Daily Archives: March 5, 2014

From James Taranto

Two Papers in One!

  • “Visit by Bush to Snarl Roads, Spur Protests”–headline, Boston Globe, March 25, 2004
  • “President Obama Boston Trip Aims to Raise Funds”–headline, Boston Globe, March 4, 2014

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See? These people are really no different from the rest of us

hillary_clinton“Hillary 2016” supporters can’t think of a single thing she’s accomplished.

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Assault with battery

 

Boooinnnggg!

Boooinnnggg!

Woman charged with hitting her mother over the head with vibrator

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Good market or bad, nothing like the right price to move a house

 

44 Brookridge

44 Brookridge

44 Brookridge reports a contract, asking price $4.995. This time it sold quickly. It started at $6.9 million in 2008 and failed to sell and it’s been on and off the market, rented and vacant, since then, at ever lower prices. Last June it expired still asking $5.9 million. Keep lopping off those millions til you get it right, I say.

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New listings

Both on open house tour tomorrow, so I’ll report back.

48 Winthrop Drive

48 Winthrop Drive

48 Winthrop Drive, Riverside, $1.975 million.Owners paid $1.885 for it in 2004,so this sounds reasonable. As land, it’s steep (in price, not topography). As a place to live in, it seems fairly priced.

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2 Fairgreen

2 Fairgreen

2Fairgreen, Shoreland, OG, $2.299 million, sold for $2.2 million in 2002. Tax data says it’s high and dry, above the 500 year level, so that’s good.

 

 

 

 

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This should do it

Waiting for the code breakers

Waiting for the code breakers

Federal government expanding medical code numbers to 155,000 from 17,000, including a special one for suicide by jellyfish.

Health care professionals use ICD codes to talk to one another. The codes record diagnoses and services provided, and third-party payers​—​government, insurance companies​—​use the codes to determine reimbursements and to deter fraud. Coding errors can mean unpaid claims or costly audits​—​or both.

Virtually everyone agrees that the transition will mean decreased productivity and lost revenue, at least for a time. Some experts, dismissed as alarmists by ICD-10 enthusiasts, are predicting widespread chaos in a sector of the economy that can little afford it.

“I’m very nervous about whether once we flip that switch on October 1 this is all going to work,” says William Harvey, an assistant professor of medicine and the clinical director of the Division of Rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

But nobody really knows just what to expect. And remarkably, despite the embarrassing failures of HealthCare.gov, until recently the federal government had no plans to conduct end-to-end testing of the system before the launch this fall.

“There’s absolutely no reason to worry,” President Obama told FWIW, “I’ve been assured that this will run just as smoothly as my ObamaCare portal – we have Harvard guys working on it.”

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Former IRS chief pleads the Fifth, again

She inadvertently waived it at an earlier hearing, but is trying to re-assert it. This on a matter that Obumpski swears has “not a scintilla of corruption about it.”

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How your Connecticut representatives travel

Mike Finkbeiner sends along this photo of our elected congresspersons aboard Air Force One – no commercial coach for them.

Reached for comment, Greenwich’s Jim Himes denied to FWIW that they were actually, you know, “flying”. “That was a photo-op at Westchester airport”, he insisted, “and right after they took the shot we were escorted off, to make room for Bo. – Really!”

Who's got it better than us?

Who’s got it better than us?

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Pending sales

147 Round Hill Rd

147 Round Hill Rd

147 Round Hill Road, asking $11.950 million. Sold for $10.5 in 2005. Cate Keeney has the buyer.

14 Perry Ridge

14 Perry Ridge

14 Perry Ridge Road, $1.849, asking.

 

 

92 Shore Road

92 Shore Road

92 Shore Road, Old Greenwich, $1.295. Tax card says it’s not in the flood zone. Sold “as is” in 13 days, I assume it’s a 1/4 acre land sale.

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Hope for Connecticut

Running out of dopes?

Running out of dope(s)?

WSJ: Nutmeg state has soured on Obama, Malloy in dead-heat with Foley. Look for a renewed push to expand voter fraud, give-aways.

President Obama carried Connecticut by 18 points in 2012 and by 22 points in 2008, but in the latest Quinnipiac poll “Connecticut voters give President Barack Obama a negative 45 – 51 percent approval rating, his lowest score ever in the state.”

The other bad news in the survey for Democrats is that the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, Tom Foley, “is locked in a 42 – 42 percent dead heat with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy,” and “voters are divided 45 – 46 percent on whether he should be reelected,” according to Quinnipiac. Mr. Foley, a former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under George W. Bush, lost the 2010 governor’s race to Mr. Malloy by less than 6,500 votes, 48.95 percent to 49.50 percent.

Mr. Malloy hasn’t formally declared that he’s seeking re-election but is widely expected run for a second term. The poll put his approval rating at 48 percent, versus 45 percent who disapprove. “Perhaps most troubling for Malloy is the lead Foley holds among unaffiliated voters,” reported the Hartford Courant. “[I]f the election were today, 45 percent of unaffiliated voters said they would chose Foley, compared with 33 percent for Malloy.”

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Flotsam from the Antares explosion resurfaces

elegant, without being overly ostentatious?

elegant, without being overly ostentatious?

Wife of one of the Antares Boyz returns her house at 44 Moreland Road to the market, still asking $17.9 million. I suspect its difficulties lie less with the price as its size: 17,400 square feet. Not many people want that much house. (Or barn beams in a formal house)

44 Moreland Road

44 Moreland Road

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News you probably can’t use

Moose hunterSad story of a young mother of four in Kennebunk, Maine who has died of “mad cow disease”. It’s extremely rare, fortunately, because it has no cure. No one knows how she got it, but the article includes a photo of her with a moose she downed. Deer are known to be carriers, and I’d guess that moose are too.

Just wondering.

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Maybe a joint award

 

 

"When's my tee time?" "I can't believe I'm sharing the stage with this putz."

“When’s my tee time?”
“I can’t believe I’m sharing the stage with this putz.”

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. Can Barry win twice?

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Great story; I hope it’s true

Reportedly, Connecticut legislators were astonished to discover that 68% of policeman in the state have refused (“neglected”) to register their private weapons with the state, making a door-to-door round up difficult to enforce. There are always UN troops of course, and Greenwich Selectman Peter Tesei has volunteered for the duty, but for now, plans for massive arrests have been shelved.

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Smart politics

"So that's my rising star?" "Sure it is, Bill, sure it is - trust me on this."

“So that’s my rising star?”
“Sure it is, Bill, sure it is – trust me on this.”

Merely by standing up to the worst parts of De Blasio’s agenda, Andrew Cuomo is looking like “a reasonable Democrat”, and the rich liberals in NYC will respond, generously.

JOHN PODHORETZ

Bill de Blasio is Andrew Cuomo’s dream come true.

The further to the left the mayor goes, the more reasonable the governor looks.

And Cuomo knows it, which is why he is so eager to pick fights only two months into de Blasio’s tenure — first on how to pay for pre-K and now on charter schools.

As hundreds of charter-school kids and parents arrived in Albany on Tuesday to rally for institutions now facing a de Blasio death sentence, Cuomo pointedly stood by them. “We are here today to tell you that we stand with you,” he said. “You are not alone. We will save charter schools.”

In other words, he will save them . . . from de Blasio.

Remember: These two men are politicians from the same party.

The governor is playing Democratic superego to the so-far-hapless mayor’s leftist id.

Cuomo began by short-circuiting de Blasio’s push for a special tax hike to fund pre-kindergarten by saying he’d find state money to pay for it. This forced de Blasio to make clear he actually wanted the tax increase to satisfy his own redistributionist ideological zeal.

That made Cuomo appear extraordinarily reasonable by comparison.

And the more reasonable Cuomo seems, the more grateful New York City’s staggeringly affluent business community will be to the governor for his efforts in stalling or stopping his fellow Democrat’s aggressive advances.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the city’s businessmen and -women are in a state of freak-out and meltdown when it comes to de Blasio’s seriousness of purpose in effecting his progressive semi-socialist agenda.

Though mostly Democrats themselves, many of them despair of the regular public schools, and have donated to efforts to effect change for the better. Many are generous charter backers, and they don’t like seeing them trashed.

Enter Cuomo. If he gets New York’s rich and wealthy Democrats to think of him as a savior, he’ll have all the money in the world — not only to walk away with re-election later this year but for whatever political ambitions he might harbor later on.

Cuomo is staking out a national role as his party’s rational liberal, the guy who believes in progressive solutions but is willing to fight against the progressive frenzy to punish those who dare to think otherwise.

Bill de Blasio is making it so easy for him that Cuomo should send a nice fruit basket to Gracie Mansion.

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Uh oh, Dollar Bill, even Hillary Clinton is beginning to get it

“Putin is looking like Hitler in the 1930s.”

In the meantime, BI has an interesting map out today:

Gas lines

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Then we can expect a new look at his next fundraiser

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Forbes: Wearing a hoodie can gain you respect. Next fundraiser, or with Putin, if the Mad Russian will agree to see him.

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I’d sue them for theft

 

Quit your yapping,kid, and suck it up - we've decided

Quit your yapping,kid, and suck it up – we’ve decided

Dog rescue shelter finds family’s lost dog but refuses to give it back, claiming they’d found a “better” home for it.  Four-year-old boy whose puppy it was is upset.

I love dogs myself, but I do notice that many of the most fervent animal saviors don’t think much of their fellow humans.

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