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Corruption, incompetence and a failed business model; sounds like our state government

without_reservation_pb_d2But it’s Foxwoods, which is tumbling towards bankruptcy. Not to worry, though, they have a new plan:

The tribe said in its news release that the underlying business remains strong at Foxwoods and the recent struggles that led to talks with lenders do not affect the casino’s projected liquidity. The tribe has been renovating the property and plans to open an outlet mall at Foxwoods next spring.

They’ll probably ask Eddie Lampert to open a Sears.

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Can’t we just saw off the Denver-Boulder area and ship it to New York or LA?

 

Redskin cheerleaders

Redskin cheerleaders

University of Colorado, Boulder, renames dorms for Arapaho chiefs, accused of being “culturally-chauvinistic” for using English versions.

Professional Feminist and professor isn’t satisfied:

Kelsey pointed out that other universities have adopted tough-on-the-tongue Native American names for their facilities, including the Xwi7xwa Library at the University of British Columbia and the Muwekma-Tah-Ruk Native American Theme House at Stanford.

“We need to reframe the way we think about our academic endeavor,” she said. “We’re here through the grace and permission of the Arapaho and Cheyenne people. This is their traditional territory and this, in fact, would be honoring them to use their language.”

Look, you naive, ignorant fluke: first of all, if you think we’re here “by the grace and permission of the Arapaho and Cheyenne people”, why don’t you learn some Injun talk and go ask them to enlighten you? Or climb down off your mountain and visit the Sand Creek Massacre Memorial?

We’re here, not by their consent or grace, but because we conquered them. That might not be fair, or even very nice, but we did it, and we now have the right to rename land they once occupied to anything we like – that’s what it means to win.

Second of all, the Sioux also roamed the Boulder area, so why not rename your silly institution Owáyawa Iǧúǧa and stfu?

 

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Hang this man by a treble hook through his lips

 

Charles Bowman, proud felon

Charles Bowman, proud felon

NY Post profiles chef who catches wild striped bass to sell in his restaurant.

But they’re not really here to eat. They’re heading out to sea in a chartered 41-foot Hatteras sportfish boat to catch the next night’s dinner at Periyali.

“If the fish is not fresh, I don’t put it in my restaurant,” Periyali owner Steve Tzolis, 76, says over the phone. Tzolis, who opened the restaurant in 1987 with his wife, Nicola Kotsoni, and owns several other NYC eateries, often joins the fishing expedition, but is currently summering in Mykonos in his native Greece — spending much of his time fishing for tuna.

Bowman recalls a trip Tzolis took back in January, when temperatures were frigid. “It’s in his blood,” says Bowman. “[Recently,] he caught three wild striped bass in one shot. They had to be at least 45 to 50 pounds.”

For a veteran restaurant chef, Bowman, 59, has a surprisingly gentle demeanor, and it shows as he balances a fishing rod across his lap and over the side of the boat. He doesn’t wait long before he suddenly senses a bite. “Feels like a blue[fish],” he says, calmly. “It’s not fighting.” He begins steadily reeling the catch in — the line’s about 200 feet out. Finally, the lure — a colorful work of art with multiple hooks custom-built by the deck technician — surfaces in a bubbling froth, and attached is what turns out to be a roughly 8-pound bluefish. The technician adeptly pulls it up, unhooks the mouth and drops it into a giant green bucket. It’s an impressive creature, but what this restaurant crew seems to be really interested in is the striped bass.

“You try to go for wild striped bass,” says Bowman, who grew up fishing in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has worked at Periyali on and off since the beginning. “Customers like the firm whitefish. It’s not as fishy as blue.”

Of course, getting out to Montauk is not an easy endeavor, especially in the summer — so is it worth it? “At $28 to $32 a plate, technically, our trip is paid for,” says Bowman, who recommends sourcing your fish from Citarella if you can’t make it out to Montauk or cover the $650 boat-charter fee. “Plus, we had a great time, and it’s great for the restaurant. It’s a win-win situation.”

Win-win for this criminal profiting from his crime, but not for the scarce striped bass nor recreational anglers.

First of all, the daily limit for striped bass in waters off New York is 2, no more.

Second, and far more serious, this chef and his restaurant owner are engaged in commercial fishing without a license, which is prohibited by law.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has busted restaurant owners for this before, but usually the owners claim (fruitlessly) that they’re just serving the illegally-caught bass to employees. This guy not only admits to selling the fish for profit, he gives its price. I’ll be sending a copy of the Post’s article to the DEC, but I imagine it will have already been flooded with complaints from angry anglers.

A-hole.

 

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Global Warming: is there ANYTHING it can’t do?

 

The temperature's rising! The temperature's rising!

The temperature’s rising! The temperature’s rising!

The Eastern coyote, a cross between the western coyote and the wolf, came about through global warming, “experts” claim.

