Tuesday, November 03, 2015

NASCAR, demigods, and reality

NASCAR?? Who understands it?

They have suspended Matt Kenseth for two races. All he did from his position 9 laps down from the leaders, was run into the leader and then push the leader's car across the track and into the wall.
The crowd loved it and applauded heartily. This confirms what many of us think already. Fans go to NASCAR races to see wrecks, much like hockey fans attend games to see a fight. Rarely is either group disappointed.
What do I think? First, Kenseth has been talking about doing something like this for two weeks. Someone from NASCAR should have taken him aside and warned him that NASCAR would not tolerate this kind of thing. Second, I don't think that two races is enough of a suspension. They should have suspended him for the last three races of the season, fined him a bunch of money, and taken away some, if not all, of his championship points.

Other drivers have said that Logano had violated the "unwritten drivers code" and that Kenseth was merely enforcing the code. That's big talk from a bunch of little fellows. There is also an unwritten man's code that men don't talk to each other in the men's room. I have seen guys violate that rule, but I have never seen anyone slammed into a urinal as some kind of "enforcement".  Have you?

Guys in sports do stuff, that if you and I did in the real world, we would be in jail. While the problem has intensified as athletes have evolved into some kind of demigods, it is not new. Almost 50 years ago, Juan Marichal of the Giants attacked John Roseboro of the Dodgers and beat him with a bat. Marichal should have been arrested. Athletes should not be some kind of protected class. Wait, that takes us back to the demigod issue. If we won't tolerate it in the real world, why tolerate it in sports?

This is why our children are so confused. They see this crap in video games, in sports, in movies, and on television and think that this is reality. It's not.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Weekend Sports Recap?

I am not much of a sports fan, I routinely fall asleep during ball games or car races. It doesn't matter whether I am watching on television or if I am there in person.

I have heard all that I can stand about "fantasy football".  "Fantasy Football" is nothing more than a huge gambling scam in which all of the major media sources have decided to participate.

"Real" football is some kind of fantasy where we pay people huge sums of money to play a game. Then we have to watch them strut around after catching a ball acting like they have cured cancer or something. It's a game, idiot boy!! How many touchdown dances or end zone celebrations get performed at your job? When the mailman puts the right mail into your mailbox, does he dance around it and then pound his chest? When they give you the right order at the drive through window, do the McDonalds employees cross themselves and point up at the sky?? Do the Wal-Mart cashiers make that throat cutting gesture when they total up your purchase?

 Even though there is an election looming next year, how long will it be before someone in government wakes up and realizes that there is this huge national gambling network happening and the government isn't getting their piece of the action?? Wait!! Maybe I have missed something and all of this is taking place on Indian reservations.

Don't even get me started on NASCAR!! Here's a sport where they change the rules every week. Why do they still call it "stock car" racing? There isn't a single part from a production car on a NASCAR racecar. They can't decide if Matt Kenseth deliberately hit Joey Logano yesterday in the Martinsville race. Kenseth has been threatening to do this for a couple of weeks. So yesterday he had the motive, the means, and the opportunity. What is NASCAR waiting for? If they had called the Virginia Highway Patrol to investigate this "accident", it would be done by now. Joe Gibbs would be on his way to Martinsville to get Kenseth out on bail.

The NFL can't define a "reception". NASCAR can't tell you what an accident is or isn't. The government doesn't know what gambling is.

  It must be Monday..

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The World Series starts today. Really?

The World Series will start in about an hour. I remember when they played it in October. At this rate, the "Fall Classic" will soon become a Winter Carnival.

 When I was a kid, Sandy Koufax missed a game because it was on Yom Kippur. If Sandy played today, he would have to worry about the Series interfering with Hanukah. Today, Reggie (Mr. October) Jackson would be Mr. November. There's a better chance of a game being called for snow than for rain. There's just something wrong with batboys wearing winter parkas.

When I was in school, we would run home from school to see the end of the game. I still can't get used to it being played late at night.  I don't have to run home now to see the game, I just have to struggle to stay up past my bedtime.

Baseball and other sports are carrying this "playoff" crap way too far. It's like the NBA. They play an 82 game season to decide which half of the teams will be in the playoffs. Even NASCAR has a playoff format. Of course, they let everybody keep racing, whether they can win the championship or not. I don't quite understand that format. This all may explain why I no longer qualify as a sports "fan".

 Let's face it. The Boys of Summer need to decide the World Series winner in early fall, not around Thanksgiving

Monday, October 26, 2015

Biking while black??

The Today show on NBC ran a story about black bicyclists in Tampa being targeted by police. According to NBC, a story by the Tampa Bay Times shows that 79% of tickets given to bicyclists are given to blacks despite blacks only being 25% of the population. The city has asked for a federal investigation to determine if the claims are correct.

The policy was defended by Police Chief Eric Ward, who just happens to be black. Many of those stopped are black juveniles out in the middle of the night. The police are stopping blacks in high crime areas late at night because bicycles are a "getaway" vehicle for criminals in those areas. 

