Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                                                                  By Tom Avenengo

                                                                                      Volume # 35




I like to watch sports on TV.  Football, baseball, the Olympics.  This past weekend, there were some pretty hard hits during some college and Pro football games.  Enough to get a bunch of people up in arms – from fans to those that run the NFL.

Face it, football is a rough, physical, game.  After the Monday night game, I watched one of those “panels” – one with two former players on it, discuss the game of football, and some rumored changes.  It was a very interesting discussion.  One of the former players, a retired QB, was all for some kind of changing the game – restricting how hard hits could be made.  The other one, a retied defensive player was, of course, against what the QB was saying.  Well, I tend to agree with the defensive player and also the third party on that panel – you really can’t “sissy” up the game.


And here’s something interesting about Football:

Jeff Fisher was asked to call timeouts for MNF commercial breaks


In part:


"Jack used his timeouts," Fisher said. "My understanding is they needed network timeouts, and that's why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, 'I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.'"

"At the two-minute warning in every game in the fourth quarter, there are conversations that go by. There's conversations that take place at the two-minute warning before the first half. But there's conversations that take place, and it's the official's responsibility to give the head coach a status of commercials and TV timeouts," Fisher said. "Yesterday, I was told that they were two short. And they looked at me and smiled, and I said, 'Sorry, I can't help you.' Mike Carey came across and said, 'Here's the deal. We're two short.' And I said, 'Mike, I can't help you. I'm trying to get a first down and I'm gonna kneel on it.”

“Perhaps the most disconcerting thing about this story -- the part that made it so hard to believe at first -- is the idea of a television network, and the need for ad revenue, deciding the pace of a game (no matter how awful it may be). That Carey would break away from his responsibility as a supposedly objective arbiter of the on-field action to try and wrangle timeouts from coaches in the name of commercial breaks -- well, this is where we truly have gone down the rabbit hole. And judging from Fisher's comments, this happens all the time.”


More about hard hits and what some players are saying, can be seen, here:

NFL players speak out on the NFL's awful, new dangerous hit rule



In part, on the third link, above:

The NFL imposed huge fines on three players—Pittsburgh’s James Harrison(notes), Atlanta’s Dunta Robinson(notes) and New England’s Brandon Meriweather(notes)—on Tuesday for dangerous and flagrant hits last weekend and warned that, starting with this week’s games, violent conduct will be cause for suspension.”



Roger Goodell weighs in on illegal hit issue


In part:


Goodell sent a memo to teams today informing them that more significant discipline, including suspensions, will be imposed on players that strike an opponent in the head or neck area in violation of the rules.”

"1. Players are expected to play within the rules. Those who do not will face increased discipline, including suspensions, starting with the first offense."

"2. Coaches are expected to teach playing within the rules. Failure to do so will subject both the coach and the employing club to discipline."

"3. Game officials have been directed to emphasize protecting players from illegal and dangerous hits, and particularly from hits to the head and neck. In appropriate cases, they have the authority to eject players from a game."







As of Monday, here is the weather forecast for the Middletown, N.Y. area:

Thursday: Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday Oct 23 Mostly Sunny High 57°FLow 47°FPrecip 0 %

Sunday Oct 24 Mostly Cloudy High 59°FLow 44°FPrecip 10 %

Note:  Monday called for showers/rain


And, as of Wednesday, at noontime:

Tomorrow: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 58F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 38F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s.

Sunday: Showers. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.

Note:  Previous forecasts, for Sunday, did show “possible showers”.

Why the forecast?  It’s EASTERN STATES WEEKEND!!




Last Saturday, my daughter, Judy, and I went to the practice session at OCFS.  A good turn out of cars was on hand.  There were enough cars there that really weren’t familiar to me, which probably means they’ll have a pretty good “invader” turn out.  A little later on in the practice session, a car with the # 44 on it went by.  Judy asked me:  “What the hell is that”?  She had never seen a modified with “Sail Panels” on it.  It might have been Danny Creeden in the car, since I could see a # 16x on the front and rear on what must be the original bodywork.  A “test”, maybe for 2011 at OC?  There were a couple of Mini Sprints on hand, with one being wrongly geared for the track, and the other more closer with correct gearing.  Still, the track is a might too big for those little gems.  On top of that, there really are not too many Mini Sprints in action in this area, anymore, with Accord having somewhat low car counts for their “Lightning Sprint” class – cars very similar to regular Mini Sprints, with the major difference being that the “Lightning Sprints” use “Stock” engines.



