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Archive for November 2007
Unless you’ve been under a rock this afternoon, you’ve heard about the hostage situation at the Clinton campaign HQ in NH.
A man claiming to have an explosive device strapped to his body released the two hostages he was holding Friday afternoon at the Rochester, N.H., campaign headquarters of Sen. Hillary Clinton, law enforcement officials told FOX News.
The hostages â€” believed to be staffers â€” included a woman with a child.
ABC News reported that police believe the man is a local resident with a history of mental illness, and that he told his son to “watch the news today.”
The drama began to unfold just after 1 p.m. Friday when local news reported that a man walked into the campaign office saying he wanted to speak with Clinton, a federal source told FOX News.
Obviously, this guy has some serious mental health issues. Actually, I think anyone who straps on a bomb (even if it’s not a real bomb) has mental issues, but that’s another story.
One thing Major Garrett said while reporting from Vienna where the Hildebeast was suppose to speak (and canceled, understandably) was something about the sympathy vote. So, she has a lunatic threaten some campaign workers, and people will vote for her? Now, as bad as I feel for those who were taken hostage, I don’t believe (intelligent) people should vote for a candidate just because of such an incident, even a Clinton.
Ok, I’m not much into conspiracy theories, but isn’t it odd that Hillary Clinton gets caught (indirectly) in a news flub, and all of a sudden, sympathy.Â Yeah yeah….ridiculous. Â
Democrats really ARE nuttier than Republicans!
CNN can spare us the alibis for letting Democratic operatives slip past them as questioners in this week’s Republican debate. The Hillary Rodham Clinton News Network may be as dishonest as it is slanted.
All it took was a Web search to figure out that the supposedly independent retired Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr, whose video question for the candidates was chosen by CNN for the GOP YouTube debate, was a co-chairman of a Clinton campaign organization.
Yet after CNN’s Anderson Cooper innocently announced “another question from a YouTube viewer. Let’s watch,” came a gravelly voice right out of George C. Scott’s portrayal of Gen. George Patton, as Kerr rattled off his biographical data.
“I’m a retired brigadier general with 43 years of service, and I’m a graduate of the Special Forces Officer Course, the Command and General Staff Course, and the Army War College,” Kerr said. “And I’m an openly gay man.”
What Kerr â€” and Cooper â€” left out of his resume was not only that Kerr was this month named to a top spot in “Veterans and Military Retirees for Hillary,” according to a press release from her campaign, but that he was also on the National Veterans Steering Committee of Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Kerr’s question was designed to make the more socially conservative Republicans look bad â€” and indeed those were exactly the candidates (California Rep. Duncan Hunter, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney â€” two Baptists and a Mormon) directed by Cooper to answer it.
“I want to know,” Kerr asked, “why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.”
Hunter and Huckabee stood by their opposition to an openly homosexual military, while Romney looked uncomfortable as Cooper reminded him that in the 1990s he was against “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
CNN, however, let their Clinton shill, who was present in the audience, have the last word over the three.
….or are people REALLY getting a bit more strange?
Animal and cute toy lovers look away now.
First came the toys which turned venereal diseases and parasites into the cutest of soft toys, now prepare for road kill toys.
A toy designer has come up with a gory end for teddy bears and other cuddly animal toys.
The first to be launched is Twitch, the Roadkill Teddy, which comes complete with opaque plastic body bag to keep the maggots out and attached to its twitching toe is an identity bag giving details of its demise.
Weird.Â Just plain weird.
I doubt it’s even in his vocabulary.
With central North Carolina suffering through the worst drought on record and a projected dry winter ahead, the Triangle is as close as it has ever been to severe restrictions limiting water use to hygiene and extinguishing fires.
Durham, with just 59 days left in its main water supply, could be on the front lines of this worst-case scenario.
Up to now, the prospect has been too far-fetched to entertain in detail, which is why there are few specifics in Durham ordinances about what would happen if the drought doesn’t let up. Raleigh also lacks a set plan for an end-times-type drought.
Pray for rain!
In the most recent audio tape purportedly by Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader accuses some European leaders of prefering to “live under the shadow of the White House.”
“It is no longer a secret that (former British prime minister Tony) Blair, (British Prime Minister Gordon) Brown, (former Italian premier Silvio) Berlusconi, (former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria) Aznar and (French President Nicolas) Sarkozy and their ilk like to be under the shadow of the White House,” the speaker said in Arabic.
