Sunday Rant – 3415


Quote ‘o the Week
It is an election year in Canada, and next year in the United States.  There is much furor surrounding immigration in both countries.  Teddy Roosevelt summed immigration policy to Joe’s satisfaction in a letter written on January 3rd, 1919, less than a week before his death –
“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”Teddy Roosevelt

Video ‘o the Week
Joe Dan Gorman at IntellectualFroglegs has sworn off the GOP.  His unbroken record of 8 presidential elections as a GOP supporter may come to an end.  He explains why in this weeks episode of Intellectual Froglegs titled “Dear GOP”:

Politics ‘o the Week
The Donald keeps gathering momentum.  The phenomenon in Mobile, Alabama, on the 21st of August grew from a 250 people capacity hotel conference room to a 30,000 plus stadium.  Mock if you will.  History says it’s a repeat, with a change of cast.  If not your cup of political tea, it is excellent entertainment.  From the heart, no throttle, unrehearsed. In his own words, Donald Trump on the stump:

Joe and I are flummoxed.  We have read the first sentence of the Constitution of the United States of America: “We the People…”  We believe, we endorse, we encourage, despite what our eyes are seeing.
We have also read H.L. Mencken.  There are a number of applicable, pertinent quotes that tickle the mind –
– “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
– “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”
– “Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.”
We also know that the United States is a Republic.
Mr. Trump is in tune with the malaise, frustration, and anger of the average American person.  He is selling the idea of running the country as a business.
Not such a bad idea, for the economy.
The next year of watching the GOP learn to swim or drown will be interesting.  Perhaps Donald Trump will pull a Ross Perot by running Independent.  Perhaps he will emerge the GOP candidate (longest long shot).  Perhaps he will be a catalyst for Conservatism (capital “C” type) and pave the way for limited government, stable economy, increased personal freedom, secure and safe borders.
We never stop dreaming…..
Ross Perot saw it this way –
– “War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules.”
– “The Activist is not the person who says the river is dirty.  The Activist is the person who cleans up the river.”
Ted Nugent reviews the Trump performance, the GOP state of affairs, the debate, and makes his usual outrageous (and profound) observations:

History Repeating
In 1920, H.L. Mencken had the following to say about the race for the presidency in his February 9th column:
“All of the great patriots now engaged in edging and squirming their way toward the Presidency of the Republic run true to form. This is to say, they are all extremely wary, and all more or less palpable frauds. What they want, primarily, is the job; the necessary equipment of inescapable issues, immutable principles and soaring ideals can wait until it becomes more certain which way the mob will be whooping. Of the whole crowd at present in the ring, it is probable that only Hoover would made a respectable President. General Wood is a simple-minded old dodo with a delusion of persecution; Palmer is a political mountebank of the first water; Harding is a second-rate provincial; Johnson is allowing himself to be lost in the shuffle; Borah is steadily diminishing in size as he gets closer to the fight; Gerard and the rest are simply bad jokes. Only Hoover stands out as a man of any genuine sense or dignity. He lacks an intelligible platform and is even without a definite party, but he at least shows a strong personality and a great deal of elemental competence. But can he be elected? I doubt it.”
He went on to say –
“Two issues show some likelihood of surviving. One is the issue of national independence — what is now visible as the anti-English question. The other is the issue of personal freedom. Between Wilson and his brigades of informers, spies, volunteer detectives, perjurers and complaisant judges, and the Prohibitionists and their messianic delusion, the liberty of the citizen has pretty well vanished in America. In two or three years, if the thing goes on, every third American will be a spy upon his fellow citizens. But is it going on? I begin to doubt that it is. I begin to see signs that, deep down in their hearts, the American people are growing tired of government by fiat and denunciation. Once they reach the limit of endurance, there will be a chance again for the sort of Americanism that civilized men can be proud of, and that sort of Americanism will make an issue a thousand times as vital as the imitations put forward by the Prohibitionists, the Palmer White Guard, the Wilson mail openers and the press agents of the American Legion.”  – emphasis and info from The Conservative Wahoo .
Deja vu anyone?
American politics is much more than selecting a band leader for the millions of bureaucrats embedded like wood ticks in the body of citizenry.  Joe and I have been watching with great interest.  Also revulsion.  And abject terror.  What has happened to America?  Are the billions of human beings on earth merely a fluid that flows from area to area based on economics?  Or politics?  Or something darker, more malevolent, more sinister?  There is great unrest amongst the people, people of all political persuasions, people of all walks of life.  Do the lessons of history REALLY provide direction for the future?
Surely what has been seen cannot be unseen – or is it Shirley?

