Kate starts at 9:00, which for a weeknight is waay past my bedtime, but what the heck. I’ll be back on the board tomorrow.
Kate starts at 9:00, which for a weeknight is waay past my bedtime, but what the heck. I’ll be back on the board tomorrow.
Obama’s back, fit, tanned, relaxed and ready to go to war over income inequality. That $4 million vacation was justly deserved, no doubt, but does he really pay taxes at just an 18% rate? Yes he does. No wonder he can identify with his fellow underdogs.
$400,000 per year, plus $400,000 book royalties, plus free meals and lodging, private jets (and military helicopters) for his wife and children, round-the-clock security and medical care, and a vegetable garden in the back yard. Not bad for a community agitator made good.
A reader reports a Noel sighting on Mustique, writing that they were there over Christmas – New Years, with all 20 children, grandchildren and Columbian drug runners. “They still own their house there, they’re still obnoxious.”
Still can’t get the new MLS system to work,so no links, but 49 Indian Mill Road, a contemporary in poor, but salvageable condition, sold for $1.250. There was a time when this refused to move at $1.1, but the market’s gone up. The land abuts the Mianus Nature Preserve and clients of mine had an estimate of $350,000 to completely transform it. $1.5 for a practically new house seemed like a good deal to me but not, alas, to them.
And 81 Husted, asking $1.950, has a contract after just two weeks. It’s a 1938 house that could be renovated, I suppose, but clearly this is going for land value, if you’re trying to price a two-acre lot in this neighborhood.
Last October, we posted a note on a 60 Minute investigation that showed 60% of social security disability awards are fraudulent. Dollar Bill responded with his usual denial of facts mixed with ad hominem attacks:
Dollar Bill October 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Never mind that fraud accounts for less than 1% of all disability payments. Never mind that the majority of claims appeals are denied. Never mind that award rates have fallen during the recession. This CBS special was a Teabaggers wet dream, untroubled by facts or evidence other than a few anecdotes offered by wingnut Senator Coburn of Oklahoma. Just reinforces the lazy and deceptive myth that our country’s decline is being hastened by greedy disabled poors. Not one if 60 Minutes finer moments…typical of brain-dead Teabaggers to lap up this shoddy exercise in journalism.
Dullard Bill wrote all this despite the determination just a few months back that at least 600 “patients” of just one doctor had bilked the LIRR of hundreds of millions of dollars in disability payments.
He wrote that comment despite his own beloved NPR’s airing of a program the previous March, “Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America.”
And of course, Dullard didn’t mention the Progressives’ Bible’s exposure of that LIRR scam five full years before, in 2008:
Virtually every career employee — as many as 97 percent in one recent year — applies for and gets disability payments soon after retirement, a computer analysis of federal records by The New York Times has found. Since 2000, those records show, about a quarter of a billion dollars in federal disability money has gone to former L.I.R.R. employees, including about 2,000 who retired during that time.
Given that track record, we can expect poor, befuddled Bill to have a similar response to today’s news of yet another huge disability fraud, this time involving 9/11 responders and their friends.
New York – More than 100 people, including 80 police officers and firefighters, were charged on Tuesday as part of one of the largest Social Security disability fraud busts in U.S. history, a scheme that authorities said bilked taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars over two decades.
The plot, which has allegedly been underway since at least 1988, involved four facilitators who helped coach hundred of applicants on how to convince the Social Security Administration that because of their psychiatric conditions, they were unable to work and entitled to monthly disability payments, said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
The arrests come less than six months after federal and local authorities arrested more than 70 people in Puerto Rico on disability fraud charges. A former Social Security employee allegedly helped former employees at a pharmaceutical plant there obtain benefits.
So we already know Dollar Bill’s response: “Teabaggers, Koch Brothers, Bush Bush Bush! … Cheney!” – perhaps his Pal Joey can do better.
Or your son will break your teeth. China: man meets love of his life on Internet, turns out it’s his daughter-in-law. When son arrives at their tryst, hilarity ensues.
I also enjoyed this description of her initial bail hearing:
The unusual sitting was held in the downstairs function room of the Brian Boru pub – named after the ancient High King of Ireland – as there is no dedicated courthouse in the area.
