Wednesday, January 19, 2022

John Wayne's 1971 Honda SL350 Is About To Go Up For Auction

This particular 1971 SL350 has been fully restored, and looks quite nice in the photos presented here to accompany its upcoming auction. There’s no mention of any paperwork regarding the restoration, but it does come with the California ownership transfer document showing that Wayne purchased it directly from American Honda Motor Company on December 21, 1971. Total mileage is unknown.

Wayne’s 1971 Honda SL350 is due to cross the auction block at Sotheby’s Arizona on January 27, 2022.

1972 Fury 400 station wagon.... with hideaway headlights. I don't recall ever seeing one before.

Oil prices are at a 7-year high due to the usual nonsense about the Middle East

 West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the U.S. oil benchmark, traded as high as $85.74 per barrel on Tuesday, a price last seen in October 2014.

someone in Missouri screwed up, and sent out the Bat-Alert... sort of

"Today, a routine test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system was inadvertently sent to wireless devices statewide. The Patrol regularly tests the Blue Alert system to ensure it works properly when needed. During the test, an option was incorrectly selected, allowing the message to be disseminated to the public. There is no Emergency Alert at this time. The Patrol appreciates the public’s understanding and support of the Emergency Alert program." 

 The alert warned people to look out for a purple and green 1978 Dodge 3700GT with a license plate "UKIDME". That matches the description of the cars driven by the Joker's goons in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film starring Michael Keaton.

Bylines appearing in L&N Employees’ Magazine, a house organ of the Louisiana and Nashville Railroad, in the 1940s:

 R.R. South         Steele Raylor
 Dick C. Lyon     Lou Nash
 L.M. Lynes        C. Ross Tye 
Lincoln Penn      Cole Carr 
M.T. Hopper       Rowan House 
Rowland Stock   C.A. Boose

Railroading Heritage of Midwest America is buying the former National Railway Equipment shop complex, (90 acres large) in Silvis to use for the preservation of historic rail cars and engines, and with the goal to make it largest steam locomotive museum in the US

The 90-acre facility used to be the largest locomotive repair shop of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, and once renovated, city and organization leaders think it could be largest steam locomotive museum in the U.S.

Originally, the complex was built in 1902 as a service shop for the Rock Island, Chicago & Pacific Railroad

The Silvis complex includes a wheel shop, warehouse space, and multiple overhead cranes powerful enough to lift steam locomotive engines and passenger cars.

rail cart rides on abandoned railroads


On Jan. 7, a $200,000 GT500 Shelby Mustang Cobra was stolen in Tulsa

On 1/7/2022, a rare 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 was stolen in Tulsa right outside of downtown in the Pearl District. The car has a 4 speed manual transmission and a fairly loud exhaust.

The car has a black interior and fancy aftermarket gauges. It also has a voodoo camshaft sticker (a skull with the word Voodoo underneath) on the rear spoiler.

Detectives believe the people in the photos possible may be related to the theft of the car.

Anyone with information about the car or the persons of interest in the photos is asked to call Tulsa Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS. You can remain anonymous when calling.

Fwiw, there's something called the McGirt ruling, and subsequent state appeals court rulings held that certain tribe's reservations were never disestablished and that therefore the state does not have jurisdiction to prosecute major crimes involving Native Americans in a large portion of eastern Oklahoma, including the city of Tulsa.

Ergo, when in the event that stolen cars are involved, there may be no resolution if a tribe has anything to do with it. That's not racist, that's a legal issue I think is important to know about. If there was a redhead ruling in courts that gave redheads the right to not be prosecuted for car thefts, I'd report about that too. 

