Are you Clamoring for an Electric Car?

Are you Clamoring for an Electric Car?

Is a Tesla or a Chevy Bolt, or a Nissan Leaf on your Christmas list this year?  Can you hardly wait to ditch that gas-guzzler in the driveway and replace it with a vehicle that you can “fill up” from an installation in your garage, at a lot less than a tank of Regular?

Well, if that’s what you see in your future, so do most of the world’s car manufacturers.  There probably isn’t a car manufacturer who isn’t working on designing and building an electric car, either purpose-designed or just replacing the internal-combustion engine in a model they already build with a big battery.  General Motors has already announced their coming “All-electric future”.  The European Union is mandating more and more strict emissions rules for vehicles sold there, and their car makers like BMW, Renault, Daimler, Fiat, and Volvo are all touting their electric vehicles.

But you might wish to wait a moment before you go all-in on electric, especially if you live in the United States outside of a central large city.  First, let’s check out the price of that electric car versus its gas-powered brother. The Nissan Leaf retails for about $30,000.  Its near twin, the Nissan Versa, costs about $19,000.  An electric Chevy Bolt will set you back about $36,000.  Its similar brother, the Cruze, is about $17,000.  See a pattern developing here?  In the past, you could rely on a nice Federal tax credit for your electric car, to help mitigate that huge price differential, but not anymore.  Most car makers have sold enough cars that they don’t earn any tax credit now.  So, it looks like GM’s All-Electric Future will be a lot more expensive than its Internal Combustion Present.

That nice home charger in the garage will set you back another $700 or so.  However, unlike the five-minute fill-up of your gas-powered ride, it will take you up to 3-4 hours to recharge that electric car.  And the “range” of an electric car is a lot smaller than the range of miles you can get from a tank of gas.  So, you’ll probably want to forget those long road-trips in your new electric car.  And if you get caught in an unexpected traffic jam, that electric car’s range might just shrink.  If you get caught with your battery down in the middle of a busy street or freeway, it might be pretty embarrassing to have AAA send a truck to hoist it up and carry it to the nearest charging station.  And there’s no guarantee that there will even BE a near charging station!  They are still pretty few around the country today.

Also, what about that wildfire in your area, when the police or highway patrol comes to your house and tells you to evacuate?  What? Your electric car is out of charge?  It won’t get you very far when you need to evacuate?  Too bad, it becomes a hunk of junk when the fire reaches your house, and you really can’t carry much on your back.  Then, what about that power failure in the next thunderstorm?  Your car needs a charge?  Impossible with no power!  That’s especially worrying when you are a rural resident, where you are already far from most services.

Now, I’ll bet that new electric car might not seem like such a good investment.  And electric cars are so new, there’s really not much of a market for used ones.  And big Li-ion batteries don’t last forever, and eventually need to be replaced, at a cost far above that of an internal-combustion engine.  So your electric car might not be worth very much when its battery wears out, and you might be out 1/3 the price of the car for a new one.  Oh, and batteries don’t perform very well in the cold, so if you live in Minnesota your car will need to be kept indoors so its battery doesn’t freeze or get drained by the cold weather.

My own viewpoint is that I will never, ever, buy or drive an electric car.  I appreciate being able to get in my gas-powered car, and go wherever I want, whenever I want, with no “range anxiety”.  I like long car trips, without the worry of how long I have left before my car dies.  Gas stations are everywhere, and if you keep a full or close to full tank, you can even drive around during a power outage.  And when you are forced to evacuate, you can fill up the trunk with your goods and just drive away.  I’m betting that most Americans aren’t clamoring for an electric car, and that GM’s future might not be so prosperous if it expects most Americans to want one.

No Electric Car For Me.  Ever.

Bwaaa-haaa-haaa-haa!! Headlines that made me die laughing today!

Sometimes you just can’t pass these things up!

Elizabeth Warren plans to be “the last US President elected by the Electoral College”!!!  As if she has a chance to be elected, and even has a breath of a chance to kill the Electoral College!!  Bwaaa-haa-haa!

Washington State Congressman Denny Heck announces his retirement.  He has been one of the sleaziest slanderers of President Donald Trump, and says this about the “Press” treatment BY the White House!  “I will never understand how some of my colleagues, in many ways good people, could ignore or deny the president’s unrelenting attack on a free press”.  Yeah, was that the “free press” who has slimed the President from even before his candidacy was announced?  The so-called “press” whose coverage of the President has been 99% negative for four years?   Bwaaa-haa-haa-haa!!!!!

