Sunday Rant – 4821


Joe’s Comment – Is it a yin/yang relationship?  A chaos/order conflict?
Who would want to be where they wanted to be?
Is that exercising “free will” or is that “destiny”?
And is it ying/yang or yin/yang?

To be the rock or the wind…..
It is the same only not.


What Year Is This Anyway?
Us Baby Boomers have had a wonderful life – and it ain’t over yet.
The older we get, the more we believe the film of our life is looped.
Dame Shirley Bassey sings it with the Propeller Heads – History Repeating.
Joe and I have an adverse reaction to “modern times”.
Joe suspects it is because we have seen many ideas re-introduced with a new twist or skewed perspective – same shit different time and place.
Here’s a 42 year old excerpt from The Life of Brian”, a Monty Python movie.
Joe says if it wasn’t so funny he’d take up drinking:

As Judith says, it’s nobody’s fault, not even the Romans…..
I think you’re finished.



The American Redoubt
Joe and I are Redoubtists.
No two ways about it.
Since early days, we’ve admired folks who live on semi sufficient or self sufficient plots of land far away from the morphing and warping influence of a “Big City”.
We believe any large accumulation of people has an unacceptable under-side behavior that cannot possibly be balanced by the top-side benefits.
That doesn’t make us “racist”.
That doesn’t make us “white supremacists”.
That doesn’t make us “fundamentalists”.
What it does make us is adventurous, self reliant, and wanting very much to be left alone by government forces, big and small.
The following video is published by The Times and The Sunday Times.
They have a suspicious and jaded view of the American Redoubt movement.
For the life of we, Joe and I don’t see what is wrong if like minded people decide to do a “birds of a feather” dance and form their own majority community.
The examples are numerous and diverse.
Some folks just aren’t designed to spend their precious time in a city:


COVID Tidbits

Joe and I have been keeping up with “Stefan” of Sanity4Sweden’s list of names.
Ub2b has finally understood what he is doing and have shut him down permanently.
You can find him over on BitChute and Rumble.
According to our tally, he had 51 names on his list when Ub2b shut him down.
Bravo and congratulations Stefan!
We are aware of most of the names and their story.
Over time we will find them all, post their names, and link to a pertinent presentation or statement or revelation.
Here is Stefan on the Rumble platform:

Glenn Beck – The Blaze
Mr. Beck has produced a very detailed analysis of what the COVID fiasco is about.
He titled this opus “Crimes or Cover-Up?”, and it is well worth the time expenditure.
Joe and I watched and learned:

Misc. COVID Memes


Jason Siler
A celebration of Christmas music, tailored to the Brandon Biden administration:


Joe’s Garage

Tire Valve Stem
The Schrader valve has been around for the entire time Joe and I have been alive.  The Schrader company, established in 1844, invented the valve in 1890.
The Schrader tire valve is literally universally used for pneumatic tires everywhere in the world.
It must be a good solution because we haven’t seen a better way.
There are complications though – when they leak it is often a problem to replace the valve stem depending on the size and mass of the wheel / tire combination.
Where have we been?
First time seeing this and it is a hoot!
Gotta get some:

Rolls Royce Crecy
The aero engine that eclipsed all piston engines.
This two stroke sleeve valved engine was on track to produce double the horse power output per cubic inch of the legendary Merlin.
Had not the advent of the jet engine interfered, the Crecy would have been the most powerful piston engine of its day.
Necessity is truly the Mother of Invention:

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Joe’s Comment – Another “wasted” week.  Along about this time of year the infinite engine that powers me runs out of a certain type of fuel.
I think my genetic sources came by the bear or squirrel family: I’m inclined to “hibernate” when the weather goes South.
That is to say, I am an outside kinda person who is disenchanted with freezing weather.
In cold times, I’m quite happy to read a book, listen to music, do research for the pleasure of it, dream my dreams, think my thinks, plan my plans, and if any time is left, actually do something.
When I look in the mirror, when I reflect, it hasn’t changed my mind for decades.

When I look in the mirror, it is a jolt of reality.
How in the name of Heaven did I get here?
Time for advanced reflection, I reckon…..



COVID Miscellaneous


Kyle Rittenhouse
Joe and I have a few thoughts we’ve been fermenting about the tragedy that befell a 17 year old boy trying to do good.
Our Sunday Rant – 4120 expressed our feelings at the time.
We wonder what were his parents thinking, if they were thinking at all?
We wonder how young Kyle could be so ideological in our modern world and so naive at the same time?
Joe and I abhor crowds and mobs and people in large numbers.
After all, “free will” is a myth; we are nothing more than meat puppets at best.
Joe points out that there are some mighty fine meat puppets wandering around like they have free will.  Life is a mystery…..
Our thoughts about the unfortunate events culminating in a not guilty verdict are as follows.
–  Kyle Rittenhouse has every right in the world to defend himself
–  There should not have been a trial
–  The world will not miss the two men he killed in self defense
–  The lawyers smell blood in the water, and will be circling, looking for a payday for years to come
–  The MSM is an evil consortium of callow and vapid scum who feed off tragedy and deceit
–  The jury did the right thing
–  As Canadians, Joe and I admire the clarity and strength of the American Constitution.
There are a large number of memes and information circulating.
Here is some of it that we approve –


