Fugly Prius Owner

Sanctimony is hard work, even for the truly pious. Check out this prog Prius owner, know how I can tell her political affiliations? Her love and compassion for her fellow man, her tolerance for all things different, her calm and patient attitude in disagreements, her matriarchal affection for child rearing, oh, and her fastidiousness both in her grooming and appearance.

Saving the planet is a full time effort, and real environmentalists do not suffer the unconverted easily. It does not matter that her driving a Prius is actually harming the environment, or that the cat is out of the bag wrt it’s all bark, no bite approach. But Gaia is just like Allah, they are jealous gods who demand a stridency not for the faint of heart. It matters little it’s all flash, no substance, the mere appearance of following the Goracle’s tenet’s is worth a hand full of carbon credits.

The other thing a find a bit odd, yes, the couple with the kids are down home folk, classier by far then that out of control wildebeest, but the remarkable restraint they showed, good on them. I always start out composed, polite, and adult, but don’t pass up the chance to ramp it up if given permission, and when foul language is used in front of my kids, or personal abuse is applied in my presence, the starter gun just went off and like a corvette at 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds, it’s on. And when you think about it, that is the only thing that gets through to them anyway. This polite couple had no affect on this female Michael Moore, it will no doubt be a good story for her to tell at the evenings feeding with the rest of the pigs at the trough.

And you thought all the nutjobs were at the OWS riots.

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  1. CM

    it’s all bark, no bite approach

    Did you read the link? It concludes:

    The lesson here is to beware of junk science. If you want to do your part to fight global warming, it probably doesn’t make sense to trade in your Prius for a Hummer.

    As for the gist of you piece – yep, I have no problem at all mocking idiots, of any persuasion.

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  2. CM

    CNW Marketing Research initially published a study[80] in which they estimated that the total lifetime energy cost of a 2005 Prius was greater than that of a Hummer. The study is widely cited, and its contents have also been widely challenged: see for example “Hummer versus Prius: ‘Dust to Dust’ Report Misleads the Media and Public with Bad Science”.[81] The following year an update by CNW changed the total lifetime cost value, now showing the Prius as costing less than the Hummer and other large SUVs over its lifetime.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Prius#Lifetime_energy_usage

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  3. richtaylor365 *

    Did you read the link?

    Yes, it was used primarily for yucks (come on, you should know my style by now :). Any study (even dubious ones) that elevate Hummers at the expense of Prius’ can’t be ignored, even if it’s for laughs.

    But this part :

    “faulty methods of analysis, untenable assumptions, selective use and presentation of data, and a complete lack of peer review.”

    Gee, where have I read that before?

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  4. Hal_10000

    Yeah, the CNW report was shit. Prius isn’t as green as its owners like to think; but it’s not as bad as a Hummer. However, Freakonomics has shown that Prius owners tend to me less environmentally conscious about other things, thinking their hybrid gives them a free pass.

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  5. CM

    Yes, it was used primarily for yucks (come on, you should know my style by now :). Any study (even dubious ones) that elevate Hummers at the expense of Prius’ can’t be ignored, even if it’s for laughs.

    Junk science shouldn’t be ignored?
    I agree, it should be put on show so as many people as possible can it for what it is…..

    Gee, where have I read that before?

    It describes any climate change ‘analysis’ on any of the right-wing blogs. Or it describes unfounded accusations of actual science on those same blogs.

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  6. CM

    Apparently liberals give less to charity too, because they feel their voting etc allows them to give less personally.

    Anyway, the thing that pisses me off about SUV’s is when I pull up alongside one and can’t see oncoming traffic because the front of the fucking thing is too high. I can’t turn until it’s gone, so I can be sitting there for ages for no good reason.

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  7. Hal_10000

    Yeah, I’m not overly fond of the critters myself. I don’t want them banned or anything. But they are (or were) given special dispensations on fuel efficiency, safety and pollution that minivans are not. And there’s a Carter-era law that forbids linking insurance rates to vehicle weight that I’d like to see scrapped.

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  8. balthazar

    Too fucking bad for you, outside of the goddamn city most people actually need an SUV/Truck of some kind. Try taking recycling, trash, and storm debris somewhere in your fucking minivan. Let me know how that works out.

    And barring rollover issues, which can be avoided totally by the way you drive, SUV/Trucks are absolutely fine safety wise, and get 20+ mpg pretty regularly now.

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  9. richtaylor365 *

    I’m with Balt on this one, both me and my wife drive SUV’s, although they are “crossovers”, they sit higher (thus better visibility,safer) and the gas mileage is ballpark to any sedan.

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  10. Retluocc1

    Vehicles of any stripe are just tools. What matters is how you use them. I can drive a nail with a standard claw hammer, a sledgehammer, or the crankcase of a chainsaw. All will work, but only one is really appropriate.

    If your goal is to drive from Denver to D.C. as economically as possible, a gasoline powered Escalade will work, but it’s just not the best choice (incidentally, neither is a Prius). A VW Golf TDI might get you 700 miles per tank, but it can’t tow a boat trailer.

    Tools (vehicles) are not good or bad; only correct or incorrect for the job at hand.

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  11. CM

    And barring rollover issues, which can be avoided totally by the way you drive, SUV/Trucks are absolutely fine safety wise, and get 20+ mpg pretty regularly now.

    Are they safer for other drivers? Personal experience says they make things less safe for me.

    I know there is a school of thought that says more kids are backed over by SUV’s in driveways, but I’m not sure if the stats back that up.

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