eric

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

Missouri Heroes Taser Boy Into Coma

A 17-year-old boy went into a coma and is in critical condition after a Missouri police officer Tasered him into compliance during a routine traffic stop. The FBI has been called on to investigate the incident, following the issuance of police statements which conflict with eyewitness testimony and video of the arrest. On Sunday afternoon,…

2014 VW Jetta TDI

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There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars. One of the few – one of the two – that’s not is VW’s Jetta TDI. Its only competition is the Chevy Cruze diesel, which is the only other diesel-powered sedan you can currently buy for less than…

Sports Fans

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Sports “fans” – most of whom are white – disgust me. The world is literally falling apart and all that matters to these dough heads is… the gaaaaaaaaaaame. Did “we” win last night? “We” are really looking good this season! Almost all the men I know, sports is their main topic of conversation. Which of course…

The Old Trans-Am vs. The New Camaro

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I’ve owned my ’76 Trans-Am for more than 20 years. It used to be an incandescent gas hog relative to the new cars. It’s not anymore. I have driven several during the past year that use about the same – or more – gas than the old Pontiac does. My car averages about 16 MPG…

Airstream Clover

Ah, the Airstream Clover… aka the RV Clover. This is the Clover who loves to drive an oversized, underpowered house on wheels that struggles to keep moving on the mildest incline. If the rig can’t move faster, that’s forgivable. What’s not is when Clover won’t pull off (or over) at the first opportunity to let the cars jammed…

Stormtroopers… sigh…

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It’s become so routine to see battle-clad “hero” cops – indistinguishable from the “troops” – occupying American cities that most people hardly notice, much less care. This – public nonchalance – ought however to greatly concern anyone not addled by high fructose corn syrup and a steady diet of Fox News. The “troops” are fighting for…

“Our Freedoms”

This what the “troops” have been fighting for:  TSA agents demanded to conduct a full body pat down on a man after he had already landed and was set to leave Denver Airport in a security mix up that was caught on camera. Kahler Nygard flew from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Denver last Saturday…

Pistorious

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OJ should have taken Nicole (and Ron) to South Africa… Well, maybe not. He did ok here. But “Blade Runner” did even better. That would be Oscar Pistorious. Whom a judge just decreed could not be found guilty of murder because all he did was unload his gun in the direction of his now-dead ex.…

Inside Baseball

Businesspeople Sharing Information

Here are some things to know about new cars the car industry probably would prefer you didn’t know. * It doesn’t matter what brand you buy –  Not nearly as much as it used to, that is. The trend toward homogeneity – especially within a given segment (e.g.. “compact crossovers under $30k”) is such that it’s…