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(CNN)   One week later, a reminder to conservatives: In 1962, the government regulated the price of every airline ticket, all men prepared for the draft, the top income tax rate was 91%, and owning a telephone or gold bars was illegal under federal law   (cnn.com) divider line 22
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2012-11-13 08:11:31 AM  
3 votes:

heap: ok, it was babyshiat green, and nobody really missed anything if they don't have that memory, but...i need some kind of salve for the indications that i'm an old fart, and i'll take what i can get.


Don't feel alone, my fellow old fark (I prefer that term), I remember how excited I was when we upgraded to a push button phone from the rotary model. It was quite an exciting day... Then I went outside and played with rocks and sticks with my friends. : )
2012-11-13 07:38:00 AM  
3 votes:
Having watched an AirTran flight from Philadelphia to Orlando board I would vote for a candidate who would reregulate the airlines.
2012-11-13 07:22:30 AM  
3 votes:
THEN WHO WAS PHONE?
2012-11-13 01:58:08 PM  
2 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com

This was my favourite. The handset weighed around 30 pounds if I recall. As a bonus, I think the cord was insulated with Asbestos. Truly a weapon of the ages.
2012-11-13 01:01:40 PM  
2 votes:

keylock71: ...Also, these days hanging the phone up on someone after telling them off just doesn't have the same power that it did with the old rotary phones.


Hell, even dialing up the person you were going to biatch out was fun. SNAP-tic-tic-tic-tic... SNAP-tic-tic-tic-tic...etc for 7-9 digits. Dialing took just long enough that you had time to practice your verbal biatchslap. Finish it up by slamming the phone on the cradle, knowing it won't damage the phone, delivering a loud crash followed by an annoying dial tone -- and the person you called KNEW they had been dissed. Unlike the meek little silence that follows hanging up on somebody via a cell phone.

Hmm, now that I'm feeling all nostalgic, it might be nice to have a landline and tank phone around just for making those rare angry calls.
2012-11-13 09:49:28 AM  
2 votes:

mrshowrules: nmemkha: Every time someone calls Obama a socialist, God kills a kitten.

What if you do that while masturbating?


then you're at a tea party rally.
2012-11-13 07:58:17 AM  
2 votes:

dittybopper: it's just that TPC wouldn't fix it.

*Which they didn't often do, because they were built like a friggin' electronic tank.



Remember all those old movies in which people used the table-top models as freaking weapons? Guy breaks in, resident grabs phone, and THWACK! upside the head.

I'm not trying that with my RAZR.
2012-11-13 10:03:13 AM  
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: I just took my kid into a store the other day, and they had a little area for kids to play while parents shop. Among the toys was a broken old rotary phone. I felt so old.


Holy shiat! They couldn't find any rocks or hammers for the kids to play with?
2012-11-13 09:49:57 AM  
1 votes:

mrshowrules: nmemkha: Every time someone calls Obama a socialist, God kills a kitten.

What if you do that while masturbating?


You create a zombie kitten.
2012-11-13 08:36:14 AM  
1 votes:

UNC_Samurai: brantgoose: When Nixon successfully adopted his "Southern Strategy", which was to win over Southern crackers, racists, and loonies to the Republican party (which was a progressive, educated middle class, Northern party in the days of Lincoln) he took over an ideology which was alien to genuine conservatism and to genuine progress: racism.

Racism exploited by the Republicans? That's preposterous. Let's ask the guy who worked as a campaign strategist to Reagan, both Bushs, and was Karl Rove's mentor - he'll clear things up...

You start out in 1954 by saying, "N*****, n*****, n*****." By 1968 you can't say "n*****" - that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now, you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that.

But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me - because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "N*****, n*****."


Lee Atwater, is that you?


I always liked the image of Atwater sequestering himself in a motel room in 1992, to try and catch up with the whole "youth demographic" he'd been behind on keeping up with. So he watched MTV alone in a motel for 3 days.

And died the following year of a brain aneurysm.
2012-11-13 08:23:36 AM  
1 votes:

way south: keylock71: heap: ok, it was babyshiat green, and nobody really missed anything if they don't have that memory, but...i need some kind of salve for the indications that i'm an old fart, and i'll take what i can get.

Don't feel alone, my fellow old fark (I prefer that term), I remember how excited I was when we upgraded to a push button phone from the rotary model. It was quite an exciting day... Then I went outside and played with rocks and sticks with my friends. : )

I almost forgot about rotary dialing.
I remember when I got a pulse dialing phone for my room. It was awesome!

/We also had sticks.
/but We had to share the rock with the entire platoon.


