Joining those gun manufacturers who are fleeing Connecticut, Remington Arms will be opening a factory in Alabama and transferring 2,000 jobs from New York.
Daily Archives: February 16, 2014
Bridgeport CT has highest tax burden in the country. The federal government, by the way, is suing Bass Pro Shops, the first major retailer to try to open in Bridgeport in decades, for employment discrimination at that unopened Bridgeport facility.
Another thought: when you hear Democrats push for “regionalization”, think Bridgeport getting its claws into the rest of Fairfield County.
Drunk father facing jail for calling his 8-year-old son down to the pub to drive him home. The father’s explanation to police that he’d been giving the boy driving lessons on weekends and was confident in his abilities failed to satisfy them.
Wayne Bryson, from Louth, Lincolnshire, made no excuses when police arrested him after his girlfriend handed in the phone.
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of performing an act of sexual penetration with a dog when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court last month.
The teenager will be sentenced on March 5, with the maximum he can receive being two years in jail.
He was given bail on the understanding he is not allowed to be alone with animals.
The 19-year-old said it was the first time he had ever had sex with a dog.
Well there’s a first time for everything, but the poor lad might have done better had he come to our fair shores before giving in to his carnal lust: so long as Fido was of lawful age of consent, Mr. Bryson could probably have claimed a constitutional right to not only have sex with the dog but to marry him.
Mt. Holyoke schools are now posting test scores, with names, of students as young as 8 so their friends can “encourage them”. Sadism is always ugly, especially in teachers.
At least one psychopathically cruel person involved in the Holyoke, Mass. public school system thinks it is a good idea to use “data walls” to motivate students.
A data wall is a public display — for grade-school kids, or junior high kids or high school kids — which exhibits test scores or reading levels of all kids for every kid to see. Publicly displayed posters listing the first and last names of students as young as third grade — and perhaps even younger — inform anyone who leers which students are succeeding and which students are failing in a given academic area.
The Holyoke school superintendent defends the practice as a “motivator.” I suspect it’s more likely a retaliation against new state laws judging teachers on their own performance, an “oh yeah, see how you like it” response.
Whatever the motivation of these people, sending your child to public school increasingly looks like a form of child abuse.
That’s a lot. And just because it’s my favorite bit of idiocy from the global warming experts, let’s revisit, again, this March 20, 2000 bit of drivel, replete with expert opinions, from Britain’s Independent [sic]: “In Britain, snowfalls now just a thing of the past”.
Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6 °C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.
However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.
Fen skating, once a popular sport on the fields of East Anglia, now takes place on indoor artificial rinks. Malcolm Robinson, of the Fenland Indoor Speed Skating Club in Peterborough, says they have not skated outside since 1997. “As a boy, I can remember being on ice most winters. Now it’s few and far between,” he said.
Professor Jarich Oosten, an anthropologist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, says that even if we no longer see snow, it will remain culturally important.
“We don’t really have wolves in Europe any more, but they are still an important part of our culture and everyone knows what they look like,” he said.
David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.
Heavy snow will return occasionally, says Dr Viner, but when it does we will be unprepared. “We’re really going to get caught out. Snow will probably cause chaos in 20 years time,” he said.
The chances are certainly now stacked against the sortof heavy snowfall in cities that inspired Impressionist painters, such as Sisley, and the 19th century poet laureate Robert Bridges, who wrote in “London Snow” of it, “stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying”.
Not any more, it seems.
This year will mark the 12th year since that article was published that the British government has been able to cancel the services of national grief counselors, and children have not had to settle for virtual snow.
“We’re not worried yet,” School Superintendent William McKersie told FWIW, “there may still be time to book the kids into North Korea. We’ve got Dennis Rodman helping us out on that.”
Like the racist slogans painted on houses, the homophobic slurs posted on dormitory walls, the latest incident “exposing” hatred against gays turns out to have been invented and publicized by two liberal DJs on Long Island.
Two radio DJs in Long Island who caused an uproar last week by posting the homophobic RSVP to a birthday party for a ‘little girl with two gay dads’ admitted on Saturday that the whole thing was a hoax.
K-98.3 DJs Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson on Wednesday posted on their show’s Facebook page a heartbreaking note written on an invitation to a ‘tie dye party’ for a girl named ‘Sophia’s’ seventh birthday.
The DJs tricked people into believing that Sophia had two gay dads, and the note – supposedly written by the mother of a friend of Sophia’s, who they called ‘Tommy’ – stated ‘Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your lifestyle. I’m sorry Sophia has to grow up this way.’
People were outraged by the woman’s apparent bigotry, and the two fraudsters even left a phone number for the woman – who they called ‘Beth’ – and encouraged people to give her a ring if they ‘have an issue.’
On Saturday, the DJs – apparently at the behest of K-98.3 management – admitted that the entire story was a lie and issued an apology.
‘Dear K-98.3 Listeners,’ the statement begins, ‘On Wednesday, we told you the story of Sophia’s birthday party, and one parent’s objection to the same-sex household of Sophia’s parents. We also posted the invitation on our Facebook page, and invited comments from our followers.
‘This story was, in fact, totally fictitious, and created by the two of us. This was done without the knowledge of K-98.3 management or ownership.
A brief summary of just some of these hoaxes that went viral in the past few years can be found here.
And hawks, eagles and song birds. Huge new solar complex in Mojave Desert blasting birds overhead, burning them alive.
Environmentalists have hit out at a giant new solar farm in the Mojave Desert as mounting evidence reveals birds flying through the extremely hot ‘thermal flux’ surrounding the towers are being scorched.
After years of regulatory tangles around the impact on desert wildlife, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened on Thursday but environmental groups say the nearly 350,000 gigantic mirrors are generating 1000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures which are killing and singing birds.
According to compliance documents released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.
State and federal regulators are currently conducting a two-year study of the Ivanpah plant’s effects on birds, with environmental groups questioning the the value of cleaner power when native wildlife is being killed.
Can’t make an omelette without cooking eggs.
A Russian satellite is due to slam down somewhere on earth today, and Connecticut Lottery Commissioner Francis Fudrucker has taken advantage of the chunk of steel’s unknown touchdown spot by announcing a new game, “You Bet Your Life”.
“You – well, okay, your survivors, if there are any – get a $900,000,000 policy for just five bucks,” Fudrucker explained to FWIW. “The odds are far better than what we peddle in PowerBall, so we’re expecting a great turnout for this. Duck and cover, baby.”
And there’s this: “Cameron Diaz encourages women to keep their pubic hair in her new book.” Men can use a regular old bookmark.