Consumerism symbolised

Last updated on July 13th, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Automotive history rewritten by British socialists:

A hundred years ago, Ford became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new models.

Oh, yes! It was a frantic time for the fledgling automaker, launching new models daily in a bid to achieve market dominance. Vehicles were sometimes launched and then superseded within the hour, such was the pace of Ford’s relentless consumer exploitation. Behold the outrageous cavalcade of models introduced by Ford way back when:

1908: Model T
1909: Model T
1910: Model T
1911: Model T
1912: Model T
1913: Model T
1914: Model T
1915: Model T
1916: Model T
1917: Model T
1918: Model T
1919: Model T
1920: Model T
1921: Model T
1922: Model T
1923: Model T
1924: Model T
1925: Model T
1926: Model T
1927: “On May 25, 1927, Ford abruptly announced the end of production for the Model T, and soon after closed the Highland Park factory for six months. The shutdown was not for retooling: there was no new model in the works. In history’s worst case of product planning, Henry sent the workers home so that he could start to design his next model.”

Posted by Tim B. on 12/08/2007 at 10:11 AM
    1. Well, yes, but you’ve completely ignored the mind-boggling array of colors one could choose.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 12 08 at 10:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Then they brought out the model A, a huge technological advance from the previous model- it came in different colours.

      US auto production in the 20’s would have made the most fervent soviet fan froth at the gusset, except fot a few free spirits like Cord.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 08 at 10:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. 20% of total Ford production was the same model, in the same colour. It’s enough to get an old commissar long for the good ole tractor factory days in the USSR.

      Posted by CB on 2007 12 08 at 10:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Once again Leftists prove they’re fucking morons.

      Posted by swassociates on 2007 12 08 at 11:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. And to think, just a few short decades later the legendary Big Mac would lose its place at the top of the (fast) food chain to the McDonalds Lean Burger with complimentary soy latte.

      Posted by splice on 2007 12 08 at 11:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Whay are those model Ts not black?

      Posted by blogagog on 2007 12 08 at 11:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. dreadful slappers and other fun-based perverts who thought an automobile should be a gay conveyance- they should be corralled into a place and set on fire.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 08 at 11:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. You can have your Socialist Party in any colour you want, as long as it’s shit brown.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 12 08 at 11:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Lest it lead to hot rods.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 08 at 11:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Trust me.  It’ll never catch on.

      [/socialist]
      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 12 08 at 11:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Gah!  That article made me scramble for the bleach, with which to scrub out my brain.  The headline alone:

      The free market brings fire, flood and famine

      Screams “SOCIALIST AGENDA AHEAD!”

      But I’ll betcha 100 carbon credits that these leftards no longer heart one of their biggest supporters, Ted “I love my view!” Kennedy:

      On the contrary, wind turbines represent a hope for the future. They represent clean energy and a future solution to global warming. Threatened by flooding, the future of the 160,000 ill-advised houses built on the flood plain as part of the Thames Gateway ‘regeneration’ will depend on such a solution. Each wind turbine gracefully and quietly generates nearly four megawatts of electricity.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 12 08 at 11:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. So this dummy assumes that the idea of “continually bringing out new models” is empty pandering to consumer materialism, or dumber yet, some sinister mind-control that makes people want things they shouldn’t.

      I guess dummy would be happier without anti-lock brakes, safety glass, non-chest-spearing steering columns, emissions controls and all of the other things that come with new models.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 12 08 at 11:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. Actually, I think the first symbols of consumer society were the foppish ancestors of these British socialist wankers. Well, not the lower-class ones – their consumerism involved consuming gin and syphilis and polluting the gene pool down the line.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 12 08 at 11:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. Anyone who wants to upset assorted hippies, can’t do worse than the wonderful Ed Roth range- the old hotrod generate is dead, but his daughter’s carrying on the classic t-shirrts etc- bought a few which will really queer it for the straights, man!

