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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

I Have Little to Say About the Pope....

If the Pope gave a shit about his flock, he'd melt down the Vatican, sell off all the treasures, and they'd be enough money to care for and feed the world for a hundred years.

This supernatural stuff is some serious BS!
Amazing. Guy in a dress with a beanie spouting crap about the supernatural and we all go ape shit! Prayers? You think they work? What is the Pope praying for? More babies being born deformed, more people worldwide being slaughtered for their religious beliefs, more poverty...well, you get the idea. Hey, Pope, if that's what you're praying for...well, your prayers are working.

FAC, You Can't Get Away From Religion....And, There Are A Bunch of Folks Out Here Looking For Their 15 Minutes...

I guess religious people in their own pathetic way are trying to make statements. Some of

them remind me of those old timey movies where the Christians are taken to the Colosseum and fed to the lions. But, hey, they all die with smiles on their faces.... WHERE IN THE HELL ARE LIONS WHEN YOU NEED THEM?

Yes, the latest is a local lawyer who has a Christian flag flying above the US flag on a flag pole at his law office.

And, yes, I realize I'm just as bad as the religious folks......

EDIT: Note, the photos are courtesy of Virginian-Pilot. Well....I guess you could say I borrowed them.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What in the Hell is Wrong With Us? Yes, the US! Bringing Thousands of Refugees From Syria!

Secretary of State Kerry said we will be taking 85,000 refugees in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017. OK, the obvious. 

Where in the hell are we going to get the money to help these people?

Do we really want 185,000 more Muslims coming to our country? Take a look at England and some of the European countries to see how they're doing with the Muslims. And, the obvious is simple. Regardless of any screening that we try to do we're going to have some terrorists coming here... Period. No, I'm not saying all Muslims are terrorist. But, are we willing to knowingly allow terrorists come to our country?

And, where are these folks going to stay?

OK, I'm sure I'm naive and don't have the big picture...but, what about our folks, our citizens who are living on the street, our mentally ill who can't get the treatment they need, our veterans who are backed-up at our VA hospitals......

The following is from a CNN article September 23, 2015.

"America's Skid Row sits in downtown Los Angeles.
This pocket of 2,000 men and women constitutes the nation's biggest concentration of homeless people living and sleeping on public sidewalks, in scattered camps under tarps. Not surprisingly, sanitary conditions are appalling.
Skid Row is a 54-block area that has the largest homeless number of individuals in the country, said Jerry Jones, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.
New York City has the largest homeless population, but Los Angeles has the
highest unsheltered population in the country, which has led to the destitution you see today, he added.
New York City's unique right-to-shelter mandate ensures "temporary emergency shelter to every man, woman, and child who is eligible for services, every night," the city's website says.
But not in Los Angeles, where two-thirds of the county's 40,000 homeless people are unsheltered, Jones said.
So many live on the streets of downtown Los Angeles -- and elsewhere."
I once did a short essay, that I think I called Budget By Conscience. My argument was simple. We categorize what we must do. For instance, what services must we have? OK, not a complete list but you'll get the idea.

Police and fire protection
Take care of the homeless...shelter, food, medical
Armed forces
Health care and treatment for all

And, then go from there. We will have what we call the must haves..... And, we must take care of those before pissing away money on what we call pork barrel and bullshit projects such as Palin's bridge to nowhere.

So, here's the money available......   
$ XXX,XXX,XXX,XXX (without increasing taxes and such)
Must have services cost  $ YYY,YYY,YYY,YYY

If we don't have enough to do the must have services then we cut somewhere or get some more money from taxes or what-have-you.

We spend millions every year looking at and testing so-called complementary and alternative medicine. It's all bullshit and you can test it forever and it's not going to work. Period!

No fancy offices for anyone.

Cut all congressional expenses in the federal, state, and local governments. With all the technologies we have why should we spend money to send government employees all over for so-called workshops and conferences.

OK, folks..... I could go on and on but I'm out of steam. I think you get the idea.

