25 February 2017

Breaking News: "This Makes Us Look Like Cheaters"

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, Team 8 was disqualified from the 2017 Iron Dog for violating rule 13.2.

Rule 13.2 states, "Racers will be permitted to receive outside help for fuel and engine oil ONLY between the checkpoints of Ruby and Tanana. 13.2.1 NO OTHER ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND INCLUDING PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE PIT CREW WILL BE PERMITTED.

According to Tyson Johnson, the disqualification comes after a photo surfaced of spectators pushing on the back of their sleds while the team was fueling. Johnson continues, "we only needed about 5 gallons, pushing on the back helps get an extra half gallon but we didn't even need that fuel". Johnson continues to explain the team didn't realize spectators were pushing on the sled and when they saw them, Team 8 asked them to stop.

The team feels the disqualification "makes us look like cheaters" while they also feel "teams get 15 minute penalties for worse things".

Iron Dog Executive Director Kevin Kastner says, "unfortunately the only set penalties for this infraction is between those two checkpoints" meaning disqualification is explicitly written in the rules for this infraction."

Hours from the Iron Dog finish, Team 8 also feels like this news is devastating to the riders still competing.

"I wouldn't feel I truly won unless I beat the fastest team. Last year we beat team 16 and this year being ahead of team 41...that's two very skilled teams...it cheapens it"

24 February 2017

A New Version of an Old Favorite

Shooters will get it.

Wild Bill: "The Cross and the Shield"

Much Ado About Nothing

Officials at Chugiak High School have decided to prohibit the display of the Confederate flag on school grounds, except for the purpose of historical learning.
About 2,000 parents and students received an email this week from the principal, explaining the new policy to ban certain uses of the flag. 
The email said in part, "because of the substantial disruption to our school environment and the likelihood of future disruption, the Confederate flag will not be displayed at our high school except in the context of the study of the Civil War." 
The decision was sparked after five students were seen on social media posing in front of a Confederate flag on school grounds.  
The school principal wrote, since the incident, Chugiak High became the subject of local and national media attention.  
The principal said the decision to ban uses of the flag was made to ensure all students attending the school “feel safe, secure and … have a sense of belonging.”
So these snowflakes* have decided to be offended by a historical emblem. While I admit being curious what the students intended by the display, it's just a flag. Are they attempting to rally forces to a States' rights cause? It seems unlikely.
They're products of the modern educational system, which barely deserves the title. So it's nearly impossible to know what they think the flag stands for. But they're also teenagers, so it's as likely as any other reason to be simply to make waves, and garner attention. They certainly got that.
But to ban a Confederate flag on school grounds? Once again, we're sending entirely the wrong message to a generation growing up in a bubble-wrap environment, leaving them woefully unprepared for real life.
And we've already seen the results of that, since election day last November.
* Yes, I'm referring to the principal and other school officials, in this case. There are probably parents who support the ban, so it would include them, too.