Anyway I don’t know if you are following the numerology, but my son is at a prime number age and so am I. The last time that I checked, 2017 is also a prime number. Go ahead and dance around the room on that.
Just like clockwork the Feast Day of Saint John de Matha ushers in the holidays. Well I don’t know about you folks, but I have really caught the Christmas spirit. There is just something about this season that makes me feel better. Also it helps to have Black Jesus on your side.
I hope that everyone out there is feeling a little bit of the love, also. If I don’t get a chance to tell you in person, Merry Christmas! I thought it would be pretty cool to share a little bit of Christmas with you. It is only fitting that it is coming from the halls that I used to roam on this special day.
Also, you might want to head to Europe to see Black Jesus because the USA doesn’t have any. Just the other day the jury responsible for determining the guilt of Walter Scott‘s killer was deadlocked in a mistrial. Apparently, Black Jesus isn’t going to save anybody in South Carolina any time soon and there is still no semblance of justice. Click on the link for Exhibit A. I get the feeling that there are going to be a lot more martyrs for the Black Lives Matter movement to proselytize.
Enjoy my family video to help take your mind away from all the madness. There will be no Christmas cards this year because we are terrifically poor, but at least they aren’t filming Black death on the streets and allowing the murderer to go free. Check out an article here in ColorLines by Kenya Rankin about the mistrial of Michael Slager. Yeah, so then there’s that. Merry Christmas everyone.
President Elect Donald J. Trump’s wife Melania will inherit the title of First Lady when he takes the oath of office in January, 2017. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, by now you realize that Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States of America.
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 11, 2016
Trump has been on record making racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic statements that struck a chord with the American electorate. Trump also campaigned on promises to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, increase military power, end universal healthcare, limit funding to United Nations initiatives, and to rescind US participation the Paris Accord that focuses on global warming. Despite facing pending criminal charges that alleged that Donald Trump raped and sexually assaulted a child, he has continued to the highest office in the land. (The rape charges were officially dropped days before the election on November 4 according to the Jeff Zarranandia of Snopes.) The president elect has no prior government experience but he has vowed that he is the person that can make America great again.Some United States citizens feel a profound sense of loss due to the election of Donald Trump.
Many Americans are already protesting the Trump ascension. Most notably a movement using the moniker Yes California along with the hashtag #CalExit is organizing to separate Western states from the rest of the United States. Demonstrations have been held in cities throughout the entire United States in the days following the election results and it is a situation worth monitoring further because the world has taken notice.
The policy changes recommended by President Elect Donald Trump have far reaching effects. The United States of America has technically been at war for 223 out of the 240 years of existence and the use of the military depends upon the moral authority of the presidency, and congress to act. Trump has advocated a more aggressive use of the military that has been ruled illegal or unconstitutional along with beginning new armed conflicts in new countries. The opinions held by citizens of other countries is trending downwards and confidence in the proper use of the United States military power has also significantly eroded around the world. The destruction of life and property is also very unpopular to begin with, but it is even more detested when the results can be seen on the nightly news.
Anti-racism protesters against President-elect Trump stood outside the U.S. embassy in London. pic.twitter.com/84ZgMOuHr4
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 9, 2016
The motives for using force are eventually rendered naked in the age of information and even more subtle shifts are studied in great detail. The Paris Accord is an agreement fostered by the United Nations that officially went into force on November 4 as published on their website. Environmental concerns over global warming have caused responsible industrialized nations to limit their own production of harmful gasses for the good of everyone on the planet. Donald Trump doesn’t believe that human activity can cause climate change and has expressed a desire for the United States to back out of the obligation during his campaign. While he might be unsuccessful in his initial desire, this sort of stance reveals that President Trump would be reluctant to continue to doggedly pursue solutions to a shared, pressing problem.
A novice politician without any experience in government beat out seasoned lifers on a grueling campaign trail but citizens of the world are now questioning American integrity for electing such a polarizing figure. The new direction that a Trump presidency would proceed in is likely to be viewed as reflecting the views of the American populous even though he failed to win the majority of votes. Instead of informing would-be constitutional scholars on the Electoral College system that the United States is a republic, perhaps we should all examine Trump?
