Sunday Rant – 2319


Joe’s Comment – Considering the practical nature of the above photo, this has been a “MacGyver” week for me, too.  Trying to catch up with yard work has spawned a few ingenious solutions.  I can appreciate the above photo for the absolute time saving possibility.  As for health and safety, let’s say I’m glad I don’t own a crane, or have a tall hedge, ’cause this looks like a plausible solution!


Invasion of Normandy (D Day)
On June 5th, 1944, “Operation Overlord” was postponed due to inclement weather.
Early morning June 6th, 1944 Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower gave the green light to the largest invading force in known human history, and D Day began.
He had misgivings about the chance of success.
He knew many thousands of men were surely to die in the effort.
There were a few hopeful facts in favor of launching now (or never).
– The invading forces were composed of American, British, and Canadian troops, many of which were experienced and well trained, in large number.
– A clever ruse had been carefully planned and implemented to deceive German intelligence into believing an invasion, if attempted, would happen via Dover – Calais; a decoy.
– There were thousands of reserves, tonnes of materiel and machinery in reserve.
– The Soviet armed forces had depleted the German reserves, materiel, and fighting forces to the extent that the Western Front was suffering shortages.
The five beach-heads the Allies defined for Normandy were, from west to east, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword.  The American forces stormed Utah and Omaha.  British forces Gold, Sword.  The lightweight, punching way over their head, was Canada, taking Juno.
A short overview from PragerU:

On D Day, Jim Radford was a 15 year old galley boy serving on the Empire Larch as a member of the merchant navy.  The beaches of Normandy was his first deep sea deployment.
Years later, visiting the same beaches, he was overcome by memory and emotion.
He has memorialized his experience in song:


Miller and Hanson
Two of our favorite humans have a discussion of current events.
Dennis Miller is a way intelligent comic and humanitarian.
Victor Davis Hanson is a way intelligent historian and pundit.
They have known each other for years.
A fast moving conversation about where and what the United States is in 2019:


Patrick Moore
A short video of Patrick Moore being interviewed by Ezra Levant regarding the latest “scare the children” crazies in the “Global Climate Change” maelstrom.
The hysteria around data-less affirmations of catastrophe is quickly dispelled by Dr. Moore.
Why don’t people understand basic science?:


Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman at his best:


Joe’s Garage

Ford vs Ferrari
Ford was heavily involved in motorsports during the ’60’s.
Henry Ford II was committed to establishing Ford Motor Company as a leader in competitive motorsports.
Joe and I remember enthusiast magazines following the conflict when Henry Ford II offered to purchase Ferrari and was rebuffed.
What ensued was a maximum effort by the Ford Motor Company to establish the marque as a world class competitor in endurance racing, specifically by usurping Ferrari at Le Mans.
The accomplishments of the company’s efforts during the ’60’s produced the Cobra, the GT 40, Shelby Mustangs, the Ford-Cosworth DFV-F1 engine, the Ford Indy engine, and the 427 side oiler modified for racing, which powered many racing series vehicles, including the Ford GT40 to a 1,2,3 win at Daytona, then at Sebring, and again at Le Mans, all in 1966.  That is a tour de force!
The following trailer is for a soon to be released (2019) movie which (hopefully) will faithfully tell the story of how Ford unseated Ferrari:

Wikipedia has a detailed summary of GT40 development.

Aaron Franklin
Summer is just around the corner.
Our cabal is celebrating 70 years of being.
Wait, “cabal” is incorrect; that is a sub-group.
Perhaps cohort or clique is more fitting.
Or coterie, not so much a cadre.
Joe says make it simple.
A bunch of old friends are getting together to celebrate getting old(er).
Most of us have known one another since elementary school / junior high.
What better way to celebrate good friends than good food, good drink, good stories (albeit veracity challenged), good company?
There is no better way.
As meat eaters, Joe and I have an interest in all things BBQ.
Hence the study of Mr. Aaron Franklin’s BBQ school.
Joe likes the way Mr. Franklin prepares and rubs a beef brisket: preparation makes consistent, delicious product, all things being equal.
Three videos: brisket prep, brisket cook, the payoff:

A few testimonial YoubeTube videos (not produced by Franklin or associates) contend that his is the best Texas BBQ to be had.
Standing in line from 5:00 a.m. to get a seat in his restaurant for supper is a powerful avowal that he is doing something extraordinary…..