Last week, I had this, in the beginning of my column:


Are you into racing from “back in the day”?  Do you live in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area?  Might you know where Hazleton, Pa is?  Have you ever heard of Stan Lobitz?  How about the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing – EMMR?  Their website can be found, here:  http://www.emmr.org/

This coming November 14th, the annual Lobitz Movie Party/Auction will be held at the Lobitz Catering Hall, which is located at 700 Carson St. in Hazleton, a block or so off of PA Route 309.  I did a quick search for the Hall, and found this link:


The map, on the upper right shows you where it is located.

Things get started fairly early in the day, like around 9:00 AM, and continue all day long, culminating in a sit down dinner that starts  around 5:00.  The auction benefits the EMMR.  One never knows just who might show up, as far as racing folks go.  Lots of vendors in the house, too.  Also I believe the ARDC has a meeting and election of officers at the Hall, during the day.  You can also expect a lot of “chop busting” to go on during the auction.  There is an “open” bar and lunch is also served.  Usually there are some old Indy 500 and other racing movies shown prior to the auction.”


Well, in a posting on the Yahoo! Race History Group, Stan Lobitz had this to say:

“I would like to mention my movie party on Nov. 14.
Arlen Kurtis informed me that he and his lovely wife would be in
attendance as well as many members of our fine RH group.”

For those of you that don’t know who Arlen Kurtis is, he’s the son of noted racecar builder Frank Kurtis.  I had heard that Arlen Kurtis started making midgets from his fathers plans, and came across this, in a search on Arlen Kurtis:


However, if I’m not mistaken, he has since stopped making those “replicas”.




Some of my thoughts:


As of this column, in NASCAR Cup “Chase” point standings, Jeff Gordon is shown as the car owner of the # 48 that’s driven by Jimmie Johnson.

Owner Points Following Race # 31
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Bank of America 500
UNOFFICIAL Provided by NASCAR Statistics
Saturday, 10/16/2010 @ 11:44 PM Eastern



Car #




+/- Top 35





Jeff Gordon



















However, I’m willing to bet that if Jimmie should win the championship, and the winning team is up on the stage, Rick Hendrick will be in the car owner’s seat.  Why?




Going back, in time:

Note:  Most of the following information was found here: 



Covering the days of October 15th to 21st.



Chuck Stevenson... Born ...Chuck drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1949-1954, 1960-1961 and 1963-1965 seasons with 54 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1951-1954, 1960-1961, and 1963-1965. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with 4 victories, 2 of them coming in the 1952 season when he won the AAA National Championship. Stevenson also raced in two NASCAR events -- one in 1955 and one in 1956, picking up a win at Willow Springs Raceway in 1955 driving a Ford. The race he entered in to in 1955 was driving a car owned by Indy winner Pete DePaolo.


Chris Economaki ... Born ... Racing journalist, TV commentator and Publisher of National Speed Sport News.


Craig Breedlove became the first man to drive 500 mph when he set a new World Land Speed Record of 526.277 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in his "Spirit of America". He crashed and wrecked the jet car at the end of the second run when his brakes failed. When the dust cleared, Breedlove emerged shaken from the vehicle as the not-so-proud record-holder for the longest skid marks ever recorded. Nevertheless, Breedlove, who already held the land-speed record, did manage to break the 500 mph speed barrier that year, just as he had broken the 400 mph barrier the year before, and just as he would surpass 600 mph in the year following.



Budd Olson ... Born ... New Jersey Stock Car driver from the 1940's, 50's and 60's. From local dirt tracks to NASCAR, Budd Olsen built a solid reputation, first as a driver and then as one of the leading race car builders in the region.


James McElreath... Died ... USAC Sprint Car driver, son of Jim McElreath. James recorded 2 USAC wins in 1977, before his fatal sprint car accident at Winchester Speedway. James was also the 1976 USAC Midget "Rookie of the Year".




Bill Schindler won the AAA Midget race at the Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City,NJ.

Note:  I was there, that night.  Remember it quite well.  Schindler “set up” many drivers that night by coming up on the outside, then diving under them in the turns, while driving a red # 10 Offy.  For quite a while, he was the only driver the car owner would let drive the car.




