Tuesday, August 16, 2022

I like to look at old cars











a garage at a race track, for vintage racing. I love it

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World War II veteran Russell L. Scott, a B-25 tail gunner who was held as a prisoner of war, certainly had a story to tell about a May 25th, 1944 bombing run to Corsica


His B25 was hit, and when he tried to bail out, the escape hatch wouldn’t open, so he had to head-butt the canopy over the tail gunner’s position to get out.

Scott hit the ground awkwardly, suffering a broken back, and was immediately captured by Germans, leading to a long journey of being moved as a prisoner of war from Italy to Germany to Poland and back to Germany.

He surely saved lives in one prison camp, by transforming powdered milk cans into stovepipes so the coal stoves in each crowded room wouldn’t asphyxiate the inhabitants. 

for 8 years a car sat on a Winnepeg yard, derelict, and annoying the neighbors.... and the city had plenty of request to take action on it... but didn't, until the news ran a story. Then it was gone in two weeks. Publicity makes things happen, not laws.

 
parking bylaw forbids parking a vehicle on any part of a front or side yard of a property that isn't a driveway or parking pad.

American Airlines paid for 20 supersonic planes to zip travelers across the globe in half the time, they will be built in 2025, possibly to be in use by 2029

American has become the third major airline to announce a supersonic order from Boom Supersonic in Denver, following in the footsteps of Japan Airlines in 2017 and United Airlines in 2021.


Boom Supersonic's plans to build was news back in 2017 https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2017/02/boom-supersonic-setting-out-to-build.html

A U.S. Army lieutenant was struck, pepper-sprayed, and handcuffed at a traffic stop in Virginia, and now he can present his claims of false imprisonment and assault and battery to a jury, a federal judge has ruled.

the summary judgment Tuesday said federal immunity laws shield the two officers involved from facing Caron Nazario’s claims that they violated the Black and Hispanic soldier's constitutional protections against excessive force and unreasonable seizure, as well as his right to free speech by allegedly threatening him with arrest if he complained about their behavior. 

 U.S. District Judge Roderick C. Young also ruled that the officer who initially pulled Nazario over is liable for illegally searching for a gun in the soldier's SUV in violation of the U.S. Constitution and Virginia law, leaving the question of damages on that point up to a jury. Nazario had a concealed carry permit. 

The December 2020 traffic stop of the uniformed military officer in the small town of Windsor drew national attention and outrage after Nazario sued in April 2021, citing police body camera images and his cellphone video of the encounter. He was never charged with a crime.

The lawsuit says both officers escalated the situation by immediately pointing their guns at Nazario and trying to pull him out of the vehicle while he kept his hands in the air. Gutierrez pepper-sprayed Nazario multiple times as the officers yelled for him to get out.

At one point, Nazario said he was afraid to get out, to which Gutierrez replied: “You should be.”

When Nazario did get out and ask for a supervisor, Gutierrez responded with “knee-strikes” to his legs, knocking him to the ground, where the two officers struck him multiple times and then handcuffed and interrogated him, the lawsuit says.

The judge also wrote that Nazario’s claims under the U.S. Constitution of unlawful seizure and excessive force present questions about the officers' conduct that could be put before a jury. But Young threw out the allegations under the federal doctrine of qualified immunity, which balances accountability with the need to shield officials who reasonably perform their jobs.

For example, the judge wrote that there is not a “clearly established right prohibiting the aiming of firearms, the use of threats or the use of OC spray against a suspect who has repeatedly refused to comply with lawful commands to exit a vehicle.”

The allegation that Nazario’s free speech was violated was also tossed under the federal immunity doctrine.

However, Young said Nazario's claims under state law, false imprisonment and assault and battery, can move forward. The judge wrote that Virginia law “only provides local officials immunity from suits alleging negligence.” 

Explaining his summary judgment on Crocker's search for the gun, Young wrote that “the firearm was not relevant evidence for the crimes of eluding or obstruction of justice." However, he said Nazario’s claims that Gutierrez knew about the search and failed to intervene could proceed to trial.


Now you understand just how little your freedom of speech matters, or your liberty, when police are involved. 

