Sunday, October 31, 2010


So I’m sure some of you are wondering why I changed my name. Well, I just wanted to mess you all. Ha! You thought that was it didn’t you? Sorry! You should know me better than that.

I have always felt a little different than my family. I’m talking about the one I grew up with. I still feel that way to a degree when it comes to my husband and kids. I get “corrected” all the time. In other words, I have always been told I don’t look at or think about life or its events quite the right way. It isn’t like a disagreement over politics or anything like that; it’s always been more that I’m just not right.

Now I’ve never been diagnosed with an emotional disorder that required medication so I’ve never quite understood this way of looking at me. I am more likely to be listened to and accepted by people outside my family. Don’t think I resent any of my family for this. Because I’m their sister, daughter, mom, and wife, I have to fit their idea of who I am, not who I really am. I think most of us get that. We are different people with different people. All of which leads me to the change.

I have a family blog that is just for them. It does not have anything remotely political, religious, or negative on it. That’s because I get complaints about it if there is anything like it. Complaining about the birds I complain about would be acceptable; however; complaining about the driver who flipped me off or expressing my views about politics and religion is not.

That blog started out as two blogs. One was for my writing and the other was for my photos. The photo blog was called “A Mad View”. It was for the way I look at photos. It’s nothing weird, just me. I ended up combining those blogs because it ended up being not so much fun for me. When I figured out I wanted a blog just for me, I started another blog that is in no way associated with the other one. In other words, I have completely different logins and you can’t find one through the other.

The second blog began as “the rant”. That’s what I refer to it as. I can say what I want when I want. Of course, there are still people who know I’ve said things about people associated with this family and I’ve been called on it, but it isn’t quite the same and with the name change, they may not be able to find it anyway. I can always hope, because one of them is the stalker.

The name started out as just a joke on a saying I hear at times from other people. After a while with that, I started the photo blog associated with I’m Just Sayin’, and it’s called, 2 A Mad View. It is getting a slow start. The photos this year have been fewer and farther between. Hopefully, that will change. So, anyway, I started thinking about the current blog and how I wanted it to reflect something I would say or reflect me a little better. That’s how My Mad Mind came to be.

Of course it wasn’t until after I got all this done that I realized how alliterative it is. Leave it to me to be different once again. Oh well! Here it is and it is what it is. I’ll still be saying things that may evoke anger or feelings of shock, but it’s always meant to make others think. That is my goal. I doubt I’ll be changing so much it will change. So grab the new button and still link up for the Tuesday Train and Fawk You Friday. Both hops are a lot of fun.

And just as a reminder, the Tuesday Train goes live at 8pm central tonight. All the buttons are working now, so grab them and go! Cause I said to do it and you know what that means. Oh yeah, nothing.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Goblin Day!

Happy Halloween Comments and Graphics for MySpace, Tagged, Facebook


I am having some issues with some of the widgets and such. Please bear with me for a few days and we'll get things going. Thanks folks!

Do Not Adjust Your Set

No you are NOT hallucinating. You have reached the blog formerly known as I'm Just Sayin'. I came to the conclusion that I needed a change. Never fear my bloggy buddies! I will stay as weird as I am and I'll still be on here prognosticating on the whys and wherefores of the world in my own wonderful, (choke, choke) way. I'll just be letting you in on the fact that I'm not just sayin'. We'll call it like it is. You'll see it through My Mad Mind.

The new button is up, but you'll still be able to get here with the old one as Blogger will redirect. The old button will be available for a couple more weeks. Hopefully, that's enough time to make sure everyone has the new one.

So enjoy and I hope you all like it. If not, it's my loss. Grab the button!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Fawks Are Flying!!!

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Oh yeah! I can see them flying now. They are everywhere. Can you see them? I knew it. You're right there with me. So here goes. Link up with me and J at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog for the fawk flying fun. Here we go!

Fawk You to the bird. Yes, that bird. The same one from last week. She's flipping me off and PLAYING HARD TO GET!!!

Fawk You to the other bird, the woodpecker. Get your head out of the gutter now. I'm talking about a real bird. He wouldn't SIT STILL LONG ENOUGH FOR ME TO GET A GOOD SHOT. ALL I HAVE ARE BLURS!!!

