An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 30, 2007

Love This Guy!

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 8:41

The Fred Thompson Report

Sticks and Stones

It bothers Americans when we’re told how unpopular we are with the rest of the world. For some of us, at least, it gets our back up — and our natural tendency is to tell the French, for example, that we’d rather not hear from them until the day when they need us to bail them out again.

But we cool off. We’re big boys and girls, after all, and we don’t really bruise that easily. We’re also hopeful that, eventually, our ostrich-headed allies will realize there’s a World War going on out there and they need to pick a side — the choice being between the forces of civilization and the forces of anarchy. Considering the fact that the latter team is growing stronger and bolder daily, while most of our European Union friends continue to dismantle their defenses, that day may not be too long in coming.

In the meantime, let’s be realistic about the world we live in. Mexican leaders apparently have an economic policy based on exporting their own citizens, while complaining about US immigration policies that are far less exclusionary than their own. The French jail perfectly nice people for politically incorrect comments, but scold us for holding terrorists at Guantanamo.

Russia, though, takes the cake. Here is a government apparently run by ex-KGB agents who have no problem blackmailing whole countries by turning the crank on their oil pipelines. They’re not doing anything shady, they say. They can’t help it if their opponents are so notoriously accident-prone. Criticize these guys and you might accidentally drink a cup of tea laced with a few million dollars worth of deadly, and extremely rare, radioactive poison. Oppose the Russian leadership, and you could trip and fall off a tall building or stumble into the path of a bullet.

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Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 8:24

I think I’ve finally figured it out!  Monday through Thursday, most of the spam Askimet catches is drug related.  Friday through Sunday, it’s mostly porn.  I don’t want to buy cheap viagra, or cialis, or whatever else they are trying to sell.  And I don’t want to see, or read, what porn they are trying to push.  Some of that stuff, well, I guess I’ve led a sheltered life.

Evening Snack (4/30)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:17

House adopts school prayer bill

Students would be able to meet in prayer groups during school hours and otherwise express their religious beliefs in school, as long as they don’t discriminate against the religious beliefs or sexual orientation of other students, under legislation overwhelmingly endorsed Monday by the House.

I’m really curious how sexual orientation comes into the idea about meeting for prayer. Well, Texas has taken a first step, but I’m sure all educational systems KNOW prayer has never been OUT of schools. They do still give tests, right?

Tax-scam tab $5 million

A woman who supervises state tax refunds was arrested over the weekend, charged with authorizing more than $5 million in phony tax refunds for her boyfriend and another friend.

I guess I just don’t have a criminal type mind. I would have never thought of doing something like this, and I sure can’t think of any boyfriend I ever had who was worth swindling anyone out of $5,000,000!

Bush seeks cooperation on U.S. war funds

President Bush said Monday he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to pay for the Iraq war but will carry through on his threat to veto any spending bill that sets a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal.

Bush has been trying to cooperate with the Dhimmis since he took office. What makes him think they will reciprocate now, after all this time when they haven’t in the past?

Mass transit, telecommutes save SF-Bay traffic

Commuters appear to have heeded the pleas of state and local officials, who asked them to use public transportation or telecommute Monday. The elevated section of highway that carries motorists from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to a number of freeways was destroyed early Sunday when the heat of a burning gasoline tanker truck weakened part of one overpass, crumpling it onto another.

Perhaps the San Fran greenies will start practicing what they preach to the rest of the country? But I thought steel would burn….at least that’s what Rosie said. Bush must have destroyed that bridge to annoying commuters in the area.

Rise in gun crime forces Swiss to reconsider right to bear arms

Switzerland has no standing army, but all young men are obliged to train as soldiers and are called up for three or four weeks a year for about a decade. Throughout this time they keep a rifle plus maybe a pistol at home, with ammunition. Once the call-up period ends they are not required to surrender them. The rationale is that the entire population is ready to spring to the nation’s defence in the event of the French, Germans or Italians deciding to invade.

