Daily Archives: March 12, 2014

Obama rewrites his law again, again without benefit of Congress

 

This will be our little secret

This will be our little secret

The individual mandate for ObamaCare is no more. So we now have a system that requires insurers to provide coverage despite a pre-existing condition, and no obligation for healthy people to buy issuance until they get sick.  And this is a sustainable model…how?

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He and George Herbert Walker must be a barrel of laughs at the checkout counter

Probably the first time Michelle's let him out of the house with her credit card

“Probably the first time Michelle’s let him out of the house with her credit card”

Shock and Awe: Obama stunned by scanner

On Tuesday, President Obama took Air Force One to New York to stop at the Gapin order to flog his case against income inequality. And there, Americans learned he had no idea how to use a credit card machine.

According to the White House press pool, Obama visited Gap because the company recently announced that it would voluntarily increase wages for employees. After telling employees that “the ladies will be impressed by my sense of style,” Obama then picked up a couple of sweaters for his girls, Sasha and Malia.

Upon checking out, however, the problems began. Obama took out his credit card and began handing it to the cashier, who told him that he could swipe his credit card in the automated machine. “Oh, wow,” Obama said, “so you can sign the machine?”

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Sue these people and hold them personally liable

 

NRA shirt

NRA shirt

Another school suspends student for wearing NRA Tee shirt. This is so blatantly unconstitutional that the officials should be held liable for deliberately violating this boy’s freedom. Why should a town’s taxpayers pay for the malicious acts of its employees? Sue these people, render them penniless and out into the street.

A New York high school suspended a student for wearing a National Rifle Association shirt on school grounds, local news reports.

The student, sophomore Shane Kinney, is an avid hunter and fan of the Second Amendment–as are his parents, NRA members Wayne and Kim Kinney.

Administrators at Grand Island High School in Grand Island, New York, told Kinney that he would have to turn his shirt–which depicts the NRA logo and two guns–inside out, according to WGRZ.

The school’s dress code requires students to obey administrators’ instructions relating to attire. It also prohibits clothing that promotes violence. There is nothing in the dress code about political messages, however — and Kinney’s parents said a pro-Second Amendment message is hardly violent.

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Which is why the Koyoto Accord will be expiring soon without ever being submitted to the Democrat-controlled Senate for ratification

Rep. Sink put all her energy into attacking her opponent as a global warming skeptic, and lost.

Most campaign analysts and all pre-election polls named Sink the favorite in the race. Sink held statewide office as Florida Chief Financial Officer from 2007-2010. In 2010, one of the bloodiest political years for Democrats ever, Sink came within a hair of winning Florida’s gubernatorial election. Sink had a tremendous name recognition advantage over Jolly, a former lobbyist who nobody had even heard of six months ago. Sink’s campaign outspent Jolly. And Sink decided to counter anti-Obamacare sentiment by defining Jolly as a scientifically dangerous climate change skeptic.

If there is any congressional district in America where Democrats should theoretically get the most bang for their buck selling global warming alarmism, Florida District 13 should be it. The district is urban and decidedly moderate. The Tea Party barely exists here. Northeastern and Rust Belt snowbirds dominate the demographics. President Obama carried the district in 2008 and 2012. And global warming alarmists’ constant (and erroneous) harping about sea level rise and hurricanes should prove especially scary to voters in District 13, which hugs the Gulf of Mexico.

Jolly didn’t even fight back against the constant global warming political onslaught. He never answered the Sierra Club/League of Conservation Voters attacks with a defense of his views on global warming, energy and the environment. He simply let Sink’s supporters sink their political war chest on what turned out to be a loser political strategy. Maybe Sink, despite all her advantages, was unavoidably going to suffer the political upset, anyway. Then again, maybe not. What we do know is a well-known Democrat who had recently served in statewide office lost to a lobbyist running his first political campaign after global warming became the most visible campaign advertising issue in the weeks leading up to the election.

The Democrat pros know this, of course, but play the game to keep the base happy and the money rolling in. Too bad they didn’t let Sink in on the joke.

