Joe’s Comment – Wiley Miller is an accomplished cartoonist. He balances cynicism and vitriol quite handily. And so it goes…..
These two drawings illustrate a common problem in the world today.
I’m often angered because the “law” and “the right thing to do” seem at odds.
And when your perception is schooled by reality, that’s what they call peripeteia.
For the movie buff, this sort of alarming jerk to your senses, dragging you into a real reality, is akin to the final scene in “Vanishing Point”. Reality exists, if only in the real world:
Joe and I are on the 5 day countdown to Christmas.
We hope everyone has a safe and joyous holiday.
There will be time ahead to continue the struggle.
We suggest some R & R is well deserved.
Lord knows the bull shit and misery will be there when we get back to it.
2020 has been a cornucopia of crap.
Our fearless leaders and moral guides have defined a new low.
As Chubby Checker said, how low can you go?:
It seems the people who should know better don’t, and they took Mr. Checker’s question as a challenge.
This year, the antics of government and authorities reminds me of an exasperated parent disciplining an unruly child – not with logic but authority.
Do as I say (with no logical authority)!
No good comes from such idiocy (but every parent, sooner or later, goes there).
Here’s hoping that everyone can put the troubles of the world in perspective during this holiday season.
Enjoyment and appreciation of what you have may be difficult this year, but each of us has blessings to count.
Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” is worth reading.
The second verse seems pertinent to what many have experienced this year –
“If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:”
Here in Droveria things will go on as they always do.
It will be a celebration of family and friends, and thanks to doG, for family and friends are the most important things in life.
And eggnog with rum is in there somewhere, too.
Best wishes to everyone everywhere!
Mr. Black is an educated man.
His view of the travesty engineered by the Supreme Court of the United States last week is well worth the read.
The SCOTUS used a technicality to avoid hearing a lawsuit from Texas, concerning the conduct of the legislators of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election. 17 additional states thought the matter of such importance that they joined with Texas.
SCOTUS decreed Texas had no “standing“.
Even a mud pecker like Joe and me can see this is a frivolous charge.
Mr. Black’s opinion in the Epoch Times here.
If Joe and I understand his argument, the power of government in the U.S. of A. rests with an ingenious triumvirate, three allocations of authority: the judiciary (courts), the executive (president), the legislature (Senate, Congress). If one or more branches of the government renege their responsibility, the balance of power is no longer balanced.
Ambitiously cunning individuals are difficult to keep in check.
If that isn’t a definition of most politicians, make up your own.
Our point is if they are not honestly motivated great damage can be inflicted in the system, for any imbalance will not auto-correct. There are no vacuums in power.
A quote from Mr. Black’s article –
“If the Supreme Court and lower courts won’t exercise their full responsibility, the judiciary ceases to be a coequal branch of the government, the Constitution cannot function, and the political direction of the country is determined in an increasingly lawless contest between political factions in the executive and legislative branches, with no determining regard to the legality of their conduct.
The role of the judiciary is then demoted to being fought over for the criminalization of policy differences—it then ceases to be just a matter of legislating, but of driving the opponent from office after a partisan conviction of “high crimes,” a term that can be redefined to suit the occasion…..
…. This may all seem a bit remote, but when the Supreme Court creates a vacuum by abdicating as it did last week, the vacuum created doesn’t cozily await the return of justice; the vacuum will be filled by the power-accretive politicians in the legislative and executive branches and there will be no one to mediate or arbitrate between them.
The judiciary’s task is to assure that the Constitution is upheld. If it doesn’t play that role, the Constitution won’t be upheld. The United States could ultimately replicate Rome, where 22 of the 30 emperors elevated between Tiberius and Diocletian died violently. Presumably, there have been, in these 17 centuries of intervening decadence, enough refinement of political thought and practice, that hasty departures from the presidency won’t be violent.”
Joe and I are quite certain that the entire first term of Donald Trump was an example of Mr. Black’s analysis, up to and including the post election turmoil.
Joe and I are mystified that this isn’t worthy of front page news.
Collective good be damned.
Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi
This retired doctor has worked around the world for 50 years.
From his perspective, the PCR testing is invalid.
Masks are invalid.
Social distancing is invalid.
Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi is willing to confront anyone saying anything different with facts and data, including Dr. Fauci, the waffling White House spokesman.
