United Rebel Sprint Series primed for Dodge City Raceway Park 305 Nationals

first_imgThis year’s event fires off with the first of two preliminary events on Thursday, June 13, with a second round of preliminary action on Friday before culminating with Saturday’s championship finale.  Set for a $3,000-to-win event that could potentially climb to as much as $4,500 with lap money included is set for this Thursday through Saturday night, June 13-15, atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.  Martens has already picked up one URSS victory thus far this season while track regular Luke Cranston has won two events, both at Dodge City. Also picking up series victories this season are Jason Martin and two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton.    Sprint car veteran Kevin Ramey of Fort Worth, Texas, took home the victory in the inaugural version of the DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals back in 2017, while Fairview, Okla.’s Jake Martens pocketed $4,040 including lap money by fending off a last-lap slider from Jake Bubak and then beating Chad Koch to the stripe in last year’s championship feature finale.   Joining the Rebels for this huge event will be the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars as well as the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.   Tickets to the Thursday and Friday preliminary events are $12 for each night with Saturday’s finale $20 while children eleven and under are free each night. Pit passes are $30 for each night.center_img By David Smith, Jr./OKTidbits  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City located at 201 4th Avenue is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park.  Race fans staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Dodge City will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit when making reservations. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 620-225-1000. Each night of racing will fire off at 7:30 p.m.  DODGE CITY, Kan. – It’s time for a huge three nights of racing action beginning this Thursday night for the POWRi Lucas Oil United Rebel Sprint Series as they once again partake in the third annual Lubbock Wrecker DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals at Dodge City Raceway Park.   read more

Stop the Silly Darwin Stories

first_imgWhat happens when consensus enforces conformity, and doubters are excluded? In the case of Darwinism, you get utter nonsense. This must end.Here are examples of utterly ridiculous speculations that cannot possibly be tested. Isn’t testability what sets ‘science’ apart from other forms of inquiry? Not with Darwinism. An evolutionist can speculate wildly and will get favorable coverage in the DODO [Darwin-Only, Darwin-Only] media.Sitting in the sun is linked to days when people lived in caves, scientists believe (Medical Xpress). This story follows the Darwin model for theory production: (1) Believe in evolution with all your heart. (2) Observe a fact. (3) Make up a story to fit the fact into your Darwinian belief.The scientific community theorizes that sitting in the sun is an addictive, pleasure-producing behavior driven by a biological mechanism that developed when people lived in caves, according to Jiali Han, the Rachel Cecile Efroymson Professor in Cancer Research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.According to Han, the theory is that people turned to caves thousands of years ago for safety and warmth. But staying in those caves reduced their exposure to sunlight, which produces the Vitamin D needed for bone and reproductive health.“So we think that this sun-seeking behavior was an evolutionary development,” Han said.Ah, but the cavemen were smarter. They knew that sitting in the sun causes cancer, so they were more fit by staying in the cave. Else why would the storyteller end by warning readers about skin cancer?Biology explains why men kill big game like Cecil the lion—and how that behavior might be stopped (PhysOrg). Amina Khan from the Los Angeles Times fulfills her latent desire to give males a put-down. “Why do some humans engage in expensive ventures to hunt lions, elephants and other big-game species that often are endangered or otherwise threatened?” she asks. “The cost, according to a trio of scientists, is exactly the point: These pricey big-game hunts are meant to show off men’s high social status to competitors and potential mates.” Let’s pursue this mode of reasoning. Biology explains why men compose delicate works like Claire de Lune. Biology explains why female reporters put down males in the press with evolutionary stories. Biology explains why evolutionists in academia go stupid. Goodness gracious, Ms Khan, if biology does this to us, why stop it? Are you reaching outside of your worldview for some religious moral foundation?We Evolved to Run—But We’re Doing It All Wrong (National Geographic). “But for our remote ancestors, the ability to run over long distances in pursuit of prey, such as ostrich or antelope, gave us an evolutionary edge—as well as an Achilles tendon ideal for going the distance.” Does U of Kent evolutionist Vybarr Cregan-Reid, author of Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human, understand what he is saying? First, he is personifying evolution as the benevolent giver of gifts like Achilles tendons. Second, he personifies “the ability to run” as the benevolent giver of an evolutionary edge. Third, he plays favorites. Evolution could also give the evolutionary edge to the prey so that they could outlast their human chasers. After all, natural selection is the Stuff Happens Law. It makes cheetahs fast and sloths slow. Lastly, how can he say we’re doing it all wrong? Did evolution flub up on us? Maybe this guy could learn a little gratitude for the designed structures that allow him to run and give him pleasure.‘Alesi,’ the 13-million-year-old baby monkey, could be mankind’s earliest ancestor (Fox News Science). Inside this speculative article is one sentence that briefly introduces a moment of logic: “Assuming a gibbon-like appearance for our ancestor would be similar to scientists from the future unearthing a gorilla skull and concluding that all hominins — the group that also includes chimps and humans — looked like a gorilla.” So this fossil looked like a gibbon; “This does not mean the direct ancestor of living apes necessarily looked like a gibbon, just that a member of its family did at the time.” OK, so on what basis are they saying it “could be mankind’s earliest ancestor”?How our diet changed our evolution (Current Biology). Michael Gross is a frequent winner of SEQOTW (Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week). The whole premise of the question is absurd. Animals have choices about what they will eat, and they instinctively eat what they like. But the illogic is worse than Gross. If diet has that much power over the human mind, what did Michael have for breakfast when he wrote that? Are vegans evolving into a different species than burger lovers? Did Chinese food make Chinese talk or look different than the French?Human Ancestor Mated with ‘Ghost Lineage’ And the Proof Is in Your Spit (Live Science). Another frequent winner of SEQOTW is Charles Q. Choi. In this article, decorated with artwork of an upright ape in silhouette, he reports that Neanderthals, Denisovans, Africans, and modern humans have variations in a mucin gene MUC7. That part is observation. In order to weave this into a sacrifice for Darwin, he calls on ghosts:The researchers suggested the most plausible explanation for this mysterious version of the MUC7 gene is that it came from what they called a “ghost” lineage — that is, one that scientists have not found the fossils of yet.Life in the Saturn system? Cassini has shown it’s possible (Fox News Science). Anything is possible. If pigs had wings, they could fly. Titan is actually one of the most inhospitable places for life imaginable: with an atmosphere full of toxic gases, and -290° F on the surface. Enceladus is even worse. And forget Dione and Tethys. This writer needs to take off the hydrobioscopy glasses and get real. Science is supposed to deal in evidence, not imagination. Got evidence? Actually, we have some: Illustra’s film Origin. See the excerpt about “The Amoeba’s Journey” here. And that’s for a planet with the most favorable conditions we know of in the universe: Earth.This Enzyme Enabled Life To Conquer A Hostile Earth (NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Rubisco is a neat enzyme with an important job. It is necessary, but not sufficient, for life to succeed. Eyewitness accounts state that the Earth was not hostile at the beginning, but was literally a garden of Eden. It only became less convenient when the first parents became hostile to their Maker. Those matters aside, NASA’s exercise in logical fallacies (generalities, non-sequitur, reductionism) doesn’t deserve the respect of rebuttal. It’s like saying water enabled NASA scientists to write scientific papers.You get the idea. Turn up the laughter, folks! Demand better. Darwinism is the greatest myth-making idea the world has ever seen. Got science?(Visited 803 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Charmaine Mrwebi, dreaming and writing in Setswana

