Sunday Rant – 0718

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Joe’s Comment – Amen.  It does beg the question: is there some drama that is relevant?  Most conversations we have with others (especially the youthful) are fraught with elements of the kindergarten play most of us participated in way back when.  Very exciting, very imbued with feeling, somewhat frightening, mildly confusing, and entirely forgotten.  It is hard to keep your eyes on the prize when you can’t remember what, exactly, you intended to do or how to talk about it or how to act it out.  Life!  What a puzzle!

Kids These Days
There are a few expressions Joe and I cannot bear to hear without involuntarily cringing.  Sayings such as YOLO (you only live once), and “no problem”, and “let’s unpack this”, and “more than welcome”; you get the idea.  We are sure you have your own list.
There is also an ever expanding list of words, when used certain ways, make us want to turn the Pink Floyd up to drown out the poor grammar or improper use of a word.  Many of these words have been kidnapped (wordnapped? re-coined? forced to comply?) or misappropriated, perhaps as a “close is good enough” definition.  A few of these words for us are “organic”, “like”, “gay” – again, all y’all have your own lists.
This allergy to certain forms of communicative style is a handicap we have failed to overcome.
Our Sunday Rant is a constant effort that Joe and I make to train our self be precise and clear with the written word.
For anyone reading, you see there is much more practice we must do.
Joe and I have done some amazing things in our time on earth.
We have also done many stupid, idiotic, mindless, self damaging, and dangerous things.
But….
Not once, not ever, have we wanted to ingest, consume, snort, drink, lick, inject, chew, or any otherwise use laundry detergent for any purpose unintended by the manufacturer –

Which begs another question: WTF?
I’m sure anyone reading these words cannot rationalize what in the wide, wide world of sports these idiots are attempting to accomplish.
Joe and I are not in the “mainstream” of any movement that we know of, other than getting older every day.
Our trusty TELUS very high speed Internet connection (guaranteed 250 MB up and down) comes to the rescue.
Much to our chagrin, there are many “challenges” other than Tide pods, the youngsters (and not so young-sters) take upon themselves to attempt.
A rite of passage?
An initiation?
We think not.  We are more aligned to believing it a mindless stupidity, a form of sleep-walking sheepleness, an incipient death wish only partially understood.
Here are some other “challenges” Joe and I didn’t know about, and wish fervidly to not know once more:

We aren’t sure if this type of activity is a reaction to our stressful cultural situation, or a precipitate of a failing educational system, or poor parenting, or an IQ “recession to the norm”, or double dog daring.
Whatever it is, we ain’t a fan.
Life is way too precious to look for one more way to end it.

Dennis Prager
Joe and I smiled and cheered.
This is a barn burner speech.
He is grounded in Judeo-Christian thought and accomplishment.
The audience is comprised of under 25 year old conservative students and was held in Florida by the Turning Point USA organizers.  The event was called “The Student Action Summit”, held in December 2017.  There were over 3,000 students in attendance:

Intrigue & Treason
The current status of the witch hunt for Donald Trump is mired in embarrassing facts.  Facts so damning of the former administration and it’s misuse of various federal agencies that the end of the trail points to Obama and the Clinton Gang™.
As for facts supporting misfeasance by Donald Trump or his campaign staff are, after more than a year, a dry well.
Here’s a short angry summary from the blog A Nod To The Gods, a factual timeline.  The Democratic Party has once again revealed to the world their moral substantiveness.

America needs a two party system.  When will the Democrats be an honest political organ?
Saying there are no honest politicians isn’t a valid reply.
We The People need answers.

