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This off topic thread brought to you by the 1969 Chevy Impala in which today I took a hundred mile cruise through the Heartland.

See the USA in your Chevrolet! (as long as it is pre-2009)

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  1. R.D. Walker says:

  2. MadBrad says:

    It’s a beautiful thing!

  3. BrunDawg says:

    Vineyard Haven, Mass. (AP) – Michelle Obama will join former first lady Laura Bush in ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of the United Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania during the Sept. 11 attacks.
    Compare and contrast the next two lines in the article:

    Mrs. Bush had previously confirmed her participation, saying we “must never forget the brave sacrifice of these extraordinary men and women.”
    – AND –
    Mrs. Obama’s press office confirmed her role as the first lady vacationed with her family on Martha’s Vineyard.

  4. MadBrad says:

    I wonder if he did the fancy scriptural thing before he pulled the trigger…

    “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides with the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon those with great vengeance and with furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know that my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”

    Samuel L. Jackson arrested for Murder in Jacksonville, Florida – Read it HERE

  5. Locke n Load says:

    Sometimes being a trucker really blows. Think big city traffic, Nebraska, etc. Then there are the times I’m just stunned how many opportunities I get every month to go and see places few ever do. That said, I’m going to make dinner in the shadows of Beaver Creek Colorado about now. Thinking chicken fajitas on the grill and some good local beer. If I get so inclined I’ll see if I can’t salvage some of my cellphone pics from the drive across Utah and Co on I-15 and 70 from this afternoon. The kids are going to have a bit of a geology puzzle when I get back.. I went hiking in Devils Canyon and collected 4 or 5 damn fine Cambrian era fossils. At 7000 feet. Same ones I can find in our neighborhood stream at 500 feet.. lets see if the kids learned anything on the Disney roadtrip.

  6. slinger says:

    Obama has turned AZ 1070 into an international issue before the UN. Apparently he thinks that we are all subjects of the UN.

    It won’t be long folks.

  7. Van-a-gram says:

    This just makes me laugh.

    And RD will be pissed because its not sized right. Again. But in my defense, I USED THE ^%^%$#E^W)Q(E&%!#@ “505” parameter.

  8. R.D. Walker says:

    It is 360 pixels for the comments section. Sheesh.

  9. Locke n Load says:

    i fixed it,lol

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    I saw you did. Van should be ashamed.

  11. Locke n Load says:

    No, THIS broad should be ashamed,lol. Forgive me, it just HAD to be mentioned. While I’ve seen some crazy stuff on the highway I’ve thankfully never seen anyone THIS fugly doin it. Please, do notice her name and read the comments. And remember, it’s Cincinatti, she might actually HAVE a sister named Rectuma…

  12. Locke n Load says:

    And Van? That damned song is going to stick in my head for days! I love it 🙂 I need an MP3 version

  13. Locke n Load says:

    Ah, no. See, that would not play within the rules of a soft rascism, would it? Tyranny of low expectations and all? Hell, even Chicago murders only get play when the numbers go stratospheric or cops start getting targeted.

    Btw, Chicago might want to count its blessings. One town in Mexico, juarez City, has had EIGHTY THREE murdered ‘cops’ to date in 2010.

  14. Locke n Load says:

    Ya know what I like about “swap Shop” or garage sale radio in Iowa? Nobody is selling dishes, tvs, etc. It’s dominated by farm equipment!

    “I have a 2004 John Deere tri axle grain bin with a new tarp,….”

    Half the time I have NO idea what they’re talking about.

  15. vanagram says:

    Joke of the day courtesy of Ace of Spades:

    Knock knock.

    — Who’s there?


    — Boo who?

    Boo who we’re going to take the country back and leave you with nothing but your hot hysterical tears as you sob to yourself that your New God is dead and make hesitation-cuts on your wrists with a straighrazor.

    Pretty good one too, right? I like the “boo hoo” part.

    And also, the part where you die broken and alone.

  16. sortahwitte says:

    Dear Van,
    Made my day and it needed a pick-me-up. Thanks.

  17. R.D. Walker says:

    This morning I went out to help an aunt move some furniture. That involved a drive on the famous Lincoln Highway. Here are a few photos. Enjoy.

    Click to enlarge…

  18. Locke n Load says:

    dude, that impala is in perfect shape, so jealous. bet it doean’t even have seatbelts,lol.
    What year was the last they made those funky tailights? The ones that made the ass end of the car look like an angry praying mantis? I saw some very satisfied looking guy hauling a mint condition red one on a flatbed through Iowa a few days ago. Damn what a car that was

  19. Bman says:

    I bet a dollar to a donut the dashboard clock doesn’t work. My folks have a ’66 Chevy Malibu- clock hasn’t worked since I was 8. Also, my bro has a ’64 Impala. The clock never worked. If yours indeed works, I owe you a dollar and will salute you.

