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Posts posted by Dargo

  1. 7 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Edsel - Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    Okay then, James. Answer the following question about your dream car here, then:

    What was the old joke back in the day about what the front of the Edsel looked like?

    (...and extra points if you tell me and without lookin' it up on the net, the last model year of this short-lived FoMoCo brand)

  2. 2 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

    True.  Since interstate fares and routes were established by the government, all airlines travelling from A to B charged the same price.  So back then they had to compete on service, which is how you got grand pianos on the upper deck of 747s.   

    And the reason Southwest got started was that their initial route network was entirely within the state of Texas, and therefore, was not under the fare and route regulation of the Federal government.  They got into a fierce fare war with Texas International and Braniff on flights, especially between Dallas and Houston in the mid-1970s.  Southwest didn't start flying out of state until after deregulation.


    Dang, Tex! You sure know your stuff here!

    But NOW for the 64 thousand dollar question, and because you seem to have a pretty good handle on the history of your state's air travel industry:

    What was the only Texas city that TWA served?

    (...and btw, no...that $64K thing here was only a figure of speech, of course)  ;)

  3. 11 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    Then there's the issue of "regulation".  Not all regulation is a bad thing when it comes to business, either corporate or retail.  Look for example, at Reagan's "deregulation" of the airline industry;

    On one hand, it did help drive ticket prices down so more and more people could travel by air,  but on the other hand, it relaxed maintenence  standards to where shortly after the regulations were diminished, the rare instances of major airplane crashes got to where they practically started falling out of the sky.  I believe there were more major airliner crashes in the first year after deregulation than in the previous 20 years of air travel. 

    And for corporations, deregulation meant they could quit "wasting money" on providing safe and healthy workplaces that provided their employees  with employment that didn't endanger their health and lives.  


    Actually here Sepia, The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 was signed into law by Ronnie's predecessor in the White House...a certain peanut farmer from Plains, GA.

    Yep, it was little ol' Jimmy who deregulated this industry that I spent 35 years in, and which I was able to retire from in 2007 and after deregulation had turned the once "glamorous" industry into the "bus lines in the sky".

    But hey, sure, while the whole air travel experience sucks now days,  at least it's a lot cheaper to travel by air than it was back then anyway. And besides, who cares if you can't recline your seat back anymore without hittin' the knees of the guy behind you, are only offered a measily little packet of trail mix instead of a full meal, AND generally have a lot less service provided you than back then?!

    Yep, the American people got what they evidently wanted, which was cheaper fares and to the exclusion of good service.

    (...or in other words, even the Walmart crowd can afford to park, or should I say "wedge", THEIR fat butts into airline seats now days...say, maybe you've noticed this TOO the last time you entered an airport or boarded an airliner?!)  ;)




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  4. 43 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

    I agree. We see this time and again especially among the uneducated (or under educated) Republicans. When their "knowledge" about socialism doesn't impress, then they start lobbying claims of communism. In their minds the words are synonymous which shows they probably don't know what either word means.

    True, and evidenced by the fact that so many of them attempted to label Barack Obama as a "socialist" or even in some cases as a "communist" from the very start of his first campaign for the presidency, however with the guy being about as centrist a president as we've ever had.

    And so this being yet another instance of The Right being either clueless or more likely still,  using fear as their prime political strategy.

    (...and which I see is now starting ALL over again as a strategy against Joe Biden)

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  5. Well, seein' as how so far we have a Chrysler and a GM product here (both very cool cars, btw), I suppose I should now post a pic from another of the Big Three, and which would be just one of the many cars from many of the automobile manufacturers from around the world which I could rightly call my "dream cars". And so without further ado...


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  6. Btw here MM, and re THIS section of your standard little (and usually off-base) little "summation"...


    So far they are behaving like socialists, cutting jobs and lying about the vaccine distribution. They plan to spend trillions of dollars on socialist projects that will do nothing for the economy, just like Obama did with his stimulus plan. To top that off, they will waste an entire month trying to impeach someone who is already out of office.

    First, how about attempting to enlighten yourself to the truth in regard to this and by reading the following link which I've supplied you here. Warning though:  It DOES contain a whole lot of FACTS and FIGURES, and so you might find this read a bit challenging:

    Obama Economic Stimulus Package: How ARRA Worked (thebalance.com)

    And then secondly, IF you DO get through all that, THEN you finally MIGHT begin to understand why so many of us who were never taken in by one of Fat Boy's many claims and lies that HE and he ALONE "was responsible" for the American Economy's rebounding from what is called "The Great Recession" before this damn panademic hit us all, were and are really just that...LIES!

