Saturday, March 04, 2023

this is the coolest painted car I've seen in a long time, knowing it's one of the first, and it was hand painted before airbrushing was invented (guessing that's true)

I think it's incredible I've never come across this before

Barling Bomber St. Louis Air Races 1923

The Wittemann-Lewis NBL-1 "Barling Bomber" was an experimental long-range, heavy bomber built for the United States Army Air Service in the early 1920s. Although unsuccessful, it was an early attempt at creating a strategic bomber.

The largest heavier-than-air bomber of that period, it featured three mammoth wings and an empennage with four rudders and an elevator plane controlled by the pilot, held together in a box-like framework resting on a fixed tail skid. Powered by six 420-hp Liberty 12A liquid-cooled engines—four tractors and two pushers mounted behind the two inboard tractor engines—it was 65 feet long and 27 feet high, with a wingspan of 120 feet. Its empty weight was 27,703 pounds, with a gross weight of 32,203 pounds and a maximum takeoff weight of 42,569 pounds. Top speed was 96 mph and cruising speed was 61 mph; its range with a full bombload of 5,000 pounds was approximately 170 miles. It was also equipped with seven .30-caliber defensive machine guns.

To some it was the “Magnificent Leviathan,” to others “Mitchell’s Folly.” Its detractors considered the giant triplane a waste of taxpayer money, and dismissed it as reflection of the outsized aspirations of air power advocate Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell. Popularly known as the Barling Bomber, it was the largest aircraft of its day, and although ultimately a failure, it presaged a future in which even larger bombers would become the mainstay of American air power.

Walter H. Barling, the airplane’s British designer and namesake, had already fathered the Tarrant Tabor, a large experimental six-engine triplane bomber built in May 1919 for the Royal Aircraft Establishment, when he took on this new project. The Tabor turned out to be so heavy and out of balance that it nosed over on the takeoff roll for its maiden flight, killing its pilots. But Mitchell, then assistant chief of the U.S. Army Air Service, was impressed with the basic concept. He was convinced that such huge planes, loaded with bombs, were capable of sinking battleships. Moreover, he believed the Army Air Service deserved a budget that would fund them.

Mitchell forged ahead, eager to prove his assertions about the need for aircraft capable of combating warships. His July 1921 sinking of the German battleship Ostfriesland and three other ships seemed to validate his hypothesis. But when Kansas Congressman Daniel R. Anthony learned about the Barling Bomber’s cost, initially estimated at $375,000 though later increased to $525,000, he objected. Congress canceled further development work as well as the second prototype.

The bomber’s vital statistics, in addition to its cost, staggered the public’s imagination. 

The Barling was meant to have a crew of six: two pilots in an open cockpit in the nose and a flight engineer seated behind them, with separate compartments for a navigator and radio operator, and a bombardier positioned on a small bicycle seat in the lower nose under the pilots. The bombardier had to send requests for course or speed changes to the cockpit via a pulley and rope assembly.

The main cockpit had a single control wheel and one throttle lever for all six engines that the pilot pushed forward or side-to-side to control the engine speeds for taxiing or to assist in making turns in the air. An unusual 10-wheel adjustable landing gear with oleo struts distributed the huge plane’s weight on the ground, a concept that is seen on some of today’s large aircraft. Dual wheels under the nose helped keep it from pitching too far forward during takeoff, as had happened with the Tarrant Tabor. Other futuristic features included reinforced bulkheads and special materials in the fuselage to help protect the plane and crew from anti-aircraft fire.

The big bomber was dismantled, and its components were stored in a warehouse at the Fairfield Depot. When Major Henry H. “Hap” Arnold discovered the plane’s remnants there in 1929, on becoming the depot commander, he ordered them burned. All that remains today are two wheels from its revolutionary landing gear, housed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson in Ohio.

engine testing stand in Ft Worth, testing prop engines in 1950, jet engines in 1951

the B 25 named Desert Warrior had an unusual and interesting nose art and mission scoreboard

there was a good reason music is down the side of this, and on the wing tips, but I didn't know what it was... Steve did! The Mustang owner's wife loved Artie Shaw's rendition of Beguine, and insisted the airplane be named Beguine with a musical score painted on the fuselage and radiator pods

It's probably the sheet music for the song "Begin The Beguine" 

