Friday, April 17, 2015

Darrell Waltrip on God and NASCAR: National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, February 5, 2015.

"You don't have to walk alone. … Get on your knees and ask for forgiveness. He's waiting for you. He was there all the time. I just didn't know or acknowledge it." 
- Darrell Waltrip. 

"This is what people said about me. They said I was brash, ruthless, pushy, cocky, conceited, aloof, boastful, arrogant and just downright annoying," Waltrip said. "And I've got to tell you, those were people that liked me so you can imagine what people that didn't like me had to say about me."

- Darrell Waltrip address at the National Prayer Breakfast. 



The crash that changed Darrell Waltrip's life.

Waltrip said he did "everything to satisfy me." And when his wife, Stevie, tried to take him to church, he said he just didn't have the time "for this church stuff." But things changed after a car wreck.




Darrell Waltrip's address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, February 5, 2015.

"I know I talk to millions of fans on TV every week. However, I'm not entirely comfortable speaking to this many people in person, but the Lord told me to do so," he added. "This was an honor beyond description and a moment I'll never forget. I love to share my testimony about what the Lord has done in my life, and doing it on my birthday made it that much more special."
 
 



President Obama: Love and Humility is the Key.

"There aren't that many occasions that bring His Holiness [Dalai Lama] under the same roof as NASCAR," President Obama said. "This may be the first, but God works in mysterious ways."




Links:

'You're Going to Hell If You Don't Know Jesus,' NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip Says at Nat'l Prayer Breakfast Before Obama, Dalai Lama.

Waltrip gives National Prayer Breakfast keynote.



Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Great Debate: Are Race Car Drivers Athletes?

"Do I think he [NASCAR six time champion Jimmie Johnson] is an athlete? Absolutely not. He sits in a car and he drives. That doesn't make you athletic ... What athletically is he doing?"  - Donovan McNabb (Retired NFL player).


The full context of McNabb's comment:




Tiger Woods? How high does the heart rate of a golfer go?  Does Tiger Woods ever wonder whether he'll come out of the next putt alive?


McNabb's comment outraged NASCAR fans, who were quick to respond on the social media. But the best response came from Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (Sarah Fisher is herself a former IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 driver), who monitored the heart rate of their driver, Josef Newgarden, during a high-speed test drive.

Newgarden's heart rate averaged about 180 beats per minute during the drive, with the lowest being 162, and the highest 190 beats per minute. Keep in mind that IndyCar drivers have to endure this for between three to four hours, except for pit stops (usually lasting about ten seconds) and cautions, which give them a "breather".



NASCAR drivers experience around 3Gs, while IndyCar drivers can go as high as 5Gs. Comparing G-Forces in IndyCar to a fighter jet pilot:





 Josef Newgarden's physical fitness training program.





 Make no mistake: The debate is over!

Race car drivers ARE athletes, and among the fittest athletes in the world.



Links:


Donovan McNabb: NASCAR drivers aren't athletes.

Here We Go Again: Are Race Car Drivers Athletes?

Tate's take a common one in sports.

Race Car Drivers As Athletes.

Donovan McNabb is right, race car drivers are not athletes. They are something far more impressive..


Friday, April 10, 2015

Lieutenant Colonel Philip J. Corso on Roswell and Extraterrestrials.

"Of course UFOs are real--and they are interplanetary.....The cumulative evidence for the existence of UFOs is quite overwhelming and I accept the fact of their existence."  - Air Chief Marshall Lord Hugh Dowding, commanding officer of the Royal Air Force during WWII.  Statement made in August of 1954.

"UFOs are real and they may come from outer space....photographs and various materials show scientifically that there are more advanced people piloting the saucers and motherships."  - General Kanshi Ishikawa, Chief of Air Staff of Japan's ASDF, in a statement in 1967. 

"Something is going on in the skies....that we do not understand.  If all the airline pilots and Air Force pilots who have seen UFOs--and sometimes chased them--have been the victims of hallucinations, then an awful lot of pilots should be taken off and forbidden to fly." - Captain Kervendal, of the French Gendarmerie 


"But hidden beneath everything I did, at the center of a double life I led that no one knew about, and buried deep inside my job at the Pentagon was a single file cabinet that I had inherited because of my intelligence background. That file held the army’s deepest and most closely guarded secret: the Roswell files, the cache of debris and information an army retrieval team from the 509th Army Air Field pulled out of the wreckage of a flying disk that had crashed outside the town of Roswell in the New Mexico desert in the early morning darkness during the first week of July 1947.
 