Louis Unser... Died ... Race Car Driver. "Uncle Louie" Unser was a nine time winner of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb (1934,36,37,38,39,41, 46,47,53). He, along with his brothers Joseph and Jerome (Jerry, Sr) had dreams of racing in the Indianapolis 500 with cars sponsored by the Coleman Front Drive Company. Those dreams were shattered in 1929 when Joe was killed in a practice accident and Coleman withdrew it's sponsorship. After Joe's death Jerry continued to race until 1936 when he retired to go into the automotive business and to raise a family. "Uncle Louie" continued to race at Pikes Peak until 1967 when, after 37 starts he retired at the age of 71. Louis was the uncle of the late Jerry Unser, Jr who died May 17, 1959 of injuries received May 2 in a practice accident while preparing for his second Indianapolis 500, Louis J. Unser, race car driver and master engine builder, four time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Sr (1970,71,78,87) and three time Indianapolis 500 winner, Bobby Unser (1968,75,81). Great uncle of two time Indianapolis 500 winner, Al Unser, Jr (1992,94), five time Indianapolis 500 starter Johnny Unser, two time Indianapolis 500 starter Robby Unser and the now retired Bobby Unser, Jr who competed in Sprint Cars, Formula Vees and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.




Cory McClenathan became the first person in NHRA history to register a 320 mph top speed at the end of a 1/4-mile run. His exact speed was 321.77 mph at Ennis, Texas.



Manny Ayulo... Born ... AAA driver from the 1940's and 50's. His efforts, along with those of friend and teammate Jack McGrath, helped establish track roadsters as viable Indy race cars. He ran the Indianapolis 500 five times and was killed in a crash while practicing for the 1955 Indianapolis 500.


Ted Johnson ... Died ... He briefly drove a midget in his early years before settling into a career as a china salesman, never could shake the racing bug and in 1978 he unveiled the World of Outlaws, a collection of the biggest names in sprint car racing that traveled around the country trying to swipe purses from local competitors. The series drew huge crowds, attracted national television audiences and major sponsorship all while competing nearly 100 times a year with Johnson calling the shots every step of the way. Ted Johnson lost his battle with cancer at the age of 72.




Jimmy Bryan won the Ted Horn Memorial AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway (1/2d) , Mechanicsburg, PA

Note:  I was at that race, also.  Believe it or not, that was the only time I’ve been to the “Grove”.  From what I can recall, we were under the impression that it was the last point race, here in the East, for the AAA Sprint cars.  Tommy Hinnershitz was leading the point chase and Bill Schindler was trying to get the championship.  Schindler had car problems, and, for a while, it looked like he wouldn’t make the feature.  As they were pushing the cars off, for the feature, a reddish # 73, which had been pushed off, returned to the pits, and the driver, who I think was Buzz Barton, told his crew to get Schindler so he could drive the # 73.  I can still recall watching Schindler, going from where he was pitted, and heading towards the pit area of the # 73, on his crutches.  He got in the car, and they pushed him off.  The starter signaled to Schindler, by holding up either one or two fingers, the amount of laps they’d give him to get familiar with that # 73.  Schindler gave the starter his usual “nod of his head” to show he understood.  At the end of that race, Hinnershitz still held the point lead, but there were a couple of more Sprint car races scheduled for down south, that would also be included in the point chase.  Tommy did end up as the 1951 AAA Eastern Sprint car champion.





Track news – (for tracks in my area):


OVRP – the dirt track:  http://www.oaklandvalleyspeedway.com/


There’s a practice session scheduled for Friday, the 22nd, then Kart and Slingshots on the 23rd and more Bikes and Quads on the 24th.  Saturday, October 30th the Karts and Slingshots run their last point show.

Novemberfest will be held on November 5th, 6th and 7th. 


