Wandering Through The Wilderness

A very random post today…


Jim Cramer’s take in this CNBC piece is, in my opinion, at the intersection of fact and opinion, of politics and economics, and might be of interest to those of you who are not blindly partisan.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

– Aldous Huxley


From Carl Sagan via The Muscleheaded Blog:

“Books break the shackles of time—proof that humans can work magic.”

I have to admit that one strong motivation for writing my first published book was to leave proof that I was here.


Given my 20+ year career in major league baseball, some who know me have asked my opinion on the selection of Marvin Miller to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In case you don’t know, or even if you do, Miller was the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966 to 1982. It was during his tenure that players successfully bargained for the right to salary arbitration and for arbitration, in general, to decide unresolvable matters between players and owners. It was through this arbitration process that baseball players gained the right to be free agents. Prior to that they had been bound for life to the team that first signed them and the only way they could change teams is if they were traded or released.

Anyway…my answer has been “I don’t care.” Back to free agency…a former friend of mine used to rail against players being able to be free agents. He once asked me, “Why can’t teams have rights of first refusal so that if they match another offer the player can’t leave?” I replied, “This is the United States of America and after four years or six years a player should be able to choose where he wants to play. In other industries, in the absence of a contract a person is free to choose an employer if offered a job.” He had no reply.


I have publicly and privately thanked 56PackardMan for putting links to my posts about Studebaker and Packard on the appropriate forums. He did that again yesterday and, not surprisingly, the number of views for the day was higher than normal—about twice the average for 2019, in fact. What I would like to read from you is how I can get these people to keep reading this blog even when the subject isn’t Studebaker or Packard.

His blog is not just about defunct American car companies, either. While I don’t always agree with his views I respect his right to express them. Today his post is about Brexit. I think it’s not the most appropriate thing for me to tell the Brits what to do, but I do believe that democracy does not mean conducting elections until one side gets the result it wants.

Our local school district was able to hold three special elections in something like 18 months or 2 years in an attempt to gain approval for a sharp increase in property tax rates. In the first two elections their attempt was unsuccessful, but in the third election—without much publicity—they gained approval although of an admittedly lesser increase. That whole process is absurd. Such votes should only be held during normal election years at the time of that election, period. This is yet another example of why I loathe and despise politics.


So, is a Disaffected Musings post really a Disaffected Musings post without an automobile reference? Are you tired of reading about and seeing Corvettes and Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawks?

My passion for automobiles is (obviously) genuine, but I have to admit that sometimes I post automotive content because I think that’s what the majority of readers want.




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