EDIT: Yes, this is poorly written. My points are simple. Look around the world at what the Muslims are doing. I'm all for welcoming anyone who wants to come to our country and become an American and assimilate (hey, I can use that word-I have a degree in sociology). All others need to stay where they are. And, let's take care of our own before spending money on others.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

FAC, Only in America. Craphead Awards Four, Five, Six, and Seven!

Here they are....

So-called hopeful, Dr. Ben Carson, said a Muslim shouldn't be president of our country.
Carson is a Seven-Day Adventist, for cryin' out loud. Yes, this is another of those, your religion is weirder than mine. The last time I remember this happening was when Romney was running and Billy Graham said Mormonism was a cult. Of course, they kissed and made up..... after Romney met with Graham.

Huckabee and Cruz rushed to Kentucky to defend Davis. Yes, that Davis. Kim. She's parlayed her 15 minutes to days and weeks...and, the saga seems ongoing. Here are a couple of quotes from a recent interview with ABC news.

Huckabee, you should be embarrassed and ashamed. You 
look like a class A dork!

“I’m just a normal person that has been touched by the grace of God, and his mercy,” Davis said.
Davis admits that she hasn’t always been a “good” person. She has been married four times and had children in an adulterous relationship, but she doesn’t consider herself a hypocrite. “No, I’m forgiven,” she said. “Washed clean.” Davis found God four and a half years ago, she said.
Yes, we can do what we want and then old God will wash us clean. You need a really heavy dose of the god-virus to buy into that.
Oh, and let's not forget Trump. At first we all laughed. Then, I think most said, Well, let's see what he has to say. It was refreshing that a candidate spoke his mindHowever, Trump, yes, you've earned a Craphead Award for questioning where our president was born and singing the praises of Sarah Palin.  SARAH PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ahhh, A Little Controversy Here in My Own Backyard.....

The Chesapeake (Virginia) School Board Chairwoman made a post to her Facebook page that is gathering a little press and many comments from we locals. Yes, I fess up, I did leave a comment.

Though we have our free speech rights (still), some could rightly argue that given her position in the community it was most likely a bad decision to make the post. The sentiment of the comments were overwhelmingly in favor of her right to make the post and in agreement with her post.

Let's face it folks, many in the US just don't like the Muslim religion. Period. Who was it? Bush? the religion of peace?  Sure, Bush. 

Anyway, if you have any interest, click on the above link.

How many more years are we humans going to be driven by myths and superstitions and Dark Age thinking? Folks, it's 2015! When are we going to see the light?

Oh, well.......

Saturday, September 5, 2015

RIP, Dr. John Hinds, MD, Who Died July 4, 2015 While Providing "Medical Coverage" at the Skerries 100 Motorcycle Road Race....

If you stop by here, please read and watch the videos. 

This is a remarkable young man. Wow, am I bummed-out and sad as I write this. Where to start?

Many years ago I did some motorcycle road racing. Raced 250cc to 650cc, though doubt if I went more than 130mph (today, some production out-of-the-box motorcycles can reach 180 mph plus). For three years co-rode in a five-hour road race at VIR that was always a lot of fun.

And, yes, I came off a few times. Was scraped-up a little and sore for a couple of weeks or so. Thankfully, my leathers, boots, and helmet usually took the brunt of the crashes.

Where am I going? Hmmm....

Anyway, have always been fascinated with the races at the Isle of Man. Here's a link to my posting about those races. Also, Irish road racing that uses regular highway roads and streets that run through cities. The racers reach speeds of almost 200 mph and are inches from stone walls, curbings, and all of the other things we have on regular streets and roads. 

There's no room for error. On what might be called today's sanitized circuits, designed for racing with run off areas and sand and gravel traps where riders come off with little or no injuries, the street racers in Ireland have no such luxuries. With riders averaging over 130 mph there are almost no minor crashes. I would imagine that many of the riders may feel that a crash that resulted in a few weeks in a hospital would be a good crash-as opposed to dying.  I've watched eight or ten interviews with the racers and they all mentioned the dangerousness, as being an attraction.

Though I've spent hours reading and watching videos about the Isle of Man races and Irish road 
racing, I'd never heard of Dr. Hinds until by chance, last night, I learned of his death.

