Racin' & Internet Stuff:
Brett Hearn got win # 799 at Fonda on Wednesday night – last night, with a last lap, last turn pass for the win, in the held over race that was curfewed, on June 8th. Then later on, he won # 800, in the 60-lap feature. Congrats to Brett on that feat, although I was hoping # 800 would’ve come at Accord on Friday, when I would have been in attendance, after seeing him get # 799 earlier on Wednesday.
I remember quite well when Brett first started out racing at OCFS some 30 odd years ago. From what I’ve read, Brett has 471 Big Block Modified wins, 327 Small Block Modified wins and if I’m not mistaken, two URC Sprint Car wins that came at OCFS. His record for winning races of over 50 laps in length is quite remarkable, with an outstanding 330 wins in long distance races.
I had the opportunity to interview Brett back on May 14, 2003. At that time he had 616 feature wins, and had been racing for 28 years, having started in 1975.
While I was in the “Crash house” a few weeks ago, my daughter, Judy, and son, Eric, went out of their way to assist me and visit me. Judy, in fact, took a week off of work to be with me daily and to bring me home when I was released. She also had daily reports that went out to quite a few that are on my e-mail list. Eric, too, was almost a daily visitor, managing to leave his job a lot during the week. It was he that drove me there for what I originally thought would be something a little different than being admitted when we first got there to see Dr. Hirsch. And it was he that took care of getting my car inspected while I was hospitalized. So, this week I’m dedicating my column to the. Thanks, kids!
OK, about me – Last Thursday I had my two-week check up on the Pacemaker. Everything went great. I was told the battery is good for 7 years. I also found out that when the battery gets replaced, the whole Pacemaker gets replaced. However, when that is done, it is not an overnight stay in the hospital – just open me up, disconnect the wires, re-connect them to the new Pacemaker, close me up, and send me home.
There were quite a few things I would not attempt to do prior to the Pacemaker being installed – extra walking being one of them, due to shortness of breath. Well, I’m happy to say that I’m breathing much better now – even went on the track at Accord last Friday during their autograph/photo session. I would not have done that, previously. Just prior to going to my seat, after the session, I had a short chat with Russ Meyer – he’s “Security” at the track. I told him that I would not have done it before, and now (at the time) I wasn’t even breathing heavy.
I’m also glad to say that there are some “meds” that, for now, I won’t have to be taking – the Advair Inhaler and Insulin. Time will tell on both of them.
From an e-mail from Ernie Saxton on August 5th:
NEWS FROM ERNIE SAXTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
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WITH THE GOVERNMENT HAVING BIG DEFICITS THE IRS COULD BE CHECKING ON YOUR SPONSORSHIP AND “HOBBY LOSSES”
PA August 5, 2011 . . . For years there have been racers using their
auto racing losses to reduce their individual and company tax liabilities and
it has gone pretty much unnoticed.
Now the government has huge deficits and are starting to pay more attention to things that went unnoticed in the past. Don’t be surprised to find a notice from the IRS (International Revenue Service) that you are being audited especially if you fall into the “hobby racer” category.
Attorney Michael K. Spotts, licensed in the State of
There is important information included that relates to sponsorship.
Sponsorship expert Milt Gedo, often referred to as Mr. Sponsorship, offers “New Methods To Achieve The Same Goals (in sponsorship).” Columnist Scott Pacich talks about abusing technology and there are facts and figures on Kyle Busch leading the mid-season TV ratings for all NASCAR drivers. Apparently being a bad boy has rewards.
Ken Willis, the outstanding columnist for the Daytona News Journal offers “Revolving Sponsors Sign of the Economy.”
In addition there is quite a bit of news on a variety of sponsorship deals that have been finalized recently.
The newsletter, published by sponsorship expert Ernie Saxton, is now in its 26th year.
Subscriptions are presently available for just $39.95 (regular price is $59.95) and while the supply lasts we will be glad to include copies of Issue 3 and 4, containing the tax information, free with your new subscription. To subscribe just telephone 215.752.7797. This SPECIAL OFFER is available only by telephone. Please have your Visa or Mastercard ready when calling. You may also choose to send a check payable to ESC, Inc. to
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Saxton’s articles on sponsorship can be found in National Dragster and Late Model Racer magazine along with other major publications from time to time.
Saxton does present seminars on sponsorship at different locations across the country and is presently putting together his schedule for the off season starting in October.
