An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 31, 2007

Back in Cheeseland

Filed under: In Wisconsin — olbroad @ 7:30

Not fair!  It’s cold up here!  Where are my fuzzy slippers?

Evening Snack

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 7:29

Storms leave, rivers surge

Ellis County still has flooding in some areas and the water continues to rise over a local golf course surrounded by upscale homes. A shelter set up in the Salvation Army gym in Waxahachie for displaced families remained open this morning.

And I thought the storm that hit here was bad. Glad I wasn’t in Dallas this weekend.

Waupun woman bound over in OWI injury crash

A 34-year-old Waupun woman charged in a head-on drunken driving crash that injured an 18-year-old Brownsville man has been ordered to stand trial.
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If convicted, Van Buren faces up to 12½ years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

They don’t mention whether or not this was her first arrest. Not that it matters. She could have killed that kid, or someone else.

Company apologizes for misspelling state on T-shirt

A spokeswoman says Gov. Joe Manchin has received an apology from the company that misspelled the state’s name on T-shirts commemorating West Virginia University’s National Invitation Tournament title.
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The “West Virginia” printed on the shirts players wore after winning the NIT Thursday night was missing the last “i” in “Virginia.”

Ooops!

County rejects U.N. listing for Carrizo Plain

“I’m disappointed,” Hund said Friday. “I’ve talked to World Heritage site managers across the U.S. and none of them could think of any drawbacks. What a site gets is recognition and prestige, and those that aren’t well-known stand to get increased agency attention and the possibility of attracting more money through grants.”

I can think of one serious drawback. The Useless Numnuts are involved.

Bloody week in Iraq shows Qaeda power

A surge of violence in Iraq in the past week demonstrated the ability of Al Qaeda to strike virtually anywhere at will with a seemingly limitless supply of explosives and suicide bombers to wreak chaos. The bombings claimed 300 lives, with one attack triggering mass reprisal killings by Shias, making it the bloodiest week since the launch of a major US-backed security crackdown in Baghdad in mid-February aimed at curbing sectarian violence.

The terrorists like the Dems (Dhimmis). They’ve given them the green light so why wouldn’t they?

Senate OKs $1 billion tax increase

The bill would create a top Minnesota tax rate of 9.7 percent, giving the state the highest top income tax rate in the nation. It passed the Senate on a 35-29 vote, with seven DFLers defecting.

Holy cow! And we thought Gov. Dopey and his minions were excessive with their demands for taxpayer money! (What’s a DFLer?)

Obama: War Hindering Domestic Policy

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Saturday it will be difficult to make progress on important domestic issues until the Iraq war has ended.

What! They can’t walk and chew gum at the same time? Their obsessing with sucking money from taxpayers and the cut and run crap is getting ridiculous. The voters definitely were misled in November!

UK mishandling captives’ issue – Iran president

“After the arrest of these people, the British government, instead of apologising and expressing regret, over the action taken, started to claim that we are in their debt and shouted in different international councils,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by state radio.

People do tend to get extremely annoyed when their military personnel are kidnapped!

Morning Coffee 3/31/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:37

Iran’s Ambassador to Russia: British Sailors May Be Tried

Iran’s ambassador to Russia renewed a threat Iranian officials made earlier this week, saying 15 British sailors held by Iran could be tried for violating international law, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported Saturday.

Isn’t there proof that they were not in Iranian waters? Facts evidently don’t matter to lunatics. This is going to get ugly!

Metro could tell graffiti victims to pay $50 a day

Imagine your property in Nashville has been defaced by graffiti. Now imagine you get slapped with a fine for not cleaning it up.

A proposed Metro ordinance would require the property owner to clean up the graffiti within 10 days of being notified by the police or the Metro codes department. The penalty for not doing so would be a $50 fine and $50 a day after that until the graffiti is removed.

Shouldn’t Nashville look more at the “broken window” idea, like Giuliani had in NY, instead of punishing businesses that may not be able to keep the graffiti off their property? Punish the criminal, not the victim. This is a community problem, and the community should be working to prevent vandalism.

Gulf Hits Snags in Rebuilding Public Works

None of St. Bernard Parish’s 10 fire houses have been rebuilt, even though local officials estimate that 26,000 people have returned to the area, just east of New Orleans. In fact, across southern Louisiana and Mississippi, many school buildings remain closed, public water systems leak, roads crumble and libraries molder. Local governments cannot afford to fix them, and billions of dollars in recovery assistance promised by the federal government have only started to trickle to the region.

