Sunday Rant – 1221


Joe’s Comment – Ah!  The vagary of aging!  I’m finding that a sunny Spring day more than compensates for all the bits that are failing, are failed, and those which soon shall.  There is no equivalent feeling to the warm Spring sun on your face in the morning.  Big smiles!  Grinning like the oldsters racing to the bottom in the David Sipress cartoon above, there ain’t nothing like being alive…..
Happy Spring to one and all!


Safety Engineers
What yer seein’ here is the early years of several budding safety engineers.
Or maybe one safety engineer and one doofus.
On second thought, two doofii (doofuses?)
You are seeing an experiment on the protective ability of a snorkel mask.
Joe and I have been there, along with the 37 other wackos in our head.
Thank doG we weren’t able to hurt ourselves as much as we deserved.
Our conclusion?
We all start life on the Blue Pill side of the equation.
All emotion, dreams, fantasy, feelings (lots of feelings), and wishing.
A lifetime of trial and error, failure and break even, two steps ahead and one back, that’s what puts hair on your dreams and feeds you the Red Pill.
It’s easy!
All you have to do is stay alive long enough to know how damn lucky you were!:



Ode to the Irish
Joe and I like the idea of Ireland.
And we like the idea of the Irish people.
The first slaves in North America.
Is it coincidence that St. Patrick himself was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave – or was it more common an occurrence in  the past than we admit.
The past, not forgotten, gives lessons on how the world was, how it became what it is, and an idea of how it could be.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day all you lovely Irish men and women!
Beautiful brunettes and stunning red heads.
There are some men there too.



Virus vs Mask
Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson, neurologist, neurophysiologist speaks.
Dr. Griesz-Brisson talks about oxygen deprivation and masks in a video.
Unfortunate for us, we do not speak German.
Thanks to Claudia Stauber, we watched this ad hoc translation video.
Quoting our narrator’s interpretation of Dr. Griesz-Brisson:
Who’s responsible for this crime?
The one’s who want to enforce it?
Or the one’s who let it happen?
The one’s who play along?
Or the one’s who don’t prevent it?
Wake up Germany!
It’s not about masks, it’s not about viruses, and it is certainly not about your health.
It is about much, much more.  I’m not participating.  I’m not afraid Ms. Merkel.
I came from Romania, I survived Ceausescu.”
Joe and I have (so far) been able to function without a mask in our home town of Vernon, BC.
It isn’t getting easier: the teams are self selecting, and the stress is rising.
Our personal experience says those who walk and drive alone with one (or more!!) masks on their face might actually believe the government.
The government is NOT our doctor, nor is the government our leader, our superior, our commander, our dictator, and in general, is not particularly proficient at anything.
Au contraire, mon ami! as our Quebec brethren might utter with tongue planted firmly in the cheek (not such good the English): the government has very fundamental and limited functions, which they persistently refuse to perform to the benefit of all Canadians, while frittering away tax payer dollars by the billion on whimsical endeavors not endorsed by the public at large.
Joe and I (and the other 37 souls in our head) will be the arbiter of our health, and as much as we understand, our destiny:

Dr. Greisz-Brisson’s remarks have been transcribed.  You can read her address in English here, or here.
The Great Barrington Declaration , as of today (21 March21) has 819,768 signatories, of which 55,686 are medical professionals and the remainder are, like Joe and me (and the 37 other mutts in our head), concerned citizens of Earth.
As much as online declarations can influence or change anything, we heartily endorse endorsing this declaration (link here).
If nothing else, it will make it easier for the readers of the list to find and extinguish everyone on it.
On that paranoid and conspiratorial note, we move on, with objections expressed.


COVID Politics
Dr. Shawn Baker is the founder of
Joe and I believe him to be an island of sanity in a world gone mad.
Each morning he takes his dogs Sasha and Maximus for a walk while recording a short video for his followers.
Today (Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day) his message addresses the political theater regarding COVID/virus shenanigans (a little Irish ref.).
It is no surprise that filthy lucre is at the end of the rainbow.


