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Posted on 06/28/2011 6:05:07 PM PDT by glock rocks
The Fourth of July may be just a holiday for fireworks to some people. But it was a momentous day for the history of this country and the history of the world.Courtesy Patriot Post, Copyright 2011, Creators.com
Not only did July 4, 1776 mark American independence from England, it marked a radically different kind of government from the governments that prevailed around the world at the time -- and the kinds of governments that had prevailed for thousands of years before.
The American Revolution was not simply a rebellion against the King of England, it was a rebellion against being ruled by kings in general. That is why the opening salvo of the American Revolution was called "the shot heard round the world."
Autocratic rulers and their subjects heard that shot -- and things that had not been questioned for millennia were now open to challenge. As the generations went by, more and more autocratic governments around the world proved unable to meet that challenge.
Some clever people today ask whether the United States has really been "exceptional." You couldn't be more exceptional in the 18th century than to create your fundamental document -- the Constitution of the United States -- by opening with the momentous words, "We the people..."
Those three words were a slap in the face to those who thought themselves entitled to rule, and who regarded the people as if they were simply human livestock, destined to be herded and shepherded by their betters. Indeed, to this very day, elites who think that way -- and that includes many among the intelligentsia, as well as political messiahs -- find the Constitution of the United States a real pain because it stands in the way of their imposing their will and their presumptions on the rest of us.
More than a hundred years ago, so-called "Progressives" began a campaign to undermine the Constitution's strict limitations on government, which stood in the way of self-anointed political crusaders imposing their grand schemes on all the rest of us. That effort to discredit the Constitution continues to this day, and the arguments haven't really changed much in a hundred years.
The cover story in the July 4th issue of Time magazine is a classic example of this arrogance. It asks of the Constitution: "Does it still matter?"
A long and rambling essay by Time magazine's managing editor, Richard Stengel, manages to create a toxic blend of the irrelevant and the erroneous.
The irrelevant comes first, pointing out in big letters that those who wrote the Constitution "did not know about" all sorts of things in the world today, including airplanes, television, computers and DNA.
This may seem like a clever new gambit but, like many clever new gambits, it is a rehash of arguments made long ago. Back in 1908, Woodrow Wilson said, "When the Constitution was framed there were no railways, there was no telegraph, there was no telephone."
In Mr. Stengel's rehash of this argument, he declares: "People on the right and left constantly ask what the framers would say about some event that is happening today."
Maybe that kind of talk goes on where he hangs out. But most people have enough common sense to know that a constitution does not exist to micro-manage particular "events" or express opinions about the passing scene.
A constitution exists to create a framework for government -- and the Constitution of the United States tries to keep the government inside that framework.
From the irrelevant to the erroneous is a short step for Mr. Stengel. He says, "If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it certainly doesn't say so."
Apparently Mr. Stengel has not read the Tenth Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Perhaps Richard Stengel should follow the advice of another Stengel -- Casey Stengel, who said on a number of occasions, "You could look it up."
Does the Constitution matter? If it doesn't, then your Freedom doesn't matter.
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Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Date track opened: 1959
Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
Pit Road Speed: 55mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet
Good a super speedway about time
Info courtesy Jayski's
Oh yah... and on a Saturday night on a holiday weekend!
Subway Jalapeno 250 from Daytona International Speedway Friday, July 1, 2011 on ESPN at 7pm et
Camping World Truck Series:
No truck race this weekend... they'll be back on the 7th.
Weekend TV/radio race coverage and calendar for all series, all events
While I appreciate your #2 ping I am disappointed that you didn’t phone, email or knock on my door and alert me to your humble activities...
Actually, I was just going to walk in and find the cookies, but the key you gave me didn’t fit in the door. Where’d you put Aircow?
Subway Jalapeno 250 ??? Shirley, you jest...
What's next, The Rubber Duckie 500?
For what it's worth, Gordon needs some points. The fix is in.
While I have you on the phone aGP will you explain why some posters on these threads have been receiving weekly Hershey Care Packages and others have not???
Aircow is spending her final days in Gino’s pasture...
That seems to fit!
What? I try to give you Nascar motorheads a little national historical edification from the noted Dr. Thomas Sowell, and you’re posting pictures of ... wait, what in the world is that?
I see it’s raining in your front yard so I assume old Pete is in town?
It bothers me that I can tell that those pictures were taken in your den.
Not so much that that’s where they were taken, but that I can tell... um.
After a hard day of out running hurricanes and dodging stupid drivers, it is almost to much to have to figure out what conscience altering substances you guys do all day to write stuff like this...
do you actually read your posts before you send it off to the universe?
ya I’m in town...
Thanks GR. It would be nice to be in Daytona this weekend!
Had some good times there when in college.
Over an inch today, almost torrential .. no sight of Pete.
Same here Norm. Sounds like Pete could sure use your soothing voice to clam down his frayed nerves
I hope Tony doesn’t get pissed at Ryan Sunday and dump him. LOL! Neither one can afford another day like Infineon.
Maybe a shot of Crown Royal will assuage the old nerves..
Crown Royal ending NASCAR team sponsorship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)Crown Royal will end its sponsorship with Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the year, and parent company Diageo will not renew its deal as an official NASCAR partner.
Crown Royal has sponsored Matt Kenseth for the last two seasons, and the company sponsored Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray before that. Going forward, Crown Royal will only sponsor the Sprint Cup race at Richmond.
Yes, Jose Jalapeno will be the Prefect for the race!
Welcome home... ;)
I knew Tork reminded me of someone...
Great opening - check!
Radar - check!
Cowbell - check!
Weird masks - check!
Then I read where some folks on this thread actually went to college. I dunno. I-just-don’t-know.
Speaking of sponsors, I see Newman’s car will be sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and the NRA this weekend. Just damn!
OMG!!! I just realized how much Walter looks like my dear old dad. Walt probably drinks as much as pop did
and there there are these stats...
Race and Commercial Breakdown of Infineon: For those NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, or wonder how often your driver was focused on, here is the breakdown for Sunday’s race. Recording began at the Invocation of the race at 3:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 6:15 PM (all times are EST). TNT was the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 110
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 56
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 48
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 7 min. 20 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 3:00 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:15 PM
Total minutes: 195
Minutes of race broadcast: 143
Minutes of commercials: 52
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of ‘mystery cautions’ (debris not shown): 1
Total race brdcst time 143 Total comm. brdcst time 52
See more details, links and past races on the 2011 TV Commercials page.(6-27-2011)
So to cut to the chase (no pun intended) over 1/3rd of the actual race time was commercials. Marvey.
They're going to design an incoming track for the fans!
Had a couple of sprinkles today!
No rain, just sprinkles. Storm’s a long way south but we may get a few bands over the next couple of days.
LOL...I’d vote for him!