Sunday Rant – 4218

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Joe’s Comment – This cartoon strikes at the heart of all humanity.  Just when you think things can’t be stranger, a new strangest pops up and waves you over.
The best part is you want to stick around to see how weird it gets!  Joe Dator is a special kind of cartoonist…..

 

 

Dark, Darker, Darkest
The group called The Dead South has some very catchy tunes.
A Canadian band from Regina, SK.
This one, “In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company” is very dark.
A lyrics displayed version:

 

Prager U
A discussion of healthcare.
From more than an economic perspective.
The cost of health care is only a portion of the problem.  Innovation, research, accessibility, training, regulation, government intervention….. the list is legion.
Joe and I have had a few intersections with the Canadian system, some good, some not so good, some bad.
Everyone gets old and dies.
The devil is in the details:

 

Flashback Funnies
Joe and I remember the 2016 election way better than what we were personally doing in 2016.  It was a nail biter for Republicans.
No one saw it coming except a few people (such as Ann Coulter) – those people were derided and guffawed and scorned.
This compilation video is an excellent reminder of how little the “experts” actually know about the future.
Lots and lots of projection by many folks had an insignificant influence on the outcome.
Joe enjoys this video (more than once, more than now).  You can enjoy it too:

 

The Power of Humor
Anyone who has viewed more than one of Joe’s Sunday Rant postings knows how relevant humor is to our perspective, our presentation, our point.
If a picture “is worth a thousand words” then, in Joe logic, a picture with words is an order of magnitude greater in worth.  Especially when humorous, funny, or outright hilarious.
Here’s an example: the nutcase Elizabeth Warren, her lying past, and her tone deaf knee-jerk left hand cigarette footsie-ing with the truth.
Joe says she is a certified moonbat.
The latest off-key rantings of Elizabeth Warren (“Pocahontas”) insisting her 1/1024th “Indian” DNA (Native American DNA for the faint of mind) qualifies her as an Indian (as before you wimps) is so laughable as to beggar the imagination.
1024 is a power of 2, i.e., 210, or 10 generations in terms of ancestry.  It is a binary expression because offspring inherit 23 chromosomes from each of their parents (a woman and man pair – suck it up gender confused diasporans).
The average European white has twice this amount.  Just sayin’.
You know, science.
The simple volume of humorous memes, graphic comments, videos, and annotated pictures is staggering.
Everyone is watching.  Hard to hide the salami in the age of the Internet.
Here are a few Elizabeth Warren “truth outs” Joe found grinningly fabulous –

This piece of video is from “The Five”.
Pretty well covers all the points of interest in this saga.
Even Waaaghhn Williams has trouble peddling his usual Loony Lefty bicycle.
Gotta love “The Five”:

Tucker Carlson also does a good job of outlining the magnitude of the deceit promulgated by Ms. Warren.  The history, the flim-flammery, the stick handling in the corner.  Several subject matter experts are also interviewed for their observations.  This is a career advancing strategy that she benefited from in the past but is now a millstone around her neck.  Joe says her political aspirations (presidential run in 2020) are/will be thwarted.  The truth will out.
The short version from his October 15th evening show:

What is the moral of the story?
I say karma is a bitch.  The only way to avoid getting your comeuppance delivered by the Karma FedEx is twofold: don’t mess with her/it/they in the first place, or die before the delivery lands on your metaphorical doorstep.
Joe says (over and over) sane normal people can make a rational / good decision if given the facts.  Therein lies the problem.  Where are the factoids of yesteryear?  (Apologies to Catch-22: Ou sont les Neigedens d’antan??)
Joe also says the corollary is true: insane abnormal people, given the facts, are not predictable.  They are the entities which go bump in the night.
A virtuous and informed electorate seems further and further from the infinity of possible universes.
Only a couple of weeks to the midterm election.
Hold on to your hat…..

