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Old 08-09-2005, 08:29 AM
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What goes around, comes around.

Turned in a smoker today. It was a late model Mazda coupe of some sort that couldn't have been more than 1-2 years old and was smoking like a freight train.

And it wasn't just oil smoke either...they were noxious, eye-burning fumes a zillion times worse than anything I've smelled/seen out of any diesel.

Here's the link if you want to do the same. ( in Texas).

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Old 08-09-2005, 09:07 AM
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Orwellian Times in Texas

Amazing! How many people do you think have turned you in when your MB accelerated from a stop? Better be slow off the line from now on.

Did not know Texas was such a liberal state.
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:22 AM
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I don't think even CT would do such a thing......but if they ever figure out a way to TAX smoke, we're in trouble
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:29 AM
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Amazing! How many people do you think have turned you in when your MB accelerated from a stop?
Exactly three. I have a nastygram from TCEQ for every one of my daily drivers; it's my turn now.

The turn in a smoker program is pointless nonsense and a total waste of taxpayer dollars. Personally, I'd like to bust their system by submitting thousands and thousands of complaints in a 24 hour period.

That program is just like the Freon™ Nazis here in Austin a few years ago; there was a point in time at which you were required to have a city license as well as a federal certification to be able to purchase Freon. I checked into it last year and discovered to my astonishment that the city license was no longer necessary. Why? Because, according to the employee I talked to, the federal funding for that program had been withdrawn. Must have not been too important, right?

Jeez.
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:08 AM
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Amazing! How many people do you think have turned you in when your MB accelerated from a stop? Better be slow off the line from now on.

Did not know Texas was such a liberal state.
Texas certainly has its pockets of liberalism led by "The Peoples Republic of Austin." Maybe it's because it rhymes with Boston.

I'm a country boy, but I've said many times that if I were going to live in/near a city in Texas it would be Austin. I don't know how long I would be able to stomach the liberalism there though. It's a beautiful place, but definitely the liberal leader of Texas cities.

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Old 08-09-2005, 10:58 AM
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Texas certainly has its pockets of liberalism led by "The Peoples Republic of Austin." Maybe it's because it rhymes with Boston.

I'm a country boy, but I've said many times that if I were going to live in/near a city in Texas it would be Austin. I don't know how long I would be able to stomach the liberalism there though. It's a beautiful place, but definitely the liberal leader of Texas cities.

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You'd probably do fine here Larry; there's plenty of card-carrying conservatives live in Waterloo too. Just stay north of the river and west of Mo-Pac.

I was born here and cannot wait to escape the dam*ed place. Not because of liberalisim (I'm an admitted left-winger) but because of 1) the head-in-the-sand mentality regarding traffic and expansion and 2) The self-serving political nonsense that goes on every day.

ASAP, I'm moving to the country. The politics may be exactly the same but at least you have some insulation from it all.
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Old 08-09-2005, 12:25 PM
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Damn, I'm glad I don't live in Texas. With the way my mom's car smokes, I'd be getting those letters all of the time!
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Old 08-09-2005, 12:50 PM
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Damn, I'm glad I don't live in Texas. With the way my mom's car smokes, I'd be getting those letters all of the time!
Damn, I'm glad you don't live in Texas too.
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Texas certainly has its pockets of liberalism led by "The Peoples Republic of Austin."
Did GW take all the conservatives with him when he moved to DC?
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:01 PM
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Personally, I'd like to bust their system by submitting thousands and thousands of complaints in a 24 hour period.
I think we can work together and make this happen. Since school is starting up again, I'll get a whole bunch of license plate numbers of HISD, Fort Bend, and maybe even Aldine school buses, and METRO Buses, and you get numbers from AISD school buses and Capital Metro buses, and we start submitting at the same time.
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Apparently there is a similar rule to this in Iowa as well. I have a friend that has tuned up the IP on his Cummins and he got a letter from I believe the DOT, but it may have been the DNR, saying someone had reported his truck as experiencing a mechanical failure resulting in the release of excess pollutants (something to that affect, anyway). The letter suggested he have his vehicle serviced immediately to rectify the problem. I had heard of Texas' law on here but didn't know Iowa had a similar one. It may have been a city thing as well, as it was reported in Ames.
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Hehe a little humor from Brian a while back....

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Dear Mr. Dawg:

We have been informed recently that your vehicle may not be in compliance with the exhaust temperature standard that is currently required of every vehicle in the state.

The regulation states:

The exhaust of any vehicle, as measured at the tailpipe, must not be more than 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

It has come to our attention that you have caused the paint on the entire forward end of one Hummmer H2 $hitbox to be completely burned off the vehicle. Furthermore the operator of said vehicle has provided some photographs that appear to show that her hair was completely burned off as well.

Mr. Dawg, we have concluded that the exhaust temperature, as measured at the exit of your tailpipe must be significantly higher than 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Please correct this situation at your earliest opportunity to bring your vehicle in compliance with the statute.

Sincerely,

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Old 08-09-2005, 05:26 PM
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Did GW take all the conservatives with him when he moved to DC?
I'm still here, but think I'll stay out of OD for a while.
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:25 PM
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Leo Try Amsterdam.
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I've already decided that I'm going here.

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