What They Said Before The Electtion

  • “He’s been divorced and remarried. He can’t commit to anything.”
  • “He’s dangerously ignorant about international affairs. The Russian leaders will walk all over him.”
  • “He has no filter – doesn’t think before he speaks.”
  • “Until recently, he was a Democrat. He’s not a real Republican. He hasn’t paid his GOP dues.”
  • “He used to be Pro Choice. Now, suddenly he’s Pro Life?”
  • “That can’t be his real hair!”
  • “He’s a loose cannon. No one wants HIS finger on the nuclear button.”
  • “His opponent has the experience and political savvy to be president, he does not.”
  • “He’s just not presidential.”
  • “His temperament disqualifies him from ever being Commander-In-Chief.”
  • “He’s proven himself to be mentally unstable.”
  • “The military will never accept him as Commander-In-Chief. He’s not smart enough.”
  • “The GOP doesn’t want him to be the head of the party. He could never reach across the aisle to get anything done.”
  • “Most Republican voters will just stay home rather than go out and vote for him.”
  • “He’s almost 70 – much too old to be president.”
  • “Evangelicals will never support him.”
  • “He says ‘(Let’s) Make America Great Again’. How dare he say we aren’t still great?!?!”
  • “His intellect is thinner than spit on a slate rock.”
  • “90 percent of Republican state chairmen judge him guilty of ‘simplistic approaches,’ with ‘no depth in federal government administration’ and ‘no experience in foreign affairs.’”
  • “His spontaneity with reporters and voters plays well but also gives him plenty of space to disgorge fantasies and factual errors so prolific and often outrageous that he single-handedly makes the word gaffe a permanent fixture in America’s political vernacular.”
  • “After all his gaffes, he doubles down on them instead of admitting he made a mistake.”
  • “He’s threatening to upend our treaties and relationships with our allies by demanding that they pay for their own defense!”
  • “Because of his gross factual errors, he might take rash action and needlessly lead this country into open warfare!”
  • “He’s racist, xenophobic, and fuels the fires of hatred!”
  • “You shouldn’t take him seriously. He has a penchant for offering simplistic solutions to hideously complex problems and a stubborn insistence that he is always right in every argument.”
  • “The rising turnout of his voters are not loyal Republicans or Democrats and are alienated from both parties because neither takes a sympathetic view toward their issues.”
  • “He wears the disdain he draws from the GOP elites as a badge of honor. Henry Kissinger’s championing the other GOP candidate and attacking him are actually helping him!”
  • “The fact that he could be deemed a serious candidate for president is a shame and embarrassment for the country.”
  • The New Yorker observed that his appeal “has to do not with competence at governing but with the emotion he evokes… [He] lets people get out their anger and frustration, their feeling of being misunderstood and mishandled by those who have run our government, their impatience with taxes and with the poor and the weak, their impulse to deal with the world’s troublemakers by employing the stratagem of a punch in the nose.”
  • “Is he Safe? …he shoots from the hip … he’s over his head … What are his solutions?”
  • “Voters want to follow some authority figure, — a leader who can take charge with authority; return a sense of discipline to our government; and, manifest the willpower needed to get this country back on track — or at least a leader from outside Washington.”

Sound familiar? You’ve heard this all about Donald Trump, right? Try again.

All this was said of Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980. Most of it was BY OTHER REPUBLICANS – and Reagan turned out to be one of the greatest presidents of the 20th Century, if not of all time.

So, here is the bottom line…..vote for Trump! And be damned what the media and the liberals say, they are all scared to death of what WILL happen to their ‘elite’ status and the cash flow into their pockets if Hillary loses.

Top Fuel Dragster Acceleration

I have my DVR set to record NHRA events, which I watch at some convenient time later.

My two favorites are Top Fuel and Funny car competitions.

Here is a great example of how fast these monsters really are.

top fuel dragsterThis is from an e-mail on the subject from Bill Neely to David E. Davis, Jr. of Automobile Magazine:

One Top Fuel Dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows at the Daytona 500.

Under full throttle, a Top Fuel Dragster engine consumes 1.5 gallons of nitro methane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.

A stock Dodge 426 Hemi V8 engine can not produce enough power to drive the dragster’s supercharger.

With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.

At the stoichiometric 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture for nitro methane the flame front temperature measures 7050 degrees F.

Nitro methane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.

Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.

Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After half way, the engine is dieseling from compression plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down after cutting the fuel flow.

If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinder and then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.

In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds, dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G’s. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G’s.

Dragsters reach over 300 mph before you have completed reading this sentence.

Top Fuel engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light.

Including the burnout, the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under load.

The red line is actually quite high at 9500 rpm.

Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs an estimated $1,000.00 per second.

The current Top Fuel dragster elapsed time record is 3.701 seconds for the quarter mile. The top speed record is 332.01 mph as measured over the last 66’ of the run.

Putting all of this into perspective:

You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter twin-turbo Corvette Z06. More than a mile up the road, a Top Fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a measured quarter-mile as you pass.

You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the Vette up through the gears and blast across the starting line and past the dragster at an honest 200 mph.

The “tree” goes green for both of you at that moment.

The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down, but you hear a brutal whine that sears your eardrums, and within three seconds, the dragster catches you and beats you to the finish line, a quarter-mile from where you just passed him.

From a standing start, the dragster spotted you 200 mph and not only caught you but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1320 feet.

That, my friends, is acceleration!!

Observations Of An Old Fart

  • I THOUGHT GETTING OLDER WOULD TAKE LONGER.

  • A WISE MAN ONCE SAID NOTHING.

  • RESPECT YOUR ELDERS; THEY GRADUATED SCHOOL WITHOUT THE INTERNET.

  • WHY DO I HAVE TO PRESS “1” FOR ENGLISH? DID AMERICA MOVE?

  • WE HAVE ENOUGH GUN CONTROL; WHAT WE NEED IS IDIOT CONTROL.

  • BEHIND EVERY ANGRY WOMAN STANDS A MAN WHO HAS ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL HE DID WRONG.

  • INSTEAD OF “SINGLE” AS A MARITAL STATUS I PREFER “INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED”.

  • PATIENCE: WHAT YOU HAVE WHEN THERE ARE TOO MANY WITNESSES.

  • LET’S STOP SENDING MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND LET THEM HATE US FOR FREE.

  • VEGETARIAN: AN ANCIENT TRIBAL NAME FOR THE VILLAGE IDIOT WHO CAN’T HUNT, FISH OR LIGHT FIRES!

  • I LOOK AT PEOPLE AND SOMETIMES THINK….”REALLY? THAT’S THE SPERM THAT WON?”

  • IN MY DEFENSE I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED.

  • IF GUNS KILL PEOPLE, THEN PENCILS MISSPELL WORDS, CARS MAKE PEOPLE DRIVE DRUNK, AND SPOONS MAKE PEOPLE FAT.

  • CAMPING: WHERE YOU SPEND A SMALL FORTUNE TO LIVE LIKE A HOMELESS PERSON.

  • IF MY BODY IS EVER FOUND ON A JOGGING TRAIL JUST KNOW THAT I WAS MURDERED SOMEWHERE ELSE AND DUMPED THERE.

  • MY DECISION-MAKING SKILLS CLOSELY RESEMBLE THOSE OF A SQUIRREL WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD….

  • SOME THINGS ARE JUST BETTER LEFT UNSAID. AND I USUALLY REALIZE IT RIGHT AFTER I SAY THEM.