Democrat Evolution

Democrat Evolution

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Speaking of Dumb Democrats, do you have to even guess which one thinks the Constitution is 400-years old?

Well Debbie Wasserman told me so!

Well Debbie Wasserman told me so!

That would be Sheila, as always.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) declared the U.S. Constitution to be 400 years old Wednesday on the House floor, which would mean it was signed in 1614.

“Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not,” she said.

That would be seven years after Jamestown, Virginia became America’s first permanent English settlement.

Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Yale (1972) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1975)

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Has to be a Democrat

 

Are we looking for ME?

Are we looking for ME?

Woman tourist joins search party looking for herself.

A missing woman who was vacationing in Iceland unwittingly joined a search party that was actually looking for her.

The incident occurred back in 2012, but it has only recently started to do the rounds across the Internet. Which, quite frankly, isn’t that surprising because this tale of intrigue has everything; beautiful scenery, a daring rescue and a leading star who is apparently so covert she can’t even recognise her own description.

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As a math illiterate, these kids awe me

Greenwich High School Math Team continues to rack up wins. Year after year, the top math students at GHS beat out their peers from around the state. Impressive.

From left, Greenwich High School math team members Andrew Ma, Julia Wang, Elisa Martinez, Fiona Young, Michael Kural and Steven Ma.

From left, Greenwich High School math team members Andrew Ma, Julia Wang, Elisa Martinez, Fiona Young, Michael Kural and Steven Ma.

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Derek Jeter unretires

 

Jefferson on bureaucrats: "few die, none retire."

Jefferson on bureaucrats: “few die, and none retire.”

That’s not true, unfortunately, but Livvy Floren has decided to run again.  How can we miss you when you won’t go away?

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Cooling deniers resist the news

 

Baby it's warm outside

Baby it’s warm outside

Coldest winter in US since 1912.

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Rumored sale

 

17 Barnstable Lane

17 Barnstable Lane

17 Barnstable Lane, off Stanwich, was listed at the beginning of the month for $3.495 and I hear rumors that it’s already gone. Owners tried for $3.795 in 2011 and went nowhere. It was on before – 2006? – and didn’t sell, but the GAR has erased the sale histories from that era and so I can’t tell you what they were looking for back then. Nice house, very long, narrow driveway with no parking except on Barnstable itself, for those contemplating entertaining, and a pond that eats up a fair amount of the yard. But all that said, I liked the house and, obviously, buyers did too.

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Fast sale in Old Greenwich

14 Kernan Place

14 Kernan Place

14 Kernan Place (off Tomac) just came on at $2.295 and already reports a deal. That’s definitely a sweet spot in the OG/Riverside market.

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Contract reported

6 Dunwoodie

6 Dunwoodie

6 Dunwoodie Place, asking $2.250. I have no idea what the actual selling price is because it was first listed for $1.690, went into foreclosure, then strict foreclosure, then disappeared into bankruptcy and emerged at this last asking price. It has sat vacant with the water shut off for a while now, so it’s probably not in particularly good condition. Land sale? Don’t know. Clients and I found it an odd layout, but if you junked the indoor pool and reconfigured a few walls, it could work.

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I blame Obama, and so does everyone else

Ooops!

Ooops!

Roll Call, January 9, 2014: The race Democrats can’t afford to lose.

It’s rare in politics that anything other than a presidential contest is viewed as a “must win” — but the special election in Florida’s 13th District falls into that category for Democrats.

A loss in the competitive March 11 contest would almost certainly be regarded by dispassionate observers as a sign that President Barack Obama could constitute an albatross around the neck of his party’s nominees in November. And that could make it more difficult for Democratic candidates, campaign committees and interest groups to raise money and energize the grass roots.

Fundamentally, the district, left vacant by the death of longtime Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young, looks competitive but has a slight Democratic tinge. Barack Obama carried it 52 percent to 48 percent in 2008, but he had a more narrow victory four years later, when he won 50 percent to 49 percent.

