Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I had been to Seattle before a real nice place with a lot of that Microsoft money scattered downtown I was in their beautiful new library. I was in the first Starbucks still existing which will excite (caffeine jolt) those like myself. Pike Place Market is unique with those guys expertly throwing big fish around without smacking the onlookers. I saw the Mariners play the Rangers at SAFECO Field cold as heck in early May even with the retractable roof closed one side is open. There's something on the History Channel about Port Wine. 32 years ago I was in Porto, Portugal where the grapes you buy in a store are so sugar-laden that after you eat them you have to wash your lips off with hot soapy water. I bought a couple bottles of vintage Port Wine and took them back to the States giving one to my older brother Bob in Cleveland and opening the other after I drove to the West Coast it tasted like Mad Dog. I saw Puss In Boots at "Tropicana Cinemas" at Trop and Pecos (buck fifty) enjoyable for all kids. I belonged to the Cat Lovers Club until it caved in after the death of our very capable President. One of her buddies and a member was Bill Bennett the Casino Mogul and Bill gave us money in 10 thou increments which was spent quickly as we'd give free shots and neuter to anybody's cat we minored in dogs, we only allowed loving people to adopt our stray cats. One of the Club Trustees was Rex Bell the Clark County District Attorney at that time who passed away recently at "76." As an Assistant District Attorney Rex never lost a case his Mom was Silent Screen Legend Clara Bow.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I've been through the Columbia Gorge on the Oregon side a couple times during daylight it's supposed to be awe-inspiring it's allright. I've been to Portland a few times founded in 1851 and known as The City of Roses I always like to go to Powell's City of Books the largest bookstore in the country although now you can't just walk into their Rare Book Room. Portland has more park acreage than any other American City and you feel really good being there. Before you Critters buy the farm you should see The International Test Rose Garden begun in 1917 they're always trying to produce new strains of roses. You need to go when the roses are in bloom in June, July or August when all that rain is put to good use in 550 different typed of roses not just a few of each but as much as 4 yards by 10 yards of one particular variety. Say I was there the first Saturday in June when they have the Rose Parade, this is one of the best things in the entire country they're still trying to produce a black rose and they all smell the same.
Recently a" small plane crashed killing the Head and Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Oklahoma State the pilot was "82," we all make our own problems. Since leaving Cleveland LeBron James has endured many vitriolic outburst, playing for the Championship twice in 8 years is outstanding and he was under no obligation to stay in Cleveland once his contract was up. I left Ohio after 32 years I owed the place nothing and neither does he. Many low vipers will continue to harangue him that 's what this country has come to. Many of us guys would like to see "Moneyball" win the Oscar for Best Picture and Brad Pitt win the Oscar for Best Actor. I'm going to have to give "Lowe's" more of my business. Strike the Gold was put down recently due to an infected leg at the good age of 23, I bet and won on him at the Kentucky Derby, the son of Majestic Gold and Alydar who died the same day that Strike the Gold ran his first race his Dad never got a chance to see him race.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Dave "Smoke" Stewart now "54" was a Major League right-handed pitcher of great prowess who 4 consecutive times won 20 or more games for the Oakland Athletics in large part due to his smoking fastball, in his career he was 9-1 against the fabled Roger Clemens when he was in his prime. And today the NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is known as "Smoke Stewart" things have gotten so bad that the writers will steal your nickname. Denver is a nice, clean city that I've been to a few times, founded in 1858 due to the Pikes Peak Gold Strike, I went to the Capitol Building which I had toured previously the 15th step up to the entrance marks l mile above sea level. In previous trips I had toured the Denver Mint which produces most of the coins in the U.S. (look for the D) and the Coors Brewery the largest in the world (workers are allowed 2 free beers at the end of each shift our kind of place). I went to the History Museum and their very good Art Museum (you people should try art museums as art liberates one's mind and afterwards your thinking is optimum of course anything might help). I saw the Rockies play the Pirates at Coors Field ice-cold at night in late April.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I just saw "Animal House" on TV, a guy goes to a women's college to pick up his girlfriend and is told that she died so he takes her roommate. A friend of mine has no medical insurance I told him that he has to rely on Obamacare and the Great Black Father, Barry is a nice guy but he's misguided as there's little money for that or much of anything else. The Republican Candidates thus far are so weak that maybe Barry can do it again, I'm waiting for a groundswell of support for myself on the Telepathic Ticket, hey I'd do good. John Walsh and America's Most Wanted are back on TV and many are happy about this. The United States is trying to force Gay Rights down everybody's throats that shows a lot of arrogance look at the way this country is should we be posturing. Not many would believe Japan's contention that they actually wanted to give the U.S. a half-hour warning before they attacked at Pearl Harbor. That would have allowed the many well-trained soldiers and sailors to arm themselves and gather ammunition resulting in 3 times as many downed Japanese planes. The Japanese Intelligence was so bad that they attacked when the 3 American aircraft carriers were elsewhere, their two waves of aerial assault only resulted in the Battleships Arizona and Oklahoma being rendered permanently useless. Those silly Japs didn't even attack the Americans' ancillary facilities for ship repair, fuel and their submarine pens which would have been far more valuable to destroy. The Japanese bungled effort at Pearl Harbor exposed them to be big fools, at best Admiral Nagumo's bringing of a huge fleet of 6 aircraft carriers and 24 other vessels 4000 miles undetected was a moot victory in logistics as how the heck could that be done. I used to know a Black guy who was Retired Navy who told me that he was at Pearl Harbor and that this was the source of the big scar he had on his right forearm, he said that initially due to the many casualties they only taped it stitching it later. He said that he had a friend in the brig on the "Arizona" awaiting Dishonorable Discharge.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
You'll be glad to learn that I had 6 months' of ground-in caked-on guck scraped off my teeth and that they feel a lot better. Tim Tebow is a do-gooding Virgin and is doing quite good with the Denver Broncos as he had while winning the Heisman Trophy at Florida. Tennyson's Galahad possessed the strength of 10 for his heart was pure, he had never known a woman in a carnal sense of his 2 companions one was like Galahad while the other had once but he had repented (as long as you repent). Everything about Tim is unorthodox, despite his rugged play he's seldom hurt, I saw a photo in the paper last year of him bending a D-Lineman. I've seen you women before and I know what you're like many of you would like to get your hot hands on Tim so that he's no longer this way, well, you can just forget about that and try to think better thoughts for a change (if that's possible). I blame the parents of the TV Media for them being the way they are as none of them had any propers brin gins' up (shameless whores for that paycheck). The History Channel has forgotten its original purpose and now shills mindless pap for the unwashed masses, it should change its name. Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine have had all this fall on them while not having been convicted of anything, it's the Monkey Majority Mob Mentality so prevalent in this country today. Merry Christmas.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The cottage that Hoover (1874 to 1964 living to be 90) was born in to Quaker parents is on the grounds and I really enjoyed the fine museum that illustrated a mostly very successful life. Herbert Hoover claimed to be the first student at Stanford graduating in Geology in 1895 it was there that he met his wife Lou who also graduated in Geology. At 24 his company sent him to Western Australia where he found gold deposits he persuaded them to buy for a mil and they mined 60 mil in gold. He and Lou went to China and then back to Australia (when President, Herbert and Lou would converse in Mandarin Chinese when they wanted their conversation to be private). During and after WW I Herbert Hoover did suberb work with humanitarian food efforts and then was Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge (March, 1921 to August, 1928) where he did much to cut waste in business and industry such that many consider him to be the best ever Sec. of Commerce. The prosperity and feel good era of the 20's won him the Presidency in 1928 and even taking much of the "Solid South" as Al Smith was derided as a Papist and a "Wet" being against Prohibition. His Vice President was Charles Curtis (1860-1936) former Senate Majority Leader from Kansas who was three-eighths Indian, growing up on a Reservation with his maternal grandparents (sort of like Barry) he arose from humble origins to great prominence (only in America). Within 8 months of his Inauguration the Great Depression began and Hoover's efforts (Smoot-Hawley, etc.) to combat it were ineffectual. Everything that Herbert Hoover did in his life was superb until he became President. Herbert and Lou Hoover's graves are way out back and when I went to view them (I always say a few prayers) there was an educated-looking young guy trimming the grass and I ventured to say that it was sort of like the Peter Principle where you advance until you can't do it anymore and he agreed, looking back maybe I shouldn't have been discussing this at their gravesite.
I went to Springfield Massachusetts and saw the International Basketball Hall of Fame where a team is prominently featured that my Old Man played on, I must admit to being a mite proud of this, my Sire, welllll, I can crank out good downhome Telepathy 24 hours a day and that's a whole lot more important, I'm the best at Telepathy since the World began. An accomplished Family. On to Buffalo where I saw Niagara Falls for the first time in 50 years if you want to see real falls go to Iguazu the most waterfall in the world (ehhh the Devil's Throat). Buffalo is very old but well kept-up, I thought I'd go to Toronto for a day or 2 the mental instability of the Canadians should concern you. To Ann Arbor where I was inside Michigan Stadium the 3rd largest in the world, seats 115,000 (the Big House) and Crisler Arena next door. The Gerald Ford Presidential Library is at U. Michigan. To Grand Rapids to see the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum which chronicled Ford's 2 years 5 months as President, Gerald was buried behind it last April when I was there and now Betty has joined him. To Iowa City where I was briefly on the Campus of U. of Iowa and then to the suburb of West Branch ($70 RT taxi) to see the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum the 12th and last of the presidential libraries that I've been to that is all of them although they're completing the Bush the Younger's outside of Dallas (I don't go to do any research in the libraries I just see the museums).
