Anyone who thinks government regulation IMPROVES things hasn’t bought a gas can lately.

I mean, heck, I grew up in a world where the nastiest statement about someone’s capability for a task was “He couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with instructions on the heel.”

And yet, through the magic of government regulation, in order to pour a liquid out of a plastic jug they’ve come up with a gas can configuration that actually requires detailed instructions with five illustrations.

A massive improvement from “Remove top and pour.”
Thanks, government!

Pretty sure the new “safety” spouts are a fitting metaphor for government regulation in general. Even IF their intentions are good, they’re at best ineffective if not counterproductive.

They say a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Safety spouts are the same. In the process of saving you from yourself, they only make you less safe while simultaneously decreasing effective use.

On the bright side, when you get pissed and decide to burn it, it’s already full of gas.

I’m Rob Jones… and I approved this message.


  1. Of course, this opened up an opportunity for some enterprising individual to sell you an old school spout to replace the barely functional government one. Or, like me, you just dug an old one out of a leaky jug out of the tool shed.


  2. I recently tried to “help” a coworker who ran out of gas less than a quarter mile from the office. This “help” included driving her to a gas station to buy a can and some gas. Several minutes and many curses later I had emptied only some of the gas can. None of it went into the car. It was dark and I’m too smart for instructions.

    Anyway, my brute force approach eventually got enough in the car to limp to a gas station but it was a humbling experience.

    I hope all is well with you, Rob. It’s been a while.


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