Top Of My Head

Thoughts on everything from Politics to Video Games

Month: July 2010 (page 2 of 5)

New Audio Blog and some changes!

WordPress allows phoned in audio blogs. Unfortunately for me, they don’t allow them for self-hosted sites. I’m sure I could set something up and create them at home, but there are times when I get an idea for a blog and I’m not near a computer in order to post it. I signed up for a WordPress.com hosted blog and boom! I’m now able to phone it in. This morning, I posted my first audio blog. Please check it out.

Also, this beautiful rainy morning, you should notice a change in the look of the site.  I made these changes to give all my blogs the same look and feel.  I’ve put up links for the audio blog and online comics.  You’ll be able to easily move from one blog to another.

I hope you enjoy the changes.  The front page of Top Of My Head will have a couple of changes as well before the weekend is over.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday!

BP Photoshops Another Official Image Terribly

I found this over at Gawker.  In one of the comments, a reader doesn’t understand why people are upset.  I couldn’t find where to add my own comment, so I figured I’d post my take here.

We’re upset because they haven’t fixed the leak and the photos BP is providing keep turning out to be cropped lies.  We need something to believe in, not another lie.

A photo tells the story of 1000 words and if all we see are the doctored photos what were seeing are stories that lie.

via BP Photoshops Another Official Image Terribly.

The Racist That Wasn’t

Have you ever walked in on a conversation and misunderstood what was being discussed?

Sure you have – we all have missed the point when we don’t hear the full story or are told the full context.

In right wing circles, they are all clamoring to find that Black racist that proves that Blacks hate Whites as much as Whites hate Blacks. They want to support the comments made by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to prove that Obama is a racist. The thought that a man who is both white and black being racist is absurd, but there are people in this nation who believe the most unbelievable things. Their own racism shows when they fear that the other side of the coin believes the way that they do.

This desire to find anti-white racism where it isn’t is probably what led to conservative blogger and activist, Andrew Breitbart, to post a “2 minutes, 38 seconds of video clips of a black federal agriculture official saying she didn’t do everything she could to help a white farmer”. He merely found the part he wanted, posted it and watched as our nation – including our White House – lose its collective mind in a mad rush to judgment.

In one day, the black official – Shirley Sherrod – has been forced to resign by an administration who should have dug deeper into the facts. She is villainized by the right wing press, including Bill O’Reily (who is usually a bit more levelheaded). The clip plays every where until levelheads prevail and it is pointed out that the words taken out of context seem racist. However; context is everything and, if you don’t hear Sherrod’s entire speech, you miss her whole point, which is decidedly not racist.

Like the conversation that starts before you arrive.

I’m ashamed that the administration has to backpedal.  Robert Gibbs made a full apology.  The administration should take some of the blame for the mess that is now out there.

But, the media, who jumped on the story like a starving man jumping on a Big Mac, should shoulder the majority of the blame.

Even Glenn Beck, who surprisingly didn’t jump on the story (as far as I can tell), said “What’s happening here is that she’s guilty until proven innocent. They fired her and now they are back-pedaling. There’s no due process here. Doesn’t an American have a right to a fair trial? They have politically assassinated this woman. No one has heard the case for or against her, they just took her out. When did we stop having the right to face our accusers?”

A rare message of reason from Mr. Beck.  He’s right.  The administration went too far, but the media led the crusade against Shirley Sherrod.  And, for that, they should hang their heads in shame.

Wake Up, America!

Here’s what I don’t understand about the upcoming elections.

We elected President Obama because he said he would bring us change.  He promised Universal Healthcare and Wall Street Reform.

He fulfilled his promises.  He said he would do it.  He told Congress to do it.  They did it.  He signed them into law.  He even managed to lower taxes for 95% of the population.  He expanded college loans and he put regulations on credit card companies that, not only, make them more transparent in their fees and rate hikes, but stops the ever moving due date.  (Ever been late because your credit card company changed the due date from the 21 to the 18th?  No?  Well, I have.)

President Obama received a country in complete and total shambles.  We had a president before him (and a one before that one) who took the bite out of banking regulation, which led to the Wall Street meltdown that, in turn, has led to Main Street’s demise.

But what those Tea Partiers keep yelling for is smaller government and less taxes.

Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And, it is a crock of crap.

Really – it is.

The deregulation over the last thirty years has led to one of the worst financial meltdowns since the Great Depression.  The lower taxes on the rich has just made them more greedy and has led to companies moving plants overseas, which has led to job loss.

All caused by Republicans.

And, now, every magazine I read, every blabbermouth on TV keeps telling me that my fellow Americans want to put the Republicans back in power.  Aren’t any of you paying attention?  Don’t you know your history?  Don’t you get it?

