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Today In History, Recent and A Few Years Ago…

Muhammad-Ali-quote-on-courageMuhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) is one of my childhood heroes.  Not so much because of specifics (being a great athlete/boxer – which he was), but because he stood for something.  And if his goals were boasts, he surpassed them.

By taking risks.

In spite of being a member of a controversial religious sect, he gave millions to charities for all races.

One of his biggest supporters was broadcaster Howard Cosell, who was unashamedly Jewish.

Hardly following the party line of radical Islam there, Mr. Ali.  Good for you!

He passed yesterday from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.  Not a serene way to go.  Just short miles from a hospital wing bearing he and his wife’s name.  For treatment of Parkinson’s.

“I AM THE GREATEST!” he used to boast.

He was.


Today is the 27th Anniversary of the ending to the protests in Tianamen Square, Peking, P.R.C.  We all remember that famous photo of the guy and the tank.

Here it is, in a wider view:

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Makes me think of the force of unfettered government versus the individual.

I wonder if he had heard of Muhammad Ali?

(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
I would ask all of you bloggers out there to at least make the effort to post a link to


Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #2 of 22)

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on “Today In History, Recent and A Few Years Ago…

  1. Doesn’t matter if you liked or didn’t like Ali, he was an icon. And I’m feeling a bit old today…

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | June 4, 2016, 3:33 pm
  2. Ali was an ultimate showman. Thanks for remiding me of the Cosell interviews. I remember Ali once telling Howard that he was nothing till Ali came along and made him famous. 🙂
    He was so brash, so mouthy, so over the top….then he would go out and win and win and win.
    It ain’t braggin if you can do it!

    “Tank Man” is still unidentified. Such an iconic picture and nobody knows who it is.
    It really helps to have a commie stranglehold over the press when you want something (or someone) to go away.

    Posted by KM | June 4, 2016, 4:36 pm
  3. Cultural icons, in two VERY different ways…

    Posted by OldNFO | June 4, 2016, 8:21 pm

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