Haphazard Wednesday

From Winston Churchill via The Muscleheaded Blog:

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”


I disagree with the characterization of socialism as “progressive.” In my opinion it is regressive, it is atavistic. In addition, it runs contrary to one of the basic tenets of human nature: people want to reap most of the rewards of their labor.


My previous comment notwithstanding I can’t believe I am going to quote Marianne Williamson:

“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.”

In this cauldron of faux equality and political correctness it is usually considered rude to display exceptional talent. That is sheer, unadulterated b*llsh*t, in my opinion. We should encourage people with real ability to use it and not to hide it. Intelligence is not a disease and it’s not something of which to be ashamed.


More from Winston Churchill:

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

Multi-tasking is one of the great myths of the 21st century. Human brains CANNOT multi-task as they were designed to be serial processors, not parallel processors. Do one thing at a time, but commit to do it well.


On this day in 1921 Warren Harding became the first US President to ride to his inauguration in an automobile. Some of you may know what kind of car it was; it was a Packard Twin Six. From Classic Auto Mall a picture of a 1921 Packard Twin Six:


1921 Packard Twin Six


It seems to me that US Presidents were a little late in adopting the automobile. By the time of Taft’s inauguration in 1909, for example, Cadillac was already well-known as a quality builder of automobiles having won the prestigious Dewar Trophy the year before. Buick offered its first closed body for model year 1909, a limousine no less. They also finished a close second to Ford in production that year.

Back to the Packard…the Twin Six was, of course, powered by a V-12 engine, an amazing feat of engineering and production given the car was introduced in 1915 (as a 1916 model). The Twin Six was noted for its amazing smoothness of operation, its virtual lack of vibration. Packard was the first American car company to offer a V-12 and theirs was the first car engine anywhere to use aluminum pistons.

About 35,000 Twin Sixes were built through June, 1923, which was an impressive number for an expensive car. For its first model year the Twin Six ranged in price from $2,750 to $4,800. Not that the Model T was in the same segment of the automobile market, but a “Tin Lizzie” could be purchased for under $500.

This picture might look familiar:



Automobile enthusiasts should never forget the contribution made by makes that no longer exist. I would very much like to read your thoughts on this topic.







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