Shitholegate
A review of insanity inspired by something that cannot be proven to have happened.  No evidence of anything other than a pure hatred of Donald Trump.
There is no recording, audio or video, of the President saying any such thing.
There are no witnesses to having heard such an utterance.
Yet the MSM spent days and days and more days still to spread an unvetted rumor when there were newsworthy events that were not reported.
The Internet is a valuable tool for We The People to communicate.  Much chaff, but an incredible amount of good information in a timely manner, without prejudice.
As Joe says, it only takes some seat time, a good browser, and a big nose for sniffing out the good from the rotten:

Let’s take a look at Haiti.
A bastion of the high life.
Where impoverished kids eat dirt cookies to stop their stomachs from bloating up:

Joe and I truly believe that things could only get worse if there WAS a global governance in charge of world affairs.
Can you imagine the top bureaucratic cogs of such an entity populated by the haters at the United Nations?  They are toothless dogs now.  Let’s leave them as such.
Some pointed humor about the words that didn’t come from the President’s mouth…..

Don’t forget the NORKs.
North Korea Democratic Republic is a joke in name and a human tragedy in reality.  Wherever it is human “consciousness” resides, the physical existence of such a repressive regime is a blight on the human culture.  As a reminder, compare this night view of a “shithole” and it’s free neighbor / common ancestry to the south –

A bit more on the NORKs below…..

SOTU
The State of the Union address was a first for Joe and I in the sense that we have never seen an SOTU where there was so much vituperative reaction along party lines.  We liked the President’s summary of accomplishments.  We liked his domestic and foreign objectives.  We liked the tax cuts and the out-foxing of the Democrats at every turn.  Joe was grinning for most of it.
We got dead serious when the little North Korean man stood up and shook his crutches over his head.  We tend to get wrapped up in our personal story in Canada and forget just how uncommon our Western (so far) civilization is on the world stage.  Here’s a graphic we saw in our surfing that stuck with us –

There are other people with their own dreams.  Dreams that cannot be fulfilled due to crippling corrupt political regimes.  When your country of birth tries to kill you when you have the audacity to try and leave, how could you stay?
Joe has never wanted to belong to a club that would have him as a member.
I don’t think he would last long in the “land of dark nights”.

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Joe’s Comment – Like most of the news on TV, some interpretation of what your lying eyes are seeing and reading might be helpful to accelerate a clear concise understanding of actual events.

The Biggest Bitch in Britain
Joe and I love Katie Hopkins.
There.  We said it.
This woman is an embodiment of the “feminism” Joe and I can get enthusiastic about supporting.
Take the time to watch her speak, and to learn about the destruction of the post WWII Europe occurring at the hands of “immigrants” who have no intent to seek a “better life”, i.e., to assimilate / become Europeans.
The North American left/progressives admire and want to emulate Europe.  They believe there is such an animal as “social democracy”.  They don’t believe in borders or nationality or exceptionalism.
Kumbaya, my Lord.

Or is it Jambalaya?  We seem to have forgotten….

Katie is on the front lines.
She is persecuted continuously by the British government and various “minority defense groups” throughout her home country of Britain.
Her writing and vocalization about the loss of civil liberty, the lack of free speech, and the cultural destruction of her homeland / heritage / society is powerful.  She is a warrior.
The following speech is from last November’s David Horowitz Freedom Center 2017 Restoration Weekend (many more speakers at the link).  Joe and I believe that she could NOT give this speech in her home land:

p.s.  We tried to look up the word “kumbaya” in the dictionary.  No dice.  Like most leftist / progressive propaganda, when reason’s light lazes the landscape (nice! alliteration for the masses!), not even a vapid shadow of reality.
Joe and I will cheer the Katie Hopkins’ of the world from our sideline.
I hope we have the courage to stand and be counted in our own community.
We’ll try to stay out of jail when making our point.