  20. R.D. Walker says:

    Bman: Hell no the clock doesn’t work. Since my dad got the car in 1980 I can tell you it didn’t work then either. I don’t think any clock like that in any car from the era worked more than a year.

    I could get a replacement, but if you pull the motor off the back, the hands fall off inside the front. To put new hands on the damned thing you HAVE TO TAKE THE WHOLE DASH APART! I am not up for that.

    Now this particular car has a replica of the original AM radio in the dash. It looks like stock equipment until you turn it on. Then the little window where the sliding tuning indicator is lights up to tell you what MP3 you are listening to. That has a clock built in so screw it.

    The old dash clock is right twice a day, however.

    Locke: It has seatbelts in the front but none in the backseat.

    Here is the back…

  21. R.D. Walker says:

    Wearing a goofy looking helmet on a flat, featureless bike trail? Check.

    Blue jeans for exercise? Check.

    Girl’s bike? Check.

    Bike undersized for rider? Check.

    Boy, this guy could give nerd lessons.

  22. Locke n Load says:

    Nerds have many redeeming qualities. Obama’s a Dork.

  23. Bman says:

    I think I see his pants tucked into his sock to prevent them from getting caught in the chain. Oh wait, only cool kids did that. He has a chain gaurd. Definitely a nerd

  24. Bman says:

    pardon me. Not a nerd, but a dork.

  25. sortahwitte says:

    My 64 Galaxie 500 convertible has front seatbelts, but they were optional. The threaded holes were in the floor pan, but had rubber plugs in them. I added seatbelts. There’s just something about 90 mph down a two lane blacktop in a car without a top. And guess what kids, the stars are just as beautiful from a convertible as you would imagine.

  26. Bman says:


  27. R.D. Walker says:

    I am not sure what to make of that Alaska fair video, Bman. The cops sure look like fascist pigs, no doubt about it.

    On the other hand, that was a pretty big sign and I can certainly sympathize with rules prohibiting signs of that size on a crowded fair grounds. It seems like they said it was too big at some point. Whatever the case, I read elsewhere that the fairgrounds are private property. I don’t think this guy or the crowd understood that. Not making that clearly understood is their first mistake. None of us would expect what the guy was doing to be allowed at, say, Disney World.

    I wonder how I would feel about it if it was some Code Pink scrunt. I am certainly no fan of LaRouche however.

    I don’t know. It sure seems like their could have been an easier way to handle it. Couldn’t they have just taken it away from him or something? They way they man-handled him is disgusting even if he was violating some god damned fair ground rule.

    PS: Impeach Obama.

  28. Bman says:

    I really don’t think it had anything to do with the content of the sign. Perhaps they were just trying to enforce a sign size rule. I don’t know. It escalated way out of control to the point where they had to use force on a disabled elderly man. That’s the part that is disturbing to me. Although, perhaps the man was irrational when confronted about his sign by security. Maybe before the video, they asked him nicely to take the sign down and explained the rules of signs at a state fair. Maybe the guy was drunk. Maybe he was shouting F-Obamas at kids.

    Personally, I would have just left him alone in the first place.

  29. Locke n Load says:

    Parked in Corpus Christi. Roughing it tonight. On the menu: Lime Cumin and Garlic Prawns over a Seared Scallop Tabouli salad with Grilled Pineapple on the side. Shit, driving a truck can be hell…to think I had to make all this in my truck

    that is all, carry on

  30. Bman says:

    On the menu: 2 microwaved hotdogs with mustard and ketchup. Washed down with a can of Pabst.

  31. Locke n Load says:

    bwahahaha, ok, when I pass thru town I’ll make ya dinner

  32. Bman says:

    Thanks LnL!

  33. Nobody says:

    Someone please tell me that this photo is photoshopped!

    We cannot possibly have a president who does not know how an umbrella works? Can we?

  34. BaconNeggs says:

    Regarding the Alaska Fair ground arrest incident above, I am sorry but that guy started the entire incident by his aggressive and rude attitude.

    First he brings a massive sign into a confined area, then when security questions him he starts shouting and trying to incite the crowd.

    Yes the security guys felt their ego bruised, beacuse he not only disobeyed their orders, but he tries to win the crowd over as an expression of his free speech.

    And finally when they grab his sign, he starts to fight back and then squeals like a little girl when they grab his arm and toss his ass on the ground.

    So yes his right to free speech was cut short because of the way he choose to express himself brought him directly into conflict with security on private property.

    No sympathy from me.

