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   GO3  Inspector General Confirms EPA Broke Law, Failed to Study Environmental Impact of Ethanol

Well, well, well. It seems Obama's EPA has not complied with the law to periodically report on the environmental effects of increased ethanol production for blended fuels. The full article can be read here

One shouldn't be overly concerned about how a farmer uses his land, but the goons at the EPA reveal their hypocrisy when they whine and complain about every other little thing that happens to someone's property. The key quote:

"The AP reported that with corn effectively subsidized, farmers put millions of acres of land formerly devoted to conservation into corn production, destroying animal habitats and polluting water supplies."

The EPA's excuse for not complying with reporting requirements is that it ran out of (our ) money. That, and other than ethanol is bad for your engine and fuel system, everything is just peachy.
8 hours ago .

   MeiDei  When the license plate is prophetic:
   July 29 at 07:56 EST .

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   GO3  I had a hard time deciding to put this here about cars or in the pet peeves section, but the root issue is about cars so here it goes. Here
is a great article about car infotainment systems. That infotainment systems suck is the basic premise, I've always thought a car should be about transportation and fun. Granted, I'm older and grew up with an AM radio, then FM and AM, then cassette, etc. But my beef is with having a TV screen in the car and able to get email while I'm driving. Jeez, I looked forward to the drive to/from work to get away from all of that. I know others may not have the driving enthusiasm I do about driving, but what possesses someone to be constantly distracted by all of the electronic bells and whistles? I maintain if one needs to be constantly in touch on a drive then he's a traveling salesman or some such. If not, then maybe he needs to spend more time at work.

The other thing is electronics are relatively cheap. Outside of the very necessary and excellent power train control modules and transmission control module, infotainment is emphasized as a big selling point and the carmakers rake in big bucks for these systems. (not to mention revenue for costly repairs. E.g., tearing apart your dash to repair an in-dash GPS when a cheap standalone or cell phone GPS would do nicely. I have noticed BMW, a huge over the top infotainment carmaker BTW, has shifted its ad campaign to focus on performance rather than the gee whiz stuff. Maybe some out there are getting it.
   July 23 at 12:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  All I look for in a car is reliability, a good a/c & heater, decent radio, good mileage, comfortable seats & quiet ride, not necessarily in that order. Thank you for the above info.
July 29 at 08:01 EST .

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   GO3  Ironically, I was watching a rerun of Top Gear (UK ) and Jeremy Clarkson was test driving a new Jag and roundly slammed the infotainment system. The simple act of changing the volume on the radio turned into a challenge if the car went over the slightest bump. His finger repeatedly ended up on the next icon down which changed the exhaust from sport mode to quiet mode. Why people want complex over simplicity is beyond me.
July 29 at 23:16 EST .

   Safetydude  Seeeee, I told you so...
March 31 at 20:29 EST .

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   Safetydude  Seeeee...I told you so: 2.0
July 27 at 10:14 EST .

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   Grahamcracker  Update on the post below: A lady I know from church suggested a car with power seats. I tried her suggestion and am now the owner of a 2016 Hyundai Elantra. I has power seats & I can see over the hood! After not buying a car for 14 years, I'm blown away by all the bells & whistles a new car has. It's quite a sporty little number for an old broad like me, but what the only live once!
January 9 at 22:41 EST .

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   Balogreene  We got a Hyundai Elantra wagon in about 2001. I loved it, I could see over the hood! I didn't have to sit too close to the wheel. Since it was paid off, I got my Mazda Miata convertible. But, the Elantra was hit, and totaled by a drunk driver, while parked. We now own a Kia Soul (easy for mom to get in and out of ).The Elantra is probably going to be my retirement car.

My sister the liberal couldn't believe so many people in our family drove Hyundai's and Kia's. When it was time for her to get a new car, she went to KBB, Consumer reports, and others. She bought an Elantra because it was the best rated. She loves it!
February 19 at 23:41 EST .

