Joliet 2011 Recap
Dallas and I left Tuesday morning for Joliet, IL to get in line for a hard pit space, as they're gone quick in this NMCA/NMRA combined race. We arrived at the track's staging area at 3:30PM Wednesday — about 12 rigs back in line. The track started letting the drivers onto the track at about noon Thursday. We had our pit set up, credentials established, the cars teched in, and back on the trailer by 4PM.
My biggest complaint with Chicago is the tight pitting, and the lack of enforcement of diesel generator exhaust routed into the pits of others. For the third year in a row — a different NMRA toter and trailer
combo has been pitted to my right and their two diesel generators have pumped exhaust into my pit 24/7. For four days we couldn't sit in
our pits, work in our pits, turn off our generator and open the windows of the coach, or cook on the grill because of the carbon monoxide. All of the NSS racers I see at the track show the proper consideration to get and install the exhaust extensions sold at Camping World. The NHRA has a policy for the safety of people in the pits — but the NMCA/NMRA do not enforce one. I've made my Complaint, however my last one was completely ignored. But I digress!
Not a good weekend for me personally. Back in Mechanicsville, my Vitamin C qualified well, but was more than 1/10 off Sunday morning in the first round of eliminations — handing Kurt Neighbor an easy win. In the first Time Trail at Joliet I was almost 2/10 slow. I took all of the weight out of the car — and was still 1/10 off in the second Time Trial. For the last Time Trial I bumped the timing from 32 to 35 and ran my number. In the first round of qualifying the motor didn't sound right as I crossed the line, and so I shut down and had towed back to the pit. I thought it was a rocker or push rod — but all looked well when we pulled off the valve covers. Then we noticed a drop of water from the #3 spark plug.
Pulling the plug had about an ounce of water come out. We hoped for a blown head gasket — but after pulling the head and dropping the #3 piston in the hole — we saw water dripping from the cylinder wall on top of the piston. So I was done for the event. After being pushed back in the Semis in Bradenton for 6 drops of clean water, going -.002 red in the first round of Atlanta, and the car not running the number in the first round in Mechanicsville — I don't have a prayer for the Points Championship this year. Not a good year at all for me.
The Blow by Blow reporting from the track and the final qualifying ranking, ladder and the round results can be found at the Joliet Live thread at the NSS Forum. Fast Forward to the Finals — it was the battle of the Dougs — Doug Duell and Doug Poskevitch, with Duell turning on the "Stupid Light" and giving Poskevitch the win.
Dallas' car was also having a problem running the number — even with the seat removed. On the way home we dropped it off in Evansville, In to have the hood (Dallas forgot to put the hood pins in at Mechanicsville and the body guy down sucked at fixing it) properly mounted, and look at why the Vacuum Pump is blowing oil everywhere. Dallas will go up to run the car in Chandler in a couple of weeks, and bring it back to have the hood prepped and painted. I'll most likely run it at the Dave Duell Classic — as the money for FX is big.
We arrived home at Monday night at 10PM, and by Wednesday 10AM the engine from the Vitamin C had been pulled and disassembled. By noon, the block and crank were at the machinist to be Sonic'd and Magnafluxed. We're hoping that we can resleeve the block and reusing the crank, pistons, cam, and crank. I was planning to run the Texas Whale next year, and was planning to freshenup the Vitamin C this year — and have it as a backup to the cars Dallas and run next year. It looks like that we'll be doing the Freshen up now. I ran the Vitamin C this year because it is dead nuts on consistent, and I felt my best chance for a ring — as opposed to T&Ting a new car. Now that my chance for the ring is hopeless (unless I was to ACE the next three races and three people fell on their faces – Fat Chance) I'll use Milan and Indy to work out any wrinkles in the Whale.
The below are a few NSS photos from Joliet — you will find 80 photos by clicking here.
June 29, 2011
Greece is the case study of how socialism doesn’t work. The above video is of the rioting in Athens Yesterday, but this has been going on for two years now as the country has crumbled under the weight from the personal greed of Socialism. The anarchists in the above video are mostly people bussed in by the trade Unions and the Communist party to intimidate politicians from voting for an unpopular austerity package — much like what you saw at the Capital in Wisconsin in May. The city is virtually on fire right now.
