An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 31, 2007


Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 9:01

If I’m not battling peacocks in the morning, I’m fighting with my computer’s connection at night.   I’m too old for this aggravation!


NASA Chief Agrees With ME!

Filed under: Environment — olbroad @ 11:25

Ok, yes, that’s a stretch! 🙂

NASA chief doubts global warming is front-burner issue
Remarks called irresponsible by environmentalists

Actually, what is ‘irresponsible’ is the panic and fear promoted by the loony lefties.

“To assume that is a problem is to assume that the state of the Earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure it doesn’t change,” he said. “First of all, I don’t think it’s within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown.

“Second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings — where and when — are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we might have right here today, right now, is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that’s a rather arrogant position for people to take.”

People, we just aren’t that dadburn important in the scheme of things. We don’t control this planet, or it’s climate. We can’t. We are insignificant. Specks on the planet, a grain of sand on the beach.  The climate changes. It has been changing since the beginning. It’s been colder, it’s been a lot hotter. It fluctuates.

Get over yourselves.

Fred on Israel

Filed under: 2008, Opinion — olbroad @ 10:59

Living in Terror

Let me ask you a hypothetical question. What do you think America would do if Canadian soldiers were firing dozens of missiles every day into Buffalo, N.Y.? What do you think our response would be if Mexican troops for two years had launched daily rocket attacks on San Diego — and bragged about it?

I can tell you, our response would look nothing like Israel’s restrained and pinpoint reactions to daily missile attacks from Gaza. We would use whatever means necessary to win the war. There would likely be numerous casualties on our enemy’s side, but we would rightfully hold those who attacked us responsible.

More than 1,300 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza since Palestinians were given control two years ago. Israelis, however, have gone to incredible lengths to stop the war against them without harming Palestinian non-combatants. But make no mistake, Israel is at war. The elected Hamas government regularly repeats its official promise to destroy Israel entirely and replace it with an Islamic state. Hamas openly took credit for killing one woman and wounding dozens more last week alone.


Just One Question: Where Do I Send My Check?

Filed under: 2008, Conservatism — olbroad @ 10:07

Thompson is in the race

He’ll step up fundraising, announce for president in July

Fred Thompson’s red campaign pickup truck, made famous by his successful 1994 U.S. Senate run, is ready once again to leave the driveway. This time, it’s pointed toward the White House.

The actor and former Republican Senator plans to form an exploratory committee in Tennessee, possibly as early as Friday, that will let him start raising funds for a presidential bid, longtime friend and political advisor Tom Ingram said Wednesday.

Thompson confirmed in an interview with USA Today published online Wednesday that he would seek the GOP nomination for president, setting the wheels in motion to transform the Law & Order star from a shadow campaigner into a viable candidate. An official announcement is expected around July 4, according to several published reports.

The news came one day after a Tuesday conference call with 100 fundraisers from Tennessee and across the country. The goal was for each person to raise close to $50,000.


Morning Coffee 5/31/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:01

U.N. to set up Lebanon tribunal

The U.N. Security Council yesterday approved the creation of an international tribunal to try suspects in a series of Lebanese political assassinations, setting up a confrontation with Syria, which has said it will not cooperate with the new court.

You can see them shaking in the boots. Even Syria think the Useless Numnuts is a joke.

Notorious Spam King Nabbed in Seattle, Could Face Long Prison Term

A 27-year-old man described as one of the world’s most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.

One can only hope, and keep fingers and eyes crossed.

Britain’s largest labor union threatens to boycott Israel

A day after the British Union of Colleges and Universities (UCU) voted to consider imposing a boycott on Israeli academics, UNISON, the largest labor union in Britain, threatened to impose a boycott of their own on Israeli products.

Intellectual freedom doesn’t seem to matter much to these folks. Anti Semitism is alive and well in Britain academic community.

After the talks, Iran starts talking

Muqtada’s criticism – that Iran forgot to request the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq – has met with cynicism by Tehran’s dailies. Thus Manouchehr Mohammadi, a deputy foreign minister, told the audience at an international conference on the Persian Gulf that “we have no shared interests with America”, adding that by participating in the talks Iran managed to “hurl the ball in the US’s lap”.

Unless Iran stops moving towards a nuke, and stops providing technology for IEDs and troops in Iraq, I do not see any reason to have a chat with them. And just why can’t we take out our bud, Muqtada?

S.C. students get tested after flight with TB infected man

More than two dozen South Carolina college students are being tested for tuberculosis after they flew with a Georgia man infected with a dangerous strain of the disease, a school spokeswoman said Thursday.

Two of the University of South Carolina Aiken students were apparently sitting near the man, possibly on the same row, college spokeswoman Jennifer Lake said.

I guess this man is indicative of our “ME” society. His blatant disregard for the safety and well being of others is just mind boggling.

