UPDATE: Great VW Ads From the Golden Age of the Beetle

Indeed, how times have changed. 

 

My favorite print ad was a picture of my 1963 V.W. below what stated “A penny a pound.” helping me remember what I paid for mine, $2,170.00.

 

 

I created an invention for my model.

The water for the windshield washer was under the dash in the trunk, then up front.

 

 

 

It was filled will air to provide pressure for the water to shoot on the front window washers.

I punched a hole in my glove compartment rerouted the little hose so it was fixed there, filled the container with vodka and the bar was open when I was behind the wheel.

Drove around with little Dixie Cups for Orange Juice and we were good to go.

Popular Mechanics

By Bob Sorokanich

May 25, 2o17

Long before the diesel scandal, Volkswagen was a quirky company selling a wildly unconventional car to American drivers. These are some of the best ads from the Beetle’s heyday.

 

Imagine what the original VW Beetle must have looked like to the average post-war American car buyer. In a market dominated by front-engine, rear-drive sedans powered by conventional water-cooled inline sixes and V8s, the Type I Volkswagen must have seemed like a UFO. 

It’s pretty amazing that VW had such wild sales success in the U.S. market with the Beetle.

And credit for that goes to Volkswagen’s long-running ad campaign for the Beetle.

 Students of modern advertising learn all about Volkswagen’s legendary 1950s and 60s ad campaigns, which highlighted everything unconventional and backward-seeming about the car—its size, its thrift, its stalwart dedication to humble minimalism in an era when American automakers were redesigning their cars yearly to be bigger, wider, and more flamboyant.

King Rose Archives maintains a fantastic YouTube channel of vintage video footage from throughout the many eras of the automobile.

Volkswagen brings its original design to the style capital of the world, Italy.

 

Tasking an Italian design honcho with the goal of improving the car, he comes up with a single alteration: A larger rear window.

 

It’s a subtle jab at American automakers and their annual restyling, a form of planned obsolescence intended to drive yearly trade-ins for the latest mode

 

Why won’t your new Volkswagen’s doors close properly? The way VW tells it, it’s because the car’s so solidly built, it’s practically air-tight.

This was a theme in Volkswagen’s early advertisements—pointing out quirks that U.S. buyers might think of as problems (the damn doors on this thing won’t close, Ethel!) and re-explaining them as facets of the obsessive engineering that went into the car.

Also, if Ted Kennedy had been driving a V.W. while his bridge driving academy was still open, Mary Jo Kopechne would likely be alive today.

 

 

 

Parts availability and ease of repair were two major features that Volkswagen touted. Since the Type I’s major body parts went largely unchanged from the mid-1950s until 1965, VW assured  owners that they wouldn’t wait ages for replacement parts. And with the apparent ease of disassembly shown in this stunt (and in the engine-removal commercial below), Volkswagen presented its cars as being extremely easy and cheap to keep running.

 

Finally, here’s one from the later Super Beetle era. This was after the VW’s first major redesign, but the ad features a common theme present throughout Volkswagen ads: the self-deprecating focus on the Beetle’s inexpensive and nonfrivolous design.

It’s not special, the ad claims—in fact, it’s so decidedly un-special, its owners practically don’t care about it.

 

 

Times change.

Let’s make it Six

 

Volkswagen went from being an unconventional maker of humble runabouts to an industry juggernaut whose engineering hubris is behind one of the biggest automotive scandals we’ve ever seen.

My, how times change.

 

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Trump’s plan to defeat Radical Islam : Facts on Michael Flynn’s Asked For Resignation as National Security Advisor

 

General Michael Flynn publishes his views in a book titled “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win The Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.” 

 

The book identifies the main enemy to Islam’s ideological encouragement of supremacism, violence, and expansionism describes Iran as a ‘linchpin” of a loose anti-American alliance of Russia, Islam, China, and North Korea, and calls for a diplomatic effort to flip Russia against Iran and radical Islam.

 

 When dealing with Islamic militants, he writes, ”[w]e’ve got to stop feeling the slightest bit guilty about calling them by name and identifying them as fanatical killers acting on behalf of a failed civilization.”

Flynn spoke to voters, saying ”We are facing another ‘ism,’ just like we faced Nazism, and fascism, and imperialism and communism,” Flynn said. “Islam is a political ideology,  it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised.”

Nov. 18, 2016: President-elect Donald Trump announces Flynn will serve as his National Security Advisor, prompting much criticism from Obama’s left-wing and Islamic allies. 

Dec. 5, 2016: A group of left-wing, pro-Iran and pro-Muslim groups sharply protested Flynn’s role in the Trump administration, saying:

General Flynn has repeatedly made Islamophobic statements and peddled anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.

