Motorhead takes King of the Dittoheads to school

As you may have heard, Motor Trend magazine has named the Chevy Volt its “Car of the Year:”

“some of the most advanced engineering ever seen in a mainstream American automobile … Attention to detail is impressive … The front end graphic is outstanding — strong, confident, and tastefully upscale … Just counting the gas, the Volt returned 126.7 mpg. Converting the gas used to energy used (79.5 kW-hr) and adding that figure to the electrical energy used gave us a notional 72.9 mpg. … Moonshot. Game-changer. A car of the future that you can drive today, and every day.”

But Rush Limbaugh wasn’t impressed with the latest offering from the much-despised “Government Motors”:

“Folks, of all the cars, no offense, General Motors, please, but of all the cars in the world, the Chevrolet Volt is the Car of the Year? Motor Trend magazine, that’s the end of them. How in the world do they have any credibility? Not one has been sold. The Volt is the Car of the Year.”

Todd Lassa of Motor Trend then responded to Rush’s attack on his magazine’s credibility with a rebuttal that is, shall we say, a little pointed.

“Our credibility, Mr. Limbaugh, comes from actually driving and testing the car, and understanding its advanced technology. It comes from driving and testing virtually every new car sold, and from doing this once a year with all the all-new or significantly improved models all at the same time. We test, make judgments and write about things we understand….

“If you can stop shilling for your favorite political party long enough to go for a drive, you might really enjoy the Chevy Volt. I’m sure GM would be happy to lend you one for the weekend. Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.”

361 comments Add your comment

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
10:44 am

“…driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.”

Another I don’t care who you are thass funny one! :-)

DannyX

November 24th, 2010
10:47 am

Congrats Obama!

Not only did Obama and Government Motors win Motor Trend Car of the Year, they also won the same award from Automobile Magazine.

Green Car of the Year too!

Bye Bye Empire

November 24th, 2010
10:49 am

Ups, better add another walk of life to our list of those in which Mr. Limbaugh’s droppings have had to be picked up. First it was the realm of sports, where his star-crossed bid for NFL franchise ownership had to be set run through the heart with a stake, and now this.

Jefferson

November 24th, 2010
10:50 am

Only the weak minded would belive anything Limbaugh spews.

Northern Songs, Ltd

November 24th, 2010
10:52 am

@Jefferson – you mean like the imperial storm troopers and jawas that litter today’s republican party?

jasper

November 24th, 2010
10:55 am

While I’m thrilled that an electric car is getting front and center attention, it does make you wonder, how many labor union members subscribe to Motor Trend. I’m sure they’re not paying for it.

Mick

November 24th, 2010
10:57 am

Flush rimbaugh & crew, the face of the republican party, what a drag…

Intown

November 24th, 2010
11:00 am

Woohoo Motor Trend! Sanity 1 – Fear 0.

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
11:02 am

Mick

“…what a drag…”

Car race or stage show…?

kitty

November 24th, 2010
11:02 am

Glad I wasn’t taking a drink of coffee when I read that last line. Hilarious.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:04 am

“Car race or stage show…?”

Or both?

Dusty

November 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Awwww from Jihad to carwash!! I’ll keep my Cavalier. You can bolt with the Volt, thank you.

Now let’s talk TURKEY. (No, @@, not that one.) Anybody for oyster dressing?

Matti

November 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Hahaha! Good one.

Del

November 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Be among the first 200000 buyers and get a $7,500. tax credit from the tax payers, however, if you’re subject to the AMT, you need not apply.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:05 am

“Glad I wasn’t taking a drink of coffee when I read that last line. Hilarious”

Same here!

Kamchak

November 24th, 2010
11:06 am

Limbaugh opining about automotive engineering is like Paris Hilton opining about thermodynamics.

Call it like it is

November 24th, 2010
11:08 am

Thats some funny stuff. But hey before you buy one of those green cars, make sure you ask how much the battery is to replace if you every have too. I think most of you would be shocked! The money you saved on gas will be gone.

BlahBlahBlah

November 24th, 2010
11:10 am

You would think such an awesome car wouldn’t need a huge tax credit to encourage sales.

