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Saturday, March 30, 2013


Odds and ends…..This morning’s Real Clear Politics poll shows Obama’s approval at 47.8% and disapproval of 47.1%.  That’s a 0.7 difference in his favor; not very good but why should it be?.....Here is a great idea that never made it to reality probably because no one has to parallel park anymore.

I remember having to parallel park for my driver’s test when I was 16 and I always took pride in being good at it.  A co-worker once told me they thought I could parallel park in a space smaller than a car.  It’s a lost art just like shifting the gears of “three on a tree.”

Does anyone remember one speed vacuum windshield wipers that stopped when you hit the gas?  How about the high beam headlight button on the floor or the old Chevys with the vacuum stick shift?  Anyone ever fixed a flat in an old time tube tire?  Do I dare mention two piece windshields?......In a recent column on the AZ Republic’s  Politics blog I mentioned how I don’t think a mayor is needed in the council-manager form of city government and I cited Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton as a good example.  He keeps reinforcing what I said about him a few weeks ago:  He is just a glorified ribbon cutter for new supermarkets. The city manager runs the show while Stanton lies during his campaign about removing the tax on food in Phoenix.  That’s right; a tax on FOOD during hard times!  Robert Robb said it all in a recent column in the Republic where he mentioned there were ways such as cutting out big raises to city employees which could have canceled the food tax.   However, Stanton seems more interested in endorsing a silly buyback of guns which is nothing but a political stunt.

Charles Barkley; he is never at a loss 
for words.
 Speaking of gun buybacks, it’s a drop in the bucket but Obama has to love it as it will be fewer guns for the feds to pick up when Obama decides to make all of us turn in our guns.  Politicians like Stanton and others are like followers of the Pied Piper that are being led into the river……I love the candid attitude of Charles Barkley and he showed it this week on a broadcast during the NCAA Basketball Tournament. 

Doug Gottlieb, an ex-player and a white guy, was on a panel including Barkley and three other black guys when Gottlieb joked that he was there “to bring diversity to the set; kind of the white man’s perspective.”   Wow! The liberal Twitter freaks went crazy blasting Gottlieb for his joking statement.  Barkley had the best reply of anyone to those no-life, over sensitive losers:   "I want to say something about Doug Gottlieb,” Barkley said. “He made a joke earlier tonight and people are going crazy. All those idiots on Twitter, which I would never ever do, all you people at home who have got no life and are talking bad about Doug Gottlieb, get a life. It’s over with. It’s no big deal.” 

Go Charles!  You can always count on Barkley to express his feelings and he is right on this one.


Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, a famous drummer called this morning and I forgot that it was on speaker phone, so Dale heard the conversation. It was cool.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, are you serious about Obama's numbers? Congress has approval ratings of about 15 percent! Maybe it's gone up to 17 percent approval rating by now. They should all be demoted. At least take pay cuts.

I emember the tube in the tire coming out through a gash in the sidewall.

Fox hunting for the first time ever hunting. The good ol' days.

I should take a look at Middy's rifle. I could probably fix it. Dremel tools do all sorts of stuff.

Rick Kepple said...

Happy Easter, everyone.

Life is real. Sometimes doesn't make sense, but life is definitely real.

proud said...

Hi Jim, as I recall my 49 Ford had a two piece windshield, and yes, I learned fixing tube type flats in auto shop,lots of work to not pinch the tube, or mis-align the air nipple(also learned other obsolete things, like sand blasting spark plugs which was necessary back when gas was half lead)

Those vacuum windshield wipers were really dangerous, just as the need for better wiping was needed (stomping the gas to pull out and pass a bus) their ability to function stopped completely! of course, they came back on strong, the minute you lifted off the gas, also worth noting that by that time, you (hopefully) had completed the passing and no longer had critical need for maximum visibility.

If you watch that Caddy video at :53, the nerf bar on that one ton chrome bumper trims the bushes and misses taking the siding off around the garage door by less than a whisker!..... I would love to see the PTO mechanism that drove that spare, can't believe it never became a standard feature on some line?

Mike Slater said...

Jim, I had to do parallel parking to get my license at 16 also. Piece of cake. About the only place we had to do it was downtown Phoenix.

I remember the high beam button on the floor. All of my cars and trucks in the 70's had them. Remember when you put the key into the dash instead of the steering column to start the car?

I also remember my uncle had a 1956 Chevy pickup truck where you put the key in but it had a button on the floor you hit to start it. It also had an oil bath air cleaner. Tell that to kids today and they have no clue.

Stanton is just a typical politician. They tell you what you want to hear to get elected and after that they do what they want.

His gun buyback program is just a liberal feel good deal.

Glo said...

Hey Jim,

I sure do remember the foot bright-lights floor button on my 1971 Maverick and 1973 Mustang! Now - do you remember the old front side windows that opened up? Had them on our '66 Pontiac Tempest (huge beast with no power steering that I learned to drive on often up in Mass. on the Mohawk Trail, but first tries were in an empty Tops parking lot outside of Hartford on Sundays - the stores were still blue-lawed back then).

Jim McAllister said...


Was it Gene Krupa? Cozy Cole? Sandy Nelson?

I think Nelson was missing a leg but still had some big hits in the late '50s early 60s.

For bongo drums, I'd take Preston Epps.

Jim McAllister said...


Obama's numbers are poor for a president especially one who just got RE elected.

Congresses number are typical. Nobody likes them.

Happy Easter.

Jim McAllister said...


When the '49 Ford came out I was 8 and I thought it was the sleekest thing I ever saw. Henry died in '48 and I doubt if he had much to do with the '49 as he likes that leaf spring across the back as opposed to the two smaller leaf springs on the '49.

Ford really had the styling advantage to the '49 Chevy which was still pretty boxy.

You're right on the tube pinching and lining up the valve stem. It was also a good idea to check the inner side of the tire and be sure a shard wasn't still there which would just flatten the tire again. I got caught on that once on my '54 Ford.

I has forgotten about sand blasting the plugs. I remember seeing that done a lot.

Not only would the wipers stop dead when you needed them the most, if the rain became a slow drizzle, they would still be going at the same one speed. Electric wipers with different speeds were a great invention.

That'51 Caddy sure was a boat but was really smooth. That was a great invention but i never saw a car with the spare that came down like that. It probably was really expensive.

I imagine a lot of people today would be clueless about parallel parking. In those days I was really proud of it.

Jim McAllister said...


I remember the dash key and also when cars had the ignition key and a starter button on the dash.

In those days, nobody locked their cars and in summer would park and leave the windows open. My buddies and I used to go down the street, reach in the window,and push the starter button to make the car lurch. Luckily no one ever caught us!

We had a '40 Buick that started by turning on the ignition and pressing down on the gas to engage the starter. Unfortunately, sometimes the starter would kick in while driving so my dad had a starter button installed.

That old Buick also had a hand choke and a throttle which was an old time version of cruise control.

The hand choke was nice on cold days; better than an automatic choke. I learned to drive on that car at age eleven. I had to look through the steering wheel! It had a couple of spare tire mounts on the front fenders.

Jim McAllister said...


I had forgotten about the little windows on the front door. We called them "cozy wings". You could aim them at yourself on hot days and smokers liked them to let their smoke out.

I think the actual name of those windows from the manufacturer was "front door ventipane." I liked cozy wing better! More familiar sounding.

Nobody had air conditioning in their cars then so we always rode with the windows down in the summer. Terms like 4/70 air conditioning were common which meant "4 windows open and 70 miles per hour."

Good old blue laws. When I first moved to Kansas City with Barb in 1969 the Missouri side of the state line was shut tight on Sunday while Kansas had everything open and was doing a land office business.

Missouri finally took a hint and opened too.

midnightsstaff said...

Anyone have a Bug with no gas gauge- instead a switch that gave you another gallon to run on while looking for a station?

Yeah the modern auto has a lot of foreign features mainly because they are built in foreign countries.
..explains the metric bolts as well.

Things have changed- no more fender skirts, no more 6 volt starting systems, no more pesky carburetors to give you float and flooding problems or need to be reset at high altitudes, no more points and plugs to attend to, no more tune ups at the local gas station or checking your tire pressure and filling the tank, no more choosing between Hancock standard grade gas and hi octane gas grades, no more am radio, no more Saturday night dates cruising the drag in LA on Hawthorne blvd.. more working on your own vehicle.

All I want to do sometimes is hop in my 1962 Willoghby and head down to the A&W for a burger and big Root beer listening to Wolfman Jack along with everyone else.

Ha.. I thought this was Easter for about two hours this morning...
...these aren't memories- it's early Alzheimer's.

midnightsstaff said...

..and it wouldn't have been so bad but I was at the Sunrise service wondering where everyone was..

Jim McAllister said...


I had a '60 Volkswagen that I bought while in the Air Force in an attempt to get an economical car thus increasing my chances to have more money to drink more beer.

It was dependable enough and had the gas tank switch you mentioned. It also had a heater that had no chance to heat that car during Missouri winters. It had no radio so I used my transistor which was not acceptable in any way. In other words, although it was economical, it had no comforts and after a year and a half I traded it in 1964 for my '61 Bel Air Chevy.

I thought I was in a new Cadillac with that Chevy. It ran great, had great heat and music, and drove smooth as silk with that 283 V8 and automatic.