Dr. Baker Declares War!
This video is passionate.
Dr. Baker says some bad words to get his point across.
The government has no business telling you how to eat or what to eat.
The government at any level should include itself the fuck out of our lives.
Joe goes further and says the government has no business in business.
Wouldn’t it be loverly if they stuck to the task given them by the Constitution and the citizens who voted them into office?:

Wouldn’t it be loverly!:

A meme to describe my and Joe’s contempt for those who cannot do their own thing without preaching to everyone what they can and cannot do –

Meanwhile, being the little angels we are, the order of the day is to follow doctor’s orders (Dr. Baker’s of course) –
A thought to round out the thinking.  If meat is so bad, so evil, WTF? –
Saving the last word for John Cleese –


Quick Dick McDick
Saskatchewan’s foremost ambassador doing what he does best:


Joe Biden’s Little Boy
Centuries ago, Greek philosopher Sextus Empiricus wrote:
The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind small.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translated a poem by Friedrich von Logau (Göttliche Rache) thusly –
“Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience He stands waiting, With exactness grinds He all.”
In modern times, a coinage about justice rings the same –
The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”
However, there is another phrase that is almost a corollary of this –
Justice delayed is justice denied.”
So what is it going to be?
Will justice or doG ever settle accounts with the Biden crime family?
Joe and I will quote Ludwig von Mises to salve our indignation and outrage –
According to the man being interviewed, Jack Maxey, the FBI had Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2019, yet nothing negative ever surfaced.  Or was “leaked”.  Or was “whistle blower” revealed.  According to Mr. Maxey, the FBI suppressed information.
Watch and formulate your own conclusion (or opinion):


Joe’s Garage

Acceleration Tutorial
This video is old.
But the data and facts are not.
The adage is – how fast you want to go is directly proportional to the $$$ you have to spend.
The brute force method is awesome:

Jeep in a Box
In WWII a new vehicle was more like a Lego challenge.
Here’s how the venerable Jeep was delivered to customers in every Allied theater around the world –

The following video shows how some able bodied soldiers can disassemble and reassemble a Jeep in apple quick time.
They zoomed ahead in the parade to give themselves a 3 minute window:

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Joe’s Comment – Another year around the Sun.  Never thought I’d last so long.
Kinda getting used to being here.  Let’s see what another year brings!  I’ll have to settle down one of these days…..


Back on track with Quick Dick McDick, Saskatchewan’s greatest ambassador.
As you can see, the nanny’s at Ub2b have stuck their proboscus where it isn’t welcome.  Just click on the link in the link.
High time to suggest to QD that he move to Rumble, BitChute, Vimeo, AIR – anyplace but the place that won the game:


COVID Guideline Summary
This is the best, most concise summary of what you can and cannot do during this pandemic of almost insignificant magnitude:


Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman is a Chuck Berry (playing guitar like ringing a bell).
The latest installment called “DC Versus America”.
Sourced from anywhere but Ub2b.
About time!:


