Sunday Rant – 0721


Joe’s Comment – The Winter heebie-jeebies still have a hold on me.  The double digit below zero Celsius continues.  My mind says “Go!” but my body checks out.
The number of choices I make is fruitless; the wrong or unwanted choice is my forte.  I don’t know if I can force a solution, but the following cartoon from Marion Kamensky outlines my dream of a Spring break-through to quench my intellectual thirst –


Quick Dick McDick
Every Monday morning there it is, another Saskatchewan QDMcD sparkle of brightness to cheer a Canadian winter suffering fool.
Today’s episode celebrates the word “Nippy”.
According to the words of the tune, the fine folks in Saskatchewan are enjoying -40°C temperatures.
No argument from Joe and me.  That there is some nippy weather:


Fall of Civilizations
Joe and I wonder sometimes, about the ruins we have seen in person, or recorded on video or canvas or photo paper.
We wonder how such wonders so old were built.
In our darker reflections, we wonder how they crumbled into decay.
What happened?
Every once in a while, we wonder, is it happening now in the West?
The Ub2b channel Fall of Civilizations has an excellent series of documentaries that study how the mighty civilizations of the past fell to ruin (11 to date).
Following is Episode 1, “Roman Britain – The Work of Giants Crumbled”:


Biden ROI
The wonderful consequences of this new administration.
This young woman is a recipient of the flurry of “executive orders” and the crony appointments the Biden crime family has graced the U.S. of A.
The Big Boys got their way.
Big Pharma is back with a vengeance – anal rape without Vaseline.
My dear beloved left leaning friends, who precisely, does your preferred political bent favor?
Not the average mud pecker, not this distressed lady with an ill child:

In the dark recesses of your mind, how important do you feel?
How secure do you feel?
We’ve included the following meme before.  It is gaining veracity –


Joe’s Garage

Sir Stirling Moss (RIP)
In 1952, Stirling Moss won the Rheims Grand Prix in France driving a “C” type Jaguar.
The event was heralded around the world because this was the first race won by a car equipped with disc brakes.
The Dunlop company had been working with Jaguar to perfect what many thought a dangerous and foolhardy braking system.
Stirling lapped the entire field on his way to victory.
The next year, 1953, the Jaguar C Type ruled at Le Mans – finishing 1,2, and 4, lapping the entire field by 5 laps.
This video titled “The Racers That Stopped the World” documents the development and implementation by Mr. Moss, Norman Dewis, and many other dedicated individuals.
Joe and I owned a 1959 Mk.I Jaguar, equipped with 3.4L DOHC in-line 6 cylinder engine, featuring Dunlop disc brakes.  A bit ahead of the times for North America.  We watched this video for its historic information, and to hear those lovely Jags roar:

Here’s what our 1959 Mk.I Jaguar sedan looked like  –

Owning that wonderful Jag kinda ruined it for Joe and me for quite a few years –







This week historian Victor Davis Hanson shares his thoughts on current events such as the second Donald Trump impeachment and the damage “Woke Ideology” is causing in our culture.
The Epoch Times “American Thought Leaders” program hosted by Jan Jekielik is the venue:



The words of Henry Ford often resound with Joe and me.
For instance, Mr. Ford said “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!”
Henry paraphrased Shakespeare; Hamlet says “Why, then, ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison.” Hamlet, Scene II
As much as Joe appreciates the truth behind this expression of self determinism, Joe’s default attitude about February is more like this –
Mr. Ford also said “Cut your own firewood and it will warm you twice.”
In our modern world of politically correct greenness, fire wood is a no-no, although the idea of self dependence is always at the top of our best things to do list.
Joe knew this shitty double-digit below zero Celsius indignity was coming.
Some say it is the cost of living in such a fine country as Canada.
We know different.
It is because “Nature” is not our friend.
It is because the Earth is not our “Mother”.
It is because of the tilt of the axis and the distance from our heat register (the Sun), and the dark cold infinite expanse of space pressing from all sides.
Life, in all it’s glory, is tenuous, and mindless, and in cosmic terms, so brief for each individual as to be meaningless.
Yet, here we are.
Joe, being a typical mud pecker (and an atypical Canadian), has had enough.
Enough February that is.
Joe is out done, and the harridan known as “Februarius” is only half done (From the Latin word februa, “to cleanse.” The Roman calendar month of Februarius was named for Februalia, a festival of purification and atonement that took place during this period).  Essentially, the Roman month (mensis) of Februarius is the annual menses, the beginning of the annual fertility associated with Spring.
Joe is not amused, nor is he impressed.
The forecast is a break in the sub zero double-digit atrocity temperatures will arrive by Monday.
Not soon enough for Joe, who constantly whines about the cold –
I can live with it.
After all, what is the alternative, especially in these COVID hysteria days?
Meanwhile, knowing who we are and what we believe,


Joe (crusty snow) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez works well in sub zero temps –


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