This federal judge clearly points out that a citizen who is not illegally driving, but under the mistaken identity of incompetent police who can't see the legal display of a temporary license plate, has no freedom of speech, and is a slave that must obey "under the federal doctrine of qualified immunity, .... the need to shield officials who reasonably perform their jobs." even when they don't reasonably perform their jobs. 

That is why the police that murdered George Floyd were not fired by their police dept until after, and why they only were convicted of murder after, the vast number of people and news outlets showed that police killed Floyd over 9 minutes of intentional and unnecessary suffocation and circulation obstruction, 
The allegation that Nazario’s free speech was violated was also tossed under the federal immunity doctrine.

However, Young said Nazario's claims under state law, false imprisonment and assault and battery, can move forward. The judge wrote that Virginia law “only provides local officials immunity from suits alleging negligence.” 

Explaining his summary judgment on Crocker's search for the gun, Young wrote that “the firearm was not relevant evidence for the crimes of eluding or obstruction of justice." However, he said Nazario’s claims that Gutierrez knew about the search and failed to intervene could proceed to trial.


Now you understand just how little your freedom of speech matters, or your liberty, when police are involved. 

This federal judge clearly points out that a citizen who is not illegally driving, but under the mistaken identity of incompetent police who can't see the legal display of a temporary license plate, has no freedom of speech, and is a slave that must obey "under the federal doctrine of qualified immunity, .... the need to shield officials who reasonably perform their jobs." even when they don't reasonably perform their jobs. 

That is why the police that murdered George Floyd were not fired by their police dept until after, and why they only were convicted of murder after, the vast number of people and news outlets showed that police killed Floyd over 9 minutes of intentional and unnecessary suffocation and circulation obstruction. 

Police abuse and criminal behavior, that the police dept, the police union, the police commissioner, the Mayor of Minneapolis, and the governor of Minnesota didn't have a problem with... as I pointed out, the police didn't take action against those that murdered Floyd.. ..  resulted in Minneapolis paying $27 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Floyd's family. 

The cop that murdered George Floyd for being black, Derek Chauvin, has now been convicted of third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, unintentional second-degree murder, and sentenced to 22 years in prison

Chauvin pled guilty to federal charges of violating Floyd's civil rights by using unreasonable force. Guilty, but he did it, as he intending to kill Floyd, for 9 minutes. Publicly, while being recorded on video. 

The other three officers were also convicted of violating Floyd's civil rights.
Lane pleaded guilty to a state charge for aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Kueng and Thao are scheduled to be tried on state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on October 24, 2022.


So, as I said before, record any interaction you or someone else has with any police. Because it's the only chance you have of getting evidence you can use in court to convict them of breaking, not enforcing, law, and your civil rights. 

Remember, Walter Scott was shot in the back by police, who then planted a gun on him, then gave false testimony that they killed him for threatening their life. But one video recording of the murder of Scott, and the plant of the gun, revealed that cops murder, and lie, expecting to go back to work the next day, free to murder again. 

On May 19, 2022, a 13-year-old boy, shot in the back by a Chicago police officer, was unarmed and had his arms raised to surrender.

The seventh grader, who had been a passenger, was complying with orders from several officers screaming at him to put his hands up. The boy, "was unarmed and did as he was instructed. But the officer still shot him — recklessly, callously, and wantonly — right through his back,"

A  2017 report by the U.S. Department of Justice accused the Chicago Police Department of "tolerating racially discriminatory conduct" by officers

The road to professional, honest, not racist, police in America started a long time ago, maybe with the march from Selma to the state capitol (Montgomery Alabama) but it hasn't made much progress, and police have NOT changed their racist murdering method of intimidating citizens. 

This article took 2 hours. It was worth it. I happen to believe there are many reasons it is necessary for me to type and post this, one is supporting the military. You may have forgotten, but the story began with an Army Lt getting assaulted by cops, that were in the wrong. He had not broken a law, nor committed a crime. 

