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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…

The Ticking Time Bomb in Your Dashboard

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Air bags – driver and front seat passenger air bags – have been mandatory in cars since the mid 1990s. That means there are now millions of older cars on the road with air bags. These air bags are ticking time bombs, financially speaking (and otherwise; more on that below) because of the ever-less-favorable ratio…

Pay it Down

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You’ve probably heard about “paying it forward” and of course, we all know about paying it back. But what about paying it down? Debt, I mean. Sit in traffic and look around. Probably no more than 20 or 30 percent of the cars around you are paid-for. People routinely buy more car than they can…

The Other Things

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The Boy Scout motto – Be Prepared – is probably considered evidence of terrorist (or at least extremist) inclinations in the USSA Today. I won’t even get into the parts about hiking in the woods, carrying knives and practicing “survival” strategies. In my day, we even had a merit badge for marksmanship with a gun.…

But Then We’d Have Anarchy!

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I think it’s a false argument that opposition to authoritarianism in all its forms equals advocacy of anarchy. To understand why, it is necessary to make a distinction between aggressive violence (almost always morally wrong) and defensive violence. Most of what the government does today falls into the category of aggressive violence; e.g., taxing us…

Let’s Start Here

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Before a sensible conversation is possible, everyone has to agree on definitions. The fact that millions of Americans don’t agree on definitions is arguably the main reason why political conversation in this country is so often incoherent – and we therefore get nowhere. For example, we have the ongoing “debate” (so-called) between Republicans and Democrats,…

Clover Clues

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Dealing effectively with Clovers – inept, inconsiderate motorists (I won’t call them drivers) – requires identifying potential Clovers so as to take steps to avoid and evade them as quickly as possible. So what are the Signs? * Certain cars seem to be inherently Cloverish – Beware of PT Cruisers (especially PT Cruisers with fake…