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The Diesel Dilemma

rabbit diesel pic

The last time people began to sweat the cost of gas, they were able to turn to diesels. The cars delivered tremendous mileage (e.g., a VW Rabbit diesel was capable of 50-plus MPG, as good or better than a new Prius hybrid) and – perhaps as important – the fuel itself was cheaper than gasoline.…

Direct Injection Debacle

crusty valves

You may have noticed that new cars with gas engines “diesel.” They clatter and rattle a little at idle. It’s especially noticeable if you raise the hood (and remove the big plastic sound-deadening cover almost all new car engines are covered with). What you’re listening to is the sound of direct injection – which is…

Your Car Isn’t

EDR 3

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…

The Nine Archons

archons lead

I’ve never much liked priests. Those guys (and lately, gals) in black outfits who have anointed themselves the parsers and interpreters of the “word.”  Sound familiar? There are nine such in DC. It’s true they are a secular priesthood – but that’s actually worse in a very important way. You can tell a Catholic (or Protestant) priest…

Are We Adults Or Children?

whining baby pic

One of my peeves is an oxymoron in the language. Someone is caught in the violation of some government edict. Say “speeding.” If he accepts his “responsibility” and pays the fine, takes his punishment without complaint, apologizes and says it will never happen again, he is considered in this society to be acting like an…

Tipping Point?

Agenda 21 pic

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…

Officer Go Fuck Yourself

Officer Go Fuck Yourself

Here’s a clip that “law and order” conservative Republican types might get something out of: A “hero” cop points a loaded assault rifle at journalists and threatens to “fucking kill” them. What would happen to an ordinary citizen who did such a thing? He’d likely be dead faster than you could say “officer safety.” If, that is,…

Hut! Hut! Hut! Heroes Seize “Non-Compliant” Land Rovers

Land Rover Destruction

Apparently, old cars now threaten the “homeland” (every time I hear that word used I feel as though I’ve been inserted into a black and white movie from the ’30s about Nazi Germany and trench coat-wearing Gestapo agents…  then realize it’s our living color reality here, today).  Anyhow, this couple in Statesville, N.C. got Hut! Hut! Hutted!…

Pork Products

angry pig picture

There but for the grace of Mike Valentine go I, I thought. Yesterday was the first nice day we’ve had out here in The Woods in almost a week. So I took my ’03 ZRX1200 out for a run. The pork to people ratio in The Woods is relatively favorable and on a fast motorcycle, you’ve…

Sexual Battery . . . and Speeding

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In Virginia, they’re both Class 1 Misdemeanors  – along with animal cruelty and larceny. One small notch below a felony. They’ll put you in jail for it. The speeding, I mean. Sexual battery? Meh. Give ‘em a fine, maybe an ankle bracelet, send ‘em on their way. But Johnny Cochran help you if you get…