Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Putin's Puppet

This traitor should be thrown out on his ass from the White House immediately.

Wake Up my fellow Americans !


Sunday, July 15, 2018

It's All-Star Break Around Major League Baseball

The All-Star Break is here as Major League Baseball takes off for the next few days as the best in the game gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual mid-summer classic.
Here at Heftyinfo the game of baseball isn't necessarily covered on a regular basis, but the game is well respected as evidenced each year with the MLB predictions prior to the start of the season and once again when the post-season rolls around in October.
The picks this year have been hit and miss as far as accuracy, but that happens pretty regularly when it comes to making prognostications about sports.
For a brief breakdown around the major leagues, the following offers some insight to how things have gone so far in this baseball season and what to possibly expect at the end of the season.

AMERICAN LEAGUE 

In the East Division, it's been all about the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in 2018, as they are dominating. The Tampa Bay Rays have been a real pleasant surprise to this point and are a dark horse for the second wild card spot. Toronto is playing as expected to this point and the Baltimore Orioles have been a complete disaster in 2018 after contending for the last five or six years.
The Central Division has been pretty bad this year. The Cleveland Indians are running away with the division with a so-so record at the break.
The West has three solid teams with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros leading the way. The Seattle Mariners have been playing out of their minds so far and the Oakland A's have been one of the hottest teams in the game for the past month to get them into contention for the post-season.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves are leading the way in the East Division so far with the Washington Nationals (huge favorites to win the NL East again) lagging behind to this point. The New York Mets and Miami Marlins are just playing it out for the rest of the regular season.
In the Central Division, the Chicago Cubs are getting it rolling with the best record in the senior circuit at the All Star break. The Milwaukee Brewers might be getting a sense of deja vu as they have slumped badly going into the break and have fallen into second place after enjoying a strong start. The St. Louis Cardinals hope to shake things up after firing their manager this weekend and still have an outside shot for a wild card spot. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds will be playing the spoiler roles.
Out in the National League West, it's a free for all as four teams are battling it out for the crown the Los Angeles Dodgers have won for the past five years. The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are neck and neck so far while the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies are within shouting distance with plenty of baseball left to be played. San Diego is just playing out the string for the remainder of this season.

The original pick for the World Series was the Houston Astros beating the Los Angeles Dodgers once again and that might still happen. However, the Chicago Cubs have served noticed they are the team to beat in the National League with the best record to this point.
Over in the American League, the Astros will face stiff challenges from the Yankees and Red Sox and possibly the Indians when the playoffs begin. 
Anything can happen and that will likely prove to be the case once again in the next two and a half months of the remaining 2018 season.

For now, let's enjoy the All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. and then move on to see what unfolds in the next three months.


See you in October . . .



























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.