I learned a valuable lesson: Go for comfort and the hell with economy.

Standard gas station talk in those days: I need some points, plugs, and condenser and please change the oil and put Havoline in with a Fram filter.

midnightsstaff said...

It truly was a "car for the people"- that's the contempt our betters seem to have for us, BMW's on my card for them and a VW with donkey ear turn signals for the rest of us peasants.
..enjoy the heating system and that great six volt starter, pray before using- (there is a reason for that St.Christopher hanging on the rear view mirror)..

I like my modern world Jimmy- I nearly had another WM a while ago, I dug out my old cappuccino machine, ground some good Costa Rica Tarrazo beans and made the best cup of "Afternoon Joe" imaginable.

It's the little things in life, getting to work in the garden, enjoying a nice afternoon sunset listening to Paul Jove- Ress-t-onate and a comfortable cup.. but there I go rambling on and on..

..sounding like a cleaned up version of Rick lately.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, remember when the Ford trucks in the 50's had the battery under the floorboard in the cab?

We had a 77 corvette where the battery was behind the drivers seat. It was a pain in the ass if you needed a jump start.

Stevebuzzardo said...

Jim, my first car was a 68 Camaro and it didn't have the vent windows, for some reason Camaros and corvettes were the first cars to not have them.

Stevebuzzardo said...

yeah, all of the Corvettes had the battery behind the seat starting in 1968. And I had to get a jump a few times.

Janis Johns said...

My first car was an '80 Firebird. Red. Broke down in the worst part of Houston on my way to Galveston. Some Mexicans fixed it for $100. They worked on it all night while I waited in fear. It was always breaking down but it was a hot looking and fast car.

Janis Johns said...

What's a vent window? :)

midnightsstaff said...

I think it's a wind wing.. up in the corner of the front roll ups, on a pivot.

I had an elderly Desoto with a nice air scoop right in the middle of the firewall that you could raise to get a breeze on the feet, of course it was a hundred and ten, but somehow helped.

Genuine mohair seats and headliner, a dashboard that could crack a skull- seat belts were only for flying and wide white walls- it just oozed class.
..not first class but class- sort of a step up from my Studebaker Commander.

I managed to scrounge up a air cooler that rolled up in the passenger side window, the faster you went the better it worked, what a concept!

..sorry but I like the air conditioner in the Toyota a lot better.

Rick Kepple said...

Good morning! It's a beautiful Easter.

I miss the simplicity of camping, coffee on the campfire, cool mornings, potatoes frying in a blackened skillet, fish tugging on a fishing line, not a care in the world.

I long for the love that could have been, but never was, drifting down a lazy river and happy endings.

Wouldn't it be cool to have a life with a porch swing and not a care in the world? Just a good trusted friend and we can't decide what we want to do today.

midnightsstaff said...

I suggest you get a dog, man's best and sometimes only friend, a loyal and trusty companion- and they don't know the language eliminating those uncomfortable moments and startled looks that humans give you if you let slip something that makes no sense.

Yes what you described as missing in your life is a dog, plain and simple- besides if things get really tough, you can eat them.
..tastes like chicken.

midnightsstaff said...

Looks like we could have evil on the run finally.
The Pope has come out and condemned it by name just this morning and surprisingly enough says "we should change hatred into love".

..I think I've heard all this before.

I'll buy into it as soon as he shows me a plan to deal with guys like Barry and his crew.
..I don't think a group hug is going to do it this time.

Sir Charles has his faults but when his bullshitometer goes off he announces it.
I respect him for that.

Well North and South Korea are locked into a bitter war of words for the second full day. far no reports of injuries except for the usual casualties, which of course includes the truth, always the first sacrificed.

Maybe we should give them money not to fight- yeah we will send John F'n Kerry over with a suitcase full of freshly minted hundreds.. war averted, that was close.

.."next stop- Willoghby"

Rick Kepple said...

"I suggest you get a dog, man's best and sometimes only friend, a loyal and trusty companion"

Yeah, whatever. Like I'm gonna take your advice for anything of substance in my life.

midnightsstaff said...

Once again, too ignorant to recognize satire for what it is...
thin skin, check..
ignorant, check..
opinionated, check...
off the Rational Reservation, check,check and check again..
..keep it coming.

.. do me a solid and put my ball back up on the tee while you are down there crawling around looking for your lost relevance.

You just don't ever learn do you?

well, here we go again- eventually Jim you are going to have to ban both of us I suppose.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, I live in the Ozarks where if you ask a woman out, chances are that her girlfriend won't like it. I just get tired of the 'get a dog' jokes.

Middy, bring that Nylon 66 around and I'll see if I can fix it for you. It's probably the feed ramps just need polished.

Yes Jimmy, I'm trying to be nice to Middy.

Jimmy, we should do a camping trip. Bring Barb and Middy. And those other camping and fishing enthusiasts. Bring SN too and I'll teach her how to fish.

A three day license is only about fifteen bucks in Missouri.

I'm thinking that maybe I might try camping this year. Feeling a bit more healthier and looking at Lana, cut up like she is, I figure might as well enjoy life while I can.

So how about it? Pax, Middy?

Rick Kepple said...

So Middy, bring your rifle to Missouri. I'll fix it for you, or take it to a shop and Dan's pretty good. It's probably a combination of the feed ramp needing polishing and maybe a weakened spring.

I know you guys will never go to Missouri. It's quite natural, since we all have priorities in our lives and then one day, a doctor says changes have to be made and you're on your way out the door.

Or maybe you can just feel that something is wrong and doctors don't know, but you do. You can feel it. Then the blood tests show you are right.

And if there is no quality of life, then why does it matter?

Like one of SN' fans said, "be sure to spread plastic down first." They're such nice people.

The only reason that I'd build a music and video studio is to hang out with rock stars. I want very little to do with so many other people.

Pevie Hicks said...

Rick, I have to ask?

Since there are never, ever any rock stars here, and since you only want to be around rock stars.

Why in the world are you here, day after day, after boring day ?

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, I hope you and Barb are having a lovely morning out on the veranda. Coffee, a bagel, strawberries and cream cheese.

Having fried tators here.

You're a rock star, Jimmy. You'll do.

Rick Kepple said...

There are enemies to all of us in the United States, Jimmy. They react to the name, SN and I use it. Too much.

Now after our latest battle won against domestic Muslim terrorists, I think they're a little peeved at me.

The plastic sheet boy IS NOT a SN fan. It's al Qaeda.

They have these fake profiles and if you'd like to help those poor poor people, please send them a really super duper nice computer to either their Michigan address or the Delaware address.

Those are terrorists and they are using the American sense of charity against us! It's not illegal either, except just a fake profile. They are not offering anything in return.

And they do not like SN and they now know who I am and are trying to figure out if I'm for real.

My address is on the Internet and they know about my armed neighbors and know that I'm armed. They wrote it.

They know about you people too.

Well, Jimmy is right. His blog is read everywhere and they've been learning all about us and I hope they think we are weak because of it. War is all deception. I hope they all come thinking that we're easy to wipe out.

One Muslim wrote in Saudi Arabia's Arab Times that Americans are weak. Yeah, just keep thinking that losers.

We've got a Middy.

Jim McAllister said...


Here is a photo of a front window ventipane also known by many as a "cozy wing". All the cars used to have them.

This is one LONG url but a good photo:

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, you're a good man. I think SN must have deposited me here to learn from you. Anyway, I have learned how to behave better in polite company. Too bad there ain't much of that around where I live.

Anyway, I'm gonna go into town with a friend who always wants to hang around with me. Figured I'd give the friendship a try.

It's better than bugging you all the time. SN was right that life ain't about giving up. It's about finding a way to keep going on until the end of the journey, that is without bugging the hell out of people.

She wanted me to learn how to be rich, but I don't know how. Long ago, she taught me to get smart using the public library. I think she knew my aspergers even then and didn't have time to help me, but she is very nice.

Lost "Gomer" Wilkins to cancer. He was a good guitar player and good friend to Dell Mack. And that drummer is JoJo Tate aka Joe Tate and he's played with a number of bands as a drummer including Jerry Lee Lewis. Dell knew him well.

The music industry has been kind to me in the last few years. You too, Jimmy.

But I gotta find my own way in life and this aspergers thing doesn't allow me to live like a normal person. Thinking ain't my forte, but I am a hell of a writer. I gotta follow my instincts and they're telling me that I'm messin' up your groove.

OCD is one of my things, but it was really good when I was a soldier. I was a really obedient soldier. And my favorite to protect was always SN. She could be so sweet sometimes.

So don't blame Jim for anything that I've done. Middy's cool too. See y'all later.

Rick Kepple said...

Oops ... JoJo Tate is still alive. My bad. Just talked to him yesterday.

midnightsstaff said...

Pevie.... to some I am a rock star... until the cops show up that is.

damn HOA and their arbitrary "noise rules".

Yeah give civilization a try Rick, hell you can always triumphantly return if it doesn't work out, hopefully there is no copper wire or pipes to take, someone might mistake The Enchanted Menagerie for being abandoned or condemned without you standing over it guarding it 24/7.

I imagine when Barry's army finally runs out of semi precious metals like garbage cans, Detroit's public monuments and sewer covers to sell they gotta go to the only place left where the money is.

