Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Followup to the Johnson Valley racing event tragedy.

It’s been a couple of days now since this tragedy occurred and the dust is
starting to settle now and more information is starting to get out about this
event.

Let me say, right off the bat, that if you go looking to the mainstream news
media for your information you’ll be missing a lot. I suggest you surf over to
this blogsite which has probably the most information about this event and
this sport.
http://www.bajaracingnews.com/

Scroll down a little until you get to the photograph of the truck being rolled
over with the title “Sanctioned slaughter, 8 dead fans.”

This is the most complete information site for this event, I believe on the whole
world wide web. And they are not pulling any punches, note the reporting on the
cover attempt by some of the people there, advising people not to turn over
any of their videos, etc, to keep it private.

Warning to anyone who attended this event and took any videos, etc that
caught the accident, don’t listen to those who tell you to keep it private,
the last thing you want to do, is to commit obstruction of justice, a crime
treated very severely by judges, both state and federal. If the authorities
ask you about it, be truthful and honest. This was also ensure that the full
facts come out to the light of day, and that a reckoning can be had for what
happened.

This is one of the most horrific events to have happened in recent times, and at
some point there will be answers given. Right now everyone involved is trying to
figure out what happened, and some, such as the group sanctioning this race and
the BLM which allowed it, will soon be in the hot seat looking at the government
officials who will be questioning them under oath, possibly televised. After that, I
am sure, these same officials will be sitting at a table answering questions again,
under oath, in a high stakes event where money and liberty may very well be at
risk.

As I said in my original post, this was similar to events back home in the south, where
there was minimal protection for spectators. Being older now and not really following
this sort of thing, I was surprised to discover, per this BAJA RACING website that
this sort of event would not have been allowed back there. I applaud those eastern
states that don’t allow this sort of thing.

If you look at the site, which is totally devoted to Baja racing, desert racing, you can
sense that this race in Johnson Valley was really an accident waiting to happen. There’s
talk that people were standing as close as 5 feet to the racing vehicles, 5 feet in dark
and extremely dusty, murky conditions, no guardrails or even hay bales between them,
it makes me wonder why this tragedy didn’t happen years ago.

You haven’t heard the last of this, folks, that’s my prediction. The BLM, notorious for
caving in to the offroad lobby, is in for a major grilling, and I predict when all the court
trials are over, they are going to be in for some major financial damage. Also look for
news of some retirements and/or firings to occur as well- right away I think.

BLM caving in---- sounds kind of like the way they cave in to every energy developer
out there---- here, they caved in to the offroad lobby, and what did it get them?
The answer will be in the shattered lives of the survivors of the carnage, and the family
members of the ones who did not.

This has to be one of the worst events that I have ever heard of in 56 years on this planet,
and what makes it even more so, is the knowledge that it really didn’t have to happen. This
unreal, “Mad Max” atmosphere of the event, shouldn’t have been allowed then and hope-
fully will not be the “de rigueur” for future events of this type.

I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families that had members hurt or injured.

Vaya con dios.

Morongobill

Here is a followup to the above post written a day or so later.
http://morongobillsbackporch.blogspot.com/2010/08/blaming-victims-not-way-to-make-friends.html

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