Joe’s Comment – It is Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!
The above message is very Christian in nature, but not exclusive to any religion. In any case, it is my Christmas message. It has been a stalwart in my life for decades. It was taught to me by a young man named Bronco. He was inserted into my grade 4 class in Elliot Lake Ontario way back when (1957?). Bronco and his family were immigrants from somewhere in Eastern Europe – he spoke no English. I was the simple mud pecker I’ve always been, just a very early version. For some reason I thought Bronco’s inability to communicate in my language was humorous. I expressed the same. Bronco punched me in the nose! The early version of Joe Mekanic didn’t even think of fighting back. I cried for my mommy. I cried because of the injustice of it all! An early lesson. Paid for with the blood of a naif.
Borrowing from Joseph Heller’s opus, Catch-22, I will now make a statement about organized religion. First, a quote from the book, a lengthy diatribe about doG from Yossarian. Following are the last few paragraphs:
“……Yossarian ducked behind his arm for protection while she slammed away at him in feminine fury for a few seconds, and then he caught her determinedly by the wrists and forced her gently back down on the bed.
“What the hell are you getting so upset about?” he asked her bewilderedly in a tone of contrite amusement. “I thought you didn’t believe in God.”
“I don’t,” she sobbed, bursting violently into tears. “But the God I don’t believe in is a good God, a just God, a merciful God. He’s not the mean and stupid God you make Him out to be.”
Yossarian laughed and turned her arms loose. “Let’s have a little more religious freedom between us,” he proposed obligingly. “You don’t believe in the God you want to, and I won’t believe in the God I want to. Is that a deal?””
The entire passage can be read here.
I’m with the lieutenant’s wife. And with Yossarian. After all, faith and belief are ingrained so deeply in my psyche it would take years to unravel. And frankly, I don’t have the stomach for it.
A little Christmas humor, and the appropriate and beautiful Christmas song the graphic is based on –
A collection of Christmas songs to hear while reading my rant. With a ’40s wartime introduction from London:
Quick Dick McDick
QDMcD sends a Christmas greeting!
Rocking around the granary:
Things I’m Grateful for:
Christianity – by Joe Mekanic
I’m thinking of having this heading, “Things I’m Grateful for:” as a permanent feature in my Sunday Rant. There is a reason for the constant bellyaching and bitching that is the meat and potatoes of this weekly rambling rant.
There is an adage that I believe to be a fair reflection of reality – that men only tell other men their problems when they are seeking a solution.
Whether that applies to every single male alive in the whole world….. WGAS.
It is so for me. This rant allows those concerns to be elucidated, to be expressed in terms even I can understand, to be thought through in writing.
Conversely, things that are going well or great or fantastic or magnificent are less the topic of conversation, unless it is so damn terrific you’ve got to pound your chest and broadcast the news of your good fortune. This is more commonly known as bragging.
Not so much my shtick.
Considering the time of year and the season, I’ll now try and express my thanks for Christianity. Ho, ho, ho!
My bias – I was baptized and raised Anglican in Ontario Canada. I quit going to church at about 14 years of age (in Calgary AB). I remember a sleepless Saturday night, rehearsing my lines to tell my parents that I would no longer go to church with them, outside of duress. My Mother was saddened. My Father knew it was in the cards.
I was learning things at school and from my peers that had little to do with religion. As for morality and the church’s role in shaping a community, by the Year of Our Lord nineteen hundred sixty-three, many of the former strengths of the church in a community had been eroded past self sufficiency all the way to impotence. For me, the church died quietly.
I couldn’t for the life of me understand what crimes or transgressions little Davy D. had committed to earn such low status and self esteem just by existing. Church frightened me, but the thought of a doG was a comfort.
Just short of 60 years later, not much has changed.
I am confident in my view of spirituality.
Living in Canada, it is not compulsory for me to comply with any religious dogma or doctrine or any religion thinly veiled by politics.
What if we lived in a society where you had to choose a religion?
I wouldn’t hesitate – Christianity.
Best music. Best holidays. Best stories. Best message.
The message is love your fellow humans, and forgive those who transgress against you. A big job. I’m working on it.
Combine with The Golden Rule, and The Platinum Rule, and the Seven Cardinal Sins, and you’ve got a great foundation for a successful life.
Things that Piss Me Off:
The Legal System – by Joe Mekanic
I’m thinking of having this heading as a permanent Sunday Rant feature too.
