eric

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

Hands Up!

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You have probably seen crowds of people with their hands up – a protest meme over police trigger-happiness. Apparently, it has been taken literally … by the other side. As hallucinatory as this may sound, if you’re pulled over in the city of Topeka, Kansas for any reason – including non-criminal trivialities such as having an…

Welcome, NMA!

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We have a new advertiser! The National Motorists Association (NMA). These guys are the antipodal opposite of AAA – which has become a nexus of Cloverism while the NMA does all it can to fight the spread of it. They are the outfit to join if you hate automated (and for-profit) traffic enforcement, dumbed-down traffic laws…

2015 Dodge Ram ProMaster “City”

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Minivans started off as inexpensive, economical, hugely versatile alternatives to both cars and things a lot bigger. But today’s minivans are not-so-mini and rarely economical – either to buy or to drive. Some cost over $40,000 (the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country starts at $29,995) and all of them drink gas like Sam Kinison drank…

EP On Laissez Faire Today

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  The Truth About the Growing American Police State   One man speaks out against the police state The changing face of law enforcement Don’t count on the courts What you can do to fight back. Brian: So glad you can join us today to discuss this vital issue, Eric. Eric: Hey, no problem. I’m…

Some Car Advice For The Non-Gearheaded

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Cars are kind of unique in one important respect: Most of us have to have one, even if we don’t have a clue how they work. We – most of us – can avoid other things we don’t really understand, like differential equations. But cars are as much a part of modern life as clothes…

Oily Republicans; Clarkson Canned

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Two quick items for the day: The oily Ted Cruz just signed up for Obamacare. This is the sort of principled stand for liberty (and against tyranny) one expects (if one is not entirely addled by the red-blue/left-right matrix) of “conservative” Republicans. I listened to Rush Limbaugh bloviate in defense of Cruz. His wife left…

No More “Speeding” For You!

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Someday – and that day might be closer than you want to know – we’ll look back fondly on speed traps. Because at least you could speed. Give the finger – via the accelerator pedal – to ridiculous, dumbed-down/one-size-fits-all velocity maximums laid down by bureaucrats whose prime directive always seems to be to suck the…

2015 Mini Four-Door

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Mini has always had cute – and fun – on its side. Now it has four doors, too. Or at least, can be ordered with them. This makes it plausibly practical – which the original Mini coupe never was. It had back seats, but not doors to get to them. In a larger car, this…

PA Hero Shoots Man In The Back

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Officer charged with killing unarmed driver lying facedown HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker. Authorities accused Hummelstown police Officer Lisa J. Mearkle of…