Sorry, Baby, You’re British Now

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Well, it’s common and delightful for beautiful young women to have all sorts of silly ideas in their heads. Not that young men are any better; I still have a “Clinton/Gore ’92” sticker on the BMX number plate I was running at the time.

Yesterday, the United Kingdom voted to take control of its own affairs. This is a good thing. Local government is always a good thing. If we had more local government, then San Francisco could be a sanctuary city if they wanted, with no repercussions. Small towns in Ohio that don’t have any crime and any diversity issue could have all the guns and trucks and country music they wanted, while Chicago could do whatever they think is going to solve their issues. Local government means you have a voice. Yes, it might affect the financial markets. So what? As we’re all coming to learn, that’s a rigged game anyway, a massive system to transfer trillions of dollars to the sixty-two people who own half of the world.

The British citizens who voted for Brexit were voting against those sixty-two elites, and their unelected thugs in Brussels, forcing the Calais Jungle on them. They were voting for self-determination. That’s a very American thing to do — but I should point out that all of this country’s founding ideals were conceived by men who were educated in the English system. It’s nice to see the mother country voting for its own independence, isn’t it?

Complete Transcript Of Donald Trump’s June 22, 2016 Speech

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(I’m reposting this, after cross-checking Politico and NPR to confirm that it’s correct, because I believe that it’s worth discussing. I cannot say that I personally disagree with Mr. Trump regarding any of the significant positions laid out in this speech. That doesn’t mean he’s going to do what he says, but it’s worth noting that Mrs. Clinton has effectively stopped even bothering to promise any significant change to Americans— JB)

Today I‘d like to share my thoughts about the stakes in this election.

People have asked me why I am running for President.

I have built an amazing business that I love and I get to work side-by-side with my children every day.

We come to work together and turn visions into reality.

We think big, and then we make it happen.

I love what I do, and I am grateful beyond words to the nation that has allowed me to do it.

So when people ask me why I am running, I quickly answer: I am running to give back to this country which has been so good to me.

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The Critics Respond, Part Thirty-Three

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Let’s take a moment to be honest with ourselves. Is the kind of lazy, sloppy, corrupt writing that plagues automotive journalism really a problem? When MotorTrend reviewed the current Viper, Lieberman ranted that “luxury and driveability have been sacrificed” and that “driving the manual is hard” and that the Viper is “hot inside”.

None of that is even remotely true. I’m not even sure Jonny is stupid enough to believe the lines they’re having him read. I think the “creative” team at MT understands that videos like this get a lot of YouTube clicks. A click from someone who hates you pays the same as a click from somebody who likes you. That’s the business.

So what? So what if MotorTrend slanders the Viper? In the immortal words of our next President, what difference does it make?

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Esperanza, Part Two: After The Crazy

Yesterday, we talked a bit about Esperanza Spalding. It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Pat Metheny brought her debut record, Junjo, to the attention of the music world. She is now thirty-one years old.

Her newest record, Emily’s D+Evolution, is supposedly the result of a night when she started receiving internal communications from “Emily”, a newly-developed alternate personality or ego. That may be, but the primary reason the record is of interest to a general audience is this: it’s about The Wall.

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Guest Post: The Worst Ride Of My Life

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Please welcome TTAC writer and my racing teammate, W. Christian “Mental” Ward, to Riverside Green. He has a story to tell you — JB

I have always been a two-wheel enthusiast. I get it genetically. My Dad rode, heck, even my mother rode. My brother used to ride. I just enjoy motorcycles. I have almost always have owned one motorcycle or more since I buried myself in a 17% loan for a Kawasaki 250 Ninja in 1989.

You learn some rules when you spend that much time balanced on two wheels. Good rules, lifesaving rules. In September of 2010, I forgot every one of them.

You see, my wife had breast cancer.

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Esperanza, Part One: Before The Crazy

I’ve written about Esperanza Spalding in the past. And I’m going to write about her again, tomorrow. Specifically, I’m going to discuss her new album, Emily’s D+Evolution, which is quite insane. And sane. At the same time. Like I said. We’ll talk about it tomorrow.

To bring some of you up to speed on Miss Spalding, however, here’s a Michael Jackson cover that appeared on her last studio album, Radio Music Society. It’s a good introduction to the Esperanza character, so to speak. Deluxe editions of Radio Music Society shipped with a one-hour DVD feature in which Esperanza plays a female bass player who becomes entangled in a variety of sexual and romantic entanglements with men and women of various races. This video is excerpted from the feature; in it, Esperanza falls in love, or at least lust, with a white girl.

One note before I let you watch the video: The saxophone part is actually performed by Joe Lovano, not Bob Mover. Bob is the saxophonist for Esperanza’s touring band, which is why he’s in the movie and Lovano isn’t. So check it out, and come back tomorrow so we can say goodbye to Esperanza and hello to “Emily”.

Follow Along On American Endurance Racing’s Facebook Tomorrow at 3:00 PM

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Starting tomorrow, your friend, Bark M., is the official Facebook Live ambassador for American Endurance Racing. (Full disclosure: yes, they’re paying me to do this.)

Set your alarms to stun for 3:00 PM Eastern tomorrow as I broadcast live from the AER Facebook page. I’ll be giving you the scoop on America’s best amateur racing series, as well as previewing next week’s race at Palmer Motorsports Park, one of the newest and most amazing circuits in the world.

And if you’re not interested in any of that, just tune in anyway and hear my girlish voice. Thanks!