Sunday Rant – 2119


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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Sunday Rant – 2019


Joe’s Comment – S. Pastis nails social media with this cartoon.  Although I don’t use Twitter or Facebook or any of the social media applications, this is a warning cartoon.  Because people have access to such immediate and broadly used “services”, because people tend to “Chicken Little” at the drop of a preposition, these amazing technologies shared by anyone with Internet access can be misinforming, addictive, stressful, and a huge waste of time.
If you don’t play you don’t pay (Joe’s 7th axiom of Sports).


Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman strikes again.
He has abandoned YoubeTube as a platform.
He may have had no choice.
This release is titled “Then the Tables Turned”, and is found on


Orange Man Bad vs Dancing Dragon
There is a large noise surrounding the tariff “war” DJT has imposed against the Chinese for reneging on their handshake deal regarding trade.
There are very loud noises from the agricultural sector in the USA.
Rightly so, for a farmer depending on the Chinese market for his soy beans is now facing an imposing and probable loss.
However, how exactly does the US trade with China?
In this American Thought Leaders interview with Stephen Moore (author of Trumponomics) the back story is key to understanding why and what the tariff dispute is all about.
Joe and I were schooled plenty by this video by a man in the know:


The U.S. Space Program + Independent Rocketeers
Joe and I loved the Disney hard cover book “Mickey Mouse and His Space Ship”, way back in our pre-school days.
One image we remember (vaguely) is the rocket sitting on it’s tail fins, late in the evening, as Mickey and Donald prepare it for take-off.
Joe says that’s when he decided to be a shade-tree back-yard tinkering tinkerer, ’cause (he says) “I’m every bit as Mickey Mouse as Mickey Mouse!”
We read every episode of “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet”.
Andre Norton’s “Galactic Derelict” inspired our fantasies.  (We recently downloaded a copy off the Internet!)
Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Issac Asimov, and hosts of sci-fi writers were our reading passion for years…… even after puberty crashed our party.
Joe and I rejoice at the re-birth of the American space program.
President Trump is re-funding space exploration.  Here’s a short YoubeTube video outlining the 2024 goal of NASA:

The major difference then to now, early program to new program, is private companies will be partnering to provide solutions.
Here is a YoubeTube video from Space X featuring the Falcon Heavy rocket:

Joe and I like to think we’d leave Earth on the first ship out.
‘Course, we’ll never have to decide…..


Democrat Follies
Yes, it’s extremely childish.  And uncharitable.  And hurtful.  And below the standards of a moral and virtuous person.
But damn!
Joe and I love The United Spot‘s parodies of the democrat elite.  We especially enjoy Nancy Pelosi’s slur; a masterful touch.
Delicious is what it is:

A short sobering observation from Blue Collar Logic‘s Jason Siler about the true identity of the emotional party, the “feelings” party:


Prager U – Stephan Harper
Our ex PM is a fine example of a time Canada used to be great.
Here’s an example of Stephan Harper’s clear vision and rational speech:


Prager U – Abortion
Dennis Prager expresses his view about the moral tragedy of abortion:


Blue Collar Logic
Joe and I are finding a wealth of common-sense analysis at Blue Collar Logic.
In this video Jason Siler explores the possible logic behind the Democrat frenzy to limit access to firearms:

Another from Dave Morrison:


Joe’s Garage

2005 Ford GT
This is an inside story of the development of the 2005 Ford GT told by Camilo Pardo who was the chief designer on the project.  Camilo is interviewed by Jay Leno.
Of course, Mr. Leno owns the #12 Ford GT produced, which is featured in the video:

Processing Trees
Our backyard featured a white oak tree when we bought the property in January of 2005. At that time it was about 50 feet tall, had no leaves (winter), and we didn’t notice it.
Zoom ahead a mere 14 years and a few months….. to April of 2019.
Armed with an Echo 320 chainsaw with 18 inch bar and Suzy Snorkelift (UNO-41E man lift), we decided to make a change.
The choice was move the tree, or cut it down.
Staying as is was no longer an option.
Although we pleaded with the tree to move further away into the back yard, our supplication fell on deaf leaves.
Down she goes!
It was much easier to measure lying down in pieces.
Total length was 90 feet from the tippy-top to the ground.
What remained was an imposing stump, about 2 feet above ground and near 5 feet in diameter at ground level.
All the canopy foliage, small branches, and material not sold as fire wood was piled on the stump and ignited with our special mix of “Boy Scout Fire Starter” (stale gasoline / diesel from derelict vehicles in the yard).
After two weeks, the fire had managed to scorch the stump top, and blacken the bark.
Seems the root system was living a “Pincher Martin” life: it kept pumping water!
What to do?
Pick and shovel was available, but an analysis of the available labor quickly kiboshed that plan; the objective is a lawn by summer.
Our labor resource was me, Joe, a shovel, a pick, an axe, and the trusty Echo chainsaw.  No chance…..
How about a back hoe attachment for Robert Cat?
We checked our piggy bank.
No dice, no cash.
Friend Lyle has one, but that’s miles away, and borrowing expensive equipment always carries the risk of “if you break it, you own it”.
Rent a machine?
Better yet, rent a service?
Our little eye spied a sign on a power pole at the corner of the Hillview Elementary School property – Al’s Stump Grinding service.
We called.
Al came to see.
We struck a deal – $250.00 CDN to grind the stump to approximately 6 – 8 inches below the surface.
Before he could begin, he specified a condition required for that price:  we must cut the stump wood down as close as possible to the surface.
Otherwise, many hours and many $$$ to grind.
Joe and I did a quick analysis.
We figured it might cost one or possibly two chains, and would require many re-sharpenings, but well within our ability and fiscal means.
We shook hands with Al, and began the beguine.  Artie Shaw’s version will suffice:

