Sunday Rant – 4620

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Joe’s Comment – Ah!  The execution of a well thought out plan……
Some weeks are prettier than others.

 

Victor Davis Hanson
Dr. Hanson discusses the aftermath of the election (still unraveling) with Australian John Anderson:

 

Glenn Beck
Joe and I like Glenn Beck.
He has been a “canary in the coal mine” for as long as we have been aware of him in the public square – gotta be close to 20 years now.
The latest departure from normal in America (or the Law as white folks would describe) – where all the rules for elections are described in detail in the Constitution, and all the States have defined in their Constitutions – are being ignored, changed without due process, maligned, or obfuscated for some nebulous “common good”, has really lit Mr. Beck’s fuse.
We like it.
This is not the Glen Beck who, in the past, broke down and wept in the public eye.
This is a furious Glen Beck!
Joe and I are furious too, that the political elite, the uber wealthy, the connected and powerful, those who have bested the Monopoly® game of life – they don’t need a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, because the sons-a-bitches never go to jail in the first place!
Jeffrey Epstein not withstanding…..
Joe and I have never, and we mean never!, promoted ourselves as the “voice of reason”.  Our Achilles Heel is we get emotional, we get passionate, we get furious about what we see as abuse of the innocent, the weak, the infirm, the challenged folks that cannot fend for themselves against the bully strong.
We’re gonna watch this video more than once, to make sure we get the ideas in order, to align our own sense of injustice (if possible) with the right, the sane, the order of law.
Every decent citizen must find a voice and become their best version of St. George, for here be dragons!
From the story of St. George –
When the dragon’s appetite was not satiated, the people of the city began sacrificing human beings to it.”
“Then was an ordinance made in the town that there should be taken the children and young people of them of the town by lot, and every each one as it fell, were he gentle or poor, should be delivered when the lot fell on him or her.”
Unlike modern times (as depicted in our outrage above), the king’s daughter, the princess, drew the lot to be sacrificed.
If you don’t see this happening in the world around us, give yer head a shake.
And then along comes Jones George –
“Thus as they spake together the dragon appeared and came running to them, and S. George was upon his horse, and drew out his sword and garnished him with the sign of the cross, and rode hardily against the dragon which came towards him, and smote him with his spear and hurt him sore and threw him to the ground. And after said to the maid: Deliver to me your girdle, and bind it about the neck of the dragon and be not afeard. When she had done so the dragon followed her as it had been a meek beast and debonair.”
St. George was following his faith.
You may recognize the St. George Cross; one of the flags comprising the Union Jack.
Folks have to pick a side in the coming unrest – that means following your faith:

There is a scene in the movie “Second Hand Lions” that captures the sentiment, the path, the necessary, in a brief exchange between Uncle Huck and young Walter:

To reiterate –
Walter: Around my mom all I hear is lies.  I don’t know what to believe.
Huck: Damn, if you want to believe in something, then believe in it.  Just because something isn’t true that’s no reason you can’t believe in it.  There’s a long speech I give to young men.  Sounds like you need to hear a piece of it.  Just a piece.  Sometimes…. the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most.  That people are basically good.  That honor, courage, and virtue mean everything.  That power and money, money and power mean nothing.  That good always triumphs over evil, and I want you to remember this, that love…. true love…. never dies.  You remember that boy.  Remember that.  Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, you see.  A man should believe in those things because those are the things worth believing in.  Yeah.  Got that?
Walter: That was a good speech.
Huck:  You think so?  Thanks.
If you call Joe and I hopeless old Romantics, you be wrong.
If you call Joe and I a “Pollyanna“, you would be much closer.
After 71 years of ups and downs (not too many), ins and outs (not enough of either), ’round and ’rounds (we get dizzy), the fact remains we are blindingly optimistic about the future of life, specifically in the Western cultures.

We won’t forget the words of the late great Charles Krauthammer (from the introduction of his book “Things That Matter”) describing the (unfortunate but real) impact of a political system on a people (from Sunday Rant – 2914) –
“………. the same reason I left psychiatry for journalism. While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory, and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance, and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.
Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything – high and low and, most especially, high – lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933.
………….Turns out we need to know one more thing on earth: politics – because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither.
This is no abstraction. We see it in North Korea, whose deranged Stalinist politics has created a land of stunning desolation and ugliness, both spiritual and material. We saw it in China’s Cultural Revolution, a sustained act of national self-immolation, designed to dethrone, debase and destroy the highest achievements of five millennia of Chinese culture. We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which, just months before 9/11, marched its cadres into the Bamiyan Valley and with tanks, artillery and dynamite destroyed its magnificent cliff-carved 1,700-year-old Buddhas lest they – like kite flying and music and other things lovely – disturb the scorched-earth purity of their nihilism.
Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay and everything burns…….’”
This is reality.
Joe and I have spent very little time in our gear-headed life thinking about politics.
In our case, too little, too late.
Mia culpa for each of us.
Nostrum culpa for all of us (Joe and I are the “front man” for the other 35 in our head)…..
It doesn’t have to be that way for younger folks.
Just sayin’.
We’ll add to this rant with a lovely video from Daisy Cousens, a clear-headed rational thinker if ever there was.
Her analysis of the election results is the Republican Party made gains in the House and Senate, and all down the ticket, state and city.
The Electoral College has still to speak, which will determine the new president.
Ms. Daisy explains perfectly the difference between the conservative voter and the progressive voter.  Go Daisy go!:

Rounding up the commentary, here is Jason Siler of Blue Collar Logic with his observations of Democrat hocus-pocus:

 

Rex Havens
Joe and I enjoy the wit and delivery of this comedian.
He is a rare one – no foul language.
Instead, he has a machine gun delivery, a Dennis Miller like “connect the dots” reference matrix, great insight, and a buoyant spirit.
What’s not to enjoy?
Here’s Rex Havens with “Your Wife Is More Complicated Than You”:

 

Joe’s Garage
Armistice Day (Remembrance Day)
On “Poppy Day”, Joe and I spent some time reflecting on the absolutely soft life we have lived, thanks to those who defend our country, our culture, our Western way of living.
Two videos we found to be realistic and down to earth – actual warriors who have earned recognition for their remarkable skill or extreme heroism – demonstrate that despite their overwhelming superiority, they are very human.
First is Carlos Hathcock, the sniper with the most accredited kills in the Vietnam War.  His exploits have spawned books and movies:

Master Sergent Roy P. Benavidez was shot all to hell more than once.  In a skirmish in the Vietnam War, Master Sergent Benavidez, with multiple wounds, went above and beyond to save the lives of eight fellow combatants.
President Ronald Reagan decorated him with the Medal of Honor.  In a speech the Master Sergent reveals his humility, his sense of humor, and his humanity:

There are many many more examples of fearless heroes who have responded to grave situations with acts of bravery beyond the average person’s frame of reference.  Some make the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to defend us.
We can only express our gratitude, and sincere appreciation.
Lord knows Joe and I are bold with the words, but we know we could never hold a candle to these heroes.

Flatheads Forever
Joe and I have owned many vehicles over the years that were (and are) powered by the venerable Ford V-8, the “flathead”.
Here is an interesting video – one cylinder head removed but running:

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