If you’re driving slowly, get out of the left lane

Yes, yes, yes! I cannot agree with this more!

I lived in Europe for seven years, and the first thing I noticed when I got back to America — besides the outrageous enormity of American vehicles — was that slow people wouldn’t get out of the damn passing lane. It is absolutely inexcusable.

And, NO!!! Just because the speed limit is 55 doesn’t mean you can drive in the left lane and delay the rest of the world because you’re driving 55, and you’re legal and screw the 100 cars behind you filled with people who ACTUALLY HAVE PLACES TO GO!!!

Yes. I speed. And when I’m caught, I just take the ticket because I know I speed. And if I wasn’t speeding, I’ll take the ticket anyway, because I know I was speeding somewhere along the way.

But those of you who block traffic by driving the limit aren’t cops and aren’t doing the world a favor. You’re disasters waiting to happen. That’s the reason there are so many people in graves with headstones marked, “I was driving the limit.”

That reference to the Autobahn in Germany: absolutely true. I’ve taken the Autobahn on many trips between Belgium and Germany, and when I hit the German border, I absolutely gunned it. Great roads, perfect driving conditions.

I remember numerous times going 110 miles per hour (Yes, mph, not kph, even though the speedometers in Europe are in kilometers), or more in my little Volkswagen Polo, and I had to move out of the fast lane, BECAUSE SOMEONE BEHIND ME IN A MERCEDES WAS DOING 130!!! And it was perfectly normal, and traffic flowed fine. Because people understand what a passing lane is in Europe.

You do 110 or 130 in America, you’re going to die …


You really can’t imagine how annoyed I get when I’m on the road. Especially when there’s a car in the fast lane doing 55, while the cars in the slow lane are doing 54. If you’re in the passing lane, PASS FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!! The longer you linger, the greater the possibility you’re going to cause a 50 car pileup.

And this is why, since I’ve been back in America, I avoid driving whenever possible.

America’s export to Nazis everywhere


Maybe Nazis fly it because they’re fully committed to states rights?

Here’s a list of other reasons from Historymaniacmegan’s post “Worst Excuses for Keeping a Confederate Flag“:

  1. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of Southern heritage and pride.
  2. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of freedom and states’ rights.
  3. My ancestors fought under that flag.
  4. Even if it is racist, the meaning of words and symbols is relative to the individual.
  5. Taking down the Confederate Flag will rewrite history.
  6. Even if it is racist, meanings of words and symbols can change over time.
  7. Just because I keep a Confederate Flag doesn’t mean I’m racist.
  8. The Confederate Flag has nothing to do with racism.
  9. The Confederate Flag doesn’t represent hate and violence.
  10. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of the proud, distinctive heritage and gentility of the Old South.
  11. The cry to take the Confederate Flag down is unjustified.
  12. If the Confederate Flag was used as a national flag, then how could it represent slavery and racism?
  13. The Confederate Flag is a quaint historical artifact and a memorial to those who’ve fought gallantly and bravely (even in a service of a cause no longer considered virtuous).
  14. Slavery and racism wasn’t just limited to the Old South.
  15. But slavery existed in America long before the Confederate Flag.
  16. But the Confederate Flag is on the state flag of Mississippi.
  17. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of resistance against an oppressive authority.
  18. But you see many black people with a Confederate Flag. So how can it be racist?
  19. But various Southern Rock groups used the Confederate Flag like Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  20. The Civil War’s been over for 150 years so why waste our time over arguing about the Confederate Flag?

Those are the excuses, but go to the post for see full explanations on why they’re lame excuses. One image though really sums the matter up:


A woman’s work is never done

The political conventions in the U.S. are over. The choices are clear.

And right now it looks like as of Jan. 20, 2017, the Western world is going to be governed by these three people:


England’s prime minister

Angela Merkel Austerity Europe Germany

Germany’s chancellor


The next president of the United States


Welcome to the 21st century. We’ve shattered the glass ceiling and the sky’s the limit.

Your Republican frontrunners for the presidential nomination


CPAC met a few miles south of me this past week, and the conservatives decided who they preferred as their presidential candidate. Honestly, I see at most two viable candidates, and neither one is anywhere near the lead.

Cue the circus music:

Yes, I’m being too harsh:

Phil Robertson, the man infamous for his role on the A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty” and for his controversial comments on gay sex, gave a speech on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that was long, bizarre, and at times even a little incoherent.

As Robertson was introduced at CPAC, it was noted that he was the recipient of the 2015 Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award. He then used his First Amendment freedom to speak for nearly half an hour, touching on off-brand topics like sexually transmitted diseases, Nazis, communism, and Jesus.

Strike that, I’m not being harsh enough. The strange thing isn’t what he said. It’s that he got an award as a defender of free speech.

The Earth, and its wealth, at night


If it were night everywhere at the same time, this is what the Earth would look like (click to enlarge). But that strange statement doesn’t explain the importance of this view. What this image shows us is a representation of global wealth. As Vox puts it:

What you see is that in rich countries, light is largely a proxy for population density. Observe the thick cluster of the US Northeastern Megalopolis and the even bigger cluster in northwestern Europe. In poorer regions, however, the map represents not just population density but also the actual availability of electrical lighting. Huge swathes of Africa are barely illuminated at night, and densely populated India looks rather dim.

But of course, if it were night everywhere, that would mean the sun would be gone and we’d all be dead. Money can’t fix that.