Money Making More Money

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MMA champion Conor McGregor.

Over the years, I have enjoyed watching prizefighting. I guess my Dad, who was quite a fight fan, taught me to love it.  The Rocky movies helped that out too, I guess. But this proposed piece of prizefighting between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Conor McGregor, I can’t help but think that this is a scam of the highest order.

As I’m sure many of you sports fans of a younger age than me know, McGregor is not a boxer by training, but an MMA fighter. If I understand the rules of the bout correctly, the fight will not be under MMA rules, but the normal rules for boxing in Nevada, with the fight taking place in some Las Vegas venue to be determined in late August.

It’s a one of a kind fight, sure. But taking an MMA fighter and turning him into a boxer is kind of like turning a chess grandmaster and teaching him checkers. Apples and oranges. Mayweather is one of the great fighters in this era where boxing has become a forgotten and ancient science, thanks in part to the UFC and other MMA circuits like it.

If Conor wins, I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. But even at 40, I don’t see how Mayweather loses, unless he slips and busts his head.

Mr. Popularity

For the life of me, I can’t explain it. But in the past few days, my Twitter account has grown from 4500 followers to over 5000.

Most of the new followers are in other language: Arabic. I can’t keep track of them all and follow them all back, because I don’t know what they’re saying without Google Translate. 

I also should note that once you cross 4545 followers, Twitter allows you to follow more than 5000 accounts, equal to 110 percent of the followers you have. For example, if you have 5000 followers, you’re allowed to follow 5500 accounts. 

Please don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the following. I just hope it’s the right kind of following. 

London, Again

Another week, another act of terror.

But this time, the script is a little different. This time, it was Muslims who were victimized. As of the time I write this on Monday morning, who perpetrated the deed t Finsbury Park is unclear, and has even yet to be released to the media. (Monday afternoon, local police finally get around to that: the accused is Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales.)

Was this an attack on Muslims by some other religion, or by a Caucasian extremist? (It turned out to be a white man with four kids, the accused and afore mentioned Mr. Osborne.) And how will that change things, if anything?

Not much we can do but watch things unfold. I personally condemn ALL forms of terrorism, no matter who does what to who. This has got to stop.

General Stonewall Sessions

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(NOTE: I originally wrote this before the attack that took place in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning. With the exception of changing dating, I’ve left this article as it is.)

A week ago, I had mentioned that I didn’t think James Comey proved his case against President Trump. On this past Tuesday, and with much network ballyhoo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the same Senate committee.

Whatever momentum the Trump presidency gained might have been lost, as I didn’t think Mr. Sessions did all that well.

What irked me was this use of “confidentiality” of conversations between President Trump and his charges, like Sessions. The way I understand executive privilege, you either have to use it, or you don’t use it. Several Trump employees (Sessions, Dan Coats, Mike Rogers) have attempted this claim of confidentiality as a way to reserve the right of the President to use executive privilege later on.

Isn’t that contempt of Congress?

I’m surprised the Democrats made no efforts to compel Sessions to answer the questions they posed, but with a Republican majority, they probably thought the efforts would be fruitless.

As for Trump, it seems to me that they want this “cloud” over their heads, and merely act like they don’t. It’ll be up to all of us to figure out why.

Flashback: “Popcorn” by Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass

Whoever the person who picks out the music for Better Call Saul is, ask for a raise.

Popcorn is an instrumental that’s been covered scores of times, including the most famous version performed by Hot Butter in 1972, reaching #9 on the Billboard charts.

But the Herb Alpert version has a bit going for it, too. Surprised it wasn’t a hit.