I have a premonition that kidnapping will be the new crime of choice pretty soon, kids can break into the industry by collecting strays like we used to collect empty coke bottles and sell them to the meat industry.

Once they hone their skills on lower animals they can go on to larger more lucrative kidnappings like kids walking home from the bus stop..

TWenTy bUCKs In sMaLl biLLZ In a BrOwn PaApeR bAg or lITtLe SuZi gEtZ iT!
BTW..We aTe YOuR DoG.

Jim McAllister said...

A Sunday afternoon in Willoughby:

A soda with your girl at the drugstore; listen to the band in the town square; a ride on one of those bikes with the big front wheel; smoke a cigar; watch a local ball game; catch the streetcar to the park for a carnival ride; and decide whether to vote again for Grover Cleveland.

Guys like Obama and the rest of his commie libs are still a long lifetime away and nothing to be concerned about.

PROUD said...

Oh good grief, still can't write a post w/o ridiculous mention of SN, ASSburgers, OCD, yadda, yadda...

"Willoghby"?..Willoghby" ? Please sir...which gate for "Willoghby"?....(or any place that's inhabited by sane, non stalkers, that can carry on a simple conversation)

Jim McAllister said...


In the older cars, they didn't seem to have much concern about the inconvenience of getting to the battery.

With space being tight in a Corvette it was probably behind the seat or strapped to the front fender.

Jim McAllister said...


I always liked the ventipanes on the front door but I think as air conditioning became a bigger deal in cars, the manufacturers didn't see a need for them anymore. After all, with AC we didn't need to point that open window at us to get some relief for the heat.

Just one more memory from childhood and a simpler age wiped out.

Jim McAllister said...


I forgot about the air vent by the hood to cool the feet. We had that on our 40 Buick.

Studebakers were interesting. They originally made stagecoaches then they had the old late 40s models where the hood looked like the trunk.

The '53 was a hell of a looking car with the great Raymond Loewey design. They still look great today.

Jim McAllister said...

What's with the pope washing and kissing the feet of convicts?

N. Korea is nuts. That little fat jerk leader is going to get his. Oops! Austin just blew up! Never mind!

Jim McAllister said...


I want you guys to meet midway between the Ozarks and Phoenix and shake hand. How about Dallas.

Jim McAllister said...

TRU TV has asked me to do a live daily blog show for them.

I'll have to think it over.

Jim McAllister said...

For those wondering what Middy and I are always referring to when we say "Willoughby", it was perhaps the best episode of "Twilight Zone" ever broadcast.

It aired originally on May 6, 1960 and stars James Daly.

With today's constant crises, you'll soon see why we like Willoughby. See it here:

midnightsstaff said...

Hey, we all have our dreams and some turn into fantasies if we are lucky...
Aristotle noted it was a mark of intelligence to be able to understand a concept without necessarily accepting it, yeah the fantasy world is great unless you choose to stay in it forever. the story goes, the little boy tells his mom "I want to be a rock star when I grow up"
..and she said- "one or the other, you can't do both".

Marxism is a great philosophy if it happens to be the Groucho variety, the other one not so much.

Btw-if you blow up my recent picture in the avatar you might notice I am drinking a Duff- Springfield's premium domestic beer.

Janis Johns said...

Ok, I remember those. I just never knew what they were called. Thanks! Wonder why they stopped making them?

CJ Phoenix said...

I remember the push button for brights on the floor. I'm never sure where my brights are nowadays without it. There is hardly any call for them anyway. My old bug didn't have the button on the floor but all of my other old cars did up to that point & it didn't matter with my bug because I don't think they worked. Plus, one of the brackets holding my headlights was broken, making the bug kinda cockeyed...

I didn't vote for Stanton but I thought you guys all wanted those flat taxes. I didn't vote for him because he seemed too much like a typical Democrat politician -- bs as usual...Kinda the same reason I don't usually like the typical Republican politicians. Just the opposite extreme. Actually, professional politicians in general all suck & I am always looking for some sign of real, decent, original ideas coming out of the mouth of the candidates...

I do love Charles Barkley more & more every time I see him.

Jim McAllister said...

Hi Janis,

I think the reason that the front door ventipanes were discontinued was probably because when cars had air conditioning available there wasn't as much need for them. One didn't need that window opening aimed at them to cool off on a summer day.

I remember when I saw them called ventipanes I thought, "What are those?" To me they will always be "cozy wings."

Thanks for your comments!

Jim McAllister said...


I liked the bright lights button on the floor. It made more sense as having it on the steering column requires moving one's hand off the wheel for a second which could be eliminated.

I'm sure if I told that to a car dealer he would have some valid reason for defending the way it is but I liked the floor button.

Stanton seems very artificial to me and this food tax pretty much verifies that as does the silly gun buyback nonsense. It is just typical political grandstanding to get votes then reversing when elected.

Barkley is the man! I love how he wears his opinion on his sleeve and is usually right.

He said Duke would have no chance against Louisville today and argued the point with one of the other guys on the pre-game show who thought Duke could win.

Final score: 85-63 Louisville. Charles definitely does his homework and is a great personality.

PROUD said...

Buttons ???...we don need no stinkin buttons!

Wife's' car turns brights on /off automatically....wipers turn on and regulate themselves to the amount of rain coming control notices if you are getting too close to the guy in front and matches his speed/...voice activated sound system compensates for ambient noises or incoming calls....and on and on.

Computers rendered buttons obsolete...

midnightsstaff said...

Anyone believing a politician in my opinion pretty much deserves what they get.

..did anyone really believe that they would willingly give up that income stream when it was over?
..did anyone really believe it was for the kids and not salary increases and building a bigger government for the ruling class?
..does anyone actually believe that the recession is over and good times are here again?
..does anyone actually believe that the billions of hollow point's that were bought using our tax money, depriving us from any personal access to ammunition were bought for our safety?

The political solution for the button on the floor vs. the switch on the dash would be just eliminate high beams for the public entirely- just ban them, they were never intended for a modern society.

After all no one needs high beams except the government vehicles and military anyway- you don't need high beams for hunting.

Let's build a high speed train and finally get this economy roaring! :/

midnightsstaff said...

.."Buttons ???...we a-donna need no stinkin' buttons!"

Yeah, and just wait until those self driving buggy's show up on the roads. least the amount of drunk drivers should go down, hard to arrest the guy in the back seat sleeping one off while the pre programmed car drives him home.

I wonder if they will program them to pull over or try to out run them when the blue lights flash?

CJ Phoenix said...

Computers are going to render all of us obsolete one of these days in the not very distant future, p2b. But in cars (&, as I have found out, central air units too) they make it so that one little malfunctioning piece, which requires very little knowledge or skill to replace but costs buckets of money, will shut down the whole machine.

midnightsstaff said...
..nice way to start the morning...

Yes a small malfunction is possible but the rate of failure in computer systems is minuscule- in other words, it wasn't the chip that made the drunk t-bone someone in the intersection.

Jim McAllister said...

There is no substitute for class in Chicago. Look at this 2:00 clip from Chicago from yesterday of mob violence from teens.

What's the matter, Rahm?

PROUD said...

Middy, you can't be serious?, how can a song with these lyrics:

~~Gliddy gloop gloopy~~
~~Nibby nobby nooby~~
~~~La la la lo lo~~~

~~Sabba sibby sabba~~
~~Nooby abba dabba~~
~~~Le le lo lo~~~

~~dooby ooby walla~~
~~dooby abba dabba~~
~~~Early morning singing song~~~

possibly get your day started?

I mean where's the cultural relevance, without some:~~early mornin, ~~gang rappin~~ street shootin~~ cop killin~~ drug dealin~~ ho,rapin
~~~La la la lo lo~~~?

Jim McAllister said...


Do you mean that you don't need no stinking buttons?!

My 2005 Hyundai still has some. I don't like to get too automated.

I don't remember the last time I drove a stick shift (we called them "conventional shift" in the '50s). It was probably my '91 Chevy Cavalier which was a 5 speed stick.

I thought it would be fun to go through the gears again like when I learned to drive.

After a couple weeks I was sick of it.

Do you remember the names of the automatics? Hydramatic was on Oldsmobile, Packard was "Ultramatic", Ford was "Fordomatic", Mercury was "Merc-o-matic, Buick was "Dynaflow", Chevy was "Powerglide". Plymouth had "Hy-Drive" which was nothing but fluid drive.

Any others?

PROUD said...

