An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 9, 2007

Evening Snack

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:28

Obama, Clinton join Edwards in skipping Fox-sponsored debate

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will not participate in a Democratic debate co-hosted by Fox News Channel this fall, campaign aides indicated today.

The decision by the two Democratic presidential candidates follows an announcement last week by John Edwards, another White House contender, that he would forgo the Fox event.

And who is being divisive? Perhaps they are afraid of a few tough questions.

Notorious Palestinian prisoners demanded in Shalit exchange

Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, the most senior Palestinian held by Israel, is among the hundreds of inmates the Hamas organization wants in exchange for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said Monday. The information minister and the prisoner are distant relatives.

Evidently the Palestinians believe hundreds of their own aren’t worth as much as one Israeli. I’m inclined to agree when they behave in such a manner.

Denying massacre hurts ties to West

Turkey’s persistent denial of the massacres of Armenians during World War I is threatening the European Union’s common energy policy, relations with France and the operations of a major U.S. base on Turkish territory.

I thought there was a lot of proof this happened. Does it make sense to keep denying it?

The Truth Is Out There…

A museum honouring the first man on the moon has set up an exhibition dedicated to all the conspiracy theorists who claim the lunar landing was a hoax.

I suppose even nuts need a voice. 🙂 Goodness knows, there are enough of ’em on the internet.

Ban Must Throw Out More Old Rascals

Kofi Annan was dragged kicking and screaming to fill in his own financial disclosure. As secretarygeneral, he argued that he should not be obliged to abide by the same rules he had enacted to make his administration look more transparent. And the rule, he then added in a lawyerly way, requires only filing the form with an auditing firm, not making it public.

I’d say this was a good sign there was hope for the Useless Numnuts, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Half of Russia chooses foreign cars

There are several reasons behind this explosion in the foreign-car market. First, the quality of Russian cars is inferior to foreign ones. Soon they will not be able to compete with foreigners even in terms of price. The country’s engineering schools, which were quite strong in the past, have lost their potential after 15 years without sufficient financing. So there is almost no other alternative for the Russian car industry but to develop using the achievements of international carmakers.

American, Japanese or German? Oddly enough, Ford is a biggie over there, although Ford would have to pay me to drive one of their vehicles.

State revokes adoption agency license

Among the state’s findings: the agency, which has operated since 1992, falsified adoption documents; forged family members’ signatures; charged extra, undisclosed fees; threatened families who complained about delays and additional costs and took money from one family for a Kenyan adoption the agency was not authorized to conduct.

With all the children in this country who need a family’s love, why do our citizens have to go overseas to find children? The bureaucracy seriously needs to be overhauled, making it easier for potential parents to be matched with children who need a home.

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