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I had been to Boston before, in Colonial Times there were many hangings on Boston Commons of Pirates, Indians, Religious Dissenters and other rogues. I walked about in the Capitol Building was there before. I went to Breed's Hill in Charlestown where most of the Battle of Bunker Hill took place there's an obelisk and a museum. June 17, 1775 the British assaulted the Americans at their fortified positions on Breed's Hill succeeding in driving the Americans off only after their 3rd attempt and only after the Americans had run out of ammunition. The Americans had only a few casualties whereas the British suffered a third of their soldiers being killed or wounded and it was higher amongst the officers, American General Nathanael Greene commented I'd like to sell them another hill for that price. Previously I had toured the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor on August 19, 1812 the Constitution slugged it out with the British frigate HMS Guerriere whose cannon balls bounced off the sides of the Constitution seeing this the American Sailors cried Huzzah She has Sides of Iron. The Guerriere was totalled and its crew taken prisoner. Little boys called Powder Monkeys carried the gunpowder from down below up to the cannon, Marksmen aimed at the officers and the little boys. I had taken the Boston City Bus to Salem to see Gallows Hill where the convicted witches were hung and the House of Seven Gables. The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum is the only one of the presidential libraries that I've been to twice. President Kennedy was very inspirational and although he made a hash of the Bay of Pigs in general he was quite good had he lived there would have been no Vietnam War a tremedous debacle like all these unconstitutional wars we've had since WW II.
That upscale woman who did charity work in Harlem and had the shopping cart dropped 4 stories on her reminds me of a storyline from Zap Comics---A Honkey Goes Into the Ghetto and Makes a Fool Out of Himself (I Really Love You People). We all make our own problems. They crucified Ohio State over some guys getting a free sleeve of tattoos this thing at Penn State is a lot worse. I don't get it I went to St. Sebastian's through the 8th Grade and if some priest had said or done something untoward I would have gone home and told my parents and Thunder would have Rolled and I don't mean the next day. Why these horrible things would continue on for years makes no sense to me. Jerry Sandusky was one of the most highly respected coaches in the country. Most men are turned-off by tattoos on a woman, lips of a tattooed woman shall not touch mine. Not only are the roads terrible in San Diego now often their traffic lights malfunction that is you might be stuck on permanent red light, the brains of the people of San Diego are scrambled eggs what are you laughing about. I've walked the track at Daytona and it's hard just to stay upright when you're on the 31 degree turn.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I went to Citi Field and saw the Mets play the Astros, it opened in 2009 at a cost of 900 mil and seats 41,800 I'd say they got their money's worth place is plush, across a short land bridge there is Arthur Ashe Stadium which seats 13,000 and where they have the U.S. Open, I'd been to Flushing Meadows for the 1964 World's Fair which I didn't appreciate too young I guess. Luke Fickell has done really well with Ohio State considering the many adversities and they would have beaten Nebraska had Miller not gotten injured. Hopefully after the Season they're not going to do some Search and come up with another high-mileage Toad like John Cooper who they kept around for 13 years as though they were Fools, if the Young Man in Black keeps it up for the rest of the Season give him a 4-year Contract, Youth is Served. I went to Balboa Park and saw the 2 Art Museums, the Air and Space Museum all of which are really good and also went to the San Diego Hall of Champions which honors the many illustrious sports figure from San Diego, hey they've got Don Larson's Jersey which he wore when he pitched a Perfect Game in the 6th Game of the 1956 World Series, when Don was asked if he ever got tired of being asked to talk about it, No, why would I?
I've been to NewYork many times since a small child and was there 4 days during Easter Week place was a meat market. I don't want to be insulting but as i walked past the NBC Building I felt like I'd been smacked with a brick due to the Evil flowing from within, I managed to stagger to nearby St. Pat's and went to Mass, it was Easter Thursday and the place was packed afterwards I felt a lot better. I went to the Met one of the 5 best museums in the world, the best by far, far is the Egyptian in Cairo as I've been there 4 times I've probably seen all of King Tut's Treasure as well as the other fabulous antiquities except for the Pharoahs' Mummies it's not air-conditioned. Went to the Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History where 85% of the bones are real unlike in most where they're casts. I went to the Brooklyn Museum of Art had never been there exceedingly good of course 2nd only to the Met. Went into the "Times" Building to complain about the high price of their paper and they gave me a free one. I wanted to see the "Lion King" or "Wicked" but one would have had to have gotten tickets a few weeks in advance, saw "La Cage aux Folles" before it closed as it was gay-themed I was reluctant but really liked it, I also saw "The People in the Picture" and liked it, I've seen 7 plays on Broadway all musicals the best was "Oklahoma" oh the dancing.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
30 years ago this country's roads weren't clogged as they are today, there's no more highways now than then but due to immigration both legal and illegal it's hard to get around this is your faults. I went to the Mohegan Sun I had been to Foxwoods. I went to Hyde Park to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and stayed in a motel a quarter mile away. Hyde Park borders Poughkeepsie a nice old well-preserved city which is Bart's hometown, he was unmoved that I had been there. FDR was elected President 4 times no one else was elected more than twice, he was President when we were brought out of the Depression and when WWII was won, Caesar Chavez has a Day in some places FDR has no Day anywhere. The Museum borders the main drag and from there you walk back a ways to Springwood the Roosevelts' Family House passing Franklin's and Eleanor's graves on the right. Franklin was much the product of his steely mother Sara Delano and shared her mug, she lived to see her son paralyzed from the waist down be Inaugurated as President 3 times. Of English, French and Dutch descent Franklin (1882-1945) married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) a distant cousin whose name was this before she was married who served much as his legs during his Presidency making appearances on her husband's behalf, a supporter of Civil Rights she helped arrange for Marian Anderson to perform on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 during WWII Eleanor went to the Pacific to encourage the troops enduring many hardships. Springwood is kept as it was when the President and Eleanor lived there and I felt very honored to be in their house. Churchill and many other dignitaries stayed at Springwood. In 1960 there were many fatalities in Professional Boxing and Eleanor was asked if she thought it should be banned (her uncle was Teddy Roosevelt who was blind in one eye during his 2nd and elected term as President due to his love of boxing) and she replied I've always thought Prizefighting to be rather a good sport.
Friday, October 21, 2011
These Ragheads are certainly cruel, I don't see where the U.S. get off injecting itself into every fracas that comes along as though they rule the World. I was once on the Campus of Brigham Young and was in their basketball arena where I saw a girl student washing windows. I said the Mormons believe that the American Indians are descended from the 2 Lost Tribes of Israel anybody who'd believe that......Millions of People believe that just because you don't......I said most People aren't Mormons. Ima Hogg (1882-1975) was the daughter of Texas Governor James "Big Jim" Hogg and heiress to the immense Hogg fortune which increased greatly in the 20's due to oil being discovered on Hogg land. A Philanthropist and Patroness of the Arts she never married and was called "Miss Ima" and known as "The First Lady of Texas." Knowing when to get out of town is one of the most important things one can ever learn.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The few of you who have religious convictions don't seem very concerned about going to Hell. Over the past few years thousands of TV Media have been canned and have nothing to lose and everything to gain by telling the Truth for once in their lives, being that dumb is a serious problem. At the gym I go to I have 2 friends who are Veterans of WWII, Bob is an Army Vet and is 84, last week Bob rode his Harley to Searchlight and back by himself 100 miles. Bart is 86 and dropped out of high school at 17 and was in the Navy for 3 years. After the War he went to school on the GI Bill eventually becoming an Eye Ear Nose and Throat M.D. Bart said I went with the flow and the flow was good back then. He said that even the best tests won't tell a doctor what Observation will and that doctors today won't spend that necessary time. Bart said that having Gays out of the Closet in the Military will lead to endless fistfights. You can think of yourself as being Liberal until you ponder the Bohemian things that these guys do with each other, I've never done anything like that. A Gay come-on doesn't bother me but a lot of guys would be angry. I've been to Philadelphia many times it was cold as heck. I went to the very good Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was there that Rocky bolted up the front steps and exulted (...Getting Strong Now...) and they have the spot where Rocky sprang into the air marked with bronze footprints. There I had my picture taken leaping into the air seeing this others emulated including 2 teenage girls jumping simultaneously.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The National I.Q. has dropped 7 points over the past 30 years, that explains a lot, in its current incarnation the United States is akin to a glorified Banana Republic, oh to see what it's become compared to what it once was. Hank Williams Jr. seemed to think that he had to apologize for saying that Obama was like Hitler in order to save his career, in our political history wild metaphors have been a tradition as we have had the protected right of Freedom of Speech, what, you can't even talk anymore. All this is your fault.
