By on January 15, 2021

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Hey gang, the boss here.

Thanks to a directive from our corporate masters, we’re off on Monday.

Our bosses based in the frozen North added two U.S. holidays for 2021 — MLK Day and President’s Day. So in the honor of Martin Luther King, we’re going to be light on posts, if we post at all, on Monday. Back at it on Tuesday.

If you’re also off Monday, enjoy the three-day weekend. If you aren’t, do what I did in years past and grumble about it.

Until next week, friends.

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78 Comments on “Housekeeping: In Which TTAC Observes MLK Day...”


  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Not sure why, but I haven’t heard or read much about Toyota’s emissions scandal leading to $180m in fines. It was a tiny article on Jalopnik, almost like it was trying to be hidden.
    Are we at the point where it’s not news anymore?
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/toyota-fined-for-failing-to-report-fix-emissions-defects

    And, for the record, I totally called it back when VW got caught. I surmised that if the other automakers didn’t report VW, it’s because they were doing something wrong themselves. There’s no way they didn’t figure out what VW was up to, especially car makers building diesel cars.

    Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      The only other company that got cheating like VW, making vehicles run in emissions compliant mode when it detects it is operating in test conditions, was FCA.

      This Toyota problem isn’t that they gamed their programming, it was that when they figured out emission components were failing prematurely, they failed to properly report it.

      VW and FCA cheated to gain an advantage in the market while Toyota just tried to sweep things under the rug to avoid potentially being forced to spend money on a recall. To be fair this is not the first time Toyota has failed to properly report defects. When they had the wonky accelerator pedals that wouldn’t return to 0 properly due to using hygrosopic plastics they logged that as a driveability problem not a safety problem so that they didn’t have to report it.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Martin Luther King was a great man. A day off in his honour appropriate.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike A

      He did some good, but he was a communist and serial adulterer so not perfect.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        ” serial adulterer”

        Yes shouldn’t he be completely canceled for that? Per the leftist mob rules?

        • 0 avatar
          Hydromatic

          Sure, let’s cancel a civil rights leader whose work helped a significant portion of our nation enjoy the rights and privileges they were wrongly denied.

          Our government’s penchant for J. Edgar Hoover-era psyops games should put any claims of Communist leanings or philandering in the “bullshit” bin.

        • 0 avatar
          Hydromatic

          Sure, let’s cancel a civil rights leader whose work helped a significant portion of our nation enjoy the rights and privileges they were wrongly denied.

          Our government’s penchant for J. Edgar Hoover-era psyops games should put any claims of Communist leanings or philandering in the “highly suspect” bin.

          • 0 avatar
            Nick_515

            I’m just so happy we finally live in an era where “internet dude Mike A” can authoritatively (re-)assess the social value of our historical figures. Edgy, smart, and knowledgeable… but with that je ne sais quoi ease turn of the phrase too.

      • 0 avatar
        probert

        just STFU FFS

      • 0 avatar
        aja8888

        His foundation lives on and run by his wife and kids. Make donations to their excessive lifestyle. the foundation doesn’t do anything except collect donations. I wish I had a “foundation” like that.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @Mike A – I said appropriate not perfect!

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        Mike A.

        NOT A COMMUNIST. Communists are atheists. Martin Luther King was a Baptist Minister.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Peter Gazis,

          “Communists are atheists”

          Tell this to the modern Russian communists. In fact, Russian parliament chair of religious affairs committee is from communist party.

          Sergey Gavrilov

          Russian politician who is a Deputy of the State Duma representing the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

          • 0 avatar
            Peter Gazis

            slavuta
            Modern Russia & modern communism didn’t exist in MLK’s time. In fact MLK said “Communism and Christianity are incompatible” on various occasions. You should go back in time and tell him he’s wrong.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          Communism is a label many Americans attach to anyone they do not agree with or they wish to discredit their views. That started post WW2 and still occurs today. It is now a typical ploy used by those on the right side of the political spectrum.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        “but he was a communist ”

        didn’t he say that “communism takes away manhood”, or something. I believe this was Hoover who labeled him as communist.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    The incredible irony here is Canadians celebrating US president’s day when private firms in the US save a few and banks/finance no longer recognize it as a paid holiday.

    Further evidence we’ve crossed into Clown World… this after the sixth seed Browns beat the Steelers in the NFL playoffs.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      In fairness, it all started with the Clown Cars.

      • 0 avatar
        Hydromatic

        I blame the Shriners, personally.

        • 0 avatar
          ToolGuy

          OK, but the typical Shriner car is much less clown-like than the typical 2021 model on the dealer lot.

          Shriner cars (don’t miss the video):
          https://tinyurl.com/y5t4vuna

          Clown car*:
          https://tinyurl.com/y4b28ozy

          *Pay particular attention to the grille, hoodline, roofline and greenhouse (pretty sure that side window opening is the benchmark at the Art Center College of Design).

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      TTAC may be owned by a Canadian company but it’s an American based site. The viewers of this site are also predominantly American.

      • 0 avatar

        Canadians are also Americans. I do not see any difference.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          Well, if that’s true, than so are Mexicans.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “Well, if that’s true, than so are Mexicans.”

