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Doin’ Snoopy Dance!

22 August 2007, 5:23 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Mr. Ol’ Broad is HERE!

Ewwwww!

22 August 2007, 12:58 pm. 1 Comment. Filed under Crime.

Families of Corpses Posed in Ohio Morgue Photos Settle For $8 Million

A county in Ohio has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit over photos that used bodies in the county morgue as props.

The settlement still has to be approved by a federal judge but calls for the money to be paid to more than 500 families over two years. The county is to formally apologize and ensure that all offensive photos are destroyed. The settlement also includes grief counseling and a memorial.

A photographer posed the bodies with fruit, doll house furniture and other props as part of an art project to illustrate the cycle of life. He was convicted in 2001 of gross abuse of a corpse for taking the pictures.

An official said those responsible no longer work for the county.

People are just down right WEIRD!

Too Harsh?

22 August 2007, 11:55 am. Comments Off. Filed under Iran.

Iran: New public hanging in Shiraz

In the latest public execution in Iran, a 30-year-old man has been hanged in Shiraz, in the south of the country.

Accused of armed robbery over a year ago, Allah Gholi has been awaiting his execution.

Oddly, it doesn’t say he was CONVICTED of the crime, only accused.

Public hangings are becoming almost a daily occurrence in Iran and in the month of July alone 30 executions were carried out.

In some cases, I would be all for ‘public executions’. Child predators would be one.

Iran has carried out more than 150 executions to date this year compared to 177 in 2006.

It makes one wonder just why the increase. Are those executed actually guilty of the crime of which they are accused, or is this a political push to rid themselves of dissidents?

The killings have prompted outrage in some Western nations and Italy recently appealed to Iran to halt the executions on humanitarian grounds.

Perhaps there has been some ‘outrage’, but I sure haven’t heard much about it.

Tehran told Rome not to interfere in Iran’s internal matters

Did anyone expect Ahmabooboo to actually listen to what the ‘infidels’ have to say?

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Looks a tad staged, with the hand holding and all. I thought such PDA was against the law?

Morning Coffee 8/22/07

22 August 2007, 10:29 am. 4 Comments. Filed under General News.

New Texas Criminal Laws

One of the major laws making its way to Texas is already in place in 30 other states, including Oklahoma. Jessica’s law — named after a young Florida girl who was raped and murdered in 2005 — will increase the minimum sentence from five years to 25 years for sexually violent offenses against children under the age of 14.

I know of a seriously MUCH stiffer penalty for child predators, and it doesn’t involved prison time. Matter of fact, a cell of any sort wouldn’t be required….just a pine box!

White House Manual Details How to Deal With Protesters

The “Presidential Advance Manual,” dated October 2002 with the stamp “Sensitive — Do Not Copy,” was released under subpoena to the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a lawsuit filed on behalf of two people arrested for refusing to cover their anti-Bush T-shirts at a Fourth of July speech at the West Virginia State Capitol in 2004. The techniques described have become familiar over the 6 1/2 years of Bush’s presidency, but the manual makes it clear how organized the anti-protest policy really is.

I have no problem with dissent. What I do have a problem with is the total lack of respect of the dissenters for those around them. If I go to some event, I want to hear what the speaker is saying, not the cliches of a moonbat. I can hear that on the alphabet news, if I choose to watch them. I can’t say as I blame the president….any president, of either party, for wanting to prevent the lunatics from getting in.

Michigan, Arizona to move up primaries

Michigan and Arizona are poised to move their presidential primaries earlier, becoming the latest states to leapfrog to the front of the voting calendar in the battle for relevance in choosing the next White House occupant.

The move by Michigan lawmakers to set their primary for Jan. 15 is the latest to push the campaign season ever closer to New Year’s Day and the holiday season. The new date renews the possibility that Iowans could be gathering to vote in December, despite pledges from state leaders to keep their caucuses in January.

This is getting ridiculous! The “ME FIRST” mindset that has taken over plain ol’ common sense is really starting to chap my hide!

Appeals Court reverses woman’s conviction

A Sheboygan woman’s second conviction for drunken driving was overturned today by the Second District Court of Appeals because police stopped the woman based only on an anonymous tip.

“The anonymous tip contained insufficient indicators of reliability and the police lacked reasonable suspicion to conduct a traffic stop; therefore, we reverse (the conviction),” Appeals Court Judge Daniel P. Anderson wrote.

Total horse manure! Was the woman drunk? Was she behind the wheel of a car, putting other lives in danger? So what if the tip was ‘anonymous’. Isn’t that where police get a lot of their tips, from anonymous?

White House Defends Bush Comments After al-Maliki Criticism

Speaking at a news conference in Syria earlier Wednesday, al-Maliki lashed out at comments made by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. — who this week said the Iraqi parliament should choose another leader. Al-Maliki complained that he wasn’t getting the support he expected from Bush.

“No one has the right to place timetables on the Iraq government. It was elected by its people,” al-Maliki said at the end of a three-day trip to Iraq’s neighbor.

He’s basically right. No one does have the right to give a time limit to them. I honestly feel bad for the guy, he’s up against some serious concrete walls, being built by al Qaeda, Iran, and probably even the Syrian government. Not to mention the loony toons who think anyone who is for freedom should have their heads whacked off.

