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Hillary Wants You to Drive 55... Again

2016 Chevy Cruze

Affronting Huitzilopochtli

Get Magnetized!

We’re a bit behind for the month so far. Please see the other rant (here) I posted earlier this week…

2016 Chevy Cruze

The Chevy Cruze was the last man standing – so to speak. It was the only other affordable diesel-powered car…

New Car Reviews

2016 Chevy Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze Launch Event Coachella

The Chevy Cruze was the last man standing – so to speak. It was the only other affordable diesel-powered car you could buy … other than VW’s diesel-powered cars. Which you can’t buy anymore. At least not now. Not until Uncle says ok. Which he may never. That left the Cruze diesel. It cost more than its VW equivalent – the Jetta TDI – but it cost a lot less than…

2016 Ford Focus “Triple”

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I have a three cylinder motorcycle. A “triple.” For a 400 pound bike, it’s plenty. But how about a 2,900 pound car? A 3,000 pound-plus car, once you add you. Well, me. But the Ford Focus manages – probably because its “triple” makes 123 hp – which is a lot of power for a 1 liter engine (the mighty Kawasaki triple – which was considered a terror in its time…

2016 Chevy Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

History does repeat – in unexpected ways. When Japanese (and later, Korean) car companies challenged the family car hegemony of Detroit’s Big Three back in the ‘70s ands ‘80s, they did so with smaller-engined/high-efficiency/value-priced (but still very nice) cars. Cue Role Reversal. While Japanese family cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord still come with big sixes (optionally, if you want ‘em) their American-brand rivals are powered by fuel-efficient fours…

2016 Dodge Charger

2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

American cars are all but extinct. Not American brands. GM and Ford are still making cars. But they are very different kinds of cars now. Mostly, they are front-wheel-drive in layout, “sensible” in in demeanor and powered by a four … with perhaps a six available optionally. Forget a V8. An exception to this rule is the Dodge Charger. It is a true Roller, like they used to make ‘em. Bigness (and heaviness) are elements of…

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel

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The easiest way to make a sale is to have something to sell that people want but no one else is selling. Like a diesel pick-up truck, for instance. There are very few – and only one that isn’t at least a 1500. It’s the mid-sized GMC Canyon (and its Chevy-badged twin, the Colorado) which is the only truck in its class that’s available with an oil burner. Which gives…

2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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It is no easy thing going from a 500 horsepower Challenger R/T to a no-horsepower Toyota Camry hybrid. Well, ok, that’s not fair. The Camry hybrid does have horsepower. But only about a third as much as the Challenger R/T I reviewed last week. Then again, the Challenger only gives you about a third of the mileage. You get to 60 a lot faster, of course. But forget about going 731…

Politics

Hillary Wants You to Drive 55… Again

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Donald Trump doesn’t want to Drive 55 – but Hillary does. Well, she wants us to drive 55. The Dear Leader’s armored limo, of course, is not subject to any speed limits. They are for the Little People (that’s us) only. And if Hillary becomes Dear Leader, we may be driving 55 again. Here she goes: “The 55 mile speed limit really does lower gas usage. And wherever it can be required, and the people will accept it, we ought to do it.” She uttered this ten years ago almost to the day…

Affronting Huitzilopochtli

Mr. H 2

With real crimes – that is, actions that result in real harm to real people – it is easy enough to objectively define the crime. You either did – or didn’t take something that belongs to someone else. You either did – or did not – hurt someone else. If you did, then it’s right and reasonable that you – the causer of the harm – be held accountable. “Speeding,” on the other hand, is an odd sort of crime. In most cases, no harm has been caused to anyone. A statute has…

Full Service is Back . . . If Uncle Allows it

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Maybe you remember full-service gas stations. Not like in New Jersey today. Where – by law – you ‘re forced to wait for a lout (whoops, “attendant”) to slouch on over and eventually gas up your car … and usually, your fender, too. He takes his time, doesn’t care whether your time matters. And you definitely do not get a set of drinking glasses for the kids. Full service – back in the day – was different. You chose to pay a little extra and for that you got royal treatment. Usually, from…

Why I Like The Donald and May Even Vote for Him

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Voting amounts to answering that question about whether you’ve stopped beating your wife. There’s no winning. Best to keep your mouth shut. But – god help me –  I may just vote for Trump. Not because I like Trump – I suspect his Dear Leader tendencies – but because I love what he has done to Jeb! and Lyin’ Ted (the next-best thing to Jeb!) and even more satisfying, the entire cohort of oily, cap-toothed “neoconservative” warfare staters. In particular Billy Kristol, publisher of The Weekly Standard – the bible of chickenhawks who love war so…

Uncle’s Roads…

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When you’re a Libertarian, you get challenged a lot to conjure what things would be like absent Uncle’s interventions. For example, roads. The contra argument – against privately built and managed roads – always presumes that things as they are, including particularly the existing network of government-built roads, is the only way things ever could be. How would you ever get to work or anywhere else if roads were privately owned? You’d have no choice but to use the road in front of your house! How would it be maintained – and paid for –…

The Crony Capitalist King

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If Elon Musk’s various projects are so Iron Man fabulous, why do they all need so much government “help”? Shouldn’t Tesla – and Solar City and SpaceX – be able to stand on their merits… if they actually have merit? Tesla fanbois – and Musk himself – will tell you all about the virtues of his electric cars. They are sleek and speedy. This is true. But they are also expensive (the least expensive model, the pending Model X, will reportedly start around $35k, about the same price as a luxury sedan like…