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
11:11 am

DUSTY

No er-stuhs in my dressing! I’ll get my snot from the Little Ones at school!

TaxPayer

November 24th, 2010
11:15 am

Limbaugh asking how anyone else has any credibility! Now that’s priceless.

Del

November 24th, 2010
11:16 am

Josef, really outstanding, you had to go and ruin Thanks Giving dinner for the many of us who’ve always looked forward to Oyster dressing, up until now!

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 24th, 2010
11:17 am

Until they figure out a way for an electric car to recharge itself from driving, they will have limited appeal, in my opinion.

The Last Boy Scout

November 24th, 2010
11:17 am

I will now extend my subscription to Motor Trend for three more years. Imagine a firm telling the grand master of horse puckie to shut up and read something for a change……love it….sober up Maha Rushie

TaxPayer

November 24th, 2010
11:18 am

Limbaugh opining about automotive engineering is like Paris Hilton opining about thermodynamics.

Actually, I think Paris is more qualified on her topic. She’s a lot hotter than Sarah Palin, for example. And rich too. Did I mention rich. I feel a bout of wealth envy coming on. Excuse me while I move closer to the couch. I having flashbacks of a bikini-clad lady eating a hamburger.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:20 am

“Until they figure out a way for an electric car to recharge itself from driving”

Not going to happen. What you are asking for is a perpetual motion machine, and those are not possible. But it should be possible to get some finite extension of range from a motion powered generator. But you’ll still have to recharge at some point.

I’m thinking that electric cars will have some limited appeal for city dwellers but for people like me who drive long distances there isn’t going to be any real apeals until they get them to a range more in line with gasoline cars – at least a 400 mile distance and a recharge time not significantly longer than it takes to refill a gas tank.

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

November 24th, 2010
11:21 am

Del

November 24th, 2010
11:22 am

Be among the first on the bleeding edge of technology and get your $7,500. tax credit compliments of the tax payers. Be a patriot…Government Motors and the UAW want you.

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
11:23 am

DEL

Just doing my job!

JohnnyReb

November 24th, 2010
11:23 am

Both Jay and Cynthia are pushing START today. Reports are Obama is using every waking moment pushing for ratification. Perhaps he called/email them.

As to the Volt, please direct your attention to the excellent article by George Will in the Sunday, Nov 14 hardcopy edition of the AJC.

El Jefe

November 24th, 2010
11:24 am

For a limited use car it is worthy. For a practical car – nope.

Copper cables – made in China.
Lithium batteries – made in China.
Rare earth magnets for the electric drive – made in China.

Wait, I think I see a pattern, who just bought 10% stake in the new GM…

TaxPayer

November 24th, 2010
11:25 am

Actually, regenerative brakes, solar panels, small-scale on-board power generators such as fuel cells, etc., are just a few of the things in store for future iterations of the electric car. And as for pure unadulterated raw torque from a dead stop, electric is it. Feel the power.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:25 am

“Be among the first on the bleeding edge of technology and get your $7,500″

I drove past a Ford dealer yesterday in NE GA who had a Ford Flex marked $8,000 off

DannyX

November 24th, 2010
11:27 am

“Wait, I think I see a pattern, who just bought 10% stake in the new GM…”

Well?? Who just bought 10% of GM?

Please, we’re waiting,,,,,,

AngryRedMarsWoman

November 24th, 2010
11:31 am

“And as for pure unadulterated raw torque from a dead stop, electric is it.”

Volt –
Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 236 / 320

My 2010 Camaro 2SS -
Torque: 420 ft-lbs. @ 4600 rpm

You were saying?

Horsepower: 426 hp @ 5900 rpm

Torque: 420 ft-lbs. @ 4600 rpm

Del

November 24th, 2010
11:31 am

Going to secure and run errands…Y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a safe one.

Soothsayer

November 24th, 2010
11:31 am

As novel as electric cars are, they unfortunately will never be more than a novelty.

Why? There simply is not enough lithium in the World to make a real dent in the World’s transport fleet.

As I’ve said many, many times on this and other blogs, hydrogen represents the only real hope we have of replacing fossil fuels.