That stump put up a good fight –There were about 9 chunks total.  The Echo performed flawlessly, although a new spark plug was required to complete the cutting.  Here’s a picture of the “flush cut” stump dimension (just over 5 feet in diameter!) –Joe’s estimate of two chains was conservative.  The old chain, which cut down the entire tree, bucked the limbs, cut the firewood, and served us for two years was over half worn away.  Some of the chain teeth were about an 1/8th inch.  The old chain has been retired, after cutting 1/3 of the chunks with 6 sharpenings.
A new chain finished the work, requiring 8 sharpenings.  Wood flies with a sharp chain; not so dirt and rocks.  The “paper, scissors, rock” equivalent in forestry – wood, chain, dirt.  The saw worked hard.  More fuel was used cutting out the stump than to fell and buck the rest of the tree!
Where Joe miscalculated (an enduring habit of Joe’s) is estimating time.  The attempt to quickly cut out a 5 foot diameter stump with a 32 cc light saw and an 18 inch bar at ground level in “a few hours” became a “few hours” each day for most of a week.
Time was allocated roughly as follows:
–  sharpening, adjusting, oiling, and gassing
–  cutting the stump chunks away
–  cursing the stump, cursing the saw, cursing anyone who would plant a large tree so close to a house, cursing dirt, cursing the weather (some rain sprinkles), cursing for practice, cursing for the shear joy of cursing!
Finally, on Monday evening (a week later), a call to Al the grinder man.  We agreed Tuesday a.m. would be the show down at the Droveria Corral:
Al Seeley vs 50 year old white oak stump.  A few pictures –The victor was Al.
Al’s Vermeer SC 30 grinder ($27,000 used!) made easy work of the white oak stump.  His time estimate was conservative – he agreed to take out 3 smaller stumps I had tried burning a few years ago included in the price.
A most excellent morning!
In two hours Al had “disappeared” the white oak stump, a Lombardi poplar stump, and two maple stumps.
With the advantage of modern technology – chainsaw and tools, stump grinder, “fossil fuel products” – and some time – Al 2 hours, Joe and I 10 hours – we vanquished one stump and a few of his friends.
In olden times, that stump would have been left to dry for a year or more, then burned.  If it were necessary to remove it entirely, shovels, axes, curses (our specialty), heavy animals, and manpower galore (not women’s work) would be required.  Better men, too.
Next is to find a use for the 27 foot oak log lying there looking heavy.
Maybe go “old school”?
Here’s a video of some Swedish carpenters trying to “rive” a pine log into 13 metre rafters, much like the original 13th century carpenters did to build the spire on an old church (subject of this experiment):

Joe says machinery and technology have played an important part in men living longer.
I agree.
More time to drink beer…..

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Sunday Rant – 1919

Joe’s Comment – As much as I try to optimize time, my muse drifts into consciousness and all practicality vanishes like mist in the sun.
Maybe tomorrow?

Joe and I will vote this year.
Last time we voted, it didn’t go our way.
Politically or personally.
The party and platforms we voted for did NOT come in first.
Or second.
Also, we spent some time in the local lock-up (gaol in middle English) for an unfortunate phrase uttered (that’s the key “trigger” word) in jest.
Once again, this year, despite our inability to keep our damn mouth shut, we will undertake to influence the direction of our country’s political meandering.
Andrew Breitbart said “Politics is downstream of culture”.
A frightening and truth-laden observation.
Joe and I have long complained that an uninformed voter is an anathema to a stable and successful culture.
Or is it the other way ’round……
Joe advocates for a voting knowledge test.
Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic makes an excellent case (but doesn’t go far enough in Joe’s opinion) in arguing to make voting harder not easier:


Mueller Redux
Joe snorted out loud!
2 and a half years and all I got was this song.
Parody Project captures it all (for the smarmy butt-hurt leftist):

And another:

Not bad for a bunch of lefties!
Smooth talkin’ commie bastards……


Right Edition
The tomfoolery in Canada continues.
Here is Brian Lovig from Right Edition to highlight the latest from our beloved Chief Rainbow Socks in the currency market (snicker!!!):


