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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 11:24:41am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 14, 2017 • 11:25:01am

DT is destroying the Deep State before it can launch a coup against our President!!!

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PhillyPretzel  May 14, 2017 • 11:28:04am

I think most Republicans are afraid of that Trump person. This is why they are going along with what he says and does. He is a detriment to the country.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 11:28:05am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 14, 2017 • 11:29:13am

re: #3 PhillyPretzel

I think most Republicans are afraid of that Trump person. This is why they are going along with what he says and does. He is a detriment to the country.

They will only move against him when he becomes a clear and undeniable threat to their grasp on power.

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stpaulbear  May 14, 2017 • 11:38:10am

At the end, Clapper says he’s not surprised that the republicans aren’t doing shit about Trump’s attack on the separation of power. He sees what’s going on.

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petesh  May 14, 2017 • 11:38:29am

re: #5 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They will only move against him when he becomes a clear and undeniable threat to their grasp on power.

Yes, but they have a tricky balancing act to do: If they push really hard, they might get a bunch of tax cuts passed (maybe) and healthcare messed up (or worse) but then they will be hammered in 2018. When do they figure out that’s not worth it? Or maybe they think it is … Trump would take it, what with a yuuuuuge personal tax break and a good chance that the estate tax will not soon be reinstated after it goes.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but he has a bit of a gambling streak in him. It’s right next door to the yellow streak, and just below the river of stupid.

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Puss Power  May 14, 2017 • 11:41:18am

re: #3 PhillyPretzel

I think most Republicans are afraid of that Trump person. This is why they are going along with what he says and does. He is a detriment to the country.

I think this is beginning to crack — but not at the leadership level. Some house Republicans are beginning to feel the icy winds at the back of their necks, and Trump’s terrible approval ratings show them they don’t need to be afraid of him.

It can’t happen fast enough.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 14, 2017 • 11:41:39am

What it boils down to is if the GOP goes against Trump, they can still get most of what they want legislatively from Pence but they will also piss off their base.

The same base that loves Trump.

The same base that will be critical in next years midterms.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 14, 2017 • 11:42:15am

re: #7 petesh

Yes, but they have a tricky balancing act to do: If they push really hard, they might get a bunch of tax cuts passed (maybe) and healthcare messed up (or worse) but then they will be hammered in 2018. When do they figure out that’s not worth it? Or maybe they think it is … Trump would take it, what with a yuuuuuge personal tax break and a good chance that the estate tax will not soon be reinstated after it goes.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but he has a bit of a gambling streak in him. It’s right next door to the yellow streak, and just below the river of stupid.

Exactly. They see no need to remove him until at least 2018…and even then they will not get hammered, I just expect the Dems to do marginally better in the mid-terms than they usually do.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 14, 2017 • 11:46:51am

re: #10 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Exactly. They see no need to remove him until at least 2018…and even then they will not get hammered, I just expect the Dems to do marginally better in the mid-terms than they usually do.

Hard to say, really. There are still 16 months until midterms. Who knows what Trump will do to the country between now and then?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 14, 2017 • 11:48:32am

re: #11 Eclectic Cyborg

Hard to say, really. There are still 16 months until midterms. Who knows what Trump will do to the country between now and then?

That is not the question: the question is rather how will voters react to what he does.

DT has been able to sidestep or short-circuit nearly every rule and convention of campaigning, governing and maintaining press relations. I see little sign of that changing.

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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 11:48:48am
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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 11:54:53am
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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 11:57:58am
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Puss Power  May 14, 2017 • 11:58:27am

re: #11 Eclectic Cyborg

Hard to say, really. There are still 16 months until midterms. Who knows what Trump will do to the country between now and then?

At state and lower levels, also House special elections, Democrats are doing MUCH better than expected. Another thing to watch.

Gotta go, BBL.

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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 11:59:12am
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stpaulbear  May 14, 2017 • 11:59:48am

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:04:05pm

World War II veteran who did not want his mother to know of his injuries is to receive the Purple Heart today.
stripes.com

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Joe Bacon  May 14, 2017 • 12:08:28pm

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

Melt it down and you’ll have enough plastic for 100 Barbie dolls…

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:10:36pm

Another fungible campaign promise.

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Ming5000  May 14, 2017 • 12:11:19pm

A few weeks old, but still shelf life fresh:

Adult children of authoritarians are useful in three ways: first, they tend to be trustworthy confidants in regimes rife with paranoia, as corrupt authoritarian states usually are. Second, they are excellent vessels for laundering money, creating enough distance that assets stolen from the state are harder to track. Third, they tend to have a warmer public profile which offsets the brutality of the dictator by distracting the population with pictures of their happy families or glamorous lifestyle.

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Ming5000  May 14, 2017 • 12:12:28pm

re: #19 Anymouse

Want to repost random kittie’s post from downstairs? please?

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:13:42pm

Naval Air Station Oceana officials are urging caution after a 94,000 gallon jet fuel spill in Virginia Beach:
navytimes.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Officials working to clean up about 94,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled at an air station in Virginia Beach are urging residents to avoid recreational activities like fishing in the area until their work is done.

The Navy said Saturday that crews are still working to remove fuel from affected areas. The Navy says the fuel leaked from a tank at Naval Air Station Oceana on Thursday and spread onto adjoining properties and waterways.

Virginia health officials say the public should refrain from fishing, crabbing and other recreational activities in Wolfsnare Creek south of Virginia Beach Boulevard and East of Lynnhaven Parkway while the cleanup work continues.

Authorities say experts are working to locate and help affected wildlife.

The Navy says the cause of the spill is being investigated.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:15:34pm

re: #23 Ming5000

Want to repost random kittie’s post from downstairs? please?

Sure. Felix Randomkitty’s ashes were spread on our veterinarian’s ranch near Alliance. She sent along a photograph of the area.

Felix Randomkitty’s Resting Place in Alliance
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 14, 2017 • 12:17:59pm

re: #21 Anymouse

Trump’s promised hotline for veterans remains unfilled

I feel bad for the vets overall, but less so for the ones who supported DT based on this (and other) promises.

DT did propose a 6% increase in spending for veterans’ health care, although a 10% increase is the minimum needed to maintain current levels of service.

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Ming5000  May 14, 2017 • 12:22:16pm

Sometimes I feel regret that I have not self actualized on the shoulders of my daddy’s millions of dollars. Wait, my daddy was a career military dude who died of lung cancer too young. (daily mail)

If you are not a foundation board member you are a loser
It actually takes a lot of soul grinding effort to get here, so FU haters.
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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:23:14pm

re: #26 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I feel bad for the vets overall, but less so for the ones who supported DT based on this (and other) promises.

DT did propose a 6% increase in spending for veterans’ health care, although a 10% increase is the minimum needed to maintain current levels of service.

Plus, the VA is looking for a fix to the caregiver stipend programme (which the GOP stripped a lot of money out of). That programme pays caregivers of disabled veterans a small stipend to cover their added costs of caring for a disabled veteran.

In the meantime, in the EEK category:

Mattis: Pentagon Would Consider Sending Troops to Somalia (goes to Military Times)

The Trump administration would consider deploying additional U.S. troops to Somalia should the troubled African nation request greater military aid to combat al-Qaida loyalists there, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis indicated Thursday.

“That’s a decision we’ll take if it’s broached to us, and we’ll decide yes or no,” Mattis told reporters after attending a London security conference focused on the Somali government’s relentless struggle with the extremist group al-Shabaab.

(more at the link)

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 12:23:32pm
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Timothy Watson  May 14, 2017 • 12:27:16pm

re: #27 Ming5000

Sometimes I feel regret that I have not self actualized on the shoulders of my daddy’s millions of dollars. Wait, my daddy was a career military dude who died of lung cancer too young. (daily mail)

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Is Deng still allegedly dating Putin?

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:28:23pm

On the article at Navy Times on the problems with the caregiver stipend programme, wingnuts are commenting on “scamming” family members “making bank” on the programme.

Gotta love conservative support for the troops… .

militarytimes.com

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Joe Bacon  May 14, 2017 • 12:31:04pm

re: #24 Anymouse

Why doesn’t Pat Robertson pray the spill away?

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451_Montag  May 14, 2017 • 12:32:50pm

re: #16 Puss Power

At state and lower levels, also House special elections, Democrats are doing MUCH better than expected. Another thing to watch.

Gotta go, BBL.

The turning point could come with Jon Ossof in Georgia. If he pulls it off then expect the right to start favouring wearing brown trousers in public.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:32:54pm

re: #32 Joe Bacon

Why doesn’t Pat Robertson pray the spill away?

Well, the area in question would be on the other side of Virginia Beach from CBN so he’s safe.

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 12:38:02pm

re: #31 Anymouse

On the article at Navy Times on the problems with the caregiver stipend programme, wingnuts are commenting on “scamming” family members “making bank” on the programme.

Gotta love conservative support for the troops… .

militarytimes.com

Those two words in bold…damn oxymoron if you tell me.

Maybe ‘conservative’ and ‘support’ should never be used together. Ever.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:41:00pm

As I expected, my E-mail last week to Sen. Ben Sasse on James Comey’s firing got no response, not even an automated one.

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petesh  May 14, 2017 • 12:41:31pm

re: #33 451_Montag

The turning point could come with Jon Ossof in Georgia. If he pulls it off then expect the right to start favouring wearing brown trousers in public.

Winning would be great. Coming close would be good. And don’t let them deny it.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:42:43pm

re: #35 ObserverArt

Those two words in bold…damn oxymoron if you tell me.

Maybe ‘conservative’ and ‘support’ should never be used together. Ever.

Well, it was meant as an oxymoron, as I have never seen conservative support for much of anything except large businesses.

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 12:43:41pm

re: #36 Anymouse

As I expected, my E-mail last week to Sen. Ben Sasse on James Comey’s firing got no response, not even an automated one.

Heh, it took two months for good ol’ Paul Ryan to boilerplate me.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman takes a couple weeks, maybe a month.

Plus, I have a feeling their staffs are rather busy these days with communications. I hope they are swamped.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:45:07pm
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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 12:46:18pm

re: #38 Anymouse

Well, it was meant as an oxymoron, as I have never seen conservative support for much of anything except large businesses.

Oh, I wasn’t busting on you…I agree 100%. I don’t get it, even vets like Johnny McCain and Lindsey Graham talk about vets and do nothing for them. But they will roll out the concern next time they run for office…if they run again.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 12:46:42pm

Instant Pot report from The Backwoods:

We made a pot roast:
About 5 minutes to saute a Vidalia onion and some minced garlic in olive oil, then another 5 minutes to brown a 3-pound chuck roast. Added a can of beef broth and a bottle of Guinness Extra Stout.
An hour in the Instant Pot.
Meanwhile, chopped up some red potatoes, parsnips, carrots, turnips and Brussels sprouts. Added them to the Instant Pot and let the whole shebang do its thing for another 10 minutes.

YUM!

Then, MrBWS cut up the leftover roast, chopped up some more veg, added another bottle of Guinness, and turned to slow cook mode for a couple of hours for stew leftovers.

nom nom nom!

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:46:50pm
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William Lewis  May 14, 2017 • 12:51:37pm

re: #36 Anymouse

As I expected, my E-mail last week to Sen. Ben Sasse on James Comey’s firing got no response, not even an automated one.

I emailed my useless congress critter - the loser Sean Duffy who couldn’t even make it on MTV after they stopped playing music - and asked when he was going to do his job and work on impeaching the illegitimate one. I also said that if he didn’t do this job he should expect to need a new job after Nov 2018. No response but if more start saying things like that to back bench losers like him?

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The Ghost of Senator Incitatus  May 14, 2017 • 12:53:15pm

Dammit, now I own an Instant Pot.

Thanks, peer pressure.

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William Lewis  May 14, 2017 • 12:56:17pm

Ok, way OT. WAY OT. But here’s a bit from Colbert I haven’t seen here yet…

Gorillaz Perform “Feel Good, Inc.” feat. Stephen Colbert

About 1:30 is the fun spot…

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 12:57:32pm

re: #45 The Ghost of Senator Incitatus

Dammit, now I own an Instant Pot.

Thanks, peer pressure.

What the heck do I need a Bluetooth-enabled pressure cooker for? I don’t need someone hacking my pressure cooker.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 1:01:51pm

re: #47 Anymouse

What the heck do I need a Bluetooth-enabled pressure cooker for? I don’t need someone hacking my pressure cooker.

Then don’t get the model that is Bluetooth-enabled.

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allegro  May 14, 2017 • 1:01:55pm

re: #42 Backwoods_Sleuth

Instant Pot report from The Backwoods:

We made a pot roast:
About 5 minutes to saute a Vidalia onion and some minced garlic in olive oil, then another 5 minutes to brown a 3-pound chuck roast. Added a can of beef broth and a bottle of Guinness Extra Stout.
An hour in the Instant Pot.
Meanwhile, chopped up some red potatoes, parsnips, carrots, turnips and Brussels sprouts. Added them to the Instant Pot and let the whole shebang do its thing for another 10 minutes.

YUM!

Then, MrBWS cut up the leftover roast, chopped up some more veg, added another bottle of Guinness, and turned to slow cook mode for a couple of hours for stew leftovers.

nom nom nom!

I haven’t been quite that ambitious, or hungry. I had a hankering for black-eyed pea salad so I tossed in a half bag of dried B-E peas this morning. 30 minutes cook time turns them into smush. So that was a fail. But made that fail into something of a win by smushing them further and adding jalapenos, lime juice, garlic, cilantro and other stuff and turning them into a weirdly tasty dip.

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Teukka  May 14, 2017 • 1:02:31pm

So… Back from celebrating a birthday… Anything of note happen while I was away?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 1:04:37pm

re: #49 allegro

I haven’t been quite that ambitious, or hungry. I had a hankering for black-eyed pea salad so I tossed in a half bag of dried B-E peas this morning. 30 minutes cook time turns them into smush. So that was a fail. But made that fail into something of a win by smushing them further and adding jalapenos, lime juice, garlic, cilantro and other stuff and turning them into a weirdly tasty dip.

yay for innovation to salvage a fail!

