Joe’s Comment – Life is hard. It isn’t fair. It is a challenge to find your way through the “Maze of Life™” with a minimum of mistakes, flaws, sins, boo-boo’s, heartaches and tragedies.
This week, life was hard for me.
Maybe I was courageous.
Maybe I was stupid.
Here’s a picture of Brian’s Big Tent© with a new occupant –
A mysterious transaction this week.
A trade, some $$$ changing hands, and a Mini Cooper that needs lots of TLC landed in my lap. Always a puzzle sorting out a new (to me) problem(s).
Hence the quote from Jeremy Goldberg.
Mini’s have a dreadful dependability record.
This one has every light on the dash lit up, except for the few that are burnt out.
The exhaust system is kaput.
The rims are rusted and cruddy.
The passenger window is on the passenger floor in tiny little cubes.
It’s kinda cute.
I might need courage to remedy my stupid.
It’s gonna be more hard, I think.
To be continued…..
Joe and I acknowledge this day as manly manness day.
Time to celebrate being a man.
To all fathers, wannabe fathers, and surrogate fathers, it is a great responsibility and hard to do, being a father.
We haven’t been a great father, but my kids and grand-kids are very forgiving.
A gift from heaven.
If we had to describe the joy and satisfaction of fathering, the following gif shows a wee bit of what we experience –
Here’s another image that hints at the foundation of fathering, of family, of goodness –
No secret here.
It is about healthy, happy children.
That is the ultimate.
That is the job.
Not an easily attainable goal, but one that is worthy and wholly justified.
Magna Carta Liberatum
King John wasn’t the nicest man in his profession.
Joe and I are speculating, for we have no conception of how to be King.
Not even in our hormone driven youth did we dream of such a burdensome occupation, torture chambers and fair maidens not withstanding.
John’s path to power and glory was not a walk in the park; more a “3 Conflicts” showcase – man vs man, man vs the elements, man vs himself.
Joe thinks Shakespeare wrote Hamlet with a thought or two about John’s history.
All that aside, on June 15th, 1215, at Runnymede (beside the river Thames in the present county of Surrey), England, King John signed (albeit reluctantly, but without option) a document that changed the world.
It was titled “The Articles of the Barons”.
Four days later, after crossing t’s and dotting i’s, the document was formalized as the Magna Carta.
The story doesn’t end there, for it was a “peace treaty” that lasted a short 3 months before war resumed. The document was revised in 1216, 1217, and again in 1225.
The Magna Carta was the first written constitution in European history.
The idea was born that men were due certain rights and privileges, uncoupled from their status.
The seed was sown that grew to become, with English Common Law, the foundation of the legal system for England, the Commonwealth, and the U.S. of A.
There is a memorial site at Runnymeade, dedicated in 1957, attended by Queen Elizabeth II –
Joe asks how long it will be before the progressive left want to tear down this icon?
The symbol of the very thing which established their right to protest.
The irony is magnificent…..
It is a challenge to write
good well coherently.
So long ago, and so far away, Joe and I learned to read and write.
Later on, but still long ago, we learned to “diagram a sentence”.
Now that we use the computer so often to write, our spelling has gone straight to Hell.
Our grammar too.
Lord knows what has happened to our phrasing, our timing and tempo, our imagination…..
A very witty reminder from Al Yankovic to all dumb mouth breather morons like us who write like a spastic – stop with the Word Crimes® already!:
Al Yankovic is the master of witty repartee, of taking popular songs and mercilessly parodying them. To the point the original no longer carries the day.
Who knows what inspires Mr. Yankovic to choose which song, or what specifically the new focus/subject might be.
The net result is that his humor shines through; entertainment for sure.
Point in question – here’s the “official” Ub2b release of “Blurred Lines”:
Wouldn’t you agree that the Yankovic version is more creative and entertaining?
After all, the draw of the Robin Thicke original (outside of the catchy hook laden music) is scantily clad young beauties.
Major appeal to heterosexual men and lesbian women world wide.
Joe says a lot of the “gender challenged” would watch, too, to see what the hullabaloo is all about.
If that wasn’t enough, to seal the appeal, there is an “Unrated Version” by the same Robin Thicke that has the very lovely women (see above video) prancing about topless. Joe is in love (again)(still)(forever). Not a flaw. Just an overwhelming attraction to beauty in motion.
