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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A True Champion

Alexis was one of my all time favorite boxers. Pound for pound he was the baddest man on the planet in his prime. He was always the nice guy in a brutal sport. I will have to go find my tapes of his two fights with Aaron Pryor.,1,6391970.story
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Alexis Arguello, who fought in one of boxing's most classic brawls and reigned supreme at 130 pounds, was found dead at his home early Wednesday.
Presidential spokeswoman Rosario Murillo confirmed Arguello's death and an autopsy was pending. The La Prensa newspaper reported Arguello — elected mayor of Managua last year — was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The 57-year-old Arguello retired in 1995 with a record of 82-8 with 65 knockouts and was a champion in three weight divisions. He was perhaps best known for two thrilling battles with Aaron Pryor and fights with Ray Mancini, Bobby Chacon and Ruben Olivares. "Alexis was one of the greatest fighters and world champions, but more importantly, he was a real man, true gentleman and loyal friend," Bob Arum, who promoted many of his fights, told The Associated Press. "He will be greatly missed."

Sotomayor Reversed

While there is any doubt that Miss. Sotomayor will be confirmed, it is nice to see that there is some ammo that could be used to make the confirmation hearings a little more interesting.....that is if the repubs have the guts......but I doubt it. And Ruthy Bads went pure racist when she said, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent which she read from the bench. "The white firefighters who scored high on New Haven's promotional exams understandably attract the court's sympathy," she said. "But they had no vested right to promotion."
This might be the death blow for Affirmative action and racial quotas. What a concept, actually getting a job and promotion based on your skills and not skin color or gender!,2933,529409,00.html

The 5-4 ruling poses a potential complication to Sotomayor's nomination, with confirmation hearings set to start in July. Already, supporters and critics of Sotomayor are seizing on the decision in an effort to defend their stance.
In the high-profile, controversial case, white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., argued they were discriminated against when the city tossed out the results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough on it.
Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the opinion in favor of Frank Ricci and his fellow firefighters who sued the city of New Haven.
adding that the city's "race-based rejection of the test results" could not be justified.