An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 14 June 2007
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday that he told liberal bloggers last week that he thinks outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace is “incompetent.”
Oh, now there’s the pot calling the kettle black! Honestly, I don’t think Pace has been “incompetent”, I think Congress and the MSM, and yes, even the President, falls into THAT category.
A pregnant womanâ€™s unborn son was killed early Thursday when bullets shot through the window of her apartment near downtown Dallas struck her in the back.
The insanity continues! I hope they find the animal who did this, and fry the SOB!
During the duration of the country music party, police reported just one vehicle break-in, one personal robbery (purse snatching) and just three aggravated assaults, one of which was a domestic incident. There were no pedestrian-related accidents.
I reckon this is a good thing then.
Dismissing claims that Hizbullah has returned to its former strength in southern Lebanon, UNIFIL commander Maj.-Gen. Claudio Graziano told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the guerrilla group was practically non-existent south of the Litani River and that if the peacekeeping mission continued, the threat of war would be completely removed within three years.
And what is this clown smoking?
Pluto, newly dethroned from its planetary status, isn’t even the largest of the dwarf planets, a category created to handle the plethora of discoveries of Pluto-like worlds in the far, frozen reaches of the solar system.
Neighbor Eris, whose discovery in 2003 prompted the review that kicked Pluto out of the planet club, is about 27 percent more massive than its better-known sister.
“There was a possibility that Pluto and Eris were roughly the same size, but these new results show that it’s second place at best for Pluto,” said California Institute of Technology astronomer Michael Brown, who published his findings in this week’s Science.
I don’t care what they say! Pluto is still a planet! It was a planet when I was born, and it’s gonna be a planet when I croak! So thplbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb!
The UK’s carbon emissions rose by 1.25% last year, according to provisional government data, but Britain remains on course to meet its Kyoto Protocol goal.
But…but….they drive they teeny tiny cars, and ride bicycles, and use mass transit! (And, they signed that useless treaty.) How can this be possible!?
Ruth Graham, who surrendered dreams of missionary work in Tibet to marry a suitor who became the world’s most renowned evangelist, died Thursday. She was 87.
The wife of Billy Graham died at 5:05 p.m. at her home at Little Piney Cove, surrounded by her husband and all five of their children, said a statement released by family spokesman Larry Ross.
“Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team,” Billy Graham said in a statement. “No one else could have borne the load that she carried. She was a vital and integral part of our ministry, and my work through the years would have been impossible without her encouragement and support.
“I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we’ve had in the mountains together. We’ve rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven.”
Rest in the Lord’s arms dear lady.
I am at a complete loss for words.Â At what point in time did President Bush completely lose his mind?
The State Department’s top legal adviser told international lawyers on June 6 that President Bush is so committed to the primacy of international law that he has taken his home state of Texas to court on behalf of a group of Mexican killers. The Mexicans had been sentenced to death for murdering U.S. citizens, including young children.
I can’t even begin to comment on this.Â Read it all for yourself.
H/T: Texas Fred
From this point on, those 3 little words, easy to install, are going to have a new meaning to me………………………………………..CRINGE!
It sounded easy enough.Â Looks fairly easy on the package.Â The sales person said she had sold a lot of it, and had no complaints, and others had told her it only took 5 minutes to install.Â PFFT!Â Yeah, right!
I just spent the last 3 hours trying to apply reflective crap to the French doors, to block out some of the heat that invades every afternoon.Â That reflective crap is now in a rather large crinkled up ball in the corner of the room.
I’m now considering tin foil.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Thursday proposed cutting health care costs by removing patents for breakthrough drugs and requiring health insurance companies to spend at least 85 percent of their premiums on patient care.
So, let me get this straight….Edwards wants to end private drug companies ability to gain a profit from the drugs they spend millions to develop?
The former North Carolina senator offered details of a universal health care proposal he released in February during an appearance at the East Riverside Health Center, a federally funded community clinic.
Federally funded clinic, eh? I guess more of our tax dollars would fund even more of the socialized medicine facilities.
Edwards’ plan would remove long-term patents for companies that develop breakthrough drugs and then reap large profits because of the monopolies those patents provide. He said offering cash incentives instead would allow multiple companies to produce generic and other versions of those drugs to drive down prices.
So, who is going to do all the research? The gubmint? Look how well they run themselves. PFFT!
He also said his plan would require health insurance companies to spend at least 85 percent of the premiums they collect on patient care, adding that 30 percent of insurance premiums currently go toward administrative expenses and profit. He said New York, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida already impose similar requirements.
He wants to cut back on the bureaucracy, and this is not a bad thing. However, if you make one person do the job of 5, don’t you think there are going to be MORE problems?
His plan also would require that all Americans sign up for health insurance and would enact various reforms aimed at lowering administrative costs for providers and improving chronic and preventive care for patients. About 47 million people currently lack health insurance in the United States.
