An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

June 8, 2007

I Am A Domain!

Filed under: Blogroll, General News, Stuff — olbroad @ 12:14

It’s a new day and a new blog site!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have coughed up some of Mr. Ol Broad’s bucks, and bought myself a domain and space on a server. Now, we all know I could set it up all by my lonesome, so Bushwack from American and Proud has pretty much become my blogfather, and fixer of things I screw up. Not much as been posted over there, just a test or two, but I will be posting on that site from now on. Just click right here and you’ll be transported to the wonderful mental world of the Ol’ Broad!

Also, I must thank Texas Fred for guilting me into to taking the plunge. And Steveegg for teaching me a thing or two. Now, if I could just remember what it was. 🙂

So, correct your blogrolls accordingly, and lets get started!

June 7, 2007

Evening Snack (6/07)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:25

Supply-side economics’ creator assails property tax

Georgia should eliminate property taxes to make the state more attractive to businesses looking for a new home, says the nationally known economist who is behind a radical proposal to overhaul the state’s tax code.

What a brilliant idea! Can the property tax. But if it’s totally canned, they’ll no doubt raise it somewhere else. However, cutting it to a great degree would definitely attract businesses to a state. Ya hear that Gov. Dopey? Cut taxes, bring business. What a novel idea!

Paris Hilton Ordered to Return to Court

Hours after Paris Hilton was sent home under house arrest Thursday, the judge who put her in jail for violating her reckless-driving probation ordered her into court to determine whether she should be put back behind bars.

Honestly! Does anyone other than the media give a happy crap about this bimbo?

TCU professor charged with making terroristic threat

A Texas Christian University psychology professor has been arrested on accusations of using e-mail to harass and torment employees at the school.

An arrest warrant accusing Dr. Charles F. Bond, 53, of harassment was issued Friday in Tarrant County. Dr. Bond was taken into custody Saturday by Fort Worth police and later charged with making a terroristic threat, according to the Tarrant County Web site. He remained in jail Thursday and was being held without bond.

Perhaps this guy played with too many rats in a Skinner’s box?

Cigarette tax hike prospects snuffed

Efforts to raise South Carolina’s lowest-in-the nation cigarette tax have failed as lawmakers will adjourn today without resolving the issue.

With record state revenues and disagreement on whether to spend the money on health care or tax cuts, lawmakers said there was no reason to raise the tax in the session’s final hours.

Since Tennessee just raised their tax, I’m wondering long it takes to drive to South Carolina. 🙂

Former McCain Donor and Personal Lawyer Switches to Thompson

I have it from two sources that the Washington Post is set to report that Fred Thompson has snagged at least one high-profile John McCain donor: John M. Dowd, once Mr. McCain’s personal lawyer, including during the Keating Five scandal and when his wife was under legal investigation for an addiction to pain killers.

Interesting.

Israel urged to woo Syria away from Iran’s influence

A peace agreement with Syria could pull Damascus out of Iran’s orbit, a senior Western diplomat based in Israel said Thursday. The secular Sunni nation, ruled by minority Alawites, has nothing in common with Iran, a Shi’ite theocracy, he added.

Somehow, I just don’t see this happening.

Democrats propose 3-cents-a-pack more
House to vote on new cigarette-tax boost to aid veterans

The legislature has already sent a 42-cent increase in the state’s tax on each pack of cigarettes to the governor to be signed into law. Now some lawmakers want more.

House Democrats on Wednesday advanced a proposal to hike the cigarette tax by an additional 3 cents per pack to pay for veterans homes and scholarships. The Finance Committee measure heads for a full House vote today.

Now, I am a HUGE supporter of our veterans, but what is it with Dhimmis and taxes? It’s not THEIR money they are spending! It’s OURS!

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.

June 6, 2007

Evening Snack (6/06)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 7:32

Girl missing 1 year found under staircase in Connecticut

A 15-year-old girl missing for nearly a year was found Wednesday locked in a small hidden room under the staircase of a couple’s West Hartford home, police said.

Bloomfield police said they found the girl alive in a room blocked from view by a cabinet. They had gone to the home with West Hartford police to serve search warrants for DNA and other evidence.

The world has gone mad! What is wrong with these people?

Winkler seeks new trial
Minister’s wife also awaits decision on appeals court motion about her children

Mary Winkler has asked a court for a new trial after her April 19 conviction for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her minister husband.

