A follow up to this post: American Jews are under assault from both sides of the political “spectrum.” The
neo– Nazi faction of the extreme right loathes Jews as they loathe anyone who is not exactly like they are. The moronically clueless SJWs of the extreme left also dislike Jews. Why? My theory is that the relative success of Jews is a stick in the eye of their belief that only government can help those they feel are disadvantaged. Almost all of whatever success Jews have achieved in the US has not been the result of government programs. The clueless SJWs also perceive Jews to be part of the oppressor class. Ironic, isn’t it?
In 1900, nearly 18 percent of males born in the United States died before their first birthday; today, cumulative mortality does not reach 18 percent until age 62. That’s a fact. It is my very strong opinion that only two developments explain that radical improvement: modern sanitation and modern medicine. In this country, most people are not really living healthy lives.
Politicians need to play on people’s fears and exaggerate, or even invent out of whole cloth, problems so politicians will seem to be needed. If things, in general, are getting better then why do we need more government programs? That might seem like an odd thing to write in light of the last year, but the last year is an exception.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Think for yourself!
This CNBC article reports that Rolls-Royce hit a new sales record in the first quarter of 2021. They delivered 1,380 cars in the first three months of the year, a 62% increase from the same period last year.
The Cullinan SUV (yes, Rolls-Royce makes an SUV) and the new Ghost are especially popular. From 900news.com a picture of a 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost:
I tried to capture a picture of the Ghost from Rolls-Royce’s website, but was unable to do so. Of course, Rolls-Royce is really “just” a division of BMW and has been since 2003. The cars are still built in the UK, though.
The base MSRP for the Ghost is $332,000. I like this copy from the company website: “All-wheel drive establishes newfound versatility and on-road dynamism without compromising the Magic Carpet ride.” (Of course, now I hear the song “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf in my head.)
In this part of Arizona, seeing a Rolls-Royce is not that uncommon. Of course, the luxury make sales complex about 10 miles from our house sells and services Rolls-Royce. Maybe I’ll take some pictures of the Ghost and the Dawn, the two-door Rolls-Royce, the next time I’m down there.
Do any of you have a desire to own a Rolls-Royce? I would have been afraid to own one in the mid-Atlantic, but not here. Yes, I hope I am not jinxing myself or my wonderful wife. Move or no move, it is still hell to live inside my head.
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I saw one in Florida last week and after seeing it, yes, I would like to own one. If I were to win the lottery….
Thanks, Eileen. I may post some Rolls-Royce photos, among others, in the next day or two.
The new RRs are ‘nice’ for sure… if a $300k car can be reduced to just ‘nice’. Unsurprisingly maybe, my desire for one goes back to the older models. I had a friend who has a small Rolls, a 20/25 from 1934. If I remember correctly, it was a Park Ward body. Fantastic automobile. I do like the cars made into the early 70s. But of course you hear stories, how hard they all are to maintain etc.
Thanks, Mark. Of course, for years the transmissions for Rolls-Royce cars were built by…General Motors. That component was not as troublesome as the rest of the car.
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If money were no problem… a Rolls and an airplane would be in my garage at the house with the runway in the back yard. But of course, the Rolls would only be for the nights out on the town. I’d have less “conservative” transportation available as a daily driver.
Time to go buy that lottery ticket, I guess.
Thanks, JS. Once again, what is life without dreams?
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