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Saw The Weirdest Thing …

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Sunday evening, the wife and I went for a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As we were leaving, a guy on a newish Harley rolled into the overlook parking lot. And dropped his bike. I got out to help him get it back up. That done, I got back in the car and we began…

Don’t Be That Guy. . .

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You know – Clover. It’s actually pretty easy. The Don’t Do’s: * Don’t pull out in front of people – and then fail to accelerate quickly enough such that the driver you pulled out in front of is forced to brake hard or swerve to avoid rear-ending you. If your car’s not quick enough do…

Inside Track Interview

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Automotive writer Eric Peters joins Franzi in the first half hour. The Southern Arizona News-Examiner is one of the many publications that carries his columns and new car reviews. http://insidetrackaz.com Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Gorillas, Humans . . . and the NAP

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Sometimes I entertain the thought that those who have awakened to the NAP are the leading cohort of what might be called a fifth turning – or more profoundly, perhaps they are an evolutionary great leap forward, analogous to the transition from Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens. The conscious – and reasoned – rejection of…

The Beetle as Speedster

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VW has changed New Beetle back to just “Beetle” again. I think both names are the wrong names for this car. A much better name would be Speedster. Perhaps New Speedster. Just not Beetle – “new” or otherwise. This is no slam of the current car. Just an etymological clarification. It occurred to me as I…

Volt Double Down

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The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM – and that’s putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold – and that’s putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,500 a pop at the federal level, not counting state-level payola) that have…

More Hut! Hut! Hutting! Heroes

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As reported by The New American, a toddler is in a medically induced coma after a Cornelia, Georgia, SWAT team tossed a flash-bang grenade into his crib during the execution of a “no-knock” warrant. Bounkham Phonesavanh is 19 months old and was asleep in his crib when police broke down the front door in the early morning…

What Made The Light Go On?

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The “light” goes on for different reasons – and at different times. I entered young adulthood a “small government” conservative, probably because it appeared to jibe with my instinctive dislike of being told what to do (and not do) by various authority figures. I even did volunteer work while a college student for the second…

Clover’s Bestest

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Here’s the latest collection of Clover’s wit and wisdom. If only I could get my printer to accept toilet tissue… .  Submitted on 2014/05/03 at 1:46 pm | In reply to eightsouthman. Boothe I feel sorry for you. You have mental problems. I could care less that you were hit in the side while stopped…

The Electric Crack Pipe

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I never “took” drugs – but I increasingly feel as though I’m the only one who’s not on the pipe. In the June issue of Cycle World, there’s a friendly article about the Zero SR electric motorcycle. Reading it made my teeth hurt. The SR is a two-wheeled Tesla whose only redeeming feature is that…