It may be the weather (still -20°C on Friday the 23rd).
It may be the season (commercialized and politicized Christmas).
It may be the relentless barrage of advertisements that never stop condemning my lifestyle if I don’t conform to marketing imagery.
Christ, I’m an old white hetero male. As such, I’m so politically incorrect there is no redemption possible, no redemption available, no redemption permissible.
Certainly no redemption available to purchase, even on lay-away (an old fashioned expression for credit – one of the nastiest inventions ever in the financial world).
It is only the mercy of the progressives that allow me to live – and the fact that I’m such small potatoes and they don’t know what I think or where I live.
Maybe I’m imagining things.
During idle moments, I wonder which identity group I have the least use for and the most contempt of, despite the necessity or usefulness of their existence.
So many to choose from, so little time….
Today, I’m picking on the good folks in the legal business.
It seems the “practice of law” is not something anyone can dabble in, where one can act autonomously. It is as bad as medicine for using big fancy words to describe a humdrum event. I’ll start with lawyers.
Lawyers – My Libertarian foundations bemoan the fact that a lawyer is a bona fide career. Watching hours of the Ub2b channel “Audit the Audit”, I have reluctantly realized that the body of Law is a complex set of limits and boundaries comprising millions, maybe billions of words. The Golden Rule and The Platinum Rule are great guidelines, but hardly granular enough to resolve disputes big and small. I will continue to despise lawyers and lawyerly pursuits until I need one. Then I’ll become a mewling sycophant fanboy of that noble trade, but only if I win my suit or gain my freedom. When I think of exemplary lawyering, Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) doesn’t spring to mind.
I’m thinking “The Battle of Wits” from The Princess Bride movie is epitome of lawyerly excellence on display for all to see (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher):
Justice(?) – I’m inclined to agree with Joseph Heller. From the best novel of the 20th Century, “Catch-22” –
“Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning. Garroting. That’s what justice is when we’ve all got to be tough enough and rough enough to fight Billy Petrolle. From the hip. Get it?” ―
Looking for what causes incredibly crazy choices by those around you?
Have you ever been dumbfounded by someone making no sense in their “argument” while making a point or expressing an opinion?
Or people’s seemingly indifference to illogical and contradictory observations and facts….
– Like voting for Justin Turdeau,
– Like wearing a mask alone in your car,
– Like thinking electric cars are going to “save the earth”?
There is a connection between illogical conclusions and the ability to critically think.
A researcher, Stanley Milgram, discovered that critical thinking amongst the citizenry is an inverse Pareto. That is, only 80% of folks can critically think.
The following short video is a summary of what Mr. Milgram found:
Is there hope for the critical thinking disadvantaged?
Well maybe yes, maybe no.
The point is, critical thinking is a way of thinking logically with a modicum of imagination and the ability to deduce.
It isn’t easy.
Here’s Dr. Jordan Peterson with a suggestion to improve your critical thinking skills with writing:
Critical thinking can be copied by “monkey see monkey do” tactics.
Simply watch and listen to a critical thinker do his/her/its arguments and reasoning.
Here are 10 signs that imply critical thinking, from Success Secrets TV:
Democracy vs Republic
Joe and I don’t believe in “Democracy”, no matter how you slice it.
Whether it is representative or every citizen voting on every thing, it is tyranny – the 51% coercing the 49%. The mob rules.
A Republic is a better idea. Although the individual may not be voting directly on policy or law, his representative is held in check by the under-girding of a Republic, namely, a Constitution.
How did the word “democracy” become the erroneous hallmark defining Western nations?
It should be no surprise that words are subverted from their original meanings all the time. For example, remember what gay used to mean? Or how you perceived the FBI?
This isn’t front page news, although it should be broadcast often and loud least the new generations and the not yet born generations understand the implications of all political systems.
The following video is the commentary of Howard (Dan) Smoot, a former FBI agent (1941 to 1950) who quit the FBI to become a conservative commentator. The Dan Smoot Report was founded in 1961. The following is a clear and concise explanation of the differences between Democracy and a Republic:
We don’t know what you gleaned from Mr. Smoot’s presentation.
What Joe got was this:
– “Democracy” aims to impose universal equality. Every democracy tends to destroy itself when the masses realize they can vote their appetites.
– “Republicanism” supports the liberty of the individual. This is accomplished with a Constitution and the rule of Law.