Why? Hydrogen can easily be produced by anyone by electrolysis using common seawater, it will burn in the car you already have, it creates no pollution whatsoever, can be produced carbon-free by CSP solar generation, it’s production (from seawater) yields valuable by-products like chlorine gas and sodium hydroxide (lye).

We, our Nation and the World are wasting valuable time in this dead-end exercise.

TaxPayer

November 24th, 2010
11:34 am

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:35 am

“As I’ve said many, many times on this and other blogs, hydrogen represents the only real hope we have of replacing fossil fuels”

And I don’t think any one source is the answer. They all are going to have their place. At this point it doesn’t matter which one you use…ALL sources of energy take as much energy to produce as they provide. There is no net gain in energy.

Soothsayer

November 24th, 2010
11:38 am

TaxPayer: from your post

“Left untouched, to the irritation of other EU nations, is Ireland’s exceptionally low 12.5 percent tax rate on business profits. That rate is less than half the EU average and has helped to lure about 1,000 high-tech multinationals to Ireland, far more proportionally than any other European country.”

Notice who gets the free ride. Reference my post yesterday about U.S. tax avoidance by moving corporate “headquarters” to Ireland.

TaxPayer

November 24th, 2010
11:38 am

AC Propulsion’s tzero roadster is a reason to not give up on the electric vehicle. The tzero does 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, according to the company, and it does it on only 200 horsepower because of its light weight and torque.

The San Dimas, Calif.-based company says the tzero (pronounced “tee-zero,” not “chair-o”) has compared favorably in acceleration tests to Corvettes, Porsche 911s–and even a Ferrari F355, which it claims to have “out-accelerated…by eight car lengths” in one-eighth-mile drag races. If for nothing else, the tzero’s $220,000 sticker price puts it in exotic-car territory.

Don’t be angry with me and turn all red but I said electric. I did not limit my words to the Chevy Volt.

RB from Gwinnett

November 24th, 2010
11:39 am

Anybody figured out where the energy to recharge all these cars is going to come from when we can’t seem to power some states on a warm summer day?

Are you going to let them build nuclear power plants, pollute the earth with coal fired, kill some snail darters with hydro dams, or walk when the wind doesn’t blow enough to turn the mills?

Have you simple minded liberals even thought about this?

carlosgvv

November 24th, 2010
11:39 am

The problem with electric cars is that if they become common, power plants will have to produce much more electricity than they do now. Power plants are heavy polluters so I don’t see any environmental advantage to electric cars. Of course, with a country full of nucelar power plants, electric cars might make sense. However, it dosen’t seem that the American people want large numbers of nucelar power plants.

Dave R.

November 24th, 2010
11:39 am

“Limbaugh opining about automotive engineering is like Paris Hilton opining about thermodynamics.”

Or Jay opining about economics.

Or Hope & Change opining about the Constitution.

I could go on . . .

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:40 am

“Notice who gets the free ride. Reference my post yesterday about U.S. tax avoidance by moving corporate “headquarters” to Ireland”

Might want to do some checking into the Ireland bailout by the EU before you start crowing.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:41 am

“even thought about this?”

Yes

Soothsayer

November 24th, 2010
11:44 am

“And I don’t think any one source is the answer. They all are going to have their place. At this point it doesn’t matter which one you use…ALL sources of energy take as much energy to produce as they provide. There is no net gain in energy.”

Electric cars–specifically the batteries–represent energy storage. Just hydrogen represents energy storage.

Think about this: every square meter that sunlight falls on represents the equivalent of one Kilowatt. The sun falling on that square meter for one hour represents one Kilowatt-hour. Think of the power that could be generated using the Sun. It boggles the mind. This power can be stored in the form of electricity in a battery or (by electrolysis) as hydrogen.

Dave R.

November 24th, 2010
11:45 am

“What you are asking for is a perpetual motion machine, and those are not possible.”

Perhaps you might consider adding the following word to your definitive statement, Doggone: “today”.

As in, you don’t know a darned thing about what might happen in the future. ‘kay?

