Tuesday, February 16, 2010


One of my pet peeves (of which I have many), is when suppposedly professional entities cannot take the time to proofread their publications.

In the interest of trying to educate myself, I decided to sign up for the email newsletter I heard about on the radio from "PennyStockChaser.com." I was promptly bombarded by emails, several times a day. The straw that broke the camels back, though, was an email that proudly proclaimed in the Subject Line the word "losers," spelled with two "O's," "looser." Nice.

It's not that difficult, people. As near as I can tell, there is no such thing as the word, "looser." When you try to use it, you become a "Loser."

Monday, February 15, 2010

Gas Line Antifreeze?

I was working at my part time job yesterday, restocking the shelves at a major auto parts store chain. One of the proucts I was restocking, was gas line antifreeze, brand name "Heet." I live and work in the heart of the winter wonderland. I wondered to myself, as I often do, who buys this stuff, anymore?

Due to cost cutting measures, and pushed by "environmental concerns," you would be extremely hard pressed to find and purchase gasoline that is not at least 10% alcohol. So, if your car holds 20 gallons of fuel, 2 gallons of that is alcohol.

Do you know what gas line antifreeze is? Alcohol. So, if you add the 12 ounce bottle of "Heet" to your 20 gallons of fuel, you will have raised the alcohol content by - 12 ounces, or .05%, to 10.05%.

So, my question is this, if you've already paid for 2 gallons of alcohol, why would you spend another couple of bucks to add 12 ounces more?

Monday, February 8, 2010


I am a car guy. I am also somewhat if an independent thinker. I think this whole "Green" movement is scary in that it is very misdirected, and people are following it under false pretenses. So, I can't help but wonder if the people that made this commercial:

Aren't just a little hypocritical when they also make this car.

Don't get me wrong, I think the Audi R8 is an awesome automobile. I just think it's hypocritical to claim title to the green movement, and in the same breath, make a car that goes 190 MPH, only seats 2 people, and gets considerably less than 20 MPG. I won't comment on CO2 emissions, because I do not believe that CO2 is any kind of a pollutant.

The other thing that worries me about this commercial, is how far away from that reality are we?

Monday, February 1, 2010

They Think You're Stupid

Last night, as I was driving home, I was listening to Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont, when a caller made the comment, and I'm paraphrasing here, "When flat screens and computers came out, they were very expensive, but as more company's started making them, and competition ensued, the prices came down. Why can't we do the same with health insurance? Why can't we allow insurance companies to compete across state lines?"

This is something that the right has been asking for quite awhile.

The gentleman representing the left responded first. Again, I'm paraphrasing, because I don't remember the exact wording, but his response was something like, "If we did that, we'd have a race to the bottom. Some states do not regulate the insurance industry as well as others (emphasis mine).

Basically, he was saying that you are too stupid to know what you are paying for, and if we don't regulate for you, you would all be suckered by unscrupulous insurance companies.

That is offensive. As someone that enjoys freedom and capitalism; the two are inextricably intertwined, it bothers me that the left has such little faith in the American consumer that they wouldn't be able to tell that some companies are not holding up to their end of the contract.

Yes, some companies will try to unfairly game the system. This is what private insurance rating organizations are for. It is up to the individual consumer to do their homework, to reduce their own risk; not up to the government to hold your hand for you.

Time and again, all through history, when the government gets involved, regulations, costs, and red tape all increase; without fail. When the private sector is involved, almost without fail, ways are found to reduce costs, to increase the individual entities ability to remain profitable and competitive. When word gets out that a company is cheating it's customers, that business either fixes it's reputation, or it goes out of business. When government does it, that's business as usual. Where else are you going to take your business if government runs it?