Sunday Rant – 4318


Joe’s Comment – Stephan Pastis cracks me up.  Larry the croc is a mirror image of me.  The number of well laid plans that have gone awry over the years vastly outnumbers our success.  With that kind of win / lose stat you’d think I’d be a lot more wise and experienced and knowledgeable.  You’d think wrong….


Gavin McInnes
Whomever you are, you will want to watch this video.
Joe and I watch Gavin occasionally; he is a dollop of Canadian fun imported/immigrated  to the US of A.  He has been a gadfly in the Progressive eye for at least a decade.
Gavin’s latest claim to fame is in 2016 he established the men’s chauvinist group the “Proud Boys” (chauvinist as in patriotic AND chauvinist as in MEN ONLY).
The Proud Boys mantra is “I am a Western Chauvinist and I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.  The West is the Best!”
The first time Joe said the words “The West is the Best!” was in 1960.  Joe and I have witnesses: Ronnie D. and Steve C. were there.  Joe still says it, because he took Jordan Peterson’s words to heart: “if you can’t tell the truth, at least don’t lie.”  There is a complementary group “The Proud Boys’ Girls” on FaceBook.
The Proud Boys are the antidote to the “Antifa” lefties / progressives who are making the news by violently interrupting / attacking / harassing conservatives.
(Note from Joe:  read the Wikipedia information for Proud Boys above, then the Wikipedia information for Antifa.  Notice any bias?  Here is the Proud Boys official website, and here is the Antifa official website.  A different bias?  Joe is smiling.)
Here is Gavin from way back when (2017) explaining the roots of Proud Boys with his irreverent and very funny delivery.
Joe couldn’t stop laughing:

A lighthearted, humorous and cogent delivery.
Joe and I will be buying the T-shirt, and joining the Canadian version ASAP.
Stay tuned for further developments.


Prager U
This release from Prager U features Dennis Prager himself.
He defines “The American Trinity: The Three Values That Make America Great” in this short video.
Haven’t seen any such work outside a beer advertisement for Canada.
Coincidence or ???:


Gad Saad
Joe and I have become a fan of Professor Gad Saad.
When Dr. Jordan Peterson was first caught in the cross hairs of SJW stupidity, he turned to Gad Saad for consul and direction.
In the “intersectional value hierarchy”, Dr. Saad is not at ground zero (a white heterosexual male) because he is a Lebanese Jew.  His family literally had to flee for their lives from an antisemitic war zone.
Joe thinks if you hear some brass balls clanking when someone walks by, chances are you will catch a glimpse of Gad Saad.
Another personality Joe and I have watched for years and years, Greg Gutfeld, has a podcast.  This audio is from a recent conversation Greg has with Gad Saad.
Joe says this is good stuff:


IQ and Politics
How about this for a summary of the invasion moving north through Mexico heading for the light on the hill –
“Vote for Socialism.
Flee to Capitalism.
Vote for Socialism.”
Joe and I think this is the best Stefan Molyneaux monologue that we have heard.
The subject is the “caravan” of human misery from the Central Americas heading for the US of A at an incredible rate.
A “march” that covers hundreds and hundreds of miles per day with over 7 thousand people?
That’s a lot of roadside taco stands, toilets, tampons, and Coca-Cola.
To say nothing for medical attention, new shoes, water, and cheer leaders.
The whole fucking mess stinks of an “October Surprise“.
Funded by whom or whore is the question…..
Joe says we can’t directly finger the Democrats with this one.  They are devious, smarmy, immoral putzes, but they can’t think big like this (can they?).  Even if they think on this scale, could they actually organize and execute?
On the other hand….
The Globalists might have something to say.
And the Commie bastards (they’re everywhere, they’re everywhere!).
Joe says the following graphic might explain the “caravan” population somewhat.  The IQ mean for Hispanics is approx. 87.  The caravan is mostly young men.  These people aren’t Albert Einstein and his bridge partner.
Someone or something is paying for this farce, and these young men are, as Mongo says, just pawns in game of life.

The small minded masses….. a complex conundrum that is more Gordian Knot than integral calculus, for the same reason cell phones are more complex than Morse Code, but their use is not.
The following graphic is more direct, less “politically correct”.
People with an IQ of 80 – 90 are considered “Dull normal”.
People with an IQ of 70 – 80 are considered “Borderline (retarded)”.
People with an IQ of less than 70 are considered “Retarded”, with gradients from Profound to Mild.
Joe hasn’t much to add, except the mentally gifted should stop using the mentally challenged as cannon fodder.