Masculinity and Femininity
Joe and I have a few crazy ideas that we formulated as an itty-bitty youngster which still amuse us.
When we were very young, we thought a dog was the male and a cat was the female: i.e. the same species.  We thought the same about cows and horses.  There is some logic in there…..
Our budding “logic” lead to the assumption that man + woman = human.
Some ideas endure.
Joe and i still think that to be true; a man and a wom(b)man compliment one another to completeness.
The following video (despite the cheezy soundtrack) we found to be thought provoking.
Just what is the intention of politicizing male-female bonding by the modern feminists, the “progressive” left, the collective state?  Why must identity politics have so much gravitas?
Joe thinks there are two types of evil folks in the world.
Of the two, the well intentioned tyrant is worse:


Blue Collar Logic
These two men, Jason Siler and Dave Morrison, are on our recommended listen list.
As they point out, neither is a renowned intellectual giant.
Very refreshing.
Down to earth logic that has been distilled from living over time.
They are truly blue collar in their frame of reference and their life experience.
Joe and I found their analysis of what the progressive left expects from government to be frighteningly believable.
The failure of the nuclear family combined with the disintegration of a virtuous and moral foundation that is shared by all has given rise to a movement that relies on government to fulfill any and all shortcomings or bereavements.
There may be hope:


An unacceptable form of “government”.
As a Canadian, Joe and I have memories of personal liberty which cannot be experienced unfettered in today’s Oh! Canada!
A fond memory of riding in the back of a Chev pick-up truck way back in the mid ’50’s.  Dad and his friend Sully in the cab, driving the sandy back roads around Star Lake in southern Ontario, drinking beer en-route to the lumber yard or town or wherever.
Us kids in the back with the dogs.
Banging on the roof to get our father’s attention to speed up or slow down or turn up the radio.
Nobody died, nobody cried.
In the early ’60’s riding my bicycle to school.
No helmet.
No license plate.
No worries.
In the mid ’60’s riding an Allstate motor scooter (re-branded Vespa) around Calgary, free as a bird at 14 years old.
No helmet.
A license on the scooter.
Insurance, too.
Dad and I went to the insurance agent’s office.
Dad and the agent lit up cigarettes, talked about family, politics, weather.
Dad said “the boy needs insurance for a scooter”.
The agent signed a pink card and handed it over.
Out the door and away we go.
In the ’60’s walking down the street with my 22 rifle or b-b gun to meet up with Bob.  We used to shoot gophers and frogs and birds and whatever.
No fuss, no muss.
No swat teams or psychologist or counseling or public outcry.
In the ’70’s getting stopped by the police while driving after a few beers.  They didn’t confiscate my license or vehicle.  Instead they said drive home and we’ll follow you, but don’t you go out again tonight!  Yes sir, and thank you!
Different times…..
Now it’s 2019.
We got a ticket for no seat belt two months ago.
Joe is still furious.
I was able to keep his mouth shut when talking to the “police” ticket boy.  He was ready to re-visit the gaol on principle.  Why, when we started driving, the cars we owned did NOT have seat belts!  And it wasn’t a crime.
The tyranny of olden days and current times exists as hard fact in places like Cuba and North Korea and, sadly, Venezuella, among others.
There is another type of Tyranny.
It is a soft tyranny, which slowly removes or replaces freedoms, big and small, relentlessly.  No revolution.  No violence. No notice!
In Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, and many others, the commie bastard government confiscated all firearms.  The only firearms are with the government.
Australia and Britain have restricted access to firearms.
Canada isn’t as restricted, but if you even think out loud about using a firearm for personal defense (leave alone defending your property or opposing tyranny) you’ll be doing the frog-step all the way to the lock-up.
A few words from a wise judge, Alex Kozinski, from (believe it or not, the 9th Circuit) California, about the 2nd Amendment –

The above quote is from a litigation (Silveira v. Lockyer) where Judge Kozinski wrote the dissent.  Here it is in situ from the legal record –

Joe and I are not fans of any form of tyranny.
We don’t need big or little or any government dictating behaviour to us about anything.
We drive on the right side of the road.
We don’t beat or kill or rob or deceive people.
We pay our bills.
That should be enough.


Joe’s Garage

Seattle Crane Fail
AvE gives a pin-by-pin analysis of the tragedy in Seattle.
As he says, a totally avoidable disaster, human caused:

A follow-up from AvE, after viewers commented and supplied more data:

Jack Roush
For us Ford enthusiasts, Jack Roush is an iconic racer who has been developing Ford products for a half century.  His engineering enterprise has teamed with the Robert Yates family to produce THE engine for all Ford NASCAR teams.
The following video from Car Crazy Central gives a brief reveal of Jack Roush the man, and his family:

Here is one (one!) of Jack’s P51 Mustang WWII fighters.
One of the rewards for being a true master of your craft:

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