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allegro  May 14, 2017 • 1:05:43pm

re: #51 Backwoods_Sleuth

yay for innovation to salvage a fail!

It’s one of my best things. Had a LOT of practice. LOL

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Timothy Watson  May 14, 2017 • 1:05:47pm

re: #47 Anymouse

What the heck do I need a Bluetooth-enabled pressure cooker for? I don’t need someone hacking my pressure cooker.

I am worried we’re going to end up on some kind of terrorist watch list given the sudden fascination with pressure cookers…

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 1:07:45pm

Wonkette writes about all the Republicans trying to turn the FBI director’s office into a political position and everyone being fine with that.
wonkette.com

They note four of the alleged twelve people on his short list are Republican politicians.

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Grunthos the Flatulent  May 14, 2017 • 1:08:26pm

re: #49 allegro

I haven’t been quite that ambitious, or hungry. I had a hankering for black-eyed pea salad so I tossed in a half bag of dried B-E peas this morning. 30 minutes cook time turns them into smush. So that was a fail. But made that fail into something of a win by smushing them further and adding jalapenos, lime juice, garlic, cilantro and other stuff and turning them into a weirdly tasty dip.

Blackeyemole!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 1:09:12pm
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nines09  May 14, 2017 • 1:26:04pm
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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 1:26:19pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 1:28:30pm
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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 1:31:58pm

re: #36 Anymouse

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 1:34:29pm
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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 1:36:26pm

re: #60 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Ming5000  May 14, 2017 • 1:36:38pm

Celebrate modern working moms. (more from daily mail)
(modern working moms = millionaire-ess doing something (not really working)

Hey, check out my duds, lol, I know, just a smock.
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caseyjr  May 14, 2017 • 1:37:29pm

So RawStory picked up the Louise Mensch / Claude Taylor Indictment/Impeachment tale.
Link

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plansbandc  May 14, 2017 • 1:39:35pm

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

Great. Now I’m blind. Thanks Obama.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 1:41:10pm

re: #64 caseyjr

So RawStory picked up the Louise Mensch / Claude Taylor Indictment/Impeachment tale.
Link

Louise Mensch is known for deleting her “less than accurate” predictions to give her a seemingly good track record.

Over on Twitter, she was being dragged over her FISA court assertion as an example of how she doesn’t understand how the US Constitution works (she claimed the Supremacy Clause grants the FISA court powers to set up grand juries and issue indictments).

Even if the FISA court had grand jury and indictment powers (it doesn’t), that has nothing to do with the Supremacy Clause (regarding the order of precedence of US laws and governance).

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KGxvi  May 14, 2017 • 1:42:59pm

re: #9 Eclectic Cyborg

What it boils down to is if the GOP goes against Trump, they can still get most of what they want legislatively from Pence but they will also piss off their base.

The same base that loves Trump.

The same base that will be critical in next years midterms.

They might be ok with being the minority party in Congress with a Pence administration. They’ll be safe in knowing that Pence won’t sign any hippy sponsored bills and they’ll be able to fling monkey poo at Dems trying to get stuff done.

It’s incredibly short term thinking (if their base isn’t motivated by 2020 they’re looking at losing the White House and Congress). But I’m not convinced the GOP has many long term strategic thinkers left

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 1:46:15pm

re: #64 caseyjr

So RawStory picked up the Louise Mensch / Claude Taylor Indictment/Impeachment tale.
Link

In the wee hours yesterday, a hatchling registered, posted a page here linking to her big “scoop”, and logged out.
I duly reported it. We do not need to be associated with promoting this nonsense.

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Bear  May 14, 2017 • 1:48:32pm

re: #25 Anymouse

Picture gives me wet eyes. Sad.

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 1:48:44pm

re: #62 Anymouse

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 1:49:42pm

re: #42 Backwoods_Sleuth

Instant Pot report from The Backwoods:

We made a pot roast:
About 5 minutes to saute a Vidalia onion and some minced garlic in olive oil, then another 5 minutes to brown a 3-pound chuck roast. Added a can of beef broth and a bottle of Guinness Extra Stout.
An hour in the Instant Pot.
Meanwhile, chopped up some red potatoes, parsnips, carrots, turnips and Brussels sprouts. Added them to the Instant Pot and let the whole shebang do its thing for another 10 minutes.

YUM!

Then, MrBWS cut up the leftover roast, chopped up some more veg, added another bottle of Guinness, and turned to slow cook mode for a couple of hours for stew leftovers.

nom nom nom!

I so want an Instant Pot now, even though I already own a pressure cooker and three slow cookers.

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sagehen  May 14, 2017 • 1:49:47pm

re: #67 KGxvi

It’s incredibly short term thinking (if their base isn’t motivated by 2020 they’re looking at losing the White House and Congress). But I’m not convinced the GOP has many long term strategic thinkers left

All of the GOP’s long-term strategic thinkers are laser-focused on voter suppression.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 1:50:04pm

mincing no words:

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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 1:51:12pm

re: #66 Anymouse

Louise Mensch is known for deleting her “less than accurate” predictions to give her a seemingly good track record.

Over on Twitter, she was being dragged over her FISA court assertion as an example of how she doesn’t understand how the US Constitution works (she claimed the Supremacy Clause grants the FISA court powers to set up grand juries and issue indictments).

Even if the FISA court had grand jury and indictment powers (it doesn’t), that has nothing to do with the Supremacy Clause (regarding the order of precedence of US laws and governance).

The Supremacy Clause reference in her article didn’t relate to the FISA Court but to her contention that a sitting President is immune from criminal prosecution in State or Federal Court. She’s wrong, the Supremacy Clause only relates to the pecking order of laws, creating our system where the US Constitution trumps everything, federal law trump State Constitutions and State laws, State Constitutions govern State laws, State laws trump local ordinance. It has fuck all to do with protecting the President from prosecution. She probably meant Executive Privilege but she was wrong there too:

The Supreme Court stated: “To read the Article II powers of the President as providing an absolute privilege as against a subpoena essential to enforcement of criminal statutes on no more than a generalized claim of the public interest in confidentiality of nonmilitary and nondiplomatic discussions would upset the constitutional balance of ‘a workable government’ and gravely impair the role of the courts under Article III.” Because Nixon had asserted only a generalized need for confidentiality, the Court held that the larger public interest in obtaining the truth in the context of a criminal prosecution took precedence.

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William Lewis  May 14, 2017 • 1:52:53pm

re: #25 Anymouse

Sure. Felix Randomkitty’s ashes were spread on our veterinarian’s ranch near Alliance. She sent along a photograph of the area.

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Beautiful place for one end of the rainbow bridge.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 1:53:34pm

re: #71 The Vicious Babushka

I so want an Instant Pot now, even though I already own a pressure cooker and three slow cookers.

We actually got the Cosori via Amazon Prime. It’s pretty much the same as the Instant Pot, but less expensive and comes with the glass lid (for using it as a steamer or slow cooker) and a spare gasket (both are extra with the Instant Pot).

I have three pressure cookers, but use them for canning. I really like how convenient the computerized menu is on the Corsori/Instant Pot. MrBWS was a quick learner with this. (He still doesn’t know how to operate a pressure cooker.)

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 1:55:34pm

re: #70 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Belafon  May 14, 2017 • 1:58:17pm

I went to my niece’s graduation last night. Here’s an anecdote of both the inevitable direction of our future here and the reason we need to keep up the fight. The head of the graduate student council gave his speech last night. Near the end, he listed all of the people who have helped him get to that point, including “my husband” (his, why I put it in quotes). This was at University of North Texas (UNT). And while UNT, being the third largest university in Texas, is definitely more liberal than the state, the guy lives in Texas.

So, while regressives and reactionaries can fight, as long as we fight, they will lose.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 1:58:26pm

re: #75 William Lewis

Beautiful place for one end of the rainbow bridge.

I think the Sandhills are a pretty place to live. That said, our state welcome signs sort of fib about the number of trees here.

“Home of Arbor Day”
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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 1:59:05pm

Neat but highly impractical. You’d essentially be riding on an unbelted inner tube w/ no re-inflation ability & almost zero contact patch.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 1:59:29pm

re: #79 Anymouse

I think the Sandhills are a pretty place to live. That said, our state welcome signs sort of fib about the number of trees here.

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Birth Control Works  May 14, 2017 • 2:00:23pm

Jeff Sessions Orders Harsher Sentences, Taking U.S. Policy Back to 1980s

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo ordering Justice Department staff to charge criminal suspects - specifically low-level, non-violent drug offenders - with the most severe crime possible and pursue the toughest sentences allowed, rolling back progress made under the Obama administration.

“It is core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,”

Think Sessions has stock in for profit prisons? Or is he just going after low-hanging fruit to pad the numbers?

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Belafon  May 14, 2017 • 2:01:45pm

re: #82 Birth Control Works

Jeff Sessions Orders Harsher Sentences, Taking U.S. Policy Back to 1980s

“It is core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,”

That is only a core principle of weak, soulless people.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 2:02:04pm
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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:02:38pm

re: #80 goddamnedfrank

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Neat but highly impractical. You’d essentially be riding on an unbelted inner tube w/ no re-inflation ability & almost zero contact patch.

The car has a license plate on it - was it considered street legal or was the car modified after it was licensed?

As for fear of parallel parking, there is a solution to that: Learn how to parallel park.

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Belafon  May 14, 2017 • 2:03:47pm

re: #85 Anymouse

The car has a license plate on it - was it considered street legal or was the car modified after it was licensed?

As for fear of parallel parking, there is a solution to that: Learn how to parallel park.

If you don’t use it at least once every couple of weeks, you completely lose the ability.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:04:55pm
“It is core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,”

How about collusion with Russian agents, Mr. Sessions? Didn’t you meet with Sergey Kislyak? And lie about it on camera in Congress under oath? That is a pretty serious, readily-provable offence.

But then, it’s okay if you’re a fascist Klansman Republican.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:06:09pm

re: #86 Belafon

If you don’t use it at least once every couple of weeks, you completely lose the ability.

I usually don’t have to worry about parallel parking (don’t drive much, not too many cars here).

When I do have to parallel park though I don’t seem to have trouble with it. Maybe that’s just me (or just owning an eight-foot long car).

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PhillyPretzel  May 14, 2017 • 2:06:18pm

re: #85 Anymouse

Ontario tag. Depending on the rules in Canada it might very well be.

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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 2:08:45pm

re: #86 Belafon

If you don’t use it at least once every couple of weeks, you completely lose the ability.

My first car was a piece of shit VW camper van and I could parallel park that manual transmission no power steering having motherfucker on any hill in Seattle.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:09:51pm

re: #89 PhillyPretzel

Ontario tag.

Since Ontario gets almost as much snow as we do (/s), I would think they would want something like tread on the pavement. (Ontario also has more pavement.)

The idea seems interesting though. I recall some years ago concept cars where the wheels in back would unlock so you could turn all four wheels perpendicular to the curb, allowing the same thing.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 2:10:06pm

re: #85 Anymouse

The car has a license plate on it - was it considered street legal or was the car modified after it was licensed?

As for fear of parallel parking, there is a solution to that: Learn how to parallel park.

Or you could buy a car with the “self parallel park” option.

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Birth Control Works  May 14, 2017 • 2:15:00pm

re: #22 Ming5000

A few weeks old, but still shelf life fresh:

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Great site as well! Thanks for turning me on to it.

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 2:17:50pm

Looks like Larry is a goner.

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Future At MSNBC Is Unclear

Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” has just four weeks left in his contract, and the cable network does not appear to be interested in renewing his deal. Four well-placed sources tell HuffPost that MSNBC has not been in contact with O’Donnell’s team of representatives to negotiate a new deal.

The absence of active negotiations weeks before a contract expires is highly unusual and often a sign that a contract won’t be renewed. News networks normally don’t risk letting the contract of a host who has a highly rated program expire or even come close to expiring before renegotiating. A short time-frame puts the network at a strategic disadvantage in talks, that’s why cable networks often start negotiating renewals six to nine months in advance of a contract ending.

A spokesman for NBC News declined to comment on “ongoing negotiations.” Although, multiple sources from inside and outside the network have told HuffPost that no negotiations have taken place.

huffingtonpost.com

Here comes the Hugh Hewett Hour. Or O’Reilly.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 2:18:22pm

Evening Lizardim.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:19:39pm

re: #90 goddamnedfrank

My first car was a piece of shit VW camper van and I could parallel park that manual transmission no power steering having motherfucker on any hill in Seattle.

I’ve never had power steering in a vehicle (I hate power steering). I was able to parallel park my old beat up Ford E-250.

Makes for an interesting list: What wonderful cars have LGF’ers owned?

I’ll go first and bore everyone:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 2:19:45pm

re: #92 The Vicious Babushka

Or you could buy a car with the “self parallel park” option.

That would probably be a Bluetooth option and he will not have any of that so as to protect his car from being hacked…

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Birth Control Works  May 14, 2017 • 2:19:55pm

re: #86 Belafon

If you don’t use it at least once every couple of weeks, you completely lose the ability.

nah, I have a back-up camera in my car. Parallel parking is now easy-peasy.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:22:40pm

re: #94 Skip Intro

O’Reilly has been offered a job by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze (that network that was supposed to shut down but didn’t)

Hugh Hewitt has been offered a job already by MSNBC, so maybe… .
Why the Left’s Favorite Media Outlets Are Hiring Conservatives (Goes to Business Insider)

MSNBC announced Monday that it has hired George F. Will as a contributor, adding yet another conservative talker to its rapidly expanding roster of them.

Two weeks ago, the cable news network gave former George W. Bush adviser Nicolle Wallace a 4 p.m. show. Former Fox News star Greta Van Susteren took over its 6 p.m. slot in January.

And it has reportedly offered talk radio host Hugh Hewitt a show, as well. MSNBC is giving out shows to conservative pundits like Oprah giving out G6s.