And an imagination on overload:
You go Ub2b, set the bar for moral behavior!
What is the point of this blather from Joe and me?
Our point is we appreciate all three videos.
It is no mean feat to produce a work of Art©.
Mr. Yankovic wins the battle of wits.
It ain’t easy wordsmithing, but he does it well.
Total views on Ub2b (Al Yankovic channel specifically) 52.5 million.
The original lyrics of Blurred Lines are crafty, set to a mesmerizing beat, with very attractive (and suggestive) visuals.
Total views on Ub2b (Robin Thicke channel specifically) 744 million.
The unrated version is more suggestive, more lewd, and speaking from our heterosexual white male perspective(oh! so privileged!), more yummy, lasciviously delicious.
Total views on Ub2b (also Robin Thicke channel specifically) 72.5 million.
What people won’t do for $$$. Of course, if there wasn’t a market…..
Capitalism with a capital “L”.
We do appreciate “Art©”. Joe says he knows it when he sees it.
Another missive from Quick Dick McDick, ambassador for Saskatchewan and Canada.
This one is close to Joe’s heart.
A vehicle breakdown at home is tough – it is inconvenient, it upsets your schedule, it changes your plans – it may be expensive and a time hog too.
The comfort of a home breakdown is you can always go to your room, throw yourself on your bed, and weep uncontrollably until your well of tears is dry.
Maybe make a sandwich, drink a beer, call someone to share your angst.
Then assemble your resources and address the breakdown.
A vehicle breakdown away from home, no matter the distance, is quite often a bag of snakes. No bedroom (unless you’re in a motor home or dragging a trailer).
There you be, alone (or not), wondering what happened, what it will cost to remedy, mentally adjusting your short and long term plan according to what little information you have…..
In either case, an experienced mud pecker (like Joe) does what has to be done, albeit accompanied by grousing, ranting, cursing, shouting, fury…… or calm analysis, able problem resolution, time saving efficiency and efficacy….. as the situation reveals, as the reason for the break down becomes known.
However, if the person the problem picks is NOT well versed in the see-saw of trouble shooting, and is not particularly mechanically adept, and happens to be female (like a mother, a wife, a girl friend, a daughter, a family friend for example, or one of those poor unfortunates who are gender confused), there are certain sub-human types who pick up the scent and descend for the kill.
Joe and I have seen it many times in our short sweet travail.
It is a blight on humanity, and reflects poorly on the male version of people specifically, for the attraction to things is strong in them.
Joe says it isn’t mandatory for you to be a Saint or The Good Samaritan, but maybe you should aim in that direction – you may surprise yourself. (Joe always elaborates this theme with his version of the three conflicts lecture – man vs man, man vs the elements, man vs himself (and herself, too) (all others can go fish), how rare life is in the Known Universe™, our responsibility to our fellow Time Travelers©, et cetera).
The following video from QDMcD is an example.
Joe and I have lived this scenario many times. We abhor taking advantage of others, especially those at the mercy of the event through little or no fault of their own. (There are other scenarios with other judgements based on facts and participants that are NOT in the Saint and Good Samaritan response set).
Bravo Quick Dick!
Your mother and father raised you right.
Joe and I endorse your boycott, although we would have revealed a bit more detail regarding the 5 W’s and the H:
QDMcD didn’t show Morty’s lineage (Morty is a Ford), or his mom’s vehicle, but he did show his old Dodge truck, outside and inside. A hint?
Joe couldn’t leave it alone.
Here’s the result of a few minutes of Internet searching.
Our suspicion is –
COVID Info (an unfortunate, never-ending series)
Dr. Peter McCullough
Joe and I aren’t conspiracy buffs.
We find that the truth, when it finally outs, is often more bizarre than the conspiracy the truth dispels.
Dr. McCullough has been using prophylactic and therapeutic treatments with patients since the dawn of the COVID crazy.
With great success.
He actually IS A SCIENTIST.
And a doctor, with morals.
His approach to discrediting the “officials” is gaining momentum.
Joe and I believe his theories, because we can think and reason.
