atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1824: Toyota quality?

It's official: the Toyota Tundra pickup truck has a problem with rust. A serious problem: the frame rusts.

Relatively few passenger cars and light trucks are built body-on-frame any longer. It's still cheaper than building unibodies but unibodies weigh less, which means better fuel economy. It's also easier to engineer a unibody to protect the occupants of the vehicle in the event of a collision.

But body-on-frame is strong, which is why the sturdiest trucks and vans are built that way. And even though the frame is generally not coated with any serious paint (just black electrostatic primer, generally) they usually don't rust through; the metal is too thick. Usually the body rusts away to flimsy metal lace long before the frame loses any significant strength.

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Remember the census worker in Kentucky who was found hanging from a tree, dead, with the word "FED" on his chest? The liberals exploded into a tizzy of "the radical right did this!" and "right-wingers are evil and this proves it!" and "anti-government conservatives are at fault!"

Turns out it was a suicide. So I guess the census worker was a fascist radical nazi right-winger who had so much hate and loathing for the government that when he realized he was a government employee, he offed himself in a fit of rage.


Or, rather, no.

So will those lying liar liberals retract what they said? OH hell no. Like Michelle Malkin says I'm not going to hold my breath.

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This guy wants to rewrite history, not just silence right-wing bloggers:
In his recently released book, "On Rumors," [Cass] Sunstein specifically cited as a primary example of "absurd" and "hateful" remarks, reports by "right-wing websites" alleging an association between President Obama and Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers.
Um...hate to say it, but there was a verifiable association between avowed domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and Barack Hussein Obama. It's a proven fact that Obama and Ayers associated. That takes such "'absurd' and 'hateful' remarks" out of "rumor" terroritory.

Gee, a liberal who wants to keep anyone from talking about things that make them look bad. Who would have expected that?

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And Patrick Kennedy is a jerk, too. He went public with a confidential request, probably in an attempt to bully the bishop into changing his mind. WTF, if I were that bishop I'd excommunicate Patrick Kennedy. (Can bishops do that?) Screw it: Mr. Kennedy, do you want to be a Catholic? You do? Then follow the church's teachings. You don't like the Catholic Church's teachings? Convert to some other demonination. Episcopalian would probably be more to your liking.

Kennedy also pulls out this load of horseshit: "I thought they were pro-life. If the Church is pro-life, then they ought to be for health-care reform because it’s going to provide health care that [is] going to keep people alive." No it isn't. Supportiong socialized medicine is not a "pro-life" position any more than supporting the military is pro-abortion. Supporting socialized medicine is particularly not "pro-life" when any swinging dick with half a brain knows that the government health care system will--sooner or later--provide federally-funded abortions.

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The headline is enough: "The 'Real' Jobless Rate: 17.5% Of Workers Are Unemployed". Despite the scare quotes around "real" this article is honest about the fact that the U6 unemployment rate has pretty freaking dire implications for the economy.

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More on the CRU e-mails:

Unix Jedi comments on "Clima-quiddick".

Lord Monckton says the scientsts should be tried for fraud.

The Anchoress explains that the mainstream media isn't reporting this because they have to find a way to make it George Bush's fault. Makes sense to me.

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I have said before--I was saying it shortly after the elections last autumn--that Obama expected to be able to talk the rest of the world into being good. This is failing, as I said it would. Only now some people on the left are starting to realize that even though the liberals really really liked him not everyone does, and some of the people who don't like Obama don't give a rat's ass what American liberals think of them.

Some are starting to realize that Obama's likability does not translate to effectiveness.

No matter how much you like a car, it's useless if it doesn't take you places.

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Steven digresses a bit in this post about the Yamato but it's the digression which leads me to link to it.

Starting at "I'm an American, and I'm glad my country and its allies won the war," he talks about some of the horrors of the Pacific Theater in WW2 and how the Japanese fought the Pacific war; and I think anyone who is upset that we dropped two atom bombs on Japan should learn the history of the war in the Pacific and then re-think their opinions.

War is brutal; but the way the Japanese fought was inhuman and it forced us to fight back in equally inhuman fashion. Their plans for dealing with a conventional invasion of Japan--a la France on D-Day--were equally desperate and terrible, and it would have led to carnage on an unbelievable scale, consisting of soldiers (on both sides) and civilians.

How would the anti-nukers have liked the photographs of the messily shredded bodies of women and children and other "non-combatants"? Instead of the photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, instead of the kvetching about using nuclear weapons, we'd be treated to endless parades of "the victims of the invasion of Japan." And the body count would have been inestimably higher.

Okay? More people would have died.

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All right, definitely got to lighten the mood here; how about William Shatner hucking Commodore Vic-20s?

My dear boy, this was 1982. In 1982, an actual computer with 20k of RAM for a mere $300 was unprecedented, or nearly so; heck, even the Atari 400 computer cost more than that.

...but I'm not about to do another of my interminable "Remember the Commodore 64?" posts. Heh.

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