedy, and uneventful recovery." Jul 14, 10 1:58 AM

Kabot's pre-trial hearing will continue next week

Warranted, she may have had a couple drinks in her, she may not have.

BUT, there is just so much that "stinks" here, it "Tain't funny, McGee". Not only were the police allegedly unprofessional, the officers involved acted rather suspiciously. And, exaclty why is there video evidence "missing"? She ain't Jodie Foster, and this sure as he** ain't "Contact".

Though sometimes, however, it does feel like some people get to live on another planet..." Jul 14, 10 2:27 AM

Southampton Town planner defends Tuckahoe planned development district

I just read the "Independent", and just LOVED the full page ad by Mr. Morrow.

Frankly, most of us probably don't care who might be "libelous", or "slanderous" in his regard. The only slander here is this man's vociferous intent to overdevelop our community, so as to line his own already overflowing pockets. There are alot of things we need in our community, like a public pool, and some housing that can be actually be purchased by not only recent generations of local youth, but the next ones as well. If not for greedy, avaristic people like Mr. Morrow, this would still be a really nice, affordable, middle class community with a tourist problem. Men like him who exploit everything they lay their grubby hands on are part of the problem. He is no better than the Wall Streeters who have consistently, without fail, imploded our economy about like clockwork since 1791. He just won't "get it", that so many of us DON'T WANT his "Main St.", and we don't want the "blight" his ideas will bring to this community (as in "urban blight"). We don't need him pulling an "end around" on our zoning laws, and we don't need him creating conflicts of interest, as well as controversy with "political" donations. Simply put, WE DON'T NEED YOUR "SHOPPING CENTER", AND WE DON'T NEED YOU.

Sorry if I am to be the harbinger of bad news for Mr. Morrow, but I hope that in this case, I'm not the only one who would feel this way. And, somehow, I think I'm not..." Jul 14, 10 2:48 AM

East End farming community anxiously awaits local wheat crop

Cheers!!

It's nice to see a working farm, in lieu of a ridiculous "home"..." Jul 14, 10 3:07 AM

Parrish Art Museum will break ground on new building next week

Greenspan was a "disciple" of Ayn Rand, and her ideas regarding "self regulation" of the economy are one of the reasons we are in this "meltdown". Money dried up, less space for artists work.

There's your History lesson for today..." Jul 15, 10 6:52 AM

That guy?

He runs the most "low budget" sites around. Sometimes I wonder how OSHA hasn't ever come down on him when it comes to sanitation on his site. Never enough "pots" to support the volume..." Jul 15, 10 6:55 AM

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