An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 22, 2007

Morning Coffee 3/22/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 7:56

Tennessee lawmakers block resolution honoring Justin Timberlake

As far as Republicans are concerned, pop superstar Justin Timberlake can take his sexy back to Memphis – or anywhere but the state Legislature, where senators postponed a resolution honoring him Wednesday.

Has this kid done anything worth being honored? I mean other than making a boatload of money? Doesn’t the TN legislature have anything better to do, like maybe work on cutting the FOOD tax?

Little Chute man gets probation for torching children with aerosol

A Little Chute man who burned two children with an aerosol can and cigarette lighter was placed on probation after entering pleas to lesser offenses.

Probation? Are they bloomin’ kidding?????

Abortion ultrasound bill passes in S.C. House
State law would make patients see fetal image

Supporters of the measure hope that seeing the fetus will spur more women to forgo abortion. Critics say it’s a tool to intimidate women who have already made an agonizing decision.

It’s a good start!

Democrats have a lock on ’08 presidential hair

Al Gore’s got hair transplants, Rudolph W. Giuliani needs them, and Mitt Romney’s got a dye job. And forget campaign promises — the Democrats could win the presidential election in 2008 by virtue of their splendid hairdos, at least according to Dr. Jon Gaffney, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, hair-loss specialist to the stars and medical scion of the Hair Club for Men.

They wasted two pages on candidates hair? If people vote for a person’s hair, then someone needs to take a good look at their priorities. It also tells me that phoney is in, ala algore.

Plan for monuments ignites a racial debate in House

The University of Texas is considering whether to keep four bronze figures honoring Confederate leaders — including Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States, and Gen. Robert E. Lee — in a prominent location on the campus’s South Mall. Some critics have proposed moving the statues to a museum.

The statues are part of history. People, get over it! Move on!

City’s population going south
Experts see city as a candidate for small, incremental growth

Americans still like the suburbs, the exurbs, the South and the West, fast-growing places that lure new residents and jobs, and where new housing is built every day.

I’d say folks would rather have a decent education for their kids, and to keep them safe. Milwaukee doesn’t seem to be offering either one. Sad.

‘Trick My Truck’ salutes retiree for hauling Vietnam memorial

Harry Joe Hooper’s life has been all about serving others, but he finally gets served back, at 7 p.m. Friday night on CMT’s Trick My Truck.

Not really a trucker, the 79-year-old operated Hooper Funeral Home for 51 years in Whitwell, in southeast Tennessee. When he and Peggy, his wife of 55 years, retired, they volunteered to haul a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., around the South.


Thompson says he doesn’t mind being a ‘dark horse’

Buried near the bottom of the ever-increasing pack of Republicans considering or already in the midst of a run for president, former Gov. Tommy Thompson said Wednesday that he has no problem flying under the radar.

“I am the dark horse candidate. I was a dark horse candidate for governor. I was a dark horse candidate when I ran for the Assembly,” Thompson said at a news conference before a fundraiser. “I am the underdog, and I don’t mind that.”

Wrong Thompson, in my book. 🙂

The Year Without Toilet Paper

Welcome to Walden Pond, Fifth Avenue style. Isabella’s parents, Colin Beavan, 43, a writer of historical nonfiction, and Michelle Conlin, 39, a senior writer at Business Week, are four months into a yearlong lifestyle experiment they call No Impact. Its rules are evolving, as Mr. Beavan will tell you, but to date include eating only food (organically) grown within a 250-mile radius of Manhattan; (mostly) no shopping for anything except said food; producing no trash (except compost, see above); using no paper; and, most intriguingly, using no carbon-fueled transportation.

Nasty.  Sorry, toilet paper is like air….absolutely necessary!



  1. The statues are part of history. People, get over it! Move on!

    I am not so sure it is as simple as that. Those men fought to protect the ideal that Human beings could be treated as property. Yes they are a part of history, a very ugly part of History. If iraquis wanted to erect another statue of saddam would it be ok because he is a part of their History? Or Germany did the same with Hitler? The slave trade killed as many, if not more people then both of those men. So I don’t think it should be viewed as simply “Get over it”

    Comment by Sean — March 22, 2007 @ 9:49

  2. Morning Coffee 3/22/07

    Trackback by University Update — March 22, 2007 @ 10:07

  3. Incorrect. Those men fought to keep the federal government from taking over ‘state’s rights’. Robert E. Lee didn’t own slaves. Slavery was already on the decline when the war started and would have been abolished sooner rather than later.

    Sadly, now the federal government has more control over individual states than was originally intended.

    Comment by olbroad — March 22, 2007 @ 11:03

  4. But the states rights in question were the right to treat people as property..and I am not so sure it would have been abolished all that soon. It was still a very profitable venture

    Comment by Sean — March 22, 2007 @ 11:16

  5. Not exactly. :/ Recommended reading….. The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. Interesting book. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — March 22, 2007 @ 12:30

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