Saturday, January 13, 2018

cool anonymous and random slides from Gary, Thanks Gary!

this one make a cool vintage banner

Savannah, first city in the USA to have a grand prix, in 1908

Savannah had earlier fame in national bicycle racing competitions and it had ties to the powerful dynasties who controlled the racing world, so it was chosen for the 1st Grand Prix

The construction of the course resulted in a course considered "America's greatest" by international racing experts of the period. It was 27 miles long of Augusta gravel and faster than the Vanderbilt Cup course, however, convict labor was used to build it

Six giant scoreboards with ladders had been erected with special thought given to their positioning to make them visible to the occupants of the 16,000-person, 2,000-foot long grandstand.

The international flavor was a direct derivative of the devestating battle between William K. Vanderbilt Jr. supported by the American Automobile Association (AAA) versus the Automobile Club of America (ACA). The ACA was the club in good standing with the Automobile Club of France - the dominate club of international rules - and stole the thunder of the Vanderbilt Cup by organing the American Grand Prize to earn the honor of hosting the European manufacturers formerly attracted to the Long Island race.

In that race Ralph de Palma set fastest lap in his Fiat, with an average speed of 69.80 mph, for context, to that date Felice Nazarro's drive in the 1907 French Grand Prix at an average above 70 MPH was the gold standard. Chadwick driver Willie Haupt creatd excitement when he recorded a lap of 71 MPH
Julian Quattlebaum, a doctor by profession but also a car enthusiast and historian. He was the author of the definitive book about the early and important motorcar races held in Savannah.

Quattlebaum as a child was among those who had attended those races, including the International Grand Prize Race in 1908 and the Vanderbilt Cup that ensued as Savannah emerged as the early home for international auto racing in the United States.

This 1911 EMF finished third in the Tiedeman Cup race

The EMF team swept the 1911 podium

Coachbuilder and Wayne manufacturer Barney Everitt, star Cadillac salesman William Metzger, and Walter Flanders, production manager at Ford, launched their own automotive brand in 1908.

They decided to further promote the brand by going racing in “light car” class for production-based vehicles. The biggest of those events would be the 1911 Tiedeman Trophy race at Savannah, and they sent three specially built 30-horsepower machines to Georgia, where the cars finished first, second and third.

the car that came in 3rd was found in pieces in a barn in 1983, and restored, and now looks like

For a gallery of this car:

unrestored 1908 Chalmers-Detroit that raced in Savannah in '08 and '09:

A photo of a properly fitted Mack bulldog, where they found the right sized hat is a mystery

Thanks Gary!

1478 cars have been destroyed in the Fast and Furious movies

So far

This is a hoot! Finally getting back to the classic goofy style of the good year of Top Gear, Clarkson make a Ken Block style video, named it Farmkhana

and I recommend watching the 4th episode, season two, of the Grand Tour for the full effect of this video, and how they then make fun of clarkson by showing you what really happened, and the stunt driver, etc etc

Here is a sample

beer run, Vietnam, 1968

At a time when the Vietnam War was at its height, one man, John "Chickie" Donohue, snuck back into the war zone to find his 3 closest friends and buy them a beer.

skip to 4:53 to get to the story


I need to get back to El Mirage, there's finally some new stuff happening!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Coffee and donuts video, fixing up grand and great grandparents tools. There's something mellow and soothing about watching stuff get fixed to guitar music

By the way, there are a lot of things that he did you might not, or probably wouldn't. Not having soft jaws for his vice for example, but that's fine. It's done, they're his, and really, it's not a big deal. 

Porsche commercials, the 2nd and 3rd ones are really good

Cool interview with Jeff Zwart, Pikes Peak racer, rally car racer, photographer, movie and tv commercial filmmaker

Red flagged, for a funeral

100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

here's the 1st time I've seen skid plate racing... how is this not more common, and primetime?

skip to 2:25

Skip the sitting around on the starting line 5 and a half minutes, get right to it...

there was a team that won a chain race, argued over who got to take home the chained together trophys, all the way to in front of a judge

at one time in the past, which seems to have not been posted to the internet until now, Bowman Gray Stadium had a team of chain race winners, make history

 The track hosted a "chain" race a couple of years back, in which drivers compete while towing a teammate in an engine-less car. The winners were awarded two trophies that were connected by ... yes ... a chain.

