Joe’s Comment – Tom Cheney offers the thought of the week. After watching the American political circus for the last year, I expect the above sentiment is about right on and being implemented by the Biden progressive posse with a vengence.
I am exhausted by the ruthlessness with which the two political parties ignore with impunity WE THE PEOPLE. I am angry that the holy dollar rules all. I am disgusted with myself for being such a Pollyanna to believe this time it would be different.
Time to read some H.L. Mencken. And wish for a pony.
Joe and I are reflecting on our status, our political disposition, our “humanity” – typical for this time of year, for we succumb to “SAD” (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Somewhat of a misnomer, for any duration of dark, sunless days and weeks and months tips our SAD cow. Vitamin D3 helps somewhat, we surmise. We won’t stop taking it for fear of discovering IT IS HELPING….. or it isn’t helping….. and this is as good as it gets.
The greatest generalization we have read, about what exactly “politics” is, what its measure is, was penned by Charles Krauthammer.
Here is what he wrote (from the introduction of his book “Things That Matter”), to describe the unfortunate but real impact of a political system on a people (also quoted in Sunday Rant – 2914) –
“………. Accordingly, this book was originally going to be a collection of my writings about everything but politics. Things beautiful, mysterious, profound or just odd. Working title: There’s More to Life than Politics.
But in the end I couldn’t. For a simple reason, the same reason I left psychiatry for journalism. While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory, and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance, and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.
Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything – high and low and, most especially, high – lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933.
………….Turns out we need to know one more thing on earth: politics – because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither.
This is no abstraction. We see it in North Korea, whose deranged Stalinist politics has created a land of stunning desolation and ugliness, both spiritual and material. We saw it in China’s Cultural Revolution, a sustained act of national self-immolation, designed to dethrone, debase and destroy the highest achievements of five millennia of Chinese culture. We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which, just months before 9/11, marched its cadres into the Bamiyan Valley and with tanks, artillery and dynamite destroyed its magnificent cliff-carved 1,700-year-old Buddhas lest they – like kite flying and music and other things lovely – disturb the scorched-earth purity of their nihilism.
Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay and everything burns…….” – pp 2
No more cogent an example than the recent American election.
Joe and I find ourselves, along with 75 million + Americans, not the honorable opposition, defeated in an honest and fair battle at the polling station, but evil corrupt “ists”, worthy of condemnation and internment after being stripped of all wealth and freedoms.
Shunned and ostracized.
Joe says that’s fine with him.
I am more social, and will miss those few I know farther left on the political continuum than I who deign permission for me to speak. How patronizing of them! Perhaps I have outlived my usefulness. I never thought myself “a useful idiot”. Alas, the self is oft the last to learn……
Our joint reflection has led us to delve into the works of H.L. Menckin for some sort of reckoning, some rationale to explain the quantum leap we have experienced – that leap from who we thought ourselves to be, a “man with opinion” to “evil entity to be shunned”.
Boy, did we find that rationale in the words of Mr. H.L.
We purchased a compendium of his work: a six book collection.
Included are “The American Credo”, “The American Language”, The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche”, “A Book of Burlesques”, and “A Book of Calumny”.
The man is impish, devilishly witty, acerbically humored.
We have used the dictionary on every page we have read to date.
So much for our vocabulary. Mr. Mencken knows the English language.
Much more about what we learned when we have gorged on these six pieces of extraordinary American journalism. Until then, here’s a few quotes about politics and men (and women too, if you must) –
We will have much more to say on the subject when we have had time to gather the wool and spin the tale.
As Blaise Pascal said “Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue
que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte”.
Loosely translated, “I only made this longer because I
have not had the leisure to make it shorter”.
Meaning that composing an essay of coherent thought takes time and reflection; a luxury often not available.
Time provides data, there is no argument about it.
Here Joe and I present more information to that end.
– Dr. Simone Gold has known certain data for years.
Her voice has been silenced.
Her reputation has been tarnished.
She is being castigated for her medical opinion about the “COVID pandemic”, and the so-called “vaccine” being distributed. She calls it a “biological agent”.
For very good reason.
Joe and I agree: the level of animosity directed at Dr. Gold is orders of magnitude greater than a simple disagreement would garner. In our current world of mis and dis information as a Psyop, this woman has become the focus for political warfare. When the bureaucracy and the MSM are gunning for you, there must be some legitimacy to her claims.
Joe says if you are spouting lies and deception, the best course of action is to let you speak until you hang yourself. To stifle your ability to speak and be heard tells an obverse story: you must be silenced to protect our ass.
The ass protecting this time is mega-political.
