Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rest In Peace Big Guy

RIP Ed Schultz  - former host on MSNBC and WCPT-AM (Chicago) Progressive Talk Radio.

Thank you for all you did for the progressive cause and standing up for the good working men and women and Unions all across the United States of America.

You will be missed my friend.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Spirit of '76, Part II: If you're lost, check the map

(Note - This column is by Neil Steinberg, from today's Chicago Sun-Times. An appropriate piece of writing for this Fourth of July holiday.)
It is essentially a memo drafted by a committee, albeit one that had the good sense to delegate the work to the best writer in the group, Thomas Jefferson.
The 33-year-old Virginian required - anyone sweating a deadline please take note - 18 days to turn around his assignment, writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in quill and ink in his rented two-room suite at the home of Philadelphia bricklayer Jacob Gaff.
I would imagine the the average supposedly patriotic American ready to expound on how the intentions of the founders should guide our daily lives today has little idea of what the Declaration of Independence actually says.
Such as our president, currently picking a new Supreme Court justice to serve for 20 or 30 years, eagerly embracing the supposed original intentions of the founders, when useful. But what were the intentions of our founders, originally? As outlined at the start, in our founding document, the first road map, a declaration so important we honor its final adoption on July 4, 1776, to this very day.
Yes, it formally announces our formal break with Great Britain. But why? Does it give a hint of a reason, beyond the famous but vague phrases about self-evident truths and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Yes, it does. The bulk of 1,337 words are a protracted list of grievances against one man, King George III, the "Author of our Miseries," to use the words of Richard Henry Lee.
Thirteen consecutive paragraphs, each beginning "He has . . ." give a list of detailed gripes. The king "refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good." He called together "legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant." He dissolved legislatures and blocked elections.
Then this, the seventh complaint:
"He has endeavoured to prevent population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands."
What was that? "Obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners"?! A key reason our founding fathers offered to justify wrenching away from their mother country and fighting a bloody revolutionary war was because Great Britain was interfering with our ability to process immigrants? Because we knew we needed them in order to build and maintain a healthy country?
Gosh. Kinda makes you wish that the people supporting our current president could process new information and amend their opinions based on that information.
Thank God the rest of us can do that, and run these people out of office beginning in November the way the American patriots ran off the British and their loyalist supporters. Always good to remember: A quarter of the country stayed loyal to Britain.
Our nation, from its first baby step, had to deal with those desperate to dwell in the past. It didn't start in 2016.
So put out the flag and say the pledge. In honor, not just of the words of the Declaration of Independence, which guide us to this day, but the men who affixed their names to it and the women who supported them.
Who were not going to spend their lives taking orders from some regal despot enfolded in luxury who had no idea what this country actually needed. Who would reject "a Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."
Hmm, familiar. Half the country gets this, the other half never will. In the next two years, the two sides will battle to decide if our current state is a historical detour -- one of many -- or the ditch where our quest for freedom will end, upside down, wheels spinning. Whether American history is a funnel with Thomas Jefferson going in one end and Donald Trump popping out the other.
On this July 4, remember the Declaration of Independence. Also remember the founders, brave patriots who took a bold stand at great personal cost. The British were hurrying boatloads of troops in New York even as the declaration was being written.
Many founders lost their lives, land, riches, all because they saw the magnificent nation the United States could become and has indeed been, with noteworthy lapses. The honest, free, law-abiding nation it remains, despire all, and might yet continue to be.
Happy Fourth of July. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


So Trump gets to pick another candidate for the United States Supreme Court since Anthony Kennedy is retiring.
One question - Should Trump, who is under a federal investigation (Robert Mueller) be allowed to choose a candidate for the highest court in the land?
Think about that long and hard.
The answer is emphatically NO !
Let's wait until the investigation is completed, either clearing or convicting him. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