Dusty

November 24th, 2010
11:45 am

Josef, 11:11

Are you “drinking’” before lunch? What kind of Cajun,Ccreole, New Orleans, bayou man are you that won’t eat oysters?

You are no longer a pearl in MY oyster world!!

BADA BING

November 24th, 2010
11:45 am

Electric cars have their place. Moving a few people over short distances, city driving, etc. But if you want stores to have furniture, groceries, books, they will come by gas powered trucks. That will remain the case for many years. How do you think they will deliver electric cars to all the dealerships? How do you think you will take the entire family to visit Grandma in Ohio? How will you pull your camper to the Smokies?

El Jefe

November 24th, 2010
11:45 am

With the large investment SAIC made in GM with the IPO, and the large “partnership” they have in building cars in China, how does the UAW feel about all those jobs in China? After all, the UAW is who profited most from the Government take over.

From CNBC – http://www.cnbc.com/id/39269829/GM_s_China_Syndrome – A right wing organization(just a joke)

GM, despite all its problems, is a quintessential American firm. Its future may increasingly be tied to succeeding in the booming Chinese auto market, but if the shots aren’t being called in Detroit, people won’t be happy. Americans won’t be happy. That said we are moving towards a world where foreign ownership in GM is a distinct possibility. Especially as Chinese firms grow their bottom lines and look to buy into undervalued foreign operations.

The SAIC interest in GM right now may not lead to anything, but the day of Chinese ownership in American auto firms is coming.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:51 am

“Electric cars–specifically the batteries–represent energy storage. Just hydrogen represents energy storage.”

But manufacturing the batteries is not energy free, and neither is the generation of the electricity you are storing. The equation holds no matter which source of energy you want…it takes at least as much energy to create an energy source as you get back in useable enerby.

“Think of the power that could be generated using the Sun. It boggles the mind.”

Yes it does, but even solar energy is not an energy-free source. At this point in our technology we do not have solar converters that are efficient enough to put directly onto an automobile. That means we have to build relatively weak solar power stations and then store and transmit that energy. It takes energy to create those solar collector systems and the electrical grid to transport that energy.

” This power can be stored in the form of electricity in a battery or (by electrolysis) as hydrogen”

Again, both of which TAKE energy to CREATE energy (or store it)

There is no net gain in energy.

DannyX

November 24th, 2010
11:51 am

And yet, as we speak, Georgia Power ratepayers are paying for a brand spanking new nuclear plant.

In a wonderful socialist ponzi scheme that keeps the ratepayer as the loser on the bottom.

This wonderful new plant has the ratepayer doing the job of the “free market” company. The “free-market” company and investors get all the profits and no risk. 11.5% guaranteed!

BTW, how much does Georgia’s socialist give-a-way to Kia amount to per car?

Jay

November 24th, 2010
11:51 am

Tommytwotone is actually JohnnyOneNote, better known as our old big-talking friend NRB, the Timothy McVeigh acolyte.

He is now banned again.

Kamchak

November 24th, 2010
11:52 am

Or Jay opining about economics.

Or Hope & Change opining about the Constitution.

Or failed county politicians opining about anything.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:53 am

“Perhaps you might consider adding the following word to your definitive statement, Doggone: “today”.”

Perpetual motion machines will never be possible. No matter how hard you try, you lose more energy than you can create.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
11:54 am

“Tommytwotone is actually JohnnyOneNote, better known as our old friend NRB”

Yeah, he gave that away by how he addressed me. He can’t help it.

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
11:55 am

JAY

Oh, why ban Tommy? I was just getting ready to reminisce about the halcyon days gone by at the Hofbrau, Ken’s Tavern and the Lindbergh Waffle House! :-)

StJ

November 24th, 2010
11:55 am

“Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.” ROFL.

Ol’ Rush was begging for that one, wasn’t he? (Not that I’m a Government Motors fan.)

BADA BING

November 24th, 2010
11:55 am

Nothing is free. Even if you had a car that ran on seawater, where will you get it? It would still have to be transported to the majority of US states. And it would have to be treated and filtered to rid it of impurities. If it ran on freshwater, what about the water shortage that exists in every part of the US? Will you decide to drink it or drive you car? Have you seen the rise of water bills that come to your house?What do you think is going to happen to the cost of water if we start using it as a fuel?

