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 5, 2007

I’m Pooped!

Filed under: Government, Stuff — olbroad @ 12:21

I just got back from a meeting that lasted forever.  I started glazing over after the second hour!  I’m starving, I’m tired, and I have a headache.  All in all, an interesting experience.  In some ways, I’m glad it’s over.  In others, there is still so much more to be learned, I’m sorry it is over.  Truthfully, I’m really surprised the government ever gets anything accomplished.  :-/

I know I voted on stuff, but honestly, I’m not sure what at this point.  Luckily, I did write some of it down.

One high point, I got to meet Representative Scott Suder.  I was quite impressed with him….smart cookie.  I asked him if he had signed Owen’s pledge, and he said he didn’t think so, but had signed a pledge not to raise taxes.   At this point, I guess I have to take him at his word.

A lot of people think I’m nuts, but I really do like Senator Lena Taylor.  Obviously, I don’t agree with her on this issue (affirmative action), but I believe people with her drive and intelligence are to be admired.  And, she’s a hoot.  🙂  It was a pleasure meeting her.

So, on that note, I’m going to get my jammies on, and try to decompress with my nose in a book.

June 2, 2007

Other Home

Filed under: Stuff, Travel — olbroad @ 9:35

After a couple of hours of shopping, I got back on the road.  I listened to a great talk show on WLS.  I love it when I can catch Deborah Rowe‘s show.  When I ended up losing that on the opposite side of Illinois, I picked up an oldies station.  Did you know today “the Beav” is 59?

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Criminy, that depressed me.  But not long after that I looked up and saw these…..

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I had heard them advertising the Rockford AirFest and I honestly couldn’t have time that any better.  It was soooooo cool!

I’m back in Waupun now and spending ‘quality time’ with the Mr.  Ok, so we’re sitting here watching some ridiculous movie, but at least we’re in the same state, in the same room, after almost 3 weeks.  🙂

June 1, 2007

It’s a Conspiracy!

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 8:26

Ya know, I thought the peacock war was enough, now I have to deal with some sort of bird in my mailbox?  Well, whatever type of bird built this, it’s a LOT smaller….thank goodness.  Smaller poop.  🙂

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May 31, 2007

Grrrr….

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 9:01

If I’m not battling peacocks in the morning, I’m fighting with my computer’s connection at night.   I’m too old for this aggravation!

May 30, 2007

TA DA!

Filed under: In Tennessee, Stuff — olbroad @ 6:13

Before: (should have taken one with all the weeds)

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As you can tell by the date, this was last winter. Although winter in Tennessee is a WHOLE lot different than winter in Wisconsin. 🙂

After:

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Yes, there is still much to do, and we will, but we have the rest of our lives to do ’em, however long or short that might be. 🙂

I can see a Shitzu, or one of those little yappy dogs, running around inside a white picket fence…..can’t you? 🙂 Biting peacock legs. heh heh heh

May 29, 2007

Evil Computer

Filed under: 2nd Amendment, Crime, Stuff, The Peacock War — olbroad @ 11:02

Well, obviously, there’s no “Evening Snack” tonight.  My computer went on the fritz again for about 3 hours.  Actually, it’s not the computer, it’s the WildBlue connection.  It gets attitude at night, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why.  Oh well, I need to go to bed anyway.  🙂

I need to be up before the infamous Peacock War begins again.  However, THIS time, I will be armed.  heh heh heh  Ok, so it’s not a real gun, but it’s shaped like one, even if it is green and clear plastic and only shoots little orange plastic balls, doesn’t that count?  I honestly think if real guns had that many switches to flip to shoot ’em, the bad guys would get away with whatever mayhem they are perpetrating.  The good thing about it, it’s got a target thingy so I can practice for when I get a grown up gun.  🙂

And I see that Badger Blogger is world famous again.  If Michelle Malkin keeps linking to him, pretty soon, he won’t be talking to us lowly 2 visitor a day bloggers.  🙂  Yes, Michael McGee is one of those gifts that just keeps on giving.  I wonder if he woke up yesterday morning realizing he was going to be cannon fodder for the blogosphere?  The guy is a bottom feeder, yet he still had people defending him.  How do they, with good conscious defend a low life like that?  I just don’t get it.  If you are in need of a little entertainment, head on over to his site…..some of the comments are priceless.

Hmmm….

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 9:35

Evidently, peacocks don’t much care for water.  But I’ll be damned if I’m going to stand out there and spray them all day till they decide to vacate.  Oddly enough, they’re usually gone by now.  Today, they are hanging around.  I know it’s a conspiracy.  They are communicating with each other, putting together their tiny bird brains, to figure out new ways to annoy the crap outta me!

The Peacock War

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 7:36

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the war rages on.  It’s now quiet, but earlier, we had the first round of the morning.  Me scooting out the back door to the deck, shooing them off, them glaring at me like I’ve lost my mind.  I have now been shown a peacock’s hind end.  I think that silly pheasant was trying to insult me, but since it’s a bird, who knows.  I have learned that their tail feathers make a rather interesting noise when they shake ’em atcha.