How many of those 47 million are in this country ILLEGALLY? Why are we suppose to pay for their health care? Let them go home, come back LEGALLY, and then buy their OWN bloomin’ insurance.
A rival Democratic presidential candidate, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, has proposed to provide health care to millions of Americans and more affordable medical insurance, financed by tax increases on the wealthy.
Just who are the wealthy who are going to support all these folks? The multi-millionaires who have more money than they can spend in a lifetime but are able to hire scads of lawyers and accountants to make sure their money goes into offshore accounts so they won’t have to pay tax? Or do they consider the rich those who go to work every day, save their money, invest in companies to gain a little more so they’ll have a decent retirement? Just who are these rich folks who are going to support the masses?
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who was elected Austrian president despite an international scandal about his secretive World War II military service for the Nazis, died Thursday, Austrian media reported. He was 88.
R.I.P I didn’t pay much attention to his tenure as head of the Useless Numnuts, but I wonder if he is the reason they are so anti-Israel?
The debate over President Bush’s immigration bill and opposition to it as an “amnesty” proposal have invigorated otherwise dispirited conservative interest groups and forged an anti-Bush unity on the right not seen since the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers.
Granted, many on the right have contracted BDS, but to blanket conservative groups as anti-Bush, irritates me. We’re ANTI-ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY! Although he has never been conservative, Pres. Bush has done a few good things. Tax cuts come to mind.
The offices of the Fatah preventive security force were overrun this morning after hours of gun-battles, with witnesses telling The Times that black-clad Hamas gunmen were bringing Fatah security guards out of the building, stripping them to their underwear and executing them on the street.
I don’t know. Maybe Sen. Lieberman is right. Maybe we do need to take out Iran. Hamas is being funded and armed by Iran. Dry up their funds, perhaps the conflict between the two factions would, at least, back off? Just a thought.
If you’re one of the 500,000 (half a million!) people traveling to San Francisco for this year’s Pride Parade, before you pack your one suitcase of sweaters and hot pants (you’ll need both) and your five suitcases of sex toys, think about the TSA for a minute. (Ugh, not like that.) Sure, uniforms are hot, and some of you may have those nonconsensual cavity-search fantasies rarin’ to go, but save your fetishes for Pink Saturday and pack your sex toys with care. Otherwise, be prepared to have your expensive toy collection ripped apart by security dogs and your favorite dick detonated by the feds. Imagine arriving and having to explain, “Honey, they blew up the Ballsy Jeff Stryker 10-inch.”
That’s a WHOLE lot more information than I really needed.
Coupled with the construction of a new Goldman Sachs headquarters in Battery Park City, to be completed in 2009, and a mostly leased 7 World Trade Center building, completed in 2006, the move by JPMorgan serves as a telling vote of confidence for downtown, an area that was by no means guaranteed a comeback after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Glad to see they are finally moving forward, after 6 years!
The push by property-rights advocates to count hatchery-bred salmon toward the goals of the Endangered Species Act is misguided and runs afoul of the law, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour ruled Wednesday in Seattle.
Do they put something in the water out there on the left coast? How are hatchery bred fish any different from those bred in the wild? They’re fish for cryin’ out loud!
Jacques Chirac’s presidential immunity expires at midnight on Saturday, opening the way for judges to question him over a string of investigations into alleged corruption and other scandals in France.
During two terms as president from May 1995, Chirac benefited from a constitutional bar on the prosecution or investigation of a serving head of state by the examining magistrates who conduct criminal investigations in France.
It’s a shame they aren’t planning on bringing any charges.
The memo states that in the past three years, there have been eight evacuations at the Justice Center, which includes jail cells and courtrooms, because of burnt popcorn. That’s more than 400 people evacuated each time.
So, because there are a few idiots in Seattle, they want to ban microwave popcorn so no one can have it? Typical nannies. What a bunch of maroons!
An elementary school teacher who says she was fired for talking to her students about peace activism has appealed her dismissal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Her job is to teach, not to preach. If my kid can’t read because the teacher is too busy pushing her own agenda, she needs to be canned.
Early this week, Republicans had declared war on the appropriations process and were holding up the homeland security measure as a way to force Democrats to reverse a decision to wait to disclose earmarks in all spending measures until House and Senate conferences on the bills.
So, why didn’t the Republicans declare war on all these appropriations when they were in power?
For two days in a row, I’ve woken up to relative silence.Â No scuffling around on the deck, no over sized, colorful chicken shaking tail feathers at me.Â Yesterday, there was one on the roof, but he took off in short order.Â This morning, not a one!Â Does this mean the war is over?Â I doubt it!Â But I do believe a truce has been called, at least on a temporary basis.Â I haven’t seen the goats either, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t plotting a new assault.