Sorry, las line should have been:

~~~~O`bama~~ lo lo~~~

(not me fault...ASSburgers and OCD)

Jim McAllister said...

Good video, Middy. Whatever happened to Oliver?

PROUD said...

I know what you mean. At the early onset of midlife crisis I went out and bought a Corvette, none of that sissy automatic stuff for me....I wanted to blast through the gears again....

That lasted until the first time I had to go downtown and drive in heavy, city traffic.

Never,, ever got past second gear...and left leg was trembling from holding the clutch down at every stinking red light.

I remember when MoPar came out with their push button automatics. They even had them in their race cars(modified I'm sure). I went to the old Beline Dragway, think it was the 63-or-4 Winternationals...the push button Mo-Par's were blowing away the Ford / Chevy 4 speeds. Seemed to bring respect to the automatic.

PROUD said...

Forgot to mention:

The wife's car also has the automatic you can use like a stick, that seems the way to go. You can down shift to traffic lights or on downhills like the Salt River Canyon really helps keep from frying your brake rotors.

PROUD said...

Lest we never forget the...."Yugo-Matic"....

midnightsstaff said...

Na.. the song played softly over some grunt's pocket am radio tuned to AF radio in Danang brings back memories of early morning c-rats enjoyed after coming in from an ambush.

These were the rare good feelings of bonding shared by otherwise strangers looking no further than breakfast.

.. sometimes there is nothing like being able to watch the morning sun rise.

Mornings were to clean your weapon, re read stale mail in the morning while enjoying a toilet paper and cherry blend cigmo once supplies ran out.
It was anything to keep an illusion of sanity, forget the present and keep a link to the real world.

I still have the letters I sent my mom although I lost hers, she kept them all these years.
I have never opened them- keep them right there safely in a box on the shelf- maybe my kids will discover them someday- maybe they will throw them out.

.."Good morning Starshine, the earth says hello.
You twinkle above us, we twinkle below.
Good morning Starshine, you lead us along.
My love and me.
As we sing our.
Early morning singing song.
..obbeedoobeedo da, obee dada da dow, early morning singing song.

..(you wouldn't want to take that away from me would you?)

Yeah,some memories last forever and remain just as vivid as the day they were created- I can almost smell the burning c-4 we used for heat tabs and almost taste the coco/coffee mix heated in my canteen holder.

"they might have taken my sanity, but they cannot take my memories."

midnightsstaff said...

sorry about that, I will try to stay on subject in the future.

midnightsstaff said...

Hey Jim, did you read that article in the Old gray mare on capitalism?

.."When it bursts, there will be no new round of bailouts like the ones the banks got in 2008. Instead, America will descend into an era of zero-sum austerity and virulent political conflict, extinguishing even today’s feeble remnants of economic growth."

whoops.. someone let that cat out.

wait, what does this have to do with floor mounted dim switches?.. looks like I've been hacked again.

BTW- nice to see the Hot Chick back in a lesser belligerent tone.

midnightsstaff said...

B&M hydro put the automatic in drag racing.

I had a 396 in my 55 chevy that simply would eat up a BW t-10 or anything short of a Muncie four speed, it was built for the 283-327 block, I used to replace the second gear syncro rings weekly until I wised up..
ah well, ended up getting rid of it due to a lot of tickets, the last one in Redondo Beach where a judge told me one more ticket and it would be goodbye license.

it was time to get rid of it anyway.

.."Whatever happened to Oliver?"

Thanks for asking Jim, after the bitter disappointment of doing a one hit wonder Oliver had a sex change, he/she dropped Oliver for Stevie Nicks.. what happened after that you would have to ask Rick.

..maybe he can segue this post into another riveting installation in his ongoing documentary- "The Goating of America".

Jim McAllister said...


I had forgotten about the MoPar push button drives. We called them "typewriter drives".

Which reminds me of another Chrysler biggie: the record player in the glove compartment!

I met a guy in Scottsdale a few years ago who had a mint ,58 DeSoto with the record player.

Jim McAllister said...


My 2001 and 2005 Hyundai XG350 had that optional stick shift. I've never used it. Unless there is a clutch it can't be a stick!! I see their point though.

After that Cavalier, I don't ever want a stick again. That was a hell of a little car though. Lots of space when I flopped down the back seat. I was doing DJ gigs in the early 90s and I could get all my equipment in their with ease.

Jim McAllister said...


Hearing Oliver brought back a lot of memories to me too.

Fortunately, my military days were long gone by then as me and my buddies left the fighting up to you guys.

Although you guys weren't appreciated by a lot of losers in this country, I always appreciated what you were trying to do over there. I'm not sure I could have handled it so I say "Thanks" for your service. I was lucky enough to have a soft 4 even though Cuba was almost something.

1970: Wow! Hippie anti war nuts, "Aquarius" by The 5th Dimension, "In the year 2525", "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies, I was 29 and calling on stores in Kansas City, Barb and I had been married a whole 3 years, TIME SURE FLIES!

Jim McAllister said...

I didn't see the NYT article. It has to happen especially if Bernanke runs out of ink.

Jim McAllister said...


I remember Oliver but I don't recognize the name Stevie Nicks. Who was he?

midnightsstaff said...

..a baseball player who had a cup of coffee with the Red Sox .
Rollie Fingers put him back in the Stockton double AA club where he belonged with an inside fastball .

midnightsstaff said...

another great memory...
..gotta be a certified old goat to remember this gem.

yeah, I admit he probably didn't sing HazycrazydazeofSummer like I remember.
mia culpa.
..dude had a set of pipes.

midnightsstaff said...

good site for smooth vintage crooners.
lots of names forgotten..
Ink spots, Platters, Artie Shaw etc..

Jim McAllister said...

Rollie Fingers! Now you're talking.

Probably the best reliever to ever pitch.

I remember from a few years ago when he was being interviewed during a game he mentioned how he would come in to relieve in the 6th or 7th inning of games and would just pitch the rest of the game. No big deal!

It sounds odd today with all the "specialist" relievers: Now we have to have the "hold" guy pitch the 7th, the "set up" guy for the 8th, and the "closer" for the 9th.

Rollie mentioned how one time while with the A's, he was sent in to pitch the top of the 9th in a tie game which he did. Since Oakland didn't win in the bottom of the ninth he went out and pitched another shout out inning in the 10th.

This went on until the 18th inning when the A's finally won in the bottom of the 18th.

Fingers had pitched 9 innings of relief and deservedly got a "win" out of it! Not bad for a reliever but that's the way it was then.

In the '68 Series, Tim McCarver went to the mound to talk to Bob Gibson who was having some difficulty against the Tigers.

Gibson saw him coming and shouted "Get out of here! The only thing you know about pitching is that it's hard to hit!"

They didn't screw around in those days! Today's players are wimps in comparison.

midnightsstaff said...

unions ruined baseball, along with ridiculous salaries.

it's a **#@^>oo<^** kids game!!

Apple is leading the way in trading today, eventually the smoke and mirrors will quit working.
Stockman is right of course but being right doesn't count for much lately.
.."tell me another bedtime story Uncle Ben".

PROUD said...

Just heard that France just surrendered to North Korea...?

midnightsstaff said...

France has finally realized that a lot of unnecessary effort can be saved by just going to their time honored and historical natural position, on their back.

Why waste a lot of time and effort on saber rattling, followed by a pathetic and fruitless appeal to reason leading to the only conclusion the Frogs are really ever comfortable with?... a nonsensical struggle and appeasement phase usually followed by a complete and humiliating surrender.
What makes it remarkable this time is the fact they are eliminating the costly defeat component to the equation.

This pre surrender might signal a new dawn in French leadership, a reflection of surging nationalism.
After all, it's either surrender to One Hung Low in North Korea or "Rosy Cheeks" Merkel in Berlin..
..actually looking at it from that perspective it makes sense.

An inmate's lawyer I was escorting once told me "yeah he's a rotten no good son of a bitch lifer with a record a mile long, but at least he's not French"

Mike Slater said...

Jim, the first car I bought in 69 was a 62 Plymouth Valiant with a push button transmission. Nice care but no A/C.Kept for a couple of years then sold it and bought a 71 Ford Pinto with A/C.

Pitchers like Gibson and Don Drysdale were nobody to mess with. Gibson was a former golden gloves boxer and Drysdale was six foot six. Can you imagine players wanting to charge the mound with those two?

Drydale once threw at the head of the on deck batter because he thought the guy was timing his pitches.

You don't see pitchers like that now. I guess that's why I don't watch baseball anymore.

Rick Kepple said...

Dallas? Well, send the private jet and pick me up.

I locked my keys in the Jeep today, but I carry a spare. It's that, I never lock my keys in the car. Ever.

Proud is right. France surrendered to North Korea. Must be an April Fool's joke. Course, it is France we're talking about. I'll bet France would surrender to my dog.

So are we all packing up and getting out of Dodge? You're leaving me behind, right? They always leave me behind. I mean, if the world were ending, would you want a guy along who could predict human behavior?

Rick Kepple said...

I'll be back!

You've been back enough!

Ze Glo said...

Ah, Middy, here's a scenario for you:

Ze French soldier looks at his enemy in shock. He says, "Sacre BLEU! He eez looking at me very meanly! I shall surrender!!" and throws down his gun at the unarmed 10-year-old's feet.

I love making fun of the French, even though I have a French last name (paternal grandpa was a half- breed from the Quebec area).

midnightsstaff said...

smug bastards are good hockey players tho...
yeah, never can get enough of laughing at the French.

Best coffee I ever had was in Bangkok, the French culture blows ours away, especially their cuisine.
.. the worst coffee I ever had was in Louisiana, also heavy on the French please, but that was because they just can't get over the war and those coon asses still drink that chicory crap..

Ze Glo said...


Best coffee I ever had was in Vienna, but this September I'm hoping to experience better when I travel to Turkey for my birthday.

The coffee in Greece was pretty good, but they always quoted you one price and charged you a higher one.

midnightsstaff said...

Sounds like my ex brother in law, the price varies...

Actually I make a pretty mean cup of cappuccino on my Ghetto Expresso machine, it's a magic chef I have had for about twenty years now, I put it away when I moved here and had forgotten about it.

The trick is in getting enough steam on the milk surface to get it frothy- don't laugh but I use canned milk instead of whole.. sprinkle of apple pie spice on the top.. you have desert.

Try the Costa Rica Terrazu beans they sell at Sprouts.. good stuff that.

Hey life is too short to drink instant coffee all your life-
I did it for years to save money, and don't forget.

.. eat more basil..

Mike Slater said...

Is there any country that France hasn't surrendered to?

I hear the little pudgy boy in North Korea is threatening to nuke Washington D.C. Actually not a bad idea.While he's at it could he take out California and New York.

midnightsstaff said...

To hell with the mexican border, we need to seal off the Left Coast, that's the real problem with Arizona, too damn many illegal liberals let in, you never get just one cockroach or cucaracha as it were.

Probably too late now, this state is looking like a late nineties Clownafornia more and more every day.

.."We are here on earth to do good unto others.
..what the others are here for, I have no idea. – W.H. Auden"

midnightsstaff said...

Well I see someone actually pulled the plug on Stockton,
.... better than shank in the neck or a pillow over the face I guess.

Nope, no worries for this kid, I have a state pension guarantee fully backed by a state led by a certifiable incompe..erh, I mean luna, erh, I mean victim of a bad economy that is now -127.2 billion in the red and no printing press- "what? me worry?"

.."Captain, there has been reports of icebergs ahead"..reality check straight ahead!

Ahh!!! the golden years, I would like five minutes alone with the unicorn futures salesman that coined that term.

midnightsstaff said...

Well looks like a little bloodletting on the market today, tomorrow's futures look positive, so maybe some of the people who got their faces ripped off by Apple can recoup some losses.
It doesn't look good long term tho, and the muppets that swooned over "The Lightbringer" are starting to question his capabilities, other than walking on water and other stage tricks.

..The only thing he has fixed so far was that election, other than that he couldn't fix a sandwich.

Rick Kepple said...

We can win if we just try a bit harder.

According to the BBC, North Korea has the capability of hitting the United States with nuclear missiles. The North Korean satellite launch in December proved that much.