He has written that “fear of Muslims is rational” and said that “Islam is a political ideology” and “a cancer” that “hides behind being a religion,” and continuously peddles the nonsensical fear of “Shariah law” spreading in the United States … General Flynn’s repugnant statements show a lack of respect for the rights and dignity of Muslims and make him unfit for this post…

General Flynn’s appointment as National Security Advisor is a frightening prospect for anyone who values America’s national security and ability to promote stability and prosperity around the globe. We call on you to rescind it immediately.

Feb. 13, 2017: Flynn resigns after White House officials issued conflicting statements about his future. According to his resignation letter.

See the entire story on Flynn’s exit (Here)

 

Family Security Matters

By TED BELMAN

May 19, 2017

 

In Feb 2016, Lt Gen. Mike Flynn became an advisor to candidate Donald Trump. Trump was interested in his views of how to defeat radical Islam.

In the summer of that year, Flynn published his book “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win The Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.”  

In it, he wrote,”The political and theological underpinnings of their immoral actions have to be demolished.””

 

“The book identifies the main enemy to Islam’s ideological encouragement of supremacism, violence, and expansionism describes Iran as a ‘linchpin” of a loose anti-American alliance of Russia, Islam, China, and North Korea, and calls for a diplomatic effort to flip Russia against Iran and radical Islam. 

When dealing with Islamic militants, he writes, “[w]e’ve got to stop feeling the slightest bit guilty about calling them by name and identifying them as fanatical killers acting on behalf of a failed civilization.”

Even though Flynn was asked to resign in February, Trump is following his prescription to a “T”.

Dick Morris’ take on why President Trump fired former FBI Director Comey: Source

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How could the Trump Administration Possibly Have Leaked Classified Information When it’s his to declassify?

She is absolutely right when the final determination is made by Special Prosecutor Robert, Mueller, and his staff, President Trump will be completely exonerated by the purveyors of fake news and partisan progressive hacks.

 

It’s time to get to the bottom of this so that our country can get back to the business of creating a pro-growth, pro-jobs, environment in the process of “Making America Again.”

America has been in a precipitous free fall since L.B.J., and then it had new jet engines put on it by the woeful Obama administration and their Marxist allies on the left.

 

 

 

Love her or hate her, Ann Coulter brought up the end all conclusion.

Trump couldn’t possibly leak classified information, it’s his to unclassfy.

The fake news industry goes into overdrive.

Ann Coulter
May 18, 2017

Every time I try to be mad at Trump, the media reel me back in by launching some ridiculous, unprovoked attack.
This time, it’s the fake news story about Trump “leaking” classified information to the Russkies. 

The president can’t “leak” classified information: It’s his to declassify. (Source)

The big secret Trump allegedly revealed is that Muslims might try to blow up a plane with laptops.

I already knew that. I read it in The New York Times. HA!

The New York Times, March 22, 2017: 

Devices Banned on Some Planes Over ISIS Fears

“Intelligence showing that the Islamic State is developing a bomb hidden in portable electronics spurred the United States and Britain on Tuesday to bar passengers from airports in a total of 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptop computers … two senior American counterterrorism officials said. …”

This totally secret, Deep Throat-level information has been widely published in thousands of news outlets throughout the civilized world. There was yet another round of stories last week with the update that the U.S. is considering a laptop ban on flights from Europe as well. 

Hey, you know what might make more sense than banning laptops? How about banning Muslims? 

Bear with me here, I’m still working out the details, but I’m almost certain a federal judge in Hawaii can’t block a president’s temporary ban on Muslim immigration just because he’s testy with Trump over some campaign statements. 

As Northwestern law professor Eugene Kontorovich explained in The Washington Post, courts have never examined a politician’s campaign statements for improper motive, because 1) campaigns are not part of the deliberative process; and 2) to start doing so would open the door to “examinations of the entire lives of political officials whose motives may be relevant to legal questions.”

Nonetheless, Kontorovich says, that is the legal argument being advanced against Trump’s travel ban: “Trump is a bigot, and thus his winning presidential campaign, in fact, impeaches him from exercising key constitutional and statutory powers, such as administering the immigration laws.” 

To preserve their judicial coup, this Monday, the 9th Circuit sent out the geriatric ward to hear an appeal of the Hawaii judge’s absurd ruling. At their ages, there’s a good chance the judges will be dead by the time the Supreme Court overturns them. 

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As The Media Eagerly Awaits Their Daily Talking Points

By Jim Campbell

 May 16, 2017

 

It’s becoming more difficult each day to come up with an article that isn’t made up garbage.

