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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

This is supposed to be a motorcycle related site, not a forum for the opinions of an annoying dweeb like Burns. I found his editorials to be uninteresting when he was with Motorcyclist and now he's here to annoy us with his opinions!
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

Hey J.B., are '71 Chevelles with 454s in them gluttonous? I mean, they don't even have catalytic converters. Probably get the same or worse milage than SUV's. Hee Hee Hee. Believe me, I definitely do not think we should go destroy all of these beautiful old cars. I also really hope you didn't get rid of it because you thought it was too much of a gas hog.
 

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Re: Seattle Traffic

I grew up in Wisconsin, where we would also "flash to pass". Here in Seattle, don't ever try it. People take it as some kind of personal threat and will, at best, do what that SUV punk did to you; at worst, who knows... They say Seattle people are among the most polite in the country, but I think that is only to your face. Once they get in their cars and are reletively detached from personal contact, the passive agressive behavior really comes out.

I also just pass them on the right, and pray I don't get pasted.
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

Didn't the Focus just get a mass recall? I was actually considering getting one until I heard they were spontaneously combusting... Or something like that. Otherwise they do seem like nice cars.
 

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Re: Stupidity on display

To mis-quote Homer Simpson:

"Motorjournalists! Is there anything they don't know?"

Ah, to have an article about the joys of racing motorcycles in the same week as this drivel is fit for O. Henry.

Paraphrasing bumper stickers about 25% of the world's energy is the height of journalistic prowess. Ostensibly a journalist, perhaps you are obliged to dig deeper, as it were, to find out what the U.S. produces. Agricultural products? Computers? Life-saving Pharmaceuticals? Clean air? A market whereby a little-talented on-line journalist can make money from the personal disposable income of fellow Americans? Find out how many billion dollars in goods and services are given to other countries to promote democracy, so that women can go to school in Afghanistan, slaves are freed, and despotic regimes are overthrown worldwide. Why? To para-quote thus:

"All men are born with alienable rights; amongst these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"

As for saying that foreign countries are better than America, that has got to be the most ill-informed assertion in the world.

The U.S. has a greater breath of freedom for all citizens than any other country in the world. It's why we produce most of what world consumes. People don't risk their lives, their sacred fortunes to live in [email protected] for the opportunity for better lives. They come HERE.

You, John Burns, are able to live a comfortable life writing about *recreational vehicles* because of the bounty that this country provides you.

Be Thankful for It. That guy may be a MO subscriber.

@I don't mean to pick on Spain specifically. It's just an example.

I think I just might let my subscription expire.
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

the 2000 focus had a recall on the fuel pressure sensor, I'm not sure how many actually had a problem and how many were precautionary ,but a recall on a new car or truck is not uncommon, for the price you get bags of room , a decent ride and good performance and handling, when the weather's to crappy to ride [ not uncommon in the tacoma area] I like bombing around in my 2001 focus ZX3, wich hasn't had any prolems yet. they hold up pretty well against the compact car competition, and an SVT model is coming out soon with 175 hp.
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

jb,

i believe it was cs&n that said, "parents teach your children well."

i believe america also gives its energy and resources and $$$$$$ to more deserving and undeserving countries than anybody,

i believe in our current president,

and jb i believe you outta get of of mc journalism and get a job at cnn or pmsnbc..... maybe even cosmo, Later.
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

Burnsee, I love your piece, but I can't agree with the tone and tenor of everything you say. You see, you are right about how much Americans consume and the honorable nature of most human beings. While all the other peoples of the world would wish that we would consume less, I as an American wish that these other nations, with their righteous indignation, would give more. They should give more money, more aid, more lives and assistance. I'll consume less when all the other good people of the world step up to become the creditor of last resort for some failed economic scheme the way that our country has become. I'll consume less when a european nation, other than the U.k. really steps up and becomes the worlds policeman when some dictator decides that he didn't appreciate the most recent editorial about him and decides to kill an entire city block. All the European nations talk a lot of crap but when it's time to act, they balk. If they want us to consume less, don't take our handouts.