“They’re not much different from many Third World leaders.”
I detect a bit of desperation here. Besides, in the countries of those named, the people actually have indoor plumbing. Yep, even the French. If they were truly “under the shadow of the White House”, how come Spain pulled out of Iraq, etc?
Fatah will fight alongside Hamas if and when the IDF launches a military operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior Fatah official in Gaza City said Thursday.
“Fatah won’t remain idle in the face of an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip,” the official said. “We will definitely fight together with Hamas against the Israeli army. It’s our duty to defend our people against the occupiers.”
The Fatah official said his faction would place political differences aside and form a joint front against Israel if the IDF enters the Gaza Strip. “The homeland is more important than all our differences,” he said.
Evidently, they’ll never love their children enough to want to stop killing over any excuse. Just because Israel refuses to disappear is not a good reason to destroy.
ABC correspondent Kate Snow was ready to push through the crowd and ask Hillary Clinton a question until an aide blocked the path of Snow’s sound man as he aimed his boom mike in the senator’s direction.
“Sorry, we’ve gotta go,” the woman said, though it was clear that Clinton would be shaking hands for some time.
I wonder if the Hildebeast is afraid that if she got asked some REAL questions, she just might have to give some REAL answers? Don’t think she could handle that. Heh.
This weekend marks the first negative TV advertising in the two early-voting states as the campaign headed into the critical weeks before the first voting, with an independent group’s claim that the former Massachusetts governor has flip-flopped- a sometimes crippling charge in presidential politics. Analysts say similar negative ads are likely against his chief GOP rival, Rudy Giuliani, whose positions on gun control and immigration are markedly different from those he espoused as New York mayor.
The anti-Romney ad campaign, by a Republican group that supports abortion rights, is fairly modest in scope. But it may open the door to bigger ad buys targeting other candidates and topics, several campaign veterans said.
And it was so positive before? Hmmm…. Ok, I have a real problem with any group that calls itself Republican and is pro murder. Something just doesn’t jibe. Romney said he was wrong on his previous stance, and these folks dislike him so much for previously being on their side, and now not……I’m confused.
A 22-year-old woman fatally stabbed her two young children in a convenience store bathroom Thursday, police said.
A worker at Food Mart told police she saw Jeanette Michelle Hawes enter the restroom Thursday afternoon with the two children, a boy and girl, and then heard a scream, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.
The worker called 911, and when deputies arrived they forced the door open and found Hawes on the floor, holding a steak knife and covered in the children’s blood, Strength said.
What on earth would make a mother do that to her children? Pray for the little ones.
The media phenomenon that is Hannah Montana turned the FedExForum into a screamfest of idol worship Thursday night for nearly 14,000 kids and their bemused attendants.
Part carnival, part rock concert and part cult of personality, the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus “Best of Both Worlds Tour” was this year’s hottest ticket for the 6- to 14-year-old demographic.
I’m trying to remember if I was so fanatical about anyone when I was a kid. There were the Beatles of course, but if I wanted one of their 45′s, I had to save my allowance to buy it. I think parents are turning their kids into little looney toons. Is it really harmless? Look at the obsession with Brittany Spears a few years back, and look how THAT turned out. No connection, but……
Dozens of Hurricane Katrina victims still living in Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer parks will have to find new housing by today, as the agency works to shutter the temporary facilities it set up after the 2005 storm.
The move is intended to help the hurricane victims move into more stable, permanent housing, FEMA said. But advocates worry that a housing shortage in the still-recovering area could leave some struggling to find a place to live.
Ummm….no offense, but it’s been over two years. Isn’t it about time the folks still living in the FEMA housing get a move on, and start standing on their own two feet?
KHARTOUM, Sudan â€” Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, protested Friday outside the presidential palace in Khartoum, demanding the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
The protesters streamed out of mosques after Friday sermons, as pick-up trucks with loudspeakers blared messages against Gillian Gibbons, the teacher who was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in prison and deportation.
They massed in central Martyrs Square, outside the palace, for about an hour, while hundreds of riot police deployed nearby to keep control, though they did not attempt to disrupt the rally. “Shame, shame on the U.K.,” protesters chanted.
They burned pictures of Gibbons and called for her execution, saying, “No tolerance: Execution,” and “Kill her, kill her by firing squad.”