These two proceeded to debate who got to keep the trophies, and when one had a duplicate set made at the very same shop, that wasn't good enough.

 They eventually wound up in small claims court.

Over a chain race

Here's a better resolution video, with the camera facing the towed car, skip the ridiculously long 5 minutes 25 seconds of sitting on the starting line, and get right to the racing!

Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs and WAVES - Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service

"Homefront Heroines" follows a group of quirky, individual and determined women who decided to go where no woman had gone before -- into the Navy as WAVES. It tells the story of the more than 100,000 women who joined the Navy during World War II.

Or read a cool book  titled The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

Senator Barry Goldwater was a commander of a WAVE detachment during WW2, and while as a senator tried for many years to get them access to the VA... which kept getting shot down by the other congressmen... but he persisted until he was a very senior senator, and finally either wore them down, waited for less conservative senate members, or finally convinced the naysayers to pass it.

1909 Rochet Schneider 12/16 "cab de ville" type 9000

Edouard Rochet and his father were bicycle manufacturers before entering motorcar production. In 1894 they were joined by Théophile Schneider, a relative of the eponymous armaments family that in 1848 had a monopoly supplying arms to the French govt and supported the coup d'etat that put Napolean's nephew on the emperors seat of France, because he hadn't had enough of running France as president when his term was up.

Their first car appeared in 1894, based on the contemporary Benz, and by 1896 the partners were confident enough to form a limited company, the Societe Lyonnaise de Velocipedes et Automobiles Rochet-Schneider. Soon the company attracted the attentions of a wealthy Marseilles financier and automobilist, Demetrius Zafiropulo, who made sizeable investments in Rochet-Schneider enabling them to build a new factory in the Chimin Feuilat in Lyon, and helped the company over the difficult period around 1900 when sales of the old belt-driven model began to tail off.

at the Paris Salon of 1902, they were awarded a Gold Medal. President Loubet told the company: 'Your Exhibits are the finest in the Salon', while L'Auto-Velo commented: 'Rochet, in 1903, will be at the head of the Automobile Industry'.

Around the same time, Rochet-Schneider 'gained the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland's 100 Miles Non-Stop Certificate, taking Dashwood Hill at 20.8 miles an hour with four passengers; made a World's Record practically non-stop run of 450 miles, London to Glasgow, in 21 hours; lost one mark only (driver's fault) in the Scottish Non-Stop 400 Miles' Run, Glasgow to London; undefeated, power for power, as a hill-climber - no other car in the world can show such a record tor reliability and hill-climbing.'

Rochet-Schneider had become one of the most respected car manufacturers in France in the middle of the 1900s. In 1904 the company was sold for 4.5 million francs and a London-based company called "Rochet-Schneider Ltd." was formed.

The company prospered because of the company's acquisition, in mid-1909 of the Zenith Carburettor Company. The carburettors were produced in a factory adjacent to Rochet-Schneider in the Chemin Feuillat, and also in branch factories in Germany, Britain and Detroit, and were obligatory wear on many of the luxury vehicles of the day.

In 1909, just before Theophile Schneider left, the first small Rochet-Schneider was announced. There was little out of the ordinary in the chassis or bodies, save in one particularly entrancing type - the 9000 - of which this one example survives.

This "cab de ville" was modelled on the horsedrawn London hansom cab, in which the driver sat above and behind his two passengers. The car was a two seater, with half doors that swung across occupant's legs, enclosing the steering wheel and controls. From the side the 9000 gives the curious impression that the car is being driven from a rear seat. This is heightened when the windshield provided for bad weather is lowered.