Order of Fifinella

The WASP established the Order of Fifinella, in November of 1944 at Maxwell Air Field, one month before the program was deactivated.
The purpose of the organization was to disseminate information about reemployment opportunities, to maintain communication among the WASP, and to form a unified organization to influence legislation and potential employers in aviation. 
By December 20, 1944, the organization had 300 members and by 1945 there were over 700. Officers were appointed and an advisory council with representatives from all the WASP classes was established. Over time the organization grew in membership, produced bi-annual newsletters, coordinated reunions across the country, and maintained a roster for all its members.

yup, this is true

read the paragraph, that's well written and amusing

A former U.S. Coast Guard Martin PBM-5G Mariner used by the U.S. Navy for radar cross section observation tests off Point Loma in 1963

The PBM was used to gather information for the design of a seaplane that would rest nearly motionless on the open ocean in all weather conditions.

According to the archivist at the Glenn L. Martin Museum:  in Project Sea Stilt, an experiment to develop "dipping sonar" for aircraft. Both Convair and Martin competed for the future contract. The intent was to design some sort of "stable platform" for using seaplanes as ASW sonar dippers. Convair won the competition, but, in the end, both firms lost out to the obvious choice for such an assignment: the helicopter

I love this 1930's style

his digital art is pretty cool too

I just learned that Mac, Matco, and Cornwell Tools have annual conventions, in different locations such as Nashville, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Diego (how come no one told me??!?!?!) and in San Antonio 2 weeks ago

By looking through convention I see that both seem to have conventions near each other (Dallas and San Antonio for example, both in Feb 2023) 

The Matco Tools Expo was held in San Antonio from Feb. 19-22 
The Mac Tools Fair was held Feb. 16-18 in Dallas. 

Last year the The Mac Tools Fair was held Feb. 10-12 in Nashville. 
The Matco Tools Expo was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from Feb. 6-9. 
The Cornwell tool rally was held in Orlando, Fla., April 8-9. 

The MEdco/Ace Tool Customer Show annual event was held Oct. 1-2 in Atlantic City, in 2021 
The Mac Tools Fair was held June 3-5 in Orlando. 2021 
the Matco Tools Expo was May 15-19 in Orlando. 2021

smart product to sell for DIY'rs with home garage shops - the Rockler kit to make an outfeed table for your table saw, or whatever machine you're using that only sometimes needs that landing zone for the wood or metal you're shaping

you make the table top, whatever size you need, from what ever material you have, for whatever machinery you're using. This kit makes it a quick release, quick install, so it takes up very little footprint in your shop when not needed. 

There must be some really damn good engineering to allow this tray to hold the weight of 20 feet of tools... see the video after the images

Not as amazing, but I do find this new tool box system interesting and want to share it

and then, skip to 3:30 of this next video

Diplodocus Militaris, to get across WW1 era trench warfare and barbwire defenses, the 1915 Boirault engine was considered the interesting ancestor of the tank

don't waste time at 1x speed, change the settings and see it at 2x speed, trust me

Ultimately, the machine was deemed impractical and was nicknamed Diplodocus Militaris. It preceded the design and development of the English Little Willie tank by six months.

color video of the Antarctic Snow Cruiser at Westfield, New York 1939

this you tube channel has a lot of amazing color videos from before color video was normal, especially of trains

The 1939 Wolds Fair had 17 acres of train exhibits. One train, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s new S1 locomotive, was placed on rollers and run continuously at 60 mph all day long.

The S1 was displayed at the New York World's Fair of 1939–40 where 27 eastern railroads had one combined 17-acre exhibit, which also included the Baltimore and Ohio Class N-1.

The S1 was  the only one of it's kind made, it was built when they still experimented, before steam locomotives were made obsolete, and it was intended to demonstrate duplex drive advantages 

It was the longest and heaviest rigid frame reciprocating steam loco ever built, the Streamlined Art Deco fairing designed by Raymond Loewy. It had the largest single-piece casting ever made for any locomotive, and the largest boiler ever built by PRR.

The Pennsylvania Railroad was at one time, the largest publicly traded corporation in world, and had a budget larger than the U.S. government and workforce of 250,000.

At the Fair, the drive wheels operated under the locomotive's steam power ran continuously on the roller platform at 60 mph all day long. Film footage shows that all the wheels on S1, besides the drive wheels, were also placed on rollers powered by electricity; every time S1 started its performance by moving the drive wheels, all the wheels were rolling, including the wheels on the tender's truck.

