Top Of My Head

Thoughts on everything from Politics to Video Games

Watch “Amazing Danny and Nana!” on YouTube

My grandson and I clowning around at the Harry Houdini exhibit in Appleton.

Amazing Danny and Nana!: http://youtu.be/nChEQGQz7J8

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Republicans Sue the IRS

Below is the email I received from the Republicans this morning. I love the part where they refer to the IRS as Obama’s IRS. Who do they think they’re fooling? Oh, right, their ill-informed followers.

There isn’t an IRS scandal. They were doing their jobs. Apparently, the Republican National Committee doesn’t like the IRS to do its job.

Now, they want to waste our tax dollars to find nothing.

Oh, and it’s President Obama, Reince.

(Someone thought it would be funny to sign me up for Republican emails. I reply back and tell them how wrong they are, but I think I’ve found a better outlet. I’ll post them here.)

Julie,

We are suing the IRS.

Obama’s IRS targeted, harassed and discriminated against tea party and conservative groups because of their values and beliefs.

This is an outrage and an unprecedented abuse of power. Principled conservatives should not be the victims of an administration that allows the IRS to go after its perceived political enemies.

Obama’s bureaucrats tried to silence our voices and deny us our constitutional rights—but we won’t let them. That’s why we’ve been fighting to expose the truth.

We just filed a lawsuit against the IRS, demanding they turn over the documents we legally requested.

Over 226 days ago, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the IRS to uncover the truth, but they are illegally stonewalling our legal requests for information.

We’ve had enough of the Obama administration’s denials, delays and deceptions. And we won’t stop fighting until we get to the bottom of this unprecedented targeting scandal.

But to ensure our voice is heard, we need you to speak up. Join us, and thousands of conservatives, in the fight to hold them accountable.

We will not stand for this abuse and we will fight until we get the truth.

Add your name in support of our lawsuit against the IRS.

Thanks,

Reince

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Reading Challenge: Current Books

This is the list of books I’m currently reading in case you want to read along:

  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – On the list
  • Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – On the list
  • Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant by Dyan Cannon – On the list
  • Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant
  • The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot – On the list
  • The Biography by Jerry Hopkins
  • The Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
  • The Mental Floss History of the United States by Erik Sass, Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur – On the list
  • Careless Love by Peter Guralnick

And, books I’ve finished since the challenge began:

  • Ghost of a Gamble by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern – On the list
  • Dummy of a Ghost by Sue Ann Jaffarian
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Elizabeth Hasslebeck – Stupidity in Motion

According to new stories, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, late of The View and new to Fox & Friends, believes that there should be a video game registry, not a gun registry. Somebody get this woman a brain. Video games don’t kill people, people with guns kill people. We had mass shootings and serial killers long before there was even such a thing as a Video game.

What we do need is 100% background check on every sale – even when father is selling to his son.

We do need is parents being responsible and not buying video games that are not designed for children.

That’s what we need.

What we don’t need is Hasselbeck to muddy the waters of discussion with crap. We don’t need someone who’s claim to fame was being on Survivor. It’s not like she worked hard to get on The View, nor Fox & Friends.

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Medical Marijuana

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has announced that he has changed his mind regarding medical marijuana.  After years of being against medical marijuana, he is now for it.  However; some people do not like this idea.  According to a USA Today article, “Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse,” isn’t thrilled about this.  She believes that legalizing another drug would be harmful to society, because “If you look at the data, the costs associated with drugs in our country, which are gigantic, are driven mostly by legal drugs because they’re so accessible.”

I think she’s a little off base.  The costs of drugs in this country are “gigantic” to use her word, but it isn’t because “they’re so accessible”.  Now, I don’t know Nora Volkow, but totally based on her statement, I’m thinking she didn’t pay attention in economic classes.  More accessibility means less cost, not more.  Drug costs are up because of the drug manufacturers, not because of their accessibility.

Manufacturing and development of new drugs and patent protection laws are two of the major factors that influence drug spending. Drug manufacturers increase drugs costs to try to recoup the often significant outlays in research and development costs for drugs that make it to the market as well as those that do not enter the marketplace.

Kaiser Family Foundation
Prescription Drug Costs

With no offense to Dr. Volkow, she is coming at this idea from the side of drug addiction. She’s worried about the next person who becomes addicted. I understand that, but the idea of medical marijuana isn’t to cure an addiction. There are serious medical conditions that can be helped by medical marijuana and I believe that this outweighs any harmful affect there might be in society.

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Affordable Care Act

I think President Obama was wrong to hold off enacting the Affordable Care Act for another year. I think the past three years have been long enough for people to wait for health insurance.

Last year was a great year for my employment, but a bad year for hospital bills. I was working for a contract company and my expensive health insurance didn’t cover an emergency room visit. According to them, I went over my coverage. Go figure – I was supposed to have $15,000 worth of coverage. Instead, I was socked with the full visit price and was handed a $4,000 bill.