It isn’t that Joe is a nonconformist. Joe is a theoretical Libertarian, and as such demands the government and every cotton-picking person in the world leave him alone as much as possible to pursue his own ambitions, dreams, freedom, etc.
Is that too much to ask?
The Benefits of Colonialism
Joe and I know that the continent of Africa has a tumultuous past. We also had our suspicions about the indigenous people living in peace and harmony before the evil White Man™ appeared to plunder and rape and pillage and desecrate and just generally fuck things to pieces, you meeces.
The following video is from Nebulous Media. Professor Bruce Gilley joins Douglas Murray to talk about his studies of colonialism. Mr. Gilley has written and lectured about colonialism for years. His most recent book is titled “In Defense of German Colonialism: And How Its Critics Empowered Nazis, Communists, and the Enemies of the West“. What we find humorous is the progressives in the West condemn his work vehemently. All his work is based on fact, data, history, and a lot of hard work.
Colonialism didn’t bring great benefits to the home country, whatever country that might have been or is.
German citizens weren’t keen on the pursuit of the practice.
Nor were the citizens of Britain.
The left’s hair is on fire.
Mr. Gilley laughs, does some research, and writes another book:
Australia’s Gerard Rennick
A well elucidated condemnation of the government overreach in Australia regarding COVID vaccination and mandate implementation.
Mr. Rennick is a senator from Queensland.
Joe and I are impressed by Mr. Rennick’s grasp of the facts, his passionate delivery, and the lack of fear he exhibits while laying the blame for the absolutely unnecessary harm inflicted by the “COVID response” at the feet of the governing party.
Joe says the man actually sounds like he works for the people he represents.
Dave says that if there were many more politicians like Mr. Rennick, the system might have a fair chance at actually doing what it was implemented to do!
Dave is a Pollyanna:
Florida’s Ron DeSantis
Governor DeSantis is shaking the tree. In this video, he follows up on existing Florida law that states it is illegal to misinform the public about a medicine or medical procedure. He is talking about COVID!
He is backing his talk up with legal action that will reach the Supreme Court.
I expect there is a presidential run in his future. His near future:
Both above videos are from a website named “PreventGenocide2030“.
Mia Culpa From Two Dickheads
Joe and I are not fans of either Russell Brand or Tim Robbins.
Both of these fine gentlemens were emotionally invested in the COVID hysteria, and decided personally to follow government guidelines and recommendations.
All good and fine. The foundation of “informed consent” is the individual, after being schooled on all known information, makes a choice WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
Fair dinkum, as the Aussies used to say.
That’s where these two split from Joe and my team.
The descriptor “tribal, angry, vengeful people” as spoken by Mr. Robbins was solely the rhetoric of the left and progressive left.
Both of these jokers were quite vocal in demeaning people who made a different choice. Both of these jokers have a substantial “platform” and have followers and have influence.
Gentlemen! Modulate your speech!
Maybe follow a Ronald Regan axiom – trust but verify:
How did you manage to raise children?
If you were lucky enough to have them.
The following discussion between Dr. Jordan Peterson and Stephanie Davies-Arai, titled “When Parenting Goes Wrong”, covers a broad spectrum of issues that are in the public square concerning self esteem, sexuality, insecurity, parental rights and government intervention, among others.
Ms. Davies-Arai was awarded a British Empire Medal for her work as founder and director of Transgender Trend.
There is an old German moralism that goes like this “We are too soon old, and too late smart”.
Joe says this discussion definitely is in the “if I knew then what I know now” category. I’ve forwarded this to all my kids. Good information:
There are crazies in the world.
Some of them like snow.
Some of them are also gear heads.
The following video is of an event called the Snow Outlaws, in Cable Wisconsin. The event was run in April of 2022.
Joe shakes his head.
1000 hp in a snowmobile capable of 160 mph in 500 feet?
0 to 60 mph in 1 second?
Almost 4 g’s at launch?
Holy muffin feet!
The engineering and fabrication is fantastic! Joe and I are happy to watch on Ub2b. Braver men than us are out there in the snow:
Robby Gordon drives a Hummer in the Baja 500.
This video is the first 20 minutes.
Joe and I were glad it is only 20 minutes, because we had to lie down and practice deep breathing to get our heart to slow down.
Jesus and Mary this man runs hard. We must be getting old(er):