Top Of My Head

Thoughts on everything from Politics to Video Games

Month: June 2011 (page 2 of 2)

Lesbian Bloggers

If you’ve been paying any attention to the news in the blogsphere the last couple of days, you couldn’t miss the shameful truth. The missing gay girl was really a healthy man. This morning I saw a headline that another lesbian blogger was revealed to be a man. So, in the interest of full disclosure, I have an announcement to make:

I am a lesbian, Christian, loud mouth, political junkie, college educated, SQL Developing grandmother to five beautiful boys woman who lives in Racine, WI. The only men I sleep with are two male cats and a fluffy white dog. I am faithful to my wife of ten years and if you find a picture of me naked on the web, it means my father is posting my baby pictures.

Whew! I’m glad I finally got that off my chest.

Have a good day.

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Shadow of the Wind

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I read 435 words per minute with an 85% comprehension rate. This trait served me well in college when I needed to write a paper and left the research until the last minute. I could devour books and other research material in rapid time and leave myself plenty of time to write.

While reading Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, this trait was a detriment. I wanted to savior every word, every description, every page turn. I found myself both trying to find out what happens next and wanting to slow my reading to enjoy the journey.

Shadow of the Wind is rich with descriptions of Barcelona, Spain that you can almost taste the air as you turn the pages.  Every step you take with Daniel, the narrator of this lush adventure, you feel as if you’re truly there, seeing what he sees.  The story starts in 1945 with Daniel and his father visiting the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.  Inside the great library, Daniel adopts The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax.  The book so touches his sole that he goes in search of the author.  What he finds takes him on a journey of love, loss, life and death.  Each turn of the page takes you one small step closer to solving the mystery and just when you think you have it all figured out, Zafon throws in a curve you didn’t see coming.

When I finished reading Shadow of the Wind, I set out to purchase another Zafon book.  The author’s talent seems to have no bounds.  I highly recommend Shadow of the Wind.

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Quick Thoughts

Here’s some quick thoughts:

  1. The border between Israel and Pakistan should go back to the 1967 measurement.
  2. We should cut the $3 billion in aid to Pakistan TODAY.  Enough is enough.  They aren’t our friends and we should not be supporting their army.  $3 billion could do a lot of good in our OWN country.
  3. Speaking of domestic spending, our infrastructure is in need of a trillion dollars in repair.  If we concentrate on home projects, maybe we can get the economy back on track.
  4. Obama didn’t cause the economic crisis.  The stimulus has been helping the economy, but companies are making record high profits and not hiring people.  That’s (part) of the reason the recovery is so slow.
  5. Social Security can be saved and it isn’t broke.  Republicans want you to think the system is broke.  Fact is the surplus is in Treasury Bonds which are all coming due.  If people paid in on the whole salary, it would go a long way to pushing up Social Security’s solvency.  There’s more to it, but don’t be fooled by the doomsayers.
  6. We need to stop covering non-news in this country, but it won’t happen because crap sells.  I don’t care if the man sent an indecent picture of himself, as long as it wasn’t to a child.  I don’t care if the woman doesn’t really understand the ride of Paul Revere.  Neither of these things will bring jobs to our country. Covering this crap is just taking away from the real issues.
  7. And, finally, attacking gays and lesbians is NOT going to improve the economy.  It won’t fix Social Security.  GOP stop bringing it up.  We pay taxes, we serve in the military and we love our country.  We SHOULD NOT be treated unequally.  And, YOU should be more worried about what needs to be fixed that with whom I am sleeping.

Health Insurance and Big Brother

Let’s discuss Health Insurance.  Health insurance companies are not in business to take care of you.  They are not in business to make sure that you receive all of the health care you need.  They are in business to make money.  Publicly traded health insurance companies need to make money for their stockholders, too.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you really have much of a say in your health care, either.  It’s a myth.  Oh, sure, you can pick your doctor, but he or she will pretty much only provide medical care covered by your health insurance.  If they want to do an expensive test, pretty much they need a health insurance company’s permission to run it.  Want that new expensive drug?  Either pay for it out of your own pocket or hope that your health insurance prescription plan will cover it.

Arguments against Obama’s Health care plan were mostly either: I don’t want the government controlling my health care or I don’t want mandatory insurance.  I believe I’ve previously discussed the latter of the two.  Basically, I support mandatory insurance.  It helps all of us.  If everyone is covered, then none of us have to pay for someone who received care without payment. In addition, without mandatory insurance, you can’t have a law that prevents insurance companies from rejecting people for pre-existing conditions without making health insurance mandatory.

I understand the idea that government control over something is scary.  Oh, big brother is watching you.  The government is watching you.

It’s a joke.

We don’t want the government to put up intersection cameras, but we shop in stores where – with few exceptions – we’re videotaped.

We don’t want the government to negotiate the price for health insurance, but we turn over our choices to our employers.  If you’re employed and you have insurance, you did not make the choice regarding anything about the insurance.  If your employer is self-insured, as many are today, you’re really not making any choices at all.

Yes, most employers have two tiers of plans, so you make a choice there.  Yes, you’re making to take your employer’s coverage, but that’s pretty much it.

What’s covered, what’s not, in network doctors – none of that is your choice.

To honestly believe that you have a serious choice in your health care and it is all between you and your doctor – if this is the reason you’re against Obamacare – you’re just fooling yourself.  The treatment you receive is all about the deal between your doctor and your insurance company.


If I were to follow some of the comments that get left on my blog – I moderate them – I would really start to wonder.  I have a small penis, I need to find a wife from Russia and would I like to advertise on a Bass Fishing site.  No, no and no.  I just delete them.

Then, today, I saw one I found most interesting:

We need freelance writers desperately. After looking over this article, We must have you on our staff. We pay $35-$50 hourly. Our leading people are pulling in over $91K per year, composing part-time.
Please swing by and see what we have to offer.

Really?  If someone really wanted me on their staff, I’m sure they would be smart enough to send me an email.  It isn’t that difficult to figure out my name and find my phone number, I’m sure.  I removed the website URL from the above quote, but I was bored and thought I’d check it out.

It looks really good, they even have “requirements” to join:

  • Must be 18 years or older to join
  • Must have access to the internet
  • Have at least 1 hour a week to dedicate to this
  • The ability to follow directions
  • Complete the writing jobs you are given

It sounds legit, doesn’t it?

Until you see where they want you to pay $68.00 in order to join.  Oh, but this month, they offer a half-off coupon, so it’s only $34.00.

Just in case you weren’t aware of this, I thought I’d pass it on.  No legitimate company expects you to pay them to find a job for you.  Employers pay, employees do not.

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