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Monday, 25 July 2011


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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....:-))


Actually, seeing that I really want to be an honorary American. OH YEAH

I am not a fan of religion in any form but at least this guy is honest about his 'faith'. Ble$$ Je$us.

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?

Amen, Brothers.
The South's gonna rise again!

I gotta think that's the best public prayer *ever*!

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....

Best wishes

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.

Blasphemy, everyone knows Jesus would have endorsed Pirelli tires.

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.

God is cringing.

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 ...

I thought for a minute there that was the daily opening prayer in the House of Representatives...

We don't have any prejudices about Americans here in Europe - really, none at all, but ... oh man, this so confirms all of them ...

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.

I'm an American, and that DOES NOT represent me!

The Red States of America should just secede already.

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.

"Talladega Nights" comes to life! It is hilarious. Thanks for posting Mike!

That's the sort of prayer even us atheists can appreciate.

I'm speechless.

But not suprised.

Nutshell I think is an appropriate metaphor.

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.

I think I sent money to that holy man! I hope he didn't use it to get his wife a boob job.


Oh man, now I wanna be an American!

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


Thanks a lot. Now I'm going to have nightmares.

Yes true esoteric religion at it's best. :0

Oh dear God...

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?

Except for the glaring omission of any reference to firearms, it is a perfect American prayer

Hmmmm. Can you say Talladega Nights? I hope he was praying the the little baby Jesus.

Hilarious... coming to the NFL & MLB and a high school game near you soon!

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.

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!
Denny F.

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.


The America I know won't fit in that nutshell.

Bicoastally yours,


Rather explains the debt crisis, no?

BTW, the "boggity, boggity, boggity" is from The Dukes of Hazzard, isn't it? The original ones, from the Seventies, that is.

We don't have any prejudices about Americans here in Europe

You speak for yourself!!!

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.

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!

The America I know won't fit in that nutshell.

Bicoastally yours,


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

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.

Yup. Nascar, Central Florida, Tennessee, and the South. What else can I add to that.

Nutshell ... nut's hell ...

"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.)


Shades of "Talladega Nights"! Well, this IS America, where sports and religion are just about one and the same thing...

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).

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.

>>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).


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

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