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 08 at 12:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m the owner of a 1948 Dodge Power Wagon.  If you’re not familiar with this beast then you are truely missing out on one of the finest trucks ever built.

      The duration of it’s production was even longer than Henry Ford’s Model T.

      From it’s intoduction in 1946 to the cease of manufacturing in 1970 (still available for export until about 74) it went virtually unchanged.  Indeed only aficionados of this vehicle can reliably tell the difference in years.  That’s 25 years without any major update.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 12 08 at 12:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sorry for all the bolllocks, I’‘ve be’en tired.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 08 at 12:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. In history’s worst case of product planning, Henry sent the workers home so that he could start to design his next model.

      ..To continue. It all started with the birth of son Edsel Ford, which led to the second worst case of “product planning”, in history.

      Full disclosure…I own, Explorers.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 08 at 12:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. The sun rested like a giant gold doubloon in a nest of pink and mauve excelsior, turning the high clouds into an inverted roseate mountain range rising from an infinite blue sea. The magnificent sunset was mirrored in the windows of Paco Towers, as the Captain of Industry stood upon the patio of his private penthouse, feeding the entrails of dead hobos to the turkey buzzards that congregated on the crenellated wall.

      The butler walked noiselessly upon the slate flooring, bringing the master his evening cocktail and a cell phone upon a silver tray.

      “Thank you, Jenkins. Tell the cook I’ll have dinner at seven tonight, and that I’m looking forward to the black-footed ferret casserole and the ivory-billed woodpecker wings.”

      “Very good, sir.”

      The Captain of Industry sipped his Cheerwine over crushed ice, and hit the auto-dial code for the head of the Propaganda And Cunning Organization.

      “Wimpy? Paco. Listen, that stuff the Socialist Party’s putting out is beginning to sound comical instead of frightening. Remember, the idea is to maintain the notion that socialism is still a viable threat, so that consumers will be distracted from the obsolescence issues surrounding the products we sell by the specter of being ruled by frigid women with butch haircuts and coke-bottle eyeglasses. Now, I’m reading this latest piece you and MarkL wrote on the British Socialists’ web site, and it’s just becoming a joke. Windmill power? C’mon! Even Ted Kennedy’s not buying into that – not in his own backyard, anyway. And all that “revenge of Gaia” crap. Next thing I know, you and Mark will be stealing from the script of Jason and the Argonauts and pitting Neptune against Exxon/Mobil’s container ships; maybe an army of skeleton jihadists armed with rusty swords fighting it out with Blackhawk Security. Keep it real! Confiscation of private property, government run by scruffy-looking, tubercular poli-sci majors, concentration camps for smokers, Hillary Perón!. That’s the way to go. Now, pay attention to detail and hop to it!”

      “Excuse me, sir, but cook says the ivory-billed woodpecker wings are not sufficiently thawed out to enable her to have them done by seven. She asks if tinned golden-cheeked warbler giblets might be satisfactory?”

      “Well, if they’re preceded by manatee flipper soup, I suppose that will be all right. Make it so, Jenkins.”

      “Yes, sir. Very good, sir.”

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 08 at 12:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. People just don’t understand how truly generous America and Americans have been.

      We did invent everything. There are some inventions, such as the wheel for example, where we held back on claiming the invention so as not to be greedy. Fire is another of those, as is cooked food.

      Hell, we even held off on forming up into a nation with an identity and label for so long as we did just to give other people a chance to pretend like they had some beneficial impact on the historical record.

      There are those among us who believe we shouldn’t have been so hasty in getting rid of the dinosaurs, of course. It turns out that the argument against such action did have a good reasoning behind it. The human race (other than American) has suffered from the lack of consistent competition that the dinosaurs represented.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 12 08 at 01:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. If we need the dinosaurs back, we’ll bring ‘em back.
      Michael Crichton has shown us the way.