— DICooper (@DanKnuckles) November 11, 2016
Even a perceived deficiency in character in the President of the United States can significantly alter reality for voters at home in America and foreigners abroad. It is dangerous for the United States to endure such a loss and in turn, it puts the entire world in peril.
[Featured Photo from The New York Post files]
Formula V8 3.5 World Series in Jerez de la Frontera was a spectacular success that began with the impromptu exhibition on Calle Alcade Álvaro Domecq. The main avenue leading the center of the small city was choked with tire smoke instead of cars during what would normally be rush hour. Around 7 pm on Thursday a day before the racing car festival began a lone Formula V8 team pilot, Alfonso Celis, Jr., was doing donuts in the street as throngs of unfettered bystanders gawked. The thought of being merely meters away from an intensely powerful vehicle didn’t instill fear into the people of Jerez. Onlookers gathered behind temporary metal barricades sheltering only their ears from the din of a roaring V8 engine opened full throttle while ignoring the high-speed pelts of pebbles kicked from the tires.
Everything portended well for the Formula V8 3.5 World Series from the beginning. No one was injured in the promotional and the steadfast crowd was energized and excited to spread the word that this year was not to be missed. Thousands of people from Andalusia turned the Circuito de Jerez into a small metropolis of its own on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as motor heads filled the stands to watch various categories of races. The Circuito de Jerez was open, accessible and free during the Formula V8 3.5 World Series Festival, which stands in stark contrast to other racing platforms. With games and rides for children of all ages as well as racing drama in the penultimate affair in the calendar of Formula V8 events had all the makings of a good time.The premier events also aired on local television and it was also obvious that Jerez appeared more filled than usual the entire weekend. More English conversations could be heard in hotel lobbies that are frequented by those in the know and looking out for the latest happenings or the best service. The more populous capital of Andalusia is Seville, a short car ride away from Jerez, but afterhours establishments must have felt the surging pulse that added multitudes bring if only for a weekend. Tapas bars and nightclubs were also at capacity and the usually intimate town of Jerez succumbed to the pressures and desires of racing fanatics seeking fun.
RPM Racing who sponsors the Formula V8 3.5 World Series should be very pleased with the outcomes at the Circuito de Jerez.
Add this to your calendar next year if you are of the adventurous sort. Jerez might be to Seville what Philadelphia is to New York, but if are searching for a modern tradition in old Spain, look no further than motor sports. Peaceful coexistence between two close municipalities relies on the ability of each to maintain their own identity and stay in their lane.The Circuito de Jerez is a major attraction and the focal point of racing in Andalusia that provides a distinctive contemporary flare that most of antiquated Spain cannot claim. Jerez is a special place. The name, itself, is from a wine produced 5,000 years before Christ but the people have embraced racing of all sorts with the type of fervor that compares to Talladega, Indianapolis, and Daytona.
The Circuito de Jerez is one of the more famous and problematic tracks in the world for cars and completely different than racing in a left-turn-only oval. The course is known for being unusually narrow requiring top-level skills for navigation. Beitske Visser is the only female driver in the Formula V8 3.5 series and she explained the intricacies that make Jerez unique and her leap in performance.
“Every year you improve. I thought today we were super strong on race space but unfortunately it is not easy to pass here. The race is very difficult on tire management,” Visser added sounding wise beyond her twenty-one years and excited about her gains.
It was difficult for Beitske to hide her happiness at her results after the festival even though she didn’t place. Visser is moving past the initial attention since joining the tour in 2015 and has shown her followers that she is ready to challenge leaders with her strongest race finishes of the season coming in 7th and 5th in the two races in Jerez de la Frontera. As one of the more popular drivers on the tour Visser has broadened the appeal of the sport and the Netherlands native has formed a solid base of supporters.
Even in Europe the thrill of raw power emanating from a revving supercharged engine is infectious and embodied by unique fans that sometimes like to take their shirts off in the racing stands. Racing fans here are just like the Americans! The weather for the Formula V8 World Series Festival was a warm 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the waning days of October and a fabulous afternoon for racing. This part of Andalusia has the ideal climate for baring flesh and amplifying the atmosphere in autumn. The Circuito de Jerez was already buzzing from the increased competition in the overall Formula V8 3.5 series points standings.