    (...aaah, but I have another one of those feelings that all my keystrokes here have yet again been in vain, and 'cause it'll be a cold day in you-know-where when YOU will actually sit down and contemplate thoughts and ideas which might dare contradict those closely-held ones you already have)

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  7. So Cid, I see you gave me one of those "sad" emojis after reading my earlier posting here:

    On 1/21/2021 at 6:04 PM, Dargo said:

    And here people wonder why the sound of a southern accent has always grated on my ears.

    THIS is why!


    Yes yes, I know. Not all southerners are dumb***ed racists or backwater hicks. STILL though, I gotta say that accent has never been one of my favorites, and especially whenever I hear some "southern belle" attempting to put on the charm..."Honey Lamb"!

    (...okay, and now where were we here?...oh yeah...what "Democrats are working on"...and so, GIVE 'EM HELL, JOE!!!)

    LOL...some more now


    Well heck, you Southern Boy, you! Didn't I SAY up there that I know "not all southerners are dumb***ed racists or backwater hicks"?!

    (...and I know you can't help it if you probably have one of those accents, RIGHT?!!!)  ;)


  8. 2 hours ago, ElCid said:

    The part at the end about how much had been spent on the DB4 reminded me of an interesting article in the March edition of Hemmings Classic Car magazine on "cheap" collector cars.  Rolls Royce Silver Shadows from the 1970's.  Partially due to unreliable hydraulic systems.  But any old "luxury" cars are expensive to repair and maintain so some are fairly inexpensive to purchase.  The Silver Shadows sell for $5,000 to $31,000.

    Read an article in a Mercedes-Benz related magazine and few years ago.  Expert mechanical authority said bad idea to buy older one to restore if you hope to break even later on.  Here again parts and labor to restore are prohibitive.

    And, I'd say a good example of this Cid would be all the times you see a British or German luxury car of fairly recent vintage, say the 1990s through up as recently as even 5 or 6 years ago, being auctioned off at one of Mecum's or Barrett-Jackson's events. When new they could quite often be priced close to or even in six-figure territory, but at those auctions they'll usually only hammer anywhere between $15K-$25K.

    (...of course then again, the Mecum and B-J auctions are primarily geared toward American iron and especially muscle cars, and so I've never understood why anyone would even think of auctioning off their Rolls or Benz at one of them, as they're not the kind of cars the bidders in attendance are usually interested in)


  9. 5 hours ago, Vautrin said:

    I didn't know Winny didn't like the Colonel Blimp movie. The original cartoon character was apparently

    different from the one in the film. The original was a fat pompous ultra-nationalist, which sounds like

    a good description of Churchswill. 

    Yeah, word is the rotund little cigar-chomping British bulldog wasn't pleased with how Messrs. Powell and Pressberger's film was too subtle in presenting its pro-British sentiments, that his countrymen and the lead character in particular were shown as fallible human beings, and most especially that one of the characters in it was depicted as "the good German" who was as honorable a man as any of the British characters in it.

    (...or in other words, this film stood and stands in stark contrast to how MOST conservatives in this world, and be they those superfluous-u spellers or not, prefer to view the world with and in those simple little "black vs white", "good vs evil" and "us vs them" mindsets and attitudes of theirs!)  ;)  LOL



  10. 31 minutes ago, HIGHWAY said:
    No Dargo it's not "ALL" to all the damn problems in the country, but it's "complicity", lets say you don't have reporters embedded with troops, or you don't have first hand reporting from, lets say inside Syria as examples, but you use the security state talking points as your source for news, and not to have shame for doing this but you hire the very top people in the security state to support that view. And don't forget your advertiser's are pro military, big Pharma and insurance corporations to name a few, so your not going to go against your money cow.
    You have to manufacture consent for war, you can ignore whistle blowers or permit journalist like Assange to go under the US prosecution because you don't want to upset your sponsors, nor upset your journalistic Washington privileges.


    So, then sort'a like the situation where the news media was used by Dubya to whip up a war frenzy back in 2003? And how, by use of MY aformentioned "healthy sense of suspicion" back then, I was able to see right through that whole sales job and voice MY objections to it to anyone and everyone within MY circle of friends and associates?

