An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 21, 2007

Morning Coffee 3/21/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 7:42

Edwards defends his N.C. mansion

“The house was built from the beginning, both in its location for passive solar and the use of active solar, to help provide some of the energy for the house,” Edwards said. “It doesn’t provide all of the energy, but it provides some.”

Gee, we have “solar panels” too. Although, in our house, they are called windows.

R&B soul singer, Jackson native Luther Ingram dies

Luther Ingram, the R&B soul singer and songwriter best known for his hit, “If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want to Be Right),” has died. He was 69.

R.I.P.  I feel old.  :/

DOT chief’s calendar erased
Entries for ’03-’04 were destroyed by accident, state says

The Journal Sentinel recently requested Busalacchi’s calendar going back to January 2003, but the Department of Transportation said his calendars for 2003 and 2004 were accidentally destroyed because of a problem with a computer server. Deputy Secretary Ruben Anthony Jr.’s calendars also are missing for those years.

How convenient.

School Sued Over Teen’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Socks

A seventh-grader might end up in court for wearing Winnie the Pooh socks to school.

Toni Kay Scott, 14, was sent to an in-school suspension program called Students With Attitude Problems last year for violating a dress code, according to a lawsuit against the Napa Valley Unified School District and Redwood Middle School.

She had donned socks with the Tigger character from the Winnie the Pooh cartoons on them, along with a denim skirt and a brown shirt with a pink border.

So, the kid breaks the dress code, and the school get sued for enforcing it? What is wrong with this picture!

Aid to Palestinians Rose in ’06 Despite an Embargo

Despite the international embargo on aid to the Palestinian Authority since Hamas came to power a year ago, significantly more aid was delivered to the Palestinians in 2006 than in 2005, according to official figures from the United Nations, United States, European Union and International Monetary Fund.

So, what’s the problem?

FdL man charged in eighth OWI incident

A 38-year-old Fond du Lac man has been charged with his eighth drunken driving offense.

Joel L. Ellens, formerly of Brandon, was charged last week in Dodge County Circuit Court for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. If convicted, Ellens faces up to six years in prison. Ellens remains in custody in the Dodge County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.

I’m starting to wonder if there should be mandatory sentencing with drunk driving, to increase with each offense? Something is broken, somewhere.

New tactics disrupt illegal immigration
The Border Patrol is using an array of tools to cut down on illicit border crossings. Interviews suggest the crackdown is having an effect.

But these days many of those who set out to cross the border soon return, unsuccessful and exhausted. Hundreds who manage to cross each day are apprehended swiftly on the U.S. side.

Crossing has become so difficult that the number of people coming to Sasabe has dropped by more than two-thirds from last year, according to Mexican officials.

Golly gee, enforcement works. Who’da thunk it! Oh yeah….people with actual BRAINS!

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