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Posted on Monday, 25 July 2011 at 12:54 PM in Off-topic posts | Permalink
AMEN, Brother! Mike, you have NO IDEA what it is like here in Nashville Music City, USA. Unless you are like me, a native Chicagoan (Oak Park), schooled in Wisconsin (Kenosha and UW), lived for 20 years+ in Cedarburg, and am a quiet Christian (think Lutheran as in Garrison Keillor and Lake Woebegon, MN). Starting a NASCAR race with a prayer the includes "smokin hot wife" and a descriptor of every engine, team and sponsor is really not that big of a deal in the "Buckle of the Baptist Bible Belt". Boogidy, boodidey, boogiddie...Y'all come down as see us now, ya' hear....:-))
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 01:07 PM
ian campbell |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 01:09 PM
Actually, seeing that I really want to be an honorary American. OH YEAH
Keith Loh |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 01:18 PM
I am not a fan of religion in any form but at least this guy is honest about his 'faith'. Ble$$ Je$us.
Nigel Hansen |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 01:23 PM
Seems that on the headshot of the preacher the sync between words we hear and the movement of the lips is really off. Is this a hoax?
Luc N |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 01:40 PM
The South's gonna rise again!
Bill Mitchell |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 01:43 PM
I gotta think that's the best public prayer *ever*!
Richard E. |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 01:48 PM
I am a racer and it has always been a huge yawn when some self-absorbed moron prays for us...
That guy's prayer for Nascar is the first honest preacher I have ever heard. Amen to him for his bravery and integrity, telling it just exactly and precisely like it is....
greg smith |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 02:08 PM
I think you you have here is the sequel to the prayer scene in the movie Talladega Nights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg
Which may make it that more bizarre.
Steve Weeks |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 02:10 PM
Blasphemy, everyone knows Jesus would have endorsed Pirelli tires.
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 02:13 PM
Some of the more mainstream churches could probably gin up additional revenue from product placements in their Sunday sermons. It's tough to make a go of it from what gets dropped into the collection plates.
Chuck Albertson |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 02:16 PM
God is cringing.
Jim Bullard |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 02:45 PM
It is said of the Dutch (I am a Dutchman) that they're all preachers and merchants neatly rolled into one - but as it is also said, everything is bigger in America ...
Hans Muus |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 03:00 PM
I thought for a minute there that was the daily opening prayer in the House of Representatives...
Ed Kirkpatrick |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 03:03 PM
We don't have any prejudices about Americans here in Europe - really, none at all, but ... oh man, this so confirms all of them ...
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 03:19 PM
Hey, I paid good money to have my product mentioned in that prayer and he stumped over it!
It's a divining rod that takes you straight to the breakfast sausage section of the grocery store.
We can only hope that there are a bunch of NASCAR fans who always wait for the prayer and then run to the bathroom and pee while everyone else is all MESMERIZED by that holy man.
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 03:22 PM
I'm an American, and that DOES NOT represent me!
The Red States of America should just secede already.
CK Dexter Haven |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 03:37 PM
Best part for me is, he's clearly reading from something he wrote down. Pretty sure he wrote the "boogity boogity boogity" part, too.
But at least he knows his audience.
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 03:39 PM
"Talladega Nights" comes to life! It is hilarious. Thanks for posting Mike!
Richard Skoonberg |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 03:42 PM
That's the sort of prayer even us atheists can appreciate.
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 04:13 PM
But not suprised.
john robison |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 04:36 PM
Nutshell I think is an appropriate metaphor.
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 04:45 PM
I'm not sure what to say about that. I guess any marketing opportunity is a good marketing opportunity. Maybe they just need to loosen the bible belt a notch or two. The game is just getting too big for it's britches.
Ken White |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 04:49 PM
I think I sent money to that holy man! I hope he didn't use it to get his wife a boob job.
Carl Wemhoener |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 04:51 PM
Oh man, now I wanna be an American!
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:00 PM
If it aint got a engine it dont belong here is what I say.
Plus one of my favorites, which I take as satire. Your mileage, if it disagrees, is your own bidness.
"Soccer - America's Path To Socialism", by Billy Bob Neck
Dave Sailer |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:00 PM
Thanks a lot. Now I'm going to have nightmares.
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:02 PM
Yes true esoteric religion at it's best. :0
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:16 PM
Oh dear God...
Bruce Krobusek |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:19 PM
I have never heard a priest thanking God for his "smoking hot wife, Lisa". As this is a photographic blog, and one unusually grounded in reality, are we to expect any photographic evidence of this assertion? Perhaps DOMAI.com has the early test polaroids? On second thoughts, perhaps not....
Meanwhile, from across the pond, can I urge the US Congress and President Obama to sort out the debt limit / cuts / cap / balance nonsense so that the rest of the world doesn't collapse under the weight of dollar denominated confetti?