Joe’s Garage

Homemade Hydroxychloroquine
Joe and I are coming to a conclusion in our medical education that goes like this – simple solutions with a “natural” source are the Occam’s Razor equivalent of healing.
For instance, here’s how to build a COVID fighter, the HCQ mentioned as a successful prophylactic and treatment by doctors worldwide:

Flathead Follies
Today Joe and I unloaded two flathead Ford V8 engines in the shop that we got from Landon H. following a local auction a month ago.
The engines are in terrible shape, and we’re hoping the blocks will be able to be salvaged.
Vintage engines are a look into the past that always impresses us.
The original Ford V8 has a long and storied history – the first mass produced V8 engine block cast in one piece.
The following video demonstrates just how fast engines rotate.  A visual demonstration of what happens inside an engine.
The flathead is idling with one cylinder head removed, and the speed the valves and pistons are moving is a visceral reminder of the ingenuity of human inventiveness:

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Joe’s Comment – The hysteria of COVID and the so-called pandemic has passed into a state of reluctant revelation forced by fact and data.
Yet some folks have made decisions not based on scientific understanding, not on data or statistics; rather, their appetites or emotions have influenced their choices.
And so be it.
Adults come in all psychological shapes and sizes, all degrees of cognizance, all forms of motivation.
Children don’t come this way.
For the most part children’s lives are unwritten sagas: they are emotional and intellectual sponges.
The amount of damage this half-cocked scramble to vaccinate the young and very young is nothing short of child abuse.
The data is clear.
There is no need to vaccinate children against this trumped up (or is it Trumped up?) flu.
I yearn for sanity to return to the masses of misinformed and delusional.
My personal belief is government has NEVER been the best solution to ANY PROBLEM.
How many dead children is acceptable?  I say not one…..


Note:  Another incredibly busy week, taking advantage of the lateness of frost.
Joe and I don’t work well in sub zero temperatures.  Not much time for aimlessly hitching around on the Internet Highway.
What you see is what you get.




Thomas Jefferson
This is copied in entirety from Woodsterman’s blog.
Thomas Jefferson was a giant (1743 – 1826).
His portrait is on the $2.00 Dollar Bill.
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
Also could write in Greek with one hand, while writing the same in Latin with the other.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America,” and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia, succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected President of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of the Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello.
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly, created the University of Virginia and served as its’ first president.
At 83, died on the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, along with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied, the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today.
Jefferson really knew his stuff..
A voice from the past to lead us in the future:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
“This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House, with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”   — Thomas Jefferson
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”    — Thomas Jefferson
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its’ own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world.”  — Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them.”   — Thomas Jefferson
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”   —   Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”   — Thomas Jefferson
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”    — Thomas Jefferson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”   — Thomas Jefferson
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes, the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”    — Thomas Jefferson
Something every American ought to know.”


Term Limits
There are some things the Americans do that we Canadians should also do.
One of them is term limits for politicians.
Joe and I are only 72 years old –  it might happen before we croak, da?
The following speech sums up the feeling of frustration and anger of more than 80% of the American people.
Yet Congress blithely continues to milk the horse.
How in the wide wide world of sports (Blazing Saddle reference) could a mediocre, degenerate, evil specimen like Joe Biden become the POTUS?
The answer is plain, simple, and incredibly ugly.
So much for virtue and honor and “love thy neighbor”:



Dr. David Martin
A short statement where Dr. Martin claims that “there is no novel virus, there is no test for a novel virus”.
This information has been repeated ad nausium by many qualified and expert people.
Here is another qualified expert person, saying the same things:

“Stefan” is working on his 7th week of tongue in cheek bamboozling Ub2b.
So far, he has created a list of near 30 names of people who are adamant in their protest against the COVID vaccinations.
So far, Ub2b hasn’t figured it out and shut him down.
Kudos Stefan!:



Joe’s Garage

The above quote is truth.
Yesterday, Joe decided to change out the lazy starter in a Chev 2500, 2wd, e/w 454 engine and automatic transmission.
Not bragging, but Joe can change out a Ford starter in less than an hour, and that is taking our own sweet time.
It took us 3 ½ hours to wrestle that Chev starter out and replace it with new.
Joe cursed.
He screamed at the sky.
He foamed at the mouth.
What a cluster fuck.
When we were kids, Joe could change a Chev starter in apple quick time.
Those were different Chevs.
This was a nasty job.
If we had to do it again, we wouldn’t.
We don’t parler le Chevrolet.

All Terrain Cranes
Heavy lifting is something Joe and I don’t much contemplate.
In our yard, the heaviest items are in the 10 ton range.
That is a large motor home, diesel pusher type vehicle.
How about 2,000 tons?
That would be 2,000 x 2,000 pounds = 4,000,000 pounds.
We checked the math…. twice!
And used a calculator too.
This video shows five heavy lift self propelled roadworthy cranes.
The top dog is called a “Zoomlion QAY 2000”, 4 million pounds of lift.
The four runners-up are no slouches either:

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