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Miami Heat Living In The Rare Air Of Champions! Are There Questions For Next Year?

By Bobby Toulaine — There has been a few days for the ether to wear off.  The lustre of an NBA Championship will not wear off for a long time — especially for Le Bron James.  There are questions that this NBA Championship raised, though.

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At one time during the play-offs, I noticed that Dwayne Wade said that he had conceded that the Miami Heat were Le Bron James’ team now.   Is that true?  Does he really feel that way?  Wade has always seemed to be a guy that took a great deal of pride in being a star and a leader — and he has already won one championship without Le Bron — so will he want to go to another team sometime that is Dwayne Wade’s team again.  Or is he just going to enjoy the fame and notoriety — and endorsement income — that accompanies sequential championships?

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Even though James is a formidable player — there were times when it appeared that James was playing on shear will and determination in the waning moments.  Was that determination the result of wanting to desperately to get his first championship and get the monkey off his back — that he doesn’t show up when it counts in the big ones?   If that was the case — he certainly took care of that one this year.  But does that mean that having taken care of that — he ever have that kind of drive and determination again?  Because I think it is fair to say — that without the seeming indomitable will and determination of Le Bron James this NBA Finals — OKC goes home champions.  And next year — the Thunder will be the guys with the hunger.

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Or is this just the beginning?  And it is not — one — not two — not three — not four — not five — not six — not seven — but eight NBA Championships that await Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Le Bron James and the Miami Heat!  And if that is the case — wouldn’t you just hate being the Oklahoma City Thunder for the next seven years?   Be a little bit like having perhaps your best team in franchise history — at least since 1979 — and who do you meet at the NBA Finals but the Chicago Bulls — with Scotty Pippen and Michael Jordan — in their primes.

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Like they say a little over west of Oklahoma City there — out in the west Texas oil fields — “if it weren’t for bad luck — we’d have  no luck-a-tall”.

Is Perry Jones III The Missing Ingredient For The Oklahoma City Thunder — And Key To Revisiting the NBA Finals Again Next Year?

By Bobby Toulaine -- A few days have passed to let the shock of losing out in the NBA Finals — and the reality of what needs to improve, changed, or be transformed — headed into next year now is all — but the ashes of the dreams for this year — that remain.

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I am hopeful that the drafting of Perry Jones III will add a Chris Bosh type performer to the OKC Thunder cast, and that his presence will pay dividends in the pressure packed minutes at the end — when games are won.  At 6-ll, quick, lean, and athletic, he has the power to post-up and finish down low, the quickness and explosiveness to lead or trail in transition — and can pull up and drill a 17 footer, fake and drive, or give and go.  He’s long enough to be a defensive presence to reckon with, can block shots, and can finish like a post-up center when called upon.  Sounds like everything the current OKC “bigs” are not.  And much as I like that bunch of guys  — Perry Jones III maybe one of the pieces to the puzzle of getting to the NBA Finals — and winning it.  It sure is pretty to think so, anyway, isn’t is OKC fans?

 

Supreme Court Upholding Obamacare Has Thrown the GOP and Romney a Political Curve Ball!

By Frank Byronn Glenn – In the first “burn” of the the after-math of the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, the euphoria on the right was that now the Romney campaign for President had congealed — that it had its “cause celebre”, its “raison d’etre”, and that now the GOP could go all in — raise Obamacare as the blood red flag of treachery and the rallying call for the Republican base to storm the barricades and defeat the “infidel”  — and it’s all downhill from here.

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Yet the magnitude of the challenge for the Obamacare haters was slowly dawning on the Romney campaign as the day progressed.   On Friday, the Romney campaign called a conference call to talk about the tremendous opportunity — and gift — given them by the Supreme Court  — and how best the capitalize on their good fortune.  In the conference call, however, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana and the person chosen to introduce the mission at hand launch the ebullient conference call,  subliminally evidenced the problem for Romney and his campaign team by introducing the discussion with a reference to ObamneyCare —  the perjoriative moniker first spoken by Rick Santorum during the GOP primary campaign — and then almost famously followed up on the ObamneyCare reference by saying that because Romney Care for Massachussetts and ObamaCare for the nation were exactly the same.

