Eight Eight Two One

From this piece:


“It is your business to craft a philosophy of life that makes sense to you and that serves you. You can’t entrust that task to anyone else and you can’t just buy any existing philosophy or religion hook, line, and sinker.” [Emphasis mine]


Once again, I strongly believe that being a blind adherent or a slave to any ideology–political, religious, philosophical–usually leads to bad outcomes and is a waste of our brainpower.


This piece from Hagerty is their first look at the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing. The article is full of praise for the car, although to me it reads as if the author thinks the car won’t be successful in the marketplace given the failures of the ATS-V and CTS-V. From the article, a picture:


CT4-V Blackwing side profile


This is the Blackwing V-6 version; the CT-5 Blackwing is the V-8 version with the LT4 engine used in the C7 Z06 and the current Camaro ZL1. Yep, a lot of alpha-numeric gobbledygook.

The CT-4 Blackwing is powered by, basically, the same 3.6 liter V-6 we have in our 2015 Cadillac ATS and rides on the same Alpha platform. Of course, our ATS doesn’t have 472 horsepower because the engine isn’t turbocharged like the Blackwing. Both a six-speed manual and ten-speed automatic transmission will be available.

The piece ends:


“On a personal note, your narrator has thought about this thing a significant amount since leaving VIR. [Virginia International Raceway] Mostly in terms of financing and personal credit.

And so here we are, in the twilight of the gasoline performance car, gifted one of the last great fossil-drinkers. One of just a few modern vehicles to prompt deep and emotional thoughts concerning changing times.

Just before we moved on, there were great heights. And boy hell yes, child, it was good.”


To me, this piece reinforces the notion that Cadillac makes and has made good products, but has suffered a seemingly permanent disconnect with most of the car-buying public. I don’t think the switch to electric cars will help Cadillac differentiate itself in the marketplace, either.


Speaking of Cadillac:



This is the Allante of which I recently wrote that is parked in a driveway on our street. This house seems to have a lot of “non-standard” cars parked. I don’t know if the homeowner is a collector, a mechanic or both. I have walked down to the house two or three times, but have never managed to be there while a garage door was open.

Even in White, not a favorite color of mine, the car is beautiful in person to me. I wish I had been able to take a photo before the car “cover” was strapped on.

The Allante’s MSRP was $54,700 when introduced in 1987 and $61,675 in its last year, 1993. Hemmings currently has 23 Allantes listed–model years 1990 to 1993–and eight of them have a list price of less than $12,000. Remember, of course, that 1987 dollars or 1993 dollars are not the same as 2021 dollars. The 1993 MSRP is about $116,000 in 2021 dollars.

OK, I’ll stop babbling about this very idiosyncratic favorite of mine. As I tried to convey with the Frugal Friday posts (thanks to David Banner, not his real name), interesting cars don’t have to be expensive.









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Fractious Friday

A follow up to this post: American Jews are under assault from both sides of the political “spectrum.” The neoNazi 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:


See the source image


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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How Is That Possible?

Here are links to two stories (first, second) that many of those who are blinded by political ideology wouldn’t understand could co-exist in someone’s mind as “the truth.” In my opinion, people blinded by ideology are just blind, period. Oh, there is a world beyond the US.


On this day in 1893 the Agricultural Appropriation Act authorized the establishment of the Office of Road Inquiry (in October by the Secretary of Agriculture, government has almost never worked quickly), the first road agency for the US Federal Government. The responsibilities of that office are now the domain of the Federal Highway Administration.

The Office of Road Inquiry was actually established because of the bicycle boom of the 1890s. It became a burden way beyond their means for local landowners to maintain roads. In 1905, the Office of Road Inquiry became the Office of Public Roads and then the Public Roads Administration in 1939. The Federal Highway Administration was created in 1966 and assumed the duties of the previous offices/administrations.

One might be surprised to learn that federal aid for building roads began in the US in 1917. As the automobile boomed, it was apparent that without a good road network, the growth in commerce that could result from motorized transportation would not be realized. As best as I can surmise, trucks account for about 70 percent of all freight transported annually in the US.

Many believe that federal involvement in road building began with the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. If you told them that involvement began decades earlier, they might reply, “How is that possible?” Just because you don’t know something or don’t understand something or have never heard of something doesn’t mean that something is false or invalid.

“There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

– Shakespeare


The saying, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” is attributed to 19th century British politician Lord Acton. My 21st-century corollary is that almost everyone who seeks power is already corrupt and gaining that power just increases their corruption.


From Cadillac’s website (I hope the links don’t break) comes pictures of the upcoming CT5-V Blackwing:


White CT5-V Blackwing Passenger Side Rear View of Exterior

White CT5-V Blackwing Passenger Side View Exterior


This car is supposed to have “limited availability” beginning in late summer or early fall this year as a 2022 model year vehicle. It will be powered by, basically, the supercharged LT4 engine available in the Z06 versions of the C7 Corvette. In fact, the engine will be built at the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For the Blackwing the engine has been tweaked so it produces 668 HP/659 LB-FT of torque compared to the 650/650 output of the C7 Z06.

The car is supposed to be a real drivers car and will even be available with a 6-speed manual transmission although, of course, a 10-speed automatic will also be offered. Here is some of the advertising copy:


“Refinement magnified by power. The CT5-V Blackwing is powered by the highest output in Cadillac’s history: a 6.2L Supercharged V8 hand-built in Bowling Green, Kentucky. But make no mistake, this performance machine masterfully balances raw power with precise poise on the open road…Elegant and expressive, the CT5-V Blackwing combines striking style with excellent functionality. From its bold-faced grille to its sleek, long and low proportions, aesthetic beauty works in tandem with extensively validated aerodynamics, resulting in design that’s understated yet riveting both on and off the track”


As regular readers know I am not a fan of 4-door cars, but this car is not ugly and it sure sounds like it will be fun to drive. A fully “configured” CT5-V Blackwing will be priced at about $125,000. A Bentley Flying Spur 4-door sedan is about twice as expensive. I seriously doubt it’s twice the car and may not even be as good a car.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Cadillac Blackwing cars? We would like to read them.









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