Rochet Schneider was one of the first companies in France to put a gas engined car onto the market, in 1894, and soon built a reputation for well-built reliable cars which lasted until the end of passenger car production in 1932. Though there were no more Rochet Schneider cars after 1932 the company made lorries and buses until 1951 when the were taken over by fellow Lyons firm Berlier.

now, this is a cgi, and shows the steering is IN the cabin, and nothing is on the firewall.

WW1 ambulances... interesting history

Some ambulances were donated to the Red Cross. This group of London doctors gave this one to the British Red Cross.

the workers of W D and H O Wills Tobacco donated this one

Many other people helped raise money to buy ambulances, while others gave their cars as gifts.

But, there is a very remarkable ambulance I learned of, a 1912 Buick.

Looks like it's been through a war, right?

Yep. WW1, and it did it in the worst of the fighting, the front lines, all day long.

The ambulance corps it was in (section 7) happened to be awarded 3 Croix de Guerre medals... and that wasn't a snap of the fingers. They EARNED the medals back in WW1.

1912 Buick, American Red Cross vehicle number 144,694. brought to France in 1914 by the Norton-Harjes Volunteer Unit, and the wooden ambulance body added there.

The ambulance was taken over by the American Red Cross in 1917, and used in the British and French sections. The ambulance was decorated with three Croix de Guerre medals (painted on right side) each time the ambulance section was cited for their actions.

It was "captured" in the Montdidier section in the spring of 1918 by the Germans. When the U.S. 27th and 32nd Divisions pushed into Montdidier later in 1918, they found the Buick lying in a park, stripped of tires and radiator.

 It was taken back to the repair depot at Parc des Princes, Paris. By late 1919, it was sent to Washington DC and placed at the Red Cross National Headquarters.

It was placed in storage in Landover, Maryland prior to 1966, then stored in Silver Hills until 74, then it was at the US Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, VA until '87 when it came to the Liberty Memorial Museum.

plowing snow with a Willys... that's just the cool way to do it, right on!

Between St. Moritz and the Italian village of Maloya runs a bus on caterpillar tracks and skis.

the Kircher Special

Charles Hughes of Denver, Colorado, the scion of a wealthy local family, developed a passion for speed before the war, testing planes for the military and sponsoring vehicles in the Indy 500. After the armistice, he further indulged this interest by purchasing a Jaguar XK120 to race. He bought the car new from Kurt Kircher, who owned the local foreign car shop, Denver Import Motors. Kircher was an amateur racer himself who’d had some success with a Chrysler Hemi-powered Allard J2X, one of the quickest cars of its time, if a bit crude.

The two became fast friends, quite literally. Kircher had a degree in automotive engineering—he’d worked for General Motors on post-war V-8s and the Powerglide transmission. Hughes had a degree in physics as well as a stellar machine shop in his six-car garage. So in the early ’50s, the pair decided, according to a history Kircher wrote a few years before his death in 2004, “It would be fun to try to build something better.”

Familiar with the Jag powertrain, they decided to create a clean-sheet racer around an engine and transmission salvaged from a wrecked XK120. Kircher designed the drilled chrome-moly tube frame, rear De Dion suspension, and inboard rear-wheel drums and safety hubs. The front suspension came from the Jag. The steering rack came from an MG. The rear differential came from Halibrand. The rest of the bits were either shopped or poached.

A stylist named Charlie Lyons hand-built a curvaceous body out of aluminum. Like many homemade sports cars of the time, it was a bit of a mashup of Italian and British lines—a Ferrari 250S mated with a Jaguar D-type. But unlike either of those, it had inboard headlamps in the grille, deeply scalloped sides, and an intriguing dual-piece construction—the car’s entire top half could be unbolted to allow for mechanical massaging.

these past 2 weeks, people in Oregon have had a rough time learning how to pump gas

Sit down, and hold onto your socks. Nascar claims no one won the Myers Brothers Memorial 250, Aug. 6, 1971, race at Bowman Gray, and they sure as hell ain't going to recognize it was Bobby Allison

To date, there have been 2,373 NASCAR Sprint Cup races contested since the series began competition on June 19, 1949 at Charlotte Speedway. However, NASCAR official records only recognize winners for 2,372 of those events. The lone Sprint Cup race without a NASCAR acknowledged winner is the 1971 Myers Brothers Memorial 250

Nascar has never acknowledged Bobby Allison’s untainted Cup Series victory at Winston-Salem, North Carolina Aug. 6, 1971, it's known as the Bowman Gray race.