I've always wanted to go to Gettysburg but none of the buses ran there. I slept some on the bus going from D.C. to Harrisburg arriving at 6 A.M. and got a nice rental from "Enterprise" who seem like a good outfit and drove the 38 miles. I was all over the Battlefield, the South was an Armed Camp while in the North there was never any rationing fighting the War almost leisurely. Robert E. Lee realized that the South would lose a war of attrition and that their only hope for the North to sue for Peace would be for a succesful Invasion of the North. Robert Lee is considered to be the best Battlefighter this country has had winning 6 major battles without any defeats and coming off the Rebels' greatest victory 2 months before at Chancellorsville with Lee expected to retreat dividing his army and Stonewall Jackson's Corps suprising and knocking out the Union's llth Corps made up of German-Americans (Stonewall Jackson's Flanking March), such success could never be repeated as soon afterwards Jackson was dead. The Battle of Gettysburg was July 1-3, 1863 with the Union seizing the better vantage points on July l. The North seized the Little Round Top a huge steep hill where a hundred horses' hearts exploded trying to pull the cannon to the top. There's a body of opinion that there were better men in those days compared to today as just to survive one had to be strong and tought, when the horses couldn't do it Ohioans carried the cannon to the top on their shoulders. On July 2 the Union fighting with the desperation that if they failed there all was lost held all of their positions across the Battlefield. On July 3 Robert Lee overconfident that his Army of Northern Virginia would prevail as they had before sent 12,500 men almost a mile against the Union's fortified positions while heavy cannon and rifle fire decimated them in what was known as Longstreet's Assault until 1870 when Longstreet fell out of favor and became known as Pickett's Charge (actually also Pettigrew's Charge). This began with General George Pickett posing the query....General may I advance.....to which General James Longstreet Lee's 2nd in Command gave a glum nod as he saw the futility. ......I can't tell you how funny I feel knowing tomorrow I'll see a big battle. Kind of scared inside but I'm not going to run.....Pvt. James C. David 3rd Michigan on July 2, 1863, he was killed July 3 in the Wheatfield helping repulse Pickett's Charge there were many underage soldiers on both sides Pvt. Davis was 14.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Those 3 nerds who were hiking in Iraq cost the U.S. a mil and a half (through Oman), anybody who'd hike in Iraq deserves what they get. 2 of them are talking about breeding I can't wait for the offspring (purebred nerds). Luck to Amanda Knox, the U.S. is trying to dictate the result of this appeal and Italy probably doesn't like it on the other hand she was really doomed before this. Amanda is cute if she beats this I hope she remembers I stuck up for her. On August 8 I sent Guardian Angel Cathedral here in L.V. a check for $200 for 20 Masses at 4 apiece for 5 deceased persons and seeing that the check was never cashed my fears were realized, they never got it. I know how to send a letter and they know how to receive one. Now I have to do a Stop Payment and do this all over with another check and a letter describing these people's character. In my entire life of 64 years this is the first time I've ever had a letter I've sent lost in the mail, the wheels are coming off. 2 days ago I went into "Dave's Specialty Cars" at 3455 Polaris Ave. #4 in L.V. for some electrical work. They don't even do electrical work, Dave has had a large thriving operation for many years turning out the paint and body on beautiful custom jobs, he didn't even charge me for a half-hour job just said to toke the guy who did it. After being around Dave and Rick who has a nearby shop I always feel uplifted like I'd been to Church. You people's difficulty is that you don't seek others who will elevate you instead you associate with individuals who are dragging you down with them. I had a daydream of Glen Rice sitting around with some friends and watching this past Republican Convention and seeing their Vice-Presidential Candidate striding up to accept the Nomination remarking, Why..........
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I attended a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing during which I heard 3 Senators speak once of whom was the salty Pat Leahy from Vermont who said that the Iraqui and Afghani Wars were a waste of money and now this country was broke and had to borrow from other countries----he said give money to warlords? I attended a Senate Armed Services Full Committee Hearing and heard 6 of them speak so I was close to and heard 9% of them. I would have attended more Senate Hearings except the 2 I wanted were cancelled as they so often are as keeping to a schedule is often beyond them.
I've been to Washington D.C. many times climbing to the top of the Washington Monument when I was 4. Always very exciting during my 3 days I saw again the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Wright Flyer flown at Kitty Hawk in 1903 (it was their mother who was mechanically inclined and they consulted with her throughout boyhood, Thomas Edison said my mother made me what I am so you women can have a good effect on things if you put your minds to it), the Hope Diamond and other fabulous gems great artworks and sundry and other captivations. I went to John Ensign's Office yet again and received passes for the House and Senate Galleries. A guard at the x-ray machine at the Senate Gallery addressed me as "Buddy" I said don't call me Buddy I'm not your buddy and he said that he was sorry so that's the end of it but it reflects Public Employees poor opinion of those they supposedly serve. Also in Senator Ensign's Office where they were quite nice I received the Schedule for the House and Senate Hearings for that week. It's not commonly known but the Public can attend about all of these hearings once you get past entrance security you can roam the 3 Senate and 3 House Buildings freely.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Only the referee can resume the action it doesn't matter if the boxers touch gloves 20 times, that Joe Cortez was standing there with his mouth open in suprise tells us that he hadn't done this. Had it been Ortiz he would have been disqualified but because it was Mayweather he got the KO, Ortiz was coming on strong and probably would have won. The public doesn't want a rematch, it won't do me any good but were I Ortiz' Camp I'd file a Protest.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
343 firemen died at the World Trade Center and no officer had to take the fall for sending them into a hopeless situation, there really was about nobody to be rescued once the dust had settled there were hardly any injured as either you were dead or not. You're always hearing that firemen who were killed died while looting wonder if there's anything to that. Some guy in the paper recently said that if Nevada were a country it would be 4th in the World for probability of dying from gunshot only behind South Africa, Columbia and Thailand. Ruslan Salei from Belarus was their only NHL player when they defeated cocky and #l seeded Sweden in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Olympics and I was there to witness one of the greatest upsets in Olympic Hockey History, I'm sorry to say that he was one of those who died recently in that airplane crash in Russia. Akron isn't anything like the hustle and bustle place of my youth, the former Rubber City has lost much of its population and is nothing like the very wealthy city where the many engineers and executives of the Big 4, Goodyear, Firestone, Goodrich and General Tire and my father worked for all of them, were highly paid and the Rubbers Workers Union was the highest paid American Industrial Union. Poor Blacks from the South and poor Whites from West Virginia came for a much higher standard of living, it was said that in West Virginia schools they taught Readin' Writin' and Route 43 to Akron. No wonder that a popular book in West Virginia libraries was "How to Siphon Gas." I revisited my old stamping grounds but was disappointed that the "Inventors Museum" has been closed for awhile and they had given good prizes to up and coming inventors. I have no idea how Akronites make a living these days certainly a much quieter place.
Joe Cortez was recently inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota on the basis of refereeing so many big fights but has been bought off the last few years, eh Joe has huge expenses. Kenny Bayless whose work I've often admired would have been the correct choice to referee Ortiz-Mayweather as he only interferes when he has to and basically lets the fighters fight. I don't mind losing in a gamble but dislike a predestined result and being ripped-off. Most things are fixed in our society but it's become so blatant in boxing that they don't mind having the public know that the fight is fixed. A fine young man being cheated seems to be a big joke to you, in a paraphrase of Sonny Black in "Donnie Brasco".........If I die and see that I'm around the same people then I'll know that I'm in Hell......
Sunday, September 11, 2011
It looks like "the Fix" is in as Joe Cortez was appointed to referee the Ortiz-Mayweather fight. Cortez is well known for separating the fighters for no reason should the favorite be in trouble. Ortiz close work work this past April gained him the victory over Andre Berto, had Cortez been the referee he would have stopped Ortiz unnecessarily and Berto would have won. When Mayweather fought Ricky Hatton In 2007 Hatton rightfully mentioned Cortez constantly separating the 2 when Hatton was working inside as a main factor in his loss. This past December Cortez' constant separating of Marcos Maidana when he had Amir Khan badly hurt prevented Maidana from scoring a likely knockout of Khan. Ortiz' only hope against Mayweather is his ability to work inside and Cortez won't let him. Obviously they could have appointed an impartial competent referee and should have for this megafight but chose Cortez in order to protect Mayweather from losing. Ortiz' good chance at winning has been stolen from him by evil unscrupulous people.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Oh you Rock and Rollers. On Sept. 17 Victor Ortiz fights Floyd Mayweather at Welterweight, 147 lbs., at the MGM in Las Vegas in what's supposed to be the 4th highest grossing pay per view ever. Victor Ortiz is 24 and a half while Floyd is 34 and a half, Victor is an 8-1 underdog but greatly undervalued which is why I bet pretty good on Vic winning, a minimal risk which would pay a whole lot. Abandoned by first his mother at 8 and then his father at 12 Victor and his siblings basically raised thblemselves. Victor has a year and a half at Ventura College and uses very good grammar, he doesn't get into trouble and has recently become a spokesman for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Victor put his brother through college and does real goody things. In Victor's first fight at 147 as a 4-1 underdog he took the undefeated and highly regarded Andre Berto's WBC Welterweight Title winning an undisputed decision. Victor looks entirely different at 147 compared to 140, looks much bigger and stronger and much more so than Floyd. Emanuel Steward said that Mayweather has never dealt with such a dynamic of a much younger quick and relentless pursuer and finisher who hits hard with both hands. The boyish smile belies a fighter who will eagerly bludgeon a man to the canvas. Floyd is considered by many to be the finest pure boxer of all time using his rolling shoulder defense to block punches and will make an opponent miss with a faint (feint) movement will simply standing there. Floyd must have lost something by this time Victor 5 weeks before the fight did a triathalon at Camp Pendleton swimming 500 yards running a 5 K and cycling 30 K's supposedly finishing 9th out of a thou. In boxing particularly in the major fights the judges have been bought off and if Mayweather is able go stand after 12 he will no doubt be awarded the decision even if Ortiz obviously did better. There's huge money in Mayweather advancing and not so much should it be Ortiz, other than that I'd rate it an even fight that is with fair judging. As it is I don't think Mayweather will be able to entirely escape Ortiz' heavy blows and I see Ortiz stopping Mayweather in the 11th.