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Beer Will Save the World
Last night Joe was exploring the veracity of the above.
Which caused me, his drinking buddy, to miss the “midnight delivery” of the week’s dross and flotsam.
That lead to wondering about life without beer.
Joe and I both shudder to think…..
Then we stumbled over the following quote from Robert Hess.  He gets very close to the truth, but isn’t beer specific –
Robert Hess Beer Quote

Benjamin Franklin is specific, and gets the sentiment right (for the “spiritual folks”) –

Ben Franklin Quote - Beer

Earl Dibbles Jr. makes perfect sense of the practical application of beer –

Earl Dibbles Quote - Beer

And Kinky Friedman captured the artistry of beer drinking, the appreciation of worldly things –

Kinky Freidman Quote - Beer

Joe thought Stephen Beaumont was close to catching the essence of beer imbibing –

Anyone Can Drink Beer

But, the best quote of all in our opinion (and whom else’s would we have?) is Friedrich Nietzsche, who nails it perfectly, without question –

Nietzsche Quote - Beer

Ok, ok.  Nietzsche maybe didn’t say so, but if he had drunk more beer, he may not have written those dreadful books…..

Wish You Were Beer

Technology and the Culture
Usually, Joe separates these “categories”.  As time advances, technology is growing at an incredible rate in every conceivable human endeavor.  These technologies have cultural consequences, which in turn have economic consequences.  A small example is the affect network services such as Netflix have had on consumers.  The effect is lost revenue for cable companies.  the phenomenon is called “cutting the cord” – the only way to pay for precisely what programing you want versus what the government forces you to pay for.  Never for a moment think the cable companies wouldn’t change business models in a heartbeat if left to respond directly to the consumer.  This is true in Canada, but the impact in the United States is being noticed.  The article makes some claims which make you think (thinking is a good thing).  One such claim is that the “bundling” marketing system is a wealth distribution scheme devised to fund programing which could not survive as a free market entity.  This is political meddling.  Some entities are sitting at the head table in terms of revenue share when they do not have the viewership commiserate with the money they receive.
That is the definition of “coercion”.
And it is wrong, wrong, WRONG.
Joe and I long for our fantasy land where “free trade” means free trade.  Where consumers gallivant (there’s a word the GLTBWFFGMP community hasn’t but maybe should abscond) with carefree abandon selecting goods from home and all over the world free of tariff, punitive regulation, and the stranglehold of corporate cronyism.

How Did We Get So Stupid?
Damn good question! says Joe.  Bill Whittle makes the point about the “age of the great unlearning”:

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Quote ‘o the Week
Best Thing About Money

This Rant
This week’s rant is truncated.  Joe has been very busy trying to resuscitate a couple of old trucks in his collection.  The cartoonery is pun-tastic this week.  Joe says it will be followed by sarcasm, irony, and ridiculous cartoons as dictated by his experience with the trucks.


Joe’s Music
Ms. Shirley Bassey is one terrific woman.  The Propellerheads seem capable of giving her the support she deserves.  A repeat, repeat, from 1997.  Absolutely magnificently smashing:

Guantanamo Bay Blues
Tom Cotton is a man to watch.  His analysis of the Gitmo situation as a political football is true accurate and just.  Other analysis is moot:

Real Pervs
I would usually put the following articles below the fold in “The Culture (there is only one)” or in “Canada”.  Joe insisted it belongs here for all to see (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher).
The worst sort of perversion is that which coerces the unwilling or powerless to satisfy the pervert.
As Libertarians (Joe is hard-core, I’m theoretical), we really do not give two figs about what an adult person does, provided it does not harm others (that includes financial harm).
Hooked on heroin?  Joe would permit these people to have cheap heroin in quantity.  Knock your socks off.  You’re going to die anyway – might as well burn down, too.
However, when these tragic pursuits become a burden on others or society in general, there is a problem.  This is where Joe and I disagree.  He says put them on a remote island with others of the same ilk and let them duke it out.  I say what about morality?  Joe says you’ve got a point.
Did you know that Canadian perverts who abuse children in the sex trade frequent Cuba as their most popular destination?  The next three Canadian child sex destinations are Mexico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic.  You can read about it here, and see what is being done about it in one specific case, here and here.
The problem is Canadian law and policy, which is clearly delineated in the above articles.
Other child sex trade destinations for Canadians are Thailand and Cambodia.
These are, indeed, “ugly Canadians“.  CTV’s W5 did a three part series about the subject.  I don’t have access (password) but for those who do, here is a link.
Meanwhile, Joe mandates we must search for the humour in every human endeavour.
Best we could find –

'This is one sick dog!'
‘This is one sick dog!’

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