Dodge has announced that Direct Connection will sell licensed carbon-fiber 1970 Dodge Charger bodies from Finale Speed, with Plymouth Barracuda and Road Runner bodies sometime in the future.


https://www.motortrend.com/news/direct-connection-1970-dodge-charger-carbon-fiber/

Portland police arrested Brennan Doyle, 32 yrs old, the crime leader behind the trafficking of over 44,000 stolen catalytic converters on the West Coast for the last couple of years.


Detectives collected over 3,000 catalytic converters, hundreds of thousands in cash, jewelry, and a high-end car.

Doyle and his team of 14 people have been accused of stealing and trafficking catalytic converters from vehicles up and down the West Coast. The crime ring was headquartered in the Portland area, and expanded further throughout Oregon, as well as Washington state, California, Texas, Nevada, and New York. 

The incentive behind the crimes is the value of the metals found inside catalytic converts can be sold for thousands of dollars an ounce. Authorities believe the street value of the catalytic converters found is estimated to be at least $22 million.

Charlie Hunnam is back on a motorcycle, as a fugitive in 1980s Bombay, in Apple's series debuting in October, Shantaram


'Shantaram' was a semi autobiographical book by author Gregory David Roberts, who went from being an idealistic philosophy student and activist, to becoming a heroin addict, armed robber and part of the organized crime scene in Bombay.

Last Call models of Challenger and Charger

“We are celebrating the end of an era by staying true to our brand,” said Tim Kuniskis, “At Dodge, we never lift, and the brand will mark the last of our iconic Charger and Challenger nameplates in their current form in the same way that got us here, with a passion both for our products and our enthusiasts that drives us to create as much uniqueness in the muscle car community and marketplace as possible.”

Dodge is sending the Charger and Challenger out in style, with 7 special-edition models, each of which will have a special "Last Call" plaque under the hood. 

Six of the new models will pay homage to the heritage of Dodge muscle cars and the Demon, Hellcat, Redeye, Scat Pack, Shaker, and Jailbreak models. 

The seventh is being touted as the last of its kind. It will be unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

https://www.wxyz.com/money/auto-news/dream-cruise/dodge-announces-last-call-for-charger-and-challenger-current-forms-of-iconic-models-to-end-with-2023-year

you'd expect someone to be famous, when they were the photographer that captured, for posterity; Nixon's "kitchen" debate with Khruschev, JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream." But I've never heard of Joe O'Donnell until now

Joe O’Donnell joined the Marines at the outbreak of World War II and got to pick between two jobs: Paratrooper or photographer.

He took official photos of Nagasaki for the military with one camera, and turned over the negatives.

In the accordion bellows of his military camera he smuggled Lucky Strike cigarettes and Hershey’s chocolate bars to use as peace offerings for the traumatized Japanese men, women and children he photographed.

 The official photographs were turned over to his superiors, never to be seen again. The US Govt was afraid to let the public see them. 

But he also took more than 300 photos of his own with a separate camera, and smuggled them back to the U.S. in boxes labeled "photographic papers." But these troubled him so greatly, he came home and locked them in a trunk until 1989. "I didn't want to deal with it," he said. "Kids with no eyes, men with no tongues trying to talk." 

After the war, O’Donnell worked as a United States Information Agency photographer assigned to document the administrations of Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. In short, he was a White House photographer, he was there with FDR, Stalin and Churchill, photographing the Big Three as they decided the fate of postwar Europe. He was with Truman and Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Wake Island during the Korean War

His best-known images include Harry S. Truman meeting with Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War, Truman with England's Queen Elizabeth, and Richard Nixon with Soviet chief Nikita Khrushchev. O'Donnell captured Kennedy wrestling with whether to invade Cuba during the "Bay of Pigs" confrontation.

He would capture for the world Nixon's "kitchen" debate with Khruschev, JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream." 

He didn't dig out the atomic photos until he had a vision of what he should do with them during a visit to a religious retreat in Kentucky in the late 1980s. This led him to try to get them published. As he said: "Pictures don't lie."

He retired on disability after a car accident during a presidential motorcade

Turned down, by dozens of U.S. publishers, he got them printed in Japan (he sent me an autographed copy of the booklet), and he organized gallery showings and lectures in several other countries, starting in the mid-1990s.