(more at the link)

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Birth Control Works  May 14, 2017 • 2:23:14pm

re: #93 Birth Control Works

Great site as well! Thanks for turning me on to it.

Adult children of authoritarians are useful in three ways: first, they tend to be trustworthy confidants in regimes rife with paranoia, as corrupt authoritarian states usually are. Second, they are excellent vessels for laundering money, creating enough distance that assets stolen from the state are harder to track. Third, they tend to have a warmer public profile which offsets the brutality of the dictator by distracting the population with pictures of their

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 2:23:28pm
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Shiplord Kirel  May 14, 2017 • 2:25:58pm

re: #80 goddamnedfrank

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Neat but highly impractical. You’d essentially be riding on an unbelted inner tube w/ no re-inflation ability & almost zero contact patch.

Parallel parking, a Mothers Day connection.

When I was 16, learning to parallel park had defeated my own ad hoc efforts, as well as my father’s instructional ability. My mother learned of the impasse and took over the task. She introduced me to her own infallible method, just pull forward until your window aligns with the front windows of the next vehicle, regardless of relative length, and back in from there. It works.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:27:39pm

Only some of my cars did I give names.

I named my Vega “Betsy.”
We named our Smart “Maxwell” of course. I guess when I applied for my Gold Star Family plates, someone in the DMV office looked at the car model and said “hell no, we’re not giving him registration number 86.” I got 87 after an unusual delay in processing.

Now I need to track down who has 86 and swap plates (that is allowed in Nebraska with a fee).

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Birth Control Works  May 14, 2017 • 2:28:03pm
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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 2:28:07pm

re: #94 Skip Intro

Looks like Larry is a goner.

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Future At MSNBC Is Unclear

huffingtonpost.com

Here comes the Hugh Hewett Hour. Or O’Reilly.

One of the only voices that will say what he wants to say. Probably a reason for moving him. Kinda sad, but it would not be unexpected.

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Birth Control Works  May 14, 2017 • 2:29:48pm
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allegro  May 14, 2017 • 2:31:48pm

re: #102 Shiplord Kirel

Parallel parking, a Mothers Day connection.

When I was 16, learning to parallel park had defeated my own

efforts, as well as my father’s instructional ability. My mother learned of the impasse and took over the task. She introduced me to her own infallible method, just pull forward until your window aligns with the front windows of the next vehicle, regardless of relative length, and back in from there. It works.

My older brother taught me that trick with the exception of lining up the steering wheels. It does work every single time.

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 2:33:13pm

Just the reason I needed to never buy one of these things.

15-second ads coming to Amazon’s Alexa

arstechnica.com

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PhillyPretzel  May 14, 2017 • 2:34:34pm

re: #108 Skip Intro

Alexa is turned off on my Fire Kindle.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:34:39pm

re: #107 allegro

My older brother taught me that trick with the exception of lining up the steering wheels. It does work every single time.

With my current car, I can mostly just drive right in forward. On a lark, I also parked it under an overhead corn sprayer for sale at the local John Deere dealer.

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 2:35:43pm

re: #105 ObserverArt

One of the only voices that will say what he wants to say. Probably a reason for moving him. Kinda sad, but it would not be unexpected.

He pisses off Trump, so Andy Lack can’t have that. Brian Williams doesn’t have anything to do and would give Trump prostate massages to get a show so, why not use him?

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:36:52pm

re: #111 Skip Intro

He pisses oof Trump, so Andy Lack can’t have that. Brian Williams doesn’t have anything to do and would give Trump prostate massages to get a show so, why not use him?

And yet it’s Rachel Maddow that’s drawing in the best ratings for MSNBC (and across cable television).

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jaunte  May 14, 2017 • 2:39:32pm

re: #108 Skip Intro

Just the reason I needed to never buy one of these things.

15-second ads coming to Amazon’s Alexa

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arstechnica.com

Nothing like buying a robot to remind you to buy more stuff.

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 2:40:07pm

re: #112 Anymouse

And yet it’s Rachel Maddow that’s drawing in the best ratings for MSNBC (and across cable television).

Lawrence’s ratings were pretty good but that didn’t save him. It’s all about pleasing the orange ogre now.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:40:15pm

Driving, a Mother’s Day connexion:

My mother refused to let me get a driver’s license or take driver’s education until I moved out. Her reasoning was “she couldn’t afford car insurance with a male teenage driver in the house.”

I did not get a license until I went to driver’s school on my own in the Navy.

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scottslemmons  May 14, 2017 • 2:40:18pm

re: #82 Birth Control Works

Jeff Sessions Orders Harsher Sentences, Taking U.S. Policy Back to 1980s

In other words: Putting more black people in prison.

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BeachDem  May 14, 2017 • 2:40:30pm

re: #94 Skip Intro

Looks like Larry is a goner.

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Future At MSNBC Is Unclear

huffingtonpost.com

Here comes the Hugh Hewett Hour. Or O’Reilly.

Was just going to post that, along with…

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 2:41:05pm

re: #116 scottslemmons

In other words: Putting more black people in prison.

Are there no chain gangs?

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Cheechako  May 14, 2017 • 2:42:09pm

re: #116 scottslemmons

In other words: Putting more black people in PRIVATE prison$.

FIFY

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 2:42:42pm

Alexa Owner: Alexa…what is the weather like today?

Alexa: I will tell you in 30 seconds after this message about Goodyear Tires and what they mean to your weather conditions on the road. Your car…

Alexa Owner: SMASH!

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PhillyPretzel  May 14, 2017 • 2:43:23pm

re: #115 Anymouse

I held off on getting a drivers license for almost the same reason. But looking younger than I am got to be a pain in the neck so I got it for ID purposes.

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De Kolta Chair  May 14, 2017 • 2:44:55pm

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 2:49:24pm

re: #106 Birth Control Works

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:49:44pm

re: #121 PhillyPretzel

I held off on getting a drivers license for almost the same reason. But looking younger than I am got to be a pain in the neck so I got it for ID purposes.

I had trouble with that until my late thirties. I got a state ID when I developed epilepsy and Florida took my license from me. (I can have a license now.)

Around here, I never use an ID for anything. When wingnuts complain about needing ID to vote with statements like “how can you cash a cheque” or other such nonsense, it doesn’t make any sense to me.

No one asks me for an ID here for a cheque or any other transaction. Mailing in my bills no one asks for that either. The only ID I use is my retired military ID when I go on FE Warren AFB in Cheyenne.

The first time I used an ID since last year was when I photocopied my DL and passport for proof of age and citizenship for my water operator license. Before that it was on my road trip to Manitoba.

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PhillyPretzel  May 14, 2017 • 2:51:48pm

re: #124 Anymouse

PA says they are going to update our drivers licenses so they will be accepted as gov’t ID but I am not going to hold my breath waiting for it.

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De Kolta Chair  May 14, 2017 • 2:51:58pm

re: #106 Birth Control Works

I have a framed photo on my living room wall of my mother in her twenties looking like Gene Tierney. To her dying day, she had the loveliest blues eyes I’ve ever seen.

She was a wonderful person, always ready to help anyone out, because mom came from dirt and could relate to anyone down on their luck, and she helped a lot of people, especially women who’d a rough time time, get back on their feet. . I’m so proud to have had a mom like her.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 2:53:20pm

re: #125 PhillyPretzel

PA says they are going to update our drivers licenses so they will be accepted as gov’t ID but I am not going to hold my breath waiting for it.

I think MN voted down the changes required to bring our licenses into compliance. I don’t remember why.

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TedStriker  May 14, 2017 • 2:53:31pm

re: #96 Anymouse

I’ve never had power steering in a vehicle (I hate power steering). I was able to parallel park my old beat up Ford E-250.

Makes for an interesting list: What wonderful cars have LGF’ers owned?

I’ll go first and bore everyone:

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1993: 1978 Mercury Monarch (radiator hose blew and heads warped; left on side of road)
1993-1994: 1977 AMC Hornet hatchback (engine blew; scrapped)
1994: 1978 Dodge Monaco Brougham (engine blew [crankshaft stripped]; scrapped)
1994-1995: 1980 Dodge Omni 2-door hatchback (traded)
1995-1999: 1986 Dodge Charger hatchback (traded)
1999-2003: 1996 Buick Regal Gran Sport (traded)
2003-2006: 2002 Buick Century (traded)
2006-2009: 2006 Nissan Sentra (first car I ever bought new; traded)
2009-present: 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan (bought new)

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:53:52pm

re: #127 thedopefishlives

I think MN voted down the changes required to bring our licenses into compliance. I don’t remember why.

Mark of the Beast!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 2:57:08pm

re: #123 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 2:57:25pm

re: #123 Backwoods_Sleuth

I do not have a photograph of my mother other than a black-and-white five generation photo (I am the baby in the photo).

I need to see about getting a photo from my mother. (There is one she has of her in a hand-painted silk Thai dress my father sent her from Thailand that is particularly stunning - he then took the photo and had it done as a painting.)

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 2:58:18pm

For those of you who were asking yourselves, “I wonder what Calochortus and Mr. C. were up to 40 years ago today?”

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 2:59:02pm

re: #128 TedStriker

1993: 1978 Mercury Monarch (radiator hose blew and heads warped; left on side of road)
1993-1994: 1977 AMC Hornet hatchback (engine blew; scrapped)
1994: 1978 Dodge Monaco Brougham (engine blew [crankshaft stripped]; scrapped)
1994-1995: 1980 Dodge Omni 2-door hatchback (traded)
1995-1999: 1986 Dodge Charger hatchback (traded)
1999-2003: 1996 Buick Regal Gran Sport (traded)
2003-2006: 2002 Buick Century (traded)
2006-2009: 2006 Nissan Sentra (first car I ever bought new; traded)
2009-present: 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan (bought new)

1991 Chevrolet K1500 (half-ton truck) - rear-ended by a dump truck and torn in half; not salvageable
1994 Chevrolet K1500 - dropped transmission; sold
1984 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel - rear axle partially separated from frame; sold
2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT - Flipped/rolled by Mrs. Fish last winter; not salvageable
2015 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ - current daily driver

From the Mrs. Fish’s side:
2000 Dodge Dakota - purchased by her as her first car; no incidents; sold
1997 Lincoln Town Car - current vehicle
1979 Lincoln Continental - “baby”; gifted by her father, the previous owner, who held on to it for her for 25 years; currently awaiting additional repairs in our garage

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:01:02pm

re: #132 calochortus

For those of you who were asking yourselves, “I wonder what Calochortus and Mr. C. were up to 40 years ago today?”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 14, 2017 • 3:01:13pm

re: #104 Birth Control Works

Trump threatens 2cancel White House briefings bc it is ‘not possible’ for his staff to speak with ‘perfect accuracy’

We are not expecting “perfect accuracy”, we are just tired of lies, contradictions and a general atmosphere of cluelessness and foundering…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 3:02:16pm

re: #131 Anymouse

I do not have a photograph of my mother other than a black-and-white five generation photo (I am the baby in the photo).

I need to see about getting a photo from my mother. (There is one she has of her in a hand-painted silk Thai dress my father sent her from Thailand that is particularly stunning - he then took the photo and had it done as a painting.)

I have loads of old black and white photos from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Both of my parents, and all of my grandparents, aunts and uncles, were avid photographers. This avid interest filtered down to my generation as well as the next one.

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 3:02:34pm

re: #134 Anymouse

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plansbandc  May 14, 2017 • 3:03:53pm

re: #132 calochortus

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TedStriker  May 14, 2017 • 3:03:55pm

re: #133 thedopefishlives

1991 Chevrolet K1500 (half-ton truck) - rear-ended by a dump truck and torn in half; not salvageable
1994 Chevrolet K1500 - dropped transmission; sold
1984 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel - rear axle partially separated from frame; sold
2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT - Flipped/rolled by Mrs. Fish last winter; not salvageable
2015 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ - current daily driver

From the Mrs. Fish’s side:
2000 Dodge Dakota - purchased by her as her first car; no incidents; sold
1997 Lincoln Town Car - current vehicle
1979 Lincoln Continental - “baby”; gifted by her father, the previous owner, who held on to it for her for 25 years; currently awaiting additional repairs in our garage

HITF does a pickup just tear in half?

On another note, my Altima just rolled over 100,000 miles about a month ago.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:04:24pm

re: #132 calochortus

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:04:44pm

re: #137 calochortus

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 3:06:11pm

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plansbandc  May 14, 2017 • 3:06:27pm

re: #132 calochortus

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:07:07pm

re: #139 TedStriker

HITF does a pickup just tear in half?

On another note, my Altima just rolled over 100,000 miles about a month ago.

Like this.

The dump truck was going somewhere north of 50 mph when he hit; there was a line of cars behind a minivan waiting to turn left, and the truck driver wasn’t paying attention. I was the last guy in line, so I took the brunt of the impact. Despite the severe damage, everyone walked away except for a kid in the minivan who got thrown; he had road rash and a broken leg. I got some stitches and a barely visible scar.

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 3:07:11pm

re: #96 Anymouse

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 3:07:20pm

re: #141 Anymouse

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:08:19pm

re: #139 TedStriker

HITF does a pickup just tear in half?

On another note, my Altima just rolled over 100,000 miles about a month ago.

The most I ever put on a car was my Vega (270,000 when I sold it, I bought it with 22,000). My Smart is pushing 50,000 now (something about all the trips to Canada plus the trip to Arkansas, and regular trips to Colorado and Wyoming).

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TedStriker  May 14, 2017 • 3:09:04pm

re: #144 thedopefishlives

Like this.

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The dump truck was going somewhere north of 50 mph when he hit; there was a line of cars behind a minivan waiting to turn left, and the truck driver wasn’t paying attention. I was the last guy in line, so I took the brunt of the impact. Despite the severe damage, everyone walked away except for a kid in the minivan who got thrown; he had road rash and a broken leg. I got some stitches and a barely visible scar.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU….

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:09:09pm

re: #147 Anymouse

The most I ever put on a car was my Vega (270,000 when I sold it, I bought it with 22,000). My Smart is pushing 50,000 now (something about all the trips to Canada plus the trip to Arkansas, and regular trips to Colorado and Wyoming).