DannyX

November 24th, 2010
11:58 am

“The SAIC interest in GM right now may not lead to anything, but the day of Chinese ownership in American auto firms is coming.”

Still waiting for an answer. Oh wait, it turns out you were exaggerating.

You turned a 1% Chinese share into a 10% stake. Are you the same person that calculated the cost of Obama’s last trip overseas?

Soothsayer

November 24th, 2010
11:59 am

Doggone: you’re preaching to the choir. My only point is that their is “unlimited” power in the form of sunlight that we don’t currently use to it’s full extent.

As the years go by and fossil fuels become ever more scarce, we will have no choice except to utilize the energy from the Sun. Otherwise we will have to give up our way of life.

Why aren’t we doing this now? Because BigOil doesn’t want to do anything to upset the Status Quo of their making $billions on the remaining fossil fuels.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

Well, I hinted to the missus about putting some of that fromage Dusty talks about in our turkey tomorrow and she asked me if I’d been sampling the goods at work again. I don’t know what fromage is but I reckon it must include lots of salt and pepper. Anyhow, I was just about drooling when Dusty wrote about it last night.

So the topic is “Motorhead takes King of the Dittoheads to school.” I guess this is the day for it. This josef nix was about to take the two-tone guy to school this a.m., and I don’t mean in the good way. If it had of kept going somebody was going to get hurt bad.

I wonder if they make this Volt in a pickup. That’s about the only way I’d try one. I like the feeling of setting high above all the other drivers on the road.

Have a good p.m. everybody.

TaxPayer

November 24th, 2010
12:02 pm

I think most of us heard the tick tick tick of tommytwotone’s time.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:03 pm

“My only point is that their is “unlimited” power in the form of sunlight that we don’t currently use to it’s full extent.”

That’s because we can’t…yet. We just haven’t developed the converter technology to make the best use of solar energy. The cost to develop a solar power station is still WAY out of proportion to the amount of energy you get back. On a cost per kilowatt basis, it’s still cheaper to build a more conventional power station – and that include nuclear.

Try a little harder, know-it-all

November 24th, 2010
12:03 pm

Perpetual motion machines will never be possible. No matter how hard you try, you lose more energy than you can create.

A iron disc levitated and rotated in a vacuum is in perpetual motion and is considered a perpetual motion machine. No friction at all. This simple machine has been known about for decades except to your typical ill-informed creationist/global-warming denier/willfully ignorant types.

Dusty

November 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

Who is Tommytwotone? Must be another appointed Dittohead. Jay is getting good at this namecalling business …DittoHead, anti-Obama Jihadist etc.etc.. He better watch out. He may get banned!

Palin fan

November 24th, 2010
12:08 pm

Phu-leez. the Government Motors as Car of the Year?

This just shows how the Obama-loving lamestream media bias goes all the way to even to car magazines.

Thank God the Constitution allows Freedom of Speech and Rush is around to expose the true fax despite Obama’s attempts to kill free speech.

This White House is in the hands of anti-American idiots.

Dusty

November 24th, 2010
12:08 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, RedNeck…….yeah, be sure and put a lot of salt and pepper in the fromage. Kinda flat without it…

Mick

November 24th, 2010
12:09 pm

Perfect place for an electric car? The florida keys or the hawaiian islands, makes perfect sense…

Ramguy

November 24th, 2010
12:09 pm

So the dope addict known as Limbaugh or in some circles is know as Limpaugh know fancies himself and expert on automobiles. Hahahaha that is rick. Anybody who listens to this idiot is just plain stupid. There’s no other way to put it.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:10 pm

“A iron disc levitated and rotated in a vacuum is in perpetual motion and is considered a perpetual motion machine.”

but you have to generate the vacuum, create the equipment to contain it, and create the iron disk, and you have to have an energy source to set the disk moving. And as a stand-alone curiosity it has no real purpose. Once you attached it to something to capture the energy of the motion, you are introducing heat and friction into the equation and those return it as a source of energy to the same state as other sources of energy. It takes at least as much energy to create energy as you get back in usable energy.

