Joe’s Comment – Shades of “cargo cult” aside, causation and correlation are different animals; confuse them at your peril. No matter. A positive attitude is always a bonus!
Joe and I would dearly like the impossible – to spend even one-half hour with my father.
We would have much to say to him, including an exhaustive litany of apology, profuse thanks, and promises of future behavior.
Not possible of course.
A graphic from David S. (soon to be father) that seems apt –
A few songs that seem appropriate to Father’s Day:
Joe and I have a rudimentary understanding of the “Millenial” demographic.
The following song ‘splains it all:
Gavin McInnes finishes the thought:
Joe and I are unabashed Bill Whittle fans.
Some say Donald J. Trump speaks the truth.
We say Bill Whittle is the apex of tell it like it is. Watch, and decide:
As the man says, our children and our children’s children will pay the piper.
Way back in the old times of late 2012, after the Republican defeat (again!) by a “community organizer”, the future of the conservative cause in America seemed bleak.
“Republican” and “Conservative” were (and are) more mismatched than ever.
After all was said and done, the “moral high road” espoused as the tactic to capture the hearts and minds of the undecided voters failed miserably.
During these dark days of navel gazing by the Republican back room boys, the “establishment”, the cabal who had (once again) ignored the Republican base voters, one man predicted the emergence of the “dark horse”, the populist candidate who would fight toe to toe against the Democrat juggernaut.
That man was Bill Whittle.
This is a speech he gave at a conservative dinner in late November of 2012, after the election. He espouses large “C” Conservative principles without shame or embarrassment. At 14:30 in the speech, he makes his prediction:
What does Mr. Whittle have to say about Donald Trump? Why wonder – here he is, straight talking as usual:
On another note, Hillarious Clit-one (aka Rodent Thunder Thighs) is NOT the first woman to run for president.
That honor (?) belongs to Victoria Claflin Woodhull (nee: Victoria California Claflin), who ran in 1872 (Equal Rights Party) – 48 years before voting privileges for women (1920).
She’s way better looking, too –
Wayne Allyn Root was a classmate of the President of the United States when they attended Columbia University. He states he never saw or met Obama, yet they were classmates….. how does that work?
Mr. Root has published an open letter that is titled “Mr. President, You Disgust Me“. Here is the letter –
“I’ve known for eight long years what a poor excuse for a man we have as a President.
I’ve known for eight long years what a deep dark hole he is leading this country down. I’ve known for eight long years that he is either mentally unstable, incredibly ignorant, or an extreme Muslim sympathizer like we’ve never seen in the White House.
I hope other Americans are waking up after the pathetic Presidential address to the nation about the Orlando Islamic terror attack.
It’s time to talk frankly. Obama’s speech was the most insulting, revolting & embarrassing speech EVER by an American president. It made me sick to my stomach.
Obama is the commander-in-chief. He certainly knows far more than an average citizen like me…certainly far more than the journalists on Fox News or CNN.
Obama knows what the FBI chief knows…what the Orlando Police Chief knows…what the CIA knows…what military intelligence knows. His press conference was even pushed back by 30 minutes. Obviously he wanted the absolute latest intelligence.
Yet at the moment he walked to the podium I already knew…
A) The mass murderer was Muslim.
B) He pledged allegiance to ISIS
C) ISIS itself warned publicly 3 days earlier about a pending terrorist attack in Florida
D) The murderer called 911 to give credit to ISIS before walking into the gay nightclub..
E) He yelled “Allah Akbar” before opening fire
Only minutes after Obama was done with his pathetic address to the nation, it was reported that ISIS actually took credit for the attack. That was also undoubtedly known to him when he walked to that podium too.
Yet with all of those facts at hand…
Obama still did not mention the words “Islamic” or “Muslim” or even “Radical Islam” in the entire address to the nation. No mention was ever made of the religion or background of the worst mass murderer in United States history.
Obama still would not say the words “Islamic” and “terror attack” in the same sentence.
Obama still would not assign blame to Islam, or radical Islam, or Jihad.
He knew exactly at that moment in time what this attack was. But he could not bring himself to mention those words. It’s just impossible for our President to ever assign blame to Islam.
But he was certainly angry. Steam was clearly coming out of his ears because he had to admit the attack was in fact “terrorism.” We’ve been through this so many times before- he’s always quick to blame guns or Republicans, but the word “terrorism” rarely ever comes out of his mouth.
But this time was different. All the facts were in. This was 100% ISIS verified before Obama walked to that podium. So he had to admit it was a “terror attack.” Even Obama knew he couldn’t avoid that.
