Monthly Archives: February 2012

A New Reason to Get in Shape

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Being fit could potentially become a very effective act of civil disobedience. Obamacare, after all, is just around the corner – and almost certain to be found (cough) “constitutional” by the high priests of unlimited federal authority over at the Volksgerichsthof (Supreme Court). Once that happens, we will all be be required to tithe in…

The Disappearing Passing Zone

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The incidental annoyances that make life in this increasingly less free society less and less enjoyable continue to expand and multiply. The disappearance of the lawful passing zone is one such. They’ve never been common. Now they’re becoming scarce. Have you noticed it, too? Stretches of road with good sight lines, no alarming upsurge in…

When Americans Gave a Damn…

This 1987 PBS documentary is fascinating because although the same stuff is happening today, back then, people gave a damn – and even the culprits seemed capable of shame, or at least, could be backed into a corner and forced to admit what they had done and pretend to  be sorry about it:

The Curse of Systematization

I decided to drop by Walmart on the way home from the gym and pick up a couple of bags of pine bark mulch; take advantage of the warm weather to do some yard work. Here is what happened. 1. I cruise past Walmart’s outdoor pickup spot where they stack stuff like mulch and fertilizer…

The Ticking Time Bomb in Your Dashboard

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Air bags – driver and front seat passenger air bags – have been mandatory in cars since the mid 1990s. That means there are now millions of older cars on the road with air bags. These air bags are ticking time bombs, financially speaking (and otherwise; more on that below) because of the ever-less-favorable ratio…

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

Hybrid math is hard to calculate because the variables are still in flux and very subjective. Consider the 2012 Kia Optima hybrid. The base price of this car is $25,700 vs. $19,500 for the base non-hybrid Optima. That’s a difference of $6,200 – a very large difference, up front. But the hybrid Optima gets 35…

Santorum Loves Him Some Chimp

WASHINGTON – In 2006, Rick Santorum was decisively tossed out of his Senate seat in Pennsylvania by 18 points, in a wave election where Democrats romped largely because of President George W. Bush’s unpopularity. Six years later, Santorum is running for Bush’s old job, but the former president is still a weight around his neck.…

Holder Lets Slip His Urge to Ban Guns

Virginia Citizens Defense League just sent me the following:  Last Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions about his role in the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal. However, instead of answers, Congress got more defiance, more arrogance, and more wasted time with an…