Top Of My Head

Thoughts on everything from Politics to Video Games

Month: April 2011 (page 1 of 3)

Donald Trump’s Crass Triade

Last night, Donald Trump appeared at one of his own casinos and announced that he’s thinking about running for President.  Well, I’m glad he cleared that up.  He called our leaders very stupid in his little speech with the open bar.  You can read the whole article here.

But the part that I loved best is this:

“There is a really good chance that I won’t win because of one of these blood-sucking politicians.”

No, Donald, you won’t win because you are nothing but a self-important blowhard who isn’t qualified to be President of the most powerful country on earth. The last thing this country needs is a President who is so arrogant that he believes his own press releases.

The only thing that Trump running would guarantee is that President Obama will have a second term.

Scam Alert – Hope Trinity Collection Agency

My buddy, Preston (Betty’s son), told me about a phone call he received from Hope Trinity Collection Agency.  They told him that he owed $600 to a medical facility in Racine.  They went further and said that if he didn’t pay it that day, they would take him to court.  Well, Preston told him that he’d have someone call them back.

Instead, Preston’s wife – Jerri – called the medical facility instead.  Turned out that Preston did indeed owe the $600, but the bill wasn’t past due and it hadn’t been turned over to the collection agency.  In fact, they were just waiting on the insurance company.

Jerri told me that she had looked up the phone number and saw nothing but complaints about Hope Trinity Collection Agency.  She told me so that Cheryl and I wouldn’t be scammed and now, I’m passing this on to you.

No collection agency can call you and demand instant payment – well, they can, but it isn’t the way the world works.  If you receive a call about any bill, don’t immediately pay it to some collection agency unless you know for a fact that it is in collections and, even then, I’d call the actual people to whom you owe the money.  It always makes sense to double check anything someone tells you over the phone.

 

Book Review: The Chilli Queen

Last Thursday, having found myself in Milwaukee with two hours to kill and no idea how to kill them, I went to a Barnes & Noble to find a book to read.  I had been listening to Sandra Dallas’s “Buster Midnight’s Cafe”, so I figured I would find another one of her books to read.  I found The Chili Queen: A Novel and I could not put it down.  The slim novel – only 304 pages – is packed with humor, love and, truth be told, a little horror.

I should probably mention right up front that I’m not really into westerns and I usually don’t read books that go back in time any farther than the 1920’s.  But, The Chili Queen draws you in and makes you want to know what happens next.  The best is how Sandra separates the story from one person to the next.  There’s enough twists and turns to keep you hopping.  I’m usually pretty good at detecting the twists before they happen, but one twist at the end had me catching my breath.

If you like your mystery surrounded by a little humor, The Chili Queen will not disappoint you.

More about Taxes

I’ve been planning an article on how tax cuts for the wealthy are not good for America.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I am against any budget plan that  includes an extension of the Bush tax cuts or lowers the tax rate.  But, enough about me.

I was checking out The Bilerico Project this morning, as I do, and I came across an article by Terrance Heath called the Thirteen Things We Know About Taxes.  I think you should head over there and check it out.  It is well written, well done and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

 

Here – Have a shot & Please sign this Recall Petition

Right up front I’m going to say this:  I don’t care which political party buys pretty girls drinks to get them to sign a recall petition.  It is completely and utterly wrong – it isn’t illegal, but not everything unethical is illegal.

That said, I think it’s pretty bad that the recall effort the Republicans have launched against the 14 Democrats is so bad off that signature gatherers are resorting to trading shots for signatures, according to an article on the Huffington Post.  It doesn’t matter what you think of the recall efforts of either side, you should be outraged at the following:

  1. Drunk people are signing the complaint.  Shouldn’t you at least be in your right mind when making a political decision?
  2. There are citizens out there who give so little thought and care to our political process that they are willing to sell their signature for a shot or two.
  3. Not one Wisconsin Paper – as I’m writing this – has bothered to pick up the story and run with it.  A little investigating reporting would be appreciated.  However; that’s not what we’re going to get out of any news organization in this state.  Especially since it makes the Republicans look bad.  Say all you want about the main stream media, but then ask yourself, who owns the station.

This is what’s wrong with America

Congratulations to Colby Lewis, a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, and his wife, Jenny, on the birth of their new baby girl, Elizabeth Grace.  Also, good job MLB for allowing the men who play professional base 24 to 72 hours leave in order to not miss these important moments in their families’ lives.

Now, since that’s out of the way, shame on you Richie Whitt for even suggesting that it was WRONG for Lewis to miss a BASEBALL GAME.  It is a freaking BASEBALL GAME.  Did I mention that it was a BASEBALL GAME?

But the problem isn’t really Whitt for being so upset that a man would think that the birth of his child could be more important than his job.  When I was born, my father was serving aboard the USS Robert A Owens.  He wasn’t at the hospital where every father should be.  I don’t hold this against him – I tease him a little, since mine was the only birth he missed.  However; he had a good excuse.  He was serving in the United States Navy, protecting this great nation, so that more than 30 years later some jackass journalist reporting on BASEBALL could write something so wholly stupid as the following:

Imagine if Jason Witten missed a game to attend the birth of a child. It’s just, I dunno, weird. Wrong even.

