Sunday Rant – 4623

PN:

Joe’s Comment – Words are wonderful, and powerful.  Used for good and noble purpose, words are the conveyor of ideas, the purveyor of grace and duty and mercy and retribution and restitution, the vessel of hope, of love.
All that is beautiful and worthwhile and virtuous and meaningful can be expressed with carefully chosen words.
The last four years of absolute hysteria and insanity have convinced me that words, however lovely, however powerful, meaningful, and honorable, mean nothing if the politics are not right.
Andrew Breitbart famously stated that “politics is downstream of culture”.
I have seen nothing that discredits Mr. Breitbart’s sentiment.
Our culture is in tattered ruins.
Charles Krauthammer (RIP) made the following observation about politics.
From the introduction to his excellent collection of essays, “Things That Matter” – “………. Accordingly, this book was originally going to be a collection of my writings about everything but politics.  Things beautiful, mysterious, profound or just odd.  Working title: There’s More to Life than Politics.
But in the end I couldn’t.  For a simple reason, the same reason I left psychiatry for journalism. While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory, and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance, and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.

Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything – high and low and, most especially, high – lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933.
………….Turns out we need to know one more thing on earth: politics – because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither.
This is no abstraction. We see it in North Korea, whose deranged Stalinist politics has created a land of stunning desolation and ugliness, both spiritual and material. We saw it in China’s Cultural Revolution, a sustained act of national self-immolation, designed to dethrone, debase and destroy the highest achievements of five millennia of Chinese culture. We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which, just months before 9/11, marched its cadres into the Bamiyan Valley and with tanks, artillery and dynamite destroyed its magnificent cliff-carved 1,700-year-old Buddhas lest they – like kite flying and music and other things lovely – disturb the scorched-earth purity of their nihilism.
Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay and everything burns…….” – pp 2
Our politics, in my humble opinion, are in tattered ruins.
We got it wrong.  Malignancy pervades.
Where to lay the blame?
Is it someone, or somewhere, or something that has caused our decline?
Or is it the natural order of nations – the rebellion, the struggle, the birth, the growth, the prosperity, the peace – followed by the degeneracy, the decline, the struggle, the loss, the dissipation?
It breaks my heart to contemplate the following words of John Adams, for I know these words to be true –
The political circus happening in a country near you, in your country, indeed, all the Western nations, is proof.
Contemplate if you will, the damage done to children everywhere during the COVID “crisis”.  Forced to wear masks.  Forced to feel fear.  Some were vaccinated by force (I say forced because they were powerless to object).  Helpless.
Reflect on the innocent people of Ukraine, and Israel, and of the Gaza Strip – no one deserves terror, abuse, death as payment for existing.  Politics gone dreadfully wrong.
The established, natural progression of development in the West is in peril.  Once again, Mr. Adams thought and spoke on the subject –
And so it should be, if only…..
Alas, the tragedy of Life must follow its path.
The natural order is the strong prey on the weak.  Every once in a while, the weak prevail, but only enough to survive, not to overcome.
What state of being is exempt?: body, mind, and spirit.
The lion eats the gazelle.
The quick witted delude (and denude) the slow minded.
It is my belief that “good” triumphs over “bad” (by a slim margin), but confusing strength of spirit with good is a pitfall.
It is my belief that all men have the capacity to be evil or good.  It is circumstance and their will that forces the choice, the action.
A conundrum in politics is that it is better to appear strong and decisive even when you make dreadfully wrong decisions, than to waffle and procrastinate but eventually make the right decision.
Armistice Day was yesterday.
I did not wear a poppy.
It isn’t complicated.  I just don’t feel that the sacrifice made in war is worth any compensation.
War has no victor, no reward.  It is an obscenity.  It is failure.
I will include this song as my “moment of silence”, with reverence.
From Sergeant MacKenzie:

The Culture

Douglas Murray
John Anderson interviews Douglas Murray.
Joe and I have not been fanboys of Mr. Murray in the past, but listening to him at 28:25 caught our attention.
We are reassessing.
Mr. Murray gives his perspective on war crimes he has witnessed or viewed on media, then comments about the Hamas attack on Israeli citizens.
He has the attention of Joe and me and the 35 other maroons in our cranium.
His views on the evil / dark side of Islam coincide with ours.
If Mr. Murray is an example of what is to come, it is an indication that the pendulum of culture has reached its maximum amplitude in the direction of progressive lunacy and is slowly gaining momentum toward equilibrium:

 

