From Pine View Farm

August, 2018 archive

Decoding de Code 0

I’m a Southern boy. I understand the code.


They just can’t help themselves, can they?


The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Thom and Greg Palast discuss Palast’s suing Kris Kobach over the Republican gut-out-the-vote effort, as well as Donald Trump’s NAFTA nonsense.


“Our First President Non Grata” 0

Mike Littvin dissects Donald Trump and his half-staff antics. Here’s how he starts:

Donald Trump blinked. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last.

He blinked because he’s a bully, and bullies, we were told as kids, are actually cowards – a theory, by the way, that in my experience hasn’t always held true. But in this case, it works perfectly.

And he blinked because — and this may be a bit of a revelation — he apparently actually understands the concept of human decency even if he routinely rejects the concept of practicing it.

Follow the link for the rest. You’ll be glad you did.


The Gadsden Fallacy . . . 0

. . . is the conviction that there is no such thing as the common good.

Man wearing tricorn hat, brandishing a rifle, and breathing fire says,

Via Job’s Anger.


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

The fire this time.


Decisions, Decisions . . . . 0

Distressed-looking man in voting booth considering choices on ballot:  1)  the uncompromising partisan you admire for their (sic) principles.  2)  the candidate who can actually *win* in the general election.  3)  the stooge for special interests backed by dark money.  4) the desperate mudslinger.  5)  the incumbent clown your district was gerrymandered to protect for all time.

Via Job’s Anger.



Duke Snider:

What a player does best, he should practice least. Practice is for problems.


And Now for a Change of Pace 0

Wrapping up the day with jaunty little period piece with creepy undercurrents of sexual exploitation and racism . . . .


Deep Thoughts 0

Kyle Whitmire finds value in the so-called and grossly misnomered “deep state.” A nugget:

When bright and ambitious new elected leaders show up at city hall, or the county courthouse or Capitol Hill, this bloated beast (the bureaucracy–ed.) makes a comfortable place for those naive neophytes and tolerates their theatrics, at least until they start giving orders.

That’s when the intractable bureaucrats dig in.

But there’s an upside to this collective recalcitrance, too.

When the lunatics show up, with their department heads, cabinet leaders and other assorted sycophants — that’s when bureaucracy saves us from ourselves. When our political parties turn into religious cults, the bureaucracy doesn’t care. It just keeps doing what it’s always done.


Facebook Frolics 0

Fakebook frolics.

Of course, part of the problem is that far too many persons suspend their brains when they should be suspending their computers.


Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

In a titanic struggle between rationality and rationalization, Thom tangles with a Confederate monument apologist.


“A Nation of Immigrants” 0

Martin W.G. King writes of the conditions inside Donald Trump’s concentration camps for immigrants and asylum seekers. Here’s a bit:

Abuse of detainees is so rampant it seems to border on policy. One private migrant detention facility, in Tacoma, Wash., sits in the middle of a toxic, sludge-filled superfund site and has been the subject of a particularly large number of complaints against its staff for physical and sexual assault.


Trump has created a climate that has encouraged the mistreatment of migrants for his own political gain, and he’s done it, mostly, with impunity.

This is institutionalized cruelty.

Words fail me.


Fixated on Fiction 0

Pollster interviewing man with


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice random acts of politeness (more at the link).

Police say they believe a public bus in Utah traveling on a highway was accidently (sic) hit by a bullet when someone fired shots from a nearby peach orchard, but authorities haven’t yet found the shooter.

Davis County Chief Deputy Ty Berger said Monday that no one was injured on the bus or in a semitrailer that was also hit by a bullet when five to 10 shots were fired from the orchard before sunrise.

Yeppers, that just what responsible gun owners do: shoot randomly in the direction of a public highway that is hidden from view by trees. Yes-indeedy-do. Just a lil’ old accident.



Lyndon B. Johnson:

We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.


Meta: Well, That Was a Relief 0

Every week, usually on Monday, I perform regular maintenance on the database for this blog. I log into my hosting provider, navigate to CPanel, and do a “check,” “repair,” and “optimize” on the SQL database. I then export the database tables and save a copy on my local computer what I’m typing on right now because there is no such thing as too many backups.

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Totally Tubular 0

Cat in tube on cat tower

I guess he’s comfortable.


He’s a very affectionate cat. “Affectionate cat” means either a cat that is hungry or a cat that is willing to accept affection.


The Entitlement Society 0

Robert Reich comments on the self-important snowflakes of our new Gilded Age and manages to find commonalities amongst a most disparate set of folks.


The Flip Side 0

Farron offers Donald Trump a technique so as not to be afraid of “flipping.”


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

A Trumpled fender.