But I do want to let you know that Karahara was immediately on scene to take photos of Hiroshima, https://atomicphotographers.com/photographers/yotsugi-kawahara and Troutman missed the surrender photo op on the Missouri, with up front access given to him by Gen MacArthur, to scavenge airplane fuel to get a flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima to get photos https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2020-02-16/newports-stanley-troutman-went-to-war-armed-only-with-a-camera


Joe O’Donnell’s photos were displayed for the first time in Europe and Japan, and in 2005 they were put into a book published by Vanderbilt University Press, "Japan 1945: A U.S. Marine's Photographs from Ground Zero."

good news for SEMA enthusiasts that have always wanted to get inside, 2022 will have a Friday only access for those that can't get buyer, seller, or press passes to SEMA

New Friday Experience provides Friday-only access to the 2022 SEMA Show

The Friday Experience badge is $70 if purchased before September 30. After the deadline, SEMA Ignited, Friday Experience tickets will cost $100.

The Olomana spent 62 seasons working on a Hawaiian sugar plantation on the island of Oahu, starting in 1883, then it became the backyard toy for Disney artist Ward Kimball



the Olomana came to the island in August 1883, after a two-month passage by sailing ship around Cape Horn from the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the third locomotive (and thereby the 3rd self propelled vehicle) to come to Oahu, to large plantations and a sugar refinery on the eastern end of the island, near Waimanalo Bay.

After storage on a Hollywood backlot from 1944, Gerald Best moved Olomana in 1951 to the property of artist and animator Ward Kimball in San Gabriel, Ca. He had bought it for $250.

Kimball, one of the "grand old men" of Disney animation, had a private backyard narrow-gauge railroad: an engine house, water tower, tiny depot, a locomotive and passenger car which had formerly run in Nevada, and several hundred feet of track. Shaded by tall eucalyptus trees, Kimball's property was a celebrated landmark among rail buffs. An invitation to visit was prized -- even by Kimball's boss Walt Disney, who called the locomotive the nearest thing to a Mickey Mouse engine he had ever seen.

In 1952-53, Best and Kimball repaired and restored Olomana to jewel-like condition. In the process, Best took out the oil-fuel tank and changed the engine's fuel to wood -- mostly because Kimball's neighbors did not want black oil smoke wafting overhead. Best spent nearly $10,000 acquiring and restoring the engine, a heady sum in those days.

It's now on loan to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, from the Smithsonian



After receiving an electrical engineering degree from Cornell, Best served in the Army Signal Corps, worked for AT&T, and then went to work for Warner Brothers in 1928, where his knowledge of sound technology was very useful as the age of talking pictures began. In 1958, he went to work for Walt Disney, taking responsibility for Disneyland’s railroad.


Best collected over 130,000 railroad photographs, negatives, blueprints and other records – one of the largest collections ever assembled. After his death, his widow, Harriet, arranged for it to go to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Best wrote over a dozen books, as well as numerous articles on railroad history.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_M._Best

Rail transport can be found in every theme park resort property owned or licensed by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, one of the four business segments of the Walt Disney Company.

The origins of Disney theme park rail transport can be traced back to Walt Disney himself and his personal fondness for railroads, who insisted that they be included in the first Disney park, the original Disneyland (a key component of the Disneyland Resort) in California in the United States, which opened on July 17, 1955.

 The Disney tradition of including transport by rail in, and adjacent to, its parks has since been extended to other Disney properties with the opening of Walt Disney World in Florida in the United States, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in China, and Shanghai Disney Resort in China.

a bit more Hawaiian railroading on the island of Kauai and how it affected the town of Kapaa


On Sept. 24, 1881, Princess Liliuokalani drove the first spike into the first section of track of the first railroad to be built on Kauai at Kilauea Sugar Plantation.

The steam locomotives came from the East coast of the USA, by ship around South America, one hell of a long voyage



Born in Kealia Camp, Kauai, the son of Portuguese immigrants Francisco and Francisca Barretto of Madeira, Portugal, John F. Barretto (1901-1988) ended his formal education at the eighth grade and began his 40-plus year railroad career at Makee Sugar Co. of Kealia sometime between 1915 and 1919 as a locomotive brakeman and fireman, and was promoted to engineer.



