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.

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.





Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ahhhhh, The DNC and the Bernie Folks...... And, For a Little Levity, Seth Meyers and John Oliver on Trump.....

Wow, report of Sanders' supporters demonstrating and blocking some roadways and subways.



During Bernie's speech, the camera showed several people at the conference who were shedding tears. And, yes, there were many Bernie signs raised. Bernie's speech seemed like the good old days......well, you know what I mean. Finally, yes, at the end he did say we need to elect Clinton.












This isn't mine. 


Monday, July 25, 2016

Debbie, You Treated Bernie Unfairly and You Look Like Crap!!!!

Here's the CNN article. And, you have too many darn names. Yes, in my 76 years, Bernie is the first politician that I have sent contributions. Say what you want about Bernie....a politician with a net worth of less than a million and last year's income of a little over $200,000. He's one of us.

I think one of Bernie's biggest problems was that he never defined what he meant by Democratic Socialist. Most people immediately considered him a communist, for cryin' out loud.

Many, if not all of our programs can be considered socialist in nature. And, is that bad? Is it bad to help folks who have fallen on bad times? Oh, well. Sadly, Bernie is not going to be our guy.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Yes, a New Crap Head Award.......Deepak Chopra!

I started the Crap Head awards some time ago. There's been three, four, five of them. I can't remember. But, surely old Deepak rates one. Period.

It's sad that an actual MD believes in BS. Of course, he could just be just a regular old charlatan and snake oil salesman. 

I'll let you folks decide.






Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Think These Are Just Too Good to Not Post! Hope You Folks Get a Laugh......

I often use photos with text. I use IMGFLIP to make them. It's a free service that's easy to use. There are thousands of their photos or you may upload your own and add text. Hope you enjoy these. These are not mine.....they are from IMGFLIP.




































Monday, July 18, 2016

Out of 330,000,000 Citizens and We End Up With Clinton and Trump? There is Definitely Something Wrong With Our System....

Our entire political system is as bad or worse than the so-called Banana Republics. With maybe a few exceptions the people with the most money win. Period!

This is going to be a brief post...maybe more later.

For this last election process, we would have been better off setting up an account in the name of each person running. Yes, there would be one for Clinton, Trump, Cruz, Carson, and so on. None of them would be allowed to advertise in any way or spend any of the money that is being sent to the fund.

At the cut-off time, the person who has the most money wins and the money from all accounts would be divided and given to charities.





EDIT: I'm watching the first day of the Republican Convention. Wow, all of the speakers seem to be having a contest to see who can say, GOD, the most. Hmmmm........

Wow, there's some kid speaking. Looks as though he's been using meth or crack...or, both. Wow, is he wound up!

Trump introduced his wife by saying something like, "We're going to win, really big." And then his wife came on... Oh, well......

Did Melania's speech writers steel Michelle Obama's speech?

How is it that so-called grown-up people jump up and down, chant, and wave those goofy signs around?

The convention is signing-off with yes, another preacher. GOD, GOD, GOD....
Mercy.




Sunday, July 17, 2016

Is This the Worst Form of Child Abuse? And, We Actually Allow This to Happen......

I was in a somewhat ticked off mood today. Working on several projects but just wanted to
get one posted quickly. Actually, I should have posted this one a long time ago, but somehow forgot about it.

Summer should be a time for kids to take a break from school and have a good time. 

Even if you're a Christian you surely can't approve of this so-called camp.

Kids look to their parents for guidance. Kids are raised to believe their parents have the answers. Oh, well, enough of this.

A suggestion for you Christian parents. How about this when talking to your kids. Johnny, this is what we believe however there is absolutely no evidence to support our beliefs. You need to think about religion when you get a little older. Oh, well.....written like a true dork. Sure, parents will help their kids make reasonable and logical decisions about religion. Sure they will......

Oh, well. Yes, whistling Dixie again.

Apologize for this poorly-written abbreviated screed. It's all just really frustrating. I need to stop bashing my head against a wall......





Jesus Camp....... This video is about 10 minutes.

Here's a link for the complete documentary.

Here's a link to more videos about Jesus Camp on YouTube/



The people's poet. George Carlin's take on religion.
Please watch this.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

2016 Isle of Man TT Race.....A New Record Set and Five Died!

I guess it would be fair to say that I am at least somewhat obsessed with the Isle of Man. I find it
amazing what these racers do. Zooming around the Island at what would seem unbelievable speeds. Rocketing through towns inches from brick walls and iron fences, knowing that the slightest mistake may well kill you. Not hurt you, kill you. This year, 2016, five racers died. 

There's also Mad Sunday when everyone goes out on the Island and it's not unusual to have non-racers die. I guess someone could quip, it's an Island of death.

Why do they, the racers, keep coming back year after year? It's almost as if they are standing in line to die. In fact, one racer, who'd been to the Island eight/nine years said that It's just a matter of time. And, then it will happen.


This year, 2016, Michael Dunlap set a record.
He averaged 133.393 miles per hour around 
the Island.

Michael Dunlop is the son of Robert Dunlop and the nephew of Joey Dunlop. Robert and Joey are dead. Yes, they both died racing.



