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End Times Signs

Here is a startling tidbit; an urgent wake-up call, really: Business Week has just reported that GM sold more than 2 million cars in China for the second straight year in a row – 2.35 million this year – and now sells more cars in China than it does in the United States. Sales of…

Left to Pass… Please

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Lane courtesy – moving over to allow faster-moving traffic to get by – is a wonderful concept. But I’d take it a step farther: If you’re not passing, you should not be in the left lane at all. That, at any rate, is the way it’s done in Germany – and for good reason. That…

15 Years in Prison…. for Recording a Traffic Stop

Louis Frobe is facing hard time. Fifteen years in prison – the sort of sentence typically handed out for crimes such as second-degree murder and rape. Frobe’s crime? He recorded a traffic stop. Stopped for speeding in Lindenhurst, Illinois, Frobe attempted to document the event, including the conversation between himself and the traffic cop. After…

Game The System

I’m sick of it. Being punished for daring to own more than one vehicle, that is. How am I being punished? How are you being punished (if you also own more than one vehicle)? By the endless (and annual) little exactions that, together, end up adding up. I am talking about: Title and registration fees;…

The Hit List

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There’s a saying among lawyers: “Hard cases make bad law.” What it means, essentially, is that it’s easy to allow one’s emotions to supersede reason – and set a terrible precedent for the future. Such is the case as regards the Executive Sanction just carried out against the thoroughly unappealing – and probably deserving –…

What Could We Do?

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I’ve had numerous responses to articles I’ve written asking me, “Ok, so what’s the next step?” I respect your intelligence, so I won’t say … voting. We have about as much real choice at the ballot box as a condemned prisoner has when offered the option of being gassed – or hung.  It will not…

GM is Watching You…

I have never liked GM’s OnStar system – in part because I don’t like the idea of my car that I paid for having someone else’s “black box” recording (and transmitting) data about how I drive, where I drive and even when I drive. I also don’t like that GM force-feeds OnStar to every buyer…

Left on Red

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Well, why not? If the way is obviously clear in both directions, if it’s obviously safe to enter the intersection, make your turn and proceed. . . why not proceed? Because of The Law. It is (usually) illegal to make a left turn on red. Sometimes, a right turn, too. But why is it illegal?…

400 MPG… Or Conspiracy Theory?

Maybe the conspiracy theorists were right after all.  That was the first thought to pop into my head as I read about an engineer named Steve Fambro – and his 400 mpg hybrid Aptera two-seater. Yes, you read that right. 400 MPG. Really. The mileage of the snarky little gullwing coupe is about five times…