Since they ‘streamed out of mosques’, I can only assume that the Imams were, once again, preaching tolerance and peace. (extreme sarcasm, and disgust)
I wonder how many satellite installations were done in the last couple of days in Wisconsin and Texas?
Love my Directv! Heh!
Update….for Robert! Dallas just made another field goal, so it’s now 6-3.
Dallas just intercepted a very VERY long throw. Nice catch, but I can hear the grumbling from Wisconsin all the way down here.
TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS! 13-3
Why did the Cowboys have 12 guys on the field?
Wide open run…Packer touchdown. 13-10
Penalty on kickoff. That was a kickoff? Hmmm…. A do over. Another flag? End of quarter.
Ok, I’m gonna watch, and just give ya scores, K?
TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS! 20-10
Dang. ‘Boys almost picked it off again.
Favre’s arm hit. Intercepted by Dallas. Ok, I want the Cowboys to win, but not at the expense of Brett. I’m a Packer fan too, y’know.
So how many flags does this make? Sheesh.
Phillips challenges call of incomplete pass. I agree with the call.
TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS! 27-10
Questionable return of Favre? Who is Rogers? Ok, he can run, but can he throw. Not so far.
Yikes. What a grin on Phillips’ face. Oh, Packers had to punt.
Cowboys had to punt. Wasn’t that roughing the kicker? Hmmm…
A minute 12 in the first half and another flag.
Packer touchdown! 27-17
I wouldn’t swear to it, but it looked like a face mask should have been called against Dallas. Guess it was just me, cuz no one on the field seemed to notice.
Favre’s hand is numb. Hit a nerve in his elbow. Kind of hard to throw a ball if you can’t feel it.
Haven’t seen him coming out of the locker room. No Favre.
Second half starts. And not all that well. Another flag.
Favre is being x-rayed in the locker room.
Favre coming out with a sleeve on his elbow. Gets cheered by the Dallas crowd.
Another flippin’ flag.
What fun is a turnover if they don’t do anything but hand the ball to the other team. No interception, no fumble, nothing exciting. Just didn’t make it on 4th down. Yawn. Packer ball. Yeah yeah. :/
Rogers seems to be throwing a bit better.
Dang, he can slide. I’d like to know why Favre wasn’t getting the protection this kid seems to be getting.
My ‘Boys need to do some blitzin’! Oh sure, NOW they call the face mask. Sheesh. One break too many for GB?
Ok, I think I liked the first half better.
WHAT?? That was NOT a first down. It was short. How much did that clown get paid to make a bad call?
Packer touchdown! 27-24
I think Dallas just took a vacation, cuz I’m not seeing any football going on here.
Ok, who is second string for Dallas? Will he do as well as Rogers has for the Packers?
Nice catch. ‘Bout time! Never mind that second guy.
Sigh…another flag. Is anyone keeping a count? Cuz the announcer dudes haven’t.
Challenge by GB. Horse hockey, sure looked in to me.
Poo. Ruled incomplete.
Packers just intercepted….in the END ZONE. sigh….
No, that wasn’t an interception, it was a GIFT! Just missing the big bow.
T.O. wondering what happened? I’ll tell ya what happened…. pfft!
Rogers sacked, punt, fair catch. And 12:20 to go. Hmmm….not sure my nerves can handle it.
Flag. Jiminy Crickets!
That WAS interference. Oh yeah, another flag.
Ok, who was Romo throwing to? I didn’t see anyone UNDER the turf.
TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS! 34-24
Just when I was thinking there weren’t as many commercials on the NFL network, they start throwing commercials left and right.
I rather like a QB who isn’t afraid to run, and it seems Rogers has a future.
WOW! Hell of a kick! Field goal Packers! 34-27
Nice throw to Witten.
And ANOTHER BLOOMIN’ FLAG. Leave the face masks alone, ok?
Time out – Green Bay.
My feet are cold.
Why did the Packers take a second time out?
Favre heads to the locker room. Maybe he sees the writing on the wall? Ok, I’ll behave. I really AM a Packer fan….unless they play the Cowboys. Can’t help it. It was bred into me!
Green Bay takes their final time out.
Looks like Dallas is going to settle for a field goal. And promptly takes a time out before the kick.
