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State Permission Slips

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Licenses are chicken and egg. To qualify for, say, a road racing or heavy truck (commercial) license, one must already have attained the necessary skill. The license is a kind of after-the-fact “yep, he can do that.” But the fact is he could already do that. Was he any less able as a road racer…

If Distracted Driving is Bad…

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We’re told it’s not safe to text while drive because that’s a distraction. But how about all these buzzers and flashing lights and (yes, it’s true) suddenly vibrating seats and steering wheels? Many new cars comes equipped with some – or all – of the following: Blind Spot Detection Lane Change Assist Lane Departure Warning Cross…

“Green” is the Color of Money

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Gas is cheaper than it’s ever been. Well, it would be – if we were just paying for gas. But it’s artificially more expensive because of the taxes – and regulatory costs – tacked on to the cost of each gallon. The taxes are disproportionate (nationally, they account for about 50 cents of the cost…

Fixing The Cop Problem

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You’ve no doubt heard the term, “checks and balances.” It’s usually mentioned in the context of government – of the American form of government (well, its theoretical form) in particular. The idea that the legislative branch acts as a check on the powers of the executive, while the judicial balances the legislative – and so…

Why The Young Hate Cars

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Well, maybe hate is too strong. But they sure seem not to like them very much. As evidenced by the fact that a record-high percentage haven’t even got a driver’s license – and have no intention (according to what they tell researchers) of ever getting one. How high? Pushing 30 percent (and upticking each year) of…

It’s Not The Speeding… It’s The Double Standard

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Here’s a nice little video making the rounds online: Observe the Hero (as we’re constantly told they are) driving at least 85 MPH – the car pacing him is going that fast and can’t catch up. In many states, anything over 80 MPH – anywhere – is statutory “reckless” driving. The offender is subject to immediate arrest…

“Your” Car? Not So Much…

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The government wants to control your car – how it’s made, what it comes equipped with and (of course) how you’re allowed to drive it. Now comes the other half of the pincers: The car companies want to prevent you from working on the thing. Modifications – performance enhancements – and even routine maintenance are…

Cloverism Leads to a Wreck

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There’s a video circulating online that shows events leading up to a pretty awful wreck involving a Camaro, a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer big rig. Most of the jeers are directed at the Camaro’s driver, who made the final Bad Move (an attempted pass on the left shoulder) that led to the actual wreck.…

You Say You Want a Revolution?

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Looking back on the American Revolution, John Adams (in 1813) wrote: “But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.”…