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In a moment — an almost unconscious moment — Mr. Jindal articulated the entire dilemma and uphill slog for Republicans — and Romney – who think the “red meat” of ObamaCare having been upheld by the Supreme Court is the “hands d0wn” winner and decisive gift that will result in Mr. Romney being “awarded” the Presidency.  In the same moment, however, you could see the ObamaCare attack strategy begin to sputter, slow-down, and move toward “flat line”.

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Issuing forth out of the deafening silence of contemplating the tactics best suited to implement the Romney and GOP strategy of attacking Obamacare as the “big government” over-reach and invasive monolith inserting itself between people seeking healthcare  — and their doctors.

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Just dawning on the pundits and the Romney campaign team, however, was the slowly materializing realization that what they were really going to be doing, in attacking Obamacare,  was attacking the idea, the details, the ultimate cost and what they perceived to be the wholly unacceptably intrusive nature of the program.

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And the guy they have chosen as the point of the spear of that attack — Mitt Romney — is a guy who has had that idea and that program – who thought it was “marvelous” — and who not only proposed it, introduced it, championed it  — and then subsequently  bragged about it as one of his signature achievements during his term as governor of Massachussets.  So — they intend to attack it broadside — with a guy who already did it — did it first — and whose law was the model for the one our Congress passed — and which now they slander as “ObamaCare”.

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Seems like an uphill slog to me.  But Republicans in recent years have surprised me more than once — in terms of the ferocity with which they propose — and then valiantly defend their own absurd and embarrassingly mendacious ideas and policy proposals.

“Magic Underpants” — The Key To Mitt Keeping His Promises On His Very Busy “First Day”!

By Bifford Caulfied – Mitt Romney has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act on “day one” — if he is elected President.   He has said he will issue an executive order over-ruling President Obama’s recent order calling a halt to deportation of young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally before they were 16 years of age.   Those young people — for whom the United States is the only homeland they have ever known — or can remember — and who are 30 years of age or younger — will be given a two-year work permit such that they may reside in this country legally for two years — and my apply for a two-year extension of that permit at the time the first one expires.  Romney has said he will close planned parenthood the first day.  He has said he will create jobs the first day ( no small feat considering all that must happen to pass a law in Washington.

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There’s no doubt that there was an element of trying to throw raw, red political meat to the card-carrying crazies on the right.  He may have just been working his buns off to soothe the right wing — in preparation for tacking slowly back to the middle so that he might have a “snow-balls chance in hell” of getting elected President.  But we don’t know any of this for sure.

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It may just be that Mitt is so delirious about getting the nomination and is actually running as the GOP candidate for President -- that he is delusional with excitement — and stuck like a broken record running around saying things that the right wing mobs cry out for — and he loves the cheers he gets — although many of them come from people that probably should be incarcerated for the protection of the American people.  It may be, too, though — that he believes that “God did it” — propelled him to the nomination — and that God will also propel him to the Presidency — and that when he arrives — all he will have to do is wave his Mormon “magic underpants” — and Congress will fall under the “underpants” spell — Democrats and  Republicans alike — and pass everything he asks for with nothing more than a “rubber stamp” formality to put them into effect.

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It should be interesting to see.  I think it takes a pretty big “lump” in those “magic underpants” to go out in public, on video, day after day – and proclaim that when he becomes the almighty President he will solve all the problems of America, most of those in the world, and a few gnawing little anomalies from out in several of the closest galaxies.  It should be interesting to learn — should he get elected — whether or not his “magic underpants” have that much power here in the 20th century.

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Rand Paul Says “Just Because A Couple of Justices On The Supreme Court Says Something Is “Constitutional” — Does Not Make It So!

By Schnarkay E. Merryman — Cheez, Rand… I think it actually does.  Maybe on the Planet Zuu-Zaa where you’re from it doesn’t  — but here on earth and in the United States of America — at least at this time — when the Supreme Court says something is “Constitutional”, that means — by definition — it is constitutional.  Despite your wishful thinking — and libertarian wish and dream talk.  Rand — you should read a book — and — you should get out more. Seriously.

