An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 9, 2007

Morning Coffee 4/9/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:12

Chase suspect is accused of fleeing from police officer

When police informed the man that he faced charges of fleeing an officer and a fifth offense of operating after revocation, the man told the officer he should’ve outrun police. He said that he’d been to boot camp and could’ve fled from police, according to the report.

The headline struck me as amusing. DUH! If he hadn’t been fleeing, he wouldn’t have been chased. I don’t know, maybe it’s just cuz it’s Monday. And what the heck does going to boot camp have to do with diddly? Obviously, alcohol was involved.

Iran Says It’s Prepared to Start ‘Industrial Scale’ Uranium Enrichment

Asked if Iran has begun injecting uranium gas into 3,000 centrifuges for enrichment, top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani replied, “Yes.” He did not elaborate, but it was the first confirmation that Iran had installed the larger set of centrifuges after months of saying it intends to do so. Until now, Iran was only known to have 328 centrifuges operating.

And Pelosi was cozying up to their ally. Iran is providing weapons and manpower in Iraq. The world just got a whole lot more dangerous. If that country wasn’t run by a bunch of lunatics, having nuclear power would be different. Sadly, the Ahmabooboo’s of the world are centered in that area. sigh…

Hundreds of students skip school on Good Friday

But school was in session on Good Friday for students in Williamson County Schools. Despite a long debate trying to fit the religious holiday into spring break, for the past two years the county school board approved calendars that left Good Friday out on its own.

A school board in the Bible (Baptist) belt eliminated Good Friday? In a nation that is 80% Christian? Does anyone else see a problem here? You can’t walk a thousand feet in any town in Tennessee without it leading you to a Baptist church.

BBC denies reporter staged kidnapping

London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Monday that BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston may have staged his own kidnapping. Shortly afterwards, the BBC stated that this report was completely unfounded.

Yeah, that’s something most folks would do to avoid getting fired, IF it were true. Good grief.

President Renewing Efforts on Immigration

President Bush will relaunch his push for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws today in Arizona, with a fresh speech on the border and a new congressional leadership that is friendlier to his views, but with the same dynamics that scuttled his last attempt: a cooperative Senate but bipartisan opposition in the House.

Overhaul, sure. But if he’s going to “push” for amnesty, there are going to be a LOT of folks out here in the real world pushing back! The word is I-L-L-E-G-A-L!

Katrina claims stagger corps

So many claims have been filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the agency needs at least another month even to tally the floor-to-ceiling stacks, spokesman Vic Harris says. Among the more than 70,000 damage claims filed is one for $200 billion by Louisiana’s attorney general and another by New Orleans for $77 billion.

What happened to the money N.O. and the state of Louisiana had to keep that levy in proper working order? Just wondering. When the hurricane that destroyed Galveston in 1900 hit, did the federal government pick up the tab, or did people who survived pull their lives back together themselves? Again, just wondering.

Schools may fingerprint six million children

Almost six million children at 17,000 schools could have their fingerprints taken, intensifying fears of the growth of a “surveillance society” where personal information is gathered from cradle to grave.

As soaring numbers of schools require pupils to have biometric checks to register in the morning, buy canteen food or borrow a book, it emerged that less than one-quarter of local education authorities have banned collecting fingerprints.

The rest either allow it or have no policy on the issue, potentially enabling headteachers to gather biometric data from about 5.9 million English schoolchildren as young as four without telling their parents.

I find that extremely disturbing. So should the folks in Britain!



  1. We do find it disturbing over here. As a parent my children nearly had their biometrics on an insecure school PC system for library book issue in 2005.

    The lack of knowledge that it is happening for the past 6 years in schools in the UK without parents knowing is most worrying.

    See, for more information:
    and my blog specific to this ‘Biometrics in Schools’

    Comment by Pippa — April 9, 2007 @ 1:37

  2. […] Cow pies, General News — olbroad @ 4:20 This morning, after posting my  usual “Morning Coffee” thing, which included this, I got a comment from a young lady in Great Britain.  I was […]

    Pingback by Fingerprinting Kids « An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings — April 9, 2007 @ 4:21

  3. Interesting. I actually think there is a database in California somewhere that has childhood fingerprints that were taken of me from school… and I know that there are footprints from when I was born.

    I think the rationale is that if you are kidnapped, it’s a sure fire way to identify a child. Whether thats enough of a reason or not, I don’t know.

    Comment by schweitn — April 9, 2007 @ 5:50

  4. All well and good….IF only the parents have them. I had my granddaughter finger printed but I have them, not some gubmint data base. That scares the bejabbers outta me.

    Comment by olbroad — April 9, 2007 @ 6:27

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