Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Backwards Society…

Driving is a very good proxy for American life in general. The backwards ideas of courtesy are not an exception. American culture is one where instead of eliminating things that aggravate, frustrate, and annoy it is expected of people to have an infinite tolerance of these things. It’s backwards and unworkable. Not even Jesus Christ,…

Fiat’s Got Troubles

History may be about to repeat itself – for Fiat. The Italian automaker’s first U.S. model since 1987 is apparently a flop … so far, at least. According to The Detroit News and DailyTech, only about 12,000 Fiat 500s have been sold to date – which is barely a fourth of the 50,000 units annually…

Here’s What’s Working at the TSA

Lovely…  Yet another TSA screener has been exposed as a pervert after police raided the Maryland home of 41-year-old TSA screener Scott Wilson and discovered videos and photos of child pornography contained on over two dozen different storage devices. “A “forensic preview” of Wilson’s two computers (as well as various storage devices found in a…

That Word…. Progressive

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Progressive insurance is a lot like public education. Both are euphemisms that sound happy enough but mask a number of not so-smiley-faced realities. In the case of Progressive Insurance – the company – the smiley-faced ad girl you see on TV is quite unlike the cold, impersonal entity that will be riding shotgun with you…

Time to Throw it in the Woods?

When does it no longer make economic sense to pay for new repairs to an old car? When is it time, in other words, to throw it in the woods  – or just sell/trade the thing? Here are some guidelines: * You can’t depend on it anymore -  Is it realistic to expect that the…

Newtie Loves Him Some Mandates

From the Wall Street Journal: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich praised the health care law that his rival for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney, signed in 2006 as governor of Massachusetts, according to a newsletter unearthed by the Wall Street Journal. “The most exciting development of the past few weeks is what has…

The Next Step

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Are we there yet? No, but we are getting very close. We are now at the point, I suspect, that our colonial ancestors were in the early 1770s. They were still British subjects, but had begun to question the relationship – the supposed right of the British sovereign to rule them. Within a very short…

2012 Scion tC

For the first half of 2011, the updated Scion tC hatchback coupe was pretty much the only Scion model that was selling well – roughly doubling its monthly numbers relative to the same six-month period in 2010. But in July of ’11 it was as though someone flipped a switch.  To “off.” From 2,053 tCs…

Oil Change Caveats

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Is it once very 3,000 – or once every 10,000? The articles one finds online try very hard to be definitive – which is why they’re often inaccurate. For example, I recently came across an article that stated with the certainty of the Dear Leader that “savvy car owners know that changing the oil on…