Mrs. Fish’s Town Car just crossed 200k on our way back to fish country earlier this spring. As long as it’s well cared for, the rest of the car will most likely fall apart around the engine and transmission.

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Shiplord Kirel  May 14, 2017 • 3:09:36pm

re: #96 Anymouse

I’ve never had power steering in a vehicle (I hate power steering). I was able to parallel park my old beat up Ford E-250.

Makes for an interesting list: What wonderful cars have LGF’ers owned?

I’ll go first and bore everyone:

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Targetpractice  May 14, 2017 • 3:12:14pm

re: #151 The Vicious Babushka

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If he starts babbling about “precious bodily fluids,” I’m out.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:12:23pm

re: #144 thedopefishlives

Like this.

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The dump truck was going somewhere north of 50 mph when he hit; there was a line of cars behind a minivan waiting to turn left, and the truck driver wasn’t paying attention. I was the last guy in line, so I took the brunt of the impact. Despite the severe damage, everyone walked away except for a kid in the minivan who got thrown; he had road rash and a broken leg. I got some stitches and a barely visible scar.

Yikes.

Before I met my wife, she was working for Digital Equipment in Colorado Springs. She was involved in an accident so severe that she describes the remnants of her car “something they swept up with a broom and dustpan.”

It took several hours to pry her out of the car. There is now a stoplight at that corner.

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Belafon  May 14, 2017 • 3:12:55pm

re: #151 The Vicious Babushka

Maybe we should tell him both chewing and swallowing consume energy.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 3:13:14pm

re: #96 Anymouse

I’ve never had power steering in a vehicle (I hate power steering). I was able to parallel park my old beat up Ford E-250.

Makes for an interesting list: What wonderful cars have LGF’ers owned?

I’ll go first and bore everyone:

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1966 MGB (in British Racing Green!”
1982 Toyota Tercel
1986 VW GTI
1986 Acura Legend
1991 VW Passat
2002 Subaru Outback
2014 Dodge Challenger.

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 3:13:17pm

re: #140 thedopefishlives

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:15:22pm

re: #153 Anymouse

Yikes.

Before I met my wife, she was working for Digital Equipment in Colorado Springs. She was involved in an accident so severe that she describes the remnants of her car “something they swept up with a broom and dustpan.”

It took several hours to pry her out of the car. There is now a stoplight at that corner.

Yeah, Mrs. Fish and I have both now been in serious accidents. Obviously she got the worst of it. I joked with her, “Geez, honey, do you really have to outdo me in EVERYTHING?!”

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:15:34pm

re: #156 calochortus

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 3:15:53pm

re: #151 The Vicious Babushka

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Charles Johnson  May 14, 2017 • 3:16:32pm

re: #80 goddamnedfrank

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Neat but highly impractical. You’d essentially be riding on an unbelted inner tube w/ no re-inflation ability & almost zero contact patch.

I prefer this approach to parallel parking.

WORLD’S FASTEST PARALLEL PARKER!

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 3:17:05pm

re: #155 Blind Frog Belly White

If you limit it to WONDERFUL, then just the MG, the GTI, and the Challenger. The others? Transportation.

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nines09  May 14, 2017 • 3:17:27pm

Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Upright And Breathing Day. Happy You Can Still Spot Bullshit Day. Happy You Can Still Dig This Day.

“Banditos” The Refreshments

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:17:29pm

re: #160 Charles Johnson

I prefer this approach to parallel parking.

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The Mythbusters tried to do that in a ‘77 Continental Limousine. Watching them abuse that poor classic beast almost made me cry.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:17:31pm

re: #157 thedopefishlives

Yeah, Mrs. Fish and I have both now been in serious accidents. Obviously she got the worst of it. I joked with her, “Geez, honey, do you really have to outdo me in EVERYTHING?!”

My wife’s wreck got local news coverage in Colorado Springs. She was hit by an Air Force van that ran a stop sign.

The local television station measured the brake marks on the road and determined the van was moving at least eighty-five miles an hour in a twenty-five zone.

The Air Force immediately transferred all three men out of the country (not trying to evade prosecution or anything… .)

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Cheechako  May 14, 2017 • 3:19:15pm

re: #96 Anymouse

I’ve never had power steering in a vehicle (I hate power steering). I was able to parallel park my old beat up Ford E-250.

Makes for an interesting list: What wonderful cars have LGF’ers owned?

I’ll go first and bore everyone:

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In 1964 my first car was a 57 Chevy Convertible - cost $500
In 1969 I traded the Chevy in for a 66 GTO - absolute fun to drive! My new wife got into an accident and the insurance company had a parts 67 GTO front end installed.
Next, after the arrival of the first kid, bought a 72 Ford LDT Country Squire station wagon. The front hood was the size of an aircraft carrier landing deck. Two months after buying this “boat” in the early 70’s, the gas crises kicked in…that hurt.
Also got a brand new 72 GMC 3/4 ton P/U for me at this time.
Next a new 88 Chevy Cavalier station wagon. Another mistake, didn’t realize how fast the kids would out grow the back seat.
After 20 years of use, I sold the GMC P/U and bought a 88 Ford 1 ton crew-cab 4X4 diesel P/U. Perfect for family outings.
Then junked the Cavalier and bought a 98 Subaru Legacy S/W for the move to Alaska in 2000.
After 18 years of use I sold, the Ford crew cab and then traded the Subaru for a 2008 GMC mid-size 4X4 crew cab that we could tow behind our motor-home.

I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the 3 pick-ups I’ve owned.

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(Bert the Turtle)  May 14, 2017 • 3:19:26pm

re: #160 Charles Johnson

If I ever win the lootery Bobby Ore will be on my first to call list.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 3:19:45pm

re: #160 Charles Johnson

I prefer this approach to parallel parking.

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Ah! The Ellwood Blues method…YouTube

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 3:20:05pm

re: #154 Belafon

Maybe we should tell him both chewing and swallowing consume energy.

as does breathing….

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:20:41pm

re: #164 Anymouse

My wife’s wreck got local news coverage in Colorado Springs. She was hit by an Air Force van that ran a stop sign.

The local television station measured the brake marks on the road and determined the van was moving at least eighty-five miles an hour in a twenty-five zone.

The Air Force immediately transferred all three men out of the country (not trying to evade prosecution or anything… .)

I’m still astonished that either of us survived our accidents. You obviously saw Mrs. Fish’s accident pictures from last year. If you look closely at the left side of my truck picture, you’ll see how close he came to taking my head off. Luckily it wasn’t a square hit and the angle was just right that he clipped the cab and the truck spun away (head-on into a nearby guardrail) rather than getting compacted.

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HypnoToad  May 14, 2017 • 3:22:14pm

What Cars?

1968 Ford Fairlane 6cyl. base model: 255,000 mi. when scrapped.
1975 Volvo 245 wagon 200,000 when bought used; 370,000 when scrapped.
1986 Volvo 245 wagon 70,000 when bought used; 560,000 when given to mechanic.
Present: Volvo S70 220,000 miles. Only one of my cars that hasn’t made it to the Moon yet.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:26:14pm

re: #170 HypnoToad

Will you take it past the Moon, like Trump wants NASA to do with its rocket?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 3:26:40pm

re: #170 HypnoToad

What Cars?

1968 Ford Fairlane 6cyl. base model: 255,000 mi. when scrapped.
1975 Volvo 245 wagon 200,000 when bought used; 370,000 when scrapped.
1978 Volvo 245 wagon 70,000 when bought used; 560,000 when given to mechanic.
Present: Volvo S70 220,000 miles. Only one of my cars that hasn’t made it to the Moon yet.

updinged for the Volvos!

My ‘72 Volvo had 800,000+ on it when it finally died the good death.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:28:36pm

I had a friend who was coming to Spain when I was there, and he bought a brand-new Fiero to drive. It had less than a hundred miles on it when he shipped it.

The port in Cadiz swung the car off the ship, and dropped it on the pier.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:29:06pm

re: #172 Backwoods_Sleuth

updinged for the Volvos!

My ‘72 Volvo had 800,000+ on it when it finally died the good death.

One of my friends on a Lincoln forum had a Town Car with 800,000 original miles. He lost it when a spark plug blew out of the head; the threads had gotten so brittle from that many heat cycles that the threads themselves let go and the engine compression ripped plug, threads, and all.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 3:29:23pm
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Shiplord Kirel  May 14, 2017 • 3:30:35pm

Just remembered our discussion on the 3rd about quitting smoking. In light of subsequent events, I would be deader than a door knob if I hadn’t quit when I did. Spooky.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 3:30:45pm

re: #174 thedopefishlives

One of my friends on a Lincoln forum had a Town Car with 800,000 original miles. He lost it when a spark plug blew out of the head; the threads had gotten so brittle from that many heat cycles that the threads themselves let go and the engine compression ripped plug, threads, and all.

man…I just stood up from my desk chair and gave a toast to that Town Car.

Way to go out with a bang!

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:30:57pm

re: #174 thedopefishlives

One of my friends on a Lincoln forum had a Town Car with 800,000 original miles. He lost it when a spark plug blew out of the head; the threads had gotten so brittle from that many heat cycles that the threads themselves let go and the engine compression ripped plug, threads, and all.

My brother-in-law a few months ago inherited a ‘65 Ford Thunderbird from an engineer friend who died. The engineer purchased the car and parked it in a garage, never driving it.

My brother-in-law now has it in the shop having all the seals and gaskets changed on it so it can be driven—other than that, the car is in perfect condition, he says.

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HypnoToad  May 14, 2017 • 3:32:54pm

re: #171 Anymouse

Will you take it past the Moon, like Trump wants NASA to do with its rocket?

Actually, my mechanic fixed the chronic electrical problem that prompted me to give the second wagon to him, and used it as his own daily driver for several more years. I first realized that when I saw it ahead of me on the freeway one day. (still with my NASA bumpersticker on it!)

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 3:34:12pm

re: #178 Anymouse

My brother-in-law a few months ago inherited a ‘65 Ford Thunderbird from an engineer friend who died. The engineer purchased the car and parked it in a garage, never driving it.

My brother-in-law now has it in the shop having all the seals and gaskets changed on it so it can be driven—other than that, the car is in perfect condition, he says.

Finds like that are incredible. Props to your brother-in-law.

Mrs. Fish’s baby was parked under a tarp under a tree in my father-in-law’s backyard for those 25 years. Despite that, it has next to no body rust and required minimal work to get it running again. It’s only down for repairs right now because as is the way with older machinery, fixing one thing always uncovers something else that needs to be fixed.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:35:10pm

Meanwhile, the GOP still looking at corruption and not seeing anything:

Senator Mike Lee Says Trump Fully Cooperating with Russia Investigation (goes to Huffington Post, more at the link):

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said Sunday that President Donald Trump is “fully cooperating” with the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, despite Trump’s explicit acknowledgement that he fired FBI Director James Comey over the Russia probe.

“Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey,” Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt last week. “And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”

Trump went on to tell Holt that the Russia investigation “should have been over with a long time ago” and that Comey’s continued focus on Russia showed “he’s the wrong man for that position” as FBI director.

Lee, however, insisted that Trump was not interfering with the investigation. “As far as I’m aware, he is fully cooperating,” Lee told Fox, adding that Trump wants the investigation to proceed “wherever the facts may lead.”

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Belafon  May 14, 2017 • 3:37:18pm

re: #181 Anymouse

Meanwhile, the GOP still looking at corruption and not seeing anything:

Senator Mike Lee Says Trump Fully Cooperating with Russia Investigation (goes to Huffington Post, more at the link):

Trump is cooperating as fully as the Republican led investigation is demanding.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 3:38:08pm

Not our oldest vehicle here in The Backwoods, but the oldest that is still running (the even older ones are projects in progress).

Me and the ‘47 Chevy heading to the Levee….
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Jay C  May 14, 2017 • 3:38:09pm

re: #96 Anymouse

I’ve never had power steering in a vehicle (I hate power steering). I was able to parallel park my old beat up Ford E-250.

Makes for an interesting list: What wonderful cars have LGF’ers owned?

I’ll go first and bore everyone:

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A lot of cars over the ..mumble, mumble.. years since I’ve been driving; but the most “wonderful” one I can recall was my 1970 Lotus Elan (the same car Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) drove in the first color season of The Avengers). Built like a piece of junk. of course - it had been been designed as a tax-saving kit car, and it showed - with the usual eccentric design elements of “classic” British sports cars, but damn, did that baby drive! I had to get rid of it too soon, but even after …mumble, mumble.. years, I can still recall how that little car took corners: basically at right angles… It probably would have fallen apart on its own before I would have disposed of it, but it’s the one car I’ve owned that would merit the term “wonderful”.

Well, the Lotus and my 1973 Porsche 911 that had a tendency to explode, but that’s another story….

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 3:40:28pm

re: #184 Jay C

1970 Lotus Elan

Ah: A British car….probably with Lucas parts, more than likely…..

“All of the parts falling off of this car are of the finest British manufacturing….”

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Jay C  May 14, 2017 • 3:45:09pm

re: #185 Eric The Fruit Bat

Ah: A British car….probably with Lucas parts, more than likely…..

“All of the parts falling off of this car are of the finest British manufacturing….”

Yup. Lucas electrics, IIRC: they may have even had the infamous “negative earth” legend on them.
And four completely different-shaped keys (ignition, doors, glove box and trunk): great that you wouldn’t confuse them….

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TedStriker  May 14, 2017 • 3:48:37pm

re: #185 Eric The Fruit Bat

Ah: A British car….probably with Lucas parts, more than likely…..

“All of the parts falling off of this car are of the finest British manufacturing….”

Lucas, the Prince of Darkness…

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:54:31pm

bbc.com

Microsoft is criticising the way government intelligence agencies withhold exploits in software from software developers. Microsoft predicts that such ransomware attacks as the one perpetrated Friday will accelerate (and not just on Windows).

Cyber-attacks that have hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft says.

