An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 11, 2008

Who Am I?

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 10:02
Which American president are you?
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You scored as Theodore Roosevelt

Congratulations! You are Theodoe Roosevelt, our 26th. and youngest president. You are an animal lover and a good role model. You may have poor eyesight, requiring you to wear glasses. You also have a good sense of humor and a hearty laugh. And always make sure to “Speak soft and carry a big stick.”

Theodore Roosevelt

75%

John F. Kennedy

67%

George Washington

50%

George W. Bush

42%

Abraham Lincoln

33%

Thomas Jefferson

17%

June 8, 2007

I Am A Domain!

Filed under: Blogroll, General News, Stuff — olbroad @ 12:14

It’s a new day and a new blog site!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have coughed up some of Mr. Ol Broad’s bucks, and bought myself a domain and space on a server. Now, we all know I could set it up all by my lonesome, so Bushwack from American and Proud has pretty much become my blogfather, and fixer of things I screw up. Not much as been posted over there, just a test or two, but I will be posting on that site from now on. Just click right here and you’ll be transported to the wonderful mental world of the Ol’ Broad!

Also, I must thank Texas Fred for guilting me into to taking the plunge. And Steveegg for teaching me a thing or two. Now, if I could just remember what it was. :)

So, correct your blogrolls accordingly, and lets get started!

June 7, 2007

Fred on Iranian Hostage Taking

Filed under: 2008 — olbroad @ 9:47

The New Hostages

When Iran abducted 15 British citizens from Iraqi waters in March, the world knew about it. The regime used the hostages for their own underhanded propaganda purposes, but they were at least released. Last week, President Bush called for the release of Americans that almost no one knows are being held hostage in Iran.

When the British sailors and marines were kidnapped, some analysts said that they were second-choice hostages — that the Iranian management really wanted Americans. Intelligence reports indicate that at least one attempt was made in Iraq to grab a small group of American soldiers, though they fought back and escaped.

Tehran’s solution was to look for Americans unable to fight back. They arrested four Iranian-Americans visiting Iran to see family or arrange humanitarian assistance for that country. They pose no threat to Iran, but have all been accused or charged with espionage, as were British hostages. This is a serious charge made specifically to remind the world that they could be executed.

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Evening Snack (6/07)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:25

Supply-side economics’ creator assails property tax

Georgia should eliminate property taxes to make the state more attractive to businesses looking for a new home, says the nationally known economist who is behind a radical proposal to overhaul the state’s tax code.

What a brilliant idea! Can the property tax. But if it’s totally canned, they’ll no doubt raise it somewhere else. However, cutting it to a great degree would definitely attract businesses to a state. Ya hear that Gov. Dopey? Cut taxes, bring business. What a novel idea!

Paris Hilton Ordered to Return to Court

Hours after Paris Hilton was sent home under house arrest Thursday, the judge who put her in jail for violating her reckless-driving probation ordered her into court to determine whether she should be put back behind bars.

Honestly! Does anyone other than the media give a happy crap about this bimbo?

TCU professor charged with making terroristic threat

A Texas Christian University psychology professor has been arrested on accusations of using e-mail to harass and torment employees at the school.

An arrest warrant accusing Dr. Charles F. Bond, 53, of harassment was issued Friday in Tarrant County. Dr. Bond was taken into custody Saturday by Fort Worth police and later charged with making a terroristic threat, according to the Tarrant County Web site. He remained in jail Thursday and was being held without bond.

Perhaps this guy played with too many rats in a Skinner’s box?

Cigarette tax hike prospects snuffed

Efforts to raise South Carolina’s lowest-in-the nation cigarette tax have failed as lawmakers will adjourn today without resolving the issue.

With record state revenues and disagreement on whether to spend the money on health care or tax cuts, lawmakers said there was no reason to raise the tax in the session’s final hours.

