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For a few years (2007 – 2010) I drove a former police car – a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI). The Police Interceptor was a lot of fun to drive. Part of the fun was observing how strangely drivers behaved when they thought a police officer might be around. For the first decade […]

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The CEO’s who resigned from the President’s business councils are abdicating their duties to their corporations. They are putting a higher priority on signaling virtue to those who already agree with them than creating a better environment for their companies to succeed. The fine points of the President’s remarks about the riot in Charlottesville have […]

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A Daily Shot ( @fredcole ) entry (January 23) extolling the wonders of food-delivering robots (and a link in the same issue to a Ricochet post on automation on farms) restarted my recurring thoughts comparing my household life (and the modern American middle class life in general) with the most wealthy people of the 18th and […]

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A thought experiment that is probably supposed to be beyond the pale, but since I’m a white male of late middle age I am told that everything I do and think is racist anyway, so here goes: Imagine a white person who has little if any contact with black people. Essentially all of this white […]

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The March 8 interview by Ben Domenech of The Federalist Radio Hour of Cassandra Fairbanks, self-professed long time supporter of Bernie Sanders was very interesting. I suspect she is typical of his younger supporters. I applaud Mr. Domenech for his patience in the interview. (Note before trying to listen that the interview is about 50 […]

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The Denver (Colorado) City Council is considering denying a restaurant franchisee the ability to operate at the airport because members of the City Council disagree with the politics of an owner of the restaurant franchisor. Note that there is no allegation that the restaurant or the owners violated any laws. Other cities (Chicago, Boston, and […]

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  Inspired by Brian Watt’s ode to the beauty of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, I offer why my decision to drive an electric car has nothing to do with saving the polar bears, preventing the melting of the ice caps, or ensuring that winters in western New York remain cold and snowy. Preview Open

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A small item, but I found amusing that a (the?) New Jersey Transportation Commissioner seemed surprised that the federal government might get in the way of needed work. Background: New Jersey is apparently trying to get an emergency delivery of road salt from a mine in Maine. (The northeast US seems to be getting an […]

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In the recent Hemingways podcast, Mark noted that he grew up in White Salmon, Washington. That reminded me of a funny story involving my brother-in-law (“BIL”). BIL moved to White Salmon in the 1980’s, after he retired from the sheriff’s department of a large metropolitan county. BIL had told us that in the large metropolitan […]

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We need to discuss things other than Syria. At the suggestion of flownover, I’ll open a thread on: What is your favorite among cars you have owned or driven (i.e., not some fantasy car like a Ferrari or a Rolls Royce)? I actually have trouble specifying only one. Several cars have each had their own […]

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Will future generations look on any of today’s cars with admiration for their styling? In the “chit chat” at the beginning of the Flagship Podcast (I very much like the introductory chit-chat), Peter Robinson noted that besides sending another child to college, he had bought a new car. James Lileks lamented the sad state of […]

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I’m rebalancing some of my investments, and began to wonder whether there is a moral component I should consider with respect to investing in government bonds. So, I want to ask my fellow Ricochetti. The non-taxable status of earnings from some government bonds make them sometimes financially attractive. Although I think some municipalities, and possibly […]

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I thought the irony was wonderful – a worker-owned restaurant stopped by the federal Department of Labor from using an imaginative tip-sharing system that produced more equal pay among workers and was liked by all the workers at the restaurant. Department of Labor against not some “evil industrialist chaining his employees to the assembly line,” […]

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