That had to burn him. He looked so angry and shocked that I half expected a Muslim prayer to end his speech. I could almost hear “Salaam Alaikum” rattling around in his brain.
I know Obama, my old Columbia college classmate, like the back of my hand. I waited for the old tried and true liberal attack on guns. Obama didn’t disappoint. He had his usual hissy fit about guns being to blame.
It was the gun’s fault. It had to be. The man who picked it up was a Muslim.
We are under attack by radical Islam, most of the time by lone wolf attackers like this one- where one law-abiding American citizen with a gun could end the attack and save many lives. But amazingly, Obama’s only impulse is to disarm us. Obama and his socialist cabal want to disarm the innocent victims, leaving us helpless to defend ourselves.
Just absorb a few of these facts about Obama and his Muslim connection:
Obama is a man who wants to rush the process of importing more Muslims refugees into the USA (even military age males from war zones), even though his own Homeland Security Chief warns we cannot vet them.
Obama’s not just purposely importing Muslims, he’s bringing them in at a record pace.
Obama refuses to secure the border, even though Muslim terror cells are surely entering the USA hidden amongst the hordes of illegals from Mexico and Central America.
Obama is a man who brings in twice the number of immigrants from Muslim nations versus European nations.
Obama is the man who cut $2.6 billion in funding for U.S. veterans, while at the same time adding $4.5 billion to the budget to relocate Syrian refugees to America.
Obama is the man who is obsessed with disarming Americans, at the exact same time he arms Muslim terrorists- remember he recently handed back to the terrorist state Iran $150 billion PLUS interest to buy weapons that will be used to murder Americans, Israelis and other Westerners.
Obama is the man who has claimed that terrorists have “legitimate grievances.”
Obama is the man who refused to use the word “Muslim” at a terrorism summit.
But remarkably he opened that summit with a Muslim prayer.
Obama is the man who claimed “Islam” has been woven into our country’s fabric from the first days of America.
Obama is the man who refused to meet with Israel’s Prime Minister during a U.S. visit, but found time to meet with head of a Muslim country (Qatar) that supports terrorism during that same week.
Let’s never forget this is the man who refused to place the U.S. flag at the White House at half-mast for almost a week after a terror attack at a U.S. military base. But on Sunday after a mass murder of gays, Obama ordered the White House flag to be lowered almost instantly.
You couldn’t make this stuff up in a fiction movie. You’d be laughed out of Hollywood.
Obama’s actions are revolting. His address to the nation on Sunday was both embarrassing and insulting. But more importantly, it was telling. No true American could or would EVER give speech like that.
Mr. President, you disgust me.
It’s time for Obama to resign from office, or be removed forcefully by a United States Congress with balls.
Oh and one other thing…
Pray for President Donald J. Trump.”
This letter was copied from the Breitbart website.
I Side With
Joe and I like to take quizzes that compare your position with candidates on political (and other) issues.
We took the “I side with” quiz on American presidential candidates.
Joe was surprised at our result.
I maintain that the field is so narrow and insular there was no other plausible outcome.
Before you judge, go to the web link and take the quiz yourself. I expect most people will side with Donald J. Trump or Gary Johnson (Libertarian).
The surprise for Joe was that the Libertarian in the hunt is not more libertarian than the official libertarian. Joe most always tests strong Libertarian, next Conservative.
Joe Dan Gorman says “To Hillary in a Handbasket”, and we agree:
She is a poor example of her gender – two standard deviations from normal. The wrong way……
Gathering all my personalities under one umbrella named “DJ Drover”, I often confer with “Joe” as one of 37 (total to date) comprising the entire crowd. Some day our data-wienie self will do the work of cataloguing each and every me. Joe Mekanic is the real world problem solver, and a constant conscious companion. Recently, the rest of the crowd grew impatient with Joe because of a large stump near the house that had to be removed before completing a 200 amp service panel upgrade.
Joe is a bit of a theorist in that he tends to over think solutions.
This particular stump has been a problem since October, 2015. That was when we fell the tree and dragged it out to the “back 40”.
How to remove the Lombardi Poplar stump was causing Joe to wax poetic, and sometimes exotic, about snatch blocks, winches, the application of fire, hydraulic jacking, sawing, Cordite (explosives), stump grinders, VERY LARGE excavators, sky cranes, et cetera.
Many date cycles were wasted as Joe fantasized about blasting as a last resort……..
Much larger in person – over 3 feet in the butt.
