(Double) Weekly Roundup: Where I Belong Edition

It’s the most expensive city in the world, and it can feel a little straitlaced to an American, but if I had the means to live anywhere Singapore would be at, or near, the top of my list. Danger Girl and I spent the last two weeks in Asia taking part in the EVO Enduro from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Phuket Island, Thailand and we took a couple of decompression days at the Marina Bay Sands to wind the whole thing up. It wasn’t super-cheap, and we didn’t have any friendly automakers to foot the bill for it, but I have no regrets.

Singapore is squeaky-clean and completely safe. It’s one of the least corrupt countries in the world, which feels like a breath of fresh air after watching Jeffrey Epstein “commit suicide” in a closely-observed prison cell. Incidentally, the Epstein murder is probably an all-time low point in the history of American governance, regardless of whether you think he was killed by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or Ehud Barak. It is also a damning indictment of the media which tells us that everything is a “conspiracy theory”. This guy had a private pedophile island and somehow he was able to get Bill Clinton to dismiss his Secret Service protection so the two of them could… play Magic:The Gathering? How far-fetched does “PizzaGate” seem right now? What about the Vince Foster and Seth Rich stuff? Is there any “conspiracy theory” out there that is more outrageous than what actually happened in and around Epstein’s circle of friends?

One of the nicest things about Singapore is their unashamed sense of national pride. They have no issue being explicitly “nationalist”. They love their nation and they understand the sacrifices and struggle involved in its creation and continued existence. We could do with a little more of that here in the United States. Singapore has an open-door immigration policy — for qualified, talented, or exceptionally wealthy applicants. They’re choosy about letting you in and they’re choosy about letting you stay. Needless to say, the country that caned an American rich kid for vandalizing cars has no patience with people who overstay their visa. If you roll up to the border without papers, they will turn you around at gunpoint. I know this because it almost happened to me in 2013, courtesy of a passport that I’d lost in the seat cushion of a Renault Megane.

What’s not to like about the place? Well, they’re very serious about the speed limit. And private automobile ownership is taxed at a frankly insane rate. Are you interested in paying $190,000 for an Ecoboost Mustang? Singapore is the place for you. It’s also not a place I’d recommend doing any aggressive BMX street riding, lest you find yourself on the receiving end of a caning. Could I clean up my act and be a productive Singaporean? Stranger things have happened.

At Hagerty, I wrote about Toyota vans.

These past two weeks also saw the Hagerty debut of my good friend Matt Grayson, publisher of Rolling Heavy magazine and a mainstay of the custom van community. Check out two great stories from him.

65 Replies to “(Double) Weekly Roundup: Where I Belong Edition”

  1. AvatarEric L.

    You wrote that whole article without mentioning the Nissan equivalents. EQUAL RIGHTS, MAN. EQUAL. RIGHTS. Every time I think about putting Elgrand badges on my wife’s 2014 Quest LE, she somehow senses my thoughts and punches me in the ribs. My LHD V35 Skyline 350GT badged sedan is acceptable, but there’s too much difference in trim between the Quest and Elgrand for the US Quest to pull off the lettering.

    I may occasionally browse listings of Autech Elgrand Riders, because… why. Why are tuner-ish vans a thing? The Nismo Elgrand has the sickest cow catcher I’ve ever seen. Who would buy that? I’m guessing Lamborghini owners that have 3 kids.

    • AvatarJohn C.

      If overly small four cylinder minivans are the ideal, you might have your wife consider the Ram Promaster City, proudly made by the careful industrial craftsmen for whom Mexico is famous. Being a cynical, excuse me magical, rebadge of a Fiat. It would open an exotic world of Fiat orbit badges. like say the Zastava 615 Kombi. The 615 had front suicide doors so if that feature could be added with the badges, imagine the street cred possibilities that would attach to middle age parents in school pickup line. Only 98% percent would think the owner an idiot. the others would get it, like totally….

  2. AvatarNewbie Jeff

    “They love their nation and they understand the sacrifices and struggle involved in its creation and continued existence. We could do with a little more of that here in the United States.”

    It’s worse than lacking here… it’s exactly the opposite now. A solid plurality of Americans resent the country for not being the progressive fantasyland they want it to be and scorn those who just might consider the U.S. to be an okay place to live. The default position of that plurality is that America is wrong, our history is shameful, and our culture is irrelevant.

