Falling headliner standard.

For our 48-hour film challenge, we needed a car that might be driven by a creep. Of course, we turned to Detroit’s back catalog. (It helped that it was owned by our designated Car Guy, the guy who got us the stretch limo last year.) I became its caretaker, and drove it home overnight. It was a Buick Estate Wagon, seemingly far older than its 19 years. I marveled at its squishy handling, floaty ride and 25-foot-long hood:

bluewhale

It’s hard to imagine anyone was making cars like this in 1990. This was well into the era of the minivan, a veritable Ferrari in comparison. No wonder moms were already opting for Broncos and Blazers. Not that one of those could give you the design filigree of…oh, how about the driver’s-eyeline external turn-signal indicators? Talk about a detail made for the geriatric pilot.

Oh, well. As Kenan the Car Guy said, “You can put a four-by-eight sheet of plywood in back without folding down the seats.” That’s something. I thought about the name: Estate Wagon. It would be the perfect vehicle for a person with an estate, capable of fetching weekend guests at the train station, with all their luggage in the back. It can haul almost as much as a pickup truck, so you can truck lots of mulch to the cutting beds without making extra trips. And when one would like to repair to the lower pasture for a picnic, the servants can go on ahead with the fixings.

The prototype of this vehicle is called Country Squire, after all.

In our case, the car belonged to “Liam Butler, a painter,” the character that was one of the required elements in our challenge. The others were a book and “Why don’t you explain it to me?” and our genre was thriller/suspense. As usual, all I can see are all the script problems, but objectively speaking, I think our entry, “A Little Knowledge,” should be a contender. Our group screening is Thursday; I’ll know more then.

One thing I do know: I never ever ever ever want to shave a deadline that close again. We’re talking seconds.

And now I am exhausted. Having spent the entire weekend more or less ignoring the news other than the weather report for Metro Detroit, it seems I missed a few things. Sarah Palin’s fare-thee-well, for one. Good thing Roy didn’t:

She also attacked Hollywood, which enlists “delicate, tiny, very talented celebrity starlets” in their “anti-Second Amendment causes,” against which “patriots will protect our individual guaranteed right to bear arms.” She warned against “enslavement to big central government,” because “it can’t make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise,” which comes instead from “God’s grace helping those who help themselves.” She portrayed her resignation as another way of guarding Alaska “like that grizzly guards her cubs, as a mother naturally guards her own.” She also encouraged supporters to “enjoy the ride.”

What? Are you kidding me? Am I going to have to watch this thing, now? Evidently.

No wonder people stop paying attention to the news, if that’s the sort of people you find there.

My morning is crushing, but my afternoon looks better. Back then.

Posted at 9:50 am in Current events, Detroit life |
 

51 responses to “Falling headliner standard.”

  1. Jenflex said on July 27, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I had to take my **driver’s test** in one of those Estate Wagons. Talk about a parallel parking nightmare!!!

  2. coozledad said on July 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

    My hope is that the Republicans will not have enough cash to buy everyone off who has the goods on old Sarah. The politics of white resentment gets you way too far in this country.

  3. Jeff Borden said on July 27, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I truly wonder about the career arc of La Palin in the wake of her winning the Iquitarod by bailing out on her state halfway through her first term. (A wire story noted that, typically, the snowbilly drama queen’s decision cost Alaska six figures to pay for a special session of the legislature to designate a new second-in-command to Sean Parnell.)

    I see a huge return within the next year or so, as she hits the talk show circuit to hump her memoirs. Ohhhh, the backstage gossip we’ll enjoy as she dishes on the nasty handlers assigned her by the McCain campaign and that horrible, rotten hag Katie Couric with her vicious “gotcha” questions.

    Maybe she’ll generate some headlines by being a speaker at the annual CPAC hatefest, where she can tag-team with fellow small-minded pseudo-patriots like Ann Coulter. (Nancy, aren’t you the least bit ashamed that Coulter is a graduate of the Michigan Law School??)

    Otherwise, I happily consider a future where this nasally, self-absorbed, anti-intellectual farce will be relegated to the pages of local newspapers as she attends this pro-life meeting or that Second Amendment rally. Time, Newsweek, NYT, et.al. don’t assign reporters to follow around ex-governors from a faraway state with no record of achievement beyond quitting when the going gets tough. I hope our little spotlight addict understands that fact.

