By on April 18, 2010

Since one of the the themes today seems to be around old Ford trucks, with a minor in Communism, I present to you the living proof that Ford and Lenin did meet.

If politics is not your thing this beautiful Sunday morning, then maybe a more random curbside shot is:

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48 Comments on “Curbside Classic Outtake: The Capitalist And The Communist...”

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    Is that COE Ford a garbage truck? Is so, I assume it’s there to carry off the picture of Lenin along with other detritus of the horrible soviet empire.

    A household that worships Marxist deities struck me as peculiar, but of course, this is in Eugene, right?

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      That was my first thought exactly. These trucks (in yellow) were “the garbage truck” growing up in Texas. Back in the days of daily garbage pick-up!

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    Here’s how I would judge if they’re true Communists. Is that engine sitting there for someone who needs it? Are the keys in the trucks for anyone who needs them more?

    Remember, “To each according to his need, from each according to his ability.”

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    It’s guys like that who give the rest of us a bad name.

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    In a surprise move, the CPUSA (Communist Party USA) has announced a lawsuit against the Democratic Party and its leadership for the alleged theft of intellectual property. The plaintiffs claim that the entire so-called “new” Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPUSA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells – which makes it the intellectual property of the Communist Party USA, protected by American copyright laws.

    “They stole our entire platform, rebranded it ‘progressive’, and claimed it as their own,” declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. “And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God! Actually, let me rephrase that…”

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      Actually, I believe it is the ghost of Nelson Rockefeller who will be suing the Democratic Party. U.S. politics today is a catfight between what would be the two halves of the Republican Party 35 years ago.

      On domestic policy, Obama is somewhere to the right of Richard Nixon.

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      Thank you, Patrickj. Nice to see someone politically sane posting.

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      “They stole our entire platform, rebranded it ‘progressive’, and claimed it as their own,” declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. “And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God! Actually, let me rephrase that…”

      The only difference between today’s Democrats and Communists is that the latter know where they’re going.

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    That old tilt-cab can’t be in any kind of commercial use – it has a passenger license plate. Although I would think that in Oregon any truck that size would have to have truck plates regardless of its usage. The owner may have led the guy at the dmv field office to believe it was a pickup, I suppose….

    Obama to the right of Richard Nixon? Now I’ve read everything.

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    Closest thing I have been aware of to “true communism” was the early days among the apostles as recorded in the New Testament.

    Every other venture was merely a repeat of the age-old scam of the few using social hierarchies to promote themselves and obtain others’ wealth to enrich themselves and increase their power over others.

    Using human natural tendencies as a pack animal to flimflam a majority for the benefit of the few.

    I have seen this scam used in the USA and every other country as well as the vast majority of hierarchical systems.

    And the masses of befuddled droids continuously fall for the scam.

    Not many self-actualizing folks around to defy the scammers that utilize innate human traits that benefit the few at the cost of the many.

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      Paul Niedermeyer


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      True, true. Every form of ‘communism’ that we have seen in the 20th Century has been merely some perversion of capitalism.

      From the USSR to the ChiComs, there is always something extra for those who are in the know, and/or in power.

      There were MBZs around in 70s Soviet Russia, as well as plenty of luxurious daschas. You just needed the right friends.

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    I rather liked Gus Hall, the long-time now dead leader of the CP of the USA, who said about Communism after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the USSR, “Communism hasn’t failed, it’s never been tried”. The same might be said of conservatism in the aftermath of the President with the most vacation time ever…

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      Reminds me of my self-taught piano lessons as a child. “No wait, I’ll get it right this time. No wait, I’ll get it right this time. No wait…”

      Just as my two-fingered piano technique was an aural assault that would never resemble Mozart, so too is any attempt at communism an inherently violent act that will never resemble a John Lennon song. Wealth and ambition cannot be oppressed any more than religion, skin colour, sexual orientation or left-handedness. Give it up, already.

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      ‘US President Barack Obama went golfing at the Andrews Air Force Base yesterday, it was reported, just hours after Poles had laid their late president to rest.

      “On a cool but sun-drenched day, the president and three golfing companions head[ed] to Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday to play 18 holes. It is the 32nd time Mr. Obama has played golf since taking office Jan. 20, 2009, according to CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller,” ‘

      That’s more than G.W. Bush played in 8 years and he would’ve attended this funeral.

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    Crazy Henry built auto/truck production plants in both Nazi Germany and the USSR. Hitler sent Henry a really spiffy Nazi medal, which Henry gladly accepted. Henry also bought his own Newspaper, The Dearborn Independent. Henry would right anti-Semitic editors for said paper; after he had a bunch in the can, he had them bound into a book titled, The International Jew. Some Ford dealers would provide their customers with a complimentary copy when they bought a new car. Interestingly enough, at the same time Henry was scribbling anti-Semitic tracks, he had 3000 Jews employed in his company. Henry was also one of the first US employers to pay this black workers the same wage as his white workers. I guess that’s why they called him, “Crazy Henry”.