Since Tennessee just raised their tax, I’m wondering long it takes to drive to South Carolina. :)

Former McCain Donor and Personal Lawyer Switches to Thompson

I have it from two sources that the Washington Post is set to report that Fred Thompson has snagged at least one high-profile John McCain donor: John M. Dowd, once Mr. McCain’s personal lawyer, including during the Keating Five scandal and when his wife was under legal investigation for an addiction to pain killers.

Interesting.

Israel urged to woo Syria away from Iran’s influence

A peace agreement with Syria could pull Damascus out of Iran’s orbit, a senior Western diplomat based in Israel said Thursday. The secular Sunni nation, ruled by minority Alawites, has nothing in common with Iran, a Shi’ite theocracy, he added.

Somehow, I just don’t see this happening.

Democrats propose 3-cents-a-pack more
House to vote on new cigarette-tax boost to aid veterans

The legislature has already sent a 42-cent increase in the state’s tax on each pack of cigarettes to the governor to be signed into law. Now some lawmakers want more.

House Democrats on Wednesday advanced a proposal to hike the cigarette tax by an additional 3 cents per pack to pay for veterans homes and scholarships. The Finance Committee measure heads for a full House vote today.

Now, I am a HUGE supporter of our veterans, but what is it with Dhimmis and taxes? It’s not THEIR money they are spending! It’s OURS!

Conservatives Cheer!

Filed under: Illegals — olbroad @ 8:11

Immigration Bill Dies in Senate

No story on Fox News’ site yet.

Found something through Drudge:

Immigration Bill Fails Crucial Test Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – A broad immigration bill to legalize millions of people in the U.S. unlawfully failed a crucial test vote Thursday, a stunning setback that could spell its defeat for the year.

The vote was 45-50 against limiting debate on the bill, 15 short of the 60 that the bill’s supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to block Democrats’ efforts to bring the bill to a final vote.

The legislation, which had been endorsed by President Bush, would tighten borders, institute a new system to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers in addition to giving up to 12 million illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status.

Conceived by an improbable coalition that nicknamed the deal a “grand bargain,” the measure exposed deep rifts within both parties and is loathed by most GOP conservatives.

Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., who had made no secret of his distaste for parts of the bill, said earlier he would move on to other matters if the immigration measure’s supporters didn’t get 60 votes Thursday night.

The defeat set off a bitter round of partisan recriminations, with Democrats and Republicans each accusing the other of killing it.

Most Republicans voted against ending debate, saying they needed more time to make the bill tougher with tighter border security measures and a more arduous legalization process for unlawful immigrants.

All but a handful of Democrats supported the move, but they, too, were holding their noses at provisions of the bill. Many of them argued it makes second-class citizens of a new crop of temporary workers and rips apart families by prioritizing employability over blood ties in future immigration.

Still, they had argued that the measure, on balance, was worth advancing.

“We can all find different aspects of this legislation that we differ with,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the leading Democratic architect of the bill.

Jackie Vs Fred?

Filed under: 2008 — olbroad @ 11:41

Snatched from Blue Collar Republican

Kane Blathers, Again!

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 11:09

GOP legislator represents the state of denial

Something about all this talk about “fixing” the state’s affirmative action policy really chafes my hide.

Something about Eugene Kane really ‘chafes’ MY hide!

Sen. Grothman is the chairman of a state affirmative action review committee and has apparently decided there’s no longer any need for the state government to consider race when it comes to doing business or university admissions. In fact, it seems Grothman, a West Bend Republican, doesn’t see any need for racial diversity at all.

No, actually, we ARE already a racially diverse society. Continuously pointing out our differences adds absolutely nothing to our society.

This is what he told a reporter:

“I think it’s racist to imply that I’m going to learn something from you because your great-great-grandparents came from someplace else. Unless you literally grow up in another country, you’re an American just like everyone else.

“You follow the Packers, eat McDonald’s, and share the same tastes as everyone else.”