But wait, there’s more.

When I switched from one contract position to another contract position, I changed insurance companies. On March 5, I fell and sliced my right knee from one side to the other. It turns out I didn’t have any insurance – due to no fault of mine – and there went another $2,000 bill.

I can’t imagine what would happen to someone who doesn’t have the earning potential that I have. I’ll be able to pay these two bills off in due time, but what about the family who can’t? Our health care costs are rising at an alarming rate and families end up losing their homes to medical bills.

When one family loses, we all lose. If a hospital doesn’t collect what it is due, then it doesn’t make any money – no money, no health care. It’s a sad fact of life.

Putting off the Affordable Care Act for another year isn’t going to help. The Republican Party wasting millions of our dollars to try to repeal more than 39 times is ridiculous. People need to be insured and this is a way to do it and we just might save some money in the long run.

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R.I.P. Eydie Gorme

Eydie Gorme passed yesterday at the age of 84. Here a video of her on The Carol Burnett Show. R.I.P. Eydie.

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An Open Letter to My Fellow Gays

Dear Gay People of America;

I know that while we have been busy trying to secure our rights as human beings in America, Russia’s “President” (or, as I call him, Head Thug) has trampled all over gay people’s human rights.  Putin is threatening to arrest gay foreigners.

And, we’re not that far off from the Olympics being held in Russia come next February.  You would think the man would have better sense.  I believe all leaders of the free world should denounce the Thug’s actions.  We should boycott Russia Vodka, caviar and any other products they export.  We shouldn’t vacation there or do business with them until they grant the same freedoms to all of their citizens – not just the straight ones.

Yes, we should.  Yes, we can.  And, yes, we will.

But, let’s not cause any trouble at the Olympics.

Please.

The Olympics are not supposed to be political.  Let me repeat that:  The Olympics are not supposed to be political.  The Olympics is when all nations send their best athletes to compete in sports most of the rest of us pay no attention to during the time between Olympic games.  (Or, maybe, it’s just us Americans and maybe just some sports.

Still, let’s not get carried away and boycott the Olympics.  Let’s not ask our leaders to do so.

Despite what Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) thinks, boycotting the Olympics is wrong. It was wrong in 1980 when Carter did it (to protest Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan). It was wrong when Russia and other Communist countries did it in 1984. It would be wrong if we did it to appeal for Gay Rights or if we did it because Russia is letting Edward Snowden stay in their country, as Senator Graham wants done.

No politics at the Olympics.

Russia sucks.  Russia has sucked for quite a while.  They treat their citizens like crap.  They treat their parentless children like crap.  What do you expect?  That thug - Vladimir Putin – will always be nothing but a thug.  We should oppose him and thugs like him at every single turn – but not during the Olympics.

Hell, we didn’t even boycott Hitler’s Olympics.  We sent Jessie Owens over there and proved that race had nothing to do with ability.  (Although, we did leave with less medals.)

Let’s kick Russia’s butt in the Winter Olympics in 2014.

That’s better than any protest or boycott.

God Bless our American Athletes!  They rock and we should support them and allow them to compete on the world stage.

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Sally Quinn Declares all Women weak because of Huma Abedin

I saw a posting about Sally Quinn’s July 29th’s opinion column in the Washington Post.  Briefly, let me tell you what prompted this: Huma Abedin has forgiven her husband’s behavior.  Who’s Huma Abedin’s husband?  Anthony Weiner.  Remember him?  He had to give up his Congressional seat because he was sending illicit pictures of himself to women.

Now, Weiner is running for Mayor of New York.  Personally, I don’t care.  Really.  If the people of New York want him as their Mayor, well, that’s between him and them.

Anyway, on July 29th, Sally Quinn apparently cares about Huma’s decision to “stand by her man”.

Though her friends say she is strong and resolute and defiant, sadly she makes all women look like weak and helpless victims. She was not standing there in a position of strength. It was such a setback for women everywhere. (Emphasis mine.)

I don’t want to judge Huma for sticking by her husband. I probably wouldn’t make that decision, but this isn’t my decision to make.  Who am I to make a judgement on someone else’s marriage?  Who is Sally Quinn to say that this is a setback for all women?

I don’t feel that I am any weaker because a woman in New York chose to stay with her unfaithful husband.  I don’t feel that this is a setback to any issue in my life.  If that was all Quinn said, I probably wouldn’t be writing this post.  But, wait, there’s more!

Yet I can’t help blaming Abedin for condoning this behavior and allowing this charade to continue.

Quinn actually blames Huma for Weiner’s behavior. Are you kidding me? Poor Sally Quinn, she honestly believes that a man who has no respect for himself or his wife acts that way because his wife “condones” it. Isn’t that the same as blaming the bartender for serving an alcoholic a drink?