Tucker Carlson, Theo Von
Joe and I do not know Theo Von.
We just finished watching him interview Tucker Carlson.
Mixed feelings.  He strikes us as a goofball.
It is a very long conversation, but kept our attention for the most part.
We learned more about Mr. Carlson’s background and career.
How much lawyerly flagellation is continuing in the background regarding his walking papers from Fox News were forced on him back in late April?
Mr. Carlson is an influential polemist.  Joe and I expect he will be back in the public eye in a major way before the 2024 election:

 

John Kennedy
This Republican senator from Louisiana has his head screwed on straight.
He summarizes the turmoil in the world at present.
His metaphors and similes are grin and smirk inspiring:

 

ARC
Jordan Peterson has started the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship, with the assistance of many notables.
The first conference was held in London, England in October.
The following video features Mr. Scott Tinker, who brings rationality to the energy argument.
We will embed more of these as they become available:

More from the A.R.C. conference.  Inspiration from Konstantin Kisin:

 

Health

Amnesty for COVID?
The concept of “forgiveness” for the autocratic tyranny imposed during the COVID hysteria ramp-up is foreign to Joe and me.
You can’t turn to Jesus for this one (Jesus said forgive them for they know not what they do).
No, there will be no forgiveness.  The S.O.B.s knew exactly what they did.
It was known from the get-go that ALL of the precautions, mandates, and “law-fare” was complete bullshit.
The damage done is momentous.  More than can be summed up even at this time (November 2023).  The abuse of power was unconscionable.  The destruction of faith in all things medical, governmental, educational, fiscal, and judicial for a start.
Joe and I are too old for this shit.
If “justice” (what a joke!) meant anything, the ringleaders would be answering serious questions in a “court of law”.
There are some folks (soft-boiled egg heads?) who gravitate tragically toward tyranny – even if they are the recipients of the harsh injustice – folks you will hear in the following video.
The research says critical thinking is a skill only 20% possess….
Joe and I agree with Mr. Chad Prather.
We will never forget.  And yes, fuck you!:

Dr. Paul Mason
Is the pendulum of nutrition finally swinging toward sanity?
If this presentation by Dr. Mason is any measure, we would say yes, things are getting real and realistic.  The subtitle is “Why You Shouldn’t Feed Your Child a Vegan Diet”.
As of Sunday evening (just before posting), the video is still available on Ub2b.
Hurrah and hallelujah!:

Joe’s Garage

Aspidistra
The cunning of British Intelligence during World War II is legendary.
Joe and I have a keen interest in the technology and machinery of that conflict, from either the allies and the axis forces.
At the time, Aspidistra was the most powerful radio transmitter in the world!
One of the functions Aspidistra performed was transmitting on German frequencies, overpowering the German transmitters, and giving false information or propaganda to German combatants and civilians both.
An amazing concept that did what it was meant to do.
Was this the early emergence of psychological warfare?
Two videos follow – one Ub2b short, and a very poorly copied video with appalling audio:

4V Ford V-10
If you are a Ford fan like Joe, you will say Dave, you’ve made a boo-boo.
There IS a Ford V-10, but it is a 2V engine.
Not any more.
Some young men decided Ford should have done what they were going to do, so they did it themselves.
Damn straight!
The Little Red Hen has nothing on these fellas.
They took 4V V-8 heads and by cutting and welding and machining, made them into 4V V-10 heads.  They designed and had built camshafts specific to their specifications.
They reprogrammed the ECM (engine control module) parameters: the first part of the video is the tail end of the learning curve they experienced.
Joe and my hat is off to these young men.  That’s the way things get done!
My oh my, does it sound good!:

POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID

SUNDAY SERMON

Continuing the Jordan Peterson exploration of the Book of Exodus, here is episode 9 – “10 Rules for Life”.
Joe and I only follow half of them.
It is a personal aberration we can’t seem to shrug off.
We are enjoying these get-togethers, but it ain’t doing much for our bible study:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNplOLbanz8

WEATHER (OR NOT)

This week, the weather in Vernon BC was kind!
No, it wasn’t hot.
But it did not plummet to eighty-seventeen below zero either.
It has been a week of precipitation, the clear runny kind called rain.
So far, so good.
Today is the 12th of November.
No snow, only below zero a few times overnight.
Joe can accept it, but not graciously.
This coming week the forecast isn’t rosy.  At all.
The words “Wednesday” and “flurries” are commingled.
It doesn’t mean doom gloom or disaster.
It does mean Joe and I have only two days to get our “poop in a group” (HT to Jess) and organize the yard for the inevitable F word (see above).
It ain’t easy when you have developed an allergy to cold and an aversion to hard water (aka ice).
The whining has begun.  It won’t stop until Spring or no snow.
And it hasn’t even started snowing yet.
What a big baby…..

 

Joe (still two sweaters) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez endures –

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