An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

June 4, 2007

Morning Coffee 6/4/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:58

Iraqis: Take us with you

With pressure building in Washington for an American troop pullout, Iraqis who have worked closely with U.S. companies and military forces are begging their employers for assurances that they will be able to leave with them. hey must take care of the people who worked with the Americans,” said Hayder, an Iraqi who has worked for several U.S. companies since coalition forces entered Iraq.

Why do I have the mental image of the helicopter being pushed of the ship when the U.S. deserted Viet Nam? And the slaughter that followed.

Condemned Texas Inmate Wants to Leave ‘Em Laughing

“I’m not trying to disrespect the Werners or anything like that,” he told The Associated Press from death row. “I’m not trying to say I don’t care what’s going on. I’m about to die. I’m not going to sit here and whine and cry and moan and everything like that when I’m facing the punishment I’ve been given.”

Now that’s something different.

Enforcement of state oil tax seen as problematic

Gov. Jim Doyle’s plan to tax oil company sales – and to jail their executives if the additional cost is passed on to consumers – is a unique proposal fraught with enforcement problems, even assuming it passes constitutional muster.

If Governor Dopey is so concerned with Wisconsin drivers being over charge on gas, how ’bout getting rid of the minimum mark up, and cut the gas tax in half. Government is doing more gouging that the oil companies. This is up there with one of the more ridiculous ideas he’s come up with.

Islamic Web site to release video of captured U.S. soldiers

An Islamic militant Web site said Monday it would soon release video clips showing the capture of three American soldiers who disappeared following an ambush in Iraq in mid-May.

How about just letting them go and use your cameras to record your children at play.

Romney’s Political Fortunes Tied to Riches He Gained in Business

Mitt Romney owes his nearly $350 million fortune and his political career to a delicate negotiation with his boss in the summer of 1983.

He’s a smart guy. What’s the problem? At least he earned his fortune, unlike a few other politicians that don’t even need to be named.

As breast cancer treatment advances, blacks left behind

The study contributes to a growing body of research showing racial disparities in breast cancer treatment and survival, because of both socioeconomic factors and tumor biology. But it’s the first to find black women aren’t deriving a benefit from recent advances in the field and that the disparity is getting worse, not better.

That doesn’t make any sense at all. If the treatment is available, why aren’t black women benefiting from it? I can’t believe it’s all social and economic.

Barroom smokers raise toast to reprieve

Nashville’s barflies are celebrating the reprieve the state legislature has given to the state’s smoky saloons, saying clearing the haze from drinking grounds would diminish their haunts’ laid-back vibes and erode a part of the city’s culture.

I find it amazing part of the south, that typically prides itself on independence, has moved the way of the nanny states of the north. Depressing. I wonder how many bars serve food?

Turkish threat echoes across Iraq

The situation on the border has become so tense that US Defense Secretary Robert Gates this weekend cautioned Turkey against a military operation inside northern Iraq to attack outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases there.

Turkey is concerned at the emergence of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq and the presence there of the PKK, from where it launches attacks on Turkey. The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by not only Ankara but also Washington and the European Union.

Shouldn’t the Kurds themselves put a halt to the socialist/communist bunch?

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