Over the last couple of decades in Greece, a higher percentage of people don’t pay any taxes — while a small percentage pay the largest percentage of taxes collected. This caused a class of the producers moving from Greece, hiding their income, or just throwing the towel. You’re starting to see the same thing (The John Galt Protest of the Producers) here in the US where 43% don’t pay a cent in Personal Income Tax — and 5% pay 801% of the Personal Income Tax.
20% of the people work for the government in Greece. Under Obama, government workers have shot up to 14% in the US over the last two years — and we’ve not yet had Obamacare kick in.
The majority of the rest of the employed people are the looters employed by the Unions — who have for decades been friends of the Government. Sound familiar? They work short hours, paid twice their worth in a capitalist society, receive month long vacations, retire in the mid-50s with a big pension, and have benefits pay for all major expenses. They are the looters of Greece. In the US Unions have ruined the auto Industry (giving it to Asia), and the steel industry (gone forever). Their main strength now is in Government — where they are allowed loot the States and Federal Treasury in return to get out eh vote and contributions.
The balance of the people in Greece are unemployed Moochers. They simply refuse to work, and expect the government and the taxes collected from the producers to pay their way through life. If you pay any attention to current events — you’ll see where interviews of these people now having them complaining that the US doesn’t do enough to help them — as it is our duty because we are rich and they are not.
Fact is that we contribute something like 17% (plus whatever other commitments Obama throws in from our public treasury) to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) — which has been throwing billions at Greece (and other European countries).
Greece’s problem stems from pure Greed. They elected Socialists who promised the masses a free ride as Moochers and Looters by simply electing them — just as we’ve done here in the US since FDR, our first King of the Moochers. The plan was to take the money from the producers — but they didn’t expect that the Producers would be so pissed from being looted that they’d cheat, move from Greece, or simply give up. The money dried up — but the Looters and Moochers kept mooching and looting. Now they know of no other way — and the current generation of young people are totally worthless and helpless, so they riot. This is much like the US’ third generation (since LBJ’s Great Society) of Welfare recipients paid based on the number of fatherless children they can crank out — pimping and hoing between rioting and flash robbing.
Spain and Portugal are in the same boat as Greece — with Italy right behind them. A little further back is Ireland (for a different reason), and a little further back is going to be France and Britain — because of their mooching Muslim population. Are of Europe will be set on fire by the Looters and Moochers when the money runs out.
Speaking of Muslims, this is also happening all over the Middle East. They’re currently rioting in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco — with other countries as big as Saudi Arabia to soon follow. There the repressive governments have financed a meager existence of the people doing nothing — and now those people want bigger cut. Instead of Communists and Unions the Middle East have the Muslim Brotherhood (recently changing their name in ACORN fashion), Hamas, and Hezbollah — which see this as an opportunity, much in the same way the Ayatollah saw the opportunity with the Shaw of Iran in the 70s. How did that work out?
Yet we don’t learn from any of this. We continue to elect people who promise free stuff that we can’t afford — and politicians saving their cushy job (where the bigger benefit is $100,000 futures tips) by kicking the can down the road — just as Greece did. We are on the path of becoming Greece — but the bigger problem is that there won’t be an IMF to bail us out. We cannot continue to throw a trillion dollars at shovel ready Union jobs, crony businesses that donate to the right campaigns, Jet Setting the Obama Family entourage around the world for their entertainment, free golf carts, government bail outs, and all of the rest of the money we’re wasting. We need to stop devaluing the dollar with the printing of tens of billions — while calling it “Quantitative Easing” (QE1 & QE2, and maybe soon a QE3). We cannot grow the government in the fashion we have in the last two years — and then Unionize them. These government agencies (Like the TSA) have been acting like Thugs — much as the Nazi Brown Shirts did. We shouldn’t be involved in the Middle East — which the exception of protecting our only friend over there, Israel. We certainly don’t need to be picking the wrong side — as we did in Iran back in the 70s. Let them just kill themselves — it keeps them too busy to fly planes into towers and bomb hotels.
