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Evening Snack (8/12) late

12 August 2007, 10:09 pm. 5 Comments. Filed under General News.

Tommy Thompson Quitting Run for the White House

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the longshot who had pinned his 2008 presidential hopes on a top-two showing in the Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll, has decided to end his candidacy, FOX News has learned.

“I’m outta the race,” Thompson told MyFoxMilwaukee.com.

Thompson, 65, said he felt like he’d been hit by a Mack truck after hearing the news of his 6th place finish at Saturday’s Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll, adding that his campaign was shocked after hearing the results. They were hoping for a top two finish.

Honestly, I’m shocked he’s shocked!

Mortgage fallout could hit pension funds

Columbus — The state’s five public pension funds are among investors keeping a close eye on the nation’s mortgage woes.

The funds that provide retirement pay and health care for tens of thousands of teachers, police officers, firefighters and state workers have more than a half billion dollars invested in subprime mortgages.

I’d question who was doing the investing for the pension funds.

Texas man tracking ‘filthy thief’ who stole pricey custom boots

One of the most renowned boot makers in Texas said “a varmint,” a “low-life scum” or “a filthy thief” is responsible for swiping a pair of award-winning cowboy boots worth $10,000.

I’m curious. Are these boots made of gold? Do they do laundry? Mop the floor? Just what on earth makes them worth 10 grand, and who would pay that much for a pair of boots?

9th body found at Minnesota bridge site

Divers found another body in the Mississippi River on Sunday, 11 days after a highway bridge collapsed into the fast-flowing water, raising the official death toll to nine.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body as 20-year-old Richard Chit of St. Anthony. His mother, 50-year-old Vera Peck of Bloomington, is still missing.

Prayers.

Sneaking into Hong Kong to give birth

China’s mainlanders hide under billowy blouses to avoid a pregnancy fee to enter Hong Kong. The prize? Better care and a passport for baby.

Doesn’t China have ‘socialized medicine’? Shouldn’t it be excellent? Hmmm….

Huckabee’s visit to Yad Vashem stirs Republicans

“I wanted them to see what happens when good people just sit back and do nothing, when they don’t act,” the former Arkansas governor said, “because what happened to the millions of Jews who were killed during the reign of terror under Adolf Hitler in World War II [happened] because a lot of decent people, calling themselves Christians, simply looked the other way.”

At the end of the tour of Yad Vashem, Huckabee watched his 11-year-old daughter Sarah, who had been silent throughout the visit, sign the guest book. “She wrote words I’ll never forget as long as I live. These are the words she wrote: ‘Why didn’t somebody do something?’”

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana

Seems we haven’t learned a darn thing, have we.

Madhouse Morning

12 August 2007, 10:10 am. 4 Comments. Filed under Critters, The Peacock War.

It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting at the computer. What’s wrong with this picture. I’ve really got to find a church home down here. Reading my Bible every evening is a good thing, and using the study Bible helps a lot, but it doesn’t do squat when it comes to social interaction, or communion. I’m not Baptist, or Church of Christ, or Pentecostal, or Catholic, or Methodist. That seems to be my only choices down here, unless I want to drive 80 miles, one way. I don’t think so!

So, what do I do? I spend my Sunday morning doing a slow version of the Peacock Dance. I came in to the kitchen, didn’t see any peacocks on the deck, so thought I was going to be lucky this morning. I went to open the front door, let a little light in on the subject, and lo and behold…..there they were…..all seven of ‘em, on the front porch. Now granted, it’s not a huge wrap around porch like we had in Waupun, but it’s decent sized, evidently large enough to accommodate seven full grown evil fowl, all sprawled out. I would have gotten a picture, but the minute I opened the door, they took off. Ya think they’re afraid of me? Can’t imagine why!

One was stupid enough to mosey into the back yard, and perch himself up on the deck rail.

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The others didn’t join him this morning. Seems this is not the leader of the pack, for obvious reasons. He doesn’t learn! heh heh heh

I decided to go ahead and get my daily box unpacked. Get it over with don’cha know! Well, honestly, I had no choice. I couldn’t move it because it was too heavy, and I couldn’t get into the cabinet with the cereal bowls if I didn’t. Sometimes, choices are just made for us. It was either empty the bloomin’ thing, or starve. Ok, so maybe I wouldn’t have starved….there’s always Sonic. I’ve got a half box filled with stuff that shouldn’t have come down, and will be going to the nearest thrift store, and a box overflowing with paper.

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I wonder how many trees sacrificed their lives so our bake wear wouldn’t get broken?

I thought perhaps I could settle down, once said unpacked items were in the dish washer, and watch Fox News Sunday. Oh, no, that wasn’t going to happen. It was now time for the felines to get into the action. Either I was trying to get them out of the garage, out of the cabinets, or off each other’s throats!

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Don’t let the cozy appearance fool ya! Two seconds before, they had been doing some serious tussling. A few second later, they were at it again. And those tails were doing some serious aggravation flapping! Hootie evidently has decided the safest place for her these days, is under the bed. Smart cat! Wish I could crawl under there with her sometimes.

Eugene Kane and ‘Black Face’

12 August 2007, 8:58 am. 2 Comments. Filed under 2008, Opinion.

Clinton, Obama show clout in black community

The two leading Democratic candidates for president came to the sweltering desert last week to address nagging questions of race.