Departures? Totally get it because at a funeral you’re saying goodbye to someone for the last time. But an arrival is merely saying hello to someone you’ll see the rest of your life.

Getting back to this is what’s wrong with America.

The idea that our jobs define our lives and could possibly be more important than our families is what’s wrong with America.  For every job out there that makes you miss a child’s soccer game or birth, some CEO should have to pay a lot more than whatever they’re paying their employees.

I know that somethings cannot be helped.  Our service men and women are in war zones and not able to come home for recitials and basketball games.  We have police officers and firefighters that can’t just take off.  But, all of those are life hanging in the balance jobs.

A grown man who is throwing a ball at another grown man who is holding a thick stick isn’t working a job that is so important he couldn’t miss a day to witness the birth of his second child.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is a moron.

 

Prosser: Just Say No to a Recount

Here’s a newsflash:  Justice David Prosser doesn’t think that his election victory against JoAnne Kloppenburg doesn’t warrant a recount.  I’m not sure why this is news, what else is the man going to say.  If Kloppenburg had won, especially under the same circumstances, I bet she’d be saying the samething.  I really can’t blame the winner for not wanting a recount.  That’s is to be expected.  I can’t blame Prosser for his attnorney, Jim Troupis, stating, “We will take every and any step to prevent this frivolous matter going forward.”

You really can’t blame them.

That said, I want a recount.  I want an investigation in the reason that 10,000 votes suddenly made an appearance.  I want someone to tell me if the rumor that I heard – these 10,000 votes were just for the Supreme Court Justice spot and not for the mayor race – is true.

Our elections are really getting out of control, from the debacle in 2000 that left thousands of Gore votes uncounted to the sudden appearance of 10,000 votes in Waukesha county, something smells fishy.

Maybe, it is our fast news society, paraphrased from a comment on this blog that is the cause for errors.  It could be.

Maybe, it is just good old fashioned Murphy’s Law – the one that states anything that can go wrong, will.

Maybe, the rest of the country is just becoming like Chicago, where the dead get to vote.

Whatever it is, it bugs the heck out of me.  Perhaps, we should not make announcements on election night.  No conceding, no victory speeches until all the votes are in, checked and rechecked and we’re sure just who the victor is.

AZ Governor Shows Guts, Common Sense

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer showed some much needed common sense and vetoed the so-called birther bill that would require Presidential Candidates to prove their U.S. Citizenship and their residences for the last fourteen years.  According to Huffington Post, Brewer said, “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates’.  This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.”

According to a story on WTVR.com, Governor Brewer went two for two on common sense vetoes.  She vetoed the bill that “would have made Arizona the second state in the nation to allow an individual to carry a firearm — either concealed or not — in the public rights of way on higher education campuses.”

Good for her.  Finally, a politician that didn’t sign a law because it would help them politically.  She showed intelligence by vetoing two bills that do not do anything good for Arizona.  It’s too bad that she probably will lose her party’s nomination when she runs for re-election.  Arizona has demonstrated that common sense doesn’t run deep.

Wish we had a governor that used his head and wasn’t politically motivated to sign bills.

 

DOMA Defense…

Previously on Top Of My Head…

Back in February, I wrote that I was torn on President Obama and the Justice Department’s decision to not defend DOMA in Federal Court.  Today, I’m experiencing Deja Vu.

The Republicans announced that they will defend DOMA.  Again, I’m torn.

On one hand, I don’t want someone being able to challenge a law in court without the government mounting a defense against the challenge.  On the other hand, this law affects me and mine, so I want to see it go down in flames.

As quoted by NPR, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “I don’t think the House had any choice but to take the position that we were going to defend the work of the Congress. And only the courts are in the position of determining the constitutionality of any bill.”

And, he’s correct.

Unfortunately, this defense is falling along party lines.  The Democrats should sign on to defend the law as well.  However; I can understand their reluctance to do so.  Fifteen years ago, support for DOMA was huge.  A great many people were against the idea of gay marriage.  A vote against the law back then was probably more risky then than a support to overturn it is now.  To me, DOMA is an example of why we shouldn’t make DOMA a Constitutional Amendment.  A law is much easier to overturn than an Amendment.

That said, the Republicans have nothing to lose with their support and everything to gain.  Setting aside that they are doing the right thing, they will gain momentum with their base – people who are anti-gay.  On a side note, most of their base is anti-something.  The law, even as unjust as it is, needs to be defended in court.  That’s how our balance of power works.  I would give more credit to the Democrats if even one of them had the courage to say, “I don’t believe in the law, but it needs to be defended.”

Of course, I would give the Republicans more credit if they worked this hard to repeal DOMA.

Snow in April, Passover and Betty…

There’s nearly two inches of snow on the ground this morning and it is still coming down.  All last week, I heard people mentioning the s-word and I kept telling them not to say anything.  Alas, they didn’t listen and now we have two inches. <sigh> I blame them for this spring snow.

People don’t mention the s-word in April, so we can avoid situations like this one.

To my Jewish brethen, Happy Passover.

Finally, Betty and family are flying to Wisconsin this morning.  They should’ve all ready landed.  Please keep them all in your prayers.

Smiles.

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