We need to stop being so damn greedy and selfish, and take the little pain required to fix things now — instead of getting to the point of Greece where the pain will be unbearable. This time to save ourselves is about to run out. Yes — we’ll need to give up some Social Security and Medicare — and that sucks. I’ve paid the max in all of my life and that money would have been better invested privately. Yes we’ll have to stop studying the effect of AIDS on Hookers in China or shrimp on treadmills. Yes — we need to let the world start to take care of itself instead of the US always being the Cop and the rich uncle. Yes, cronys will no longer get greased as a reward of the Political Bundling efforts. We need to stop throwing money at an inferior educational system run by Unions. All looting needs to be stopped. All anti-Productive regulations need to be reversed.
People need to find it more of a benefit to work — than to be a moocher, which should be too painful to be accepted as a way of life. It was never in the plan of the Founding Fathers to create a Federal Government that was to grow so large, tax so much, and govern every aspect of its citizen’s lives — from sodas in schools to what kind of light bulb you can legally own.
People need to wake up and wake those around them. This apathy and personal greed screwed Greece, is screwing Spain, Portugal, and most of the rest of Europe. It is also screwing the US. Replace the politicians with those who convince you they we reduce the size of government — and rid us of the Looters and Moochers. Get involve with slapping sense into your friends now — by educating them on what is happening.
Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce an agreement.
The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25% this July, from 72 to only 60. The rationale for the cut was the increase in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a subsequent shortage of virgins in the afterlife.
The suicide bombers’ union, the British Organization of Occupational Martyrs (BOOM) responded with a statement that this was unacceptable to its members and immediately balloted for strike action.
General Secretary Abdullah Amir told the press,
“Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad. We don’t ask for much in return, and to be treated like this is like a kick in the teeth.”
Speaking from his shed in Tipton in the West Midlands, in which he currently resides, Al Qaeda chief executive Ayman Al-Zawahiri explained, “We sympathize with our workers concerns, but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands.
They are simply not accepting the realities of modern-day Jihad in a competitive marketplace. Thanks to Western depravity there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It’s a straight choice between reducing expenditure and laying people off. I don’t like cutting wages but I’d hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won’t be able to blow themselves up.”
Spokespersons for the Union in the northeast of England, Ireland, Wales, and the entire Australian continent stated that the strike would not affect
their operations, as “there are no virgins in their areas anyway.”
Apparently the drop in the number of suicide bombings has been put down to the emergence of Scottish singing star Susan Boyle – now that Muslims know what an actual virgin looks like they are not so keen on going to paradise.
In the book Atlas Shrugged, the first page asks “Who is John Galt?” That question is asked continually throughout the book. In the third Part of the book’s three parts — you find out who John Galt is.
Back in 1998, I decided I’d had enough of the interference with running a business that employed a couple of hundred people, paid millions a year in taxes, and spent $400,000 a month in expenses to stimulate the economy — so I threw in the towel and sold. The people who bought it ruined the business and four years later there were 4 people left — losing money. A couple of people told me I was like John Galt — and I was clueless who he was other than he was in the book Atlas Shrugged.
When I sold three of my remaining businesses for virtually nothing (to three managers who had worked for me for over 20 years) in 2008 when it looked like Obama was going to be elected, and folded three more by just paying off all liabilities and dissolving them — more people told me I was John Galt.
All of this peaked my interest enough to read the book. I just recently got the chance to start reading it, and I’m now on page 3000 of 4700 on the electronic version at the text size I like (1400 pages for the hardcover version) and have finally learned who John Galt is. While I did some of the same things for some of the same reasons as John Galt — he took it to a far higher level while I spent more time with family and reliving my childhood with Drag Racing. If there was ever a real John Galt — he’d be a better man than I.
Reading this book is a real eye opener. You can associate a current name to everyone in the book, and a current company to every company in the book. We are living that book right now. It is amazing!
I know that I spend a lot of time harping on this book — but it is a remarkable eye opener about the evils of World Socialism — and how it is destroying places like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, and Italy — yet we walk in the same footsteps. It is a story of corrupt government bureaucrats, corrupt labor Unions, Communist college professors, Communist main stream media, and “Progressives” in general destroying success because the feeling that success = greed and failure = never having a fair chance because of that greed. The concept of each giving based on his ability and each receiving based on his need sees needs getting overinflated and success giving up, and corruption and cronyism flourishing.
The World’s Best Speech
Money Is Evil?
The follow in a speech given by a fictional character by the name of Francisco D’Ancondia in a novel written in 1957 by Ayn Rand — titled “Atlas Shrugged”
As I write this, I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book — which is the best book I’ve ever read. Some who read the book will understand the message the author intended to give — but most today, as in 1957, will have the message race over their head — as they are living in that warning given over 50 years ago. To them, it will just be a great novel of fictitious people in a fictitious land.