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It is amazing the fruit-cake has actually been elected Senator — albeit it from Kentucky.  What’s wrong with the air and the water in Kentucky — that it turned out a mutant mind like Rand Paul’s?  Rand must be the mutant political miscreant from some parallel universe United States of America, where Rand Paul like crazies say it and it becomes true by proclamation.

Romney Says He Will Repeal Obamacare on “Day One!”

By Peter Le Force — Romney cupped his hands over his ears and yelled “la-la-la-la” — politically — and said that the Supreme Court said it was constitutional, not that it was a good law.  The Supreme Court, he said, said the Affordable Care Act was constitutional, not that it was a good law.  He said the Supreme Court said it was constitutional, not that it was good policy.

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And Romney, like Republicans have notoriously done since they gained control of the House of Representatives, simply said he would “repeal it” and bring the American people something better.  He don’t know what — or at least didn’t say what — but he left all of us with the impression that he was promising to repeal it and bring us something different — more piece meal — not so “big government” driven — but what he would do — well, he is just going to surprise us — once he’s elected President.  He is going to surprise us on many fronts — I suspect — if he is elected President.

House of Representaties Holds Attorney General Eric Holder In “Contempt of Congress”!

By Robert Sexton – In a capper to a big news day, the House of Representatives voting along party-lines voted to hold Attorney General in contempt of Congress.  No cabinet level official has ever been held in contempt of Congress before — and certainly no one who has testified on nine different occasions –all of those before Congress regarding the matters being “investigated” by the Government Oversight Committee.

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Republicans on the committee have accused the “Fast and Furious” — and other government surreptitious and brazen tactics to gain access to or learn about the whereabouts of leaders of drug cartels — as cover for a scheme to increase gun violence on the southern borders and use the increased violence to scare the American people into adopting more restrictive gun laws.

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Some wing nut Republicans on the committee even took time to say that part of the reason the committee was bearing down on the Attorney General Eric Holder was that he had intervened in states like Florida to halt the voter repression efforts masquerading as a voter fraud reduction laws through making voter harder.

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The other big news of the day was that the  Supreme Court voted to uphold  the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts voting with the democrats on the court to uphold the law.

Landmark Supreme Court Decision Points America Toward The Future!

By Frank Byronn Glenn – In a surprising decision the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold not only the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act but the entirety of the bill as well.  Chief Justice John Roberts unexpectedly provided the one swing vote need for the ACA to be upheld.

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This was an historic vote for the Supreme Court, because the Affordable Care Act was perceived to be a landmark piece of legislation.  The direct result of the law having been upheld is that 6 million young people can remain or be added to their parents healthcare plan, 32 additional Americans will have health insurance — and as many as 45,000 people who would have died this year due to lack of healthcare — now have a chance to live.  Children cannot be denied healthcare due to pre-existing conditions, have a life-time cap on healthcare payments, and your healthcare insurance cannot be cancelled when you actually get sick and are going to need it — after having paid all you healthcare insurance premiums as agreed — up to the time you got sick.

“Extra! Extra! Read All About It — Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare!

By Johnnie Tremaine -- In a surprise move, the United States Supreme Court upheld the sweeping Affordable Care Act that is the legacy legislative triumph for the Obama Administration this term.  That will make it possible for the nearly 45,000 people who die each year due to lack of adequate healthcare to live.  And the 32 million people who would have lost or been deprived of healthcare had the Affordable Care Act was over-turned — will still have or be able to get affordable healthcare.  These are major triumphs for the President Obama and the American people.  And Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined democrats to provide the swing vote — has on this day answered the call for justice and voted on the side of the majority of  the American people.   Amazingly uplifting day!

Mitt’s Definitive Political Crusade — Let “Freedom Reign” — For Freedom Is The Thing That Is Free!

By Stephanie Devereaux -- Mitt Romney let it rip — sending the message from on high — and across the land.  What he will do when he becomes President — “Let Freedom Reign”.  Out there with the “right-size” of trees, and such like.  Question:  If you buy a new suit for your Presidential candidate — and eight years later the suit is still empty — can you return the suit and get your money back?  Or do you have to go shopping for a new candidate?  Get back to me on that would you, you right wing Republicans?