I feel so badly about that poor man in Colorado who had to cut off his toes to free himself from that overturned truck, must be a tough guy I don't think I could do that. He must not have been wearing steel-toed boots, many guys who do labor have these, they're a mite pricey but well worth it, one place I worked at the company would pay half. 5 years ago in Belgrade there was a real nice girl, Oya, who wore these to fend off Skinheads, multiple uses 'spose. In Cleveland I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where I had been 10 years before, now this is something that everybody likes a lot there's nobody who wouldn't like it. ........The Colored Folks have been singing it and playing it.......nobody paid it no mind until I goosed it up----Elvis
Thursday, September 1, 2011
This recent proliferation of dirty language in newspapers and magazines is so upsetting to me what is the matter with you. Recently Vladimir Klitschko Rodionovich, Senior Colonel in the Russian Air Force, passed away at 64 from cancer he and his family say came from his instrumental role in the cleanup of Chernobyl, they said that many of his friends involved in the cleanup had already passed away. Colonel and Mrs. Klitschko only had the 2 children Vladimir and Vitali who share the Heavyweight Championship of the World and have for a long time. Certainly sons that he was proud of, look at the children that many people have. You've got to figure that part of the Klitschkos' success are their doctorates in Phys. Ed., they know how to make themselves good. I stayed in Chicago in Greektown for 3 days, there's a 24 hour restaurant there run by nice Greek people, Mr. Greek Gyros, where for a cheap price you get so much good gyros, fries and salad that 2 hungry men couldn't eat it, I think some of you foodsters might be dropping in. I've been to Chicago many times, I've been up the Sears Tower, in the gallery of the Chicago Merc and Chicago Board of Trade, been to Wrigley Field twice, and yet again to the great Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum where amongst other treasures is Sue the most complete T. Rex skeleton, over 90%. They have Sue's skull separate such that you can be a couple feet away. To the Shedd Aquarium the largest indoor aquarium in the world, the Museum of Contemporary Art. I saw the Chicago White Sox play and lose to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7, it was colder than heck. Chicago only begun in 1833 is a new city which acquired a lot of its growth as the headquarters for the best of the grain reapers, the McCormick Grain Reaper, invented by Cyrus McCormick. McCormick died in 1884 worth 10 mil but his benevolent invention was worth much more to others, from watching the History Channel I learned that his tomb's epitaph reads "He Made Bread Cheap."
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
You only get a number for the lst 20 and I was only one in the class I was in to place in the State in any subject all 3 years I was there and American History was a required subject everybody had to take it, it wasn't something like 3rd year French which most people don't take. Then I took the nationally administered test for college credit and received a very high score and got 10 quarter hours in American History. Croye gave me a "B" for the year and he couldn't have done as well himself. I did particularly good considering that somebody who was supposed to help me was working against me. I didn't miss days or rebel against him. A year after I graduated it broke on the front page of the "Akron Beacon Journal" that Cyril Jones, the principal, had embezzled 60 thou from the school's Activity Fund, a lot of money in 1966. A few days later I read in the paper that Mr. Jones had died suddenly from a heart attack. I didn't have a thing against Mr. Jones I'm just saying what happened. The place had an aura of evil about it. I've often wished that Firestone High would get hold of me and ask me for a contribution for something it'd be a nice round figure.
On the Internet I see where the Class of 1965 at Akron Firestone High lists about a third of the class whose whereabouts they don't know me amongst them, they're probably gearing up for a 50th Reunion in 2015 as this was the lst graduating class. My older brother, Bob, went to his 10th at Buchtel High and seemed to like it but even then there were only 15% which is l out of almost 7. I'm 64 probably a quarter of them are dead, what, a bunch of creaky old people 67 or 68 maybe some in wheelchairs (a lot of people in wheelchairs could rise out of them if they lost 200 pounds some of the others are too lazy to walk). At any rate that high school had an aura of evil about it, sometimes I'll enter a country, not often, and be overwhelmed by the evil, say Indonesia in 1998. Firestone was the best high school academically in Akron either public or private, it was maybe 30% Jewish and a lot of wealthy people sent their children there although most families were upper middle class like mine. In 10th grade for World History they had me in a class of low achievers they tried hard but they weren't very bright. On the State administered test I placed 7th in the school even though I hadn't studied 10 minutes. I thought that's pretty good, next year when I take American History I'll study and maybe I can place lst in the school. My American History teacher was a guy, 28, named Croye, Robert I think, and he liked to make humerous comments to the captive audience, he wasn't a good teacher. When the time came to take the test for placement in the school he wasn't going to let me take it as I didn't have a B in his class and I had to get the counselor's permission to take it. I placed lst in the school out of about 342 as that was the number in my graduating class. 6 weeks later the first 2 in each subject went down to Akron U. to take the test for placement in the State (the 2nd place guy who I beat by a lot went to Michigan and became an M.D. his father was this). I placed 16th in the State. Ohio then and now was the 7th largest state and American History was a required subject everybody had to take it, I placed 16th out of 200 to 300 thousand.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I just finished Charles Bukowski's "Ham on Rye," his autobiographical novel up to "21," he led a sad life most lives are this. "Barfly" from 1987 with Mickey Rourke was based on Bukowski's drunkenness and brawling. That helicopter that was just shot down killing all those Americans was of course an illustration of this dumb war with some Raghead shooting down the 15 mil helicopter and killing all those guys with his $50 weapon. They have a "Seals Fund" of all things where we can contribute money for those guys' families why would anybody do that as the federal government will supply a huge amount of money and benefits to each of those families. Another huge federal expenditure. Those guys aren't heroes they're suckers you silly twits. A friend of mine was drafted during the Vietnam War and since he drove long-haul they thought he'd be good to be the driver for a 2 Star General. Part of the General's duties were to attend the funerals of soldiers killed in Vietnam and thank their widows for their husband's sacrifice. Cary said that there were a lot of girls who had just gotten 20 thou and a slew, no pun, of benefits who weren't all that upset (life must go on). The General himself said they don't care. This General's main duty was to send soldiers to Vietnam and Cary said that once the General was standing and talking with a full Colonel when all at once the Colonel flung himself down on his knees and said I'm Begging You Not to Send Me to Vietnam. The General said I send 20-year old boys why wouldn't I send you, and walked away. Cary said that the General's girl secretary also saw this. Now had this Colonel been sent to Vietnam he wouldn't have been in any danger just safely in the rear he didn't want his opulent lifestyle Stateside to end. No wonder that thing didn't turn out well. The Korean War started on my 3rd Birthday and we've been at war for about my life all I know is war. The last declared war was WW II hence all these other wars since have been unconstitutional. This one now goes on and on it's already 3 times as long as WW II. War is no glorious thing you people go to war at the drop of a hat you're bloodthirsty. It's the mob mentality I could see a hundred of you chasing some man down the street screaming Kill Him, Kill Him. Barry's going to have a hard time getting reelected what with this bad economy. The roots of this economy are in Bush's reign and Barry has actually done a pretty good job under the circumstance. Certainly he's been a very good example of what a Black Man should aspire to. Many American Black Men laze around on drugs fathering illegitimate children, many of the jobs that Black People get are of their own making, social worker, prison guard. The Heavyweight Championship in Boxing has always been the most prized title in all of Sport and was almost the exclusive domain of American Blacks but for the past decade and this will continue it's been these Eastern Europeans who have dominated with no Black American challenging at all. This is because American Black Men no longer have the will and discipline to attain such lofty goals, it's too bad, Jack Johnson is turning in his grave.