Between 1913 and 1962, Pono Pineapple formed the backbone of Kapaa's economy. About 315 acres of the company's golden fruit carpeted the surrounding hills, and during its heyday in the 1930s and '40s, its cannery (located where Pono Kai Resort now stands) employed 2,000 workers and supported an annual payroll of $1.7 million.

"Almost everybody who lived in Kapaa during that time remembers working in the cannery during the summer as kids," says Fifield. "Kapaa was a cannery town, and in contrast to the company stores that you'd find on sugar plantations, it had many independent businesses such as bars, cafes, photo studios, grocery stores and movie houses."

One of the town's landmarks was the Roxy Theatre, which, sadly, was demolished by Hurricane Iniki. William Fernandez, who built the theater, started out as an itinerant showman, traveling from sugar cane camp to sugar cane camp, screening silent movies on a large sheet.

On a visit to New York, Fernandez saw the original Roxy Theatre and he was determined to open a movie house of equal grandeur in unpretentious Kapaa. When he returned to Kauai, he arranged financing with people with sugar interests and built his Roxy Theatre, one of the largest theaters in the islands, seating 1,050 people; which welcomed its first customers in 1939.

After the United States entered World War II in 1941, thousands of troops were stationed on Kauai, some camping at what is now Kapaa Beach Park. The Roxy Theatre was open daily, with shows scheduled from early morning until late at night to accommodate the additional crowds of servicemen. Says Fifield, "The Army was happy to drop busloads of soldiers at the Roxy as long as they were assured it was showing morally correct movies."

A guy that works at Discount Tire took the day off to go to the ball game, and caught the first home run hit by two-time Silver Slugger, World Series champ, Home Run Derby champ, two-time All-Star, Juan Soto - so he got to meet him!

and the Padres beat the Giants! 

Sad to report that this Stinson Reliant, once the original corporate plane for Coca-Cola, crash landed upside down soon after this 2015 photo. I bet that insurance didn't cover it's restoration to flight status

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intriguing news.... corporate collaboration to increase the price of vehicles in California results in a class action suit, and Ford Canada pays 82 million dollar settlement, GM pays 20, and Toyota pays 37 million (not a single one admitted guilt, but really, they all are)

Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco – Automobile Antitrust Cases I and II – which alleged that Ford Canada purposely worked with other automakers – including Volvo, General Motors, Nissan, Honda, and Toyota – to prevent the export of vehicles from that country to the U.S. This was allegedly done intentionally in an effort to reduce competition and artificially drive up vehicle prices in places like the state of California. Now, Ford Canada has agreed to pay an $82 million antitrust settlement as a result.


This action reportedly violates California’s Cartwright Act, though none of the automakers named in the case have admitted any wrongdoing. The Blue Oval is joined by a host of other brands named in the case, including Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Toyota, and Volvo. Ford isn’t the first to reach a settlement, however, as General Motors has already agreed to pay $20.15 million, while Toyota will dish out a total of $35.7 million to affected customers.

Customers eligible for part of this settlement include those that purchased or leased a Ford vehicle – or one of a number of other makes and models – from a dealership in California between January 1st, 2001, and April 30th, 2003, and who lived in California as of November 15th, 2010. Payments vary based on the type of vehicle customers purchased, as well as the predetermined claim amount assigned to each model.

Monday, August 15, 2022

that is a LOT of chain

 

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Cycle cars and other cool small cars racing at Montlhery Autodrome









hotel transportation, doesn't usually have a bicyclist perched on top, so this is a strange posed photo


truly a horseless carriage


must be a race car designed to be narrow for racing but still carry the required mechanic

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Since 2021, Azul and Disney have partnered to promote certain Disney characters onboard the Brazilian carrier’s fleet.


 

Rampabago... damn, that's nice! The Rod Shop Collective in Louisville Kentucky made it




a big improvement over the meth lab look it once had


of course, it's going to look terrible on the hook of a tow truck


(goose not included) it looks much better on the ground


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it's a good time to visit Yellowstone and Glacier Natl Park, for hikers, 'cause those roads aren't getting fixed very fast