Yet knee jerk reaction to insane people with guns would prevent citizens who are perfectly able to control themselves, and use guns responsibly from protecting themselves, and others, from the insane people with guns. What viscous cycle.

FDA-approved diet drug to get big sendoff

The small, square volume is an introduction to alli — the first weight-loss drug approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter sales. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare will follow up in mid-June by putting 3.5 million starter kits for the drug onto shelves at 40,000 stores and supermarkets nationwide.

Being of the short and fat variety, I don’t think there is any starter kit that is going to help. 🙂 It’s called control, exercise, strong will, exercise, watching what you eat….exercise!

U.S. Puts 29 Foreign Properties on the Market

In search of a fixer-upper? The former U.S. ambassador’s residence in Libya can be yours for a cool $1.5 million, marked down from its multimillion dollar estimated market value because of damage it sustained in anti-American riots and demonstrations throughout the 1980s and 90s.

Hmm….. Naw. I like the house we just bought. Besides, I don’t have any desire to live in Libya.

China Failing on Human Rights

China has failed to live up to promises to improve human rights for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing despite reforms to the death penalty system and more freedoms for foreign reporters, Amnesty International said in a report Monday.

Big shocker! NOT!

School defends morning-after pill

A head teacher has defended his school’s sexual health policy after admitting it handed out hundreds of morning-after pills to teenage girls.

They’re handing out that pill to school girls? Is that wise?

More names possible in D.C. escort case

Media and Beltway insiders have been anxious to see whose names would be tied to the voluminous call records that Deborah Jeane Palfrey kept while running the business for more than a decade. Palfrey maintained the list of numbers but not names, according to one of her lawyers.

Know what? I don’t care! As long as my money didn’t pay for their fun and games, I don’t give a flying flip!

Heading North

Filed under: Stuff, Travel — olbroad @ 9:48

Yep, gotta head back to Wisconsin today.  A few more trips, and we should have this down pat.  I’m really hoping we’ll be all moved by June.  I know the Mr. wants to take advantage of the golf course while he still can.  I think that’s his hesitancy to make this a permanent move.  Hey hon, there are quite a few courses around here, and the season is MUCH longer.  🙂

So, a couple more things to throw into the car, and I’m off!

Morning Coffee 4/30/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:27

Edwards pitches Clinton-era taxes

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said yesterday raising taxes for higher-income families back to their levels under the Clinton administration is a floor, not a ceiling, and he would consider even higher tax increases.

What does he consider ‘higher-income’? More than $100,000? $200,000? Some people able to make ends meet, without all the luxuries (like a private jet or yacht), were REAL surprised to find out Clinton thought they were “rich”.

Disappointed fans trash race’s outcome

A week after Tony Stewart compared NASCAR racing to pro wrestling, boorish fans didn’t help the sport’s image by pelting Jeff Gordon’s car with beer cans, toilet paper and other debris after he won Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

“It’s unfortunate that the negative gets more attention than the positive,” said Gordon, one of the sport’s greatest drivers but a favorite target of the boo-birds. “I guess controversy draws attention.”

Oh, that’s REAL grown up. Criminy! What happened to manners?

America prepares to talk with Iran after 28 years of silence

Condoleezza Rice held out the prospect yesterday of direct talks with her Iranian counterpart this week in what would be America’s most significant contact with the Islamic republic since ties were severed almost 30 years ago.

What is there to talk about with crazy people? “Please Mr. Lunatic, stop providing men and arms to terrorists in Iraq?”

Victims chase robbery suspects

The victims and a store employee chased the suspects after the robbery, police said. The chase ended when the suspects’ vehicle flipped, killing a 23-year-old woman inside.

Nice to know some people aren’t just letting themselves be victimized.

Mary Winkler’s attorneys file for diversion in Memphis

Winkler, 33, is free on $750,000 bond, awaiting sentencing. The voluntary manslaughter conviction carries a three- to six-year sentence, but if diversion were granted it would allow Winkler to serve her sentence on probation. It also would expunge the conviction from her record.