Hillary Clinton is no longer the Sec of State and Kerry takes suggestions and he definitely plays the game unexpectedly better. Madam Clinton said in a speech that she'd need more than just guesses. That's the trouble with women.

I told her that Syria had to be gone by November and in November the madam took sick. Syria will be taken down by Kerry now.

If Syria falls, Iran will fall, NK will follow, leaving China and Russia naked, since that's largely where they get their oil. They will have to negotiate if they want oil that the United States controls.

However, we've seen how well we can trust Muslims from Pakistan hiding bin Laden.

Remember that all wars are fought to gain wealth. What George W. did was cost us now, but when the global government is established and we control most of the world's oil supply, the U.S. can take a dominant position and make most of the rules.

The only logical reason that both Democrats and Republicans would outsource so many jobs that it actually collapses our own economy is a desperate gamble to keep from extinction. It is the only answer to everything going on.

What's fascinating is that we're also using the Russians and former Soviets to control people that we will eventually have to get rid of anyway.

Those Greeks and drug addicted entertainers are no longer funny.

What it comes down to, is control. People must be controlled, because too many countries have the capability of exterminating millions of lives with the aid of computers.

Jim McAllister said...

As Archie Bunker used to say "France is one of those fag countries."

Jim McAllister said...


You went from a Valiant to a Pinto? With those two heaps I thought for sure you may also have had a Vega to complete the triumvirate. Now, there was a true POS. I'm sure that if you go to the GM hall of fame you won't see a Vega!

Jim McAllister said...


Drysdale was one mean SOB for sure. When the Dodgers had him and Koufax plus Don Sutton with Perranoski in the bullpen they were a hell of a team.

Drysdale's wife Ann Meyers does color for the Suns on TV. She was a hell of a woman BB player.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy, Ze Glo,

Coffee from Bangkok? Vienna, Greece, Puerto Rico?

You guys are name dropping world travelers!

Let's see; where have I had my best cup of coffee....hmmmm....I would say that was in Mexico (Mexico, Missouri, that is) in the back room of an IGA grocery store in late afternoon brewed from the IGA private label brand that morning.

It tasted like burned tires. Yum! Salesmen style!

Jim McAllister said...


We haven't heard anything from N. Korea since the mid 50s so now they want to blow up Washington; got to hand it to them; they have balls.

That little fat guy is laughable. His people are starving and he wants to attack people.

Jim McAllister said...


I read that about Stockton. Who's next? I think Brown deserves another term.

I can't understand why anyone with dough would want to live in that state.

Jim McAllister said...

Obama disapproval rating now at -0.3 on Real Clear politics poll

Gallup and Rasmussen have him at a tie

Mike Slater said...

Jim, when you're 20 years old with limited funds you make do with whatever you can afford. Once I got the job at the phone company and started making some real money I traded the Pinto in and bought a Ford Bronco.

Koufax and Drysdale were quite a combo. In their prime they made a little over a $100,000. Can you imagine what they would earn today?

PROUD said...

Don't be too hard on Mike, I was down and out in the 1970's, needed a car and bought a 71 or 2 Ford Pinto...

I have nothing but love for that piece of shit, because....when my first wife left.


Best damn car I ever used to have :-) :-) :-) B)

Rick Kepple said...

Damn, I fell down in the barnyard. That hurt.

Got most of the framing parts for the music studio and I'll try not to break my neck supervising that work. When that's done, I'm settin' my guitar up in there and I'm done.

Reeetired and reeeelaxing! as Rooster Cogburn might say. When music folks like some of Jimmy's friends and my friends come by, we can do some pickin' and complainin'.

BTW, Scottsdale is high up on the enemy's list. You know, some of those ignorant people actually think Scottsdale's streets are paved with real gold. So it's a symbol of America's wealth. You know how those bad guys are with dates and symbols.

Well, got roommates. Done here.

Mike Slater said...

Proud, you must of had a better lawyer than I did. She didn't get my car but I had to pay her $10,000 to buy her out of the house.

I got the last laugh though. I sold the house a couple of years later and made $40,000.

Jim McAllister said...


You have that right! Ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get a ride when you're low on funds.

Correct on Koufax and Drysdale; two great MFs.

Sandy went to Barb's and my Alma Mater, the U of Cincinnati on a basketball scholarship in the 50s.

I think when he found out he could throw a baseball 100 mph with movement, he made the wise decision to change sports.

Just before I went into the USAF in Sept. '61, I saw Koufax pitch a game against the Reds in L.A. where he hit a line shot on one hop to the right fielder and was thrown out at first.

Jim McAllister said...


I'm surprised you didn't buy a fleet of Pintos after that stroke of good luck. LOL

I'm glad you later found Leslie; she's a good one.

Rick Kepple said...

I'm gettin' outta here. My friends are right ... this blog is just like high school. Lies and bullying.

Don't let yer money work too hard now, y'hear? It might actually be something important one day!

midnightsstaff said...

I was good at parallel parking as well,I can't remember the last time I have done it.

I changed my oil yesterday, that v6 in my Tacoma doesn't even look like an engine used to look, changing the oil and filters is about as far as I can go anymore.

Logic is completely lost on the Obama voter, The NRA suggests educating and protecting the children, Obama's zombies seem to think the same thing that has been failing miserably should be doubled down maintaining the status quo of state ran shooting galleries... go figure- people have a good right to be cynical concerning government.

These people are demonic, pure and simple and I have little sympathy for the Obama voters who listened and are now headed for ruin.

Pevie Hicks said...

Not seein any "Lies and bullying", but listenin to people whine about imaginary friends does remind me of high school.

My money's always a doin important stuffs. Why just today, it's workin harder than ever to keeps me from being one of them parasitic organisms livin off some government host.

Gotta go, me and my rummies are having a business meetin to finalize plans to convert the Vega into a bachelor pad, one that will attract agin rock stars.

Y'all have a goodn

midnightsstaff said...

Can this blog survive long without Rick?- I guess we are about to find out.

..the great experiment begins, anyone wanting him to reconsider and stay, voice your opinion now or forever hold your peace.

...*the sound of crickets is deafening*

Oh wait, that was a wedding thing.

midnightsstaff said...

..didn't learn a goddamn thing..
here comes another round of fiat derivatives created out of thin air for the fed to put on their balance sheet, eg- taxpayer bailout.

This is the exact thing that has ruined the housing market in the first part of the decade, now the bastard is doing it again.

On the other hand maybe this will create the last chance in your life to dump that mortgage you have been stuck in for five years.

..this also means another major constriction is now assured.

..these asshatts are trying to redefine economics to a junior high school level so as to appeal to the Honey Boo Boo crowd.

Jim McAllister said...

So long, Rick. Have a nice life. Our best to you and your musician buddies.

Jim McAllister said...


Parallel parking used to be an art. Like you, I can't remember the last time I had to do it.

I just read that Washington Post link about Obama and the new home loans.

I think with his approval rating plummeting more every day, he is resorting to trying to pump up his base: the losers who can't pay off their loans.

I don't see that going over anywhere; it's insane. How many times do we have to get burned by this fool? I love it that he is making a fool of himself again though. The polls show people are wising up.

midnightsstaff said...

I feel like I am walking the yard surrounded by criminals some days.
Yesterday I had to get my hair cut by a moron Obama voter who happens to cut hair. with her holding a pair of scissors around my neck area, we don't talk politics- or about visible tattoos on women either.

These are people who actually believe the role of the gvt. is to make damn sure hair cutters and others working jobs that can't possibly pay well get enough gubberment windfall to make their life tolerable I guess.

I hope they are happy when the shop has to close up because of the law of the land's free medical insurance demands. stop for this gal will probably be disability once Obamacare shuts the place down- she like a lot of people are simply too old to retrain and there is no need in a collapsing economy..
..but she can not grasp the concept..

I'm listening to the retard Barry Young show this morning. and there are wall to wall government ads for food stamps, anti bullying legislation, applying for the earned income tax credit, getting paid for becoming a legal foster care child abuser and nearly every other darling liberal crisis of the Brave New World- every crisis brought about by govt. intrusion by the way.

Principle-less Barry and his recently divorced wife of a Scottsdale doctor sidekick are little more than a couple of RINO cheerleaders on a good day- and they don't have many good days.

KFYI is a joke.

I imagine Rick will be back, after all it's actually April Fool's month- not day with some people.

midnightsstaff said...

Woman on Rush's show right now complaining about her food stamps being cut in half since Jan.

Looks like the urban farmers are going to have to start cultivating that field in front of their apartment, maybe start up a co-op of fellow collectivists sharing the bounty of their labor.

.. I have my doubts...

The Collective approach has always worked well, just google the Jamestown settlement.

Looks like the "redhott" stock market is taking a day off- I still have a bud holding on to his Apple stocks he refuses to sell even after taking a 45% haircut just this year.


midnightsstaff said...

This never gets old.

Yes folks, these are the voters that wisely gave us Obamacare along with the worst six years of economy since WWII- does anyone have any questions if the "authorities" will have any problem recruiting "officers" who will even think twice about shooting Americans in the streets?
.."fourth amendment?- we donnah need no stinkin' fourth amendment"- remember, he will be recruiting for his academy from the disadvantaged from inner cities.

BTW- a radio station pulled this on their listeners a few days ago and now are on criminal charges for inciting.

Michael Slater said...

Middy, I heard that whiny women on Rush today. Cry me a river.

I wish Barry and Michele would quit trying to portray themselves as big time conservatives. It's an affront to real conservatives.

Just got my hair cut the other day and when I mentioned Obama he said Obama is a POS.

midnightsstaff said...

Well it's goodbye Lombardi and Raffi Torres, both went to the trade deadline, looks like it's tank time for the Coyotes, not a chance they make the playoffs with no help in the middle, I guess I might as well give Dish a call pretty soon.

I used to have some sympathy for these people at the bottom, lately they make it pretty hard.

Hey, the election is over- what did they expect a free candy bar every day?
..It doesn't matter what I feel, the herd is about due for a Darwinian thinning that only a total collapse of services and benefits can provide in an artificially dependent society.

Father economics doesn't like to be trifled with any more than Mother nature does, you can only steal from the producers to buy votes for so long in a collapsing economy before the chickens come home- those chickens are here and want in.

midnightsstaff said...

Hey what about that basketball clinic Michelle's shame put on the other day?
- "LeBron Obama... nice ring to it eh?-

.. put that on his license plate, his brats probably had to stay home from school until it blows over.

..actually thinking about the intelligence of his posse, that display of absolute incompetence might have done him more damage than letting Seal team personal die in Bengazi.

..Don't tell me there were no pics taken with "The Natural" playing with Tiger Woods, that narcissist probably thought he might have a lucky day and school the halfbreed, he might still try to photo shop them unless Tiger got a camera team on him and R.Love washing each other's balls.

..if he wasn't the spawn of Satan this clown would be a laugh a day.

Pevie Hicks said...

I just found out that the little fat guy in North Korea is not the same guy who came up with that Gangnam Style dance!

Did y'all already know that?

Gotta go, History Chan is showin 50 yr old films of SN, historically important cause that's the last time she was under 250 pounds.

midnightsstaff said...

Well it looks like Rick was the driving force behind this blog.

..nothing left to talk about I guess.

Jim McAllister said...


I'd get my haircut elsewhere. Who needs her stupidity while she is evening up your flat top?

Jim McAllister said...

The worse part about a lot of food stamp recipients is they don't want to work and improve themselves so they no longer have to rely on food stamps. They just want MORE food stamps and this joke of a government is ready to we hand them over at the expense of the "haves."