The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments have caused “widespread damage”.

The latest virus exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence.

There are fears of further “ransomware” attacks as people return to work on Monday.

Many firms have had experts work over the weekend to prevent new infections. The virus took control of users’ files, demanding payments to restore access.

The spread of the virus slowed over the weekend but the respite might only be brief, experts have warned. More than 200,000 computers have been affected so far.

(more at the BBC)

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 3:59:36pm

bbc.com

Ecuador has voiced concern over the “serious lack of progress” by the Swedish government in dealing with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

It said there had been a “serious failure” by Sweden’s prosecutor to complete an inquiry into sexual assault allegations dating back to 2010.

Here’s an idea: Throw him out of your embassy, and I’ll bet Sweden can move forward with its investigation.

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Decatur Deb  May 14, 2017 • 4:01:02pm

re: #186 Jay C

Yup. Lucas electrics, IIRC: they may have even had the infamous “negative earth” legend on them.
And four completely different-shaped keys (ignition, doors, glove box and trunk): great that you wouldn’t confuse them….

My current truck has both the “Negative Earth” and “24 Volts” stickers under the hood. Its data plate is in English, Flemish, and Walloon. (73 Land Rover built for the Belgian Army.)
Other cars, only the interesting ones:

1966 Mustang fastback, wife’s courting car, from when we were dating in 1966.

1980 Suburban, which we drove all over Northern Italy. Our Italian neighbours called it “The Pullman”. By the time it got back it was running on parts from a scrapped M880.

1980 MG Midget, bought for $500 in 1993. It was the only car I ever named—“Blanche”, because it relied on the kindness of strangers.

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BeachDem  May 14, 2017 • 4:01:38pm

Cars:

1972—some sort of AMC thing my parents bribed me with so I’d move out of the creepy apartment I was living in
1974—Fiat 850 hatchback (don’t remember the year)—replaced the engine, then the frame collapsed around the jack when I had a flat tire
1976—Vega—all I could afford at the time—one option was whitewall tire, which I had them turn around because I hated whitewalls
1978—Camaro—hit/sidswiped/totalled sitting in front of my apartment
1980—Camaro—same thing happend to that one, but in a parking lot
1982—Camaro
1985—Iroc Camaro—stolen and stripped out of a parking garage in Indianapolis/recovered; stripped and left up on blocks during an ice storm in my apartment parking lot
1988—Chevy Beretta (wanted a car that nobody wanted to steal)
1990—Chrysler TC by Maserati—limited edition hardtop convertible.
2008—Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 4:06:16pm

Apparently Propaganda Minister Steve Bannon hasn’t got hold of Voice of America yet.

projects.voanews.com

VOA has a map and article tracking Donald Trump’s worldwide conflicts-of-interest.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 4:15:36pm

I think Ann Coulter has this wrong here. First, you would need to find a high-IQ guest. Maybe Louie Gohmert?

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Citizen K  May 14, 2017 • 4:18:34pm

re: #151 The Vicious Babushka

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 4:18:37pm

re: #187 TedStriker

Lucas, the Prince of Darkness…

The reason Brits love warm beer.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 4:21:06pm

re: #195 ObserverArt

The reason Brits love warm beer.

Edison invented the Electric Light. Lucas invented the Electric Dark.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 4:22:13pm

LOL

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Major Tom  May 14, 2017 • 4:22:23pm

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Decatur Deb  May 14, 2017 • 4:23:52pm

re: #196 Blind Frog Belly White

Edison invented the Electric Light. Lucas invented the Electric Dark.

For fairness, most people complaining about Lucas are driving cars about 4X older than the average American car.

“The trafficator failed after 45 years? Damn, flog me with a gudgeon pin.”

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 4:24:13pm

re: #198 Major Tom

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PhillyPretzel  May 14, 2017 • 4:25:38pm

re: #197 Anymouse

Now there is a person that Ann Coulter can really interview. An astrophysicist.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 4:25:58pm

re: #199 Decatur Deb

For fairness, most people complaining about Lucas are driving cars about 4X older than the average American car.

“The Trafficator failed after 45 years? Damn, flog me with a gudgeon pin.”

Mine was 13 years old when I got it. I could catalog the repairs I had to do to it in the brief 3 years I owned it, but suffice to say, my Mom’s 1966 Ford was a hell of a lot more reliable. And it had negative ground electrics!

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 4:26:21pm
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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 4:28:28pm

I’m off to take a nap. (My naps are starting to get further apart, finally.)

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jeffreyw  May 14, 2017 • 4:30:49pm

Imgur
Smoked pork and black bean enchiladas, with cheddar

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De Kolta Chair  May 14, 2017 • 4:32:14pm

And now an inspiring message from the First Lady

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TedStriker  May 14, 2017 • 4:33:27pm

re: #199 Decatur Deb

For fairness, most people complaining about Lucas are driving cars about 4X older than the average American car.

“The trafficator failed after 45 years? Damn, flog me with a gudgeon pin.”

TBH, haven’t Brits and others been bitching about old-school Lucas electrics even when they were new?

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 4:33:34pm

re: #206 De Kolta Chair

I keep forgetting she exists.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 4:34:50pm

re: #208 Skip Intro

I keep forgetting she exists.

That’s the problem.

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Decatur Deb  May 14, 2017 • 4:35:31pm

re: #207 TedStriker

TBH, haven’t Brits and others been bitching about old-school Lucas electrics even when they were new?

Probably, but at least the STS shuttle accidents weren’t blamed on the Lucas components.

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Joe Bacon  May 14, 2017 • 4:35:32pm

So North Korea says their new missile can strike the US.

cnn.com

Why do I have the feeling that Republicans would stand up and cheer if the missile targets San Francisco?

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 4:37:00pm

re: #211 Joe Bacon

So North Korea says their new missile can strike the US.

cnn.com

Why do I have the feeling that Republicans would stand up and cheer if the missile targets San Francisco?

Because left coast homosexual libruls deserve to burn in nuclear hellfire.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 4:37:11pm

The other thing? For all that the MGB looked dazzlingly modern when introduced in 1962, and had such advances a unibody construction, it used the same suspension (Armstrong lever shock absorbers as upper control arms) as the TD, the engine was already 15 years old, the rear suspension was also an ancient design, and the gearbox was non-synchro first gear.

It was fun, and fun to drive, but it was really a pretty, modern face on mechanics dating nearly to the War.

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Teukka  May 14, 2017 • 4:37:31pm

re: #211 Joe Bacon

So North Korea says their new missile can strike the US.

cnn.com

Why do I have the feeling that Republicans would stand up and cheer if the missile targets San Francisco?

Because you’re a realist?
*slaps self*

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 14, 2017 • 4:38:09pm

re: #207 TedStriker

TBH, haven’t Brits and others been bitching about old-school Lucas electrics even when they were new?

Oh, yes.

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Decatur Deb  May 14, 2017 • 4:38:15pm

re: #213 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing? For all that the MGB looked dazzlingly modern when introduced in 1962, and had such advances a unibody construction, it used the same suspension (Armstrong lever shock absorbers as upper control arms) as the TD, the engine was already 15 years old, the rear suspension was also an ancient design, and the gearbox was non-synchro first gear.

It was fun, and fun to drive, but it was really a pretty, modern face on mechanics dating nearly to the War.

Well, we won that war.

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Jay C  May 14, 2017 • 4:38:38pm

re: #207 TedStriker

TBH, haven’t Brits and others been bitching about old-school Lucas electrics even when they were new?

Not really: even when freshly-manufactured, ” old-school Lucas electrics” were seldom, if ever, really “new”…

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 14, 2017 • 4:38:50pm
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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 4:39:38pm

re: #218 GlutenFreeJesus

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Mrs. Fish got marinated steak and dry-rubbed ribs. It was nom.

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Joe Bacon  May 14, 2017 • 4:39:56pm

re: #218 GlutenFreeJesus

Now that is Good Lookin’ Surf & Turf!

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Decatur Deb  May 14, 2017 • 4:40:15pm

If someone has an old Lucas-ridden E-Type laying about, I’ll give it a proper disposal for a small fee.

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 4:40:41pm

re: #209 thedopefishlives

That’s the problem.

I thought it was a good thing. One more total irrelevance to ignore.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 4:41:09pm

re: #222 Skip Intro

I thought it was a good thing. One more total irrelevance to ignore.

Good for you. Problematic for a First Family that is effectively an attention black hole.

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 4:41:46pm

re: #211 Joe Bacon

So North Korea says their new missile can strike the US.

cnn.com

Why do I have the feeling that Republicans would stand up and cheer if the missile targets San Francisco?

If it hits a blue state tRump and the GOP will ignore it.

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De Kolta Chair  May 14, 2017 • 4:41:59pm

re: #208 Skip Intro

I keep forgetting she exists.

She’ll be gangbusters in the reboot of Fellini’s “Juliet of The Spirits.”

(Any other lizards remember that great movie about a wife ignored by her businessman spouse?)

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Decatur Deb  May 14, 2017 • 4:42:39pm

re: #225 De Kolta Chair

She’ll be gangbusters in the reboot of Fellini’s “Juliet of The Spirits.”

(Does anyone else remember that great movie about a wife ignored by her businessman spouse?)

Fellini’s wife, IIRC.

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 4:43:24pm

re: #219 thedopefishlives

Mrs. Fish got marinated steak and dry-rubbed ribs. It was nom.

I’m making sear-roasted wild salmon with beurre blanc, roasted asparagus and rice blend. I might even dip a couple strawberries in chocolate. (‘Cause it’s our anniversary, not for Mothers’ Day.) It will be nom.

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 4:44:03pm

re: #227 calochortus

And speaking of which, I probably ought to get started.
BBL

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(Bert the Turtle)  May 14, 2017 • 4:45:22pm

re: #193 Anymouse

I’ll be god damned if Ann Coulter isn’t the epitome of bizarro Mother’s Day.

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De Kolta Chair  May 14, 2017 • 4:45:28pm

re: #226 Decatur Deb

Giulietta Masina. Imho this was the most magical moment in the history of the Academy Awards…

Federico Fellini’s Honorary Award: 1993 Oscars

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 4:50:16pm

re: #227 calochortus

I’m making sear-roasted wild salmon with beurre blanc, roasted asparagus and rice blend. I might even dip a couple strawberries in chocolate. (‘Cause it’s our anniversary, not for Mothers’ Day.) It will be nom.

Oh, yes, I could see that. Nom indeed. Enjoy your anniversary evening.

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Stanley Sea  May 14, 2017 • 4:52:24pm
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Jay C  May 14, 2017 • 4:54:47pm

re: #227 calochortus

I’m making sear-roasted wild salmon with beurre blanc, roasted asparagus and rice blend. I might even dip a couple strawberries in chocolate. (‘Cause it’s our anniversary, not for Mothers’ Day.) It will be nom.

Nom indeed! Fully delicious-sounding, Mothers Day or not…

“Sear” how? Wood? Gas? Or “saumon au Trump” (over coal)??

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 4:55:06pm

Cars? I love cars…and I fool with ‘em because I love the back roads and driving ‘em. Ohio has some great sport car roads.

1964 Pontiac Tempest LeMans - 6 cylinder could not be killed. Over 250,000 miles when it just got too rusty to trust the rear suspension staying with the car. Bought it from my brother in ‘73 after he had a local school fix up the body and paint it. Got me through the college years.

1969 Ford Custom 500…given to me by my father when the Tempest was put to rest in early ‘77. Hated it, only drove for a year when it was crunched in front of a buddies house we were living in right on a corner. Accident in the intersection, cars bounced off each other and ended up in my car. Totaled with about 95,000 miles.

1974 Audi 100 LS - 4 cylinder SOHC about 110 HP. Inboard Front brakes, front wheel drive…the car was made for icy roads. Love that little coupe even though a lot of people hated the car. When fixed properly it was a sweet ride. Bought with 45,000 in 1978 sold it when the engine mount broke at around 165,000 miles in 1984.

1971 BMW Bavaria - Got it from a customer for some graphic arts work. Lovely and very fast 3 liter BMW straight 6. Going through intersection one day the car ground to a halt and then went into reverse. Transmission’s last stand. Found out later the guy I got in from had a bunch of bozos work on the very complex transmission. They had no idea what they were doing. Sold out for parts…broken heart. Didn’t drive much, didn’t have for long.

Now starts the VW love affair.

1979 Rabbit LS. Bought it with 70,000 miles in ‘83 drove it for years. Lost the engine coming home late at night when the fan for the radiator stopped cooling and the idiot lights for warning about overheating didn’t. Had engine rebuilt and modified, Bigger cam, all new valve train with bigger valves, head ported…bigger throttle body…it would scoot. About 6 months after the engine rebuild a guy ran a red light two blocks from my house (‘85). I t-boned him and folded the front of the car up. I was fine, car wasn’t. Glad I hit him with the front instead of him hitting me in the side. I saw him between houses and knew he wasn’t stopping so I was on the brakes early. Phew, that was close.

Got a used 1980 Rabbit in great condition with an abused engine. Pulled that and put the engine from crashed car into it. Ran great. Also altered the suspension into pretty much a little street racer. It sat low and it was so tight you could read the date on a dime when you drove of the coin. Drove it until 1992 when it was getting pretty rusted out…Rabbit were throw away. It had 155,000 miles on it.

1992 VW Golf Mark 2 body…2 door sunroof. First all new car. Kept it forever almost. Had it when I got my ‘99 (next) then had it’s suspension modified for handling, bigger tires, etc. Kept it until 2007 when I sold it to a buddy that anted it. It still looked good, not a scratch on it. Needed a little work. Had 189,000 miles. Loved it.

1999 VW Gti. First one in Columbus…straight from Wolfsburg. Solid car. Drove the crap out of it. Tilt sunroof, all leather. Had lowering sport springs and sport shocks added. Retired in 2008 as it was about to need everything since the only things I did in all those miles was one brake job, an engine timing sensor and a catalytic converter which was discounted because VW had issues with them that year. Had 179,000 miles on it.