Uh huh. They were present in Massachusetts in sufficient numbers by 1972 for a friend of mine to study them, and they’d been slowly migrating east for decades before that, returning to the land they’d been driven from in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Back in the 70s, global warming hadn’t been invented yet, so my friend and his team of fellow scientists came up with a different explanation for their return: woodlands replacing farm fields, suburbanization providing easy forage, etc.

Life is so much simpler today.

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Another incident of police brutality, this time in Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre C.S.I.

Wilkes-Barre C.S.I.

Merciless bastards! Police return life-sized statue of Obama to its owner.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner’s northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.

“We had to get it off the streets fast,” Wilkes-Barre Police Lt. Humphrey Spade told FWIW,” before innocent civilians were traumatized. We figured it was the lady using him as a porch monkey what caused the trouble in the first place, so we dumped it back on her. She was pissed, but hey, actions have consequences”.

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Because they’re doing such a fine job educating their students on their own

 

Teachers union heads and de Blasio celebrate their new contract

Teachers union heads and de Blasio celebrate their new contract

NYC teachers union files suit to keep their lesson plans to themselves, free of adult supervision.

The United Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday asking a judge to confirm a little-noticed May arbitrator’s decision declaring that teachers — not principals — are in charge of deciding what goes into lesson plans.

The union is taking the extra legal step to strengthen its hand on the issue.

The UFT didn’t even want principals to be able to collect lesson plans, but arbitrator Deborah Gaines, in a May 16 ruling, denied the union’s request.

During the arbitration hearing, a Department of Education representative noted that the union defended a teacher who “merely strung together a list of song titles” and called that a lesson plan.

Total lack of oversight “would, in fact, diminish the professionalism of teachers,” the DOE argued.

[Union rep] Mulgrew defended the union’s case to The Post. He said in a statement that teacher control over lesson plans “helps to reduce the amount of paperwork ­required of teachers.”

He added that teachers themselves should be empowered to decide what happens in the classroom.

“This lawsuit is union boss Mike Mulgrew’s latest attempt to gum up the works at the expense of our kids,” thundered Jenny Selis, head of reform-minded nonprofit StudentsFirstNY. “The only reason for this frivolous ­legal action is to protect the poorly performing teachers who don’t properly plan and aren’t serving our kids well.”

The two biggest donors to the Democratic Party are the trial lawyers and the NEA. It’s the party for the injured, the oppressed and, of course, for the children.

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Learning on the job, or just goofing off?

 

I'll close Gitmo in 24 hours, I'll pull the troops out of Iraq and I'll never need a vacation because this stuff is just so goddamn easy for a brilliant fellow like myself.

I’ll close Gitmo in 24 hours, I’ll pull the troops out of Iraq and I’ll never need a vacation because this stuff is just so goddamn easy for a brilliant fellow like myself.

The White House is now defending Obama’s golfing (and John Kerry’s sailing:

‘Sports and leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind for a lot of us,’ Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters in a makeshift briefing room on Martha’s Vineyard, where Obama is on a two-week vacation.

But ‘I am not going to get into the president’s mindset on that,’ he added.

And from the quote that keeps on giving, here’s Obama again, running for office in 2008:

“The bargain that any president strikes with is, you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone,” Obama said. “I am giving myself to you.”

Obama went on to say that “the American people should have no patience for what’s going on in your head because you’ve got a job to do” and that people should only run for president if they’re willing to make that sacrifice.

Do you remember last summer, when the White House vehemently and repeatedly denied that Mr. Kerry was sailing on Nantucket Sound while Egypt burned, a denial that lasted until CBS came up with film footage of the lazy bastard on board his boat? They must be learning.

 

 

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Played like a fiddle

 

Gosh, foreign policy are hard!

Gosh, foreign policy are hard!

Obama now considering bombing Assad’s foes. Two years ago he insisted that world peace depended on bombing Assad himself and he’d have done it, too, if he hadn’t gone off to the Vineyard and been distracted.

Assad saw this goof coming from the beginning and, like Putin, took his measure immediately.

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Premium to walk to the train, I guess

 

39 Orchard Place

39 Orchard Place

39 Orchard Place, close to Bruce Park and closer to I-95, has sold for $1.650 million. That seems like a lot, to me.

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When it’s drought, it’s global warming. Otherwise, crickets

 

Amber waves of grain, just to spite Al Gore

Amber waves of grain, just to spite Al Gore

Mild weather, plentiful rain in Midwest this summer create record crop of corn, soybeans.

For the past two years, every “expert” was foaming at the mouth to link drought to global warming, from NOAA to The Wire to the Washington Post (which at least acknowledged that drought has “many causes) to USA Today.

Try this experiment: Google “2014 corn crop, climate change” and see what turns up. Some ridiculous articles that repeat last year’s stories without acknowledging this year’s crop or, as suggested by this headline, ….nothing.