McGirt v. Oklahoma, 591 U.S. ___ (2020), was a landmark[1][2] United States Supreme Court case which ruled that, as pertaining to the Major Crimes Act, much of the eastern portion of the state of Oklahoma remains as Native American lands of the prior Indian reservations of the Five Civilized Tribes, never disestablished by Congress as part of the Oklahoma Enabling Act of 1906. As such, prosecution of crimes by Native Americans on these lands falls into the jurisdiction of the tribal courts and federal judiciary under the Major Crimes Act, rather than Oklahoma's courts.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

this probably defines "debacle"

the civil war locomotive "Texas" was in the war's Great Locomotive Chase in April 1862. Its crew, running the locomotive backward, caught up with Union raiders who tried to destroy track between Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

the Great Locomotive Chase involved the Texas and its more famous cousin, the General, and Disney made the story into a 1956 film.

The raiders achieved little success, and eight of the nearly two dozen captured participants, disguised as civilians, were later hanged in Atlanta as spies.

During the Civil War, a team of Union spies under the leadership of James Andrews planned to steal a locomotive in Atlanta and take it to Chattanooga, destroying bridges along the way. This would prevent Atlanta from sending reinforcements to Chattanooga while the Union army overtook it.

Andrews’ Raiders, as they are known, slipped into Georgia and on April 12, 1862, boarded the General as passengers. It was en route to Chattanooga. When it stopped in Kennesaw for breakfast, the passengers disembarked and the raiders sprang into action.

Upon seeing his engine and three railroad cars pulling away, Capt. William Fuller gave chase on foot. He was accompanied by two crew members. By foot and occasionally handcar, they pursued the General.

Over the course of the day, Fuller commandeered several engines as he came upon them, only to be thwarted by Andrews’ men destroying the tracks. They also cut the telegraph wires. Their efforts to burn the bridges failed, though. Because of a wet spring, the bridges wouldn’t burn, only smolder.

Finally, Andrews commandeered the Texas near Adairsville, but it was headed in the opposite direction. Driving in reverse, he caught up to the General, which ran out of fuel in Ringgold near the Tennessee line. Short on time and fuel, and with Fuller constantly gaining on them, the raiders had stopped cutting the telegraph lines and tearing up tracks. Word had been sent ahead. Armed men were waiting as Andrews’ Raiders fled the engine in every direction. They were caught and jailed.

Moving the Texas out of its home of nearly 90 years was quite a feat.

The behemoth was inched more than 30 feet through the old auditorium. A deep trench was dug to protect structural supports, and a wall was opened. Movable sections of track were used in the process, said Howard Pousner, manager of media relations for the Atlanta History Center.

The locomotive, long in the shadow of the General -- the engine it chased -- won't be relegated to the basement anymore. Freed of corrosion and rust and sporting a new paint job, the illuminated Texas will be visible from the road. It will be a far cry from the early 1900s, when it was rescued from a Western & Atlantic Railroad yard before it was sent to scrap.

"We want to show it as the hard-working engine that it was, not just as one of the engines in the Great Locomotive Chase," Gordon Jones, the history center's senior military historian, said in a statement.

The Lotus actually in the underwater scenes of the James Bond movie 'The Spy Who Loved Me,' was found in a storage unit, about bought for a 100 dollars

Back in 1989 a couple in Long Island, New York, paid about $100 for a storage unit without knowing the contents.

At first, “they really didn’t know what it was,” Doug Redenius, co-founder of the Ian Fleming Foundation, which authenticated the car, told NBC News in 2013 of the couple. They had never even seen a Bond film, according to CNBC, and “they had no idea how valuable their discovery was.”

The husband was planning to fix the car, but he got a call while hauling it home via CB radio. The man on the other end said, “You know you have a Bond car?” They rented the movie and realized what they had.

After getting the Lotus Esprit authenticated by the original builders, the couple put it up for auction in 2013 at RM Sotheby’s. It was sold to a secret buyer for $997,000. That buyer was Elon Musk.

the Far Side by Gary Larson was just wonderful in so many ways

In 1868 (!) Zadoc Dederick and Isaac Grass patented a steam-powered robot that pulled a cart. They invested $2,000 in a prototype, hoping to mass-produce top-hatted walking servants for $300 apiece.