Ms Lauren sat only feet away from Guinness and Heineken taps and under switched off disco lights as her name was called out in the licenced premises which was not in operation today.
Sleazy Eliot Spitzer turned a resort hot tub into a steamy love cauldron over the weekend — kissing and sucking the toes of his topless mistress, Lis Smith, in front of families with children, mortified witnesses told The Post.
The still-married former Love Gov and Smith, Mayor de Blasio’s ex-mouthpiece, were spied frolicking near the family pool at around 4 p.m. Sunday at the Half Moon family resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“It was gross,” said a hotel witness, who was vacationing with her family. “She had her top off.”
The disgraced Spitzer — infamous for wearing his signature black knee socks while having sex with hookers — appears to have a bit of a foot fetish as well, according to onlookers.
“He was licking her toes,” the witness said. “She would sit in his lap. Then he’d put her feet in his mouth. He licked her toes and was playing with her feet.”
The man (and his trailer trash girlfriend) are absolutely insane.
Time “Science” editor: Global warming causing record cold.
Other experts join in: Meteorologist Eric Holthaus, who announced in 2013 that he was going to have a vasectomy to help save the planet, boldly proclaimed on Twitter “Yes, you can thank global warming for this taste of the ‘polar vortex’.”
The Weather Channel publishes this definitive article: “Though it seems counterintuitive – global warming bringing about extreme cold – the answer may be yes, according to scientists like Weather Underground’s Dr. Jeff Masters and Dr. Jennifer Francis.”
1974: The science is settled, by (the same) Time Magazine: “Polar Vortex caused by global cooling”.
Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world.
2014, real scientists: “they’ re all full of crap.”
Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer refutes claims that global warming is causing record cold: ‘Polar vortices have been around forever. They have almost nothing to do with more CO2 in the atmosphere’
Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue rejects claim that global warming is causing record cold: ‘This polar vortex episode is the global warming media’s most recent ‘Snapchat’ message: after a few seconds, explanation just dissolves’
You can smell the putrefaction of sweaty desperation from the bleachers.
In the last decade the environmentalist have peddled harsh laws to install climate change strategies. However, many of these laws don’t pass, and new regulations fail to get traction. With global warming at a standstill for most of the last two decades and – much to Al Gore’s chagrin – plenty of ice still on the polar caps, more green groups are firing their CEO’s.
Next to go is Maggie Fox, president and CEO of the Al Gore-founded Climate Reality Project, who will be gone in the Spring. The group was previously called the Alliance for Climate Protection and was part of the unsuccessful environmental movement’s drive to enact cap-and-trade legislation in 2009-10.
Two other large U.S. environmental companies are giving the boot to their leaders. National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Larry Schweiger is leaving in May, and Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke is also parting ways with her group in 2014.
And Greenpeace, too.
EPA effectively wants to ban wood stoves, but not to worry: for every dollar spent to reduce a stove’s emissions by 80% (they’ve already been hugely reduced from the 1970s), ” the American public will see between $118 and $267 in health benefits,” according to the EPA. “Consumers will also see a monetary benefit from efficiency improvements in the new wood stoves, which use less wood to heat homes. The total health and economic benefits of the proposed standards are estimated to be at $1.8 (billion) to $2.4 billion annually.”
Every single regulation imposed on Americans, from ObamaCare to mandatory mammogram screenings to cigarette advertising to hard hats is always justified by the huge savings the new regulations will bring about. Those savings never, ever materialize, yet the regulators just breeze on through, readying still more.
Will the public ever catch on to this scam? Apparently not.
Not unprecedented: a house I sold new in 2008 for $3.850 resold in 2010 for $2.9, then sold again last year for $3.7ish. There was quite a trough there, for a while.
Taggart Comet Amtrak California Zephyr stranded on the frozen plains, no food, no toilets, no heat. “Well who could expect a blizzard? It’s not my fault.”
The P&Z holds its monthly session
tonight next week, a reader corrects me at 7 in Town Hall, where it will reveal its latest plan to impose huge new costs on home owners. I was planning to attend, but my daughter Kate’s performing (solo – rest of the band’s back in W. VA) at the Beach House Cafe in Old Greenwich at 9:00, and that sounds like a much better way to spend my time.