Field goal Dallas! 37-27
Creamed #18. Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.
Incomplete. Game over.
Dallas – 37 (11-1)
Green Bay – 27 (10-2)
Ok, my nerves are officially frayed!
KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — A Sudanese court found a British teacher guilty of insulting religion and sentenced her to 15 days in prison Thursday for allowing a teddy bear to be named “Mohammed,” British authorities and her lawyer reported.
Gillian Gibbons also faces deportation from Sudan after her prison term, her lawyer told CNN.
He said that he was “very disappointed” with the verdict and that Gibbons planned to appeal.
Gibbons was not convicted of two other charges brought against her — inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs, her lawyer said.
Gibbons, 54, was arrested Sunday after she asked her class of 7-year-olds in Khartoum to name the stuffed animal as part of a school project, the British Foreign Office said. She had faced charges under Article 125 of Sudan’s constitution, the law relating to insulting religion and inciting hatred.
Although there is no ban in the Quran on images of Allah or the Prophet Mohammed, Islam’s founder, likenesses are considered highly offensive by Muslims.
I find the behavior of certain followers of the so called ‘religion of peace’ offensive.Â So, can we jail and deport anyone I find offensive?Â Dang, better build more prisons.
I recorded the debate last night. There’s only so much I can handle of politicians, y’know. So, I’m watching the debate today. My question? Why am I torturing myself?
I gotta admit, I loved the song at the beginning. Pretty cool, and quite creative.
I have to tell ya, what I’ve seen so far, Republicans are screwed. If we could take the best parts of all the candidates (yes, even Ron Paul), roll them all into one, we’d have a really good candidate . At the beginning, I was wondering when someone was going to break into a tap dance. And it seems a few of them can’t even be civil to the others. Pathetic. Those who wouldn’t bother to even look at the other candidates slipped some serious notches, in my esteem.
Here’s what I want, in no particular order:
1) Stop the indiscriminate abortions. A million babies every year have been murdered, advocated by those who are anti military, anti death penalty. Women who should be nurturing are at the front of the pack, selfishly insisting it’s HER body. Pfft. It’s not a breast reduction y’know. I’m very confused on that one.
2) Secure our dadburn borders. Oddly enough, this is part the ‘war on terror’, at least in my mind. There are drug dealers crossing our borders bringing terror to our streets. Why can’t this be addressed?
3) Leave the guns alone. They aren’t yours, they’re mine, and you can’t have them!
4) Taxes. It’s not YOUR money. You can’t spend it better than I can, and I’m pretty good at it. If you want to fund a bike path in your area, hold a fund raiser, don’t ask me to pay for it. I tend to fall off bikes, and am not going to use it.
5) I want to WIN in Iraq. America doesn’t surrender.
There’s more, obviously, but that’s a start. Now, when they give me a candidate who covers, all my criteria, let me know, ok? I’m not looking for a ‘candidate’, I’m looking for a President. A leader. Someone who will not kowtow to a bunch of whiners. Someone who doesn’t back down just because someone doesn’t like us. Boo freakin’ hoo. I don’t care if you don’t like us. We’re great, you’re not, get over it.
Now, tell me what you are REALLY going to do as President. I don’t want the “I promise” b.s. I want results.
Mr. Giuliani, the front-runner in national polls, accused Mr. Romney of employing illegal immigrants at his home and running a “sanctuary mansion.” The testy personal exchange came after Mr. Romney said Mr. Giuliani had retained New York’s status as a sanctuary city while he was mayor.
I DVR’d the thing. Looks like I’m going to have to actually watch it. Might be quite entertaining, and I can fast forward.
Mark Zable expected to pay a pretty price to continue his lifelong devotion to the Dallas Cowboys.
But what he got when he visited the Cowboys this week to hear the team’s sales pitch was severe sticker shock â€“ $100,000 each for two personal seat licenses, a new feature that would allow him to buy tickets at the team’s new $1 billion stadium in Arlington. And those seats near Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ luxury box weren’t even for the priciest seat licenses in the new stadium â€“ those go for $150,000.
“It takes a different kind of fan to afford these seats,” Mr. Zable said.