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Joe’s Comment – It’s a dog’s life, being an adult.  Wouldn’t have it any other way.


American Memorial Day
Monday, May 28th was Memorial Day in America.
Ben Stein summarizes the debt of gratitude due the Allied forces.
He also recognizes the contribution of the Russian armed forces: Ben considers their sacrifice to be the salvation of Western countries.
It would be grand if all the Allied survivors came home after World War II.
And World War I, too, which was called the Great War until WWII blossomed.
Unfortunately, the living pawns of war, the POW’s, are at the mercy of the vanquishing forces.  In Europe of 1918 and 1945, the American, Canadian, British, French, and any non Russian POW’s in any camp NOT freed by the West, a terrible reality unraveled.
Russia did not release prisoners from the West to return to their homelands.
This profanity continued in the Korean War and Vietnam.
Diana West discusses this tragic and suppressed shame of our Western politicians. Ms. West’s conversation with Stefan Molyneux has left Joe and I angry, sorrowful, and furious:


IQ Drop in Nations
Here is an interesting graphic –
The website Humans Are Free posted an article titled “IQ Drop Due to Immigration: “Not Sending Their Best”“, from which this graph is reproduced.
Joe and I have long pondered what the ratio is of immigrant “value” entering western nations, in terms of average IQ (or “G factor” if you are anal retentive like Joe).
Our argument is as follows:
Stating fact, the culture, the society of the West cannot survive in a “low IQ” population.
(This begs a question: the top 10 financially distressed American cities are Detroit (87% Black & Hispanic), Memphis (52% B&H), Milwaukee (27% B&H), Atlanta (44% B&H), Baltimore (67% B&H), Fresno (57% B&H), Las Vegas (41% B&H),  Chicago (60% B&H), Tucson (40% B&H), Houston (53% B&H).  Of these 10 cities, 6 were in the top 16 murder cities (% per population) – statistics from Statistical Atlas.  Republicans say their abjectly ruinous economies and standard of living is a result of decades (in the case of New Jersey, over 100 years) of Democrat governance.  Of the above 10 cities, it is true of 8; Fresno is Republican and Las Vegas is non partisan.
Joe says it might be a product of low IQ voters, i.e. Democrat governance due to low average IQ voters falling for the Democrat “free stuff” platform.)
If the average immigrant’s IQ is lower than the average (defined as 100), this is a net burden.
Conversely, if the average immigrant’s IQ is higher than the average, this is a net plus that will benefit the host culture if measured by certain criteria (such as IQ).
However, shouldn’t these above average (by Western standard) individuals stay in their native country to benefit their native culture?  Do they have a moral obligation, either way?
Is the host country obligated to only take low IQ individuals, or high IQ individuals, or no individuals depending on the individuals home country’s needs?
This leads to a discussion of framework:
– Is their native culture oppressive, tyrannical, dictatorial, coercive, limiting personal / economic / cultural freedom?
– Do they have Judeo-Christian values (rights / worth / supremacy of the individual, free speech, personal property, rule of law, free association), or are their values incompatible to those of the West?
– Is their form of government supportive of the rights of the individual; i.e. influenced and controlled by the “will of the people”?