Showtime has made a series about the Uber company founder


89-year-old Willie Fulton, recently retired from the Ford Dearborn Stamping Plant after 68 years with Ford Motor Company.

He did not retire at age 65, he kept working another 24 years.... 

Many people I know haven't worked 24 years, not yet.  But he had one job for 68 years. Most people, won't work 68 years. 

This is quite amazing, HE is quite amazing.

Monday, January 17, 2022

the Stig's push mower

this is going to look good as a banner

wanna know a secret about airline flight attendants? They've figured out how to make extra money, the easy way.

flight attendants and the scheme, according to both American Airlines and their own union, was a matter of figuring out a way to use seniority and tenure to their monetary advantage.

It's pretty simple, actually. Flight attendants bid each month on the routes they want to fly for the airline. Their requests are granted, based largely on seniority.

Thus, the longest-serving flight attendants get the best routes. By "best," we mean both the most interesting and exotic -- think longer, international trips to South America or Asia, as opposed to an overnight in Omaha  -- but also the most financially rewarding.

So, according to both the airline and the union, senior flight attendants in some cities started bidding on the most desirable trips even when they had no intention of flying them.

Then, they'd turn around and sell those winning bids to more junior flight attendants.

It's not the first time this practice has come to light. In 2018, American Airlines chided flight attendants who were selling their bids -- and reportedly making an average of $200 for each flight.

Quite entrepreneurial and innovative

after 37 years of working out of a boxcar, the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey in Boonton has made a 6,600-square-foot building that is the first indoor workspace URHS has owned in its 37-year history.

Boonton's United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey and its sister group, Tri-State Railway Historical Society, are welding and repairing a conga line of railcars and engines in dire need of some TLC.

The 66-by-100-foot building is constructed primarily out of recycled shipping containers. It provides for two passenger-car-lengths of workspace under cover, plus 3,200 square feet of indoor storage and workspace in the containers themselves.

In all, there are roughly 60 engines and rail cars at the yard, including the New York Central Hickory Creek and Tavern-Lounge No. 43. The former was once the premier car of the 20th Century Limited train. It was inaugurated in 1948 by then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and offered luxury service between New York and Chicago.

in 2016, a collection of train cabooses along the road, inspired a guy to make a caboose into an Air BNB, with the help of his daughter

He paid about $2,500 to transport the caboose to his property, and had the caboose placed on real railroad tracks

He made beds in the train caboose, including bunk beds on the first floor and a queen-size bed in the cupola. He also built the stairs leading up to the cupola and a porch that goes along the entire back of the caboose, overlooking the pasture.

Meanwhile, Danielle chipped in with finishing touches, like tiling the shower and encouraging her dad throughout the process, she said.
"Because he was a carpenter his entire career, he can pretty much build or do anything that he sets his mind to," Danielle said "I set his mind to unique projects.’

Local Motors is shutting down this month

Local Motors was founded in 2007, delivering its first model, the Rally Fighter, in 2009 after 18 months of development. Rally Fighter production ended in 2016

Norwegian's latest cruise ship, has a go-kart track

cancel culture is even affecting the royal family of the Netherlands, over slavery in the 17th century

The carriage -- known colloquially as "De Gouden Koets" -- has been at the center of fierce debate in recent years. 

One of the panels on the Golden Coach, named "Tribute from the Colonies," depicts people of color from the colonies kneeling in subordination to a young white woman who represents the Netherlands, while presenting her with gifts, according to the Amsterdam Museum, where the coach is housed.

The Golden Coach was given to Queen Wilhelmina, the first female monarch of the Netherlands, in 1898. She celebrated her 18th birthday that year, and had her coronation soon after.

King Willem-Alexander added, "The Golden Coach will be able to be driven again when the Netherlands is ready. And that is now not the case.