  4. Deb said on July 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

    In England, station wagons were always known as “estate cars.” They always seem to pop up in proper British mysteries where the local gentry are crumbling and the lady of the manor arrives at the village fete in a “rusting old estate car” with her dogs in the back.

    Good luck with your movie!

  5. mark said on July 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

    The spotlight will fade, but it will be a slow fade. Classy progressives will keep her front and center for all the important points she illustrates.

    But once the attention fades? Well, I’m sure she will, for a while, delude herself into thinking that there is some contentment from a large and loving family, a devoted husband, good health, financial security, travel, a history of accomplishment, a resume that not one in a thousand will match, a beautiful home, love of the outdoors, good looks, friends, etc…

    But someday she will realize how superficial those things are. Then, who knows? Perhaps a life of quiet desparation or an epiphany that will lead her to true personal and social value. My hope is that she will find some down on their luck public figure(s) to detest, and devote large amounts of her time to creating nasty little pseudonyms to belittle them and snarky comments to vent her bile. Then, at least at the end, she will be able to claim that she lived life well.

  6. coozledad said on July 27, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Sarah keeps comparing herself to a mama grizzly, which begs the question: Does she shit in the woods?
    The metaphor breaks down even further as she’s draped her whole damn house with dead things. Bear, antelope, opposum.
    I’ve noticed she’s conspicuously failed to mention cougars in any of her ADHD harangues.

  7. moe99 said on July 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

    ….desparation?

    I’m sorry, it’s the editor in me. I’ll stuff it right back in.

    http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/011470.html#011470

  8. Julie Robinson said on July 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    The Estate Wagon reminds me of the car I inherited from my grandma, a ’72 Olds Delta 88. You could actually watch the gas gauge fall on a trip across town. When we replaced it with an ’81 Escort wagon we probably tripled our mileage.

    Done with the whole Palin ephemera here. Couldn’t care less what happens next.

    Speaking of meh moments, we watched The Eternally Tedious Case of Benjamin Button this weekend. Ironically, it was based on a SHORT story, and amazingly, it was nominated for best picture. Bleh for 166 minutes.

  9. Danny said on July 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I’m sorry, it’s the edi­tor in me. I’ll stuff it right back in.

    I suspect that if you were to just imagine that you agreed with Mark, that “editor” would never come out to play.

  10. alex said on July 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I sus­pect that if you were to just imagine that you agreed with Mark, that “editor” would never come out to play.

    I suspect that if she were to imagine agreeing with Mark, her inner editor would recast every thing in Hillbillics, the cousin of Ebonics.

  11. LAMary said on July 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Alex, are there variations on hillbillics? I’m talking about the g droppin’ middle of nowhere speak affected by Ms Palin and at times Bush. Bush’s was more Texan and Palin’s was more somewhere west of Duluthish, but it’s a hick-speak that is supposed to signal the faithful to the uncitified ways of the speaker.

  12. beb said on July 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Something to warm the cockles of Nancy’s heart – Atrios over on Eschaton has labeled Mitch Albom “wanker of the day” for his Sunday column. The details of Albom’s wankerhood comes from http://www.tinyrevolution.com/mt/archives/003035.html
    Where we learn that despite an MBA Albom doesn’t understand marginal tax rates and assumed that a 1.5% surtax on incomes between $350,000 and $500,000 means a $54,000 tax increase when it only means a $9000 increase.

    Or maybe it’s because Mitch is upset that an Obama spokesman defended the surcharge by saying “the rich have had it too good for too long.” Only someone among the nouve riche (sp?) would assume that this is not true.

    The only people who still care about Sarah Palin are the hard core conservative Republicans. To everyone else she’s a quitter who couldn’t handle even one term as governor of Alaska.

  13. moe99 said on July 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Hmm…Danny, my inner editor once even queried our talented hostess. So no, I don’t think so.

  14. Dorothy said on July 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I’m right with you on Benjamin Button, Julie. Big snore fest. I think I’ll rent “The Reader” this weekend.