Speedways, organizations and race teams can get information on how they can host a sponsorship seminar as a fund raiser by telephoning Saxton at 215.752.7797.
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Ralph Corwin has a bike for sale. Here’s some info on it:
1988 Harley low rider custom....candy plum.....2 tanks with murals and stripes/ lots of chrome. black motor. well maintained. never dropped. 21k miles.....firm $7495....you even get a pic of Ozzy sitting on this bike.
Interested? Here is his e-mail address: email@example.com
The other day I received an e-mail from Ron Lauer, former ARDC driver and ARDC President. In it was a link to a racing video that covered a couple of USAC Champ Car (Silver Crown) races – one being the 1963 Springfield Champ Car race – August 17, 1963, and the other being the 1963 DuQuoin Champ Car race – September 2, 1963.
And for DuQuoin:
Note: In the tape of the
I see there are 46 entrants for the Cup race at Watkins Glen this coming weekend. Who will not make it?
I actually enjoy watching the “Cabs” run on a road course. Kinda puts a lot more of the driver into the equation.
You gotta hand it to Brad Keselowski – having a pretty hard hit at Road Atlanta while practicing, resulting in a broken ankle and other cuts and scrapes, yet, four days later he manages to win the 500 mile Cup race at Pocono. Yeah, I know, it’s “only driving”, still and all, he had to be in that car for the race. Imagine how long a baseball player, basketball player or football player would be out of commission, with full pay, more than likely, if they had similar injuries – or less, even? Case in point: Ike Davis of the NY Mets.
Citing weak economy, Fed to keep interest rates low through mid-2013
The Fed announced that it expects to keep its key interest rate near zero through mid-2013. It has been at that record low since December 2008. The Fed had previously only said that it would keep it low for "an extended period."
“The economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.8 percent in the first six months of the year. Consumers have cut spending for the first time in 20 months. Wages are barely rising. Manufacturing is growing only slightly. And service companies are expanding at the slowest pace in 17 months.”
More can be seen here: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110809/BIZ/110809810
This week at the speedway:
Mid Week Madness on August 10th with Slingshots, 4 cylinders, Micro Sprints, Legends, Quads and Karts
Mid Week Madness
Mid Week Madness
Tom’s Auto Repair Night – Racing all divisions plus Lightning Sprints.
Goldenarea Furniture - The Beer Store - Modified Elimination Race by
Accord Speedway King of the Catskills Qualifier - M/SP/PRO/SS
WLR Construction - CHAMPION'S NIGHT - End of Points - Kids Club - Officials Race - M/SP/PRO/SS/4 Cylinder
Note: I would not expect to see any 4 Cylinders in action on the 3rd. Also, hard to believe the point seasons are coming to an end.
August 13th -
Saxton Signs Presents Biker Night &“King Of The Catskills” Modified Qualifier, Weekly Divisions, 358 Modifieds & Prostock ECHO Series
CARQUEST Auto Parts & General Tire Present
$17,500 TO WIN “MR. DIRT Track
V.P. Race Fuels S.E.F. & Heavy Hauler Present “BACK TO SCHOOL” With Kiddie Rides, Weekly Divisions & 4-Cylinders
& Pepsi Present Championship Night $3,000 To Win
Modified Feature, Weekly Divisions, 358 Modifieds -
Final Night Of Points For DIRT Modifieds, 358 Modifieds &
DIRT Prostocks (
Cowboy Bill Halstead Memorial Night
Sportsman, Pro Stock, Legends, Bandoleros,
BMS Modified, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder
Sportsman, Pro Stock, Legends, Bandoleros,
BMS Modified, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder
4/6 Cylinder Trucks
August 19th to 21st – 37th EMMR/WGOT Convention at EMMR/LVFG
Miller Memorial & Remembering
Fri, Sat & Sun – Daytime events at EMMR
PM – Cruise at
PM – Track Time at Williams Grove
& Sun afternoon – Track Time at
PM – Track Time at
When I first
started going to the Midget races, back in 1946, Hinchliffe
A couple of links about the stadium:
For last years “Expo”: http://www.carlsign.com/hinchliffe.html
Note: Excellent directions in the above link.
Friends of Hinchliffe: http://www.hinchliffestadium.org/
And, Ron Lauer – former ARDC driver and former President of the ARDC, sent me this video of Midgets at Hinchliffe Stadium in 1946.
