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The XM1217 Transport MULE Vehicle (MULE-T) (UGV)

The Multifunctional Utility/Logistics and Equipment (MULE) Vehicle is a 2.5-ton Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) that will support dismounted and air assault operations. The MULE is sling-loadable under military rotorcraft and features three variants sharing a common chassis: transport, countermine and the Armed Robotic Vehicle (ARV)-Assault-Light (ARV-A-L). 

The XM1217 Transport MULE Vehicle (MULE-T) carries 1,900-2,400 pounds of equipment and rucksacks for dismounted infantry squads. The rugged vehicle relieves Soldiers of heavy equipment and packs while following them through complex terrain.

The ultimate family transport vehicles!

I’m going American with no supercar status on this one. Just production vehicles that can be picked up at any of the Jeep, Ford or Cadillac dealerships almost any day of the week.

Many men have to sacrifice their vehicles for something practical and safe once they have a child. I do understand the logic and fully support it. It would not be easy to load a stroller into the back of my mustang, much less a baby seat in the almost non-existent back seat. I, however, do not want to be castrated and made to drive a gutless minivan that takes 10 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour. There are plenty of alternatives that will get the job done while maintaining the fun of driving.

My three options are all American. The first one is a fire breathing monster that has been tamed for family life.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

 

My second choice is for those of us who would like some luxury and do not want to drive a freaking SUV.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

 

And last but definitely not least is for those of us that need to haul stuff now and then and could use the space a pickup truck provides.

2011 Ford F150 Raptor Crewcab

Rules of driving in America

1. The right lane is the fast lane. Everyone in their mother wants to go in the left lane thinking they’re going fast at 5 miles per hour above the speed limit. They don’t realize that there is a whole ton of people that dare to go faster behind them. So sometimes, especially during rush hour, the fastest way to get from point A to point B on a freeway is to stay in the right lane.

2. The bigger car has always right of way when merging. This is especially true if the driver is a woman… blonde… putting on make-up… texting or talking on the phone… The only exception to this rule are cars which are so old/beat up they have nothing to lose.

3. The absolutely worst drivers are old Asian females with blonde hair, driving a Cadillac which they can’t see over the steering wheel.

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The Smart ForTwo is really a Stupid ForOne

People that drive the Smart ForTwo (which really should be called ForOne medium sized American) here in Arizona are in reality really stupid or just plain suicidal. The car has minimal crumple zone and a hard shell. Where does the energy transfer to when it gets hit by a large SUV like a Yukon Denali or, uhm, lifted F-350 dually pickup truck? Yup, the driver’s body.  Well, in case of the lifted truck the Stupid ForOne would be cracked like a nut and the driver in pieces all over the freeway.

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