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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Don't Boast Yet

What's the first thing you want to remember when an auto manufacturer rolls out a new model? Especially one as radically different as the Toyota Prius.

Let someone else buy the design flaws and engineering quirks and let those fools deal with the headaches. Then buy the third or fourth release when all the bugs are worked out.

For those of you who need that lesson to be reinforced (I'll admit I don't like paying increased gas prices either.), this is in today's news:

Toyota probes reports of stalling hybrids
By Reuters

Toyota is looking into complaints in the United States that its popular Prius hybrid car suddenly stalled or shut down, often at high speeds on highways.

"We have been alerted to the fact that some owners might have a problem," Toyota spokesman John Hansen told Reuters on Monday. "We are going to go back to our service records to find out what owners have had a problem like this and how many."

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 13 complaints so far of the gas-electric hybrid vehicles stalling or stopping unexpectedly.

Toyota dealers attributed the problems to a software glitch in the car's complex computer system, according to some complaints.

NHTSA spokesman Rae Tyson said the agency is monitoring the complaints but that no formal investigation has been launched.

Toyota has sold 34,225 Prius cars so far this year.

There is usually a waiting list to buy the vehicle, which has a gasoline engine with an electric motor to increase fuel efficiency. The Prius gets as much as 60 miles per gallon of gasoline. (link)

It stands to reason that Toyota - even Toyota - would face certain performance and maintenance issues and would have to work the bugs out of such a revolutionary new concept car.

They'll figure these problems out. Buy in 2007 - if it is still around.

Would You Trust a Liberal To Babysit Your Child?

I've had this theory for many years. It is that there is a psychological quirk residing deep within the recesses of the minds of liberals that inspires them to latch on to any - and every - whacky doomsday scenario that is put forth by other whacky liberals, a condition followed close on by an overwhelming disinterest in the matter when said whacky liberals move on to other troubles that will assuredly bring about the end of life as we know it.

Call it Fickle Fad Frenzy.

Remember acid rain? It was going to bring about the end of life as we know it according to every leftist on earth. Why, you could drive up to New Hampshire and find dead trees in the forest. It was documented by the Sierra Club; you can look it up. The left worked itself into a lather over the impending doom created by coal-fired power plants a thousand miles away in southern Ohio ... until Congress passed the Clean Air Act back in Bush Senior days and ... poof! The problem - and fearmongering - vanished. Problem alleviated by decree. In a nanosecond.

Remember the vanishing rainforest problem? Actor/singer Sting held gala parties for his liberal buddies at which they'd (allegedly) decry the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest, drink gallons of Dom Perignon, and snort lots of blow. I never understood why the parties were held in Beverly Hills rather than in the Amazon jungles, but we'll go there another day. Thousands of trees were cut down and made into books that outlined the catastrophic destruction of rainforest trees (There are good trees and bad trees, I guess. Don't try to make sense of it.). We must have whipped that problem too because Sting has gone back to making awful movies and there hasn't been a Hollywood Stop The Rainforest Destruction Rally & Cocaine Bash in recent years.

How about Meryl Streep and Alar in apples? That was going to end all life on the planet - if we all ate three tons of apples a day (but that's beside the point; rats were killed by injesting toxic chemicals, man).

And I miss the high-voltage electric powerline/cellphone emitting secret magnetic rays that were frying human brains and were on the verge of ending life as we know it days. Where did they go? One day we should take a trip down that memory lane.

Ah, and there was that pesky ozone hole that was created by your use of hairspray (future generations reading this will say, "Say what?"). Congress, in righteous fury, banned the manufacture and use of chloroflourocarbons (as well as cheap refrigerant for your car) and - poof! - you guessed it. Problem solved.

By the way, the current fad involves global warming, an atmospheric/fossil fuel burning problem that nobody seems to be able to accurately document but we all know is going to cause life as we know it to end. This catastrophe was preceded by predictions of global cooling - just so that scientists could cover all the bases and legitimately say we were warned.

Here's the point. Fad liberal doomsday movements come and go.

Which brings up an article in the New York Times this morning written by John Tierney.
'No Nukes,' No More

The great taboo against nuclear power seems to be over in Washington. This is a mixed blessing.

The subject had been off limits to environmentally correct politicians since the spring of 1979, when the Three Mile Island accident inspired the Woodstock of the antinuke movement. More than 65,000 protesters marched on the Capitol to hear energy experts like Jackson Browne and Benjamin Spock - and, of course, Jane Fonda, an authority because of her role in the "The China Syndrome."

Celebrities and politicians, warning of meltdowns and cancer epidemics, demanded the shutdown of all nuclear plants. Protesters dressed as mushrooms chanted, "Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to radiate." I went to the rally sympathetic to the movement but left unsure of which was scarier, nuclear power or its enemies.

Now some prominent environmentalists are having second thoughts, as
Felicity Barringer reported in Sunday's Times. Given the threat of global warming, they say,
encouraging new nuclear power plants may be necessary. And Congress is about to take up proposals to reinvigorate the industry. (
So nuclear power, once the scourge of leftists around the world, is making a comeback. It seems like only yesterday that Jane Fonda was sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun protesting the use of nuclear power. Ah, those were the days.

Oh. Wait a minute. That was a different fad frenzy.

This Is What Passes For News In Iowa

I once spent two weeks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I thought I was going to die. This, from the Associated Press, will give an indication why.
Big Rock in Farm Field Creates Big Mystery

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A big rock has spouted in a farm field in Cedar Rapids, creating a big mystery. It wasn't there last year. "We picked the corn last fall and the field was fine. We came back this spring to do some field work, and this big rock was here," said Bob Taylor, 51, a hired man for Balderston Farms of Central City.
That was four weeks ago.

Taylor, who guesstimated the boulder at 15,000 pounds, said maybe it was a meteorite. (
While there, I got to where I started tuning in to the daily hog report. I wouldn't, to this day, know a barrow from a gilt if one came up to me and planted a kiss, but it got to where the subject had a certain allure.

I then realized that I needed to flee for my life. I did. Never to return.

I'm Trying To Picture This

A breaking news story from the Associated Press:

Court Rules Woman Not Liable in Sex Suit
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) -- A woman isn't legally responsible for injuries her boyfriend suffered while they were having consensual sex more than a decade ago, a state appeals court ruled Monday.

The man, identified only as John Doe in court papers, filed suit against the woman in 1997, claiming she was negligent when she suddenly changed positions, landed awkwardly on him and fractured his penis.

The man underwent emergency surgery in September 1994, "endured a painful and lengthy recovery" and has suffered from sexual dysfunction that hasn't responded to medication or counseling, the appeals court said. (

I'm ... not ... sure ... I ... want ... the details.