[date Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM]
Three weeks on the road – no Internet access! So much for a weekly journal / rant that never misses a beat…. Maybe in 2013 I’ll have 52 PN rants in 52 weeks. Something to strive for, I reckon. Back to the present, from thanksgiving to the end of the last presidential “debate”, I’ve stored a few items which caught my attention.
Outside of living in a veritable (cold) paradise, there is much to say thanks for and about.
Family is number one. God willing there will be enough years left to get really good at it and be supportive…..
3 grandsons to date! Wonder of wonders, they were all together at my place in August. Here’s a picture –
Arlen on the left, Odin, and Rourke on the right. What a blessing! Thank you children. Thank you, Universe.
Health is another blessing to be thankful for – if you have it. Outside of the usual bugaboos and scares the media / doctors / know-it-alls try to frighten one about, I’m still upright on two, taking no medications, and thinking as clearly as ever. (That last point might not belong in this “thankful” category). Health to me signifies the number 3 – physical, mental, spiritual. Well, two out of three ain’t bad…..
To all my unwell and recovering friends, some cartoons to ponder.
Your physical being is always getting older –
Mental health is more delicate to assess. Only a few pointers here.
Remember to keep your sense of humor well lubricated –
Sometimes the hand that life deals is better than the one you wanted. Consider –
Sometimes you gotta put in for a transfer –
Finally, nobody but nobody (not even Mom) told you life would be fair. Discrimination and prejudice is everywhere –
And often it is justified –
Along spiritual lines (vs “religion”), my humor (sense of….) takes over. Witness –
I can’t help feel I’m missing the joke. And Bobby, I never laughed at you, only with you –
What if they are all accurate and right? How many universes can you count (don’t go past ∞)? How many dimensions can you imagine? –
Then there is the monstrosity of “World Peace”. National security vs foreign affairs / conflicts / wars will always be around: the interests of any given group of humans are not always aligned. What can one be thankful for?
The following quote seems apt –
I do not reject peace, but I am afraid of war disguised as peace. Cicero 43 B.C.
Canada’s sterling military although small, always has represented Canada honorably.
Legion magazine for September / October 2012 has a fine article about our Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Adam Day writes about “Assignment Afghanistan: The Impossible War”. It starts with a quote from PM Stephen Harper –
“We are not going to ever defeat the insurgency. Afghanistan has probably had – my reading of Afghanistan history – it’s probably had an insurgency forever, of some sort”.
Some notable quotes……
“Of course, the war is not over. But Canada is leaving the battlefield. It is the first time in history that Canada has retreated from combat before the war was won.”
“”If you believe in hell,” asked a soldier, staring out at a village in Panjwaii, “how can you be sure that this isn’t it? Surely there is enough suffering to qualify, and it gets pretty hot, too.””
“After a long day of dealing with IEDs a soldier sat wearily against a mud wall and described the situation: “The whole world is f**ked up,” he said, “this place just amplifies it.””
“As an operation went slightly off the rails, a soldier looked around and said: “This is a great illustration of the 3rd Battalion motto:”There must be a harder way.”””
I am thankful to have never been to war. Thank you, WWII and Korea veterans, in all the western world. Thanks too, to our current armed forces battling around the world. I know the 3rd Battalion motto as one of my own…..
Interested in the Legion website? Right here for you non francophones: http://legion.ca/Publications/Publications_e.cfm
Continuing with the “wars I didn’t have to fight” theme, and Afghanistan specifically, here is a short speech from Lara Logan. If you will remember, she was covering the “Arab Spring” / “Egyptian revolution” for CBS in February 2011 when she was brutally attacked, dragged through the streets, beaten, sexually molested, and was very lucky to survive the incident. She is convinced the western peoples have been fed a story-line about Afghanistan and the strategic objective of the Muslim “world”:
I agree with her in that foreign policy CANNOT be fodder for political partisanship agendas, but must be focused on advancing the culture of the country. And, a big stick along with the carrot works very well…. Amen lady. My prediction? If she DOESN’T loose her job with CBS, it might be a sign that the tide is turning regarding the blindered left-leaning view of the mainstream media….. Overwhelming evidence and data can’t make a difference if you just don’t want to go there (refer to the Rushdon vs Suzuki “debate” further down this rant).