This clown wasn’t even in the room. Senator Grothman didn’t say this to a reporter, he said it to Representative Grigsby. Get your ‘facts’ straight Kane!

Ms. Grigsby’s response was the same as what mine would have been. I don’t follow the Packers, I’m not crazy about McDonald’s, and my tastes aren’t the same as everyone else’s. However, unlike Kane, I understand what the Senator meant by his statement.

This is yet another attempt by Grothman to legislate racial and ethnic matters for which he clearly has no grasp. If he did, he would understand Wisconsin lags behind many other states in terms of equal conditions for all of its citizens.

The “lagging behind”, as Mr. Kane puts it, is caused more by the lack of leadership and education, than anything else. If you use the color of your skin as an excuse to fail, then no matter how much legislation is enacted for ‘affirmative action’, you will fail, period.

Grothman is the same guy who made disparaging remarks about America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee a few years back. He questioned whether the museum’s name was appropriate because, in his opinion, black Americans had never experienced a holocaust.

Numbers pulled out of the air by a few people turned a horrible part of our history into a ‘holocaust’. The systematic slaughter of 12 million people IS a holocaust. There was no concerted effort to eradicate the Africans brought to this country, originally as indentured servants.

Grothman’s original proposals included loony provisions like requiring applicants to demonstrate “knowledge or experience” of their racial and ethnic background and requiring minorities to prove they were at least 25% of that group to qualify for preferential treatment.

There is absolutely nothing ‘loony’ about having a limit on how far back your ‘minority status’ goes. Where does it end?

The debate about affirmative action requires thoughtful insight in order to “fix” policies that have worked in the past but may need tinkering. Leaving the tinkering to someone like Grothman would be like asking your most clueless relative to work on your car.

How well has it worked? Other than dividing Americans into ‘hyphens’?  Am I a Seminole-Irish-American?  Is my granddaughter an Irish-Seminole-African-American?  No,  I AM AN AMERICAN, and so is she.  Period!  Part of Senator Grothman’s intention was to remove the ‘hyphens’.

Morning Coffee 6/07/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:11

Officials beg off big raises

Because it’s a touchy matter to accept generous raises from other politicians, especially when most public employees are looking at skimpy increases, at least three statewide elected officials say they will turn down big increases that lawmakers offered them in the newly passed state budget.

A politician? Turning down a RAISE? I think I just had a heart attack!

Suspended DA still being paid by state
Elected officials can’t simply be fired

The district attorney accused of helping a murderer-friend get a lighter sentence continues to pull a six-figure state salary though he hasn’t been allowed to work since October, his interim replacement said.

Can’t be fired, eh? Ok, then he should be pushed to resign. I wonder if any politician, no matter what the level, has any class anymore…..or ethics.

Republicans, Doyle agree to lifetime tracking of sex offenders

Republican legislators resuscitated lifetime tracking for hundreds of sexual predators Wednesday, chopping about $5 million out of the program in a compromise with Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.
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“This is a win for Wisconsin’s children and Wisconsin’s communities,” said Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, who crafted the tracking program and sits on the budget-writing committee.

This is a good thing, but every time they “compromise”, I get worried!

Immigration Reform Supporters Hold Out Hope to Save Bill

Some senators are holding out hope that they can save an immigration reform bill on Thursday after it barely survived a deal-breaking challenge shortly after midnight. But Senate aides are telling FOX News the bill appears dead.

Lord, I can only HOPE it’s dead! Enforce the existing laws, and stop trying to make news ones until you can!

‘Israel dissolution rally’ planned for Washington

The anti-Israel protest, which is expected to attract thousands, has been organized by the United for Peace and Justice group, the Muslims American Society Freedom Foundation, the Communist Party USA, and “other extremist organizations,” according to a Stand With US press release.
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“This counter-rally truly is the product of a few citizens who are deeply outraged that Israel’s opponents might have demonstrated in our nation’s capitol without any patriotic opposing voices who will tell truth to counter these lies,” Stand With Us told its supporters in an email.

