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Archive for 23 December 2007
In unusually stark language, the newspaper in New Hampshire’s capital calls former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “a phony” and tells its readers Sunday that he “most surely must be stopped” in next month’s first-in-the-nation primary.
The Concord Monitor published an editorial slamming the GOP presidential candidate for flip-flopping on issues. It also criticized him for his central-casting appearance.
With “an athletic build, ramrod posture, Reaganesque hair, a charismatic speaking style and a crisp dark suit” along with “a beautiful wife and family, a wildly successful business career and just enough executive government experience” Romney espouses “some old GOP bromides — spending cuts and lower taxes — plus some new positions for 2008: anti-immigrant rhetoric and a focus on faith,” the editorial says.
The Concord Monitor editorial page is considered to be liberal.
But Romney’s record makes him “a disquieting figure who sure looks like the next president and most surely must be stopped,” the editorial added.
It compared Romney’s stances as governor of Massachusetts with those taken as a presidential candidate and found glaring differences.
“If you followed only his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, you might imagine Romney as a pragmatic moderate with liberal positions on numerous social issues and an ability to work well with Democrats,” it said. Read the editorial
“If you followed only his campaign for president, you’d swear he was a red-meat conservative, pandering to the religious right, whatever the cost. Pay attention to both, and you’re left to wonder if there’s anything at all at his core.”
The editorial then cited Romney’s advocacy of gay rights in 1994, when he was running against Sen. Edward Kennedy for the U.S. Senate, and compared that with his current stance.
“These days, he makes a point of his opposition to gay marriage and adoption,” it said.
It said Romney once sought to make contraceptive drugs more available, then vetoed a bill that would have allowed them to be sold over-the-counter.
Romney told voters he favored abortion rights in 1994, the editorial said, “and he cited the tragedy of a relative’s botched illegal abortion as the reason to keep abortions safe and legal.”
Today, it said, he describes himself as “pro-life.”
Whoa!Â Now, there’s a first….I think.
Swiped from folkbum’s rambles and rants:
When four of Santa’s elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her Mom was coming to visit. This stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked, and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.
So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hidden the liquor, and there was nothing to drink.
In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider pot, and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritable Santa trudged to the door. He opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said, very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t it a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Don’t tell anyone!Â Just in case you were wondering what happened to previously mentioned deceased foul fowl, the last time we saw, the evidence was being munched by the neighboring canines.
Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of grain of sugar.
The nanotechnology experts at the Technion institute in Haifa say the text measures less than 0.5 square millimeter (0.01 square inch) surface. They chose the Jewish Bible to highlight how vast quantities of information can be stored in minimum amounts of space.
“It took us about an hour to etch the 300,000 words of the Bible onto a tiny silicon surface,” Ohad Zohar, the university’s scientific adviser for educational programs, told the Associated Press.
I’m sure they had a darn good reason, but for the life of me, I can’t figure it out. Â Yeah. lots of info, stored on small thingys.Â But seriously, why?Â Kind of hard to turn the pages, don’cha think?Â
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday made her closing argument to female voters in a message that could be reduced to three words.
You. Go. Girl.
Well, I’m a woman, and I have three words to give back to Sen. Shrilldebeast…..BACK. OFF. B….
“We can do a better job in supporting families than we do right now,” Clinton said. “We give a lot of lip service to family values, but we’ve never really valued families in a way that we can.”
I wasn’t aware that it was the White House’s job to take care of families. I always thought that was the parent’s job.
One voter, a self-described feminist, asked Clinton later in Keene if she thought it was acceptable to support her based solely on her gender.
“Of course I do,” Clinton said with laughter. “I’m not asking you to vote for me because I’m a woman. … But the fact that I am a woman gives this election extra significance.”
Utter horse manure. She’s not the first woman to run for president, and hopefully, she won’t actually BE the first woman president.
“It’s been 220 years and we do not have a woman as a leader of this country,” state Sen. Molly Kelly said during a mostly women’s meeting in Keene. “My mother passed away this past year. She was 80. I think about that. Only seven years before she was born did women have the right to vote and we take that for granted.”
Gee, I guess Condeleeza Rice doesn’t count as a ‘leader’, or even Madeline Albright for that matter. Do they actually think the only ‘leader’ in this country sits in the White House?
“As the first mom who would ever be president, I want to set an example that, you know, being a mom and being a daughter and taking care of your family is one of the most important obligations any of us have. You shouldn’t have these really false choices presented to people: We can either be good workers or you can be a parent. You can be both,” Clinton said in Keene.
Maybe if she had actually ‘stayed home and baked cookies’, Bill wouldn’t have been out hunting down fresh…. Sorry, I forgot I’m a lady.
Clinton also turned back to her book, “It Takes a Village.” She said families have to work together to strengthen their relationships.
And she wants to be the ‘village idiot’?
I LOVE these light show things. I’m always amazed by people who can actually do the technical stuff.
