eric

Author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI). Currently living amongst the Edentulites in rural SW Virginia.

2015 Mini Cooper

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The latest Mini is a bit bigger now  – and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that’s a recipe for slower – and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also  goes faster – and uses less gas? Now, the Mini is not perfect. Which I will get into below. But it’s…

Hero Gets “Punished”

GRABBING A WOMAN BY THE HAIR AND SMASHING HER FACE IN IS ACCEPTABLE, BUT JUST DON’T SWEAR WHILE DOING IT… SUPERIOR, Wisconsin – After nearly a year, Officer George Gothner will finally see consequences for the violent assault of Natasha Lancour. Unfortunately, he will only be getting a ten hour suspension from officials at the…

Thanksgiving

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It’s a couple days off still, but I wanted to take a moment to express my thankfulness to you – the reader – who has made it possible for me to continue my two-fingered typing each day, without doing so in a tent down by the river. It has not been easy making a living…

When Air Bags Kill

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Well, how ’bout it? If you’ve been anywhere near a TeeVee or radio lately, you’re probably aware that the explosive devices government forces every car company to build into its cars sometimes… explode defectively. These “safety” devices send shrapnel – literally, metal shards; just like a grenade or mine – toward people’s faces at high velocity,…

VA Hero Does The Harrassment Hokey-Pokey

VIRGINIA STATE TROOPER HARASSMENT This information was shared by Will D., who is seeking some accountability. Date of Interaction: 22 Sept. 2014 Individual Responsible: Trooper J M Buzzard Outfit: Virginia State Police Phone: (804) 674-2000 My wife and I were driving on 460 near Appomattox at around 1330 heading home, when a trooper – J.M.…

Buggy Mini

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New cars aren’t necessarily problem-free cars. The 2015 Mini Cooper press car I’ve got this week has developed some hiccups. Not “it’s broke, let’s fix it” hardware issues. Intermittent software weirdness. Last night, the wife and I went to do some shopping and on the way home, stopped at Starbucks for coffee. We got back in the…

NY Hero Got “Nervous” – And Blew Away Innocent Man

Panicked rookie NYPD officer fatally shoots unarmed 28-year-old man in Brooklyn’s Pink Houses project The uniformed officer fired a single, fatal shot into Akai Gurley’s chest moments after he and his girlfriend entered a stairwell in the Pink Houses on Linden Blvd. in East New York on Thursday night, police said. Gurley was not armed,…

Working on Cars – Tips That Might Help

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Experience is a great teacher. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years working on cars that may help you avoid hassles when working on your car: * Remove the fill plug before you remove the drain plug – This applies mostly to manual transmissions and rear axles, which typically have a drain plug…

Cloverific Grade School Primer

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The following is interesting on several levels: First, contemplate the atrocious – borderline illiterate – construction of this instruction; the Cloverific short-bus cadences: “That means you are a member of our country.” “How can you be a part of giving back for the freedom you have?” “Good citizens take part in their community… that you show…

Heroes Seize Woman’s Bank Account Just Because They Can

IRS seizes woman’s entire bank account because she deposited money ‘suspiciously’ ARNOLDS PARK, IOWA — A woman’s entire bank account was seized by the Internal Revenue Service — without so much as a criminal charge — because the agency claimed she deposited money “suspiciously.” This is the plight of Carole Hinders, who has been running…