‘Jane Roe’ wants Sam Brownback in the White House

Norma McCorvey — “Jane Roe” in the landmark Supreme Court case — was once an abortion activist but is currently living a life dedicated to overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Two years ago, McCorvey unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the infamous decision. Now she is backing the one GOP presidential candidate she believes would succeed in outlawing abortion — Sam Brownback, the senior senator from Kansas.

So, the icon of the pro baby murder (Roe) is backing a pro life candidate. That should put a crimp in the lefties curls, but I bet you won’t hear a lot about it, will ya.

Cabbies say CPR isn’t part of service

Metro taxi drivers could be required to learn CPR to keep their licenses if the Metro Council approves a proposal Tuesday to make certification mandatory.

But the proposal isn’t sitting well with cab drivers and managers, who say they’re in the business of transporting passengers, not offering first aid.

I don’t think it should be a requirement for them to keep their license, but it would probably be a good idea for them to actually know CPR, just in case.

Mini McGee

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 9:11

How could I have missed Eugene Kane’s column yesterday? Guess I had better things to do.

I find a few things a little odd in this column. Like:

Also troubling is how many folks are willing to throw “innocent until proven guilty” out the window simply because McGee is a public figure they never liked and always wanted to see meet a bad end.

I don’t think people sincerely want to toss out the judicial code, even if it is McJackson. People are just wishing that the law had been more effective in the past incidents.

(Granted, “innocent until proven guilty” has never resonated as much with regular folks as “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”)

What ‘folks’ is he referring to? Charlie? Jessica? Owen? Patrick? All of the white persuasion, you’ll note.

There’s a legion of people willing to call McGee a criminal now that the federal government has supplied the ammunition. To be fair, most of these people called McGee the same thing before any charges were filed in this matter.

Mr. Kane, he IS a criminal! Most law abiding citizens don’t end up in court, and threatening people while there. Law abiding citizens aren’t arrested 3 times in 18 months. His actions can’t be considered ‘civil disobedience’, which wouldn’t necessarily make him a criminal, although in that case, there would obviously be some law broken, so yeah, I guess that would criminal too.

It’s fair to say no local politician in recent years has engendered so much diverse reaction, particularly across racial lines. I get the sense some people are convinced the majority of racial problems in Milwaukee would disappear if more black people rejected Mike McGee as a leader.

That’s not true, but it’s what some people believe.

Mr. Kane doesn’t think that many problems would ease in Milwaukee if the hatred of the McGee’s would stop? Hmmm… You don’t put out a fire with gasoline, Mr. Kane. And the McGee’s are the gasoline.

McGee surely must have known he was a prime target for an aggressive federal prosecutor such as Steven Biskupic; three Milwaukee aldermen have served prison terms for political crimes in recent years. Also, McGee himself filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against Biskupic over targeting black leaders in 2004.

Why is it that if a black politician breaks the law, is arrested, convicted, and does time, it’s ‘targeting’? I guess Mr. Kane hasn’t noticed any of the WHITE politicians who have also been arrested, convicted, and doing time. But that’s different right? A crooked politician needs to be arrested, convicted and doing time. They should be doing a lot MORE time. I don’t give a happy crap what color they are, if they are feeding at the public trough, and breaking the public trust? Bury ’em UNDER the jail.

It’s a safe bet that many 6th District residents will continue to support McGee; the word entrapment already has been bandied about on black talk radio.

Entrapment? Poor Michael, so misunderstood. Gimme a friggin’ break. And here I thought Mr. Kane was smarter than that. Foolish me.

The people gloating over McGee’s predicament should remember how quickly events can change and how slowly legal matters can move toward resolution. There’s a chance McGee will remain in office for months to come.

Sounds like a veiled threat to me. If McGee had any dignity at all, he’d resign, instead of putting his district, the city and the state, through such shame. But it’s all about McGee, an egotistical little man, with no sense of shame. The fact he is harming those he claims to represent means nothing.

Peacocks -7 Ol’ Broad – 1

Filed under: The Peacock War — olbroad @ 8:40

Yes, it seems that my new toy doesn’t pack enough umph! I scored a direct hit again, but this time, the damn bird did a little fluttering and glared.  I thought I might have a victory this morning when I turned on the sprinklers. Well, it did work, for a while, but I can’t leave the sprinkler on all bloomin’ day. So, they are back. I hear them on the roof. Jumping on the deck……crapping all over the place. I think my Asian lilies are going to take a nose dive since I can’t leave them outside.

I’m not declaring defeat!  I’m NOT Harry Reid ya know!  I just wish the people who sold us this house had told us about the fowl problem, we could have at least tried to take a few steps to prevent coming to this point.  If I could find the way to the guy’s house, I would politely ask him to try to keep his birds in another part of the state…..the Smokey Mountains should be nice this time of year.