Winkler, 33, also awaits a decision from the Tennessee Court of Appeals on her May 23 motion to stop efforts by her in-laws to terminate her parental rights and adopt her children. She first wants a juvenile court to hear her petition to immediately return her three daughters to her.

Why would she want a new trial? Odds are, she’ll only get probation anyway. I’m not so sure giving the girls back to her is such a great idea. These kids have to live with the fact their mother killed their father, do they need the reminder every single day?

McCain Fends Off GOP Gibes for Backing Immigration Bill

“We’ve done exactly what you expect us to do, my friends, and that is come together,” the Arizona senator said, describing the coalition of Republicans, Democrats and the president that support the bill. “We need to act, my friends.”

Horse manure! What WE wanted is not the amnesty they are pushing on us! What WE want is enforcement, a fence, and safety for OUR families!

EU push to stop sanctions on Hamas

A growing number of European Parliament members are demanding the European Union recognize the Palestinian unity government and resume direct financial aid payments frozen more than a year ago.

Their opposition to the EU boycott, imposed after last year’s election victory by Hamas, is driven by concern that the aid cutoff has been counterproductive – failing to persuade Hamas to moderate, while contributing to the turmoil as rival Palestinian factions clash in the streets.

I guess the EU folks thinks it’s ok for Hamas to insist on the destruction of Israel, eh?

Toddler may be returned to sex-offender dad

As the would-be adoptive parents of a 2-year-old foster child, Glenda and Roger S. thought they had prepared for everything.
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The one thing the Texas couple didn’t anticipate after seven months of working with Riverside County social service officials was that a Juvenile Court commissioner would halt the adoption process to consider uniting the girl with her father — a convicted sex offender.

What kind of sick judge would return a child to a known sex offender?

Bush says climate plan will complement UN bid

The United States offered reassurance on Wednesday that its plan for fighting climate change would not undermine UN efforts but ruled out agreeing deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions at a G8 summit.

I have a mental image of President Bush and Ban Ki-moon, swords in hand, fighting the wind.

‘Potential’ candidate Thompson getting critical media coverage, notes MRC

A conservative media watchdog group says the mainstream media is beginning to give former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson the same kind of critical press coverage afforded Republican presidential candidates, even though he has yet to formally enter the race.

Big shock! (obvious sarcasm)

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.

June 5, 2007

Evening Snack (6/5)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 7:14

Troops get new airport digs

“When I came to the airport and they told me there was a grand opening for a new military welcome center, I thought it was a joke,” said Army Spc. Jose Cabanas, 25, who returned to Oklahoma from Iraq. “I had no idea it would be here, it was definitely a good surprise.”

Now why is it that other airports don’t have areas like this for all the service members?

Mo. AG wants Humane Society disbanded

Missouri’s attorney general is seeking a court order to oust the director of the Carthage Humane Society and disband its board over allegations of missing money and poor animal care, including euthanizing kittens and cats by putting them in a freezer.

Now that is just flat out sick!

Waupun man charged with sex assault of child

A 21-year-old Waupun man accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl has been charged in Dodge County Circuit Court.

I don’t care how grown up 13 years olds THINK they are, they are still children, and any so called adult who takes advantage of them should be put UNDER the jail.

Gates hints at U.S. impatience with Iraq

Gates did not directly criticize the Iraqis but his comments underscored the Bush administration’s concern that they establish a government of national unity – seen as the key to stability – before the U.S. public’s dissatisfaction with the war effort reaches the point where a troop pullout cannot be avoided.

I’d say it was past time for the Iraqis to kick out the foreigners who are causing the majority of the problems.

Democrats eye budget

Back in control of the purse strings after more than a decade, Congressional Democrats are pursuing billions in new domestic spending, setting up another clash with President Bush who has threatened to veto any measures that exceed his budget.

For the love of pete…..stop friggin’ spending every single dime that hits D.C. The Dhimmis are no better than the Republicans, and visa versa, when it comes to money.

Yad Vashem slammed for lack of Arabic

Yad Vashem has come under criticism for not including any Arabic explanations in its new Holocaust museum, even though Arabic is one of the official state languages.

Considering that it’s those who speak Arabic who want to see a repeat plus of the Holocaust, I can’t say as I blame them.

New mystery charge filed against McGee

Prosecutors filed a new criminal charge today against Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee, Jr., today, but kept it secret pending a likely legal fight over whether tapes of taped conversations can be used in court.

Ok, so what exactly IS a ‘mystery charge’?

