Sunday Rant – 1719

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Joe’s Comment – This cartoon by Kim Warp made me giggle madly.  I filed my tax return yesterday.  I deny any impugned causality.  It is only coincidence that my financial advisor is me.

 

Oh! Canada
Black Pigeon Speaks reveals some sobering truths about the Canadian economy.
He also has criticism about our “progressive” culture.
The Trudeau bashing is not really says Joe.
Why?
‘Cause everything he says rings true:

 

Janice Fiamengo
Another Canadian hero of Joe and me.
This woman has been speaking her thoughts adverse to the SJW tide as they are, since long before Jordan Peterson rose to infamy.
She continues to not disappoint:

Her video presentations are available at “StudioBrule“.

 

Li’l Miss AOC
Joe wants to vote Hispanic henceforth.
Beautiful women who can do math.
We need more of them!
This young woman may have stopped the Real OAC in her tracks.
Joe says it is true that politics is a dirty business:

 

Prager U
A short fact rich presentation from Prager U by Otto Brons-Petersen, a Danish citizen, regarding the often misrepresentation of Denmark as a “Socialist” society:

 

Rebel Media Update
Joe and I are cautiously optimistic that Alberta’s economic future will begin to turn about with Jason Kenney as Premier.
The election results gave a strong majority to the UCP.
Other Alberta concerns such as energy sector activist funding, Leftist advocacy, and what Ezra Levant calls “Rebel Derangement Syndrome” are discussed.
Joe isn’t a big fan of Ezra since he got caught skimming from a go fund for Tommy Robinson, but he has some quality people (especially Sheila Gunn) on his team.
Here’s the update:

 

PEI Election
We are pleased that Prince Edward Island has elected a “conservative” provincial government, breaking a 12 year Liberal choke hold.
Keep in mind this is the smallest province in the nation, and a perpetual recipient of federal “offsets”.
Some news IS good news:

 

John Stossel
Our favorite libertarian takes a close look at the “Green New Deal” being flaggelated by the Democrats in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Joe says the concept is the product of emotional thinking.
Some of Stossel’s interviewees have a misalignment with “Global Warming®”, but all in all, Joe gives this summary an A+:

 

The Real Black President
Joe was confused when Bill Clinton claimed to be the first “black president”.  Joe pointed out, quite rightly, that Mr. Clinton wasn’t black.
We were both confused when a mulatto became president, and was elected because he was the “first black president”.  He was half black.
All confusing…..
Along comes comedian Lavell Crawford and in less than 5 minutes clears up all the ambiguity:

 

JBP
Joe and I were engrossed listening to the following discussion.
It was promoted as a “debate”.
It wasn’t so much a debate as an exploration by two intellects of each other’s ideology.
Who woulda thunk Joe could sit (relatively) still for 2.5 hours of gum flapping?
Grab a drink, clear your agenda, find your center, and take a listen:

By the time we got to the end, it was clear to us that you can build an entire world in your head that makes sense.
To you.
As for Joe and I, we lost track of what they were trying to prove.
Or, disprove.
It was entertaining except the speech impediment of Mr. Zizek distracted us, which detracted from our comprehension.
The comments were as much fun as the discussion.

 

Patrick Moore
Canada’s gem.
His vision regarding the environment, humanity, the future of life on earth is all encompassing.
Joe says the very fact that we humans exist is such an oddity in the universe as to beggar belief.  We are here, although we shouldn’t be, and some day won’t. be. here.
Although a few months old, this is the best Patrick Moore we’ve found to date.
Joe and I think Dr. Moore is a truly great humanitarian:

 

Joe’s Garage
Roush Yates Team
These two men are legends of Ford performance.
Jack Roush and Robert Yates.
Both are uber engineers who have focused their professional lives on extracting as much work from a unit of fuel as possible, with reliability, endurance, and cost as guiding principles.
Joe and I first knew of them while watching NASCAR racing in the ’70’s and ’80’s.
In 1992 they had a showdown.
After years of perpetual “Hatfield and McCoy-ing” each other (and each other’s team), Robert Yates’ son Doug pitched an idea.
Why not complement one another?
The result was they joined forces and, with the approval and partnership of Ford Motor Company, set out to produce the best engines and the best engineering possible, then make it available for competition.
The compliment is all Ford NASCAR teams now use Roush-Yates engines.
Doug Yates has followed in his father’s career path and has taken the business to the top levels of engineering and design:

Introducing Titan Gilroy.  His education center, “Titans of CNC” visits the Roush Yates engine facility:

Which segues into the story of Titan Gilroy.  He has come from very humble beginnings to rise and fall many times to get where he has established a CNC education system to help people bring manufacturing skill and capability back to America.  Here is a presentation from Titan about his life path:

There are many Titan CNC videos at his YoubeTube channel here.

