TALLADEGA, Ala. – Brad Keselowski won the Aaron’s 499 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway driving away from second place driver Kyle Busch.
It was the second trip to victory lane for BK this season, his second at Talladega and the sixth of his short Sprint Cup Series career. Keselowki handed Dodge its first victory at Talladega since Dave Marcis sored a win in 1976.
“It was like a wreck at a stoplight,” Edwards said. “Everybody started checking up and hitting each other.”
With Paul Menard leading the race went green on lap 151. Hamlin, surged to the front, where he raced Brad Keselowski for the lead.
Kenseth was sent to the back of the field for pitting too soon under the Lap 143 caution, but wasted no time driving himself back into contention. He drove past Denny Hamlin on Lap 167 for the lead, with Keselowski and AJ Allmendinger following close behind.
Casey Mears cut a tire on lap 175 and brought out a caution setting up a restart with nine laps to go.
On lap 181, Kurt Busch spun into the inside wall at the entry to Turn 1 bringing out another caution. Kenseth led the field back to green on lap 185.
The green flag didn’t last long. As soon as the leaders crossed the start/finish line, Hamlin made a quick move to the inside; and Allmendinger adjusted and clipped the nose of Hamlin’s car taking out a few Dega hopefuls such as Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip.
NASCAR Sprint Cup returns to Darlinton Raceway for next Saturday night’s running of the Bojangle’s Southern 500, 6:30 pm EST on Fox.
Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch lost his long battle with salivary gland cancer on Friday. In the world of the Beastie Boys he is commonly known as MCA, a true talent in the hip-hop genre. In a business where hip-hop acts sky rocket like roman candles and fizz out at the height of glory, the Beastie Boys have endured since 1979.
They initially came together as a hardcore punk band in the vein of The Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth playing hip-hop venues all over the five boroughs of New York.
They were barely more than teenagers tearing up the Big Apple music scene. It was not until their shift to more of a hip-hop sound in 1983 that the boys from Brooklyn begin to see moderate success when their 12-inch single “Cooky Puss” (satirical references to the ice cream treat) became a hit in New York underground dance clubs and night clubs.
If Cooky Puss was the launching pad, their next release License to Ill was the rocket. They decided to hire a DJ for their live shows, and ended up getting an NYU student named Rick Rubin. Soon thereafter, Rubin began producing records, formed Def Jam Recordings and approached the band about producing them for his new label.
The band recorded Licensed to Ill in 1986 and released the album at the end of the year. The album was well-received, and was favorably reviewed byRolling Stone magazine with the now-famous headline, “Three Idiots Create a Masterpiece.” Licensed to Ill became the best selling rap album of the 1980s and the first rap album to go No.1 on the Billboard album chart, where it stayed for five weeks. It also reached No.2 on the Urban album charts. It was Def Jam’s fastest selling debut record to date and sold over five million copies. The first single from the album, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)“, reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After the success of Licensed to Ill, the Beasties parted ways with Rick Rubin and ended their relationship with Def Jam to sign with Capitol Records. Their first release on the Capital label is the 1989 release, Paul’s Boutique. The album was a fan favorite and despite going double-platinum ten years later Boutique was considered by Capital Records a commercial failure. Rolling Stone ranked it No.156 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
All in all, Beastie Boys have released eight studio albums including 2011′sHot Sauce Committee Part Two. The group had sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, “the biggest-selling rap group” since 1991.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012, “just the third rap group to enter the Hall, after Run-D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007).”
On May 4, 2012 founder Adam Yauch succumbed to a rare for of cancer at the age of 47. The illness delayed release of Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and the subsequent tour.
Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam said that Yauch was “a crazy talent whose contributions with his band were inspirational and consistently ground breaking”.
By now I am sure you have heard the Daniel Chong, DEA debacle story.
Here’s the deal… Daniel got swept up in a DEA drug raid on April 21st. Investigators believe the student was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. They hauled him back to DEA HQ and questioned the young man at length as they did many others arrested that night.
They placed Daniel in a holding cell and told him they would be back shortly to see that he got sent home.
Hours turned into days and by day 5, Daniel Chong was delirious, suffering signs of kidney failure and reduced to recycling his own urine to hydrate. It was a nightmare of the worst kind.
They forgot him — FOR FIVE DAYS!!! That’s pretty much felony stupid.