Border Agents Call Immigration Bill a ‘Travesty’

A group of former Border Patrol agents opposed to comprehensive immigration reform on Monday called the proposal currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate a “travesty,” a “sellout” and a “complete betrayal of the nation.”

And that’s putting it politely.

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?

June 3, 2007

Evening Snack (6/3)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:04

Democratic Candidates Debate Terror, Iraq

Democratic frontrunners John Edwards, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama sparred Sunday night over support for the war in Iraq and the war on terror with Clinton telling Edwards that he was wrong to characterize the latter as a “bumper sticker slogan.”

Shucky darn. Sorry I missed that.

Bush touts compassion, a nicer America’ for his trip to meeting, Europe

“He’s cycling back to this nicer, kinder America,” Kupchan said. “This is an agenda that is much more popular in Europe than the talk about fighting al-Qaida and chasing the Taliban through the mountains of Konar province” in Afghanistan.

I don’t want to be a ‘kinder America’. I want to be a kiss ass, don’t worry about names, America!

Fighting Erupts at Second Lebanon Camp

Lebanon’s army pounded Islamic militants hiding in a bombed-out Palestinian refugee camp Sunday for the third straight day, while fighting erupted near another camp in the south, stoking fears of more widespread violence breaking out in the country.

Perhaps Lebanon should consider a mass eviction?

Saying We Live in a “More Dangerous” Time, Thompson Drops More Hints

Fred Thompson says the country faces different challenges now than it did when he spurned overtures to run for president in 2000, leading him to consider a return to politics.

“I think that everybody was kind of sitting back, taking it easy and thinking that, you know, peace and prosperity were going to kind of last forever. I think we know better than that now,” the former Tennessee senator told The Associated Press.

I would hope we know better, but I have my doubts about some folks in this country.

Amnesty International: Israel destroying hope of Palestinians

A new Amnesty International Report on the West Bank has charged Israel with the “destruction of hope” of Palestinians. The report, “Enduring Occupation: Palestinians under siege in the West Bank,” released Monday morning, contains a litany of accusations against Israel, including “unlawful land grabs,” causing the deaths of Palestinians with medical emergencies who wait at checkpoints, and “using excessive and unwarranted force” against “international peace activists demonstrating against the fence/wall/.”

The Palestinians have been destroying their own hope for years. Blaming it on Israel is just a cop out.

Putin risks new Cold War with threat to aim his missiles at Europe

Vladimir Putin has threatened to aim Russian missiles at Europe once again if the U.S. presses ahead with its plans to build a missile defence shield near his borders.

The Russian president said his country was willing to make the move, even though it risked restarting the Cold War with the U.S.

The KGB evidently is still alive and well in the Kremlin. Not good.

Germany Praises Bush on Global Warming

Bush on Thursday proposed the 15 biggest emitters of greenhouse gases hold meetings and set an emissions goal. But he would let each country – including the U.S., China, India and the major European countries – decide individually how to implement it.

Ok, when did the president start moving towards moonbattery?

Morning Coffee 6/3/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:40

Clinton Makeover Accents Her Midwestern Roots

For years, when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton talked about her family, it was usually her famous husband or their well-known daughter. But Clinton has recently been discussing a more elusive figure in her life: her mother.

No disrespect to the Hildebeast’s mother, but it really doesn’t matter. She is who she is, and she is NOT presidential.

TB patient scornful of lawyer’s behavior

“He knew he was drug-resistant. He’s an attorney … yet he gets on an airplane and goes on a joy trip around the ocean and endangers other people’s lives,” Choummanivong said from his Michigan home Friday. “I hope he’s there in July when I go for a visit. I’ll give him a piece of my mind.”

I heard his tearful interview from ABC. Sorry, I still think he was behaving as many in this country do these days….”It’s all about ME!”

Father-in-Law of Tuberculosis Victim Probed

A federal microbiologist, the father-in-law of the man quarantined with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, will be investigated to see how he was involved in the case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Texas No. 1 producer of greenhouse gases

In fact, the Lone Star State cranks out more than the next two biggest producers combined, California and Pennsylvania, which together have twice Texas’ population, according to the study of state-by-state carbon dioxide emissions from 2003.

I guess they are referring to something other than the hot air coming out of Austin. Since Texas is HUGE, home to oil refineries, 3 of the largest cities in the country, and a population of nearly 23 million people…that they know of…yeah, I guess it does create a gas or two.

