Category Archives: Politics, Religion & Money

Breaking Bad in New Mexico

One month after Veronica Rutledge was shot dead by her 2-year-old son in Idaho, a 3-year-old in Albuquerque managed to get his mother’s gun and shoot not only her, but his father as well. The only “accident” here is that, purely by luck, neither parent is seriously injured. “Gun safety” is a self-contradictory term.

What is it about field reporters on TV compulsively nodding like bobble heads when being introduced by the news anchor? Are they told to do that?

They report, I decide

I now have 115 miles on my new 2015 Honda CR-V EX, and with that mileage I suppose it’s redundant to say that the car is new. Here’s what Consumer Reports has to say about it.

They’re right about the on-screen audio console. It really sucks. Not only that, the MP3/WMA player has a buggy file manager, and there’s no pause control. It would be nice if Honda comes up with a software update to fix the screen controls. On the plus side, with ear-level tweeters on the front doors the sound quality is outstanding.

I can’t say if the ride isn’t as good as it was over the past several model years, but I know that on our 2011 CR-V the ride improved greatly after replacing the original equipment Bridgestone tires with Michelins. Something that I miss compared to the 2011 is the tray under the passenger seat. There’s now a center console, but it isn’t very useful for storage.

Of greater concern is a possible weakness in the operation of the all-wheel drive feature on the 2014 CR-V, as demonstrated in a Swedish magazine review. Watch the video, and if you’d like to read about the controversy it’s at this link. Who knows if the 2015 AWD models behave the same way? Obviously this didn’t stop me from buying the car, but I’ll sure be watching for any problems driving uphill in snow.