An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 8, 2007

Evening Snack (5/8)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:17

Pentagon Prepares 35,000 Troops for Iraq

The Pentagon on Tuesday alerted more than 35,000 Army soldiers that they could be sent to Iraq this fall. In Congress, House Democrats defiantly pushed a plan to limit war funding to two-month installments.

The Dhimmis damn well better make sure those 35,000 soldiers have all the equipment they need!

Oops, he did it again . . . President rewrites American history

“You helped us celebrate our bicentennial in 1796,” he said confidently, and in a split second realised his error. “Er, 1976”, he corrected himself, to a gale of laughter from around the lawn. The Queen, smiling broadly, gave him a knowing sideways glance.

To another outburst of hilarity from the crowd he told her: “You gave me a look only a mother could give a child.”

At least he didn’t greet her with: “Yo, Majesty, how ya doin’?”

One minor slip is not “rewriting history, don’t make it an international incident. And by the way, the President is from Texas, not the Bronx. We don’t say “yo”!

Tehran Jails Iranian American Scholar After Long House Arrest

Iran yesterday detained prominent American academic Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, according to center president and director Lee H. Hamilton and Esfandiari’s husband.

Why are we not hearing more about Iran’s taking four U.S./Iranian hostages? That’s what they are, if you ask me.

Back from war, Sherwood police chief fights ‘demotion’

Police Chief Bill Middleton, who spent much of the past year with the Army Reserves interrogating captured insurgents and foreign fighters in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, has filed a labor complaint alleging that the city has tried to demote him as he returns to work.

If anyone should receive preferential treatment, it should be our military. This sounds like a fairly political move. At least Dodge County welcomed it’s sheriff with open arms, but then, Dodge is fairly ‘red’.

Report: Iran offers US cooperation on Iraq exit

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi has offered the United States Tehran’s cooperation in developing a US exit strategy from Iraq, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

It quoted Araghchi as saying the United States and Iran had the same interests in a stable Iraq and that direct talks leading to a “face-saving withdrawal” were possible. “The invasion was a disaster – let there not be a disastrous withdrawal. Yes, immediate withdrawal could lead to chaos, civil war. No one is asking for immediate withdrawal of foreign forces. But there should be a plan,” he said.

Oh, I just bet Iran has a ‘plan’. We exit, they enter.

Governor cancels special session

Citing the futility of working with Republican House leaders in a special session, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday withdrew his veto of a $700 million mid-year budget bill but killed the $142 million property tax rebate contained in the document.

Why is the taxpayer always has to suffer because of politicians egos?

‘Law & Order’ may move to cable

“Law & Order,” the crime procedural that has been a fixture of NBC’s schedule for 17 seasons, may move to cable next fall in an effort to stretch out the run of the ratings-poor but profitable show.

Perhaps if shows like Law & Order, and ER hadn’t taken such a sharp left turn, their rating might be a bit better?

Yehweh Ben Yehweh, South Florida Black Supremist Who Used Murder to Rule His ‘Temple of Love’ Cult, Dead at 71

Yahweh Ben Yahweh, a preacher’s kid from Oklahoma who grew up to lead a black supremist group that terrorized South Florida in the 1980s — demanding that his followers kill “white devils” and return with a body part as proof of the kill — died quietly in his sleep Monday, his lawyers said. He was 71.

White devils? Where have I read that kind of nonsense recently? Oh yeah…on McJackson Jr’s new blog.



  1. RE: Law & Order – Occasionally I see one of the newest ones, and they’ve taken a nosedive in all-around quality (coincidence?).

    Thank God that Bravo & USA always have reruns of L&O: Criminal Intent. Vincent D’Onofrio (probably spelled that wrong) is phenomenal.

    Comment by Calvin — May 8, 2007 @ 8:44

  2. We’ve been watching Numbers cuz of the excessive slant. Only Arthur Branch makes it vaguely interesting any more. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — May 8, 2007 @ 10:11

  3. I think the fact that NBC put L&O on a Friday night, which is ratings hell has more to do with its slip then anything. They tried to establish new shows this year, at the expense of one of its most popular. I read not too long ago that NBC wants to axe L&O and SVU simply because they have become too expensive. Those shows are the only reason I watch NBC, one less channel to change over to.

    Comment by Sean — May 9, 2007 @ 8:30

  4. Well, let’s see here. The GOP rejected controls to make sure that troops were trained, equipped and rested. GWB vetoed the funding bill and the administration never budgeted for a war in the first place, chosing to rely on emergency funding measures that would be subject to political gamesmanship.

    Who are you upset with and why?

    Comment by grumps — May 9, 2007 @ 10:05

  5. Yeah, they definitely stretched the Law & Order shows to the max, but it use to be the only one I watched. Can’t do that much anymore. Not to mention the reruns will probably be going on into the next century. 🙂

    Grumps, let me see if I can explain this to you in words you might understand. Any bill with financing for our troops should NOT have time limits attached. This gives the enemy too much information, and a claim to victory. The bill should also not have a such excessive pork attached. The bill should be focused on actually FUNDING our soldiers with the needed money to get the job done. Wars cannot be run, or won, by politicians. There is victory, or defeat. I prefer victory. How ’bout you?

    Comment by olbroad — May 9, 2007 @ 10:30

  6. I’ll try again.

    GWB chose not to budget for the war. The emergency funding proposals are his fault.

    Congress is not obligated to provide any funds for an undeclared war.

    GWB has been substituting the judgement of a politician (himself) for those of the generals in the field for quite some time now.

    GWB has stood in front of proposals to train, equip and rest our troops being sent to Iraq.

    The action in Iraq has made Iraq less safe, it has made the US and Europe less safe and it siphons money and energy from measures that could be taken to make us safer.

    If you think anyone believes that we can deal a crushing blow to Islam with 160,000 troops you are deluding yourself. The US cannot “win” this war it can only prolong it. Any peace that comes out of a declared victory would be short-lived and bitter.

    Every action taken by this administration has made us less safe and brought misery to Iraqis. Every slogan, every misbegotten plan has been followed by carnage to no real purpose.

    Join me in supporting our troops. Bring them home from this fool’s mission.

    Comment by grumps — May 9, 2007 @ 4:36

  7. 1. EVERYTHING is George Bush’s fault.
    2. How many of those whining Dhimmis voted for the war authorization?
    3. Seems no one is listening to the generals, including those who say the surge is having an effect.
    4. Oh yes, again, everything is Bush’s fault.
    5. How many attacks have we had on our soil again?
    6. Yes, we should all start bowing to Mecca 5 times a day.
    7. Naturally we must tell our soldiers they have been wasting their time and blood.

    Grumps, that is just plain sad! How many soldiers have you sent packages? How often do you thank any soldier or vet for their service to keep your ass safe and free?

    I am just totally baffled.

    Comment by olbroad — May 9, 2007 @ 5:39

  8. “Grumps, that is just plain sad! How many soldiers have you sent packages? How often do you thank any soldier or vet for their service to keep your ass safe and free?”

    What does that have to do with what he said?

    Comment by Jayce — May 10, 2007 @ 12:01

  9. How about actually being SUPPORTIVE of our troops, instead of putting their lives in more danger?

    Comment by olbroad — May 10, 2007 @ 12:53

  10. I believe Grump’s is in favor of a plan that would call for putting them in far, far, far less danger than yours.

    Comment by Jayce — May 10, 2007 @ 2:01

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