Top Of My Head

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Month: June 2011 (page 1 of 2)


Okay, pay attention, because this doesn’t happen very often. I am going to admit that I was wrong and, no, it doesn’t make me feel any better. But, here’s the thing, yesterday I was on Huffington Post and I saw a comment that said:

These posters are amazing. With Michele Bachmann you have a well-educa­ted and accomplish­ed woman who happens to be conservati­ve. Because she does not fall into the liberal profile, posters demonize and disparage her. Amazing and disgusting at the same time.

I know I shouldn’t have responded the way that I did, but I wrote:

You think Michele Bachmann is a well-educa­ted and accomplish­ed woman? You’ve been spending too much time paying attention to Sarah Palin.

Let’s face it – it was a cheap shot. I don’t agree with Bachmann’s politics, but comparing her to Palin really isn’t fair. So, after the commenter responded with his/her own cheap shot about how I must only watch left leaning media (why does it always come down to the media in these types of discussions?), I responded with:

Well, it just goes to show that whenever someone on the right doesn’t have a valid response, they blame the media. Oh, and it is lopsided – not lop-sided. I’d like to hear about an acomplishm­ent. She says that she’s been a fighter in Congress, but all 38 bills that she sponsored never left the committee. She’s serving on the House Intelligen­ce since Jan. I guess that would be an accomplish­ment. I read her interviews and she’s always spouting off about how she’s fighting for the American family, but she never says how. I’ve never once heard or read anything that says, “I fought for this bill and we passed it.”

A little mean, I think, but still, I’m asking for the person defending Bachmann to post an accomplishment. Give me something with which to work. Maybe, if you open a dialogue, we could have a discussion about Bachmann’s abilities. Admittedly, I’m still not going to vote for her, but maybe I could come to respect her. Wouldn’t a Bachmann supporter want that? Uh, no. Apparently, not. Because this is the response:

As a quote from another article said, “Michele is 50 times smarter than the people who say she is stupid.” That says it all.

Well, great, now you’ve pissed me off. Rather than spend two minutes researching Bachmann’s accomplishments, you’ve decided that insulting me is the way to go. Granted, I probably deserved it to an extent, but give me a break. At least come up with a witty, original response. So, being the smart ass that I am, I wrote this:

Well, thanks for the laugh and the oh so helpful debate. I cannot tell you how much you witty comebacks have changed my mind about Congresswo­man Bachmann! It is clear to me that you clearly have a grasp on the issues facing the nation, as well as a desire to have a debate. NOT!

It’s good to know that while I’m wondering about Bachmann’s “many” accomplish­ments, you decided to use your time wisely to look up someone else’s insult. You’ve just blown me away with your lack of ability to speak on your own. Why don’t you try this (and I’ll type it slow, so you can understand­): List just one of Bachmann’s many Congressio­nal accomplish­ments. But, don’t list her being on the Intelligen­ce Commitee, as I know about that. If she’s so accomplish­ed and has done so much – Prove it. It should be easy for you.

What? Too mean? Did I go overboard? Apparently, for the Bachmann supporter, it was.

That dialogue will get us nowhere & shame on you. Have a great day.

I consider this a battle won. Obviously, I have more wit than the poster, but I consider this a war lost. It doesn’t matter that the poster was a Bachmann supporter, this is happening on both sides of the aisle.  We need to start discussions.  I should’ve started with list Bachmann’s accomplishments instead of taking the low road.  I was wrong and just because the poster was wrong, doesn’t make me right.

Our country is in a terrible mess and we can point fingers of blame all over the place.  But, if we don’t start actually having dialogues, we’re not going to get anywhere and it is only going to get worse.

So, for any Bachmann supporter out there, please list an accomplishment.  I’d really like to know why I should throw away my future with a vote for her.

My Top Ten Reasons for NOT voting for Michele Bachmann

10. She thinks John Quincy Adams is one of our founding fathers. And, she believes that our founding fathers worked tirelessly to eliminate slavery. The woman repeats this fallacy every chance she gets. No matter how many times you repeat something, Michele, it doesn’t make it true.

9. She’s received the benefits of government handouts and then lied about them. (Look it up, she claims she and her husband have no interest in a family farm, but they have received income from said family farm according to the annually required financial disclosure reports she filed.)

8. She tried to compare herself to John Wayne and ended up comparing herself to John Wayne Gacy.  Okay, this is a cheap shot.  She keeps banging away at Obamacare with distorted facts and outright lies.  The $105 billion that hidden in there – right in plain sight, not hidden at all and you won’t be able to purchase private insurance, except you can – the whole freaking bill is to help you purchase private insurance.  The woman wouldn’t know the truth if it crawl up her ass and called her flaky.

7. She doesn’t know how many barrels of oil we have in reserve. She claimed that Obama released all of our reserves, when he only released around 4%.

