Christina Grimmie, Former ‘The Voice’ and ‘In Christ Alone’ Singer, Shot Dead after Concert

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From gospelherold.com

Christian and pop musician Christina Grimmie, a former competitor on “The Voice,” was shot after a man approached her with two guns as she signed autographs after an Orlando, Fla., concert Friday night, police said. The 22-year-old singer died early Saturday morning. The suspect fatally shot himself as well, after Grimmie’s brother tackled him, according to authorities.

The singer had performed at The Plaza Live theater Friday night, along with the band Before You Exit, when the shooting broke out. She was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later, reports CNN.

A GoFundMe.com page has been set up to assist her family in their time of need. Thus far over $102,569 has been raised by 4,143 people.

WND.com: Tough-guy Thomas Jefferson crushed Muslim terrorists

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Painting by Dutch marine painter Willem de Velde the Younger depicts an English ship under attack by the Barbary pirates

 

From WND.com

While Muslim terrorists kidnapped and killed innocent people around the world as they do today, Thomas Jefferson knew exactly how to end radical Islam’s bloodshed – with a classic American take-no-prisoners smackdown.

President Jefferson refused to play games when given the choice of appeasement or confrontation in the face of terror.

Read the full article here.

Interesting Facts about Evangelicals from Pew Research Center

From ChristianPost.com

The big story this week from Pew Research Center’s report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” was the sharp decline in the number of Christians and large growth in those who are unaffiliated with any religion. Digging deeper, the report contains interesting news about Evangelicals.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Evangelicals from the report:
1. The number of Evangelicals likely increased.
Evangelicals were the only segment of Christianity that likely saw growth. Evangelicals added about two million to their fold from 2007 to 2014. Taking the margin of error into account, the actual increase could be anywhere between zero and five million.
2. Evangelicals were the only Christian group that had more people joining than leaving.
8.4 percent said they left evangelical Christianity while 9.8 percent said they joined evangelical Christianity, a net change of plus 1.5 percentage points. By comparison, Mainline Protestants had a minus 4.3 percentage point net change and Catholics had a minus 10.9 percentage point net change.


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My Overall Thoughts On The Fight, Future Of Boxing

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My scorecard

Like many of you, I watched the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight on 5/2 with anticipation of seeing a great fight. I went to the local Buffalo Wild Wings and paid the $20 they were charging rather than the $99 PPV price tag so many paid.

Many, including myself, were disappointed with the outcome of the fight. However, my frustration isn’t with Mayweather for making the fight boring by running and clinching the entire fight, it is with Pacquiao, who showed no urgency to press the action in the late rounds and thus fought his worst fight in over 15 years.

Pacquiao had a legitimate shoulder injury and there is no doubt that played a big part is his terrible performance. Yet he still decided to fight that night and the typical Floyd Mayweather tactical destruction of his opponent took place.

Mike Foss of USA Today wrote a great piece on the topic you can read here.

Floyd fights the same way every time out, and he executed his plan to perfection. Manny on the other hand did get in a few combinations to make the fight close through the first six rounds, but looked horrible in the last half of the fight.

Manny should have reported the injury, and the fight would have probably been delayed to September. There still would have been the same hype surrounding the fight, maybe more so, and both fighters would have been at 100 percent. Maybe with a different outcome.

I’m not quite sure there would be a big demand for a rematch, but Floyd has said he is open to the idea.

The one thing I can tell you for sure is that boxing is not dead. One superfight, which sees Mayweather fight the way he has 47 times before Saturday’s superfight, didn’t kill boxing.

The launch of the PBC is going to be huge for the sport. Even if it isn’t a financial success in the long run, it is going to keep the sport in the limelight and on broadcast tv and basic cable.

Many big fights can still be made, such as:

  • Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto
  • Wladimir Klitschko vs. Deontay Wilder
  • Gennady Golovkin vs. Floyd Mayweather (Hey! it could happen…..Right?)
  • Sergey Kovalev vs Adonis Stevenson
  • Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez V (Not a dream fight, but would still draw big money).

The Latest From Baltimore

From CNN.com

Baltimore (CNN)Latest developments:

• “It’s clear that what we have to do is change the culture within the Baltimore Police Department,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Tuesday. The process has been underway for more than two years, but there is more to do, he said.

• Monday night’s riots in Baltimore were a rough time, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, but the response Tuesday shows that residents want to reclaim, repair and heal the city.

• Wednesday’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox will be closed to the public, the Orioles announced. A source within Major League Baseball told CNN the league is not aware of any prior closed-door games in major league history.

Full story can be found here at the CNN website.

Why Am I Covering The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight?

When I first started this blog, I wanted to talk about a wide range of topics from sports, entertainment, faith and politics.  And being the big fight fan that I am, I was going to post as much as I could about the biggest fight to come along in my lifetime, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. However, I’ve seen several media personalities, including some from ESPN, that have called for a boycott of the fight based on Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. The fact that I’m covering, and will be watching the fight, does not mean I condone Mayweather’s actions. I’m covering this fight for two main reasons.

  1. Manny Pacquiao is a Born-Again Christian
    Pacquiao became a born-again Christian a few years ago and began to cover his fights on this site a few years ago. Here is a video talking about him coming to Christ.
  2. It’s Going to be a History Making Event
    Louis vs. Schmeling 2, Ali vs. Frazier 1, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. According to George Foreman, these are the three most important fights in boxing history. Who am I to disagree with the champ? This fight is truly going to be historic and I can’t wait. If you don’t want to pay the outragous $99 for the PPV, then go out somewhere and see it. Just make sure you find a way to see it. Witness boxing history!!!

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Third Most Important Fight In Boxing History?

On Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Legends Speak, George Foreman stated that this fight could go down in history with two other historic bouts. He stated that the most important fight in boxing history was the rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. In the No. 2 slot, he put the first Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier bout which was called “The Fight of the Century.” Below is the video of each fight in its entirety.

The Officals Working Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

List of the Referee and Judges including their notable fights

Referee:
Kenny Bayless
Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II
Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley II
Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez

Judges:
Burt Clements
Floyd Mayweather vs. Maidana I (117-111 for Mayweather)

Glenn Feldman
Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (115-113 for Marquez)

Dave Moretti
Floyd Mayweather vs. Maidana I (116-112 for Mayweather)