Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend is here ... It's Summertime!

The unofficial beginning of Summer begins with Memorial Day Weekend and who remembers where they were last year at this time?
How about ten years ago or even 20 years ago, if you are that old?
Well this year brings excitement to the city of Chicago as the Blackhawks will take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals beginning tonight at the United Center.
About a year ago at this time, the Hawks were being eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh game of the Western Conference Finals.
Ten years ago, we were just beginning the new 21st century and the steroids era of baseball was in full bloom as the Memorial Day weekend came around.
Twenty years ago, the Chicago Bulls were battling the "bad boys" from Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at this time.
Historically, one year ago this Memorial Day weekend, the USA had a new President, Barack Obama, and he laid the wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.
Ten years ago, Bill Clinton was still in office and the future of America was not yet changed as the infamous election of 2000 was just getting in gear.
Twenty years ago, the 41st President, George Bush, Sr. was in the White House and he never attended the wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in his four years in office, even though he was a World War II veteran.
So, this Memorial Day Weekend, why all the fuss being raked up because President Obama isn't going to be at the cemetery for Memorial Day?
People are something else and will do anything to stir up controversy where there really isn't any at all.
So, let's just all do our best to enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend and hopefullly, the weather will be cooperating for you and yours as the festivities, whatever they are, take place.
Fire up the barbecue and enjoy the times made possible by those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day in the United States.
God Bless America.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

According to U.S. Supreme Court, BP is a person... So Arrest Them

If BP is a person, as the United States Supreme Court recently ruled, then they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law for their crime against the United States in the Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Chicago Blackhawks are heading to the Stanley Cup

For the first time in 18 years, the Chicago Blackhawks are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they will attempt to win the trophy and NHL championship title for the first time 1961.
The Blackhawks completed a 4-0 series sweep of the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals in Chicago with a 4-2 come from behind win on Sunday afternoon before a frenzied crowd.
Dustin Byfulien, who has been the latest hero for Chicago, scored the game winner with just over three minutes remaining and the Hawks added an empty net goal in the final minute to wrap things up and advance to the Finals.
Now it's between Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens, battling for the Eastern Conference title, to determine the opponent for the Hawks. The Flyers lead the East series, three games to one.


Friday, May 21, 2010


The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals, where they would be attempting to win their first NHL title since 1961.

Just Asking

Recently, the United States Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons and can in fact, make unlimited contributions in a political campaign.
Here's a question, since corporations are deemed persons, shouldn't someone (Massey Energy or at least the CEO of Massey) be held accountable for the murder of 29 coal miners in a West Virginia coal mine that was cited as unsafe due to high methane gas levels, which caused the explosion in the mine that killed the workers?
Since corporations are persons, isn't BP responsible for the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that is slowly, but surely destroying that waterway?
Shouldn't Massey Energy be punished in the same way as a person who murdered 29 people in a bombing or shooting rampage?
Shouldn't BP be punished for it's negligence in the same manner that a person who was caught sabotaging an oil rig that resulted in the current mess in the Gulf would be?
After all, BP is a person, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Massey Energy is a person, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Get the point?
Punish these bastards to the fullest extent of the law.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Ed Show Nails It on the Mid-Term Primaries

The Ed Show on MSNBC summed up the mood of the voters of the U.S. recently and these videos are definitely worth a look.

