An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 30, 2007

Evening Snack (4/30)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:17

House adopts school prayer bill

Students would be able to meet in prayer groups during school hours and otherwise express their religious beliefs in school, as long as they don’t discriminate against the religious beliefs or sexual orientation of other students, under legislation overwhelmingly endorsed Monday by the House.

I’m really curious how sexual orientation comes into the idea about meeting for prayer. Well, Texas has taken a first step, but I’m sure all educational systems KNOW prayer has never been OUT of schools. They do still give tests, right?

Tax-scam tab $5 million

A woman who supervises state tax refunds was arrested over the weekend, charged with authorizing more than $5 million in phony tax refunds for her boyfriend and another friend.

I guess I just don’t have a criminal type mind. I would have never thought of doing something like this, and I sure can’t think of any boyfriend I ever had who was worth swindling anyone out of $5,000,000!

Bush seeks cooperation on U.S. war funds

President Bush said Monday he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to pay for the Iraq war but will carry through on his threat to veto any spending bill that sets a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal.

Bush has been trying to cooperate with the Dhimmis since he took office. What makes him think they will reciprocate now, after all this time when they haven’t in the past?

Mass transit, telecommutes save SF-Bay traffic

Commuters appear to have heeded the pleas of state and local officials, who asked them to use public transportation or telecommute Monday. The elevated section of highway that carries motorists from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to a number of freeways was destroyed early Sunday when the heat of a burning gasoline tanker truck weakened part of one overpass, crumpling it onto another.

Perhaps the San Fran greenies will start practicing what they preach to the rest of the country? But I thought steel would burn….at least that’s what Rosie said. Bush must have destroyed that bridge to annoying commuters in the area.

Rise in gun crime forces Swiss to reconsider right to bear arms

Switzerland has no standing army, but all young men are obliged to train as soldiers and are called up for three or four weeks a year for about a decade. Throughout this time they keep a rifle plus maybe a pistol at home, with ammunition. Once the call-up period ends they are not required to surrender them. The rationale is that the entire population is ready to spring to the nation’s defence in the event of the French, Germans or Italians deciding to invade.

Yet knee jerk reaction to insane people with guns would prevent citizens who are perfectly able to control themselves, and use guns responsibly from protecting themselves, and others, from the insane people with guns. What viscous cycle.

FDA-approved diet drug to get big sendoff

The small, square volume is an introduction to alli — the first weight-loss drug approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter sales. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare will follow up in mid-June by putting 3.5 million starter kits for the drug onto shelves at 40,000 stores and supermarkets nationwide.

Being of the short and fat variety, I don’t think there is any starter kit that is going to help. 🙂 It’s called control, exercise, strong will, exercise, watching what you eat….exercise!

U.S. Puts 29 Foreign Properties on the Market

In search of a fixer-upper? The former U.S. ambassador’s residence in Libya can be yours for a cool $1.5 million, marked down from its multimillion dollar estimated market value because of damage it sustained in anti-American riots and demonstrations throughout the 1980s and 90s.

Hmm….. Naw. I like the house we just bought. Besides, I don’t have any desire to live in Libya.

China Failing on Human Rights

China has failed to live up to promises to improve human rights for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing despite reforms to the death penalty system and more freedoms for foreign reporters, Amnesty International said in a report Monday.

Big shocker! NOT!

School defends morning-after pill

A head teacher has defended his school’s sexual health policy after admitting it handed out hundreds of morning-after pills to teenage girls.

They’re handing out that pill to school girls? Is that wise?

More names possible in D.C. escort case

Media and Beltway insiders have been anxious to see whose names would be tied to the voluminous call records that Deborah Jeane Palfrey kept while running the business for more than a decade. Palfrey maintained the list of numbers but not names, according to one of her lawyers.

Know what? I don’t care! As long as my money didn’t pay for their fun and games, I don’t give a flying flip!


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