Novemberfest info:


Note:  For some weird reason, I could not connect with the Dirt Oval’s website, so what is below was copied from the 4 Cycle Karting Forum – what the Dirt Oval had posted;




Friday November 5th - Open Practice
Gates Open - 2:00 pm
Registration - 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Open Practice - 4:00 - 9:00 pm - 4 1/2 HOURS OF PRACTICE
Break from Practice - 7:30-8:00 pm
Barbecue - 7:30 pm

Saturday November 6th
Gates Open - 8:00 am
Registration - 8:00 - 10:30 am
Practice - 10:00 am (2 Rounds of Practice)
We will do our best to get in 2 rounds of features on Saturday. We will take a break at 7:00 for dinner.
Beef & Pork Roast - 7:00 pm

Sunday Novebmer 7th
Gates Open - 8:00 am
Practice - 10:00 am (1 Round of Practice)
Racing will resume after practice

3 Round of Features, every feature counts toward official finishes. Round 1 will be lined up by draw. Round 2 will be lined up by the invert of the draw. Round 3 will be lined up by the total points from Rounds 1 and 2.

Classes Offered: (must have 5 or more entries)
Junior 1, Junior 2, Junior Clone, Junior 3, Junior Stock, Junior Sportsman Champ, Junior Champ, Lights, Mediums, Heavys, Super Heavys, Senior Stock, Animal Lights, Animal Heavys, Senior Champ, Star Champ, KT 100, Junior Slingshot, & Senior Slingshot.
Kid Karts & Rookie Champ – Saturday ONLY
$25.00 entry fee (doesn’t include pit pass)
Please check the website for additional class information.

Friday Night Practice* - $25.00 - INCLUDES BARBECUE
Entry Fee* - $75.00 per class - INCLUDES BEEF & PORK ROAST
1 Day Pit Pass - $12.00
2 Day Pit Pass - $20.00 (save $4.00)
3 Day Pit Pass - $30.00 (save $6.00)
Friday Barbecue - $5.00
Saturday Beef & Pork Roast - $10.00

If you are interested in bringing a camper, please be sure to email me to let me know the size of your camper. Reservations are a must and it is first come first serve. There is a limited amount of room available.








OCFS:  http://www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net/


Most everything you want to, or need to know about this coming weekends Eastern States Weekend, can be found on their website with the exception of ticket prices and/or a driver roster of who might appear – as of noon on Wednesday.  To get them, I can only suggest you call the track at:  845-342-2573 from Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We’ll be there all three days in the ˝ covered stands – seats 44 & 45 – row “N” – one row up from the poles, on the right side of the 2nd stairway – seat 44 is on the end of the aisle.


Note:  Brian Grisel, CEO of the CRSA 305 Sprint Car organization did put something out by Toby LaGrange, on the Internet about the up-coming ESW:




For Immediate Release 10-17-10

By Toby LaGrange for CRSA


Fonda, NY - The 2010 Capital Region Sprint Car Agency (CRSA) season will conclude this Saturday night at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. The events will be apart of the historic Eastern States Weekend.

 Saturday nights racing action will be highlighted by the appearance of former IndyCar/CART Series competitor Jeff Andretti and the Jeff Andretti Coaching Group.

 The Jeff Andretti Coaching Group offers a perfect turnkey solution to your high performance track event or driver training needs. They also offer coaching, racing driver development, teenage driver development and many other services.

 Jeff will be signing autographs at the CRSA Apparel Trailer during evening.

 You can learn more about the Jeff Andretti Coaching Group log on to their website at www.jeffandretticoachinggroup.com.

 The CRSA would like to thank competitor Greg Jezarian of G. Jezarian, Purveyor of Fine Jewelry for making their appearance possible. You can learn more at www.GJezarian.com.


The A-Main will be sponsored by Bruce’s Speed Shop and Wayne Subaru. The night’s Dash event will be sponsored by Flammer Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration of West Milford, New Jersey. Chuck Alessi Plumbing and Heating of Middletown will award $50 to the driver who turns the fastest lap in each heat race. 

 Heading into the weekend Matt Tanner holds a slim five point lead over former Dirt Modified pilot Jamie Christian in the battle for the fifth CRSA series championship. Tanner is the defending series champion. Billy Jaycox, Jr., John Cunningham and Josh Pieniazek complete the top five. Tanner and Christian are the only drivers still mathematically alive for the championship.

 This weekend will mark the fourth appearance for the CRSA at the facility. Billy VanInwegen won the first visit on May 8th. The CRSA returned on July 17th with Ryan Smith picking up the win while Tanner won the last visit on August 28th.