I encourage those worried with what “Hope and Change” has put the United States to please read this book. It is a big and heavy book — better read in the electronic version. I believe that many, like me, will find it near impossible to put it down.
The below except is a speech Franciso gave at a wedding of an anti-business “Progressive”, that was attended but Socialists and Government Cronies. It was his response to someone telling him that his money was evil.
Francisco d’Anconia’s Speech on Money from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)
“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?
“When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor–your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?
“Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions–and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.
“But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made–before it can be looted or mooched–made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more than he has produced.’
“To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money permits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not their loss–the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery–that you must offer them values, not wounds–that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity,
but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade–with reason, not force, as their final arbiter–it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability–and the degree of a man’s productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?
“But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality–the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.
“Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who attempts to purchase the brains of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up by becoming the victim of his inferiors. The men of intelligence desert him, but the cheats and the frauds come flocking to him, drawn by a law which he has not discovered: that no man may be smaller than his money. Is this the reason why you call it evil?
“Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth–the man who would make his own fortune no matter where he started. If an heir is equal to his money, it serves him; if not, it destroys him. But you look on and you cry that money corrupted him. Did it? Or did he corrupt his money? Do not envy a worthless heir; his wealth is not yours and you would have done no better with it. Do not think that it should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune. Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?
“Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? Is this the root of your hatred of money?
“Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money
will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of your hatred of money?
“Or did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money–and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.
“Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.
“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another–their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.
“But money demands of you the highest virtues, if you wish to make it or to keep it. Men who have no courage, pride or self-esteem, men who have no moral sense of their right to their money and are not willing to defend it as they defend their life, men who apologize for being rich–will not remain rich for long. They are the natural bait for the swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but come crawling out at the first smell of a man who begs to be forgiven for the guilt of owning wealth. They will hasten to relieve him of the guilt–and of his life, as he deserves.
“Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard–the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money–the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law–men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims–then money becomes its creators’ avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.
“Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns
and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.
“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked, ‘Account overdrawn.’
“When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, ‘Who is destroying the world? You are.
“You stand in the midst of the greatest achievements of the greatest productive civilization and you wonder why it’s crumbling around you, while you’re damning its life-blood–money. You look upon money as the savages did before you, and you wonder why the jungle is creeping back to the edge of your cities. Throughout men’s history, money was always seized by looters of one brand or another, whose names changed, but whose method remained the same: to seize wealth by force and to keep the producers bound, demeaned, defamed, deprived of honor. That phrase about the evil of money, which you mouth with such righteous recklessness, comes from a time when wealth was produced by the labor of slaves–slaves who repeated the motions once discovered by somebody’s mind and left unimproved for centuries. So long as production was ruled by force, and wealth was obtained by conquest, there was little to conquer, Yet through all the centuries of stagnation and starvation, men exalted the looters, as aristocrats of the sword, as aristocrats of birth, as aristocrats of the bureau, and despised the producers, as slaves, as traders, as shopkeepers–as industrialists.
“To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only time in history, a country of money–and I have no higher, more reverent tribute to pay to America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement. For the first time, man’s mind and money were set free, and there were no fortunes-by-conquest, but only fortunes-by-work, and instead of swordsmen and slaves, there appeared the real maker of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being–the self-made man–the American industrialist.
“If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose–because it contains all the others–the fact that they were the people who created the phrase ‘to make money.’ No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity–to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created. The words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.
“Yet these were the words for which Americans were denounced by the rotted cultures of the looters’ continents. Now the looters’ credo has brought you to regard your proudest achievements as a hallmark of shame, your prosperity as guilt, your greatest men, the industrialists, as blackguards, and your magnificent factories as the product and property of muscular labor, the labor of whip-driven slaves, like the pyramids of Egypt. The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of the dollar and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide– as, I think, he will.
“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other–and your time is running out.”
I believe I understand Rand’s message because of personally experiencing the comments and attitudes and people around me for so many years. I believe the Novel was written about 40 years into the 100-year plan, and we’re better than 90 years into that plan. People need to wake up — and reading Atlas Shrugged will make many of those who read it.