    Okay sure, back then it DID seem that I WAS in the minority of people who were able to see through those facades of lies and deceits which were feed to us, but THAT is my point here! The idea that it's our OWN personal resposibility TO develop within each and every one of us this ability to question EVERY damn piece of information given to us with a skeptic's eyes and ears, and so as to NOT blindly follow some leader's course of action.

    (...so, should I just chalk this all up to my being smarter than the average joe?)



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    1 hour ago, hamradio said:


    Curious is his middle name Third? 


    C'mon now, ham! Didn't you notice how hard and almost assuredly doomed to failure Nazi jokes are after seeing the one I posted yesterday in Nip's "Is the covid vaccine mandatory" thread???

    (...and didn't you ALSO notice that THAT one of MINE got absolutely NO response from anyone EITHER?!)  ;)


  12. Oh hell! DON'T overthink this thing here, people!

    This kind'a thing STILL all boils down to that line that's in that old Marvin Gaye "Heard It Through The Grapevine" song. THIS line:

    "Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear."

    Or put another way:  It's YOUR damn responsibilty to always have a healthy sense of suspicion about ANY bit of "news" that's fed to you.

    (...okay, and NOW if you guys want, you can go back to blaming "the media" for all the damn problems in this country)


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    The filibuster was popularized in the Jim Crow era by Southerners who wanted to prevent the Northern majority from passing legislation in favor of civil rights for Black citizens. Abolish it.
    Adam Jentleson 
    Replying to @AJentleson
    The de facto supermajority threshold was first forged against civil rights. Jim Crow-era segregationist senators repurposed a 1917 Senate rule to force every civil rights bill to clear a supermajority threshold, blocking them all. Only civil rights bills were blocked in this way.

    And here people wonder why the sound of a southern accent has always grated on my ears.

    THIS is why!


    Yes yes, I know. Not all southerners are dumb***ed racists or backwater hicks. STILL though, I gotta say that accent has never been one of my favorites, and especially whenever I hear some "southern belle" attempting to put on the charm..."Honey Lamb"!

    (...okay, and now where were we here?...oh yeah...what "Democrats are working on"...and so, GIVE 'EM HELL, JOE!!!)

    LOL...some more now


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  14. 4 hours ago, Vautrin said:

    Getting rid of the statue of the obese, racist, imperialist, and crook Chruchswill......priceless. 

    Yeah, and besides, any idiot who doesn't like the movie The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp OR is too damn dim to understand its pro-Allied and anti-Nazi sentiments, DESERVES to have his damn bust removed, TOO!!!

    (...know what I MEAN?!) ;)

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  15. OH! You LIKED that one, did ya NIP?!

    Well, in THAT case I have another one for ya and which you might like too. And of course, it's a reply I always use to those people way out there on the LEFT when THEY make an asinine comment like you made up there and it goes like this:

    "Ya know, you are SO damn far out there to the Left that you'd think someone who isn't nearly as far to the Left as you are or in lockstep with your beliefs, is some kind'a Fascist!"

    But ya see, it seems I seldom say THIS one very much anymore, and ya know WHY? Well, it's 'cause there seems to be a whole lot more people with closed minds and an all-or-nothing mentality like YOU'VE got and on YOUR far side of the political spectrum than there does of those other kind'a people way out there on Left now days, that's why.

    (...BUT of course and as Bogie pretty much said up there, there's still NOT enough of you people way out there on the Right to WIN elections when the general turnout isn't being hamstrung by the GOP at very turn, and because as I also mentioned up there in another one of posting, the GOP consists of so many cowards when it comes to the idea of Democracy and will go into a coward's mentality of "survival mode"...THAT'S why)



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    1 hour ago, NipkowDisc said:

    ...yeah, the center defined by the left. 

    Nip ol' boy, here's something I always reply with after someone makes an asinine comment like you just made here:

    "Ya know, you are SO damn far out there to the Right that you'd think someone who isn't nearly as far to the Right as you are or in lockstep with your beliefs, is some kind'a commie!"

    (...and brother, THIS would be you alright...and MM...and Jake)

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  17. 3 hours ago, ElCid said:


    The Republicans fear an honest and fair vote open to all American citizens more than anything else in the world.   Always have an always will.  Their wish is for only old white men to vote.

    It would be fairly easy to set up an accountable system which permits registration and early and mail-in voting, but the GOPers do not really want that.  So, they pass legislation that overwhelmingly favors older, white people and white people in general.  Just as they do not want state or federal districts based on fair and equitable factors.  They want to overwhelmingly favor districts drawn such that GOPer voters will control vast majority of them.