Found on Jayski’s website:
Pastrana Nationwide debut delayed until 2012:
Racing announced that Travis Pastrana will not make
his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut until the 2012 season due to injuries
suffered during the 17th annual X Games last week. The 11-time X Games gold
medalist broke his right ankle and foot while attempting a Rodeo 720 with a
back flip during the Best Trick competition in
Speedway and the IndyCar Series tried a twist to
their night of racing in June when the IndyCar Series
ran two points races in one night. Now the track might want to try it in the
NASCAR Nationwide Series. TMS President Eddie Gossage
and NASCAR Senior Vice President Steve O'Donnell had an informal discussion
during the IndyCar weekend on whether the concept
could work for a Nationwide event. Whether it actually
happens is far from a certainty, but it is an idea that could shine a spotlight
on the series. A typical
Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary,
Nashville Superspeedway, has notified NASCAR that it will not seek any 2012
race sanctions. Vice President and General Manager of Nashville Superspeedway,
Cliff Hawks, stated, "
Earnhardt, Jr. interested in Danica running full-time:
NASCAR plan? From Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s media
availability on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
WHERE DO THINGS STAND WITH JR MOTORSPORTS AND DANICA (PATRICK)?
"I don't know. I haven't heard anything. I feel confident that she's content where she is and happy with what we're doing and I think things are looking positive for us to put something together. I would like for her to run full time and I'm sure she is considering that and I think she would enjoy it. She seems to really enjoy driving stock cars and racing in the Nationwide Series. We just have to see but I haven't heard anything about it."(Chevy PR)(7-29-2011)
UPDATE: Danica Patrick is in the final stages of putting together her full-time NASCAR plan. Patrick is apparently going to run a full Nationwide schedule with JR Motorsports [in 2012], and run a limited Sprint Cup schedule with Tony Stewart in preparation for an eventual full Cup schedule.(ESPN/Associated Press)(8-2-2011)
UPDATE 2: Danica Patrick could still run the Indianapolis 500 even if she makes a full-time move to NASCAR, The Associated Press has learned. Two people familiar with Patrick's 2012 plans said she is in the final stages of a deal to run a full-time Nationwide Series schedule with JR Motorsports and limited Sprint Cup Series races with the team owned by two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. The people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the deal won't be finished until she has secured a release from Andretti Autosport. The talks also include her continuing to run the
Montoya crewman arrested on drug charges:
Pocono considering 400 mile races:
President Brandon Igdalski told Sirius XM NASCAR
Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that cutting the track's two NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series races from 500 miles to 400 next season
is "being considered". "We're looking at things, but we haven't
made that decision quite yet," said Igdalski.
"We're looking at it for the future, whether it's this year, next year, or
a couple of years down the road. It's a different sport and a different time
than it was years ago, and we're always looking at things." Igdalski took the helm of the historic tri-oval when his
grandfather, track founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli,
announced his retirement Friday. Igdalski said he was
unaware of his grandfather's plans, adding, "We got a call about 30 minutes beforehand saying, `Be in the
first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974, a second Sprint Cup Series
race was added to the Pocono schedule in 1982. Sunday's Good Sam RV Insurance
500 was the 68thSprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway. Each race was scheduled
for 500 miles and each produced its share of drama and excitement. Starting
with the June 10, 2012 Pocono Sprint Cup Series race, the scheduled distance
for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be shortened to 400 miles.
"The 400 mile distance will make NASCAR racing at Pocono even more
exciting," stated Raceway President and CEO ,
Brandon Igdalsky. "Race strategies will change,
fuel mileage calculations will be altered and I firmly believe that our fans
will be treated to outstanding racing at the 400 mile distance."
"NASCAR supports Pocono Raceway's move to two 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series races in 2012," stated Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Senior Vice
President, Racing Operations . "We believe this
will be a good transition for the fans and competitors. It will provide the
teams with a new type of strategy and should make for even more exciting
competition at a unique facility that has a long-standing history in our
sport." Eight weeks after the Pocono 400. It will be the August 5,
Note #1: I wonder what “Dr. Joe” thinks of that? He was quite steadfast on keeping those events at 500 miles.
Note #2: Might this somehow, maybe, bring Indy cars back to Pocono, this change in who’s running the track, now?