Joe thinks POTUS will derive a solution much like Alexander the Great did (with the Gordian Knot), by approaching the problem from an “end solution” perspective.
Joe might be wrong, but we both hope POTUS gets it right:


Ancient Sailors
Joe and I found this to be interesting.
The archaeologists are more interested in the artifact than the people who created it, it being the oldest known intact shipwreck.
Carbon dating puts this Greek vessel at 2,400 years old, sunk in 2 kilometers of Black Sea wet and darkness.
Joe wants to know what happened to the sailors?
An amazing find.  Documentary to follow (it’s fresh news).


Elizabeth Warren Redux
Joe says this woman shouldn’t have a political career after her faux pas of extraordinary “cultural appropriation”.
However, she is a member of the emotional party, the Democratic Party.
They will probably erect a statue….
Joe thinks the depth and breadth of knowledge, intelligence, and humor of “We The People” is boundless.
As proof, Joe and I offer more (yes, more!) incredibly witty and ascorbic cartoons, memes, and observations –


Joe’s Garage
Hooly is an old Scottish word for gently.
Joe was very hool(sp?) maneuvering an old E150 van body onto our new (to Joe) trailer.
Hooly, hooly.
The problem with loading the van is it has no frame or wheels under it.  The van body was removed to facilitate extricating the engine and transmission.
How to load it?
The van body by itself is too heavy for Joe’s RobertCat to lift.  RobertCat can only lift 1,200 pounds (BobCat 743DS).  Lifting one end or the other was a bit tippy, too.
As a fact, it was tippier to the point Joe backed off before it became tippiest – we don’t know how we’d ever get it back on it’s feet if we rolled it over on it’s back or side.
The new (to Joe) trailer is equipped with a cheap Chinese Snap-On® 10,000 pound (maximum pull) winch equipped with a four roller fairlead, and synthetic fiber cable.  Thanks to Ricky D. a removable winch mount bracket was fabricated to facilitate mounting / detaching the winch as required.
You can see the winch location in the photo below.
Joe’s mighty pea brain went into overdrive to attack the problem from all directions simultaneously.  He quickly came to the conclusion that a gyn pole  (gin pole) arrangement would be ideal.  A pulley mounted on a gin pole high enough to give the winch a vertical AND horizontal force would lift and separate….

Unfortunately, Joe doesn’t have a gyn pole.  Or a Playtex “lift and separate” bra big enough to move the van.  Or a Bernadette Peters….
To be clear, Joe doesn’t have a Playtex bra of any size or dimension.  Maybe he’ll get one from Santa for being such a good boy.
He can always dream about a Bernadette to stuff it.  But I digress…..
The idea of lift and separate gave Joe another idea – use a large round object as a roller at the end of the trailer to lift as it pulls.
What to use?
A quick search around the property offered several options – a 45 US gallon barrel, a wheel rim (without tire), an expired propane tank for the expired barbecue, various pails and containers.
The barrel was too cumbersome.
All the wheel rims we spied had tires on them.
The pails and containers were light gauge steel or plastic – too flimsy.
The propane tank won out by elimination.
Joe soon discovered that the winch cable connected to the under side of the van body and fed over the propane tank (lying on its side) at the back edge of the trailer was viable.  It worked.
Up, up, and away!
However….. the van body was on a slight downhill slope at 90° to the van.  As the winch cable drew the van up up and away it also drifted slightly downhill, not aligning with the center of the trailer.
RobertCat to the rescue!
With repeated setting and re-setting of the propane tank, and judicious use of RobertCat (equipped with his majestic pallet forks) the van body made a slow but sure traverse onto the trailer.
Total time was about 2 hours, most of which was spent cooling Joe’s mighty pea brain to prevent overheating and meltdown.
A detachable easily stored gin pole accessory is in our future trailer tool set.
A couple of cinch straps and the job is done –

Here’s another view showing the ingenious winch mount at the front of the trailer –

Ingenious as it is, the winch mount needs to be more ingenious.
In conference with Ricky D., we have agreed that an ingenious-est mount will allow the winch to occupy the space where the tackle box is now, and a new, improved tackle box will be built around and over the winch.  This will incorporate a “headache rack” functionality – not to prevent cab damage to the truck, but to store chain binders, chains, straps, and various materials needed to load and secure loads.
Good, better, beast,
We shall have a feast,
Hooly, hooly as we go,
Problem solving redux.

Joe says it doesn’t rhyme.
So sue Sioux me.

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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…..


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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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 –


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).
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.
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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