Half-buried corpses found at Congo army camp

UN peacekeepers in eastern Congo have found the bodies of at least six people believed to have been executed by soldiers, deepening suspicions of an ethnic terror campaign by rogue army groups.

The half-buried bodies were found by patrolling UN soldiers over the weekend at two abandoned military instalments in troubled North Kivu province occupied until recently by Tutsi-dominated army brigades fighting Hutu rebels.

Indoctrinated to hate. Why? Just because. The world has gone mad.

Heat sparks drive to start school after Labor Day

A recent round of early school closings and canceled athletic practices is reviving a grass-roots movement to start school after Labor Day. A bill that would have prohibited school start dates before Aug. 25 died two years ago, but some parents say lawmakers would have more luck after recent events. A nonprofit group called SaveTennesseeSummers.org points to successes delaying school starts in other states, including Florida and North Carolina.

I have never understood the reasoning for starting school so bloomin’ early. It’s not like they are learning MORE when they’d rather be out playing, or hitting the pool, or on vacation with their families.

Mega-church ripped for inviting Jimmy Carter to address leadership conference

The church website informed viewers that Carter is recognized worldwide for his leading work in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and humanitarian work. But Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries tales issue with that assessment, noting that Carter has roamed the world delivering negative messages about America.

“He stands up for dictators. He has not been pro-American in his diplomacy. He failed the Shah of Iran in 1979, which allowed Ayatollah Khomeini in, which resulted in our war on terror,” she says.

I wonder how much Carter is paying them to let him speak? (snicker) His blatant hatred of Israel, and most of America, makes me wonder why a church, of ANY denomination, would invite him to speak, unless it’s for ‘nap time’.

Obama: No Military Solution in Iraq

Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday the recent increase in American troops in Iraq may well have helped tamp down violence, but he insisted there is no military solution to the country’s problems and U.S. forces should be redeployed soon.

I guess he prefers the ‘tea and crumpets’ solution. Me, I’m at the point I’d like to see a little carpet bombing. But then, I’m in a seriously pissy mood today.

RAF jets scrambled to intercept Russian bomber

As military posturing goes, it has all the echoes of a classic Cold War contretemps. High above the North Atlantic, an RAF fighter jet offers a none-too-gentle reminder to a Russian aircraft that it is fast approaching British airspace.

But this was not a manoeuvre of the 1960s; rather, it was an incident off the British coast last week — and the first sight of the RAF’s £67 million Eurofighter Typhoon on duty.

In a display of muscle-flexing on both sides, when two Russian Bear-H aircraft appeared on British horizons last Friday, two Typhoons, based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, were scrambled to identify and shadow the unannounced arrivals, which turned back before reaching UK airspace.

What is up with the Russians? I’m wondering if the Cold War really did end, and has only been on hiatus.

Bullying the Easy Targets

22 August 2007, 9:00 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Congress.

Where there’s smoke, there are taxes

When Harrison resident Wendy Cronon started smoking 30 years ago, a pack of cigarettes cost 45 cents.

They were 30 cents way back when, and 18 cents on base.

She now pays $3 for a pack and about $30 for a carton of 10 packs, and the 48-year-old who smokes a pack a day wonders why governments feel so free to tax tobacco.

“I want to know why they don’t target the alcohol and the other vices,” Ms. Cronon said recently between drags on a cigarette in the shade near Unum headquarters. “Everybody has a vice.”

Why? Because smokers are easy targets. We are basically more laid back that non smokers. And then there’s that guilt factor. Evil smokers are polluting the planet more so than algore’s ‘man made global warming’. You must not smoke around your children, it’s child abuse. And the ever whining about it smells.

Guess what! Everything smells. It’s NOT child abuse. And we aren’t polluting any more than you are with your alcohol fumes! Is it bad for you? Well, yeah….duh! Is eating bad for you? You betcha! Getting out of bed is bad for you. Staying in bed is bad for you. You’re going to die if you do anything “WE” don’t like, eating dead animals, etc.

A recently passed state tax and a proposed federal tax could add more than $1 to the price of a pack of cigarettes in Tennessee.

You can sure tell it’s a Dhimmi run Congress.

The Tennessee General Assembly in June approved a 42-cent cigarette tax increase to help fund education. And federal lawmakers are working to reconcile bills recently passed by the House and Senate that would raise cigarette taxes to fund a children’s health care plan.

The TN General Assembly were wrong. The D.C. yahoos are wrong too. If anyone believes that all of the money generated by said tax will fund children’s health care, there’s this ‘ocean front property’ I’d like to talk to you about, real soon.

The House bill calls for a 45-cent increase per pack, while the Senate bill would raise that tax by 61 cents.

Supporters say the tax hikes will fund important initiatives and discourage tobacco use.

No, it won’t. If you smoke, you are going to decide whether or not you want to quit. And those important initiatives are nothing more than a politicians way of saying ‘you are too stupid to spend your own money’. Get your freakin’ hand out of MY pocket! The disaster that is the gubmint needs a serious overhaul. It’s not just the cigarette tax, it’s every damn tax they keep throwing our way. It’s OUR money, WE earn it, and all they do is waste billions upon billions of dollars on crap!

The consistent bullying of the federal government must end! Do the job as was intended, and leave us the hell alone!  It’s not my job to pay for someone else’s health care, kid or not!  I don’t need a nanny to tell me what to do, or not do.