 

NPC
Joe and I are noobs when the topic of “NPC” (Non Player Character) popped into our lexicon this week.
Seems the holy arbiter of what is just, the majesty known as Twitter, has deleted 1500 “NPC” meme accounts because……
For an explanation of what an NPC is, who is creating them, and why the Left/Progressive ninnies are wetting their beds:

As usual, there is beacoup explanation, examples, and humor to be found on the Internet.  Until the government manages to shut it down.
Some examples of NPC power –

 

Trudeau Not Love
Joe is feeling a tiny bit grumpy.
Weather, age, that itch in his armpit; whatever.
Some Paul Joseph Watson kicking Chief Rainbow Socks in the place where balls would be makes Joe feel a tiny bit better.
A PJW rant from the early Spring this year:

A few more to appease Joe’s misguided sense of justice –

 

Joe’s Garage
A few weeks ago Joe and I had a visit from little miss Emma.  She brought her parents along, too.
Jess snapped a picture of the two of us walking toward the shop.
As Ms. Gayle said, looks like a Rockwell –

Work on the patio and garage remodel continues.
Joe was worried about the floor in our new electronics lab.
He didn’t want concrete like the shop and the attached garage; he wanted wood, warm, friendly, soft and textured.  And warm.  Did we say warm?
After many nights of tossing and turning, a few sleep deprived nights, and one sweaty screaming nightmare, Joe came up with a plan.
The plan is three footings to hold floor joists.
Remove the forms and back fill between the footings with gravel.
Then place the floor joists, and pack the spaces with Rockwool™ insulation.
Surface with 2X10 planks.
Here’s the first step, only a few days ahead of sub zero freezing temperatures that stop concrete from curing.  We’ll leave the forms on for a week to promote a nice hard cure.  Joe put a tarpaulin over the large door opening and a work lamp to keep the nighttime temperatures above hard water levels.
We don’t like playing footsie with the weather, but this once we gambled and didn’t come in second –

Today Joe and I traveled to Oyama to help Tanner D. move his F350 dually, which has a very sick 6.4L engine.  A beautiful if not running truck.
Ricky D. did a great job building a winch mount for the trailer.
A few mods on the go and there you have it!
A sturdy trailer with more than 3½ tons of Ford sitting on it –

A great day with good friends, a project to fabricate, a job to do, a few beers, and sunshine.
Life is good…..

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Sunday Rant – 4118

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Joe’s Comment – Apropos.  There are no adequate substitutes for experience.  However, experience has a cost.

Jordan Peterson
Our hero.  He is really doing the rounds.
Here he is with Dr. Oz:

The long version – a conversation with Dr. Oz.
Dr. Peterson is getting his delivery down:

 

Kavanaugh Redux
Joe and I always listened to Dick Morris, even when he represented the Clinton machine back when Slick Willy was le grand fromage.  Morris, however, wasn’t slick.  More like oily.  If you know what Joe means.  Morris was often regarded as an obsequious toady.  Not quite a modern version of Uriah Heep.
Charisma aside, Mr. Morris has an insightful analysis regarding everything political.
Joe and I have come to accept him and relish his unique perspective on the politics of the day in America.
Long ago when he first left the Clinton Mob, he was a regular on Fox News.  His views were sometimes unpopular (as was he), but always interesting, cogent, and never meretricious.  Unlike the Lefty / Progressive ass-wipes Fox News uses as pundits today, Mr. Morris is smart and savvy.
The following video shows an ecstatic Dick Morris reveling the political genius of President Donald J. Trump visa vie the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination and subsequent confirmation.  The Damn Democrats brought this on themselves, the emotional and sadly dimwitted fools.  It was Harry Reid (D – AZ) who invoked the “nuclear option” which permits confirmation with a 51/49 vote versus the previous 60/40 requirement.  The “chickens have come home to roost!” as another fabled Democrat, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright once preached.  Remember?  That was the “God damn America” speech that ol’ Jug Ears wasn’t there to hear (Obama was a polished liar well before he became POTUS).
Here’s Dick Morris grinning his head off:

Another perspective is from Janice Fiamengo of the University of Ottawa.  Her rational anti-feminist stance has made her a stalwart and dependable megaphone for the “other” viewpoint.
You know, the viewpoint that isn’t politically correct.
The viewpoint that (holy Mother of doG!) men are human (too).
Dr. Fiamengo uses her imagination and knowledge of the human condition to present a “what if” scenario that is plausible.
Joe and I know that it is more than plausible.  We’ve seen it up close, though not personal in the direction she presents it.  Believe us or not, the direction we experienced was reversed.
What is worth hearing is her analysis of the meaning behind the current hysteria, especially the man bashing aspect.
Well worth the listen:

On a lighter, more celebratory note, there is always the “Hitler in the bunker” mime.  Joe says we better name it, because (he thinks) it might not live long and prosper on YoubeTube.
The Left / Progressive movement really has no sense of humor:

Finally, and with great enthusiasm, Joe presents some of the best Kavanaugh related cartoons we’ve seen.  Priceless! –

Joe kept the zinger for last –

 

Trump@War
Joe and I are movie buffs.
Nothing more fun than a believable action-packed thriller.
We watched this movie released by Steve Bannon (former campaign advisor).
Amazing.
All factual clips.
Real data.
Well tailored propaganda.
I thought Joe was the only person who would jump out the window with his hair on fire and a live chicken in his shirt.
Seems I was wrong….
Nice timing for release.  Hope “We The People” have a chance to see it before the election in November.
Joe and I have been binging on politics in our modest way since we retired from TELUS in 2002.  The late Charles Krauthamer in his collection of essays and opinions (Things That Matter) impressed us with the reality and gravity of the necessity to do your part by learning enough to participate intelligently in politics.  We are still learning.  We are still keen to learn.  And participate.
Several quotes from Mr. Krauthammer’s book that resonate –
You can have the most advanced and efflorescent cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933.”
Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay, and everything burns.”
Intelligence is a capacity so godlike, so protean that it must be contained and disciplined. This is the work of politics—understood as the ordering of society and the regulation of power to permit human flourishing while simultaneously restraining the most Hobbesian human instincts. There could be no greater irony: For all the sublimity of art, physics, music, mathematics and other manifestations of human genius, everything depends on the mundane, frustrating, often debased vocation known as politics (and its most exacting subspecialty—statecraft). Because if we don’t get politics right, everything else risks extinction. We grow justly weary of our politics. But we must remember this: Politics—in all its grubby, grasping, corrupt, contemptible manifestations—is sovereign in human affairs. Everything ultimately rests upon it. Fairly or not, politics is the driver of history. It will determine whether we will live long enough to be heard one day. Out there. By them, the few—the only—who got it right.”
There is much much more in the book, but you get the picture.
A modern scholar of American founding documents, MB, puts this statement forward –
I often hear, usually implied, that ‘our leaders, they know what their doing,’ or ‘my party is in power, all is well;’ and they forget that the electorate must be vigilant and informed. A free people must be informed and virtuous, or they must be slaves under the masters they have cultivated.”
Joe and I think that it is this spirit that Mr. Bannon wishes to plant, cultivate, and nourish to fruition in the American public.  Hence the release of his opus: not too early and not too late, but just right.  Goldilocks it be:

Joe and I thought the movie fascinating and well worth the time invested.
The 2018 mid-term election is going to be a barn burner……

 

Steve Bannon
This is a real salt of the earth guy.
What some call “Dirt People”.
Joe and I are, too.
Steve Bannon is very intelligent.  Very knowledgeable.  Very capable.
He created the movie above, “Trump@War”
Joe and I can only aspire.
We, too, favor the nation state.
There are barriers to a global governance schema that cannot be overcome without the use of force.  Coercion negates freedom.  QED.

 

Ben Shapiro
We are a fan.
Machine gun delivery.
Ultra quick processor – high IQ, high moral standard, highly educated, very knowledgeable, very virtuous.
This is a recent (just before Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmation) presentation at the U of Southern California.
His basic ideas and presentation are getting more refined every appearance:

 

Tucker Carlson
Joe and I have been a TC fan for many years, since he was on “Crossfire”, a CNN debate program in the early ’00’s.
He is another quick thinking machine gun paced emotionally charged speaker.
His professed political framework is Independent.
He discusses politics and his new book “Ship of Fools” with Derek Hunter of Daily Caller.  Tucker is the co-founder of Daily Caller.
His insightful remarks about the basic differences of Liberal vs Conservative / Libertarian is particularly cogent.  A fun and informative interview:

 