The Republicans have been running elections on the idea that if the Democrat fails, they win.  It worked under Clinton.  But, in their 12 years of Congressional power, the nation began it’s free fall.  They have caused the jobs to be lost, the banks to fail and the poor to become poorer.

And, they don’t give a crap about you.

Do you think Sarah “You betcha” Palin in her expensive suits and with that $150,000 shopping spree gives a rat’s butt about those of us in the the bottom 99%?

Heck no.  It’s a load of bunk.  She cares about the 2012 election, when she’s planning on running and God help us all if she actually wins.

Do you think Rush “I’m rich and you’re not” Limbaugh gives a crap about America?  No, he doesn’t.  He’s been wishing failure on Obama’s Presidency since day one.  And, you should really keep this in mind, when the President fails, so does the nation.  Limbaugh, Mr. Draft dodger himself, proclaims to be a Patriot, but when you want the nation to fail, you’re a traitor, not a Patriot.

Do you think Glenn Beck cares about you?  No, he does ads for a gold company that is under investigation for ripping people off, so there’s another one who could give a crap about real, hard working Americans.  Further, the man is against Net Neutrality, which means he is simply a total moron or he seriously doesn’t care.

Do you think House Minority Leader John Boehner cares about you?  Well, he doesn’t – he’s calling to repeal the Wall Street Reform and he wants to raise the retirement age to 70, in order to pay for the War in Afghanistan.  Does that sound like someone who gives a rat’s rear end about you or me?

I love my country.  If I wasn’t a lesbian, I would’ve served in the military.  I believe we’re the greatest nation on earth, but if we send just one of those tea party candidates to Congress, then we have truly become a country of non-thinkers.  And, if we turn Congress over to the Republicans, well, it proves that we have drunk the kool aid.

BPs altered photo distorts spill center activity – Road Runner

So, BP is blaming an unnamed staffer? Just some regular Joe who decided to alter the picture all on his own without any input from Management? We’re really supposed to believe that?
Read the full article here.

Check the Facts

Like many people, I receive emails that proclaim complete lies as total truth and I spend time looking up the truth. When I send out a response, I back it up with the facts that I have gathered. Sometimes, I am able to research the email myself. I look at the government site or I check news stories. I usually get a response like, “Who said that?” (that’s what my mother always asks, as she doesn’t believe anything she doesn’t see on Fox News). I’ve even gotten a response that “we all can’t be the Queen of Information.” I chuckled at that one, as we all should be the “Queen of Information” (or, King – if you’re a guy).

Before you forward that email or proclaim a fact to someone that you read somewhere – do your homework.

I have found three sites that are trustworthy.

The first site is Break the Chain.  I’ve been using Break the Chain for quite a few years.  They specialize in those chain emails asking you to help find a lost child or telling you to boycott a store.  My favorite untruth is the email that claims the ACLU is against Marines praying.

The second site is Snopes.com – if you’re forwarding emails without checking them via Snopes, you’re doing a disservice to your friends, family members and the causes that which you support. Snopes checks out the crazy emails and checks if they are true, semi-true or outright falsehoods.  The best example of this is the email that claims Pepsi or Dr. Pepper (in some emails) is removing the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance on their cans.

The final site is Fact Check.  Fact Check checks political statements made by just about anybody.  They investigate, call people and get to the bottom of almost any political claim.  They get accused all the time of being too right wing and too left wing.  It all depends on the political stance of the reader.  They were at their best during the 2008 Presidential election when they were checking speeches by Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin daily.  They recently published an article against President Obama’s speech that blamed the GOP for blocking legislation that they didn’t block.  (Not for a lack of trying, however.)

These are three great sites you should have bookmarked.  When you receive an email that you plan on forwarding, take the time to make sure it is true.  Try not to fill up other people’s email boxes with junk.

Hate Church Targets Comic-Con

I saw this post over at kotaku.com. Apparently, the Westboro Baptist Church has nothing to do. They are planning on protesting Comic-Con in San Diego. Don’t these people have lives?  Don’t they have to work for a living?  Apparently not.  I wonder how many of them are living on the government dole – hey, if people can think it about me, I should be able to think it about them, right?  But, seriously, just how do the members of the Westboro Baptist Church support themselves?

These people give Christianity a bad name.  They’re the kind of Christians that make me cringe every time someone proclaims their Christian status in front of me.  I know it isn’t very nice of me, but my first thought is always, “When is the crazy going to start?”

If you’ve checked out the blog over at kotaku.com, then you had to see the sign that says, “God Hates Nerds” Romans 9:13. But, I seriously doubt that the maker of the sign has ever read Roman 9:13. The passage states, for those of you who are not familiar, states: “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” What in the world does that have to do with Nerds?

Absolutely nothing.