6. This statement from her website:

“It is Michele’s single greatest calling in public service to ensure that the liberties enshrined in our founding documents are handed down from this generation to the next.”

And, again, she doesn’t understand history. The liberties in our founding documents were for WHITE, LANDOWNERS. Women couldn’t vote and the majority of blacks were slaves. Yep, those are the liberties I want upheld!

5. She has sponsored 38 bills – NOT one of which made it out of committee. NOT ONE.

4. She has an obsession with Light Bulb freedom, (she sponsored H.R. 849:Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act) but NOT an obsession with freedom for people – she’s against gay marriage.

3. She is further right on the Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership scale than Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner!

2. She “hosted the first Tea Party Caucus meeting.” (According to her website)

And, my number one reason for NOT voting for Michele Bachmann:

1. She believes that cutting taxes will create jobs.

Supreme Court Overturns California’s Video Game Ban

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court overturned California’s ban on selling violent video games to children.  I have to admit, I’m a little torn.  Is it really okay to allow kids to purchase violent video games?  I have no problem with adults purchasing these games, but there are morons out there who will hand over a game to their six year old without a care in the world.

On the other hand, I believe that parents should be responsible for their own children and that includes determining if their child can play certain video games.

I do have an issue with Justice Thomas’s dissent:  “The practices and beliefs of the founding generation establish that ‘the freedom of speech,’ as originally understood, does not include a right to speak to minors (or a right of minors to access speech) without going through the minors’ parents or guardians.”

Really?  We’re going to make a judgement call on our Constitution to what the founding generation thought?  Put it that way and women should still not have the right to vote.



Betty and everyone

Family Photo

On this bright, beautiful summer day it is my sad honor to announce to all of you – my readers – that Betty passed away.  She left us at 4:00 PM on Thursday, June 23.  The weather this week, here in Wisconsin, has been awful.  It’s been rainy and cold.  It was like Mother Nature was in mourning along with those of us who loved Betty.

I’m going to miss her laughter, the way she answered the phone, “Hey, Baby!”  I’m going to miss her advice and her sweet disposition.  I’m even going to miss when her disposition wasn’t so sweet.  I’ll miss the way she would ask after my mama and Daddy.  I’m going to miss her stories about her friends and family.  I’m going to miss being called Sharon, because I remind Betty so much of her friend Sharon that sometimes, she’d slip and call me that.  Sharon must be a wonderful person. I’m going to miss how she, unlike some people (and you know who you are), praised my cooking.  Betty told me that I made the best barbeque and that’s something, because Betty was a wonderful cook.

Betty said to me very recently, “Julie, when you enter a room, you light it up.”  I may light up a room, but Betty lit up the world.

So, I could sit here this morning and cry.  I could tell all of you that life just sucks, but that would be unfair to Betty’s memory.  Instead, I’m going to thank God that He allowed a light like Betty’s to burn in my life.  That He blessed me with a wonderful friend and second mother who was an amazing person.  Yes, knowing Betty for just ten short years wasn’t enough time, but it could’ve been worse – I might not have known her at all.

When I walk into Jerri and Preston’s home these last few days, it was hard.  I am having a hard time believing that Betty’s spark and her light has been extinguished.  Time, they say, heals all wounds and it will take a lot of time for the emptiness left in my heart to be filled.

But, filled it will be – Betty showed me how.

Be kind to others.  Accept their differences.  Love EVERYBODY.  Don’t take any shit from anyone.  Call a spade a spade.  Say you’re sorry and offer forgiveness.  Tell the people you love that you love them every single day. And, above all else – don’t assume the fat lady is pregnant.

I asked Jerri if I could post something about Betty – she wanted me to wait until all the phone calls could be made – and she said  I could, as long as I asked you all to raise a glass in honor of Betty.  So, let’s all raise our glasses to this wonderful lady.  I know a lot of you reading this didn’t know her, but if I live my life right, you’ll know her through my actions.

One final word, my roses had buds on them earlier this week.  One of them had started opening and I told Betty that when it opened, I’d bring it over to her, so she could have the first rose of the season.  Well, it hadn’t opened by Thursday morning, with everything going on, I forgot about it.  Until Thursday night.  When I came home, that rose had opened and is the most beautiful thing you ever did see.  It has some buddies, too.  I believe it is a sign, from Betty, letting me know she’s all right and not in pain.

Thanks for the sign, Betty.  I love you.
Betty's Rose

Betty's Rose

Cantor’s Running

Eric Cantor has walked away from the Debt Ceiling talks. He doesn’t want to be in a position to actually admit that raising taxes must become a reality if we’re serious about paying off the National Debt.

Unfortunately for Cantor and the other Republicans, their grass roots base and their big business base are totally against tax raises. However; we can pay money we don’t have. Rehauling medicare and cutting social security and education outlays are NOT going to make us debt free.

Welcome to the real world.

