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    July 14, 2022

    With gas prices at record highs, a new Consumer Reports survey found that 36% of Americans say they are planning to buy or lease an EV, or considering it. I suspect this is the real reason why gas prices are at record highs.

    But they might want to try renting one first, to make sure they know what they’re getting into. We’re seeing a growing number of stories lately about people who’ve put the electric vehicles that President Biden is trying to force us to drive to practical testing, with shockingly bad results. I told you about the trailer towing test, where the estimated range immediately started dropping until the driver had to turn around and come back before the electric pickup died.

    Here’s someone else who tried that, with similar dire results.

    We’ve also seen several stories of nightmare long distance trips in rented EVs that turned into days of panicked searches for charging stations. But there are too many stories to keep up with them all, so here’s just a quick round-up of a few of the more recent:

    In the new JD Powers Initial Quality Study, the EV brand Polestar ranked last among 36 brands, with Tesla tied at #30.

    It's reported that GM’s new HummerEV produces more CO2 per mile driven than some gas-powered sedans.

    Not long after the president of Toyota said that EVs are over-hyped, Toyota issued a recall of its new electric bZ4X SUVs because the wheels are coming off. No, that’s not a metaphorical comment on the EV movement. The wheels are literally falling off.

    And if your intent in buying an EV is to help the environment, Issues & Insights has some “everything you know is wrong” info you should see. For instance, when you factor in the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process and the need to dispose of spent batteries, electric cars can be worse for the environment than classic cars or even a new gas-powered car.

    And none of this even addresses the mastodon in the room: how are we going to charge tens of millions of electric vehicles when power companies even in Texas are warning people to turn off their lights, raise their thermostats and don't use their appliances during daylight hours to avoid widespread blackouts and brownouts due to "green energy" sources being unable to meet current power demands? 

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    • Rosemary Joiner

      07/17/2022 08:32 PM

      When are the American people going to stand up and tell Biden and his Administration that enough is enough already? I say American people because the people crossing our border illegally have no idea what they are walking into. Biden and his gang are destroying our country more and more each day. It is time for the STATES to step up and do something, after all Biden & Gang work for us W.T.P.

    • Grace Bradley

      07/17/2022 07:29 PM

      Mike, a couple of days ago I wrote you a note about having a copy of Kamala Harris's Birth Certificate. I have never seen anyone speak to this. I am so afraid that if Joe Bidon is forced to step down, that Kamala might step up, and she's worse. Then Pelosi is next, and she is hell. If we can wait until Republicans win the majority of the House of Representatives, our leader of the House can step up into the Top Spot! There! I've said it all! Thanks for listening!

    • Pat Green

      07/17/2022 06:50 PM

      Has anybody ever thought anything about us seniors who are on a set income, who have our vehicle paid for taking on a new payment for a $56,000 to $79,000 vehicle

    • Russell Griffin

      07/17/2022 06:47 PM

      We need to return to our grandparents day of horse and buggies.

    • Ann Moore

      07/17/2022 05:48 PM

      After reading several reports on electric vehicles, data suggests and supports they are expensive; they do not hold the charge to complete trips; and they are subject to fires. Another article by an electrical engineer, detailed how massively these vehicles consume electricity! Bottom line, our electric grid is unable to handle electric vehicles and normal day-to-day electrical needs!
      This “green new deal” appears to be a deal for certain people to get green paper money at Americans expense!

    • David Sabghir

      07/17/2022 05:48 PM

      My ex has a KIA EV. She was in Westchester County and ran very low at night and was unable to find a working charge station. The KIA company eventually sent a huge tow truck.

    • Patricia Winkleman

      07/17/2022 05:09 PM

      My son just returned from Minnesota.They were staying in an airb/b
      in Oberlin,Ohio. in a nice neighborhood. All vehicles had street parking.
      Next morning he and family are in their Hybrid Prius. As he started the car it made a terrible noise. He went I to speak to the owner of the airb/b. The nite before to see what he could do.Found out 3 ev
      catlycic converters had been stolen the nite before.
      It seems this a common theft around the area.
      Steal them and sell the precious metals
      on the black market.Mechanic was able to find another one on Monda
      and they continued visiting colleges with my granddaughter.
      She was attending a trumpet 2wk. Camp at the Oberlin
      Music Consevatory.Check this out. This hasn’t been reported on the news

    • Jay Lindquist

      07/17/2022 04:39 PM

      Your comments about electric cars is not fully accurate. Used battery packs are disassembled, rebuilt and reused in the production of large storage units for generator back-up. One of our cars is a Chevy Bolt that we use almost exclusively to run around Tucson, AZ. It has excellent range and has always been recharged in our own garage. Electric cars are not good for long trips because of the lack of charger infrastructure. New charging stations are being built at a rapid rate, and battery technology is improving yearly. Your statement about an electric Toyota model whose wheels are falling off could apply to any brand of gas powered car that has a manufacturing problem and requires a recall. The wheels aren’t falling off because it’s electric!

      The dumb statements by some who are afraid they will run out of power when stuck in traffic are pitiful. They can run out of gas too, if they don’t keep their tanks full.

      There are growing pains as in all new technology. What we need is to allow the electric car industry proceed at an appropriate pace, and not have the government try to meddle in it and force things.