How about another courageous woman, Amber Lyon. She is a much celebrated CNN journalist who has left her position with CNN over the Bahrain developments. According to her, CNN has been taking $$$ from regimes / government to present news as they want it presented:
I digress so easily. The above was meant as a thanksgiving. I’m such a turkey…..
A thankful thanks at Thanksgiving this year………… Life is great!
Really great! What makes it so? Many, many things, events, and people.
An example: Just when you thought nothing you need hasn’t been invented, what appears on the stage?
Sound activated popcorn delivery. That’s right – just shout out, open your mouth, and a piece of popcorn flies into your pie hole:
America will survive as long as entrepreneurship can flourish. And flourish it does!
A scientist of great import has died. JP Rushton was and is a figure of controversy in the field of racial genetics. Here is a short biography of him at Steve Sailer’s blog. Lots of links:
Here is a debate between him and David Suzuki from 1989. The subject – is it genetic or environmental influences which make the difference between races? Suzuki was then and now a perfect spokesman for the liberal / progressive mindset – all emotion, very little data. If you take the time to watch it, Rushton reminds me of Romney and Suzuki reminds me of Barry Soetero:
John Phillip Rushton was a great scientist.
Suzuki is not. His entire 20 minute diatribe (starts at 33:30) is an ad hominum attack on the character of JP Rushton and the nature of his research. Totally emotional. Essentially he says that to know the truth about this factual data may destroy the social fabric of society: ergo, don’t go there, don’t do that, don’t think about it. That ain’t science…..
From the comments:
1. Rushton’s opening argument: These are my thoughts, these are my supporting studies, I’d like to stress that these finding aren’t necessarily applicable at the individual level. Thank you.
Suzuki’s opening arguments: Fuck Rushton. His ideas are offensive and for that reason I’m going to write off his arguments entirely. Way to go, Dr. Suzuki =_=
2. Suzuki’s argument at the very end of the clip could be paraphrased as:“Even if what Rushdon says is scientifically true, he has no right to say it, because the consequences will be terrible when ordinary dumb bigots get ahold of the info.” It’s an argument that causes me a lot of cognitive dissonance.
3. i love how the asian girl is the only one to ask Suzuki, the bully, a serious direct question.
4. After that super smart african gentlemen spoke (so clearly rebutting Rushton with his elegant reasoning and argumentation) I dare say Suzuki realizes “oh shit they’re taping this show trial and I’m gonna look really bad in the future especially after that guy talked if I don’t make some nice comments about academic tolerance”.
5. This is a shameful episode in David Suzuki’s career. His rhetoric is not too far from that of Stalinist purges. Joseph Stalin would be proud of him. And so would inquisitionists. I “loved” his appeal to authority in the case of Cavalli-Sforzi’s article. This cannot be right because this article is absolutely definitive. At one point, Aristotle was thought absolutely definitive.
A summary from Bill Whittle of Obambi’s first (and last!) term:
Like Bill says….. the end is nigh for the pretender.
Marvelous items from Curtis Lowe ( http://curtislowe.wordpress.com/ ) below –
(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government in which the least capable of leading are elected by the least capable of producing, and in which the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
Sometime this year, we taxpayers will again receive another ‘Economic Stimulus’ payment.
This is indeed a very exciting program, and I’ll explain it by using a Q & A format:
Q. What is an ‘Economic Stimulus’ payment ?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q.. Where will the government get this money?
A.. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money ?
A. Only a smidgen of it..
Q. What is the purpose of this payment ?
A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.S. economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:
* If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China or Sri Lanka ….
* If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs..
* If you purchase a computer, it will go to India ,Taiwan or China .
* If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico ,Honduras and Guatemala …
* If you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea …
* If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan .
* If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.
Instead, keep the money in America by:
1) Spending it at yard sales, or
2) Going to ball games, or
3) Spending it on prostitutes, or
4) Beer or
(These are the only American businesses still operating in the U.S. )
Conclusion: Go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a yard sale and drink beer all day !
