Sunday Rant – 1714

[Date: April 27, 2014]


The pace of Spring is a drug for me. A thousand ideas spawn a thousand projects that can’t fit into a 24/7 world. Net result? Very straight forward –

If I’ve promised to do one thing, I’ve promised to do a thousand. My track record is consistent. Not pristine. More like puppy……..


Just the Facts, Ma’am

A recent NYT study reveals Canada’s middle class has passed their American counterparts in raw after tax income:

Of course, the Shiny Pony® has managed to fit both feet in his mouth (again!) on the subject. He refuses the question from a Sun News reporter in the following clip:

Either he has low quality researchers or he is a bonehead. Going by his track record, the answer is the latter. This man is not ready to run the country. Look into his eyes –

Mulcair declared that it is only one study and implied that Canadians would be much further ahead had the NDP been in power………. Only in his dreams.


Mark Levin is an outstanding defender of the constitution. Here is his recent address to the NRA:

I and Joe believe the American declaration of independence and the constitution are unique in the history of human society. Alas, too many people consider the founding documents to be merely a collection of words.



I and especially Joe lean more to the “Libertarian” perspective (as opposed to conservative or progressive or statist). When I read a piece such as “So What?” by Fred Reed, I resonate:

A meaningful quote from the article –
“Herewith another and yet worse confession: I do not see, or care, why it is thought my duty to like, or dislike, groups because of their race, creed, color, sex, sexual aberration, or national origin. Nor do I think it their duty to like me. I especially do not understand why the federal government should decide with whom I ought to associate.”
And another –
“In all of this, I am a bit of an outlier, having lived among many cultures and generally liked them. Some can do this. Yet as a white American of European extraction, I too want to preserve my culture. This involves (or did) respect for law, studiousness, the production of children within marriage, self-reliance, honesty, sexual restraint, and so on. Another part of my cultural package is the literature of Milne, Milton, Twain, Galsworthy, Gibbon, and others at length. I want my children to read them.”
Rounding out the culture segment this week, an oldie but a goodie from Andrew Klaven. Here is “What Leftists Think”:


Our Fellow Travelers

Stoffel is a honey badger. Honey badgers have very large brains in relation to their size. Stoffel uses his brain:

Honey badger doesn't care!. . did you kataw? Honey badger eats porcupines and poisonous snakes, raids beehives for honey, kidnaps baby cheetah; and steals food


Windows XP Trivia

This desktop background (named “Bliss”) is thought to have been seen by over 1 billion people in the world. It is a picture of a field north of San Francisco (not photoshopped as some speculate). Here is the story:

Charles O’Rear was offered so much $$$ for the picture FedEx refused to carry the original / negative – Mr. O’Rear was given a plane ticket and delivered the photo in person. Who could have known how widely seen this image would be?

Global Warming®

At Last! A man with a brain and a reputation speaks the truth. Will anyone listen? Here is Professor Les Woodcock separating the grain from the chaff:

A quote with impact from the article –
“Even the term ‘global warming’ does not mean anything unless you give it a time scale. The temperature of the earth has been going up and down for millions of years, if there are extremes, it’s nothing to do with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it’s not permanent and it’s not caused by us. Global warming is nonsense.”

More rational thought from Judith Curry about the “science” supporting the anthropomorphic view of Global Warming®:

Please, Chicken Little, please. Take a Quaalude and relax. 99+ % of all species ever alive on Earth are gone. So will we be unless we leave this globe behind. Less than 3 billion years left to get it done……

A classic from Cox & Forkum –

Man’s Best (Gaseous) Friend

Carbon dioxide gets a bum rap. It is literally plant food. And the bubbles in soda, champaigne, and beer. Plants eat our exhaust (breathe out, Bambi!), and give us back oxygen. We like oxygen. Seeing as Global Warming® is “caused” by CO2 (what hogwash!), here are some facts about good old carbon dioxide:

Chart from the article –


An amazing shot of 2500+ yards! Modern sighting and ranging technology combined with very sensitive weather measurement make such shooting possible:



Almost didn’t post to this category this week. Not that the murderous evil bastards didn’t do something dreadful. Just that it is Spring. Who wants to dwell on the nasty when hope is springing?

Ever vigilant, here is one (of many) that is particularly heartbreaking. The rape of a 7 year old Christian girl during Easter (one of several in Muslim countries). These are not human beings as I would define such. Read and weep and pray for the victim to recover:

Nothing but contempt for this sham of a religious order, and the people who would suppress this evil from the mainstream media. This type of behavior must be threatened and criticized and changed at the threat of death.

The count this week? 22,846 deadly terror attacks since 9/11, and counting:

Enough of these cretinous sub humans. My next hat will be a statement –


Today’s sermon is over an hour long. Ian Flemming’s “The God Jesus Who Wasn’t There”:

The music is annoying. The facts (facts?) are very interesting, but I wouldn’t know how to vet or validate them all. Stimulating.


Oh my! I was in Edmonton last week. No sun. Rain. Cold rain. Brown grass. No buds, no leaves, no green. What a God forsaken landscape. Dare I say ugly?

My magnolia tree is doing it’s thing –

As are all the trees in the yard. Had to mow grass today – some of it is a foot long already. The daffodildos will be done this coming week.

My bleating about bad weather has no validity or import in the face of other Canadian cities. Vernon is not as far along as Victoria or Vancouver (notice all the great places in BC start with the letter “V”?), but if you like 4 seasons, there isn’t another spot in Canada to match it.

A cartoon of sympathy to all those places in Canada that don’t start with the letter V –

Joe (Grateful) Mekanic

p.s. Ramirez is welcome as spring flowers –