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   Grahamcracker  I'm looking for a new car. My Hyundai Elantra is almost 14 yrs.old. It's been a great car, and would like to buy another. Husband brought one home for me to test drive today. Great little car BUT I can't see over the sloping hood nor can I see the front fenders. I'm only 5' tall, so that could be part of the problem. The salesman told my husband all new cars are made that way because they found it cuts down on rear-end accidents. Oh really? All I can imagine is I'll be parking by ear when I pull in between 2 cars. My daughter is taller than I, has a newer car & she has the same problem. My son said he can't see the front of his new truck. what is wrong with this picture?
December 11 at 23:11 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  .
   November 30 at 20:47 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Hysterical Buzz....and BTW I hope Mrs. Buzz -aka Yotty- knows she's missed around here...pass a smile to her from me.
December 5 at 10:43 EST .

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   Safetydude  Oh well, looks like the dream is has been disturbed by reality.
Question: If you went out and spent 130K on a car and somebody asked you how you liked it would you answer "it stinks" or would you say "it's the greatest car in the world 'tho I can only drive it about 265 miles but then thats is all I need to get from NYC to DC".
October 20 at 23:18 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  read Lee Iacocca's biography, he has some interesting things to say about an owner's reluctance to admit he bought a dud.
October 24 at 23:27 EST .

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   Safetydude  That's why you'll never hear me say anything negative about Miss Tina.
October 26 at 13:05 EST .

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   MaxWedge  Got my 1962 Plymouth Fury back on the road recently, after letting it sit for 7 years. It sure is fun driving it again.
   October 17 at 22:21 EST .

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   Balogreene  I know, I have a 10.5 yr old Mazda Miata. I've been through a lot lately and let the car sit so long the battery died (4 or 5 months ). I drove it the other day and remember why I own it!

The '62 Fury is a little before my time (I was 10 ), but was greatly admired by my car-loving friends in the 70's. It is a beauty.
October 29 at 02:03 EST .

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   MickTurn  In case anyone is wondering why the Plymouth/Dodges of this era looked like Studebakers...when Studebaker closed the designers went to work for Chrysler...
April 13 at 10:46 EST .

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   Bettijo  CAN YOU HELP?
This 1935 Ford roaster was built by my brother in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1950s. Originally it was powered by a 1957 Buick engine, a 1939 Lincoln transmission, and a 1941 Ford rear axle. The body was channeled and the top chopped. It had 1940 Chevrolet headlights, a 1934 Plymouth grill, and a custom three-piece aluminum hood. The trunk was enclosed allowing the passenger compartment to be enlarged to accept four bucket seats. The top had been lengthened 14 inches. He sold the car in Atlanta in 1965. It has since been seen in Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa. He would like to purchase it back, but he cannot locate it. Can you help? He would appreciate any leads. Please email any information to

   June 27 at 20:52 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Does your brother have the 'VIN'?....If he does, he can contact a reputable private investigator. The P.I. will have access (usually by paid subscription ) to DMV databases through which he an search for the VIN. It will cost a few $$$. Or he can do it all by snail mail by contacting the various DMV's himself.
June 30 at 01:54 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks. I passed your comment on to him. I am afraid he did not keep it as he sold it 50 years ago when he was in his early 20s and may not have had the sense to keep paperwork. Actually, I don't have any paperwork for cars I sold except for my last two. Don't know why I kept them.
July 1 at 07:50 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Well, one possible way of getting the VIN is (again ) to contact the DMV to search using his name. This (at least in NY state ) will return a list of all the vehicles that have ever been registered to that name. This report will include the VINs of those vehicles.
July 1 at 14:21 EST .

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   Bettijo  Iacta, I passed your comment on to my brother and this was his response:

"This is a good suggestion, but I already ran the VIN thru about 15 State DMV records back in the late 1970s, maybe about 1979, and all came back with "No Record Found". I still have some of those responses. One problem could be I had Registered it in Georgia with the original 1935 VIN number, but I had installed a 1957 Buick engine.

Anywhere along the ownership line, some one or some DMV may have done a vehicle inspection, and registered it with the Buick VIN. I never kept a record of the Buick VIN, so another dead end.
July 2 at 08:04 EST .

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   MickTurn  It may have been sent overseas...lots of US car buffs live in Europe and Far East...
April 13 at 10:55 EST .

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