An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 9, 2007

Evening Snack (5/9)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:52

Deal struck on 5-cent gas tax hike

House-Senate negotiators agreed today on a 5-cents-a-gallon increase in Minnesota’s gasoline tax that would take effect Sept. 1. The tax, which is dedicated solely to roads and bridges, has stood at 20 cents per gallon since 1988.

A nickel a gallon at one pop is quite a jump. I’m surprised they haven’t raised it since ’88, but it’s STILL less than Wisconsin’s tax.

Romney Says Sharpton’s Dig Could Be Considered Bigoted

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday denounced the Rev. Al Sharpton’s remarks about God and his Mormon faith, saying it could be construed as “a bigoted comment.”

“It shows that bigotry still exists in some corners,” said Romney, who spoke to reporters after a campaign event. “I thought it was a most unfortunate comment to make.”

Unfortunate? Well, I’d say it was a pretty stupid thing to say.

Supporters of abortion have no future in Church, Pope tells faithful

A combative Pope Benedict XVI opened his trip to Brazil yesterday in no-holds-barred mood, vowing to stem the defections of Roman Catholics to evangelical Protestantism and giving a warning that the penalty for supporting abortion was excommunication.

I’m surprised it’s taken him this long to state his position on abortion. I’m pretty sure there will a few politicians put out by his stand. 🙂 I see some excommunications in the future.

Gates Rejects Emergency Command Proposal

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has rejected a proposal to let governors command active duty troops responding to disasters, officials said Wednesday, though the Pentagon will grant National Guard leaders more authority to coordinate with other military and homeland security agencies.

Can’t say as I blame him. Politicians know squat about commanding troops.

Gist trounces six to win city mayoral race

Gist received 5,226 votes – 66.27 percent of the 7,886 votes cast in Tuesday’s Jackson mayoral election – in a landslide victory over six other candidates, according to unofficial returns. Gist, the current Madison County mayor, will take over July 1 from Jackson Mayor Charles Farmer, who has held the office since 1989.

Ya know, for a city of about 62,000, less than 8,000 votes is pretty dadburn pathetic.

3 journalists killed in drive-by shooting in northern Iraq

Three Iraqi journalists and their driver were killed Wednesday in a drive-by shooting near the northern city of Kirkuk, the second attack against the country’s media in less than a week.

Freedom of the press takes on a whole new meaning for those of us who are really free, doesn’t it.

PSC approves Cedar Ridge Wind Farm

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) has approved construction of Alliant Energy’s Cedar Ridge Wind Farm in Fond du Lac County.

Approval of this wind project takes Wisconsin another step closer to meeting the state’s goal of producing 25 percent of its energy from renewable energy sources by the year 2025.

Excellent! Now, how long will it take for some yahoo to come up with some asinine injunction to stop the construction? If they’re really worried about the geese, how ’bout building a bridge over the Horicon Marsh.

Brothers Charged in Terror Plot Lived Illegally in U.S. for 23 Years

Three brothers charged in the alleged Fort Dix terror plot have been living illegally in the U.S. for more than 23 years and were accepted as Americans by neighbors and friends who had no idea they would scheme to attack military bases and slaughter GIs.

Can we PLEASE start tracking down people sneaking into this country? I don’t see how anyone can think we don’t need border control.


1 Comment »

  1. Yes, Sharpton’s comment was predjudiced against Mormons. But there are millions of good Christians out there who know that you cannot worship both Jesus and Moroni.

    That pesky First Commandment makes Mormonism not a Christion sect to the true-believer.

    Comment by grumps — May 10, 2007 @ 12:02

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