"All citizens of this country should be able to feel that they are equal and get the same opportunities. Everyone should be able to feel part of what has been built in our country, and to the proud of that. Also those Dutch citizens with ancestors who were not free in the East or the West."

 "As long as there are people who live in the Netherlands who feel the pain of discrimination on a daily basis, the pain of the past will cast its shadow on our time and it is not yet over."

discrimination? Does he really try to nullify slavery, slave trade, etc with "discrimination" 

Huh. Well, the Dutch East India Trading Company, headquartered in Amsterdam, isn't mentioned, in the CNN article, and neither is the word "slavery" but in the early modern period, the Dutch were pioneering investors and capitalists who raised the commercial and industrial potential of underdeveloped or undeveloped lands whose resources they exploited, whether for better or worse.

The Dutch East India Company, officially Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie aka VOC

 For example, the native economies of pre-VOC-era Taiwan and South Africa were largely rural. It was VOC employees who established and developed the first modern urban areas in the history of Taiwan (Tainan) and South Africa (Cape Town and Stellenbosch).

Originally a government-backed military-commercial enterprise, the VOC was the wartime brainchild of leading Dutch republican statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and the States-General. From its inception in 1602, the company was not only a commercial enterprise but also effectively an instrument of war in the young Dutch Republic's revolutionary global war against the powerful Spanish Empire and Iberian Union (1579–1648). 

Between 1652 and 1657, a number of unsuccessful attempts were made to obtain men from the Dutch East Indies and from Mauritius.

 In 1658, however, the VOC landed two shiploads of slaves at the Cape, one containing more than 200 people brought from Dahomey (later Benin), the second with almost 200 people, most of them children, captured from a Portuguese slaver off the coast of Angola. Except for a few individuals, these were to be the only slaves ever brought to the Cape from West Africa.

 From 1658 to the end of the company's rule, many more slaves were brought regularly to the Cape in various ways, chiefly by Company-sponsored slaving voyages and slaves brought to the Cape by its return fleets. From these sources and by natural growth, the slave population increased from zero in 1652 to about 1,000 by 1700. During the 18th century, the slave population increased dramatically to 16,839 by 1795. After the slave trade was initiated, all of the slaves imported into the Cape until the British stopped the trade in 1807 were from East Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, and South and Southeast Asia. 

Large numbers were brought from Ceylon and the Indonesian archipelago. Prisoners from other countries in the VOC's empire were also enslaved. The slave population, which exceeded that of the European settlers until the first quarter of the nineteenth century, was overwhelmingly male and was thus dependent on constant imports of new slaves to maintain and to augment its size. By the 1660s the Cape settlement was importing slaves from Ceylon, Malaya (Malaysia), and Madagascar to work on the farms.

So, slaves are painted on the royal gold carriage, as that is the history of the country, and now it's going to haunt them. Should it? Does the fact that the country was in the slave trade, possibly even creating it, matter in 2022? 

Or should the people who are so vocal against slavery, not do anything useful, about the slavery that is actually still an every day life in the middle east, in Muslim countries? If slavery is the issue, why aren't any of the protesters doing a thing about it? 

It's simple. It's easy to yell at scared old rich white people who will fold, than to take on angry young men who will fight back, viciously. This is why the anti-fur PETA fanatics throw paint on fashionista rick old women in fur coats, and never say boo to any biker with pounds of leather clothes, boots, belts, and bike seat. 

Slavery currently imprisons 40 million people, more than ever were enslaved in the colonial times. Not one war has been waged by the outraged. Not one march, not even a liberal left wing pink hat protest. Slavery is ignored by the people who tear down the statues of slave owners. 

In India, “the biggest democracy in the world” as the filmmaker Pankaj Johar points out in his “Selling Children” (2018; Dec. 26 at 10 p.m.), millions of kids are bought and sold. Preying on children in impoverished, lower-caste, often rural families, traffickers lure them to the city with promises of an education and good wages. Instead the victims find themselves forced to work for next to nothing and often subjected to sexual abuse.