In Honor of Women
Andrew Klavan speaks for Joe and me.
Women have been seduced by third wave feminism to believe they are men.
That is, they can do everything a man can do, equally well.
This is bull shit.
Why would any movement ever, ever, ever play down the absolutely unquestioned unchallenged unequaled and unbelievable special woman ability – to make a human being?
Andrew Klavan is an amazing pundit.
This video of the Andrew Klavan Show Episode 711 showcases his talent.
His analysis of women and the feminist movement is totally accurate.
Wake up, women!:

Joe says CS Lewis said it best in less than 25 words –


Somebody Should Do Something
Joe and I can’t count the number of times we have heard a complaint about this or that or the other.  Almost without exception, the suffix statement is “somebody should do something”.
Watch the following.
You will see some somebodies do some something.
Sick and tired and tired and sick of pleading with a gridlocked Congress for relief from illegal aliens breaching the border, these patriots started a movement to fund private border wall construction.
Brian Kolfage, a disabled American veteran, founded a movement called “We Build The Wall Inc“.  This link has much more detail about the organization, the funding, the building of, and the political support for We Build the Wall.
Due to death threats, political flack, cartel pressure, and bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo from government at all levels, the work of this group of stalwarts has been kept secret.
The following video is proof of their concept.
This is a press conference to reveal their first half mile of wall construction near El Paso TX near Monument One and Sunland Park, NM:


Mueller Redux
Joe says Mueller (and his report follow-up report) is like a lingering bad smell.
The more that is revealed the higher the entire “witch hunt” (quoting DJ Trump) stinks to high heaven.
Joe and I have a “holier than thou” attitude about the West, about the legally mandated respect for private property, free speech, the rights of the individual to own property and pursue his / her / its own interest, the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness (not the jolly gay happy kind of happiness).
Sine non qua – without which, nothing.
When it comes to light that the “wise guys” have manipulated the country bumpkins by using the sacrosanct weapons of the government and the law to bend light in favor, not in truth or law or right, the citizenry has every right to tar and feather with vindictively (apparently lynching is now verboten).
Sidney Powell is a Texas lawyer who has a stellar reputation, and has written a book about misuse of government agencies in the past – “Licensed to Lie”.
Jan Jekielek of The Epoch Times interviews Ms. Powell in light of the bizarre statement from Mr. Mueller regarding his report on collusion and obstruction:

Another excellent conversation with Ms. Powell with Mark Levin from January 2019.
An intensive look at Mueller and Weissmann, their history, and current actions:

If you like horror stories Joe and I recommend watching the above videos.
An American government agency using the weapons of government for nefarious purposes, against American citizens (or organizations), even though eventually reversed by the Supreme Court, it strikes the fear of doG in a fella.  How can the lost time, the lost fortunes, the damaged reputations, the loss of career reward, the ruined relationships ever be restored?
Joe and I are going to watch some Jordan Peterson.
It is a fact that pure evil resides in every soul.
Only the virtuous and moral can chain personal evil in the maximum security cell block of the mind with a conscious effort.
What of the less or non virtuous?
Joe and I will never understand…..


Blue Collar Logic (aka SOGOTP)
Joe and I have very limited exposure, association, contact, or cultural interface with the minority described as “Black American”.
We have more experience interacting with Caribbean and African black persons, although overall, very little exposure.
OTOH, we have read thought provokative literature, research documentation, popular psychology, and watched a thousand + hours of YoubeTube videos arguing the world population IQ statistics and what it all means.
Time, study, experimentation, testing, data collecting, facts – all seem to point to a universal and (to date) unchanging status quo.
It may be sad, but factually true.
What to do?
Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic has a unique coinage to describe a form of soft racism – “black nosing”.
His point is color blind.
Reward excellence.
Identify and reject negative harmful destructive behavior.
Be consistent.
Joe and I say this approach will not fix the world.
What it will do is open an avenue for people to improve themselves, thereby benefiting society at large.
To be clear, there will still be bad people.
Joe says this is a form of SOGOTP (shit or get off the pot):


Joe’s Garage

Rocket Science
Here we go!
We watched a few videos about Elon Musk this week, specifically interested in Space X, and the re-usable first or main stage rocket body.
And the Mars mission objective.
Having been told that “it ain’t rocket science” as a measure of difficulty for most of our life, we thought that after 70 years of existence we must be at or near or over the hill (apogee wise) of the holy trinity of cognizance: experience, wisdom, knowledge.
In other words, we’re as good as we get, so it’s now or never!