Joe’s Garage
One particular irritant in Joe’s life is poorly designed and produced products.  Whether a water tap, a vehicle (part or whole), a pen, an electronic device (computers come to mind….. Joe has a computer graveyard), a piece of paper, anything that was designed and manufactured that does not meet consumer’s expectations or advertised performance.
Really, really pisses Joe.
The latest burr under Joe’s saddle is the South Korean company Samsung.
Joe and I have had mixed reactions to Asian company products over the years.
A Honda 50 Cub was the first scooter we drove, and we still marvel at the awesomeness it was: efficient, capable, reliable, and economical.
A few years ago the Whirlpool dish washer in our tiny gallery kitchen shit the bed.  Actually, it was the old 100 ampere panel that shit the bed, but Joe was dozy and we replaced the dishwasher before we figured it out.
The replacement was a $800 CDN Samsung magic dishwasher.  It sanitized.  It saved energy.  It crystal cleaned.  It stainless steeled.  It shit the bed at 11 months.
The cluster fuck with Samsung took 6 weeks (wait for serviceman, no parts in North America, argument about warranty) before Joe lost his temper.
We told Samsung we were done.  We told Home Depot we were bringing the little darling back.  Samsung didn’t like it.  Home Depot told them what for.  We settled on a $1,000 CDN non-Samsung replacement.  Joe was satisfied, if not happy.  Home Depot was OK.  Samsung can go to Hell.
This was not the first Samsung happy happy joy joy….

and it wasn’t the last.  The last happened two weeks ago.  The lovely Samsung 58″ Smart TV® we bought 2 years and 11 months ago shit the bed.  Manhandle the TV off the highboy dresser, disassemble the incredibly cheap plastic housing, pull the power supply from the board, and test it for outputs.  The power supply is kaput.  A quick check on the Internet for Samsung LED TV power supply problems returned 5.74 MILLION hits.  Oh shit.
Further investigation says the power supply is only a symptom – the LED driver board is toast, and a new power supply will fail after a few whiles (thanks Donny).  Not to worry!  A complete set of three boards and LED driver can be had from the good old US of A for a mere $300 USD.  The Canadian translation of the same thing is over $700 CDN.  Poop.  A little bitty tv let me down….

Joe (and I) have parted company with Samsung.  We will never entertain the purchase of a Samsung device again.  Don’t even try to change our mind.

Amazon had a nicely described 55″ LED 4K Smart TV with Roku and a 5 star rating for a reasonable ransom.  Click.  And click for a wall mounting assembly too.  Let’s go first class.
The TV arrived in a little over a week.  Looks good!
Opened the wall mount.  Cheap yet well made.  Looks good!
A few basic assembly steps, a tape measure and level, a few basic hand tools, and we’re off to find the wall studs to mount the mount.
That’s when the train came off the rails.
With a small drill bit, a knuckle, and some rap-rap-rap, Joe found a stud.  Marked it.  Placed the level on the wall, and drew a horizontal line for 20 inches or so in what we thought was the correct direction.
At 16 inches we plumbed, rapped, banged and drilled.  No stud.
WTF?
Maybe we’ve got us a 2 foot stud wall.  Not usual, but not unknown.
We measure out 24 inches.  We repeated the mining expedition to find the stud.  No stud.  WTF squared.
How about 18 inches?  Never heard of that, but try again.  No stud.  WTF cubed.
How about 12 inches?  I’ve heard of that and so has Joe.  Heavy duty!  One foot spacing on studs is for serious loads.  Let’s try at 1 foot.  Not a stud to be found.
Joe has a temper.
When the temper flairs, the berserker fire is ignited.
Joe the Berserker gets results.
One blow of Thor’s Hammer and the stud is found.

As the picture indicates, we found the stud at 9 ¾ inches.  That’s 247.65mm.  Two new ones on both of us.  Some day we’ll strip the drywall off to find out what up?
Joe wonders if Samsung built this house.
We finally got the TV up and running.

Don’t ask how long it took.
We could certainly drink a beer…..

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Sunday Rant – 4018

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Joe’s Comment – This cartoon cracked me up.  This is the time of year when you see cats flattened on the road.  When the hornets can’t fly, but buzz in a circle harmlessly.  The threat of a freeze is eminent.  The leaves are turning color.
That’s the time I become my version of the above Mr. Potato ass.  Lots of hours on the computer surfing the Internet, writing, researching for parts and technical information.  Not interested in my share of the snow, ice, and cold.  Time to hibernate is nigh.  Go ahead, weather, make my day!