Two things you can count on: 1, the media won’t mention global warming and the corn crop again, until the next bad summer and 2, with the huge surplus of corn, Congress will move to reinstate the ethanol mandate for gasoline. Iowa primaries aren’t that far away.

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Yeah, but it freed him to play golf, untroubled by pesky accusations that he was a do nothing president

 

 

Here we go, hostage rescue!

Here we go, hostage rescue!

Pentagon official: Obama’s disclosure of hostage rescue attempt makes future operations far riskier, if not impossible. Couple that with the word that the White House dithered so long before approving the attempt that the intelligence grew stale, and you have Jimmy Carter in blackface.

On Wednesday, the White House leaked a classified special forces operation to rescue American hostages in Syria. The reason: political cover. The cost: so far, unknown.

But this much, we know: The politicized leak of this operation cut through the fog of war to let our enemies know exactly what happened that day in the desert, and because of that, future attempts to free American hostages will be more difficult to plan, farther between, and more dangerous to carry out.

On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed reports of the U.S. military’s failed clandestine hostage rescue operation in Syria. The operation was designed to rescue a number of Western hostages, including American journalist James Foley, that were being held by Islamic State terrorists in Syria. Details of the failed raid were leaked by senior White House officials earlier that day after the Obama administration came under intense scrutiny about what actions it had taken to free Foley following, who was beheaded . The leak was designed to provide political cover for President Barack Obama, who has been taking fire from the press for failing to take more decisive action against the Islamic State in either Iraq or Syria.

The operation involved an extremely large number of U.S. special operations forces moving over long distances. It has been described as the largest U.S. hostage rescue operation undertaken since the famed raid on the Son Tay prison camp in Vietnam – meaning it was larger in scope than the mission to free the U.S. hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1980.

Unfortunately, the parallels between this operation and the Son Tay raid did not stop at the size and scope of the mission: Just as in Son Tay, the hostage rescue force arrived only to find that the hostages were not there.

When the hostage rescue force arrived at the target location in Syria, they encountered a handful of fighters on the ground, which they quickly neutralized. As has been previously reported, one U.S. helicopter pilot transporting the rescue force suffered a gunshot wound during the operation. He completed the entire mission before informing anyone that he had been shot. It was an act of heroism that would have gone unknown before yesterday’s leak.

Following the mission, it was determined that the Islamic State did not know that it was the United States that had conducted the raid. This was confirmed Wednesday by media outlets, who quoted the leaker saying the “[Islamic State] did not know who they were fighting that night, and we assess Syria did not know.”

As such, the decision was made to maintain absolute secrecy in the event that hostages could be located again, and another rescue operation could be undertaken. After Wednesday’s leak by the White House, this seems highly unlikely. The Islamic State is now aware that the United States is tracking the whereabouts of the Western hostages, and that the U.S. has shown a willingness to take military action to free them. They will likely increase their operational and communication security postures in order to prevent a repeat operation. (MILLER: The Facts Are In, And Obama’s Policy Is A Direct Danger To The United States)

Wednesday’s selfish, politically motivated leak has reduced the chances for a successful second rescue attempt, and has likely increased the risk to the lives of the hostages still in the Islamic State’s possession. For that, someone should be fired.

 

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Even in Germany, land of the free, there is oppression

 

"Rowdy"

“Rowdy”

Court upholds eviction of tenant who insisted on using a creaky, squeaky swing for late-night sexcapades.

Fortunately for us Americans, we have anti-discrimination laws to protect us from abuses of judicial power like this.

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Building lot bidding war

 

Prospective buyers tour Six Plow Lane

Prospective buyers tour Six Plow Lane

6 Plow Lane, 0.6 of an acre off of Old Church, asked $1.339 when it was listed a while back and sold via bidding war for $1,550, 012. Closed today. Not what I would consider prime land, but there’s not much of that around these days.

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You heard it here first – when it happened

 

Bad, bad boy!

Bad, bad boy!

No criminal charges will be filed against the thousands of Ct. state workers who fraudulently received food stamps and other welfare benefits post – Irene.

More than 1,000 state employees and thousands of other citizens applied for benefits from the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after Irene.

State officials say 170 state employees were disciplined for receiving benefits to which they were not entitled, including 97 workers who were fired. All but four of the firings, however, were later overturned in arbitration.

All as predicted here, first on December 07, 2011, a day that will live in infamy, then again on June 13, 2012. *

So no punishment at all, civil or penal, for state employees, all of them earning $45,000 and up, stealing state and federal taxpayer money by pretending to be victims of the storm. Depressing to have know the outcome of this even as it began.

*From that article:

In a major victory for union members, many state employees who were fired in a high-profile food stamp fraud controversy will get their jobs back, officials said Wednesday.

