An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 3, 2007

Morning Coffee 5/3/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:30

Washington to do ad for gay rights group

Isaiah Washington, who came under fire after using an anti-gay slur, will appear in a public service announcement on behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

Can we say pandering, boys and girls?

Doyle creates task force to improve safety on college campuses

In the wake of the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, Gov. Jim Doyle said Wednesday that he was creating a task force to ensure safety and preparedness on Wisconsin campuses.

Instead of signing a concealed carry law, Doyle prefers to have a chat session. Time for talk is over.

Elizabeth Forward High School drum corps in bus crash

A bus carrying the Elizabeth Forward High School drum corps to a band competition collided with a tractor-trailer, injuring many of those on the bus and closing a 10-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for more than two hours early today.

What is it with all the school bus crashes lately? I pray the kids will be ok.

VA Hands Out Hefty Bonuses to Senior Officials Despite Recent $1Billion Shortfall

Months after a politically embarrassing $1 billion shortfall that put U.S. military veterans’ health care in peril, Veterans Affairs officials involved in the foul-up got hefty bonuses ranging up to $33,000.

The list of bonuses to senior career officials at the Veterans Affairs Department in 2006, obtained by The Associated Press, documents a package of more than $3.8 million in payments by a financially strapped agency straining to help care for thousands of injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

What mental moron came up with THAT idea? They damn well should return those bonuses, for obviously doing to crappy job, and hang their heads in shame for even considering such an ill advised action. Who the hell is in charge of that pop stand anyway?

Senate lottery bill backs better college preparation

Woodson’s proposal would reward students who take tougher courses in high school with an increase in their HOPE scholarship, as much as $1,000.

But it doesn’t address a key recommendation recently made by a special panel, which suggested lowering the minimum 3.0 grade-point average that college students must maintain to keep their lottery scholarships because too many students were struggling.

I’m of the mind that all students should be taught tougher courses with an eye on college. Even if they don’t go, at least they’ll have more than just the basics under their belt. Lowering the standard will not help them at all! I’d prefer my doctor, or even accountant, to have at least a 3.0, rather than a 2.0 gpa.

Fred Thompson: Actor, politician, candidate?

Other candidates have been refining their game plans for years, but the former senator from Tennessee has glided almost without effort to a strong position in the early polls, even though most voters know him only as a district attorney on television’s “Law & Order.”

Well, at least they know who he is, and that’s a good start. It seems to me he doesn’t need to “refine” his game. Being himself works best.

Qaeda Figure in Iraq Killed, U.S. Military Says

The man killed in the raid was Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri, described as a senior minister of information for Al Qaeda in Iraq who was involved in the kidnappings of Jill Carroll and Tom Fox as well as two Germans, according to Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for the American military in Iraq.

The more of them that are worm food, the fewer of us will be. So, it may not have been the head honcho we were hoping for, but it will be soon. That is, unless, the Dhimmis get their way and shout retreat.

Attacks on Darfur aid workers are rising

One year on from a much-heralded peace deal for Darfur, aid agencies have been forced to roll back operations and are facing an unprecedented level of attacks on personnel, according to United Nations maps seen by The Independent.

Excuse me, but where are the Useless Numnuts’ so called peace keepers while aid workers are being killed? Out to tea?

Democrats Back Down On Iraq Timetable

Democrats backed off after the House failed, on a vote of 222 to 203, to override the president’s veto of a $124 billion measure that would have required U.S. forces to begin withdrawing as early as July. But party leaders made it clear that the next bill will have to include language that influences war policy. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) outlined a second measure that would step up Iraqi accountability, “transition” the U.S. military role and show “a reasonable way to end this war.”

What does Congress know about running a war? Hell, they can’t even balance a checkbook, why on earth do they think they know better than the generals that are actually over there?

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