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      Yeah, it is weird that Henry Ford was a vicious anti-semite but had really liberal (especially for the time) views on blacks.

      My personal theory is that latent cultural anti-semitism from his childhood, which was all around the rural midwest at that time, combined with the whole “Peace Ship” debacle (promoted to him by a Jewish woman) is what blew a screw lose in him when it came to Jews.

      I don’t remember, but wasn’t Alfred P. Sloan also somewhat of a Nazi sympathizer? Ironic that both their companies are a big part of what drove a stake through the heart of the Third Reich.

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    A Glimpse into… The Future!

    The date: January 20, 2019*, Chairman Obama’s last full day in office. Here is his top secret schedule from that day:

    * 7:00 AM Golf with Tiger Woods
    * 8:00 AM Chaplain reads daily verse from the Quran
    * 9:00 AM Obama signs bill raising debt limit to 80 trillion dollars; blames Bush tax cuts and economic policies for “legacy of debt”
    * 10:00 AM Scheduled interview with CBS News anchor Janeane Gawdawfulo
    * 11:00 AM Morning ration of electricity ends; country goes dark for an hour… or four
    * 12:00 PM GM declares bankruptcy for eighth time; Obama signs bill making it part of Post Office
    * 1:00 PM Obama meets with new President and Vice President, Eric Holder and Van Jones**
    * 2:00 PM Obama commemorates trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, now in its 10th year
    * 3:00 PM Obama signs bill raising debt limit to 90 trillion dollars
    * 4:00 PM Obama threatens to impose sanctions on Iran for failing to cap its nuclear weapons production at 7,000
    * 5:00 PM Obama signs pact giving Chinese right to drill for oil off California coast; all US coal and petroleum rights now owned by foreign nations; US entirely wind-driven***
    * 6:00 PM Obama signs bill raising national debt limit automatically every 15 minutes
    * 7:00 PM Another flight mysteriously drops from sky over US territory. Al Qaeda claims credit. Obama notes contemptuously that well over half still land successfully.
    * 8:00 PM Michelle returns from last shopping trip as first lady; buys sneakers made out of $30000 handbag
    * 9:00 PM Obama signs bill making NY Times and CNN part of Post Office. PO now “employs” 70 million people. Obama claims credit for holding unemployment caused by Bush depression to under 30%.
    * 10:00 PM Obama, in final national speech on Letterman, declares era of Changling Hopeyness a success. David Brooks agrees.
    * 11:00 PM Evening ration of electricity ends; country goes dark for the night. Terrorist attack with flashlights. Obama cites failure of Bush Administration terrorism and energy policies.
    * 12:00 AM Nobel Committee selects Barack Obama as Peace Prize winner for 10th straight year.


    * On 7/19/08, Obama said on Face the Nation he expected to be president for 8 to 10 years. I guess he settled on 10.

    ** In 2016, the inefficient and useless national election gave way to the glorious progressive tradition of a leader picking his own successor. It’s the Chicago Way!

    *** Wind is a myth; Congress blows.

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    Jordan Tenenbaum

    I don’t think Lenin had it wrong, I just think he didn’t have enough time before he died.

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    So I take it, GM, that you enjoyed the protofascist regime of 2000-2008 much more than the 1+ year of Obama. In less than 3 years you will have an opportunity to vote for the Wasilla Sarah or perhaps the little men in search of a Balcony from New York. Then we’ll see what sort of political regime America will twist itself into, perhaps full-fledged fascist “democracy”. That way America will finally attain its destiny.

    BTW I lived in socialism for 20 years and let me tell you America is light years behind socialism in many respects, the quality of education being one of them. You seem to be a very good exhibit for that.

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    Once again, TTAC descends into what appears to be “” spouting off poorly informed “opinions” (If you can call endlessly parroting the TV talking heads an opinion at all) about “Socialism” (Which to them, means anything to the left of Genghis Khan)and responding to any even reasonably informed statements with idiotic one-liners.

    All this over what appears to be a picture of Lenin during a rather intense bout of masturbation.

    Serious political discourse, folks.

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      Oh, please. It seems that both extremes are more than well represented.

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      I agree with Contrarian. Socialists do not have a monopoly on “informed” opinions, nor are they immune from “parroting” mindless rhetoric or making idiotic one-liners. Intelligence, and the lack thereof, exists at both ends of the political spectrum.

      Serious political discourse aside, the masturbation crack was freakin’ funny when I went back for a second look. The artist who captured that expression was probably never seen or heard from again.

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    Ford came out with this style in ’57 at the height of the cold war. Henry the trash man even drives one in an episode of Leave It To Beaver – a quintessential ’50s American suburban sitcom. The driver could put on a Che Guevara t-shirt and it still wouldn’t be a commie truck. (Am I taking this too seriously? :-)

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    Politics aside, the Ford C-Series looks great in red.[email protected]/pool/

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    +10 for Patrickj.

    My best friend has a friend who went to law school with Pres O. Said whenever righty and lefty students clashed, O would always home on the precise middle. She (freind’s friend) called it his Obamamometer.