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:37 PM
Except for the glaring omission of any reference to firearms, it is a perfect American prayer
Ray Hunter |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:52 PM
Hmmmm. Can you say Talladega Nights? I hope he was praying the the little baby Jesus.
Christopher Lane |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 05:59 PM
Hilarious... coming to the NFL & MLB and a high school game near you soon!
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 06:37 PM
Is this real? The fellow seemed a bit of of sync. A talented someone could have taken an existing video clip and redubbed it with a new sound track. Since only a few seconds on either end are on the speaker, lack of lip sync would go largely unnoticed.
I find it disconcerting that we see clips like this, and although they're too trivial to do any verification on, they still affect our perception of culture.
Did anyone see this on TV? Can't trust everything you see on youtube.
Samm Cooper |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 07:21 PM
Jeez, when it comes to America, sometimes one doesn't know whether to laugh or cry. We're only a heartbeat away from someone discovering the 'baby Jesus's image in burnt rubber on the Nascar track. Boogity boogity boogity boo... and may God bless Arrrmurrukka!
Dennis Fairclough |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 07:29 PM
Luc and Samm,
I assumed it was a joke when I first saw it, but I'm not so sure any more--there seems to be a report about it on a Fox News website, and another article talks about his wife and daughter's reaction to it and has comments by the preacher defending it. Maybe it is fake, but now I'd have to put it at 50/50. I guess I won't know for sure until it goes up on Snopes.com.
Mike Johnston |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 08:54 PM
The America I know won't fit in that nutshell.
Ben Rosengart |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 11:07 PM
Rather explains the debt crisis, no?
Andrew Kelley |
Monday, 25 July 2011 at 11:39 PM
BTW, the "boggity, boggity, boggity" is from The Dukes of Hazzard, isn't it? The original ones, from the Seventies, that is.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 01:50 AM
We don't have any prejudices about Americans here in Europe
You speak for yourself!!!
Steve Smith |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 02:19 AM
Good heavens.....you guys actually do this stuff! We've heard about it here in the motherland of course, but thought it was just a figment of our twisted & deluded media barons.
Dennis Huteson |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 02:22 AM
Have to admit those particular statements
by the fat joweled so=called preacher exemplifies all that is incorrect in the
UnUnited states of America.
Maybe the shells are not big enough for the nuts involved in the charade known as Nascar!
Bryce Lee in Burlington Ontario Canada, eh? |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 04:29 AM
Ben, you're right; I've watched it three times now and there's no sign of a pet-counseling ad.*
*Pompous Brit taking the p**s gratuitously because he's bored alert
Jim McDermott |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 06:20 AM
Upon closer inspection..it's mostly cutaway and when you actually do see the preacher, 99% of the lips don't match the words coming out.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 07:29 AM
Yup. Nascar, Central Florida, Tennessee, and the South. What else can I add to that.
Bob Rosinsky |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 08:07 AM
Nutshell ... nut's hell ...
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 08:21 AM
"Good heavens.....you guys actually do this stuff! We've heard about it here in the motherland of course, but thought it was just a figment of our twisted & deluded media barons."
Well, I think it's possible it's a joke, and, if it isn't, then the pastor was having his own joke with the crowd. But the earlier commenter was right--if he'd just been able to work guns into the prayer too, it would have had just about every Red State cliché there is. (All that's left is country music. Or should I say "country music," in quotes, since it's very much a slick, citified professional genre now that has little to do with its mountain music or rural folk roots past the obligatory twang with which it is sung.)
Mike Johnston |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 09:13 AM
Shades of "Talladega Nights"! Well, this IS America, where sports and religion are just about one and the same thing...
Paul Luscher |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 10:40 AM
Oh, it's real, all right:
It's fortunate NASCAR didn't have the invocation done by someone from the Westboro Baptist Church (who were otherwise engaged last weekend).
Chuck Albertson |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 02:22 PM
For an American, this clip is almost as embarrassing as having elected George W. Bush twice. To make up for this Mike, you should be forced to sit through a Sara Palin lecture on American History.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 02:50 PM
>>BTW, the "boggity, boggity, boggity" is from The Dukes of Hazzard, isn't it? The original ones, from the Seventies, that is.<<
Erlik, I think in this context it references the catch phrase of Darryl Waltrip, a current announcer and previous race car driver. "DW" uses the phrase as the NASCAR cars cross the start/finish line at the beginning of the race, adding "Let's go racing, boys!!!" to the phrase.
(I used to follow Formula One, but now in my dotage it's easier to just keep track of who turns left first).
Jim Hart |
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 at 04:16 PM
I think, he just took this scripture literally (which I think, you should):
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1st Thessalonians 5, 18)
By the way, check this songified version out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZnDt2wEFjk&feature=feedu
Micha Drögemüller |
Monday, 08 August 2011 at 10:02 AM
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