Figure it out. Instead of combatting the problem, morons are yelling at royalty for parading about in a gold carriage. 

teenage pilot Zara Rutherford is set to land her single-seater Shark sport aircraft today in Kortrijk, Belgium, more than 150 days after setting out to become the youngest woman to circumnavigate the world solo.

the Belgian-British teenager wants to infuse young women and girls worldwide with the spirit of aviation – and an enthusiasm for studies in the exact sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Two mathematical statistics stand out for her – only 5 per cent of commercial pilots and 15 per cent of computer scientists are women.

Frankly, it's a nice goal, but not realistic. Young people, regardless of XX or XY status, can't afford pilots training, planes, etc. 

I get it, her parents are pilots, and that opened a lot of doors for her, and she gets the privilege of flying before she's of age to rent a car (in the USA, that is 25) drink a beer (in the USA that's 21) etc etc. 

19 is young, and unless teens have rich parents, they aren't going to be very motivated to luxury fly for fun, or even have a credit score that will get them accepted by a credit card company so they can buy their own ticket on an airline (in the USA, you must pay by credit card, only, no cash). 

I don't know how niave rich people are to use their wealth to push their luxury lifestyle hobbies into the public sphere, like the brass era car people, the sports car people, the vintage racing people, etc - who say "why aren't more kids interested in" - rich people hobbies. 

I've seen Hagerty insurance try for over a decade to engage teens in concours judging, for example, and I've heard so many car people lament that young people aren't interested in racing, buying brass era horseless carriages, etc etc. 

It's because those hobbies are not financially available, duh. Teens aren't getting hired at jobs that allow them to pay for car insurance, so, isn't it obvious?

Anyway, good for this young woman to have the chance to fly around the planet for 5 months, that must be cool, but to drum up interest in others? That's not likely. Teens haven't been able to afford airplanes since the WW1 surplus Jenny's were sold. 

riders from all over the UK set off from Maker Heights in Cornwall to embark on a much needed and long awaited adventure through Celtic nations and parts of South-West England


6 days left, and the bidding is only at 1000 dollars, on this 1968 Rupp dual engine go cart


Part of a larger collection located in Cardiff, South Wales, the 912 spent no fewer than 15 years in what appears to be a massive hedge.

And it's a rather important and rare first-year 912, an entry-level version of the 911 that Porsche produced from 1965 to 1969.

overnight parking is officially out of control down at La Jolla Shores, says local diver, who has to walk a couple blocks further than before "van life" became the norm

The “vanlife” trend made popular on social media, and even more so amid the stay-at-home, work-remotely lifestyle stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, has made its way to La Jolla Shores

Sydney Ferbrache, who has stayed in her van in San Diego (but not in La Jolla Shores), said the popularity of vanlife has taken off with the pandemic. “It blew up because people started working remotely and realized they could work from anywhere,” she said. “It provides us tremendous freedom. There are vans of all scale, which allowed [my partner and I] a more budget-friendly way to explore the country without flights, hotels, rental cars, and in a way that we can take our dogs.”

for those who still believe that cops are all wonderful, here's a look at one that is, and one that ain't. Cop on cop abuse.... and the roid rager racist is easy to see by his reaction to the small woman cop that stepped in to stop him from getting fired when he was going off on a suspect

A female officer stopped a raging cop from attacking a black young man suspect in handcuffs, inside a police unit, so he turned his rage on her, choking her before slamming her into the patrol car. 

The suspect’s compliance was of no concern to Sgt. Christopher Pullease, however, who pulled up to the scene after the suspect was in the back of the squad car. For no apparent reason, Pullease began threatening the suspect with a can of pepper spray.

The veteran officer is now on desk duty and under investigation. 

 For no apparent reason, the officer began threatening the suspect with a can of pepper spray. Luckily for the suspect, there was a good cop on the scene who was unafraid of stepping in to stop a bad cop in his tracks. 