 The 2010 Magsarus Hard Charger Award will be given out to the driver who improved his position the most during the A-Main. In the three previous visits Tanner was the recipient on May 8th while Scott Flammer and Billy Jaycox, Jr. did the same in the next two events. All three drivers advanced eight positions.

 The Capital Region Sprint Agency would like to thank our 2010 series sponsors: Pancho’s Racing Products, Triple X Racecars, Peak Racing Equipment, D&D Auto Supply, K&N Filters, Magsarus Ignitions, Bruce’s Speedway Shop, Fisher Sprint Parts Warehouse, Hinchman Racing Uniforms, Kreitz Oval Track Parts Inc., Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Holiday Inn Express of Schoharie, N.Y. and Checkers Out Speedway





The History of the Sport:


Taking you back to October 21, 1956, this week, to the Champ car/Indy car 100-mile race at Sacramento, CA. on the one-mile dirt oval – a race that was promoted by J. C. Agajanian.


Twenty-six cars entered on that day to fight for the eighteen spots.  Jud Larson won the pole with a speed of 95.188 MPH.  The average qualifying speed was 92.907.  Total purse for the event was $12,336.00.



Those that were not fast enough to make the eighteen-car field, and had to go home were:

Jack Turner, Mel McGaughy, Dempsey Wilson, Ray Crawford, Johnnie Parsons, Roger McCluskey, Billy Garrett and Jim McWithey.  No “provisional” starting places back then.  And only the top 12 cars earned points, too.


Those that did make the event were, in qualifying order:

Larson, Pat O’Connor, Rodger Ward, Don Freeland, Jimmy Reece, Bob Veith, George Amick, Art Bisch, Johnny Boyd, Andy Linden, Ed Elisian, Dick Rathmann, Jimmy Bryan, Johnny Tolan, Tony Bettenhausen, Elmer George, Bill Cheesbourg and Len Sutton.


O’Connor led the first 12 laps, and then was passed by Larson, who led the remaining 88 laps.  At the end, Larson was trailed by Freeland, Bryan and Veith – all had completed the full 100 miles.  Next, in order, with 99 miles were George, Reese and Elisian.  Boyd was next with 98, then Rathmann, Tolan and Linden with 96.  Cheesbourg had 94 laps completed.  Amick dropped out on the 81st lap.  Bettenhausen on lap 61, O’Connor on lap 58, Ward on lap 21, Bisch and Sutton on lap 16, due to an accident.


Larson won by about a third of a mile over second place Freeland.


Some of the car owners for this event were:  John Zink, Bob Estes, Al Dean, Pete Schmidt, Bruce Bromme, Pete Salemi, Pat Clancy and Hart Fullerton.  Some of the cars, by name, were:  Federal Engineering Spl., HOW Spl., Bowes Seal Fast Spl., McDaniels/Schroder Offy, Dayton Steel Offy, Sumar Spl., Hoplins Offy, Wolcott Offy, Whittington Offy and the Miller/Collins Offy.






Former Dirt Oval (Oakland Valley Speedway) runners:


Quite a surprise over this past week with the notice coming out about Michael Storms and the 4* team splitting.  I understand that Michael will be driving one of the back up Madsen owned cars of Brett Hearn in the Big Block class at ESW.


At Penn Can last weekend in their “King of the Can” racing event, Mike Mammana was 8th in the modified feature while Danny Creeden was a DNQ.  In the Crate Sportsman feature, Kyle Rohner was 3rd and Anthony Perrego 14th.  In the ROC Sportsman feature, Anthony was 9th and Brad Szulewski 19th.




For sale:

My son, Eric, still has the dirt modified for sale:

2006 Teo, Complete car minus engine. Kirkey full containment seat, Winters rear, Bert transmission, inboard starter, profile steering, parker pumper, wilwood hubs. $5000.

Interested?  Send me an e-mail at:  ygordad@yahoo.com or send him one at:  ema19us@yahoo.com




More racin’ stuff:

NASCAR’s point standings – two ways – as they used to be (still should in my way of thinking), and how they are with the “Chase”.