At the Fair, there were two other streamliners that performed at another exhibit, and came in front of the crown across the exhibit facing each other on the same track:

in the following video, which has lots of other interesting stuff, these trains are at 1:51

this was in the “Railroads on Parade,” a pageant of the streamlined engines and more common steam locomotive designs.
 In 16 scenes and actual settings and costumes of the early days, actors, horses, covered wagons, stage coaches, oxen, mules and locomotives, demonstrated the importance of transportation in the opening of this continent. 
Starting over 194 years ago, at the New York water-front, in the covered wagon era, the parade of actors, chorus and ballet told the story of America's evolution in transportation

the 1939 Worlds Fair had a bumper cars ride and a co cart ride on an oval track (thank you Terry!) in the "Amusement Zone"

'39 World's Fair bumper cars illustrations from the Popular Science magazine which ran illustrations by artists to give an idea of what was to come

so I went on a google search to see what the internet knows about the '39 Worlds Fair having bumper cars

those are clips from the video at

Which surprising to me, is NSFW, as the amount of topless beautiful young women is astonishing. The mermaids were topless, the "sun worshipers" had transparent bikinis, the ballerinas were topless, the burlesque dancers were transparent bikini tops, and there was one dancing women show that had a half dozen styles of night club topless stripper dances, frankly, that surprises me... that the '39 worlds fair has never had any mention of all the breasts and nipples in anything I've ever heard about it. 

"News reporters found it difficult to understand the role of the Amusement Zone. "The smell of popcorn and hamburgers mixed with wiffs from Frank Buck's fauna display gave the place a Coney Island air." "Culture seems to be having a struggle with Entertainment at the fair. The tendency among visitors is to draw the line along World's Fair Boulevard, which geographically separates the (the Amusement zone from the exhibit area)." 
And seemingly ignoring the constant controversy over the "nude shows,"
 "It is a credit to the management that none of the obscene exhibits in the Chicago Midway were permitted. It was all good and wholesome fun reflecting the changed public sentiment."

Wait, what? Obscene exhibits at the Chicago Worlds Fair? Hell, I've never heard of that either!

and the ubiquitous bumper car that stayed familiar for a couple decades after the fair

George Smith, the man in charge of the Amusement Zone concessions, began his World's Fair career as a chair pusher at Buffalo's Pan-American Exposition in 1901.

Friday, March 03, 2023

in a hurry

possibly the only tv show production company with a car in their logo - American Nitwits, who made the terrifically funny show New Girl. It's the production company of Dave Finkel and Brett Baer.

Pretty sure that's a 1970 Riviera

'59 Castol Kombi

a judge was deeply offended, and lashed out at the police and district attorney... here's a remarkable true story of cruelty, malfeasance, ineptitude, gross negligence, etc - about an innocent guy in jail for 12 years, for a crime the DA's office and Nashville PD concluded there was “no credible evidence” he had committed.

Paul Shane Garrett was incarcerated for 10 years for a crime former District Attorney Torry Johnson’s office and the Metro Nashville Police Department concluded there was “no credible evidence” he had committed. And now their actions have drawn a stinging rebuke from the bench and a $1.2 million court settlement.

Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn blasted both the police and Johnson for their role in the 2004 conviction of Garrett, accusing them of knowingly leaving an innocent man in jail for a decade.

“Their intentional decisions were the act of cowards to hide the truth for fear of public humiliation and legal retribution that might arise if their wrongdoing saw the light of day,” Fishburn wrote in an extraordinary six-page opinion in December

Fishburn said the case highlighted “intentional wrongdoing on so many occasions and at all levels of local law enforcement.”`

In 2021, the Conviction Review Unit of DA Glenn Funk’s office vacated Garrett’s conviction after an investigation found numerous problems with the case:

Police detectives Roy Dunaway and E.J. Bernard engaged in questionable interrogation practices to concoct a “confession” that Dunaway later testified to in court. Dunaway was later demoted for false testimony in another case and Bernard later resigned for falsifying information in a different homicide investigation.

DNA tests conducted in 2001 repeatedly excluded Garrett as a suspect.

As early as 2004, police were informed of a positive match in the national CODIS database to Atchison’s DNA in semen both in and on Tharpe’s body. Neither Garrett nor his counsel were notified of the match. As early as 2001, the DA’s office concluded that Garrett had not confessed and assistant district attorneys did not believe “we could make the case.” But based on the testimony of jailhouse informants, Garrett was indicted for murder at the direction of then-Deputy DA Tom Thurman.