What is special about rockets that evades simplicity?
From Joe’s perspective, the design of an internal combustion engine of variable output using a variety of available fuels to be used in an ever changing (ratio wise) oxygen rich corrosive environment (we’re talking Earth’s atmosphere) that must be efficient, enduring, and (relatively) inexpensive is a tough problem.  The modern computer controlled automotive / transport IC engine is a marvel of metallurgy development, applied physics, electronic transceiver design, and chemical engineering schools.
Whereas rockets carry their own oxidant and fuel, expend same, and are done.
What’s the big deal?
Joe goes to rocket school…..

Joe and I have done some framing in the last year.
We are busy insulating, wiring, vapor barrier hanging, and covering.
The insulation we are using is Rockwool©, because it is water resistant (can be dried and re-used), and mouse / rodent proof (they don’t like chewing rock!).
We were happy with our work.
Until we saw this video about a product called Tstud, invented by  Brian Iverson, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This product will replace 2X6, 2X8, 2X??? standard framing lumber, deliver excellent insulation values, and out perform in terms of strength.  Building with Tstud alone is compliant with hurricane and seismic standards.
Builder Matt Risinger explains the product, and discusses performance with Brian Iverson in the following video:

More info at the YoubeTube Tstud channel, or the Tstud webpage.
Joe says why didn’t I think of that?  Excellent concept!

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Joe’s Comment – Danny Shanahan breaks me up.  The more I think about this cartoon, the more I can’t isolate which I am.
Maybe both.
Definitely both.
It brings to mind an expression from our past: “There is no point doing well that which you should not be doing at all”.


Dr. Tim Ball
Joe and I think Tim Ball is a Canadian hero.
We also think he is a humanitarian hero.
His website,, has a steady stream of ammunition to confront the political arm of “global climate change” hysteria.
His science is solid.
His political acumen is hyper tuned.
A few titles off the current (May 22) home page prove the point –
World Leader’s Ignorance About Climate Change Continues Despite Simple, Obvious Evidence
An Age of Insanity When an Ex-Barmaid Has a National Voice
Urban Flooding: We Don’t Need to Live Near Rivers Anymore
With clear and concise prose, Dr. Ball quickly separates the political shenanigans from the scientific analysis, leaving the reader exposed to truth.  Or facts, if you are a wackjob who has their own “truth”.
Stated another way, you may suffer cognitive dissonance if your beliefs over-rule your knowledge / logic / comprehension.
As the “seen / unseen” meme goes, so it goes for thinking.
Once thought, never forgot.
Some quotes from the above links (for the busy or lazy or semi-disinterested)  –
People being allowed to live in dangerous places enhance the problems of the flooding. They are encouraged by governments who take care of people who get into problems and also by insurance coverage. Insurance generally encourages bad practices and behavior. It is called a flood plain for a reason! Why are people allowed to live in these regions without being forced to accept full responsibility for their actions? I learned a long time ago while flying Search and Rescue with the Air Force that I am my brother’s keeper, but I should not be required to be my stupid brother’s keeper.
Here are some of the issues related to flooding exemplified by the pattern of extremes on the Prairies. Wet cycles bring demands for more drainage, stormwater storage, dykes, and dams. Dry cycles create demands for storage dams, water distribution systems, canals, and diversions. By the time construction for dry problems begin a wet cycle has arrived. The mistake is in designing structures for only one purpose, most can serve to reduce or retain water. The major challenge after that is knowing the pattern and levels of wet and dry. The secondary issue is to understand the mechanisms of flooding and drought and how they change over time.”……
As we see with all these AOC type stories, people, but especially women, are picked out for a cynical political purpose. This exploitation was on full display during the Justice Kavanaugh debacle. They trotted on to the stage a steady stream of women to play a part like Joan (Joan of Arc – ed.), with what they genuinely believed was an important nation saving function. Now, only a year later, they are on the rubbish heap of history. It is unlikely they will receive the forgiveness of an inquiry, like Joan did, and achieve the honored position as a savior of their country. All they got was their Warhol 15 minutes of fame, which consisted of deer blinking in the headlights of cynicism.  “…..
A Yale University test on climate titled American’s Knowledge of Climate Change” proved it. The test was designed to find out from
a national study of what Americans understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming.
The test given to 2030 American adults resulted in catastrophic results. A full 77% of them achieved a grade of only D or F (52%). I know from 50 years of talking to and dealing with politicians at all levels that their knowledge is as bad. In one way it is worse because politicians take stronger, more definitive positions that preclude an open mind.

