An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 4 September 2007
Every once in a while, I come across a blog I forgot to add to the ‘roll over there.Â I have now corrected at least one oversight.Â The Confidentials has now been added.Â Sorry Miss Phel!Â
Monday’s monologue prompted a critical statement Tuesday from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Neil Giuliano, GLAAD president, called Lewis’ use of the term “simply unacceptable.”
Those folks seriously need to get over themselves.
Mattel Inc., whose reputation has been battered by two high-profile toy recalls this summer, will announce on Wednesday the recall of a third batch of Chinese-made toys because they may contain excessive amounts of lead paint, The Associated Press has learned.
Perhaps it’s time for the ‘outsourcing’ to stop, and American workers accept realistic wages and benefits? Just a thought.
The former Tennessee senator plans to announce his official entry into the Republican presidential contest on Thursday. But heâ€™ll pique interest first on Wednesday with an ad aired during a GOP presidential debate from New Hampshire that Thompson will otherwise skip.
I personally think that 14 months of official campaigning is ENOUGH! I may or may not watch the debate. At this point in time, more than a year before the election, I already have campaign burnout. Hopefully, it won’t last!
LA CROSSE, Wis. – There is no serial killer, investigators insist, lurking in college-area bars, waiting to drown good-looking young men.
Since 1997, eight college-age men have drunk heavily at local taverns, then turned up dead in an area river.
Isn’t it odd they were all considered ‘good-looking’?
A Kenosha man has been charged today in federal court with assisting in a conspiracy to make more than $250,000 in illegal state and federal campaign contributions.
John W. Erickson, an associate of Kenosha businessman Dennis Troha, who previously pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions, is accused of helping to control a fund of corporate and other money that gave “purported loans” to relatives who in turn made contributions, in violation of federal law, according to the charging document. The money was not repaid until 2007 when the FBI began investigating, the charges say.
Illegal donations were made to the campaigns of more than 20 candidates, it said. No political candidates have been charged in the case and the campaigns were not identified.
What are the chances that not one dime made its way to Mark Green’s campaign?
Denmark’s intelligence service said it thwarted a bomb plot when anti-terror squads rounded up eight Islamic militants with alleged links to senior al-Qaida terrorists.
The pre-dawn raids sent jitters through a country that stirred Muslim anger and deadly protests last year after a newspaper printed 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Perhaps Denmark should reconsider it’s liberal immigration policies? Shoot, what am I saying! I’d lay odds there are an al Qaeda operative or two right here in the U.S. plotting the same sort of ‘event’.
President Bush’s senior advisers on Iraq have recommended he stand by his current war strategy, and he is unlikely to order more than a symbolic cut in troops before the end of the year, administration officials told The Associated Press Tuesday.
If he’s planning on a victory, I might go along with ‘standing pat’. But the way things are moving right now……. Yes, there has been some very good news out of some regions, but if the Iraqis don’t give a happy crap about their freedom and security, why the hell should I?
BOISE, Idaho â€“ Sen. Larry Craig’s spokesman says the senator is reconsidering his decision to resign according to Associated Press.
I’m not sure what I think about his reconsideration.
The Tennessee Supreme Court this morning refused to hear an appeal from Mary Winkler in her case involving a custody battle over her three children.
The full court issued the denial without comment.
Mary Winkler asked the stateâ€™s high court to intervene by ordering a Juvenile Court to proceed with a hearing that would allow her to present proof that she is able to care for her children and to show that they would not be dependent and neglected.
The woman shot the father of her children….IN THE BACK, fer petes sake.
Volksfest will return to Waupun in a new location, but with the same popular events from an official “keg tapping” to plenty of toe tapping.
The new location is in a municipal parking lot and those looking for the gateway will find it in the 400 block of Main Street. A huge new archway was constructed to welcome those attending the celebration of German music, food and culture.
The event begins Friday with Tuba Dan and Die Spiel Meisters providing music.
Saturday includes a pancake breakfast by the Kiwanis and a Volkswalk. The non-competitive walk is approximately four miles and is routed past each of the city’s sculptures. At each sculpture, a card can be picked up and those redeeming all six will receive a coupon for a drink and a sandwich at a Volksfest food stand. Walk anytime or leave with a group at 10 a.m., but be sure to register and be sure to finish by 2 p.m. There also will be an entertaining stumpf fiddle contest and music by Jan and Gary Zensen, The Jerry Schneider Band and The Goodtime Dutchmen Band.
Sunday starts with an ecumenical polka worship service led by members of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waupun. The Rev Rolf Amundsen will lead worship and Ann Lemmenes will direct the music. Then it is time for the music of Karl & the Country Dutchmen and Peggy Mueller.
Just in case you happen to be in the neighborhood, ya know. No doubt Mr. Ol’ Broad will be there to do a bit of ‘taste testing’. I found it a bit odd they didn’t add the dates of the ‘fest, 7-9 September.
Gov. Spitzer’s second-in-command appeared to throw his support behind allowing noncitizens to vote yesterday – even though his boss doesn’t necessarily agree.
Amendment XV – Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Lt. Gov. David Paterson, speaking at a breakfast before the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, said it was “exciting” to note that 22 states once allowed permanent, legal residents the right to vote.
Uh, ok. Perhpas he should consider the fact that the world, and our country in particular, has changed a great deal since that time. When my mom’s parents immigrated to this country, they did all they could to assimilate into the “American way of life”. They learned the language, pushed my mom and uncles to become good citizens, to work hard, and earn their own way in the world.
“Let’s just remember that America used to be a land of opportunity. We can bring it back,” Paterson told the crowd.
Perhaps it would still be ‘a land of opportunity’ if the gubmint itself would remove itself from our every day life?
Between 1776 and the 1920s, 22 states and territories allowed noncitizens to vote. Permanent residents were allowed to vote and serve on New York City school boards until they were phased out in 2002. Efforts to revive the right have largely sputtered.
Than was then, this is now. Times have changed dramatically.
A measure to allow noncitizens to vote in the city has been stalled in the City Council for about three years. Asked about Paterson’s comments, Mayor Bloomberg reiterated his opposition. “It’s a privilege of citizenship and I’ve always thought if you want to vote you should become a citizen,” he said.
No non-citizen should be allowed to vote. They have no stake in the future of the nation if they choose not to participate in the culture. Yes, there are many who have served in the military who have been non-citizens. A few years ago, I would have said they have earned the right to become citizens. Now, I’m not so sure.
“If voting is given to everybody, what’s the point of becoming a citizen?”
I didn’t laugh!Â I’m a lady!
Swiped from Charming, Just Charming.
H/T: Texas Fred’sÂ
If you have a couple of hours, watch this documentary. Quite an eye opener!
I’ve long been of the mind that the IRS was the U.S. version of the Gestapo. The federal income tax, was long, ago ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. EIGHT TIMES!
…..you should see Texas Fred’s response!