Is this an Auto Racing Press Release?

Posted in Available For Purchase, NASCAR, Sprint Cup on December 18th, 2008 by sysadmin

The following is a press release I received for one of my other websites (www.JustPlainRacin.com). I read this and I became confused as whether this was for racing or was it for the Global Warming Crowd?

Let me say what my stand on Global Warming is… What Global Warming? I don’t believe that man can out do God, UNLESS we nuclear bomb everything… And even then we didn’t out do GOD. We out did man! I’m going to highlight those comments for you… Jut sit back and read the propaganda…

December 17, 2008 (Daytona Beach, FL) – EM Motorsports and Hylton Motorsports are proud to announce that Leilani Münter has been hired to test the team’s 2005 Ford Taurus during this weekend’s ARCA Series open test at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR Legend James Hylton, 1966 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, will be Leilani’s mentor and coach throughout the weekend. “I am thrilled to have a driver of Leilani’s caliber in our race car. Her proven talent combined with her determination to succeed in the sport will be a winning combination in the ARCA Series,” said Hylton, “I am looking forward to seeing her race in the ARCA 200 at Daytona on February 7th.”

Leilani Münter has been racing since 2001 and last year became the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. Prior to running in the Indy Pro Series, she spent 6 years in stock car racing, earning 19 top ten finishes and 9 top five finishes in 39 starts. Leilani also sat the record at Texas Motor Speedway for the highest finish for a female driver at the 1.5 mile speedway. In 2007, Leilani moved into the Indy Pro Series and the open wheel community quickly took notice when she qualified fifth and had a very impressive run in her debut at Kentucky Speedway. This performance earned her praise from the Indy Pro garage, including four time Indy 500 Champion Rick Mears who said, “Leilani did a great job, I am looking forward to seeing her race some more.”

But no one is looking forward to Leilani getting back in a race car more than Leilani.

“I can’t thank Hylton Motorsports and EM Motorsports enough for this opportunity. There is no better racetrack in the world to get behind the wheel of a stock car than Daytona,” said Leilani, “To have the opportunity to work with James Hylton, a true legend in the sport, is an absolute honor and I know I will learn a lot from him.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Daytona and the remainder of the 2009 season. For information, contact Prime Time Media (New York City Office) 718-374-5146 or email prime@primemedia.info and for Leilani Münter’s management, personal services agreements, and media requests please contact Marissa Nilon, Wasserman Media Group mnilon@wmgllc.com or call Dan Levy at 919-256-1600.

About the Carbon Offset

Leilani will continue with her commitment she started in 2007 to offset her carbon footprint by adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she enters. As she did for all her Indy Pro Series events (both races and tests), Leilani will be offsetting her race car’s emissions with World Land Trust.

“I felt a responsibility to do something about the impact I have on the environment because of my racing career,” said Leilani, “I am speaking out about my actions in hopes of bringing awareness to race fans and the racing community. Carbon offsetting is not the solution to climate change, but I had to do something about my unavoidable emissions.”

Leilani holds a degree in biology for the University of California San Diego and is well known for her support of environmental causes. She has made three trips to Capitol Hill this year to speak to members of Congress on behalf of climate change legislation and is an Ambassador for the National Wildlife Federation.

“World Land Trust helps local organizations buy, protect, and replant tropical rainforest to help absorb the carbon we pour into the air,” said Byron Swift, President of World Land Trust-US, “Every time Leilani races she helps us purchase one more acre of endangered tropical rainforest. It’s just great that she’s doing this and at the same time raising awareness in the racing comm unity of the need to balance our use of carbon.”

Leilani is a long time vegetarian, an animal friendly and environmentally sound diet. An area of rain forest the size of seven football fields is destroyed every minute to make room for grazing cattle and an average meat-eater requires about 20 times as much land as a vegetarian to fulfill their yearly calorie requirements. The United Nations determined that raising animals for food generates almost 50 percent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, SUVs, trucks, and airplanes in the world combined. In addition, a report from the University of Chicago determined that switching to a vegan diet is 40 percent more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Toyota Prius.

For more information, visit http://worldlandtrust-us.org.

About James Hylton

James Hylton is a NASCAR Legend and at age 74, he is the oldest active NASCAR driver. He was the 1966 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year and finished second in NASCAR Sprint Cup points on three occasions, scored wins at Richmond and Talladega and captured four pole positi ons in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. During his NASCAR Sprint Cup career, Hylton has recorded 140 Top-Five finishes and 301 Top-Ten finishes. He will be attempting the Daytona 500 in February and will be the oldest driver to ever race it if he qualifies. For more information visit http://jameshylton.com

About EM Motorsports

EM Motorsports, previously R&J Racing, is a NASCAR Sprint Cup and ARCA Series race team founded in 2004 and is currently owned by John Carter and Doug Barron. The team has been the home of drivers including Bill Elliott, Boris Said, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti and Johnny Sauter. EM Motorsport has formed an alliance with Hylton Motorsports and will be fielding a race car for James Hylton in the 2009 Sprint Cup Series, including the Daytona 500. For more information visit http://em-motorsports.com

About Leilani Münter

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and environme ntal activist. She holds a bachelors degree in Biology specializing in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California San Diego. Leilani adopts an acre of rainforest for every race she runs and is a long time vegetarian and eco activist. She is politically active in the legislative fight for the environment and has made several visits to Capitol Hill to speak with members of Congress on behalf of climate change legislation.