With this ignorance, these leaders established energy, environment, and economic policies that are completely unnecessary, very expensive, and all at the expense of identifying and dealing with real problems. For example, the world was led to believe that it was overpopulated and unable to feed itself. The major culprit in this lie was by Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 book The Population Bomb, which predicted the failure of food supply, mass starvation, and societal collapse by the end of the 20th century. This distracted us from the real issues that are storage and distribution, so we are just now dealing with them. The world produced enough food for triple its population. In most of the world upward of 60% of this never made it to the table. It is lost in the field and during storage to insects, diseases, and decay. Even if the product made it out of the field a high percentage, probably some 20%, was never distributed. Store and transport the food more efficiently, and you solve most of the problem. We know this is true because in developed nations refrigeration reduced loss by 30%.”
Joe says Tim Ball has a gift; he strips away the voodoo and sees the political high-jinks for what it is: a lust for power, fame, fortune.
As long as Tim Ball speaks the misdeeds of government largess will be revealed.


Jordan Peterson / Milo Yiannopoulos
Joe and I are curious why Jordan is going down this path.
Milo, since his appearance on the world stage, has been a side show, a provocateur, a self promoter.  With a very inflated ego.
Dr. Peterson professes to be interested in the history and development of Milo’s character.  And his psychopathy.
We surmise this is a two-fold exploration of Milo’s psych, what makes him tick, and an analysis of how he “fell from grace” in 2017.
An interesting discussion; not our cup of tea.
Just another reason we ain’t a psychologist:


U.S. / Chinese Trade (War)
Another explanation of what exactly is transpiring.
It isn’t about cheaper products, but that is an element.
The real deal is market domination en route to world governance.
An analogy is McDonald’s restaurant.
Most people, if asked what the core business of McDonald’s is, would say “selling fast food”.
Ray Kroc, the founder, says the following about McDonald’s core business: “We are a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)”.  Check the link for fascinating detail.
In essence, China’s “core business” is expansionist in nature.
Fully funded by the economies of it’s “customers”.
Curtis Ellis (ex senior policy advisor to DJ Trump campaign) explains in detail how the U.S. is using tariff strategy to influence Chinese trade practices.
Joe thought this discussion makes clear why the holy grail “free trade” is an ideological not realistic objective.  That is, unless all “players” are following the same virtuous, ethical, and legal frames of reference, the “game” is rigged.
The 50 year trade history with China has established that the Chinese communist political elite has no inclination to join the “free world”; just the opposite:


Candace Owen (PragerU)
Joe and I appreciate and admire the crystal clear logic that Candace Owen exhibits.
Her youth and inexperience are a function of time.
Her thinking is top drawer in our estimation, because she has proven that her mind can be changed by logic, argument, facts: she is not an ideologue.
Unlike many other polemics, her ego isn’t the driving force (in our estimation).
In this interview, Candace speaks with Imam Mohamad Tawhidi about reforming Islam, the possibility of the same; life and times.
A wonderful open and respectful conversation:

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