Sunday Rant – 1917


Joe’s Comment – What’s behind door number three?  Being fooled is an emotional art performed by those vulnerable to believing.  Joe says keep your eyes open and your logic infallible.
Which leads to…..

Joe’s Paradox
Sometimes it takes more than a Spring, a Summer, and an Autumn to correct the tomfoolery and SNAFUs I manage to accomplish in one lousy Winter….
It’s a mystery and a wonder –

Machines And Music
Joe liked this video for the incredible machinery.
I thought it was an innovative and cheeky interpretation.
The Harp Twins (Camille and Kennerly Kitt) play Iron Man:

Dance and Music
Joe and I are not dancers.  Didn’t get the dance gene.
The odd toe tap and finger snap is our response to the rhythm, our “feet to the beat”.
That said, we don’t think there is a male equivalent to this sweet motion:

Election Warning
Joe and I are going to vote on Tuesday, May 9th.
It is a BC election: not much similarity between Federal and Provincial parties here in the Socialist Republic of Bring Cash.  That means what is blue is red and and what should be red is bile and what is green is green and what is orange is rotten.
Meanwhile, just to tune the voting antenna, a bit of background on Canada’s voting mistake that keeps giving and giving priceless moments of mediocrity.
Make a wish, Joe!:

For a summary of party platforms in BC, here is a high level general assessment from the Globe and Mail.
Here is a “20 hot topics” party platform comparison from the Vancouver Sun.
Liberal Party here.
NDP here.
Green Party here.
Joe says the best thing about it is there is no PQ equivalent.
He’s such a party pooper.

Cee Oh Too
Once more into the breach.
How much longer can the truth be subverted to political objectives?
An outspoken Malcolm Roberts from down under lays it out in short sweet truths:

The current news media is saturated with Bill Nye loosing his bloody mind in public.  His positions on gender and global warming / CO2 / anthropogenic climate influence are truly cringe worthy.  I think Dolph knows better –

Just Sayin’
Joe shakes his head at the moonbats who insist there should be no borders, no walls, no restrictions on the movement of people between nations.
Joe says these folks haven’t read much history.  That is how it was long ago when marauding bands of _____________ (fill in the blank) would come to your land, kill or enslave the men, kill, rape (or is that rape, kill?  maybe they did it both ways) and/or enslave your women, enslave or kill your offspring (some raped children too), carry off all your possessions / wealth, and generally cause a disruption.  Somewhat illegally.
Not exactly “zero sum”, is it?
The following video is astounding for several reasons: it is an example of how good fences make good neighbors, and an example of under-reported evidence to support what all the law enforcers are saying –

Murder Incorporated
The incorporation part of the moniker is in certain counties in the United States.
According to the article written by Tyler Durden at this link, 51% of all murders in the USA are committed in only 2% of the counties.
Joe says this is an important piece of information for anyone visiting, working, traveling or immigrating to the good old United States of America.
Take a gander at this graph –

There are 3,143 counties (or equivalents) in the USA.  Some quick calculating (use all fingers and toes) there are 63 counties (2%) responsible for 51% of the murders, and 157 counties (5%) responsible for 68% of all murders.
Another interesting and vital fact is that 50% of the least dangerous counties have zero (0, nada, zip, ne rien, zilch, none, keiner) murders.  The historic average from 1977 to 2000 was zero murders in 78% of counties.
Joe and I find this information pertinent.
The article doesn’t parse race, religion, population density, multicultural and diversity numbers, but does have an observation about gun ownership.  A quote from the article:
Gun Ownership
According to a 2013 PEW Research Center survey, the household gun ownership rate in rural areas was 2.11 times greater than in urban areas (“Why Own a Gun? Protection is Now Top Reason,” PEW Research Center, March 12, 2013).   Suburban households are 28.6% more likely to own guns than urban households. Despite lower gun ownership, urban areas experience much higher murder rates. One should not put much weight on this purely “cross-sectional” evidence over one point in time, but it is still interesting to note that so much of the country has both very high gun ownership rates and zero murders.
This study shows how murders in the United States are heavily concentrated in very small areas. Few appreciate how much of the US has no murders each year.  Murder isn’t a nationwide problem.  It’s a problem in a very small set of urban areas, and any solution must reduce those murders.
Another interesting fact is if you remove the worst 5% of counties, the US murder rate per 100,000 souls falls to 2.56%.

Joe’s Garage
The following is self explanatory:





The United States Secretary of State is a very impressive speaker.
His measured deliberate well paced delivery is matched by his depth of comprehension about world events, about history, about destiny.
Joe and I think Rex Tillerson was a brilliant choice.
We wish him much success:



The weather this week in Vernon was monsoon.
On Friday it rained so hard the drops were bouncing off the ground about 5 inches.
That’s 12.7 cm. for you Canadians.
Interrupted by two actual sunny (for a while) days, our Spring is literally water springing out of the ground.
Joe and I got excited.  Spring!

The yard and unpaved driveway are a bog.
The back field behind the shop is a morass.
The grass is knee high.
Moss is growing everywhere.
Parts of the property are definitely marshy (marshlike?).
Only one thing to do in such wet surroundings –

Joe (saturated) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez soothes a savage Spring.  Only two published this week –


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