An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 29, 2007

Morning Coffee 4/29/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 11:10

Thompson would aid Iranian revolution

Thompson accused Tehran of “playing a larger part in killing our soldiers” in neighboring Iraq.

Many Iranians don’t like their government, “and I think we ought to capitalize on that,” Thompson told The Associated Press. “There is a chance they may mobilize themselves, and we need to assist them if that happens.”

I’m all for encouraging the Iranian folks ousting Ahmabooboo!

Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed

Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent.

I just heard Condi tell that guy on deface the nation that they were encouraged to send funds to the Clinton/Bush foundation, bypassing the bureaucratic red tape.

Tamil Tiger planes strike fuel depots

It was the third time the separatist rebels have used light aircraft to hit military targets. The Bandaranaike International Airport shares a runway with the adjoining military base where war planes are parked.

I’ve tried to find out more about this group, but the information seems limited. Or, perhaps I’ve been looking in the wrong places. Any bunch who targets civilians are terrorists in my mind.

Vegas house-flippers crushed as market crashes

Foreclosure filings across the U.S. rose 47 percent last month from a year ago to 149,150 – one for every 775 households, according to statistics from Realty Trac Inc., a foreclosure listing service. And for the third straight month, Nevada’s foreclosure rate led the nation when it rose 220 percent from a year earlier to 4,738 filings, or one in every 183 households.

I never could figure out why they were going overboard with the building in Las Vegas. The resources are limited, so why did they push so hard to keep on building? Who’s stupid idea was that? I think there’s a LOT of blame to be shared on this housing situation, including the folks who accepted loans for more than they could afford. The word is NO.

Rival groups sound off on FB rental ordinance

Perhaps the hottest issue in suburban elections is in Farmers Branch, where residents will decide whether they want Ordinance 2903 – a law that would ban apartment complexes from renting to most illegal immigrants, by requiring apartment management to obtain proof of citizenship or legal immigration status from tenants.

I’ll ask the question again: What part of I-L-L-E-G-A-L do people not understand?

GOP has uphill climb for cash and candidates

Some of the GOP’s top choices to run for the House next year have declined, citing what Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) called a “poisonous” environment. And Republicans’ fundraising edge, an important advantage over the last five years, has dwindled.

Give us an alternative choice (a Fred Thompson perhaps?), and you’d see a BIG upswing in fund raising.

School budget trims jobs

Fewer students and teachers, more psychologists, social workers and nurses, and no major changes in the overall approach to teaching children – those are among the highlights of a $1.2 billion budget proposal by Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent William Andrekopoulos for 2007-’08.

More shrinks? Are they serious? How ’bout a few salary cuts? Maybe make the employees pay more for their own health care, like the rest of the real world has to do?

Baghdad Hit With Blasts; Karbala Toll Up

U.S. forces fired an artillery barrage in southern Baghdad Sunday morning, rocking the capital with loud explosions. The death toll from a suicide car bomb attack in the Shiite holy city of Karbala rose to 68 as residents dug through the debris of heavily damaged shops.

I’m still baffled over the type of person who is willing to commit suicide to kill as many innocent people as possible.

Cardinals reliever Hancock killed in car crash; tonight’s game postponed

Hancock’s Ford Explorer slammed into the rear of a tow truck that was parked in the far left westbound lane shortly after 12:30 a.m. The tow truck driver, who was seated in the vehicle at the time, was unhurt.



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