Now They’ve Gone Too Far!

The 2008 Dakar Rally, scheduled to start tomorrow, has been cancelled due to a threat of terrorists:

PARIS (AP) — The Dakar Rally, the epic motorcycle, car and truck race across the Sahara desert, was canceled Friday by organizers citing “direct” threats of terrorism from al-Qaida-linked militants.

The race was deemed too inviting — and too easy — a target for the terror group’s new north African affiliate. The roughly 550 competitors were to have embarked Saturday on the 16-day, 5,760-mile trek through remote and hostile dunes and scrub from Europe to Senegal in west Africa.

This is the first shutdown in it’s thirty-year history. Five hundred and fifty have been hung out to dry at the last minute. It’s always been dangerous, but everyone knows that going into it.

In 1982, Mark Thatcher, son of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, got lost in the desert for six days. In 1988, the leading truck crashed and killed a driver, and over the last three years the race has claimed seven lives — five motorcyclists and two spectators.

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Dakar race organizers based in France were urged to avoid Mauritania, where a family of four was reportedly killed by militants linked to Al-Qaida.

Individual stages of the event have been cancelled in the past, but this is the first time the entire event was cancelled — much in part because eight of the stages would’ve taken place near the terror-plagued Mauritanian desert.

“It’s a weird time now when you have to cancel races because of terrorist activities,” said Bill Auberlen, driver of the No. 23 AJR Porsche Crawford. “You have to because it’s a safety issue but where’s it going to end?”

Of course, some folks first reaction is to sue.

For me, this race and the 24-hour race at Daytona Speedway have always heralded a new season of motorsports.

I’m pissed-off.

The official word from the organizers.

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Happy New Year!

…To all the nice folks that wander through here.

And you spambots, too.

The Smiths x 2 (plus a bonus)

How Soon Is Now?:

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out:

BONUS: Radiohead covers The Headmaster Ritual:

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Some Black & White Pics

A few weeks ago I went shooting with my honey and a good friend.We went wandering around Old Town Alexandria, Va.

I took my grandfather’s old Leica M3 with my buddy’s new Voightlander 30mm lens.

Shooting film, after years of instant feed-back from digital, forces me to concentrate more on the whole process.

Enjoy:

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This last one is the interior of Christ Church. On the left is Geo. Washington’s old family pew and on the altar rail is a brass tag marking where Robert E. Lee was confirmed.

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Now It Means Nothing

In today’s Manchester (NH) Union-Leader: Gore’s Prize: A Fraud on the People.

A taste:

Alfred Nobel felt horrible about the uses to which his invention — dynamite — was put. So he endowed the Nobel Peace Prize and instructed that it go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Al Gore has done exactly none of those things.

Go and Read for it says what I think.

via Drudge.

What Do You Have To Do To Win A Peace Prize?

At WSJ, a list of people that didn’t make the cut.

via The Corner.

This Is Beautiful

In a creepy sort of way.

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Quality Reportage

I had Fox News Channel on at noon today as the newsreader was panting about the “stock market plummeting.”

They had the split-screen running; one on the goober, the other on the big board.

As the boob spoke his breathless horror story the Dow Jones average was steadily working it’s way back up.

-170…-169…-167…

Why don’t you guys wait ’til 4:30 and then tell me what happened. You wouldn’t look quite so … dumb.

Published in: on September 5, 2007 at 11:36 am  Comments (1)  

Where’s OSHA When You Need ‘Em?

They’re putting a new roof on the building I work in. When I go outside for a cigarette I’m having to deal with the smoke and stinky fumes of boiling tar.

Do you think it’s unhealthy?

Published in: on July 18, 2007 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

An Observation

I watched a fellow in a wheelchair roll himself down the sidewalk a few minutes ago.
He could barely keep out of the flowerbeds because he was working a wheel with one hand and talking on a cellphone with the other.

Is there a moral here?

Published in: on July 18, 2007 at 12:05 pm  Leave a Comment