Bowman Gray Stadium, the oldest NASCAR-sanctioned weekly short track in the sport. Bill France Sr. himself began promoting races here in 1949 with Alvin Hawkins, whose grandson, Gray Garrison, still runs the place.

Built as a football stadium in 1937 during the later years of the Depression, midget race cars took to the dirt quarter-mile oval ringing the playing field a decade later.

When a fly-by-night promoter skipped out on his promise to pay for the paving of the track, city fathers were in a fix, and that is when Bill France and Hawkins offered up a solution. They would pay for the paving in exchange for the rights to promote races on the grounds. The Hawkins family moved to Winston-Salem, the Frances to nearby Greensboro.

The football history of the stadium is also quite storied. Players such as Brian Piccolo, the 1964 ACC Player of the Year who led the nation in rushing and scoring, played his home games in Bowman Gray. Piccolo would later become famous as the teammate of Gale Sayers with the Chicago Bears, and the subject of the 1971 film Brian's Song.

Twenty-nine Grand National/Winston Cup events were run at Bowman Gray between 1958 and '71. Richard Petty became the first driver in NASCAR history to win 100 races when he went to Victory Lane at The Stadium on Aug. 22, 1969.

The last Cup race here is debated to this day due to Nascar management throwing the paperwork away, but Bobby Allison won on Aug. 6, 1971. In fact, a few days after the race, NASCAR issued its official news bulletin race report which documented Allison as the winner of the event.

Allison, who won three Daytona 500s, had seven starts at Bowman Gray, winning twice. His last race there was on Aug. 6, 1971, when he won the Grand National Race.

Between 1968 and 1971, NASCAR promoted Grand American races for what were known as pony cars. These Mustangs, Camaros, Cougars, Firebirds and Javelins generally ran standalone events but often were invited to help fill Grand National (now, Cup) grids.

 The first combined race was at Bowman Gray Stadium, and Allison’s Mustang won ahead of Richard Petty’s Plymouth, Jim Paschal’s Javelin, Buck Baker’s Firebird and Dave Marcis’ Camaro. Ten of the 29 entries were GA cars. Less than half the starting field remained after the demolition derby style racing where GN (big heavy cars) drivers took out their frustrations against the faster, lighter, more nimble and more likely to win odds on favorites the GA cars (Mustangs, Camaros) which didn't have to pit for fuel and tires as often

Richard Petty is pretty darn honorable about it, though, he isn't putting up a fight to see that Allison get the recognition he earned, and deserves

Understandably, Petty was unhappy with the grid and the results. “I figured something like this would happen,” he said at the time. “They’ll probably win all these (combination) races. (Cup) racing isn’t supposed to be filled with Mustangs and Camaros.” Forty-six years later, he felt no different. “Bobby won, but shouldn’t have gotten credit for it,” he insisted at Daytona Beach in July. “The cars weren’t the same; those cars were too different. I shouldn’t have gotten credit, but Bobby shouldn’t have, either. That was a Cup race, and he wasn’t in a Cup car.”

NASCAR credits Allison with 84 victories. His Bowman Gray start and resulting top-five/top-10 finish are among his career stats—but not the victory. Inexplicably, Tiny Lund won two combination races later that season and both are on his career résumé. Another oddity: NASCAR shows Allison with 10 Cup victories in 1971, while another section of the same record book shows 11. Marcis feels Allison deserves credit for winning in a Mustang since Lund is credited for winning twice in a Camaro.

