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Old 08-23-2005, 03:48 PM   #16
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Parents at my school drive their fat kids the mile to school in their Yukons.



i wonder how many soldiers-per-gallon those Yukons get?
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Old 08-23-2005, 03:49 PM   #17
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Parents at my school drive their fat kids the mile to school in their Yukons.

Its Hummers and Escalades around here...and some of them drive their fat kids 1/4 mile or less "for safety reasons"

Yeah..Placentia/Yorba Linda is the crime capital of OC!
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Out of the three cars we have, the Nissan SUV (which is not sold in the US, as it was built/designed for Europe) has better mileage than the V6 Honda Accord or the Nissan Maxima.

So, it's not necessarily true they are always the bigger guzzlers.

Turns out this SUV is not produced for the American market because market research indicates that Americans want their engines bigger.
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Just about every other car in Colorado is a massive truck or SUV.
I hate them both, but the trucks are particularly annoying. "It can haul a solid ton!" Yeah, but what white collar businessman is going to ever haul a solid ton of anything?

We are the only ones in our neighborhood with a PT Cruiser and an Echo.
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54 percent of cars on the road are SUVs?????
When I visited the US, it felt like more. I seriously could not believe the amount of SUVs I saw. I couldn't believe parking buildings had spaces specifically for SUVs and other such large vehicles.

And I thought there were too many here in Queensland ...
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The wild thing to me about many of these huge ass trucks is when people claim they "need" them to tow a boat or something. My neighbor hauls cattle in a large stock trailer (which is a hell of a lot bigger and heavier than the vast majority of boats these other people are pulling) as part of their business (they are farmers), and they have never had the biggest truck. They don't have small trucks, but they aren'y these huge ass things either.

As for the people who "need" a minivan to haul their two or three kids around, these same neighbors hauled their 10 children around in a station wagon (granted I doubt all of the kids every went the same place all at once). And they lived in a three or four bedroom house (lots of bunk beds ), with one bathroom.

And they all did just fine and don't feel deprived at all.

So I'm astonished whan people say they "need" these monster vehicles (and houses too).

As for me, in case you're wondering, I've always lived in a house with only one bathroom, and my current car is an extremely ratty 12 year old 3 cylinder Geo Metro which I throw just about anything into. I'm driving it until it dies.
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hmmmm ... i went to college 5 miles south of Vermont and i drove around in a standard, front-wheel drive Toyota and was perfectly fine.

what did people do before there were SUVs?
Walk 10 miles through the snow barefeet each day. That is, if they could afford bare feet.
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I don't exactly live in a high-income community, but I see SUVs everywhere - including one in the driveway of one guy's house with a sign in the yard protesting high gas prices. I can't say I felt too sorry for him since it was his decision to buy a gas guzzler.
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i wonder how many soldiers-per-gallon those Yukons get?
Tell me about it. And nearly every one of the goddam things has some sort of pro-war/troop supporting/fucking W thing on the ass end of it.



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i just heard a news story about new cafe standards

and I think they said 60 of new cars are SUVs

i admit I bought my first one last year

the volvo xc90
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Tell me about it. And nearly every one of the goddam things has some sort of pro-war/troop supporting/fucking W thing on the ass end of it.


the irony is astonishing. like, "please start wars so poor kids can get killed so i can pay less for gas so i can drive around a car that destroys the atmosphere, contributes to global warming, and makes me and my children fat."

yes, the nanny-state supporting the gas-guzzling state. can't get a better summation of W's America than that.

let's call SUV drivers by their true name: terrorist enablers.
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As an SUV owner, I guess I should be arrested for being a suspected terrorist. Oh wait, I'm also a Christian too, so now I'm really screwed. Sounds to me like I am entirely what's wrong with this country.
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fucking W thing on the ass end of it.



didn't a whole bunch of Red States vote to make that illegal in November?

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As an SUV owner, I guess I should be arrested for being a suspected terrorist. Oh wait, I'm also a Christian too, so now I'm really screwed. Sounds to me like I am entirely what's wrong with this country.

you know ...

i don't feel a bit of sympathy for what your gas bill must be.

but i do think that SUVs are a microcosm of what's wrong with America. we want what we want no matter the consequences for other Americans, let alone the rest of the world.
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I was just reading a similar article in USA Today (I would rather NOT read USA Today, but the business section usually reads like any trade publication for my industry...especially today).

That article mentioned that the revenue from crude oil in Norway goes to the funding of the citizen's retirement program (I assume this would be Norwegian's Social Security?).

We need more Norwegian crude.
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