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Sunday Rant – 1619

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Joe’s Comment – This is one of Danny Shanahan’s milder cartoons.
I love the simplicity.
I have been “retired” since February of 2002.   I often joke that the bastard I work for now is demanding, petulant, obsessive-compulsive, never satisfied, and won’t stop for coffee or lunch.  Much the way I like it!

 

Exclusion (Where’s Our Share?)
Joe and I have maintained that Canada is just the “mini-me” of the good old U.S. of A.
We continue to entertain that belief.
(White) Canadians are brothers (and sisters, damn it!) of the (white) Americans, who were separated long ago in a bitter divorce.
When asked who they wished to live with, then came the divide.
Q.  So, (Joe asks) if our (twin) societies were separated at birth, where is our share (approximately 1.10% per population ratio) of the Muslim wackjobs infesting the States?
A.  Well, (I explain) it is there, it is happening, but the press / government / cops suppress the information.  Much like Europe.
Joe and I live a blissful existence in Vernon BC Canada, far away from the madding crowd.
So we thought.
Little did we know that as close (in proximity) as Vancouver BC and as recently in time as March and April, Langara College suffered a “mini-me” attack by a deranged adherent of “The Religion of Peace®”.
His name is Nasradin Abdusamad Ali.
He was arraigned in provincial court on April 5th for bombing the college.
Thank doG he was incompetent – an evacuation was necessary when two of the three incendiary devices exploded, but there were no serious injuries to people or infrastructure.
He has previous criminal charges.
No “mainstream media” coverage.
Very little anystream coverage.
The progressive left / Marxist post modernist / big heart, big control, small think folks are saying wait a minute Charlie there ain’t no Allāhu akbar stuff here, it is just a mentally unstable 23 year old from Surrey.
Joe says right!  That 23 year old just happens to fit in like a turd in a punch bowl.
The extreme right (misnamed – they are also a leftist bunch) are shouting quackydoodle deport them all no Shariah burn in Hell.
Joe says right!  Again.  Let’s just have our regular Canadian wackjobs acting out violently, exclusively in Canada, and let them foreigners duke it out in their own patch of Heaven, far away from here.
Not even a unique event: many more on our soil just not in our “news”.
All part of the wonderful Canadian mosaic says Joe.
Ho-hum.
From the website “TheReligionofPeace” the statistics keep mounting.
Since 9/11 there have been 34,870 deadly terror attacks by those truly.
Here is a graphic of the March, 2019 statistics –
The “List of Attacks” is a link.  You can see the details and supporting evidence.
Joe quickly scanned the entire list of attacks (132) and observed that there was one attack in The Netherlands (4 dead 2 injured), and one attack in Israel (2 dead 1 injured).
The West (yes, we include Israel as a Western culture despite their large Arab minority population) does a better job of keeping track of the wackjob element, but it is impossible in time, resources, and manpower to catch them all.
Joe and I have lost our rose colored glasses.
There is much tragedy ahead.
To the dead and injured it simply doesn’t matter if it was a mentally imbalanced person (?) or a Jihadi warrior of the true faith, or both.  They are dead or injured no matter the root cause.
To the living, we say this:
You can stick your head in the sand.
You can stick your head up your ass.
Same result (except for smell).
On the other hand…..
The number 1 is only “the same” as the number 6 in the sense that it is a number.
They are not equal in any other sense / value.
Islam is only “the same” as Christianity or Judaism in the sense that is called a “religion”.
They are not equal in any other sense / value.
Mixing oil and water only works for salad dressing.
We hope this makes clear the issue at hand.
You are welcome.
Y’all come back now, hear?

 

Socialist Dreams
Joe and I found this analysis by Dan Mitchell helpful in addressing the question: what is Socialism in reality?
He begins by asking, of the 162 nations on this list (below), which ones are “Socialist”?
You will have to view the list at the link above.  For some damn reason I couldn’t scale the image to the page…..  I am NOT a WordPress fan today.  I’ve been trying for about an hour…..
The point Mr. Mitchell is making is Socialism has an inverse relation to economic freedom and to GDP.
Furthermore, there is no real working definition of Socialism.
Further furthermore, there is no clear demarcation of “free trade” in any country – it is a wonderful theoretical ideology that just don’t exist in its purest form.
Here is a short video where Mr. Mitchell connects the dots:

 