Disco Inferno

November 24th, 2010
12:12 pm

The Volt may well be the car ‘o the year but Motor Trend would have had a stronger case had they waited a year or so for the car to be stress tested in the real world.

A cynic might think Motor Trend just signed a lucrative ad contract with GM. More likely they were just overcome by a bit of adolescent exuberance. Sorta like the Nobel committee giving the Peace Price to a brand new, untested U.S. president.

Mick

November 24th, 2010
12:13 pm

**Rush is around to expose the true fax despite Obama’s attempts to kill free speech.**

Come on down here to florida my palin fan, there is some great land for sale west of krome that you can buy for about a dollar an acre. It’s kinda swampy and has some big critters but I’ll throw in the mosquitters for nothing…come on down

Southern Comfort

November 24th, 2010
12:13 pm

Limbaugh opining about automotive engineering is like Paris Hilton opining about thermodynamics.

:shock:

Just couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you Jay? First, there was the Palin bashing, then the GOP bashing, and now you’re bashing the Grand Poobah??? I hope you emptied your inbox, because you’re about to receive a lot of fan email, and not the good kind. ;)

I guess they were wrong

November 24th, 2010
12:13 pm

Maybe Rush exceeded the weight limit so the foot pounds of torque didn’t help LOL

Fred Bastiat

November 24th, 2010
12:18 pm

20,000 dollars worth of junk sold for 40,000 dollars with tax-payer’s kicking in 7000 dollars.

Good job.

Typical government work.

Resorting to personal attacks after facing reality,

typical progressive reaction.

BADA BING

November 24th, 2010
12:19 pm

As much as we hate it, gas and oil are not going anywhere. 95% of all motor vehicles in the World use gas engines. There are millions of vehicles on the road and they represent a huge monetary investment. These cars and trucks cannot be abandoned even if other fuels become available. Can you take a $20,000-$40,000 loss on your current vehicles and then replace them with electric vehicles that will cost more than the cars they will replace? How many years would it take the US car companies to make millions of electric cars needed by Americans. The shear numbers of replacement cars and dollars needed would be unfathomable.

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
12:19 pm

DUSTY

Yeah, I know I’m a heretic…

REDNECK

Well, bless his heart…

Pennsylvanian

November 24th, 2010
12:19 pm

Car of the year? A little 4 seater, base price $41k, $14k more than a Prius. Range in EV mode; only 25 to 50 miles. Curb weight of 3781 lbs makes it a slug off the line; 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds. Don’t be pulling out in front of semis.

Impressive engineering? Yes. Car of the year? Hardly.

BTW, there is a lot of extra energy expended to build the battery pack and motor. Anybody seen a carbon payback analysis?

Try a little harder, know-it-all

November 24th, 2010
12:20 pm

but you have to generate the vacuum, create the equipment to contain it, and create the iron disk, …

Yes. Keen explanation of the obvious. No machine spontaneously generates out of vapor. Machines are build by humans – duh.

Energy into the machine = Energy in perpetuity (no loss, no gain)

a.k.a. despite your pedantic qualifications, it’s perpetual motion machine by any definition.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:21 pm

“As much as we hate it, gas and oil are not going anywhere. 95% of all motor vehicles in the World use gas engines”

I agree. The best chance we have right now is to find some other source of energy that can be used in existing engine. We’ll probably have to take a mileage and power hit to do it, but I think it will be done eventually.

Mick

November 24th, 2010
12:21 pm

Bada

It’s doable, even though there has to be a transition period. Subtract 100 years – how many cars were on the road in 1910?

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:22 pm

“it’s perpetual motion machine by any definition.”

Has it ever been done? And if it has, did it run for eternity?

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
12:25 pm

Doggone

Eternity being relative, of course! :-)

Jefferson

November 24th, 2010
12:26 pm

Gas should priced by the vehicle that consumes it, bad mpg – higher price, why should people who conserve subsidize the wasteful? Pay to play hog.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

“Eternity being relative, of course!”