In 2011, two of MNPD’s top detectives, Mike Roland and Pat Postiglione, were investigating a set of cold cases involving sex workers who were murdered in the same period as Tharpe. In the process, they reviewed the case of Garrett, a tow truck driver who had pleaded guilty after sitting in jail during a two-year investigation. According to Roland, the Garrett file was a mess because of poor documentation, shaky informants, deceptive interviews and a pair of problematic officers at the center of the investigation.

Confronted with this problem, Johnson convened what Judge Fishburn describes as a “clandestine” meeting in 2011. Roland and Postiglione presented their findings of Garrett’s innocence to Johnson, MNPD Chief Steve Anderson, Deputy DA Tom Thurman and ADA Kathy Morante. The potential fallout from the case was serious enough that the public relations leaders for the police and district attorney’s office, Don Aaron and Susan Niland, also were there.

ADA Morante investigated. Within weeks, she filed a 10-page report that reached three conclusions: First, there was “no credible evidence that Garrett murdered Tharpe.” Second, to the contrary, there was “some indication of Garrett’s innocence.” And finally, there was “evidence that Atchison murdered Tharpe.”

“There is no question that the delay was an intentional decision that was overtly made as early as January 2001, when Mr. Garrett was excluded as a contributor of the DNA found on Ms. Tharpe, yet prosecution and even persecution of him continued until he was psychologically beaten into submission by Detectives Dunaway and Bernard,” Fishburn wrote. “An intentional decision to further delay the initiation of adversarial proceedings was again emphatically made when Det. Dunaway destroyed the CODIS report received from the TBI in December 2004. But the most damning and unconscionable intentional decision to further delay indictment of Mr. Atchison occurred when the highest levels of law enforcement within Davidson County refused to take any legal action to undo an egregious affront to the entire legal system.”

In a 2021 letter to Funk at the time Garrett’s conviction was vacated, Johnson said he would change his mind if there were someone else held responsible.

“Given the history of this case, it is fair to say that I do not have confidence in Mr. Garrett’s conviction and that there are genuine concerns about his guilt, but I remain unaware of compelling evidence that he should be exonerated,” he wrote. “Of course, that could change if your office were to charge and convict another suspect for the death of Ms. Tharpe.”

Vanessa Potkin, the director of special litigation at The Innocence Project, said this kind of view of innocence by prosecutors is “a cop out” bourne of politics.

“This is an attitude that we frequently experience and it is completely misguided, this notion that there can be an exoneration if you're literally swapping out one person, the wrongfully convicted person for another,” she said. “It's not a perspective that's rooted in the law. There's no legal burden that says that in order to demonstrate innocence, you have to identify who actually committed the crime.”

Mothershead agreed.

“That is horrifying, to say that you must trade in another body in order to release this innocent man – you know, the old scapegoat: Someone has to pay the price. That's horrible,” he said.

A former San Antonio police detective, and former deputy with Loving County Sheriff's dept, was arrested in a West Texas cattle theft operation that also led to the arrest of a county judge.

He was indefinitely suspended — which is the equivalent of being fired — by SAPD in 2018 after he started an unauthorized high-speed chase, KSAT previously reported. He lied to dispatch to get authorization to pursue a truck that took off on him, and was caught in the lie. His suspension record dated back to 2013, according to KSAT reports. He was indefinitely suspended in 2015 for a similar incident regarding an unauthorized chase

the former Judge has also been in trouble before Friday’s arrest, according to media reports.

In 2016, he was reprimanded by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct because he reduced the charge for speeding and marijuana possession to parking tickets, His relatives are also city officials, including a nephew as a constable and a sister as the county clerk

corrupt cops are everywhere, lying (and getting cases thrown out) in order to play Robocop. Now? Busted for cattle rustling. How pathetic

Baltimore leaders have agreed to pay a $6 million settlement to the family of a driver who was killed during a 2010 police chase

Baltimore has now spent $22.2 million to settle nearly 40 cases involving the Gun Trace Task Force. At least five other cases are pending in various stages of litigation.

The task force was created to get illegal guns off the streets, but instead members robbed drug dealers, planted narcotics and firearms on innocent people, and assaulted random civilians. More than a dozen officers have been convicted in the scandal since 2017. Hundreds of cases that hinged on their testimony were later dropped.

The Mayor of Baltimore said “This is what happened when we didn’t have the oversight, when we didn’t have the training, when we didn’t go above and beyond to make sure … those people that were sworn to protect and serve hadn’t turned themselves into the biggest gang in Baltimore,”

the Davis family case stands out because the victims were “innocent bystanders” who weren’t even interacting with police when the crash occurred. Davis was in his 80s at the time of the crash, had just left his daughter’s home, and was driving through west Baltimore when his vehicle was struck by two men fleeing Baltimore task force members who willingly committed an illegal traffic stop, that led to a high-speed chase, that caused the crash that killed Davis.

