Top Of My Head

Thoughts on everything from Politics to Video Games

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Updates

Next week, I’ll be posting my article – in Parts – regarding crime statistics and concealed carry. I’m pretty excited to be delving into all of this data!

Also, some thoughts on the economy.

Stay tuned, Top Of My Head is working on a new theme. I don’t know how long it will take, but watch for it.

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As always, I’ll be keeping up with the news!

A Quote

I saw this quote from Mark Twain and I liked it so much, I thought I’d pass it on to you, my gentle readers.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

My Quiz Results

Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.

Take the quiz at
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Quiz: What Kind of Conservative Are You?

My Conservative Identity:

 You are a Values Guardian, also known as a cultural conservative. You believe in protecting the American way of life and fighting a culture war against liberal moonbats and the lapdogs in the lamestream media who are out to destroy decent, moral Americans like Sarah Palin for daring to defend traditional values.

Take the quiz at
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World’s Oldest Living Man — Dead for 30 Years? And, other news…

File this under, I can’t believe it.  The man who was thought to be the world’s oldest living man has been found – dead – in his home in Toyko, according to a story on Road Runner News.  Apparently, his family didn’t want anyone to know that he was dead.  Police had to force their way into the home.  They found his remains covered with a blanket in his bedroom.  Gross.

In other news, Anne Rice – the writer of all those Vampire stories – has decided that she no longer wants to be Christian.  In a story (again on Road Runner News), she is quoted as saying “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control”.  Personally, I think Ms Rice is missing the point.  Just because a church stands on those principles, it doesn’t mean that Jesus Christ Himself stood on those principals.  If I were her, I would work to change the out-dated ideas of the small minded so-called Christians.  But, I’m not her.  It’s her life, her religion and her soul.

File this under, why do I even care.  Snooki, one of those loons on “Jersey Shore”, is taking on President Obama.  She is boycotting the tanning salons because of the new tax on indoor tanning put in place as of July 1, 2010.  According to the article on Politico, Snooki was quoted as saying, “I don’t go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning. McCain would never put a 10% tax on tanning. Because he’s pale and would probably want to be tan”.  The article didn’t quote President Obama’s response, but I’m sure he has better things to worry about than if a reality TV star tans or not.  But, that’s just me.

According to a story on Kid’s Health, Indoor tanning can lead to a higher risk of cancer.  So, personally, I think Snooki (what the hell kind of name is Snooki anyway?) should send President Obama a thank you note.  The imposed 10% tax that is preventing her from indoor tanning may just prevent her from getting cancer.  At the very least, when she’s fifty, she won’t end up looking like a worn out leather handbag.  (We’ve all seen those women, haven’t we?)

Moderation of Comments

I used to not moderate comments, but in recent days, I’ve noticed a lot of comments with links to products and that are more generic than actually commenting on the topic at hand.

If you post a comment and add a link to your blog, as long as the comment is relevant, I will allow the comment to post.  In other words, it must actually sound as if you read the post.

I will make every effort to ensure that all comments are posted, especially if I disagree.  If your comment is deleted and you think I made a mistake, contact me.  I’ll put it up.

We all know that people who just want to place a comment that doubles as an ad, won’t contact me.

When engineer’s own dogs…

Friend of mine sent me this video. Very cute dog and very ingenious way to entertain the little guy.
WhenEngineersOwnADog

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.

I believe

I am a centralist lesbian who is liberal in social views and fiscally conservative.

I believe that if you work hard, you can achieve the American Dream.

I believe that we were lied to at the start of the War In Iraq and I believe that now we’re in a huge mess over there that will end up causing more terrorism in the world.

I believe that the huge tax cuts for the rich and corporations, that started until Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s, proved to be ultimately bad for our economy.

I believe that we need to make our borders tighter and work on keeping out both illegal immigrants and legal ones.  In this economic crisis, we can’t afford foreign workers to take the few jobs available for American workers.

I believe that without the unions, we would all be working six days a week, without healthcare and without vacations.

I believe that large companies only care about their bottom line and not the people that work for them.

I believe that without high tariffs and high taxes on companies that close American plants to move them overseas, we will remain in this recession and it will only get worse, not better.

I believe that people who only watch Fox News are missing half the story.

I believe that people who only watch MSNBC are missing half the story.

I believe that we could be a better nation if we all just spent more time watching what happens in Washington and our state legislatures and less time watching the train wreck that is Lindsey Lohan’s life and stop paying attention to Sarah Palin.

Speaking of Sarah Palin, I believe she is a “big deal” because the media tells us that she is.  She sells papers, so the couple of million followers she has, appears to be greater.  Fox News having no one else pretty puts her on and the rest of the media goes wild.  I believe her fifteen minutes of fame are up and her base will let her down in November when the tea party Republicans run against mostly centralist democrats.

I believe that the majority of the country are centralists and if they vote in an election, the polarizing ends will lose.  I, also, believe that a lot of people in this nation don’t know what a centralist is.