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The only thing my father brought back from WW II was a silver-plated tennis trophy that said "British Officers Club at Oran." Why somebody would want this is beyond me as it even had a dent in it. There hasn't even been a British Officers Club at Oran since that time maybe that was it. I've never been to Algeria strange that my father would be one up on me in that regard. His lifelong friend beginning then was Pat Sullivan who sought out a French schoolteacher to teach him French vowing that he would never live in the U.S. again, after the War Pat was Honeywell's rep in Paris for decades. They were both Mechanical Engineers and Officers in Tank Ordinance, Pat was 5'6" my father was 6'6". Pat never married, the Irish at that time often didn't but would have a brother or sister with 10. A friend of mine, Rick, from the gym told me yesterday that his father had died at "60," Rick's a real nice young fellow, "26." He said his father had had a blue-collar job with the same company for 31 years and that he had lost his job 2 months before he suddenly died (died sitting down). I asked Rick if his Dad had any life insurance and he said he had but that the half-mil policy was through the company and that they had told him and his Mom that the policy went out of effect when his Dad no longer worked there. I said that doesn't sound right, I would think it would continue on for awhile, I told him to check this out with the State Dept. of Insurance and he said he would. People will often try to avoid kicking out a half-mil I'm going to keep on him about this. Rick's all worried that his Mom who's worked for Costco for over 20 years won't have enough for her old age. Rick himself has only been working 20 hours a week or so for the past couple years, tall with a strong lean build he has skills at carpentry and can drive a truck and unload heavy boxes and he quite possibly has good cerebral ability, he's been thinking of joining the Coast Guard for gainful employment sounds like a good idea. Rick and his Dad were real close, pity. It was nice weather in St. Louis and I went to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis built from 1907 to 1987 it's quite impressive. The Gateway Arch was opened in 1967, it's 630 feet high and is the tallest monument in the country. I've been inside it it's quite large inside with all kinds of things and an elevator goes to the top. I went to Forest Park this is the site of the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, something was invented there, the hot dog? In Forest Park I went to the very good St. Louis Historical Museum and the very good St. Louis Art Museum, the park is very expansive walk and walk. It's been said that our ballparks are America's cathedrals. On April 5, 2011 I went to beautiful Busch Stadium to see the Cardinals beat the Pirates 3-2 behind Albert Pujol's 2 RBI's with a crowd of 33,666, you get $10 off the ticket price with a AAA card, I've had one forever I know guys who are multimillionaires who are too cheap to belong, the AAA is one of the best things going, I used their maps and travel-books throughout my trip. Wells Fargo recently was fined 85 mil they're a dishonest stable.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I just read Dorothy Fuldheim's Wiki as I enjoyed her TV Show for many years back in Ohio. Lived to be "96" and was a spicy old gal, she was very smart and I enjoyed her book reviews. In the "Cleveland Plain Dealer" it had said that in 1930 she had a half-hour interview with Adolf Hitler as she was Jewish I wonder if they had their facts straight, you find out. These dumb wars have bankrupted this country, recently Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Marine 1st Sergeant Leroy Petry who lost a hand acquiring it, for sure Leroy would much rather have his hand than this dumb medal. You people are out to lunch all this is your faults. It was Bush who started this debacle by saying that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction even though it was found to be untrue this debacle rolls on almost 10 years later. A friend of mine who was a Navy Vet noted that Bush's daughters have been of enlistment age throughout these wars so why hasn't he had them go there since he thinks everybody else's children should. He would have said that the better people (them?) had better things to do. My friend then said what their duties might entail (those sailors). You American TV Media have things that you've concealed ffrom the American People, Kelly, me and no doubt other secrets, aren't you worried that in light of Rupert Murdoch that your own time is nigh. Recently I donated blood in Las Vegas for the 26th time and it would have been many more over the past 16 years except I'd often be flagged for high blood pressure. By using the deep breathing from Yoga I now qualify every time. They consider me to have Rare Blood and cut my pint 6 ways and give it to Preemies, the Preemies are never going to do anything for me if you can do something for somebody you should just pitch in and do it. You might not know what I'm talking about.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The internet current at the La Jolla Library keeps on wiping out sections of my Blog, I go to a lot of trouble for my little noodniks. I've been to Graceland and to Elvis' birthplace at his parents' 2-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis' twin brother Jesse was stillborn and is buried in Tupelo. About 15 years ago I was on a bus going from Turkey to Damascus, Syria and was talking to a young Syrian guy who spoke good English, his sister didn't speak English at all and was sitting in the seat in front of us, for some reason I brought up Elvis Presley and suddenly she turned around and stared at me. Elvis had a fascination with police work and everyone in his entourage including that doctor who gave him all those pills had to take a course in law enforcement. On July 6, 2001 Elvis' 2nd Cousin Harold Ray Presley the Sheriff of Lee County, Mississippi for those past 8 years along with his deputies was manning a routine police roadblock when a suspect wanted for kidnapping saw the roadblock and fled crashing his car and then fleeing on foot a little past midnight. At 5 A.M. a homeowner called the Sheriff to say that his dogs were barking and Sheriff Presley and deputies responded. Sheriff Presley pushed open a shed door and the suspect began firing, Sheriff Presley pushed away a deputy who by all accounts would have otherwise been shot and was himself struck several times, although mortally wounded the dying Sheriff Presley returned fire killing the suspect.
Wells Fargo has yet to return my $213.15 that was fraudently obtained on my ATM Card in the Mexico City Airport and it's been over a year so get off your fat butts and get me my money, you too, Warren. Up through the Ozarks to Kansas City, Missouri, been to Kansas City, Kansas and it doesn't amount to anything interesting. Cold as heck in early April, there's nothing at 12th St. and Vine. During Prohibition there was in effect no prohibition under Mayor Tom "Boss" Pendergast and there were hundreds of 24-Hour Clubs which gave a boost to jazz, there's the very good Jazz Hall of Fame in the same building as the very good Negro Leagues Hall of Fame. Charley Parker known as "Yardbird" or "Bird" grew up 2 blocks from there and was a heroin addict from the time he was "17." Clint Eastwood directed the very good movie "Bird" about 22 years ago inspired by having seen him perform. Bird said if you don't live the life it's not coming out of your horn. Strangely Harry Truman was a product of the totally corrupt Pendergast Machine, known for his probity he paid creditors a hundred cents on the dollar for a bankrupt haberdashery. Union Station has a museum and during WWII half the GI's in the country passed through Kansas City, outside of Union Station on June 17, 1933 4 lawmen were slain in an attempt to free Frank "Jelly" Nash who was being escorted to Leavenworth, Nash himself was gunned down in the confusion this became known as "the Kansas City Massacre." I was very disappointed in the Hallmark doesn't have its tour on Sundays and Mondays. I went to the Kansas City Library to read SI and was told that I'd need a library card so I gave them some jive address and they gave me one, a real nice old building with a deli and salad bar inside the library. I went to SeaWorld San Diego as I've been thinking about it for the past year. They've papered the area with $20 off coupons as their business was off 9.5% in 2010 from the year before, all these other parks in Southern California like Disneyland increased their business. It cost $50 and was well worth whatever they would charge, it was really good. I was at SeaWorld in Aurora outside of Cleveland long ago and had been to SeaWorld San Diego in 1979 when it cost $8 and parking was free instead of $14 today but it's much better now, I was there 9 hours and saw and did everything.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
I just saw part of "A Few Good Men" on TV, not a very good movie but was well worth the price of admission on the big screen to see the Marines' Dismounted Drill actually the Texas A&M Drill Team. John Calvin Coolidge was the only President born on the 4th of July. Say what you will about the rampant stock speculation during his tenure leading to the Depression, Coolidge during his terms, August 2, 1923 to March 4, 1929, cut the National Debt by a quarter by reducing Federal Expenditures and cutting taxes and also signed the Immigration Act of 1924. Article 14-----All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States. This part of the Constitution obviously would mean that the offspring of illegal aliens as well as any subsequent generations of these offspring would not amongst other things be Citizens of the United States, to maintain these criminals in this country is really bad you've run this country into the ground. Calvin Jr., "16," died in 1924 from an infected tennis blister and Calvin Sr. served his elected term in great sorrow (antibiotics didn't come in until the 30's, the greatest medical breakthrough of the past century or 2C) saying When he died the power and glory of the Presidency went with him. In Little Rock I went to the very good Clinton Presidential Library, I went to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame which I enjoyed very much, went to the "Arkansas Territorial Restoration" which depicts life in frontier Arkansas and I saw 2 blacksmiths hammering out a Bowie Knife, I had never seen blacksmiths smithing away and found it fascinating. There's many versions of the Bowie Knife, "Arkansas Toothpick," which gained reknown along with Jim Bowie when he used one to kill 2 men in the same fight. I had already been to the Arkansas State Capitol, it was Saturday and it closed at 2 and there wouldn't have been anybody there anyway. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was the lst Commissioner of Baseball, 1920 until he died in office November 25, 1944. His father was in the Union Army in the Civil War and lost a leg at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, 2 spellings, in Georgia in 1864 and named his son born in 1866 for what he had lost. A former Federal Judge, Landis was brought in to rule Baseball with an iron hand after the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 when the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Brought on in large part due their treatment by the owner Charles Comiskey a notorious cheapskate the scene depicted in the movie "Eight Men Out" was accurately portrayed. Star Pitcher Eddie Cicotte comes in after the 1919 Season to speak with Charles Comiskey, Cicotte is wearing a suit and takes off his straw hat in the presence of the seated Comiskey......You promised me a 10 thousand dollar bonus if I won 30 games, I won 29 and you held me out of my last 2 starts for sure I would have won one of those........Eddie, 29 is not 30.......