    Yep, they "fear" this alright, Cid. Uh-huh, and "fear" is exactly the proper word for this too, of course.

    AND, which brings me to why I've so often called them "cowards" in many of my previous posts, and something you might have noticed me doing.

    For you see, what emotion drives cowards more than any other? Uh-huh, the emotion of fear. 

    AND, with another reason for my calling them cowards and with the intent, in an almost hopeless endeavor as it might be, to SHAME them into doing the right thing.

    And because as I've mentioned on these boards MANY a time that I'm a political Centrist, I'm not inclined to think as it appears so many Liberals do that "shaming" people isn't right nor will result in a better outcome if done to others.

    (...nope, and so MY philosophy here and will continue to be, is that people such as MM here and ALL Republicans who fear an election outcome which resulted from more of our American electorate's participation, should be called exactly what they are, a coward, and at EVERY damn opportunity which arises, and thus in hopes that SHAMING them MIGHT just motivate their sorry and cowardly butts into doing the RIGHT DAMN THING, as there appears to be NO other means in which to motivate them in this regard otherwise)


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  18. 16 hours ago, hamradio said:

    Trump discussing forming new political outfit called the Patriot Party, report says


    Say he'll have the same problem the Independent Party has....not possible in this 2 party dominate system.


    Leo Terrell just now said he will join it.




    (...ah, if only Samuel Johnson were still around to see how true his words would still be after all these years)

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  19. 21 minutes ago, laffite said:

    Even it it were TRUE---and it ain't---it's too late now, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

    YER OUT !!!!



    Yeah laffite, it IS "too late" NOW, but if you read my previous posting up there, then you know that I quoted Georgia's Secretary of State.

    AND, word is that right after he corrected the guy who he was talking to on the phone with the FACTS, he then soon met with some of his fellow Georgia Republicans in efforts to find new ways to limit the participation in future elections.

    (...and so my point here is: Don't laugh too heartily here my friend, as the record number of voters who had cast legal and legitimate ballots this past election MIGHT find it harder to do so in the future IF people like Georgia's Secretary of State and the OP of this thread have THEIR way about it in coming years)

  20. 2 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

    ...First one is voter ID, so no more dead people and pets voting.

    GOD, do I ever know the following is a total waste of my keystrokes here, BUT...

    DT: "I've heard there were 5,000 dead people who voted in your state."

    Georgia's Sec. of State: "No, Mr. President, your data is wrong. There were two."

    And need I remind you here you freakin' rightwing nutcase who believes any attempt to increase the number of legitimate and legal voters to participate in our electoral process is a bad thing and because you REALLY know in your heart of hearts but are too cowardly to admit it that THIS is the REAL reason that less of your fellow Republicans would be elected to office the higher the turnout, THAT GEORGIA'S SEC. OF STATE IS A FREAKIN' REPUBLICAN WHO SAID HE VOTED FOR THE JACK*** AND COMPLUSIVE LIAR THAT HE WAS TALKING TO ON THE DAMN PHONE ?!

    (...but yes, I suppose I DO need to remind you here, but then again and as I said at the top, I KNOW this was a total waste of my keystrokes here, wasn't it!)

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  21. 6 hours ago, TomJH said:

    Yes, I was surprised by the billing. I'm not certain that I've seen any other black actress billed that way in a film, though I assume Witness to Murder is not alone.

    I can't recall any film in which a black actor is billed as "Negro."


    After thinking that the actor Stepin Fetchit almost assuredly had had to have been credited in that manner at least once, I've now discovered that yes, he indeed had been but only once and as "Negro Man" in the now considered lost 1929 silent film titled The Kid's Clever, and with the following synopsis according to the IMDb website:

    Bugs Raymond (Glenn Tryon) invents a car that doesn't require fuel but his road to love and riches are thwarted by a rival mechanic.

    (...although, considering the many decades of Hollywood studios churning out films, and considering so much of that time had been before the Civil Rights movement began in earnest, I'm thinking that there almost has be at least a few more instances of this which could be discovered)

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  22. 1 hour ago, hamradio said:

    Biden says we must end this uncivil war!

    I totally agree we must get back to old school when wars were civil.



    Hmmm...I dunno, ham.

    Wasn't THIS an integral part of fat boy's "Make American Great Again" plan???

    (...and of which the only thing it really ever succeeded in was getting that flag you see over there on the left side of this painting being waved inside the Capitol Building for the first time ever!)


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