The workers had been fired soon after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced on a Sunday afternoon in December that state employees had falsified their income and improperly received emergency food stamp benefits following a major storm that knocked out power across the state.

The arbitrator, Susan R. Meredith, ruled in many of the cases that the state employee “made a mistake and did not commit fraud,” according to a copy of a ruling given to a union employee.

Meredith wrote: “The discipline imposed was too severe. The dismissal is hereby reduced to a thirty (30) working day suspension without back pay.”

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From the land of squirrel pies, this

 

More popular than their famous Waffle Squirrel™?

More popular than their famous Waffle Squirrel™?

Chick-Fil-A introduces chicken cutlet on a waffle.

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Any decade now, just you wait

GlacierScientists remain baffled by the global cooling that’s defying their predictions, but here’s one group that says the warming is bound to resume in a decade or two. Lordy, Lordy, have mercy on yo precious chillen!

So far, about 30 theories have been put forward about why global temperatures stopped rising in the late 1990s, leading to a near two-decade hiatus in global warming, according to satellite data. Currently, more than half the satellite temperature record — which began in 1979 — shows no warming trend, despite rapidly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Theories for why the Earth stopped warming in the late 1990s have ranged from declining solar activity to increasing levels of soot in the atmosphere from Chinese coal plants. Some scientists have even argued that there is no pause in global warming and that the planet has actually warmed at a faster rate since the 1990s.

Scientists have also pointed to ocean oscillation cycles, such as El Niño and La Niña patterns in the Pacific ocean. One 2013 study by German scientists found that increasing solar activity and Pacific and Atlantic Ocean oscillation cycles accounted for virtually all the global warming since 1870.

The German study, however, went on to predict a century of global cooling. Tung’s study says that Atlantic Ocean cycles could mean only another decade or so of cooling.

Here’s all you need to know about global warming, and what I wish they’d teach in our schools:

The “solutions” propounded by the current crop of alarmists are identical to the solutions put forward by their predecessors: central control, centralized regulation, solar energy, wind mills, high speed trains, etc. The goals and objectives remain the same, only the “crisis” has changed over the decades, to justify the imposition of those goals: over-population, peak oil, the coming ice age, the coming warm age, species extinction, air pollution, etc. One size fits all, and it’s all bullshit.

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It would seem to be a little late in the day for any of the audience to have to worry about this

The Retired Mens Association is hosting a guest lecturer today who will speak on the subject of “Coming to Terms with Childhood Fame”.

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The NYT notices, but won’t condemn, naturally, Obama’s “aloofness”

 

Relax, be happy!

Relax, be happy!

Golfing in the face of tragedy doesn’t play well in our heartland or even, it seems, in New York.

My personal feeling is that I couldn’t care less what face he shows to the public so long as he does something about the terrorism threatening our shores. He clearly won’t, though.

We know who’s funding these people, from individuals in Qatar to members of the Saudi Royal family to Iran to Muslim leaders in London. A targeted program of assassination would go far in terminating that funding because, right now, these people, especially those in the Middle East, are scared of their fanatical brothers and dismissive of the United States. A bullet in the head of, say, a half-dozen Saudi princes in Monaco, and their cousins might rethink their priorities.

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They’re utterly mad but then, we already knew that

“Code Pink” ladies hold demonstration in front of the White House, demanding that the Administration drop hula-hoops rather than bombs on ISIS.

I don’t think the children need hula-hoops over there so much as they need rescue.

Code Pink

Code Crimson

ISIS day care

ISIS day care

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How is this any different than the old, “wanna come over to my place and look at my art collection?”

 

Hubba hubba

Hubba hubba

Performance artist Mischa Badasyan vows to have sex with a different boy every day for a year.

That’s the basis of Badasyan’s new project, “Save the Date,” the latest in a line of works that explore modern ideas of sexuality and homosexuality. Badasyan, who was born in Russia and now lives in Berlin, has received unprecedented international media attention, both good and bad, for “Save the Date.” The project will begin in September. Badasyan chatted with Mic via Skype about this latest controversial project — a performance that he says is inspired by the gay condition, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

On hearing about the premise, most people react with snark. But Badasyan’s project asks powerful questions about today’s hook-up culture, particularly within the gay experience, and how that in turn translates to loneliness. Casual, consistent sex is not only an old gay stereotype, but is also easily enabled by apps like Grindr, Scruff or Mister. Badasyan’s performance may seem ludicrous at first, but he’s only pushing an everyday reality to its extremes.

“Bad Assian?” Gimme a break, but moving forward, and looking at Mr. Badasyan’s photo, I suspect he’s going to find it difficult to find 365 men willing to sacrifice themselves for his art. I may be wrong; gays are notoriously randy, and have even been known to plunge their member through a hole in a wall to see what’s waiting on the other side (Grrrrr), but I think the guy better keep his credit card handy.

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