    Hey I think I’ve mentioned reading the blog of the Yarn Harlot here before. She’s the one who came up with the phrase “Kinnearing” when she spotted Greg Kinnear at an airport, and took a surreptitious picture of him. I could hardly believe my eyes when I read the entry she did over the weekend. I sure as hell hope Nancy never deals with anyone like this behind the scenes, unbeknown to all of us. Read it here: http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/

  15. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Passed my driver’s license parallel parking test in ’77 driving a ’73 Ford Country Squire, having learned to park between delivery trucks on Michigan Avenue after successfully driving the Dan Ryan into the Loop. That’s a Chicagoland driving gauntlet that prepares you for much of the rest of life.

    You guys are just fascinated by Palin, aren’tcha? It’s like a bunch of rabbits watching a cat crawl closer. The comment in full was this:

    “I promised that we would manage our fish and wildlife for abundance and defend the constitution in doing so. And we have. However, outside political interests just don’t seem to get it. Alaskans need to stick together on this with new leadership. Encourage the new leadership. Stiffen your spine to do what is right for Alaska when the pressure mounts because you will see anti-hunting, anti-Second Amendment “circuses” from Hollywood. And here is how they will do it: tiny, delicate and talented celebrity starlets will use Alaska as a fund raising tool for their anti-Second Amendment causes. Stand strong and remind them that patriots will protect our individual guaranteed right to bear arms. And by the way, in Alaska, we eat, therefore, we hunt.”

    I would recommend the brief and ethically well developed short book “Beyond Fair Chase” to anyone who has an interest in hunting and resource management in a hunting environment. It’s a hugely significant factor in Ohio and Pennsylvania politics, and can’t be just dismissed as gun nuts or NRA lobby dollars. (This house has no guns in it, and i’ve never had a hunting license, but i’ve taken Hunter Safety three or four times.)

    [ADDED — Just read Dorothy’s link re Yarn Harlot, and all i can say is that stalkers are scary, whether in life or online. If you’ve led any kind of public life, you run into one level or another of them, and they are in every part of the country as far as i can tell. Stalker stuff, as much as nanny tax problems, has probably driven more people out of public office than anything. The Internet has given those folk (class A, B, and supercreepy C) a new venue to practice in, and has exposed a bunch of folks who never had a clue to the weirdness. In Juvenile Court settings, we really dread hitting a diversion “stalker junior” case because no one has any idea how to treat them, punishment is not much of a disincentive, and we all often feel like we’re just a part of teaching them how to get better at not getting caught while still young.

    What they’ll be when older, who knows, but we suspect . . . Yarn Harlot’s stalker, i hate to say, is just a type A shading a bit into B, but is still pretty low level, garden slug variety. Unless she starts mailing hanks of black yarn wrapped around dead roses, or starts driving past the house.

  16. coozledad said on July 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I think a more appropriate analogy would be watching a trainwreck. Specifically the wreck of the old 97, because it left the tracks on a tall bridge and was carrying a load of brightly colored tropical birds that escaped when the cars cracked open upon impact. Best trainwreck entertainment value ever. Until Sarah.

  17. Dorothy said on July 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Jeff with very little effort I was able to find the blog of the nut case who’s stalking the Harlot. She’s a nurse in Texas. Can you imagine? But then again, I guess I’m not as stunned as I should be. My brother’s ex-wife is a psychiatric nurse and she should be the psychiatric patient, not the other way around.

  18. Sue said on July 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I’m aware of the seriousness of the situation for YarnHarlot, and I hope she remains safe. Still, some of those lines are so priceless they must be shared:
    “You have enjoyed a time where you believed you were the “darling” of the
    knitting world.”
    “Word to the wise—don’t take on a CHRISTIAN woman again. We have God on our side.”
    “The best laugh was when you got married by a weirdo who has no religion! Without God as part of your ceremony! You’re atheists! And probably wiccans!”
    “You’re a PUSSY!, the worse criticism of all the American list of insults.”
    Coozledad would bat her away like a mosquito.
    BTW, where’s Dwight been lately? Permanent moderation?

  19. Dexter said on July 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Julie! Yes, that awful movie was the one my daughter had us over to watch on her fantastic home theater…and I was cringing and fretting and squirming in my chair the entire film long, hoping for a quick conclusion , but it took hours and hours … I never could have watched it at home…I love movies but I can spot a clunker straightaway. I thought “Perfume” was bad, but it was a thousand times better than Ben Butt.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I never had an Estate wagon but I had several old Country Squires, and I loved them. I sold my last one in 1979. I used to keep five vehicles running, a small economic car, a minivan, my old Volvo 240DL wagon, a pickup truck, and my old ’69 VW Microbus, but now I have one running car, a minivan, and the VW is beyond repair now, but I still have it.

