An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 17 September 2007
Around 11:15 this morning, Jr and I were sitting here, discussing the Constitution, when my phone rang.Â “Aren’t you coming to the lunch?”Â Lunch?Â I hadn’t even had breakfast yet, and she was talking about lunch?Â What lunch?Â “Bob Corker is going to be at the Uptown, which isn’t the Uptown anymore.”Â Uh huh.Â And I was suppose to know about this how?Â I thought about it for a second, and decided it would be a good learning experience for Jr.Â We threw ourselves together in record time, and headed into Savannah.
Senator Corker is a lot cuter in person than he on the idjit box or in pictures.Â Â One of the things he said echoed Greenspan.Â The GOP deserved to lose in ’06, not because of Iraq, but because of the out of control spending that started early in the Bush presidency, and even before, during Clinton’s administration.Â He’s right!Â That being said, I hope the Republicans remember this next year!
The only thing I had a problem with was when he brought up the health care issue.Â It seems even he has a ‘plan’.Â I haven’t read it yet, but from the way it sounded, even given a ‘tax credit’, I don’t like it.Â Why on earth should anyone pay for someone else’s health care?Â Ok, like I said, I honestly don’t know what his plan is, but my thought….get the gubmint OUT of the health care business.
Other than that, it was a very pleasant afternoon, and I got a hug!Â
Shamnesty returns: The DREAM Act wonâ€™t die
Refresher: Re-read Kris Kobach, â€œWhy the DREAM Act Is a Nightmare.â€ Kobach recounts how 10 states ignored a federal law passed in 1996 to bar in-state tuition preferences for illegal aliens:
In addition to being a dream for those who have broken the law, the DREAM Act raises an even larger issue regarding the relationship between states and the federal government. The 10 states have created a 21st century version of the nullificaÂtion movementâ€”defying federal law simply because they do not like it. In so doing, they have challenged the basic structure of the republic. The DREAM Act would pardon this offense and, in so doing, encourage states to defy other federal law in the future.
One thing that has been learned in the struggle to enforce federal immigration laws is that states cannot be allowed to undermine the federal efforts to enforce them. Rule of law can be fully restored only if all levels of government are working to uphold it.
Iâ€™ve said many times before that when shamnesty doesnâ€™t pass wholesale, the open borders crowd will take it piecemeal. This is just the first piece.
So, which will it be: Sanctuary Nation or Sovereign Nation?
Contrary to what the weasels in D.C. think, WE run this nation, NOT them. It’s time to remind them…..AGAIN!
The Interior Ministry said Monday that it was pulling the license of an American security firm allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of civilians during an attack on a U.S. State Department motorcade in Baghdad.
The ministry said it would prosecute any foreign contractors found to have used excessive force in the Sunday incident.
I read this whole thing. I’m still confused. Were the “civilians” shooting at folks, or did the ‘contractors’ just start shooting into the crowds? How can you tell if they are civilians or not? They don’t wear uniforms, and if there is gun fire coming from them, wouldn’t it be prudent to shoot back?
With a price tag of about $110 billion per year, Clinton’s “American Health Choices Plan” represents her first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since 1994, when the plan she authored during her husband’s first term collapsed.
The former first lady says she has learned from that experience, which almost derailed Bill Clinton’s presidency and helped put Republicans in control of Congress for years to come. Aides say she has jettisoned the complexity and uncertainty of the last effort in favor of a plan that stresses simplicity, cost control and consumer choice.
Even if that woman was a doctor, I wouldn’t hand over MY health and well being to her! Having an over bloated gubmint in charge of health care is absolutely ludicrous! It’s not about health care, it’s about CONTROL! And she, or anyone else, has NOT earned the right to control MY life!
Microsoft lost its appeal of a European antitrust order Monday that obliges the technology giant to share communications code with rivals, sell a copy of Windows without Media Player and pay a $613 million fine – the largest ever by EU regulators.
The EU Court of First Instance ruled against Microsoft on both parts of the case, saying the European Commission was correct in concluding that Microsoft was guilty of monopoly abuse in trying to use its power over desktop computers to muscle into server software.
I call BS!! If I invented something, is it MY fault that others can’t come up with a similar idea? Is it MY fault they can’t figure it out? Do I have to pay because THEY want the ‘formula’? If I were Gates, I’d close up shop over there, and let them sort it out since the EU doesn’t much care for free enterprise.
Amid the mountain of evidence released in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, the most provocative has turned out to be a handful of previously classified evidence detailing Islamist extremists’ ambitious plans for a U.S. takeover.
A knot of terrorism researchers say the memos and audiotapes, many translated from Arabic and containing detailed strategies by the international Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, are proof that extremists have long sought to replace the Constitution with Shariah, or Islamic law.
Does anyone still believe we AREN’T fighting a war of religions, and culture?
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan slams President Bush and today’s Republicans, while calling Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton “the smartest presidents” he worked with, according to an advance copy of his upcoming book.
He further says the GOP deserved the stomping it took in November’s congressional elections â€” a ballot that saw both houses of Congress wrested from Republican control â€” because the party “swapped principle for power.”
Sadly, I’d say I have to agree. That’s why the party needs to be retrieved from those who deserted US!
ElBaradei said it was “regrettable” that Iran had refused to follow UN Security Council declarations ordering Iran to halt its enrichment activities which can help the development of a bomb.
But ElBaradei did not mention French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner’s warning Sunday that the world should brace for a possible war over the Iranian crisis.
“We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war,” Kouchner said in a French radio and television interview.
France??? This is France?? The same France that was spitting out chicken feathers? Hmmm……
Top-tier GOP candidates Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain and Mitt Romney have all opted not to take part in tonight’s Values Voter Presidential Debate in Ft. Lauderdale.
When asked Thursday why he will not attend the event, Thompson replied: “Debates are important, but let’s don’t let the tail wag the dog here. Standing up there ten in a row, you know, like a bunch of seals waiting for someone to throw you the next fish is not necessarily the best way to impart your information to the American people.”
I have to agree. All these debates are telling us nothing that we didn’t already know. Enough! When it comes closer to the election, let me know, and I’ll pay attention. I listen to what they say, what they write, what is written about them. I don’t need the dog and pony show.
Constitution Day is here and many teenagers know little about commemorating the document’s signing.
A study being released Monday by a foundation that focuses on journalism and the First Amendment found that 51 percent of high school students questioned had not heard of the day when they are required by law to learn about the Constitution.
The occasion is usually observed on or around Sept. 17, the day the document was adopted in 1787.
Guess what Jr is going studying today! Not in public school, but AT HOME!