    Jazz great Sonny Rollins, interviewed recently on NPR, was asked the inevitable question about support for his fellow of African descent. He hadn’t supported Pres O, Rollins said, because Pres O was too centrist.

    In any case, if O were truly even socialist, Larry Summers and Tim Geithner would not be working for him.

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    Anyway, I like those truck shots, and I love the local color on the house. I just don’t see how some of those with right wing politics on this site can feel so threatened by that display. That stuff seems rather quaint to me.

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    “All this over what appears to be a picture of Lenin during a rather intense bout of masturbation.”

    And here you’ve had to settle for a chill running up your leg!

    Obama proclaimed “We must answer history’s call.” Too bad the poor bastard doesn’t know it’s a collect call.

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    I thought this blog was The Truth About Cars, i must have clicked on’s politics tab by mistake.

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    If I might digress…………the big Ford in question, that style came out in the 50s? I think they were still in production in the 80s.

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    IIRC Ford C-Series holds the record for longest production run of a commercial vehicle. With vocational trucks styling takes a back seat to functionality. The Peterbilt 320 has stayed in production for a good 25+ years; it received a mild refresh in 97 and has remained unchanged since. Of course only ~5000/year are sold.

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    Phock you, you phocking phocks. Get phocked you phocked up phocking phockers. Phock!!

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    It’s always puzzled me why staunch progressives in the US don’t form communes and redistribute their wealth.

    Why don’t people like litlehulkster live in group homes where all their income is shared and dispensed according to need.

    So you’d have say a lawyer making $120K a year put his money into the group fund along with a clerk making $18K a year. Then they would get the food, clothing and housing they need as decided by the committee.

    Who is stopping you from redistributing your own income to worthy causes, Glenn Beck?
    And no, the national average charity rate of 5% does not rise to the level of the progressive ideal.

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    It’s always amazing that the intellectually challenged accuse others of being “parrots” while actually “parroting” their party line, throwing in references to sexual acts.

    Crude and dumb as rocks. Or aspire to be.

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    Ah c’mon General Malaise…you can say all kinds of poisonous things about the Current Occupant or you *could* give him the respect of his office while making some clean-cut valid rational arguments.

    So Obama plays golf and basketball, much as Bush rode a mountain bike and cleared brush on his ranch. So what? More to the point, Bush spent 879 days on his ranch, breaking even Reagan’s record for vacationing and he was at the ranch:
    a) at the tail end of a month-long vacation when Katrina roared ashore in New Orleans. He was told the levies might not hold and did nothing. Then, when *everything* came unglued, he….did next to nothing (“Hell of a job, Brownie!”). He did indeed prove that government was the problem (incompetent gov’t) but it wasn’t the government that got drowned in the bathtub(ala Norquist) but the city of New Orleans
    b) in the August before 9/11, when the CIA director Tenet and Richard Clarke (the chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council) had their pants on fire about intelligence on a major planned assault on America by terrorist, Bush couldn’t be bothered.

    Flat out, Bush was incompetent and disengaged except for his enthusiasms like the War in Iraq (no WMDs found and the Middle East is *much* more unstable now).
    I have issues with Obama, too: like the continued warrentless surveillance of America phone and Internet traffic. He like unlimited power too.

    As for Obama not going to the Polish President’s funeral, GM…you might have noticed that flights across the Atlantic and Europe have been suspended due to atmospheric volcanic dust. That was the reason Obama gave for not going to funeral when he called Poland’s acting President.

    Could we stick to the facts and reason and leave the mud-slinging out?

    And I have to say (dragging us back to TTAC territory)….I don’t care much for the Cadillac limos Obama travels in…think Bush’s Suburbans had more class.

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      Tangential point: why not sell something like Land Force One (or whatever they call the Prezmobile) to the general public?

      I’m surprised we haven’t seem more trucks dropped and converted into sedans.

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      I made the point about golf in response to the nitwit comment you made about vacation time, Stewie. Anyone who sincerely believes that ANY occupant of the Oval Office is really “on vacation” when away from DC is an outright moron.

      And your selective memory about who could have reacted a little better to Hurricane Katrina conveniently overlooks the decidedly inept mayor of NO and the weeping, hand-wringer of a governor… both Democrats. And the Clinton administration’s pathetic anti-terror policies for the 8 years of his administration.

      But that’s all behind us. As for the current occupant, he’s a supremely arrogant, unaccomplished, though eloquent, individual who is presiding over the largest expansion of the federal government the U.S. has ever undergone. He can’t help but condescend to someone nearly every time he opens his mouth, he’s sold out allies like Poland, the Czech Republic, Israel, Great Britain and emboldened adversaries like Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea and – last but not least – Iran.

      Centrist, my ass.

      Anyone with children or grandchildren who is not fearful of the future and debt they will inherit is asleep at the wheel.

      Agree about the Suburbans over the Caddies, however.

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    Strike the term “moron”, should have left it at “seriously mistaken”… my apologies.

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