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The Duce Disappoints

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The “debate” earlier this week disabused me of hope that Trump might be something other than yet another authoritarian collectivist. He basically agreed with would-be (and probably will be) Chairman Hillary on every substantive point – from not disputing “climate change” to amen’ing her calls for government direction of the economy. They bickered over details.…

Beria’s Technique… As Applied to VW

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The trick is keeping your victim alive… so that the beatings can continue. That was Lavrenti Beria’s dictum. Beria was Stalin’s secret police chief, the Soviet version of Nazi Germany’s SS chief, Heinrich Himmler. (Stalin actually referred to Beria this way when he introduced him to Hitler’s foreign minister, Joachim Ribbentrop, during the latter’s visit…

GM Picks up the Pieces… Maybe

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Diesels are coming back. Just not VW’s diesels. The German automaker, if not kaput, has tapped out of that market to focus – mea culpa! – on electric cars (which will render the company kaput, if they’re serious). Which means there are currently no affordable diesel-powered new cars available on the market, as VW was…

2017 Nissan Armada

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Well, they all do it. Sell lesser – and nicer – versions of their big SUVs. For less – and more – money. GM has the Chevy Tahoe… and the GMC Yukon. There’s the Cadillac Escalade, too. Same basic thing, sold three different ways- each progressively fancier and (of course) more expensive. The Tahoe, for…

End of The Month Push

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Last month, I was able to afford to have an IT guy take a look at the site and fix a few things. Hopefully, you’ve noticed. The site should load (and look better) on mobile devices now, for one. He also inserted some “click” ads, which, unfortunately, amount to me giving them free space to…

VW’s Politically Incorrect Chick Car…

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There are men’s – and women’s – clothes. Different cut, different colors, different emphasis. No one sane complains that either derogates the other. If anything, the opposite. Women’s clothes make women look better; men’s also. It’s kind of the point. They are tailored to fit their different bodies and different preferences. Because the sexes are…

Trigger-Happy Cop Out on Bail

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Betty Shelby, the Oklahoma Hero Cop who shot and killed a man – unarmed, retreating, hands in the air – has been let loose. It’s another example of the differing (kid gloves) treatment accorded armed government workers (which is what cops are, not “heroes”) when they commit an act that would result in severe, life-altering consequences…

The Always Losing Argument

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I read an article the other day, recommended by a friend, about “conservatives” and the futility of the reactionary politics that defines them. They are always looking backward, to a time when things were “better.” But the getting there always stymies them. Well, sure. Because it doesn’t have intellectual pull. It comes off as the philosophical-political…

Car Costs You Can (And Should) Avoid

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The best expenses are those you can skip. Here are several ways to save money you don’t have to spend on your car: *”Premium” gasoline – I italicize the word for a reason. It’s a marketing trick. “Premium” implies better. But Premium gas is defined by something else – its octane rating. Octane is a measure…

They’re With Her

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I often tell my Republican friends – the few I still have – that if they are unhappy about Obama, they ought to be very unhappy about the Bushes – without whom President Obama would probably never have happened. It was from the wreckage of eight Bush years that President Obama became inevitable. Now the liver-spotted family patriarch…