Tax Envy
Joe and I have lived too long since retiring in 2002 (at the tender age of 53 years, 11 months).
The excellent adventure of Canadian politicians paying for promises with fiat currency has decimated our pension.
What was once 100% is now less than 70%.
We watched the following video and wondered, truly, where is the Canadian equivalent.
We might have to get a job!:

 

Joe’s Garage
The End of the Dinosaurs
A man named Robert DePalma believes he has found a location that was created mere hours after the asteroid impact that ended the Cretaceous Period.
The Hell Creek Formation in North Dakota is the lode-stone of fossils that literally were live animals and plants shortly after the asteroid struck.
The curious fact (to date) is that no fossilized dinosaur remains have been found after the “K-T” event.
Paleontologist Robert DePalma believes he has found proof of a catastrophic end to the age of dinosaurs.
An incredible find:

A lengthy article here by Douglas Preston for the New Yorker.

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Sunday Rant – 1519

PN:Joe’s Comment – I find solace and comfort in the words of the wise.  I (of course!) reserve the right to determine who I think is wise.  The wit and wisdom of Henry Louis Mencken always produces a wry smirk on my mug.  It is nothing but coincidence that in my advancing years I also wear suspenders.  Another coincidence: my trousers are sneaking upward to snuggle my man boobs.  This week my rant salutes the memory of H.L. Mencken.

 

Prager U
This recent episode features Ben Shapiro discussing the success of the West, and how it happened:

As an addendum to the above, we will borrow from H.L. Mencken –

 

Stossel
Our favorite Libertarian is John Stossel.
In this video, Yaron Brooker and John Stossel give examples of why politicians and politics are NOT BENIGN.
The glaring example of forced “crony capitalism” they use is Microsoft.
Politicians are generally no more than mafiosi.
Joe says that government is a blight; an unfortunate necessity due to the inadequacy of human intelligence.
Ergo, if government is a blight then politicians are the enabler, the carrier, the henchmen (and henchwomen fer Christ sake).  The blighters…..
The political racket forces huge successful companies to comply with political objectives.  The most common objective being a wealth generator for the political elite and their bed mates.
Joe wonders what the world would be like if “free trade” actually existed:

Gads!
It’s enough to invoke an H.L. Mencken quote (or two)-

 

Government Debt
The following video is an analysis of the U.S.A. government debt.
Canadian “death by government” isn’t any better.  In fact, a specific example (the province of Ontario) is worse than California!
In the video 10 common myths about government debt are debunked by professor Antony Davies.
Several of the graphs from the presentation forced our attention.

The above graph clearly shows that no matter the assessed tax rate, the actual tax revenue is more geared to GDP than rates paid by individuals.  In the U.S. of A. since 1950 the average rate has been approximately 17%.
The next graphic is based on what people generally agree should be the rate of taxes for 5 groups of taxpayers.  These rates are based on an effective rate that is calculated by the formula shown at the bottom of the chart.

If people agree that the above rates are “fair and balanced”, what then is the actual effective tax rate?
Joe choked at the actual values.  WTF? was what he said –
Talk about a welfare state!!!
Joe asks the philosophical question: how many fleas can live on a dog before the dog is critically or fatally affected and effected?
I answer: not as many as want to.
Watch and ponder:

Under the video are links to complementary supportive information.
How Big Is the U.S. Debt?
How Should Governments Deal With Debt?
Debts, Deficits, and Spending Cuts.
Learn Liberty is an excellent source of conservative progressive libertarian rational thinking.
Reason TV is an excellent source of conservative and libertarian thinking.
H.L.Mencken is an excellent source of clear concise fact –

 

Far Right-ism
Joe and I ARE exactly what Lana Lokteff defines as a “far right extremist”.
This shocking realization came while watching her describe the behaviour and ideology of the dreaded FRE in the following video:

All this time we identified as “theoretical Libertarian”.
How will we tell our friends?
Joe says it’s funny, but instead of feeling shame he feels justified.
And relieved.
Go figure…..
RedIce.TV has many videos of interest.
Another video at RedIce that Joe and I found reflective of our own thoughts is based on an observation of how many national / state leaders are childless.  In our own thoughts this includes those who may have children but are ambivalent.
Joe and I think of the primping peacock Emmanuel Macron, who is childless and married a woman 25 years his senior.  She, Brigitte Macron (nee: Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux), has three children with her former husband, André-Louis Auzière.  Joe says Oedipus +: he is about the same age as her children.
Also in Europe, Chancellor Angela Merkel, childless ex-communist (maybe not ex).  Note in the link there isn’t much info regarding her East German political career.  Her “gestapo” style has frightened Joe to the point he WILL NOT work on German cars (or trucks).
How about Theresa May in England?  Not barren (we assume) just childless.  She and her husband were unable to conceive.  Barren or no, what a cluster fuck she is making of Brexit.
In Canada, too.
Led for many years by Kathleen Wynne (a lesbian with three children), the province of Ontario has implemented sexual “education” into the provincial public school system which is highly irregular and (we think) immoral.
A doppelganger for Ms. Wynne’s closet reveal: her guilty feelings, her quest for normalcy?  It is easy to influence a child.  Not so easy to guarantee the effect of the influence.
After 13 years of marriage Ms. Wynne had a “sexual awakening” that led to divorce.  This is not extraordinary news – in Canada about 40% of marriages end this way.  The impact on her children is another story.
Joe is adamant: political leaders who don’t have children are not qualified to lead a country or state that is identified as a Nation.  Some that do have children ditto.
Call him crazy.
Call him misinformed.
Call him racist, Islamist, homophobicist, whateverist.
Joe is like the honey badger.  He don’t give a shit.
We believe the future belongs to the children.
It is the task of parents and adults to give children a complete history of where we (as a Nation / culture / society) came from, how we got to now, and what the future will be.  That is the groundwork for discussion:

Which lends a tender credence to H.L. Mencken observing the realities of politicians.  And children being abused by the public education system –

 

Mueller Gift to Trump
Dave Morrison of BlueCollarLogic has a thoughtful analysis of the Mueller report, and the political bottom line.
The Democrats got played.  Again!:

 

Climate Comedy
There are four debaters.
Our hero, Dr. Patrick Moore, dominates.
Watch the video if you don’t believe us.
One of the debaters is Dr. Mann.  The same Dr. Mann who sued Mark Steyn and Dr. Tim Ball.
And lost.
Listen to his “argument”.  You will understand why he lost:

If this isn’t an inspiration to quote H.L. Mencken, we don’t know what.  Humans are but fleas on a dog they named Earth.  We no more control what the Earth does than a flea rules a dog –

 

Joe’s Garage
Israel Goes to the Moon
What is there to say?
A tiny country that tried.
What’s the difference?
Smarts.  Drive.  Determination.
The first non-government attempt at a moon landing was cheaper and smaller than any previous attempt by any other entity.
Alas, “Beresheet” crashed before touchdown on the moon’s surface.
Small country, big dreams indeed:

Natens Häxor (Night Witches)
During the Second World War the Russian people were riding the German tiger.
To capitulate to German aggression would mean the loss of their country.
To fight the German juggernaut meant immense loss of life.
Russian assets were plenty of raw materials and a huge population.
Probably vodka too.
Could they repel the German war machine?
History was, they hung on long enough to reverse the tide – with the help of the Allies.
One of Stalin’s desperate programs was to enlist women in combat.
The Night Witches was one such program.
The Russian air force established three all women units to fly harassment and precision bombing missions against the German forces.
Some of these women, flying canvas and wire biplanes, flew over 800 missions.

The Germans gave them the name “Night Witches“, for most of the bombing was carried out during the night.  The witches moniker because very few of them were shot down by the Nazi forces.
Gunilla Bresky’s documentary about the Night Witches is in six parts on YoubeTube:

Part 02:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeN8PnEPB4w&list=PLdpL2DKF8kOioG5ddT0580VLTfnQT7X1i&index=2
Part 03:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17ZHHEQQdUg&list=PLdpL2DKF8kOioG5ddT0580VLTfnQT7X1i&index=3
Part 04:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbbVc4mQ7H4&list=PLdpL2DKF8kOioG5ddT0580VLTfnQT7X1i&index=4
Part 05:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOoNw8ORnr4&list=PLdpL2DKF8kOioG5ddT0580VLTfnQT7X1i&index=5
Part 06:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnW9Fbne89Q&list=PLdpL2DKF8kOioG5ddT0580VLTfnQT7X1i&index=6

Heaven (on Earth)
Joe has always loved auto wrecking yards.
Or junk yards of any sort.
The U.S. of A. armed services aircraft boneyard in Tucson would keep Joe busy for the rest of his life.
Joe and I spent many a Saturday cruising antique / second hand stores in Calgary looking for antique radios, figurines, interesting curios, old furniture.
In the following Strange Inheritance video, the old grandpa left his grandchildren his lifetime collection of cars and trucks.
Joe watched it twice.  Some of Joe’s favorite Fords and Mercurys in the collection.  The highlight is two Cords, one supercharged.  You don’t have to be a gear head to appreciate automobile history:

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