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Don’t Be Afraid…

This column is inspired by a reader, a college kid who wants to learn to work on cars but doesn’t know where to begin. There are probably millions of kids – and adults – just like him. And growing. Probably because tinkering with machinery is not nearly as common as it used to be. That’s…

One of Two Outcomes

It may be that the biggest single problem confronting the liberty-minded is the existence of a large (and growing) American proletariat. There have always been poor people, of course. But the proletariat is distinct from people who are merely lower down on the economic totem pole – or down on their luck. I am just…

What’s Next? Airbags for Pedestrians…

The air bag thing is about to get really out of hand. And really, really expensive. Apparently, it’s not enough that most cars now have four (or six) air bags inside. Volvo thinks it’s time to put air bags on the outside of cars, too. For the sake, not of the children, but of pedestrians.…

Obama Math

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Obama can read a TelePrompter pretty well – but math is apparently not his strong suit. Responding to questions about the rising cost of gas (really, the falling purchasing power of the increasingly worthless dollar), our Great Leader explained that his 55 MPG fuel economy mandate would provide relief: “…folks will be able to fill…

$5 Gas This Summer?

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The way things are going,  gas prices will probably top $5 a gallon this summer. We may be lucky if it stops there. Some industry experts, including former Shell CEO John Hoffmeister, believe that a combination of bustin’ loose inflation and real fears about an impending war in the Middle East being pushed by neo-con…

The Volt Sleeps With The Fishes

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GM has just announced it will be idling the plant (and the 1,300 workers at that plant) where the “game changing” Chevy Volt electric car is – uh, was – built.  GM says it’s only temporary – until they figure out how to “align production with demand.”  It could be a long wait for those…

Another $200 “For The Children”

Well, here we go – again. You can expect your next new car to cost at least another $160-$200 more than it otherwise would – now that back-up cameras are about to be made the latest mandatory piece of “safety” equipment you’ll be forced to buy, beginning with the 2014 model year. NHTSA – the…

A New Reason to Get in Shape

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Being fit could potentially become a very effective act of civil disobedience. Obamacare, after all, is just around the corner – and almost certain to be found (cough) “constitutional” by the high priests of unlimited federal authority over at the Volksgerichsthof (Supreme Court). Once that happens, we will all be be required to tithe in…

The Disappearing Passing Zone

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The incidental annoyances that make life in this increasingly less free society less and less enjoyable continue to expand and multiply. The disappearance of the lawful passing zone is one such. They’ve never been common. Now they’re becoming scarce. Have you noticed it, too? Stretches of road with good sight lines, no alarming upsurge in…