Fawk You to people who push their ideas on you. DO YOU NOT REALIZE YOU'RE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE?!!? FIRST AMENDMENT PEOPLE!!!




I know my list was long this week. The one good thing this week was the perfect score I received from my final paper I wrote for Statistics. Google Gertrude Cox sometime. She was an amazing woman ahead of her time.

Get with the program and link up today. We LOVE to hear all about your flying fawks this last week. Come on! You know you want to. I know you do.

The Green Way

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I am following Ange's lead at Names Will Not Be Changed. She has joined a program that makes her blog carbon neutral. You need to check it out. I am now carbon neutral. These folks will plant a tree to counteract the effects my blog will have. Sounds great, right? So I'm doing it for the environment. Of course, we planted a tree a few years ago in honor of our daughter but maybe we can help some more. So hop over here and join the movement.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tolerance Is A Dirty Word

Yes, you read correctly. Tolerance means that a person can deal with something long enough to not cause a fuss about it. It does not mean that said person is okay with what is around them. It means they are not truly accepting of that person or persons. That is why I have a problem with the word.

Now when someone uses the word, acceptance, I think what a beautiful word it is. It doesn’t mean to tolerate, it means to truly accept who a person is. How wonderful that would be. I’m often reminded of John Lennon’s song, “Imagine”. This is my favorite part.

“You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one”

I want my grandkids to live in a world where we accept those different from ourselves. We have to start somewhere. I say let’s start now.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This has been floating around my friend’s posts on Facebook for the last couple of days. I am concerned about the message it sends.

“I am an UN-APOLOGETIC AMERICAN!! I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation under GOD, indivisible, with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all! I grew up reciting this every morning in school. It is a shame we no longer do ...that for fear of OFFENDING SOMEONE! Let's see how many Americans will post this and not care about offending ANYONE”

I wonder how many people realize what the actual history of the Pledge of Allegiance is. It did not start out with the current wording. It was originally written in 1892 by the minister Francis Bellamy. I find it rather ironic that a man of the cloth wrote it. He did not include any reference to religion. Does anyone else find that odd? He had the perfect opportunity. What he did do was leave out a reference to equality for all because of the existing feelings that women and African Americans were not equal to white men. So here are the original words…

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Now we jump to 1923. There is still no mention of religion.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

It isn’t until 1954 that the words, “under God” were added. Why were those particular words added? Let’s take a look at the time period.

During the late 1940’s and through the 1950’s the anti-communism sentiment was running rampant across the country. It was age of McCarthyism and the Cold War. Americans were so consumed with the communist state that Illinois Senator Paul Broyles started holding hearings to investigate professors’ political activities were in some way associated with communism. He even introduced legislation to outlaw communism in America. That fear spread like wildfire. By the mid 1950’s government worker in Illinois were required to take an oath against communism in order to keep their jobs. Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin began holding hearings on the Senate floor using the organization, House’s Un-American Activities. Does anyone see where I’m going? I hope so.

This country was founded on freedom. The right to choose our religion, our partners, and our political beliefs is given to us in the First Amendment. When you add the words, “under God” to the pledge, you take away everyone’s right to their own religion or not to have one if that is their choice.

I do realize this could be my death notice as religious zealots will fight to the death for their way of thinking. Remember this; we have enough discrimination in this world, why do we have force it on everyone? Why would we want to offend people who help this country run? I know I don’t, because I believe in the First Amendment. And I am an un-apologetic American.

A New Widget and Sucking Up

So I now have a better way to check who is commenting the most. On my right sidebar is a widget I call, "The Mouthiest Ones". It has the ability to check each month. So, since I just got this, I now have to grovel to a couple of people. I gave out the award for last month to a wonderful person and blogger, but she has been my all time mouthy one. That is Donda. Go check her out cause I promise you will like her.

Now I have to hand out the Big Mouth Award to the true winner of September's contest. That would be everyone's favorite, The Bipolar Diva. I'm so glad she's on the coast cause she might come here and kick my butt for not getting it right. But in my defense, I didn't have the brand new widget I have now which gives me very accurate and up to the minute information.


