Sunday Rant – 0921


Joe’s Comment – Recent events in Canada, the West, and in my personal life have me musing over the cartoon work of Doug Savage.  The Canada I grew up in seems far away and long ago.
In a store last week, I was told the modern version of “no tickee, no washee” – it came out like “no mask no come in”.
I mused somewhat loudly (for there were several people around), “but, I’m not sick!”
The rebut was, “it doesn’t matter, it is the law”.
My reply was “in Canada it is legal to kill a baby in the womb, but it is against the law if I don’t wear a mask.  This is immoral!”
Once again, back to no tickee, no washee!
I am a cynical optimist.
I’ll let Hub McCann from Secondhand Lions speak for me:


Oh! Canada!
The corona virus detention centers are in full swing.
The average Canadian mud pecker doesn’t even know they exist, or, if they do know, they think little of it….. until someone they know is involved.
Or when bad things happen in bad places poorly thought out and implemented for all the wrong reasons.
Here is Viva Frei wetting his panties about it for very good reason.
This is NOT the Canada Joe and I grew up in; where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?:


There seems to be some confusion about the nature of work.
Thinking is work (how few actually think is another debate).
Doing is work.
Here are two young men (sorry ladies) doing work:

This work is on a drill rig floor.
These two men, and at least one more out of sight, are engaged in the occupation known as “roughneck”ing.
It is physically demanding, extremely dangerous, and choreographed like the best Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers dance scene.
The big difference is this is in real time, with real whirling chains, heavy spinning pipe, and slippery drilling “mud” all over the place.
Let’s hear that tripe about women can do anything men can do.
Joe says that is true in theory – no argument.
But like most Lefty myths, it is a straw man argument.
The real question is how many can do this work and how much can they do?
For every man that can do this work (I’d reckon 1 in 100) there might be a woman ratio of 1 in a million.
That folks is NOT equality.
That is reality…..


Gunhild Carling
Joe and I admire this absolutely fabulous entertainer.
She tap dances, plays the trombone, trumpet, coronet, sings….. and looks like she’s having a fabulous time doing it.
In this video she is entertaining King Carl Gustaf of Sweden on his 70th Bday:

We have watched a number of her performances.  She is consistent, high energy, and a cross between big band, jazz, and the Gong Show.
Talk about diversity, her orchestra has one of everyone…..
The bass player at 3:04 is fantastic!
Long live Gunhild!:


This process has been around for some time, a process the Germans used to produce synthetic fuel in WWII.
The first synthetic fuel process was patented by Freidrich Bergus in 1913, in Germany.
The video below is somewhat misleading – the Australians didn’t invent the process, and they aren’t the first to render plastic waste into it’s base material – oil and oil byproducts.
What is interesting is an industrial sized plant (this one is large but not large enough):

The process called pyrolysis – super heating organic material in the absence of oxygen – breaks down the complex molecules to their basic components.
Sorta like finding the lowest common denominator.
A small batch electric powered machine was devised by Akinori Ito and Shimo Yoshiko about 10 years ago.
Joe and I remember seeing the presentation, and immediately thought it was brilliant!
It’s on our to do list to build a small batch plant.
We calculate our home processes about 500 pounds of plastic per year.
Pyrolysis is what we should be doing with dead people, dead animals (if we don’t eat them), and any organic waste.
198,000 people die every day in the world (give or take) – that would keep your diesel (first three letters = die) running for some time.
Some additional links if you’re interested:


Joe’s Garage

Perseverance Rover
February 18th Landing
This is a video with commentary of the touchdown on Mars of the latest NASA rover:

Engineering of Perseverance
Another great step forward for all mankind.  This video reveals the engineering advances incorporated in Perseverance.  Simply amazing progress since the earlier rovers Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity:

Carnivore Pancakes
Joe and I are at 2½ years of carnivore only meals.
The challenge, if there is any, is pandering to old habits of taste and diversity.
We have been experimenting with various and sundry, not because our diet is boring, but to convince friends and family that dropping carbs and sugars can be tasty while being so much more healthy in the short and long run.
Here is a recipe for pancakes we might try:

Dr. Robert Cywes
The “Carb Addiction Doctor” released an interesting video asking the question – do you know what fuels the body?
The answer is complicated yet simple.  The best food for the human body is animal fat:

