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Machine Gunning a Tesla

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There is an episode of the TV show Top Gear involving a Prius hybrid and automatic weapons. God, I wish I could afford to do the same to a Tesla. Unfortunately, I (and thee) are too poor to afford a Tesla. But that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to be forced to “help” Elon Musk…

How Much Power Do You Need?

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Not much, it turns out. 60 horsepower – about what a circa 1984 Aries K car’s engine produced – is sufficient for A to B getting there and back. More is certainly nice – and definitely fun – but hardly necessary. Not in the USSA, anyway. Land of “defensive driving” and checkpoints and safety abounding. Eighty is…

“No Idle” Zones… and Auto Stop/Start

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Have you heard about “no idling” zones? Places where it is verboten (and punishable) to leave your car’s engine running? Sounds silly, I know. And it is silly – because it’s not 1970. The stuff coming out of the tailpipe today (and for the past 20-plus years) will not make your eyes water, nor chafe your lungs…

Waze

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One of the clearest indications you live in a police state – or one well on its way to becoming one – is “rules for us” (you and me) and “rules for them” (government officials and enforcers). This manifests in numerous ugly ways, the latest being the controversy over an app called Waze. Among other…

“Hate Crime” Protection For Heroes?

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Should it be illegal – a crime in and of itself – to dislike cops? The Fraternal Order of Police – the union for cops – thinks it ought to be. It is officially demanding that cops – already a protected (and entitled) class – be further set apart from ordinary folks by passing legislation that…

Lock-Down Nation

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While waiting for a dentist appointment, I was listening to a news report about NewYork City being on “lockdown” because of snow. Only the official vehicles of the anointed were at liberty to be out and about. Ordinary citizens were subject to arrest merely for daring to attempt travel. It reminded me of the old Soviet…

All Over The Road Clover

dancing Clover

But, he’s not “drunk” – so it’s ok! The driver (loosely used) in the video above was almost certainly sober. But his form of impairment (incompetence? senility?) is not socially stigmatized, much less savagely prosecuted. Mind, I am no defender of “drunk” driving. I’m critical of anyone who can’t control their car for any reason.…

Automotive Affirmative Action

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Would you buy a money hog? Arguably, that’s what any hybrid – or electric – car has become given what’s happened to the price of gas. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t selling well all of a sudden. In October of 2014, they were down 30 percent – and that was when unleaded regular was averaging $3…

Roaches Don’t Like The Light

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What possible legitimate objection could any cop have to being video/audio recorded while performing his “duties”?  As the saying goes, if you’ve got nothing to hide… . But of course, there is much to hide – such as the recent choke-holding death of cigarette scofflaw Eric Garner. Take away the inconvenient video and the official story becomes:…