      07/17/2022 03:52 PM

      I would not even consider an electric vehicle until it has mileage of 800-1000 miles with full phone charges being used and all systems on. I agree it is overhyped and the savings nothing to the environment,

    • Ed Thompson

      07/17/2022 03:51 PM

      I have seen and read historical reports about automobiles—specifically the earliest ones and how unreliable they were. Do we really think we have instant reliable electric vehicles in a few short years of production by a few small manufacturers or even now with the “big three” , among others, now touting what they say are the greatest things since sliced bread? I remind everyone that what we know as an automobile now took years to develop into what we have today. And I do mean years—— vehicles from the 1950’s were less than great but by then, at least there was a big system in place to support them. Gas stations were on every street corner with what they run on. And the vehicle itself was good if not perfect, regardless of how much it cost. And when it’s life was over it could be practically totally recycled. Not so bad. Manufacturing them was a straight forward process. Taking care of them was easy too for the most part. And no one forced anyone to go buy one. These things today are not perfected enough for mass consumption. And there are many questions about how to deal with recycling those batteries. Baby steps needed to get them ready for everyone.

    News Feed

    McConnell will step down as Senate Republican Leader in November

    Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that he will step down as Senate Republican Leader in November. He is the longest-serving party leader in US history. He did not say if this has anything to do with the criticism he’s received from conservatives or with his recent health issues that caused him to freeze up in mid-sentence a time or two. But while he will no longer be the GOP leader, he intends to continue serving in the Senate at least through the end of his current term in January 2027.

    And here’s a surprise: Robert Kennedy Jr. suggested that McConnell be replaced by Sen. Rand Paul. RFK Jr. tweeted, “It’s time to promote leaders in Washington, DC, who won’t kowtow to the military contractors or push us deeper into foreign conflicts. We need representation who will prioritize American wellness over all else. I believe Rand Paul would be an incredible successor. He’s shown great judgment and has the grit to put hardworking Americans first.”

    -12:49 PM, 2/29/2024


    - 8:38 AM, 2/29/2024

    Get Out

    Law Professor William A. Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog has been watching the politicized lawfare against Trump and conservative businesses and organizations in New York, and the unprofessional threats and ugly gloating by Attorney General Letitia James about how she’s going to destroy Trump. He analyzed the situation in light of assurances by Gov. Hochul that if your business isn’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. And he arrived at this conclusion: 

    “Get out of New York, if you can.” And if you can’t leave now, “Develop an exit plan before you need it.

    6:02 AM, 2/29/24


    Pray for the Panhandle

    Please join me in prayers today for those in the path of the huge wildfires in the Texas Panhandle and neighboring Oklahoma. There are five wildfires that are causing school closures and evacuations, including the evacuation of a nuclear power plant. The largest of them, the Smokehouse Creek Fire, covers 800 square miles and is now the second-largest wildfire in state history.

    This is a link to live updates on the fires from the Weather Channel.

    - 12:48 PM, 2/28/2024


    No test?!?

    The White House announced Wednesday that President Biden is making an unannounced trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his yearly physical exam…which will NOT include a cognitive test. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed questions about a cognitive test, saying Biden proves his cognitive abilities "every day [in] how he operates and how he thinks."  I’m confused, is that an argument for or against a cognitive test?

    -10:16 AM, 2/28/2024


    Talk about a delicious irony

    One of the strongest arguments for overturning the ruinously large fine on Trump in his New York real estate fraud case is the Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines. The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in 2019 that that protection does apply to state courts. And one of the strongest arguments for Trump to cite came from liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said:

    “The prohibition embodied in the Excessive Fines Clause carries forward protections found in sources from Magna Carta to the English Bill of Rights to state constitutions from the colonial era to the present day. Protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history for good reason: Such fines undermine other liberties. They can be used, e.g., to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies.”

    I might not have agreed with many of her rulings, but judging from this, there’s no doubt she was psychic.

    - 9:51 AM, 2/28/2024

    Public Service Announcement

    Public service announcement to anyone thinking of donating to Harvard or sending their kids there: The co-chair of Harvard’s anti-Semitism task force resigned Monday because she has no confidence that Harvard will implement any of the task force’s recommendations to stop Jew hatred on campus.

    Related: Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media has a news round-up illustrating how bedbug crazy these pro-Palestine dingbats are and how they “have more vocal cords than brains,” from calling Jerry Seinfeld a “genocide supporter” to literally setting themselves on fire.




    Private School For Me, But Not For Thee

    Two Democrat Governors, Roy Cooper (North Carolina) and Andy Beshear (Kentucky), co-wrote an op-ed for USA Today condemning Republican attempts to give low-income parents vouchers to send their kids to the schools of their choice. They painted this as a racist conspiracy to loot the budgets of our precious public school system and set our schools back for a generation (as if the COVID lockdowns and the focus on woke politics and LGBTQ activism hadn't already set public school students back a generation.) 

    One problem: Both Democrat Governors send their own kids to elite private schools. But that’s okay because, hey, they can afford it.


    The Best People

    President Trump was roundly condemned as a racist and a xenophobe for saying of illegal immigration that other countries were not sending us their best people. So just to clarify, here’s an example of one of those best people that Joe Biden let in.