And then a flippin’ mini van goes by.Â sigh….
Green Bay – 7Â (12-3)
Chicago – 35Â Â (6-9?)
Did I get that right Ick?
Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has ruled out a ceasefire with Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas unless it recognises Israel and renounces violence.
He was speaking after two Israeli ministers said it should consider a truce after reports, denied by Hamas, that the group was exploring the idea.
But Mr Olmert said the Israeli army was involved in a “real war” in Gaza.
Hamas recognizing Israel? Renounce violence? Yeah, right! Pfft!
A black man accused of killing a white teen during a racially charged confrontation outside his home was convicted of second-degree manslaughter Saturday despite his claims he feared a “lynch mob” had come to attack his family.
The ruling came on the fourth day of deliberations following an emotional three-week trial in which defense attorneys invoked the nation’s violent racist past in arguing the shooting was justified.
Dear Lord in Heaven. Why can’t we get past an ugly history, and move on. Why is a gang of kids going to someone’s home to confront, or ‘fight’ another kid? I’m fairly sure I’d have a gun in hand too. Although, the best course of action would have been to close the door, and call the cops, but in the real world…..
The Iranian government has decided “at the most senior levels” to rein in the violent Shiite militias it supports in Iraq, a move reflected in a sharp decrease in sophisticated roadside bomb attacks over the past several months, according to the State Department’s top official on Iraq.
Tehran’s decision does not necessarily mean the flow of those weapons from Iran has stopped, but the decline in their use and in overall attacks “has to be attributed to an Iranian policy decision,” David M. Satterfield, Iraq coordinator and senior adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said in an interview.
Basically, we’ve been ‘at war’ with Iran since 1979. There hasn’t been a lot of obvious fighting, but it’s been there. In Iraq, it’s come more out in the open. So, all those folks saying we don’t need another war front haven’t really been paying attention. They are just waiting for us to tip toe off, leaving Iraq wide open for a take over.
Forget about former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards’ “two Americas” theme. Right now there are two Democratic campaigns — the high-profile, celebrity-studded race being waged by Obama, Edwards and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and another, quieter race by Dodd, Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
I have no doubt if the media spent their time and energy focusing on Biden, he’d be the front runner, instead Sen. Shrilldebeast or B. Hussein. This is more and more obvious, a media run campaign. Sad. Very sad.
To hear Mitt Romney tell it, Republican Mike Huckabee shares more with Democrat Bill Clinton than a hometown in Hope, Ark., and a stint as Arkansas governor.
Both men, Romney suggests, have left-leaning governing philosophies, particularly on taxes and spending.
“Governor Huckabee’s record is more liberal than our nation needs right now,” the former Massachusetts governor said in Iowa last week, seeking to link his GOP presidential rival to the former Democratic president who is loathed by many Republican loyalists.
Retorted Huckabee: “This nonsense about being a liberal is pure nonsense.”
I’m not so sure it’s ‘nonsense’. Raised taxes, paid speaking engagement for a drug company involved with embryonic stem cell research, letting bad guys out of prison so they can murder, using faith as a political tool? Hmmm…..
Home owners across the nation are looking to county governments to reassess the values of their homes in the face of flattening and falling prices that have befallen scores of markets. Downward assessments, done at the request of homeowners or pre-emptively by government, appear to be most pronounced in areas where the housing market was exploding just a few years ago, or where economic conditions are poorest.
Maybe they’ll actually start assessing homes for what they are REALLY worth, instead of what will bring the biggest tax dollar? Naw….too simple.
Saudi Arabian police have arrested 28 men for allegedly planning to attack holy sites around Mecca and Medina during the recently finished Muslim hajj pilgrimage, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said Sunday.
The ministry said 27 of the men were Saudi nationals and one was a foreign resident.
“Thanks to God, the security forces managed to detain members of the deviated group who have links with elements outside (the kingdom) while planning to carry out criminal acts inside,” a statement by the Interior Ministry statement said.
Saudi authorities often use the term deviated group to describe terror suspects linked to al-Qaida.
Deviated. Interesting way of referring to murderous lunatics.
Iran will soon announce international tender for construction of 19 new 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plants, Rapporteur of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Kazem Jalali, said on Sunday.
Y’know, if that country wasn’t being run by raving lunatics, allied with other raving lunatics, I wouldn’t see a problem. And just why can’t WE have 19 nuclear power plants for OUR electricity needs?
“My wife said there were some vans here,” Sneed said. “They weren’t concerned about anything we were doing. They were just concerned about someone that was renting downstairs.”
Talk about increased immigration enforcement began circulating through the city this month after allegations about hiring of illegal immigrants at Electrolux Home Products. Electrolux, which employs more than 3,000 people to manufacture electric and gas ranges, initiated a mass firing. Television news reports estimated 170 people were fired last week.
Every time I ever rented an apartment, or applied for a job, I had to undergo a serious background check. Are they not doing that anymore?