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Joe’s Comment – Are you sure?  Let’s try….. from the sentence above in the gaphic: “The small dirty ugly old sleeping Italian striped red cotton thin bag was mine.”  Let’s try again….  “I cherish big fat juicy fresh pink split Kosher beef BBQing wieners.”  to “I juicy Kosher fresh split BBQing cherish beef fat pink big wieners.”
Maybe there is something to it.
I took a couple of semesters of Latin at Mount Royal College back in the day.  If I remember correctly, in Latin it matters not which order the modifiers occur in the sentence.  So English not!

 

Canadian Treasure – Rex Murphy
When you think the political climate in Canuckistan is beyond the outer limit of sanity, what can you do to throw yourself a Kisbee ring (flotation device)?
Joe says if your blood pressure is up, your breath is short, and you feel like testing your hand strength around the throat of a politician, famous or obscure, local or federal…. stop and give your head a shake.
There are good Canadians.
There are thoughtful Canadians.
There are hopeful Canadians.
And then there’s Rex Murphy.
If you’re feeling down take a listen to Mr. Murphy delivering a presentation at the Manning Centre in Edmonton AB.
As long as there are people like Rex with a platform to speak from, there will always be a future for Canada:

 

U.S. Border Shenanigans
Joe thinks that most Canadians DON’T get the majority of their news from the Internet.
And if they do, there is a long process of selecting sources, weighing the “bias” of what you see, making your own analysis, then determining your personal perspective.
Which all takes time.
And interest (in subject matter), too…..
He also thinks that virtually 100% of Canadians are NOT at the site of the news event, nor are they involved in the event in absentia.
Indeed, when they are at the site, like Faith Goldy (fired for her coverage of Charlottesville), they are scorned or demeaned for reporting exactly what they saw.
Joe thinks the true “journalist” is near extinct.  Those who still clutch the pearls of dignity and honor to their breast are hunted down, one by one, and ostracized or scorned out of relevance.
If there is a new (honest) journalist, it is a dirt person, minding his (or her!) own damn business, who gets caught up in an event without intent.
Joe is magnanimous.
He has instructed me to share the following short, sweet, and to the point overview of the entire mess (the “caravan” of “migrants”) from Brittany Hughes’ Reality Check (MRCTV (Media Research Center)).
If you think these potentially deadly hi-jinks are NOT a lefty/progressive/globalist political extravaganza designed to besmirch the United States of America you just might be a dolt (apology to Jeff Foxworthy).
Joe says if the U.S. of A. is such a hellish country, why are millions of people billions of people so envious that they would grind underfoot poor (and probably ignorant) dirt people from 3rd world “shit holes”, instigating illegal and illicit and dangerous action?
Is it the evil coercing the desperate?
Are some of the desperate also evil?
Could it be that life in a U.S.A. federal prison is better than the life these poor (and probably ignorant) dirt people experience in their own fabulous country?
My mommy didn’t tell me much about bad people.
And organizations of bad people.
Or what to do about it…..
She always said “David, if you haven’t anything nice to say, don’t say anything”.
Sorry mom, it’s damn high time I said something, anything.
How to help or what to do and what not to do is very perplexing:

 

UN Shenanigans
Cousin Delsie forwarded a link to the latest Stefan Molyneux “The Terrible Truth (about________)” de jour.
Seems the UN has grandiose plans for “migrants”.
You know, the “rights” of “migrants”.
Holy Mother of doG……
In December, at the behest of the UN, world leaders gather to sign the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
“Regular” migration?
WTF?  (Note: substitute WTH for those reading who reserve a certain rancor for words from the wrong side of town).
Joe thinks the “rape of Nanking” was nothing compared to what the globalists intend for the Western cultures.
This will be cultural genocide – the complete and utter destruction of the Judeo-Christian marvel that is literally the engine of all progress in the world.
Does anyone anywhere actually think that diluting the West with millions upon millions of third world have-nots won’t be game changing?
These hordes of humanity are not high IQ Rhodes scholar wannabes.
They are desperate at worst, opportunist at best, and have little regard for the foundation of Western culture – the rule of law.
And what of the so-called “countries” these people are leaving.  Is this the future of human endeavor?  Africa produces the product (human beings) and the rest of the world imports them?
Holy Chinesium!
Joe says the West has not one damn thing to feel guilty about in terms of culture, or liberty, or free speech, or property rights.  It ain’t perfect but it is the best there is to date.  And because of free speech, it is always open to criticism hence revision or improvement.
What the West should feel guilty about is allowing the flight from all of these “countries” of their best and brightest.
If the best and brightest leave, the not stellar and dull are doomed.
Tucker Carlson interviewed Mark Steyn on Monday night.  Mark commented that there are more Somali doctors in the US state of Michigan than there are in all of Somalia.
That folks is a recipe for disaster orders of magnitude greater than now experienced.
Here is Stefan Molyneux explaining this UN “pie in the sky” masturbatory fantasy about global homogenization:

 

Hans Rosling
Joe and I have been following Dr. Rosling for over a decade.
He is a progressive lefty, but a statistician extraordinaire type of lefty.
His message is of hope reality.
The punch line?
“Poor women are not stupid.”
In this video, he predicts the fate of the world’s population should nothing change (i.e. different data / inputs).
Joe says good luck hoping for diminished delta inputs.
A well put argument nonetheless.
Hans calculates the world population will top out at 11 billion.
Watch and learn:

Addendum:  Hans Rosling passed away on February 7th, 2017.
Joe and I were fans of his refreshing presentation of data, and his bubbly enthusiasm for life.  We are saddened the world has lost a keen capable positive human enthusiast.
We used his TED and other presentations in workshops and staff meetings over the years.
A notable favorite was “The Magic Washing Machine“.
Alas, what he hoped for in the above video he did not achieve – more time among the living.
RIP, good sir.

 

Brigitte Gabriel
Joe and I love this woman.
Unreservedly.
Her life story (and that of Ayaan Hirsi Ali) is a clear message to the women of the western nations: get your head out of your rectal orifice and pay attention!
Brigitte says that she is the Anne Frank that survived.
Just ponder that analogy for a while.
She has wonderful charisma, high energy, and infallible logic.
Here she is interviewed by Dave Rubin:

As a special treat, here is the second part of the interview.
Joe and I agree; if you watch this and don’t fall in love with Brigitte’s heart and soul you might be a ghoul (further apologies to Jeff Foxworthy).
Although we are withholding comments about the interview style by Mr. Rubin, the irrepressible force for good of Brigitte Gabriel has our greatest admiration and respect.
See if you concur:

 

Relationshipz
Joe and I are problem solvers.
We have what we think is a unique arrangement.
I go to Joe with a problem.
He does his level best (or plumb-bob best) to provide a possible solution.
If Joe don’t know, and I don’t know, the next step is to recruit down-the-line from Joe.  There are about 37 different identities in my head.  Joe is my main man.
I rue the times when Olaf the Berserker is summoned from the depths….
Theory?
It is damn near impossible to think without another person to bounce ideas off or on, or around with, in real time.
What most people think is thinking is not.
It is merely regurgitation of previous information or experience or success or failure.
To actually think is hard work (to quote George W. Bush).
Because I like to solve puzzles / problems, Joe (my logical me) is on deck most of the time.
Joe and I are practically inseparable.  He is my go to guy.
You can imagine Joe’s reaction (and mine) to this beautiful allegory about Mars and Venus  (posted previously for sure).
IT IS NOT ABOUT THE NAIL!!!:

Except when it is…..
Joe and I know how difficult communicating is; with yourself, with another person, and especially with the other (there are only two) gender.
Over the years, thousands and thousands of “conversations” have taught we that whenever you think you’ve mastered the art of synchronizing your mind with another (a la “grok” in Robert A. Heinlein speak – Stranger in a Strange Land) the bond is not lasting let alone eternal.  A miracle?  A curse?  A blessing?
We contend it to be all that and more.
What can be done to reverse exacerbate the problem?
Or is that inverse exacerbate?
Who says it is a problem?
Therein may be a clue…..
The following video is a treasure of hints.
Watch this little darling Gracie land a fish while talking and listening to her father (?) and grandfather (?).
They coach gently, don’t interfere, give plentiful verbal support, don’t harangue, help when necessary….. essentially, they treat her like a person.  A person having a new experience.  The damn fish was hard to land!
Six minutes of nail-less communication:

 

Joe’s Garage

This Old Tony
Very smart people are all over the Internet like white on rice (aka not brown rice).
Joe is a fan of AvE and This Old Tony.
Here’s This Old Tony building a CNC controlled Etch-a-Sketch:

Yacht Racing
Yikes!:

Fasting vs Reduced Intake
Joe and I have passed the 40 pound loss number.
However, we have come to a “fat barrier”.
Continuing to eat as we have during the first 35 pounds has brought the weight loss to a standstill.
What is worse, we feel hungry.
When we were total meat / protein no carb no sugar we had no hunger.
WTF?
Our search brought us to this info:

Fact vs Fiction
The name Mary Babnik Brown meant nothing to me or Joe up ’til today.
A fact(?): the Norden bombsight, a major advancement in precision placement of munitions dropped from a bomber, had a most interesting association with Mary – the cross hairs in the sight were blonde hairs from the head of Mary Babnik Brown.
Who would have thunk?
In addition, MBB was offered compensation for her contribution.
She declined, saying it was her patriotic duty.
Her hair when she cut it was waist length, measuring 34 inches.
She received a commendation letter from President Ronald Regan in 1987 on her 80th birthday for her selfless action.
As with any war story, there are counter arguments and factual inconsistencies.
However it is, fact or fiction, an interesting story to be sure.