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Don't believe the hype

The Democratic Party is alive and well my friends.
The GOP (Republicans) lost out again on Tuesday in the primaries in Pennsylvania where the late John Murtha's 12th district U.S. House seat went to the Democratic candidate, Mark Critz who won comfortably over Republican Tim Burns.
That makes it seven-for-seven for the Dems against the Republicans in head-to-head "special elections" in the House since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in 2008.
Elsewhere around the country, Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln will have to face a runoff election against Bill Halter to retain her seat in the Congress.
Rand Paul, son of U.S. Representative Ron Paul, blew away Mitch McConnell's hand picked boy Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for Jim Bunning's Senate seat from Kentucky.
However, the biggest winner was Joe Sestak, who knocked Arlen Specter out of the race for the Democratic Senate seat in November. Sestak will face corporate funded GOP candidate Pat Toomey in the mid-term.
The people are not stupid like the corporate media thinks they are and showed that on Tuesday and will show it again come November.
Don't believe the hype that the Republicans will capture either the House and/or the Senate in November.
At best, and I'll say it again, AT BEST the GOP will gain no more than 12 seats in the House and perhaps 4 to 6 Senate seats.
Modest gains at best.
The Republicans back in charge of the United States Congress?
The American people are NOT that stupid in spite of the rhetoric on Fox "News" channel and the other right wing media.
Protect America and American jobs and defeat Republicans.
The picture above pretty much says it all and now it's up to the American people to make sure the United States of America gets back on it's collective feet.
Thank God for that... THANK GOD for that!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010


There was once a time when journalists actually went after stories and stayed with them and on occasion scooped (there's a term that's long gone in journalism) the other reporters in their field.
Politically, this country has seen a homogenization of reporting because everything is so "organized" and politically correct these days.
Many years ago, yours truly worked in the field of journalism as a writer/reporter for the (now nearly extinct) newspaper industry.
It was my observation then that something was up as more and more of the aforementioned took place involving the breaking of real news stories to the public.
The reason for this post is upon watching the talking heads on the Sunday morning news talk shows on the various television networks as well as the cable news networks.
Simply put, they really are not telling us anything, just offering a left and right wing spin on the stories that have been in the news.
When I was a child, on Saturday mornings there was a segment hosted by Christopher Glenn on CBS called "In the News" which would actually inform children as to what is going on in the world.
What a concept.
There's probably no way that would ever happen these days as the corporations that have taken over the news media and networks simply wouldn't allow it.
An apathetic public is the norm and when people aren't aware of what is really going on in the world, they tend to disregard real news stories that actually have an effect on their collective lives.
Most people go to the internet these days as a news source and that's good, but it only goes so far because that source doesn't go into detail on stories or spring "exclusives" the way newspapers and local TV news stations can do.
Point is journalism definitely suffers from a lack of investigative reporting in this time. It starts at the top and with so much corporate interest involved, it has a definite impact on the way a person can go about getting to the bottom of a real news story.
Money talks.
Now it's about time to change that.
Fat chance of that happening.
In the meantime, heftyinfo will continue to observe our corporate media and continue to hound them as they just go along with the status quo when in fact they need to go after real news stories with the gusto once seen in times past.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Whatever happened to...

Whatever happened to?

Courtesy for other people, in particular your neighbors and their interests and possessions.

Common sense among people regarding things that are just PLAIN WRONG!

People questioning authority when it's obvious something was done illegally and it just gets swept "under the rug."

Real news coverage of events that affect people's lives in some way or another.

Respect by the younger generation for those who are more experienced in life.

People waiting for two other people to finish a conversation or thought, etc. before interrupting with their own "two cents."

News reporters being held accountable for what they say or write.

Respect for the working people of the United States of America.

Hard work and knowing that you gave eight hours of service for eight hours of pay.


Drivers who actually use turn signals when turning or changing lanes in traffic.

Business people who actually care more about the customer than the bottom line.

Loyalty among workers for their companies.

Loyalty among management for the workers of their companies.

Two-for-one offers more than "once in a blue moon."

People who disagree with one another actually working on a common solution to solve the problem.

Honor among politicians.

The Middle Class of America.

The United States of America.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Has it already been a year?