And follow the logical bread crumbs (remember the “bouncing ball” sing-alongs”? (Joe figures those who don’t have logic had too much LBJ)
And the data from his actions support his theory.
The following video is a conversation between Dr. McCullough and Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, representative of the German Corona Committee.
Is it time to raise the alarm?
Dr. McCullough talks about “malfeasance”, something Dr. Dolores Cahill has promoted for well over a year.
Dr. McCullough states that there are over 5,000 deaths attributable to the vaccine to date in America, and another 15,000 hospitalizations. If that isn’t shocking to hear, he conjectures from sources he credits, that the reported numbers are in error by a factor of 10.
That would be 50,000 deaths alone in America caused by the vaccine.
He states that there are more deaths each day caused by the vaccine than COVID.
Many friends of Joe and I have taken the “jab”.
Most of them similarly young (72 years and counting).
Time will tell.
Joe and I pray for all those who took the “jab”, and pray this madness is stopped quickly:
Dr. David E. Martin
Joe and I found this interesting video while meandering aimlessly on the Internet.
We hadn’t thought one think about copyright law or the possibility of legally owning a “virus”.
Someone or some company actually owns a virus?
Listen and learn, and write down the names dropped.
You’ve heard them before:
Some smart enterprising parents were worried about the effect masking their children at school might have – medically, socially, psychologically (sounds like the 3 conflict battleground all over).
They took action.
Some masks that had been used for a day were sent to a laboratory for analysis.
The results of the analysis should not shock anyone with common sense.
For the vast majority without common sense, LISTEN UP!!!
Lungs are a miracle!
How about YOU sit down and design a biological machine that can pass CO2 in one direction and O2 in the other direction.
Face it, you wouldn’t know how to start.
Joe says it’s like a thinking diode!
Why on doG’s green earth would you restrict this miracle meat machine from doing its magic?
Is it masochism?
Is it sadism?
Is it a tragically misapplied and sinister case of “Dudley Do-Right-ism“, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Average doing the “right thing” by sacrificing their children to save Nell from Snidely (save that gray mass, “the public”, from their unworthy selves)?
Whatever the Hell you think you’re doing, STOP ABUSING THE CHILDREN!!!
Here is a chart from this linked article –
Six masks worn by children for approximately 6 hours a day (school attendance) contained the pathogens listed in the above chart.
Are you trying to kill the children?
This is a good start.
The Epoch Times chimes in with much the same information.
The other aspects, the social and psychological damage, the self esteem issues, the cultural impact, who the hell knows what will emerge.
Jesus H. Popcorn, the emotional, feeling, “woke” world has taken over.
Joe says this is good news from the sports front.
Seems like there are some players who value their freedom, their liberty, their free speech, and their health more than a huge paycheck for playing a game.
Cole Beasley is a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills football team in the NFL.
The link above is to an Epoch Times article detailing Mr. Beasley’s refusal to take a COVID “vaccine” as a condition of playing with his team.
Joe and I especially liked his statement, part of which we quote –
“I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual. That is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is best. I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one. If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”
Admirable words which we believe are heartfelt and sincere.
The NFL has a history of making poor choices regarding social and cultural issues (Joe reminds us of the “take a knee” fiasco). They will be feeling pressure because others who are reluctant to take the “vaccine” are watching closely. From the article –
“Other NFL players such as Washington’s Montez Sweat and Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold have also expressed doubt over getting the shots.”
Joe and I laud Mr. Beasley for his convictions.
As he says, whether he dies or not of COVID is his choice, not the team’s choice, not the government’s choice.
MP Derek Sloan
Just when Joe and I had given up on Canada producing a legit politician (an oxymoron right there – accent grave on moron), along comes MP Derek Sloan.
The following video of a presser he arranged has some very pertinent COVID information and details of “official” actions that are extremely dubious.
It features Dr. Byram Bridle, Dr. Don Welsh, and Dr. Patrick Phillips.
How much evidence does it take to shut down a flawed program?
We reckon we’ll find out one tragedy at a time:
The lab conducting this experiment has done magical work. Pedantic work, but earth shaking.
Joe and I deduce from this short peek at genetic science that evolution is.
Evolution is a fact we mean.
What brilliance to observe for 74,500 generations (constantly increasing) watching, waiting, and documenting.
