From Pine View Farm

April, 2018 archive

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

A Trumpled work-out:

Two black men said they were humiliated when staffers at their Secaucus gym twice called police on them and wrongly accused them of not paying, despite one of them being a member for eight years.

Rachid Maiga, 27, and Tshyrad Oates, 25, told WNBC-TV in New York they were playing basketball for a few minutes at the LA Fitness club in Secaucus on April 15 when an employee asked them to leave.

Gruesome and familiar details at the link.

Here’s the thumbnail: Of course, the police were called and of course there is a video and of course the video went viral and of course LA Fitness apologized after that happened and of course the victims think the apology is about as sincere as a Trump promise . . . .



Robert van Gulik:

As our old proverb states: “A dangerous dog bites without first baring its teeth.”

van Gulik, Robert, The Chinese Maze Murders (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1997), p. 32.


Chris-Crossed 0

“Governor Bluto.” Heh.


This Week in the Trumpling 0

Shaun Mullen sums it up.


Jokes that Fall Flat and Other International Embarassments 0

Gina Barreca finds Donald Trump’s attempts at humor to be somewhat off-putting.


Donald Trump Phones It In 0


When All You Have Worship Is a Hammer . . . . 0

Wayne LaPierre and Death are sitting in a booth in a diner.  LaPierre says,

Via Job’s Anger.


Yet More Facebook Frolics 0

Firearms frolics.

And they call it “social” media . . . .


Facebook Frolics 0

Immoderate frolics.



Andrew Malraux:

Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.


Meta: Stats 0

I just checked my stats plugin. The numbers were higher than I had expected.

To all of you who did not abandon me when this blog was having its difficulties earlier this year, I proffer my deepest gratitude. To anyone new, welcome.

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The Trollpublican Party 0

Jeremy E. Sherman argues that the Republican Party has become the party of trolls and trolling. Here’s a bit:

They’d like you to believe they are still the party of principle, but nope. That’s obvious from the way they’ll drop any declared principle the second it inconveniences their self-aggrandizement.

Against fascism? Not anymore. Against deficit spending? Gone with their blow-hard wind. Religious virtues? Vaporized time and time again with dismissive self-forgiveness, the “mulligans” they give only to themselves. Anti-PC? Only their opponent’s sensitivities. Pro-freedom? Only the freedom to never have to admit that they could be wrong.

It’s obvious to everyone not sucked in that the party has been taken over by pathological self-suck-ups, fawning over their pretend piety. They will do or say anything to sustain even for another hour their false sense of absolute triumph, authority, and vindication.

Follow the link for more, including suggestions as to how to combat trollish behavior.


I wish he’d loosen up a bit and tell us what he really thinks.


Suffer the Children (and Their Teachers) 0

Paul Krugman explains why the Republican mania for tax cuts has led to teachers’ protests.

A snippet, describing what happens when Republicans cut state taxes into the bone, requiring cutbacks in services to balance state budgets:

How, after all, can governments save money on education? They can reduce the number of teachers, but that means larger class sizes, which will outrage parents. They can and have cut programs for students with special needs, but cruelty aside, that can only save a bit of money at the margin. The same is true of cost-saving measures like neglecting school maintenance and scrimping on school supplies to the point that many teachers end up supplementing inadequate school budgets out of their own pockets.

So what conservative state governments have mainly done is squeeze teachers themselves.

Now, teaching kids was never a way to get rich. However, being a schoolteacher used to put you solidly in the middle class, with a decent income and benefits. In much of the country, however, that is no longer true.


It’s ironic, in a way, how the Republican belief that there is no such thing as the common good leads to there being no such thing as the common good.


White Coffee 0

Lee interviews an eyewitness to the racist arrest in the Philadelphia Starbucks. Listen.

Words fail me.


Know Them by the Company They Keep 0

Jay Bookman marvels at the venality of Donald Trump’s personnel. An excerpt:

Everywhere you look at the Trump White House, you see trouble. These people aren’t draining the swamp, they are the swamp. At the EPA, longtime political grifter Scott Pruitt has flung open the doors to the pollution lobby and undermined the role of science in deciding policy. At the Interior Department, Ryan Zinke rules like some tinpot dictator of a Third World country, acting as if rules are for little people and aping the likes of Queen Elizabeth. By Zinke’s orders, a special flag has to be flown above Interior Department buildings when His Royal Highness is in attendance, then lowered when he departs. And when he does depart, it is quite often on a chartered private jet.


A Speck and a Mope 2

Image One, titled

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Donald Trump is an international embarrassment.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

The polite always put the best foot forward.

Although there was no magazine in the rifle, he forgot to check that the chamber was empty. The man’s dog jumped on the bed, causing the man to accidentally pull the trigger, shooting himself in the foot.


The Privatization Scam 0



Emilio Estevez:

Writing is a lonely job unless you’re a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.


Meta: Stats 0

I just reinstalled a statistics plugin.

I removed it when I was trying to troubleshoot the issues I was having back in February, issues which, with the help of my most excellent hosting provider, seem to have been resolved for several months now. At the time, I was getting about 600-700 unique visitors a day (not too bad for a small blog in the backwaters of the inner webs, AFAIC).

I was talking with my friend today about completing the day’s blogging (since I mostly do what I call “drive-by” posts–Hey! this looks interesting–I shoot for eight or nine posts a day) and she wondered how many persons visit this site. I told her that, right now, for the above-mentioned reason, I don’t really know, but feeding the blog helps me keep sane during this time of danger to our polity.

As I said, I don’t know right now how many visitors I have, but I do care, because I hope that some persons find my ramblings useful, interesting, or, at least, diverting.