      Posted by Merlin on 2007 12 08 at 01:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, sure, laugh at Socialist Party “history” now, but just remember what the 1984 U.S. Democratic Party vice-Presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, observed:

      “The future belongs to those who write it.”

      Keep an eye on the textbooks.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2007 12 08 at 01:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. In any color you like – as long as you like black…

      Twits.

      Posted by mojo on 2007 12 08 at 02:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. The sun rested like a giant gold doubloon in a nest of pink and mauve excelsior, turning the high clouds into an inverted roseate mountain range rising from an infinite blue sea.

      Bulwer-Lytton time again already?

      Posted by mojo on 2007 12 08 at 02:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. I own, Explorers

      Heh. Don’t we all.

      Posted by rightwingprof on 2007 12 08 at 02:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #23: I like to get a jump on the competition.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 08 at 02:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. How dare you poke fun at these fine people when they are the only ones with a realistic, real world tested plan for a carbon neutral economy. Ladies and gentlemen I give you North Korea and Cuba. Centralized government control and nationalized industry overseen by an authoritarian dictatorship has it’s advantages. And healthcare for everyone!

      Posted by alien kiwi on 2007 12 08 at 02:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. On the contrary, wind turbines represent a hope for the future. They represent clean energy and a future solution to global warming. Threatened by flooding, the future of the 160,000 ill-advised houses built on the flood plain as part of the Thames Gateway ‘regeneration’ will depend on such a solution. Each wind turbine gracefully and quietly generates nearly four megawatts of electricity.

      How many of these wondrous machines would it take to supply even 50 percent of our energy needs? Thousands? Many thousands? Do they appear by a magical incantation, requiring no energy and resources to produce, transport, and install? Do they last forever, without wearing out, and needing to be replaced?
      What about the effects on the climate caused by massive numbers of wind turbines robbing energy from the atmosphere? Altho, that could counteract GW, by removing excess energy from the atmosphere. Which would be returned by the heat generated by using the electricity…so, maybe not.
      What do you do during the inevitable calm wind periods? Use batteries? Which also require lots of energy and resources to make. Not to mention the problem of battery disposal.

      Wow, this whole energy production thingy has my mind boggled.

      Hey, I know, I’ll become a socialist…then I won’t have to use my mind!!

      Posted by rinardman on 2007 12 08 at 02:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Blue Crab Boulevard has a link to an excellent article on the tragic folly of biofuels.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 08 at 02:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. The evolution is utterly fascinating.
      The car went from a horse & buggy look-alike to what today we would recognise as a car.Can anybody tell me when America switched from right hand to left hand drive?

      The 1910 shows right hand, the 1911 photo, left hand.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 12 08 at 04:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Socialists don’t want people to have cars. They don’t want the people to be free of state control. Mobilityy brings liberty.

      The most liberating thing for women in the 19th Century in England was the bicycle.

      I think we should export bicycles to the muslim countries.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 08 at 04:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, industrial society is the cause of all evil as Maurice Strong believes. Read the article, it is an account of the Man Who Hides in China, Maurice Strong, and his plan for Canadians to take over the world. Truly scary.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 08 at 04:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. #1 contd.

      Well, only certain canadians -> champagne socialists.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 08 at 04:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. #27 Rinard, man!

      As an electrical engineer I can asure you that the cost of conencting up all these little generators to the grid, and controlling them all, is humungous. Each unit generates about 1 MW, when the wind is Cinderella-like not too weak and not too strong.

      These generators have to be conencted by wires to central transformers that up the voltage for long-distance transmission.

      Nope, a simple windmill is good for local, low voltage usage when the wind blows, but as a source of industrial power, forget it.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 08 at 04:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. It seems I have a problenm with the word connected, possibly the left and right hand aren’t.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 08 at 04:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rampant consumerism c. 1956?

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 08 at 04:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. In history’s worst case of product planning, Henry sent the workers home so that he could start to design his next model.