Joe’s Garage

The GTO Story
Joe and I are not known for our love of General Motors products.
Maybe it’s the history of things, way back in the early 1900’s.
That old kak William Crapo Durant doing the money thing – his passion was $$$.
The Dodge brothers and Henry doing the gear-head thing – their passion was machinery.
Me no know.
Joe too.
However, we took on a project for friend Doug J. almost a year ago, a GM marque of excellence, a 1971 GTO convertible.
It started with can you get the top and the windows to work?
Even with a steady flow of cold beer, that task was only a couple of hours to complete.
Some days later, and some beers down, we (mostly Joe) made an agreement to wire the car.  That is, get the fuse panel working, the instrument cluster working, the lights and horn and signals working.
Me big chief electronics dude!
No problem……
Except it was a problem, a big problem.
The car hadn’t been licensed for about 20 years.
Some crack heads put it together.
Someone (no one is volunteering names) ran the transmission cooling lines from the transmission RIGHT THROUGH THE PASSENGER SIDE COIL SPRINGS!!! en-route to the radiator.
Trez chic!
The brake pedal swing arm had a rusty old bolt as a pivot, no nut, no fit, no good.
The steering column must be dropped or removed to get the dash out.  We bitched a fit (our forte – if we have one – is working on Ford junk), dropped the steering column, and discovered that we had been driving it around the yard WITH THE STEERING SHAFT NOT CONNECTED TO THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT!!!  Bongo-bongo.  Or is that bong.oh!bong.oh!
Days later, totally frustrated with tracing wires and checking connectors, and reading GTO/Tempest/LeMans circuit diagrams, we hadn’t got a damn thing on the dash to work!
After a whole bunch more hours, in frustration, Joe pulled the dash board out of the car.  It was the only way to remove the instrument cluster!!!!
The connector to the instrument cluster printed circuit was corroded.  There were no light bulbs in the dash at all.
The heater control was pooched, and the heater blower motor is hidden up against the firewall on the passenger side fender just where you can’t get to it from here – you must take the fender inner liner off to change the motor!!! (I don’t think three exclamation points are enough to convey our exasperation, but Joe says I’m a drama queen).  There was no diverter from the heater box to the defroster outlets.  Two out of three heater cables were kaput.
The fuse panel was corroded too.
The horn didn’t get here from anywhere.
The list was long and never ending.
Every time Joe thought he had a problem licked, an issue resolved, another problem or issue would kick him in the balls.  Very hard.
Many sore balls ensued.
Two final events showed Joe and me who was boss.
One sunny day, there was a very loud bang! heard throughout the neighborhood.  Several neighbors called, several came to the house, all thought something had happened to end our sweet sojourn on the blue planet, third from the sun.  Joe and I swore we didn’t know anything (we were in the house).  We came outside and looked around – didn’t notice a damn thing.  A few whiles later (thank you Donald!) neighbor Nancy and I were exchanging greetings when we noticed that the front right side of the GTO was a lot lower than the left.  On inspection, a 10 square inch chunk of the front right tire sidewall and tread was missing – it blew out so hard it bent the fender.  Joe never did find the chunk of missing tire.  We thought it prudent to check the other tires.  The average pressure was 70 psi.  Some fun Bambi!  We couldn’t blame it on the Bossa Nova – must have been the crack heads:

The final humiliation was Joe let me drive the riding mower.  Right into the passenger door of this ride from Hell.  Dana M. owns the car with Doug J.  Dana calls her “Scarlett”.  How appropriate.
We should have listened to Scott M. – he insists the car is evil and haunted.
Enough bitching.
Here’s a picture or two of the 8 month ordeal.
This is what we saw after wrestling the dash out –

This is months later (about 7 months later), all organized, all identified, ready for the dash to be installed –

This is one happy Joe Mekanic.  Just before installing the dash (in and out 4 times).  Joe kept asking why oh why would they ever build anything like this?
There were no reasonable explanations at hand.
Joe ponders….. was crack cocaine invented by GM? –

A picture of the dash in place the last time Joe will be installing it.  Burning bamboo splints under the fingernails would be preferable to dancing with Scarlett again –

Scarlett showing her best side.  Joe cried when she left.
Like that happened.
Joe drank a few beers and swore to make no deal ever again while drinking.
Like that will happen –

All in all, a regrettable experience.  Joe says we learned way too much about something that should never have been.  Time lost.
The best part (besides saying adios?) was the next vehicle in Brian’s Big Tent was our $20.00 CDN 1989 F150 4X4 e/w 351W and C6, getting a fresh oil filter and oil change.  We won her at Dodd’s Auction!
Now that put a smile on old Joe’s mug!

Trick Driving
Joe and I hate Hollywood “action” movies as a genre.
Steve McQueen did the penultimate car chase.
Hollywood keeps trying.
Here are a couple that Hollywood couldn’t orchestrate in a 1000 years –

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Joe’s Comment – This has been a good week.  At least, my right brain thought so.
Then I discovered where I might have been misguided.  S. Harris is a wicked cartoonist…..


Hero Call
Joe and I are big fans of William Happer.
This man is a co-founder of CO2 Coalition, and co-founder of Magnetic Imaging Technologies Inc.
The above link with his name is a very biased Wikipedia article.
Joe says when the trolls bash you on Wikipedia, you are a saint.
Joe and I implore you, listen to Dr. Happer’s suggestion “How to Think About Climate Change”.
Deus Vult! (and Joe too):

Two visual aids from the presentation  caught our attention.
The first shows the facetiousness of considering CO2 as a pollutant.
Carbon dioxide is the food of life.  All plants need it for survival.  We produce it in our bodies as a byproduct of consuming energy.
Joe and I believe that at some future date, companies and citizens will be given carbon credits for PRODUCING MORE CO2 AND RELEASING IT INTO THE ATMOSPHERE!

