Sunday Rant – 4819


Joe’s Comment – Amen brother Bradshaw, amen.


American Thanksgiving – Several Perspectives

Blue Collar Logic
Joe and I think along the lines of Dave Morrison, who observes in the video below that the health, wealth, and prosperity of all humanity (in general) has never been better.
Despite this FACT, many folks are bleating loudly about those who are “less fortunate”.  Joe and I don’t argue this FACT either.  However, less fortune is certainly a relative metric with many dimensions.
For example, Joe insists he’d rather drive an old junky Ford truck (oh wait, what’s this? – he does! (thanks to Mark Dice for the meme))  than the most expensive Mercedes.  Would this mean that Joe is “less fortunate” even though he feels nothing of the sort?  And if Joe is “less fortunate” is it not a matter of translation of value systems?
Ingratitude is a conceit that only the truly wealthy (especially the uber deluded) can indulge to a self-promoting maximum.
The squeaky wheel SHOULD get greased.
The squeaky adult not so much.
“No one is free until everyone is free” is a feel good statement attributed to many, many, well meaning modern “liberals”.  As with many feel good statements, it is so vacuous as to suck your breath away when analyzed.
Perhaps it serves some ideological function or moral yearning?
Joe says for more analysis refer to Alexander Solzhenitsyn, or Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, or Franz Kafka, or George Orwell, or Anne Frank, or for some humor to lighten the heavy burden of understanding, Joseph Heller (Catch-22).
Your analysis may differ.
I’ll add to Joe’s blathering thus: that “fortune” along with other relative (yet separate and distinct) terms such as “liberty” and “freedom” and “free speech” has few objective attributes that all people would agree to embrace.  Hence the application of the “Platinum Rule” (do unto others what they would have you do unto them”) is on some occasions, necessarily more appropriate than the “Golden Rule” (do unto others what you would have them do unto you”); i.e. more granular, more specific, more exact.  And more rewarding, more satisfactory for all.
Murky waters indeed.
Here is Mr. Morrison to un-murk the H2O (or is it HOH?, or H-OH?):

Mark Dice
Joe and I love this guy.
Sharper than a tack, focused like a laser, funnier than Rodney Dangerfield (this might be argued).
Mr. Dice observes that the progressives / leftists can’t take a single moment to be thankful because of their mind-numbing obsession to be the dictator of the world.  Before breakfast, even.
Joe says nothing irritates a lefty more than a happy conservative with an excellent sense of humor:


The topic of this mini-lecture from PragerU is “Framing”.
Framing is an irritant to Joe and me when employed by “journalists”.
Not so much when employed by “pundits” or “teachers” or technicians.
For clarity to make our point we watch as much political scrimmaging as we can stomach.
Joe and I have found that our tolerance does NOT increase with exposure, especially exposure to political machinations as presented by the “main stream media” in the good ol’ U.S. of A. or here in the true frozen north strong and free fee (simple).
Our favorite meme about the entire shemozzle is direct and to the point –
When the “News” tells you what to think about something, that is “framing”.
Presenting ideas or facts or details or events or whatever in a “framed” manner means they (ideas, facts, details, events, etc.) are cloaked by an identity perspective or selected and/or isolated to support an ideology or cause or viewpoint meant to eliminate discussion or argument or analysis.
Joe says “framing” isn’t necessarily bad.  For instance, when you first learn trigonometry the geometric frame (triangle, circle, cone) is essential to understanding and teaching.
Joe also says “framing” can be incredibly bad.  Try watching CNN for one measly hour (if you can) for a primer.  That is, a primer on “how to” really piss people off.
Jeff Myers, President of Summit Ministries, explains the concept of framing and what to do when you recognize that a “framed” jumble of information is broadcast your way.  Here is Mr. Myers with “The Dark Art of Framing”:


Joe and I have plenty of heroes (and heroines too).
One of the intellectual giants we admire is William Happer.
This is a follow-up interview of Dr. Happer by Stewart McNish (Conversations That Matter).