No cover at the Beach House, though I’m sure Kat would appreciate tips tossed in the hat. I’ll bring copies of Greenwich Mean Time to give away; or, come to think of it, in exchange for a buck put in the aforesaid hat.
Kate’s very good. Bluegrass and neo-country, I suppose is one way to describe it.Her website’s here.
Japan wants to build a demonstration train from Baltimore to D.C., travel time 15 minutes. The trouble with most pie-in-the-sky high speed train plans proposed for the US is that the traffic’s not there to support them. The northeast corridor is an exception which is why Amtrak could actually be profitable if Congress didn’t saddle it with an obligation to carry Iowan congressmen’s grannies from Dubuque to Peoria.
Yep, another lie. The White House claimed that the Messiah’s program would force consumers to get rid of junk insurance and buy the real stuff, one that covers maternity care for 60-year-olds and abortion services for males. Turns out – surprise! – there are better alternatives, or used to be.
Walmart offers its employees two standard plans, a Health Reimbursement Account and an alternative it calls “HRA High” that costs more out of employees’ pockets but has lower deductibles. Blue Cross Blue Shield manages both plans nationally.
Also offered is a Health Savings Account plan that includes high deductibles but allows tax-free dollars to be used for coverage.
For a monthly premium as low as roughly $40, an individual who is a Walmart HRA plan enrollee can obtain full-service coverage through a Blue Cross Blue Shield preferred provider organization. A family can get coverage for about $160 per month.
Unlike Obamacare, there are no income eligibility requirements. Age and gender do not alter premium rates. The company plan is the same for all of Walmart’s 1.1 million enrolled employees and their dependents, from its cashiers to its CEO.
A Journal of the American Medical Association analysis from September showed that unsubsidized Obamacare enrollees will face monthly premiums that are five to nine times higher than Walmart premiums.
JAMA found the unsubsidized premium for a nonsmoking gouple age 60 can cost $1,365 per month versus the Walmart cost of about $134 for the same couple.
The medical journal reported a 30-year-old smoker would pay up to $428 per month, in contrast to roughly $70 each month for a Walmart employee.
A family of four could pay a $962 premium, but the same Walmart family member would pay about $160.
Low premiums are not the only distinguishing feature of the Walmart plan. The retailer’s employees can use eight of the country’s most prestigious medical facilities, including the Mayo Clinic, Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic.
Many top-rated Walmart hospitals — such as the Mayo and Cleveland clinics — are left out of most Obamacare exchange plans.
But the real difference between Obamacare and Walmart can be seen in the levels of day-to-day access to doctors and hospitals.
Robert Slayton, a practicing Chicago independent insurance agent for 11 years and the former president of the Illinois State Association of Health Underwriters, described to the Examiner the differences between Walmart and Obamacare provider networks.
“It’s not just the number, but who they are. You’ll find under the Obamacare exchanges that the academic hospitals have declined to participate, along with the specialists who practice at those hospitals. The same is true of cancer hospitals.”
“People who are seriously ill need to stay away from these exchange plans,” McCaughey said.
David Todd, an independent insurance agent based in Little Rock, Ark., also compared the health plans for the Examiner. Walmart’s corporate headquarters is in Bentonville, Ark., and the company has 58,000 workers in the state.
Todd pointed to stark differences between the government plan and Walmart: “If I buy a family plan on the exchange, it’s still $1,000 a month. And I can buy this for … [$160] on Walmart.”
Walmart individuals face a $2,750 deductible and families need to pay $5,500 under the HRA plan. Individuals pay $1,750 and families pay $3,500 deductibles under the HRA High plan.
The deductibles are high, but Obamacare deductibles are higher, going up to $6,300, according to Todd.
Todd looked at a 30-year-old woman who could qualify for the government subsidy. “The nonsubsidized premium is $205 a month for this 30-year-old. If they get a subsidy, then the premium is zero. But that person has to come up with $6,300 if something catastrophic happened,” he said.
The Walmart monthly premium for the same 30-year-old woman would be about $40. Her deductible would be $2,750, minus $250 in cash advance, for a total net deductible of $2,500.
Just as liberals preferred to spend a billion dollars on a non-functioning website rather than ask Amazon for help, they certainly wouldn’t turn to evil Walmart for advice on the health care program itself. “Good intentions” trum profit motive and efficiency, in Bizzaro World.