Hot temperatures provided the perfect setting for the inevitable showdown between Tom Dillmann and Louis Delétraz.
After the events concluded Louis Delétraz took a narrow three-point lead over Dillmann after being penalized in the first race on Saturday for forcing the previous overall individual leader into the gravel during their battle for position. Dillmann sits at 197 points headed into the season finale that will be held in Barcelona the weekend of November 4 and one of the most consistent Formula V8 3.5 drivers is in a funk. At only nineteen years old Delétraz absorbed his worst finish of the year in the first race on Saturday by claiming second place in his final race on Sunday to give himself a slim lead. The Rookie of the Year Delétraz was cool in the post-race interview with the knowledge that Dillmann didn’t make the podium in four out of the last four contests.
When asked about his most recent performance Louis Delétraz declared, “I try to keep calm because that is how you win championships.”
Delétraz was also stately in the reference to the penalty decision for illegally contacting Dillmann’s car on Saturday.
“My main focus today was to just take that poll position and try to take a win because I think that is the best answer as a driver to something that you don’t agree with,” he added.With 200 individual points Delétraz is already playing with house money and confident that he has already claimed the rookie title and frustrated veterans like Tom Dillmann who is now in second. Matthieu Vaxiviere is the nearest competitor to the pair with 175 to complete the likely top three in driver points standings.
First place in the Formula V8 3.5 series in Jerez on Saturday went to Matevos Isaakyan with Egor Orudzhev and Matthieu Vaxiviere taking second and third place, respectively. Dillman, a former Formula 3 champion, was still the overall points leader going into the final day at the Circuito de Jerez but he couldn’t withstand the onslaught of youth and finished 8th on the final day of racing. The pressure that built up by Sunday led to a very quick start and a display of expert skills that left Egor Orudzhev, Louis Delétraz, and Matthieu Vaxiviere standing on the podium 1,2, 3.Egor Orudzhev tallied his fourth win of the year, giving him the most in Formula V8 3.5 in this season so far. Egor credited practice to his victory in the press conference.
“Yeah, we worked on the starts,” confessed the twenty-one-year-old Orudzhev deflecting the credit to his team Arden Motorsports. “We always work quite hard on that part because you can win a race by [doing] that, like today.”
Orudzhev, a team Arden driver, declined to reveal much else. “We just cruised,” the Russian driver remarked.
Louis Delétraz agreed, “Today I had a not-so-good start but Egor had a really good one. I could see him fly by and I just couldn’t do anything about it.” In the overall team standings Arden Motorsport is in the lead with 337 points and team Lotus is a not-so-distant second with 322.
With only Barcelona left on the schedule all the other racing teams are out of contention for the team championship but racing is a sport where there are many story lines to follow. Different countries, teams, and personalities are a fascinating mix and part of the global appeal of motorsports. The entire Formula V8 3.5 World Series is covered in multiple languages at GPUpdate.net in detail. Also, check out this short video recap of the racing weekend below.
The allure has captivated a dedicated following that enjoyed unprecedented access in Jerez with constant pit crew walk-throughs and autograph signings each day of the Formula V8 3.5 World Series Festival. Racing at the elite level has something for everybody so don’t be afraid to immerse yourself in the total experience if you are ever given the opportunity to visit the Circuito de Jerez.
[Featured photo from RPM Racing]
I must be turning into my father because the words “free for the family” are like sweet music to my ears and command my full attention. This weekend the Formula V8 World Series Festival is in Jerez de la Frontera and they have extended an invitation to all of the families in this wonderful city to participate in two days of racing. You can download your free invitation and take as many as you need from here but my guess is that if you were in town, I would have known about it and already told you.
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain is really a city that loves their motor sports. At first I thought that it was just motorcycles and bicycles but now I realize that the people aren’t afraid to let loose on their main avenues. Jerez isn’t just the city of horses that happens to be named after the fabulous wines of the region. Xerezanos-Jerezanos have also embraced some cool modern traditions. Motor sports have been a big deal in Jerez for a while and now I am contemplating a whole new tag in my sports section.
Anyway, rock out to my self-filmed hype video when team AVF and pilot Alfonso Celis, Jr. took over the main street leading to the center of the city. Enjoy this treat!