An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 4, 2007

Evening Snack

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:13

Prescription Drug Plan Unaffordable: Official

A prescription drug benefit of the U.S. Medicare program is a “financially irresponsible” addition to a system that was already on course for possible bankruptcy, the U.S. government’s top accountant said in an interview on Sunday.

When did it become the federal government’s job to make sure us old folks got our drugs? Isn’t it the responsibility of every one of us to save for our old age? I’m not responsible for you if you don’t plan ahead! Nor are you responsible for me!

Selma’s marches draw political campaigners

Obama and Clinton, joined by the former president, planned to speak at the same time from pulpits three blocks apart. They also were to appear together at a rally before making the ceremonial walk to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.

I was listening to NPR this afternoon (not by choice) and heard some of the nonsense they were spouting. Hillary sounded like a drone. I cannot imagine having to listen to that woman for four straight years. Obama at least was animated, but I wasn’t impressed. What got me was the absolute giddiness over Slick! If it was possible to drool through a radio, I have no doubt the reporterette would have slobbered all over my floor boards!

Tribe revokes freed slaves’ membership

Cherokee Nation members voted Saturday to revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as slaves.

When I read about this earlier today, I was rather surprised. I thought that once you were “adopted” into the tribe, then you aren’t your descendants a part of that tribe? Inter-marrying wasn’t all that uncommon if I’m not mistaken, so wouldn’t that be “by blood”?

Afghan, U.S. reports on firefight differ

An explosives-rigged minivan crashed into a convoy of Marines that U.S. officials said also came under fire from militant gunmen Sunday. As many as 10 people were killed and 34 wounded as the convoy made a frenzied escape, and injured Afghans said the Americans fired on civilian cars and pedestrians as they sped away.

When you are under attack, it’s rather hard to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. I’m sure the details will unfold, but I seriously doubt if it will ever be spun in a way that exonerates the military. No doubt the NYT will splash something like “U.S Military slaughters crowd”, or some such thing.

Ex-GOP candidates turn attacks back on national panel

Now, four months after Republicans lost control of Congress, many of their former candidates are calling for major changes at the NRCC. They depict the committee as a rogue attack-ad shop that shielded party leaders from having to account for the claims in their ads — encouraging over-the-top accusations that often hurt GOP candidates.

There really is no difference between the parties, are there. sigh…. I’m sick of the sleaze from both sides!

Man, 84, charged in shooting death of wife, 89

An 84-year-old Englewood man was charged Saturday with fatally shooting his 89-year-old wife, who relatives say suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

He couldn’t find a less obvious way?

Stress may ‘damage child brains’

He (Dr. Carrion)said stress had to be extreme to cause the damage. “We are not talking about the stress of doing your homework or fighting with your dad,” Dr Carrion said.

The 15 children he and his team studied all had PTSD as a result of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, witnessing violence or experiencing lasting separation and loss.

Shouldn’t we be more aware of what is going with our kids? We’ve taken away their childhood.

Bredesen satisfied border Guardsmen are useful, safe

Although the troops stand guard with rifles and ammo at the ready, theirs is not so much a military mission as it is an intelligence mission. Firing a weapon is a measure of final resort under Operation Jump Start, the federal-led initiative to employ National Guard troops in beefing up the border while the Border Patrol hires and trains an additional 6,000 new officers.

If they were allowed to shoot, maybe the problem would diminish? Just a thought.


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