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I’m having a terrible year. Pushed back in the Semis at Bradenton for six drops of clear water between the staging lanes and the burnout box (they were watching for me every pass because of a rumor), a -.002 red light in Atlanta in the first round, and then misjudging the weight in the first round of Mechanicsville while racing sick as a dog.
I need a break!
Congrats Doug, Dallas, and Kurt who passed me up in Maryland. Don’t take it for granted — I will get my shit together.
It turns out our President has his own Facebook account under one of his reported aliases. Let’s hope he’s not sending photos of his wiener out to his friends! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002453027874
My middle daughter bought me Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand last week, to read as I recover at home from an illness. Last night I read the Introduction (which was based on excerpts from the author’s journal planning the story and characters) and the first three chapters (93 pages) tonight. Very hard to put down.
Originally the book was going to be called “Strike”, but Rand’s husband suggested she change the name to Atlas Shrugged. She started work on the book after finishing Fountainhead in the early 40s — and the book was finally finished and published it in 1957.
The first I’d heard of the book was in 1998. People kept telling me I was like John Galt in Atlas Shrugged — I mean a lot of people told me this after I abruptly and unexpectedly retired in my early 40s. I was tired of being an unappreciated Giver that was being penalized in favor of the lazy Takers. I found that my being compared to Galt very strange, mainly because I’d never heard of Galt or the book before.
In 1998, I owned three good size businesses, employed a couple hundred people, spent over $500,000 a month in expenses to local vendors, and earned about $400,000 a month profit for myself and a silent partner who had invested in me back in 1990. I was paying millions in taxes. However, despite my personally risking everything I had to get started, and working from 6AM to 11PM seven days a week — I was paying extortion fees of about $60,000 a month for nuisance valve settlements of frivolous lawsuits, fighting unreasonable government obstacles at levels, and the world appeared hated me for no reason more than the envy of success from my ambition, risk and long hours. I bent over backwards to be charitable — which while expected of me because I had more than average — was never appreciated by the recipients of my charity.
I finally got fed up and decided I was sick of beating me head against the wall just because it was expected Givers (those who contribute to the system more than they take from it), decided I was tired of being penalized for being productive, and I threw in the towel and retired from being a productive producer 30 years earlier than I should have. I had become sick of a Socialist political climate where the Takers are rewarded, and the Giver’s penalized.
People were shocked when I decided to retire and saw me adjust my lifestyle to live on a small fraction of what of what I was spending — after throwing away a $2,000,000 a year personal revenue stream. Family and friends thought I was crazy to give it all up to go drag racing — and some feel I am evil for not doing my part of employing people and spending money in the local economy. When I started being compared to John Galt — who I knew nothing of — I said I would someday read the book to find out why I’m being compared to him.
My understanding is that John Galt won’t be introduced in the book until after page 1000 — but in the first 100+ pages that I’ve read so far, the question “Who is John Galt” has been asked many times.
While this book was published in 1957 — it is all about what’s going on in America today. You have the Givers (like Bill Gates) who are some of the ambitious and charitable people who have taken risks and work their asses off to employ many in growing business — but are hated mostly out of envy (though other lame excuses are used); the book has the Takers who feel entitled to receive more than they give and are subsidized by the Givers they hate out of envy; the book has the worthless progressives who inherited money screwing up big the companies (like Jeff Imelt at GE) they run; the book has the Progressive Main Stream Media; the book has the equivalents of Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, and George Soros; and the book has cronyism, government bailout loans, and nationalization of business. You can kinda see where this book is going — and why the original title was “Strike”.
The book is so big and heavy (was wearing me out holding it up to read) with a small type font — that I sprung the $18 to get the iBook version that I’m now reading on my iPad. This is the first electronic book I’ve read — and I’ve got to tell you I’m digging it — although I never thought I would. I did it mainly because of the weight of a book and the small type — but I now finding that I read much faster on the iPad.
Man I’m telling you — this is so far the best novel I’ve ever read because we’re living it right now!
My Dad’s 4th Novel “BAD BLOOD: Parole … For A Murderer?” has been published. If you would like to make an old man happy and get a good book to read over the summer, click the link to order and inscribed copy.
