Thursday, June 28, 2012

Obama Care Stands

The Supreme Court of the United States, no thanks to Scalia, Alito, Kennedy and Thomas, ruled today that the Affordable Health Care Act, also called 'Obama Care' is constitutional.
Also constitutional is the individual mandate that states people have to purchase health insurance.
The SCOTUS ruled 5-4 in favor of President Obama's signature legislation that passed  Congress and was signed into law two years ago.
Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, Bader Ginsburg, Kagan and Chief Justice John Roberts voted in favor of the health care law.
Obama and his re-election team have a new wind in their sails now and they are prepared to chop and slice and dice the Mitt Romney campaign heading to the November elections.
So be it!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summertime Memories

 It's Summer ... just a short post of the memories of the old classic Drive-In Movies intermission reels that were a part of the Americana growing up in the 1960's and 70's.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Heat, James Are 'Kings' Of NBA

What took so long?
The Miami Heat finally won the NBA title that has eluded them for six years and LeBron James for his nine year career.
James scored a triple double (26 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds) in  the close out game as the Heat rolled over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 to clinch the NBA championship in five games.
Dwayne Wade added 20 points and Chris Bosh 24 points for the Heat.
OKC was led by Kevin Durant with 32 points in the loss.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Simply Silly Business

Attorney General Eric Holder
Republican House member Darrell Issa
Read this Mr. Issa because it definitely pertains to you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

LT Retires as a Charger

LaDainian Tomlinson signed with the San Diego Chargers earlier today and then announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL, nine of them spent with the Chargers.
LaDainian Tomlinson is hoisted by teammates after breaking NFL scoring record with his 29th  touchdown in 2006.
Regarded as one of the best running backs ever, LT burst onto the scene in 2001 as a rookie and helped to propel the Chargers back to the top of the AFC West division, where the Chargers won five division titles from 2004-09, including four consecutive titles from 2006 until 2009.
Tomlinson's biggest individual season came in 2006, when he won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and ran for 1,815 yards (5.2 yards per carry average) and scored an NFL record 186 points in a single season.
 Tomlinson scored 28 rushing touchdowns that season, which is the NFL record and scored 31 total touchdowns as he outscored the Oakland Raiders team by himself in the 2006 season.
He followed that up with another NFL rushing title in 2007 by running for  1,474 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns, including 15 rushing TDs to lead the league for two consecutive seasons.
For his career, LT gained 13,684 yards rushing (4.3 ypc average) and scored 162 touchdowns, which is third all time behind Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice, both Hall of Famers. Tomlinson finishes his career with 145 rushing touchdowns.
Tomlinson also caught 624 passes in his 11 seasons, including a 100 catch season in 2003, the last time the Chargers had a losing season.
San Diego never made the Super Bowl with LT, but they did come close following the 2007 season, when they finished 11-5 and then stunned the Indianapolis Colts on the road in the Divisional Round before falling, 21-12 to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Tomlinson was criticized by media and even some fans for sitting on the bench in that AFC title game after starting but coming out  because of a knee injury he suffered the week before in the win against the Colts. Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers also suffered a knee injury in the playoff win, but he played the entire game against the Patriots with a knee brace.
The 2006 Chargers finished 14-2 and enjoyed the NFL's best record in LT's record setting season, but lost to the Patriots, 24-21 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
That was a tough loss, probably the toughest loss of his career, Tomlinson would say following the game.
The depth of the Chargers' teams in the mid to late 2000's was incredible as Tomlinson had Darren Sproles and Michael Turner in the backfield along with quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. In addition, the wide receiver corps had an emerging Vincent Jackson as well as tight end Antonio Gates. Shawne Merriman anchored a solid defense at linebacker from 2005-2009.
However, the Chargers are still searching for the first Super Bowl trophy in team history, but they will be honoring LT in Canton, Ohio in five years as he is a lock to make the Hall of Fame.
Thanks for the memories.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

This is the first Father's Day without Dad, as he passed away last October 21 at the age of 79 years old.
Dad was always a provider who worked hard and believed all people should have an opportunity in America.
As a child growing up in the 1970's, I remember Dad and my uncle John sharing in conversation about politics at family gatherings and both were strongly opinionated, especially when it came to President Nixon.
My Dad and uncle John (along with my Grandpa on my Mom's side of the family) agreed that Richard M. Nixon was indeed, a crook.
That was in the summer of 1973 and Nixon resigned a year later in August of 1974.
Both my parents helped to shape my political views (though I didn't really follow politics much until adulthood) as my late Mom (she passed away in April of 1993) was involved in a "Beef Club" the Chicago Sun Times used to print regularly back in the '70's and early 1980's.
That was back when newspapers in this country actually reported real news and went after politicians and held them accountable for their actions or lack thereof on behalf of the people who actually elected them.
My Dad would vote along with Mom and even though they were registered Democrats, if there was a disagreement with the party of their choice, they would not hesitate to vote for the Republican candidate.
Of course, that was back nearly 40 years ago when moderate GOP party members still existed.
Dad was happy to see Barack Obama elected as President of the United States four years ago, but knew he would have a hard time because of the still existing prejudice that pervades in our country in this, the 21st century.
Sad, but true.
Of Dad's least favorite presidents was Ronald Reagan, the "union buster" as Dad would call him, along with a couple of expletives regarding the former president.
Turns out Dad was correct as Reagan was a union buster, going back to his treatment of the PATCO workers in 1981 when they threatened to strike during contract negotiations. Reagan fired the PATCO workers due to the threat and that was the acceleration of the still ongoing war against unions by the Republicans and big money interests that control things.
Our household was indeed a union one as Dad worked as a member of Local 17, the Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers in Chicago, Illinois.
Today at age 47, I am also a proud member of that union trade and it continues to be a good living for a working person who is part of the shrinking middle class in this country.
Dad believed in his work ethic and when  it came to backing up his beliefs, he would let fly with a expletive or two (or three) to help get the point across. Gee, I wonder where I got my opinions from regarding the salty language displayed on occasion at Heftyinfo.
 Old School!
 Dad was also a sports fan and our family would go to Cubs and White Sox baseball games every summer, even though the teams were rather lousy in the 1970's and early 1980's until finally breaking through with the Sox winning their division in 1983 and then the Cubs actually doing the same a year later.
Both teams were eliminated in the playoffs and failed to reach the World Series.
The 1985 Chicago Bears were awesome and won Super Bowl XX as Dad took note of by proudly wearing his Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX Champions ball cap for years after the feat by the 'Monsters of the Midway.'
Then, of course, there was the Chicago Bulls three-peat champions from 1991-93, which both Mom and Dad took great pride in because yours truly had direct involvement with the team as the sound producer/engineer at Chicago Stadium during Bulls' home games for seven years.
My parents were able to get to a game during the 1992-93 season about a month before Mom died and I will always remember meeting up with them afterward and Dad in particular saying how proud he was.
By the time the White Sox finally won the World Series in 2005, Dad's health was beginning to get worse as time went by and he wasn't as intense in his support about the sports world by then.
But I remember the stories Dad would tell about the old Comiskey Park where, as a youngster, he would go to see the White Sox (Luke Appling was his favorite player) and the former Chicago Cardinals football team with Ernie Nevers and company.
So, as Father's Day 2012 is here, a trip to the cemetery is in store today to remember my Dad and to say hello and reflect on the memories.
Happy Father's Day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