Isn’t it enough she isn’t even going to be doing any time? Do they really think it should just vanish, like it never happened? Hmmm….

Pilot who flew ‘Rosie’s Riveter’ in World War II, dies at age 89

Robert Rosenthal, a World War II bomber pilot who twice survived being shot down in raids over Europe and later served on the U.S. legal team that prosecuted Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, has died at age 89.

R.I.P. sir. And thank you!

‘Olmert made the decision to go to war unprepared’

According to the report, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert bears the responsibility for the decision to go to war without sufficient preparation, a decision the committee called “lacking in judgement, responsibility, and caution.”

That surprises me. I thought Israel was ALWAYS prepared for war, considering where they are located, and their ‘neighbors’.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow Returns to Work After Cancer Surgery

White House press secretary Tony Snow was back on the job Monday, five weeks after doctors discovered a recurrence of his cancer. He said he would soon undergo chemotherapy “just to make sure we’ve got the thing knocked out.”

Good! Now I can start watching the briefings again! 🙂 I really like that guy!

Congress’ vote on Iraq war is only a prelude

On the surface, there’s not much suspense about what happens next in the battle between President Bush and Democratic lawmakers over the war in Iraq. Bush says he will veto the $124-billion war spending bill passed by both houses of Congress last week that requires him to begin withdrawing troops this year; when he does, Democrats say, they will protest and then send him the money without binding conditions.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all put our COUNTRY before party politics? sigh… Yes, I know, I live in a fantasy land.

Al-Qaida Linked to London Bomb Plot

A jury convicted five men Monday of plotting to use a 1,300 pound fertilizer bomb to attack a London nightclub, power plants or a shopping mall following a yearlong trial, the country’s longest-ever terror case.

Details that previously were kept secret to ensure a fair trial showed ties between the five and a group who bombed the London transit system in 2005, as well as with other al-Qaida linked cells.

BTW, Dhimmis (Dems), it IS a ‘war on terror’!

April 29, 2007

Evening Snack (4/29)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:04

Tenet Faces Backlash

Secretary of State Rice on Sunday disputed Tenet’s claim that the Bush administration, before the American-led invasion in March 2003, never had a serious debate about whether Iraq posed an imminent threat or whether to tighten existing sanctions.

Don’t they take oaths or some such thing to keep their mouths shut?

Gov’s tollway signs drive push to close loophole

Now some lawmakers are trying to close a loophole in state ethics laws that enabled Blagojevich to bill taxpayers for the $15,000-apiece signs that read “Open Road Tolling, Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor.”

“[Blagojevich] was the major poster boy on using this loophole,” Rep. Elizabeth Coulson (R-Glenview) said.

“Taxpayer dollars should be going to market a program, not the elected official.”

Loopholes: A politician’s best friend. I still think Wisconsin should have a special toll very every car with an Illinois tag. 🙂

Mashaal: If Israel doesn’t yield we will kidnap again

“Hamas is determined to free all the Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails, be it by kidnapping more soldiers or other methods,” said Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal on Monday at a rally for Palestinian prisoners in a Damascus refugee camp.

I guess it doesn’t matter to Hamas if those they want freed are guilty of anything or not. Why should Israel always be the one to ‘yield’?

Iran ban on ‘Western’ hairstyles

The move is part of an unusually fierce crackdown on what is known locally as bad hijab, or un-Islamic clothing, that this year is also targeting men.

Hair stylists have been warned that they could lose their licenses if they do not comply.

However, police have denied a report that they have ordered barbers not to serve customers wearing ties.

All choice is being removed from the Iranians. How do you have a diplomatic chat with people who destroy all freedoms?

At least two dead in Ward Parkway Center shooting

Police were notified shortly before 4 p.m. that a man was firing shots at the center at 8600 Ward Parkway and that several people had been hit. Initial reports indicated that as many as four people may have been shot.

The world has gone mad.