  20. nancy said on July 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Dwight is still around, but I find him [Dieter voice] tiresome [/Dieter voice] and have taken to spamming him. He posts under a new name every time, but as his prose style and complaint is as identifying as any IP number, I just delete them as they come in. Troll, troll, troll. Bo-ring.

  21. Jason T. said on July 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    You guys are just fas­ci­nated by Palin, aren’tcha? It’s like a bunch of rab­bits watch­ing a cat crawl closer.

    But JeffTMMO, how can we miss her if she won’t go away?

    I’m not fascinated by Palin.

    I am fascinated by a supposedly sophisticated political party that thought she was a good standard bearer for their national ticket — and by people who still think she’s just a straight-shootin’ plain-spoken’ upright old-fashioned gal, you betcha.

    The party satraps wanted a woman on the ticket to attract Hillary Clinton voters (’cause, you know, one woman is pretty much like another, right?) but they would have had to dig awfully deep to find someone less qualified than Sarah Palin.

    When McCain selected her, I imagined Liddy Dole, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins all kicking things across their living rooms …

    Sarah Palin’s “record” in two-and-a-half-years as governor is mixed at best. And when the going got tough … she fled.

    “I’m not retreating, I’m advancing in another direction”? To quote The Great One: “Har-har-hardy-har-har.”

  22. coozledad said on July 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Now I’m trying to figure out which I’ve been called more often: a pussy, or an asshole. It’s going to keep me awake.
    On second thought, maybe not. My wife uses the latter term more frequently.

  23. Jeff Borden said on July 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Cooz,

    I recently endured the most ugly slur I have ever heard while driving. Some suburbanite creep in a brand new Camry slid over into my lane as I was making a left turn onto Lawrence Avenue from the Kennedy Expressway, leading me to blast him with my very loud Acura horn. (It really is ear-piercing.) At the light, he rolled his window down and yelled, “Fuck you, old man!!”

    Old man? Me? A mere 58? I found myself wishing I was driving a 19-year-old Buick Estate Wagon so I could ram his pretty little car at warp speed. Asshole and pussy are not even in the same league as being called an old man.

  24. Jeff Borden said on July 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    re: Sarah Palin. What Jason T. said. Bravo.

  25. coozledad said on July 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Jeff: We were driving in Manhattan several years back and a guy pulled up even with us and yelled,”You drive like most people fuck!” Later, when we were coming back, we noticed some people engaging in heavy petting while driving. I resisted the temptation to yell “You fuck like most people drive!”

  26. nancy said on July 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t even get the insult. Too fast? Too slow? In missionary position? You’re boring? You’re fat? You don’t go down enough? Those are two activities that really don’t seem to compare, unless we’re talking how you handle your gearshift.

  27. coozledad said on July 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I didn’t get it either, unless he was suggesting that most people are inept when it comes to sex, in which case, he picked an odd situation to wax philosophical.

  28. alex said on July 27, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I also concur with what Jason T. said. What’s fascinating, if anything, is watching her preside over the demise of the conservative movement. Glad to see she’s leaving elected office to pursue it full-time. I wish her Godspeed.

    Here’s betting we see Sarah Palin take it all off for Playboy when she can’t get national media attention any other way.

  29. MichaelG said on July 27, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    The way I heard it was “You drive like old people fuck. Slow and jerky.” It’s a shoulder shrugger.

  30. LAMary said on July 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    What Michael said. I’ve heard that one too and it’s not very clever. I’m thinking that the moron who would say that would probably not be my dreamboat in the sack, but maybe I’m jumping to conclusions.

  31. brian stouder said on July 27, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Well, let me just say – The Henry Ford Museum is very, very cool; the young folks were enthralled from the get-go, with the massive, old-time, hands-on Chesapeake and Ohio locomotive. And of course, the cars on display, especially including the rock-stars’ cars, were especially neat. (the show-stopper, though, was their display about Women’s Suffrage, which choked me up, plus a very nice dollop of Lincolnia)

    As for driving like old people gettin’ jiggy, I goota say I was at a loss with Dearborn’s very brief protected-arrow traffic signals, followed by…a blinking red light!