The federal government takes forever to get it’s head out of it’s hinder. This is a bureaucracy problem, not a Bush one. Although, the President COULD light a fire under some of those yahoos hinders. If they really wanted to rebuild, they could do it, brick by brick, a little at a time. I’m sure there is usable material somewhere in the area. Volunteers are still going down there to help out.

How Britons were conned by Iranian gunboat trick

The speed and cunning shown by the Revolutionary Guards has raised suspicions that their action was premeditated. A senior military officer described it as “deliberate”.

It took only three minutes for the Iranians, moving at 40 knots, to move from their legitimate positions monitoring shipping in their waters to come alongside the British last Friday morning.

Deliberate? Gee, ya think? I get the impression that Iran really does want to start a war. Question is: Why?

Gear shortage to haunt U.S. military years after Iraq war

Some lawmakers like John Murtha, also pointed out that nearly all the propositioned U.S. military equipment stored at locations around the world has been spent, save for one location.

“The vast majority of our army units here at home are critically short of equipment and personnel,” Murtha said, adding this was leaving some stateside units “at the lowest readiness level.”

Here’s a thought SFB, use that PORK y’all put in your cut and run bill to provide the necessary equipment for our military, instead of storing bloomin’ peanuts! Priorities people! Spinach and peanuts and national conventions are NOT at the top of the list. This nations safety is! Or damn well should be!

Guardian Angels launch city patrol, expand across US

The Guardian Angels, the controversial citizen force that began patrols in Dorchester yesterday afternoon just hours before a teenager was shot aboard a T bus in the neighborhood, is expanding its operations in a number of cities across the country as violent urban crime increases nationwide.

I’m not sure why they are so “controversial”. MORE citizens should be involved with keeping the cities safe. Unless they are beating the crap out of innocents, what’s the problem?  Maybe Southridge and Mayfair should ask ’em to patrol?  🙂  Better yet, McJackson’s district.

It’s Politics, NOT Color

Listening to the radio, I was a little confused by all the hoopla that was being made about Barack Obama’s white grandmother. I knew his mother was white, so that would lead me to assume that her mother was white. Yeah? So? I wonder how many blacks in this country do NOT have a white ancestor. What’s the big deal?

Evidently, the big deal is a strategy to “hide” this fact. Pictured in the the Chicago Sun Times, is Barack with a woman named as “his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Africa in 2004. Courtesy of the Obama family

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It seems that a column, Free Obama’s White Grandmother by Andy Martin on 28 March, got people up in arms enough to complain to NewsMax. Since the woman is obviously NOT white, why wouldn’t they direct their complaints to the Sun Times? Or Obama’s campaign?

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Barack Obama poses at Columbia University in New York City during a visit by his grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. (Photo courtesy of Maya Soetoro-Ng) Mar 23, 2007

So, just WHY is Obama Still Hiding White Grandma? I’d say that was flat out racism!

Honestly, I don’t care what color he is. I’m not voting for him. Now, if he was a J.C. Watts, or perhaps Michael Steele, I would have NO problem whatsoever! They are conservative, Barack Obama is NOT.

March 30, 2007

I Ordered Mine! :)

Filed under: Shopping — olbroad @ 10:58

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H/T Silent E via Pete

John Doe

Filed under: I Support: — olbroad @ 10:31

I have added (swiped from Freedom Eden) themeetjohndoe2us6.jpgbutton to my blogroll.

The John Doe Manifesto – Michelle Malkin

It’s Official!

Filed under: U.S. Military — olbroad @ 10:22

I’m now a blubbering idiot!

Video: Sailor home from Iraq surprises son at school

Thanks Jessica!

Thomas Schatz (CAGW) – NYT Opinion

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 8:37

Pork Goes to War

EMERGENCY spending bills are called “Christmas trees,” for the unrelated “ornaments” that are added by members of Congress. (They are exempt from budget rules and are almost never vetoed, making them magnets for pork.) The nickname is usually not literal, but the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2007 supplemental appropriations bill that passed yesterday includes, among scores of other nonessential items, money for Christmas-tree growers.

Behind all their lofty rhetoric about the Iraq war and bringing home the troops, members of the House and Senate were busy tacking on $20 billion and $18.5 billion respectively in unrelated spending to President Bush’s $103 billion request. (He intends to veto the bill.)

Despite their campaign talk about earmark reform last fall, the new Democratic leadership shamelessly used pork to buy votes — before the vote, Representatives Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Peter DeFazio of Oregon acknowledged that add-ons for their districts would influence their decisions.