Moqtada al-Sadr: The man America has in its sights

The Shia cleric told The Independent on Sunday in an exclusive interview: “The Americans have tried to kill me in the past, but have failed… It is certain that the Americans still want me dead and are still trying to assassinate me.

“I am an Iraqi, I am a Muslim, I am free and I reject all forms of occupation. I want to help the Iraqi people. This is everything the Americans hate.”

No, bozo, what we hate is what you do as an Iraqi and a Muslim. The hatred YOU preach, the deaths you have caused.

In a Thompson-Gore race, state would win

Aside from creating a lasting rivalry between Gore’s Carthage and Thompson’s Lawrenceburg, a Gore-vs.-Thompson election in 2008 probably would bring international attention to Tennessee. The last time the two major parties’ nominees hailed from the same state was 1944, when FDR beat fellow New Yorker Thomas Dewey.

Criminy! I can’t imagine how a Gore run would make Tennessee would look good! People would think there’s something in the water. Thompson on the other hand….. 🙂

Senate coalition crosses borders

In deeply divided Washington, the coalition behind the Senate immigration bill is unusual and — so far — unusually effective. The lawmakers, who span the political spectrum from deeply conservative to passionately liberal, spent hundreds of hours together in Senate conference rooms writing the 628-page immigration bill, phrase by painstaking phrase.

That ‘deeply divided Washington’ has created a deeply divided country. Secure the damn borders and stop playing games with OUR safety! NO AMNESTY!

June 2, 2007

Morning Coffee 6/2/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:28

Farmers: ‘Monster Pig’ Not a Wild Hog, But Was Their Pet Pig ‘Fred’

The Mystery of the Monster pig appears to have been solved.

The 1,051-pound hog, shot and killed by 11-year-old Jamison Stone and the subject of a world-wide Web firestorm over the photo’s authenticity, really is…

Fred.

Isn’t a hog a pig, with a bad attitude? I honestly don’t know the difference. BBQ is BBQ! 🙂

Report: U.S. Hits Militants’ Somali Base

At least one U.S. warship bombarded a remote, mountainous village in Somalia where Islamic militants had set up a base, officials in the northern region of Puntland said Saturday.

The attack from a U.S. destroyer took place late Friday, said Muse Gelle, the regional governor. The extremists had arrived Wednesday by speedboat at the port town of Bargal.

Hey Reid!! Is that “lost” too? Not that Somalia is really a democracy, or anything close to, but don’t they have enough problems without those loons coming in causing more trouble?

No more romp and circumstance

So in the interest of preserving the decorum of their graduation proceedings, a number of school districts have drafted agreements with graduating seniors and their guests outlining behavioral expectations.

Shouldn’t they worry more about a “code of conduct” while they are actually IN school, then maybe there wouldn’t be as many problems when they are getting out of? Just a thought.

Bill seeks to define boundaries for religion in schools
Schools undecided on how to regulate rights students always had

Supporters say the bill protects the rights of all students who choose to talk about their faith. Opponents say it may unfairly privilege the religion held by the majority of students or permit hate speech in the name of religion.

Talking about the love of G-d could be construed as ‘hate speech’? Schools aren’t teaching ethics anymore, there should be some in schools, found somewhere, even in the Bible. I don’t understand denying Christians their 1st Amendment rights, yet the ACLU defends pedophiles for their 1st Amendment rights. The world has truly turned upside down.

Gore doubts his ‘aptitude for politics’
Today’s system isn’t good match for him

Americans ranging from powerful CEOs such as Apple’s Steve Jobs to everyday folks have encouraged former Vice President Al Gore to run for president, but Gore said Friday in Nashville that he isn’t sure he has what it takes to be elected president in the current political climate.

However, he said he hasn’t ruled out running in 2008.

Gag. I guess people thinking he’s nuttier than a fruit cake is irrelevant.

Syria won’t deal with Hariri tribunal

“The issue of the tribunal concerns Lebanon alone, and Syria will not concede its sovereignty to any party, no matter who that party is,” Walid al-Muallem said Friday at a joint press conference in Damascus with his visiting Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki.

Two things: Syria doesn’t want to be ‘found out’ and at least they have enough sense not to hand over their sovereignty to a bunch of dirt bags.

Grocery talks clear a big hurdle

Negotiators for the big grocery chains and store clerks have reached a tentative agreement on the thorny issue of health benefits, making it increasingly likely that Southland shoppers won’t endure a strike this summer.

When unions demand more and more from a business, that business loses profits. With no profits, there’s no reason to stay in business. Business shuts down, union members out of work. Who does this help?

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