Daily Archives: February 22, 2015
Super-sized mutant rats spread across Great Britain. “Big as cats.”
EU regulations won’t allow poisons effective against them.
US homeland security chief Jeh Johnson urged shoppers to be on their guard after an Islamic militant group posted a video calling for attacks by radicalized Muslims on western malls, including the Mall of America.
“I would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” Johnson said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Here’s the actual threat:
In a video posted on the internet, the group ran a documentary-style account of the [Nairobi] Westgate Mall attack, followed by an appearance by a masked fighter who suggested similar attacks could be carried out on other malls in the United States, Canada and Britain.
“If just a handful of mujahideen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete stand-still for nearly a week, just imagine what the dedicated mujahideen could do in the West to American or Jewish shopping centers across the world,” the militant said.
“What if such an attack were to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota? Or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada? Or in London’s Oxford Street?” he said.
We’ve known of this possibility since September, 2001. There’s been at least one novel based on the exact scenario of an attack on the Mall of America, Stephen Hunter’s “Soft Target”, published in 2012. So why would our security chief respond to this vague threat by warning shoppers away from America’s largest mall this particular weekend? It’s possible that he knows more than he’s letting on about the timing of such an attack, but given the history of the Homeland Security Department, it’s more likely related to mindless panic or a new funding request. If I were a shop keeper there, I’d be pissed.
The prison’s inmates are primarily ‘low-level’ offenders who immigrated to the U.S. illegally.
I didn’t realize we still had any illegals held in our prisons – if they’d just show some patience, they’ll soon be released to rape, pillage, plunder and go on welfare.
Malloy wants to allow large liquor outlets room to cut prices and expand. I have no dog in this fight, but as someone concerned about free markets, the opponents to the bill bother me.
Malloy’s proposal is up against the state’s powerful package store lobby, which is funded by over 1,000 “mom and pop” liquor stores in just about every community in the state.
The Connecticut Package Store Association is already predicting half of the state’s 1,100 liquor stores will close if Malloy’s bill becomes law and is complaining that small, family owned businesses would be forced to work extra hours.
“There is not a single part of that (legislation) that is going to benefit a small business,” said Parag Patel, owner of Turnpike Spirit Shop on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.
Opponents also say the initiative is tailored for the national chain Total Wine and More, which recently opened a 35,000-square-foot super store in Norwalk, and is planning new stores in Manchester and Milford.
Malloy’s proposal would increase package store hours, with mandatory closings at 10 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. on weeknights and Saturdays; Sunday sales would still stop at 5 p.m. It also would increase from three to six the number of stores a single operator can own.
The proposal would alter the current pricing system in which wholesalers set the minimum price for alcohol, allowing package store owners to set their own prices, which in theory could lower costs for consumers.
Frank Perillo, owner of Lordship Wine and Liquor on Access Road in Stratford, said it’s the state minimum pricing that keeps small stores in business.
Otherwise, big box stores “will come in and underprice everybody and put them out of business,” he said. Perillo noted that grocery chains can afford to sell liquor and beer more cheaply because they can offset those prices with a higher price for grocery items.
Patel said state minimum pricing levels the playing field.
“Getting rid of minimum bottle pricing is not good for small business,” he said.
What, aside from large political contributions justifies one small segment of the business world to claim state protection from competition, when the rest of retail businesses can’t? Liberal bastions like New York City and San Francisco may ban Wal-Mart, but in the rest of the country, where capitalism and competition still survive, after a fashion, businesses are left to slug it out; some survive, some, like Radio Shack, American Motors and a million yogurt and muffin stores, do not. It’s the American way.
You won’t find any Gatorade spills on this kitchen top.
Abandoned for decades, this perfectly pink, immaculately clean kitchen is frozen in time.
The 1962 masterpiece in Chicago was discovered by furniture collector Nathan Chandler 17 years ago.
It boasts blonde wood, star-shaped handles, and all pink appliances including a General Electric combination wall mount refrigerator, and an automatic built-in oven.
Finally, on February 15, the kitchen was sold.
In a move that should hopefully maintain its spotlessness, the buyer received a few cases of vintage washing up powder that was left 59 years ago.
I kinda like it – not sure how it would treat the eyes at 5:00 AM, though.
Social workers have barred a couple from adopting a child after the would-be father was seen smoking an e-cigarette.
The decision came after the pair had passed a long series of tests to qualify as parents, and had earlier paid for expensive fertility treatment, which failed.
They were told they could not adopt if either of them had used an e-cigarette in the past 12 months – despite experts saying that ‘vaping’ poses little or no threat to children in the home.
Understand, the attacks on e-gicarettes has nothing to do with any harm they might cause to bystanders – they don’t. The Do-Rights abhor smoking, and the sight of anyone with an inanimate object that merely brings to mind a real cigarette is a trigger, and the users must be quashed for the peace of mind of the Do-Rights.
Meanwhile, if a child is forced to remain in foster care as the price of that hysteria, well, why not?