I feel bad for kids today... They'll never know the joy of nailing your best friend in the head with a rock while playing "War". My particular favorite was stink bomb wars with those nasty smelling fruit that fell from certain trees. Still don't know the actual name to this day. They'll always be "stink bombs" to me. : )
2012-11-13 08:19:22 AM  
1 votes:

keylock71: heap: ok, it was babyshiat green, and nobody really missed anything if they don't have that memory, but...i need some kind of salve for the indications that i'm an old fart, and i'll take what i can get.

Don't feel alone, my fellow old fark (I prefer that term), I remember how excited I was when we upgraded to a push button phone from the rotary model. It was quite an exciting day... Then I went outside and played with rocks and sticks with my friends. : )


I almost forgot about rotary dialing.
I remember when I got a pulse dialing phone for my room. It was awesome!

/We also had sticks.
/but We had to share the rock with the entire platoon.
2012-11-13 08:09:28 AM  
1 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: dittybopper: it's just that TPC wouldn't fix it.

*Which they didn't often do, because they were built like a friggin' electronic tank.


Remember all those old movies in which people used the table-top models as freaking weapons? Guy breaks in, resident grabs phone, and THWACK! upside the head.

I'm not trying that with my RAZR.


Oh man, those Ma Bell phones were amazingly solid. I have no idea what you would have to do to them to break them. Now it's like you have to replace your phone every two years or something. I blame Obama.
2012-11-13 08:07:52 AM  
1 votes:

rufus-t-firefly: randomjsa: The president was re-elected by people who want to work -- and who were convinced, rightly or wrongly, that the president's policies were more likely to create work than were the policies advocated by my party.

Let me laugh even harder.

You're on Fark throughout the workday. Why aren't you working?


He is working. This is his job.
2012-11-13 08:04:47 AM  
1 votes:

randomjsa: The president was re-elected by people who want to work -- and who were convinced, rightly or wrongly, that the president's policies were more likely to create work than were the policies advocated by my party.

Let me laugh even harder.


You're on Fark throughout the workday. Why aren't you working?
2012-11-13 08:01:04 AM  
1 votes:

dittybopper:

*Which they didn't often do, because they were built like a friggin' electronic tank.


yah, again, i think it's just one of those things you either have as a memory, or you missed out - we lived in an era where it was not only easy, but so very tempting to *kill somebody with a telephone*.

and the sonofabiatch would still work after you caved someones skull in with it.


ok, it was babyshiat green, and nobody really missed anything if they don't have that memory, but...i need some kind of salve for the indications that i'm an old fart, and i'll take what i can get.
2012-11-13 07:40:56 AM  
1 votes:

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Don't all men still have to register for the draft?


It's called "selective service" now but yeah.

Odd that you don't see too many feminists fighting to get their names on that list. ;)
2012-11-13 07:30:26 AM  
1 votes:

BarrRepublican: Owning a telephone was illegal?

/youseriousclark.jpg?


i think the memory of the 'bakelight harvest gold/baby-shiat green telephone with the rotary dial and the 500 foot long cord' is one of those indicators of age, kind of like remembering beer cans that had pull tabs.

there was a time when that was the phone you could get, because that's all that was being rented from the phone company - i could be remember it sideways, but i don't think it was a matter of 'owning a phone is illegal' so much as it was illegal for them to be sold - i remember when a phone store opened up in a local mall (right next to the Lowrey Organ, complete with fat housewifes playing ooompa-music) and it being a momentous occasion, at least.
the day the world changed, and you could get a phone shaped like Garfield. Garfield! we didn't get our flying cars, but dammit we got garfield phones.

now if you'll excuse me, my belt onion needs adjusting
2012-11-13 07:26:29 AM  
1 votes:

Monkeyhouse Zendo: BarrRepublican: Owning a telephone was illegal?

Ma Bell had the monopoly on the telephone system. They owned the phones, they owned the lines, they owned it all. If you had a working telephone, it was either owned by Ma Bell or stolen property. It was an absolute monopoly on our communications infrastructure. That's why you had a running skit on SNL with the punch line "what are you going to do, we're the phone company?".

The break up of Bell Telephone was a huge deal, how did you miss it?


By not being born when it happened would be my guess.
2012-11-13 07:21:05 AM  
1 votes:

randomjsa: The president was re-elected by people who want to work -- and who were convinced, rightly or wrongly, that the president's policies were more likely to create work than were the policies advocated by my party.

Let me laugh even harder.


You'll have to laugh pretty loudly to hear yourself over everyone laughing at you.

I'm sure you're used to this by now.
2012-11-13 07:15:18 AM  
1 votes:

RoyBatty: Did David Frum ever apologize for putting Iran in the axis of evil a few weeks after they offered sympathy and help to us after 9/11?


Because a transparently self-serving gesture totally makes up for 30 years of general asshattedness.
2012-11-13 01:54:11 AM  
1 votes:
Sounds almost...Communist.
 
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