2008 VW Rabbit. Love it. 2.5 liter, 5 cylinder 20 valve inline 175 HP…in a 2700 lb car. It moves. Decent mileage if I keep my foot out of it. Very simple car…cloth interior and no sunroof, but that is why it only weighs what it does. As fast as a fully dressed factory GTi of same vintage. Currently only has 79,000 miles. Clean as the day I bought it. Probably have it for some time…might add another new Golf or GTi and see if that is all the car I need going into retirement. Don’t drive much anymore, so I can keep miles down.

Consumer Reports says I am nuts…they are generally down on VWs. I have had enormous luck with them. But I keep up on maintenance and I use good oil. Used Mobil 1 on the ‘79. Use spec oil for newer VWs all synthetic. The reason I love the VW hatch backs…parts galore and easy to fix them up into what you want.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 5:00:59pm

re: #234 ObserverArt

I loved my little diesel Rabbit when I had it. My brief love affair with that car is what led to the Sonic. 1.4L, 140 HP turbocharged 4-cylinder in a 2700 lb car. Not quite as peppy as your newer Rabbit, but I’ve been consistently turning in 39 mpg tanks with it and if I push the accelerator down, it still moves respectably.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 14, 2017 • 5:01:17pm

re: #232 Stanley Sea

Oh please tell me this was an accident.

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Shiplord Kirel  May 14, 2017 • 5:07:14pm

No such thing as too much Jim Wright:

Facebook Post

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sizzzzlerz  May 14, 2017 • 5:08:38pm

re: #147 Anymouse

The most I ever put on a car was my Vega (270,000 when I sold it, I bought it with 22,000). My Smart is pushing 50,000 now (something about all the trips to Canada plus the trip to Arkansas, and regular trips to Colorado and Wyoming).

Did you keep a map drawn with all the places you went or could you simply follow your path by the pieces of the car that fell off as you drove it? My dad bought one back in the day. Worst piece of junk I’ve ever seen. You could hear it rusting as it sat parked in the street. Any week you didn’t have to add 2 quarts of oil was golden.

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austin_blue  May 14, 2017 • 5:11:01pm

re: #236 Eclectic Cyborg

Oh please tell me this was an accident.

Apparently the building has been abandoned for some time. Go to Google Maps. The Shul is on Norfolk St. just south of Broome in the East Village. The pictures of the interior indicate that it’s pretty much a wreck.

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Khal Wimpo (wounded at Bowling Green)  May 14, 2017 • 5:11:16pm

1974 Plymouth Fury III State Trooper’s Special, with a 370 Hemi Enforcer motor, and special ballast tanks in the trunk that allowed you to corner that beast. Had been sitting in a farmer’s barn. 8-track tape player & Sparkomatic speakers in it. Freakin’ terrifying machine. Took it out on I-94 to “see what she’ll do,” floored it, and at 110mph something unholy woke up in the engine and the needle pinned to 160 in a second. Totalled out in a wreck that I only survived because of the Law-enforcement rollcage.

1974 Pontiac Ventura, 2-door hatchback. My alltime favorite car. Yanked the 350 and replaced with a 454 Chev. Goddam neck-snapping acceleration. Auto-tranny but with a huge shift lever on the floor. Could fit a pinball machine into the back and still close the hatch. Wrecked.

1976 Old Cutlass. Wimpy 280 V-8. High-mileage former insurance agent’s company car. Ugly. Rust-gnawed. Lasted 3 years, but by the end, everything was breaking down on this triumph of mid-70s GM engineering. Even the door locks didn’t work, so I kept a coathanger partially poking out of the rust hole in the trunk and used that to pop the locks when I needed to get in and out. Sold to a mechanic who rode it to glory in a dirt-track enduro race.

1985 Chevy Caprice Classic. White body. Black vinyl roof. Basically, a moving “yield” sign. Looked so much like a cop car that all I had to do was accelerate aggressively, and everyone in the fast lane slammed on the brakes and swerved right to let me by. Sold to an idiot farmer who is probably still driving it.

1983 Mazda 626. Manual tranny was the only thing I liked about that POS. Hated that car worse than death. It tried to kill me so many times. Falling apart by the time I traded it in for…

1991 Nissan Pathfinder. My first new car. Still a manual tranny, but that was OK, because on long trips, the 5th gear actually made this 4x4 pretty good on gas. Installed a CD changer in it. Drove it through snow, hub-deep mud in vineyards near Santa Barbara, and all over LA. Turned in at the end of the lease because I’m stupid, that’s why.

1979 Ford F-250 extended bed. The “Truckasaurus.” Huge. 2-20 gal tanks. 7 mpg. Drove it across country and slept in the camper shell in the back in various national parks. An ungainly beast. Only viable when gas was ~$1/gal.

1997 Mitsubishi Diamante. A big sedan. Mature. Well-engineered. Boring. Fitted where I was at that stage of my life. Bought from a former porn starlet, who insisted on spacing payments out to reduce tax problems.

2008 Volvo S80. Best car I’ve ever owned. Comfy, safe, but fast enough to get from LA to SF without having to worry about getting into the left lane to pass when driving on the 5. Still got less than 65,000 miles on it because mostly it sits in the yard as I now work either out of the house or traveling 16,000 miles internationally.

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Teukka  May 14, 2017 • 5:11:37pm

re: #236 Eclectic Cyborg

Oh please tell me this was an accident.

Seconded. Please let this be an accident. :(

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Jay C  May 14, 2017 • 5:13:54pm

re: #236 Eclectic Cyborg

Oh please tell me this was an accident.

Maybe I’m just cynical, but it sounds more like a case of “Jewish Lightning” : the synagogue building has been closed for several years, and the congregation has been involved in some sort of development dispute over the property’s landmark designation. Maybe the fire is an “accident” , but it’s still a bummer to maybe lose a historic old structure like that…

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Skip Intro  May 14, 2017 • 5:14:16pm

re: #241 Teukka

They want to build condos there. Probably a convenient accident.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 5:14:35pm

another cheesy movie on AMC while I wait for Into the Badlands, but I always enjoy it: Day After Tomorrow.

Unspoken subtitle: Do NOT Try to Fuck with Mother Nature and Deny Climate Change….

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 5:15:43pm

re: #244 Backwoods_Sleuth

another cheesy movie on AMC while I wait for Into the Badlands, but I always enjoy it: Day After Tomorrow.

Unspoken subtitle: Do NOT Try to Fuck with Mother Nature and Deny Climate Change….

Ugh. And speaking of climate change, Scott Adams has a lovely piece of derp for today’s Dilbert cartoon. What a tool.

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Teukka  May 14, 2017 • 5:17:24pm

re: #243 Skip Intro

They want to build condos there. Probably a convenient accident.

[tinfoil]Which real estate outfit?[/tinfoil]

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Khal Wimpo (wounded at Bowling Green)  May 14, 2017 • 5:19:45pm

re: #245 thedopefishlives

Ugh. And speaking of climate change, Scott Adams has a lovely piece of derp for today’s Dilbert cartoon. What a tool.

Yeah, I noted that too. About panel 2 I started getting a bad feeling. And then about #6, the shit about scientists ignoring the ones they don’t like and then basically using economic models “that have never been proven.”

Uh-huh. Yeah. Tell me all about your deep knowledge of statistical analysis, pencil-boy.

Scott Adams needs to move to Elbonia and live with the other knuckledragging superstitutious assclowns.

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nines09  May 14, 2017 • 5:21:00pm

re: #96 Anymouse
1958 Chevy Bel Air with bored out 286 to 310 hot rod…Buried into parked 1968 Plymouth Satellite street racing. Yeah, he wanted to kill me. Bent steering wheel with body. Not even sore. Young…Too much car at 16.
1957 4 door Chevy Bel Air loaned to a buddy who blew it the fuck up. Ever hear of grenaded? Yeah. Street racing. Flat shifting.
1962 Pontiac Catalina drove into ground
19 something VW Beetle. Almost died in it 30 odd times, could never pass anyone, froze to near death in winter, and sold it to junkie who promptly ran it dry on oil and put a rod through the engine wall.
1969 Ford Falcon which was a fleet car and had an upgrade suspension and rear. It would baffle mechanics with its jump. Sold it and made money on it after owning it a year.
1970-71 Ford Torino with the fabled Cleveland 351 with a 4 barrel and a lift kit. Almost died in it driving between Buffalo and Central Pa in 2 winters. It got up and walked.
Mazda 1980 station wagon which had about 25 HP and a 5 speed but worked. Got T-boned in an intersection by Toyota 4 Runner and why I am here is providence.
Also later model Mazda SW loaded, prototype, high oil consumption, traded in on
1990 or so GMC Safari EXT dutch door van. Loved that, but trans was not responsive. Had to run in lower gear to get any snap.
2002 Toyota 4 Runner after seeing one of then nearly tear my car in half and not have a mark on it, well, I had to have one. Sold for 12,500 with 79K in 2012. Last model on that platform. Niche car. Great return.
2007 Dodge Grand Caravan at the height of the recession when Dodge was treading water I went to my local dealer with an older dodge caravan and got a deal on an ordered number sitting on the floor. Long story short, saved 12 grand. It sits in my garage and rocks to this day. LOADED.
2010 Corolla and 2012 Civic still in operation. Wife and kid, 120K on each and still strong.
And a Yamaha 70-72 RD350cc that was the fastest 350 for about 2 or 3 years…Yes it was. I have rash marks to prove it. It would have the tendency to become airborne.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 5:22:19pm

re: #247 Khal Wimpo (wounded at Bowling Green)

Yeah, I noted that too. About panel 2 I started getting a bad feeling. And then about #6, the shit about scientists ignoring the ones they don’t like and then basically using economic models “that have never been proven.”

Uh-huh. Yeah. Tell me all about your deep knowledge of statistical analysis, pencil-boy.

Scott Adams needs to move to Elbonia and live with the other knuckledragging superstitutious assclowns.

Adams is the PHB in his comic strip, not Dilbert.

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BeachDem  May 14, 2017 • 5:27:06pm

re: #238 sizzzzlerz

Did you keep a map drawn with all the places you went or could you simply follow your path by the pieces of the car that fell off as you drove it? My dad bought one back in the day. Worst piece of junk I’ve ever seen. You could hear it rusting as it sat parked in the street. Any week you didn’t have to add 2 quarts of oil was golden.

I found the key to avoiding rust on my Vega was to never wash it. Not once. The whole time I had it. And it never rusted (I only had it a few years, but I had contempt for it that whole time.)

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 5:32:18pm

re: #241 Teukka

Seconded. Please let this be an accident. :(

It’s an abandoned building.

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De Kolta Chair  May 14, 2017 • 5:35:20pm

What do you learn today, child?

I learned that the Italian phrase va prego means “it’s my problem, don’t sweat it.”

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 5:35:43pm

MY CARS:
1986 Ford Escort
1990 Pontiac Grand Prix (first car as a GM employee!)
1996 Buick Regal (lease)
1998 Buick Century (lease)
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix (lease then purchased)
2011 Ford Escape (first car on Ford A-Plan!)
2014 Ford Escape (Ford A-Plan lease)
2016 Ford Escape (Ford X-Plan lease! My current agency does not offer A-Plan!)

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 5:35:48pm

Didn’t the early Vegas have serious issues with the aluminum blocks and heads not expanding and contracting at the same rates thus making them prone to leaving all their oil under them depending on conditions?

America had a rough time going with aluminum heads at first. The Vegas I think had the worst. Gaskets and seals were also a problem.

But then there was the Chevrolet Chevette. Ugh.

I knew some people that had them. I think you could get out and run faster from 0 to 20. Seriously under-powered engine that had a hard time spinning the drive train for a more powerful engine. I think half the horsepower died in the transmission and another 1/4 in the read end.

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Shiplord Kirel  May 14, 2017 • 5:37:20pm

I am being reminded that a heart attack is serious business and you don’t recover overnight. In fact, about a thousand people a day don’t recover at all. I am still feeling weak and I’m likely to fall asleep any time I lie down. I am still having trouble keeping food down, but my daughter concocted some potato/celery soup that was pretty tasty but still managed to stay down. Constipation is also a problem, apparently because of all the pain-killers they gave me. My body seems not to know which end is which. On the plus side, I am not in any pain. I should be up and around in a few days. It could definitely be a lot worse. Looks like my burial plot in Lubbock will have to stay vacant for a while yet.

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geosherman  May 14, 2017 • 5:37:26pm

Happy Anniversary to Mr & Mrs Calochortus

A pair of Clubhair Mariposa Lilies - Calochortus clavatus - in honor of Calochotus’ handle and her anniversary, of course!.
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plansbandc  May 14, 2017 • 5:42:59pm

By the way, happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers. May the deity of your choice bless you.

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De Kolta Chair  May 14, 2017 • 5:44:11pm

re: #253 De Kolta Chair

Jay C — Is the negative point because my Italian is shite? Lord know it is. ;-)

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 5:45:40pm

re: #255 ObserverArt

Didn’t the early Vegas have serious issues with the aluminum blocks and heads not expanding and contracting at the same rates thus making them prone to leaving all their oil under them depending on conditions?

America had a rough time going with aluminum heads at first. The Vegas I think had the worst. Gaskets and seals were also a problem.

But then there was the Chevrolet Chevette. Ugh.

I knew some people that had them. I think you could get out and run faster from 0 to 20. Seriously under-powered engine that had a hard time spinning the drive train for a more powerful engine. I think half the horsepower died in the transmission and another 1/4 in the read end.

To be fair, most non-performance-oriented American cars had the same problem. Especially when you got into the smog era, engines were consistently underpowered and automatic transmissions, especially, consumed far more power than the manuals of the day or more modern automatic transmissions.

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Ace Rothstein  May 14, 2017 • 5:48:33pm

re: #96 Anymouse

1985 VW Rabbit. Piece of shit.
1984 Honda Accord. Caught on fire in a Shipley’s Donuts parking lot.
1991 Honda Civic Si hatchback. Badass car. Black, rims, tint, sunroof, CD player. 5-speed stick. This car was the shizz.
1999 Nissan Frontier.
2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD
2011 Ford Escape. My first ride with leather and satellite radio.
2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD. My current. Four-door, V6, all black. Best ride I’ve ever had.