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Joe’s Comment – I admit to being overly sensitive to Winter weather.  Or indigent weather of any kind.  An archaic use of the word “indigent”, meaning poor or deficient in what is requisite.
What is requisite (especially in February, the harridan of the calendar) is sunshine, warmth, greenery.
I remember being outside in the sun most of my life.
It is a false memory, for life in Canada isn’t Kalahari Desert days.
I spend time outside in Winter, but it just ain’t the same.
There were Winters in Calgary when I refused to wear a jacket, only a sweater.  Like the Corey Pandolph cartoon above – livin’ the life.
When Winter gets me down, the cabin fever rages and the winter madness is overwhelming, the Roz Chast cartoon about the boulevard of unbroken dreams is symptomatic of my sub-zero cold-blooded reptilian response.
A cup of warm cocoa (skip the salmon), a bit of TV, and so to bed…..


Quick Dick McDick
What would Monday be without a bit of humor from Saskatchewan’s foremost ambassador?
On this Monday, QDMcD tells all (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher) about “Windydaday”, “For Sale”, and “Succession Planning” aka “Farm Succession”, in a collection called Short QDMS III:


Biden Excellence
Y’all remember the election in 2008?
Joe and I didn’t like the jug eared Munificent Mulatto.
Not because we are “racist” (but if the left keeps pushing, they will surely educate us at great length, painstakingly, on the finer points of becoming one).
Nevertheless, we swore we would try to keep an open mind and judge the man on his performance as the most powerful man in the world.
Abject unabashed total failure.
Joe and I are still waiting for the “first black President”.
When DJ Trump became president, we also swore we would try to keep an open mind and judge the man on his performance as the most powerful man in the world.
A total success in terms of “We The People”.
An unending harassment from the left before, during, and after his 4 year term.
Now we have Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Same pledge to an attempt at objective judgement.
That attempt didn’t last long.
Joe and I are what we describe as mud peckers.
We know the difference between $5.00 / gallon gasoline and $2.00 / gallon gasoline – the difference means more $$$ to take care of the plethora of other concerns which can be kept at bay by filthy lucre.
We know the difference between reality and fantasy – the difference in today’s world is the difference between conservatism and “liberalism”.
Tucker Carlson is the only MSM personality we can stomach to watch.
In this recent show, he identifies a half dozen cuckoo leftist platforms now being pursued WITH A VENGEANCE AND A FLURRY OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS.
See if you agree:


Space Force
Joe and I are a product of ’40’s to’80’s sci-fi.
We still remember the 1952 Little Golden Book “Mickey Mouse and His Space Ship” –
Joe and I got hung up on one image in the book – Mickey and Donald are at the shop working on that beautiful ship.
What a concept!
You can actually build a space ship and go to the moon?
We’ve been gear heads ever since.
If you have a “few whiles” (a phrase coined by my son Donald), the lovely Krissy will read the story to you:

We believe there is nothing more noble, more majestic, than for Mankind (and any womankind who care to participate) to reach out to the stars.
Seems the Biden administration see things differently.
Recent legislation has grounded Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Will this be a canary in a coal mine for the Space Force program too?
The degree of myopia the left exhibits is extraordinary.


SJW Scare O’ the Week
Joe and I watch Dr. Shawn Baker’s early morning walk video most every day.
He is the creator of the website “MeatRx“.
Each morning he walks his dogs Sasha and Maximus and reflects on the latest controversy his nutritional beliefs are assailed with, most frequently (almost always) by vegans, vegetarians, animal rights groups, and sometimes other doctors who can’t shake their basic training.
Today he briefly addresses the latest movement, “White Veganism”.
Joe has no comment.
I say, after watching the examples of “spokespeople” in this video, that I wonder what these types of people did before the Internet.
They yearn so sincerely to be on the correct side.
Perhaps someone should tell them that they are welcome to follow their own paths.
However, when they insist that everyone else MUST DO the same, they cross a line:


Remembering Rush Limbaugh
A thoughtful commemoration of Rush Limbaugh by our favorite historian, Victor Davis Hanson, plus reflections and commentary on current events:



Fall of Civilizations – Episode II
Last week we embedded the first episode which told the story of the fall of Roman influence in Britain.
This week the story is the fall of the Bronze Age.
Joe and I must have been asleep for these 4 score minus 9 years.
Interesting overview.
Interesting ruins.
The three conflicts in all their terrible majesty – man against man, man against nature, and man against himself (and woman too, if you must):


Joe’s Garage

Ford Flathead
The first vintage Ford Joe and I owned was a 1939 Deluxe 2 door sedan, with 3 speed (floor shift) standard transmission, 239 cubic inch V8 flathead engine, torque-tube drive line, and a working push button radio!
It was a forest green, and looked like this –

Joe and I broke the transmission after driving it for a year or so.
If it was today when that happened, we would have re-built the transmission and kept it stock.
It was a beautiful old vehicle.
However, being 18 years old and knowing everything under the sun (heavy sarcasm) we took out the flathead engine and drive train, then replaced it with the drive line from a 1958 Ford.  We discarded the automatic transmission and found a standard gear box to put behind the 332 cubic inch FE series engine.
If we ever get to Heaven, we will have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do for ruining such a fine automobile.
The following video shows an early style flathead V8 rebuild.
The man doing the build is a legendary engine builder, Keith Dorton.
Mr. Dorton is the owner of Automotive Specialists.
A bore and stroke of this otherwise stock 239 block yields ample improvements:

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Joe’s Comment – The Winter heebie-jeebies still have a hold on me.  The double digit below zero Celsius continues.  My mind says “Go!” but my body checks out.
The number of choices I make is fruitless; the wrong or unwanted choice is my forte.  I don’t know if I can force a solution, but the following cartoon from Marion Kamensky outlines my dream of a Spring break-through to quench my intellectual thirst –


Quick Dick McDick
Every Monday morning there it is, another Saskatchewan QDMcD sparkle of brightness to cheer a Canadian winter suffering fool.
Today’s episode celebrates the word “Nippy”.
According to the words of the tune, the fine folks in Saskatchewan are enjoying -40°C temperatures.
No argument from Joe and me.  That there is some nippy weather:


Fall of Civilizations
Joe and I wonder sometimes, about the ruins we have seen in person, or recorded on video or canvas or photo paper.
We wonder how such wonders so old were built.
In our darker reflections, we wonder how they crumbled into decay.
What happened?
Every once in a while, we wonder, is it happening now in the West?
The Ub2b channel Fall of Civilizations has an excellent series of documentaries that study how the mighty civilizations of the past fell to ruin (11 to date).
Following is Episode 1, “Roman Britain – The Work of Giants Crumbled”:


Biden ROI
The wonderful consequences of this new administration.
This young woman is a recipient of the flurry of “executive orders” and the crony appointments the Biden crime family has graced the U.S. of A.
The Big Boys got their way.
Big Pharma is back with a vengeance – anal rape without Vaseline.
My dear beloved left leaning friends, who precisely, does your preferred political bent favor?
Not the average mud pecker, not this distressed lady with an ill child:

In the dark recesses of your mind, how important do you feel?
How secure do you feel?
We’ve included the following meme before.  It is gaining veracity –


Joe’s Garage

Sir Stirling Moss (RIP)
In 1952, Stirling Moss won the Rheims Grand Prix in France driving a “C” type Jaguar.
The event was heralded around the world because this was the first race won by a car equipped with disc brakes.
The Dunlop company had been working with Jaguar to perfect what many thought a dangerous and foolhardy braking system.
Stirling lapped the entire field on his way to victory.
The next year, 1953, the Jaguar C Type ruled at Le Mans – finishing 1,2, and 4, lapping the entire field by 5 laps.
This video titled “The Racers That Stopped the World” documents the development and implementation by Mr. Moss, Norman Dewis, and many other dedicated individuals.
Joe and I owned a 1959 Mk.I Jaguar, equipped with 3.4L DOHC in-line 6 cylinder engine, featuring Dunlop disc brakes.  A bit ahead of the times for North America.  We watched this video for its historic information, and to hear those lovely Jags roar:

Here’s what our 1959 Mk.I Jaguar sedan looked like  –

Owning that wonderful Jag kinda ruined it for Joe and me for quite a few years –

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