first_imgUnable to find books written in her mother tongue, telling stories that related to her life, Charmaine Mrwebi wrote her own – and set up a distribution platform for her own and other writers’ books.Charmaine Mrwebi uses her love of the performing arts to help kids in the Free State learn about their world. (Image: Charmaine Mrwebi)Sulaiman PhilipEveryone should read says Charmaine Mrwebi. The published author, librarian and founder of the Charmza Literary Club says: “Our people should visit our libraries and become friends of books. Remember, any person who reads books on a daily basis, develops listening skills. Reading helps learners and students to perform better at school.”Charmza Literary Club visits schools around Thaba ‘Nchu, her hometown, where she shares her love of reading and its importance through poetry readings and puppet shows. She wants to empower communities to be able to tell their stories in their own language. “We also teach adults the necessary writing steps on how to write their books, edit and publish them in their language.”Mrwebi uses her monthly school visits to identify young writers to mentor, to encourage them and let them know they are not working in isolation. Once they have been identified, Mrwebi will, “…donate books to these writers after they have formed their book clubs, poetry groups and reading clubs”.She says that these visits bring her the greatest joy, especially if she gets to tell stories in her mother tongue. “I love that the children can get to teach me new songs. Or tell me a story their grandmothers told them. The more books we read together or stories we tell the more they open up and feel safe sharing their experiences.”As an author and poet, she feels blessed to belong to a community that passes on lore, history and culture from one generation to the next. The world is blessed, she says, by having writers who share their love of words. “When each one teaches the other, eventually we are going to have a community of writers telling stories and contributing towards solutions in our country. I feel that I have to keep pushing and investing in the seed of literature continuously even in the midst of challenges.”Charmza Literary Club gives children the opportunity to tell stories in their mother tongue. (Image: Charmaine Mrwebi)Among her first published books was Mantlwane… Ga re Tshamekeng (Mantlwane Let Us Play) based on a game she played as a child. “Mantlwane was a game I played as a child. It helps to build your imagination, it moulded who I am today. Children have so many distractions today that we are losing that ability to build whole worlds.”Travel while standing stillGrowing up in Thaba ‘Nchu, Mrwebi was a voracious reader. She has often spoken about how reading allowed her to travel the world without leaving her home. “There was one library in Thaba ‘Nchu and no mall. The first time I even heard about this thing called a mall was in a book. That is an important lesson I share. It does not matter where you come from, the world does not need to be a mystery. Or strange.”But she yearned to find books written in Setswana, her mother tongue, about her own experiences. She believes it’s important to read, and write, your own literature. Writers, she says, think and dream in their mother tongue and something is lost when it is translated. Desperate to share her culture with the world, she has self-published four books in her mother tongue. “In the mother tongue a writer’s message is clear. In translation, something is lost.”The desire to get more mother tongue books into print was the acorn that grew into Charmza Literary Club, her publishing business. Charmza is, as she explains, one house with many rooms that include publishing, her storytelling school visits, her poetry workshops and the work she does with the Performing Arts Council of the Free State.“When I published my first book I thought book stores and distributors would jump to stock it. When that did not happen, I needed to create a platform to distribute my book so I created Charmza. I’ve got my books and the authors we publish out because we needed to learn how to be persistent and innovative.”She is hopeful that, like her, there is a young Setswana writer who will be inspired to tell their own story. And who is Mrwebi inspired by? There is her grandmother of course, Ellen Kuzwayo, author of Call Me Woman.Without missing a beat, however, she says Buchi Emecheta, the Nigerian author of The Bride Price and The Joys of Motherhood. “Despite all her challenges – a single woman in a foreign country; raising four kids. Unemployed. She rose above it all. Her writing, her love of books lifted her up.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more