Logging Without Helicopter
Joe says if you ever wondered how in the wide, wide, world of sports you get a 125 foot long pole (log) out of the bush WITHOUT a helicopter, this video is the answer to that question you never formulated.  You are welcome!:

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Joe’s Comment – Once again Stephan Pastis manages to make me shoot tea out my nose.  Larry the croc is a soul mate.  Da Google is truly frightful…..

 

International Men’s Day
Is November 19th.
A recently (1992 inaugural) established Internationally recognized awareness campaign focusing on the issues of men and boys.
The event attracts little or no attention in Canada.
Nor does (Universal) Children’s Day (1993 inaugural), which in Canada is November 20th.
In the US of A Children’s Day was observed as early as 1856 and is defined on different days by state, federal government, and some religious orders.  The date of such events is varied by constituency.
The well-being of children has improved over the centuries.
Is it optimal?  (Hint: not even close).
Multiple studies have concluded that the single most influential statistic governing child welfare outcome is single / unwed mothering.  Unfortunately, since the “sexual revolution” of the ’60’s, what is best for children has not been the norm –
The government negligent, not blameless.
Pandering politician’s puerile vote garnering aside, the state has no business intruding into the family life of the citizens.
Compassion a la government fiat is the engine of dependency.
Joe says it is very simple – little people are the future.
They grow up.
If adults don’t do by them what is best during childhood, their life trajectory as adults will not be optimal.
Take care of the babies.
Don’t diminish the importance of men in our culture.
Or women (who are NOT the same as men).
Joe says International Women’s Day (on our Bday – March 8th), International Men’s Day (November 19th), and Children’s Day (November 20th in Canada), are bona fide acknowledgement of the differential between the potential of people and the actuality / reality of life.
That is, although it is wonderful to have a widely celebrated day, the real secret is to honor, respect, and support men, women, and children every day of the year.
Jordan Peterson says in Chapter 12 of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”, if you encounter a cat, pet it.
It is also a soul soothing activity to be kind and attentive to a child.
And if you can, adults.
The world is filled with only two types of people: children and former children.

 

Stephan Harper
Joe is delighted!
Stephan Harper in discussion with Ben Shapiro!
Joe and I miss PM Harper for his reason, his depth of knowledge, his balanced and practical platform.
Get a favorite libation and listen carefully, ’cause they both talk fast:

 

Ben Shapiro
The above interview of PM Stephen Harper occurred after the presentation in the video below.
Ben Shapiro was invited to University of British Columbia amid protest and controversy.  The UBC Free Speech Club did yeoman service to freedom of expression by sticking to their agenda and hosting Mr. Shapiro.
The presentation was classic Shapiro.
Machine gun delivery, steel trap logic, semi-dry humor.
Joe loved his position on abortion, and the response to the audience questioner about that subject.  Ben’s rhetoric went right over the man’s head.

It was American Thanksgiving this week (November 22nd).
Some Thanksgiving thoughts from Ben Shapiro –
Here are a few facts about America.
The unemployment rate among those with a high school education is 3.9 percent. The poorest quintile of Americans have seen their post-tax incomes increase 80 percent since 1979, according to Congressional Budget Office data, and post-tax and transfer income for that quintile has skyrocketed 32 percent since 2000. The upper-middle class in America constituted 13 percent of the population in 1979; as of 2014, it constituted 30 percent. According to Pew Research from 2015, when it comes to standard of living, “The U.S. stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world. More than half (56 percent) of Americans were high income by the global standard … and 2 percent were poor.”
Fantastic products are cheaper than ever. Human Progress investigated the amount of time Americans must spend to earn enough money to buy key products and found that since 1979, the amount of time spent to earn a refrigerator had dropped 52 percent, 95 percent for microwaves, 65 percent for gas ranges and 61 percent for dishwashers. Between the mid-1960s and 2007, Americans were able to work less and leisure more: They worked nearly eight hours fewer per week, according to The Heritage Foundation. The wage gap is almost entirely a myth: Women who work the same jobs as men for the same number of hours, and have the same work history and same education as men make the same as men. The chief obstacles to income mobility in the United States are related to personal decision-making, not racial discrimination: As the Brookings Institution points out, of the people who finish high school, get a full-time job and wait until age 21 to get married and have children, nearly 75 percent join the middle class, and just 2 percent remain in poverty.
What of freedom? In America, people of all religions practice freely, so long as the government isn’t attempting to cram social justice down on them. People are free to speak, so long as government actors aren’t utilizing the heckler’s veto. We are free to use the press, free to associate and free to protest.
All of this is the result of the greatest governmental philosophy ever committed to paper: God-given individual rights protected by limited government. We haven’t always lived up to that philosophy — in some areas, we’ve progressed mightily, and in others, we’ve regressed. But the overall success of the United States should be ringing proof that at the very least, we should be grateful and proud to live here.
Yet as of July 2018, fewer than half of Americans surveyed by Gallup said they are extremely proud to be American. Just 32 percent of Democrats, down from 56 percent in 2013, said they are extremely proud to be American; only 42 percent of independents said are were extremely proud to be American. That’s ridiculous. Regardless of political affiliation, we should be proud to live in a society founded on eternal truths, in which we have the ability to thrive based on our own choices.
In 1789, as America struggled to find her footing after a revolution against the most powerful military and economic engine in the world, then-President George Washington issued a proclamation. He thanked God for “his kind care and protection of the People of this Country,” for “the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness.”
If Washington could urge gratefulness in 1789, we’d be fools not to do so now, when our lives are so much better in every material way. This Thanksgiving, let’s remember what we have — and let’s remember the eternal ideas that provide the groundwork for our prosperity.” – Ben Shapiro, November 21, Townhall
Joe and I think that the history of Canada, and every nation in the West has much the same story to tell.