We posted the first interview some time ago.  Here it is again:

The Mark Steyn Show recently (November 2019) hosted a forum of very astute and (in our mind) famous “climate deniers”.  At Glacier Bay.  This should be mandatory viewing.
The panel is Mr. Steyn, Anthony Watts of, and the two guys who dismantled the fraudulent “hockey stick” graph, Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick.
Three Canadians and a Yankee.
The progressive weenies employ criminal means to attain their global objectives.
Thank doG there are men like these (and hundreds more) who know better and are not afraid to say so:

Another down to earth assessment (one that we’ll show to our grandchildren) was a tip from David M. and found at the website (not on YoubeTube):

An excellent video that repeats the message a goodly number of times to penetrate the thickest fog of inattention often found around children.  Or those souls so focused on themselves that the external “real” world is a black and white snapshot alongside their internal Technicolor® CinemaScope™ Vitaphone© fantasy.


Joe’s Garage

Racing Legend Carroll Shelby
This is an incredible interview from 1997.  Age 74.
Joe and I are 70…..
The Carroll Shelby story told by his own self:

The History Guy
Joe and I have watched many of the History Guy’s short histories of important times, people, things, and events.  The History Guy YoubeTube channel has over 360 interesting vignettes.
The following video about the Avro Arrow reminds Joe and I of how much Canada could be if certain things were different:

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Joe’s Comment – this de-motivational statement reminds me of the story of Ferdinand the Bull.  Ferdinand and a young bull are under a cork tree at the top of a hill grazing in the shade when the rancher opens the pasture gate at the bottom of the hill to herd in a dozen or more “in season” heifers.  The story punch-line comes from Ferdinand when he responds to the young bull’s energetic and hastily formulated statement “come on, Ferdinand! Let’s run down the hill and mount one of those heifers!”
Ferdinand calmly states “I’m going to walk down the hill and mount them all”.
A quote also comes to mind from Ernest Hemingway who said “don’t confuse motion with action”.
During my years of managing people (from highly motivated to “deadwood”) I found that the most productive employee I ever had was very lazy and very very intelligent.  Paradoxically, the most weaselly sneaky unproductive employee I ever had was also very lazy and very very intelligent.
That there is a conundrum.
Be that as it may, my conclusion is simple: high motivation is of little value without a worthwhile and well defined goal.  And a good plan complete with risk analysis.
Our profuse apology for the following copyright infringement, but it followed us home from the Internet –


And In This Corner
An informative perspective from Leland Miller about the standoff between China and the U.S. of A.
Mr. Miller is the CEO of China Beige Book, a financial investment advisory company which offers advice to prospective businesses.  CBB purport to have proprietary information about China’s economy, markets, and cultural currents.  They offer their services to prospective investors in the maelstrom of Chinese Communist Party economics.  Risk management as it were…..
In relative-speak, understanding trillion dollar economies involving billions of people and diametrically opposed ideologies, spanning the globe, Joe and I are piloting a biplane.
Mr. Miller is flying overhead us in a pressurized supersonic matrix machine.
We, on the other hand, adore our silk scarf (thank you China worms) fluttering behind, as we throttle our Tiger Moth to a three-point landing.
Rotts of ruck, round-eye!:


Parody Ad
Joe and I think the GOP should use this ad.
Nothing in it is in the least bit untrue.
Kinda sounds exactly like Denis Leary – maybe it is!:


Blue Collar Logic
An interesting story from Jason Siler of Blue Collar Logic.  Perhaps there is some real limit of lunacy from the Democrat party that honest people will not tolerate, no matter how “left” or “right” they be.
Joe is encouraged by this story.
Our joint belief that most folks given facts and data can formulate an informed, even intelligent conclusion despite peer pressure and political alignment and personal interest.  Take a listen to Jason describe how liberals are turning their backs on Democrats:

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Joe’s Comment – A picture is worth a thousand words is an old adage.  I no longer believe that people will come to a common conclusion even when given the same facts and perspective.  It’s just human nature.  Born with a BIOS (basic input-output system), each of us is programmed via time and experience.  The dream of a high enough IQ to understand life might be a nightmare.