Security Guards Stabbed at Pocono Raceway:
Philadelphia-area men were in the
Note: A little about me – I don’t drink alcohol. It was a big part of ruining the married life that my mother and father had, and it left a bad taste about drinking, for me. I find it hard to see how some can get so “bombed” drinking that they have no ideas as to what they’re doing or saying. Above is a classic example.
Checking out results for last weekend, there sure isn’t much, especially from last Saturday, thanks to “Mother Nature”.
At Big Diamond, in the Sportsman feature, which, due to numerous cautions, was only 6 laps in length, Mike Mammana was 6th.
Roger Coss drove his # 17 Asphalt Modified to the feature win at Wall Stadium.
The CRSA 305 Sprint Cars were in action at the Utica/Rome Speedway and John Virgilio was 6th, Josh Pieniazek 10th and Brittany Tresch 13th.
Brian Sobus had an 11th place finish in the 50-lap
Super Modified feature at
At Accord, Mike Ruggiero was the Modified feature winner. Michael Storms was 8th and Danny Creeden 18th. Clinton Mills was a DQ. In the Sportsman feature, Anthony Perrego was the feature winner. Kyle Rohner won the Spec Sportsman feature, with Matt Hitchcock 2nd, Tyler Dippel 10th and Kyle VanDuser – who I believe also ran at the Dirt Oval, 14th.
Note: OK, here I go again – guess you can say, “bustin’ chops”, but to be perfectly honest, I have yet to hear an announcer pronounce Ruggiero correctly. I’ve always heard it pronounced as if there is an “io” at the end, like “Ruggerio”, when the “i” is really right before the “e” – kinda makes it like it should be “Roo Gee Air oh” – right?
And, again not bashing on announcers, but I’ve noticed that when there is an interview of a driver – not only at Accord, but also at OCFS (in the past, anyway – haven’t been there for a while), the “Mic” goes silent when the driver is answering the announcer. Yup, I refer to that as the “Tim Pitts Mic”. Sorry, Tim!
If it wasn’t for bad luck, I guess young Kenney Johnson
wouldn’t have any luck at all, while racing his Midget with the NEMA Lights, at
Seekonk, on August 5th, he had a car blow an oil line right in front
of him, and Kenney took a ride through the oil and hard into the wall, doing
enough damage to keep him from starting the feature. Thanks to the Lajoie
seat and his use of the HANS devise, Kenney wasn’t injured. The car should be ready for their next race,
Friday, August 19th, at Lee USA Speedway in
Note # 1: I was under the impression that the NEMA Lights only used Ford Focus and Quad 4 engines. Looking at the drivers’ roster, I see that Honda and Mazda engines are also in use for that class.
Note # 2:
From last weeks column:
“The NEMA Lights
(Mostly Ford Focus powered) ran at
In the latest AARN, it shows Kenney as being 11th.
I imagine that I might have missed some, so if so, I’m sorry!
Going back, in time – in racing history:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days from August 12th to August 18th:
Clark "Shorty" Templeman ... Born ... Shorty drove in the AAA and USAC
Championship Car series, racing in the 1954-1962 seasons with 42 starts,
including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1955, 1958, and 1960-1962. He finished
in the top ten 16 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1961 at both DuQuoin and
Rufus Parnell "Parnelli" Jones ... Born ... A retired American racing
driver and racecar owner. He is most remembered for his 1963
Rick Muther... Born ... USAC / CART driver from the 1960's & 1970's.
Patrick Carpentier... Born ... Canadian race car driver. He is best known for his career in the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series. Patrick also drove for Gillett Evernham Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Tim Richmond ... Died ... USAC / CART and NASCAR driver from the 1970's and 80's. He had his career cut short when he contracted HIV and died of complications from AIDS.
Bob Wente ... Died ... USAC driver from the 1950's into the 1970's
Rusty Wallace ... Born ... A former NASCAR champion, NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner, and television broadcaster with ESPN and ESPN on ABC.
Eddie Rickenbacker bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Carl Fisher and Jim Allison for about $700,000.
Robin Pemberton ... Born ... Pemberton was a crew chief for several NASCAR teams over 17 years, heading teams for Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Kyle Petty. Pemberton was field manager for Ford Racing immediately prior to being named VP of Competition for NASCAR in 2004.
Andy Petree ... Born ... A NASCAR veteran who has been a driver, car owner and two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-winning crew chief for the late Dale Earnhardt, made his television debut in 2007 as an analyst on ESPN and ABC's multi-platform NASCAR coverage.