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
There's a thriving operation in Ramona "Hire-a-Goat" which will send a crew of goats to clear your brush. Saturday was my 64th Birthday and I took my friend, Scott the oddsmaker, to Petco (better to give than receive). I got the best seats in the park one hour before the game but my druthers would have been on the dirt behind first. It was a huge crowd as Jair Jurgens who led the National League in ERA and was tied for first in Wins was pitching for Atlanta, Jurgens improved on both. Dan Uggla hit one about 450 feet especially hard to do as Scott who handicaps baseball said that the sea air at night slows the ball. Afterwards we went to one of the many real nice places in the nearby Gaslamp, I don't drink much but was glad to get out of there without leaving my wallet on the bar. I mentioned Scott before, he's "40" and all-around real good and I could tell that you women weren't very interested in him, that's showing disrespect for me saying that what I say is good is not. This Casey Anthony murder case has the TV Media off the charts. I don't know if she did it or not, people die all the time, so what. Andrea Yates did all 5 of hers and didn't receive such coverage (the oldest was "7" so maybe they drove her nuts). You TV Media are truly weak-minded and there is no hope. In Houston I went to the eclectic and very fine Menil Collection which has an entire building devoted to Cy Twombly. Edwin Twombly is a "83" and created his paintings from anything you might find in your garage, plaster, housepaint, glue, anything. Edwin Twombly was nicknamed Cy by his dad, Edwin Sr., who pitched for the White Sox, I find his art quite compelling but not really my thing, many appreciate it and the best of his fetch a few mil. Near the Menil is the Rothko Chapel which stuns many with its understated. I went to the Bush the Elder Presidential Library at Texas A&M in College Station, the most elaborate of all 12 although he was only a one-termer, it was quite impressive. Carter's doesn't amount to a hill of beans just like his presidency (when he heard that brother Billy had registered as a lobbyist for Libya that was the only time that anyone heard Jimmy take the Lord's Name in vain), he seemed like a nice guy but as one wit put it Nice Guys Don't Make the World Go Round. A&M is really a nice campus and their claim is that they're #1 in the Country for the amount spent to go there compared to Alumni's Lifetime Earnings, that's really good if true. I went inside their football stadium and basketball arena and just happened to walk in while the Texas A&M Women's Team was having their final practice before the NCAA Final 4, strangely I was the only one watching. It was a controlled halfcourt scrimmage with 2 boys on either side, Coach Gary Blair said we can't match Stanford's athleticism so for us to win we're going to have to do things right (they went on to beat Stanford and then Notre Dame for the NCAA National Championship). At the end of practice I came out of the stands and spoke to them for 15 minutes telling them you can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes you just might find you can get what you need, some shrugged and exchanged glances, I'd like to think that I had something to do with their championship season.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The streets in San Diego have gotten worse yet and they've had this problem for 17 years. For this length of time the taxpayers have allowed the public employees to spend their tax money to line their own undeserved salaries and pensions instead of using it for infrastructure. The people of San Diego are just dumb and there is no hope. Double tough (a term I borrowed from John L. Smith who for many years has written a very good column for the "Las Vegas Review-Journal") Mormon Sheriff Ralph Lamb was Las Vegas' longest serving sheriff, 1961-1978, and was very instrumental in modernizing the police force as Las Vegas emerged from a city dominated by gangsters into the corporated-owned of today. In December, 1966 Ralph sent an officer to tell Johnny Rosselli, a well-known mobster, to come downtown for a conversation. Rosselli was thought to have previously made an arresting officer elsewhere to disappear. When the officer approached Rosselli at the Desert Inn Rosselli told him he wouldn't do this. Hearing this Ralph Lamb personally went to the D.I. where he found Rosselli sitting at a table with Moe Dalitz the owner of the D.I. and himself a big mobster. Ralph Lamb dragged Rosselli across the table by his necktie and then slapped him down in front of everybody then he arrested him. Rosselli made bail and left town for good, 10 years later he was founding in an oil drum in Miami Bay. On April 15 Ralph Lamb had a birthday and a belated Happy 84th to Ralph. When I was in Dallas I went to their very fine art museum and also the Elm St. where I thoroughly inspected "the grassy knoll." I had already been to the "Sixth Floor Museum" as this was where Lee Harvey Oswald had shot John Kennedy, they have it set up real interestingly even so far as duplicating the boxes Oswald used to shoot from. I had taken a cursory look at the grassy knoll previously but now looked it over really good. It's behind a WPA work from the 30's (with one on the other side of the street as well) and nobody could possibly have shot over it due to its height, the only opportunity to shoot from there would have been around either side a ridiculous concept. They could easily tell from the bullets' trajectory from where they were shot anyway.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Thursbday I went to the Del Mar Fair which is always 5th or 6th largest in the country. I saw Randy Travis who I've always liked a lot and he gave a rousing hour and 45 minutes. Randy said there was a state trooper who was giving his friend a ride-a-long and he told him if you stay behind a driver long enough he's going to commit a violation and then you can give him a ticket. So the trooper tailed this one driver for 50 miles and the driver always stayed in the middle of the white lines and drove 5 miles under the speed limit. After this 50 miles the trooper told his friend that he was going to stop the driver to tell him how impressed he was with his driving, he pulls the guy over and says I just want to compliment you on how well you drove for such for a long distance and the driver replied when you're drunk you've got to be careful. Randy's "I Told You So" is one of my favorite songs and brought tears to my eyes. Trisha Yearwood had success recently with it but it's Randy's originally and more of a man's song. Back in Ohio they usually called it "Hillbilly" and I've always liked some of those tunes about woe and regret. I really enjoyed communing with all the farm animals, the horses, pigs, sheep and others they're so neat. I did this thing where I paid $30 and they put my little feets in a clear liquid and soaked them for 30 minutes. They put in this electroysis and by the time you're finished the liquid is the color of mud, not just me everybody. Some lady came past and said she had bought the system a year ago ($1300 including shipping) and that her family uses it once a month and that they really like it, I felt a lot better, it pulls the impurities out of your sweat glands and through the bottoms of your feet. All of our bodies are polluted and anything you can do for yours is appreciated. I was told this method has been around for 60 years. I also had a dynamite 30 minute backrub by one of these Oriental guys who are always at the Fair. He was strong and really put his elbows into me. There's 6 of these guys and while I had my face down and was getting this done I heard a teen-age girl say I'm going to have that guy picking his nose give me a massage.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Having you people waiting for my offering like begging dogs makes me feel real important. In 2000 Joe Mauer was USA Today's Offensive Player of t he Year as a high school quarterback in St. Paul and in the Spring was USA Today's Baseball Player of the Year for 2001, a rare double. The 1st Player taken in the 2001 Baseball Draft by the Twins Joe has enjoyed a very good career as a catcher and hitter. Prior to the 2011 Season Joe Mauer signed a contract with the Twins for 8 years at $184 million that is $23 mil a year but has been on the Disabled List for most of the 2011 Season due to weak legs. The contract is guaranteed, the Twins are on the hook for that amount whether Mauer is hurt or not, catcher is a very demanding position and once the human body is torn down .....All the King's Horses and All the King's Men......I went from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico where I stayed on Central Ave. which is the old Route 66. I went to the U. of New Mexico and went inside "the Pit" which is their basketball arena, it has a sunken floor. I also went inside their football stadium, it doesn't amount to much and used to be worse, 20 years ago it would only seat 20 thou. I then went to Isotopes Stadium where their AAA Baseball plays, a nice park. I went to the history museum, the natural history museum and their art museum, all were very enjoyable. As always when I'm in Albuquerque I went to the Rattlesnake Museum which boasts more species of venomous snakes than any museum in the world. I'm not much into snakes but think they're OK and it's very interesting. I saw a medium-sized rattler swallow for his weekly dinner a dead mouse, seemed to take 20 minutes, I watched at the beginning and at the end of this meal. As long as the mouse is fresh they'll eat it, the mice are killed humanely and frozen. Watching doesn't turn your stomach or anything. On May 5 I saw my Cleveland Indians play the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum with the Indians prevailing 4-3 in 12 innings. A beautiful day I could have watched 20 innings even though I had been up for 3 days. Pitching for the A's was Brett Anderson a left-hander and Brett pitched a very good 9 innings, he didn't get the W but also didn't get the L. When I go to a ballgame I always get a program, don't feel like I'm there without one and there were 20 questions relating to preferences and likes that were asked of Brett Anderson. One was which of your teammates would you give your blessing to for dating your sister, Nobody.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I saw Bernard Hopkins fight Jean Pascal on the HBO recently, Hopkins was "46" last January. 2 years ago last October Kelly Pavlik was supposed to have put Bernard in the Old Folks Home on life support but Kelly did well by lasting the 12 rounds. Hopkins has spoken of running for elective office should they only overlook his 6 felony convictions and 5 years in prison and maybe they should take him up on it, I'm sure that Hopkins possesses great wisdom and as he is a very vocal supporter of all things Philadelphia I'm quite sure that he'd do better than those currently in office. Hopkins went to prison when he was "17" at was there at a time in his life when many of us were in college maybe that was his college. He's been his own manager for a long time and has brokered many good deals for himself, when he fought De La Hoya Oscar got paid more since he was the bigger star but with Hopkins getting 10 million, as Bernard put it "Since when is 10 million 'only." In particular Philly's mass transit system is bad and slow I'm sure he could bring improvement. Bernard Hopkins is a very impressive guy. I took Boxing in phys. ed.,at Ohio State, no headgear, and got a "B," a very popular course many of the guys took it. And they still offer it, you'll look far and wide to find a college that offers Boxing as you need a qualified instructor, Ohio State then and now the biggest campus in the country could do this. I toured "University of Phoenix" Stadium in Glendale outside of Phoenix where the Arizona Cardinals play and where they have the Fiesta Bowl. A great tour, they grow the field a few feet behind the stadium and cut it up and cart it in for the games. The area where the teams gather before they go on the field is called "the vomitorium." And they say that their Screens are as big as the ones in Arlington in between Fort Worth and Dallas at "Cowboys Stadium" which I also toured. A heck of a great tour, over 2 hours, and they take you everywhere even into the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders dressing room and Jerry Jones' private suite. Jerry Jones hasn't experienced the success he had when Jimmy Johnson was coach, won both his Superbowls, or Barry Switzer, played in and won the Superbowl his first year as an NFL Coach. Jimmy Johnson said I like young players, they don't get hurt and they don't have a lot of opinions, I'm not interested in a lot of opinions. Those seats that those people were denied for this past Superbowl were the worst ones in there. When Woody Hayes was at Ohio State for 26 years he had very good success and not only did he not receive NCAA penalties for committing violations nobody ever accused him of committing them. It looks bad for Ohio State, how well has SMU done since Eric Dickerson was there and this thing is snowballing. Ohio State year in and year out spends the most on their athletic programs and there's no excuse for cheating. I've always rooted for their sports teams but thought their academia was weak, when I was there you needed 196 credits to graduate the last I heard it was down to 181. I've often thought of suing Ohio State for a refund of my tuition but guess I'll let sleeping dogs lie. ".....When the walls come tumbling down, when the walls come tumbling, tumbling.........."