Darrell Waltrip and Allison are tied for fourth all-time, but getting Bowman Gray on Allison’s résumé would move him past Waltrip, 85-84. That alone would give the 80-year-old Hall of Famer immeasurable joy for the rest of his days.
NASCAR historian Buz McKim is also at a loss to explain what happened, calling it “one tough situation.” He said that a since-deceased NASCAR executive once told him Allison’s car had been disqualified several days after the race. “But that’s as much as he’d say,” McKim said. (FYI: There’s no evidence supporting the late executive’s claim. Also, cars back then were inspected on the spot; if the Mustang was legal that Saturday night, it wouldn’t have been disqualified later.)

“This may be one that will never be settled. ... It’s still the only NASCAR race without an official winner,” McKim said.

The NASCAR HOF doesn't count the win and pole he got in the Mustang toward his official statistics; however, they do count those races toward his official number of Cup races. Those races count as starts but there are no starting or finishing positions attributed to them. also does not list the Aug 6, 1971 race as a win for Petty

So why, does Nascar have no trouble giving wins to the cheats in the recent season?

Joey Logano was busted after winning at Richmond in May, Denny Hamlin after winning the Cup and Xfinity races at Darlington in September,
Chase Elliott after finishing second in the Playoff opener near Chicago in September
and Clint Bowyer after finishing third in the Playoff race at Martinsville in October.

 Despite the rules violations, those finishes remain official because NASCAR simply doesn’t vacate checkered-flag results.

That’s why Richard Petty’s 1983 victory at Charlotte — the 198th of his untouchable 200 — remains official despite his car’s oversized engine and illegal tires.

There is a GT 40 in Joshua Tree

a flash flood on the Colorado highway 24 back in 2013. Just an example of things can get haywire FAST regardless of where you are

on the next video, skip ahead to about the 10 minute mark, it's all sorta interesting though

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coffee and Donuts video of the day, "How Volvo baby excavators are created"

the last kids of a president that joined the real military? Pres Teddy Roosevelt's kids, 5 of 6 were in WW1, even his daughter.

Bush 43 sure as hell didn't.

Texas Air National Guard my ass. That's about as real a military service as sheltering elitist politicians sons can get. What's the point of an air natl guard? Oh, did we lose the Air Force? No? Then we don't need an ANG. Regardless, if we need planes to scramble, the Navy will have more jets in the air than the air farce has office chairs.

Ike's reservist grandson married Nixon's daughter and inspired CCR's son about useless senator's sons who were sheltered stateside during Vietnam

Ike's son graduated from West Point on D-Day and served in both World War II and the Korean War. In both cases, though, the brass was so freaked out about protecting him from actual harm, you know, 'cause his dad would END them if anything happened to his son, so it's not his fault really that he wasn't really given a chance. Read what he has to say about it  it's interesting.

FDRs son flew 300 recon missions, and witnessed JFKs older brother Joe Jr kia

LBJ's son-in-law was a Marine and earned a Bronze Star during his two Vietnam tours,

One of Biden's son was in the Army Natl Guard as a lawyer and had to spend a year in Iraq, so, whatever. Lawyer. Nuf said. The other was also a lawyer, but was kicked out of the Navy Reserves for using cocaine (deliberate get me outta here move) a month after getting commissioned... again, reserves? Get a life. If you haven't served active, you don't deserve respect for going reserves. If you've been active, I got no quarrel nor complaint. You do whatever after serving real time in the military, you got my respect. But no active time and straight into reserves to dodge the draft? Pussy.

Got the feeling that you must complain about my opinion on my website? Go ahead, I need something to fill my garbage can with. I actually don't read complaints unless I need a laugh.

I blog, you don't, so pack sand. If you want to send me a link to your website telling me what a great thing the Texas Air National Guard was during Vietnam for anything other than dodging the draft by guys that couldn't muster some guts and do the shit job handed to them by the US Govt, but who wanted to run the US Govt? (George W Bush, I'm talking to you) You just send that link right to me.