            “If that’s true.”

            I see not only basic facts, but the concepts of “North America” and “South America” are challenging for you as well.

            People from Mexico/Cuba/Brazil/etc are Americans in the same way people from India/Russia/Saudi Arabia/etc are Asians. Why is this hard for you to understand?

          • 0 avatar

            Mexicans speak Spanish and and have quite different culture. Canada is just part of American colonies that British were able to keep under their control and they are identical to Americans. BTW, around the world Mexica is considered as a pat of Latin America.

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            The economic world places Mexico in Central America even though no such continent exists. Or that Mexico is exponentially closer economically tied with the US than US/Canada, all things considered including grey and black markets, both directions.

        • 0 avatar
          ToolGuy

          @Inside Looking Out,

          Here is the difference:
          • Many Americans know very little about Canada
          • Some Canadians know everything there is to know about America :-)

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @ToolGuy – that’s an accurate statement. LOL

            The USA media and social media platforms dominate our “air space” so it’s easy to see why.

            When I was in High School one of our teachers was from the USA. In social studies “we” commented that we knew more about them than they did about us. We set up an experiment asking generic questions like country capitals, number of states/provinces etc. She contacted teachers in the US she knew and we sent them questions about us. We sent our US questions to another class in our school. Our scores were markedly higher on the generic US questions.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Canada is just part of American colonies that British were able to keep under their control and they are identical to Americans.”

            Incorrect.

            France had a piece of what now is Canada. The British ended up defeating the French.

            British loyalists fled to Canada during the American Revolution. Those loyalists, French Canadians and natives defended the Canadian Colonies from the fledgling United States. That was known as the war of 1812. The British along with Canadian loyalists burnt down the US capital during that war.

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      EBFlex,

      “People from Mexico/Cuba/Brazil/etc are Americans”

      Absolutely. I find the usage “America” to refer to only the US repugnant. America is Canada, US, Los Estados Unidos de Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Caribbean Island nations and several others I can’t remember right now. Not just the USA.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        Wow…just wow.

        “Americans” is the globally accepted term for residents of the United States of America. Just like residents of Canada are Canadians.

        I see this is too complicated a point for some to comprehend.

        We don’t call people of the “America’s” Americans. “America’s” being North, Central and South America..

        “People from the United States of America are known as and refer to themselves as Americans. Different languages use different terms for citizens of the United States, who are known in English as Americans”

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          Wow…just wow.

          You get called out and you completely change what you were talking about…typical lib.

          Let’s revisit what was said and your response:

          Inside Looking Out: “Canadians are also Americans. I do not see any difference.”

          YOU: “Well, if that’s true, than[sic] so are Mexicans.”

          The issue is you are finding fault in what ILO said. “If that’s true” would lead any reasonable person to conclude that you don’t believe his statement. Then you follow up your ignorant suspicion with the statement “than[sic] so are Mexicans.” Which, surprisingly, is be true (I’ll have to amend my understanding that you are wrong all the time to just most of the time).

          Then you try and pivot and say “the globally accepted term…” blah blah blah.

          Fortunately, you are not who determines who called what. The fact is if you are from that continent, then it’s accurate to call you “Asian” or “American”.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            Comrade Flex once again your fake facts are easily disproven.

            Canada has a totally different system of government than the USA.

            Parts of Canada use the Civil Code.

            Canadian employment law is considerably different from employment law in the USA.

            Canada has taken the ‘multicultural’ approach rather than the ‘melting pot’ approach favoured by the US government.

            Canada has a universal medical system.

            Governments in Canada actively own or participate in economic activities on a regular basis. Canadians largely accept the ‘mixed economy’.

            Social attitudes, in Canada are much different than those in the USA, particularly in regards to things like firearms.

            Canadians defeated the attempts by Americans in two separate wars to take our country and integrate it into the USA. Some of our heroes are considered villains in the USA for example Tecumseh and Colonel Butler.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        I understand that “Americans” came from the English king. He called colonists “Those Americans” and this is where it started. So, it possible that he called even Canadian colonists “Americans”
        On the other hand we have Louisiana, which was French. And we also chopped half of Mexico. Good question, was Republic of Texas people Americans? They weren’t part of British colony. So, they aren’t even American in the original sense. They became Americans after joining the union.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @Slavuto – “So, it possible that he called even Canadian colonists “Americans””

          No. Canada was already known as Upper Canada and Lower Canada. The Maritimes were considered a separate colony from Canada. All were viewed as distinct from the newly formed United States of America.

  • avatar
    dwford

    It’s ironic that most of the people who get to enjoy MLK day are middle and upper middle class white people, while black people go to work in their service jobs serving the white people who have the day off.

    • 0 avatar
      Nick_515

      Thing is though, MLK was mostly actually talking to white people. What’s ironic is not that the professional classes benefit from this holiday, but that they have coopted his message into a generic one about the American Dream, a thoroughly whitewashed one at that.

      • 0 avatar
        Mike A

        I am glad we can have a dude named Nick tell us definitively who MLK was speaking too.
        Also bizarre that a Canadian website is observing MLK day – more virtue signaling.