    …and they won. I used to love the country. But whether it’s watching the government tear itself apart, or activists destroy American history, or the pervasive mockery in anti-American entertainment, or the barrage of depressing headlines in the “America-is-always-wrong” news media, I don’t have the will to fight it anymore. And it’s not worth the pointless heartache to silently nurse some sort of patriotism, hiding away in the Age of Wokeness where you’re now just as likely to catch shit in Denver, Orlando, or Raleigh as you would in New York, Seattle, or D.C. At any rate, “unashamed national pride” is a quick ticket to being labeled a white supremacist, and who wants that kind of hassle? Especially if you’ve got a good job and make a decent living…

    They won, and the sad part is not that I don’t love the country, it’s that I used to.

    • AvatarKeith

      There has a never been a majority of Americans that supported our own foreign invasion.

      But companies and some rich folks have a financial interest in it. They have been able to able to snow enough overly emotional Americans and buy enough politicians to make it happen regardless.

    • AvatarMrGreenMan

      I don’t recognize a country that’s been at war for 17 years straight against multiple enemies without new congressional authorization.

      I remember the 90s, and the thing that I remember is peace. There wasn’t always prosperity, but the Berlin Wall came down, the threat of nuclear strike from Russia passed into history as Yeltsin stood on a tank, and the Senate refused to authorize Bill Clinton’s bombing of the Serbs (which would have been a better reason for impeachment when he did it anyway).

      Whenever we elect a peace candidate now, we get betrayed. We must be in late-stage imperial rot, since we can’t seem to stop the wars. I flew the flag after 9/11, but I don’t believe that the children of the people I went to high school with should be returning broken by the exact same wars that broke their fathers.

  3. Avatarpaul pellico

    “They won, and the sad part is not that I don’t love the country, it’s that I used to.”
    No, “they” have not won.
    The country has not gone to hell.
    Never having been to anywhere in Singapore expect always through the airport, I cannot speak to their everyday, long term living conditions.
    This reminds me of the never ending conversations I have with my kids and their friends. Like ALL generations, they feel as if today’s ills are the Mother of ALL ills. Today’s crisis are the GREATEST struggles in history.
    Folks, this is the ritual every generation passes through.
    But it is completely false.
    The is no better time to have lived in the United States.
    There is no better time to be alive.
    There are statistics to prove this IF FACTS COUNT.
    But I ‘m not sure facts do count. As Joe Biden said this past week, He “believes truth more than facts”
    Singapore does not offer the thrill of driving across 3 thousand miles, from California to Florida, and visiting cultures and peoples so different and foods so locally tastefully prepared as we can.
    Our nation is build upon argument. Our nation, like life itself, is designed to have conflicting ideas ans struggles grind against each other and ending in compromise and cultural growing.
    So, from fighting local tribes, ourselves to armies on foreign soils, even hiding under chairs in 3rd grade in preparation for a nuclear attack, these are NOT the worst of times.
    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is an example we have always struggled the inbred conflict of a free society.

    • AvatarNewbie Jeff

      I expected a response like this, and I respect the optimism. And to address your main point directly, you’re right: innovation, much of it conceived in the U.S., has delivered a quality of life that’s unprecedented.

      …but as you sit reading this, on a device connected to the rest of the world, in a safe and affordable home, with a good job that provides enough wealth to travel and save, are you telling us you feel nothing inevitable, nothing rotten, nothing broken behind the veneer of the marvel of postmodernism? Unfortunately, it’s not just a figment of my imagination that the country is drowning in debt (and accelerating the mechanisms for that debt). It’s no small thing that the government is hopelessly mired in political warfare, with little regard for its own institutions. It’s not conjecture to deem the judiciary ideological and activist. It’s not hyperbole to declare American journalism (no offense, JB) recklessly partisan and propagandist. Those facts count, too.

      The truth is, your examples of the existential threats of the past were external… evil regimes marching across Europe, or madmen with nuclear weapons… but like Jack’s example of what he found in Singapore, the foundation was the United States of America on solid footing. Today, our existential threat is internal. We’ve perverted the concepts of love and tolerance. We’ve embraced vigilantism when our laws don’t suit us. We coddle the criminal, and castigate the cop. “Justice” is ideological and relative. “Racism” goes only one direction. “Truth” is merely the partial assembly of preferred facts.