The chapter deals with whether or not all Israelites “are truly members of God’s people” (Romans 9:6). Apparently, according to Saint Paul, they are not, for “being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children” (Romans 9:7). Only those born to descendants of Issac, who was the chosen one. The whole point of the passage is that God can choose to send some of us away to, I’m assuming, burn in the fires of Hell and take the rest of us into Heaven to be with Him. Now, I understand that, but I still have no idea what that has to do with nerds. Further, why would any people put much stock into the crap Saint Paul wrote? He isn’t God. God didn’t write through him. The only words in the Bible that should be held with any weight in our lives are the ones that Jesus spoke.

The front page on their website states that, “God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton.”  The really big question, if it is true that “God doesn’t love everyone”, what is their proof that God loves them? The complete line is: “…Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Rom. 9:13. God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton. How long will you love simplicity? Prov. 1:22.” So, they have take two completely unrelated verses in the Bible and tied them together to make their own, well, simple point.  God doesn’t love everyone.  So, is that why Rev Phelps is dying of cancer?  That’s what I heard.  That he’s in real pain and suffering, which seems pretty fair, since according to Exodus 33:19, God said: “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”

But, what does that have to do with nerds and why waste a trip to San Diego to protest Comic-Con?

Apparently, they think that because you like comic books, you’ve turned your back on God and you’re into worshiping idols. I’m serious, that’s what their website says (yes, I went to god hates fags and looked around.): “They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do! Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. It is time to put away the silly vanities and turn to God like you mean it. The destruction of this nation is imminent – so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”

Does the Westboro Baptist Church realize that they couldn’t spread it’s message of hate (god hates fags) without a nerdy webmaster. (If this man or woman has one brain in their head, they should be ashamed of themselves to help such an anti-Christian group spread such hate.)

You know, here’s something I don’t understand – and I’m serious here – as a Christian, I’m looking forward to the end of my life. I really am. I really can’t wait to place my gaze on my Lord and Savior. I don’t fear death and I don’t fear the destruction of the world as we know it. Truly. I’d like to make the world a better place before I reach that death. I don’t believe that “the destruction of this nation is imminent”, so I believe we need to work together to make America a better nation. But, this is what I don’t understand. If you believe that the world is coming to an end, shouldn’t you be rejoicing? If the world ends, then Jesus will rule upon the earth, as discussed in Revelations. Isn’t that something a Christian should be thrilled about? Shouldn’t the Westboro Baptist Church be happy that Jesus is coming to rule? Shouldn’t they put down their signs of protest and start bowing their heads in prayer? If Jesus is going to be here any minute, shouldn’t they be absolutely sure that their hearts and lives are pure and stop pestering the rest of us?

I pray for these people all the time. I hope that God shows them the mercy they refused to show others. (And, if I’m honest, I hope He doesn’t listen to me too much. I’d like to see them suffer, a little. Okay, a lot. I’m not a perfect Christian.)

One final thought – for today – With all their disgusting and offensive material on their site, I found the icon on the top – in the address bar – with the upside down American flag to be the most disturbing. An upside down flag means that you are in distressed and while I support everyone’s First Amendment right, it doesn’t mean that I can’t find this kind of disrespect for the symbol of our nation anything but absolutely unpatriotic and denigrating.

AMERICAblog Gay: The Homosexual Menace!

AMERICAblog Gay: The Homosexual Menace!.

I put this out there as a public service announcement for all straight men.

Strange Gods

I’m not sure how to describe Strange Gods.  It’s not really a laugh out loud script.  It doesn’t have huge storyline arcs.  But, it does have a cuddly groundhog named Dogu.  Strange Gods follows two main characters, Nolan and Gonaldo.  Nolan is a total cynic and completely self-absorbed.  Gonaldo is mature and level headed.

The artwork is amazing.  I love the way the characters are drawn.  The comic, also, in its own way comments on society.  Make sure you check it out.

Strange Gods Webcomic

Genco is trying to Acquire ATC Technology

I saw a news article that states that Genco (Pittsburgh, PA)  has offered to purchase ATC Technology for “$512.6 million in cash”.  According to the CEO of ATC Technology, Todd R. Peters, “said the deal serves the best interest of its stockholders, customers and employees.”

Well, maybe the customers and maybe the stockholders, but I can assure you that it won’t serve the employees.

To ATC Technology employees — RUN!  Start looking for a new job now.  Because everything is going to look wonderful and it will be all happy and lovey dovey, but in a year or even two, GENCO corporate will come in and make your life miserable.  I know, I’ve seen it happen.  That’s why they are my ex-employer.  I worked there for just shy of three years.  The first two were fine, but the last year was pure hell.

And, since GENCO is privately held, they don’t have to tell you about their finances.  They don’t have to tell you how much they’ve made.  They can tell you business is bad, so you’re all getting a 1.1% raise and at the end of the year, they’ll say they had the best year ever.

Just trust me, RUN!

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