Douglas Murray
Another speech from last November’s David Horowitz Freedom Center 2017 Restoration Weekend.  Douglas Murray is another British citizen who has been watching the events in Europe with dismay and a peculiarly aloof British detachment.  His presentation has humour, data, logic, and judgement precipitating from the facts.  His book, “The Strange Death of Europe” underlies his conclusions:

Andrew Klaven
Joe and I have been enjoying Andrew Klaven for a decade.
He is that rare individual who uses humour and a scalpel-like wit to slice and dice truth from the cabbage of The Culture.
He has been featured in this Sunday rant many times in the past.
The Klaven humour stretches to engulf the absurdity and improbability of the only facts emerging from the Trump “Russian collusion” witch hunt – the fact that the Democrats and the Clinton aberration are the only ties to Russia:

Oh! Canada!
Joe and I did a quick calculation to see just what it is that is breaking our bank.
When we retired in 2003, our pension was sufficient to keep our boat afloat, especially with a part-time job or two adding some extra.
The 2003 Canadian dollar has withered to approximately 70 cents in 2017 funds.
This sort of inflation cost is directly attributable to the printing of fiat currency without a “real” standard behind the printing.  In the old days of “gold standard” there was a built in safeguard to limit inflationary erosion.
Add to the fickleness of our political masters the dunderheaded misuse of tax dollars; the political energy decisions which cripple the energy economy, the drunken sailor spending on “saving the world and all the people in it”, the userous taxation of everything that is consumed / produced or in the case of CO2 taxing the gas of life, all this makes the Canadian family’s number one financial burden taxes.
A pie chart –

Detractors will say the Fraser Institute is a conservative NGO therefore racist.
Joe says the destruction of the middle class in Canada will serve no noble purpose.  We are not only complicit in raising millions of people around the world out of poverty, we are guilty of sacrificing our own to do so.
How fucking noble.

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Joe’s Comment – Winter Madness and Cabin Fever corrupt my judgement.  Every Winter my intention is to cruise on through, neither distracted or obsessed, and get to that lovely maiden Spring whole, intact, and whistling a happy tune.  Every Winter I’m thwarted – buying things I don’t need, wallowing in melancholy, booking into the Procrastination Hotel for months on end.  Some folks love Winter.  Me?  No matter how beautiful Winter is, she makes me feel bad.  Nuts!

P. C. Vey
There are cartoonists for every mood, every feeling, every thought.
Some are good.
Some aren’t.
Some are very special….. like P.C. Vey –


Joe says we (especially in the West) are all born granted three wishes (and more).  How have you squandered yours?  Joe is hell bent on redemption.  Wouldn’t it be a bugger if you couldn’t die until you got it right?

How Do YOU Spend Your Day?
Joe is a workaholic.
David is a dreamer of dreams, a thinker of thoughts, a procrastinator of procastins.
Life in North America / Western Culture is easy in some ways, not so easy in other ways.
For instance, as long as I pay the electrical bill, the lights stay on.  We have lived in the Okanagan Valley for over 40 years.  In all that time Joe and I can remember maybe 10 power outages.  Paying the natural gas bill, ensures the gas will continue to flow.  It has never ever ever been disrupted.
The riots in the street don’t happen here in Vernon BC.
The water flows when you turn on the tap, and you can drink it without worry of cholera or typhoid or you name the nasty – it just isn’t in the water.
The infrastructure is aging but solid.
The highways are above average – well maintained, even in the winter.
The grocery stores and box stores and mom and pop stores and government storefronts have goods / services at your beck and call; simply pay the bill and voila! there you have more stuff / service.

Sounds like paradise.

