The Donald Trump of the boxing world is dead. Muhammed Ali died last night in a Phoenix hospital. Ali continually boasted throughout his boxing career that he was “the greatest” and he was the heavyweight champion of the world three times to prove it.
In 1984, Ali was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It totally took over his body but never his mind. Few men in their lifetime did more for charities than Ali did.
Mohammed Ali’s career took off with a giant leap as a Golden Gloves champion and an even greater leap when he won gold as a heavyweight in the 1960 Olympic games in Rome.
In 1964, he was a 7 to 1 underdog when he fought and KO’d Sonny Liston to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history, at the age of 22.
Like Trump and his mantra of “I’m the greatest,” “America needs me”, and his famous word “Yuuuggge”; Ali vowed “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” “I’m the greatest” and instead of turning Americans off, most Americans loved him all the more.
Even joining the Nation of Islam didn’t cause his fan base to wither. They stayed faithful and continued to grow even as he became close friends with Malcolm X and refused to be drafted to fight in Vietnam.
His first time of being knocked out didn’t come from another boxer but from the law that for three years stripped him of his boxing title and made it illegal for him to fight in any of the fifty states because of his objections to the Vietnam War. The United States Supreme Court unanimously overturned his conviction in 1971.
In 1974 came boxing’s “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in which he wore out George Foreman by continually moving away from him until Foreman was exhausted. Billed as “The Fight of the Century” Ali was restored to his heavyweight title. He lost his title again in 1978 to Leon Spinks only to gain it back again seven months later in a rematch.
When he won Olympic gold, everyone knew him as Cassius Clay. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Tomorrow the mayor of Louisville has ordered all plaques in the city to be hung at half mast.
Can you believe that primary season ends today? You’ve heard of the Final Four in college basketball. Well, this will be the final five in the presidential horse race. California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota all hope to fill their ballot boxes with the stream of eager voters.
I predict Donald Trump will win the Republican race in all five states. Wow, I sure have gone out on a limb with that prediction, haven’t I? Well for a long time during the primaries it was highly questionable whether the Donald would get enough delegates to win on the first ballot at the Republican convention in July – something he absolutely had to do to insure he would be the Republican presidential nominee. Now there is no doubt. His bragging rights will come by winning millions of votes and far more delegates that will be added to his more than sufficient number to become the Republican nominee.
On Thursday, Paul Ryan finally endorsed him. And he even met with Karl Rove. The elite are getting aboard the Trump Express.
And if all goes as Hillary Clinton has planned, she will have won enough delegates, counting her Super delegates, to receive the crown and be declared the Democrat presidential nominee.
Hillary is favored to win in California, but it could be a squeaker. One poll has Sanders beating Clinton. If that happened it would be a real disgrace for the lady. I’ll follow this closely and be back after all the votes are counted.
Tragedy has once again struck the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. During what should have been a routine training session, a truck carrying twelve soldiers overturned in the flash–flooded waters they were in. Five soldiers are dead, four have been hospitalized and are in stable condition. And four more are still missing.
Parts of Texas have been struck with severe weather conditions that has included flooding in recent days.
On the same day as the tragic accident with the soldiers, a Navy Blue Angels pilot was killed in a training crash. And, in another incident, an Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Where President Obama was speaking to the graduates, after a flyover, a pilot escaped by parachute while his plane crashed.
That killer who took the life of UCLA professor William Klug in a murder suicide was a former doctoral student. And Klug wasn’t his only target.
Mainak Sarkar, the shooter, had a “kill list” with three names on it. Sarkar had killed another person before he killed the professor. She was Ashley Hasti, who died in her Minnesota home. The details of why she was singled out is yet to be discovered.
The third targeted victim was still another professor who was off campus at the moment. Klug’s death occurred because Sarkar believed Klug had stolen his computer code and given it to someone else. Later in the day, this was checked out and found to be untrue. Professor Klug was a Christian with a wife and two children.
I want you to listen to how the Wall Street Journal joined with the lamestream media in attempting to make Donald Trump look really really bad. Here’s their story. And then I’m going to comment on it
Donald Trump believes that the judge presiding over civil lawsuits against Trump University should be disqualified based on his ancestry,telling The Wall Street Journalthat U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the litigation since he is “of Mexican heritage” and a member of the La Raza Lawyers Association, a nonprofit that supports Latino lawyers. The presumptive Republican nominee has vowed to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and said Curiel’s background must be mentioned because “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest.” Curiel was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrant parents. Trump has also called Curiel a “hater of Donald Trump” and a “total disgrace.”
Even zoos live and learn. That horrible incident with its gorilla and a three-year-old boy at the Cincinnati zoo has created a new look in the gorilla pen.
The Zoo will reopen its Guerrilla World exhibit Tuesday. They have added a higher barrier railing that is about 6 inches higher, with netting and not gaps like the old one had.
When you consider the fact that the boy fell 15 feet into the guerrillas enclosure and that that fall itself could have killed him, there were a lot of angels at work undoubtedly protecting him. His mom and dad are Christians and the accident is still under investigation.
But about those angels? At any moment that gorilla could of crushed that child’s head like a coconut. Zoo officials took no chances. They shot and killed the gorilla. Many were angered by what they did, but there was no time to do anything else. Black lives matter, and so do all human lives.
The Golden State Warriors got off to a great start last night with a 104-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors are tough to reckon with. Six of their players scored in double digits. Shaun Livingston scored twenty points, a personal postseason best for him.
LeBron James needed backup support from the rest of his team to win. Last night they just weren’t able give it to him. However, LeBron scored twenty-three points, twelve rebounds, and nine assists. What an All-Star he is.
Game two will take place on Sunday.
And finally… If you’re in the market for a grave, you might consider going to Hungary. That’s where the National Grave Digging competition will be held later this year in Slovakia.
Here’s all the dirt on this: Judges give the prize to the fastest gravediggers who can make the best looking finished grave mound.
All contestants are given shovels, rakes, axes and pickaxes to dig graves 2 feet 7 inches wide (0.8 meters). No two teams use the same technique.
As grave as this situation is, it certainly is something to write home about.