Essentially, both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama had to answer whether each was “black enough” to win the support of a majority of African-American voters in November 2008.

It may seem a peculiar question for any political candidate to face, particularly for Obama, the child of a white mother and black African father.

And just WHO is the racist Mr. Kane? If all you are basing your vote on is the color of one’s skin, then perhaps YOU shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Black enough? We should be worrying about whether or not a candidate is ETHICAL enough! SMART enough! EXPERIENCED enough!

Curiously, most polls show Obama lags behind Clinton as a favorite of black voters, due to a longstanding loyalty to Bill Clinton. But Obama drew the largest crowd at NABJ and drew the loudest applause when he tackled the issue of his “blackness” head-on with a well-timed quip.

Personally, I don’t find it curious at all! Not because of his skin color, not because of his party affiliation, but because he is not qualified! I would find it MORE curious if he was the front runner with a large lead. I would seriously question the decision making skills of those polled.

It was an insightful couple of days at the NABJ convention as two major Democratic candidates spoke candidly about race with black journalists who regularly cover those issues.

The only thing that could have been just as interesting would have been to hear Republican candidates attempt to describe their connection with black voters and answer the same questions about issues important to African-Americans.

For someone who is always spouting about inequality between the races, Kane sure does spend a lot of time building fences between them.  Oh, and I won’t be voting for the Hildebeast either.  Not because she is a woman, but because she is THAT woman.  It’s policy Mr. Kane, not color or gender, that should be fueling the election.

Morning Coffee 8/12/07

12 August 2007, 7:30 am. 11 Comments. Filed under General News.

Dozens of lawmakers failing to meet ethics rules

The Texas Ethics Commission has fined three legislators in the last year for failing to properly disclose credit card expenses charged to their campaigns, but a Houston Chronicle review has found that dozens of other lawmakers have done the same without being sanctioned.

Texas legislators slapped down the plastic to charge more than $1 million in political expenses since January 2005, but failed to disclose who actually received the bulk of the money, nearly $900,000, the analysis shows.

Suggestion: Don’t give these people credit cards! They can’t keep track of Citizen Joe’s money, what on earth would make anyone think they could keep track of their own. Give ‘em an allowance! “You are allowed to spend just so much per day, no roll over dollars!” Naw, wouldn’t work. Don’t they have ‘people’ to keep track of stuff like that?

Taliban set to free two sick hostages

A Taliban spokesman said yesterday that two sick female South Korean hostages would be released “soon” for the sake of good relations between the Taliban and South Korea. Neither the International Red Cross or the Afghan government could promptly confirm the claim.

Good relations? They already killed two of them. Good relations would have meant never kidnapping them to begin with, and releasing ALL of them…..NOW! Then the best good relations will be when the sons of donkeys fade into obscurity.

PRC blames Schalit family for son’s continued captivity

The Popular Resistance Committees blames captive IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit’s family for keeping him in jail, PRC spokesman Abu Mujad said Sunday.

According to Abu Mujad, Schalit’s parents have not put enough pressure on the diplomatic echelon in Jerusalem to secure their son’s release, Army Radio reported.

So, it’s the family’s fault? I suppose these scuzzbags had nothing to do with it, right? It’s the family’s fault they are evil? Right.

Islamists urge caliphate revival

Some 100,000 Islamists have met in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to press for the re-establishment of a caliphate across the Muslim world.

The Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir – which organised the conference – said it had been the largest gathering of Muslim activists from around the world.

They can all go to Iran. I’m sure Ahmabooboo would welcome them.

Iran backs Maliki, says US troops must leave Iraq

Iran on Thursday gave full backing to visiting Iraqi Premier Nuri al-Maliki and said US troops must leave his country immediately, in talks that sparked unease in Washington.

The embattled Shiite premier stressed the growing strength of bilateral ties during his two-day visit to Iran, despite a renewed warning from President George W. Bush over Tehran’s alleged meddling in Iraq.

Lying to the infidels is ok. Sure, let’s just leave the place, and leave several tons of ‘goodbye’ gifts as we turn off the lights.

Five American Soldiers Killed South of Baghdad

The blast that killed the four soldiers and wounded four others occurred Saturday during combat operations south of the capital, the military said. Another soldier was killed Saturday by small-arms fire during a foot patrol southeast of Baghdad.

All the soldiers were assigned to Task Force Marne, which operates in an area with a volatile mix of Sunni and Shiite extremists.

See previous article about ungrateful Maliki!

Church Cancels Memorial for Gay Navy Vet

A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay.

Officials at the nondenominational High Point Church knew that Cecil Howard Sinclair was gay when they offered to host his service, said his sister, Kathleen Wright. But after his obituary listed his life partner as one of his survivors, she said, it was called off.

Kathleen Wright, of Arlington, Texas, sits in the family room as a photograph of her brother, Cecil Howard Sinclair, who recently passed away, is shown at rear, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007. Wright and family relatives say that they are upset that a megachurch, High Point Church, canceled Sinclair’s memorial service without an explanation 24 hours before it was to start.

“It’s a slap in the face. It’s like, we’re sorry he died, but he’s gay so we can’t help you,’” she said Friday.

The man was a veteran! He should be honored as a vet! I may not agree with with his lifestyle choices, but to deny him a proper memorial is just down right wrong. They knew he was gay, so why offer the service if they were going to get their knickers in a twist? Hypocritical!