"Safety First!" Sure, safety is a good thing - in moderation. But when taken to extremes, and well past the point of diminishing returns, it becomes an annoyance, and sometimes a dangerous one. That's where we are with modern cars.
Some people are mad at GM (and Chrysler) over the bailout bucks. I’m not happy about that, either. But lately, I’m mad at Ford – which bequeathed unto us the idiot idea of pick-up truck bed walls so high you need a ladder to access what’s in the bed.
Can you wind up dead, killed by a cop, for the horrendous "crime" of not wearing your seatbelt? Apparently you can, and its another sign that the the prevailing nanny state mentality is not only dehumanizing, but murderously dangerous too.
Not “buckling up for safety” can get you killed all right. By a cop.
Government fuel economy mandates are forcing manufactures to make ever more complex transmissions. The result: vehicles will get better gas mileage, and they'll likely cost a lot more.
In a few years, six-speed transmissions will probably seem as dated as Powerglides or threes-on-the-tree do today. Several current model-year cars already have seven and even eight-speed transmissions (Porsche 911, Chrysler 300, BMW 5 Series, etc.).
Tyranny comes in many forms, not the least of which are government mandates requiring expensive "safety" equipment in cars. And with new technology on the horizon, a grinning Big Brother is about to climb into your backseat.
I probably won’t be able to write new car reviews come next year – or the year after. Because I probably won’t be able to drive the damn things anymore. Maybe you won’t be able to, either.
In the blink of an eye – before they can even think about reacting – you are already gone. It drives them absolutely nuts. Which is why it’s so delicious.
I use the bike as my Willie Wonka golden ticket to get me away from/around anything annoying – and to a better place. Nothing – nothing – beats a speedy bike for this. You’ve got the acceleration capability of a Bugatti Veyron in a package that’s no wider (or hardly wider) than you are. This lets you slip and dodge and bob and weave like Ali in his prime – against opponents moving as if in slow-motion. It makes you feel free – because you cannot be thwarted by…. them.
In the hands of the malignantly evil, everyday objects can become deadly weapons. Does this mean that all freedom to purchase and use these every day objects should be restricted? This, in fact, is the essential argument of the gun controllers.
Clearly, something must be done.
It is outrageous that just anyone – even kids! – can buy a dangerous pressure cooker without a background check or even showing ID. There is no waiting period and people – potentially unbalanced and dangerous – can legally buy multiple pressure cookers. Just like that!
Shortsighted government edicts kill more people than private sector mistakes, which are relatively rare. But government is rarely held accountable. Why not?
Last week, a huge (3.4 million vehicle) recall was announced – problems with the air bags people are forced to buy. According to news reports, a manufacturing defect involving the chemical propellant that inflates the bags could result in an affected vehicle’s air bag not deploying properly during a crash – or not deploying at all. There is also concern about the possibility of a fire being triggered. Most of the cars involved are Japanese – Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans and Mazdas.
On gun control, our nation has gone insane. Our wonderful "leaders" stand ready to criminalize non-criminals while ignoring the actual criminal.
There’s all this talk of “controlling” guns – that is, taking them away from everyone (except those wearing government costumes, ‘natch) but very little about controlling thugs. You know, the violent predators who create the reason – the necessity – for owning a gun in the first place. See video example below.
There are some great things about new car technology. Unfortunately, there are a few infinitely irritating things that may just bring out the Incredible Hulk in those forced to put up with them.
I’ve ranted in the past about being rope-a-dope’d into a state of exhausted fury by annoying automotive technology. Well, I’ve got fodder for a fresh rant. This past week, I had a new BMW X to test drive (you can read the review here). Overall, not a bad car. But there are some things about it that would have me breaking out the ball peen hammer. To wit:
People must reject not just the idea of being compelled to purchase gun insurance in order to be “allowed” to own a gun, they must question the whole filthy juggernaut that’s steaming along behind it. The very idea of mandatory any insurance.
It took “conservative” Republicans to trot out mandatory and market-based health insurance in the same mouthful. Don’t ever forget to thank them for this.