An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 25 February 2009
Swiped from Lakeshore Laments.
As Obama prepared to deliver his address to Congress on Tuesday, the Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner, Fox News’ Bret Baier and Charles Krauthammer all gushed that history was being made as the first African-American president appeared before Congress.
Even Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom I suppose I should note was the first Indian-American to give the Republican response to a president’s speech, began with an encomium to the first black president. (Wasn’t Bobby great in “Slumdog Millionaire”?)
Are we going to have to hear about this for the next four years? Obama is becoming the Cal Ripken Jr. of presidents, making history every time he suits up for a game. Recently, Obama also became the first African-American president to order a ham sandwich late at night from the White House kitchen! That’s going to get old pretty quick.
Three men married wives from different states.
The first man married a woman from Michigan. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.
The second man married a woman from Missouri. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done and there was a huge dinner on the table.
The third man married a girl from TEXAS. He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn’t see anything, the second day he didn’t see anything but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye, and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher.
Courtesy of Brat.
Happily swiped from silent E speaks (Chris).
Neil Barofsky, the White House-appointed watchdog over the $700 billion Congress-approved bank rescue, warns that the so-called TARP money is ripe for fraud.
The special investigator general for the Troubled Asset Relief Programs told Congress in testimony that rip-offs and misuse could cost billions in taxpayer dollars.
“We are looking at the potential exposure of tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money lost to fraud,” Barofsky said.
“History teaches us that an outlay of so much money in such a short period of time will inevitably draw those seeking to profit criminally.”
Let’s see…you combine a bunch of feckless weasels with a LARGE dollar amount, what do you think is going to happen? Ya think they’re going to be responsible grown ups? Pfft! We’ve got children with their first allowance in a candy store.
Tennessee lawmakers are ready again to try to muzzle state records that list who has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, and this time they are considering making it a crime to publish information about gun ownership.
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bass, D-Prospect, would make information on gun permit holders confidential and exempt from the state’s open records law. The bill is scheduled for a hearing today by the House Criminal Practice Subcommittee.
For 12 years, similar legislation has failed to make it to a floor vote, but this year’s version has a new twist and a better chance of passage now that Democrats who previously blocked the bill, including former Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, no longer control the House.
I’m not sure if they were trying to be amusing by using the word “muzzle” or not. Whatever. This is GOOD news, as far as I’m concerned. Would you want all of YOUR information put out there on a news website? Well, I wouldn’t. I’m really hoping that they can get this bill passed. It’s one thing to be on a government ‘open records’ site, it’s a whole other ballgame when a so called newspaper does it.
Ford has used up $21 billion of its cash reserves last year, Gettelfinger said in the letter.
“The company cannot continue to sustain this level of losses and stay in business,” he wrote.
Ford mortgaged all its assets to borrow roughly $25 billion and has been able to avoid taking government loans, unlike its U.S. competitors, Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp.,
With U.S. auto sales running at an annual rate as low as 9 million to 10 million units, down from 16 million or 17 million in past years, “no auto company, including the transplants, can continue operations without significant modifications,” he wrote.
I’m wondering if this particular union guy has more sense then many of the others? If the company goes under because they can’t pay the outrageous packages, then the workers will not have ANY package at all, as in NO JOB! It’s sad that there are so many these days who can’t get past that gimme mentality.
President Obama offered a grim portrait of America’s plight in an address to a joint session of Congress last night, but he promised to lead an economic renewal that would lift the country out of its current crisis without bankrupting its future.
Striking an optimistic tone that has been absent from his speeches in recent weeks, the president said his stimulus plan, bank bailout proposal, housing programs and health-care overhaul would work in concert to turn around the nation’s struggling economy. And while he bluntly described a country beset by historic economic challenges and continued threats abroad, he said the solution lies in directly confronting — not ignoring — those problems.
For a guy so full of supposed “hope and change”, he’s ALWAYS painting a grim picture. Jeeez. He’s not giving folks encouragement, or hope, or much of anything but a bill no one can pay. Hint for B. Hussein: When you don’t have a hammer, don’t try to drive the nail. You can’t fix a leak with a rubber band. There’s more, but you get the picture. Seriously, would you call a plumber who broke all your pipes, to come and fix it? Uh….no. So, why does the gubmint think they have the solutions to the problems they created?
“Chris [Matthews], stand by, Rachel [Maddow], stand by, we’re getting that cue from Baton Rouge where Governor Jindal of Louisiana is set to deliver the Republican response to President Obama. It is entitled ‘Americans Can Do Anything.’ Here’s Governor Jindal,” Olbermann said.
As the picture showed Jindal walking toward the camera, a hushed voice-believed to be Olbermann’s or Matthews’-said, “Oh God” as others were heard laughing in the background.
Yes, with their usual lack of class, once again, the folks at PMSNBC proves their irrelevance.
Iranian and Russian technicians are conducting a test run of Iran’s first nuclear power plant, officials said Wednesday, a major step toward launching full operations at the facility, which has long raised concerns in the U.S. and its allies over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
At the same time, Iran claimed another advance in its nuclear program: The number of centrifuges carrying out uranium enrichment had increased to 6,000, the country’s nuclear chief said—up from 5,000 in November.
His announcement was the latest defiance of United Nations’ demands that Tehran suspend its enrichment program because of fears it could be used to produce material for a warhead. Iran denies it seeks to build a nuclear bomb, saying its nuclear program aims only to generate electricity.
What a shame the thing doesn’t blow up on ‘em. Only to generate electricity? Well, I guess that’s like saying “I’m buying a shotgun, just to put over the mantle.” Didn’t we hear from Bush, the Useless Numnuts, AND The One, that Iran must not get nuclear technology? Didn’t we hear that, or was I hallucinating? Well, I guess they didn’t listen, eh?
Despite Hamas’ declaration of a ceasefire following Operation Cast Lead, Palestinian gunmen have continued firing several rockets and mortar shells almost every day, making life very difficult for southern Israel’s residents.
The Israel Defense Forces has responded to these rockets by bombing Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, including weapon smuggling tunnels.
Yeah, so tell me again about this ‘cease fire’? And all you bloggers that have pro palie banners up? Do you still believe they are the ‘good guys’? Yeah…probably. A rather sad, and clueless bunch.
The Hearst Corp. on Tuesday announced an effort to reverse the deepening operating losses of its San Francisco Chronicle by seeking near-term cost savings that would include “significant” cuts to both union and nonunion staff.
In a statement, Hearst said that if the savings cannot be accomplished “quickly,” the company will seek a buyer, and if none comes forward, it will close The Chronicle. The Chronicle lost more than $50 million in 2008 and is on a pace to lose more than that this year, Hearst said.
Aw man! They can’t shut down the SF Chronicle. What would I read for comic relief?? Dang.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.