This is the Isle of Man race track.


An overview of 2016.



Highlights, 2016.



Interviews with riders and a widow. Watch this one.



2014, close racing.




A short video. Michael Dunlop.



Isle of Man, 2015.




Guy Martin, is one of my heroes. In 2010, he crashed,




In 2016, Mark Higgins broke his record in a car.
He averaged 128.73 in a modified Subaru STI.

Friday, July 15, 2016

We Don't Need No Women Tryin' to Race no Race Cars!!!!


Have you folks heard that old bromide? You know, Women...well, they don't know nutin
about no cars!!!! Yes, that's the mindset of many guys. I won't go into the whys of that type of thinking. Maybe for another time.

I watch many types of racing and rarely miss a NASCAR race. And, there's the ongoing discussion about Danica Patrick.

She ain't no real racer. She ain't never gonna win a race. Look where she finishes.  

Many folks, avid fans among them, forget or can't understand that having a NASCAR team is a BUSINESS. This isn't Saturday-night hobby racing at your local 1/4 mile dirt track.

So, I'll ask you. Would you rather have Danica, who brings in 20 million (as an example) in sponsors and often finishes 20th or so, or would you rather have a young hot-shot racer who finishes in the top ten but brings in 2 million in sponsor money?

That said, I'd like to introduce you to Sabine Schmitz, who is known as the Queen of the Nürburgring.





Sabine starts toward the back of the pack and gets them all.
She's driving a Porsche 911. She's the type of driver that 
regardless of where you are on the track, she's going to pass you.
                                               

                                


                                 
This is a great video. Sabine out for a Sunday Drive 
in a god-awful fast Porsche 991, having a 
great time.





Jeremy, from Top Gear, drove a Jaguar around the 
'Ring. Sabine said she'd best his time driving an
ordinary transit van. Two parts.









OK, one more. The best of Sabine.........


Thursday, July 14, 2016

To Me, This is an Amazing Story.......

This gentleman raised this gorilla as his son for five years, He released him into the jungle and five years later they had a reunion. Here's the full story from scribol.com.

This photo was taken during the reunion. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

With All of the Horrible Things Going on in the World......Maybe it's Time for a Little Levity????

 The average guy would be delighted if he could get one person naked. Spencer Tunick gets thousands naked. And, he's been doing it for years. Here's his latest project as reported by the Guardian.


EDIT:  As an afterthought, maybe we all need to get naked. Well, everyone but me!!!!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Chiropractic..... Redux

By accident, if you will, I happened across a chiropractic video on YouTube and decided to make a brief posting here.

I 've ranted and raved about chiropractors for years. In fact, many years ago I started another of my go-no-where blogs. Take a look here.

It's simple. This so-called chiropractic stuff was started in 1895 by D. D. Palmer, a grocer, and magnetic healer. And, it's still going on today. It's all baloney and the only thing that's changed since 1895 is that these so-called doctors have added more pseudo-scientific modalities. 

If you do a little research you will find that they, these so-called doctors, may be able to help with lower back pain. And, that's about it. Of course, you could also do nothing and it will go away without any type of intervention. If you're desperate, seek help from an actual doctor...yes, an MD or a physical therapist. They are actually trained in science.


Many, if not most, chiropractors hang their hats on the so-called vertebral subluxations.  Since 1895 they have been adjusting them. Guess what? There is no such thing.

Are chiropractors evil people? Frankly, I doubt many of them are. In fact, I would imagine that most of them feel like what they are doing is beneficial. However, what they do is evil. Taking money from people and giving nothing in return.

Many, if not most chiropractors claim that they, the chiropractors, treat the actual medical problem and claim that real physicians only treat the symptoms. Of course, this is nonsense. Many chiropractors are against vaccinations. While they are telling you-you don't need drugs (prescriptions) they ply you with hundreds-of-dollars worth of supplements that do nothing.

The only thing worse than going to a chiropractor occasionally is using them as your general practitioner or primary care physician.

Well, enough of this. You've been warned!!!!!!!! Watch the videos.











Thursday, June 2, 2016

Harambe is Dead. Where Was God? Oh, Sure, That Makes Sense.........

OK, I'll join the herd and post something about Harambe. However, I'm not going to debate
whether or not he should have been shot. Nope, I want to comment on what Mrs. Michelle Gregg, the mother of the child who climbed into the gorilla enclosure, posted on her FaceBook page.

Now, here's my question for Gregg. Where was your God when your child crawled into the enclosure? You give your God credit for saving your son while at the same time it would seem this same God was responsible for allowing the child to need saving. 

Why is it that Christians give their God credit for everything good that happens but never curse Him for the bad things that happen? Please, if you say He works in mysterious ways I'm going to send my pup after you.




















Speaking of praying, here's an old video of mine that is about prayers and praying. 



 "The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance … or change. Once such incantatory phrases as ‘we see now through a glass darkly’ and 'mysterious are the ways He chooses His wonders to perform’ are mastered, logic can be happily tossed out the window. Religious mania is one of the few infallible ways of responding to the world’s vagaries, because it totally eliminates pure accident. To the true religious maniac, it’s all on purpose."

Stephen King, The Stand, p. 714