So there you go Miss Diva! Enjoy your award! Next month will be much easier. Right now, J at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog is in the lead with only 5 days left in the month. We'll see who really wants the award.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday Train


Oh yeah! Here we go again! It's time for me and This Little Family to host this shindig once again. I know, we do it every week. Well we like it! This week will be a little different though. She was asked to co-host Follow Me Back Tuesday this week. So you can catch her over there. So if you want to have some fun and make new friends get aboard and link up. It's the only way you will have a chance to join the party. You have to put your name and blog address then just surf the other blogs in the hop. You'll enjoy it, I promise.

So remember you have to use the button and it has to be one of two places. It has to be in your post you link up with or it has to be visible on your sidebar. Easy as can be you see. (Do I sound a bit like Dr. Seuss?) You get the picture. I expect to see you there.

Now do NOT forget about J at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. She's the awesome host of Follow Me Back Tuesday and you can jump over there too. She'd love to see you. And This Little Family is over there too.Trust me, I know you'll have fun there.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

I Am Not An Accountant!

Yes it’s true. I can balance my checkbook, but that’s about it. If I owned my own business, I would have someone else figure out how to fill out all the accounting forms that APPARENTLY are required to own a business. I understand the whole debit and credit thing. But in my world debits are good and credits are bad. In the Accounting world, there are times when it is just the opposite. WTH!!! How’s a girl supposed to know all that when she’s 48 years old and she’s old school?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Let The Fawks Fly!

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Fawk You Friday is upon us once again. And I'm expecting a pickup in the participation. Mainly because I think that everyone knows they can use a different button so there aren't any excuses. Grab my button or J's button at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog and let the Fawks fly! Here we go!


Fawk You to the bird. Yes, the one who wouldn't hold still long enough for me to get a photo of you. QUIT FLIPPING ME OFF AND PLAYING HARD TO GET!!!

Fawk You to my allergies. GO AWAY ALREADY!!!


Now get with the program and air out your grievances. We would love to hear them!


It is now October 21st and again, Donda is in the lead for the month by a slight margin over Jennifer Juniper and Dazee Dreamer. ~J and Momma Fargo are close behind. You all better step it up or she'll win 2 months in a row. Do you really want her to win again? Can you imagine what we would all have to live with then? Yikes! I shudder just to think of it. There's only 10 days left. Get with the program people!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Don't Forget About Friday!

I am challenging all of you to link up with me and J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog on Friday for the weekly Fawk You Friday extravaganza. Here's how to play. Just grab the button, or mine or J's if this one offends, then list your aggravations for the week.

Did the kids irritate you? Did the Hubs tick you off for leaving his socks in the middle of the floor? Did the driver flip you off or cut you off? Did you get a paper cut when you filled the printer? Did your boss give you the evil eye for no reason? Did the TV cut out on you during a crucial game or show? Did the bathroom light burn out on you while you were stuck in a bad position?

You see, there are an endless amount of things you can list for our meme. So come on and have some meme fun! Cause I said so!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Really Big Mouth

Alrighty then! Guess what I decided to do. I decided that someone deserved an award. This is a special award that goes to only one person at a time. Because, only one person can earn it. I know you're on pins and needles waiting for the announcement and here it is.

This award goes to Donda at My Husband Misunderstood When I Said I Was Bi. She earned this by being my top Big Mouth. Yes, she has commented on my posts more than anyone else at 45. So here you go Donda! Enjoy your award!


Next up is the most wonderful, Jennifer Juniper. I love her. Jennifer is the first recipient of the First Runner Up title in the category with a total of 41. Congratulations!


The Honorable Mentions are no slouches themselves. You must check these wonderful bloggers out too. They so deserve this.

Boobies, Babies, & A Blog,
The Bipolar Diva,
and Miss Nikki


So who will get this next month? You'll just have to tune in and see. But I am challenging you all out there. Who will be the Big Mouth next month? I know you all want it. These results come from the last 500 comments but I may change the criteria. It will all be based on comments, so if you want to win Big Mouth of the month, keep them coming. I dare you to blow this out of the water.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tuesday Train


Is everybody ready? Of course you are. I know how much you look forward to boarding the train. That's right! It's the Tuesday Train! Join me and This Little Family for the ride of a lifetime. Now come on! All aboard!

