Daily Archives: January 23, 2015

Unfortunately, bad ideas aren’t the only thing that metastasize from California

But at least she's organic

But at least she’s organic

Measles outbreak spreads east as Disneyland tourists come home.

Measles was thought to have been eliminated in the U.S. 15 years ago. Now its back, targeting those who haven’t been immunized.

“We’re seeing the resurgence of measles because a lot of the parents are not getting their children vaccinated,” said Dr. Peter Andrews, Sinai Hospital.

In a revealing interview with WJZ, an Annapolis mom explained why she didn’t vaccinate her kids.

“It just didn’t make sense to me … “I didn’t understand why a little human had to get so many drugs at one time,” she said.

 

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So what happened to the Greenwich High School football coach?

You can't have Steve Young on the team every year

You can’t have Steve Young on the team every year

Rick Albonizio, the high school’s football coach for the past 18 years, has been fired, along with a number of his assistants. The man came to the school long after my time, and none of my own kids played the sport, so I know nothing about any controversy, but he seems to have had a very long, very successful tenure, and I’m curious who got rid of him, and why.

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Looks like a far better deal than Mel’s place

200 Guards Road

200 Guards Road

200 Guards Road, up in Conyers Farm and entirely located in Greenwich, has hit the market at $27,895 million. That’s for 16,000 sq.ft. of custom construction built in 1984, not 1904, and direct lakefront. No brainer, in my opinion.

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And the nanny state springs forward, again

The-Nanny-StateNew Orleans bans any smoking of any kind, even e-cigarettes that look like tobacco cigarettes, everywhere.

New Orleans passed a far-reaching smoking ban on Thursday that prohibits lighting up in bars, casinos, private clubs—even in the car while waiting in line at a drive-thru.

The ordinance, which goes into effect in 90 days, applies to bars, casinos, parks, private clubs, any business establishment, recreational areas, sports arenas, theaters, and a host of other places.

The ordinance was coauthored by Democratic council members LaToya Cantrell, a former “community organizer,” and Susan Guidry.

Public places include aquariums, laundromats, parking structures, trailer parks, condos, restaurants, shopping malls, outdoor stadiums and amphitheaters, libraries, theaters, lobbies, and more.

The ordinance applies to private clubs, private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes, places of employment, correctional facilities, school buses, and all schools and colleges.

The ordinance goes further to banning smoking in many outdoor areas, including construction sites. Outdoor recreational areas, including amusement parks, athletic fields, beaches, fairgrounds, gardens, golf courses, parks, plazas, skate parks, swimming pools, trails, and zoos, will also be affected.

Smoking will also be banned within 25 feet of parks and bus stops.

Violations are filed as a “public nuisance.” A second violation carries a $200 fine, and a third, if committed within the last year, can be as high as $500. Businesses can also have permits suspended if they allow smoking on their premises.

New Orleans residents will also no longer be able to smoke in their cars while waiting to use an ATM.

Smoking is now banned in “all outdoor service lines, including lines in which service is obtained by persons in vehicles, such as service that is provided by bank tellers, parking lot attendants, and toll takers.”

According to the ordinance, smoking is only allowed in private homes, private residences, and private vehicles, but even they have restrictions if they are used for childcare.

Smoking rooms in hotels will still be allowed, and in retail tobacco stores. However, tobacco retailers will not be allowed to sell products “within 300 feet of any park, church, public library, school, or any childcare facility.”

One smoker said the ban goes against what New Orleans is all about.

“It’s not New York, it’s not Seattle, it’s a party town,” said Elizabeth Stella. “A bar is not a health spa and alcohol is not a spa drink.”

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Speaking of media bias ….

Yahoo does Democrat

Yahoo does Democrat

Yahoo News reports on the prosecutions’ latest attempt to increase the sentences of Bernie Madoff’s associates, and chooses to illustrate its article with a photo of one of his former portfolio managers, JoAnn Crupi, and identifies her as a Republican. No other associate is identified by political affiliation, doubtless because, like Crupi, they never held public office and thus their political leanings are irrelevant. How odd.

Madoff himself, by the way, was a Democrat, and a generous contributor of other people’s money to that party. That’s equally irrelevant.

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One of them’s right, and my money’s on Goodwin

There's an envelope waiting for you on your desk

There’s an envelope waiting for you on your desk

DiBlasio: “Sheldon Silver is a man of integrity”

NY Post’s Michael Goodwin: Everyone knew about Silver’s corruption 

The Empire State’s capital is corrupt to the core, and has been for a very long time. Virtually nothing happens there that isn’t driven by self-dealing. It is a cesspool unworthy of respect or trust and now stands naked in disgrace.

The roster of convicted crooks is approaching 40 public officials, but Silver’s case is unique. As speaker for 20 years, he was at the center of every piece of legislation written and every taxpayer dollar collected and spent. He ruled the Assembly like a private fiefdom, and, governors notwithstanding, he was called the most powerful man in the state for good reason.

Nothing moved without his say-so, and according to the federal charges, he turned that power into personal wealth. He “monetized public office,” Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said, adding that Silver “amassed a tremendous personal fortune” of at least $3.8 million through kickbacks and bribery.

So why did Cuomo, under pressure from his fellow pols in Albany, disband his widely-touted corruption panel? This probably has everything to do with it:

… Silver is hardly a tough street brawler willing to shuffle quietly off to prison. He’s a 70-year-old pol who, if he sees no way out of his jam, will sing like a canary.

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