Munday Mosings

Who said this?


“Those who claim that the availability of firearms is not a factor in murders in this country are not facing reality.”


That remark was uttered by none other than long-time FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Yep, J. Edgar Hoover. Who wrote the following?


“I also wish that during the years I was in public office, I had had this firsthand experience about the difficulties business people face every day. That knowledge would have made me a better U.S. senator and a more understanding presidential contender.

Today we are much closer to a general acknowledgment that government must encourage business to expand and grow…We intuitively know that to create job opportunities we need entrepreneurs who will risk their capital against an expected payoff. Too often, however, public policy does not consider whether we are choking off those opportunities.”


The actual passage is much longer. Would you believe the author was the one-time darling of liberal America, George McGovern?

To clarify, I used J. Edgar Hoover as someone who was supposed to represent the “Right” part of the American political spectrum advocating a position that today’s “Right-Wingers” refuse to consider. I used George McGovern as someone who was supposed to represent the “Left” part of the spectrum also advocating a position that today’s “Left” will not acknowledge.

Blind adherence to any ideology is the road to ruin. It will be the road to the dissolution of the US.


Here are links to a couple of posts from Why Evolution Is True.


Fracas at Washington Post leads to firing of reporter

Here is a brief passage from this post:


“Even I [the blog author], a free-speech defender who would argue that Sonmez has the right to say what she wants on public media, cannot argue that the paper must keep her on whatever she says, including accusing it of being racist. This is one of the consequences of public speech: you are not free of disapprobation by your employer.”


Freedom of speech does NOT mean freedom from consequences. Freedom of speech does not mean that everyone, or anyone for that matter, has to listen nor does it remove the responsibility to be informed. Too many people forget the axiom that it is often better to be silent and thought the fool than to open one’s mouth and to remove all doubt.


American hospitals refuse to adhere to new price transparency law


Medical care is the only good or service that one purchases without having real a priori knowledge of how much it will cost. Any law is only as good as its enforcement.


This piece from Classic Cars is about a new exhibit featuring Postwar Turnpike Cruisers at the Audrain Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. My wonderful wife and I spent a week in Newport one year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Of course, with my luck the museum was closed while we were there so it could change over to a new set of exhibits.

While I don’t think a Plymouth Superbird or Oldsmobile 4-4-2 really counts as a turnpike cruiser, some of the cars in the exhibit are the very definition of such an automobile. From Audrain via Classic Cars are pictures of some of the cars in the exhibit:


1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz


From top to bottom: a 1948 Hudson Commodore (that was the first model year for Hudson’s Step-Down design), a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz and a 1965 Chrysler Imperial that was a gift from Spencer Tracy to Katharine Hepburn.

I think some of those Hudson models from 1948 through the last ones that were really Hudsons and not badge-engineered Nashes are quite stylish. It is a 1-in-300,000,000 shot I will ever be in a position to do so, but if I were I would probably buy one of these Hudsons and have it resto-modded.


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10 thoughts on “Munday Mosings

  1. If you resto mod a Hudson, please keep the inline flathead six. Any improvements to the suspension such as modern shock absorbers and disk brakes will do wonders for the ride of the car. An electronic fuel injection system will improve the reliability. Have at it my friend.

    As a side note, while returning home from the pool supply store I saw a very nicely restored 1958 Chevrolet convertible in dark green with a white top.


  2. “While I don’t think a Plymouth Superbird or Oldsmobile 4-4-2 really counts as a turnpike cruiser,”

    Having seen it in person 5-6 years ago, there is a 1970 (IIRC) 442 that came from the factory with a 2.70 rear gear. I guess that would qualify as a “turnpike cruiser”, as it certainly wasn’t for the “stop light grand prix”.

    I would prefer that ANY politician running for office had at least ran a business for 5-6 years before running. At least then they would have some idea of the burden of most of the regulations they force us to live by.
    Just a quick example; Next time you stay at a hotel that has a pool, take a look at the handicap lift all were forced to add. Most are so rusty from disuse that I’m not sure they would even work. Before someone criticizes my observation, this was brought to my attention by my sister who has a son that was born with MS among many other problems. She and her husband will put him in the pool by hand, rather than using the lift at all but a new, 1-2 year old, hotel.

