The Web Log – which, sounds so much better than “blog”.   An oracle

of views, ideas, thoughts and questions.  Yes, there are  always questions.

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1959 Porsche 718 RSK article coming this summer in Excellence Magazine

Coming soon to Excellence Magazine….my article about Count Carel Beaufort’s 1959

1959 Porsche 718 RSK center-seat racer

1959 Porsche 718 RSK center-seat racer

718_2 varia-embleem-maarsbergen-002 Porsche 718 RSK center-seat racer….

The Porsche 718 RSK 

The Aristocrat Racer

Great racecar drivers are often judged by the podiums on which they stood and the prize money they won.  They are immortalized because they dared to drive faster, because they were fearless in the rain, because they gambled it all on the first turn.

Over the years, there have been many great drivers.  Count Carel Gordin de Beaufort of the Netherlands was not one of them.  At least, not by the usual standards. ….look for July issue of Excellence Magazine

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When the “Drill, baby, drill…” crowd falls silent

As has been noted on various news and web organizations, Palin and company have been suspiciously silent of late.  Their call to arms – “Drill, baby, drill”  has not been echoing across the jumbled placards of their ludicrous, uninformed, and often scary, Tea Party clans.

Instead, and somewhat surprising, a voice of reason has risen from one of their own.   This quote from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, taken from a recent AFP news story

….California officials had been in favor of the proposed drilling project off the coast of Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles, saying it could help raise 100 million dollars towards narrowing California’s budget deficit.  But the Gulf of Mexico disaster has convinced the governor more drilling is not the answer.

“It will not happen here in California,” Schwarzenegger said at a news conference. “You turn on the television and you see this enormous disaster and you say to yourself ‘Why would we want to take that risk?’ The risk is much greater than the money is worth.”

Did I read that right?  “…Much greater than the money is worth…” This out of the mouth of a Republican?  Before the President pushes for an energy bill that concedes anything to the oil industry, perhaps President Obama needs to look to the west.  Accept it or not, California remains the progressive conscious of the country.  After all, how many Eastern or Southern states can boast Republican governors that, on occasion, make sense?

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