California Interchange Collapses After Tanker Fire

A heavily traveled section of freeway that funnels traffic off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed early Sunday after a gasoline tanker truck overturned and erupted into flames, authorities said.

Flames shot 200 feet in the air and the heat was intense enough to melt part of the freeway and cause the collapse, but the truck’s driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns. No other injuries were reported.

I am truly amazed no one was killed.

A retail giant celebrates humble beginnings in Kemmerer

You might think he was cheap, given the name of the store, and some of you might think that a man with the name James Cash Penney was just a little too hard to believe.

Well, the good folks in Kemmerer owe a lot to the man that created one of America’s greatest — and most ubiquitous mall anchor stores.

Cool. I’ve actually been in that store. Ok, it was a long time ago, but still….. 🙂

Tennessee earthquake commission to begin meeting next month

“We need to be proactive about what happens, not reactive,” said Clifford DeBerry, director of analysis, strategy and performance at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.

I’m trying to figure out where we’re going to stash our supplies….just in case, ya know. 🙂

Gross!

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 7:06

Serious question!  Does anyone know how to clean the jet thingys in a jacuzzi type tub?

I thought using that might help with the aches and pains that accompany the fever I have acquired.   I fill up the tub, step in, turn on the jets…..and all this seriously disgusting black stuff comes flying out.  So much for that idea.  Perhaps the previous owners never used the thing?  They sure did talk it up when we were looking at the house.  I think I’ll just take some more aspirin.  :/

The Slaughter of Innocents

Filed under: Life — olbroad @ 11:46

S.C. a leader in restricting access to abortions

South Carolina is one of the most difficult places in the United States to get an abortion, abortion rights advocates say.

Over the past two decades, a host of legislative restrictions — mandatory waiting periods, requiring “informed consent” information and regulations on abortion clinics — have jelled to limit access to abortions.

Shouldn’t women who are considering an abortion have ALL the information they can get?

The impact of the laws is evident in:

• The decline of S.C. abortion clinics to three from 14 in 1996

• The drop in S.C. doctors who perform abortions. South Carolina is the only state in the nation that has a law that defines a fetus as a person. Abortion rights advocates say that law could expose doctors who perform abortions to criminal prosecution.

• Two-thirds of the state’s reproductive-age women live in counties where no doctors perform abortions.

• A slight increase in the number of S.C. women going to other states to get abortions

As a result, abortions in South Carolina have dropped 53 percent since 1988.

This is a good thing! How many women decided against an abortion instead of going out of state?

“I would say (the anti-abortion strategy) has worked,” said Rauch Wise, a Greenwood attorney and abortion rights backer.

Wise defended a Greenville woman who took drugs while pregnant in a high-profile 1992 case. That case led to the state Supreme Court’s landmark 3-2 ruling that a viable fetus is a “person” and, therefore, protected by the state’s child-abuse laws.
(…)
South Carolina’s high court, which took 29 months to deliberate the case, is the only one nationwide to uphold such a law. Other states passed identical laws that have been struck down.

Perhaps S.C. sees a value in all life?

vi·a·ble
1 : capable of living; especially : having attained such form and development as to be normally capable of surviving outside the mother’s womb
2 : capable of growing or developing
3 a : capable of working, functioning, or developing adequately b : capable of existence and development as an independent unit 

c (1) : having a reasonable chance of succeeding (2) : financially sustainable

Sure sounds like an unborn child to me. Except for the ‘financially sustainable’ part, anyone with kids knows they aren’t cheap.

Anti-abortion supporters say a woman is 80 percent more likely to change her mind about an abortion if she has information that causes her to reflect on the procedure ahead of time.

The more information a person has, the better informed decision can be made. Why do the pro-abortion bunch prefer a lack of information? Perhaps because the killing of babies has become such a big business? The abortion mills give a lot of money to promote their agenda. And I hate to say it, but Hitler ain’t got nuthin’ on those folks when it comes to murdering. 12 million human beings during the Nazi’s reign. More than 40 million babies since Roe v Wade.