Sam Schmidt ... Born ... A former Indy Racing League driver and current IRL and Indy Pro Series team owner. While testing in preparation for the 2000 season, Sam Schmidt suffered a crash at Walt Disney World Speedway that rendered him a quadriplegic.
George Connor... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's , 40's & 50's who ran the Indy 500 14 times with a best finish of 3rd in 1949.
Iggy Katona... Born ... An American stock car racer from
Bill Schindler won the AAA
Note: That was his only Champ car victory.
III... Died ... John Blewett III was killed after an
accident at the Thompson International Speedway in Thompson CT. John Blewett III got into an accident, while driving his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racecar during the New England Dodge
Dealers 150. John died as a result of an accident, which involved his brother
Jimmy Blewett. The brothers were racing for the lead
following a restart of the race on lap 107, when Jimmy hit a wall and then
struck John Blewett's car. John Blewett
suffered head and neck injuries and had to be extricated from his car. John was
Nelson Piquet ... Born ... A Brazilian race driver who was Formula One world champion in 1981, 1983, and 1987. He is one of the few men to win at least three world championships in the history of Formula One (the others being Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna (3 each), Alain Prost (4), Juan Manuel Fangio (5), and Michael Schumacher (7).
Died ... He became a toolmaking machinist with
Pacific Electric Railway. In 1913, he went to work for Harry A. Miller, a
successful manufacturer of carburetors. Offenhauser
helped Miller turn a flood of ideas for racing engines into metal. Engines that began to win races. As early as 1922, an
eight-cylinder Miller engine won the
Chuck Booth ... Died ... USAC driver from the 1960's.
Our daughter, Sarah, married Jeffrey Michelson. Wow – 11 years already!
Larry McCoy... Born ...
Larry was born in
News from the AARN:
From their August 2nd edition:
In the column by Lenny Sammons, he makes mention of Ray
Graham and his son, Kody who race Super Modifieds at
If you didn’t know it already, the Danny Johnson/Mike Petruska thing didn’t work out – again. (I guess it’s just too hard to work together when you’re so far apart – distance wise as both parties were).
Jimmy Horton has been racing for 39 years and has won a modified race in 38 of them. He has 450 wins – 413 in modifieds, 26 in Sprint Cars, 2 in Late Models, 8 in ARCA and 1 in Silver Crown.
Note: If I’m not mistaken that Silver Crown race was
Egypt Speedway will have the children from the
Ernie Saxton’s column, he was writing about post race celebrations – you know –
burn outs etc etc.
One thing I’d love to see changed is getting “Victory Lane or Circle”
out from behind stuff in the infield and closer to the track, so the fans who
paid their hard earned monies to see the event, get a change to maybe get a
glimpse of the victory lane celebrations.
Chris Economaki is being inducted into the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Hall of Fame.
driver Bobby Gunther Walsh – he runs at
Mr. Saxton was at an RoC race – a race where Sail Panels were used, and he was questioning about the Sail Panels covering up some sponsors names. In a way, I can see his point.
Another track has closed – Tri City Speedway has closed down its half-mile track. The smaller Go-Kart track, which runs every other week will still be in use and the Extreme Dirt Track Nationals ATV event, scheduled for August 5th was still scheduled and I imagine might have been run?
In Brett Deyo’s column, there is more mentioned about the rough track conditions for New Egypt when they had the Friends of Mike race. Seems the culprit was some heavy rain that fell on Friday, while the track was in the process of getting ready for the following day. Some days ya just can’t win!
Jerry Reigel was making mention of the fact that Jason Meyers now has 50 WoO wins with his win at Autodrome Drummond. Lincoln Speedway has had 14 different winners in 14 358 Sprint Car races so far in 2011. Randy Whisler was the 11th different winner in 14 358 Sprint Car races at the Trailway Speedway. When Whisler got that win he was driving a 1996 Gambler chassis! Yup, that’s right – it is 15 years old.
There’s an ad for a 410-winged Sprint Car race at New Egypt on August 30th, with a rain date of August 31st. That race will pay $5,000.00 to win. Also, on the same card will be a 30-lap race for Big Block Modifieds, which will pay $3,000.00 to win.
