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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…

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;…