America Held Hostage Continues

The Trump regime installed Neil Gorsuch as United States Supreme Court Justice last year after Mitch McConnell refused to give Barack Obama's choice (Merrick Garland) for Supreme Court a hearing, which blocked the nomination until after the 2016 election, which yielded Trump as President of the United States.
The ripple effect eventually gave us this joker named Gorsuch, who is so far to the right that the late Antonin Scalia would be considered moderate to liberal compared to him.
Naturally, today this SCOTUS ruled that the state of Ohio can continue to suppress voters in that rust belt state, which always favors the republicans when it comes to that sort of crap.
Yes indeed, it's America held hostage day by day until the the Congressional mid-term elections this November.  Or is it?
Will there be enough people left on the voting rolls to vote this GOP controlled congress out?
Vote the bums out !!
Hopefully, enough people will press on and fight the good fight and vote this November.
Don't give up the fight people.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sports Hodge Podge

For the first time in many moons, here is a hodge podge of events and thoughts on those in the world of sports.

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship yesterday, destroying the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-85 for a four-game sweep of the series. It was the second straight title for the Warriors and their third in four years, which enters them into the dynasty talk among NBA franchises.

The Cavs were swept in the NBA Finals for the second time, the other time was in the 2007 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

LeBron James is one of the greatest NBA players ever and showed it once again this past season in leading this team to the finals against mighty Golden State. However, please stop with the talk he is the GOAT (Great Of All Time) comparisons to one Michael Jordan. There is only one MJ and he never lost in six trips to the NBA Finals. Enough said. (Yes, Bill Russell of the bygone era Boston Celtics won more titles than Jordan, but he also lost in the championship series, so there.)

Golden State is a phenomenal team, but would like to see how they would have fared against some of the other great teams in the NBA when the roster talent was not so diluted as it is these days with so many teams in the league. The same could be said of the other three major sports as well.

Speaking of other sports, the Washington Capitals finally won a Stanley Cup title the other night. However, it should be pointed out they did so against an expansion team (Las Vegas Golden Knights) in five games. That tells a lot regarding the state of the NHL currently as far as strength is concerned.

The only other expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals was the St. Louis Blues (in 1967-68 season) and that was because the six new teams were placed in one conference while the Original Six of the NHL were in the other conference, thus guaranteeing an expansion team would make it there. (By the way, the Blues were swept in four games by the Montreal Canadiens in that final.)

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark (age 61) died of Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) this past week. He is known for "The Catch" which was quite possibly the most memorable play in NFL history along with the "Immaculate Reception" by Pittsburgh Steelers great Franco Harris. The game winning touchdown catch thrown by quarterback Joe Montana to Clark started a dynasty run for the 49ers in the 1980's, when they won four Super Bowl titles in that decade, including back-to-back championships in 1988 and 1989 seasons.

Major League Baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani (pitcher and designated hitter/outfielder from Japan) looks like he will be shelved for the remainder of the 2018 season as Tommy John surgery could be in order after he experienced elbow pain in his throwing arm. He also is the Los Angeles Angels' designated hitter, so he could still do that should he be able to after possible surgery. That's a shame because this kid has shown a lot as a two-way player and was on his way to possibly being named the American League Rookie of the Year.

Back to LeBron James . . .  will he stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers or bolt town for a second time via free agency and look to get a fourth championship ring for himself (he is 3-6 in NBA Finals with Cleveland and the Miami Heat combined) elsewhere?

Which team will emerge as the favorite to win the World Series this year?

There are numerous teams vying for the World Series title, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, defending champs Houston Astros, among others. Surprise teams so far include the Seattle Mariners (American League West leaders), Milwaukee Brewers (National League Central leaders) and the Atlanta Braves, who lead the NL East so far.

Look for the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and perhaps the Los Angeles Dodgers to emerge as the top dogs in the National League once October rolls around to represent the senior circuit in the World Series. In the AL, the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros and perhaps the Cleveland Indians should be there once all is said and done in the regular season.  Stay tuned.

One last thing, NFL training camps open in roughly six weeks as football will get it going once again.

Will the Philadelphia Eagles be able to repeat as Super Bowl champions? How about the ageless Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? Can they dominate the AFC and return to the Super Bowl once again?  Stay tuned.


Monday, June 4, 2018


RIP Dwight Clark - One of the most famous plays in NFL history known simply as "The Catch !"