 Calling what these overpaid fools churn out daily, “Fake News,” has become so passé.

For a time, I began referring to them as “America’s Leftist-Media,” now let’s begin calling them what they are, “Leftist Whores.”

How long has this been going on? Likely forever.

Those who were around during the evening of Uncle Walter’s nightly propaganda fests about the Vietnam War now know that he was just another useful tool of a government willing to spill blood, but not willing to win.

 

 

The slow painful death of the truth.

The general public truly lives in two separate worlds.

We have the world of the mainstream media, popular culture, and political rhetoric; a world which constantly and desperately seeks to twist or destroy any legitimate measure of reality, leading people into a frenzied fog.

Then, we have the world of concrete facts; an ugly, brutal world that upsets many people when they see it and leaves them with little more than the hope that the most innovative of us will perhaps reverse the disastrous course, or at least, survive to carry on a meaningful level of civilization.

 

The sad thing is, if a majority of the population studied and accepted the world of fact, then preparation and intelligent or aggressive action might negate any destructive outcome.

Reality only grows more ugly because we continue to ignore it.

Have you ever come to a logical or practical conclusion in response to a national or global problem and waited in vain to hear it represented in the mainstream?

Have you ever thought — if I can figure this out, why can’t they?

And by “they,” I mean the people most commonly offered a mainstream platform.

 This includes so-called “professional journalists,” political leaders, mainstream economists, highly paid “analysts,” etc.
Well, I think more and more Americans, in particular, are finally considering the notion that these “professionals” are either not very smart, or they have an agenda that seeks to perpetuate the problem rather than fix the problem.
Yes, the intellectual class, the longtime gatekeepers of public thought and consent, are actually mostly morons and/or liars with a terrible purpose in mind.
I understand that this does not come as a surprise to many of my readers, but remember, the masses are still trapped in a stupefying fog.
In the loop below it is clear that there are few original thoughts.

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Pat Condell has a Message for liberals and Muslim “Refugees”

Patrick “Pat” Condell is an English writer, political commentator, comedian and atheist internet personality.
 
He performed alternative comedy shows during the 1980s and 1990s in the United Kingdom and won a Time Out Comedy Award in 1991.
 

He was also a regular panelist on BBC Radio 1’s “Loose Talk”.

From early 2007, he began posting short monologs denouncing religion to a number of video sharing websites, consequently receiving numerous death threats.

 

 

Trigger Reset

 

May 7, 2017

 

 

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His videos have been featured on many websites, including YouTube and LiveLeak.
They have also been published on DVD, and also as a book of video transcripts.
As of March 2013, Pat Condell’s YouTube channel had over 177,902 subscribers and 44 million video views.

 

 

 

Online videos and politics
 
In September 2009, he was one of the top ten most subscribed users on YouTube in the United Kingdom and the most subscribed to the comedian of all time in the UK.
Eight of his videos are in the top hundred most commented on videos in the UK. Most of his YouTube videos chastise Islam and Western appeasement of Islam.

His videos have caused Condell to receive hundreds of death threats and also a significant amount of support.

His videos have been featured on websites and blogs, including  his one, Little Green Footballs, LiveLeak, Jihad Watch, MilkandCookies, Kathy Shaidle’s blog, Geert Wilders, the leader of the political party Party for Freedom website, PZ Myers’ blog Pharyngula, and Richard Dawkins’ website.

In 2007 one of Condell’s YouTube videos was used in a presentation by Sir Harold Kroto, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, at the Beyond Belief symposium.

Condell’s first video, uploaded to YouTube on 8 February 2007 was his participation in The Blasphemy Challenge, an Internet-based project which aims to get atheists declare themselves.

The challenge asks atheists to submit videos to the website YouTube, in which they record themselves blaspheming or denying the existence of the Holy Spirit.

Condell has spoken favorably of Geert Wilders and has described the Quran as hate speech.

Politics

In April 2010, Condell urged his viewers to vote “for freedom” and said that a “vote for any of the three main parties” would be a wasted vote in the 2010 general election.

The same day the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) said that Condell “urges voters to shun the three old parties and vote UKIP”.
In a video titled “Vote small, think big”, uploaded a fortnight before the 2010 UK general elections, and on his website, Pat Condell expressed support for the policies of the UK Independence Party. He is a strong proponent of free speech and critic of religion.
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Victory! Supreme Court Rules States Cannot Steal Money From The Innocent

Colorado, like most states, forces convicted criminals of paying court costs, fees, and restitution after they’ve been found guilty.

 

But the question arises, “What happens when someone who’s been found guilty, has paid their dues and then has their convictions overturned on appeal?