      And many of the ‘despised working class’ drove home in their Model Ts, priced by Ford to be affordable.

      Posted by Barrie on 2007 12 08 at 04:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. #30 Wimpy Canadian.
      You are right on the button there. Except here in Australia, the ‘champagne socialists’ in each state government, use speed cameras as a source of revenue. What an earner it is too. Also of course you have some in the MSM telling us, what lousy drivers we all are. We even have a thing called the ‘pedestrian council of Australia, or some such ‘august’ body led by a Harold Scruby, he is a regular feature on some media outlets when it comes to decrying various motor vehicles. Now it is only going to get worse, now that we have the Gaia worshippers in federal government.

      Posted by BJM on 2007 12 08 at 04:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. #31 Wimpy: This fellow Strong must be stopped. Loose the moose!

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 08 at 05:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Apologies for going off-topic, but youths of no appearance have been at it again:

      Youths who torched woman on French bus jailed

      Posted by Young and Free on 2007 12 08 at 05:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. In Hitler and Stalin’s day, such an outrageous lie as told by British Socialists was called propaganda. Now it is called history as we have seen in Australian with the stolen generation.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 12 08 at 05:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. The 1926 picture is a nice piece o’ porn, but I’m highly dubious that Mint Green was an original option.

      It’s been repainted, n’est-ce pas?

      (Dumb question of thread prize?)

      Posted by zeppenwolf on 2007 12 08 at 05:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #17 paco

      maybe an army of skeleton jihadists armed with rusty swords fighting it out with Blackhawk Security.

      I’d pay $10 to see that movie. Twice. Provided the good guys (Blackhawk/water) win, of course.

      #33 Wimpy

      That’s something that’s bothered me for a long time. I’m (very much) not an EE, so I’m not up on how the details work, but I do know (or have been told) that power fluctuations on the scale of a regional power grid are bad.

      With windmills (and solar, and wave motion, and…), I don’t think they could not have fluctuation of output. How do you make that work on a scale larger than local?

      (And how come nobody aside from the Chinese seems interested in building new hydroelectric plants? Zero carbon emissions beyond construction, no radiation, hello?)

      Posted by Noah D on 2007 12 08 at 05:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Noah D:

      Can’t build hydroelectric for the same reasons we can’t draw water from a river to save wildfire fighters lives.

      Can’t disturb the fish, doncha know.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 12 08 at 06:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. The world is seeing more frequent, erratic and extreme weather events.

      Hmmm. I need to sign up for the Weather Channel. May I can see more of those, too. As it is, I’m stuck with 7, nein, 10, SBS and their ABC.

      Not enough extreme weather events to watch for my liking.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 12 08 at 06:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. A future socialist society will be able to make high quality goods that are available to all and can be treasured for generations.
      Sure the socialists had a lock on the counter-revolutionary deviationist lickspittle running dogs of the petit bourgeoisie market, but I think Patek Phillipe totally own that whole treasured for generations thing.
      And isn’t that “we’ll use renewable energy gadgets to make the renewable energy gadgets so we won’t have to use any non-renewable energy gadgets to make the renewable energy gadgets, so just shut up all you capitalist exploiters” plan just a variation on the cat/rat farm?

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 12 08 at 06:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. #44 Nilk

      Not enough extreme weather events to watch for my liking.

      You live in Melbourne. You live in a place of extreme weather events. Every day.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 08 at 06:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #27 rinardman

      According to the Huns, their wind turbines work overall at about 17% efficiency. For argument’s sake let’s call that 20%

      If you are a socialist, this means that “you install five times the capacity you need, problem solved.” I have had a socialist actually say this to me, hence the quotation marks.

      When I started adding up the costs and asking juts how this person intended to afford five times their current power bill, I was blithely informed that this would not happen as “industry would pay [because] electricity is a human right for the people”.

      I am afraid that my loud guffawing and cries of ‘you are an economic buffoon’ at that time caused serious insult. For some reason, I just could not give a sh*t.