What did we see at generation 56,000 and is it competitive with current generations?
This is a benign form of Nazi Scientist® inquiry.
Not so much peeking under doG’s skirt, but ever so interested in what drops to the floor.
Joe and I deduce from this short video some startling conclusions.
– Time increases complexity in an organism (organisms have “history”) – yet entropy dictates disorder over time (2nd Law of Thermodynamics) – a conundrum?
– Very complex organisms produce mutations, but generally remain stable (improvement experimentation – organisms are responsive to change in “environment”) – a biological “1st Law of Motion” a la Isaac Newton
– All current viable genetic material is the warehouse of Life (success over time and generations) – stored in DNA and RNA
Joe loves us some Nazi Scientists®.
Up to the point they “discover” something they cannot “undiscover”:
Death of a Drone
Mr. Joey Helms has created some fantastic video of flying into the caldron of an active volcano in Iceland – Fagradalsfjall in the Geldingadalir valley.
Lots of interesting drone footage at his Ub2b channel (link above).
Fierce and beautiful:
Joe and I have made our position on “Pipelines” known.
Another “pipeline” is the network of roads in Canada.
Whether it suits your fancy or not, most goods (outside of what you grow in your back yard or make yourself) spend some of their journey on the arteries (and veins?) of federal and provincial and municipal and private roads before they reach a vendor or your hot little hands.
Joe says arteries (and veins) are pipelines.
Wires are pipelines.
Pipelines are pipelines, whether they are moving water or natural gas, or bitumen, or oil, or sewage, or some liquid form of commodity.
Anyway, ranting aside, here’s a nice view of Canada’s road “pipelines” –
Tell me again, oh green ones, why pipelines are so terrible.
The facts are our lives would be orders of magnitude more disagreeable without them.
And the facts don’t give a damn about your feelings.
Joe and I have been adamant about the futility of “order of magnitude” windmill power sources.
The cost of building these dangerous monstrosities in relation to their useful life / maintenance cost / return on investment is a no-go. It is obvious to us that monumental intervention in the supply – demand give and take of free trade (or “capitalism”) resulted in massive hemorrhaging of the public purse into somebody’s personal wealth.
A windmill on a small holding with modest power requirements, combined with an economically matched solar array is viable, but expensive.
A fucking giant fan that weighs hundreds of tons (and tonnes, too), poses danger to natural fauna, astronomical up front cost for build and install, a machine that requires extremely costly maintenance and servicing, meanwhile providing unreliable amounts of energy….. an experiment past proof.
These machines are an idea that did not meet expectations.
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!:
To Joe and I, the clear leader in commercial space delivery systems is Space X.
The video below is of the 19th landing this year (that’s 3 a month, average!) and the 88th successful recovery (that’s a piano!).
This flight delivered a GPS satellite into orbit for the American Space Force on June 17th, 2021.
Speaking of recovery, the first stage landing is only a few metres off target center.
For us, the first clear video of an actual touchdown we’ve seen.
Mama mia, that’s some spicy meat balls!:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
Today the sermon will be on how trustworthy any government is, and how to ascertain the “shit vs shinola” ratio.
Bret Weinstein interviews Dr. Pierre Kory regarding his work on vaccine medicine, his discoveries of treatment for COVID, and the length the governments and international agencies have gone to in their effort to squelch information about prophylaxis and treatment.
Lots of COVID crap above, and this is more.
Joe and I do not endorse getting the “vaccine” for a non pandemic flu-like version of a treatable illness:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
This week in Vernon BC was an excellent precursor to the first week of Summer.
We had lots of sun.
A few overnight / late afternoon rains.
Our test for water saturation is patently obvious – our property is on a clay bed approximately 30 feet deep.
Any sustained rain makes the ground impassible.
We’ve been stuck in 4 wheel drive on the flat when it rains and the tires don’t clear the clay that clogs the treads.
Our test for water over saturation is also obvious – the septic tank backs up into the basement drain. We’ve always caught it in time, touch wood.
Not enough rain this week to cause a problem.
We’d say there was just enough rain to keep the dust under control for part of the day.
A terrific week of great weather.
Alas, the days will become shorter after Monday.
Them’s the breaks in the Northern Hemisphere.
Joe (hairy) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez is smokin’ hot –