Joe tried a few things that proved ineffective, finally settling on a “sacrifice chain” tactic – use the chainsaw to segment the stump along root lines, knowing the saw chain would be ruined in the course of the cutting (too much rock and dirt and clay and nasty root wood). Use the pressure washer to clean as much rock, dirt, and debris as possible, then cut (along lines shown in red below). Only the center rot of the trunk made this approach a possibility –
Cut. Sharpen chain. Cut. Sharpen chain. Cut notch (for choke chain). Pull / jerk until segment breaks away. Repeat until done.
All was well – the process worked. Several segments came off with gentle tugging. A few with more aggressive tugging.
Three chunks down, one (or two) to go!
However, the last bit (as above) was a nasty. Joe, being rational, tugged, jerked, and swore. No go. Re-chained several times at different leverage points. More swearing, more no go.
Where, oh where has the leverage gone?
A hurried conference was held – Joe, the data wienie, Nervous Nellie, Norm (remember Cheers!?), the poet, the accountant, the tree-hugger, the outlaw, Lemmingman, the biker, the chef, and a host of others. We all agreed it was time to throw caution AND careful planning to the wind. The call went out – to the darkest depths of our depravity – the call to Olaf the Berserker.
Ever been to that emotional place, that rage place, where your vision narrows and you don’t hear much anymore?
Some call it “seeing red”.
That is the calm, resting state, the “normal”, of Olaf the Berserker.
Once summoned then informed of the problem at hand, the control was his, and his alone.
Olaf grinned, got in the truck, backed up for some slack, and hit the throttle in 4 wheel drive.
BANG! No go.
Olaf backed up farther.
Nervous Nellie said what about the pressure washer? Shouldn’t you get it out of the way?
The accountant said if you don’t disconnect the hose from the washer, you’ll ruin one or both of them. It will cost us $$$.
Joe said if you leave that much slack you’ll take the undercarriage out from under the truck, or put the fan through the radiator, or calve the drive train, or all of the aforementioned.
The Boss said who the fuck called Olaf?
Olaf said shut up, get out of my way, or I’ll kill all y’all.
And hit the throttle harder…..
Bang! Broke the tow hook.
A cursing wild-eyed Olaf is a sight to see.
Re-configure with heavy trailer ball as a chain anchor.
Back up, rev the engine, and drop the clutch….
Bang! Is that rain? No, it’s a broken window on the canopy.
Bang! Are you sure it’s not rain?
No, it’s a broken window in the truck. (There are 4 complete engines in the box of the truck for ballast – not restrained).
Olaf, how much slack do you need?
BANG!…………. Olaf grins…..
Only the trunk piece to go…
Chain around a ton of trunk.
ROAR! BANG! Roar….
Olaf got out of the truck. The hose was ripped off the house hose bib – ruined. The pressure washer was dragged along with the hose – damaged but salvageable. The Olympia digital camera, safety glasses, and gloves were flung into the dirt and dragged under the pressure washer.
Olaf put his hands on his hips and said, well?
The results were what Joe wanted.
The last two pieces.
Olaf the Berserker smirked, gave us the finger, and went back to wherever he comes from…..
Joe says the expression “where there’s a will there’s a way” is quite fine and reasonable, but think before you call Olaf.
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
A repeat from previous Sunday Rant postings. Hello? Hello Canada? Hello U.S.A.? Anybody out there?
James Woods is a rare Hollywood species – high IQ and conservative with a capital “C”. Here are a few quotes:
PHILOSOPHY, PHILOSOPHERS, SMART THINKING
THE RELIGION OF PEACE (ALL OVER US)
There are brave Muslims, too.
We don’t know who this man is, or if he is still alive. Indeed, we don’t even know what he is saying because we don’t understand the language he is speaking.
If the subtitles are close to accurate, this is one courageous man:
Another brave Muslim woman.
Don’t know her name, but she is taking her life in her hands making the statements that she makes:
Massimo Pigliucci, Daniel Dennett, and Lawrence Krauss from a 2013 discussion on “The Limits of Science”:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
This week has been a mulligatawny of cold, rain, wind, cloud.
Two days of sun in a week is not a summer dream.
Father’s Day cloudy and cold for the most part, although the sun did come out late in the afternoon to say goodnight.What a smarty pants…..
True confession – had to wear a sweater when I went to Safeway for a few items this a.m.
As Jim C. said, it’s Juneuary in the Okanagan.
Joe (Chilly) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez is constant, rain or shine. From Gocomics.com