      MarkL
      Canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 12 08 at 06:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. History rewritten by me.

      A hundred years ago, Ford became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new models.

      Fifty years ago, Mao became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new boiler suits.

      Twenty years ago, North Korea became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new haircuts.

      Thirty years ago, the Khmer Rouge became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new ways of killing people.

      Forty years ago, India became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new models of the Hilman Imp.

      Eleven years ago, Philip Adams became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new and interesting stories on a wide range of topics.

      Fifty years ago, Castro became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new army uniforms.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 12 08 at 06:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. O/T NEWS
      A MUSLIM school in Perth has been raided by police and shut down by WA Education Minister Mark McGowan. The school’s head faces a stealing charge.Mr McGowan said he had taken the extraordinary step of closing Muslim Ladies’ College in Kenwick because of allegations, including fraud and the use of unregistered teachers who were focusing mainly on religion, rather than the WA curriculum.

      The school’s acting director, Zubair Sayed, appeared in East Perth Magistrates Court charged with stealing.

      The court was told the charge related to an alleged theft offence – of $355,934 – in April, when Mr Sayed, of Sarah Close, Canning Vale, was a company director of Muslim Links Australia Ltd.

      It is alleged the school was overclaiming for state and federal government funds for students. Police prosecutor Sgt Scott McCormick told the court that detectives had discovered the money had been sent to Pakistan.

      news.com.au
      Who’d a thunk it?
      That small minority of misunderstanders and troublemakers gets around, eh?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 12 08 at 07:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. If it makes you feel any better, fifty years later the Brits pulled the same stunt with the Mini… they forgot to make enough of them, and they forgot to include a profit margin, in the words of Clive James.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 12 08 at 07:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, yes, but you’ve completely ignored the mind-boggling array of colors one could choose.

      Black… green… red… black… green… red… AAARGH! I’M BEING REPRESSED!!!!

      I think the greatest slur on a capitalist “Consumer Society” is that it spreads sufficient wealth and luxury for crackpots to spawn and prosper in its midst without starving to death.

      Posted by hayesy on 2007 12 08 at 07:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. #18, Hillary Perón!  Haw!

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 12 08 at 07:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hayesy, there was a joke about the Model T Ford. You can have any colour as long as it is black.

      See here. (I know, get out the salt…) Under Production:

      Ford is commonly reputed to have made the statement “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” Actually, Model Ts in different colors were produced from 1908 to 1914, and then again from 1926 to 1927. It is often stated that Ford chose black because the paint dried faster than other colored paints available at the time, and a faster drying paint would allow him to build cars faster since he would not have to wait for the paint to dry. However, this theory is not supported by fact.

      Over 30 different types of black paint were used to paint various parts of the Model T. The different types of paint were formulated to satisfy the different means of applying the paint to the different parts, and they had different drying times, depending on the paint and the drying method used for a particular part. Ford engineering documents suggest that the color black was chosen because it was cheap and it was durable.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 08 at 07:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. rinardman—Green families end up having lots of children to keep the treadmill generator running on cloudy, windless days…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 12 08 at 07:38 PM • permalink

 

 

    1. If they hated Ford for producing an item of extreme utility and cheapness then they must shit kittens at a site like this.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 12 08 at 07:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Speaking of green. Made this kid young man turn that color…

      Believe Burger King’s promo or tag line is (maybe was)

      Have It Your Way

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 08 at 07:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh dear were going to be bombarded with George Bushs’ bad dietry habits again?

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 12 08 at 08:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Fifty years ago, Castro became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new army uniforms.

      I’ll ask you to forgo insulting Dear Leader Fidel.  Thanks to the wonderous Cuban government the craft of raft-making has advanced further in the last 45 years than it had in all of previous history put together.