 

Jordan Peterson
Joe and I are fans.
Here Dr. Peterson addresses a crowd at Cambridge Union:

 

Joe’s Garage

AvE o’ the Week
Affectionately referred to as Uncle Bumblefuck, or, more familiarly, Uncle Bumble, the entity known as AvE (main motive force behind AvEwerkz), needs a weekly mention in Joe’s rant.
The following video dialog meanders through the history and chemistry of aluminum (or aluminium if you wish), Western culture, and a multitude of physics all the while re-assembling a Mikita chop saw.
Very engrossing to a gear head.
Joe says that’s a standard right there; how we think:

Blue Angels
Joe and I liked this 30 minute ride in the back seat of a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet.  This flight is from 2016, before the team upgraded to F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.
The passenger is Courtney Collins, a local TV news anchor in Sioux Falls, SD.
The pilot is Lt. Tyler Davies.  You might enjoy reading the comments under the video.  Joe certainly did!:

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Joe’s Comment – the best thing to put on every morning – a great attitude!

 

Stephan Pastis
Joe and I can’t get enough of this man’s humor.
Especially Larry (and friends), the slower-than-average crocs.
A couple of gems –

 

John Stossel
Another video from our favorite Libertarian.
The man always exposes the heart of the matter in a direct and easily understood manner.  No sophistry here:

 

Chris Rock
The video below is an oldie but goodie.
It was featured in our Sunday Rant 5014.
Joe thought we’d best do an update viewing by checking to see if Mr. Rock was exaggerating his pronouncement in the video re: current statistics.
Sadly, if anything, he was understating the reality.
The latest available crime stats in the good ol’ U.S. of A. are consistently anomalous in one regard: the male black population is over represented percentage wise for the most aggressive and heinous offenses.
The FBI stats for 2016 are here.
The bottom line (if there is one)?
Watch the video to learn the secret:

 

Literally (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Joe and I get nervous at this concept – that taking things literally might not be a correct or acceptable interpretation.
We question when is taking things literally acceptable?
Wait a minute.
That didn’t come out right.
We don’t want to take things.
What we mean is when is it acceptable to take things literally?
Nope.
Not quite right.
Never mind, we’ll go at this from another perspective.
Joe and I have reacted to a question, a look, a gesture, a situation in what we thought was perfectly logical manner….. only to find we were the only persons who reacted as we did.  One time we were the only one in a crowd of 100+.
We weren’t embarrassed.
Until someone(s) explained how we had not quite understood.
Here are a couple of examples –
See what we mean?
Each of these answers are logical.
Many times in the education of us we responded in a like manner.
Now we find out it might be an autistic spectrum disorder marker!
Kind of late to find out, but we’re now on the alert.
Joe says we are clueless, then surprised, like this parrot –

 

Joe’s Garage

Al Hale
Joe and I met Al a few years ago.
He had a wiring issue with a Genie scissor lift and called to see if I’d take a look.
Al has a passion for vintage military equipment.
The moment we entered his shop Joe damn near had a heart attack.
I couldn’t stop grinning and talking a mile a minute.
Since our first visit, Al’s collection has increased in number, and in quality.
This short community interest video shows some of the hardware:

Chinesium
There is a Canadian blogger named AvE.
Joe and I don’t know from whence he hails, who he is, or how he got there.
His videos are a gear head comedy from start to finish.
In this video, AvE disassembles a “Chinesium” product designed to produce compressed air:

AvEwerkz sells unique tools.  Here’s a short video on a “purpose built” ruler:

Joe thinks this bloke is from the Maritimes based on his accent and phrases.
Very entertaining and instructional.
As the man says, “keep yer dick in a vise”.

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