And don't even forget to hop over to J's, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog for more blog hopping fun. Cause I said so.

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU LINK UP.The rule, as in singular, once again must be posted. Again, it's because some people think we don't know how to find our button. So here goes. You MUST HAVE THE BUTTON ON YOUR POST OR ON YOUR SIDEBAR WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND!!! It's that simple. Now link up below. Go ahead. What are you waiting for?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Where Would I Hide My Nuts?

If I were a squirrel, that is. Since I don’t currently own any, except in my mind, I will have to ponder this. Where should I start?

I could always keep them in my jewelry box. I mean aren’t they just like gold or platinum? Listening to the guys you would think so. Maybe a vault would be better. Then I could just take them out when I wanted to. Visit the bank once a month to see them and make sure they haven’t shriveled up to peanuts. I mean without warmth, love, and attention, I’ve been told they will shrivel.

Maybe I’ll put them in box under the bed. No, I’d probably forget they were there. They might become like the junk drawer I always forget to clean out. Not such a good idea. There’s always the hutch. It lights up and they could have their own spotlight. That might be cool.

Maybe I’ll just give it some more thought. It is a rather important decision that must be made. I’ll just hold off for a while. What are your suggestions?


I can't believe what Habitat For Humanity did to this woman.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In A Dark Alley

I might be a little concerned about running into this guy in a dark alley. On the flip side, I FINALLY got a decent shot. I don't know if this is a he or she. Not that I care. I just like taking photos of odd looking things and this one definitely qualifies.

My Other Blog

I know I haven't said anything about this, but some of you found it anyway. I have another blog that I have been putting my photos on. If you would like to see them, you can go to 2 A Mad View and see what I love to do. I know you all thought I was just some blow hard that liked to spout off. But you were wrong!!! I have other interests.

The posts are a little slow on there for now, but I'm trying to get geared up for more. Let me know what you think and don't hold back. Please.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Is It Just Me?

What does it take to be taken seriously by those you see regularly? I wonder about that. I wonder if my way of looking at life is so bizarre that certain people see me as just another wacko or if I have something meaningful to say.

You see, I don’t want to be taken too seriously most of the time. I prefer there to be fun with everyone smiling, and laughing. I find it makes for a more pleasant time for all. I prefer to be self-deprecating as I really do like to laugh at myself. I have some odd habits, but so does everyone else. The difference with me is that I find myself amusing sometimes. I have faults and I know this. But not everyone is on board with the Christy sense of humor.

I LOVE sarcasm. I think I love it because it brings out our faults without just being nasty. Sly comments made here and there to bring up the absurdity of the moment. How hard is that? I make these comments about myself. Again, I like to make fun of myself as well as those around me.

Those that don’t like my sense of humor are, unfortunately, close to me. I have yet to figure out why they would think I mean to hurt their feelings. Perplexing to say the least. How's this for deep thought?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's Fawk You Friday!

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It's time to get your Fawk on!!! Yay!!! I've been looking forward to this all week. First the business end of it. Grab the button and write down all the irritations you've had for the week. If the button is offensive to you, grab mine of J's at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, then write down all your aggravations for the week. Come on people!!! Have some fun!!! Get over your inhibitions.

Here we go!



Fawk You to people who get all excited about what they want then after you hurry up to accomodate them THEY SAY I'LL DO IT LATER!!!!! WHAT?!!? I DID WHAT YOU ASKED!!!


There you go. It's my list. What more can you want but to let the Fawks fly freely without worry of retribution? I know it's great!!! So link up with us today and have some fun doing it. We are, after all, a LOT of fun.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's A Good Thing We Can't Carry Guns

Or I would have shot the lady in the other car today. No, I was not in an accident. This was a case of a woman who felt she must be entitled. I had the right of way, not her.