Philip J. Corso (Introduction), The Day After Roswell.  


I've been studying (sporadically) the alien/UFO phenomenon since I was fifteen years old. The catalyst for this was Erich Von Daniken's  Chariots of the Gods. Although a motivating primer, I didn't find Von Daniken very useful once I went deeper into subject.

"UFO studies" have come a long way since Von Daniken (who was basically a publicist) and the 1960s. Indeed, when viewed from the perspective of what was happening long before the 1960s, Von Daniken now seems almost like a media circus. While Von Daniken alerted the public to the possibility of alien intervention during earth's history, and "got us thinking", the real story of significant alien encounters goes back to the 1940s, and as you'll see, very likely not only the 1940s, but "they" have likely been among us for thousands of years, and probably from the very beginning of the rise of Homo Sapiens.

Such thoughts are mind-boggling, but there has been no shortage of speculation about this, even the idea that aliens may have "created the human race" through advanced biological technology (hybridisation) , and that they are in fact our "gods".

Wherever the truth lies, one (or "open minds") cannot ignore what Philip J. Corso. had to say on the subject.

In my 45 years of investigating the alien/UFO phenomenon, there is one curious thing that has always struck me: How many dismiss the phenomenon without reading or viewing the evidence.

Even one distinguished professor at a prominent university (who shall remain nameless), had this to say in 2012:

"For the record:  I myself think it extremely likely that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists.  Or, rather, hugely improbable that it doesn’t.  But it’s striking that, thus far, we’ve found no recognizable signs of it."

That statement is nothing short of astonishing (but not surprising coming from "academia"), when one considers how much evidence there actually is, but it reflects a trend in debunkers unfamiliar with the evidence, and who formed their opinions on various "agendas" (often religious), rather than looking at the actual evidence.  

Without further ado, I'll leave readers to make their own assessments about Philip J. Corso (the video is published by Sirius Disclosure.):



Links and Sources:

Philip J. Corso, The Day After Roswell (full book online).

Famous Quotes - Military.

Sirius Disclosure.

Philip Corso & Dead Alien Body.

Military UFO Quotes.

Roswell officer's amazing deathbed admission raises possibility that aliens DID visit.

A review of "The Day After Roswell".

Let there be no doubt. Alien technology harvested from the infamous saucer crash in Roswell, N.Mex., in July 1947 led directly to the development of the integrated circuit chip, laser and fiber optic technologies, Particle beams, Electromagnetic propulsion systems, Depleted uranium projectiles, Stealth capabilities, and many others! How do I know? I was in charge! A matter of public record I think the kids on this planet are wise to the truth, and I think we ought to give it to them. I think they deserve it.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/q
Let there be no doubt. Alien technology harvested from the infamous saucer crash in Roswell, N.Mex., in July 1947 led directly to the development of the integrated circuit chip, laser and fiber optic technologies, Particle beams, Electromagnetic propulsion systems, Depleted uranium projectiles, Stealth capabilities, and many others! How do I know? I was in charge! A matter of public record I think the kids on this planet are wise to the truth, and I think we ought to give it to them. I think they deserve it.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/qu
Let there be no doubt. Alien technology harvested from the infamous saucer crash in Roswell, N.Mex., in July 1947 led directly to the development of the integrated circuit chip, laser and fiber optic technologies, Particle beams, Electromagnetic propulsion systems, Depleted uranium projectiles, Stealth capabilities, and many others! How do I know? I was in charge! A matter of public record I think the kids on this planet are wise to the truth, and I think we ought to give it to them. I think they deserve it.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/author/27251-Philip_J_Corso

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Legacy of Peter Norman: "I'll Stand By You."





When racism and prejudice rears its ugly head some Australians really stand out. A young Brisbane woman named Rachel Jacobs inspired the #illridewithyou Twitter campaign, which went the proverbial "viral".


A young Brisbane woman, Rachael Jacobs, appears to have inspired the campaign after posting a moving Facebook status about her encounter with a Muslim woman earlier in the day.

"...and the (presumably) Muslim woman sitting next to me on the train silently removes her hijab," Ms Jacobs wrote.

"I ran after her at the train station. I said 'put it back on. I'll walk with u'. She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute - then walked off alone."


Source: Martin Place siege: #illridewithyou hashtag goes viral.


Today, with the "social media", thousands, and even millions, can tune in to such campaigns online.