        • 0 avatar
          Hydromatic

          Given your previous thoughts about MLK, I don’t see why you should care.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          TTAC may be owned by a Canadian company but it’s an American based site. The viewers of this site are also predominantly American.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @Mike A – Don’t you have better things to do like polishing your single term MAGA paraphernalia instead of trolling a MLK thread.

          • 0 avatar
            Nick_515

            Oh, but he’s practicing that sharp wit, that penetrating insight, Lou_BC.

            Stay pure and unadulterated, “internet dude Mike A” [TM] Sophisticated witticisms like “virtue signaling” don’t simply help take our country back. They also help us, the miseducated elites, take our minds back. You are the hero America needs at this dark hour. You are our MLK.

          • 0 avatar
            Mike A

            Calm down Nick and Lou. Also don’t make assumptions about people. All I said was that MLK was perfect, which is true. Unfortunately some people are so wrapped up in the diversity thing that they think MLK is some kind of saint. He isn’t, he was just someone advocating for a cause, however worthy that may be. Your responses seem to follow the recent trend of you and others not liking a diversity of opinion. That is your (and some would say the country’s) problem.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @MikeA – “Calm down” LOL. Are you psychic?

            Why would anyone care if MLK was adulterous? Those in the self titled moral majority had no issue with tRump’s affairs. His last known one taking place with a porn star while his 3rd wife was pregnant.

            As far as labeling MLK a communist, that term is constantly misused and abused by those on the political right . Anyone centrist or slightly left of centre has had that label thrown at them.

            I have no problem with a diversity of opinion.

      • 0 avatar
        aja8888

        There is no more “American Dream”.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      “people who get to enjoy MLK day are middle and upper middle class white people, while black people go to work in their service jobs”

      Cory Booker, is that you? Oppressed millionaire? Or this is Louis Farrakhan speaking?
      This is actually depending on location. Since blacks in Baltimore have 50% unemployment, half of them enjoying more days off than any middle class person.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Speaking of Kia:

    https://tinyurl.com/yxt8ruhl

  • avatar
    mikey

    Todays temperature in Detroit is 31F..Des Moines 28F ..Green Bay 35.6.F..Toronto temperature 37.4.F The streets are dry and my lawn is snow free..

    “Frozen North” ….indeed : )

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      @mikey, down here in the ole USA, Canada never gets any weather:)Seriously, my local weather and the Weather Channel stops weather information at the US/Canadian border. Except for maps of the polar vortex. I say we blame the Russian for that :) or the Québecois. Still have the Mustang?

      • 0 avatar
        mikey

        @el scotto… “polar vortex ” seem to be the buzz word . Not sure if it translates to French : ) .

        I traded my 2008 rag top in on a 15 EB .. Traded the EB in on a new loaded 19 Impala premium.

        I did do a little “retail therapy ” back in 18, and scooped a low mileage 05 GT 5 speed rag top. She’s in the garage hibernating through the “not so cold” Canadian winter ..

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Dr. King at the 1964 Worlds Fair. He’s sitting in a 1964 Ford Falcon convertible with his son and daughter.
    I’m sure he was impressed with the powerful 260 V8 and smooth cruise o matic to get to the mountain top.

    https://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/remembering-mlk-ford-pavilion-magic-skyway/

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      Clarification: That particular ride was powered by electric motors (along with creative use of urethane and masonite).

      Best writeup I’ve found yet:
      https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/blog/ford-meets-disney-at-the-magic-skyway/

      Propulsion system details:
      https://www.micechat.com/17017-peoplemover/

      [By 1967, Disney was using linear induction motors – but no elevation changes allowed.]

  • avatar
    Old_WRX

    I’ll take MLK’s “I Have a Dream” a thousand to one over this past years rabid foaming at the mouth.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      It is worthwhile to listen to that speech in its entirety. A year ago I attempted this exercise with my family (in addition to JFK’s “Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort”) – with limited success.

    • 0 avatar
      don1967

      “I’ll take MLK’s “I Have a Dream” a thousand to one over this past years rabid foaming at the mouth.”

      I’m no fan of Joe Biden either, but that is a harsh statement.

      • 0 avatar
        Old_WRX

        don1967,

        “harsh statement”

        OK, strike the “rabid foaming at the mouth.” And, replace it with “sincere quest for social justice, and an elimination of any form of structural racism, transphobia and inequity.”

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Old_WRX

          Russian press secretary of the minister of foreign affairs yesterday:

          “If America decided to go nuts with old man and other crazies, this is their own business. All we want to know, who has control of the nuclear codes.”

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            slavuta,

            “If America decided to go nuts…”

            But, the Biden administration wants to “heal” the country and have “unity”.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Thanks to a directive from our corporate masters, we’re no longer a democracy on Wednesday. :-/

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Sirs, perhaps would be a good day to read, or reread, Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    “…you’re starting to – criticize little things I do…”

    https://youtu.be/xbg1gkWb0Wo

  • avatar
    jkross22

    “Housekeeping: In Which TTAC Observes MLK Day”

    How does it occur to people to get pissed about this headline? Politics not only ruins everything, it makes a lot of ‘we the people’ unable to think.

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