Anyone who claims to be a Christian cannot stand by and watch the anti Israel bunch try to destroy it. What do these people hope to gain? I wish I could be there.

US to donate $3.5 million to Nahr al-Bared refugees

US Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman said Wednesday his country intends to contribute $3.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees following a “Flash Appeal” from UNRWA for funds to help for residents of the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli. The contribution will provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees displaced by fighting between Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese Army at the camp. Feltman announced the pledge at a briefing on the Nahr al-Bared situation by Premier Fouad Siniora at the Grand Serail. The US contribution will make up 28 percent of the $12.66 million total sought by UNRWA’s Flash Appeal to provide humanitarian relief to the displaced.

How much equipment could that $3.5 mil buy for our soldiers?

House Democrats to insert earmarks behind closed doors

A taxpayer watchdog group says Democrats in Congress are not living up to their promise of openness and transparency in the appropriations process. The group, Citizens Against Government Waste, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s vow that her party would preside over “the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history” has already proven to be a phony promise.

The Dhimmis being sneaky? What a shocker! (SERIOUS sarcasm) And the fact Obey is involved? I hear a snake slithering.

Fred on Scooter

Filed under: 2008 — olbroad @ 8:46

Sentencing of Scooter Libby

The sentencing of Scooter Libby was the last in a series of acts that has resulted in a shocking injustice – one created by and enabled by federal officials. As I’ve been saying for many months, this is a “he said-she said” case about political infighting that would have never been brought in any other prosecutor’s office in America.

The CIA started the ball rolling by sending the Democratic partisan husband of one of its employees to Niger on a sensitive mission. Knowing an opportunity when he saw one, he returned and blasted the Bush Administration (the fact that he blatantly falsified a few important things along the way is another story). It should not have been a shock to CIA officials when people then asked, “Who is this guy and why was he sent to Niger?” The only mystery in Washington is why the CIA employee-wife’s name, Valerie Plame, took as long as it did to leak.

Nevertheless, the CIA demanded that the Department of Justice investigate the leak of her name (not surprisingly, the fact that the CIA was making such a request was leaked). This put pressure on the DOJ. The DOJ, in turn, promptly caved to the media and Congressional pressure to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Plame leak. However, there were two glaring problems for anyone with a sense of justice, or who may have gone to law school for one semester.

The Justice Department and the new Special Counsel knew that:

1.) The leaking of Valerie Plame’s name did not constitute a crime because she was not a “covered person” under the relative criminal statue and,

2.) They already knew the name of the leaker: State Department official Richard Armitage.

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June 6, 2007

I Think Ann Is Angry Too

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 11:35

Bush’s America: Roach Motel

Republicans’ defense of President Bush’s immigration bill is more enraging than their defense of Harriet Miers. Back then, Bush’s conservative base was accused of being sexist for opposing an unqualified woman’s nomination to the highest court in the land. Now we’re racists for not wanting to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

I don’t know why conservatives like Linda Chavez have to argue like liberals by smearing their opponents as racists. Oh wait, now I remember! Their arguments are as strong as liberals’ arguments usually are.

Apart from abortion, no subject produces so much disingenuousness as America’s immigration policy, both legal and illegal. For nearly 50 years, Americans have been intentionally lied to about our immigration laws.

In 1965, Teddy Kennedy overhauled immigration law with the specific purpose of effecting a dramatic change in the nation’s demographics. Bobby Kennedy had civil rights, so Teddy needed something big: He would preside over a civil rights bill for the entire Third World! My word, but that man could drink in those days.

With his 1965 immigration act, Kennedy embarked on entirely transforming American culture for no good reason. (You know how people always say the same arguments against illegal immigrants today were once made about the Irish to show how silly those arguments are? If only the U.S. Senate had had an “Irish Need Not Apply” sign!)

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