After four or five times, of them running around to the front of the house, to get into those plants, then running back around to the deck, with me in hot pursuit, it might be a good idea to bring those potted plants on the deck, into the house.  Ok, I’m slow, and it’s early.  Gimme a break.  Then I got the bright idea, that since change rattling in a can works with cats, why not try it on my feathered friends.  Well, it did work, to a small degree, for about 10 seconds.  So, I kept rattling the can, filled with the change I save up to put in the kids bank accounts.  Naturally, change flew.  Everywhere.  Yes, I did have my hand on both the top and the bottom.  It slipped.  Of course, while I was busy picking up change from the deck, and out of the grass, the evil birds snuck around behind me, to get up on the roof.

Now, I’m thinking barbed wire along the wood line.  Very high, very sharp, barbed wire.

The Phone Call

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 7:02

After battling with my connection last night, I decided to just go to bed and read. Imagine my surprise when the phone rings at 10:00. No one calls us after 9, unless there is an emergency! My first thought: Something has happened to Mr. Ol’ Broad, and his sister is calling me to let me know. Second, something has happened to either my daughter, or one of the kids and Ick is trying to get a hold of me.

Well, it turns out that is was actually the Mr. He thought I’d be interested to know about this:

McGee arrested in corruption case

Yes, I was quite interested. I don’t get my jollies with the misery or misfortune of others, unlike the McJackson duo. However, in this case…….I might make an exception.

Ald. Michael McGee was arrested Monday by Milwaukee police in a case that is being jointly investigated by federal and state authorities, officials said Monday.

McGee is under investigation on potential public corruption charges, according to sources familiar with the probe, which has been placed under seal. Further details are expected to be announced today during a joint news conference by U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

“Potential corruption charges”. Well, if his public behavior is any indication, ‘potential’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Police Department spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz confirmed the arrest late Monday. He was still in custody Monday night.

“We arrested Alderman McGee and are referring all calls on the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office,” Schwartz said.

Michelle Jacobs, first assistant U.S. attorney, said Monday that she could not comment on the case but details would be forthcoming today.

Chisholm said he could not comment because the case is under seal.

I’m going to take a wild stab (since I honestly don’t know), and say under seal means there’s some sort of gag put on folks so they can’t talk about it….yet?

FBI special agent Monica Shipley confirmed that the bureau’s local office is involved in the investigation but said she could not comment further.

The FBI eh? Hmmmm….

Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines said he learned of the arrest from police and knew nothing of the details.

“It is an unfortunate situation that he (McGee) faces, but his unfortunate incident will not interfere with the council’s ability to do its job,” Hines said.

McGee has long been a center of controversy.

‘Controversy’ is a rather polite way of putting.

Just last month, he defeated a recall, garnering 64% of the votes in an eight-person race. The two strongest opponents were former city development official Una Van Duvall and recall organizer ViAnna Jordan. According to campaign finance reports, McGee spent $10,185 on this race, with some of it going to workers paid to do “campaign field work.”

The results, of course, which made all thinking people question the sanity of those living in his district.

The recall also prompted a Milwaukee County court commissioner to issue a restraining order against McGee after former Milwaukee School Board member Leon Todd, who was running Jordan’s campaign, told the commissioner he feared for his life. McGee said during a radio broadcast that Todd should be “hung” for his “betrayal of the community,” resulting in a flurry of calls cursing and threatening Todd.

At the time, another McGee attorney, Bill Baldon, said McGee was not urging violence but was simply engaging in political discourse.

A real class act, this guy. (sarcasm….obviously) It’s only urging violence if someone else does it, right?

McGee also caught authorities’ attention in May 2006 when he petitioned to legally change his name to McGee, saying that his name at birth was really Michael I. Jackson. He later withdrew the petition, but by then the state Department of Transportation’s fraud unit had launched an investigation. The department determined that the alderman had held driver’s licenses in both names. His license with the Jackson name had been revoked in March 2000. When the state determined that McGee and Jackson were the same person in June 2006, the McGee license was revoked, as well.

I can’t figure out why they didn’t arrest his sorry ass when all this mess came out. Seems pretty obvious to me that having two SS numbers and two driver’s licenses, in different names, is illegal. I couldn’t get away with that, and neither could any other law abiding citizen. Only sleaze balls get to do things like that.

In May 2006, he was arrested on allegations of threatening to kill Kimley Rucker, a woman with whom he has since admitted having an extramarital affair. Rucker, who later gave birth to McGee’s child, and her attorney claimed McGee threatened her in open court after a hearing on a domestic abuse restraining order, saying that “if you drive by my house, I’m going to kill your ass.” Prosecutors considered charges of disorderly conduct and violation of a domestic-abuse injunction against McGee in connection with the alleged statement, but he was not charged.

I never have been able to figure out just why he wasn’t charged. It wasn’t like there weren’t any witnesses. Sheesh!

The arrest prompted a protest in which five other people were arrested. McGee pleaded no contest to a municipal charge of resisting and obstructing an officer and paid a forfeiture of $103.50. In return, the City of Wauwatosa dropped a second municipal charge of disorderly conduct.

A gang of McJackon thugs, no doubt.

Well, we shall see what happens. Since McGee has been so slippery in the past, I’m not going to hold my breath that he’ll actually do any time. I’d suggest that they move any trial out of Milwaukee County, like say, down to Douglas County?

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