      We’re WAY beyond argument, friend. Like I said, I respect your optimism. I don’t have it.

      • AvatarBen Johnson

        Random thoughts: The scum was always there, but we’re better able to see it. Think of how CB portrayed Woodstock as a fairy-tale to how a Drudge would have reported the reality.

        There’s hope in the children, at lest the males: They are sick of all the shit that comes from anybody with technicolor hair.

      • Avatarpaul pellico

        ” are you telling us you feel nothing inevitable, nothing rotten, nothing broken behind the veneer of the marvel of postmodernism?”
        I think you misunderstood my wording.
        I never expressed total optimism. Never, if you have any understanding of life itself.
        Life, as created by the one who can create anything,was created and survives on the foundation LIFE CONSUMES LIFE.
        So, how can any body with this understanding be totally optimistic?
        I was simply correcting the proposition life is worse today than at any time or that living in a restrictive and small walled environment makes life idea.
        Singapore is not ideal.
        Not environmentally.
        Not socially.
        Not spiritually.
        Not anyway unless you confine, define and accept life by its rules.
        Not in any stretch of the imagination.

        • AvatarNewbie Jeff

          I’ll admit I know nothing about Singapore other than what I can read about it. I do believe Jack’s point was that Singapore – regardless of what it is – is loved by its citizens, who accept it, believe in it, and fight for it. Again, I don’t even know if that’s true because I’ve never been, I’ll have to take Jack’s word for it.

          I’ll venture another guess: I bet the citizens of Singapore, when polled, have a much greater satisfaction with their society than do Americans with American society. Think about it: Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, white or black, urban or rural, can any American honestly say things are moving in the right direction? We may be satisfied with specific aspects of our society… but is anyone (at least those paying attention) honestly satisfied with American society in its current state?

          “Life consumes life”… I’m not spiritual, but I completely agree. I once believed in America, and that its citizens would come and go, but the country would endure. America can endure enemies and disasters and plague and recessions, but it can’t endure its own citizens squandering it. I think that’s the stark contrast between us and a proud place like Singapore.

  4. Avatarpaul pellico

    ” I once believed in America”
    I totally dislike the word belief.
    Bot even sure what it means, other than taking a leap of faith into something you cannot prove.
    So be it as it may, what Jack thinks ALL people in Singapore feel is what he thinks.
    I have no idea what that is coming from or how factual it is.
    I, however, struggle to understand how a community build in a city state of high rises and little to no open and farm lands can feel this heavenly satisfaction in their lives.
    There are no forest.
    No agriculture.
    There isn’t much of an armed force…and what there is involves a compulsive service…everybody must participate. Me? I am myself totally against joining any armed force.

    Safe? Well hell yes it would be a safe place IF you were the robot demanded.
    Singapore’s strict rules and regulation make it a prison, a tall, beautiful glass prison, so you behave, damn it. You won’t see any strikes, protests, or severely criticism about the country from the citizens. If found out, you go to jail or shipped out, That’s why Singapore is such a safe and green country.

    • AvatarNewbie Jeff

      All valid points, Paul. I agree completely. Messy freedom is better than tidy obedience. People who are more familiar with life in Singapore may have to jump in here…

      …again, I think he’s making a different point. I think it’s about loving, respecting, and yes, believing in your country, whatever it is that you think makes that country worth believing in. I don’t think that’s us anymore, at least not a majority of us (for all the reasons I previously mentioned). I think the U.S. has gone far beyond noisy, messy democracy… our society is broken, and it’s become hopeless enough that I think a lot of people retreat into indifference (at best), and a lot more outright resent their American identity… the latter being evident in many of the Democrats currently running for president or occupying Congress. The American experiment was never meant to be a tolerance of our self-destruction, but that it has become.