 Despite this clear act of assault captured on video, Pullease hasn’t been arrested, fired, or even placed on unpaid leave. Instead, he’s still collecting a paycheck as the department investigates.

 “I find it to be inappropriate and unprofessional, because what he did is he escalated the situation when calm was actually required,” Chief Anthony Rosa told 7 News Miami, describing Pullease’s actions that day as “disgusting.”

So, right there is your racist roid rager, and one good cop. 

The one good cop was assaulted by the asshole, and so this post shows all of you, that sure, there are good cops. They get manhandled by the bad ones. The bad ones aren't arrested. They are given desk jobs. 

52 year old moron decided to attack a firestation with a Chevy... and didn't remember that firefighters are afraid of nothing, and practiced in the kung fu use of axes. Unlike police, firefighters don't get fat and useless.

According to the charges, a woman arrived at Minneapolis Fire Station 8 in the Whittier neighborhood Thursday night, attempting to get away from a man in a pickup truck who would not stop following her.

A firefighter told the woman to go inside the fire station for safety as they tried to get the man, identified as Coates, to leave. Coates drove into the parking lot of the fire station and tried hitting a firefighter with his pickup. He then drove his pickup into the fire station garage doors.

He then found his ass handed to him.  via


 The roots of the word helicopter are not heli and copter but helico and pter, from the Greek “helix” (spiral) and “pteron” (wing).

Buitoni turned the New York 14th Street subway stop into a pasta Art Exhibition in the next post, about the artist Seneca, I finish the post with the poster art Buitoni, who is now owned by Nestle

Buitoni began in 1827 when Giovan Battista Buitoni and his wife Giulia Boninsegni opened a small shop in Sansepolcro. It was their great-grandson Giovanni who was largely responsible for establishing the family name as one of the worlds leading pasta manufacturers.

In 1909 at the age of 18, he took over general management of Perugina, a chocolate company which was co-founded by his father a few years earlier. He continued to work for the family businesses and in 1938 he became CEO of both the Perugina and the Buitoni companies.
 The following year he and his wife, opera singer Letizia Cairone were invited to the United States by Hershey’s. Whilst they were abroad, Italy entered World War II, thus preventing their return home.

In response to this change in circumstances they established the Buitoni Foods Corporation, which eventually grew to incorporate factories in Brooklyn and Jersey City, a spaghetti restaurant in Times Square, and a Perugina shop on 5th Avenue.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

During the First World War, Frederico Seneca joined the Italian alpine troops and later became a pilot, then he did some cool art, and he did some racing art.

look at that lettering! That's impressive for 1924

he did amazing work, and none of this is any of the amazing stuff. See  for the good stuff. This is just the racing stuff from an artist that was amazing at other work, the advertising posters
how many artists have ever had a piece of their art, made into a statue, to be placed on a vehicle that went on tour? 

Leonetto Cappiello painted the most amazingly stunning advertisements for wine companies, but he also made paintings for car companies, tire companies, and one for a bike company

 Today, arts historians list him as one of the most influential poster artist in the history of poster art as many would agree that he is also known as the “Father of Modern Advertising Poster”. As advertising posters were the main medium of communication during the time, Paris streets were saturated with many types of advertising posters, all trying hard to engage the increasingly distracted eye balls.

Cappiello’s concept of poster art was simple, to simply engage audience faster by creating unconventional visual impact. He was the first poster artist to boldly experiment and innovate new graphical styles at the time. His presentation was straight forward with use of enlarged bold subjects with unconventional colors, contrasted by the very dark background, which make his art “pop out”. By doing so he moved away from illustrating intricate details in his artworks

His artworks during this period focused in creating “Shock” images with unconventional colors, using mythical creatures, energetic poses, and extremely simple artworks. 

Over the course of his career, Leonetto Capiello have created more than 530 advertising posters, about 300 of them can be seen at