O.k. I feel better now. By the way, if that is the real reason for your untimely departure from your previous employer, remind them that this is supposed to be America. We tolerate other opinions. I think. Is this mail read by the Bureau?
 

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Re: no, it was the stock market.

Details. Without Petro dollars the Bin Laden family would not have had money to invest in tech or insurance. Petro dollars fund every Middle-Eastern terrorist organization.

Our government has decided to ignore the obvious and is spending millions of dollars to try to convince us that (yet again) drug use is the problem. One whipping boy hasn't been used this much since Hitler blamed the Jews for all Germany's problems. I can't wait for the next one, maybe drug use caused the national debt? The decline of the abalone in California? Stinky feet?

Could it be that pointing out where our money is going might hurt the source of all that soft money? Just a thought.
 

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Re: You drive an SUV, You're an idiot.

There's the problem. I see SUVs turned over on California freeways on an almost weekly basis. People think they can drive SUVs like sports cars and too often they end up on their backs blocking 2 lanes of traffic. SUVs have a high center of gravity and should be driven like the trucks from which they are derived. Carefully and more slowly than a typical family sedan.
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

One of the truly wunnerful things about America is that we're free to buy what we want. Sure, we consume more resources in relation to our relatively skimpy population, but MyGawd man, we're also the world's biggest economy, bar none. Think of all the goods n'services we supply to the rest of the world.

JB. luv ya' man, and I welcome the opportunity to read the "other side" of the capitalist equation. However, I get extremely bent when others try and tell me what I "need". If somebody wants a big pig SUV, and they have the means to afford it, then God Bless America. If we get caught up in imposing our belief structure on others, how long before Big Brother tells us we don't need no stinkin' motorcycles?
 

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Re: You drive an SUV, You're an idiot.

The fact remains, driving beyond the abilities of the vehicle makes you a bad driver! Are you saying that SUV's are more likely to be in an accident because for some reason a normally good driver goes brain dead at the wheel of an SUV.

BTW dont talk about accidents without mentioning lane splitting accidents. But then I am sure the innocent motorcyclist is NEVER at fault. Only the SUV driver, right?

Do you vacation in Roswell NM hoping for a look at a spaceman?
 

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U Village?

As in University Village? Yep, home of rich moms, spoiled kids and it's one of the top SUV Meccas of Seattle. I love to bunny-hop speed bumps in there on my SV...
 

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Re: You drive an SUV, You're an idiot.

I'm saying that people get behind the wheel of an SUV and drive like they are in a car, which has a lower center of gravity, corners better, stops faster and is generally more responsive to driver input.

This is partly the fault of the marketers, who paint an unrealistic picuture of the SUVs capability (ie. drives like a car, not a truck). I notice that some of the latest SUVs are carry yellow warning stickers which state they should be driven more carefully due to the high risk of rollovers etc. The same could be said about stopping distance etc.

I'm not saying all SUV drivers brain dead or 'bad drivers', just that Ms. Soccer Mom or anyone else needs to be aware she's not in the camry any more and to learn to drive accordingly or she'll end up on her roof or up the back of some motorcyclist at the stop light.

Of course motorcycles can be at fault, but the stats show most multiple vehicle accidents are the fault of the car/truck/SUV. I always pay attention to SUVs because I know it's very hard for them to see me.
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

Personally, I've always enjoyed your drunken unprofessional behavior and secretly wished I could be an entertaining drunk as opposed to just revealing a little too much about my personal life after a few rounds of OEM wine-n-dine. But I digress...