May 30, 2007

Evening Snack (5/30)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 7:50

Bolivia’s largest cocaine factory discovered

Bolivian police have found the largest cocaine factory ever discovered in the South American country, with a daily production capacity of 220 pounds (100 kg), an anti-drugs squad chief said on Wednesday.

Holy cow! That’s a lot of snortin’! Good idea to keep it from getting on the streets, but I fear for the safety of those who busted ’em. The drug folks aren’t very nice people.

Agriculture Committee approves less-stringent smoking ban

The Senate bill banned smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, while exempting private homes and cars along with a few other exemptions such as allowing smoking in tobacco shops.

The Agriculture Committee’s bill has broader exemptions, which include bars, private clubs, small businesses with three or fewer employees, non-enclosed workplace areas like restaurant patios or auto mechanic shops as well as private homes and vehicles.

I guess Mr. Ol’ Broad and I won’t be eating out much in Tennessee since I don’t see anything about a smoking section. Just as well.

McGee discussed homicide, assault

Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee and two other men discussed killing a man and settled on a “beat down,” District Attorney John Chisholm said in court today.

This slime is a real class act. (Badger Blogger is keeping up with this scuzball.)

Giuliani gets 500G & boos on visit to city

For his 63rd birthday, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani got $500,000 for his presidential bid during a day-long fund-raising sprint through the city yesterday.

He also got an earful from protesters who continue to dog him on his own turf over 9/11.

The protesters, most of whom lost loved ones on 9/11, tracked the Republican hopeful to two of his four stops and did their best to disrupt the festivities by raising questions about Giuliani’s decision-making on 9/11, particularly his failure to replace long-faulty FDNY radios before that tragic day.

9/11 is something that will haunt us all for as long as we live, but I don’t think hounding the person who was mayor at the time makes a whole lot of sense. It won’t change what happened, and it won’t bring loved ones back. Time would be better spent working to make sure it never happens again.

Home sought for baby who survived hanging

Evelyn Frayre, the 8-month-old found hanging by a sweater sleeve from a clothes rod in a makeshift closet next to the bodies of her three sisters and her mother, was released from Cook Children’s Medical Center on Wednesday.

I’m fairly sure there will be a long line of folks who will be more than happy to take care of this precious child.

Bush hits foes of alien bill

President Bush yesterday rebuked members of his own political party for trying to “frighten people” into opposing his immigration bill, prompting a quick backlash from some Republicans.

Honey, we aren’t ‘frightened’. WE ARE PISSED!

Families process trauma of raids

Manuela Martinez cradled her 3-year-old boy in her arms as her three other children huddled close around her, making a tiny living room seem expansive.

It has been that way, she said, since Friday morning, when men in black rushed into their Painesville home and awoke everyone with shouts.

They were federal agents conducting the largest immigration raid the city has seen in years. The men did not find who they were looking for, but they took away Manuela’s sister, who admitted immigrating illegally from Mexico.

I’m sorry the kids are having a tough time, but here’s a thought…..stop putting your kid’s in a position to be scared. There’s legal, and there’s ILLEGAL.

Ann on the Amnesty Bill

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 6:24

A Green Card in Every Pot

Americans — at least really stupid Americans like George Bush — believe the natural state of the world is to have individual self-determination, human rights, the rule of law and a robust democratic economy. On this view, most of the existing world and almost all of world history is a freakish aberration.

In fact, the natural state of the world is Darfur. The freakish aberration is America and the rest of the Anglo-Saxon world.

The British Empire once spread the culture of prosperity around the globe — Judeo-Christian values, tolerance, equality, private property and the rule of law. All recipients of the British Empire’s largesse benefited, but the empire’s most successful colony was the United States.

At the precise moment in history when the U.S. has abandoned any attempt to transmit Anglo-Saxon virtues to its own citizens, much less to immigrants, George Bush wants to grant citizenship to hordes of immigrants who are here precisely because they are fleeing cultures that are utterly dysfunctional and ruinous for the humans who live in them.

Yes, this country has absorbed huge migrations of illiterate peasants in the past — notably Italian immigrants at the turn of the last century. But also notably, half of them went back. We got the good ones. America was not yet a welfare state guaranteeing room and board to the luckless, the lazy and the incompetent from cradle to grave.

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, immigrant and first Jewish member of the Supreme Court, said that Americanization required that the immigrant adopt “the clothes, the manners and the customs generally prevailing here” and that he adopt “the English language as the common medium of speech.”



Filed under: In Tennessee, Stuff — olbroad @ 6:13

Before: (should have taken one with all the weeds)


As you can tell by the date, this was last winter. Although winter in Tennessee is a WHOLE lot different than winter in Wisconsin. 🙂



Yes, there is still much to do, and we will, but we have the rest of our lives to do ’em, however long or short that might be. 🙂

I can see a Shitzu, or one of those little yappy dogs, running around inside a white picket fence…..can’t you? 🙂 Biting peacock legs. heh heh heh

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