  5. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    I was born in 1954 so I think by now I have some perspective and can see things in context. Despite my concerns about the hard left dominating the Democratic party and the culture in general (and related acceptace of Jew hatred), and the mass idiocy their efforts to screw up American education has produced, I have to say that we live at a wonderful time. Unemployment and crime are at historical lows. Technology has given us remarkable things. People live, with good health, into their 80s and 90s. Even when we do engage militarily, casualties are a fraction of what they were in wars and conflicts just a few decades ago.

    Here’s some perspective:

    In 1963, when leaving school on a Friday afternoon, a classmate told me that the president was assassinated.

    By the middle of the decade there were a number of very serious urban riots in major U.S. cities. Watts exploded in ’65. In 1967, I remember staying up late, watching a little 10″ portable B&W tv, showing grainy images of American troops on the streets of my hometown, Detroit, just a few miles from where I was sitting. When folks started shooting at cops, the governor called out the National Guard. When they started shooting at firemen trying to douse the fires that rioters started, Pres. Johnson called out the Army.

    Hundreds of U.S. troops were dying every week in Vietnam. Go look up “body count”.

    1968 saw Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinated. By the late ’60s and early ’70s the Weathermen and Bill Ayers & his buddies were busy blowing up banks and killing cops. Protesting students were killed by troops at more than one college campus.

    Crime exploded in the 1970s. So did inflation. The U.S. auto industry, fat and complacent, made only half hearted efforts to compete with the Japanese and Germans, so when the Arab states cut off oil to the west in the wake of the Yom Kippur War in ’73, the imports took big chunks of market share. The fact the the domestics made junk in the ’70s didn’t help.

    For the first time in 40 years, there are “Help Wanted” signs around Detroit. Soon, when construction begins for Dan Gilbert’s new HQ where the old Hudson’s store used to be on Woodward, we’ll see construction cranes in Detroit’s skyline for the first time in decades. Development has spread up the Woodward corridor and Ford’s investment in the old train station is further gentrifying Corktown along Michigan Ave. There’s even some work being done at the infamous Packard Plant on the east side.

    On a personal level, my kids and grandkids are healthy and in general doing well. It’d be nice to find an age appropriate single Jewish woman, but being 5’6″ in a society where 80% of women won’t consider dating a man shorter than 5’8″, and with a personality that some characterize as obnoxious and boorish, I figure that with grandchildren I’m ahead of the game.

    I’m the farthest thing from a starry-eyed optimist, but for now, so far, things are pretty okay.

    So, with all the problems and strife, I can honestly say that I’ve seen much worse. To quote the ironically late Frank Zappa, “It’s so fucking great to be alive”.

    • AvatarDirt Roads

      Frank had a lot of great sayings. I think that came from the Bongo Fury album, yes?

      He also said, “Speed will turn you into your parents.” I had that in a book called “Whole Grains” a book of weird quotes I bought back in the 70s.

  6. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    Regarding Ms. Chua’s song, I think Mr. Berry said it best. I’m so glad I’m living in the USA.

    (Yeah, heroin and stupid left wing politics were probably not in the MC5’s long term best interest as a band, but they were a rocking band.):

  7. Avatarpaul pellico

    Ronnie, so glad to keep reading your post.
    As I said before, EVER generation has this repeating of historically wrong self reflection.Of themselves, their importance and the dangerous times image.
    There are stats on this, friends. And I know, like Biden, you would rather talk truth than facts, but it is important that we read beyond the internet.
    As a matter of fact, the so called LOVE generation occupied one of the most violent periods in American history.
    Now do not bring up the civil war, please.
    I believe the only other period of such violence, including that upon women, was the southwest part of America approximately during the shootout at the OK coral.
    There have been many explanations for this 60s violence, but some say it is because it was the ONLY period in our history, perhaps all history, when youth outnumbered the elder.
    This was not the entire reason.
    For as today,there are the enablers.
    And just like today, these enablers are the elders in the left or democratic party.
    These decision makers allowed laws made, or broken, as suited the mass of the period.
    This mass was the culture of free love, whether or not “she” was willing or not.

  8. AvatarPaul M.

    On the weeks that new Stingray is introduced we get an article about Toyota vans. How unAmerican can you get? Jesus man, welcome back to civilization from monotony of freaking little Singapore, now get back to work and give us a review of new Corvette.

    • Avatarrambo furum

      I initially took this as an earnest and not satirical comment!

