An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

June 7, 2007

Morning Coffee 6/07/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:11

Officials beg off big raises

Because it’s a touchy matter to accept generous raises from other politicians, especially when most public employees are looking at skimpy increases, at least three statewide elected officials say they will turn down big increases that lawmakers offered them in the newly passed state budget.

A politician? Turning down a RAISE? I think I just had a heart attack!

Suspended DA still being paid by state
Elected officials can’t simply be fired

The district attorney accused of helping a murderer-friend get a lighter sentence continues to pull a six-figure state salary though he hasn’t been allowed to work since October, his interim replacement said.

Can’t be fired, eh? Ok, then he should be pushed to resign. I wonder if any politician, no matter what the level, has any class anymore…..or ethics.

Republicans, Doyle agree to lifetime tracking of sex offenders

Republican legislators resuscitated lifetime tracking for hundreds of sexual predators Wednesday, chopping about $5 million out of the program in a compromise with Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.
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“This is a win for Wisconsin’s children and Wisconsin’s communities,” said Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, who crafted the tracking program and sits on the budget-writing committee.

This is a good thing, but every time they “compromise”, I get worried!

Immigration Reform Supporters Hold Out Hope to Save Bill

Some senators are holding out hope that they can save an immigration reform bill on Thursday after it barely survived a deal-breaking challenge shortly after midnight. But Senate aides are telling FOX News the bill appears dead.

Lord, I can only HOPE it’s dead! Enforce the existing laws, and stop trying to make news ones until you can!

‘Israel dissolution rally’ planned for Washington

The anti-Israel protest, which is expected to attract thousands, has been organized by the United for Peace and Justice group, the Muslims American Society Freedom Foundation, the Communist Party USA, and “other extremist organizations,” according to a Stand With US press release.
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“This counter-rally truly is the product of a few citizens who are deeply outraged that Israel’s opponents might have demonstrated in our nation’s capitol without any patriotic opposing voices who will tell truth to counter these lies,” Stand With Us told its supporters in an email.

Anyone who claims to be a Christian cannot stand by and watch the anti Israel bunch try to destroy it. What do these people hope to gain? I wish I could be there.

US to donate $3.5 million to Nahr al-Bared refugees

US Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman said Wednesday his country intends to contribute $3.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees following a “Flash Appeal” from UNRWA for funds to help for residents of the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli. The contribution will provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees displaced by fighting between Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese Army at the camp. Feltman announced the pledge at a briefing on the Nahr al-Bared situation by Premier Fouad Siniora at the Grand Serail. The US contribution will make up 28 percent of the $12.66 million total sought by UNRWA’s Flash Appeal to provide humanitarian relief to the displaced.

How much equipment could that $3.5 mil buy for our soldiers?

House Democrats to insert earmarks behind closed doors

A taxpayer watchdog group says Democrats in Congress are not living up to their promise of openness and transparency in the appropriations process. The group, Citizens Against Government Waste, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s vow that her party would preside over “the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history” has already proven to be a phony promise.

The Dhimmis being sneaky? What a shocker! (SERIOUS sarcasm) And the fact Obey is involved? I hear a snake slithering.

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