Morning Coffee 4/29/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 11:10

Thompson would aid Iranian revolution

Thompson accused Tehran of “playing a larger part in killing our soldiers” in neighboring Iraq.

Many Iranians don’t like their government, “and I think we ought to capitalize on that,” Thompson told The Associated Press. “There is a chance they may mobilize themselves, and we need to assist them if that happens.”

I’m all for encouraging the Iranian folks ousting Ahmabooboo!

Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed

Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent.

I just heard Condi tell that guy on deface the nation that they were encouraged to send funds to the Clinton/Bush foundation, bypassing the bureaucratic red tape.

Tamil Tiger planes strike fuel depots

It was the third time the separatist rebels have used light aircraft to hit military targets. The Bandaranaike International Airport shares a runway with the adjoining military base where war planes are parked.

I’ve tried to find out more about this group, but the information seems limited. Or, perhaps I’ve been looking in the wrong places. Any bunch who targets civilians are terrorists in my mind.

Vegas house-flippers crushed as market crashes

Foreclosure filings across the U.S. rose 47 percent last month from a year ago to 149,150 – one for every 775 households, according to statistics from Realty Trac Inc., a foreclosure listing service. And for the third straight month, Nevada’s foreclosure rate led the nation when it rose 220 percent from a year earlier to 4,738 filings, or one in every 183 households.

I never could figure out why they were going overboard with the building in Las Vegas. The resources are limited, so why did they push so hard to keep on building? Who’s stupid idea was that? I think there’s a LOT of blame to be shared on this housing situation, including the folks who accepted loans for more than they could afford. The word is NO.

Rival groups sound off on FB rental ordinance

Perhaps the hottest issue in suburban elections is in Farmers Branch, where residents will decide whether they want Ordinance 2903 – a law that would ban apartment complexes from renting to most illegal immigrants, by requiring apartment management to obtain proof of citizenship or legal immigration status from tenants.

I’ll ask the question again: What part of I-L-L-E-G-A-L do people not understand?

GOP has uphill climb for cash and candidates

Some of the GOP’s top choices to run for the House next year have declined, citing what Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) called a “poisonous” environment. And Republicans’ fundraising edge, an important advantage over the last five years, has dwindled.

Give us an alternative choice (a Fred Thompson perhaps?), and you’d see a BIG upswing in fund raising.

School budget trims jobs

Fewer students and teachers, more psychologists, social workers and nurses, and no major changes in the overall approach to teaching children – those are among the highlights of a $1.2 billion budget proposal by Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent William Andrekopoulos for 2007-’08.

More shrinks? Are they serious? How ’bout a few salary cuts? Maybe make the employees pay more for their own health care, like the rest of the real world has to do?

Baghdad Hit With Blasts; Karbala Toll Up

U.S. forces fired an artillery barrage in southern Baghdad Sunday morning, rocking the capital with loud explosions. The death toll from a suicide car bomb attack in the Shiite holy city of Karbala rose to 68 as residents dug through the debris of heavily damaged shops.

I’m still baffled over the type of person who is willing to commit suicide to kill as many innocent people as possible.

Cardinals reliever Hancock killed in car crash; tonight’s game postponed

Hancock’s Ford Explorer slammed into the rear of a tow truck that was parked in the far left westbound lane shortly after 12:30 a.m. The tow truck driver, who was seated in the vehicle at the time, was unhurt.

R.I.P.

April 28, 2007

Sorry – No “Snack”

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 10:17

I haven’t been feeling to swuft today, so I curled up in my chair most of the afternoon, and did some serious dozing.   Still not up to snuff, so I’m going to forgo my usual “Evening Snack”.  So, if you’re tuning in to check it out, sorry ’bout that.

Obviously, I didn’t make it to the Fred Rally this afternoon either.  😦  I really wanted to go, but a four hour drive, one way, when ya feel like ……well, bad… not a good idea.

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