Worthless bastards.

Glo said...

Hey Jim,

Can you believe it: 45 years ago today MLK was murdreed. Don't know about Cinci, but in Hartford we had fires and riots. I guess that was one way to honor a man of peace and non-violence.

Jim McAllister said...


Love the Penn and Teller piece. Once more, it is proven how many dumb asses there are in this country. They will sign anything.

Jim McAllister said...


I saw that this morning about the Coyotes dumping those guys. Throwing in the towel will lose a lot of fans. Look for discounted tickets.

Whitefish? Kamloops? Monckton? Build an arena and they will come.

Jim McAllister said...

We always hear about that cig smoking phony being so great in hoops. Glad to see he went 2 for 22. He is the bricklayer I always dreamed he would be.

Jim McAllister said...


I love to watch that gangnam guy. He is the YouTube hit of the month. Funny stuff.

I love N. Korea. What a ballsy bunch of losers. If someone would have told me all this crap with Obama and the little fat guy were going to happen, I would have said they were nuts. Never underestimate the ignorance of the human race.

Jim McAllister said...


45 today, huh? I remember it well; I think that is when the dumb asses burned Detroit too.

It's always nice to know that people are civilized and can handle things in an intelligent manner. I was living in KC at the time and don't remember anything noteworthy there about that day.

And they wonder why they don't get respect.

midnightsstaff said...

There is a pretty good article in the Wash Times today about Facebook and how it's deviated from the warm and fuzzy commentary and friendly interaction among friends.
But I did pick up a new word I was unfamiliar with, Parrhesia .. something that has gotten me into social hot water more times than I can remember.
it's a curse- and now thanks to this article I now know it's name.

Yes public reservoirs have been tested for dihydrogen monoxide pollution levels and the results are shocking.
..thanks to the unselfish and herculean efforts of Pink mike and the rest of the public school stooges America remains cluelessly fumbling in the dark.

You are right, America could do with a fifty percent loss of citizenry and suffer no harm- in fact that is the only thing left that might lead to recovery.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, The Detroit riots were in the summer of 1967. My mother was born in a suburb of Detroit and we were there visiting relatives. Luckily we had left about a week before the riots started.

Detroit was a crap hole then and still is.

Jim McAllister said...


You're absolutely right; it was the summer of 1967.

Cincy had the riots too. Barb and I skipped our graduation ceremonies at the U of Cincy because we would have had to drive through the riot areas to get to the campus.

Actually, I and Barb didn't mind not going but a lot of kids looked forward to the ceremony.

I remember laying in bed at night with the windows open and hearing the sirens in the distance. I had my .38 on the nightstand.

Fun times. What a bunch of stupid asses.

midnightsstaff said...

No worse than driving through Inglewood to get to the Kings game in the 70's- you get a flat you drive on the rim.

We are probably going to see some civil unrest soon, lots of forces are moving together and it's just a matter of time.

How do you like that game Jim?- here they went and blew up the team and are playing better than ever.

..just need to win eight out of eleven, no problem right?- time for some fireball watch.

midnightsstaff said...

The stock market is doing that roller coaster thing again it seems, so as a courtesy I have included a link to help ordering the beverage of the day.
I suggest T-Bird, it has a crisp ending much like today's trading.

.."If your taste buds are shot, and you need to get trashed with a quickness, then T-bird is the drink for you.
Or, if you like to smell your hand after pumping gas, look no further than Thunderbird.
As you drink on, the bird soars higher while you sink lower.
The undisputed leader of the five in foulness of flavor, we highly discourage driking this ghastly mixture of unknown chemicals unless you really are a bum.
A convenience store clerk in Show Low, AZ once told me that only the oldest of stumbling Indian drunks from the reservation buy Thunderbird.

Available in 750 mL and a devastating 50 oz jug. "

midnightsstaff said...

I guess Champipple is considered a bit old school.

Jim McAllister said...


In Cincy it was an area called Avondale where a lot of them lived. They destroyed most of it and to this day it has not recovered.

Great game; put a whipping of the Red Wings. I watched in awe, good stuff.

I'm thinking maybe they should move to Topeka and become the Topeka "Tofus". Or, maybe KC is ready for another attempt at hockey as the Kansas City "Barbecues".

Jim McAllister said...


I did some work for Ptocter and Gamble in 1993-94. We sold Nyquil and hair spray to stores.

Bashas' had a show at a hotel in Mesa and in our booth we had those items among others but were told by the managers of the stores on the rez's that they couldn't buy them because the Indians would somehow separate the alcohol out of the Nyquil and use it to get high. They would also shoot hair spray into water and drink it.

A sad state of affairs when it comes down to that.

Jim McAllister said...

It's amazing what they got away with in the 70s with great comedians like Redd Foxx able to laugh at himself.

Try doing that today with all the thin skinned a-holes we have around around now.

I wish Redd was still here. I can imagine the routine he would dream up on Obama.

midnightsstaff said...

Redd was a pretty funny guy, kind of a Compton's version of Archie Bunker.

How much longer can the tire pumping keep the market up with bad news on every fundamental.

..I suppose don williams could fill me in- lol.. sometimes there is only one outcome available, and people just don't want to face it.

Jim McAllister said...

Don Who? I don't think I know the guy unless you mean the one who is Obama's valet. LOL

Mike Slater said...

Jim, great piece on axvoices. Those Hollywood types are full of shit.

What's Sean Penn going to do now that his commie hero Chavez is taking a dirt nap?

Deb got some free tickets to the movies so I looked in the paper to see what's playing. Nothing I want to see.

I'm not a hockey fan and could care less where they move to as long as they move so I don't have to see it in the sports page.

CJ Phoenix said...

Love the BumWine site! I have only tried two of them myself: MD20/20 & Cisco. MD20/20 was affectionately known as "Mad Dog" when I was actually too young to drink -- 16 or 17 because I was legal at 19yo in AZ & past the age of experimenting with wine that tasted like koolade but kicked your butt -- but I did try it once again in the 1980s for old times sake then left most of the bottle to age in the frig until my dad found it & scarfed it down about a year later. I tried Cisco once about 10 years ago with a couple friends. We had fun. I think...Last I remember anyway. Never have done that again though.

midnightsstaff said...

Some habits are best abandoned as soon as possible, drinking Boone's Farm apple wine was one of them..

There was some popular rotgut called Spinada or something like that when I was young and foolish, fruity as all get out and probably would have doubled as embalming fluid in a pinch.

The hens I was picking on thought anything with a label was upscale imported stuff.

..the empty bottle made a pretty nice candle holder, letting the wax drip down all over it sure added class and was the gold standard of pre blue collar sophistication in the sixties..

Jim McAllister said...

Since I wouldn't touch anything in those days that had a screw off cap, I stuck with the high class Mateus Rose and Lancer's.

It didn't cost that much more to go first class and they were superior candle holders.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, your buddy Bodo is a little upset with your blog about Hollywood on azvoices. He thinks you don't like his president.

I see Obama stuck his foot in his mouth with the comments about the Attorney General of California. Must of had a Biden moment.

Wonder if Michelle my belle had a little talk with him when he got home.

Jim McAllister said...

Quote of the Day from the Los Angeles Times: (Courtesy: uremus)

"Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're Number One. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words."

-- Columnist Burt Prelutsky, Los Angeles Times

Jim McAllister said...


Who or what is a Bodo? I never heard of it.

With Obama calling the AG of Calif. a "looker" and Michelle calling herself a "single mom" who knows what is going on with those idiots. They take separate vacations now so who knows.

midnightsstaff said...

If that's a legitimate quote from the LA Times I would say the bloom is off the rose.
You would think at some point even the slow ones at the LeftCoastUnicornPreserve would get the hint after watching that once proud leader of the Union turn into a petri dish of liberal decay.'s kismet as some refer to life, I guess the cycle of social structure has to morph from growth to stagnation ending in total collapse.
That's what is to be expected if politicians attempt to rewrite the laws of economics.

..ahh but the beer is tasty tonight, getting ready to enjoy a nice frosty dos equis ambar and watch for fireballs, you really should give both a try.

Jim McAllister said...

Ahhhhh.....Dos Equis.....Stay thirsty my friend!

I understand that when you are in Rome, the Romans do as YOU do!

midnightsstaff said...

what? you don't like spam in the morning?

I didn't even watch the game last night.. it was standard def only so I got insulted and turned it off.

Jim McAllister said...

You missed a good one. They owned that game; Smith looked great.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, sad time of the year for me sports wise. Don't care for hockey or baseball or pro basketball. Have to wait until August for college football.

May have to resort to watching women's NCAA basketball today. That or Deb's home improvement shows. Either way it will involve lots of beer.

Jim McAllister said...


I love baseball but I agree with you on Pro basketball; not worth watching.

Hockey can be OK but I've never liked it as much as baseball.

Women's basketball? Uh.......,yeah, right!

midnightsstaff said...

This thing with the Coyotes is like a bad marriage that just won't end.
I pretty much ran out of gas with them a year ago, this final insult is just too much to take anymore.

It's criminal what these elected clowns have done to the taxpayers of Glendale, if they don't end being the first Arizona city filing for bankruptcy I'll eat my hat- but on the other hand there is Maryville.

...that single aspect might be the only thing keeping the NHL from pulling the plug, once this thing goes down there will never again be another municipal funded sports arena built ever again on the taxpayer's card.

The NHL owners are a bunch of fools if they think this thing is just going away and that relocation fee they get will get taken and then some I predict.

Once the dirty laundry gets into the courts a lot of people are going to wish it didn't- and the taxpayers are once again going to get bent over.
Pax Obama.

midnightsstaff said...

As far as sports teams around here go, it's a laugh.
..los suns? not that I want to watch sweaty inmates running up and down a court in wifebeaters in the first place..but pass.

The Clowncar D-backs?, sorry but I don't take them any more serious than the other teams do, well.. never too early to break out the "wait 'til next year" sign like they do on opening day at Wrigley field.
..Another decade of rebuild for the Cardinals.. but they do have a nice field eh? and we know who paid for that with a lot of laundered tax money through the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority.

..there really is no end to this crap.

PROUD said...

Sorry, I still love my Diamondbacks.

Even a losing day at the ball park beats most other days in my book.

~~buy me some ~$12.00~ peanuts ~ and cracker~jack~~~ I don't care if I...

(well, you know)

midnightsstaff said...

And that's what make this a great country.. you are encouraged to love your D-backs even with a cane swinging troglodyte like me lurking in the curtains.

God bless you and have a great day after trusting your car locked in 120 deg. heat to be "watched" by some family from central Honduras for ten bucks until the game starts when they abandon the area due to a high level of crime.
the walk t the sporting warehouse from the car is no worse than a walk through any crime ridden urban hellhole and safer than the walk back after the game.

I gotta admit the polish dogs in Chase are not bad and the beer is reasonable compared to arena.

I lost it for baseball the last strike they took, something snapped and the sport to me was no longer the pastime of my youth visited by comfortable memories of listening to Red Barber or Vin Scully describe the best game ever created, now it's US Congressmen grilling pitchers on steroid use or watching some banjo hitter knock down 5 mil a year as a utility player or a designated hitter who can't play defense in the American league.

Same thing just happened to me with the NHL lockout and what's happening to football.

Sports used to be a haven from cultural insanity, now it's just a subsection.

Television broadcasting is about to get another Zeroviewer on their roles, I have had it with all tv and am planning to cut it soon.
..and this is on rantless Monday for me.

PROUD said...

Just read where Annette Funicello has died at the age of 70.

She was my first crush, fondly remember slapping on my mouseketeer ears and singing along with her:

