Sunday Rant – 0821


Joe’s Comment – I admit to being overly sensitive to Winter weather.  Or indigent weather of any kind.  An archaic use of the word “indigent”, meaning poor or deficient in what is requisite.
What is requisite (especially in February, the harridan of the calendar) is sunshine, warmth, greenery.
I remember being outside in the sun most of my life.
It is a false memory, for life in Canada isn’t Kalahari Desert days.
I spend time outside in Winter, but it just ain’t the same.
There were Winters in Calgary when I refused to wear a jacket, only a sweater.  Like the Corey Pandolph cartoon above – livin’ the life.
When Winter gets me down, the cabin fever rages and the winter madness is overwhelming, the Roz Chast cartoon about the boulevard of unbroken dreams is symptomatic of my sub-zero cold-blooded reptilian response.
A cup of warm cocoa (skip the salmon), a bit of TV, and so to bed…..


Quick Dick McDick
What would Monday be without a bit of humor from Saskatchewan’s foremost ambassador?
On this Monday, QDMcD tells all (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher) about “Windydaday”, “For Sale”, and “Succession Planning” aka “Farm Succession”, in a collection called Short QDMS III:


Biden Excellence
Y’all remember the election in 2008?
Joe and I didn’t like the jug eared Munificent Mulatto.
Not because we are “racist” (but if the left keeps pushing, they will surely educate us at great length, painstakingly, on the finer points of becoming one).
Nevertheless, we swore we would try to keep an open mind and judge the man on his performance as the most powerful man in the world.
Abject unabashed total failure.
Joe and I are still waiting for the “first black President”.
When DJ Trump became president, we also swore we would try to keep an open mind and judge the man on his performance as the most powerful man in the world.
A total success in terms of “We The People”.
An unending harassment from the left before, during, and after his 4 year term.
Now we have Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Same pledge to an attempt at objective judgement.
That attempt didn’t last long.
Joe and I are what we describe as mud peckers.
We know the difference between $5.00 / gallon gasoline and $2.00 / gallon gasoline – the difference means more $$$ to take care of the plethora of other concerns which can be kept at bay by filthy lucre.
We know the difference between reality and fantasy – the difference in today’s world is the difference between conservatism and “liberalism”.
Tucker Carlson is the only MSM personality we can stomach to watch.
In this recent show, he identifies a half dozen cuckoo leftist platforms now being pursued WITH A VENGEANCE AND A FLURRY OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS.
See if you agree:


Space Force
Joe and I are a product of ’40’s to’80’s sci-fi.
We still remember the 1952 Little Golden Book “Mickey Mouse and His Space Ship” –
Joe and I got hung up on one image in the book – Mickey and Donald are at the shop working on that beautiful ship.
What a concept!
You can actually build a space ship and go to the moon?
We’ve been gear heads ever since.
If you have a “few whiles” (a phrase coined by my son Donald), the lovely Krissy will read the story to you:

We believe there is nothing more noble, more majestic, than for Mankind (and any womankind who care to participate) to reach out to the stars.
Seems the Biden administration see things differently.
Recent legislation has grounded Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Will this be a canary in a coal mine for the Space Force program too?
The degree of myopia the left exhibits is extraordinary.


SJW Scare O’ the Week
Joe and I watch Dr. Shawn Baker’s early morning walk video most every day.
He is the creator of the website “MeatRx“.
Each morning he walks his dogs Sasha and Maximus and reflects on the latest controversy his nutritional beliefs are assailed with, most frequently (almost always) by vegans, vegetarians, animal rights groups, and sometimes other doctors who can’t shake their basic training.
Today he briefly addresses the latest movement, “White Veganism”.
Joe has no comment.
I say, after watching the examples of “spokespeople” in this video, that I wonder what these types of people did before the Internet.
They yearn so sincerely to be on the correct side.
Perhaps someone should tell them that they are welcome to follow their own paths.
However, when they insist that everyone else MUST DO the same, they cross a line:


Remembering Rush Limbaugh
A thoughtful commemoration of Rush Limbaugh by our favorite historian, Victor Davis Hanson, plus reflections and commentary on current events:



Fall of Civilizations – Episode II
Last week we embedded the first episode which told the story of the fall of Roman influence in Britain.
This week the story is the fall of the Bronze Age.
Joe and I must have been asleep for these 4 score minus 9 years.
Interesting overview.
Interesting ruins.
The three conflicts in all their terrible majesty – man against man, man against nature, and man against himself (and woman too, if you must):


Joe’s Garage

Ford Flathead
The first vintage Ford Joe and I owned was a 1939 Deluxe 2 door sedan, with 3 speed (floor shift) standard transmission, 239 cubic inch V8 flathead engine, torque-tube drive line, and a working push button radio!
It was a forest green, and looked like this –

Joe and I broke the transmission after driving it for a year or so.
If it was today when that happened, we would have re-built the transmission and kept it stock.
It was a beautiful old vehicle.
However, being 18 years old and knowing everything under the sun (heavy sarcasm) we took out the flathead engine and drive train, then replaced it with the drive line from a 1958 Ford.  We discarded the automatic transmission and found a standard gear box to put behind the 332 cubic inch FE series engine.
If we ever get to Heaven, we will have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do for ruining such a fine automobile.
The following video shows an early style flathead V8 rebuild.
The man doing the build is a legendary engine builder, Keith Dorton.
Mr. Dorton is the owner of Automotive Specialists.
A bore and stroke of this otherwise stock 239 block yields ample improvements:





This week the sermon is about Thomas Sowell.
Titled “Common Sense in a Sensless World”, Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal presents a history of Dr. Sowell’s academic life, from a socialist leaning university graduate to a leading economic, political, and philosophical authority who has published a large volume of scholarship on all of these subjects.
An amazing American:

NOTE:  This is NOT an attempt by Joe and me to appease the BLM and Antifa rabid dogs during the sacred February ritual in America called “Black History Month”.  As Joe most capably states, who gives a shit?
Dr. Thomas Sowell is beyond all the leftist tripe.




This week in Vernon BC has experienced slow warming.
Last Sunday, the overnight temperature was double-digit below zero Celsius, and the day time temperature on Monday warmed to high single-digit below zero.
This continued all week, until Saturday when the daytime temperature was above zero for a significant amount of time.
Sunday (today) the temperature reached 6°C and a more than breeze wind helped sublimate the crusty snow, and turn it quite soft and mushy.
The ground started thawing.
Our home is on a bed of 28 feet of clay.
Slippery when wet…..

Could it be so?
Technically, the days of Winter (Old Man type) are numbered.
Joe can’t hold back the emotions.
One more month ’til Spring is sprung!
Meanwhile, we’ll continue to look for….


Joe (relieved) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez had a short week –

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