How they still should be:

2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
[after race 31 of 36....the OLD way]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick (x), 4459
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson (x), 4210, -249
3) #24-Jeff Gordon (x), 4180, -279
4) #18-Kyle Busch (x), 4131, -328
5) #11-Denny Hamlin (x), 4084, -375
6) #14-Tony Stewart (x), 4073, -386
7) #99-Carl Edwards (x), 4070, -389
8) #31-Jeff Burton (x), 3994, -465
9) #17-Matt Kenseth (x), 3933, -526
10) #2-Kurt Busch (x), 3923, -536
11) #1-Jamie McMurray 3786, -748
12) #16-Greg Biffle (x), 3785, -673
13) #33-Clint Bowyer (x), 3764, -674


And, the “Chase”:


1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 5843
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [6 wins], 5802, -41
3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 5766, -77
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5687, -156
5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5666, -177
6) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 5666, -177
7) #99-Carl Edwards, 5643, -200
8) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5618, -225
9) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5606, -237
10) #31-Jeff Burton, 5604, -239
11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5587, -256
12) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 5543, -300
(Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 5693, -150 would be 4th)

Note:  As you can see, there are four drivers in the chase win no wins in 2010 – Gordon, Edwards, Burton and Kenseth.  Meanwhile, Jamie McMurray has three wins for 2010.  Being consistent still prevails.  It still might be possible for the 2010 Cup champion to have zero wins in 2010 – something the “Chase” was developed for, to eliminate, I believe?


Breaking news:

Kasey Kahne has been released from the 9 car and replaced by Aric Almirola.  Chances are Kahne will be in the Red Bull # 83 this weekend


Other forums/message boards and websites:


You might find some interesting reading if you go to the links below.


Track Forum: - http://www.trackforum.com/forums/


Frontstretch.com:  http://www.frontstretch.com/


Jayski: - http://www.jayski.com/

Open Wheel Racers3:  http://www.openwheelracers3.com/

Race Pro Weekly:  http://raceproweekly.com/

Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm



Video time:

Oh yeah!  Sprint cars on a “Bull ring”!


Note:  Try to see where they turn LEFT, to go left.  Mostly all right hand turning folks!

Found the news on Jayski’s website at:  http://jayski.com/cupnews.htm#20101020k




Other (non racing) news:


Merkel says German multi-cultural society has failed

In part:

Germany's attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country's immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.

Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made "more stupid" by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.”

"This approach has failed, totally," she said, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany's culture and values.

"We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don't accept them don't have a place here," said the chancellor.

"Subsidising immigrants" isn't sufficient, Germany has the right to "make demands" on them, she added, such as mastering the language of Goethe and abandoning practices such as forced marriages.”



America's Poor: Where Poverty Is Rising In America

In part:

All told, one in seven Americans are living in poverty. To visualize America's startling rise in poverty, Mint, the personal finance site, put together this interactive chart of regional poverty rates.”



O'Donnell questions separation of church and state

In part:

Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion.”

"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" O'Donnell asked, a statement that drew laughter from the audience. When Coons returned to the topic a few minutes later, he said her comment "reveals her fundamental misunderstanding of what our Constitution is."

"The First Amendment establishes the separation, the fact that the federal government shall not establish religion," Coons said.

"The First Amendment does?" O'Donnell interrupted. "You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"

When Coons summarized the amendment as saying government shall make no law establishing religion, O'Donnell interrupted again: "That's in the First Amendment?"


Note:  Yes, folks, she is running for office!



Is this true?:

Kinda makes one sit and think about what’s going on, today, in our world.

Again, this is from an e-mail I received a short time ago:

We now live about 30 miles from Fresno. We are up in the Sierras and Fresno is the first big town we encounter when we leave the mtns. We shop there often. I received this from my ex-homicide partner who is still active in law enforcement circles in the Fresno area.

Excuse the language, but don't excuse the facts. Don't give up your guns, and buy necessary ammunition if you can find it. Be cautious and alert. Be ready if, God forbid, we need to protect our families and loved ones.

If you weren't at Rotary meeting on Friday, you missed the only decent speaker we've had in more than a year. LTC John Cotter is the 144th Fighter Wing's antiterrorism officer. John had a two-part presentation. First part was describing his job as the unit's antiterrorism officer. 

Pretty standard stuff.

The second part was information that will curl your hair. A Part-time air guardsman works as a checker at local Von's. Two women in full burkas buy every pre-paid cellphone in the store. Clerk/airman gets to thinking about it. Goes to Cotter and reports incident. Cotter asks 

store for surveillance video. It's scary enough that he contacts Fresno FBI.

