The Beginning....

The Beginning....
When William Least Heat-Moon toured the country many years ago, his steed, if you will, was a van that he named Ghost Dancing. His journey of America was 13,000 miles. His book is Blue Highways, A Journey Into America. My steed will be a Subaru WRX (traded for an XV Crosstrek). My travels will be, what in the past were called, the blue highways of Virginia. Years ago, maps showed secondary roads in blue. Yes, the ones less traveled.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Banger, Short-Track Racing, and Road Rage........

How about a change of pace?

Any of you folks race fans? I've been watching and attending races for years. The first race I attended was about 1945. Though my favorite is road racing, over the years I've watched just about everything, yes, including lawn mower racing!

However, until yesterday I'd never heard of Banger racing. Yes, Banger racing. There seem to be several classes and some races seem to be nothing more than a demolition derby, though most are actual races even though there will be a lot of Banging (wrecking).

In the States, we have short-track racing. Typically, this is what you might call hobby racing that takes place Saturday night at tracks all over the country. The tracks are usually 1/4 or 1/2 mile. And, it's often said there will be beatin' and bangin'. Yes, close racing with paint swapping and rubbing. It would seem that the Banger racers take it to another level.

Here's an example of the Micro class of Banger racing....

By now, we've all heard of road rage. I think for most instances of so-called road rage, we may be more accurate in calling it antisocial personality disorder. You know, thug and bully behavior. But, enough of trying to define it. In England, you could just drive your everyday car right out on the track and deal with your aggression or your desire to go fast and race.

Yes, just drive your family car out on the track.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

OK, Who Saved the Fan Who Had a Seizure? Was it Tim Tebow and His Laying on of Hands or Was it My Eating a Hot Dog?

Well, I'm sure most of us have heard about Tim Tebow and the fan who had a seizure. And,
that Tebow laid on hands and prayed. Sadly, many think that this act actually saved this fan.

A couple of comments. Because two things happen at the same time doesn't mean there's causality. That is, it doesn't mean that one thing caused the other.....Tebow laying on of hands and the fan coming to. 

Yes, it will surely seem crazy to you believers but I could have been eating a hot dog at the time of this incident, and claim that my eating a hot dog caused this fan's recovery. It makes as much sense or lack of sense.

The other aspect is from a medical perspective. Sadly, many people routinely have seizures and most of them are not fatal. Yes, the person recovers and goes about their life. This fan recovering could be the normal course of events for him.

Some, I'm sure actually think that Tebow has the power or whatever term you want to use. You know, Tebow is a healer. Well, that could easily be tested by him going to the closest hospital.

Now, I would like to metion Kari Van Horn of ABC 15 Arizona, Yes, she gets a Crap Head
Award for calling this a MIRACLE!!!!!! Way to go, Kari!

Here are two links about this story:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Having Emotional Problems, Depressed, Relationship Gone to Hell, Life Out of Control.......????

My friend, Mr. Charlie, who is a counselor, recently told me I've been obsessed about so-called complementary and alternative medicine, psychics, and so on and spending far-too-much time writing about it. And, he may well be correct.

Anyway, he sent me a link that solved all of my problems. I will share it with you folks.

Do you remember the Bob Newhart Show? He was a psychologist?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dr. Oz, Wins Awards...... And Introducing, Dr. Orac.

For years, the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) has annually given out the
Pigasus awards. I just visited with Dr. Orac, and found this link.  As I knew Oz had received the award I just glanced at the article. As I best remember, in addition to receiving the award, he's the only one who received it more than once.

Here's a list of all of the award winners.

Dr. Orac is, as I best remember, a surgeon specializing in breast cancer. He has hundreds of articles. Take a look and learn something. (Sounds kind of snarky.) But, you will learn something.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Astrology, Psychics, Healings, Mind Control, and So On, Redux....

If you don't believe in so-called complementary and alternative medicine and psychics and stuff, you should enjoy these videos. If you are a believer, YOU REALLY NEED TO WATCH THESE VIDEOS!!!

A great video. James Randi travels the world, including Russia.

For years James Randi offered a million-dollar prize 
to anyone who can prove they have the ability.
Watch these folks as they try to win Randi's money.

OK, Who's the Biggest Liar? Trump or Clinton?

Yeah, yeah, I know, your candidate lies the least. When I want the truth, I always rely on John Oliver.

Oliver fact checks Trump and Clinton.

Seth takes a look at the first debate.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I Just Watched Dr. Strangelove, Again. And, Thought About Peter Sellers.

