An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 8, 2007

Evening Snack

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:35

Stimulants lead to strokes, Dallas study indicates

A study of 8,300 stroke patients seen at more than 400 Texas hospitals suggests that amphetamine users are five times more likely to have a stroke than someone who doesn’t use the drug. Cocaine users are more than twice as likely to have a stroke.

So is this suppose to be a surprise? Drugs can kill you? No surprise to me. That “Just Say No!” idea was a pretty good one, although young folks think they’ll live forever, and nothing bad could ever happen to them. I know I did, waaaaaay back when.  Like when I wanted to know how fast my car would go and I buried the speedometer.  What an idjit!

Nasrallah: Lebanese dialogue has failed

Nasrallah also vowed that Hizbullah will keep its weapons until a strong Lebanese army capable of defending the country against Israeli attacks is established. The Hizbullah leader apparently was responding to repeated calls by the country’s anti-Syrian parliamentary majority for his group to disarm in line with a UN resolution that ended last summer’s Israel-Hizbullah war.

Seems to me that Hizbullah was the reason for the war last summer. Kind of odd circular logic.

‘B.C.’ Cartoonist Johnny Hart Dies at 76

Cartoonist Johnny Hart, whose award-winning “B.C.” comic strip appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide, died Saturday while working at his home in Endicott. He was 76.


Obey takes on all comers in effort to end war

In putting together the House’s war spending bill, Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey gave false information to fellow Democrats, yelled at anti-war protesters and slammed The Washington Post.

“I didn’t come here to win any charm-school award,’’ the cantankerous Wisconsin Democrat said in an interview.

Well, he sure is succeeding in NOT winning such awards.

Fury as bishops back Iran

The Roman Catholic bishop who oversees the armed forces has provoked fury by praising the Iranian leadership for its “forgiveness” and “act of mercy” in freeing the 15 British sailors and marines last week.

The Bishop of the Forces, the Rt Rev Tom Burns, said that the religious beliefs of the Iranians had played a large part in their decision to release the hostages after holding them for more than two weeks.

Mercy? He has GOT to be kidding. It’s their “religion of peace” that played a big part in the sailors and marines kidnapping.

Philanthropy ‘can eclipse G8’ on poverty

Wealthy philanthropists have the potential to do more than the Group of Eight leading nations to lift Africa out of poverty, according to Jeff Sachs, special adviser to the United Nations secretary-general.

Any time a governmental type organization gets involved, it only makes poverty worse. People give what they can to charities because they actually care. Governments are more concerned with “looking good” and the power that comes with it.

Iraqi Insider Details U.S. Mismanagement

In a rueful reflection on what might have been, an Iraqi government insider details in 500 pages the U.S. occupation’s “shocking” mismanagement of his country – a performance so bad, he writes, that by 2007 Iraqis had “turned their backs on their would-be liberators.”

Micro-managing from thousands of miles away tends to screw things up. :/

Governor Rendell Speaks at CAIR-PA Dinner

CAIR-PA thanked Rep. Sestak for refusing to back out of speaking at the dinner after facing rhetorical attacks from Islamophobic Internet bloggers who objected to his decision to address hundreds of local Muslims.

“Islamophobic” bloggers aren’t buying into their B.S.! Speaking for a group known to be connected to terrorists isn’t really all that wise. Just think, the folks of PA could have had Lynn Swan for governor. Instead, they chose to re-elect Rendell. What a shame.

State wants pot sellers to pay tax

“If you sell medical marijuana, your sales in California are generally subject to tax, and you are required to hold a seller’s permit,” the board said in notices sent out in February. “If you do not obtain a seller’s permit or fail to report and pay the taxes due, you will be subject to interest and penalty charges.”

No doubt that tax will passed along to the consumer. 🙂


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