Daily Archives: April 6, 2015

Casino revenue to drop again

Dannel drops in on his dying cash cow

Dannel drops in on his dying cash cow

The state took in $435 million when the first casinos opened, now it’s down to $235, and the latest estimate is that revenue will soon drop another $100 million. Hartford’s knee-jerk reaction? Raise taxes on Fairfield County, and build more casinos. For all the tax breaks he gives favored industries to encourage them to stay here or, better, come here, you’d think Malloy and his thieves would consider giving tax breaks to all businesses; if it works for some, why wouldn’t it work for all?

The trouble with that, of course, is that it reduces the opportunity to reward friends and punish enemies. And, of course, it limits  opportunities for corruption.

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With odds like this, you’d think they’d quit doing it

mirar hacia fuera abajo!

mirar hacia fuera abajo!

Two of three Spanish hikers die after plunging off Moroccan peak.

Dumb dagos.

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Just who is forcing their religious beliefs on whom?

ACLU demands that religious relief organizations provide birth control, abortions to illegal immigrants.

The faith-based organizations “impose their religious beliefs on these teens by denying them access to contraception, emergency contraception, and abortion,” the ACLU argued, according to the Daily Independent.

If the ACLU is successful, will those aliens receive abortions and pills? Of course not; the groups will simply get out of the business of helping them. So what’s the ACLU’s objective, other than forcing the rest of America to accept and bow to its agenda?

 

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This seems like a decent deal

3 Cloverleaf

3 Cloverleaf

3 Cloverleaf (between Baldwin Farms North and South), asking $2.395. It’s 2+ acres, a renovated 60s home, it went to contract in four weeks. Only quibble I’d have is that roof: unless the picture is poorly exposed, it looks like a huge patch job, rather than a new roof. However, a home inspection can sort that out, and adjustments made.

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A global warmist’s wet dream

Coming our way

Coming our way

Chris R sends along this marvelous story about Genghis Kahn, the world’s first Green:

Genghis Khan’s Mongol invasion in the 13th and 14th centuries was so vast that it may have been the first instance in history of a single culture causing man-made climate change, according to new research out of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, reports Mongabay.com.
Unlike modern day climate change, however, the Mongol invasion cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
So how did Genghis Khan, one of history’s cruelest conquerors, earn such a glowing environmental report card? The reality may be a bit difficult for today’s environmentalists to stomach, but Khan did it the same way he built his empire — with a high body count.
Over the course of the century and a half run of the Mongol Empire, about 22 percent of the world’s total land area had been conquered and an estimated 40 million people were slaughtered by the horse-driven, bow-wielding hordes. Depopulation over such a large swathe of land meant that countless numbers of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests.
In other words, one effect of Genghis Khan’s unrelenting invasion was widespread reforestation, and the re-growth of those forests meant that more carbon could be absorbed from the atmosphere.
“It’s a common misconception that the human impact on climate began with the large-scale burning of coal and oil in the industrial era,” said Julia Pongratz, who headed the Carnegie Institution research project. “Actually, humans started to influence the environment thousands of years ago by changing the vegetation cover of the Earth’s landscapes when we cleared forests for agriculture.”
Pongratz’s study, which was completed with the help of her Carnegie colleague Ken Caldeira, as well as with German colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, measured the carbon impact of a number of historical events besides just the Mongol invasion, including the Black Death in Europe, the fall of China’s Ming Dynasty and the conquest of the Americas.
What all of these events share in common is the widespread return of forests after a period of massive depopulation, but the longevity of the Mongol invasion made it stand out as having the biggest impact on the world’s climate.
“We found that during the short events such as the Black Death and the Ming Dynasty collapse, the forest re-growth wasn’t enough to overcome the emissions from decaying material in the soil,” explained Pongratz. “But during the longer-lasting ones like the Mongol invasion … there was enough time for the forests to re-grow and absorb significant amounts of carbon.”
The 700 million tons of carbon absorbed as a result of the Mongol invasions roughly equals the amount of carbon global society now produces annually from gasoline.
Though Genghis Khan’s legacy as one of the world’s cruelest conquerors isn’t likely to change because of the unintended “green” consequences of his invasions, Pongratz hopes that her research can lead to land-use changes that someday might alter how future historians rate our environmental impact.
 
“Based on the knowledge we have gained from the past, we are now in a position to make land-use decisions that will diminish our impact on climate and the carbon cycle. We cannot ignore the knowledge we have gained,” she said.
Is it just me, or does this Julia Pongratz sound suspiciously like she’d welcome the return of Mongol conquerors?

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So how do you arrest a rubber band?

I spy, with my little eye, a mean ol' nasty brother

I spy, with my little eye, a mean ol’ nasty brother

Harry Reid has maintained since January that his concussion,  bashed in face and broken ribs were the result of an exercise rubber band that snapped and threw him to the floor. Now it turns out, he may have been beaten up by his drunk of a brother. I suppose that’s better than the original wide-spread belief that he’d been beaten by the mob.

John Hinderaker Power Line:

On Monday I got a phone call from a man named Easton Elliott. We talked briefly on Monday, and have had additional telephone conversations since then. Elliott* is a businessman who lives in the Las Vegas area, and he thinks he knows what really happened to Harry Reid. This is the story as he related it to me:

Elliott spent a portion of last New Year’s Eve at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Henderson, Nevada. His AA group has meetings every hour on New Year’s Eve, along with a pot luck supper. There were approximately 20 people present at the meeting during the events described below.

Some time between 10:00 and 11:30 p.m., a man entered the meeting. His appearance was striking: there was blood on his clothing, beginning around his midsection. His left hand was swollen. He appeared to be somewhat intoxicated and was visibly agitated. He introduced himself as “Larry.”

In a group discussion that was heard by a number of people, Larry said that he had just had a fight with a family member. Larry said he had been at a family get-together, and he didn’t remember much about the fight because he had blacked out. When he came to, he was rolling on the ground, fighting with a family member, and his clothes were bloody. Now, he said, he was frightened that the Secret Service would come after him.

You might want to take this with a grain of salt: AA meetings are supposed to be anonymous, and what’s said in them is supposed to stay there. Either “Elliott” is a bad AA’er, or he’s a liar, or both. Still, something happened to poor Harry, and it sure as hell wasn’t his exercise tool striking back.

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Not many people knew it, but Hitler was a terrific dancer

Let's look for the positive

Let’s look for the positive

Taliban on its leader, one-eyed Mullah Omar: “He has a special sense of humor.”

The Afghan Taliban has published a bizarre biography of their ‘charismatic’ supreme leader Mullah Omar – praising the one-eyed terrorist’s ‘special’ sense of humour and love of grenade launchers.

In a clear attempt to counter the growing influence of ISIS in the central Asian country, the Taliban propaganda release lavished praise on the extremist in celebration of his 19th year as leader.

The Taliban have reportedly seen defections to ISIS recently, with some insurgents expressing their disaffection with the one-eyed warrior-cleric who has not been seen since the 2001 US-led invasion.

The biography, posted just after midnight on the Taliban’s main website, described Mullah Omar as being actively involved in ‘jihadi activities’, dispelling speculation that he died long ago.

Lionising the militant’s ‘charismatic personality’, the biography also contained several anecdotes of battlefield valour and described the RPG-7 grenade launcher as his ‘preferred weapon of choice’.

You see? You don’t have to join ISIS to have fun – you can stay home and slaughter and rape alongside Omar! Why, the money you save on travel alone will pay for a nice 10-year-old bride wrested from your enemy’s family!.

 

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