BAD BLOOD: Parole … For A Murderer? [Paperback]
- Paperback: 540 pages (Large 14pt Font for easier reading)
- Publisher: Trafford Publishing (May 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426958293
- ISBN-13: 978-1426958298
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Perhaps you’ve heard of Richard Speck. He’d murdered eight nurses, in Chicago, in 1965. He was caught, tried, convicted. Sentenced to death. In 1972, The Supreme Court decided that capital punishment was “cruel and unusual punishment”. All death sentences were commuted to Life Imprisonment. In Illinois, Speck became eligible for parole in 1976. In Bad Blood, Wessley H. Burleson kills “only” four stewardesses — and rapes a fifth. He is caught, tried, convicted. Sentenced to death. His sentence also becomes life. When his case comes up, he is granted parole. He leads the authorities on a merry chase — leaving a deadly path of human debris in his wake.
The Obama Administration Intends to Collect
NMCA In Mechanicsville, MD Recap
Dave Schultz 7601
Dallas Schultz 7602
June 7, 2011
The event actually started Tuesday, May 31st for Dallas and I. I had spent the previous 9 days in bed, trying to recover from E-Coli poisoning and was still sick (still am) — but if I didn’t at least make one qualifying pass to get on the ladder — I had no chance left for the Championship ring. We normally would have left Wednesday for the 1500+ mile trip, but Dallas had to do all of the driving to Maryland, so we left a day earlier.
We arrived at the track late Thursday afternoon and set up our cramped pit. On Friday morning we teched the cars in, and at 1 O’clock Time Trials started. We had three Time Trials, but I ran 11.06 on a 11.00 Index in the Vitamin C at 3:15PM — and figured I was good to go for the 1st Qualifying at 8PM when the weather would be cooler. Dallas was also close enough to his Index that he passed on making more than one Time Trial pass.
We got two Qualifying passes on Friday and three more on Saturday. This was due to the very light turnout for the event. MIR is a very nice track, and the track operator and his people are some of the best I’ve seen. The track hooked good — and the weather was cool. However, NMCA hasn’t figured out that they can draw a lot of people to races in PA, NJ, NC, or MD. I’ve never seen a decent car count at any of those events. I hate making the 3000+ mile round trip drive for these races — especially when we have tracks in Texas that they haven’t considered to replace the low attendance Eastern Seaboard races. This will be most likely my last year with the NMCA as they get farther away every year — but I digress.
I had only intended to make 1 qualifying pass as it was worth up to 340 points for the year to get on the ladder — even if I didn’t show for the first round of eliminations — but I felt well enough to make all of the qualifying and then attempt the Eliminations. The below is qualifying after the 4th round (no change for the 5th) and the ladder.
It rained during the night, and it took the track staff most of Sunday morning to get the track ready. I guessed the weight wrong for the humidity, plus had a terrible 60′ from spin — so Kurt made quick work of me as I was about 1/10 off. Camp won over Poskevitch, Midile over Roell, Dallas over Hopkins, Koester over Young, Merrick over Winick, Wilson had a “Broke Bye” when Bates got backed out, and Duell had the “Competition Bye”.
In the second round it was Duel over Camp, Neighbor over Dallas, Koester over Wilson, and Midile over Merrick. In the Semis, Duell beat Midile and Skippy Koester beat Kurt Neighbor. Doug Duell won in the finals.
Dallas and I left the track at about 2PM and arrived back at the shop at 8PM — driving 31 hours straight. There is a thread on the NSS forum with more details and comments.
10 Poorest Cities in America and how did it happen
City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level
1. Detroit, MI 32.5%
2. Buffalo, NY 29.9%
3. Cincinnati, OH 27.8%
4. Cleveland, OH 27.0%
5. Miami, FL 26.9%
6. St. Louis, MO 26.8%
7. El Paso, TX 26.4%
8. Milwaukee, WI 26.2%
9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%
10. Newark, NJ 24.2%
U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007
What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?
Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961
Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954
Cincinnati, OH – (3rd)… since 1984
Cleveland, OH – (4th)… since 1989
Miami, FL – (5th) has never had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO – (6th)… since 1949
El Paso, TX – (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee , WI – (8th)… since 1908
Philadelphia, PA – (9th)… since 1952
Newark, NJ – (10th)… since 1907.
Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’
Texas Whale is Mopar Muscle Magazine’s August 2011 PentaStar!
She Was Pulling On My Johnson