As I best understand from reading several articles, Dr. John and an associate would follow behind the racers on the first lap so that they could give almost instantaneous medical care and treatment to those who crash. Then, they would standby waiting until they were needed. Seems Dr. John rode about as fast as the racers. Also, mentioned that for the races in Ireland there wasn't an air ambulance for which he had been advocating

This post has been languishing as a draft for a few weeks. I just need to get this posted.

Here is a presentation that Dr. John made, explaining what he did. And, here is a tribute to him.

I've often thought about the Isle of Man and Irish road races and pondered, should they be allowed? People are going to die, period. It's not an if, it's a when and how many.

NASCAR, has spectacular crashes but rarely does a driver get injured, much less die.

There are a group of racers who seem to be drawn to the Isle of Man and the Irish road races because of how dangerous the races are. The moths to the flames.......

Joey Dunlop was killed road racing. There were 50,000 at his funeral. Robert Dunlop, Joey's brother was killed road racing.  Today, two of Robert's sons are racing.
North West 200 and Irish Road Racing. Those who have died.

1939United Kingdom Norman WainwrightNorth West 200[122]
1949 P. L. PhillipsNorth West 200[123]
1951 William BennisonNorth West 200[124]
1955United Kingdom Julian CrossleyUlster Grand Prix[125]
1956New Zealand Bill AislabieNorth West 200[126]
1956Isle of Man Derek EnnettUlster Grand Prix[127]
1961United Kingdom Carl ToddKillinchy 150[128]
1961Australia Ron MilesUlster Grand Prix[129]
1970United Kingdom Andy ManshipNorth West 200[130]
1973United Kingdom Graham FishNorth West 200[131]
1974Northern Ireland Norman ConnorKillinchy 150[132]
1977United Kingdom Geoff BarryKillinchy 150[133]
1977Isle of Man George OatesUlster Grand Prix[134]
1977Isle of Man John MolyneuxUlster Grand Prix[135]
1978 Monty SwannUlster Grand Prix[136]
1978United Kingdom John WilliamsUlster Grand Prix[137]
1979United Kingdom Brian HamiltonNorth West 200[138]
1979Northern Ireland Tom HerronNorth West 200[108][vague]
1979Northern Ireland Frank KennedyNorth West 200[139]
1980Northern Ireland Mervyn RobinsonNorth West 200[140]
1982United Kingdom John NewboldNorth West 200[108][vague]
1983Northern Ireland Gerard FrameKillinchy 150[141]
1986 Pat McLaughlinNorth West 200[142]
1986Northern Ireland Stephen SmythUlster Grand Prix[143]
1987United Kingdom Steve BullNorth West 200[144]
1987 Elaine SurgenorKillinchy 150[145]
1987Germany Klaus KleinUlster Grand Prix[146]
1992Northern IrelandOral WatsonTandragee 100
1992 Steve JohnsonUlster Grand Prix[147]
1994 Geoff CalvinDundrod 150[148]
1996United KingdomDaniel HumphreysTandragee 100[149]
1997Republic of Ireland Steven GalliganUlster Grand Prix[150]
1999Northern Ireland Donny RobinsonNorth West 200[151]
1999Northern Ireland Owen McNallyUlster Grand Prix[152]
2001Northern Ireland Gerald AllawayUlster Grand Prix[153]
2002Northern Ireland Gary JessUlster Grand Prix[154]
2004United Kingdom Andy WallaceUlster Grand Prix[155]
2006Northern Ireland Darran LindsayKillalane Road Races[108][vague]
2007Northern Ireland John DonnanTandragee 100
2008Northern Ireland Robert DunlopNorth West 200[108][vague]
2008Republic of Ireland Martin FinneganTandragee 100[108][vague]
2009Northern Ireland Mark YoungNorth West 200[108][vague]
2010Northern Ireland Victor GilmoreKillalane Road Races[156]
2012United Kingdom Mark BuckleyNorth West 200[157]
2012United Kingdom Lee VernonDundrod 150[158]
2014Republic of Ireland Noel MurphyTandragee 100[159]
2014United Kingdom Simon AndrewsNorth West 200[160]