An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

December 31, 2006

2007

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 11:10

Yeah yeah…. I just watched the ball drop in New York…. can I go to bed now?  🙂  I realize we have a little time left here in Wisconsin, but I’m an ol’ broad, and I don’t do the party hearty stuff anymore.  Been there, done that…bowed to the porcelain god way too many times.  🙂

I seriously wish everyone the very best New Year.

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Demented

Filed under: Chuckles — olbroad @ 10:27

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No, I don’t think it’s funny, but hey, I had to post it, right? 🙂

Blogroll Addition

Filed under: In Wisconsin, Politics & Elections — olbroad @ 8:59

Fred from Real Debate Wisconsin is running for Alderman down in Racine, so I’m adding his campaign blog to the roll over there on the right.  I don’t live in Racine, but even I managed to kick in a few bucks to help out.  We need to get conservatives elected at every level of government, and local is a good start!  Go to Dooley for Alderman and help him out!

Porky Progeny

Filed under: General News, Healthcare, Moonbats & Other Animals — olbroad @ 8:08

Companies ‘exploit’ junk food loopholes

Junk food manufacturers regularly exploit television standards to advertise sugary and fatty products direct to children, a new study has found.

Ya think? Any moron could figure that out!

Dieticians and obesity experts have called for laws governing marketing to children to be tightened in light of findings published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia.

Utterly absurd!

For example, an ad for a chocolate breakfast cereal was screened 12 times in three hours – twice every consecutive 30-minute period.

They should sit down and watch Nickelodeon or the Cartoon Network now and then. They’d be REALLY shocked!

“There is a highly plausible link between television food advertising and overweight and obesity,” they wrote.

DUH! Kids are sitting on their hinder watching the stupid thing for hours on end, what did they expect?

Pressure for a total ban on junk food advertising directed at children has gained momentum in the past year as state governments joined obesity experts to support the move.

I don’t suppose it ever occurred to these people that perhaps the parents of the kids are accountable? How about turning the bloomin’ contraption off and tossing the kids out into the yard to actually PLAY!? Wow…what a concept!

Big Surprise

Filed under: Time Waster — olbroad @ 7:00
Your Political Profile:
Overall: 85% Conservative, 15% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?

Ok, I know where that 50% lib on ethics came from, but I’m not tellin’!  🙂

H/T:  Green Hell

NOT a Happy Camper!

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 5:37

Ok, how the deble did this happen???

Detroit – 39 (3-13-0)
Dallas – 31 (9-7-0)

GRRRRRRR!!!

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 5:14

Ok, we are home.  Well, I am.  The other half…. well, don’t get me started.  Anyway, we made it home safe and sound.  The kitties were happy to see us, and I now have the appropriate amount of critter fur all over me.  sigh…

Here’s a Public Service Announcement for ya!  Pay attention here, cuz I’m only going to say this once….

IF IT’S RAINING, FOGGY, OR JUST GENERALLY DARK AND/OR GLOOMY….TURN ON YOUR BLOOMIN’ HEADLIGHTS!

Not your parking lights mind you, your real headlights, especially if you have a gray vehicle.  YEESH!

Also, I’d like to thank that moron outside of Madison, on 151 for not actually hitting my freakin’ car!  Or anyone else’s for that matter.  I kept expecting to see that fool flipped on his lid somewhere down the road, but sadly, or thankfully, depending on my mood, it didn’t happen.  Here’s another hint for you, if it’s rainy and foggy, it’s not a good idea to drive at break neck speeds, weaving in and out of traffic!

Odds and Ends

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:43

Bomb rocks Madrid airport

MADRID, Spain – A powerful car bomb exploded at Madrid’s international airport Saturday, and Spain’s government, blaming the Basque group ETA, suspended plans for peace talks with the separatists.

The madness never ends, does it.

Shi’ite-Sunni rift laid bare by hanging

BAGHDAD — As Iraqis awoke yesterday to television images of Saddam Hussein’s neck twisted by a hangman’s noose, Shi’ites cheered, Sunnis vowed revenge and at least 80 persons died from bombings and death squads — not far from the daily average.

I’m at the point…they can all blow themselves straight to hell!

2 dead, 20 wounded in Bangkok blasts

Two people were killed and at least 20 people were reported wounded in Bangkok Sunday afternoon following a series of six bomb blasts, Thai police said.

More madness!

Hillary falls to earth in poll race

THE first vote is still more than a year away, but the campaign to replace President George W Bush in the White House is already throwing up surprises.

Unfortunately for Senator Hillary Clinton, long the front-runner in the Democratic drive to retake the presidency, most of them are coming at her expense.

I’m kind of iffy on a women being president, but I sure don’t want THAT woman! 🙂

‘Couldn’t be happier’: Tiger cub on the way

Tiger Woods celebrated his 31st birthday Saturday by sharing some of his biggest news of the year — his wife is expecting their first child this summer.

After seeing this tiny person on the idjit box batting a little dimpled ball, I find it hard to believe he’s going to have his own tiny person in the not too distant future. Damn, I’m getting OLD!