Some of you may not know about Peter Seller's death. He had a heart condition and instead of having bypass surgery, he had psychic surgery. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, psychic surgery. Though I'm sure this is available in many countries, as I best understand it, most folks travel to the Philippines.

James Randi gives a demonstration of psychic surgery.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Ahhh, the Controversy About Mother Teresa, Who Is Now, Yes, A SAINT!!!!!!

I've been to Las Vegas, twice. When asked what I thought, I always said, Beneath the tinsel
and glitter, is more tinsel and glitter.

Sort of like the Catholic church, Beneath the myths, superstitions, tacky costumes, beanie caps (for cryin' out loud), unending bizarre rituals, talking snakes, virgin births, parting seas, drinking the blood of and eating the body of you-know-who, and on and yes, more of the same.

Here's the CNN article about Saint Teresa. Take a look at the chart that shows how a mere mortal becomes a saint. What's truly great about all of this is that there has to be two miracles before sainthood. I'm not wasting time on the miracles. Folks, it's 2016 and we're still talking about miracles. 

One the Saint's most vocal critics was Christopher Hitchens.

Catholic church or Christopher Hitchens????? What do you folks think? Lest you folks think I don't like Catholics, my best friend was almost-a-priest. Thank the Lord he saw the light!

And, lest you think I don't like Catholics and the Catholic church....what I don't like is religion. 

You might find this book interesting.

Monday, August 22, 2016

John Oliver Tells Trump He Should Drop Out!!!!!

OK, I'll admit it, I'm a fan of John Oliver. In fact, I use so many of his videos maybe I should rename my blog. He does a great job in bringing us information that we need and doing in in a humorous manner. John Oliver for president?

Friday, August 19, 2016

What a Great Country. In What Other Country Could We Have This???????

Statues of Trump were erected? in several cities around our great country. Here's what the NYC Parks Department said....

The most surprising government agency to lampoon Donald Trump this week? The New York City Parks Department.
The department issued a short response after an arts group called Indecline hoisted a life-size, naked Trump statue in Union Square park Thursday.
    "NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small," said Sam Biederman, a parks spokesman.

    Monday, August 1, 2016

    Are We in the US Ready for a Nekid First Lady........?

    Nekid snaps of Melania Trump are popping up. If interested, take a look here and here. Also, I learned a new word today. A commenter to our local newspaper, used the word sybarite when making a post about Trump.

    My mom always said that we should never make fun of how a person looks. She said they had no choice and that they were born that way.

    Yes, I agree with my mom and always try to remember her advice. However, I  think if you have yourself photographed and put the image out there for us all to see, well, that changes things.

    Speaking from the guys' standpoint, there seems to be a wide range when it comes to what we think is appealing. Some of us like short women, some tall, some redheads, some blondes, some skinny, some more Rubenesque, and so on.

    Now, Melania doesn't seem all that cool to me. She seems....hmmm.....fake and a tad sleazy? She also seems to have gone under the knife. Another aspect for me would be, what kind of person would marry Donald Trump? 

    As a not-so-good analogy, I guess it could be asked, if you wanted a car for the long term, a car you had to drive daily, would you pick a high-performance Ferrari or something less flashy and more reliable? 

    For a day at the track, the Ferrari would be great, you know, rev it to the throttle cut off, torture the brakes, toss it through the corners, drive it like you stole it.....but, to drive daily to work, pick up groceries, pay for the maintenanceand so on? Maybe, not so great.

    I, for one, am not ready for the Trumps.

    Anyway, enough of this....

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Voter Fraud.... Voter ID...... What Do You Folks Think?

    The folks in North Carolina seem to spend a lot of time in court. Yes, they want everyone to have a photo ID before they can vote. Seems they lost the latest court battle. Actually, requiring a photo doesn't sound all that ominous, does it? Reasonable? Most politicians stress they are not trying to discriminate, they want to avoid voter fraud. What do you folks think? 

    Not sure about you but when I want to the real skinny on a topic, I know where to go. NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, or WSJ? Nope, for me there's only one person to trust. Yep, John Oliver!!!

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Have You Ever Done Anything Stupid? Ridiculous? Used Poor Judgement?

    Well, I surely have done all of the above. In fact, gosh, I've made so many mistakes...mostly
    what I've done are mistakes.

    However, Ronnie Music, Jr., I think has bested us all in doing the most stupid thing. This fellow won a three-million dollar lottery. And, what did he do? He invested his winnings in the meth trade.