One year ago, a decision was made to launch a blog site and heftyinfo was born.
Why the name heftyinfo?
Simply put, it just came to mind.
Hefty meaning "big" and info meaning "news"... Big News ... heftyinfo.
The first post told Dick Cheney to 'Shut Up!' and we have not stopped since.
One year later, the United States has a health care reform law and now we are faced with the worst possible ecological disaster in our nation's history as the Gulf of Mexico is being raped by BP and the oil barons with the oil spill in recent weeks.
But over at Fox "News" (there is a reason for the quotation marks around news when it comes to the Fox Channel) they are chanting "Drill Baby Drill" once again as the right wing talking heads (William Kristol, Sean Hannity, Bill O' Reilly, Dana Perino, Glenn Beck, etc.) are going all out in the call for the United States to continue offshore drilling.
These people would sell their own mother down the river for a profit.
What a bunch of corporate boot lickers they are at Fox "News" Channel. Right Wing shills is what they are and always will be.
More and more people are finally waking up to this fact and Glenn Beck has seen his ratings drop by one-third since January.
Finally, people are waking up to the nonsense that is Fox "News".
A year ago, we told Cheney to 'shut up' and will continue to do so as well as going after the Fox Channel and all of their idiocy.
Here we go as Year Two begins for heftyinfo...
Stay tuned and thank you for your support and feedback.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

What a country!

Here we are in the month of May, 2010 already and there are so many things to discuss in both the sports world and the politics of our great country.
Starting off, congrats are in order for Super Saver on winning the Kentucky Derby yesterday on the sloppy track of Churchill Downs. Ice Box (my pick) finished second and Paddy O' Prado showed for third. Jockey Calvin Borel won his third Kentucky Derby in the last four years, which is a new standard for horse racing excellence.
The NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing with the Cleveland Cavs and "King" James rolling to a 101-93 victory over the Boston Celtics last night in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
In the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks were thrashed by Vancouver at the United Center in the Windy City, 5-1 and trail 1-0 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals to the Canucks.
The Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4 in OT to jump out to a 1-0 lead in their best of seven series in the East.
How great would it be to see two of the "Original Six" go at it in the Stanley Cup Finals? The Blackhawks, Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings all are still in the NHL playoffs.
Moving to politics (sort of in this case), the White House Correspondents' Dinner took place last night and President Barack Obama rocked the house preceding emcee Jay Leno with his speech and hurled some good natured jabs at the GOP as well as some of those in his own administration.
On a more serious note, the oil spill in the Gulf Coast is a terrible thing and for anyone to blame Obama and call it his "Hurricane Katrina" is way off base seeing it was Halliburton (anyone remember Dick Cheney?) that was the party responsible for the platform that BP was using when the explosions took place last week in which 11 workers are now presumed dead after missing for all this time.
Going to Arizona?
You may want to bring your papers with you or else risk being detained and/or arrested by the cops in the state as the result of the new state law that requires the finest of Arizona to stop and check ID of anyone deemed suspicious of being an illegal immigrant.
This has set off a firestorm and will definitely be closely watched leading up to the mid-term elections this November.
And speaking of controversy, locally (in Chicago) it's business as usual as a judge allowed key evidence to be tossed in a DUI case involving a Chicago cop who got behind the wheel of his vehicle (off duty) in 2007 after drinking at a local bar (he was seen on surveillance film downing shots just before the time of the accident) and smashed up with another vehicle that resulted in two young men being killed.
Strange but if that were an "ordinary" citizen, they'd be in deep doo-doo right now and that is the third time in recent history here in Chi-Town that a judge has gone easy on the men in blue when it comes to breaking the law.
The other cases involved a drunken off duty cop beating the tar out of a petite bar maid because she courageously refused to serve his drunk ass any more booze.
The other was the case where the same judge allowing the evidence to be tossed for the DUI case ruled in favor of Chicago cops who for whatever reason got into a brawl with other patrons at (surprise, surprise) a drinking establishment.
What is it with cops and booze? Apparently they do not mix too well.
Anyway, things are rolling along and there will surely be more fireworks as President Obama will be announcing a selection for the United States Supreme Court soon and the NHL and NBA playoffs continue to advance.
It's going to get interesting in this grand, old country we call the United State of America.