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
As late as 1964 the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team had 4 Goodyear Wingfoots, a third of the team, one of those was Larry Brown, yes that......When I was a child I took piano lessons for 4 or 5 years, I'm very well-bred. From Phoenix I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a very good tourist city. I went into both houses of legislature in the Capitol Building and also the Governor's Office, I asked that the Governor come out and greet me but was told that she was busy. Santa Fe is full of interesting museums such as the "Georgia O'Keeffe," which displays over a hundred of her works (lived in Santa Fe for the last part of her long life). The Palace of the Governors is the oldest public building in the U.S. and is now a museum, there's the Museum of International Folk Art which consists of over 10 thousand handmade dolls and toys, toy houses, the Museum of American Indian Arts and Culture and the American Indian Arts Museum. Santa Fe has the "Loretto Chapel" with its spiral staircase and was the first Gothic Building west of the Mississippi. The Mission of San Miguel is one of the oldest churches in the country and has the oldest bell in the country. Santa Fe is up 6500 to 7000 feet and you can feel the altitude (not as bad as La Paz, Bolivia where I've been whose airport is at 13 thousand feet). When I was in Kansas City, Mo., I counseled amongst the local Negroes and inquired whether Arthur Bryant's truly had the best barbecue in the country. I was told by many that Gates and Sons was as good or maybe even better, so of course I went to both. So which did I prefer, "Chef Edwards Barbecue" in Oakland is easily the best. Chef Edwards is a real kindly older man who enjoys making people happy with his delicious 'cue and he and his helpers prepare the most delicious openfaced sandwich which has a prodigious amount of barbecued pork, this is true culinary heaven, ate there twice wish I was eating there now, maybe Barry would like to stop in as his picture is on the wall.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I wonder if that French International Monetary Fund guy is going to explain the righteousness of his actions by saying, She Was a Woo-Mon. As far as Arnold goes he did take over California's governorship during a very trying time, for California that's all the time, as a friend and myself said when he first assumed leadership, who would want to rule it. They gunned down an unarmed man and wouldn't even give his body to his mother, even Caiaphas and the Romans would do this. The U.S. would be flush with cash if they didn't have these illegal aliens and their offspring, you've run this country into the ground, be proud of it. The only TV show I made it a point to watch was "America's Most Wanted," just a couple days ago they picked somebody up on the Strip who was profiled in February. My older brother, Bob, referred to John Walsh as a "great man," it's a real pity, for sure a lot of people liked that show I guess not enough. From Las Vegas on Sunday, March 20 I journeyed to Phoenix on Greyhound. I went to the Phoenix Art Museum, I've been to the Heard Museum and seen all that Indian stuff, I went to the old State Capitol Building which is now a museum and of course that was quite good. And then I sat in both the House and Senate while they were in session. I sat in the Senate when a measure that had passed the House was being voted on and passed prompting a Senator to arise and appraise the proceedings to the passage of this crisp, new law as "......Frivolous and a waste of our time......"
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I came back a week and a half ago from a 7-week bus trip, I recently recovered as by the time I got back I was on the verge of a physical breakdown due to the hectic pace. I bought a 60ba-day Greyhound "Discovery Pass" for $539 and it was good on all the other buslines, about 15, in the U.S. and Cananda. I hadn't done this for 8 years and was dubious as the buslines have cut the number of buses by about twothirds since then but it turned out real great. I was at 6 major-league baseball games around the country in 6 stadiums that I had never seen a game in, I was in 5 Presidential Libraries 4 of which I hadn't been to so now I've been in all 12 of the Presidential Libraries, most of you TV bumpkins have never been to one but you walk around with your chests stuck out. A teacher of mine once said, isn't it suprising how often ignorance takes a pride in itself. I was at 2 musicals on Broadway and the International Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. and much more. I was expecting the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots to be prominently displayed and they were and for the years that my father played for them. A team that my Old Man played for in the International Basketball Hall of Fame. Also in there were the Harlem Renaissance (the Rens), didn't these 2 have a dust-up. At 5 A.M. on Easter Sunday I came in on Peter Pan to the Peace Bridge to cross into Canada, that is April 24, 2011. I've been all over Canada from Vancouver to Halifax and about everywhere in between and thought it was ok but nothing too great. I hadn't been to Canada in 8 years and thought I'd go to Toronto for a day or 2. I had my U.S. Passport and showed it to the Candadian Agent, #15380, some girl, and she asked me if I planned on living in Canada illegally. Why no, I just want to go to Toronto for a day or 2. She turned me over to Agent #14091, a superior who seemed very sleep-deprived as though he hadn't been to bed for at least 2 days, and he took me into an office where he concluded both verbally and in writing.....He has no ties to the U.S. (I was born an American Citizen). This guy fingered my Mastercard and 2 Debit Cards as well as $1800 in American Express Travelers Checks, he then left the office and I cracked the door open a couple feet as it was stuffy and this guy came running back in angrily saying that I was being watched on camera. This guy called a taxi service who sent a cabbie to whom this Canadian Agent gave my U.S. Passport and a paper to be given to the American Border Agents about a half mile away (entrusting somebody's passport to some taxidriver was novel to me). This taxidriver dropped me off at the American Border Agents Office where I was rudely received. I was told (this was about 6 A.M. on April 24)......This isn't a bus station......I was told to leave quickly and was urged to walk miles in the dark back to Buffalo carrying a heavy bag, I was told that it was "quite safe." The alternative I was told was to take a taxi which they would summon and this sounded better. Had the Americans let me take one of the buses that were stopping at their station I wouldn't have had to pay 24.80 for the taxi. What it is is that the Public Employees look down on the Public regarding as a cow to be milked and suckers for allowing themselves to be treated that way, the Canadian Border Officers were mentally unstable but the American Border Officers were just no good.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
On the "History Channel" today I heard economists talking about the doom almost upon us due to overpopulation, lack of water, etc., take a peep. You remind me of a bunch of monkeys. At these 5-minute stop lights they have in Las Vegas and San Diego I often turn off my engine as it saves on fuel, wear and tear and lessens pollution, they should run everybody through in half that time. These metal studs they have on the roads are bad for your car, I would think anybody could plainly see the white and yellow lines, maybe they're for blind drivers like Braille. Hermann Wilhelm Goering (1893 to October 15, 1945) as a German fighter pilot in WW I had 22 confirmed kills and won the coveted "Blue Max" and was the last commander of the squadron once led by Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron." I had thought they had made him a baron for doing good, he was one. Manfred died after being shot down by a camaflouged Australian machine gun battery as he was going for his 81st kill, a British officer ran up saying do you know who that was?.....a Fritz......That was the famous Baron von Richthofen. Manfred was "25," war is a young man's game. Von Clausewitz the acclaimed Prussian military stategist said that the best soldiers are 18-26. Anyway, Goering joined the Nazi Party in 1922 and rose quickly due to Hitler's recognition of his organizational skills and that he was a war hero. Wounded in the groin in the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich on Nov. 9, 1923 he became a morphine addict to deal with the pain and remained such until forced to go Cold Turkey after WW II had ended. After Hitler became Chancellor in January, 1933 Goering also became more important and in 1935 was made Commander of the Luftwaffe and in 1940 was promoted by Hitler to Reichsmarchall and 2nd only to Hitler and designated as Hitler's successor. By 1942 Goering's stature had been greatly reduced due to the Luftwaffe's failures although he remained Hitler's 2nd. As the war was ending Goering turned himself in to the Americans on May 9, 1945 and the American Officers and Goering spent the night in drinking, eating and making merry, upon hearing this Eisenhower was furious. Tried at Nuremberg as one of 22 defendants (Nov. 21, 1945 to Oct. 1, 1946) Goering made a good defense and was able to poke holes in the prosecutions' assertions and won many over with his jocular personality. But he couldn't overcome that he had been head of he slave labor program and that he had signed orders that sent Jews and others to their deaths. Goering was 1 of 12 sentenced to hang. Robert Taft, the son of Pres. and Chief Justice William Howard Taft and later to be Senate Majority Leader known as "Mr. Republican," said that this was "Victor's Justice," and that these trials and punishments had no basis in international law. I first read of this in high school when I read John Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage." And of course he was right, probably all 12 got what they deserved but there was no legal basis for it, basically it was a lynch mob. Goering asked to be shot due to his military rank and the Americans said he should hang like a criminal. Jack G. Wheelis was an American Lieutenant in charge of the baggage room and became friends with Goering. They were both extroverted and liked to hunt. On Oct. 15, 1945 the 12 condemned were being led out to be hung except for Goering who had ingested cyanide, it was widely thought that Wheelis had gotten them from the baggage room for Goering. If he was his friend then this was what he had to do. A lot of big people were mad at Wheelis over this and he didn't live that long. Goering's suicide 2 hours before he was to be hung was a black eye for the victors as he was the Star, the only one remaining of Hitler, Goebbels and Himmler. Goering and the others had been tried under Ex Post Facto laws and considering Goering's dire position he made the best of things by getting the last laugh on those who would hang him. Master Sergeant John C. Woods made a hash of the hangings with the 11 hung having the trap door smack them in the face and dangling for great lengths of time and it's thought that he was possibly a sadist. At any rate Sergeant Woods died from being accidentally electrocuted in the Marshall Islands in 1950 although it's too much for us to believe that he died while testing an electric chair.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