It was in parking lot in a small strip mall. I turned into the mall from the street which would allow me to drive in front of all the stores. She was coming from a different entrance THAT HAD A STOP SIGN FOR HER!!! Did she think she had to stop? Apparently she did not, because she kept edging into the lane in front of me. And she kept looking at me like I was supposed to stop. Not happenin’ sister!

You see, she was driving a brand new Lexus. I, on the other hand, was driving my trusty, if not a bit rusty, ’95 4Runner. I guess she thought that because my car has some age on it that I should give way to her glitzy Lexus. She doesn’t know me very well, so she doesn’t know that I don’t give a crap how much money she has, she’s no better than I am. That means if she has a stop sign and I don’t, she has to stop. Period. End of story. It’s just a good thing I don’t pack the heat or I might be a serial killer of all things ridiculous.

Let’s not even discuss how much damage I could do to that nice new Lexus she drives. Why, my old 4Runner would eat it for lunch and ask what was for dessert.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday Train & Some Problems


You read correctly. Apparently we have upset some bloggers by not letting them make the rules on OUR HOP. Not THEIR hop but OUR hop. Can someone tell me how that's okay? Does anyone tell them how to run their little hops? I know we don't, so why are they trying to run ours? I'll tell you why. They are angry that we removed them for not having the button easier to find. So we had to make a new rule. I am going to apologize to those who didn’t make it hard for us, but it seems that some people just don’t care who they affect with their inability to adapt. Here is the new rule. And believe me we have been rather lax about these rules.

YOU MUST HAVE THE BUTTON IN A POST OR ON YOUR SIDEBAR. Before people start complaining about it, just remember you can put it up for the day then remove it if you do not want it to stay on your sidebar. I place and remove things from my sidebar all the time. Copy and paste, people! It’s extremely easy to do.

Now, if you think you can follow that one simple rule, join me and my co-host, This Little Family, on the Tuesday Train ride and have some fun. When I say it’s fun? I mean it’s fun!

For more Tuesday hopping, hop over to Boobies, Babies, & A Blog to join the Follow Me Back Tuesday. She’s a blast so I know you’ll have fun over there.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Computer Ate My Photos

Yes, folks, that’s right. Somewhere in cyberland, (on my computer), are my lost photos. Of course, most of them are corrupted now, because my computer ate my photos. Have I mentioned I loooooooooove to take photos? Some of my newer followers may not know that, but suffice it to say I lost about 2500 photos. Those were just from three months’ worth. And you read that correctly.

I categorize photos by the month they were taken. In other words, you can go back a few months and find a photo by when it was taken. That does not apply to older photos that were probably taken on my Nikon 35mm camera. They are usually put in a folder that may be “My Kids” or “The Grandkids”. With all the digital photos, I put them in monthly photo folders.

Now my daughter says I did something to lose the photos. I am going to respectfully disagree for a couple of reasons. Sorry baby. Yes, I was cleaning up the excess and did delete folders after I sent them to the external hard drive. Here’s where the odd part comes in. And this is just because I know where all the photos are SUPPOSED to be.

I broke down and purchased a photo recovery program. They were able to recover a small fraction of my photos. Luckily I had put some of the more important ones on Facebook, the ones with the kids in them. I give myself kudos on that choice. Anyway, I “recovered” photos that were taken with the 35mm and some that were taken last year with the digital. None of those were in any of the folders that I lost. Not one of them was anywhere near those folders. That leads me to the conclusion that something wonky happened. And it was not of my doing.

So here’s your lesson for the day from someone who should be listened to. Okay that was a stretch. Let’s try this. Listen to someone who’s had an issue with their computer and lost a lot of work. FLASH DRIVES PEOPLE, FLASH DRIVES!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fawk You Friday

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Join me and J at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, for the hop to end all hops. The opportunity to let the Fawks fly and get them off your chests. Oh don't tell J I said something about getting things off your chest. She has a thing about putting things in her chest. Did I just write that out loud? Why, yes, I did. Oh well!

Are you ready? I know I am! Not a good week here I'm telling ya. So get with the program and join our linky today! Cause I said so! Here's my list. You can join in the linky a the bottom of the page.