Poppy Day
Aka Remembrance Day, celebrated originally by Commonwealth countries around the world.
Joe and I heard some absolute bullshit about a 17 year old Canadian school girl who refused to wear a “rainbow poppy” and was consequently suspended from school.  We were totally gobsmacked that it is a true story.
Joe and I are usually smirky laughy dismissive regarding many events and traditions in our culture.
Not this one.
The so-called LGBTQRSPVWZ (hold the mayo) critters have some brass.
We say back off.  You are way over your head on this.
Take your self identity issues back into the closet.
Next you are going to insist the Muslims settled the North American continent.

It has been our custom to post an essay commemorating Remembrance Day.
Here is what we wrote in 2018, and 2017, and 2015.
Our belief is torn between our Libertarian ideology and the reality of the human condition.
To do nothing in the face of evil is to succumb to evil.
We believe it to be a great sin for a country to send young men to their death.
We believe it a great act of heroism and courage to volunteer and fight for your country freedom and liberty.
This conundrum will never be resolved in our minds.
Meanwhile, the mob drifts farther from the reality of history –


Don Cherry Fall-out (Poppy Redux)
Joe and I didn’t watch much Grapes even when we watched hockey.
That’s because we stopped watching hockey about the time Wayne Gretzky began his amazing career.
We loved playing the game, not watching others play the game.
Also, we were die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fans.  The days of Eddie Shack, Frank Mahovlich, Johnny Bower.  We kicked the frog ass in my hockey fan hay day.
When Toronto no longer won, we lost interest.
We were a young rebellious shit.
Nonetheless, without our interest or notice or support, Don Cherry and Coach’s Corner with side-kick Ron Whatshisname became an icon in the Hockey Night In Canada during the following decades.
Don Cherry and sidekick Ron Whatshisname rose to prominence.
Then came the fatal utterance of two words.  A slip?  A “racist” statement?  An 80+ year old hockey analyst waxing poetic?
As Joe says, who the hell cares?  Let him be!
A meme sent to us by Robert G. illustrates the irony –
Joe says the above is an example of child abuse when parents program a troubled child (defective hardware) with bad software.
Joe also says it is cultural abuse when the entire adult world is commanded to attend to the ramblings of a child.  Even Jesus had to get through puberty.
There is political analysis that attempts to look behind the scenes at possible motivation(s).
The following video was sent to us by cousin Delsie.  It is commentary by a woman who calls her YoubeTube channel “One Godless Woman“.
She is an activist escapee from Saudi Arabia.  Her immigration to Canada had a caveat – she signed a paper declaring she will NOT marry a white man.
Joe and I listened to her declaration at the above link to her channel.
Very sobering.
Here are her observations about the disgraceful treatment thrust upon Mr. Cherry.  She doesn’t even bother with the hand wringing and hand washing of sidekick Ron Whatsisname.  She insists this drama is part of a larger subversive movement changing Canada.
Her video is titled “First They Came for Don Cherry” (in the event YoubeTube blocks or removes her channel and this video):


Oh! Canada
Joe and I don’t like Kevin O’Leary’s persona.
Joe and I do like his observations on the Canadian culture and political reality.
Here are some of his reflections about the tragedy of re-electing a Trudeau “junior varsity” cabinet:



Mark Dice
Joe and I check in with a (increasingly large) number of Internet personalities on an almost daily basis.  These are people whose opinions we have grown to respect for the content they exhibit – rational, fact based, with a very low conspiracy hysteria.  Joe and I expect the best.
Another we have grown to grin and enjoy is Mark Dice.  We are liking him so much we are considering buying a tee shirt.  Our conundrum is should we choose the “2 + 2 = 4” shirt (from Orwell’s “1984”) or the “Oh wait, what’s this?” shirt (a Mark Dice meme).  His shirts are available here.
The clown parade farce of “impeachment hearing” proceedings which began yesterday (Tuesday) and is consuming the main stream media on-line segments wholesale is the brunt of Mark’s acerbic humor.  He has titled it “The Circus Begins!” (in the event YoubeTube takes the video down you can look it up elsewhere).  Joe says the bug eyed look of Adam Schiff tells the entire story:


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