But, even Quinn is not to blame for feeling this way.  I believe that we have slowly began playing the blame game for a long time.  If a man (or woman) drinks too much in a bar, gets behind the wheel and kills someone – blame the bartender and the bar.  If a woman goes out for a night on the town and is raped, blame the woman and not the rapist.  If a young black man is walking home from the store, is followed and approached by a larger and more threatening male and is shot to death; blame the young black man and not the shooter.  Congress isn’t passing any laws, they continue to try to repeal an unrepeatable law and, yet, they blame the President for our ills.  States run out of money because they cut taxes too low, so we blame the teachers and their unions.

We love to lay the blame anywhere except where it should fall.  Shouldn’t we put an end to this?

If your child is failing in school, don’t blame the teacher – blame your child.

If you don’t like where you are in life, while I believe we should have student loans and other aid to help, you are the only person who can make a difference in your life.

If Anthony Weiner takes pictures of his family jewels and sends them to women who are not his wife, he’s to blame – not her.

Let’s show a little personal responsibility, people.

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Left, Wrong and the Internet: Early Morning Ramblings

I love the Internet.  I love technology.  That said, I think the Internet – for all the good – has a dark side.

We’re not anymore divided in this country than we were back when brother raised arms against brother, but thanks to the Internet; it sure feels that way.  To paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel the email boxes of the world before the truth can boot the computer. (And, actually, to say that’s Mark Twain’s quote might not even be true – it might be Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.)

And, speaking of lies, it is amazing to me how someone will believe the lie of an email rather than believe the actually fact.  And, it seems as if people want to believe the lie.  Further, at least in my life and my experience, these people are on the right.

For example, I don’t care who sent you the email, George Soros doesn’t own nor is he affiliated with Snopes.com.  But, since this information from about Snopes is from Snopes, I’m guessing those on the right won’t believe it.

Oh and another thing:  The media, with some exceptions, is a tool of the left.  Fox News and the right may want you to believe that, but it simply isn’t true.  The media, again with some exceptions, is a business.  Businesses like to make money and whatever ups the ratings or sells newspapers is what’s going to be printed.  Don’t believe me, check out the ads for your local news.  Go ahead – it’s all:  Water – is it going to kill you or The danger lurking in your kitchen.  It’s designed to get you to watch.  Sometimes, you might get the full story, but most of the time you don’t.  And, radio news is just as bad (if not worse) than TV news.  I happen to have a long commute and no matter which station I listen to in the morning, that station will have the news on 3 or 4 times.  And, it’s always the same stories.

And, who owns the media?

Well, The Disney Company owns ABC, so they might lean a little to the left. Comcast owns NBC. Clear Channel owns 850 radio stations.

Our media, which translates into our news and information, is slowly being owned by less and less companies. In other words, more stations are being owned by the same company.

And, don’t even get me started on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supposed to deregulate Cable and lower our rates (seen your rates drop? Anybody?) and it allowed companies to own more and more stations. There was a limit before.

Anyway, even for a rambling post, I’m getting off track.

I’d like to bring up Trayvon Martin – I know, I know, you’re all sick about the subject and your tired from all of the coverage, but I fought with my father about this yesterday and it’s on my mind.

  1. I’ve made this statement before and I’m making it again:  Once George Zimmerman left the safety of his vehicle (after being told by police not to do so), it wasn’t self-defense.  Once he approached Martin, he was taking the law into his own hands and whatever transpired after that made him a murderer.  And, that’s why stand your ground laws are dangerous, because the victim is no longer here.
  2. The picture of Trayvon Martin with tons of tattoos?  It’s not him.  And, the blatant lie of him flipping off the camera?  That’s a Trayvon Martin, but not THE Trayvon Martin.  Check out Snopes.
  3. I don’t care what Martin was doing that night.  I don’t care what he did in his young life before that night.  I don’t care if the kid was flunking out of high score and planning on scoring some drugs that night.  I don’t know if any of that is true and I don’t care.  He had a right to be on that sidewalk and he had the right to not have someone without any legal authority stop and question him.  It doesn’t matter that Zimmerman thought he had some right or was justified – he wasn’t.  Follow me in your vehicle at night and then approach me?  You might be the one down on the sidewalk looking up at the stars.  Pull a gun on me in some sort of “self-defense” and be prepared to die.
  4. Personally, I think Zimmerman deserves vigilante justice.  He stalked and hunted Trayvon Martin; he should only get the same.  And, it’s amazing how right wing people are offended by that.  They think that’s horrible.  How could I possibly feel that way? I feel that way because I believe in an eye for an eye.  Zimmerman totally disregarded Martin’s rights by approaching him.  Zimmerman knew he had a gun.  He knew the police were on their way.  He knew he was safe and then he got out of the car.  I think the real justice will be the fact that Zimmerman for the rest of his life will have to look over his shoulder to make sure he’s not being attacked.

As much as I would like to continue my ramblings (and, I never did reach my original point), I have to get going and head to work. I know, a liberal who works for a living! Imagine that! No government aid! It must be some leftist, Marxist, fascist, Communist conspiracy!

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