Chong was transported to a local hospital for treatment and was held in recovery for five days.
The top DEA agent in San Diego, William R. Sherman, said in a statement that he was “deeply troubled” by the event and has ordered an extensive review the DEA policies and procedures for prisoner accountability. Sherman also issued an apology to the student, though Chong said he was not personally contacted by Sherman or the DEA.
For the whole affair Chong’s attorney has filed suit against the DEA for $20 million plus attorney fees.
In case you are interested that works out to be $166,666 per hour. They could lock me up a week for half that and I’d be okay with that. I could catch up on my reading but I am not drinking piss.
Frankly, if the judge awards it, I think the DEA got off light.
This is just another case of government law enforcement run a muck and the innocent suffer.
“Spirit in the Sky” is a song written and originally recorded by Norman Greenbaum and released in 1969. The single sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970 and reached number three in the U.S. Billboard chart.
On this date in 1970 it hit No. 1 on the UK chart. It also hit No. 1 on the Australian and Canadian charts. Rolling Stone ranked “Spirit in the Sky” #333 on their list – 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was featured Greenbaum’s 1969 album.
In a 12/06/2011 interview with classic-rock music journalist Ray Shasho of The Examiner, Greenbaum stated that western movies were the real inspiration for “Spirit In The Sky”:
Norman Greenbaum: If you ask me what I based “Spirit In The Sky” on… What did we grow up watching? …Westerns! These mean and nasty varmints get shot and they wanted to die with their boots on. So to me that was spiritual, they wanted to die with their boots on.
Ray Shasho: So that was the trigger that got you to write the song?
Norman Greenbaum: Yes. The song itself was simple, when you’re writing a song you keep it simple of course. It wasn’t like a Christian song of praise it was just a simple song. I had to use Christianity because I had to use something. But more important it wasn’t the Jesus part, it was the spirit in the sky. Funny enough… I wanted to die with my boots on.
Around 30 years ago I pointed out this telling statistic. I heard it in the mid-80s.
“In America there are 10 lawyers for every engineer. In Japan there are 10 engineers for every lawyer.”
Guess what? … It’s only gotten worse.
Here’s a sad state of affairs at a time when many Americans are needing jobs. Colleges are graduating students every semester with a ton of student-loan debt and a degree they can’t use.
Sit down with any Human Resources person in a technology company and ask them what their biggest challenge is. Almost across the board you will get the reply – finding talent. Technology companies from coast-to-coast are struggling to fill the vast array of unfilled vacancies at the front line of their organizations.
A tech recruiter relayed the story that he was at a networking event recently when the CEO of a young startup company told him he would pay a fee of $400,000 if the recruiter could find five great engineers.
Sounds insane, doesn’t it.
When you consider tech talent at the leading firms can represent several million in revenue then a half million in fees sounds rather paltry. There’s a tech talent drought leaving nobody to fill open positions.
So what’s the problem?
Much of it is the education selected by students over the last decade or so.
In 2009 the U.S. graduated 37,994 students with bachelor’s degrees in computer and information science. This is not bad, but we graduated more students with computer science degrees 25 years ago!
It gets worse…
From the same blog:
In 2009 the U.S. graduated 89,140 students in the visual and performing arts, more than in computer science, math and chemical engineering combined and more than double the number of visual and performing arts graduates in 1985.
So here’s what I don’t understand.
An Engineering degree costs as much as a Psychology or Performing Arts degrees and the income potential is vastly greater for nerds. It begs the question, why are young adults pursuing degrees that have them more likely making coffee at Starbucks rather than enjoying the weekend with the top down on their new Beemer spending that big tech paycheck?
I think it comes down to shortsightedness sprinkled with a little laziness.
Engineering is hard! It requires work, lots of it. But hey, if it’s the difference between a six figure income or the title Barista, I think I could figure out how to get the work done.
I think much of it is based on the times. We are raising a generation of American Idols with dreams of making it in Hollywood. What many of them don’t realize is they stand a better chance of getting struck by lighting than striking it rich in Tinsel Town. For every Brad Pitt or Angeline Jolie walking the red carpet, there’s a million actors pouring Cappuccino for another aspiring actor reading the want ads.
Every good tech engineer stepping out of college today can be making mid-six-figures within five years.
For every Bill Gates and Steve Jobs there’s a thousand Zuckenburgs ready to make their mark in the tech world as we speak.