I believe that if we don’t educate our children in technology and science at a young age, we will remain 4th for technology and probably fall farther still.  We need to educate our people or we will lose this country and no one will have to fire a shot.

I believe that the First Amendment still is and always will be the most important Amendment.  I don’t believe that the Second Amendment really means it is okay for the average person to wear a side arm.  I don’t believe that it makes us any safer.

Speaking of Amendments, I believe that if you asked anyone on the street to name the ten that makes up the Bill of Rights, most people probably couldn’t name more than five.  (I could only name 9 a few days ago.)

I believe that the NRA is one of the worse organizations in this nation.  I was a member back in the 80’s, so I should know.  Any organization that supports armor piercing bullets really only cares about their own agenda and not what is best for the nation.

I believe that if we keep listening to the fringe wingnuts on the right and left, we will fight ourselves into oblivion.

I believe that people who believe the world will end in 2012 need to be pitied. We’ve had a lot of end times and they haven’t happened yet.

I believe that gay people should have the right to marry whomever they want and the country will not collapse.

I believe that people should have the right to make their own decisions about end of life decisions.  I don’t believe anyone has the right to tell them what the decision should be.  I believe that when I’m old, in pain and become incontinent, that I will want to be put down.   I believe that it is too bad doctors can’t just give you a shot, like we do with animals.

I believe that God loves me, but He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about who is president and, He certainly doesn’t give a damn about this country.

Speaking of God, I believe that one nation under God was only added to the pledge in the 1950’s to combat the godless communists.  I believe that it doesn’t matter to most Americans that it is there or not. I believe that if you don’t want to say it, you shouldn’t have to say it.  I, also, love to tell right-wing Christians that it should be removed, just to watch those veins pop out of their neck and their faces to turn red.
I believe that I can be a little shit every once in a while.

I believe that we waste a lot of money on our nation’s drug war.  I believe we should legalize pot and, possibly, legalize cocaine.  I believe that would cause the drug lords south of the border to financially collapse.  I believe it would cause Americans who weren’t good for much anyone to do themselves in (the coke users).  I believe we could tax the hell out of these drugs and pay for healthcare.

Speaking of taxes, I believe that President Obama should allow the tax cuts for the rich to expire next year.  I’m not that rich, so they won’t affect me and they won’t affect most Americans.

I believe that we have a lot of problems in this country and they won’t be solved overnight.  We have a long way to go and we need to work together.

But, despite our differences and our problems, I believe that we still live in the greatest country on earth.

And, I believe I’d like to hear what you believe.  That’s what the comments section is for.

A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have not only patched up their differences, but they’ve become engaged.  Now, while I normally wouldn’t say anything about someone else’s relationship, I am truly worried about this young couple.  They had a child out of wedlock in front of the entire nation – that can’t be easy.  According to the article, they’ve been engaged for two weeks and they haven’t even told their parents.  I could see not telling Sarah Palin, she hasn’t been home much, but they haven’t told his parents?  That doesn’t bode well for a good start to a relationship.


And, then the cynic in me pipes up and wonders, are they being pressured by Sarah to get married?  She’s ramping up for a run at the Presidency – no matter what she says – and having an unmarried mom for a daughter doesn’t do much to shore up her base.


While I hope Bristol isn’t being pressured into marriage either by her own parents or even Levi, I hope she knows what she’s doing.  Marriage is a 50-50 crap shoot in excellent circumstances and with the huge spotlight that is following her, the chances for failure go much higher.


I hope they’ve both thought long and hard about this.  They’re both minor celebrities due to no fault of their own and marriage is a tough road.  Being a divorced single mom isn’t any better than being a never married single mom.

Wisconsin Pepper Spray Law

I just sent the following email to my state Senator and my state Representative. If you live in WI, I suggest you read it, steal it and send it to your Wisconsin State Representatives. Let’s get this changed. I took out the Senator’s name before posting it here. Make sure you fill in your Representative’s name and information. Also, if you don’t know who they are, go to this site, enter your address and your Representatives will appear. http://www.legis.wisconsin .gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

Feel free to make any changes to the below text. Also, if you don’t live in WI, investigate your state’s laws.


Dear Senator/Representative,

I hope this email finds you quite well.

Recently, it has come to my attention that Wisconsin’s laws regarding pepper spray leave much to be desired. Currently, our state law requires the following:

1. Have a total weight on not less than 15 grams nor more than 60 grams (According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

2. Cannot contain UV dye

I propose that we change both of these requirements. Allow me to explain.

Why are we determining how little a canister may hold? Wouldn’t it be best for the consumer to be allowed to carry a canister much smaller than the 15 grams required by law? Most carriers of pepper spray are women and if they could carry a canister on a key chain, it would most likely do them much more good than to carry the canister on a belt or have it be buried in the bottom of their purse.

Regarding point 2, if a person defending themselves sprays someone with pepper spray that contains a non-toxic UV dye, doesn’t this make it easier for police to catch the suspect? They can simply shine a black light on the offender and identify him or her.

I would hope, Senator/Representative, that you or your staff will research this matter and, perhaps, work to change the law as it is now in effect.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

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