The heavyweights also led by example: the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, added $20 million to eradicate Mormon crickets, and David Obey of Wisconsin, the House Appropriations Committee chairman, came away with $283 million for the Milk Income Loss Contract Program.

This chart (PDF), which is a partial list of some of the most egregious earmarks, shows that the new bosses are already feeding at the trough, and “war pork” threatens to sink their fiscal credibility.

Take a REAL good look at how Congress spends YOUR money!  I’d really like to know why WE should pay for either the Republican OR the Democrat conventions, to the tune of a HALF BILLION DOLLARS.

And just what the hell is a Mormon cricket?  What’s more, who cares!

Money that should be supporting our military is being tossed around like so much confetti by the people that are suppose to be representing all of us.  Well, this kind of irresponsibility does not represent MY wishes.  How ’bout yours?

The Brat Thinks She’s Amusing

Filed under: Chuckles — olbroad @ 7:33

I guess because I’m a grandmother, I’m suppose to agree? HUMPH!

WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

1. Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her own. They like other people’s.

2. A grandfather is a man & a grandmother is a lady!

3. Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

4. When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.

5. They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on “cracks.”

6. They don’t say, “Hurry up.”

7. Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

8. They wear glasses and funny underwear.

9. They can take their teeth and gums out.

10. Grandparents have to be smart. They have to answer questions like “why isn’t God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”.

11. When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.

12. Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.

13. They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.

A 6 year old was asked where his grandma lived. “Oh,” he said, “she lives at the airport and when we want her, we just go get her. Then when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”

Grandpa is the smartest man on the earth! He teaches me good things but I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as him!

It’s funny when they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog.

Evening Snack

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 7:09

Iran Fears Attack

VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Iran, in a confidential letter posted Friday on an internal Web site of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, said its fear of attack from America and Israel has prompted it to decide to withhold information from the agency.

The International Atomic Energy Agency – the U.N. monitor – has in turn told Iran that it is defying the 35-nation board of the agency with its move and urged it to reconsider. Both the Iranian document and the confidential IAEA response were made available to The Associated Press.

What a complete, and utter, crock o’ crapola! This is why they kidnap Brits? This is why they threaten the destruction of western civilization? Why they’ve stated, point blank, they plan on wiping Israel off the map? Cuz they’re scared?

No early release for Hicks, says Downer

ACTIVISTS pushing for the early release of self-confessed terrorist David Hicks will be wasting their time, Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has said.

Under a plea bargain, Hicks will be sentenced to serve no more than seven years at an Australian prison under a prisoner transfer agreement with the United States.

Early release? Personally, I think he should do his time in Afghanistan.

Bredesen may compromise on cigarette tax increase

“I think he’s realized that we’re serious about tax relief,” Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, said Thursday.

Neither administration officials nor Senate Republicans would say exactly what a compromise would entail. But Bredesen stressed: “I’m dead-set on getting my 40 cents for education.”

The governor wants to use most of the projected $219 million in revenues to increase spending on K-12 and college education.

More nonsense. The reason states started lotteries was “for the children’s education”. Every time they want to raise taxes, it’s “for the children”. Well, horse manure! We’re all suppose to be guilted into accepting higher and higher taxes to fund public education that is getting worse and worse. Isn’t it time to stand up and shout “NO MORE”?

Obama will hold fundraiser in Milwaukee

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in Milwaukee on April 16 for what his campaign is calling a “low-dollar fund-raiser.”

The U.S. senator from Illinois will speak at the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., with doors scheduled to open at 6 p.m., according to a statement issued by his campaign office in Chicago this afternoon.

Oh yeah. I think I’ll have to pass on that one.

White-House objects Pelosi’s Syria visit

The leader of the US House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in coming days will visit Syria, a country President George W. Bush has shunned as a state sponsor of terrorism, despite being asked by the administration not to go.

She goes to a country that sponsors terrorists, and WE get to pay for it. What is wrong with this picture? The woman has lost her mind!

Owners Reclaim Snake Found in Rented Car

Sammy, a 4-foot red-tailed boa constrictor, disappeared two weeks ago after his owners left him in the car while they went into an east side video rental store.
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They returned the car, and someone else rented it from the Budget office near General Mitchell International Airport. That man returned the car on Wednesday, and Budget employees opened the glove compartment. There sat Sammy.

What a shocker! Good thing no one was driving at the time.  Sammy?  Who names a snake Sammy?

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