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Clover Taxonomy II

What exactly is a Clover? Probably, you already know – having met him (or her) many times already. Or rather, been delayed, impeded or imperiled by one. Clovers are the pebble in our shoes, the bur in our saddles… the zit that just won’t pop, no matter how hard you squeeze it. They constitute a…

Know Your Cop

Traffic cops are becoming ever more dangerous to our wallets – and all-too-often, our persons. Since we can’t properly defend ourselves against their depredations, avoidance is therefore becoming all the more important. If you see them before they see you, you stand a good chance of not having to interact with them at all. Unfortunately,…

Fixing Their Wagon

People are frustrated – and want to know what they can do. It gets old merely talking. They – our oppressors – don’t care how much we talk. Perhaps then it is time for us to act. But we must not act precipitously, much less suicidally. A Wagnerian last stand is exactly that. Leaving a…

The Mantra

Sun Tzu counseled that it is madness – because pointless – to directly confront a superior foe. A costumed goon with a badge and a gun, for instance. You will lose (cue Dolph Lundgren voice from Rocky IV). But that doesn’t mean you must cooperate with said goon. In that spirit, here are some practical…

The Golden Years

Back in the ’80s, you may have had to “Drive 55” on the highway – but in other ways, things were pretty damn good. At least, a lot better in a number of ways than they are now. For instance, you could: * Fill up a V-8 muscle car’s 22 gallon gas tank for about…

Barry & “People”

A former colleague of President Obama’s, who worked with him at the University of Chicago, claims that Perfesser Obama once told him, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.” (See here.) These are the words of John Lott, Jr. in his new book, At The Brink. Lott – a tireless defender of…

What Clovers Cost Us

Clovers will say things like, “be patient, slow down; speeding only gets you there a few minutes faster.” What they really mean, of course, is that their time matters while yours does not. They’re in no hurry – so why should you be? They like to “drive 55” (or 65 or  35 whatever it happens…

The Diesel Dilemma

Summer’s coming – and so (probably) are higher gas prices. There has already been a nationwide uptick of about 40 cents a gallon over the past few months – and we’re still a few weeks away from spring. It’s likely we’ll see over $4 a gallon gas after spring arrives – and maybe more than…

Ok To Speed… When You’re a Cop

Here’s a video taken by me of a speeding cop: This cop was on the median of I-581 (an Interstate spur) running radar when I passed him on my way to the motorcycle shop to pick up some parts. On my way back a few minutes later,  I came upon him again as he was…

Redcoats

Abuse people and they tend to get angry. Abuse them long enough – without repercussions – and the anger eventually explodes. It is an old lesson, often forgotten. And which must, therefore, often be relearned. British redcoats were hated for their haughty, contemptuous treatment of colonial civilians. This idea that the wearer of a red…