Not so fast, Skippy…..
Joe and I read an article about the world class Ford manufacturing plant in Kansas City in a 2004 article in Fortune Magazine, titled “One Truck a Minute“.  The article is thought provoking.  It states that (at that time) the United States is the number one manufacturer of goods in the world.  We understand that is still the case: the USA out manufactures every other country on the globe, including China.
If so, how did Donald Trump get elected on a promise to bring back (manufacturing) jobs?
If you read the Fortune Magazine article, a prominent fact emerges – machines are doing most of the manufacturing.  People are tending the machines.  An inferred fact is the production, installation, programming, maintenance, and repair of the machines is still a job for people, but the jobs are much higher skilled jobs than in the days before the rise of automation.
This leaves an elephant in the room.  The same elephant causing all the commotion regarding “H1B” visa use in the US of A.
According to various sources, the US military will not accept anyone with an IQ lower than 83.  There is a real problem with low IQ.  According to studies people with an IQ lower than 82 are literally unemployable.  That is, they cannot work without supervision, cannot innovate / respond to change, cannot produce a consistent output.
Why does this matter?
North America is manufacturing more goods than anywhere else in the world with fewer people, of whom the IQ requirement is continually rising.
Joe and I did some basic math based on standard distribution of IQ in the various ethnic / racial groups in North America, and based on government population figures.
The result is a staggering number.  Conservatively, there are 80 MILLION people in North America below IQ 82.  This is a serious problem.
That big elephant in the room, in the culture, in the jails and prisons, in the schools at all levels, is that the society will have to carry more people than ever before.  Call it welfare.  Call it citizen stipend.  Call it crazy.
If the families, friends, and communities cannot care for all these people who were born “challenged” job-wise, the responsibility will be assumed by a leftist / progressive government.
The dichotomy in the US of A today is not spoken of in these terms.  Joe thinks if a politician ever uttered the word “IQ” he or she (or it?) would immediately break out in hives, start muttering mia culpas, and be shunned until they burst into flames.  Que the Stuka dive bomber attack siren from Pink Floyd’s “In the Flesh”:

 

Willie Soon(er) Than Later
Joe and I love this guy.
Totally dynamic presenter.  High energy, quick delivery, lots and lots and lots of visual aides – graphs, video, pictures, quotes, data.  If you read the comments below the video at YoubeTube, you will see that there are haters who hate.  Joe loves him because he is common sense logical.  For instance, he says question the advocates of CO2 taxation what exactly is the optimum CO2 level?  Willies says if they don’t know, tell them to shut up!  Totally awesome:

Some of the graphs / pictures from the presentation are perfect to carry his position and opposition to government dictate that is not founded on sound scientific discovery.  There are many more in the presentation –

Urban vs Rural Society
Joe loves living in a rural environment.  When we were kids, the highlight we remember was a visit to grandmother Winniski’s farm in rural Saskatchewan.  We still have a few pictures of the two trips we made.  first when we were still pooping our pants, and a later visit when we were about 8 years old.  That would be 1951 and 1957 if pictures and memory serve.
Our own attempts at living a rural life style number three.  We owned 25 acres on Ukulele Lake (near Falkland), we owned 15 acres on Thompson Lake (near Vernon), and we owned 6 acres in Oyama (between Winfield and Vernon).
In our fantasies, in our dreams, we were “homesteaders”, we were taming Nature, we were farmers.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Joe and I would feel abandoned without the Internet – it is our connection to the world, the pulse of humanity, our well spring of faith in people.  And a connection to the logic and tactics required to oppose the insanity of an ever accelerating progressive left agenda.
Here is Victor Davis Hanson giving first hand testimony about his part of the California mosaic:

Joe’s Garage
The comment from Joe (above) is truth.
Here’s what he bought this Winter, when the snow was deep and the temperature double digit negative for most of December – another 1949 F47 Ford pick-up truck.  Joe explained to me why we needed this one.
I’m having trouble remembering exactly how the logic flowed…..

Here is good friend Scott M. working the levers to gently place this priceless (ha!) relic in our yard –

Touchdown!

What lines!
What patina!
What was we thinking?
Of course, package deals are always much more fun to negotiate.
Joe put on his dealers visor, talked a mile a minute, and managed to snag this beauty for mere dollars on the dollar!
What a man!

This is a Mark VIII Lincoln.
With a marvelous engine that Joe couldn’t go home without.
This car was built with an all aluminum double overhead camshaft 32 valve V-8 engine of 4.6L displacement.  The Teksid F6LZ-6010-AB aluminum block was cast in Italy – it weighs all of 86 pounds.
The drivetrain will find a home in another of Joe’s project vehicles.
Good luck Joe!
You have enough projects for 50 years…….

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