~~~Now it's time ~ to say goodbye~~to~ all~our~ com~pan~y~~~

Jim McAllister said...


Glendale has to be the dumbest around for getting involved with that arena and the Coyotes. It should have been built in Scottsdale where the season ticket holders are.

They wanted it originally at Scottsdale Road and McDowell but Glendale was salivating and Scottsdale said no. Hence, the current mess.

I still say Kamloops would be the best move. They could have a logo with a hula hoop on it.

Jim McAllister said...

So far, so good for the Diamondbacks even if the Brewers did throw the game yesterday by pinch hitting a pitcher in the extra innings with 2 outs.

It's a new style for them with a bunch of singles hitters but we shall see. Remember the Go-go White Sox?

Jim McAllister said...


Have you noticed on the TV broadcasts that about half the time the camera is trained on the refreshments stand with the announcers talkng up the food?

Strictly bush league.

Jim McAllister said...


I thought it was incredible when the stadium was build without a large parking lot.

In KC, they had a huge parking lot that was reasonable with plenty of spaces and no fears of being mugged. When I was a season ticket holder, I paid $1.50 to park.

Jim McAllister said...


I just saw that online about Annette. She will always be remembered for those bad beach movies with Frankie Avalon and her role on the Mouseketeers.

Sorry to see her go; cute kid,our generation is shrinking.

PROUD said...

Simpler times when the broadcast world was located in Willoughby:

Mike Slater said...

Jim, The Glendale City government wasn't the brightest bulbs in the closet with building the arena and having the hockey team.

We lived in Glendale for 10 years and had a nice home that we completely remodeled but when the city raised taxes we decided it was time to move.

After we moved the city had an election to keep the new taxes and the voters were dumb enough to vote for it.

As a Dodger fan I remember they used to use Don Drysdale as a pinch hitter from time to time.

Jim McAllister said...


We all love that Willoughby tape but in reality, we would probably be bitching about no air conditioning, no automatic transmissions, and all those cover up clothes on the babes.

Jim McAllister said...


That was a shame that you had to leave a nice home in Glendale but I don't blame you. They have a screwed up city government. I was shocked when I saw the stadia go in over there. As big as this area is, it needed to be more centrally located.

Sun City has to be better: no stadium tax and no school tax and you guys get to be the youngest ones there.

Jim McAllister said...

Oops! I forgot. Yes, Don D. was a pretty good hitter. In those days pitchers all had to hit a lot because they didn't change pitchers as often and the American League had them hitting.

Don Newcombe of the Dodgers was a hell of a hitter and pinch hit very often.

midnightsstaff said...

