More Political Stuff

What’s Really Going On?

Democrat politicians and their useful voter enablers generally want U.S. citizens to become dependent subjects and imagine that whatever they do in elected or appointed office is so important, it’s almost criminal to impede – by improving economic conditions, by allowing a partial government shutdown, by reducing the size or reach of government agencies, by adjudicating limits to government power – that any means are warranted to eliminate the threat to their collective agenda.

Mainstream media, in the U.S., tends to serve the purposes and advance the agenda of the Democratic party.  The bias is clear to any intellectually honest observer.

Regarding the current Chinese or Wuhan Covid-19 virus contagion, the Democrats are thrilled at the deleterious effect it is having on the economic health of the United States of America.  Typically, Democrats feel empowered when the economy is in the toilet – it allows them to enroll more citizens in programs that relegate them to status dependent upon government largesse.  And people who quickly become used to and dependent upon that taxpayer funded largesse typically vote for anyone who promises to continue providing and/or to expand same.  So, they’re loving this.

In addition to the foregoing, the manner in which the Chinese Coronavirus has applied the brakes to commerce appears to have poked a stick in the spokes to the economic upturn that has been one of President Donald Trumps extra-congressional accomplishments during his tenure in office.  Democrats love this.

Democrat fellow travelers in places like the World Health Organization appear to have provided misinformation (r/t lethality) and to have ignored early warnings r/t the Chinese coronavirus (provided by Taiwan).  World Health Organization staff may simply be incompetent or may have ideological reasons for behaviors like ignoring information provided by a source out of favor with a large geopolitical player like China.  Who knows which or whether?

Two Things at Once

During the WWII, the United States of America was able to wage war on multiple fronts, obtain mastery in all theaters of operation.  As a nation, we were able to do more than “two things at once.”  The presidential administration of Barrack Obama appeared intent upon diminishing the United States’ ability to function independently of other nations or conglomerations of nations (I regret the unintentional rhyming) in all spheres of endeavor.  That said, the people of the United States are in general not the diminished beings Obama and his handlers had re-imagined us as – serving an all-you-can-eat buffet-for-the-world host nation to the parasitic ambitions and needs of other nations and people groups around the world.

We can function economically and fight the spread of a disease at the same time.  The shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders will expire and, even while they are ‘active,’ we will continue to work and function in ways that make sense, that do not equal passive acquiescence to the statist, collectivist dreams of Democrat politicians.

 

I Bought A Cheap, Used Prius

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2008 Prius in Grandmotherly Green

Late last Fall, our Volvo XC70s (2004, 2006) required service, one after the other. I had to rent a car.  The Volvo repairs took a long time.  An acquaintance loaned us an ’05 Prius with 299,999 miles on the odometer (2nd generation Prius odos get stuck there).  The vehicle ran amazingly well, was a pleasant vehicle to drive in terms of overall comfort and responsiveness, used Regular fuel (unlike the Volvos) and got amazing gas mileage (unlike the Volvos).  Regarding vehicle reliability and maintenance, my acquaintance said, “I just get the oil changed wherever there’s a coupon.”  My daily commute is a 60 mile round trip.  Even though I felt 30 percent less manly driving that car, I decided I needed a Prius.

Prior to all this, my wife bought the latest model Rainbow vacuum cleaner.  Honestly, it’s a marvel and we use it a lot.  The Rainbow was the most expensive home appliance we’ve ever purchased.

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2004 XC70   –   2008 Prius   –   2006 XC70

Eventually, thanks to SearchTempest, I found an unprepossessing 2008 Prius in pale metallic green with about 202,000 miles on the odometer for less than $3000.  I mentioned the Rainbow vacuum cleaner because it cost more than my 2008 Prius.

We arranged to see the car on a Sunday at a small car lot, Georgia’s Finest Auto Brokers near Chickamauga Battlefield in North Georgia.  The car was as-advertised and the sale was without any hassle.

In our area we’ve got a Toyota dealership that can be trusted to manage service work and a really excellent independent mechanic who specializes in Japanese cars.  Since purchase, have put new tires, new 12-volt battery, front brakes and had a roof leak fixed (faulty seal under the leftside seam trim-piece where roof and body panels meet).  Car probably needs a tune up, but I’ve been getting between 39 and 45 mpg (depending on ambient temperature).

All in all, I’ve been pleased with the car.

ON THE OTHER HAND, I wish I’d checked out the available information at PriusChat prior to buying (for my wife) a 2016 Prius Three with Advanced Technology Package for a bundle of cash from Bill Penney Toyota of Huntsville, Alabama.  More about that disaster in another post when I get enough emotional distance to write clearly.

Don’t worry.  I still have and use firearms and vote my conservative conscience.  I still don’t believe any of the climate alarmism that’s functionally a religion for some people.  Saving money on fuel is what motivates my Prius ownership.

Yes, I know that one shed in the photo needs replaced.

Below please find a photo of a Franken-Benz monster car I saw February 3 at Spencer, Tennessee.  It’s in worse shape than that shed.

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