An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 23 May 2008
……like THIS ONE!
Now, tell me you wouldn’t swipe it too! Heh
Thanks to GuyK for just leaving it out there.
It’s been two years today since I made my very first blog post. Wow. How do ya forget such a momentous occasion!
And just think….I’m almost potty trained!
Ok, all you computer type folks….I’m having a problem. This isn’t a site issue, it seems that my computer won’t play any videos. Doesn’t matter if it’s YouTube, EyeBlast, Dailymotion,whatever. It plays for a total of 2 seconds, and then zip! Nothing! So, is it me, or am I going to have to have a nervous breakdown? Yes, I’ve cleared my cache, I’ve rebooted….. anything I can think of.
So, any suggestions?
I just love Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)! Truth be told, he’s one of the few REAL conservative Republicans in Congress right now. There use to be more, but they lost their spines, and stuck their heads where the sun don’t shine, and mostly got voted out of office, which of course, is why the “right” really lost the House.
Ok, I’ve finished that particular rant!
Here’s just a small part of why I think this guy is great:
America faces a choice between two fiscal and economic futures.
In one, ever-rising levels of government spending overwhelm the Federal budget and the U.S. economy with crushing burdens of debt and higher taxes. It is a future in which America’s best century is the past century.
The second future is one in which the principles that created America’s freedom and prosperity are restored. It is the path set out in my plan, A Roadmap for America’s Future.
Currently, we are on a path of unsustainable Federal spending. The main problem is the looming crisis of entitlement spending. The well-intentioned social insurance strategies of the past century – particularly Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid – are headed toward financial collapse.
Not only will these programs grow themselves into extinction, they will immensely burden our economy and budget – piling massive amounts of debt on future generations, crippling our ability to compete in the international marketplace, and dramatically reducing Americans’ standards of living.
We can and must set a different course. But the time for talk has passed. We need a plan.
Based on the input of many, I developed A Roadmap for America’s Future to:
1. Ensure universal access to health insurance, fulfill the missions of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and make these programs permanently solvent.
2. Return Federal spending growth to sustainable levels and lift the debt burden looming over future generations.
3. Promote sustained economic and job growth and put the U.S. in a position to lead – not merely survive – in the international marketplace.
We are going to have to tackle these problems, or they’re going to tackle us. My plan addresses all these issues at once because piecemeal, incremental “fixes” cannot match the magnitude, the urgency, and the interrelated nature of these challenges.
It’s an ambitious proposal. Not everyone will agree with every aspect of it, and that’s fine. But if nothing else, it’s my sincere hope that it will spur Congress to move beyond simply rehashing the problem – to debating and implementing actual solutions for the American people.
It is a real plan, with real proposals, real numbers to back them, and real legislation to implement it.
Paul D. Ryan
Committee on the Budget
Now, go ahead, tell me what’s wrong with Rep. Ryan’s plan? I can’t see anything, but I’ve no doubt someone (and you know who you are) will.
H/T: Stepping Right Up
After several of the business leaders complained about the difficulty in obtaining temporary H1B visas for scientists and engineers, something the Senate immigration bill was supposed to address, Mr. McCain expressed regret the measure did not pass, calling it a personal “failure,” as well as one by the federal government.
“Senator Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States,” he said. “It is a federal responsibility and because of our failure as a federal obligation, we’re seeing all these various conflicts and problems throughout our nation as different towns, cities, counties, whatever they are, implement different policies and different programs which makes things even worse and even more confusing.”
He added: “I believe we have to secure our borders, and I think most Americans agree with that, because it’s a matter of national security. But we must enact comprehensive immigration reform. We must make it a top agenda item if we don’t do it before, and we probably won’t, a little straight talk, as of January 2009.”
Mr. McCain asked others on the panels for suggestions about how to “better mobilize American public opinion” behind the notion of comprehensive immigration reform.
We don’t need freakin’ “reform”! We need to enforce the dadburn laws we already have on the books! It’s worked for a long time, and if the laws were enforced, it would still work! This invasion from the south MUST be stopped. The only real reform we need is to stop the anchor baby BS, stop paying for the medical care of illegals, no more taxpayer education for illegals, and numerous other things I’m too angry to remember right now.
H/T: Stop the ACLU
Substitute Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran said here Friday world nations realize standard bearers of campaign against terrorism, US statesmen, tell lies, as they, particularly President George W.) Bush, are theorists, and nurture more terrorists.