FBI investigates and determines these women have been doing this all over the Valley. Cell phones shipped through Canada to Iraq/Afghanistan where they become triggers for roadside bombs.

The Shell station at Peach and Shaw. Every time a local GI goes there in fatigues they are asked specific questions. What is your unit? When are you deploying? How many aircraft are you taking?

The F-16s out of Fresno fly CAP for west coast. As such they are the first line of defense so they have the US 's most sophisticated air-to-air missiles. Foreign governments would like to get their hands on those missiles or at least learn how to build them. Also how many we have, etc. Two spy groups are working on it, one based at Fashion Fair Mall (the F-16s take-off pattern) and one based at Sierra Vista Mall (the F-16s landing pattern).

Cotter said the ragheads (But we don't profile) are always probing the base. Two dorks in a pickup show up at the front gate wanting to deliver a package marked Air National Guard, Fresno. No postage, no UPS, no FedEx, no DHL, no nothing. Just a probe.

I asked Cotter why we haven't seen anything about this in The Bee, on KMJ, on local TV news. He said they're not interested. Since Friday I've learned of two other things. My brother-in-law, Frank, (management at Avaya) had a Muslim tech who took a leave-of-absence for 6 weeks in 

Afghanistan. After the 6 weeks were up he called from New York requesting an extension. Frank (who does profile) said, you're fired, and called the Fresno FBI who were very interested. Don't know the outcome.

A Muslim who owns a liquor store in my former hometown of Kingsburg was constantly bugging customers to buy guns for him. Finally one of the guys I grew up with called the FBI.

We are a country at war and the enemy is among us. I don't care what Janet Napolitano says, it's a fight to the death and we should be prepared as possible. Brother-in-law Frank has a theory and I think it may be closer to the truth than Homeland Security wants to admit. There are a certain number (probably a large number) of Muslims among us who are awaiting the trigger date and will begin randomly killing as many of us as they can, sort of a Fort Hood on steroids. I know I'm getting prepared to shoot back.

Two items of interest: Sheriff Margaret Mims wants to grant concealed carry permits to all who are qualified. Columnist Jim Boren, among the most bleeding of the bleeding heart liberals, says it's time for Fresno residents to arm themselves. LOAD up, you can bet this is happening in 

places other than Fresno.




Closing with this:

Ralph Corwin sent me this the other day via e-mail.  Hard to visualize just how the engines work like they do, especially after they’re usually rebuilt after each and every run.


Read this thru slowly and try to comprehend the amount of force produced in just under 4 seconds!  There are no rockets or airplanes built by any government in the world that can accelerate from a standing start as fast as a Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car!


One top fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows of stock cars at the Daytona 500.
It takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 6,000+ horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels.
Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1-1/2 gallons of nitro methane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster's supercharger.

With 3,000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition.
Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
At the stoichiometric (stoichiometry: methodology and technology by which quantities of reactants and products in chemical reactions are determined) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture of nitro methane, the flame front temperature measures 7,050 deg F.
Nitro methane burns yellow... The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.
Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.
Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After halfway, the engine is dieseling from compression, plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1,400 deg F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.


If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.
In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds, dragsters must accelerate an average of over 4G's. In order to reach 200 mph (well before half-track), the launch acceleration approaches 8G's.
Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have completed reading this sentence.
Top fuel engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light! Including the burnout, the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under load.
The redline is actually quite high at 9,500 rpm.
Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs an estimate $1,000.00 per second.


The current top fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.428 seconds for the quarter mile (11/12/06, Tony Schumacher, at Pomona , CA ). The top speed record is 336.15 mph as measured over the last 66' of the run (05/25/05 Tony Schumacher, at Hebron , OH ).
Putting all of this into perspective:
You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter 'twin-turbo' powered Corvette Z06. Over a mile up the road, a top fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast across the starting line and pass the dragster at an honest 200 mph. The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that moment.
The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard, but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within 3 seconds, the dragster catches and passes you. He beats you to the finish line, a quarter mile away from where you just passed him.
Think about it, from a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1,320 foot long race course.


...... and that my friend, is ACCELERATION!



May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!

Drive safe! 

As usual, you can reach me at:  ygordad@yahoo.com