jQuery not loading in local wordpress install

Can anyone tell why my jQuery script is not loading here

<?php wp_enqueue_script("jquery"); ?>

<?php wp_head(); ?>

<script src="http://gsgd.co.uk/sandbox/jquery/easing/jquery.easing.1.3.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory'); ?>/js/slides.jquery.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory'); ?>/js/my-js-file.js"></script>

        $(document).ready(function() {
                                preload: true,
                                preloadImage: 'img/loading.gif',
                                play: 5000,
                                pause: 2500,
                                hoverPause: true



function my_scripts_method() {
    wp_deregister_script( 'jquery' );
    wp_register_script( 'jquery', 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.2/jquery.min.js');
    wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );

add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_scripts_method');

Or simply use the latest version from jquery.com

<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js"></script>

Good luck! :)

Not sure if the double quotes are what's causing the problem, it's a good idea to enqueue scripts for the front end via functions.php and not in header.php. Like so;

if ( !is_admin() ) {

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