Uh…..yeah….sure…..Bush has nothing better to do, and is running a school, filled with children learning how to strap on a bomb belts. Yep, they’re learning how to blow themselves up. Uh huh. (insert MASSIVE sarcasm)
The substitute Friday preacher of Tehran added in his first sermon, relying on grace of God and the severe efforts made by intelligence ministry officials, a plot hatched in Washington based on Bush’s order to the CIA to launch sabotage operations in Iran, was revealed.”
He added, “The Intelligence Ministry arrested the members of a network that had planted a bomb at a religious center in Shiraz and eliminated ground for their further terrorist moves.”
Sorry bubba, we don’t bomb the innocent! So you might want to look at WHO did the ‘arresting’!
Ayatollah Khatami pointed out that the group that has made the criminal move in Shiraz is comprised of non-believers and they keep insulting God, the Prophet (P) and the Infallible Imams (P) in their media.
Uh….who insults God? And that so called prophet? Well, we don’t cotton much to murderous pedophiles, so he might have a point there.
This week’s Friday preacher of Tehran added, “The Americans chose a laical group, strengthened and mobilized it to launch terrorist attacks in Iran, the first of which was launched at Seyyed ul-Shohada Hosseiniyeh of Shiraz.”
If we wanted to attack Iran, we have very large bombs, which can be dropped from the air, or sent from quite a distance.
Khatami said, “The pure blood of the martyrs at that religious gathering led the officials to arrest the terrorists and to dismantle their broader plots.” Referring to the nasty objectives pursued by that corrupt and apostate group throughout Iran, he said, “They (the terrorists) intended to take revenge of faith and religion and were planning for another bombing at Holy Shrine of Lady Ma’soumeh in Qom, one at Qom Seminary, and another one at Feyziyeh Theology School of that holy city.”
Apostate group? Hmmmm… Perhaps those “apostates” are fed up with the oppression? Or maybe, it’s all made up to justify hanging folks who speak out against injustice? Just a thought.
The Friday preacher reiterated, “They (the terrorists) wished to take revenge of a people that have not been influenced by three decades of our enemies’ atheist propagation and were even planning to plant very strong bombs at this year’s Tehran International Book Fair, that could have led to a huge catastrophe.” Member of the Leadership Experts Assembly referred to the political objectives of the corrupt terrorist grouplet and their undercover supporters, adding, “Their (the terrorists’) other targets for bombing included the Consular Office of Russia and the sea-bed oil pipelines at Iran’s Gonaveh Port City, all of which were by grace of God revealed and dismantled.”
And these are the people B. Hussein wants to have tea and crumpets with? Call it what it is….APPEASEMENT!
Swiped from Disgruntled Truck Driver!
Bob Barr has been to the Dark Side, and they do indeed have cookies.
The Libertarian National Convention kicked off yesterday with a tea-and-cookies reception hosted by the Marijuana Policy Project featuring none other than Mr. Barr, the party’s leading candidate for its presidential nomination.
I wonder if he ate the cookies?
The FBI informant who wore a hidden camera to record former City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. accepting thousands of dollars in cash from him in 2006 said Thursday he thought the bribery case was “a slam dunk.”
Longtime political consultant Joe Cooper said he was shocked Wednesday when a federal court jury acquitted Ford on all six counts of bribery and extortion.
“I think they absolutely, positively got it wrong,” said Cooper, 62, who lobbied for several wealthy developers with projects before the council. “You know, you don’t announce in front of the world ‘Hey, this is a bribe.’ I mean, it’s just not done like that.
Yeah, I thought it was a slam dunk too. So did a lot of other people.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Friday that “nothing justifies” Israeli settlement expansion, and urged Israel to do more to lift restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank.
Well, let’s see, the very Highest Power gave them the land and if the Pallies didn’t insist on murdering innocent people, perhaps restrictions could be lifted. Why is it than no one ever blames the Pallies for their actions and the consequences of those actions?
Voters in this old railway town in Britain’s industrial Midlands sent a powerful message to Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the governing Labour Party on Thursday, electing a Conservative candidate by a wide margin in a parliamentary constituency that had been a Labour bastion for decades.
The Conservative candidate, Edward Timpson, inflicted a heavy defeat on the Labour candidate, Tamsin Dunwoody, according to results from the by-election announced Friday. Timpson won 49 percent to Dunwoody’s 30 percent, with Britain’s third major party, the Liberal Democrats, taking 14 percent.
Well now, isn’t that interesting. Perhaps the Brits are finally get fed up too?
New Yorkers could see their English cousins across the pond Thursday without benefit of cable TV or video conferencing, courtesy of an unusual live optical hookup created by a conceptual artist with a fanciful tale of a long-lost tunnel.
An optical device called a “telectroscope” was placed at the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn and another one on the Thames River in London on Thursday.
Spectators stepped up to the machine on both sides of the Atlantic and waved and wrote greetings to each other in real time on wipe-off message boards.
How very cool! Now, when they figure out how to get ya there in a blink, I’ll be doing the major tourist thing! Heh.
A small airplane carrying mail crashed into a building early Friday in a fiery explosion, killing the pilot, officials said. No one on the ground was injured.
The plane had just taken off from Billings Logan International Airport when it crashed into a construction materials building at 1:25 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said.
“I just watched the light come out of the sky,” witness Mike Krause told The Billings Gazette. “To me it looked like the plane was upside down. And then it just came straight down into the lot.”
Prayers with the family.
Bredesen’s scaled-down, $27.7 billion budget relies on taking more than $200 million from reserve funds held by myriad state boards, commissions and agencies.
Vaughn, D-Kingsport, said the money collected from “hard-working citizens” for one purpose would now be spent elsewhere, potentially crippling operations of the government entity that collected them.
He said doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals had contacted him to complain that seizure of the earmarked money would be “extremely destructive.” The boards in question are financed by licensing fees paid by the professionals. The boards then use the money to cover costs of enforcing rules and regulations governing that profession.
This kind of crap really chaps my hide! It doesn’t matter if it’s state, local, or federal….they tell you they are sucking the dollars out of your pocket for a specific program (SS on the fed level for example), then because our so called reps can’t control their spending habits, the designated funds are swiped to pay for some other useless program. We are ALL morons because we keep electing idiots who can’t do simple math! So, now that they’ve spent themselves, and US, into this pickle, programs where the funds are REALLY needed will suffer. I don’t care of Bredesen says they won’t, he’s a politician. How ’bout returning all those tax dollars spent on that stupid bunker? How ’bout those over bloated salaries you gave to your buds last year?
Hours after his rejection of Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement, John McCain rejected the backing of Pastor Rod Parsley, who said that Islam was a “conspiracy of spiritual evil.”
Well? What’s the problem with that statement? I don’t see Christians strapping bombs on their children, blowing people up. Nope, it’s those who follow Islam. So, how is that statement controversial?
IDF soldiers uncovered missiles and anti-tank rocket launchers in a Gaza schoolyard in late Thursday. The anti-tank missile launcher and a stack of missiles were found at a school in Sajaiya, in northern Gaza, during routine counter-terrorism operations.
Which pretty much proves the point (above): Guaranteed, it wasn’t a Christian school!
Convoys of Soviet-era tanks and armored cars were seen rumbling along dusty and crowded streets and moving into narrow alleyways, meeting no resistance from the anti-American Mehdi Army militia which had controlled the area.
Children were seen offering water to soldiers in the scorching summer heat.
There were similar scenes on Tuesday when troops made their initial foray into Sadr City which had been off limits to them for two months while US troops battled supporters of the Mehdi Army, lead by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
The Sadrists welcomed the deployment of the Iraqi troops in line with the truce but said they do not want any US troops in Sadr City.
Typical. Save their sorry asses from an Iranian backed lunatic, and they spit in your face. May their Allah send them to the pits for their ingratitude. In this type of war, there are NO civilians on the battlefield.
Today, most airline executives would trade their mothers, plus their frequent-flier programs, for a steady supply of oil below $100.
Despite a regular diet of fare increases and new charges and fees, airlines are not staying ahead of the rising cost of fuel, which this year will add billions of dollars to their operating expenses.
Thanks to the policies in D.C., we are in one hell of a mess. Stop blaming Exxon, ok? Put the blame squarely on the heads of those responsible…..every single jackass who has held office since 1972! And for the love of pete, stop wasting taxpayer money, holding stupid ‘hearings’ that accomplish NOTHING!
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.