In the column by Kevin Rice, he makes mention of Julie Stefanik, wife of race driver Mike Stefanik, being hospitalized due to suffering a seizure while in the Riverhead stands, then having a second one later that night in the hospital.
and Jo Ann Davies write about racing in the
Note: So now I wonder, having heard that the 4 Cylinders were scheduled to run at OCFS on nights when they don’t run at the Valley, why no 4 Cylinders show up at OC? I believe that Howie Commander is still a part – promoting wise for both the Valley and OC? And, if I’m not mistaken, they run three different “features” for the Pure Stocks? Gee, what some tracks wouldn’t give to have 1/3 of the Pure Stock car count!
The “Old Master” Frankie Schneider, will be 85 years young on August 11th. I suppose it would take quite a while to sit and listen to some of the stories he could tell about his career.
The list of racing people that have left us included racing official John Hoyt, 37, from the Valenti Modified Racing Series – as their Series Director and he had previously worked at N.H.’s Twin State Speedway. Jeff Schrum, 47, an Ohio driver form the 80’s and 90’s and Bruce Fleischman, 79, a former Lancaster Speedway racer and starter for the track, and who was also ½ of the B&M Speed Shop
More racin’ stuff:
From the Frontstretch:
Winners and Losers In Carl Edwards’ Re-Signing With Roush
Going Green by Garrett Horton
“Carl Edwards has finally broken his silence. After months of giving no indication whether he was staying with Roush Fenway Racing in 2012, he has re-signed with the team that brought him up onto the Sprint Cup scene in 2004. This doesn’t just affect Edwards, however; it has left an impact on many other figures across the Sprint Cup garage. With that said, here are the winners and losers of his contract extension.”
Winners: Jack Roush, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer.
Losers: Joe Gibbs/Home Depot, Ricky Stenhouse/Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth.
Find out why, here: http://www.frontstretch.com/ghorton/34859/
Racing and television:
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
Note: Do you get Showtime? If so, have you seen the Inside NASCAR show that is initially on on Wednesday nights from 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM? There’s not much held back, verbally, that’s for sure. Might not be too well suited for smaller children, though, what with there no “beeping” out of words that emit from various mouths. It gets repeated at 10:30 later on Wednesday night then again at 9:00 AM on Saturday.
Some non-racing stuff:
We Need Policy, Not More Posturing — And Now
“No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always will be a AAA country," President Obama said in his uninspiring speech on Monday, as the markets melted down.
Never mind that
this is the sort of thing a coach tells Little Leaguers as they're about to get
mercy-ruled. By heaping scorn on Standard & Poor's, President Obama, and
the rest of official
Instead, we need declarations -- of policy, not of posture -- from all the parties who have contributed to the current mess. The markets crave certainty. And while no single entity can guarantee it, each of the key players can do a better job of providing certainty on where they stand.”
“If the long-term budget is to be brought in alignment through cuts alone, Republicans should declare their specifics. And while we know where the Tea Party Caucus stands on taxes, we need a declaration as to where Senators and House moderates stand. Is the Ryan Plan all you're offering? Can you ever contemplate a world in which the tax system brings in more revenue than it does today? Are you capable of making a deal with President Obama and Democrats that involves revenues? Is the plan just simply to wait until Mitt Romney is inaugurated as the nation's 45th president and work with him?”
Interested in more on this?
Is this true?:
From an e-mail this past Sunday:
Uninsured Cars Off The Road
Recently, the City of Dallas , Texas , passed an ordinance stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able to provide proof of insurance, the car is towed.
To retrieve the
car after being impounded, they must show proof of insurance to have the car
released. This has made it easy for the City of
the "No Insurance" ordinance was passed, the
Not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot.
are going down and...
Wonder how the ACLU or the Justice Department will get around this one.
Just brings tears to my eyes.
Ricky Stenhouse and Carl Edwards at
Closing with this:
No jokes again this week, but some helpful - to some - tips on saving dollars for us “older” folks: This is Part 2 of a few parts over these next couple of weeks.
Gone are the days of your grandmother’s “early bird special” at the local diner. As our baby boomers reach retirement age, hundreds of retailers are featuring new and improved discounts exclusively for the 60 and older crowd. We have composed a list of senior savings that will help you keep more cash in your pocket. Whoever said getting older was a bad thing, obviously didn’t know about these fantastic senior discounts! This list is not all inclusive. Whataburger gives Seniors over 55 a free drink. I added this to the list. If you don't ask, you won't get it.
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
As usual, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org