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We Have Crossed the Rubicon

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Do you suppose cows have any idea what’s coming as they’re marched down the chute? Or do they stare with bovine indifference at the tail and hind quarters in front of them, until they’re suddenly – and very briefly – startled by the man with the nail gun? Perhaps Americans will – likewise too late…

The CAFE Catch-22

The pending (2016)  35.5 MPG CAFE requirements – which for the first time apply to trucks as well as passenger cars – are going to make it very difficult for any automaker to sell trucks in volume this country. Ford has has just dropped the compact-sized Ranger from its U.S. model lineup – making it…

No More Compact Trucks… For US

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Here’s the first known victim of the latest CAFE (government fuel efficiency) increase to 35.5 MPG: The compact pick-up truck. And the American truck buyer. Ok, that’s two victims. I’ve just discovered that Ford has dropped the Ranger – America’s last compact-sized truck –  for 2012. But not from its lineup. Just from its U.S.…

Newtie and Mitt and the Obama Re-set

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Let’s hope Obama wins a second term. Because otherwise, we’ll have merely hit the “re-set” button again – and can expect a much worse situation – from the standpoint of liberty – by the next election cycle in 2016. Reason? A Newtie (or Romney) presidency will be taken as a “conservative” presidency, implying a liberty-minded…

Tyranny is Stupid, too

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Among other things, tyranny is stupid. The other day, a clearly dangerous Enemy of Freedom – a pregnant 17-year-old white American teenage girl named Vanessa Gibbs – was threatened with a “federal offense” by a TSA baboon while trying to get on her flight from Norfolk, Va. back home to Jacksonville, Florida because  (wait for…

The Wolf Pack

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The other night I was watching a debate on TV about the federal budget debt. Each one of the panelists spoke in terms of “we.” We need to do this or that – and so on. This has become normal speech even though it betrays something very abnormal about our society. What I mean is,…

Cadillac Says Good-Bye to the V-8

Cadillac was built on big engines – from the V-16s of the art deco era to the big V-8s of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. But within a year, for the first time in living memory, Cadillac will no longer have a regular passenger car in its lineup with a V-8 under the hood. The…

Motorcycle Clovers…

I used to think that people who ride are almost by default non-Clovers. It takes higher-order skills, for one, to ride a motorcycle than it does to drive a car. In addition to balancing clutch and throttle, one must also balance oneself on the bike – and learn to do all three things simultaneously and…

Newtie

Newtie last night admonished the public to be “humane” when it comes to illegal aliens. He, like all modern statists, is very generous – with other people’s money. The main objection probably most people have is not that people come here from places such as Mexico and Central/South America. What they object to is the…

The Opportunity Cost of Cloverism

The other day I was waiting at one of those lights that never changes – or at least, takes a really really long time to change. Of course, there was no traffic around, so there was no reason to just sit there; just The Law – and fear that there might be a cop nearby…