No need to thank me, I’m just glad I could
Looks kind of goofy. From a different culture. Did you know Teh One believed he won the first debate? Gospel ISYN:
Then there’s his VP –
Quote of The Day
“Cogito, ergo armatum sum – I think, therefore I am armed” – Sumdood
A short video from Eric Allen Bell. He’s in the news for being mistaken for the film maker responsible for the criticism of Islam movie erroneously blamed for the 2012 9/11 attacks on American embassies in the Middle East. He IS making a movie about Islam, but it isn’t completed. He has written articles that got him fired from “The Daily Kos” (that there is enough to catch my attention). Look and listen:
Eric Bell is being protected by the FBI in a “safe house” while the furor disburses and the death threats against him can be investigated. His key points? Social media is a valuable tool for us lay people to disseminate information in the form of articles, links, emails, phone calls, meetings. He believes that truth and fact can change public awareness. I like this former extreme left wing movie maker…..
I LOVE THE INTERNET!!! It is a world changer….. a good one.
Captain Capitalism’s contribution this week is about the “liberal” economic model. Here’s a quote from the article, with an embedded link if you wish to read the entire piece –
Understand what gives a currency its value. It’s not because the government SAYS it has value. It’s because people (either here or abroad) can take our dollars and buy US-made goods with them. But if the US DOESN’T MAKE ANYTHING ANYBODY WANTS WHO IS GOING TO WANT TO BUY DOLLARS??? What are they going to buy?? An “English Degree?” 50 Shades of Gray? Are those the US-made goods we’re going to make to pay back our $16 trillion debt? If I did my math right, that’s 800 billion copies of 50 Shades of Gray. So every person on the planet needs to buy, what, roughly 133 copies of “50 Shades of Grey?” Are you kidding me?
A letter from David Siegel (founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts) is posted here:
I take exception to the use of the word “threatened” in the lead-in. It is not a threat – it is a fact of economic reality, as he explains in the letter.
The ring on “Teh One’s” finger is inscribed with the following: “There is no god except Allah”. The quote is known as the shahada –
Read about it here: http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/obamas-ring-there-is-no-god-but-allah/ Is it so? The historians will tell all in about 100 years….
Sexuality / orientation stories abound regarding “Teh One”. Here are some:
According to the above, he joined the “Down Low Club” in Jeremiah Wright’s church, and his marriage to Michelle Robinson was arranged as a benefit of the same club. A homosexual African-American mulatto narcissistic progressive socialist in the White House if you can believe the sworn documents and expert testimony. Not much news of it in the mainstream media. Why is that? you say……
Because…….. Mitt Romney is the REAL threat, he (fill in progressive bull sh*t here). Yeah, right…..
Some evidence to the contrary. Mitt Romney is an excellent comedian. Here is proof from the Al Smith dinner:
Excellent jokes, many at the expense of “Teh One”. I watched it twice, ’cause it made me feel good.
Want to know if you are a “racist?” Take the Implicit Association Test at Project Implicit (Harvard U) here:
I am a racist. My results were –
Your data suggest a slight implicit preference for famous White people compared to famous Black people.
When you read the background information it all comes clear – psychologists at play!
Reading this article from John Derbyshire adds much clarity to understanding the above:
I have a tendency to relieve pressure by swearing profusely when I’m stressed beyond my ability to stifle and / or cope. I have been told it is the weak-minded / poor vocabulary-ist who must take this route in dealing with day-to-day pressure. Here’s Stephen Fry’s take on the issue:
That was so illuminating, I watched another Stephen Fry narrated piece called “The Strange New World of Nanoscience”:
The Nanoscience documentary should be mandatory viewing everywhere and every way. Totally awesome!
The sparkling wine makers of England vs “global warming”. Winner? See here:
The following video looks like me after drinking too many beers. Alas, it is a three toed sloth heading FOR the bar:
I saw a lot of Alberta in the last two weeks while delivering apples, pears, and grapes to dozens of Hutterite colonies all over the province (and in Saskatchewan). Gotta love every square hectare. Alberta is an economic agricultural dynamo. Here’s a short video celebrating the fecundity of Albertan agricultural production:
Weather was mild, cloudy with sunny periods for week one of this saga.
On the last driving trip to Alberta….. week two…. Anyone with weather connections, how about holding off the snow and cold for one more week?
Alas….. The snow and cold caught up with me in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
I do not like hard water. It may very well be easier to stack and store, and it definitely cools beer. The only reasons I could conger that are positive. The negatives are legion.
Come on global warming! Viva banana growing in Edmonton!
The grey (gray?) clouds have arrived. Vernon is socked in until April.
Joe (Skip-to-M’Lou) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez has no equal on the left (or the right for that matter) –