Monthly Archives: July 2011

Escalation

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One of the worst aspects (and there are many) of “law enforcement” in Late-Empire America is the unwarranted – rapid and violent – escalation of response by police, often out of all proportion to the original “offense” and when the “offender” is clearly no physical threat to the cop or anyone else. For example, there’s…

A Trans-Am Retrospective

People often think of the Pontiac Trans-Am as a commonplace car. But in 1969, the very first year, only 697 were built – just eight of them convertibles. All were white with blue stripes. That’s about as rare as rare gets! In that first year of production, the option code for the Trans-Am coupe was…

2012 GMC Acadia: The Crossover That Can

Until just a couple of years ago, GMC only sold trucks – and truck-based SUVs. They were slightly nicer, trim-wise, than a Chevy truck or SUV – but not as pricey as a Cadillac truck or SUV. That worked ok until the mass popularity of trucks and truck-based SUVs began to tank – and the…

The Teardown Begins!

I’ve begun the process of disassembling my recently acquired 1974 Kawasaki S1 Triple and this is the first of what will hopefully be a running photographic and commentary account of the rebuild/restoration. First, the starting point: This is the bike “as rescued” from its tomb – the barn of a good friend. The bike is…

Debt by a Thousand Little Cuts….

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In Medieval times, supposedly, there was a punishment called “death by a thousand cuts,” designed to make the process as long and as painful as possible. In modern times, the state does what amounts to the same thing to our finances – and thus, to our financial security – via a tower of taxes and…

Freedom on the Roads

Noob who feels like going on a rant. I’m a bit of an old timer who remembers the days of relative freedom on the roads. Yep we had a quarter mile strip out of town were we tore it up. Back when Regular gas meant what it said. Catalytic converter??? Seat-belts optional, but hey not…

Restoring a Bike from Old America

The state of the country is depressing, so I decided to buy another motorcycle. The price was right – $50. And it’s a “classic” – as every man tells his wife when he buys a 36-year-old pile of sorry looking parts. She may not be able to see the light at the end of the…

2011: A DMV Odyssey

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Big Brother’s doing a bit more than just watching you these days. Remember the last time you got your driver’s license renewed? You may recall the procedure for taking your picture was a bit different than it used to be. Instead of the usual “smile”! you might have been told to do no such thing…