Yep, and appropos of nothing – except that it is sort of energy related – have you heard this one: a computer’s attention span is only as long as it’s power cord

Fred

November 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

Dusty

November 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Now let’s talk TURKEY. (No, @@, not that one.) Anybody for oyster dressing?
++++++++++++

I’m about to go get my last few items and brine my bird. Oyster dressing? Can you post or send me the recipe? I’m still trying to decide what kind to make………

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

This story reminds me of a friend of mine who had a business. He decided it’d be a good idea to get his business written up in a trade magazine. He placed a couple of phone calls and got pointed in the right direction. He was talking to somebody at the magazine and making small talk and then it came time to get down to business. He asked if it would be possible to get an article written about his business and the quick reply was, “How many ads have you bought in our magazine?”. He said he hadn’t bought any up to that point. In a roundabout way, he was told it might be a good idea to buy some ads. So he started buying ads and 3-4 months later, out come the people from the magazine, to do a write-up on his business.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:31 pm

“Pay to play hog”

the problem with that is that we don’t, yet, have the technology to make all vehicles equally fuel efficient. So you would, in effect, be taxing consumers more for the cost of transporting the goods they consume.

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

“So he started buying ads and 3-4 months later, out come the people from the magazine, to do a write-up on his business”

there’s another side to that, though, Hillbilly. By advertising you get consumer interest and that interest might translate to requests to the magazine to know more about the business. And it might be difficult to prove which is cause and which is effect, between the advertising and the write-up.

josef nix

November 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

Doggone

That’s a good one!

Doggone/GA

November 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

Josef – yep, I’ve always like it!

bart

November 24th, 2010
12:38 pm

Good for Mr. Lassa. It’s time people stopped letting Limbaugh bully them. Are you listening Republican Party?

Fred

November 24th, 2010
12:39 pm

I missed that there was another blog up while watching the fracas below lol.

I’ll have to look into the Volt. I checked out the Smart Car but wasn’t really impressed by it. I didn’t think it’s mileage was all that great, but the price sure was. $12,000. I need a third car. My Ram 4X4 only gets 10 MPG. While I need it when I do a job, for every day running around that’s a bit much. I wouldn’t call myself a tree hugger but if I can do something to ease the inevitable strain we place on the environment I try to do it. Especially when it save me money. Hybrids don’t really save money though when you factor in their high purchase price.

Lassa sure ate Limbaugh a new ass though didn’t he?

Soothsayer

November 24th, 2010
12:40 pm

BADA BING: here is a great article about the future of fossil fuels

Our cars may not be going anywhere but the substance we power them with certainly is.

By the way, everyone in America should spend at 1/2 hour on the MarketOracle.org site everyday so you at least have rudimentary knowledge about economics.

DannyX

November 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

I think its fair to add Red State Texas to the list of troubled states. Texas? Republican darling Texas?

Oh, my.

At least California can now change course. They kicked the Republican Party out of the Governor’s office.

Jack

November 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

Motor Trend is on somebody’s payroll. I wonder whose.

Real American

November 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

How can middle and low class whites follow this high school drop out? This man is Anti American had the President listen to this man, millions more suppliers would have been out of work, more plants would have closed, yet you idiots support this ex radio DJ, and he make millions spreading hate and lies.

President Hussein

November 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

I wonder how much of the $7500 “federal tax credit” is directly bankrolled into the auto union pension slush fund…..

jt

November 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

The Ta Ta Nano is better.

No government goons, stolen tax-payer money, or precious metals involved.

AND,………. with a retail sale value at 2500 US dollars……………………EVEN poor people can afford it.

Performance and specifications

Performance: The 2-cylinder 624 cc engine – delivering 35 PS @ 5250 rpm and a torque of 48 Nm @ 3000 rpm – enables the car to have a top speed of 105 kmph and negotiate inclines with a gradeability of 30%.

Fuel efficiency : 23.6 km/litre, certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) under mandated test conditions, which is the highest for any petrol car in India.(that is around 70 mpg.)

For some reason, our government will not allow this automobile in our “free” market. It must be those evil capitilists.