Just the latest honor for this big talent with a bigger heart

Well, hello Dolly Parton!

What a year the songbird from Sevier County has enjoyed, picking up honors first from the Kennedy Center in November and today being named Tennessean of the Year by this newspaper.

Who would Wisconson vote for as a person of the year? Hmmm… tough one.

End of 2006

Filed under: Personal opinion, Stuff — olbroad @ 8:54

Today is the last day of the year.   It looks like any other day to me (raining and nasty in Lincoln, IL), but it doesn’t quite feel that way.  This last year has been a tough one for our family, losing my mother in law is at the “I could have done without that” list.  My oldest granddaughter with all her problems and gall bladder surgery weren’t too much fun either.  Because of the personal goings on, I wasn’t involved in our politcal process this last year as I was in the past.  I just didn’t have the time, or the inclination emotionally.  I did try to pay attention, but I lost touch with the hardcore.  I think my nerves are better for it though.  🙂

I was reading Jessica McBride‘s “year in review” last night and it seems to me, she got pretty much everything covered.  I have to admit, not living in the Milwaukee area, I’m not too familiar with some of those mentioned.  That’s ok, I don’t mind being oblivious about some things.

Jessica mentioned one of our blog buds, Spring City Chronicle.  I’m trying to convince him to “leave his zip code” and make that move to Tennessee too.  🙂  But I think Waukesha needs him right now, so maybe in a few years, he’ll reconsider leaving the “tax hell” as well.  🙂

So, what is 2007 going to bring?  I can’t even find my crystal ball, much less figure out what it would tell me.  (Reminder to self, get organized.)  I do know it’s going to be an “out with the old, in with the new” year.  Remember, new is not always improved.  I’ve no doubt taxes will go up, and as a result, the economy will start a slow decline.  At least I hope it’ll be slow.  President Bush is moving more towards the left, so I don’t see much hope in that area.  He’s never been conservative enough, in my opinion.  🙂  There will be many dropping in and out of the race for the White House in 2008, from both sides of the aisle.  I don’t see anyone I consider conservative enough so far, so we shall see where that goes.

Mr. Ol’ Broad and I will be leaving the beautiful state of Wisconsin in the spring to begin a new chapter in our lives, AFTER spending a week in Jamaica of course.  🙂  This will probably be our last annual trek to the Caribbean for a few years since it’ll be the first time we’ll actually have MORTGAGE payments.  Perhaps if Mark Green and Jean Hundertmark had won, we’d have reconsidered?  Nah….too bloomin’ cold in the winter for this ol’ Texan!

The world has changed a LOT during my lifetime, and it’s not really for the better.  Life is easier for us in the Western world, but I think it’s too easy.  We don’t seem to be striving for excellence anymore, we’ve become complacent.  Our kids are suffering because we don’t demand more from them.  We’ve become a nation of “let the government deal with it”, we’ve forgotten WE are the government.  We’ve allowed others to take control of our lives, griping and complaining, but doing nothing to stop them.  We’ve become so afraid of offending anyone by something we say, we say nothing, watch people destroy our way of life, and still stand by and do nothing.

My wish for 2007 would be backbone….cajones….common sense!  Cuz the Good Lord knows, we sure could use some about now!

December 30, 2006

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Filed under: General News, History — olbroad @ 8:29

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(turn and face the strain)
Ch-ch-changes
Just gonna have to be a different man

Science told: hands off gay sheep

SCIENTISTS are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of “gay” sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.

There is something just totally wrong with science these days. Some things are just plain wrong, and personally, I think this is one of them.

The research, at Oregon State University in the city of Corvallis and at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, has caused an outcry. Martina Navratilova, the lesbian tennis player who won Wimbledon nine times, and scientists and gay rights campaigners in Britain have called for the project to be abandoned.

Navratilova defended the “right” of sheep to be gay. She said: “How can it be that in the year 2006 a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments?” She said gay men and lesbians would be “deeply offended” by the social implications of the tests.

I wasn’t aware that sheep had “rights”, but hey, what do I know. Actually, I’m a bit offended by this too, and I’m quite of the heterosexual persuasion.

Potentially, the techniques could one day be adapted for human use, with doctors perhaps being able to offer parents pre-natal tests to determine the likely sexuality of offspring or a hormonal treatment to change the orientation of a child.

Dammit! Leave the babies alone!

Peter Tatchell, the gay rights campaigner, said: “These experiments echo Nazi research in the early 1940s which aimed at eradicating homosexuality. They stink of eugenics. There is a danger that extreme homophobic regimes may try to use these experimental results to change the orientation of gay people.”

I’m inclined to agree with Mr. Tatchell. Haven’t we learned anything from history? I view embryonic stem cell research the same way.

In 2002, Simon LeVay, an American neurologist, claimed to have discovered that homosexual and heterosexual men had physically different brains. His tests on the corpses of gay men who had died of Aids were widely criticised.

I find that appalling, but I also find the treatment of the unborn appalling too. I’m just funny that way.

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