Brett Kavanaugh
Joe and I are quite settled on this one.
Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford was not a credible witness.
Nor a credible “victim” (in our humble et cetera).
We expounded on that point last rant (SCOTUS Redux:  https://droveria.com/sunday-rant-3918/  ).  This week, more information has become available about her.  Her high school yearbook (mysteriously redacted from the Internet).  Her promiscuity.  Her drunken party days.  Her veracity.  Her political and familial connections and linkages.  Six degrees of separation be damned.  How about two?
Tit for tat…..
Is it true or false or a hodgepodge of fragmentary facts?
Whose nose.  And it’s a big one.
The Democrat party, the founding body of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan), the ONLY slave owners in the United States of America, the authors of “Jim Crow” laws, segregation, and opponents of the civil rights movement, those people (have once again) have shown their true colors.  You know, the lying, whoring, murdering (remember Ted Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate”?), back-stabbing, wife and mistress beating, money laundering, conniving, two-faced, race baiting, dumb-ass Democrats?   For instance, how does Harry Reid, a hardware store clerk’s son, retire from political office (his “career”) a multi multi millionaire on a Senator’s pay?
How do the Clintons amass hundreds of millions of greenbacks after they left the White House broke (and stole the cutlery)?  WTF is going on?  We digress…..
Back to the SCOTUS “Witch Hunt”.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has 30+ years of exemplary service behind his name, affidavit supported testimony of good character from literally hundreds of respected people from all walks of life, teacher, coach, family man.  All destroyed by an accusation without substantiation?
Is that what it has come to in the progressive future?  Destroy and defame at all cost for the “common good”?  There were Salem witch trials.  Probably before the Democratic Party was formed, but the same actors.
Good doG almighty, if Joe had an FBI interrogation of his past he would be burned at the stake for “stupid crimes against himself” (too low a bar to include the bulk of humanity).  David is another problem.
How could you know with certainty how an adult will behave based on teenage behaviour?
Conversely, how could you speculate with certainty what a teenager did based on their adult behaviour?
With certainty?
Joe and I have done some mighty dumb things since we were launched.  Part of learning, especially if you are slow witted or quick witted (or simply not witted).
Only by the grace of doG does anyone wake and walk about daily.
Three additional commentaries for us, and the matter is closed (until the vote).
1.  Testimony from a Dr. Ford classmate, about Dr. Ford’s party animal persona in the early years:  https://gellerreport.com/2018/10/ford-fast-big-partier.html/

2.  Analysis from Victor Davis Hanson about the affect and effect the Kavanaugh confirmation will have on the future of supreme court nominations and nominees:  https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/fallout-from-the-kavanaugh-hearings-a-permanent-cloud/

3.  Professor Janice Fiamengo (Ottawa U) has an opinion re: Dr. Ford.  Spoiler alert – it isn’t complementary.  Dr. Fiamengo is a Canadian treasure:

Update: It is Saturday night.
Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.
Dear doG let sanity prevail.
Now the old lady will retire (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and all Hell will break loose.

 

Doug Ford in Cowgary (Moo!)
Well lookee lookee, Premier Ford attends a “down with carbon tax” rally in the cow town, jewel of Canada’s energy province – https://calgarysun.com/opinion/columnists/bell-ford-serves-up-red-meat-to-a-revved-up-crowd
Tell me Joe, is this a slow turning or a twisting in the wind?
Mayhem there is hope…..
Is there a “used politician” warehouse to dump Turdeau next year, or will even they refuse the consignment?
Joe and I STILL haven’t talked to anyone who has admitted voting for him.
Maybe it’s the old real estate adage – location, location, location.
Maybe Canada has crooked ballot counting / rigged balloting.
Or maybe it is as it is in the USA.
Two peoples in one country.
The city dwelling urban latte slurping progressive know-it-alls, and the rural bread basket provider know-it-alls.
Joe never gets tired of pointing out that if the farmers and truck drivers decided to go “John Galt”, there would be chaos in the city.
Two of the most important jobs in our world.
The freedom of women is even more important.
Education, liberation (from bondage, indentured “service”, involuntary pregnancy, freedom of movement, freedom of speech, ad infinitum), and personal control of their own destiny will make a better world.

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Another fact filled entertaining critique of the mind virus called progressivism:

 

Prager U
This is a reminder of what needs to change in education.
The man himself, Dennis Prager, delivers an impassioned rationale for a unifying and assimilating foundation of values to underlay attendance to public high schools.
Judge for yourself:

 

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