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11.06.2005

Random Nascar Thought

(And it may be my first one ever). How much does the U.S. Army pay to sponsor a Nascar participant?

24 comments:

comment4U said...

Don't know, don't care. Told the spouse that I don't have to pretend to like NASCAR anymore, now that we're married.

bigcatdaddy said...

10-20 Million for a primary sponsorship.
500K-1mil for a secondary sponsorship.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter if its $5.00, its too much and inexcusable. Our brave men and women are over there without the necessary supplies, Hummers without the necessary reinforcement, their families buying bullet proof vests because the government won't, fighting a war that we shouldn't be fighting, all because Bush couldn't find Osama and decided to invade Iraq and get Saddam, there were no weapons of mass destruction, etc. And the Army is sponsoring a NASCAR???? Shame on the Army, shame on Bush, shame on every American who doesn't take a stand and say ENOUGH and let them get away with it. Opposing this senseless war is not a lack of patriotism but the height of patriotism. I am patriotic, I love my country, I am proud of and grateful to our AMerican solders in Iraq and I oppose this war. This NASCAR sponsorship is just another reason why.

Anonymous said...

How does Nascar get to be the bad guy in the "War on Iraq"????? Do you seriously think that the Army (or for that matter, the National Guard, who sponsers the #16 car, the Air Force, the Navy, #14 Busch car) is taking $$$ from that allocated for supplies, and safety equipment for the troops??? Ever consider that it might be a recruiting tool? How many rednecks do you think ran down and signed up to go fight that war based upon their belief in God and country, in which Nascar has deep roots.

Anonymous said...

Some of the dumbest people in Wise County must read this blog. The ignorant and often mean-spirited rants I read here are saddening. I'm only not suprised some of the idiots know how to use a computer because it's the only place they can spew there ignorant venom and get someone to listen.

Condoleesa said...

anon 8:18

Do you actually know anyone that has had to buy their "brave man or woman" a flak vest?

Craig said...

Govt should not be sponsoring anything. Period. Look also at the USPS car i believe in busch series. And why are our stamps going up again?

LoveLit said...

Anon @ 12:16...do a spell/grammar check before you start calling people ignorant, k? Also, the Army/Navy/Marines, etc. all spend money on television commercials...NASCAR is another way to advertise...expensive, yes, but how much do you think those commercials cost?

Anonymous said...

I'll work on it lovelit. It was late and I had just buried one of my cats.

bigcatdaddy said...

Craig-

Do NOT even start picking on the postal service. My Dad has worked for the postal service for over 25 years(and he busts his ass). 37 cents is still a bargain to mail a letter if you ask me. Did you know that the postal service is the ONLY self-supporting government agency???

The advertising is necessary to keep up with FedEx and UPS. If they can't advertise, and their business declines, they might be digging into your tax dollars to pay my dad's wages. Is that what you want????

miz.gina said...

Anonymous 12:16 ... if you have something worth while to say then you should. Last I checked... we DID still have the 1st amendment. Now I can't say that I agree with all that is said here, in fact I have said that I disagree with people. The difference is that I don't hide behind an anonymous tag when I have my say.

comment4U said...

And that, Miz.Gina, is something that I DEFINITELY agree on there: If your opinion is SO important, and credible, then OWN it. Anons do some serious blowharding around here....and their words just blow on by....

Anonymous said...

miz.gina, you are probably right. i used to be fed up with the anon-posters and use a login but they kept multiplying and i gave up the fight. i even quit reading this blog for awhile but it's like a drug, pulling me back in again hoping for a little humor and usually finding something offensive. last night i had enough and spouted off when i probably should have just walked away.

btw, your nov. 6 blog was very touching.

comment4u, your not so open yourself. no blog, no picture, no town, no nothing. wow, that's impressive.

comment4U said...

Well, Barry knows quite enough about me--don't need the anons knowing all of my particulars. But, gee, thanks for your anonymous input.

Anonymous said...

golly gee. i'm glad you and barry are so tight. you remain anonymous to me.

