I did not plan this timing; it just happened this way. This is the 200th post on Disaffected Musings in the 7 1/2 months this blog has existed. This is also the last post…until next Monday, the 27th.
I am not a political person. This sums up my feelings:
However, I can’t let yesterday’s developments pass without comment. The conviction of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, on eight counts of tax fraud and bank fraud is, in my opinion, damaging to the President only insofar as it shows he has monstrously bad judgment in terms of the people with whom he surrounds himself. On the other hand, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea (Cohen is Trump’s former personal attorney) on violating campaign finance law, and his statement that the violations were committed at the direction of Trump (please don’t quibble over semantics), is the de facto end of the Trump presidency, in my opinion.
Whether or not Trump serves his entire term, his Administration will now be consumed by the ramifications of the Cohen plea. Any policy agenda, certainly any domestic policy agenda, will not be possible to execute because all of the Administration’s energy will be used in dealing with those ramifications.
Staying with a Presidential theme, on this day in 1902 Theodore Roosevelt became the first US President to ride in a car while in office. The ride happened in Hartford, Connecticut and the car, a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton, was manufactured in Hartford.
One remark attributed to Teddy Roosevelt resonates with me. “There has never been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.” One reason I am disaffected is that I am chafing from my inability to find a meaningful and fulfilling work situation. For the last six years I have led a life of relative ease, but I am not really happy about that because I feel unproductive. This blog is a small attempt to be productive, but it doesn’t occupy enough of my life to be a strong remedy for my disaffected state. On the other hand, I am not interested in a full-time, 8-to-5, Monday through Friday job. The longest I’ve ever had a non-baseball office job is one year. I am NOT cut out to sit at a desk in front of a computer monitor, doing someone else’s bidding 40+ hours a week.
Another picture of an AMC Javelin? This photo of a 1968 model, from wallpaperup.com, is to commemorate the anniversary of the introduction of the car, which happened on this day in 1967.
As I grow older (and older) my taste in automotive exterior design leans more toward clean design: clean lines, lack of extraneous forms, etc. I like the looks of the 1968 Javelin the best of the three model years of the first generation (1968-70) because the latter models had fake hood scoops and other unnecessary adornments. I think the second generation (1971-74) looks too much like a clone of the C3 Corvette with its fender humps. Take a look:
From Pinterest a photo of a 1971 Javelin. When I was younger I really liked the looks of these cars. While I don’t think the car is ugly, I now prefer the appearance of the 1968-70 cars. What do you think?
From this article on Automobile Magazine comes these words:
“To hear some tell it, we’ll soon reflect on the past several years and the near future as the final halcyon days of machines made to be driven. The feedback we receive from you, our readers and fellow gearheads, along with a growing mainstream global narrative, illustrates an increasingly pessimistic view of automotive inevitability: a world dominated by urban transportation pods, ride-sharing programs, and of course the darkest cloud looming above the enthusiast community—soulless autonomous cars that might drive us to our destinations perfectly well but with nary a hint of the passion that binds millions of like-minded members of the car community together. Opinions, even well-educated ones, are all over the map when it comes to predicting the arrival of this Orwellian existence, but thankfully there are still far more than a handful of new and future cars to put your mind at ease.”
The article then lists, shows and describes seven high-performance cars that are labeled as “New and Future Cars,” most of which are from very small volume manufacturers or companies that have previously not existed or manufactured cars.
From the article a picture of a Hennessey Venom F5. Hennessey Performance Engineering was founded in 1991 and made its name modifying cars, primarily cars that were already “high performance.”
The Venom F5 is a new from the ground up car that, supposedly, can reach 300 MPH! I don’t think I would want to go that fast in an automobile, but different strokes for different folks. The Venom F5 is powered by an 8-liter (about 490 cubic inches, have to keep Bill Stephens happy) twin-turbo V-8 with a claimed output of 1,600 HP and 1,300 LB-FT of torque. The F5 is available with either an automatic or manual transmission. The estimated price for the F5? How does $1.6 million sound?
As I take a short break from blogging, here are the three most read posts that you are free to view at your leisure:
Number One: https://disaffectedmusings.com/2018/06/03/sunday-studebaker/
Number Two: https://disaffectedmusings.com/2018/05/01/paean-for-pontiac/
Number Three: https://disaffectedmusings.com/2018/02/15/quick-answer/
Talk to you soon, I hope.