Sunday Rant – 4718


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?
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:

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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Joe’s Comment – doG a-mighty!  That Stephan Pastis has his finger on my pulse!  Whatever the question, beer is the answer…..


Armistice Day
Joe and I are sure that we could not survive without the freedoms we enjoy as a Canadian citizen.
Imagine sitting in a “modern” apartment in North Korea, having the energy and drive of Joe and I combined.
And our smart-ass mouth.
And our loathing for authority….
We would have been put up against a wall and perforated, a.k.a. AK-47 ventilation.
It is now 100 years since WWI; the “Great War” ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Joe and I were born in Toronto, long after this picture was taken of Armistice Day celebrations in Toronto –

You can bet that everyone in this picture is now passed, for the youngest person we see appears to be about 12 years old.  Alive today he would be 112.
It is now 73 years since WWII.  Here is a picture of people celebrating the end of World War II , once again in Toronto –

Joe and I have never been drafted or served in the armed forces.
Our pater Donald served, as did his father, Thomas.
They are both long passed.
Joe and I have never been without food or shelter.
We have never suffered hardship outside a few rough patches entirely self administered and managed (poorly).
Our life is not threatened by anything other than dying of old age, or stupidity.
Or both.
During WWII 1.1 million Canadians served, of a population of only 11 million – our quick calculation (all our fingers and toes) says that is 10%!
At the end of WWII the Canadian Air Force was the 4th largest in the world and the Canadian Navy was the 5th largest in the world.
If you take the Baby Boomer seniority ground zero as 1946, Joe and I have a seniority number of 72 – 4 = 68: we were born in 1949, four years after ground zero.
When Joe and I die, our little pea brain will be in “as new” condition (almost unused).
We never had to use it.
When we die, we will have all our fingers and toes, for we have never seen a land mine let alone danced on one.
We’ve never been out of work (unless we chose that state of affairs).
We were blessed by doG Almighty with a family.
Life is good here in the true Nord strong and free.
Thank you veterans, alive or passed.
Our life has been the proverbial “piece of cake” thanks to your sacrifice.
A brief video of Canadian fighting in World War I during the “100 Days Campaign”:

11 contributions of Canada in WWI and WWII is the history of the tough battles and sacrifice that gained great respect for the Canadian fighters.
The video is at the History Channel website HERE.


John Stossel
The self effacing, mild mannered Libertarian of choice for Joe and I.
Mr. Stossel is always clear minded and logical in his inquiry methodology.
In this oped he discusses censorship, specifically of Gavin McInnes:


Lies of Omission
This documentary is a discussion with various individuals who have been instrumental in discovering unflattering or illegal truths about government activities and practices in the U S of A.
Joe says the Canadian version hasn’t been produced.  Yet.
He also says don’t hold your breath (what about those gun seizures in High River AB?)
This story is the story of “lies of omission”, the obfuscation or denial of the main stream media and / or government to bring their facts and findings to public awareness.
Corruption big and small has the same result.
Joe is pessimistic.  It is inevitable.
It is the reality.
Can it be that it is meant to be, or is that the challenge?  Ponder away:


Tucker Carlson
One bonus that attends the release of Tucker Carlson’s book “Ship of Fools” is the increased exposure to his personality and weltanshauung.
Joe and I enjoy his message and especially his self deprecating humorous delivery.
This video is a recent (16 October 2018) promotional presentation (with Q&A) at the Independent Institute, at Alameda, California:

Update: on Thursday (8 November) a group of “protesters” arrived at Tucker Carlson’s residence in Washington D.C.  His wife resorted to dialing 911 for help.  Joe says once again the progressive movement shows it’s true colors.
These people are street scum.
Joe is an opinionated man.
And this time his opinion is “dead on balls accurate” (apology to Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny).  It’s an industry standard:

Sunday Update:  On Friday night Tucker Carlson was not hosting his evening show (Brian Kilmeade subbed).  I expect he took some time to sit with his family and determine a course of action.  And home invasion tactics.  During the Kilmeade show, Tucker came on via phone line to give his position.  When you hear it, the man’s basic decency and honesty shines.  Here’s the video clip:

Joe says that if the children were home (Tucker has 4) with his wife or not, the “protestors” perpetrated an aggressive hostile attack.  They should be identified, dragged into court, and sued until their employer is penniless.
Don’t think for a moment this was a “spontaneous” gathering of like minded individuals exercising their first amendment right(s).
The next week will be interesting re: Tucker replying and responding.  If he bothers to give this mob of degenerates the air time.
I think he shouldn’t mention them, but pursue legal recourse post haste.
Joe is more about revenge.  Maybe post the name, phone number, and street address of every one of these spineless cowards.
One thing Joe and I know for sure.
Liberal outrage is super-selective.
In electronics, they would be a tunable notch filter.
But they aren’t electrical components, they are misaligned people.
Unlike a notch filter gone bad, crazy people CAN and DO BAD THINGS.
The legal system might be just the ticket; a stern and expensive method to educate them in a better way of behaving.
Who cares what they think….. or how they were raised.


Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman before the November 6th election.
His next, post election froglegs. should be interesting, because they all are, including this one.
Joe is curious to know his take on loosing the House:

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