Monday Musings 69

Like Galileo, many people today are being shunned for speaking the truth. I hope that doesn’t happen to me.

In this country, college educated whites under 40 and evangelical christians don’t have anything in common, do they? Actually, they do: both groups have a much higher proportion of anti-vaxxers than average.

The first group has fallen under the spell of “social media.” My writing this will not change anyone’s mind, but your cousin posting on Fack Fucebook that her husband’s cousin had a bad reaction to a vaccine, or that her friend heard that vaccines are an effort at mind control is not credible in any way, shape or form and certainly does not constitute meaningful data.

I know less about the second group but understand that many evangelicals have always been ambivalent at best and mistrustful at worst of large secular institutions. They interpret the “words” of Jesus of Nazareth that his followers are in the world but not “of the world” to mean they should engage with secular institutions with a certain measure of suspicion. Some skepticism about all institutions is healthy, in my opinion. Of course, they blindly follow their favored institution.

I have given up on the hope that most people will use their brains to seek real knowledge. I think we are headed to a new type of Dark Age, where people get off the information superhighway and use the technology of the day to reinforce their prejudices and misguided beliefs and to be “entertained” by mindless garbage.

In his review of one of my favorite movies, “Quiz Show,” the late Roger Ebert wrote this:


“The early quiz shows rewarded knowledge, and made celebrities out of people who knew a lot of things and could remember them. The post-fix quiz shows rewarded luck. On “The $64,000 Question” and “Twenty-One” you could see people getting rich because they were smart. Today people on TV make money by playing games a clever child can master. The message is that it’s not necessary to know anything, because you can be ignorant and still get lucky.

The 1950s have been packaged as a time of Eisenhower and Elvis, Chevy Bel-Airs and blue jeans, crew cuts and drive-ins. “Quiz Show” remembers it was also a decade when intellectuals were respected, when a man could be famous because he was a poet and a teacher, when TV audiences actually watched shows on which experts answered questions about Shakespeare and Dickens, science and history. All of that is gone now.”


I think those words are spot on. I will once again offer my opinion that much/most of the decay in the respect for knowledge stems from bad and/or indifferent parenting and the serious decline in the quality of public education. Political correctness is also a negative factor. I don’t think any of this is fixable at a macro level, anymore.


Here are two recent photos taken from our house:



I tried to keep my phone as steady as possible for the first picture. We have these views almost every day here. Oh, these photos were taken inside through a window in the bonus room on the second floor on the north side of the house.


Someone on our block has a first generation Firebird and first generation Mustang, each sporting Arizona historical license plates. The picture below is not of that specific Firebird, but of one I took earlier this month:



I think the first-generation Firebirds are at least as sharp looking as their F-body cousins, the first-generation Camaro. Both models took a bite out of the Mustang’s position in the niche they really created, the ponycar market.

Mustang production declined by about 135,000 units, or 22 percent, between model years 1966 and 1967. Of course, the latter was the first model year for the Firebird and Camaro. It is not true that Mustang sales declined by almost the same amount as Camaro sales or Camaro/Firebird sales. The two GM cars sold more than 303,000 units for model year 1967, of which 73 percent were Camaros. The entire ponycar market grew. Competition is not inherently evil.

A restomod first-generation Firebird (or Camaro) sounds like a great car to me, but one that I will almost certainly never own. Oh well, such is life…










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6 thoughts on “Monday Musings 69

  1. We have two college educated children right at the age of 40. Both them and their spouses have been vaccinated. No anti-vaxxers here. My wife and I are both Christians, some would call evangelical and both college educated. We have both been vaccinated. Mankind has learned how to overcome disease and we need to use that knowledge to be healthy and take care of ourselves. Some Christians still need to learn how to be in the world and not of it. Being a Christian is a growth process and the growth comes from fully understanding the Bible and prayer.

    The only way to fix a problem is to start at the micro level and work to spread the change.

    Not being a GM fan, a restomod 70 Mustang fastback would fit nicely in my garage……..somewhere. I’ll find room. Time to go work on the custom mounting brackets for the Dakota 40/20/40 seats for my truck project.


    1. Many thanks for sharing your perspective, Philip. Of course I did not write that all college educated whites under 40 or all evangelicals are anti-vaxxers, only that the proportion of those are higher in those two groups.

      No blanket statement can be made about any group except that life is finite. One would think that would bond people. Of course, views that focus on differences will not unite.


  2. While the Mustang and first generation F bodies get the glory, an overlooked player was the Barracuda. Especially the second generation which happens to be a favorite of mine. Given my like of this car, it’s kind of surprising that I had not had one. Until now. As I have mentioned, I’ve been selling off projects that I don’t see me ever finishing. After taking stock, I decided that I have one more in me, so pulled the trigger on a 69 fastback. Car is a low spec, 225 slant six/automatic, power steering and AM radio seem to be the only options. Car had lived its entire life in central Alabama and seems to be rust free. I haven’t taken it completely apart yet, but known problem areas for rust show none. Being as I’ve never been one to leave something stock, I’m gonna go with what was called “pro touring” as the basis for the restomod. Body will be left stock, suspension and power train will be upgraded. I’m likely to go with a Gen III 5.7 Hemi, as relatively low mileage (under 50K) examples are available for approx $1,000. Because of my location, with no safety or emission inspections, I could, in theory, put a NHRA spec top fuel motor in it, but I would like to be able at least get to the end of my driveway. Wheels will be up sized, but no bigger than 18″ as I think anything bigger would look “clownish” in the wheel wells. Perhaps in 18-24 months I’ll have it ready to drive.

    There seems to be equal parts ignorance and stupidity these days. Ignorance is lack of knowledge which CAN be cured, stupidity is the lack of ability to acquire, or retain, knowledge. As I’ve aged, I find my tolerance for stupidity has gone down by a factor of probably 100. Unfortunately the only cure for stupidity would violate the sixth commandment. So far, I have refrained. So far. 🙂


    1. As always, thanks for your colorful and insightful thoughts, DDM.

      Congrats on buying the ’69 Barracuda! Great minds think alike! I am also a big fan of the second generation Barracuda. Oddball that I am, though, I prefer the body style of the “notchback” coupe to the fastback or convertible, although I like all three.


      1. My order of preference would be: convertible, fastback, coupe. Convertibles are (in my opinion) too rare to restomod. This fastback, being a “secretary” spec, is less likely to cause wailing and gnashing of teeth when modified. If it was a Formula S or an “M” code (440ci engine) I would certainly refrain from modifying it, lest I incur the wrath of God and all the MOPAR faithful. And I’m part of the latter group so I would have to beat up myself. 🙂


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