Anonymous said...

Comment4u,

You're a big talker, but you're still anonymous. Don't be such a hypocrite. At least miz. gina has room to talk. She's not hiding. Your name might as well be anonymous.

scrogdog said...

The #01 Army car, the #16 Coast Guard car, the #14 Navy car are all recruiting tools for the military which does have to recruit its ranks rather than rely on the draft as it once did. Like any organization, it does have to advertise what it has to offer a young person who might consider joining, and it trys to target an audience with which it has historically had the most success to get the most bang for its buck. It is a well know fact that the southeastern U.S., where NASCAR originated, and from which it still has it's most devoted fan base, has a long standing tradition of supporting our military forces and a higher percentage per capita of it's citizenry joining the military than in other parts of the country. That has held true from the days of the Revolutionary War, through the Civil War and still holds true today. Everything about the pre race pageantry of NASCAR reeks of unwavering patriotism and support for our troops and almost always includes a rousing rendition of America the Beautiful, with Army skydivers parachuting in with the U.S flag and that of the particular state the race is being held in, and followed by the singing of the National Anthem and ending with a flyover by the Air Force or Navy. Saturday it was
F-18's and Sunday, it was a
B-1 Stealth Bomber. I can't think of any other sport in the country that promotes the military and attracts people who are as predisposed to join. When over 350,000 people show up at the track for three races, as they did this past weekend, it gives the Army the chance to do some recruiting it couldn't do in almost any other setting. The car on the track is only a small part of it. The Army has an extensive exhibit outside the track, which includes tank, helicopter and other types of simulators, that gives a large number of people, particularly young impressionable men, the opportunity to experience the thrill of combat without the dangers of a real life situation. I guess Copngress could make the Army and other services stop spending money to advertise in NASCAR or on TV, but how many of us want to go back to the old days of the draft. I'm old enough to remember what it was like back then. At least, today, the regular Army people are doing what they voluntarily chose to do.

miz.gina said...

Comment4U,

I have to agree with these people in that you are just as anonymous as they are. Just because you have a blog name doesn't mean you are putting your money where your mouth is.

If any of you happened to see me the "Decatur Mall" you would know who I am. Now I am not saying that everyone needs to be as open as I am, but if you are going to chide another then you should at least have a profile.

The only other person that comments here that I know of that has a real profile is Condoleesa. (hi condi)

comment4U said...

Yup, and all of that coming from you two big "anonymous" ????'s who are just so "out there." No hypocrisy in not wanting two--or is there really just one of you??--whomevers looking at my photo, reading about where I live, what kids/animals I may have, blah, blah. Sure, I'll sign up for the two kids under the sheets to walk straight into my living room. Yeah.

Perhaps I'm off, but most of this blog commenting is for Barry's own voyeuristic wink at reactions to his thoughts. You having access to me doesn't cross my mind.

LoveLit said...

WOW! There are a few people out there who really need to lighten up. This is a BLOG...and it's not necessary to post our pictures and personal info for the world to see. Those of you that do...great, even though I'm pretty sure noone would notice you at Wal-Mart or anywhere else for that matter because you say a few things on the blog now and then...seriously.

miz.gina said...

loveit that wasn't the point...

Anonymous said...

comment4u, you may recall that you were the one complaining about anonymous posters. the simple fact is you are as anonymous as the rest of us. i don't care where you live or who you are but you are no more of a known quantity than me or anyone else who hasn't signed up for a blue name with nothing behind it - keeping you anonymous. again, you brought it up, not the rest of us, so don't tell any anonymous poster that your name makes you any different.

comment4U said...

You know, I'm SO not caring about this whole darn issue anymore...you anons sure do take issue w/it thought, don't you? Have at it.......I'm done......

Anonymous said...

i'm glad you don't. by the way, i think it was your "blowhard" comment that stirred this up in the first place. i think if a) you would quit commenting as if you are somehow better than others because you have a screen name and b) admit your role in the whole conversation it would never have gone this far.