And don't forget CB at One Crazy Brunette Chick for Blog Stalk Friday.

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Here's the nasty list for the week.


Fawk You to other bloggers who don't like the rules for the hop I co-host on Tuesdays. IT'S MY HOP SO DON'T JOIN IF YOU CAN'T FOLLOW THE RULES!!! Thanks to you we had to change a rule that will make it more restricting than it was before. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!

Fawk You to people who misrepresent themselves in the blogosphere. HOW DARE YOU GET PEOPLE TO FEEL SORRY FOR YOU AND DONATE MONEY TO YOU WHEN YOU ARE LYING. When you lie about things associated with cancer, YOU ARE TAKING AWAY FROM THOSE WHO REALLY NEED THE HELP!!! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!

Now it's your turn. Get moving!! Write your post and let the Fawks fly!!!

What Is The Problem?

How many ways can a person say Fawk You without it sounding dirty? Let’s explore this. We’ve been told that the image is what turns people off. We’ve also been told that the word “Fawk” is offensive. Well, there has to be a way to get around that.

Here are some suggestions for those of you who don’t want to use the button or the word. You can use mine or J’s button at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog if you do not want to use the regular one. I don’t know why people have still chosen to not join us. Neither one of our buttons have anything offensive on them. Trust me, I know what offensive is. So USE OUR BUTTONS!!!

As for the word, there are many ways to get around that. No problems here. There are always ways around. Try these.

F..k You
F?&*% You
%&?! You
Forget You
Go Away
What Is Your Problem
Get Away From Me
Freak You

So you see, it isn’t that difficult to get around the button or the word. WE AREN’T THAT JUDGEMENTAL ABOUT IT!!! So get with the program and join the linky!!! It opens tonight at 9PM Central! Grab our button or this one and do it now!!!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How Much Does One Have To Endure?

Another parent I know is facing one of the worst things a parent can face, the loss of a child. What makes this even worse is that they have already lost a child to a car accident four years ago. Their two boys were on their way to school when the one driving lost control of his truck and rolled it. He died while his little brother was able to walk away. What a tragedy. Then two years after that, their oldest, a daughter who is 25 and has her own little girl, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and it will not end well.

There were only a few people who showed up to my daughter’s visitation and funeral. This couple was one of the few. She wasn’t able to come to the funeral, but he was and he came to the funeral and to the graveside services. When the service was over and we were in the van waiting to leave, he came to my door. All he could do was lay his hand on my arm and look at me. He didn’t have to say anything. I knew he was hurting for us. I’ve never forgotten that.

At the time his son was killed, we weren’t able to go to the funeral. We live over 460 miles from where our daughter is buried. It’s in the family plot outside the town my husband grew up in. I wish we had been able to go. I would have felt like I had done something for them even though I knew I couldn’t. I already knew what they were going through at least in a way.

Now they are faced with the loss of another child from a hideous disease and all I can think is this. Why do they have to do through another loss? They are good people and have good kids. Why do they have to give another child away? The loss of a child is the worst thing to have to endure and to lose two is unimaginable.

I know this is a sad post, but I just had to write it out. It’s been eating away at me for some time now. Just this week they found out there isn’t much the doctors can do at this point. And it’s all I can think about these days.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Let's Set The Record Straight

I have a problem. You see I co-host a little meme called the Tuesday Train. And apparently there are those bloggers out there who have a problem with us. We have too many rules and we enforce them. We are so nasty that we get to receive comments that tell us we are absolutely wrong. Our button has also been removed from one blogger’s “Master List”. Oh my!

Before anyone lambastes me for complaining or bitching or whatever you want to call it, you should be aware of the rules. There’s only one we enforce. That is the button needs to be on your blog. Do you want to know how lax we are about THAT? Good, I’ll tell you. The button doesn’t even have to be visible on the first page of your blog! That isn’t what the rules state, but as long as there is some link to the button, then you’re good. We have a problem WHEN THE LINK IS SO SMALL IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SEEN!!!