But "online" wasn't even technological phrase related to an Internet that didn't exist when Australia's Peter Norman won the silver medal in the 200 metres at the Mexico Olympics in 1968.

Norman created the equivalent of the #illridewithyou hashtag in 1968 when he reacted to blatant racism against American "Black athletes", saying to Carlos and Smith  "I'll stand by you" in relation to the black glove protest.  

One of Australia's most famous athletes reacted the same way Rachel Jacobs did, forty plus years before. Unfortunately, Peter Norman's "I'll stand by you" in 1968, is unknown to most Australians, because that was an age before the "social media".

Peter Norman didn't say that because he wanted recognition on some "social media" (and I'm not at all suggesting that Rachel Jacobs had "ulterior motives", or did what she did for recognition).  

Norman said it because that's what was in his heart, and he paid a hefty price for fully supporting Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who were pallbearers at his funeral when he died at the age of 64.

Peter Norman was not only a great Australian sprinter, but a great human being. 






The photo that shook the 1968 Olympics, and the world. Norman became known as "the man who split the Americans", running 20.06, a time which still stands as the Australian 200 metres record 47 years on.

Pallbearers Smith (left) and Carlos.


Tommie Smith and John Carlos pay emotional respect at the funeral of Peter Norman.





Links:


Peter Norman.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Just For The Record - Another "Run-of-the-Mill Taxi Driver Incident".

So I was offered a computer-generated job, and took it. It was a wee-hours train station pick up, nothing to be excited nor worried about. I'd done that job a hundred times, without incident. When I arrived, however, I immediately had a sense of "disquiet". Three young (possibly drunk or on drugs) "customers" (two males and one female), and after all it was "Uni night" in the Gong, and even though all aren't Uni students, it can also be called a "Uni age night".
 
The young girl sits in the front, then mumbles a destination. "Railway something" is what I heard, and there's a Railway Pde., Railway St, Railway Station Square, so I ask for clarification. They seem to think I'm dense, but a lack of clarification can lead to embarrassment. How many Smith streets are there again in the region? But through ESP the driver is expected to know which Smith Street you live in? So I finally, densely, work out they want to go to Railway St.
 
 
"Can we have some tunes?" (or, "turn on the fucking radio"), says the young lady. She then turns the volume up near peak. Fortunately, I have a hearing problem. No problem, I say. On the way it's actually going okay, without any snarky comments. Maybe they're not so bad, I thought. It's an okay fare too, just when I need it. Two minutes from the destination the "young lady" looks at the meter. She can see it's past $15.00, and will probably be about $19.00.
 
 
"Can ya do it for fifteen?", she asks. If I turn down the $15.00 request, it's possible they'll bolt, and I get nothing. So I reluctantly say, "Yeah I can do that" (better $15.00 than nothing). When the cab stops, the two guys in the back jump out, and I look for signs of her opening the door to leave without paying. With foot on the accelerator and ready to go with her hanging out the front door, I'm actually surprised she doesn't.  I was prepared to burn tires to keep her in the cab until I got paid, or we ended up at a police station. I could just see the scenario, with 60 year old me shouting, "where's the fucking money!?" It's happened before.
 
 
She doesn't even grab the door latch (which I'm keeping an eye on), but instead rummages through her jeans pockets and pulls out $50 notes to what I estimated to be about $300.00. And she wants a $19.00 fare discounted to $15.00. She's tempting me, but I decided to play the game and not get visibly angry. She finally finds a $20 note among the $50s, and hands it to me. I calmly give her $5 change for the $20. "Thanks", she says, and leaves the cab. I do a U-Turn on double lines, and really don't care if a Highway patrol car sees, and books me. I just don't give a rat's.

I'm angry, very angry, but I don't want to show it, because that would only be playing her game. The truth too is I was just glad to be rid of them. All the way back into town, though, it's eating me, badly. I ask myself why do cab drivers have to compromise so much? If she was five cents short of buying a McDonald's meal, she would never get it. Yet she wants to "do a deal you can't refuse", because if you refuse, they might just run and not pay.

Ruminating on this all the way back to town, I try to look on the positive side - she's young. In 50 years time, with her walker and in need of physical assistance, she may look back on this moment and wish she wasn't so stubborn and arrogant, basically a thief, an unconscionable human rotten and corrupted to the core, with no sense of fairness and honesty to a man working his guts out to earn a living.
 