    Other observations about our current government: You brought up J. Edgar Hoover, who turned out to be one of the most corrupt and partisan people to run the FBI (although the current crew is giving him a run for his money). The Department of Justice isn’t anymore, the Department of Energy even less so (bang up job they are doing currently, huh?), Department of Education is going to ruin every child’s education (actually has been since its inception). And you can’t get rid of any department, due to civil service protection and/or a union.
    Question I also have; why are term limits good for the President, Governors, Mayors, but not for state and federal congress critters and senators? Some of them it’s the only “job” they have ever had (and most voters don’t realize what a crop of shysters most are).

    Given the way the country, and probably the entire world, is going, I don’t see ending well for the average citizen. Between the WEF and the WHO, they seem intent on micromanaging every aspect of life in the future by a select few. I won’t live long enough to see it (I hope), but my nieces and nephews will. And to my eye, the future looks pretty bleak.

    *climbs off soapbox, kicks it into the corner, stomps away*
    (sorry about using so much bandwidth, sometimes I go off on a tangent)


    1. You are always welcome to write as much as you like.

      In 1995, the US Supreme Court ruled that states, on their own, cannot limit terms of people serving in Congress. 23 states had put such restrictions in effect, but–surprise–a politician sued and the case ended up in the Supreme Court where it narrowly ruled 5-4 against such state-imposed limits. They did note that if a constitutional amendment was passed creating term limits, like the 22nd limits a President to two terms (the “we don’t want another FDR” amendment), then term limits could be imposed.

      I used J. Edgar Hoover as someone who was supposed to represent the “Right” part of the spectrum advocating a position that today’s “Right-Wingers” refuse to consider. I used George McGovern as someone who was supposed to represent the “Left” part of the spectrum also advocating a position that today’s “Left” will not acknowledge. Maybe I should have written that in the post. The great thing about digital “publishing” is that nothing is set in stone.


      1. I understood the comparison you were making, right vs left. It just brought to mind one of the most entrenched (and corrupt) bureaucrats, 48 years, in the federal government.

        At one time, long ago in a land far away, I was fairly liberal in a lot of my thinking; drug laws were stupid, wars were stupid (still mostly think that), and the like. As I’ve aged, I have become FAR more conservative. I once read a blurb that stated, “If you’re not liberal when you’re young, you don’t have a heart. If you don’t become conservative as you age, you don’t have a brain.” Watching the direction things are going, I’m becoming even MORE conservative. Not Dem=liberal, Repub=conservative but actual conservative. Borderline constitutional conservative even. Almost to the point where I’ve considered a cabin in the hills. Not Unabomber style, but not that far off. I just get weary of the goalposts moving on a daily basis, and having no real recourse.

        While most folks are not interested in politics, politics are interested in you.

        (you might should get a hammer and bust up that soapbox so I can’t climb it anymore)


      2. I have also heard and seen that statement about the evolution of political views as one ages. I have written in the blog that while I would never go off the grid, I certainly understand why some people do. Once again, I think the only solution is dissolution. Let the 5-6 most liberal states start their own country, the same for the 5-6 most conservative and leave everyone else in the USA.


      3. “Let the 5-6 most liberal states start their own country,”

        Problem is they are in the northeast and the west coast for the most part, which would leave the rest of us “surrounded.” And once you get away from the major metro areas (in any state), the population is decidedly conservative. Some even more “redneck” than you would find in the hills of West Virginia.

        And the last time dissolution was attempted, it cost the country 1.5 million lives. If it were to be attempted today, I suspect the death toll would be 10 times that number.

        (enough politics from me, back to cars)


      4. Thanks, DDM. First, I think the “recognized” death toll from the Civil War is something like 600,000, not to minimize that number. It was 2% of the US population, equivalent to almost 7,000,000 today.

        I think that where there’s a will, there’s a way. I also envision the catalyst for dissolution being the election of someone even more extreme than the revolting “Squad” as President. Places like Utah, Idaho, Montana may very well decide to leave and the powers in charge will likely say “Good Riddance.”


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