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Avoiding the Corn Con

It all started back in the ’80s. If you’re of a certain vintage, you may remember. In winter, they began to “oxygenate” – that is, adulterate – gasoline with additives such as MTBE and ethanol, corn alcohol, in order (so they said) to lower tailpipe exhaust emissions. When that excuse went away – because older…

Reckless Ridiculousness

Do you think it’s reasonable to put someone in jail for up to a full year, fine them thousands of dollars (not counting lawyer fees) and then punish them for an additional 11 years by making it certain that they will have to pay two or three times what the average person pays to insure…

The Return of Clover, Mark I

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The original Clover – the self-named (and appropriately named) poster-heckler who inadvertently provided me with a wonderful term to describe Statist Americanus – has returned. And he has learned nothing, as you’ll see by reading his latest post, which is only new in a superficial sense, since he’s just regurgitating the same old hackneyed, package-dealing,…

Some Cases in Point

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Back when this was still a (mostly, or at least more) free country than it is now, lawmakers and judges actually defended individual liberties against abuses by the state – as opposed to systematically taking them away in the name of some vaguely defined “societal good.”  Younger people – especially those who had not reached…

Why The King Died…

This old Kawasaki motorcycle I’m trying to resurrect has a neat little engine of a type you don’t see anymore – unless you’re in the backyard weed-whacking, that is. I’m talking about two strokes. In the late ’60s, Kawasaki cleaned the streets with its fearsome H1 triple, followed later by the even more fearsome H2…

Crime Does Pay

Making crime pay is literally true in America nowadays. Not just token work like making cons stamp out license plates or pick up trash along the Interstate. There’s not much money in that. But there’s a fortune to be made when government “partners” with (cough) private business to tag team the public – as in…

Another Clover Autopsy

Another Clover (my term for people who reflexively defend anything and everything government does – because it’s government that’s doing it) recently sent me the following in response to something I’d written on the subject of the Second Amendment: “What was the 2nd Amendment about? Oh well the right to acquire antique guns and hang…

Old Car End Run

I’ve written before about peacefully finding alternative ways of doing things that makes it possible to avoid the edicts of oppressive government. Here’s a way to do that on four wheels: Update an older car with a few key pieces of modern technology – electronic fuel injection and an overdrive transmission. You’ll get most of…

Being Polite to Muggers

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You can’t fix something until you know what’s wrong with it. Well, something is very wrong with our political system, to a great extent because something is wrong with our moral system. But most of us don’t want to name it, much less discuss it openly. If you’ve been watching the major candidates for Front…

What’s Gonna Get Us

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The typical American is so conditioned to Authority that he will not even dare to defy a road sign – even when it’s out in the middle of nowhere and there’s essentially zero chance of any repercussions. Anything that looks official, anyone in a uniform of any kind – even if it’s not an official…