The Inspector General of the Justice Department concluded their practices constituted a threat to everyone’s civil liberties, and now, apparently, the SCOTUS agrees.

Everyone is entitled to due process under the law and are likewise entitled to keeping their assets once they’re found not guilty in criminal court.

It’s a good day to be an American.

Maybe now law enforcement at all levels will stop such controversial practices. (Source)

Do they get their money back?”

Not in many states, like Colorado.

H/T

Give Me Liberty

 

 

 

 

But all of that has changed after a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

 

The state not stealing money from innocent people sounds like common sense, right? Well, unfortunately, in the land of the free, it was necessary for SCOTUS to step in and tell the greedy state that they do not have a right to steal people’s money.

According to Forbes, “defendants, Shannon Nelson and Louis Madden, were convicted for sexual offenses and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in court costs, fees, and restitution

. Between her conviction and later acquittal, the state withheld $702 from Nelson’s inmate account, while Madden paid Colorado $1,977 after his conviction. 

When their convictions were overturned,

Nelson and Madden demanded their money back.”

 

I could give a rats ass about who marries whom?

our progressives “Legislators,” will not allow not honor their oath to protect the Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment.

Colorado refused, even after the plaintiffs won in a state-level appellate court.

The state, instead, insisted that if they wanted their money back, they’d have to file a claim under the Exoneration Act, forcing the defendants to once again prove their innocence to retrieve their funds.

The plaintiffs appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, who sided with the citizens in a 7-1 ruling, declaring Colorado’s law unconstitutional.

 

When she woke up, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion for the court declaring “the Exoneration Act’s scheme does not comport with the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of due process.”
 

Ginsburg wrote that Nelson and Madden are “entitled to be presumed innocent” and “should not be saddled with any proof burden” to reclaim what is already theirs. In other words, they shouldn’t have to demonstrate they’re not criminals after the court has already made such a determination. According to Forbes:

Ginsburg forcefully rejected Colorado’s argument that “[t]he presumption of innocence applies only at criminal trials,” and not to civil claims, as under the Exoneration Act:  “Colorado may not presume a person, adjudged guilty of no crime, nonetheless guilty enough for monetary exactions.” ( She was right to do so.)

The decision, on its surface, may not seem like much but holds promise for putting an end to the much-criticized practice of local law enforcement agencies around the country who engage in civil asset forfeiture.

The Free Thought Project has worked diligently to highlight such fiscally abusive practices taking place all around the country.

Take for instance rapper Blac Youngsta’s recent run-in with the law back in January.

 

See the entire article below.

 

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Asked and Answered: Any president is authorized by the U.S. Supreme Court to Block Certain Aliens from Entering the United States

As the U.S. Supreme Court said in 2004 in U.S. v. Flores-Montano, “The government’s interest in preventing the entry of unwanted persons and effects is at its zenith at the international border.” (Source)

 

In this case, Congress, which under the Constitution has complete authority over immigration, passed a statute providing the president the authority to suspend the entry of aliens into the country.

According to Gorton, in “light of the ‘plenary congressional power to make policy and rules for exclusion of aliens, which pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), has been delegated to the president, the court concludes that the government’s reasons, as provided in the [executive order], are facially legitimate and bona fide.” (Source)

 

What about Obama?

Obama administration was very generous in granting citizens of Muslim nations special amnesty protections and residency benefits in the U.S. During a five-year period, Obama’s DHS issued around 680,000 green cards to foreigners from Muslim countries, according to the agency’s figures.

Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Libya were among the nations. In 2015 Judicial Watch reported on a special “humanitarian” amnesty program offered to illegal aliens from Yemen, an Islamic Middle Eastern country well-known as an Al Qaeda breeding ground.

Yemen is the headquarters of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the State Department has revealed that AQAP militants carried out hundreds of attacks including suicide bombers, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), ambushes, kidnappings and targeted assassinations.

Circling back to Syrian refugees, as Obama let thousands settle in the U.S. his own intelligence and immigration officials admitted that individuals with ties to terrorist groups used the program to try to infiltrate the country and that there is no way to properly screen them.

In 2015 the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) confirmed that individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria tried to gain entry to the U.S. through the refugee program and that the program is “vulnerable to exploitation from extremist groups seeking to send operatives to the West.”

Before that, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Matthew Emrich, admitted during a congressional hearing that there’s no way to adequately screen Syrian refugees because the Syrian government doesn’t have an intelligence database to run checks against.

Additionally, FBI Assistant Director Michael Steinbach conceded that the U.S. government has no system to properly screen Syrian refugees.

Trump’s refugee order not same as Obama’s in 2011.

Seriously? Does the number of countries matter? (Source)

(Source: Judicial Watch)

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