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teleskiguy  May 14, 2017 • 5:48:59pm

Mr. Family Values.

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Ace Rothstein  May 14, 2017 • 5:49:37pm

re: #262 teleskiguy

Think he knows Barron’s birthday?

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Belafon  May 14, 2017 • 5:50:00pm

re: #262 teleskiguy

Mr. Family Values.

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mmmirele  May 14, 2017 • 5:51:35pm

Came across this when looking for follow up information about last night’s Nascar crash. Not related at all.

Author says no #FakeNews: Eric Trump said Russians financed golf courses

BY JOE MARUSAK

A longtime journalist and author said Sunday he remains steadfast in what Donald Trump’s son Eric told him on a Lake Norman golf course in 2013: that the Trumps relied on Russian backers to finance their golf courses.

Eric Trump went on Twitter last Monday to deny that he told James Dodson, co-author of Arnold Palmer’s memoir, a Ben Hogan biography and other books, that the Trumps relied on Russian financiers as they bought and renovated courses.

“This story is completely fabricated and just another example of why there is such a deep distrust of the media in our country #FakeNews,” Eric Trump said.

But on Sunday, Dodson insisted that Eric Trump did tell him about Russian investors. And two colleagues of Dodson - including one who had helped develop golf in Russia - said Dodson told them back in 2013 what Eric Trump said about Russian financial backing.

More at the link, obviously.

charlotteobserver.com

Now I’m going back to my original question.

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Jay C  May 14, 2017 • 5:54:47pm

re: #259 De Kolta Chair

Jay C — Is the negative point because my Italian is shite? Lord know it is. ;-)

Nope: must have been a stray thumb ( Thanks, iPad!). Corrected.

Tho at first I assumed your comment related to my “Lucas/negative earth” post….
😼

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 5:55:56pm

In 2010 I inherited a 1987 Mazda RX7 from a friend of my mother’s who had dementia and wasn’t supposed to drive.

The car might have been a fun ride at one time but as a commuter vehicle in the Michigan winter it sucked ass. Spun out and hit the concrete divider while driving home during a snow storm on MLK Day in 2011. I was bruised up but the RX7 was totaled. But yayy I had the A-Plan!

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teleskiguy  May 14, 2017 • 5:56:58pm

re: #96 Anymouse

1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, purchased from my neighbor when I was 16. Blew a couple of rods due to a rounded out cam shaft, had to scrap it.
1995 Dodge Neon, purchased from my sister. Base model, no power steering, no A/C, my sister was nice enough to install a modest stereo (AM/FM, tape deck) and ski racks, no rear view mirror on passenger side, didn’t even have an arm rest in the center console. The key was bright yellow (get it? Neon!). Sold to some teenager in Steamboat Springs in 2006.
2007 Toyota Corolla S, first car I ever bought brand new, still my current whip. 12,000 more miles and it’ll roll over 200,000. Best vehicle I’ve owned by far.

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 5:57:04pm

re: #234 ObserverArt

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 14, 2017 • 5:57:25pm

re: #265 mmmirele

FAKE NEWS! (4 years ago when they had no idea daddy would be President and Russian dealings were “only” unethical)

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Cheechako  May 14, 2017 • 5:58:54pm

re: #255 ObserverArt

Didn’t the early Vegas have serious issues with the aluminum blocks and heads not expanding and contracting at the same rates thus making them prone to leaving all their oil under them depending on conditions?

America had a rough time going with aluminum heads at first. The Vegas I think had the worst. Gaskets and seals were also a problem.

But then there was the Chevrolet Chevette. Ugh.

I knew some people that had them. I think you could get out and run faster from 0 to 20. Seriously under-powered engine that had a hard time spinning the drive train for a more powerful engine. I think half the horsepower died in the transmission and another 1/4 in the read end.

IIIRC in some of the early Vegas the engine had to be unbolted from its mount and the engine jacked up to change the rear spark-plugs.

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 5:59:48pm

re: #269 Eric The Fruit Bat

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teleskiguy  May 14, 2017 • 5:59:51pm

re: #252 teleskiguy

Downdinged? Huh. Someone loves rampant commercialism.

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FormerDirtDart  May 14, 2017 • 6:00:27pm

re: #251 The Vicious Babushka

It’s an abandoned building.

The “camera” operator is standing in front of Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys (367 Grand St,), on the south side of Grand St. Between Essex St. & Norfolk St.
Facing North/Northeast.

A rough guess…

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plansbandc  May 14, 2017 • 6:01:07pm

I am having a difficult time dealing with everything. I want to share with you all that I have, over the past year dealt with my relative having cancer and hanging with her at her chemo treatments, my significant other having a heart attack, and my father dying.

I shit you not, I found out my father died when I was in the chemo ward.

My father voted for Trump and died watching his inauguration.

Do you see why I broken?

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plansbandc  May 14, 2017 • 6:01:38pm

And now I cry.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:02:09pm

re: #275 plansbandc

{{{plansbandc}}}

We’re all here for you.

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Joe Bacon  May 14, 2017 • 6:05:20pm

re: #275 plansbandc

I know the feeling!

Sending a hug!

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 6:05:41pm

Well, since it seems we’re all playing what’s our vehicle history, here’s the Fruit Bat’s…

1970 AMC Hornet
1972 Ford Mustang
1974 AMC Gremlin (with the Levi’s Denim Interior!)
1980 Chevrolet Citation
1984 Chevrolet Citation
1989 Chevrolet Corsica
1994 Chevrolet Beretta
1998 Cadiallac Catera (infamous for it’s timing chain tensioner breaking and trashing the engine)
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
2005 Ford Five Hundred SLE (with a CVT that got me 30 MPG on the highway-incredlible!)
2009 Toyota Prius Package 6 (great car, but real twitchy in the Twin Cities snow)
2015 Toyota Rav4 Limited

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 6:09:00pm

re: #276 plansbandc

You have a home here-don’t forget that.

Roger Waters - The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)

And remember-we are all Vir Cotto…

Babylon 5 Vir answers Mr Morden

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:11:02pm

One thing I love about this place is that we’re a virtual family. I’ve been a member of a number of online communities, but there are only two where I feel like I have genuine friends with whom I would enjoy interacting in person, people to whom I am willing to lend support and with whom I am comfortable seeking support. We have a special thing going here. Let’s not forget that when the next round of flame wars starts.

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 6:12:22pm

re: #281 thedopefishlives

And let me add to that if I may…..

Mike & The Mechanics - The living Years

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FormerDirtDart  May 14, 2017 • 6:15:16pm

A not very extensive vehicle list…

1990 Toyota Pickup 4x4 (sold it in Italy in 2002)
2002 Chevy Blazer LS 4x4

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KGxvi  May 14, 2017 • 6:15:37pm

re: #96 Anymouse

1989 Toyota pick up whenever I turned 16 (1994). My folks had bought it New for my cousin when she came to live with us after our grandmother passed away. My cousin was going through some stuff and crashed it a couple of times. I bought it from my folks a two some point in college. Sold it back to them in 1999 when I bought my next car (they eventually donated it to Cal Poly pomona’s rose parade team)

1999 Mustang (V6 automatic… I was young Andrea foolish). Sold in 2005

2005 Ford F-150 extended cab. A law school graduation present from my folks. Sadly, I totaled her in 2012 in a single car accident

2013 Dodge Challenger RT Classic (V8, six speed, I learned my lesson). A lot of fun to drive though she doesn’t get out much.

I’m contemplating getting a motorcycle license and bike this year (I’ll be 40 next March and it feels like a nice midlife crisis purchase). Alternative is a classic roadster

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Unshaken Defiance  May 14, 2017 • 6:17:00pm

re: #281 thedopefishlives

This is the one and only place I spend any time online.

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teleskiguy  May 14, 2017 • 6:18:02pm

My mom is definitely not a shitty mom.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:19:09pm

re: #286 teleskiguy

My mom is a wingnut, but she still did a lot of things right. I owe that woman more than I can say.

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retired cynic  May 14, 2017 • 6:20:12pm

re: #110 Anymouse

With my current car, I can mostly just drive right in forward. On a lark, I also parked it under an overhead corn sprayer for sale at the local John Deere dealer.

A gentleman of my acquaintance, as a teenager with a small POS car, drove underneath one of those going down our country blacktop. His on board brother and the sprayer driver were never the same. For some reason, watching Eowyn galloping underneath an Oliphaunt made me think of that!

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teleskiguy  May 14, 2017 • 6:21:23pm

re: #287 thedopefishlives

My mom and I basically agree on pretty much everything, though my dad’s irrational hate of Hillary Clinton clouds her judgment with her.

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FormerDirtDart  May 14, 2017 • 6:21:38pm
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nines09  May 14, 2017 • 6:23:26pm

Trump’s lawyer. Stay classy.

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teleskiguy  May 14, 2017 • 6:23:36pm

Aw dude! One of the silver screens greatest bad guys has died.

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nines09  May 14, 2017 • 6:23:40pm

re: #290 FormerDirtDart

BOOM

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 14, 2017 • 6:23:53pm

I’m still on my first car.

I did get my third unsolicited offer to buy it this week, but I’m going to run that baby into the ground.

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Major Tom  May 14, 2017 • 6:25:43pm

re: #292 teleskiguy

I just watched him in By Dawn’s Early Light…

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:27:34pm

re: #294 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I’m still on my first car.

I did get my third unsolicited offer to buy it this week, but I’m going to run that baby into the ground.

I miss my first truck. It was my dad’s farm truck, he brought it home new off the showroom floor when his father-in-law’s 1980’s vintage Ford left him stranded. When I was in the hospital with my stitches, he came into my room and I burst out in tears, blubbering how sorry I was that I destroyed his precious truck. Needless to say, it turned out not to be as big a deal as traumatized-brain me thought it would be.

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Major Tom  May 14, 2017 • 6:29:01pm

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:31:05pm

re: #297 Major Tom

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teleskiguy  May 14, 2017 • 6:32:45pm
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Interesting Times  May 14, 2017 • 6:37:43pm
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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 6:41:49pm

re: #291 nines09

Trump’s lawyer. Stay classy.

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ObserverArt  May 14, 2017 • 6:45:16pm

re: #301 The Vicious Babushka

Vicious Babushka @viciousbabushka
@MichaelCohen212 Edie Sedgwick died at 28 of drug & alcohol abuse.
9:41 PM - 14 May 2017

But she died looking good and as a fashion statement being a Warhol Girl.

/

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 6:46:20pm

Today was a rough day, being my first Mother’s Day without my mom. But then I realized that I AM THE MOM NOW. I mean, I have been The Mom to my own kids but my mom was THE MATRIARCH. That’s me now.

My mom cast her first vote for Harry Truman in 1948 and voted Democratic ever since. She watched me go through my wingnut phase and predicted that I would eventually come to my senses, which I did, and she just nodded wisely.

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 6:47:36pm

re: #233 Jay C

Nom indeed! Fully delicious-sounding, Mothers Day or not…

“Sear” how? Wood? Gas? Or “saumon au Trump” (over coal)??

I use this recipe from Fine Cooking.
Gas cooktop. Cast iron pan, and then into the oven.

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ipsos  May 14, 2017 • 6:48:07pm

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 6:50:45pm

re: #257 geosherman

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A pair of Clubhair Mariposa Lilies - Calochortus clavatus - in honor of Calochotus’ handle and her anniversary, of course!.

Thank you!

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Barefoot Grin  May 14, 2017 • 6:52:11pm

re: #300 Interesting Times

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Rossini was a loser. A failing composer. Nobody liked him. ///

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:53:27pm

Branching out a little bit on the topic of cars, my mom’s first ride was a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass. 350 Rocket, that girl could get up and go. She misses that car. My dad plans to buy her one (or a Chevelle) and get me to help him fix it up for her.

Dad drove his dad’s ‘72 Chevy C20 (3/4 ton pickup). He bought it from his parents later on and he keeps it on the farm, with 40,000 original miles. It’s one of the reasons why I am a bowtie believer to this very day.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 6:53:49pm

I might add here that the 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix died in a fire due to the engine catching fire.

We still get recall notices from GM warning us to bring in the vehicle “due to a risk of engine fire”

We did not get any such notices before the fire.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:54:36pm

re: #309 The Vicious Babushka

My brother-in-law had one of those that did the same thing. I don’t believe the fire killed it, but he sold it immediately after to some young teenager who was looking for a project.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 14, 2017 • 6:55:55pm
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Major Tom  May 14, 2017 • 6:55:58pm

re: #300 Interesting Times

Good Old Rachmaninoff… Never misses…

The Seven Year Itch (2/5) Movie CLIP - Good Old Rachmaninoff (1955) HD

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 6:57:52pm

re: #256 Shiplord Kirel

I am being reminded that a heart attack is serious business and you don’t recover overnight. In fact, about a thousand people a day don’t recover at all. I am still feeling weak and I’m likely to fall asleep any time I lie down. I am still having trouble keeping food down, but my daughter concocted some potato/celery soup that was pretty tasty but still managed to stay down. Constipation is also a problem, apparently because of all the pain-killers they gave me. My body seems not to know which end is which. On the plus side, I am not in any pain. I should be up and around in a few days. It could definitely be a lot worse. Looks like my burial plot in Lubbock will have to stay vacant for a while yet.

Yes, keep it vacant for many years more.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 6:59:10pm

re: #313 calochortus

Yes, keep it vacant for many years more.

One of my favorite exchanges with Mrs. Fish: “Don’t you dare die on me. I will follow you into Hell and beat you if you do.”

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 7:00:19pm

re: #275 plansbandc

I am having a difficult time dealing with everything. I want to share with you all that I have, over the past year dealt with my relative having cancer and hanging with her at her chemo treatments, my significant other having a heart attack, and my father dying.

I shit you not, I found out my father died when I was in the chemo ward.