America - This Is What Mitt Romney Supports, Take A Good Look

Remember when fire fighters were American heroes?

Why are they now enemies of the conservative movement known as the "tea party" controlled Republican party?

Monday, June 11, 2012

NBA Finals Preview

The dream matchup the NBA and the ABC network wanted has come to fruition as the Miami Heat survived the stubborn Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals.
It's the second straight trip for the Heat, where they will now face the Oklahoma City Thunder, who will have the home court advantage in this series.
In the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder roared back from a 2-0 deficit to win four straight games and knock off the San Antonio Spurs, a team that won an NBA record 20 consecutive games bridging from the regular season into the playoffs, where they had a 10-game win streak until losing the final four games to the Thunder.
OKC is led by Kevin Durant, the three-time NBA scoring champion and is flanked by Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Miami has the "Big Three" of LeBron James, the NBA Most Valuable Player for the past season, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Miami lost in six games to the Dallas Mavericks in last year's NBA Finals while this is the first ever trip for the Thunder. Although when the OKC franchise was still located in Seattle (as the SuperSonics) the team made three trips to the Finals, including a championship back in 1979 against the Washington Bullets.
Both teams can run and gun (that is OKC's strength) and can also run the half court offense.
 Defensively, the Heat rates a slight edge but the Thunder showed they can played "air tight" defense when they have to as they overcame deficits to San Antonio in three consecutive games to close out the series, including a comeback from an 18-point first half deficit in the decisive game six.
The LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant matchup is what everyone NBA fan has been waiting to see ever since the Thunder fell short of the Finals last season, when they lost to Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.
This series looks to be a great one and should go at least six, possibly seven games with the Thunder emerging as the champions.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saturday Afternoon with Progressive Talker Bill Press

Progressive radio and political talk show host Bill Press (seen and heard nationally on Current TV and numerous radio stations across the country) was in Chicago on Saturday to discuss the political campaigns and other issues involving politics.
The two-hour banter, sponsored locally in Chicago by WCPT-AM and FM progressive talk radio, included excerpts from Press' new book titled, "The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President - And Who is Behind Them."
Press discussed the issues outlined in his book and took questions from the audience, which convened at a suburban book store.
The key discussion topics included the "Citizens" United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the hatred spewed about by right wing extremists on the blogosphere as well as the syndicated radio and TV right wing political talkers.
Press has been involved in politics for over 40 years and has deep ties with California Governor Jerry Brown in addition to writing books and hosting his daily radio and television political gabfest.

A short video offers a sample of the afternoon events from Press' gathering with the public.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Republican Members of Congress Plotted To Sabotage Obama's Presidency

Gingrich proclaimed, “You will remember this day. You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”

The words from Newt Gingrich regarding a meeting between republican members of the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, including Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) and Eric Cantor (Virginia) on January 20, 2009 (the date of the inauguration of President Barack Obama) to discuss how they could do all they could to thwart any efforts of the Obama Administration to move the country forward and out of our economic doldrums.
In fact, republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), the Senate minority leader, exclaimed that the goal of republicans in the next four years was to "make (Obama) a one-term president."


Radio talk show host Thom Hartmann reported this today on his show and this was also published via The Daily Beast.
The fact these members of the U.S. Congress are going against their oath of office they swore to uphold (that being the U.S. Constitution) their duties to the American people is just that... treasonous.

Scary stuff this is folks as this unfolds before our very eyes and is described in detail in a new book by Robert Draper titled ...

Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives




Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On Wisconsin? Hardly

WTF Wisconsin citizens?

Only thing this American citizen has to say is good luck ... your state is going to need it.

Friday, June 1, 2012

No Wonder Florida Is Up To No Good Regarding Voting Rights

Check this out in case you are wondering why Florida "governor" Rick Scott is attempting to suppress the vote in Florida by purging the voting rolls in a desperate attempt to help Mitt Romney against President Barack Obama in the presidential election this fall.

 The guy speaking in the video is the late Paul Weyrich, who says it all regarding voter suppression.. and for the record just like Rick Scott, Weyrich was a REPUBLICAN!

Friday Music Video - Something Completely Different