The officers initially claimed they witnessed a suspected drug transaction. Officers found no narcotics in a search of their vehicle, so an officer planted heroin inside the car and both men were arrested, according to court records.

The men that crashed into Davis spent years in prison, but their convictions were vacated in 2017 after officers cooperating with federal investigators admitted that the drugs were planted.

“They were feeding us this lie for over seven years. That’s how long it took before we found out what really happened to our parents,” Davis' daughter told The Associated Press. “It’s crazy to think that Baltimore City police officers, who are supposed to protect and serve, were out there committing all kinds of crimes … and they covered it up for so long.”

Wayne Jenkins, who led the Gun Trace Task Force, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including racketeering, robbery and falsifying records. He admitted to knowing about the planted drugs.

these Baltimore police assholes learned about Rampart in police academy, took that as a fucking dare, looked at each other and said "hold my beer, and watch this" then proceeded to disgrace their parents, their grandparents, their city, and their neighbors. 

Baltimore paid Freddie Gray's family $5.9 million
Minneapolis awarded $27 million to the family of George Floyd
Louisville leaders agreed to pay Breonna Taylor's family $12 million

bad cop! No donut! Man who won $1.3 million settlement against Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office accuses agency of ‘setup’ in Feb. 9 traffic stop

Five weeks after settling a federal civil rights lawsuit against Sonoma County and two sheriff’s deputies for $1.35 million, Jason Anglero-Wyrick was driving out of the county for good when a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over and detained him.

He says it was a vindictive parting shot.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says it was just a coincidence.

Sheriff’s officials say the department has body-worn video camera footage from the incident that supports their version of events. However, they refused to immediately release it. Sheriff Eddie Engram was unavailable for an interview

Izaak Schwaiger, Anglero-Wyrick’s attorney, called the Feb. 9 traffic stop a “footnote to Jason’s case.” He was referencing an excessive force suit filed in 2021 after the April 4, 2020, encounter outside his Graton home, when he was stunned with a Taser by one deputy and mauled by sheriff’s dog that ignored another deputy’s commands to let go.

The 90-second attack left him with long-term injuries that required multiple surgeries. After initially charging him with resisting arrest, prosecutors dropped their case, citing insufficient evidence.

the govt should pass a law that removes settlements for police brutality, from the police departments budget. When (not if) the dept goes bankrupt, they fire all the people in the dept, and start off with a new staff. Thus, getting rid of the bad cops, and getting them replaced, and teaching a lesson publicly, all at once

New York City will pay $21,500 to each of at least 200 protesters who were detained, arrested or met with force by police

The city said it will also pay $21,500 per plaintiff for legal costs and an extra $2,500 to protesters who were given court appearance tickets, meaning the bill from the class-action lawsuit could be close to $10 million or more.

It’s one of several lawsuits against NYPD officers who mistreated protesters who took to the streets nightly after the police killing of Floyd in Minnesota on May 25, 2020.

plaintiffs' attorney Ali Frick told ABC News. "This was essentially a premeditated show of force against people who were demonstrating against police violence."

plaintiff Henry Wood said in a statement released through lawyers. “What the NYPD did, aided by the political powers of New York City, was an extreme abuse of power.”

Samira Sierra, another of the protesters who sued, said "We had every right to protest, yet, the City of New York made an explicit statement that day that the people of the Bronx are at will to be terrorized,"

The civil rights organization Human Rights Watch released a report in October 2020 citing evidence that police planned an aggressive crackdown on the Mott Haven protesters.

Police used bicycles to form a wall around protesters while officers, including some in riot gear, attacked demonstrators — beating them with batons, kicking and punching them, and spraying them with pepper spray, the report said.

There were 320 protesters restrained with zip ties, battered with batons and hit with pepper spray, according to their lawsuit that named the city, the department and individual high-ranking members of the NYPD.

Swung wide, up onto the widewalk - and broke through. Ruined everyone's day, blocked all traffic for hours through the intersection. Smooth move, Clyde. Real smooth. 1940

Boston Ladder no. 23 jack knifes in 1937.. and weather and road conditions had nothing to do with it... that had to cause additional problems at the fire it was enroute to assist with

from the Leslie Jones collection of accidents and crashes