      I am a bit perplexed as to why I had to stumble upon Ethan Gaines’s column on my own, but I guess JB choosed to limit the shilling.

      • AvatarCrancast

        Thanks for mentioning, missed it completely. Ethans got some Grade A shit, those first 3 are big winners. He has the makings of a killer Netflix series.

        “sweating like Bobby Brown on a Saturday night” is damn funny and fits like a glove. I hope you keep letting Ethan roll JB, he is a little off for a straight laced Corp site but good stuff.

  9. AvatarHarry

    Off-topic quick FiST question. My wife and I have drove a 2011 Mini Cooper S 6mt for 110,000. The interior luxury, ride comfort ect. are hardly premium. It immediately developed a multitude of squeaks and gronks and the HarmonKardon stereo is awful. We thoroughly enjoyed the car but it has disappearing engine coolant with no visible leaks.

    Our test drive of the FiSt indicated we liked it but the roads were smooth and the drive was short. Are we likley to think the ride is worse than the Mini over the course of many years and miles? The funny thing is as we have gotten older and more financially secure, we have been buying cars further and further downmarket and not regretting it. I am concerned the FiSt might be a bridge to far.

    • Avatarzxcvbnm

      It is not pothole-friendly from the factory, but the first thing I did with mine was replace the 17″ stock wheels with 16s, and 200TW tires with a little sidewall. It helped everything. The stereo is also bad.

      That said, it’s extremely practical, usefully quick, inexpensive to run hard, and it rotates effortlessly and almost too controllably. Very happy little car.

  10. Avatarbullnuke

    I visited Singapore several times during my years in the Navy. Enjoyable. Clean. Well-mannered folks. Lee Kuan Yew, who many derided as an overbearing despot, I believe performed a miracle holding the small island nation with its multiple races and religions (note that I refuse to use the popular and over-used word “div****ty”) together and allowed it to thrive and succeed. The man who would jail you for tossing a cigarette butt or admonish you for chewing gum in public did allow a “pressure relief valve” for some fairly outrageous partying on Bugis Street without undue harassment, a place where the Australians would perform the nightly “Dance of the Flaming Asshole” atop the public restroom. If I had the funds I believe I’d like to go back and visit for a week or so.

  11. Avatar-Nate

    Laughing ~ so typical of the alt right to blame the dnc for the gutting of public education that the gop did gleefully because they know best that ignorant voters are easier to control .

    Try reality once in a while, it’s refreshing .


    • Avatarpaul pellico


      i am a little confused, but are you of the mind the american educational system is all good to go?
      that the university system, including its left sided staff and their pumping out millions of useless degrees is all good?
      perhaps you are suggesting our lower schools and the cost of 4,000 plus per student is really outstanding and the passing along child after child to the next level is truly the envy of the world.
      might you clear up your position on our education system, please?

      • AvatarDaniel J

        I went to a smallish university in the south and never found the far left invasion everyone was worrying about. Maybe that’s different out west or up north.

        The degrees offered are the ones the kids will lap up. Blame either the kids for choosing more artsy degrees or blame the states and the weak public education.

        Universities are only going to provide degrees that are in demand.

    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      If that’s a reference to what I said about the left destroying what was a very good public education system into the 1970s, it has nothing to do with funding, as most public school funding has increased in our poorest performing school districts. New York City spends something like $27,000 per student per year. That’s profligate. Having sent my children to parochial schools, I’m familiar with schools that do an outstanding job at a fraction of that cost.
      I’m not arguing about cost, however. America’s public schools have been ruined by leftist educators and activists, not a lack of funding.
      Is grammar really racist? Does math genuinely underpin a capitalist patriarchy?