    This caused a high-level consultation between Pam and I; I was guessing that the blinky red meant I could go if it was clear to proceed, whereas Pam thought that I’d lose that discussion with the police…so I sat through one, and no doubt irritated the (politely quiet) car right behind me.

    Anyway – I did hear a Palin snippet on the radio, something incomprehensible aimed at “the media” and regarding the US military(?), about “stop makin’ things up”…??

    What-evuh!

  32. alex said on July 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Maybe the epithet came from the male point of view of fucking: Hit ’em and run.

  33. jcburns said on July 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Maybe the epithet refers to “lurching and bucking,” which a friend/GM engineer told us are actual terms they use for troubled engines on the road.

  34. moe99 said on July 27, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    If anyone other than Palin had pulled the same stunt halfway through office, they would have been branded a “QUITTER.” Why does that appellation not apply here?

  35. coozledad said on July 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    There you go. Another one of life’s mysteries solved here on the internets. I do drive slowly. I must have misheard them slightly.

  36. LAMary said on July 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Slow can be OK.

  37. alex said on July 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    moe–

    The capacity for evangelical Christian forgiveness is boundless. (Not toward gay people, of course, who’ve done nothing for which they need to apologize except having been born.) But, seriously, I think if she took it all off for Playboy it wouldn’t hurt her one bit with the Republican base. Hell, she and Twillo or whatever her daughter’s name is could pose together, six-inch heels pinning the extremities of a dead bear to the ground, a confederate flag draped loosely around their backsides while they show us airbrushed Brazilians astride the shafts of AK-47s in an erotic parade rest.

    I’m enjoying reading about all these Repubs ducking hardball questions on where they stand on the birthers and getting booed down when they waffle. Voinovich of Ohio is candidly calling the New GOP the Old South as he prepares for retirement. I’ve never felt more optimistic about where this country’s headed. At long last.

    EDIT: Is it just me, or is this ‘blog suddenly auto-hyphenating? Never noticed it before. Had to delete them out when pasting a quote into itals earlier and wondering whereTF that came from.

  38. Jolene said on July 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Alex, you can not only read about them ducking those questions, you can watch them doing it. Pretty funny stuff.

    Not sure what you’re reading, but Politico has an article about GOP Congress types worrying about encounters w/ the birthers in their districts during the August recess.

  39. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Twillo?

    Ah, time for (again) — http://politsk.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah_13.html

    Brought to you by Wood Corps Palin. Your turn!

    (I must point out for Andrew Sullivan’s benefit that if Barack Obama was actually born . . . to Sarah Palin, his name would be Tarp Lazer Palin. Ask yer congresscritter about that one.)

  40. MarkH said on July 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Ummm…all except Ann Coulter, believe it or not. Here’s proof, if you can stand to watch it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYQr2a4vqqg

    She also points out that a number of conservative publications/sites, ie Human Events, have not been on board with the birthers. Don’t know if THAT’S true. If you last that long, you can hear Huckabee with what I think is the best evidence that birthers are wrong.

    BTW, ironically, Dobbs is reportedly on-record as believing Obama is indeed US-born, but hanging his birther-thumping on newsworthiness. Which, I guess is code for ratings.

  41. alex said on July 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Luger Otter Palin. This time.

    EDIT: Ann Coulter now tacking moderate. What a mindfuck that is.

  42. brian stouder said on July 27, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    She also points out that a num­ber of con­ser­v­a­tive publications/sites, ie Human Events, have not been on board with the birthers.

    Human Events? Are you serious? Those guys are batshit crazy on practically everything else; if they’re remotely sensible on whether President Obama is really an American, then that must be the exception that proves the rule

  43. MarkH said on July 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I just searched for any story on birthers or Obama citizenship on their website, Brian, and nothing. Maybe I’m not using the right keywords. Just sayin’.

    My sense on all this is that most conservatives don’t believe it, but the batshit crazy ones, as you put it, are driving the newscycle. Or, absent any real proof to the contrary, they’re left with no reasonable option but to accept Obama as US-born. Which, he is.