In our nation obsessed with celebrating diversity, here's a thought. Since we are all different, maybe some of us observe the law at different rates than others.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Reflections from the Road

I returned earlier this week from a trip to Louisiana to check on my wife's brother and to visit our son and his family. I drove almost 2200 miles on this trip and am about driven out. All of that driving left me with plenty of time to ponder the questions of life. Here are a few thoughts.

Casinos are big business in Mississippi based on the billboards on I-10. After more than 400 years of telling people that in America we can work hard and be successful, apparently we have changed our thoughts. Now we are telling them that we can gamble our way to prosperity. Really?  Look around. Casinos are everywhere, states have lotteries, the Indians are putting casinos on any piece of land that they can claim as a reservation. Do the math, it won't work. For you to win, dozens have to lose.

Indians or Native Americans? I was born here, I am a native American. Right? If the Indians really have their own nations, why can they vote in our elections? Why don't you need a passport to visit a reservation? Who did they take the land from when they got here? Do they owe somebody for it?

Alexander Shunnarah is surely the most advertised law firm in the South. You can't sling a dead cat without hitting one of his billboards. I don't know how many attorneys and staff he employs, but he keeps the outdoor advertising people all busy. You can't go two miles on the interstate in Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana without seeing his face.

I love fried chicken. In Louisiana, Mississippi or L.A. (Lower Alabama), go to Raising Cane's for chicken strips. The service is good, the food is great.

My sister-in-law picked a couple of bags of satsumas for me to bring home. Satsumas are something like tangerines or mandarins. Good!!

In South Carolina, they were just getting over the recent flooding. Signs on the highway warned people not to go around barricades. I guess the barricade concept is above the average driver's grasp.

Traffic in the Baton Rouge area reminds me why I live in the country.

I ate at Popeye's several times. I used to manage one, I love the chicken (see note above). Also the red beans and rice are good. Full disclosure compels me to tell you that I won't touch the Cajun rice. My son and his family went there with me one day for dinner. Memo to Popeye's management: If you have a monthly special and you are out of that product chain wide on the 16th of the month, you need help in planning and purchasing. Luckily for you, I am available to help you. Leave a comment with your number and I will get back to you.

I visited the Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs. It was my first visit to a Bass Pro Palace. It was like a redneck Disney World. It was incredible, but I didn't buy anything.

Finally, if you are in Denham Springs, visit Mama B's Good Eats for lunch or breakfast. The food is good and you can help keep my son busy. Thanks!!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Executive Order from Jefferson??

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.

ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 12, p. 356 (1955).

  A related idea was later expressed by Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac in a speech to the French national assembly, January 16, 1793: “L’arbre de la liberté… croît lorsqu’il est arrosé du sang de toute espèce de tyrans (The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants),” Archives Parliamentaires de 1787 à 1860, vol. 57, p. 368 (1900).

  And much earlier Tertullian had said: “Plures efficimur quotiens metimur a vobis; semen est sanguis Christianorum (We multiply whenever we are mown down by you; the blood of Christians is seed),” Apology, trans. T. R. Glover, pp. 226–27 (1931).

Friday, October 09, 2015

This just in!!

I just saw a commercial for a roofing company which has a "one year is the same as cash" offer. I have a new 2016 calendar that I can trade for a new storage building roof.

My first week of retirement and my weight is headed down as the lack of access to breakfast biscuits and fried chicken is helping.

Last week an employee told me that they had read on Facebook that Chic-Fil-A was going to start opening on Sunday. I told them that if Chic-Fil-A was going to do that, it would be front page news. I also asked them if they believed everything that they read on Facebook. I feel an "I love stupid people" post coming soon.

Another shooting at a university today. Once again, we have proof that criminals are people who don't obey the law. "Gun free zones" are target ranges for psychopaths.

Obama is considering "Executive Action" to regulate gun dealers who sell a lot of guns. Somebody needs to sit that arrogant son of a bitch down and force him to read the Constitution.

In Greensboro today, a young man who is charged with committing 19 crimes in 93 minutes, including five carjackings and several assaults, had an appearance in court. He asked the judge to place him under house arrest in his mother's custody. He claims that he needs her to help him recover from the injuries incurred when he was shot by police to end his little spree. Apparently the judge was not impressed. He left him in jail and raised his bond to 2 million dollars.

Hillary has sent a copy of her book about her Secretary of State days to all 14 Republican candidates. She suggested that they form a book club and read and discuss her book. Probably full of all those great stories about landing in foreign nations under sniper fire. I don't know how she knows what's going on overseas, she didn't know what was going on with Bill and Monica in the Oval Office and she lived upstairs there.

Ben Carson's campaign made a video of how they used Hillary's book and they have posted it online. Note: I didn't see any of them reading it.

Hillary should be glad that she didn't send me a book. That reminds me of the old story about someone who wrote a note to the writer of a  bad review. "I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind me."