But fundamentals are only a small part of the Democratic advantage in the district this year. Campaign-related factors should strongly benefit the Democrats, as well.

Still, all things being equal, Sink has enough advantages to produce a narrow but clear victory. So, while a victory would constitute a takeover and give her party’s talking heads an opportunity to demonize the Republicans in Congress once again, it would not be surprising.

On the other hand, since most nonpartisan handicappers and analysts have for years expected this seat to go Democratic when it became open, a Republican victory in March would likely say something about the national political environment and the inclination of district voters to send a message of dissatisfaction about the president. And that possibility should worry the White House.

The National Republican Congressional Committee would love to keep this Florida seat in the special election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cannot afford to lose it. Those are two very different perspectives that reflect the relative importance of this election to the two parties.

While the Democrats surely agreed with Roll Call’s assessment back then, today, the morning after their loss, they  dismiss the significance of a “fluke” election.

Uh huh.

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I blame Bush

Maybe it'll be cooler in Crawford

Maybe it’ll be cooler in Crawford

Global warming blamed for rise of the Mongols

“A recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that there is a correlation between increasing global temperatures and the rise of the Mongolian empire. According to “Pluvials, droughts, the Mongol Empire, and modern Mongolia,” the “dramatic increase in temperature and precipitation in the 13th century” increased grassland production, favoring the formation of Mongolian power, which was predominantly reliant on horses.”

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No wonder they lack porn actresses: the stars of the future have fled

"Book 'er, Danno"

“Book ‘er, Danno”

Two-year-old Canadian girl suspended for three days from pre-school for attempting to sneak in a cheese sandwich.

“Faith must have snuck a cheese sandwich into her pocket, into her hand, and nobody saw it, and went into the classroom,” the girl’s father, Randy Murray, said, according to Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV. “And by the time she was two steps in, one of the teachers had saw it, handed it back to me, and the next thing I know, we’re told we’re suspended for three days.”

The sandwich was sealed in a ziplock bag. However, the daycare has a zero-tolerance policy absolutely prohibiting food from the outside world.

Canada has a rich history of hilariously insane overreactions to things little kids do. In November, for example, an elementary school in the wussified country instituted a policy outlawing all touching of any kind between kindergarteners during recess over injury fears. (RELATED: Canadian elementary school outlaws all touching on playground for kindergarteners)

Officials at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in the suburbs of Vancouver were worried because a few kids had gotten hurt on the playground recently.

“Consequently, we have unfortunately had to ban all forms of hands-on play for the immediate future,” read a letter addressed to “all kindergarten families.” “This includes tag, holding hands, and any and all imaginary fighting games.”

Star Wars battle scene reenactments were an especially big problem, the missive lamented.

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Who knew?

 

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

Dan Rather, a former news reader, is reported to have moved his “show” to a new location in NYC. I assume the news item is fake, but accurate, but the real question is, did anyone know that Dan still had a show?

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Woman of the year

that's no cherry tomato

that’s no cherry tomato

Robin Sandusky finds severed lizard head in her salad, calmly sends it back and requests a refund. Does not immediately call her lawyer and file suit.

Robin Sandusky for president.

(The real photo, taken by Ms. Sandusky, is copy-protected, so you’ll have to click the link to see it – worth the trip)

 A Manhattan theatrical agent got a slithery surprise in her kale salad when she found a severed lizard head among the leafy greens Tuesday afternoon.

Robin Sandusky, 31, said she ordered a six dollar salad from Guy & Gallard on West 40th Street, but found the reptile head inside the lunch after it was delivered to her Chelsea office.

“It was the craziest thing,” she said. “After a few bites, I look down at my fork, and think, oh, ‘Is that a piece of asparagus?’And then I saw that it had eyes, and an arm.”

Sandusky said she had many salads from the Hell’s Kitchen deli before and never found a reptile in it.

“I order from them all the time,” she said. “The same kind of salad at least every day for the last two weeks, and it’s been fine.”

Sandusky repackaged the head with the salad and sent it back to the deli, which promptly gave her a refund.

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