Way OT, but way IMPORTANT, IMO - Check your tires

Mut my brother in law sent this to me. I think it is well worth seeing.
Tom http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?idH26897

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Pete E. Kruzer wrote:

Worthy story. For a minute I thought it was going to be some of Obama's b.s. on keeping tires inflated (along with getting regular tune ups - hello - change the spark plugs?) as a super major step in solving the oil crisis.
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Bill if you want to post your OT political opinions (which 70% of the population disagrees with) please keep them on the Toyota group where they also don't belong.
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Art wrote:

Nah.
(1) This thread is marked OT. (2) 70%? I don't think so - that's more like the number of people who know he's FOS on that point (and others). The Germany blip was barely a blip, and he's well below the prior baseline now anyway. Watch out for Hillary - she's insisting on being a nominee at the convention. Wonder why. (3) So when's the last time I posted on the Toyota ng? (4) Have a nice day.
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Better to try saving on fuel, than simply saying "what the hell" I can afford it and I'll continue driving my Hummer.
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who wrote:

That's not the same as stating b.s. as facts like Obama did. Did he say let's stop the false economy ethanol programs that are actually causing more harm on several levels with little or no true benefit? No, because that would be politically unpopular for him to say to his base which is into "it doesn't matter if it really helps or hurts, the important thing is that it makes us feel good".
Instead he brings up something that would have some much lesser positive impact and then makes up b.s. statistics to support it. I'm not against keeping tires properly inflated. I'm just against lying about the facts supporting it so that it gets emphasized over other things that would have a much greater positive impact. I'm for doing it all - use what we have, use it wisely, and in the time we have, develop alternatives that will help solve the problems and not make things worse (i.e., don't subsidize what won't help and show numbers showing it's cheaper because you fail to show the subsidization costs and leave out other undesirable facts about it and strictly work off of the "feel good" factor).
Back to the original topic - back in the early 90's, my mother-in-law had a car that she bought brand new and in 6 years had only driven it 26k miles. We had to replace all 4 tires still with lots of good tread because they dry rotted.
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Bill Putney wrote:

Its not that Liberals are ignorant, its just that they know so much that isn't so.
-Ronald Reagan
;-)
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Steve wrote:

And we haven't mentioned John Edwards one time in this thread. That's how compassionate we are.
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Here is a link to Obama's plan so you can compare it to the Bush/McCain plan: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/energy /

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Art wrote:

OK - so the translation of his bullets is that he wants to wreck the economy with false science global warming crap as part of his making us energy independent, no nuclear energy development, and continue down the road of doing the opposite of what's claimed or needed with biofuels.
So-called windfalls profits tax - great drive up prices for the people he cares so much about and feels such empathy for how much they are already paying for fuel - what an idiot.
"Require oil companies to use existing oil leases" - great - force them to drill where there is no oil but don't let them drill where there is oil and let foreign companies deplete the supplies in those same places - again - what an idiot.
So do the things that feel good (and punish the big guys) but that actually will have the opposite effect of the stated intent (helping the little guy, and don't do what's really needed to be done. About what I figured.
"Liberalism's solution always has the opposite effect of its stated intent" (Jim Quinn) was never a truer statement than with this guy. At the top of his web page: "I am asking you to believe".
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wait till china finishes setting up that offshore rig between Cuba and Florida they are setting up and operating for the Cuban government then wait and see how much attention that gets within 50 miles of our borders....its already in the works, so in a few months we'll see what people think then.

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McCain means a continuation of many of the policies that has put the USA in the mess it's now in. A change to change the back room uglys is needed for survival.
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Art wrote:

Pointing out politician nonsense (energy policy = oil exploration isn't necessary if you check your tire pressure) in a thread about tire pressure sounds reasonable to me. Hey, I check my tire pressure every weekend, just as I have for years, I guess that means I'm saved!
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John Taylor wrote:

LOL! Thanks.
I started using those green = good/red = low gages you put in place of the tire valve stem caps. I can tell at a glance walking around my cars if the pressures are right. They are like $6-$9 at parts stores and WalMart for sets of 4. They come in 36 and 32 psi. That's my personal "feel good" policy. :)
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"Pete E. Kruzer" wrote:

You probably only see old (but new/never-used) tires that are also odd-ball or low-profile tires that nobody ever wanted in the first place.
I doubt that regular-sized tires sit on the shelf for more than 2 or 3 years max.
A tire that's sitting in a dark, dry storage shelf for a few years is also not going to deteriorate like it was installed and pressurized on a working vehicle, being exposed to ozone, UV light, potholes, etc, for the same amount of time.
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