An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 23, 2007

Morning Coffee 4/23/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:16

Agents: No confidence in border chief

The leaders of the U.S. Border Patrol’s rank-and-file agents have unanimously voted a no-confidence resolution against Chief David V. Aguilar, citing, among other things, his willingness to believe the “perjured allegations” of criminal aliens over his own agents.

That’s a pretty good sign there is a serious problem on the border. If you can’t trust your boss to do the right thing, then why bother?

Lawmakers speak loudly, act slowly on immigration

Many are mired in partisan politics, lawmakers say. But legislators may have little incentive to push the kind of substantial changes that would upset business interests reliant on immigrant labor, one political scientist points out.

I suggest they start listening to the people in this state, and do what they were elected to do. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of legal people willing to do those jobs, at a reasonable wage.

U.S. gun culture back in spotlight
Do we need more or fewer firearms?

Collectively, U.S. citizens are the most heavily armed in the world. Americans own about 250 million rifles, shotguns and handguns, nearly one per person and at least one-third of the guns in the world.

The number of households with guns has declined to a historically low 35 percent, but those who own guns buy more. By one estimate, 77 percent of the guns in the United States belong to 10 percent of the adults, who each own four or more.

I think it should be a law you have to own a gun, and know how to use it! 35%? Wanna bet there are a few folks who kept that kept whether or not they actually own a gun to themselves?

Demands for rerun of election marred by widespead fraud

The old man’s hand hovered uneasily over the ballot paper. The party agent grabbed it quickly and placed the thumb firmly down on the red, green and white insignia of the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

Why is it that if the party’s name includes ‘democratic’ there is some sort of fraud involved? That’s not what a democracy is all about. I guess power is more important to some than what is right for the nation.

Tornadoes blast Texas Panhandle

Cactus was hardest hit, and about 50 people were still unaccounted for Sunday, Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades said. He believes all of them are safe and likely evacuated after hearing tornado sirens in this mostly poor city, home of the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant raided by federal immigration officials in December.

I pray for their safety, and for the town.

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin Dead, Kremlin Says

MOSCOW — Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76.

Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov confirmed Yeltsin’s death, but gave no cause or further information.

Rest in peace.

In Dallas, Commercial Radio Without Commercials

Facing increasing competition from satellite radio and iPods, Clear Channel Communications is trying something radically different at a commercial radio station in Texas: getting rid of the commercials.

As of today, KZPS in Dallas — on the dial at 92.5 FM or online at — will no longer run traditional 30- or 60-second advertisements. Instead, advertisers sponsor an hour of programming, during which a D.J. will promote its product conversationally in what the company calls integration.

I could live with that. I hate commercials, radio or television. They insult any and all thinking people.


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