An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 7, 2007

Evening Snack (5/7)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:05

Bush Pledges To Provide Help For Kansas Tornado Victims

President Bush said yesterday that Americans’ “hearts are heavy” for tornado victims in devastated Greensburg, Kan., and he expressed confidence the farming town will be rebuilt.

I’d bet odds that the folks of Greensburg will rebuild their town well before New Orleans ever does.

Hamas Uses Mickey Mouse to Push Islamic Supremacy

Hamas television is using the image of the popular American cartoon figure Mickey Mouse to teach Palestinian children to hate America and Israel and to promote the idea that Islam should rule the world, an Israeli research institute said.

The human-sized, costumed Mickey Mouse look-alike, complete with squeaky voice, is called Farfur. He and his co-host, a young girl named Saraa, appear weekly on the official Hamas television station, Al-Aksa TV, as part of a children’s program called “Tomorrow’s Pioneers.”

I’ve no doubt that if Israel, or the U.S. promoted such ideas, there’d be such unbelievable outrage from the so called human rights groups. So, where is their outrage over this? Isn’t there some kind of copyright issue here as well?

Israeli Archaeologist Finds Tomb of King Herod

An Israeli archaeologist has found the tomb of King Herod, the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Hebrew University said late Monday.

Cool. But I bet Mr. Ol’ Broad still won’t let me go to Israel. 😦

Car Bombs Kill 25 at Iraqi Police Checkpoint

Successive suicide car bombs hit a police checkpoint near Ramadi on Monday, the provincial security chief said, killing 25 people and dealing a blow to a city recently considered a showcase for the strategy of integrating insurgents into the Iraqi security forces. Attacks elsewhere in Iraq killed an additional nine Iraqi civilians, according to the Interior Ministry, while five Iraqi security troops died in an assault on a checkpoint in Al Baagh, a small town near Mosul, the town’s mayor said. Thirty bodies were found in Baghdad and at least six elsewhere in Iraq.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m getting pretty sick of seeing these people killing each other. The Iraqis really need to step up and stop the lunacy.

Coastal Conservation League speaks out against new power plant

An environmental group said Santee Cooper didn’t study alternatives to a coal-fired power plant the state-owned utility wants to build next decade in Florence County.

My understanding is that the new technology is a lot cleaner than previous coal-fired power plants. I don’t understand the problem.

Too many rabbits have gardeners looking for solutions

Rabbits are everywhere, from shrubs next to apartment buildings to flower beds outside houses. Green thumbs may feel like they’re stuck in an old Looney Tunes cartoon, with plants disappearing almost as soon as they’re planted.

I’m thinking stew and fuzzy slippers. 🙂

Star Tribune to reduce its workforce

“Revenue has been declining since 2004 and we need to respond to that reality.” Ridder said in a prepared statement. “The newspaper business model has changed and this restructuring will allow us to align more resources with what readers and advertisers are demanding from us. Through this process we will be increasing resources focused on local content and advertising products, in both print and online.”

I quit subscribing to any newspaper long before the internet came along. Perhaps if papers would actually report news, they wouldn’t be losing subscribers? Just a thought.

Sarkozy planning quick action to improve French economy

Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president-elect, has given himself 100 days to pass a first wave of economic reforms after voters endorsed his call to break with the stagnation that marked the 12-year administration of his predecessor.

Before the summer is over, Sarkozy wants to loosen the 35-hour workweek, cut taxes and curb the power of France’s labor unions.

“I will not act fast, I will act very fast,” he vowed last week.

I’m seriously hoping this guy will succeed. Perhaps if he does, the rest of Europe will follow suit in losing the socialism ideology? Naw….won’t happen. :/


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