 
I try to seek a sense of forgiveness for the rest of the night, telling myself that it really doesn't matter, but it's not the money that matters, it's the callousness, and the total disregard for other human beings working hard for a living, and only just managing to get by. I have to admit that I went home almost inconsolable. Depressed.
 
 
I decide to call to quits earlier than usual, not because it's the loss of a measly $3 or so that's eating me - it was the inhumanity of one human being to another. 
 
 
This was never about money, because three or four dollars would never make a difference to my existence.  It was always about callousness and inhumanity, and nothing else.

To this "young girl", I would pose a $64,000 question: 


What if it was your Dad driving the cab to sustain and support you?

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Power of One - How I Became a Fan of NASCAR.

Once in a while someone comes along who generates enormous interest and changes the face of a sport. Ayrton Senna was such a person to Formula One.

"We are made of emotions, we are all looking for emotions, it's only a question of finding the way to experience them. There are many different ways of experience them all. Perhaps one different thing, only that, one particular thing that Formula One can provide you, is that you know we are always expose to danger, danger of getting hurt, danger of dying." - Ayrton Senna.



"I'm very privileged. I've always had a very good life. But everything that I've gotten out of life was obtained through dedication and a tremendous desire to achieve my goals... a great desire for victory, meaning victory in life, not as a driver. To all of you who have experienced this or are searching now, let me say that whoever you may be in your life, whether you're at the highest or most modest level, you must show great strength and determination and do everything with love and a deep belief in God. One day, you'll achieve your aim and you'll be successful." - Ayrton Senna. 


"Winning races", or keeping some tally-board of wins, isn't necessarily what creates spectator interest in a sport.  It's the struggle to the top that generates interest, especially when one is an "underdog", and especially of the "wrong gender".

I'm a NASCAR fan today because of Danica Patrick.

There, I said it. That doesn't mean that I've not come to appreciate NASCAR, and its famed heroes like Dale Earnhardt Snr and Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and many others. Indeed, I came to know them through through my growing interest in Danica's progress in the sport. 

Richard Petty has often made derogatory remarks about Danica, complaining that she's basically a "show pony" without real talent, and that the only way Danica would win is if
everybody else stayed home

Well, I have some news for Richard Petty: Before Danica, I would have asked "Richard who?" And I seriously mean that.The only reason I know who Richard Petty is, is because I followed Danica from IndyCar into NASCAR.Had she stayed in IndyCar, it's very unlikely I'd be a NASCAR fan today. That aside, I do find NASCAR per se to be an exciting sport.

It's not as if Danica isn't a talented and superb racing driver, being the first female to lead the Indianapolis 500 (19 laps); first female to lead the Daytona 500, and the first female to win an IndyCar Series race (Motegi 300, Japan, 2008), and a third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, the highest placing by any female. Richard Petty apparently never raced IndyCars, which go 30 to 40 miles per hour faster than NASCAR, and experience G-forces no NASCAR driver will ever have to endure.(On oval and banked tracks, IndyCars go about 30mph faster than Formula One.)

Richard Petty was a "great", but I haven't followed him much, since he comes from a bygone era of NASCAR. All I know is that he wears a cowboy hat, and is apparently sexist. I suppose I should look into it some more, because I'm told he was "The King" of his era, which was when women were considered to be most useful being "barefoot and pregnant".








Why Danica Patrick Still Moves the Needle in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.



Danica Leading at Dega (Top speed: 200mph):




2005 Indianapolis 500. With 28 laps to go, rookie Danica Patrick takes the lead. Fuel conservation forced Danica to slow towards the end. Were it not for that, she would almost certainly have become the first woman to win the Indy 500.  Her talent as an IndyCar driver, and her ability to hold her own against the best drivers in the world, was never in question. It all came down to "fuel strategies". She didn't have enough fuel to go flat out to the finish, and finished fourth.



As the race commentator said, there were 300,000 seats in the arena, but all were standing and cheering Danica on to become the first female to win the Indianapolis 500.



The 2009 Indianapolis 500. There were two other female drivers in the field, Sarah Fisher (17th), and Milka Duno (20th), but the focus was on Danica, and whether she could become the first female to win the Indianapolis 500. She finished third, behind Dan Weldon and Helio Castroneves. Danica's skill shone through, and her armchair critics need to ask whether they could handle even 100mph of a lap of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The skill and fitness required for the Indy 500, is highly underestimated.

Last laps of the 2009 Indianapolis 500: