An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 11, 2007

Morning Coffee 5/11/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:09

House Approves Revised War Bill
Two-Part Funding Faces Veto Threat

The House last night pushed through its second plan to fund the Iraq war and reshape war policy, approving legislation that would provide partial funding for the conflict but hold back most of the money until President Bush reports on the war’s progress in July.

Personally, I’m getting real sick of this pissing contest. I don’t care whose is bigger, fund the damn troops!

State students guaranteed college entrance and aid if they meet demands

Eighth-graders beating the heat Thursday in T-shirts and shorts at Theisen Middle School were given a promise.

If they maintain a B average, graduate from a Wisconsin high school and stay out of trouble, they are guaranteed financial aid based on need and a spot in a state college, private college or technical school.

I’m a bit weary of a state that “guarantees” kids anything. Nothing in life is guaranteed. The state keeps writing checks its ass can’t cash, so they are going to come for more and more of your money.

Hamas TV resists calls to pull ‘Mickey Mouse’ show

A Hamas-run TV station has resisted a call from Palestinian authorities to suspend a children’s show in which a Mickey Mouse lookalike urges young viewers to seek global Islamic domination.

Yet there are people in this country who think the Palestinians are the oppressed. I’d have to say they are oppressing themselves. This is child abuse, plain and simple.

‘Black Death’ found in Denver squirrels

A rash of squirrel deaths from plague in the middle of Colorado’s largest city has heightened surveillance for the deadly but curable disease.

No humans here have been infected with plague, the “Black Death” disease that killed millions in 14th-century Europe. A state hotline gets 50-75 calls daily about dead rodents. Chris Urbina, Denver’s health director, says the risk of catching it “is extremely low.”

Not to make light of the situation, but I can just see the folks in Colorado walking around with those bird head thingys on people wore in the Middle Ages. 🙂

Bush aides berate GOP members

Reps. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) attracted the ire of White House officials for allegedly speaking to reporters about a Tuesday meeting between Bush and centrist Republicans on the Iraq war. Details of the contentious meeting first emerged Wednesday evening and attracted Page 1 headlines yesterday.

I can see a civil war in our future. Not between the north and south, or black and white, but between conservatives and liberals. Of course, the conservatives will win, because we are the ones with the guns. 🙂 Ok, bad joke.

Two plead guilty to crimes against elderly man

A Jackson man and woman have pleaded guilty to breaking into a Madison County senior citizen’s home, holding him against his will and stealing his cash and credit cards last year, according to records in the Madison County Circuit Court clerk’s office.

There truly must be a special place in hell for animals who abuse the elderly and children.

Engineer guilty in military secrets case

The government accused Mak, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of taking thousands of pages of documents from his defense contractor employer, Power Paragon of Anaheim, and giving them to his brother, who passed them along to Chinese authorities over a number of years.

Why do so many work so hard to see to the destruction of the U.S.?

Saniora: Arab states don’t want to wipe Israel off the map

“The Arab states are not seeking to wipe Israel off the map,” Lebanese Prime Minister Faud Saniora claimed in a New York Times editorial on Friday morning. “Rather,” he continued, “we are seeking the legitimate goals of an armistice, secure borders and the ability of all of the region’s people to live in peace and security.”

‘”Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly’

Kind pushes to end farm subsidies

The lawmakers proposed a transition from farm subsidies to “risk management accounts” to help farmers when hard economic times hit. They claim that the new program would save $55 billion over 10 years compared with costs of extending existing farm subsidies. Savings would be used to increase funding in areas ranging from the food stamp program to rural development and renewable energy.

The headline was rather deceptive. Changing the name of something doesn’t make it go away.  Nothing the government does these days save any money.  It usually just ends up costing the taxpayer more.

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