Most pitchers used to be great hitters, at one time they were always just the best athlete on the team.
but that was an era that played double headers remember?
..nothing like that happening in a unionized environment.

I would have loved to see some manager try to take Don out in the seventh because of some left handed pinch hitter coming up.. no one in their right mind wanted to walk over and try to take that ball away from him.

midnightsstaff said...

I lost my long lost love today I guess, what a woman she was- smart, beautiful, always lit up and became the center of any room she entered.. yes the world lost a real woman in a world of plastic tits and phony smiles when Margie Thatcher passed away..

midnightsstaff said...

oh yeah, one of the original rodents kicked the bucket also.. bad timing.

She suffered the ravages of MS which doesn't give anyone an indication of the problem- they think -you look fine, so what is your problem?? seems lots of the original rodent club has had pretty rough lives once the magic wore off.
..mental issues, in and out of jail, life wrecking diseases..
I hope Rick gets that fame he seems to think will give him happiness, however, there is plenty of evidence to disprove that idea.

Yeah I am pissed off today. wind and dust, ekg and xrays and a blood draw.. not only that but last Thursday I got my new Visa card, activated it and the next day it had already been jacked by someone on the east coast charging cab rides, Mad Dog, lap dances and some other crap..
Just following the President's lead I guess.

.. we now have a nation of gypsies, someone evidently has hacked into Visa's data base.. of course they will never tell you that.

Jim McAllister said...


I can only imagine the reaction Walt Alston would have got trying to take Don out because of LH hitter.

How would you like to have a starting rotation of Drysdale, Koufax, Bob Gibson, and Whitey Ford with maybe Jim Palmer and Tom Seaver in backup.

Mike Slater said...

Drysdale was a mean SOB when it came to opposing batters. He once said he started the game mad and stayed that way until it was over.

Outside of Bob Gibson he was the most feared pitcher in baseball.

Mickey Mantle said "I hate to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, do you want me to sign it.

Dick Groat had the best line when he said batting against Drysdale is the same as making a date with the dentist.

They don't make pitchers like him anymore.

Sad to hear of the death of the "iron lady" I just hope we don't send that idiot Biden to the funeral.

Jim McAllister said...

Yeah, sorry to see Maggie go but at least she had a long life.

Annette brings back great memories of childhood with the MM club and those corny movies. She must have really suffered having MS for 25 years.

Jim McAllister said...

I've been lucky with credit cards; never had any problem other than having to change the last 4 a few times.


Groat was a helluva basketball player too. I believe it was at Duke.

I remember him in the '60 series with the Pirates then later played good ball for the Cardinals.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy, Mike,

Check this out from 1968

midnightsstaff said...

Yeah.. I am just on a roll lately, I think there is a game on tonight.. if it's in HD I'll watch it but not another insulting SD broadcast, it's not just the graininess, it's the entire scope of a HD camera that makes the difference.'s like driving with a pair of those Sun City Sunglasses with the big blinders..
..sorry mike.

and yeah as long as I am in the mood..
.."Glendale has to be the dumbest around for getting involved with that arena and the Coyotes. It should have been built in Scottsdale where the season ticket holders are.
They wanted it originally at Scottsdale Road and McDowell but Glendale was salivating and Scottsdale said no. Hence, the current mess."

You ought to get down on all fours and thank your lucky stars that the nicest Indian Reservation in the State.. Scottsdale didn't get the same deal Glendale did because you would be looking at the very same situation.

The franchise was driven into the ground by Moyles and taken to bankruptcy court which would have left Scottsdale with the identical problem Glendale now has.. it wasn't attendance, it was allowing Moyles to run up a bar tab on the asking price with his shady deals that now is nearly twice the value of the franchise.
He did this for two years before the league finally stepped in..

He let Gretzky run the team into the ditch with ridiculous coaching, give draft picks away, trade off good players.
Those season ticket holders in Snottsdale would have stayed home no matter where the game was played with that kind of drama.

Tonight on paper the Coyotes even with that new midget superstar Connors they just signed don't belong in the same building as the talented Canuks lineup-
I think Vancouver ought to make them pay admission to the game like the rest..
..but the Yote's have beaten them like a rented mule the last couple of seasons- go figure..

..I guess that's why I love the sport, it really is one of the last honest games left for us to enjoy.

Yeah I am sorry that Annette had such a miserable life dealt to her, but society eats it's own- people were talking about her drinking when it was the MS.. and I guess that's why she pretty much went into seclusion, that and the other issues she suffered.

..all you lurking people who like to play the envy game should realize life isn't fair, it was never intended to be, so get over yourselves.

midnightsstaff said...

Jim McAllister said...


It's amazing how well the Coyotes do in Vancouver especially with the Sedins up there wreaking havoc.

I well remember Moyles and Gretzsky and their problems. Gretzsky really did a bad job with Gretzsky being won of thew worst coaches around and having his wife Janet and her gambling.

The good old days of teal and white, Keith Tkachuk, Roenick, Bobby Francis. with Doug McKeon and Charlie Simmer on the mike at US Airways Center.

Mike Slater said...

Middy, no sunglasses with the blinders on for me just yet. At 61 I'm considered a kid out here.

Jim McAllister said...


How about a golf cart?

midnightsstaff said...

Just getting my shots in when I can.. wind just about blew the place away, nobody told me about the wind today, I had to get out in public and it was nasty all over this side of town.

..oh yeah.. and the allergies.

Jim McAllister said...

The wind was tremendous over here yesterday plus a smattering of rain. When I got the paper this morning it was drizzling and cold.

I'm sure the guests at the fancy hotels are thrilled paying $500 a night to play golf in this.

PROUD said...

Big wind up our way, 5 minutes of hard rain which seemed to dowse the wind more than the ground. Walked the dog this AM and noticed a couple of downed trees and tipped garbage cans.

Because all my plants are producing some sort of leaf, pod, bud, yard and pool are toast. Weather guy says 15-30 mph today, so looks like Weds is official clean up day....

Just returned from Florida where we got to see more than enough rain, looking forward to shorts and tees and 80 degrees...(aka boat weather)

midnightsstaff said...

Yeah.. just got through cleaning my balcony.. what a mess with the dust/rain= Rud..

..So far I have saved all but two plants, finally was starting to look like a back yard again and now this...

Ah well it's a paradise for the most part, the stock market is all blue skies and rainbows.. what could go wrong?

Jim McAllister said...


Where in Florida? I was born in Miami and Barb and I used to use her spring break to spend a week just north of Naples in Bonita Springs.

Sometimes at that time of year it was warmer at our home in Kansas City than in Florida.

PROUD said...

Hi Jim, We were smack dab in the middle, Orlando. Wife's best friend, (and fellow jail-bird) married a guy who lives in Orlando, we went to warm their new house.

While there we did the Disney thing for a day, went to Universal walk and dined at Emeril's, saw The Blue Man Group, and the best part, Saturday I rented a 21" deck boat and cruised the Saint John's river from a marina in Sanford, where my skilled sailing abilities allowed me to get up-close and personal with a whole mess of alligators and a couple manatees, that made the trip for me.

Leslie and I aren't all that crazy about Fla. too much rain humidity and bugs for people so used to Az weather, Leslie thinks it's too flat and boring, but when you're with really good friends, whats a little rain and bugs?

Mike Slater said...

Jim, no golf cart for me, to dangerous. I drive my big 4X4.

We had quite the wind and rain yesterday. One good thing is I don't have to rake the leaves now since they all got blown into someone else's yard.

One thing I didn't miss with all the wind was having a pool. We had one in Glendale and a storm like this it would take a week to clean it.

PROUD said...

Mike, our pool cleaning system runs at night, so by the time I got out and saw the mess...most, or at least a lot, of it, was gone.

Having said that, I still spent about 20+ minutes today leafing things out, (which BTW, is the longest amount ever spent in 6 yrs we've been here) So yesterday's storm, which where we are in Cave Creek, was an ALL-DAY event, and as bad as this pool's ever seen in 6+ yrs.

We aren't here in summer, but when we do return for a few days, and the summer temps are triple digits, we,(wife-self-dog) really enjoy having a cocktail in the pool while our house goes about it's duty of assuming a more human sensitive climate,(we leave the t-stat on 90 all summer) So, for that, and the fact that my grandson loves coming over and diving in, I am still a happy pool owner, though I can see why many are equally happy not being pool owners.

I was just in Florida...nobody has a pool (or even a patio) without having a complete aluminum screened assembly surrounding the entire area....The bugs would devour you in seconds.

Proving once again....Life is good in AZ

Jim McAllister said...


I agree on Florida. Too humid, too many bugs, and I don't like all that reclaimed land. The beach is no big deal either; at least at this stage of the game.

I was born there but we moved back to Cincy during WWII.

Jim McAllister said...


I've never had a pool. We have a community pool here but I'm not a pool person. I'd rather sweat it out on the golf course.

PROUD said...

Jim, while in Florida Leslie and I saw The Blue Man Group, an act I never thought I wanted to see, or would ever like. They were fantastic.

When I got home, my mother-in-law asked me to describe their act...I couldn't, so for anyone who ever wondered how the heck an act like TBMG could stay around for decades and never utter a single word, here's a video of three guys banging on a couple pieces of poop pipe:

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