We are not growing. This hop is NOT growing. Why do you ask? I’m so glad you asked. And I’m going to tell you. IF THE BUTTON CANNOT BE SEEN, OTHERS DO NOT KNOW IT IS A HOP. They will not follow the link and get to the hop when they are reading the blogs of the people who do link up. How hard is that to understand? If I or my co-host cannot find the button, (and we search,) then no one else will. Get over it!!!

I don’t tell anyone how to write their blog or what to put on their blog. Ever! I don’t because it isn’t my business. My co-host doesn’t either. We both believe that to each his own. That also means no one else should tell us how to run our hop. I will tell you that I am extremely ticked off about this. How dare anyone tell anyone else what to write on their own blog or how to run their hop!!!

And to the person who made a link sign us out of our Google account? You are not a nice person and you should learn to mind your manners.

In honor of the not so nice person, we have upgraded the rules. Here goes! THE TUESDAY TRAIN BUTTON MUST BE IN THE POST YOU LINK UP WITH OR IT MUST BE ON THE SIDEBAR EXTREMELY VISIBLE. Is that specific enough? I hope so. This is the result of people who don’t want to follow the rules. I am sorry if this offends or causes any issues to those of you who keep the button on a page or a link and we have had no issues finding it. You’ve heard the saying, “One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.”

Have those of you who complained heard of the First Amendment? I believe it means that as long as I am not breaking the law, I can do what I want on my blog. Guess what!!! That means you can too. So don’t rain on my train ride.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tuesday Train


Yes, it's Tuesday Train time! All aboard! A quick reminder, you MUST HAVE THE BUTTON WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND. Pretty simple. Just follow me and my co-host, This Little Family, the blog in front of you and the one behind, then you're good to go. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you and hope to make some new friends too.


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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cyber Bullying

Has anyone else seen the stories of cyber bullying lately? Just in the last week I’ve seen 2 major cases of cyber bullying that have been absolutely atrocious. One involves a suicide and another involves a governmental employee in Michigan.

The suicide was a result of a young man’s roommate using a webcam to stream live an encounter the young man had with another man. And apparently a girl, who lived in the next room, knew what was going on. Those two have been arrested for invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. What the hell were these people thinking? What difference does it make who the young man is dating unless you’re homophobic? I’m thinking the roommate might be.

Then we have the case of the Michigan Assistant Attorney General who is going after the student assembly president of the University of Michigan. He claims that the young man is pushing for “gender neutral” housing. In other words, if any man or woman chooses to live together in the dorms, it will be okay with them, the student body. Let’s take a closer look at this.

Since the beginning of higher learning institutions, there have been dorms. Until the 1970’s, and even into the 1980’s, it was a normal practice to house men and women separately. In fact, it was common practice to not even let a member of the opposite sex into the other’s dorm. I’m guessing there were things going on long before there were coed dorms and it wasn’t always just between men and women.

What I find even more appalling about this story, is the fact that the person causing all the fuss is a state of Michigan employee. He is an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan. So we have a state employee publicly lambasting the student body president and the only response from the state is that he is doing that on his own time. I find this absolutely reprehensible. Why hasn’t he been fired?

When we have people in positions like an AAG trying to oust gay people from a duly elected office, we don’t stand a chance at squashing all those bigots out there. And when their employer is a state government who chooses not to take action, it sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of the haters. What does that say about our country?

Friday, October 1, 2010

I've Come To A Conclusion

I am a HUGE fan of CNN. I know you all are probably gagging thinking about what kind of person watches and loves CNN. GET OVER IT!!! It’s a great place for news!!! I said so!!!

With the mid-term elections coming up in November, all the talk seems to be wrapped around who will win. Is the Tea Party going to spoil the Republicans chances of gaining control of the Senate and the House? Does that mean no tax breaks? Does it mean the end of the world? Apparently so.

Anyway, Jack Cafferty’s question of the day was, “Why would you vote for an incumbent?” I loved this question. Why would you vote for someone who’s already shown they won’t do the right thing? I’m so tired of no one in Washington doing something for the people who elected them.

So I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s time to oust all the incumbents and see if we can’t find people who will listen to the little people. Will it work? Probably not. But I can dream, can’t I?