An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 16, 2007

Evening Snack (4/16)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:42

U.S. Rep. Petri raised $78,050 in the first quarter

Although the Fond du Lac Republican hasn’t announced yet whether he will seek re-election to a 16th term in November 2008, he said in an interview Monday he’s planning on raising $800,000 to $900,000 by the end of this year.

I’d say if he’s planning on raising that much money, odds are he intends to run again. I don’t think he should, I know of someone who should replace him, but hey, that’s just me.

Virginia shootings displace Texas massacres from grim lists

The slaughter in Virginia exceeded the 23 people gunned down Oct. 16, 1991, at a Luby’s Restaurant in Killeen. Until that day, Killeen had been known primarily as the town next to Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the free world.
On Aug. 1, 1966, a sniping rampage by Charles Whitman from the University of Texas’ landmark 307-foot tower made it, at the time, the worst mass shooting. Until Monday, it remained the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.

None of these massacres should ever have happened.

MoD official accepted £217,000 in bribes

Michael Hale, 58, who was in charge of contracts for gas supplies and equipment, received nine payments over four years, Southwark Crown Court was told. He was given concurrent sentences of two years on each corruption charge.

Money and power can obviously become an ugly combination.


Prince William abruptly ended his tabloid-titillating, five-year romance with cutie Kate Middleton after his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, reportedly warned him, “We don’t want another Diana.”

Since they are so dead set on keeping up ‘appearances’, maybe they should just arrange a marriage for the poor kid. Actually, they were darn lucky to get a “Diana”. No one gave a happy crap about ’em before her.

Gunman may have been in U.S. on visa

Authorities were investigating whether the gunman who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history was a Chinese man who arrived in the United States last year on a student visa.

Obviously, it may be a while before we get all the details.

Winklers’ daughter: “I saw daddy laying on the floor face down”

Prosecutors in the murder trial of a Tennessee preacher’s wife accused of shooting her husband asked the couple’s 9-year-old daughter Monday what she remembered from the morning of the shooting.

It’s a shame a child has to go through such a thing.

Senate approves sweeping immigration legislation

Immigration legislation that would bar illegal immigrants from jobs and public benefits was overwhelmingly approved by the Oklahoma Senate on Monday after opponents described it as a mean-spirited measure that will cost the state more than it will save.

Mean spirited? How does enforcing national law become mean spirited? I’ve yet to figure out how it would cost more, but hey, what do I know.  More states should follow OK’s example.


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  1. Evening Snack (4/16)

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