      Posted by David Crawford on 2007 12 08 at 08:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11 wind turbines represent a hope for the future

      My grandparents had a windmill on the farm. I thought it was cool. My grandmother absolutely hated it. It wasn’t reliable, would need to be locked when there was a wind storm, and would break or need maintenance and when it did it meant someone she loved had to climb up a tall tower next to a dangerous spinning blade. When climbing a tower it gets cold and windy quickly.

      How much was the windmill disliked? During the Great Depression they bought a John Deere engine to replace it.

      Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2007 12 08 at 08:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. 1916 make is great.

      Posted by gin&tonic on 2007 12 08 at 08:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wind generators are, at best, supplemental to any power grid.  Baseline power (i.e., a minimum level necessary to maintain infrastructure and services) must be generated at all times.  This is what nuclear and fossil fuel plants are for.

      Hydroelectric dams can and do produce some baseline, but they are often used to supply on demand power for peak periods of the day (e.g., between 0500 to 0800 weekdays, when everyone wakes up and turns on the coffee pot).  Geothermal energy can be used in the same way, or you can ratchet up the generators at fossil/nuclear plants for peak loads.

      Everything else is supplemental because those sources aren’t constant: wind, solar, even tidal.  I think some wind locations can and do provide a minimum power baseline, but I doubt that anyone counts on them.

      Wind power has its uses, but not as a replacement power source.  Those socialists are not only nuts, they are ignorant.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 12 08 at 08:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. #59, David Crawford:

      Yep. If it wasn’t for Dear Fidel, we’d never have learned of Truck-boats.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 12 08 at 08:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. On the subject of wind and solar power – there’s an old joke that the Catholic church permits the rhythm method of contraception because it’s the only method that doesn’t work. The modern left like wind power for much the same reason. For a group who hate capitalism and western civilisation as much as they do, the minimal generating capacity and unreliability of wind power isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

      Posted by squawkbox on 2007 12 08 at 09:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. 33. Wimpy

      “..but as a source of industrial power, forget it.”

      To them thats not a bug, but a feature.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 12 08 at 09:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. A hundred years ago, Ford became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new models.

      Wait. He wasn’t talking about cars, but blondes with big tits.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 12 08 at 09:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wasn’t Henry Ford a nazi? And what sort of a c..t calls their kid Edsel FFS and expects him to be anyrhing but a pillock?

      Howard Hughes is my kind of looney capitalist, crazier than a shithouse rat, richer than Croesus and firmly convinced that the Masons were behind everything (they are).

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 08 at 10:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. The modern left like wind power for much the same reason…the minimal generating capacity and unreliability of wind power isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

      And when do they oppose wind power? When the windmills are set up on mountainsides where they actually work sometimes.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 12 08 at 10:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #18 Another magnificent effort Paco.

      Say, have you put them all in book form in time for Christmas?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 08 at 10:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Habib:

      Iirc, Ford was also one of the prime movers in pushing the prohibition thing.

      Ford was a kook. He came up with a good idea though. Even kooks can succeed in a truly marvelous country like the US. Not that I’m partial or anything.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 12 08 at 11:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ash,
      Your bright voice puts a smile on my face, brighter than purest inspiration. I would host your disease for a crack at that.I’d better over this before I say hello to the boss tomorrow morning. I just know he won’t understand.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ha ha ha ha ha ha Swinish. You’re such a sweetheart! I’ll never believe you’re single.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 08 at 11:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Believe, my child, believe. And you shall be, err, rewarded.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m not quite brave enough to ask how Swinish.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 08 at 11:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wise girl…

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. So how’s this compliment thing going? Are you working it out of your system before you try to pick up your boss in the morning?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 08 at 11:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve been leaving compliments all over RedBubble, and getting lots of WTF? replies. I posted a link in the forums and a couple of people got right into it. Ash, Your tender intellect sings to me, surer than flawless sunset. Are you a model?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. These are some amazing photographs.