The second image exposes just how ignorant the average mud pecker is about the nature of carbon dioxide.  CO2 is an odorless, colorless gas.  Period.  More would be good.  Warmer is better.
As Joe incessantly says, you can’t grow a carrot in a snow bank.


In Defense of Dr. Seuss
Joe and I are getting elderly – 72 years on International Women’s Day.
Dr. Seuss and us go back a ways.
My children and some of my grand children know about “Green Eggs and Ham”.
What, you might ponder, is the brouhaha about the man (sorry ladies) who influenced 3 (and counting) generations in our family and countless millions of good folks around the world?
Glad you asked!
In World War II, there were many modes and methods of attacking the Axis.
One mode was to “dehumanize” the enemy.
Here are a few cartoons penned by “Dr. Seuss” (Theodore Geisel) for the war effort –
Very much in the spirit of the times.
If the government had used actual and factual data to “dehumanize” the Japanese and German foe, the average mud pecker would have genocide in the back of his mind.
As The Pretenders sang, “It’s a thin line between love and hate”……

Had the government revealed data about “The Rape of Nanking“, and the Japanese atrocities against the Chinese people, or the German interment, slave labor use, and murder of millions of their own citizens and people from conquered nations, Joe and I believe a tipping point would have been exceeded.
Perhaps the government went too far promoting anger against the “Japs” as an homogeneous population.
Perhaps, because the German people were European and similar looking to the vast majority of Western populations, they couldn’t find the correct balance between love and hate.
As Joe says, we weren’t there, didn’t experience any of it, and our knowledge is second hand (parents, grand parents, the culture of the time, and recorded history).
Now Theodore is under attack.
A cowardly attack, for he died in 1991 (RIP), and cannot defend his work or his legacy.
Joe and I would not have agreed wholeheartedly with Theodore’s politics – from what we garner he was a certified Lefty.
Did we and do we enjoy his children’s books?
We remember reading many of them over and over to our children, and one grand child who lives with us.
Over and over because when the question arose – what to read tonight? – Dr. Seuss was a favorite for several years.
Six books contain dreaded “RACIST” content?
My, my…. aren’t we sensitive.
The fact that it has taken almost 70 years to level these “charges” has bogus written all over it.  Or bupkis.  Your choice.


Virus Talk
Joe and I know a bit of biology.
We know, for instance, that a virus technically is not “alive”.
We also know that viruses are suspected to be as old as life, or older.
Because of the cluster fuck known as 2020, and the son of cluster fuck 2021, we thought it prudent to know a wee tad more.
Just what is a virus, and who do they think they are?:


Joe’s Garage

Sweden’s Best
Gunhild Carling doesn’t speak English as a first language.
Joe says she plays brass like she was born with a coronet in her hand.
Here she is singing “All of Me” in her spectacularly unique swing style:


Dr. Ken Berry and Michelle Hurn
The guerrilla war of biological reality vs government eating guidelines continues.
Joe and I were indoctrinated in grade school about the “food pyramid”.
The lawyer in us can’t help but drool over the prospect of a class action suit against the government on behalf of every single citizen – we’d literally sue ourselves into poverty….. over deadly dietary dictum.
The keto and carnivore diet (proper human nutrition) is gaining attention and recognition.
In this video Dr. Berry talks with a young woman, Michelle Hurn, who, at 12 years old, weighed 57 pounds and was so ill, so anemic, she was given 10 months to live.
She didn’t die.
She survived to become a dietician, and write a book called “The Dietician’s Dilemma”.  She survived and thrived and is telling the world!
Joe and I are convinced and converted.
Not by argument or reason or theory, although all of those methodologies have merit.
No, we were convinced and converted by doing as did Dr. Shawn Baker – we decided on July 26th 2018 to eat only meat and find out for our very own self.
We are approaching our 3rd year.
Feeling good!:


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