I really want to comment on those friggin' SUVs. You see, as I lie here on my couch, icing my back, popping Advil, and having a ****tail or two (strictly for medicinal purposes), I've been thinking of other effects that SUVs have on the general public. My wife's battered Miata (the closest you can come to a revvy little inline four bike and still have four wheels, IMNSHO) sits battered in the driveway. The Jeep Grand Cherokee (with dry cleaning hanging in the passenger side window, no less) that attempted anal penetration with a closing speed of around 35mph escaped with nothing more than a cracked grill and a slightly dented bumper. (Yes, there was probably hidden damage that she'll have to pay for--I hope.) I don't think the short-skirted, sandle-clad chickie that hit us really needed the Jeep's four wheel drive to navigate the wilds of Burbank, but I could be wrong.

The last time I was on the receiving end of a SUV (a white Bronco in So. Cal!) I left the scene with a totaled bike and a knee that took over a year to recover. And I felt lucky. But I digress again...

Then today, during the round of "We're OK" phone calls that always follow events like this weekend's rear-ending, my mother, who lives on the other coast, informs me that a teenaged girl, armed with a SUV and a cell phone (the other urban scourge) had successfully killed two members of a family of four (with the remaider in critical, I believe) just days ago.

So, I'm thinking that there's more than just gluttony going on here. And if you don't mind, I think I'll appropriate a slogan from bumper stickers I've seen alot of lately: SUVs (War on the on the stickers) don't decide who's right, only who's left.

Cheers!
 

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Ah, corn...

You know what really tickles me about people pushing gasohol derived from corn as a green fuel? The fertilizers used to grow our abundance of corn is derived from--yes, you guessed it--petrolium!

Don't you just love irony?
 

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Re: Burns:: Friday Fanaticism

Let me get this straight--you think they are OK with their anti-materialistic views, entitled to them, that this is what forms the basis of their anti-Americanism, and then say we could solve the hate fostered by such views by air-dropping mini-bikes???? Seems to me this would be an idealistic slap to the face and held up in anti-consumeristic countries as yet another attempt at forcing Western-style consumerism where it is not wanted...

Mike C
 

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I'm guessing no-one reads this at the end of the litany of SUV bashing, but...

I own an SUV. Yup, gas-guzzling, aerodynamic as a brick Jeep Cherokee. And love it.

-but-

I live down a 1/4 mile dirt driveway with a steep hill at the end. And, here in snowy Maine, I've gotten stuck with a 2wd car twice. And for the same year, milage, and condition, any used 4wd car out there was mo' money. And running dirt tires with ice-traction spikes on my old Honda Hawk was fun when there was snow and ice on the road, but frightening otherwise.

And its the wife's car--I commute 140mi round trip on my VFR. So there.

That said, we have valid reasons to own an SUV... but I still sneer at the one's my neighbors, who front a plowed street, own and can't help but laugh when I see them off the road during winter conditions here in ME.

Remember: 4wd on ice only means that all four wheels will be spinning when you go off the road instead of just two; and all cars come with 4-wheel-braking, for all the good it does in messy conditions.

Mike C
 

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I am reminded of the old saying " all generalities are wrong, including this one "

It is very tempting to simplify complex problems by giving simlpe answers to them. Many feel this is the appeal of religion particularly in the fundamentalist forms....be they fundamentalist Christian or Muslim. I'm not sure that I can agree with your contention that " most people are good " It isn't that I feel that they are bad but the motivation

of an individual's behavior has been the topic of arguments among philosophers, criminalogists,sociologists, psychologists, priests, monks....ad nausium.The important thing to me is that we as individuals and as a society continues to try to see why the other fella acts and believes the way he does. Warfare and murder are not new phenomenoms but now as always they are symptoms of a failure. I think it was the Budda who said " the man you have most to fear is that man who has nothing to lose " As the wealth of the planet becomes concentrated into fewer and fewer hands we may be creating millions with nothing to lose. All that said I have to say that my own solution for left lane drivers is to have them removed from their vehicles, stripped naked, staked out spread eagle in the divider strip and pour honey into their eyes and allow the insects to eat their brains out.
 
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