All of the TV Media have known for the past 3 years that Kelly Ripa is gay and have kept this to themselves, I despise every one of your bought-off asses and don't want you to think otherwise. What other "secrets" are you keeping from the American people? Recently the rock-blues duo "The Black Keys" won 3 grammys. Both Dan Auerbach, the singer-guitarist and Patrick Carney, the drummer-arranger went to Akron Firestone and I went to school with Carney's Dad and Aunt, she was the best-looking I've ever seen. Monday I saw the movie on Amanda Knox and the hour on it afterwards. I'd have to agree with the retired FBI agent that it was that Ivory Coast guy alone who cut her throat and inflicted the other wounds and that Knox and her boyfriend, Sollecito are innocent. But don't be expecting the Italians to change the verdict after their almost year-long trial, the Italians aren't going to let us tell them what to do. Indeed, just because somebody has a quirky reaction to somebody's murder doesn't mean they did it (kissing, splits, cartwheels) or that they tried to implicate Lumumba. On February 17, 2003 Hassan Mustafa Osama Nadr was kidnapped in Milan by the CIA and renditioned, flown to Egypt for torture. Nadr had legal status in Italy and this was very illegal under any laws you can think of. In December 2005 Italian Courts issued European arrest warrants for 22 CIA agents. On November 4, 2009 an Italian court convicted 22 CIA agents and a U.S. Air Force Colonel in absentia of kidnapping and other crimes and should any of these swine show their low-born faces ever again in Italy just see what happens. The Italians are in no mood to have the U.S. pontificate to them about anything especially to do with legality. All of this goes against Knox and I'm sorry for her, were I Knox I wouldn't be making any immediate plans in Seattle. The best quality one can have is good luck and most people don't. The Mossad kidnapped Adolf Eichmann from Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 11, 1960 as he walked home from his job as a foreman at the Mercedes Benz factory as he had become an Argentine citizen under the name of Ricardo Klement. Not finishing high school Eichmann had good work experience even as a manager for Standard Oil before joining the Nazi SS (Schutzstaffel) where he rose to Lt. Colonel eventually being appointed to the deportation of Jews to Poland and Hungary for extermination. After the war he escaped the Allies by using an aliass and lived in Austria and Italy for 5 years before taking a ship to Argentina in 1950. After Eichmann's kidnapping Jews were persecuted all over South America a bad trade-off for the feeling of revenge for one hung guy. The Mossad could have also kidnapped Joseph Mengele as he lived for years in Paraguay under the name, Jose Mengele, under the protection of the dictator Alfredo Stroessner. As it was they wisely left him alone and he died after many years in Brazil, and they knew where he was, from a stroke after a life of fear that the Jews were going to get him. I've been to Auschwitz and Birkenau a mile and a half away and it was at the entrance that Mengele waited and with outstretched arms indicated (left) who was to immediately die and (right) which group was to live for at least a while. With his medical whites on he appeared in this pose as the Angel of Death. From a high-class Catholic family then and now Mengele farm machinery. Like all the other Nazis except Hoss (umlaut over the o) Mengele maintained that he had done nothing wrong, Hoss was the commandant at Auschwitz and before he was hung there he said that he was sorry. I was in a big basement at Auschwitz where they first used the Cyclon B gas on 600 Russian prisoners and I was all by myself down there and thinking about these guys clawing the walls gave me the creeps. If I'm a normal human being what are you?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Most Mexican women in this country look like they jumped the border so that they could eat. Nothing is as dangerous as a Mexican with a weedblower, they blow dirt all over your car they blow dirt all over you. This country is in good shape and getting better. A lot on the "History Channel" is real good but then they bog down by spending a lot of time on people driving trucks, people arguing over which tree to cut, UFO's (how interesting could it be if after all these years there's no good evidence there are any, .....Take us to your leader......) and other boring things. When I was a grad student at Kent State I had a friend from New York who had been his high school newspaper's sports editor near the Catskills when Joe Frazier was preparing for one of his big fights. He called Joe's Camp and told them that he'd like to interview Joe, his call went to a couple more people and then Bill heard "Joe Here." Bill was invited up to Joe's Camp (a smallish heavyweight whose bobbing and weaving style and relentless pressure ever forward with his best weapon being the trademark of a Philadelphia fighter, a left hook thrown from the hip and with Joe often only from a foot away, when he fought George Chuvalo who never was knocked down in 97 pro fights George thought at one point that his eye had knocked out, well, on to pleasanter things). Bill had a half-hour interview with Joe and his trainer, Yank Durham, in which he mainly asked about whether there should be high school boxing teams and he won a state award for this, afterwards they gave Bill lunch. You like that story. It's been one of my longtime goals to attend a boxing card at the Blue Horizon, as I understand it the doors suddenly open and everybody rushes in to get the best seats. My older brother, Bob, for a many years has been one of the main people in the country for high school wrestling. Bob has often been the director of the Ironman Invitational in Ohio and the "Tournament of Champions' in Reno, the 2 best high school tournaments in the country as well being a writer. He's interested in the sport a lot more than I am, a labor of love he does all this for little or nothing. Several years ago Bob was the writer for "USA Today" in which he picked a weekly top 10 in the country and it was he alone who selected the final rankings with a mythical high school National Champion. That year Lakewood St. Edward's was considered to be the best team in the country. In a Cleveland suburb, Bob lived near there and was" always up there, an extroverted type anyway he knew everybody there real well. But St. Edward's didn't do as well in the state tournament as they were supposed to with one of the kids commenting in "The Cleveland Plain Dealer," "I suppose Preusse will hold it against us." Yeah he did Bob placed St. Ed's at 3rd in the final rankings.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Having you people wait like begging dogs for my next offering makes me feel real important. In December there was a spate of shark attacks off the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh with people getting their arms and legs bitten off and one lady was killed, the governor of South Sinai suggested that this might be the work of the Mossad, the Israeli Secret Service, that they could have put the deadly shark in there to mess up Egyptian tourism. Why the British are making such a big deal about 2 people who've been shacking up for 7 years finally getting married is beyond me. In 1649 they beheaded Charles I, that's their tradiion. Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a poor Scottish immigrant who became with Rockefeller the richest men in the world. Coming to Pennsylvania with his family in 1848 and with little education the little Scot found that he had a talent for making money. A deeply religious Presbyterian, Carnegie wrote "Wealth" or more often called "The Gospel of Wealth" in 1889 in which he stated that "No idol is more debasing than the worship of money" During his lifetime Carnegie gave away 90% of his money saying that the man who dies rich dies disgraced, that wealth should be used for the betterment of all mankind. 2 years ago I was in a Carnegie Library in San Fernando, Trinidad. Carnegie was a benefactor of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama which was headed by Booker T. Washington. He praised the high estate taxes in England and during the 1880's bought many newspapers in the British Isles in which he espoused the abolition of the monarchy. He stated that any man's reward could only be in Heaven. This thing that Warren and Bill Gates have been talking about is nothing new in fact previously there were many more good men than exist today. I had 10 thou apiece on 2 of the bowl games, I like excitement.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I've been feeling a lot better since I've been avoiding the TV Media and their turpitude and wish I had done this previously. Recently I donated $500 to the ASPCA and I expect each of you to do this as well, anyone who doesn't will be regarded by myself as being cheap. There's been some entertaining bowl games although there was a curious outcome to the Sugar Bowl. Around Christmas marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Charles "Sonny" Liston who had held the unified Heavyweight Championship from September, 1962 until February, 1964 taking it from Floyd Patterson with a lst round knockout and also knocking Patterson out in the lst round in the rematch. Born into abject poverty in Arkansas as the 24th of Tobey Liston's 25 children by 2 wives Sonny had no shoes and little to eat later saying all I ever had was a lot of brothers and sisters. He didn't know the date of his birth. Tobey would often tie Sonny down and whip him, the source of the large scars on his back. Escaping his father's brutality Sonny joined his mother in St. Louis, began armed robberies to support himself and was sentenced to the Missouri State Pentitentuary in Jefferson City at possibly "15" for a term of 8 years. Coming under the guidance of a priest ho recognized his boxing potential Sonny began his boxing career. Due to the priest's influence Sonny was paroled after only 2 years. Sonny never regarded his stay in prison as being a bad thing as he pointed out that he got 3 meals a day, many boxers began in prison benefitting from the supervised atmosphere and lights out at 10. In 1953 Sonny Liston won the National AAU even though his amateur career was less than a year. A few years later his contract was bought by the infamous Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo. There's been many who have imitated the "Sonny Liston Glare" which Liston (84 inch reach, fists 15 inches around) would fix on his opponent as they were receiving the referee's instruction but none have ever done nearly as well, it was said that guys would be bleeding in their corner before the lst bell. After winning the Heavyweight Championship Sonny returned in triumph to the Missouri State Penitentuary where the elated Sonny had a haircut and ate lunch with the inmates (the inmates didn't seem as cheerful probably because Sonny would be able to leave afterwards and they weren't). After losing the Heavyweight Championship and rematch to Cassius Clay Sonny moved to Las Vegas where he continued his boxing career but he never reached those heights again. Sonny began to supplement his income by dealing with very shady characters. Before Christmas, 1970 his wife Geraldine went to see relatives in St. Louis, upon her return she found Sonny dead in their house. Sonny was so ripe that it was hard to determine the cause of his death but it was widely felt that he had been done in for running afoul of the rough crowd he ran with. Like a lot of boxing fans I've been to the grave of Sonny Liston here in Las Vegas where I placed a red rose and a white rose. Sonny was known to show a very good side and was well-liked by many. Nobody knew when he was born nobody when he died, a psychologist could make much of his going by the sobriquet of "Sonny" in this most punishing of activities.