A quote from Dr. Bhakdi –
“Implementation of the current draconian measures that are so extremely restrict fundamental rights can only be justified if there is reason to fear that a truly, exceptionally dangerous virus is threatening us. Do any scientifically sound data exist to support this contention for COVID-19? I assert that the answer is simply, no. “
The link (above) with his name has Dr. Bhakdi’s letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel with 5 important questions for all to see. The letter is dated March, 2020.
Joe and I have scoured the Internet for information and data re: the dreaded pirate, COVID.
This doctor makes sense, as do the dozens and dozens of professionals who have tens of thousands of patients in their data collection.
Dr. Bhakdi co wrote the book “Corona False Alarm?” with Dr. Karina Reiss.
We’ve included three videos of Dr. Bhakdi.
As my mama used to say, David you never know.
We’ve come to appreciate her adage, and we use our excellent research team to get to the heart of any topic.
You can bet that’s what we tell all the girls:
Cases don’t equal infections.
Remember what Kary Mullis said? He invented the PCR test, which was never intended to prove illness. The PCR test is a multiplier.
Laura Ingraham of Fox News interviewed the good doctor, and he shocked the audience by saying if you take the vaccination, you are doomed:
Dr. Bhakdi says there is little or no science involved in the government over-reaction to this virus, which doesn’t meet the definition of “pandemic”.
Joe and I take his word for it.
This time, Occam’s Razor isn’t applicable.
Virology is a complex multi faceted study.
We’ll leave it this week with a cartoon from Wiley –
Fight for Trump
Joe and I stumbled into this video while surfing the Web today.
The entire world is watching what (if anything) happens.
January 6th, 2021 will be an interesting day all around the world:
Joe and I like to laugh.
We had never heard of Ross Bennett until we clicked a wee click on Ubee2bee, and proceeded to laugh until our eyes were moist.
What great medicine!
Mr. Bennett has been a comedian for long enough to call this performance “Old Person Voice”.
That is what caught our attention:
Quick Dick McDick
The “Saskatchewan Substitution” isn’t unique to Saskatchewan.
Joe and I have 6 tool boxes full of tools, but can never find the tool we need.
We do SS, too.
QDMcD is taking a break for a few whiles (thanks Donald) to reset and destress.
A great ambassador for Canada and the fantastic province of Saskatchewan:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
This week some down to earth reality checking from Tucker Carlson.
We couldn’t find the Tucker speech on its own. He spoke at a recent “Turning Point USA” conference, which is the video below.
He starts talking at 1:16:00 and it runs to 2:07:15. This is very good advice to help people focus on what is important, and what is rabid foaming at the mouth.
There is also some terrific speechification from Matt Gaetz and Dennis Prager.
It takes a few cups of tea to watch the entire program:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
This week in Vernon BC has been very mild.
The ground has not frozen.
It is 5 days to Christmas, and there is no fresh snow.
If you wander behind the north side of a building you might find a few old snow leftovers, but any ground the sun sees is clear.
Joe is very happy, but is starting to dread January.
And March too.
We’ve been in the Okanagan Valley long enough (nearing 50 years) to be suspicious of gifts from the weather god.
Zeus was the god of weather in Greek times.
Thunder bolts and lightning, very very frightening.
For now, we are grateful for the mild days and cool but not deadly freezing nights.
Our property is clay, over 20 feet deep.
The wet, non frozen soil makes it damn near impossible to drive into the backyard. Tires get tread bound with wet clay, making traction approach zero.
Joe says we’ll take it!
Back in the late ’70’s we bought a motorcycle on January 3rd, and drove it to work until early March, when the nasty snowy cold weather came.
This mild spell is not unheard of, and we’ll take the break.
Our first snow in October damn near killed Joe.
He was in a funk for weeks – got nothing accomplished.
Mind, this mild weather has him in a funk too.
Worrying about when (not if) the snow and cold and misery of winter will hit.
Winter Solstice arrives tomorrow, December 21st, at 5:02 EST.
The days after then will get longer.
Maybe the seasonally warm weather has something to do with the Jupiter-Saturn alignment, which happens on the solstice.
First time since the Middle Ages they have been so close to one another (approx. 800 years since last occurrence).
The event is called the “Christmas Star”.
Joe (grateful) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez sees it all –