      This is what a college professor says about the quality of primary and secondary educations American kids are getting:
      From “Exercises in Unreality: The Decline of Teaching Western Civilization,” by Anthony Esolen. Emphasis added.
      ” I now regularly meet students who have never heard the names of most English authors who lived before 1900. That includes Milton, Chaucer, Pope, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Tennyson, and Yeats. Poetry has been largely abandoned. Their knowledge of English grammar is spotty at best and often nonexistent. That is because grammar, as its own subject worthy of systematic study, has been abandoned. Those of my students who know some grammar took Latin in high school or were taught at home. The writing of most students is irreparable in the way that aphasia is. You cannot point to a sentence and say, simply, ‘Your verb here does not agree with your subject.’ That is not only because they do not understand the terms of the comment. It is also because many of their sentences will have no clear subject or verb to begin with. The students make grammatical errors for which there are no names. Their experience of the written language has been formed by junk fiction in school, text messages, blog posts, blather on the airwaves, and the bureaucratic sludge that they are taught for ‘formal’ writing, and that George Orwell identified and skewered seventy years ago. The best of them are bad writers of English; the others write no language known to man.

      • Avatardejal

        “Poetry has been largely abandoned. Their knowledge of English grammar is spotty at best and often nonexistent. ”

        Not a fan of poetry,but…. In Jr High and High School (he moved up), my favorite English teacher (heck favorite teacher) lived and died for poetry. He challenged the class on what does this mean, what does that mean? I did well because your answer was never wrong if it was well reasoned even if he didn’t agree. He didn’t treat his students as idiots and in return he expected them to not act like idiots. He wanted you to think. I had the opportunity to have him on and off for 6 years.

        • AvatarDaniel J

          I appreciate art. Specifically photography. Poetry is an art that exists within the English language. I honestly don’t think understanding poetry or writing poetry is fruitful outside the realm of art.

          I’ll even argue that in today’s technology that having perfect grammar isn’t as important as it used to be. But take it with a grain of salt from a computer engineer where digital design and computer programming are my primary “language”.

      • AvatarNewbie Jeff

        “America’s public schools have been ruined by leftist educators and activists, not a lack of funding.”

        Yes, yes, yes. I understand parents are passionate about education… but education is clearly in decline, and part of the problem is the utterly idiot belief that every education dollar funds the student.

        “so typical of the alt right to blame the dnc for the gutting of public education that the gop did gleefully because they know best that ignorant voters are easier to control .”

        …speaking of idiotic beliefs… Utterly amazing that any coherent person would think it’s the “gop” trying to control voters through the public education system. I’d say it’s much more obvious that the American Left knows that programmed and brainwashed children make voters who are VERY easy to control, thus they create perpetual crises of race, “white male privilege”, “the war on women”, “gender pay gap”, “social justice” and if everyone would just please vote Democrat then we promise all of this stuff will then be fixed.

        • AvatarCJinSD

          Nate has never head a lie he didn’t accept as fact. It was that darn GOP that turned California’s K-12 schools from best to worst. It’s evil conservatives taking a dump on his doorstep every other night, promoting programs that give California the highest poverty rates, the highest illiteracy, the highest income inequality, the highest housing costs, and the highest taxes. If only the conservatives would stop dominating California politics, everything would be sweetness and light.

          • Avatar-Nate

            As always you have to lie and distort the truth along with being envious .

            You’re allowed your own twisted and illogical thoughts but facts are facts and cannot be changed, good try at misdirection .

            Funny how you and those who wear the boots you like to lick are always on the attack, looking to blame someone instead of ever once offering solutions or accepting responsibility


          • AvatarCJinSD

            There was a solution put forth and voted into law by the California citizenry in 1994. It was then overturned by a marxist judge to ensure the dystopian world you live in today. At least you blame the wrong people for the dimensions and cleanliness of the cage you say you love so much.

      • AvatarDaniel J


        I don’t know about NY, but none of the “leftist” issues you are talking about are plaguing many schools here in Alabama. Also keep in mind NY requires Masters degrees to teach. Much more expensive than 10k spent here in Alabama.

        From what I can tell, at least here in Alabama, it starts with the parents and ends with the parents, and the parents are holding back the educators here in North Alabama.

        And this in a very conservative state.

        • Avatarpaul pellico

          So ok. There are no issues with the school system.
          Going great.
          This is totally the fault of poor parenting.
          I think this discussion will have to end as the same old damn stuff keeps coming back.
          Don’t have the metal strength to continue.
          I don’t feel inclined to try to change your world, let alone the world.

  12. AvatarShortest Circuit

    Also not that big tech companies are trying anything you know, not like they admitted it, but if you checked twitter the #ClintonBodyCount hashtag was replaced for a few hours with #TrumpBodyCount. (If you clicked the second one, it was a bunch of tweets from people wondering why this was trending.)