      Via The Scribbler’s Pen.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 08 at 11:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Holy crap, I just read your previous comment properly. My boss is a large chap who worked for a time as a security guard, he’s got ten years on me, and the only way I’d pick him up is with a crane. He’d make a great wrecking ball.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. There is no way you’re single with lines like these Swinish!

      They’re pretty sweet and funny lines though.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 08 at 11:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. What is about cats and guns, paco? Did we pick up the habit from them or vice versa?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, at least he has a career path at the ready if the current job doesn’t work out too well for him!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 08 at 11:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. 80 – the one about ‘I’ve got a load of Viagra with your name all over it’ too?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. How about:
      Your gentle hair gives me butterflies, surer than inspirational meadows. I wonder what you’d look like all sweaty with your hair messed up.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 08 at 11:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey! Get a room.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 09 at 12:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. #83 That’s the one. Or the instalment plan.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 12:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. #84 You’re so sweet Swinish!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 12:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. #84 Swinish – Try this one, it never fails:
      “You have perfect teeth. Are they yours?”About the cats and guns thing, I think only the absence of opposable thumbs has kept cats from taking over the world.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 09 at 12:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. “Over 30 different types of black paint were used to paint various parts of the Model T. The different types of paint were formulated to satisfy the different means of applying the paint to the different parts, and they had different drying times, depending on the paint and the drying method used for a particular part. Ford engineering documents suggest that the color black was chosen because it was cheap and it was durable.”

      And easy to *match*.

      Try getting 30 different paints the same shade of blue.

      Posted by Synova on 2007 12 09 at 12:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. 85 kae

      Hey! Get a room.

      roflmao…Thanks kae…needed that.

      Been tweaking the site all day AND POOF!

      Two or three posts (Dire Straits and The Eagles, for sure, went POOF!)

      So fucking pissed, I could chew iron and spit nails.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 12:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. 88 paco

      “You have perfect teeth. Are they yours?”

      My best pick up line…

      Holy Mother of God, what a set of knockers. 🙂

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 12:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. That sucks El Cid.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. YES…I’m drinking DAMN IT!

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #91 Sorry El Cid, you might not be successful using that line on me.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 12:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. 92 Ash_

      That sucks El Cid.

      Christ, does it ever.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 12:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well GOD DAMN!

      The posts are back, Thats good…and NO, wasn’t drinking until I found them gone.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 12:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. You can always use;

      “Your teeth are like stars, they come out at night.”

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 12 09 at 01:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. yojimbo

      Damn good thing I finished this glass of when, before reading your post…To FUNNY…Love it.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 01:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. #97: There’s also this one: “I’d love to run barefoot through your beautiful hair, just like the time on that windy day at the beach when I chased it down for you by the pier”.

      OR

      “I’ve always loved your white, even teeth, and I’ve dreamed that one day you would remove them from your mouth and slip them into my trembling hand, so I could keep them in a brandy snifter on the mantlepiece (your “intoxicating” smile, forever mine).

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 09 at 01:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. #99 Have you ever heard Detective Paco say anything like that to Sheila?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 01:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ash_
      At a guess it would be Detective Paco who be needing the teeth after Sheilas mum caught up with him.Waterloo teeth anyone?

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 12 09 at 01:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. mole

      Bizarrely, this didn’t prevent some dentists, generally those at the less professional end of the new science, from occasionally arranging the immediate transplantation of teeth from one mouth to another:

      unsurprisingly, the success rate of this procedure was not high and it was later discovered to be an almost sure-fire method of transmitting syphilis.

      Always something, isn’t it?

      Oh…where in the hell did these debauchers, have those teeth?

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 02:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. 102. El Cid

      Well may you ask that… but I couldnt possibly say.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 12 09 at 02:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. Timbo, your link at the beginning of this post should have come with a warning.  Worst form of pornography on the net I’ve ever come across.  The toe-rags responsible for that drivel should be deported immediately to the socialist paradise of Zimbabwe.

