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Ford Verses Ferrari

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So let’s start with what is bad in this movie, the title. This movie really isn’t about the epic struggle between the Ford Motor Company and Italy’s best car company, Ferrari. This movie really isn’t about Henry Ford, II and his desire to beat, Enzo Ferrari. Instead, this movie is about a friendship between Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. Unless you are a car enthusiast, most people haven’t heard of Carroll Shelby. You have to be an absolute racing nut, you would’ve never heard of Ken Miles. Now, you can sort of see why they named a movie Ford versus Ferrari.

The cast is absolutely fantastic. There are wonderful performances by Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Caltriona Balfe was also wonderful as the wife of Ken Miles.

Basically, this movie is about Carroll Shelby making a car that would beat the Ferrari at the LeMans. The person Carroll Shelby hires to help him build this “supercar” is Ken Miles. Ken Miles is not only an engineer but he’s also a driver. He is a great driver. He understands cars. He understands how cars feel and work when they are pushed to the limit.

This movie takes place in the late 50s and early 60s. The direction is fabulous. The racing scenes are absolutely tremendous.  I highly recommend this movie. Have fun.

By |2020-03-07T22:21:57-04:00March 7th, 2020|Movies|Comments Off on Ford Verses Ferrari

The Errington Thompson Show 12-13-08

I start off by stumbling over the website I don’t why I can’t pronounce Buzzflash, but I think it has something to do with rented lips. Anyway, as usual, I start with Things that make you go hmmm – I review the Six great myths about GM, Ford and Chrysler. A bi-partisan Senate report signed by John McCain and others blames Bush and Rumsfeld for detainee abuse. Governor Rod Blagojevich owes an Illinois law firm $500,000. His money troubles seem to be just beginning. Dare to be stupid, Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Guests – Mark Karlin from We talk about Chicago politics and Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Let’s Rewind – I end the show with a few stories about Gov. F-Bomb and play some clips from Obama’s press conference.

Great show… enjoy!

By |2012-05-07T17:18:55-04:00January 18th, 2009|Domestic Issues, Podcasts, Senate|Comments Off on The Errington Thompson Show 12-13-08

President Ford on the Iraq War

President Ford was from a different time.  A time of modesty.  He would never stand up and denounce a sitting president.  It didn’t matter if the President was Republican or Democrat.  He understand the niceties of politics from an era before Tom “the Hammer” Delay and Newt Gingrich.  So, I find it interesting that he did an interview with Bob Woodward and asked for it to be published after his death.  President Ford was a practical man in my opinion.  He believed in negotiation something the neo-cons don’t believe is necessary.  Therefore, it is no surprise that he didn’t support the invasion. 

From WaPo:

“Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction,” Ford said. “And now, I’ve never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.”

In a conversation that veered between the current realities of a war in the Middle East and the old complexities of the war in Vietnam whose bitter end he presided over as president, Ford took issue with the notion of the United States entering a conflict in service of the idea of spreading democracy.

By |2006-12-28T08:50:46-04:00December 28th, 2006|Bush Administration, Domestic Issues, Iraq|Comments Off on President Ford on the Iraq War
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