  13. Avatarsabotenfighter

    The Vellfire/Alphard are both available with AWD in Japan and I believe most of Asia or at least HK/China/Taiwan. They are also piloted by the biggest assholes of the road, short of BMW and Crown Athlete drivers. Toyota van (Voxy/Noah, HiAce, etc.) drivers in general are all dicks, but these guys take the cake. Simultaneously needlessly aggressive and inattentive. The cross-section of buyers is really weird too. Old, monnied types and younger blue collar families (who need the tanks to transport their numerous spawn). I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been buzzed by these vans while on my bicycle or motorcycle. Get so close I could have touched them with my dick. If I suddenly disappear from the comments down here, you can assume I probably bought it due to the carelessness of one of these bastards.

    • Avatarsabotenfighter

      Ah, also, they’ve been available in overseas markets as hybrids for at least 5 or so years now. I worked on the repair manuals for all trims.

      • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

        I don’t know how I didn’t find that info… possibly because I was limited to English sources for Malaysia et al.

  14. Avatarhank chinaski

    The Ad Hominems and Boomer optimism are strong in this thread. It’s all so tiresome.

    Some time after the 2016 election, Uncle Pat commented on the current troubles in an ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ fashion relative to the riots, Weathermen bombings, Kent State shootings and such of the ’68 era. That said, in comparison, the Left has every institution on lock today. Sure, the academics and perhaps half of mass media had always been hippie commies, but after the Comey-Strozak-fest, we see that so are the Feds. The ‘net is progressing towards one big shadow-ban of anything anti-Cathedral. The midlevel officers and grunts may be ok, but Pentagon leadership seems more keen on elevating the next Captain Marvel and squashing the tip of the spear guys who notice. ‘Sanctuary’ cities, counties and states. Police stand down orders during Antifa dust-ups. Bi-partisan support to potentially gut the 1st, 2nd and 4th with ‘red flag laws’.

    A police caning probably hurts less than a trip to HR and a loss of livelihood for an errant comment.

    Re. Epstein and similar nonsense: When Occam increasingly points to what was only recently considered tin-foil hat explanations, you know that Minitruth runs the show.

    non-sequitur: Yacht Rock in an XTS is current-year peak vacay Brougham. Light ping above 11,000 ft. Perhaps the previous driver filled it with 85.

    • Avatarpaul pellico

      “but after the Comey-Strozak-fest, we see that so are the Feds…”
      This comment is what is tiresome.

      I don’t know what you were watching for entertainment while you were growing up, but I was watching Frank Capra stir the masses with Mr Smith Goes To Washington or Meet John Doe. This was followed up by film noir, not exactly a group of happy times reflective films.
      From that we moved on to the greatest war the world has ever seen.
      Then we quickly moved on to the atomic world and learned how to hide in shelters as adults or under wooden school desk as children.

      No, the “feds” are not into the resistance. It is corruption, plain and simple. And corruption to retain power has been around since man began his walking. It happens from the top of governments to the adults participating in school parent sports activities.

      So, please, your pessimism is NOT representative of anything other than you lack of historical education and perspective.

      • Avatar-Nate

        Thank you for the reminder of facts .

        Those who think “Boomer Optimism” is a bad thing are just lazy and jealous .

        Go work your ass off like we did and reap the same rewards .

        We gave you _everything _ and all you do is bitch and whine .


        • AvatarCJinSD

          Did you know that Boomers didn’t win the war? I mean any war. We never will win one again, because of Boomer influence. We’ll keep fighting them though, because of Boomer corruption of the great country they were handed and squandered. What do you think you gave and to who? I could use a good laugh.

  15. Avatarpaul pellico

    No, boomers didn’t win any wars.
    However, they haven’t started any and built the internet and a few other exciting things.
    And perhaps you are not so self reflective, but wars have been fought and perhaps will always be fought.
    This world, for what I can see, is built and designed on destruction, the need for life to consume life.
    Such a plan is not really perfection.
    Look, I am no fan of my generation, or the sixties or what that period brought. But I am not gonna lay the entire world’s issues at what is really a difficult, if not loosing, proposition as designed, at the feet of boomers.

