Top Of My Head

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Month: October 2010

Ron Johnson: It’s just a job interview…

Ron Johnson was quoted as saying: “I will point out: I don’t believe this election really is about details,” he said. “It just isn’t. I mean as I’ve gone through the state of Wisconsin I’ve viewed this pretty much as a job interview…. I’ll have to get there. I’ll have to start performing the job.”
Really? Because I want details. I want to know exactly how you plan on improving our job situation in this country. I want to know how you plan on helping our Veterans when they return from fighting for our great nation.
I want details.
Johnson can’t give them – in my opinion, because he has nothing to give. He doesn’t know anything about the political process.
Unfortunately, 52% of my fellow Wisconsinites disagree with me. They think Johnson is great and they’re polled as saying they will vote for him.
And, they will be making a big mistake. Johnson has proven time and time again that he is a know-nothing running on a platform of sound bites and fear. If we make him the next Senator from the great state of Wisconsin, we’ll get exactly what we deserve for the next six years — hot air and no substance.
One last note: He hasn’t “gone through the state”. He’s only visited a total of 60 counties. We have 72. He’s missed 12 counties.

Rand Paul’s Supporter: Tim Profitt “Not a big deal” to attack unarmed woman

Just when I thought that I had seen it all.  Just when I thought nothing in this political climate could surprise me, I see a video of the stomping of a MoveOn.org person being stomped by a Rand Paul Supporter:  Tim Profitt to be exact.

Now, where in the constitution does it say that you have the right to attack someone like this.  She wasn’t being violent – from the video I saw – so it wasn’t like his supporters were stepping up to protect him from a screaming lunatic.  They not only knocked her to the ground, but they stomped on her head.  Well, that’s not true, THEY didn’t stomp on her head, Tim Profitt stomped on her head.

And, now, he is being summoned to court.  But, he gave an interview (as you do) to WKYT. If the video doesn’t appear below, here’s the link.

Apparently, Mr. Profitt doesn’t want his face to appear on camera,  <eye roll>  but he wanted to defend himself – like there is any defense to stomping on the head (and it looks like neck) of a non-violent person.  His first words on the video are:  “She’s a professional.  I think when all the facts come out, I think people’ll see that ah she was the one that ah initiated the whole thing.”

Really?  A lone woman with no backup initiated the incident that caused this angry white man to stomp on her head.

Now, I think I’ve heard it all.

I know everyone is innocent until proven guilty (you know that DOESN’T appear in the Constitution, right?), but really – you’re on video.  He says that he believes she was a threat.  “I put my foot on her and told her to stay down.”  Really?  Where was she going when another Rand Paul supporter was lying on top of her?

And, yet another reason to support concealed carry.

I hope the judge decides that there is a reason to charge this man with assault.

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A Rand Paul Quote and Thoughts on the First Amendment…

Rand Paul said the following (according to PolitiFact): “You mentioned faith-based intermingling — government and faith-based,” Paul said. “George (W.) Bush did that, and I think it was a horrible mistake. One, I think the money sort of pollutes the mission of a purely Christian organization, or Muslim or whatever organization it is, and it obscures the church-state separation that there really ought to be. We shouldn’t have tax money flowing into churches. We should let churches do charity work, and that’s wonderful, but they shouldn’t be corrupted with government money.”

I wish more politicians would stand up and end the federal money that flows into faith-based organizations. The very First Amendment to our Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” I would think that pouring money into a church is thisclose to establishing a religion.  Money equates power.  Money is what makes the world go ’round.  (I wish it was love, but it isn’t).

Today, too many people believe that religion should have something to do with politics.  But, I say, keep your god out of MY politics and I’ll keep my God out of yours.  I’m Roman Catholic and I’ve heard that some Priests said that if you voted for a pro-choice candidate, then you couldn’t take Holy Communion!  Well, I just about flipped my lid over that one.  Quite frankly, I think any church where the Pastor or Priest speaks out about politics on a regular basis, should lose its non-profit status and have to start paying taxes on property, etc.  If the church (any church) wants to be a political entity, then you should treat it like one.

If I could question Ron Johnson…

If you’ve been watching the political ads on TV, you’ve heard a lot from Ron Johnson.  It’s easy to tap into big advertising when you have millions of your own dollars to spend.  A lot of Johnson’s ads not only knock his opponent, Russ Feingold, but knock government programs.  Okay, I can respect that.

However; my mother always told me that he who pays for the band, gets to pick the music.  I have lived by the philosophy.  If I pay my own way in life, I get to make my own rules – to a point, I don’t advocate killing people, let’s not go nuts.  Back when I graduated from high school, I paid my parents rent.  My mother used to complain that I didn’t clean my room – I was a bit of a slob back then – my logic was always, I’m paying for the band, so I get to pick the music of unmade bed and clothes on the floor.  It should be obvious that didn’t go over well.  Parents (and grandparents) hate it when use their words against them.

