Friday, November 10, 2017

Forgive My Tardiness, Msr. Bravo

After watching ESPN's 30 for 30 on Ric Flair this week I felt nostalgic for the pro-wrasslin I adored in my youth. I was dumb-founded when I stumbled upon news regarding the death of Canadian strongman Dino Bravo back in 1993.  The passing of an ex-wrestler sadly, is commonplace however the circumstances regarding Bravo's death are as shocking as they are tragic.

And it happened almost 25 years ago and I had no idea.

I found the following posted on ~

After years of employment throughout the '80s, Dino found himself on the outs with the WWF by 1992. According to fellow wrestler and friend Rick Martel, he simply didn't fit into Vince McMahon's plans anymore, so he was released. Bravo, with no savings and no knowledge of anything other than wrestling, got into organized crime through his uncle and joined a cigarette smuggling ring based in Quebec. Less than a year later, on March 10, 1993, he was dead, 17 gunshots riddled all over his body. Martel believes a cocaine smuggler blamed him for cops showing up during a would-be deal between the two markets, and Bravo suffered the consequences of running afoul with the mob.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

We Lost a Great One Today

This one hurts, A LOT.
I can't imagine what Red State would have been like without him, or all those Tarantino flicks he did, for that matter.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Pennies Really Grind My Gears

[Author's note: I ripped this from So please, hold your plagiarism accusations.]

I like Abraham Lincoln as much as anybody but sweet-FRIGGING-jesus-
A penny for your thoughts isn’t much of a bargain these days. Not only is a penny worth less than ever thanks to inflation, but the cost of minting each Lincoln has been more than its face value for almost a decade.
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries have deep-sixed their smallest coin, but the U.S. penny endures, as the U.S. Mint continues to churn out millions per year to replace the coins vanishing into change jars, vacuum cleaner bags and your car's floorboards.
Noted economists and the editorial pages of major national newspapers and journals continue to call for the penny’s retirement. But it has been years since anyone in Congress made a bid to kill the penny. One reason: While penny opponents are a diverse bunch, one group that’s deeply interested in its continuance is the zinc industry (a penny is actually 97.5% zinc and only 2.5% copper). And yes, Washington has a penny lobby, in the form of Americans for Common Cents (which is largely funded by zinc manufacturers).
But it's not just lobbyists. As an article in the Harvard Political Review put it, Americans' "general apathy and resistance to change" is also keeping the penny around.
{As a smoker I find it offensive that tobacco lobbyists can't keep cigarette prices below larcenous levels but the all too powerful Zinc Lobby can keep this worthless coin afloat. It costs more to mint a penny than they're actually worth. Its obscurity is long overdue.}