TSA and Smart cars

The following contains my opinion on a few things that
caught our interest lately. Facts and figures may be
mentioned in passing, but for the most part this post
is my opinion.

There are those who say we need the scanners and pat downs
at our airports to keep us safe. Then we caught a news cast
that said out of 450,000 air travelers 6 were found to have
illegal substances on them that the scans found. It was also
stated that another 6 were arrested for suspicious behavior.

Of course the TSA declared they couldn’t release the type
of contraband found during the scans. This leads us to
wonder if the reason behind that decision is because none
of the 6 were carrying explosives or any other harmful goo.
We’re of the belief that had the TSA had found explosives of
any kind it would be in the headlines for days.

The suspicious behavior wasn’t explained either, but couldn’t
that just be having the audacity to question the effectiveness
of the security or agents touching ones junk?

In the October, 2010 issue of Automobile magazine is a list
of new cars that are either on the market now or will be within
a few years. I didn’t have a problem with the electric Mercedes
that could do 160 mph and had a range of 100 miles. Nor did I
have a problem with the Tesla.

Then I read about the Smart ForTwo electric car and some problems
popped up. Why did they bother to mention that it went from 0-60 kph (37 mph) in 6.5 seconds? Can this car even get out of its own way?

The article also stated that a few would be available to the public,
on a 48 month lease at $599 a month. $600 a month a car that slow,
that has 40 peak horsepower and 27 in a full load situation, with an
8 hour recharge using a 220 volt outlet. With a top speed of 62 mph
there won’t be one in our driveway anytime soon.

If you like itty-bitty wheelbases, with itty-bitty tires, bouncy
rides about town, and a one speed transmission, this may be the car
for you in 2012. We’ll wait for Chevy to bring back the rear-wheel
drive Impala SS.
Comments are always welcome.

3 Responses to TSA and Smart cars

  1. QC Ghost says:

    Me, my Hover-Round and an extension cord…happy.

  2. Anon says:

    My ’67 Volkswagen had 40 horsepower, and a top speed of 62. And, four people could ride in it!

  3. cruisin2 says:

    Ghost,
    lol, throw in a cup of coffee and I’d be happy too.

    Anon,
    The VWs were a lot more fun. The one I had must have been a little faster because I was always getting warnings to slow down with mine.

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