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 12 09 at 02:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. El Cid, if you really want to be revolted, find out what syphilis does in the body, especially advanced syphilis where it can’t be cured.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 09 at 03:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. #101 Good point Frollicking. I’m sure that woman scares the hell out of Detective Paco.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 03:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Among the interlocking lunacies of this article:

      “Electric transport began in 1835, with a small electric railway, and about the same time the first electric car was produced.”

      This has not even the remotest relationship with reality.

      Posted by McAnzac on 2007 12 09 at 03:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. O/T 8,000!
      I have changed my photo and avatar. If anyone has the need for the equipment I hold please let me know.I’m not presbyterian.

      I talk too much.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 09 at 03:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nice job on 8000 Kae.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 03:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. #108 Kae,

      CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 8,000!!!!!

      I’ve always said you could talk underwater!!!!

      hehehehehehehehe

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 12 09 at 03:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. You really don’t have to read much past the URL for the rag that this dreck is published in to see that it’s going to be utter and complete rot.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 09 at 03:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. #110

      Glub, glub, glub…

      ooOOOOoooOOoooO bubbles OooOoOooOOOOOOoooO

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 09 at 03:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. #112

      Can you throw your voice while drinking a glass of water also?

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 12 09 at 03:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. W00t! 379 comments! *pumps fist into air*

      😉

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 2007 12 09 at 03:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Go Patrick!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 03:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yay, Patrick!

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 09 at 03:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well done kae, 8,000 comments!!

      Just a few more like you could have changed the course of the election and kept the KRudd and the Orange Roughy at bay.

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 12 09 at 03:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. Holy crap, this is my 651st comment! So much blather, so little worth remembering.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 12 09 at 04:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT: Funny

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 04:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. #118 You’ve made some excellent comments Dean. D’you feel up to singing for us?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 04:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. It’s been a blue blue day for me since I saw Swinish making the moves on you.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 12 09 at 04:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh Dean, Swinish has the lines, but you have the moves and the voice!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 04:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT: Snicker

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 04:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. #1 McAnzac

      Among the interlocking lunacies…

      “Interlocking lunacies” = Socialism in a nutshell.
      .

      Congrats, kae. If paco is the “Comment Czar”, does this make you the “Czarina”?

      (2,428, fwiw)

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 12 09 at 12:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. #1?

      #107, rather. Sorry.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 12 09 at 12:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. #100 Ash: those are, in fact, “anti-pickup” lines.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 09 at 01:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. Heck paco, yours were so literate and fluffy they might work!  Ours-not so much.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 12 09 at 03:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. 10,000 years ago, Cro-Magnon Man became a symbol of the consumer society, continually bringing out new models:

      Wheel
      Round Wheel
      Round Wheel attached to something

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2007 12 09 at 04:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks for the congrats.
      Sometimes I think I’m funny or smart and sensible.
      Mostly I just blather on.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 09 at 05:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yeah, you really showed those pinkos in the UK Socialist Party who knows more abt automotive marketing history. Chalk one up for the good guys.

      Don’t look now, oh incredible diminishing bloghead, but your irrelevance is showing.

      Posted by Miranda Divide on 2007 12 09 at 08:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Miranda,
      Your brilliant hands shines, like richest money. God, if only you weren’t so stuck up.
      Merry Christmas Miranda and fuck off.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 09 at 09:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. #131 Oh Swinish! *SOB*

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 09:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, c’mon, it’s not like a wasted a good one on her…

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 09 at 11:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. True. I also note that you chose her hands. If that’s the best thing you can say about her, I’m in with a chance here!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 11:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Odd, if someone were irrelevant wouldn’t they be not talked about at all… or at least only referred to indirectly and/or in third person?

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 2007 12 10 at 08:27 AM • permalink

 

  1. It was Alfred Sloan at General Motors who introduced “planned obsolesence”, not Henry Ford.

    Posted by Phranger on 2007 12 11 at 01:21 AM • permalink