Leilani is the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. She set the record for the highest finish for a female driver in the history of the Texas Motor Speedway when she finished fourth in 2006. Her racing accomplishments have landed her on the pages of USA Today, Italian Vogue, Esquire, ESPN and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world.

With family ties in the music community – her brother-in-law is Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir – Leilani is a self described “vegetarian hippie chick.” She blogs on the green section of the Huffington Post, rated number one on Time Magazine’s blog index, and documents her efforts to go green on her eco site http://carbonfreegirl.com.

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Where does the money go?

Posted in politics on December 5th, 2008 by sysadmin

The following is not made of my hand (I didn’t write it) it was a blog entry on American Solutions Blog by vbillt@cox.net

I am setting here absolutely flabbergasted as I watch our economic collapse and begin to question what kind of cretins are in Congress looking for a solution. It is like watching the Keystone Cops! A committee of people with a collective IQ of 3 points above plant life could render a better performance.

First a crisis is identified and Paulson shows up with a one page memo telling you folks that if you don’t pony up $700B we will be in a depression. The Democrat controlled Congress crafts a half-hearted piece of legislation that is promptly defeated. Enter the Senate to the rescue adding many pages and smears the document $150B in pork – bribery to get votes. This hastily approved bill is sent to the House where with little fanfare or any forethought is promptly approved and sent to the President for signature. I doubt that 25% of you read it or even cared because it is only taxpayer money. All you folks wanted to do was get home and campaign so you could drink at the public trough for another 2 to 6 years. From what I see now there was no clear plan, no measureable objective, and no mechanism for oversight. It is only after we shove billions of dollars into the morass do we discover OUR MONEY was being spent on lavish corporate outings, bonuses, buying other companies and other activities that were never part of the BAILOUT. Only now is there any expression of concern – too late!

What is being done to right the ship? I see no outcry or any effort to identify and prosecute the greedy crooks that gambled with our future. What is being done about the Wall Street CEOs and others that laid the trap? What is being done about the crooked leadership at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? What about the complicity of members of Congress?
This problem happened on Bush’s watch but despite all the Democrat claims of his fault there are many fingerprints on this problem dating back to the Carter Administration and the Community Redevelopment Act. Congress and others adopted a social engineering posture to pressure financial institutions to make mortgage loans to low income people. If I remember right the lenders were asked to consider welfare and unemployment as qualifiers. The house of cards has fallen under the weight of sub-prime loans made to people who never should have received them. The Democrats have won the election by blaming everything on George W. Bush but now is the time to stop that nonsense.

We said we were going to bailout the financial segment of the economy first, but how? The “plan” keeps changing. We bailout AIG and they are back for more – squandering what they got. Now everyone else who feels the pinch is standing in line for a handout save the poor taxpayers who get the burden.

Here are the fools from the Big Three Auto makers traveling to DC on their corporate jets with tin cups in hand asking for another $25B without a plan. The problems of this industry are several – years of poor quality products and dealer support, kneeling at the feet of the UAW making their costs higher, poor choice of products, mismanagement, and yes government interference because they know better. From my personal experience it was the quality that was the key issue that made me abandon US automakers – my last two, GM and Chrysler, ate me alive in maintenance and poor service.

As one of the taxpayers I say no loan without a plan! First and foremost, all of the Boards of Directors of the auto companies and the UAW should submit their resignations. There should be further resignations of executives at all companies and those that remain should work for $1 a year until in the black. There should be major reorganizations that would eliminate a couple of levels of management. There should be a change in culture from one of entitlement to one of austerity – no private jets, no executive dining rooms, etc. The UAW should be brought to the table to renegotiate the contracts. Contracts that have 5000 pages of work rules and pay people not to work are inconceivable. Only the US government could screw it up worse. Any Union Executive who will not bargain in good faith should be removed. The same $1 a year salary should apply to union executives too. Failure to negotiate or act quickly and responsibly in any major area should result in an immediate mandatory Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

While we are in such dire straights, I expect members of Congress to recognize the situation requires restraint on their part. Set an example! You too should execute a change in culture from one of entitlement to one of austerity. Act as if you care about the people who elected you and I don’t mean by rhetoric!
Answer the question;

Where does the money go?
Report to the stakeholders – the taxpaying public!

I couldn’t have said it better! Thank You vbillt@cox.net!

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