An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

June 6, 2007

Morning Coffee 6/06/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 11:11

G8 protesters clash with police amid row over climate change

The motley crowd of demonstrators, including a bizarre ‘clown army’, were trying to make their way to a high security fence and block access to the Heiligendamm hotel. Some demonstrators used trees and rocks to block the main access road to the resort, a shady, tree-lined avenue linking the towns of Bad Doberan and Heiligendamm on the northern German coast.

I can’t understand how these ‘clowns’ think they can control the planet. Arrogance is an understatement. They might as well insist the tide stop.

Defendant is an idiot, his lawyer tells jury

In an effort to save his client from a 175-year prison sentence, Jeremy Duffer’s lawyer told jurors Tuesday that his client is an idiot whose behavior was “not acceptable.”

He even told them that Duffer, a notorious former fugitive accused of raping a child, is guilty of some of the things he stands accused of and confessed to police.

I’d say there were a LOT of people in court who could be considered an idiot. That doesn’t mean he should get off easy.

Under cover of night, Baghdad wall is built

Construction of a controversial, three-mile blast wall in one of Baghdad’s most troubled neighborhoods was completed recently, following three months of grueling labor and heated protests from Iraqi residents and government officials.

We want a wall, we can’t get it. They don’t want one, but it’s there. I’m confused.

State considers drug tests, fingerprints for welfare applicants

Those failing drug tests would lose most benefits under a bill by Rep. Steve Cappelli, R-Williamsport. A recipient failing a drug test would have 60 days to be retested, Cappelli said. Those testing positive for illegal drugs would lose cash assistance and benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. They would, however, retain medical benefits.

Excellent idea. Why should the tax payers support druggies?

Calif. Woman Found With 120 Pet Rats

“The woman had no food in the house for herself and seemed disoriented,” said Annette Ramirez, an officer with the city’s Animal Services Department. “Her arms were covered with open wounds apparently caused by animal bites.”

Now I like critters, but even I would have a tough time with that many. Doesn’t anyone ever check on these elderly folks?

Green in line for new post

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Green was to be named ambassador to Tanzania today, seven months after being defeated as the Republican Party’s candidate for governor.

Green, 47, has ties to Africa. He is the son of a South African immigrant, and he and his wife, Sue, spent a year in the late 1980s as volunteer teachers in Kenya, Tanzania’s neighbor to the north.

He SHOULD have been governor!

Bush Says Russia Won’t Attack Europe

“Russia is not an enemy,” Bush said, seeking not to inflame a heated exchange of rhetoric between Washington and Moscow. “There needs to be no military response because we’re not at war with Russia. … Russia is not a threat. Nor is the missile defense we’re proposing a threat to Russia.”

Nope, Russia is no threat. They’re just going out of their way to help our enemies.

Congressman William Jefferson’s Corruption Charges Lead to Political Uproar on Capitol Hill

Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to push later this week for Jefferson’s official ouster from his committee, an attempt to head off House Minority Leader John Boehner’s resolution calling for an ethics investigation, and — in an unusual move — specifically asking the committee to answer whether Jefferson should resign.

If Pelosi had been serious about getting rid of the ‘culture of corruption’, which we knew she wouldn’t be, she should have demanded the guy resign a long time ago.


1 Comment »

  1. As someone who is able to earn a good living and unwind after work with some of the substances they test for, I see no reason why someone who needs a safety net for reasons other than drug abuse shouldn’t enjoy the same privilege. My son, who does the same, says that a drug test is really an intelligence test. If, after “getting a high score” on a random test, you lack the sense and discipline to abstain till the follow up rolls around, then I don’t want to support you.

    Comment by triticale — June 6, 2007 @ 12:36

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