Drudge is headlining a report from Fox News foreseeing the demise of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In other words, the end of civilization as we know it.

With the closure of the recent Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, rumors of the bankrupt Revel being sold to Hard Rock, more than half of the mortgages in Las Vegas under water, casinos opening up all around the country and online gambling legislation underway in various states, it seems as if the reasons for the very existence of Atlantic City and Las Vegas are in serious jeopardy.

So, in a few years, the Venice that was rebuilt (after a fashion) in the desert will be more a ruin than the Venice that was crucial to the West’s resistance agains the sweep of Islam.

Well, nothing lasts forever. And there is mercy in that.

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