An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 11, 2008

Who Am I?

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 10:02
Which American president are you?
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You scored as Theodore Roosevelt

Congratulations! You are Theodoe Roosevelt, our 26th. and youngest president. You are an animal lover and a good role model. You may have poor eyesight, requiring you to wear glasses. You also have a good sense of humor and a hearty laugh. And always make sure to “Speak soft and carry a big stick.”

Theodore Roosevelt

75%

John F. Kennedy

67%

George Washington

50%

George W. Bush

42%

Abraham Lincoln

33%

Thomas Jefferson

17%

May 7, 2007

Twin Brothers of Different Mothers

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 6:59

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preacher_reid.jpg Hmmm….. I do see a resemblance.

H/T: Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

April 23, 2007

Overloading the Box

Filed under: Healthcare, Life, Uncategorized — olbroad @ 2:27

Let’s say you’ve got a box. You’re going to put cookies in that box, so it should be a good sized box. Slowly, you start putting the cookies in, by ones and twos. Some of the cookies coming off the conveyor belt aren’t wanted, at least not by you, so you throw them in the trash. You’ve got a square opening at the bottom of the box to allow some of the cookies to crumble and fall out. The more cookies you add, the more the box fills, but very few of the cookies are falling out, so the box starts to bulge at the sides, putting more and more stress on the cookies already in the box. They begin to break, but not enough are falling out to make room for the new, fresh cookies.

This is our planet. We are throwing away babies at an incredible rate, yet work so hard to keep others alive who have lived a good full life, long after it’s time for them to pass on. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars keeping people alive who, in the normal course of events, be it car wreck or devastating illness, should be allowed to go with dignity. The strong are getting fractured by those who are not so strong. So, when I came across this article, for some reason, I pictured an overloaded cookie box.

Daily pill to beat genetic diseases

A pill that can correct a wide range of faulty genes which cause crippling illnesses should be available within three years, promising a revolution in the treatment of thousands of conditions.

I understand the want to cure all ills, but should we?

As well as offering hope of a first effective treatment for two conditions that are at present incurable, the drug has excited scientists because research suggests it should also work against more than 1,800 other genetic illnesses.

Hope is a great thing to have. We don’t want our loved ones to ever leave us, but dying is just part of living.

In most genetic conditions, between 5-15 per cent of cases are caused by a defect called a “nonsense mutation”. Genes are instruction manuals for cells to make proteins, but nonsense mutations in effect introduce a command halfway through that stops production. The kind of protein disrupted determines the nature of the disease.

Who are we to mess with nature? Perhaps I’m being a cold hearted b*tch, or maybe I’m trying to be practical? I don’t know. If my child had a debilitating disease, would I feel differently? Maybe, but I don’t think so.

Other diseases that can be caused by nonsense mutations include beta thalassaemia, a blood disorder, and Hurler syndrome, in which children’s mental and physical development stops and most patients die by the age of 10.

It’s horrible that children die and I wish it wasn’t that way at all. I think there’s a reason for these ‘nonsense mutations’. Don’t ask me what, I don’t know. That’s not my job, and He’s not answering the question.

April 22, 2007

Ewwwww!

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 10:35

Nope!  No doubt about it!  I’m definitely a girl type!  I just did a dance with a spider that was as big as a boulder!  Ok, so that’s a slight exaggeration, but hey, I’m female, remember?  Kind of looked something like this:

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I wasn’t exactly going to get up close and person with the dadburn thing ya know!  But, being the girly type, I couldn’t smush it.  So, we danced.  There was a plastic cup and a LARGE piece of paper involved.  Mr., or Miss Spider is now outside.  I was going to go sit out on the deck, but since that’s where it went flying, I decided against that idea.  Maybe the front steps?

April 20, 2007

Sadly Swiped…..

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 11:36

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…..from Texas Hold ‘Em Blogger

April 2, 2007

Well Said

Filed under: Opinion, Uncategorized — olbroad @ 7:39

World owes U.S. an apology

America deserves more respect. In the past 90 years the United States has saved the world from the Kaiser, Hitler, Stalin and communism. We also furnished millions of dollars to the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II, including our former enemies.

Under our direction, Japan turned from a militaristic society to a very strong democracy. And we continue to give billions of dollars to under-developed countries each year.

We have lost hundreds of thousands of men and women defending other countries. All we get is resentment and jealousy.

Frederick Forsyth said it best in his book “Avenger:” “Hatred of your country is because of keeping theirs safe. Never seek popularity; what is felt toward you is 10 percent disagreement and 90 percent envy. No man will forgive his protector. There is no loathing that a man harbors more than toward his benefactor.”

The world owes the United States an apology and a huge debt of gratitude.

GEORGE A. PIPER
Viroqua, Wis.

Very well said!

Oh Joy!

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 1:15

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Hey, I don’t have any money!  Leave me alone!

March 27, 2007

Useless Numnuts

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 7:03

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I wonder if anyone at the UN really thinks their useless resolutions are worth more than just toilet paper? Delusional!

March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 8:09

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🙂

March 12, 2007

Who Is to Blame?

Filed under: Uncategorized — olbroad @ 7:55

Like his father, boy loved dirt bikes
Death of 5-year-old puts attention on sport where kids ride fast

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Cody Fidler loved dirt bikes.

His first ride came at six weeks old when dad Wade held him in an arm. At three, Cody got his own motorized minibike. A month ago, he started competing at Motocross tracks.

On Saturday, the 5-year-old preschooler was on his third practice round at the Parker Valley Motorsports Park in Cleveland County when he fell. As he tried to get up, his father said, a 12-year-old biker crashed onto him.

Cody, who was wearing a helmet, died of trauma to his neck.

My first reaction: What kind of parent lets their 5 year old race?

The Fidler family, who live in Kannapolis, said Sunday they don’t blame the older biker for the accident, but said the bigger bikes shouldn’t have been on the track at the same time as Cody.

“This may have been an accident,” said Cody’s mother, Michelle. “But it could have been prevented.”

It seems whoever was running the show was extremely negligent. When you have small children in the mix, you have to be constantly watching them.

Saturday was Cody’s first time at Parker Valley, about 50 miles west of Charlotte. He tried racing for the first time nearly a month ago in Society Hill, S.C., but he didn’t know how to ride in the deep sand. Cody got a bigger, $1,700 bike March 1.

Wade Fidler heard about JMX Racing’s events and said the family liked that there was a division for beginners. Both Wade and Michelle Fidler have bikes.

Like many parents, Wade Fidler was on the track Saturday to help pick up kids if they fell, which Cody did a few times as he tried to get used to the hilly terrain.

“He was grinning ear to ear riding around the track,” Kolasinski said.

He’s not grinning now, is he Bubba!

I have sympathy for parents who lose a child. I really do. But I’m finding it really hard to have any for those parents. This is a five year old! He should be playing with toy soldiers, digging in the dirt, making forts, things that five year old boys do. Not racing around on a $1,700 “donor mobile”!

My great nephew has a dirt bike, a four wheeler and the like. He and my brother in law rebuild those things. He knows the workings of them. He’s 13. He doesn’t race and they live out in the country where there are no other bikes to hit him. Maybe I just don’t understand. Maybe I don’t want to.

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