My father voted for Trump and died watching his inauguration.

Do you see why I broken?

Slightly late on this, but {{{{Plansbandc}}}} Some years just suck.

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(Bert the Turtle)  May 14, 2017 • 7:01:35pm

Growing up this was our family car. Just flip the colors… all black w/ orange highlights. Badd Ass.

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Barefoot Grin  May 14, 2017 • 7:02:36pm

re: #316 (alpuz)

Growing up this was our family car. Just flip the colors… all black w/ orange highlights. Badd Ass.

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In My Gremlin

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 7:02:45pm

re: #314 thedopefishlives

One of my favorite exchanges with Mrs. Fish: “Don’t you dare die on me. I will follow you into Hell and beat you if you do.”

re: #314 thedopefishlives

One of my favorite exchanges with Mrs. Fish: “Don’t you dare die on me. I will follow you into Hell and beat you if you do.”

One of the saddest things I ever saw on our neighborhood listserve was from an elderly widower who posted something on the lines of “How to have a happy marriage. Die first. ” I assume he was pretty lonely.

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Teukka  May 14, 2017 • 7:02:50pm

re: #295 Major Tom

I just watched him in By Dawn’s Early Light…

One of my favorite films he’s in :(
Man, 2017 really meant us to hold his (or her) beer.

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Barefoot Grin  May 14, 2017 • 7:05:35pm

Old Doonesbury finding new life in Trumpian context.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 7:05:59pm

welp…Into the Badlands took an exceptionally unexpected turn right off the bat tonight…

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BeachDem  May 14, 2017 • 7:06:27pm

re: #303 The Vicious Babushka

Today was a rough day, being my first Mother’s Day without my mom. But then I realized that I AM THE MOM NOW. I mean, I have been The Mom to my own kids but my mom was THE MATRIARCH. That’s me now.

My mom cast her first vote for Harry Truman in 1948 and voted Democratic ever since. She watched me go through my wingnut phase and predicted that I would eventually come to my senses, which I did, and she just nodded wisely.

I never paid that much attention to Mother’s Day, but the year after my mother died (in 1989) I was gobsmacked by what a freaking big deal retailers made of it. Went into hibernation and couldn’t wait until it was over.

Now I tell people—no mother, no kids, don’t celebrate.

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BeachDem  May 14, 2017 • 7:09:58pm

re: #308 thedopefishlives

Branching out a little bit on the topic of cars, my mom’s first ride was a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass. 350 Rocket, that girl could get up and go. She misses that car. My dad plans to buy her one (or a Chevelle) and get me to help him fix it up for her.

Dad drove his dad’s ‘72 Chevy C20 (3/4 ton pickup). He bought it from his parents later on and he keeps it on the farm, with 40,000 original miles. It’s one of the reasons why I am a bowtie believer to this very day.

Not a 1970, nor a 350—but a Rocket all the same:

Kathy Mattea - 455 Rocket

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 7:11:13pm

re: #322 BeachDem

I raised my kids right. They usually give me a call on Mothers’ Day, but no gifts, no cards. This apparently shocked my daughter’s friends in college. (“You’re not giving your mother anything?!”) She did give me the world’s best gift one year by writing me a letter telling me what I good mother I was. I told her that relieved her of the responsibility of ever doing anything for Mothers’ Day in the future.

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 7:11:48pm

One of the ways in which I’ve finally acknowledged that I have achieved full manhood: My dad comes to me for mechanical advice. My work on Mrs. Fish’s 1979 “baby” has led him to consult me on problems he has with his ‘72 classic. Once upon a time, he taught me everything I knew; now, the student has become the master.

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bratwurst  May 14, 2017 • 7:14:06pm

re: #291 nines09

Trump’s lawyer. Stay classy.

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What the fuck is it with these guys and their daughters? Calling it creepy would be an insult to creepy things.

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Barefoot Grin  May 14, 2017 • 7:14:30pm

My first car was a ‘71 Plymouth Valiant. I bought it for a dollar from my brother. I was robbed. Nothing worked. The speedometer, odometer, heater, radio—all shot. I had to pump the brakes three or four times to get them to engage. It stalled on left turns—I learned to throw it in neutral and turn the key to get it going again.

But my brother at some point found a stick-on “Turbo” sign that he attached to the back, so it was my Turbo Valiant.

I sold it for $120.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 7:14:55pm

wbbjtv.com

Woman allegedly tried to run a Republican congressman off the road over his health care vote. That might give GOP reps another excuse to avoid town halls (they’re trying to kill us)

More at the link:

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — A woman is facing a felony charge after deputies say she chased a vehicle occupied by U.S. Rep. David Kustoff.

Wendi Wright

Wendi Wright, 35, of Obion County is charged with felony reckless endangerment in the Monday incident that occurred along Highway 45 South near Martin, according to a release from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.

Kustoff is a former U.S. attorney and now Republican representative of Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District.

Kustoff and his aide, Marianne Dunavant, had been at a town hall meeting on the University of Tennessee Martin campus prior to the incident.

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 7:18:27pm

re: #326 bratwurst

What the fuck is it with these guys and their daughters? Calling it creepy would be an insult to creepy things.

Women are things. Therefore their daughters are property and they are just showing off the great stuff they own so that other men will envy them.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 7:19:48pm

re: #303 The Vicious Babushka

Today was a rough day, being my first Mother’s Day without my mom. But then I realized that I AM THE MOM NOW. I mean, I have been The Mom to my own kids but my mom was THE MATRIARCH. That’s me now.

My mom cast her first vote for Harry Truman in 1948 and voted Democratic ever since. She watched me go through my wingnut phase and predicted that I would eventually come to my senses, which I did, and she just nodded wisely.

My mom is the family matriarch now, and I am second-oldest.

She cast her first ballot ever for Hillary Clinton and Tammy Duckworth.

I’ve written here before about her position that she feels even military veterans should stay out of politics, but the rise of the Orange Moon over Washington and Mark Kirk being a first-class cheerleader for them said, “Nope. I’ll go vote if I have to swim Lake Michigan to do it.”

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 7:21:12pm

re: #329 calochortus

Women are things. Therefore their daughters are property and they are just showing off the great stuff they own so that other men will envy them.

I know you are right, but… God forbid that I ever treat my daughter that way. She is beautiful and an amazing person in her own right, but she is not my possession and I never want to treat her as such.

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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 7:22:37pm
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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 7:23:38pm

re: #331 thedopefishlives

I know you are right, but… God forbid that I ever treat my daughter that way. She is beautiful and an amazing person in her own right, but she is not my possession and I never want to treat her as such.

But then, you’re not a jerk.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 7:23:38pm

re: #291 nines09

Trump’s lawyer. Stay classy.

Cohen is really getting dragged in the comments, deservedly so.

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FormerDirtDart  May 14, 2017 • 7:24:55pm

Will always remember Powers Boothe’s portrayal of Jim Jones

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thedopefishlives  May 14, 2017 • 7:25:06pm

re: #333 calochortus

But then, you’re not a jerk.

I try not to be.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 7:25:43pm

re: #296 thedopefishlives

I miss my first truck. It was my dad’s farm truck, he brought it home new off the showroom floor when his father-in-law’s 1980’s vintage Ford left him stranded.

80s VINTAGE??????????????
way to make me feel really old ya blasted young’un…

AND GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!!!!!!

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Joe Bacon  May 14, 2017 • 7:26:15pm

re: #328 Anymouse

wbbjtv.com

Woman allegedly tried to run a Republican congressman off the road over his health care vote. That might give GOP reps another excuse to avoid town halls (they’re trying to kill us)

More at the link:

And she was dumb enough to post what she did to Facebook…

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 14, 2017 • 7:27:55pm

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BeachDem  May 14, 2017 • 7:27:56pm

Heh

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Major Tom  May 14, 2017 • 7:29:21pm

re: #327 Barefoot Grin

Everyone needs a car like that once in their lives. It truly builds character and humbles the ego.

My Sunbird had a thermostat that would seize up and the car would immediately overheat. I just needed to fiddle with it a bit and it would work again for a few miles. I carried all kinds of spare water jugs on long trips to refill the tank after letting it steam out for a bit. (Even Mountain Dew after a long night once, my date the next day said my car smelled like baking cookies when it was running)

On long trips from Ft Lauderdale to Gainesville, I would drive through the night to avoid traffic and for the cooler air. One one trip after stopping once to fix the thermostat, I had to pull over again, in the middle of nowhere. When I popped the hood, the pressure cap to the thermostat/coolant was missing. My heart sank. It was pitch black, on the side of Turnpike at 2 AM, miles from any turnoff.

I was with a friend who asked, “what now?” I told him, after sighing heavily, I would have to walk to a service station, most likely tens of miles through the night, on the side of the highway.

He said goodbye to me, but then reached into the steaming engine, felt around, and out of no where produced the cap, that had been gently resting on some ledge.

“Is this it?” He asked. We were saved. And made it to G-Ville stopping every 50-60 miles. The force was strong with him. It was the closest thing to a religious moment I think I have ever had.

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goddamnedfrank  May 14, 2017 • 7:31:08pm

Every now and then I just like to confirm that Trumpers really dont’ give a fuck about shit like the Constitution or the rule of law. To them rules are just there as technicalities to be selectively applied in their war against people they hate, be those people liberals, immigrants or religious & ethnic minorities.

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Anymouse  May 14, 2017 • 7:32:10pm

re: #341 Major Tom

Everyone needs a car like that once in their lives. It truly builds character and humbles the ego.

When I had my Nissan Sentra in Spain, it broke several teeth off the flywheel. Anytime the flywheel stopped when I shut it off in a position where the missing teeth were opposite the starter, I could not start it without a push. (Thank goodness it was a manual.)

While I waited four months to get a new flywheel from the USA, I would park it on a slope near my townhouse and let it roll down the hill to start it.

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Barefoot Grin  May 14, 2017 • 7:34:20pm

re: #341 Major Tom

Everyone needs a car like that once in their lives. It truly builds character and humbles the ego.

My Sunbird had a thermostat that would seize up and the car would immediately overheat. I just needed to fiddle with it a bit and it would work again for a few miles. I carried all kinds of spare water jugs on long trips to refill the tank after letting it steam out for a bit. (Even Mountain Dew after a long night once, my date the next day said my car smelled like baking cookies when it was running)

On long trips from Ft Lauderdale to Gainesville, I would drive through the night to avoid traffic and for the cooler air. One one trip after stopping once to fix the thermostat, I had to pull over again, in the middle of nowhere. When I popped the hood, the pressure cap to the thermostat/coolant was missing. My heart sank. It was pitch black, on the side of Turnpike at 2 AM, miles from any turnoff.

I was with a friend who asked, “what now?” I told him, after sighing heavily, I would have to walk to a service station, most likely tens of miles through the night, on the side of the highway.

He said goodbye to me, but then reached into the steaming engine, felt around, and out of no where produced the cap, that had been gently resting on some ledge.

“Is this it?” He asked. We were saved. And made it to G-Ville stopping every 50-60 miles. The force was strong with him. It was the closest thing to a religious moment I think I have ever had.

I’m laughing!

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calochortus  May 14, 2017 • 7:35:04pm

re: #343 Anymouse

Reminds me of when I was in high school-a friend’s neighbor had some little convertible sports car that had a problem with the starter. For months the young man who owned it would start it by pushing it while he was along side it and then open the door and hop in. Fortunately this was a largely traffic-free cul-de-sac so it was merely unsafe rather than suicidal.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2017 • 7:39:23pm

re: #341 Major Tom

magic always works and comes to pass when really needed.

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wheat-dogg  May 14, 2017 • 8:26:38pm

re: #256 Shiplord Kirel

I am being reminded that a heart attack is serious business and you don’t recover overnight. In fact, about a thousand people a day don’t recover at all. I am still feeling weak and I’m likely to fall asleep any time I lie down. I am still having trouble keeping food down, but my daughter concocted some potato/celery soup that was pretty tasty but still managed to stay down. Constipation is also a problem, apparently because of all the pain-killers they gave me. My body seems not to know which end is which. On the plus side, I am not in any pain. I should be up and around in a few days. It could definitely be a lot worse. Looks like my burial plot in Lubbock will have to stay vacant for a while yet.

Maybe you can sublet it.

But seriously, don’t push yourself at all. My dad underwent a valve replacement — his second, after the porcine valve started to wear out — and was recuperating pretty well in the hospital. Got a high-falutin’ artificial valve put in. Probably an oil change, too. Despite his doctor’s orders to stay the fuck in bed, Dad decided to skip using the effin’ bedpan and got up to use the toilet. Keeled over on the way back to bed sometime in the wee hours. He had signed a DNR form, so after the usual CPR + zapping efforts failed to restart his ticker, they let him go. He was 76.

About a decade earlier, he had ignored his doctor’s orders (and my mother’s) about taking his blood pressure pills. Instead, he tried using some kind of woo-woo “natural” diet which eventually landed him in hospital for open heart surgery to install that porcine valve.

Lesson learned: pay attention to your doctor. He/she just might know something about this medical stuff.

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wheat-dogg  May 14, 2017 • 8:28:21pm

re: #184 Jay C

A lot of cars over the ..mumble, mumble.. years since I’ve been driving; but the most “wonderful” one I can recall was my 1970 Lotus Elan (the same car Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) drove in the first color season of The Avengers). Built like a piece of junk. of course - it had been been designed as a tax-saving kit car, and it showed - with the usual eccentric design elements of “classic” British sports cars, but damn, did that baby drive! I had to get rid of it too soon, but even after …mumble, mumble.. years, I can still recall how that little car took corners: basically at right angles… It probably would have fallen apart on its own before I would have disposed of it, but it’s the one car I’ve owned that would merit the term “wonderful”.

Well, the Lotus and my 1973 Porsche 911 that had a tendency to explode, but that’s another story….

This one’s for you.

Wheeler Dealers Lotus Elan S09E05

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Jebediah, RBG  May 14, 2017 • 9:35:40pm

re: #25 Anymouse

That looks nice.


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