I'd love to see what you've posted about the Texas Air National Guard, or the Naval Reserves, or whatever bunch of momma's boys that were hampered by purse strings from doing something useful when their country went to war, no matter what a fucking mess the country was making, or what jackasses were running the country, or for whatever reason they invaded some sandbox. We all know they got rich, and the guys drafted died. Then the rich rode the gravy train to run the country and get us into another war they were too damn stupid to do anything about, except of course, get richer and pay back campaign contributors and the corporations that get fat from the war machine.

Ask the high school grads of the class of 1969, 70, and 71 how many funerals they went to while in high school. That's some fucked up shit. That's what happens when the rich run the country to profit from the experience. Poor kids die, and the rich kids join the reserves (GW Bush, Biden, Eisenhower, etc)

All four sons of former president Theodore Roosevelt served in the Great War. One, the youngest son, Quentin (1897-1918), was killed in it; two others, Theodore Jr. (1887-1944) and Archie (1894-1979), were badly wounded.

Not every household where the father has been governor of New York and president of the United States.

 At least three of his sons could remember when their father had been a rough-riding colonel in the Spanish American War.

All knew him as a big-game hunter. He raised his brood to be joyful Spartans, relishing the natural world, uncomplaining, ready for any duty, any hardship, and following the credo his own father had given him: “Whatever you do, enjoy it.”

There were six children all told. Roosevelt’s two daughters were Ethel, who was actually the first Roosevelt in a war zone in World War One, serving as a nurse in France (her husband was a surgeon) and Alice, who became a famous Washington hostess and wit.

 Theodore Jr., the eldest son, from a young age aspired to be his father, and their careers had modest parallels, with junior serving, as his father had done, in the New York State Assembly and (after the Great War) as undersecretary of the Navy.

Quentin was the golden boy—the hilarious juvenile terror of the White House, funny, fearless, academically gifted, mechanically brilliant, and personally charming.

With the U.S. declaration of war in April 1917, not only did Roosevelt himself try to return to the colors (only to be denied by order of President Wilson), but every one of his sons took a commission. All had taken prewar officer training as part of the Plattsburgh Movement for military preparedness, though Kermit, who had been working at a bank in Buenos Aires, had the least.

Theodore Jr. was commissioned a major, and Archie, who married shortly after the declaration of war, was commissioned a first lieutenant. They were on the first troop transport to France.

Kermit, thinking that it would take too long for American troops to go into action, used his father’s assistance to be commissioned in the British army, and did so, typically, not out of a sense of martial ardor, but of somber duty. Kermit did, however, have a dramatic role in view: he wanted to fight in the Near East and see the fall of Constantinople from the Turks to the British. To that end he became a captain in the British army and was sent to Mesopotamia. He brought his wife and son and housed his family in Spain, where his wife’s father was ambassador.

Quentin, meanwhile, dropped out of Harvard, became engaged to the great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, eluded the restrictions of an Army physical examination (by memorizing the eye chart and lying about a serious chronic back injury), and, after his Flying Corps training, was commissioned a first lieutenant.

Quentin was among the first American air officers to arrive in France, in August 1917. Like his brothers, he proved himself an extremely capable officer with a manner that inspired confidence and affection. Quentin was assigned to the 95th Air Squadron

 Eddie Rickenbacker remembered him as “Gay, hearty, and absolutely square in everything he said or did. . . . [He] was one of the most popular fellows in the group. . . . His bravery was so notorious that we all knew he would either achieve some great spectacular success or be killed in the attempt.”

Quentin, though not in action, had already broken an arm and reinjured his back crash-landing a plane and had been hospitalized for pneumonia. On 6 July 1918 he had his first dogfight and came back elated. In combat against three German planes, he had shot one down and evaded the other two.
On 14 July, during an early patrol his squad encountered seven Fokkers that outmaneuvered his squadron's relatively slower aircraft and he was shot down, dead of his wounds before the plane touched ground

Teddy Jr was the oldest man to hit the beach (Utah) on D-Day, the only general to do so, at the age of 56. He died six weeks later of a heart attack in his tent, and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Thus, Ted Sr and Jr are the only president and son to be awarded the Medal Of Honor.

