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Going Old?

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I’ve begun noticing a lot more older cars on the road. And they are not headed to an antique car show, either. Almost every day, on my way into town, I pass a guy driving a mid-70’s era Pontiac Sunbird. Then there’s the other guy with the orange and brown Pinto. I see him at…

Cop Types. . .

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Bad laws attract bad people to enforce them – while pushing out the good (and semi-good) people. It’s a sort of Gresham’s Law as applied to human society. And more, a sort of authoritarian feedback loop that makes the situation progressively worse as time goes by. Consider the position of “law enforcer” in 2012 America.…

That Word…. Progressive

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Progressive insurance is a lot like public education. Both are euphemisms that sound happy enough but mask a number of not so-smiley-faced realities. In the case of Progressive Insurance – the company – the smiley-faced ad girl you see on TV is quite unlike the cold, impersonal entity that will be riding shotgun with you…

The Next Step

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Are we there yet? No, but we are getting very close. We are now at the point, I suspect, that our colonial ancestors were in the early 1770s. They were still British subjects, but had begun to question the relationship – the supposed right of the British sovereign to rule them. Within a very short…

The Last Run, Maybe…

Santa’s been running late  because of all the speed traps and Clovers out there. Not to mention the endless meetings with his legal team to make sure the factory’s in compliance with the latest workplace safety rules – and the elves happy with the terms of their latest contract. Thank God the sleigh doesn’t have…

The LCD

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Think about something you’re better-than-average at. Better yet, something you’re good at. Now imagine being required by law – backed by the threat of violence for failure to comply – to dumb yourself down to the level of the average. Performance at a higher level puts you in violation – and subject to punishment. Ridiculous?…

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…