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Comment Re:That'll teach you... (Score 2) 301

The U.S. is going after Germany's top automaker. It's not about the emissions, what does the U.S. really want?

My bet is that Greece needs a bit more bail-out money because Goldman-Sachs would have a bad quarter if Greece exited the E.U. Let me hedge my bet, now. The Bundesbank wants to repatriate gold held by J.P. Morgan and they're a little short on the stuff these days. Can't let them default, can we?

Captcha: circus

Comment Re:The rules are simple. (Score 1) 1111

True enough, but consider things from the ability to pay vantage point.

Individuals are limited to $2,000 campaign contributions. Result: The system crushes them like bugs.
Small corps. yield small donations, if any at all. Result: Crushed at the discretion of the prosecutor handling the case.
Giant corps. yield continuing enormous donations to hordes of politicians and their associated parties. Result: Here's a bailout for your corp. and we could smack-down a competitor while we're at it, too.

Comment Re:Some people seem to forget... (Score 2) 1051

Travel by X is a privilege
Travel by Y is a right

Which ones go where?
private horse drawn carriage
company owned horse drawn carriage (stagecoach)
privately owned vessel
privately owned automobile
company owned automobile (limo/bus)
privately owned aircraft
company owned aircraft

The constitution is silent on specific modes of travel. I take that to mean that all modes of travel belong in Y.

Comment Re:Japan and Europe is where the industry is (Score 1) 599

Jeep, are you serious? Try living with one for a month.
  • Don't get lost. If you need to read a map, the only interior light source is near the fuse block by the driver's feet.
  • My '02 has a soft top and half-doors, everything flaps in the breeze when I'm heading down the road at speeds over 45 mph.
  • On US-50 outside of Pueblo, I ran into a headwind, it could barely maintain 50 mph, in 4th gear, at full throttle.
  • I have to use low range to go up my driveway, partly due to the lack of torque and partly because of the open rear differential. (My 20 yr. old Honda had little problem with the same driveway.)
  • Try putting a picnic cooler in a Jeep sometime, it won't fit under the tension bar for the rear window. You'll have to unzip it. Did you know that dust jams zippers? Here, in the desert, there's no shortage of dust.
  • For a vehicle that may actually go places where the terrain isn't level, why isn't there a way to keep the tailgate open?
  • Don't let the tailgate slam either. The mass of the spare tire will actually cause it to cave-in.
  • BTW, I hope your elbow is starting to feel better, after you smacked it against the mounting peg for the half-window.

There are after-market solutions for most of the problems that I've listed, they simply require you to "Just Empty Every Pocket". If you'll buy my 22 MPG Jeep, I'll go buy that 45 MPG Range Rover that I've recently read about.

Comment Re:In 1970 dollars, please. (Score 1) 868

Go back a few more years (to 1964) and the dollars were exchangable for on a 1 for 1 basis for silver dollars.

Your hour at Wally-world would buy about 40 gallons today. After you fill up your tank, think about the 130 gallons that a 1910 dollar would have bought.

All figures are based on $3/gallon. The melt value of the coins is based on Friday's closing prices and taken from

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky