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09-24-2015, 08:46 AM   #19096
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Right in the same timeframe was the Firestone 500 tire issue. One of the jokes of the day was:

Worst pick-up line ever? "Hey babe; I just put some Firestone 500s on my Pinto. Want to go for a drive?"
Yep, my dad (a civil & criminal defense attorney) had a client with personal injury claim due to a 500 that blew out on the front of a large camper. The 500 failed, camper rolled and he was paralyzed. I went with my dad to visit the client at his north Tulsa (read poor) home and he was there on the couch, immobile. Hard to forget something like that. I was told to go get the actual tire that blew out in the gentleman's garage and to put it in the trunk of our car. Once home, I was told to put that tire in our garage, deep in the back. Later, when my dad partnered up with a personal injury specialist attorney, I was told to take that tire to their office as evidence, etc. Long story short ... there was a rather large settlement involved. I saw the check for my dad's percentage in the case for the referral.

I also saw the scene of an accident involving a Chevy truck that was T-boned. We (my dad and I) arrived maybe a minute or two after the crash on a rural OK road and the driver was trying to get out of the truck ... but was hanging upside down outside of the driver's door window ... his foot/ankle were entangled in the steering wheel. We could do nothing since the flames were too strong and he luckily freed himself only to die later at the hospital, I think ... I was about 13 at the time. My dad testified in this case as a witness. I do not remember how that one was resolved.


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09-24-2015, 08:54 AM - 1 Like   #19097
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NBC news staged a side crash that yielded a rather dramatic explosion.
Why does that not surprise me?

The Volkswagen CEO has resigned, we all know he made enough money every year to have a great life. Now he has time to spend it. What about the criminals who wrote the software, installed it etc., why aren't they in jail?
09-24-2015, 09:08 AM   #19098
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*covershisgermanheadinaveilofshame*
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LOL. No need to hang your German head!
What he said! Manufacturers have been tailoring their emission systems to the published test protocol for decades. All Volkswagen did was to play the game in a more intelligent manner. So...the next question...how about those folk at Daimler, eh? They also had to revamp their U.S. passenger car diesel* offerings a few years back.


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* funny how different rules apply to pickup trucks...
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
What he said! Manufacturers have been tailoring their emission systems to the published test protocol for decades. All Volkswagen did was to play the game in a more intelligent manner. So...the next question...how about those folk at Daimler, eh? They also had to revamp their U.S. passenger car diesel* offerings a few years back..
Actually, I assume that it's an industry wide phenomenon. US, Japanese, French, other German manufacturers ... Apparently the US authorities have launched investigations against other companies too. VW was probably just the first to be found out ...

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LOL. No need to hang your German head!
I'm 1/4 German, so I'm trying to have my head held at a 22 angle, why should the non-German parts of my anatomy suffer. But my hair is definitely from my German grandfather, so maybe I should be hanging it more. If the hair is 100% German should that mean it should be 100% hung? My brother got his hair from the black/native portion of the family... jet black at 60 years old, pretty much straight with a bit of a wave.... I hate him.

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I'm 1/4 German
I have somewhat less German, but that part of me simply shrugs, wanly smiles, and says, "But of course".


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I have somewhat less German, but that part of me simply shrugs, wanly smiles, and says, "But of course".


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There must be some wisdom towards the salvation of Tokyo and deliverance from the hociR in there somewhere...


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I was just accosted by one of Otis' mangy cousins. I found her prowling around on my deck, and when I politely asked her to vamoose, she charged down the railing and jumped right at me! Okay, right at the screen door next to me, so that she could go up and over the roof, but it was less than a foot away.

(Do squirrels eat marigold blossoms? If so, I think I know who has been tearing up the marigolds.)
Marigolds?



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Oddly enough, Canada seems to one of the few places not listed as for tagetes (marigolds) being native. (I'm still trying to figure out why "French Marigolds" are native to Mexico.)

Also trying to figure out why I don't remember that episode of Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties being on any of my Rocky and Bullwinkle collection DVDs...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Right in the same timeframe was the Firestone 500 tire issue. One of the jokes of the day was:

Worst pick-up line ever? "Hey babe; I just put some Firestone 500s on my Pinto. Want to go for a drive?"
Good one!
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I had a '77 Pinto Wagon, and spent most of High School saying, "NO, that was only the hatchback models, and they fixed it before '77".
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I don't remember that episode of Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties being on any of my Rocky and Bullwinkle collection
I have it in my VHS collection. I love the Mariogold Suit...good for selling real estate too.


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I have it in my VHS collection. I love the Mariogold Suit...good for selling real estate too.


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I found something that says 'Marigolds' is on the R&B Season 3 DVDs... guess I've got my work cut out for me.
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Yep, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Season 3, Disk 4 - I usually fall asleep somewhere late in Disk 3...
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DVD? Isn't that a bit 90ies?

You shouldn't be shooting with one of these, should you??


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