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Radio Gig 1

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Here’s a link to yesterday’s talk radio gig: http://mickelson.libsyn.com/tuesday-october-7-2014 Direct Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/mickelson/mickelson-2014-10-07.mp3 I’ll be on the Tom Woods show again today – 10:30 east coast time. PS: I am still stuck on the stickers thing. I am not a graphic designer; have no experience “photoshopping” stuff.  Is there anyone out there who has the skill…

Vidcast: The Disappearing Passing Lane

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Have you noticed? That formerly legal passing zones are systematically being painted over double-yellow? But it’s not just that. Safe, efficient passing as such has been targeted for termination – whether deliberately or inadvertently – via conflicting laws that allow legal passing only by doing so unsafely. Here’s what I mean by that:  If you’ve…

Questions

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Following my recent interview on the Tom Woods show (here, for those who missed it) I received several car-related questions… via e-mail.  I’d like to reply to these questions. But not via e-mail. For several reasons: Many of these questions are of general interest; but when I reply via e-mail, the only people who see…

Government and Your Car: Tom Woods Talks to Eric Peters

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http://tomwoods.com 12th September 2014 I talked to Eric Peters of EricPetersAutos.com today, and the conversation was fantastic. An expert on cars who’s also a Rothbardian libertarian — not a common thing, I don’t imagine. Have a listen! (Here’s the audio and there’s a YouTube version below.) If you value alternatives to the mainstream media, please support…

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…

Your Car Isn’t

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You paid for it – possibly making payments on it for years. It’s your car now . . . right? Maybe. But the data it contains effectively belongs to someone else. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at your owner’s manual – if you own (well, think you own) a new car. On page…

Tipping Point?

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The work-to-reward ratio has been in steady decline for decades, but may have shifted decisively and perhaps irreversibly since the bottom fell out in 2008. It’s bad enough (but still tolerable) when they take 35 percent of your income, but the remainder is sufficient to provide for the necessities plus some extras. When you can still comfortably indulge…

Muscle Cars Were Slow . . . Part II

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I wrote a column a couple years ago (see here) that mentioned an unspeakable truth: Relative to now – classic muscle cars were slow. Back in the day, when the typical passenger car took 10 seconds (or more) to get to 60 MPH, a car that could get there in seven was faster-than-light. Today, it’s Camry Speed.…

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…