Clover Can't Stay In His Lane

The Nine Archons

To Harass And Impose

Clover Pulls Out/Won't Move Over

Clover Can't Stay In His Lane

Another day, another Clover.  Here’s one who can’t manage the challenge of keeping his car in his lane. He swerves…

The Nine Archons

I’ve never much liked priests. Those guys (and lately, gals) in black outfits who have anointed themselves the parsers and…

To Harass And Impose

It was a beautiful August Saturday night; high 70s, low humidity and mostly sunny. A local restaurant on the main…

New Car Reviews

2015 Mazda Miata

25th Anniversary Mazda MX-5

McDonalds still sells the Quarter Pounder. McRibs have come and (thankfully) gone. Similarly over at Mazda. Since 1989 – the first year for the Miata – many other Mazdas have come … and gone. Not necessarily because they weren’t appealing cars (a twin-turbo RX-7 is very appealing) or even because they were bad cars (like the Millennia, which wasn’t).    It’s just that they were too much – or too…

2015 Scion FR-S

'15 FR-S lead

Muscle cars and pony cars and exotic high-performance cars abound. But there aren’t many true sports cars around. Not for less than $25k to start, at least. Arguably, the Mazda Miata has been the only one. It has certainly been the most successful one. For 25 years now – and still going strong. Subaru and Toyota (an oddfellas partnership, if ever there was one) decided to have a go at this…

2015 Hyundai Genesis

'15 Genesis lead

Here’s some inside baseball. Two of the best luxury sedans on the market are – technically - not luxury sedans. Well, they’re not branded - or priced – as such. I speak – out of school – of the Chrysler 300 and the Hyundai Genesis, just updated for the new model year. But you’d be a fool not to consider them as such – and to compare them with the “branded” stuff.…

2014 Lexus IS 350

'14 IS 350 curb 1

Good things come in small packages – but sometimes, they’re maybe a bit too small. Hence, Lexus’ re-bopp of the IS series sport sedan. It’s bigger now – with a passenger-viable backseat. Unlike its most obvious competitor – the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Which is a gorgeous car and a hell of  deal, with a brilliant drivetrain (potent turbo four, almost 40 MPG on the highway) but a medieval back seat (27.1 inches of legroom, almost…

2015 Honda Fit

'15 Fit lead

Last week, I test-drove the new three-cylinder (and turbocharged) Ford Fiesta. A neat little car – emphasis on little. This week, I have the new Honda Fit, which is also little - but isn’t small. At least, not where size matters. Much as I enjoyed driving the Fiesta – with its admirably eager (and laudably fuel-efficient) turbo triple engine – I’d hate to have to ride in its severely abbreviated back seat.…

2014 Hyundai Sante Fe

'14 Sante FE GLS

Having two versions of the same crossover is pretty smart. Not everyone needs three rows – and room for seven. Some, on the other hand, have got to have that third row. The Hyundai Sante Fe is the only medium-small crossover that comes both ways – take your pick. WHAT IT IS The Sante Fe is Hyundai’s entrant in the compact and mid-sized crossover wars. It’s available in compact-sized Sport trim…

Politics

The Nine Archons

archons lead

I’ve never much liked priests. Those guys (and lately, gals) in black outfits who have anointed themselves the parsers and interpreters of the “word.”  Sound familiar? There are nine such in DC. It’s true they are a secular priesthood – but that’s actually worse in a very important way. You can tell a Catholic (or Protestant) priest to shove off. You can ignore him. Mock him, if you like. And there’s not much he can do about it – legally speaking – beyond don his hair shirt and pray for your eternal damnation. But the nine…

Are We Adults Or Children?

whining baby pic

One of my peeves is an oxymoron in the language. Someone is caught in the violation of some government edict. Say “speeding.” If he accepts his “responsibility” and pays the fine, takes his punishment without complaint, apologizes and says it will never happen again, he is considered in this society to be acting like an adult. Huh? Let me get this straight. Someone was caught violating an edict from the government and because he doesn’t throw a fit, he’s behaving like an adult? No, he’s behaving like a good, obedient child (as opposed…

Tipping Point?

Agenda 21 pic

The work-to-reward ratio has been in steady decline for decades, but may have shifted decisively and perhaps irreversibly since the bottom fell out in 2008. It’s bad enough (but still tolerable) when they take 35 percent of your income, but the remainder is sufficient to provide for the necessities plus some extras. When you can still comfortably indulge occasionally. But what happens when your income drops by a third or more – and they’re still taking 35 percent? Or more? And when the cost of necessities – gas, for example – has doubled during the same time?…

Officer Go Fuck Yourself

Officer Go Fuck Yourself

Here’s a clip that “law and order” conservative Republican types might get something out of: A “hero” cop points a loaded assault rifle at journalists and threatens to “fucking kill” them. What would happen to an ordinary citizen who did such a thing? He’d likely be dead faster than you could say “officer safety.” If, that is, a cop saw an ordinary citizen raise a loaded rifle, point it at someone and threaten to “fucking kill them.” When cops point loaded guns at ordinary citizens and threaten to “fucking kill them,” it’s ok. Legal. Just as…

Hut! Hut! Hut! Heroes Seize “Non-Compliant” Land Rovers

Land Rover Destruction

Apparently, old cars now threaten the “homeland” (every time I hear that word used I feel as though I’ve been inserted into a black and white movie from the ’30s about Nazi Germany and trench coat-wearing Gestapo agents…  then realize it’s our living color reality here, today).  Anyhow, this couple in Statesville, N.C. got Hut! Hut! Hutted! by a gaggle of heimatsicherheitsdeinst (that’s “Homeland Security,” in the native tongue) agents on account of their possession of an old Land Rover Defender whose papieren were not in ordnung. Bill and Jennifer Brinkley – along with about…