And, that brings me to Ron Johnson.  His talk has been smaller government, less government interference, lawyers shouldn’t be Senators.  But, yet, he has employees on his payroll at his company who are on Badgercare – Wisconsin’s Healthcare plan.  Isn’t that big government?  Isn’t that government interference?  Most likely, without Badgercare, his employees would have to find other positions elsewhere or lose their health care.

He has inmates from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections on his payroll.  Now, while I don’t have a problem with a work-release program where the inmates’ health insurance is covered by the state – according to the article, a savings of roughly $10,000 per employee ( I don’t think that is accurate – based on the COBRA rates I have paid in the last year for health insurance – the number should be less).  This is another government subsidy.

Johnson received more than $4 million in a government subsidized loan in order to expand his business.  Again, I don’t have an issue with that, especially if it meant more jobs.  Afterall, I went to college on government subsidized loans, so who am I to judge?

HOWEVER; what I want to ask Ron Johnson is why does he think that all of these government plans and subsidies are okay, when he is running on a platform so against government funding and assistance?  Why is it okay when it benefits him and his companies, but not okay when it benefits someone else’s?

I’d like to see him answer those questions.  But, he won’t.  He just likes to throw out tired campaign slogans and rhetoric to get the masses moving, but he isn’t really offering any changes.

WordPress Themes

You might notice some changes with colors, links, etc.  I’m working on establishing a good theme that will display over all of my blogs under the Top Of My Head setting.  The one that I was using broke when viewed in either firefox or IE.  Strangely, it looked beautiful under Google.

So, if you stop by and notice changes, I’m sorry for this.  I hope to be back to a stable environment very soon.

Julie

Christine O’Donnell, the US Constitution and a Random thought on Education

Christine O’Donnell – Republican Candidate for US Senate in Delaware – is correct that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution.  The phrase “right to privacy” doesn’t appear in the Constitution either.  Both are concepts based on the First  and the Fourth Amendments, respectively.  Both have been upheld by the Supreme Court.  The Constitution, also, doesn’t say anything about the government not being able to regulate health care.  Yet, many Tea Party Candidates believe the Constitution forbids it.

Back to O’Donnell…

O’Donnell believes that Intelligent Design – the new phrase for creationism – should be taught in our Public Schools.  Chris Coons – her Democratic opponent – disagrees.  I’m with Coons.  I don’t want my grandsons being taught the the world is only 6,000 years old – especially when science disagrees.  If you want your child taught Intelligent Design either teach them yourselves or send them to a private school.  When you talk about my tax dollars being spent, don’t spend it on faith based education.

And, that brings me to a thought about the education in America.

I read a few months ago (I believe in Bloomberg BusinessWeek , but it might’ve been Newsweek or Time ) that America has fallen way behind China and India in Mathematics, Science and Technology in our schools.  I have to wonder why that isn’t part of the debate in Delaware or even Wisconsin?  Why aren’t we working to make our school systems work for our young people?  How is it that people can graduate from high school and barely be able to form a cognitive sentence?  Aren’t we doing something wrong?

I have a dream – maybe a little crazy, but aren’t dreams supposed to be a little crazy? – that someday I could open a high school that centered around Business and Technology.  My dream is to call the school the Forrest Fern Caudle Totsch School of Business and Technology – named for my late grandmother who had been a school teacher before she married my grandmother.  I’d love to see the school teach students the basics: math, English and science.  Then, teach students how to run projects, design software, program computers.  I believe this would place them a head of their counterparts in other Industrialized nations.

An ex-co-worker of mine (from India) said that when her child reached school age, she planned on moving back to India.  She said that the schools in India were far superior to the schools in America.  However; she planned on sending her son back here to America to attend University, because our colleges are far superior to India’s.  I found that to be quite interesting.

But, back to the debate between O’Donnell and Coons; if you read the whole article, you’ll see this line:  “Both candidates suggested that the exchange showed the other didn’t understand the Constitution.”  I guess we still have a long way to go to find common ground.

Anti-outsourcing bill fails in Senate – Republicans screw things up again

Anti-outsourcing bill fails in Senate.

This bill would have prevented jobs from going overseas.  Go ahead, vote for the Republicans in November and kiss your jobs goodbye.  Those four Democrats that voted with them should be voted out as well.

Now in HD

Due to an error message between State and YouTube, I can no longer upload my movies directly to YouTube. This means I have to go through the added step of saving the video and then uploading it separately. It’s a little bit of a hassle.

But, then, I realized – it is worth the extra step. I can now save my videos in stunning HD before the upload to YouTube and then posting them here. So, there’s a new video up for your viewing pleasure and it is in HD.

Enjoy!

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