Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Saturday, 19 February 2011

The Real Cost

This video provides a graphic representative of the reality of the cost to the US taxpayer of the war in Iraq.

It also illustrates the real cost of the GFC.

Both events occurred on G W Bush's watch.

They're going to be paying for his administration's blunders for a very long time.

Source is Information is Beautiful.


After the sad saga of the clunking Santa Fe, the fleet manager did the impossible and conjured me up a replacement vehicle at short notice.

It was another Hyundai, an i45, obviously intended as a rival for the Toyota Camry.

After driving it over 1500km this week, I reckon this thing is indeed a Camry-killer. It's a better car, in my estimation than the very successful Toyota, and if it doesn't eventually outsell the Camry, that will be a result of prejudice and cliche rather than reality.

It looks a bit ugly, but given the way it drives and the way it seems to be built, I could live with that. The fit and finish is first rate. The dash covering and upholstery is high quality. It has one of the sweetest engine and transmission combinations I've driven, and leaves the Toyota for dead in this area.

If you put your foot down (for example, overtaking a road train), it emits a refined howl, and accelerates at a very healthy rate. This is not at the expense of high fuel consumption, which hovered in the low sevens on the highway, falling to the low nines around town.

There has been some criticism in the motoring press of its steering and handling, but it was at least as responsive and comfortable as the Camry I drove last year on the same roads.

Hyundais suffer somewhat from the reputation of their early products, but they have made enormous progress in the last five years. This particular model deserves to be successful based on value for money and performance.

If you can't abide the way it looks, simply remember that from behind the wheel it's not an issue.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

One for the Monarchists

This might stir up a few monarchists.

It's an amalgam of our current flag with the flag of the San Patricios battalion who fought against the USA in the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Most of the battalion's members had defected from the U.S. Army.

The battalion was made up of Catholics of Canadian, English, French, Italian, Polish, Scottish, Spanish, Swiss and Mexican heritage.

To my way of thinking, it's much more representative of my Irish Catholic heritage than the current flag, which displays the flag of a country which prohibits someone of my faith becoming the monarch.

One of my daughters did the imaging - I reckon she did a pretty good job.

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