    EDIT – BTW, Brian, that Massa catastophe was about the most freakish accident I’ve seen in 40 years of watching F1, second only to Senna, perhaps, 15 years ago. Reports indicate he’ll survive, but he’s not only done for the year, he’ll never be the same. In a cruel coincidence, only the week before, Henry Surtees, the son of the only world champion on both two and four wheels, John Surtees, was killed in much the same way in an F2 race. This time it was a loose tire that smacked the driver’s helmet. Only 18 years old. Interesting story getting traction: Michael Schumacher may actually come out of retirement to fill in the season for Massa at Ferrari(!). Oh, look at Eccelstone; his mouth is watering…

  44. alex said on July 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    The Yarn Harlot’s plight caught my curiosity and while surfing found this:

    http://mustlovewine.com/twitter_timeline_public.php?q=%23yarnharlot

    Heartening.

  45. brian stouder said on July 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Mark, I did the same thing, and only noticed that Human Events takes advertisements from the crazies, even if they don’t editorially endorse what the crazies think…sorta like their ads for the REAL American History, that rightly understand the Southern Freedom Fighters who unfortunately were smashed out of existence by the despotic and illegitimate regime of the Traitor to Freedom, Abraham Lincoln, in the War of Northern Aggression.

    This is sort of like a conversation I overheard, amongst a couple a right-thinkin’ biddness men (slicked back hair, fancy car-drivin’ Repub-by-God-licans) lamenting “when the bill comes due” for all this leftist crap we’re getting hit with. All these folks who like this stuff won’t like it so well when THEY have to pay the bill, they agreed.

    One was a very successful insurance man, and I wanted to say – why the hell should ANYbody have insurance? Pay as you go, by God! If you can’t afford something, then do without. Suffer a little – or die! Why should I pay into insurance, so as to ocover someone else? Isn’t the whole CONCEPT of insurance basically fraudulant? Suckers who don’t get sick subsidize unlucky bastards who do, right?

    But no – I thought better of applying the same mindless stupidity to their vocation, that they apply to my country’s government.

    edit – Mark, I saw the Schuey story, but what I saw (on BBC’s sports wire) was a Nicky Lauda trial balloon. If it comes true, I’ll be as happy as a pig in mud…although I always liked Massa, and I think Raikkonen is the most over-paid guy in the sport (now that Ralphie Schumacher is out, anyway!)

  46. MarkH said on July 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Michael is still under contract to Ferrari, Brian, and this is getting more serious play than Lauda’s suggestion. Google the story and you’ll see the newssites and blogsites buzzing and Domenicali is not discouraging the talk. Schuey is quiet so far.

    EDIT – The CBO numbers seem to be fueling those repub-byGod-licans, as you labeled them.

  47. MichaelG said on July 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    When the serious penalties are handed out in the next place Eccel­stone and Tony George will be at the head of the line.

  48. Dexter said on July 27, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I had the beejeezuss scared out of me way back when, as I had driven since morning from Pacific Grove , down the Coast Highway (1) to San Luis Obispo and then took 101 over into LA, and I was almost to Eagle Rock, my destination, travelling about 60, when a LA city bus got behind me and laid on the loudest damn horn I had ever heard, then he swung over into the next lane and I glanced over to see him fist-shaking and mouthing bad words, I assumed. I immediately thought I must have been in a bus-only lane, no…other cars were there, too…no markings on the road or on signage…so I finally guessed the bus driver was pissed off because I was driving too slowly, but I was right there with the traffic. Maybe the fucker just didn’t like Fords.

  49. ROgirl said on July 28, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Another name for a new Palin offspring: Stump.

  50. basset said on July 28, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Maybe they can pull Scott Speed back from ARCA… or wherever he is now.

  51. MarkH said on July 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Great name, isn’t it, Basset? You can’t make that stuff up. reminds me of Swede Savage back in the early ’70s. What a name for a cartoon race driver; sidekick to Speed Racer! In the TransAm races of that era, Parnelli Jones kicked butt in Mustangs, while Savage drove the Dodge Challenger for Dan Gurney. When Jones showed up for qualifying, his first question was always, “How’s Swede running?” Savage was killed in the abbreviated ’73 Indy 500. Incredibly talented.

    Scott Speed just didn’t have it for F1. He’s in NASCAR now, not finishing very high these days.

    http://www.scottspeed.com/#/en/Home/

    What MichaelG said. Amen.