During WW1 Archie had an arm broken and a kneecap shattered by shrapnel. Archie, though considered 100 percent disabled from his wounds in the First World War, would not be denied an opportunity to fight in the Second. Between the wars he had been an oil and financial executive.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he employed sheer Rooseveltian gumption to be commissioned a lieutenant colonel and awarded a combat command in New Guinea from 1943 to 1944, where he proved he still had the audacious Roosevelt fighting spirit.

Archie was fearless in the face of enemy fire. He told one young soldier who was cowering while Roosevelt stood erect, “Don’t worry. You’re safe with me. I was wounded three times in the last war, and that’s a lucky charm.” It was for a while, at least, before an enemy grenade exploded into the same knee that had been hit with shrapnel in France. He was invalided out of the service, the only American soldier to be declared 100 percent disabled in two wars.

There are only 3 enlisted servicemembers with parents serving in congress

In all, about 1 percent of U.S. representatives and senators have a child in uniform. Less than 1 percent of today's graduates from Ivy League schools go on to serve in the military.

Of the 43 men who have served as President of the United States, a total of 31—or 72%--served in the military before becoming President. That was before being a lawyer or millionaire was a pre req, and Clinton and Trump dodged the draft

A Duke University study demonstrates that it matters whether civilian decision makers have military experience: A review of U.S. foreign policy over nearly two centuries shows that when we have the fewest number of veterans in leadership and staff positions in Congress and the executive branch, we are most likely to engage in aggressive (as opposed to defensive) war fighting. And we are most likely to pull out of conflicts early.

In World War I, back when personal honor and self respect still had meaning in the ivy league, one of Congress's stated reasons for proposing a draft was that without it, too many of the upper-class children would rush to service, and we'd lose the leadership class of the country.

In 1956, a majority of the graduating classes of Stanford, Harvard and Princeton joined the military, and most were not drafted. Leadership's cry of "follow me" is more convincing than "charge!" , and those who aspire to future leadership see military service as necessary to their credibility in some cases

Kennedy machinist tool box, probably earlier than 1940, the drawer handles sure look cool, and unique

lucky to be alive... . remember, keep looking around to avoid crazy shit, and stay safe

one damn strong Dodge, stupid driver yeah, true... but could a Chevy do that?

BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse)

Bikers Against Child Abuse was founded in 1995 by a Native American child psychologist whose ride name is Chief, when he came across a young boy who had been subjected to extreme abuse and was too afraid to leave his house. He called the boy to reach out to him, but the only thing that seemed to interest the child was Chief’s bike. Soon, some 20 bikers went to the boy’s neighborhood and were able to draw him out of his house for the first time in weeks.

Chief’s thesis was that a child who has been abused by an adult can benefit psychologically from the presence of even more intimidating adults that they know are on their side. “When we tell a child they don’t have to be afraid, they believe us,” Arizona biker Pipes told “When we tell them we will be there for them, they believe us.”

Membership in Bikers Against Child Abuse is a big commitment. If any of the kids are frightened, they only have to call and the bikers will ride over and stay outside all night, Pipes told

the first pre-production Land Rover series one has been found in a garden, and is in the hands of Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works just in time for its 70-year anniversary celebration

The utilitarian star of the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show went missing in the 1950s, it resurfaced in a garden in Birmingham( U.K.) in 2016

This demonstration vehicle from the Amsterdam show was last on the road in the 1960s, after which it spent 20 years in a Welsh field before being bought as a restoration project. It then stayed in that garden, languishing until Land Rover's recent discovery.

JLR plans to preserve the vehicle while also maintaining the 63 years of patina it developed

Land Rover will show off the finished product, which should be in driving shape by the conclusion of 2018.