An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 14, 2007

Odds and Ends

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:02

Vladimir Putin is being shortsighted in the Middle East

Russia, by wielding the threat of its Security Council veto, spent much of the past two years whittling away the proposed list of sanctions that might be slapped on Iran for its refusal to honor its commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over its nuclear program. As a result, the sanctions that have been imposed by the UN Security Council are so tepid that they are unlikely to be effective.

Just what happened to that “soul” that President Bush saw? What is Putin’s motive for siding with a regime that could, not only destroy the Middle East, but Russia and the U.S. as well?

Man blames right-hand driving for crash

The man, from the nearby village of Holmsjö, denied driving carelessly. He said his poor driving was caused by the fact that he had not driven in central Karlskrona since Sweden started driving on the right in 1967.

Now, there’s a new one. You’d think that 40 years was enough time to get use to driving on the opposite side of the road.

EU: Iran able to develop weapon-grade material for nuclear bomb

An internal European Union document states that Iran will be able to develop enough weapons-grade materials for nuclear bombs, and that there is little that can be done to prevent it, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

This is NOT a good thing!

Spending bill headed to final vote in Senate

Democrats won a key test vote yesterday as the Senate prepares to send a massive $464 billion catchall spending bill to President Bush’s desk.

What exactly is a “catchall” when it comes to spending? Can’t Congress ever come up with a “Saving Bill”, instead of spending?

Police Issue Rare Bulletin About Sex Offender’s Release

Madison police issued a rare citywide bulletin about the release of a sex offender into the community.
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Typically when a sex offender is released to the fairly secure Wisconsin Department of Correction’s Foster Center on Odana Road, police don’t notify the public.

First, why was he released? Second, why DON’T they notify the public? We’re talking public safety here, isn’t that their job?

Winnebago sturgeon spearing is expected to last into weekend

“At this harvest rate, the sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago is likely to go into this coming weekend,” Ron Bruch of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said in a press release. Maximum season length is 16 days.

Need something to do? Go stab fish. In the cold.

Westminster crowns America’s top dog

An English springer spaniel earned more than a silver bowl for becoming America’s top dog.

Diamond Jim got a meal, too.

The 6-year-old certified therapy dog with a preference for chicken-and-garlic treats won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club event Tuesday night, denying Bill Cosby the prize he’s always coveted.

I wonder if there’s any relation to Wisconsin’s “Diamond Jim”? 🙂  Condolences to Mr. Cosby.

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