  35. R.D. Walker says:

    It just ain’t nothing like the movies, is it?

    Two Women Arrested for Prostitution in Cedar Rapids

    Interesting commentary in the link.

  36. Bman says:

    I don’t know whether these two are butt ass ugly men or handsome women….

    No matter how unattractive someone is, there is always some sick SOB waiting in line for the ride. Thats what I’ve learned.

  37. Locke n Load says:

    Those two would rank in the top third for lot lizards. Any wonder I keep a huning knife w/me?

  38. notamobster says:

    Van – I actually knew cee-lo from 2000-2005…. He’s very funny, and real easy going.

  39. Slaphappypap says:

    Ketchup on a Hot Dog again. Just disgusting.

  40. Air Force Brat says:

    Those are women???

  41. Bman says:

    “Those are women???”

    No…They are both WHOAaa!..Man!

  42. BaconNeggs says:

    I just read about Obama redecorating his Oval Orofice.

    The Oval Office definately looked more tasteful the way it left by Bush with its lovely inlaid hardwood floor.

    Now it looks like Obama’s rec-room.

    I wonder what its cost taxpayers for this?

  43. notamobster says:

    BNE: It was actually paid for by the WH Historical Society…

  44. Nobody says:

    What is with all this anti-ketchup-on-hotdogs rhetoric here? Where’s the tolerance? You’re all a bunch of Ketchophobes! The Federal Government must step in and put a stop to this!

  45. BrunDawg says:

    From Maureen Dowd on Obama redecorating the Oval Office:
    “The recession redo, paid for by the nonprofit White House Historical Association, was the latest tone-deaf move by a White House that was supposed to excel at connection and communication. Message: I care, but not enough to stop the fancy vacations and posh renovations.”

  46. Van-a-gram says:

    Coffee shop. My kind of business owner.

  47. Bman says:

    If this is in Tillicum Village in Seattle, this is most definitely a Ray of Hope. I would support this guys business.

  48. slinger says:

    While I admire the business owner’s stance, the “shoot you in the … face” statement was not a good idea. If he ever needs to defend himself and shoots the attacker in the face (2 to the thoracic cavity doesn’t always stop a determined attacker … sometimes you need to put one in the cranial ocular cavity), he will have a difficult time convincing a jury that he was acting in self defense instead of vengeance.

    Those of us with concealed carry permits know better than to leave ourselves so entirely open to prosecution.

  49. R.D. Walker says:

    Just for the record, Iowa Hawkeyes are badass. Watch his shoe fly in the air.

    [Iowa football player Josh] Koeppel was westbound on Burlington Street on his motorcycle at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. When he crossed Gilbert Street, a pickup truck turned in front of him. The impact threw the senior offensive lineman from his motorcycle.

    Iowa City police on Wednesday released an official portion of the accident captured by an officer’s dashboard camera. The officer was stopped at a traffic light when the accident happened in front of him.

    Brotherton said police are trained to trigger the video system when something happens in front of their squad car. The camera system automatically backs up 20 seconds to record something that just happened. That’s how the camera was able to record the accident itself.

  50. BrunDawg says:

    BEAVERTON, Ore. – A homeless man who called 911 from the hot tub of a suburban Portland home and asked for towels, hot chocolate and a hug got arrested for trespassing instead.

    Beaverton police say Mark Eskelsen called 911 from his cell phone, identified himself as “the sheriff of Washington County,” and asked for medical help. He later admitted he wasn’t the sheriff but informed the dispatcher he’d been “yelling for about an hour and a half.”

    The man said in his Sunday morning call that he’d been in the water about 10 hours and his towels had gotten wet. As he put it, “I just need a hug and a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it.”

    The Oregonian newspaper says arriving officers arrested Eskelsen for investigation of second-degree criminal trespass and improper use of 911.

  51. R.D. Walker says:

    I am up to my ass in alligators Revoistas. I will be back in full force tomorrow afternoon.

    That is all. Carry on.

  52. slinger says:

    Alligators? In Iowa? Perhaps there is something to this “Global Warming” hype …

  53. BaconNeggs says:

    Whoooooa! That biker/football player sure took a big hit.

    But you noticed he instinctively rolled with the hit, and landed on his back and feet.

    That little move right there, saved him from serious damage.

    Poor ole pick-up driver seem more dazed than the biker he just slammed.

  54. Bman says:

    Yea, about the football player; He’s big. Hes bad. He rides a Vespa.

  55. R.D. Walker says:

    There is now an official video.

  56. R.D. Walker says:

    Bman: If you are a 20 something male, you have to be big and bad to ride a Vespa.

  57. notamobster says:

    if youre waiting on me youre backing up

    Anyone have a clue what this means? Origin, etc???