      • Avatar-Nate

        “The more you know, the less you two will realize you know.”

        I’ve been keenly aware of this since the 1970’s, too bad you haven’t figured it out yet .

        Bush didn’t win any war if that’s what you’re trying to suggest .


  16. Avatarpaul pellico

    That still is not considered a war, let alone a world war, both of which took place under democratic leaders.
    Ditto the Vietnam mess.
    Oh, and these “wars” under Bush were actually won…even without the United States being aloud to fight with all its might and power.
    This holding back is the result of leftist and humanist that allows for the enemies to use warfare atrocities and peoples to their advantage.
    If you recall, the war with Japan ended with an atomic bomb.
    Any dropped since?

    • AvatarCJinSD

      Are you really saying that Boomer Bush didn’t start two wars? That’s a disservice to the young Americans sent to die with their hands tied behind their backs.

  17. Avatarpaul pellico

    And I am saying our men were sent to fight with their hands behind their backs.
    IMO, every soldier’s life should be of utmost value.
    In fact, they should only be trained to use brooms and to clean up…all while they say “Wow! What in hell did we just use on this place! Its all powder and a mess!!” as they cleaned.
    However, in today’s everybody deserves a medal and everybody is a winner and having empathy for even the most useless and violent people, we cannot use over reaction.
    We cannot over punish.
    BE FAIR!
    ISIS has a little reason behind their madness and hatred, see?

  18. Avatarpaul pellico

    which bush are you referring to?
    because I recall a rather fun war in Iraq. went fast, and cleaned out Iraqis from Kuwait.
    the second one ended with us in control of a major territory between Iran and other.
    The loss of minimal soldiers to accomplish this is now used as a left attack on any reason these wars were had.
    The harder one was that of revenge and applying justice to those who harbored and held those that JUST TOOK DOWN THE TRADE TOWERS, although perhaps everybody her has forgotten those weeks when no airplanes flew in our skies or the following recession caused.
    No…it was all a bush’s fault.
    Bullshit, you idiots.Idiots.
    However, I loved being in the middle east and feel a great place to fight wars as opposed to jungles and China.Cost? I would rather find ways to stop all illegal immigration and healthcare subsidies, welfare fraud and government waste that worry about the cost of the middle east wars.
    it is all deception by leftist.

    • Avatar-Nate

      Thanx for the laugh .

      “mission _NOT_ accomplished unless lying was the initial aim….
      Not leftist anything, facts plain and simple, sort of like your reasoning there .


  19. AvatarCJinSD

    Is which Bush is a Boomer a mystery to you paul? Is the praise of a drug-addled imbecile satisfying? In my opinion, there are no good Bushes. The war in Kuwait was nothing to celebrate. The betrayal of the Kurds, the medical problems of our soldiers, and the failure to render Saddam irrelevant permanently were all unforgivable transgressions. Recycling Colin Powell after his role in Desert Storm should tell anyone all they need to know about the Bushes. If only the alternatives hadn’t been aspiring totalitarian commies.

    Trump is great because he broke out of the box. He’s no more of a conservative than JFK was, but he’s not beholden to the servants of evil who are elected by the two major parties either. Rs and Ds tell us to hate each other based on a political demarcation that marches ever closer to authoritarian/leftist every minute. We should be hunting them and their often-foreign backers in the streets instead. The only difference between establishment Republicans and Democrats at this point is that Democrats are overt about their desire to fornicate with children. Child drag queens? Single mothers? Islam? Child trafficking encouraged at the border? What do all these characteristics of the Democrat party serve? Child rapists. If you’re a Democrat and you don’t condone raping children, you’re a fool.

  20. Avatarpaul pellico

    “The war in Kuwait was nothing to celebrate.”
    I see, freeing a country that’s our friend and saving the idiot from taking a larger section of the middle east and after he used gas on his own people, it was not a success.
    I agree.
    We should have proceeded all the way to the center of his living room and held the entire nation as one of our vacation spots.
    A very nice place to practice future desert maneuvers and poor poetic license..

    But that’s just me.

    I have no difficulty in seeing larger pictures or the difference between wars that loose millions of people vs 2,000.And your words twisting my words into love of Bush presidencies is rather rich and projection.


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