Listen and make your own judgement. We think she is spot on:
– The Forum for Canadian Sovereignity is an organization with the following stated mandate –
“We are the only NGO(Non-Government Organization) in Canada that is dedicated to vehemently opposing Globalism and the destructive globalist agenda and, just as importantly, educating, informing, and enlightening Canadians to the destructive forces of globalism and the globalist agenda are to our great nation.
Globalism is based on the socialist/communist ideology of global governance as a collective. Incorporating the policy of redistribution of wealth on a global scale. Equality within and among countries around the world, eventually destroying the idea of the sovereign nation state while transforming the free market, capitalist system in favour of a socialist/marxist system.”
They have compiled documented evidence regarding all aspects of the “COVID-19 pandemic”.
There is information about all aspects of this farce orchestrated by the CDC and the WHO, about what is known about the virus, what is known about prophilactics and therapies, what is known about testing, what is known about the so-called “vaccine”.
Here is a short video, one of many available at this link for COVID-19:
There is much, much more at the link.
– The AAPS (American Association of Physicians and Surgeons) has volumes of information and data concerning all aspects of health.
This link is titled “Mask Facts“, and – you guessed it! – describes in detail, with data, the efficacy or not of all types of masks.
Joe and I have worn masks in the past, from fully filtered with eye cover (for toxic sprays while orcharding) to flimsy paper-and-two-strings (for sweeping dusty environments). Masks for us are safety oriented, not fashion statements, not a virtual signal. In the current milieu of hysteria and government ineptitude, a psychosis colors the mandate to wear a “mask”. In parenthesis because the physical parameters of said mask, its composition, construction, performance, or any other metric is simply unstated. Or so unscientific as to be meaningless.
Look at the data at the above link.
Large production common mask types (aka “cheap” or home-made from cloth) are ineffective for virus control.
That isn’t Joe and I bloviating, although we bloviate endlessly.
It is data from research. Of particular concern to us was the psychological study of the effect on children, found here.
– Viva Frei reports on the idiocy happening in la belle province:
A few apropos cartoons to celebrate the latest observation of COVID death –
Brad Upton is hilarious.
What makes this wild is the audience is young people, and Brad is a Boomer.
Quick wit, speedy delivery, very funny:
Internet / World Wide Web
Joe and I are totally addicted to the WWW and the use of the Internet for commerce.
We were appalled and are appalled about what has come to be re: tyranny and the free access of electronic communication.
Monopolization is a natural tendency in an hierarchy.
What to do?
The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, is also appalled.
He is so upset, he is designing a new Internet, a WWW mark 2.
Joe and I are excited.
We wouldn’t want our mundane blatherings to be confiscated or disappeared by anyone else but we. How delightfully narcissistic!
Here are Bill Whittle, Steve Greene, and Scott Ott of “Right Angle” to explain:
Quinn Dunki is a hobby machinist.
Quinn Dunki is a woman.
Joe and I love her Ub2b channel content. She has a special ability to communicate and run her machine tools simultaneously.
That is she can walk and chew gum.
There is an 18 episode series on building a steam engine from a cast kit.
This is episode 1 – Prep and Planning:
This Old Tony
Another hobby machinist who can combine humor and ability while building or repairing almost any machinery in his impressive home machine shop is “This Old Tony”, real name unknown.
The video below is the first series of his we watched – building a chainsaw go kart.
His Ub2b channel is here:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
This week, Victor Davis Hanson discusses the first volleys of the Biden administration’s trumpeting of things to come, along with reflection on current events.
Much more VDH from his Ub2b channel.
VDH is our go-to historian for his ability to quickly ascertain the political underpinnings of our culture, and his knowledge of classical history from which he draws copious examples of similarities and cautions us about possibilities.
The title is “Achilles’s Tendencies”:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
This week in Vernon BC has been falling into winter norms.
Below zero Celsius every night.
Close to zero Celsius as a high every day.
So far the snow hasn’t fallen – perhaps it is too cold, too dry for that to happen.
Today, on Sunday, a very fine cold snow fell for a total of 1 centimeter in depth.
So far the winter has been unseasonably mild, but there are still 2 official months remaining in Winter.
That evil harridan February has still to dance her lifeless barren dance.
Joe dreams of getting a sunburn whenever he can.
Lately our sleep patterns have been erratic (sadly, not erotic), with an abnormal average sleep time of less than 5 hours per night.
We are suppressing an urge to gorge on carbohydrates such as potatoes and bread.
We are officially suffering a bleak case of “Winter Madness”.
Our “Cabin Fever” is raging.
Still two months to go ’til the official first day of spring.
Geez Louise, I can’t find my knees! is Joe’s constant mantra.
Cold lifeless Winter is not a hope builder or a stress reliever.
Joe (chilly) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez on ice –