Just like I can’t cut my hours and still pay my car loan, the goverment cannot cut taxes and pay off the debt. Our federal taxes are the lowest they’ve been in fifty years. Our regulations on businesses are the smallest they’ve been in forty years and, still our national debt grows and our jobless jumped 9,000 higher last month.

Cutting taxes – which is the big plan of the Republicans – isn’t going to build a strong economy so far.

Cantor needs to come back to the table and face the music.

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Roger Ebert’s Tweet

After the news hit that Jackass star, Ryan Dunn, had killed himself and his passenger in an auto accident, Roger Ebert tweeted: Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.

And, the rock throwing began. Mr. Ebert ended up apoligizing for his insensitivity. Oh, boy, here we go again! My biggest pet peeve! Someone who speaks the truth and then has to swallow their words.

Today I saw that Ryan Dunn was indeed driving drunk – more than twice the legal limit – and he was speeding – 132MPH.

Sounds like a jackass to me.

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Gay Marriage will lead to Anarchy

According to football great, David Tyree, gay marriage will lead to “anarchy”. Tell that to Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. All five states recognize marriage equality and I don’t see them falling under anarchy. To Tyree, fighting gay marriage is a way to honor his God. Fine, if you believe that gay marriage dishonors God, then don’t have one. I find marriage inequality dishonors our founding fathers, our constitution and our country. We pride ourselves on being a free society, yet we don’t recognize the basic human right to allow our citizens to marry another adult.

While I respect Tyree’s opinion and his right to broadcast it, I believe he’s wrong. He’s missed the point of marriage equality. It doesn’t take away anything from straight marriages – it just adds to the pot of stable, legally recognized couples. Further, if he wants to protect straight marriage, perhaps he should work toward outlawing divorce – that thing that has caused a huge decline in longlasting marriages.

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Happy Birthday, Betty…

Today, in case you didn’t know, is Betty’s birthday!

And, that’s all I’m going to post today is just a happy birthday message to her and re-post what I wrote about her on April 14th.

Happy Birthday, Betty!!!

I was just sitting here and remembering the first time I met Betty. Betty and her husband, Mac, live in AZ. Once a year they make the long drive to Wisconsin to visit Betty’s son, Preston; his wife, Jerri, and their two kids, Jarred and Portia. Cheryl and I had never met Betty on any of her visits and when she was coming, Preston said for us to come over and meet his mom.

Anyhow, we went over met Betty and Mac. Well, let me tell you something, I fell for Betty from the first time I met her. She has a southern accent and she doesn’t take shit from nobody. And, she was bossing Preston around like the devil. It was a sight to be seen. We had a nice visit.

Near the end of the visit we were talking about Cheryl and I trying to have a baby. (This was back when there was still hope). And, Betty said to me, “When you having your baby?” And, I said, “Betty, I’m not pregnant. I’m just fat.” Well, her face turned about thirty shades of red. She was so embarrassed, but she laughed – we all laughed.

Now, years later, Betty bosses me around, too. I give her shit and she puts me in my place and it is a wonderful thing.

That’s why I’ve been posting all of the prayer requests and updates. I love that old lady. I know, as a Christian, that coming to the end of your life is a blessing. Betty’s been on a hard road and she’s blessed. She has a good family and good friends. She can meet our maker with her head up high, but I am selfish, because I just don’t want that lady to go. The doctor’s are giving her 6 months to a year, but that just isn’t enough time.

So, I’m going to keep asking that you all pray for a miracle. I’m going to keep bugging to pass on my updates and prayer requests. I’m sure that I am going to drive each and every one of you crazy. I truly believe in the power of prayer.

Please join me in saying a prayer for Betty.


Gay Rights and the GOP

I’m just going to lay this out for you:  If you are gay, you shouldn’t vote for a Republican.  Period.  End of story.

Yes, I know that you shouldn’t really be a one issue person, but gay rights and our fight for freedom is too high to put it into the hands of the Republican Candidates for President.

There are only two Candidates that do NOT support a gay marriage amendment – Herman Cain and Ron Paul – and neither of them has a chance of winning the general election.  A majority of Americans support gay marriage and the Republican Party is pandering to the extreme right of their party.

I don’t trust anyone of the Republican candidates on the issue of gay marriage.  I don’t want these people making what amounts to an important decision.  Although, I will admit that there is a part of me that thinks it won’t happen.  Afterall, Bush supported a anti-gay marriage amendment and it never came.  It’s a wedge issue and Republicans don’t like to give up their wedge issues.

On the other hand, I never thought the great state of Wisconsin could pass an anti-gay amendment and I was wrong.

So, let’s recap:  Gay = anti-Republican, at least until we have equal rights.

Palin’s Emails

Jon Stewart’s take on the dump of Sarah Palin’s 24,000 emails.

And, may I just add, since there was nothing in them, what the hell took two years?


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