Gee, run off the ‘riffraff’ who can’t pay the steep prices, and what have ya got? Everybody sitting at home watching the game on their satellite tvs, where they can have many friends enjoy the festivities, have snacks at a reasonable price from the grocery store, and watch that billion dollar stadium empty out. Well, in a REAL world, with reasonable people, that’s what you’d have. Football fanatics don’t seem to live in the real world any more. sigh…. At least I can ‘pause’ the real action watching from home, for the necessary breaks, and ignore all the commercials.
A CNN host acknowledged the participation of a retired Army colonel linked to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a televised Republican debate Wednesday.
Keith Kerr of Santa Rosa, Calif., who revealed himself as gay, challenged the eight candidates via video message and on stage at the CNN/YouTube debate in Florida on the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.
The broadcast, however, failed to mention that Kerr, who served as a brigadier general in the reserves, is a member of a gay and lesbian steering committee for Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
So, the Hildebeast is now planting questions for her opposition? Sheesh. I don’t care if the guy is gay, I appreciate his service to the country. This agenda pushing, however, is getting a bit tiresome.
“The IRS has been working on said audits in Colorado for over two years now with no apparent end in sight,” Allard, a Loveland Republican, wrote Brown. “While I support investigation and enforcement of legitimate fraud, we must not unfairly target honest taxpayers, and Colorado’s reputation should not be tarnished.”
Hmmm….I wonder how much all this investigating is costing the taxpayers?
Former Rep. Henry Hyde, the Illinois Republican who steered the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and championed government restrictions on the funding of abortions, died Thursday. He was 83.
The death of the Illinois Republican was announced by House Minority Leader John Boehner’s office on Capitol Hill.
Mary Ann Schultz, a spokeswoman for Rush University Medical Center, said Hyde died Thursday at 3 a.m. CST at that hospital. There was no immediate word on the cause of his death, although Hyde underwent open-heart surgery in July.
Rest in peace. Prayers with the family.
The new proposal, adopted Wednesday by a study committee formed by the General Assembly, allows up to three members to deliberate in private as long as they do not constitute a majority of whatever body they serve on. The proposal does not affect the General Assembly, which is exempt from the provisions.
Sen. Joe Haynes, a Goodlettsville Democrat, proposed the change, saying the current law is “not practical.”
He noted that a previous proposal would have allowed up to a quorum of members to meet in private. Depending on the size of the body, that could have been a dozen members or more.
When any politician wants to take public business behind closed doors, I tend to get a tad suspicious.
If he is still alive, former SS medical officer Aribert Heim is 93 years old, but his age will not protect the alleged Nazi war criminal from justice, vows Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff.
I thought Mengele was ‘Dr. Death’. Why has South America been protecting these animals for so long anyway?
A 72-year-old man fought off a would-be robber who brandished a gun, wrecked his Christmas decorations, and allegedly had been sent by his nephew in search of jewelry and cash, police said.
“I don’t know how I got the power,” said the victim, Reinaldo Herrera.
Herrera was working on his outdoor Christmas light display Tuesday afternoon when Santos Zelaya, 21, followed him into his suburban home on Long Island and confronted him with what turned out to be a pellet gun, police said. Herrera believed it was a real firearm.
Way to go! Kick some thug butt!
A booming wedding industry could swell Maryland’s budget by millions if gays were permitted to wed, according to a university report released yesterday.
The study, by UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, estimates that spending on gay nuptials could top $280 million the first three years, generating $14 million in tax revenue during that time.
Oh sure. Gain a few mil, and lose something priceless. What a trade off.
* Scruggs, his son and partners indicted on efforts to bribe judge
* Multiple counts filed
* Scruggs and his son are at federal building in Oxford, MS
(Oxford, MS 11/28) Oxford attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Scruggs, his son and a partner have been indicted in an effort to bribe a judge. According to court documents Scruggs, his son and law partner Zach Scruggs and three other lawyers of conspiring to bribe state Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey with more than $40,000 in cash.
Lackey was overseeing a lawsuit against Scruggs. Scruggs was being sued over the division of $26.5 million in attorneys’ fees. Over a period of six months, three payments equaling $40,000 were made to the judge who was secretly working with prosecutors.
The indictment also allegs Richard Scruggs tried to cover the money trail by creating false documents.
FBI agents searched a law office owned by Scruggs Tuesday and removed several boxes. On Monday Senator Trent Lott, brother-in-law of Scruggs, announced he will retire early. Lott is not mentioned in the indictment against Scruggs.
Curiouser and curiouser.