"Hate Crime" Protection For Heroes?

2015 Infiniti QX80

Lock-Down Nation

2015 Kia K900

2015 Infiniti QX80

Well, gas is cheap again. Does it mean big SUVs (with big, thirsty V8s) will make a comeback? I doubt…

Lock-Down Nation

While waiting for a dentist appointment, I was listening to a news report about NewYork City being on “lockdown” because of…

2015 Kia K900

“K900″ sounds like the designation for the latest Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine. But it’s a Korean sub – and…

New Car Reviews

2015 Infiniti QX80

2015 Infiniti QX80

Well, gas is cheap again. Does it mean big SUVs (with big, thirsty V8s) will make a comeback? I doubt it. Even though the cost of fuel is down, the cost of everything else has gone up. I don’t buy the happy talk about the “recovery.” No one I know has “recovered.” Most of us are just trying to pay the bills. Barely. But, I am happy in the way…

2015 Kia K900

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“K900″ sounds like the designation for the latest Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine. But it’s a Korean sub – and its warheads are targeted at Mercedes and BMW. Kind of like Lexus did, back in the day. The concept is similar: Offer more car (literally) for less money. Thus, the K900 is bigger – and a great deal roomier – than an E-Class, but costs tens of thousands less than an S-Class.…

2015 Toyota Camry

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Don’t worry – they didn’t mess it up. The “bold” and “sporty” 2015 Camry is – wisely – more or less the same as it was before. Yes, it has a new face. And there is a new (and “sportier” optional gauge cluster). But it’s no Altima/Maxima/Mazda6/Accord … thank god. Toyota isn’t stupid, after all. And it would be exceptionally stupid to take the best-selling family sedan on the market and…

2015 VW Golf

'15 Golf lead?

The Beetle is cute and lately, butch – but the VW that consistently sells best (and which has done so, for a long time) is the Golf …  which was once the Rabbit … which was the car that succeeded the original (air-cooled/rear-engined) Beetle, back in the late ’70s… by which time it could no longer comply with Uncle’s ever-more-demanding laundry list of “safety” and “emissions” requirements. The reasons for the Golf’s enduring…

2015 Lexus IS350

'15 IS 350 lead

It’s said that good things come in small packages – but sometimes, they’re maybe a bit too small. Which accounts for Lexus’ re-bopp of the IS series sport sedan. It’s a a little bigger now – closer to being a mid-sized sport sedan – and has a passenger-viable backseat. Unlike, say, its most obvious direct competitor – the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Which is a gorgeous car with a medieval back seat (27.1 inches of legroom,…

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

'15 GLA 45 rear view

Wastegates popping, all four tires skittering … zero to 60 in the mid-high fours. In a snarky little hatchback hot rod.  STi, right? Nope. GLA 45 AMG. Mercedes’ take on Subaru’s idea. High-lined and tweaked up. Sits lower. Runs harder. Sounds tougher. Extremely turbocharged 2.0 four feeding a ground-grabbing, pavement rippling all-wheel-drive system… just sans the gold anodized wheels and super-sized spatula on the trunk. It’s an STi for grown-ups. WHAT IT IS The GLA is…

Politics

“Hate Crime” Protection For Heroes?

fat hero

Should it be illegal – a crime in and of itself – to dislike cops? The Fraternal Order of Police – the union for cops – thinks it ought to be. It is officially demanding that cops – already a protected (and entitled) class – be further set apart from ordinary folks by passing legislation that would enable prosecutors to pursue additional “hate crimes” charges against any not-cop who is accused of voicing anti-cop sentiments while, say, “resisting arrest” by attempting to ward off the wood shampoo being administered by a cop. Or in the…

Lock-Down Nation

lockdown pic

While waiting for a dentist appointment, I was listening to a news report about NewYork City being on “lockdown” because of snow. Only the official vehicles of the anointed were at liberty to be out and about. Ordinary citizens were subject to arrest merely for daring to attempt travel. It reminded me of the old Soviet Union (long forgotten by most Americans, perhaps because we’re living in the Soviet Union now). Of party bigwigs in their ZIL limos, broad avenues empty except for them. This is of a piece with the lockdown of Boston…

All Over The Road Clover

dancing Clover

But, he’s not “drunk” – so it’s ok! The driver (loosely used) in the video above was almost certainly sober. But his form of impairment (incompetence? senility?) is not socially stigmatized, much less savagely prosecuted. Mind, I am no defender of “drunk” driving. I’m critical of anyone who can’t control their car for any reason. Unlike Clovers, who only care about people’s BAC levels – their actual driving being irrelevant. It seems to me that if your driving can’t be faulted – if you can keep your car between the yellow line to…

Automotive Affirmative Action

gas lead

Would you buy a money hog? Arguably, that’s what any hybrid – or electric – car has become given what’s happened to the price of gas. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t selling well all of a sudden. In October of 2014, they were down 30 percent – and that was when unleaded regular was averaging $3 a gallon. It is now averaging under $2 a gallon. Very hard to make a case for a hybrid that costs thousands more than otherwise-similar non-hybrid when you can fill up the non-hybrid for $20 again. And forget…

Roaches Don’t Like The Light

roach away

What possible legitimate objection could any cop have to being video/audio recorded while performing his “duties”?  As the saying goes, if you’ve got nothing to hide… . But of course, there is much to hide – such as the recent choke-holding death of cigarette scofflaw Eric Garner. Take away the inconvenient video and the official story becomes: Large, threatening black man resists arrest and is unfortunately killed during a scuffle. The video shows what really happened – and of course, that’s the problem. Roaches scurry away from bright lights. There are lots of roaches in Illinois.…