Democrats freak out after Kamala Harris drops out of the presidential primary contest.  Yes, they go ballistic, because now the contest is mostly among Old White Men.  Bwaa-haa-haa!

The wages of sin?  Massachusetts finds its EBT cards (stores of Welfare Benefit value) used in places NOT in Mass!  Like, maybe, Las Vegas and Alaska!  Boy those welfare queens sure do get around!  Bwaa-haa-haa-haa!!!!!

And, finally, a new study finds that Seattle is one of the few cities that has a higher percentage of the population using marijuana than smoke cigarettes! So that’s the reason Seattle is so weird!

Bwaa-haa-haa-haa!!!!

Open Letter to Starbucks Corporate

I remember that, recently, you shut down all your stores to give your “partners” (employees in stores) some extra “sensitivity training”.  This training was prompted by a little kerfuffle involving some freeloading black men, sitting around not buying anything, then asking to use the bathroom.  Admittedly, the employee involved could have been more circumspect, but the uproar on social media meant that the Company had to do a bunch of fancy footwork in order not to have the entire social media-sphere blow up.

Well, Corporate, it seems that you did NOT do enough training.  On Thanksgiving, in a store in Oklahoma, one of your so-called Partners who served a police officer, wrote the word “Pig” on his cup.  Normally, the employee writes the customer’s name on the cup to identify it.  It seems that you might need to do some additional training about being respectful to all customers.  I know your management is all big Leftists, and many were young in the 1960s, when police officers were called Pigs regularly.  And you support the Black Lives Matter movement, which regularly slanders the police who protect our communities.

I noticed that the employee in question has been fired, which was the correct thing to do.  But it would be a good idea for Starbucks Corporate to have their store managers do a little more training, in Respectfulness in the Workplace.  That means respectfulness to ALL customers, not just the oppressed and downtrodden, and minorities (even though there are a very large number of minority police officers).  We will be watching, and recording where necessary.

Thank you.

Seattle Landlords are not going to be very happy.

The Washington State Supreme Court has just handed down a ruling that is going to make it much more difficult to own rental property in Seattle.  The near-socialist, depraved City passed a law that requires landlords to rent to the “first in line qualified renter” when they have a house or apartment to rent.  So the City effectively removed the landlord’s discretion in to whom to rent.  Landlords must advertise their criteria, and will be required to rent to the first party who fills the requirement.  No choice, landlord.  Three unmarried guys?  Three unmarried gals?  If they both meet your requirements, you MUST rent to the guys if they were ahead of the gals.  Now, who is more likely to make a mess?  Guys?  Gals?  No matter, regardless that it’s your property, it is now not your decision who your renters are.  Landlords rightly protested that this was a Government Taking of their property without compensation.  Sorry, landlord, the CITY now is an equal partner in your rental unit.  From the article on KOMO:

Justice May Yu wrote that the law is “unquestionably an experiment” and that “there is room for substantial debate about whether such an experiment is likely to succeed.” But she added that it is allowed under Washington’s constitution.

Oh, yes, the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of a Seattle law that requires landlords to ignore “criminal record” status when screening tenants.  Felony in your background?  No problem, you can rent an apartment in Seattle no questions asked.

Hmmmm….  Would you want to own Seattle rental property?  I wonder if this will cause an exodus of “mom and pop” landlords, and maybe a reduction in value of rental property in the city.  It will be interesting to watch what happens.

 

 

The Big Reason President Trump cannot logically be impeached

Because the Far Left Mob was already calling for, and planning, Impeachment before he had even taken office!  The day after the 2016 Election, mobs of leftists had already brought out the metaphorical pitchforks, and called for him to be impeached.  How could he even have committed anything impeachable before he was President?

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He Will Overcome.

Grocery Shopping used to be fun for me.

It no longer is, due to the advance of the Bag Scolds.  You used to be able to go to the grocery store, get your cart or basket on the way in, and put your purchases in there.  Then, when you got to the checkout line, you placed your items on the movable belt to be scanned by the checker, and bagged by a high-school student in either “paper or plastic”, according to your wishes.

Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.  The Progressive Scolds have, in their infinite (un) wisdom, and in the interests of “Saving the Planet”, or “reducing waste”, banned disposable bags.  They initiated the ban on plastic bags, due to their belief that plastic bags invariably end up in the Sacred Oceans as evil Pollution. [just in case anyone wants to know, the US is one of the least polluting sources, far behind the countries of Southeast Asia, and mostly China, which is the largest source of junk in the world’s oceans].  In my town, not only has the City Council BANNED single-use plastic bags, but they have MANDATED a special FEE that grocery stores MUST charge for Paper Bags, too.  All in the interest of making citizens bring their own, reusable bags whenever they go to the grocery store to shop. [as another side note, those reusable bags are proven to harbor all kinds of harmful bacteria and viruses. You do what they say, and you get sick!]

Now, when I reach the self-checkout in my local store, I get out my reusable bag, tap the “I brought my own bag” button on the screen, and put it down in the “bagging area” to receive my purchases.  However, when I do that, a whiny voice of the computer says “Unexpected item in the Bagging Area! Please remove item from the bagging area!”, not remembering that I already told the stupid thing that I Brought My Own Bag! I proceed to scan my own items, and put them in My Own Reusable Bag. When finished, I tap the “Finish and Pay” button.  But no, I still have to answer the  question “How many bags did you use?”, in order that they may CHARGE ME THE BAG FEE.  I have to tap the ZERO button three times before it finally spits out my receipt so I can take my groceries home.

Yes, grocery shopping in a store with zillions of colorful, nutritious items and multifarious choices used to be fun for me.  I have always liked grocery stores.  No more, since it is now simply a chore, being nagged six ways from Sunday to bring my reusable bags.   By the way, NO plastic bag is single-use in my house.  Every one is eventually used as a trash bag, to take out the trash from the second floor of our house (hubby does the downstairs, I do the upstairs every week).  It makes me very angry that those who know better than I, are determined to change my behavior.  Well, they have.  I will never vote for any of them again in future elections.

I WANT MY PLASTIC BAGS BACK! And I have bought 500 single-use “white t-shirt bags”, to use at those grocery stores in my town that have banned single-use bags.  You ban them?  I bring my own!

You have GOT to be kidding! Nope, it’s Seattle

Further insanity from the People’s Republic of Seattle.

First, we have the Seattle Public Schools considering a “Social Justice Math” curriculum requirement.  Yes, that’s a Mandate that K-12 teachers in the Seattle Public Schools teach Math with a Social Justice slant.  (I urge my readers to click on that article-it will make you want to scream). All the way through from elementary to high school.  This would be laughable, if it weren’t so dangerous.  [A big Hat Tip to the Washington Free Beacon which published this article] The poor children of Seattle have been indoctrinated with Progressive ideology for 40 years now, and you can see it in the horrible test scores and shrinking graduation rates.  Seattle students have been indoctrinated with White Privilege garbage for years, and now they want to teach Progressive math.  It’s a wonder any Seattle student can get a job at all, with their useless “knowledge” curricula.  This is going to make it even worse.  And the Radical Environmentalism taught in what pass for Seattle schools, is having another effect.

That would be the new Heating Oil Tax due to take effect next summer.  Those in Seattle with old heating-oil tanks (probably many in older, sometimes historic, homes, which abound in the city), will be forced to dig them up, dispose of them, and buy a new furnace that uses another source of energy.  That is many thousands of dollars’ worth of work needed, even before factoring in the high cost of a new furnace!  And I can just see it now, the five companies in the area who specialize in this kind of work will be booked solid for years, thus denying many families the ability to get the work done, even if they can afford it!

“Tax increases on fuel, such as Seattle’s tax, penalizes families and households who can ill afford the latest and greatest efficient home heating systems,” Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy” told the news organization.  The city says the poor will be subsidized for this work, meaning those who are not quite poor will be paying for their neighbors to get new furnaces, while also shelling out the big bucks for their own new furnace and oil-tank disposal.

And Mayor Jenny Durkan will just go on, in her nice little enclave, totally unaware of how the citizens of her city are being buried in costs that just pile up higher and higher with each Environmental Wacko mandate.

I find this thoroughly disgusting, and just two more reasons to stay the hell out of Seattle.