From Pine View Farm

2020 archive

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

A Passover Trumpling.


Laying Eggs 0

Florida Man, meet Florida Woman.

Hones to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another responsible gun owner discharges his responsibility.

The Spindale (North Carolina–ed.) Police Department is continuing its investigation but say all evidence is leading investigators to believe the incident was an accidental discharge of a firearm by a family friend that resulted in the sustained injury to the child.

“He pulled the magazine or the bullets out of the gun but didn’t realize there was still one in the gun. He pulled the trigger at that point and accidentally shot the child,” Spindale Police Chief Eric Shelton said.


If you are incapable of knowing whether your gun is loaded, you shouldn’t be playing with guns.


Voicing Values 0

Frame One, captioned

Will Bunch comments.

Experiments fail, even noble ones.

Image via Job’s Anger.


“It’s Every Man for Himself” 0

Dylan Selterman argues forcefully that the disparate reactions to the coronavirus that have filled the news–hoarding food and supplies, purposefully defying “social distancing,” emphasize ‘the tragedy of the commons,” which he defines as follows:

If we want to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize its economic and social consequences, then we need to understand and deal with the tragedy of the commons. This idea was originally coined by Garrett Hardin. In human societies where individuals are encouraged to maximize their personal resources, rather than thinking about the overall ecological health of their society, there will be catastrophic ramifications, such as food/water shortages or climate change.


But when too many people focus on maximizing their own outcomes, then essential resources become depleted and society suffers.

This is an era when one of our two major political parties no longer believes in the common good.



Larry Gelbart:

If vaudeville had died, television was the box they put it in.


The Job Qualification 0

Donald Trump says,

Click for the original image.


The Privatization Scam 0

Scott Maxwell tells the tale of a highway project in Orlando, Florida, in which it looks as if the primary thing being privatized is the public’s money. Here’s a bit:

We were promised that, if we’d just turn the $2.3 billion project over to a private consortium, the private profiteers would finish it on time and on budget.

It turns out they’re doing neither.

Part of the project is already a year behind schedule. Five workers have been killed. More than 1,000 drivers and property owners have filed claims for everything from misplaced barrels to chunks of concrete that fell through windshields.

And now there are $125 million in overruns — with no guarantee there won’t be more.


Mailing It In 0


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another gun that fired itself . . . .

According to deputies, two men and a woman were in a residence when someone retrieved a gun. While the three were taking a look at the gun, deputies said the weapon went off, striking the woman.

Also, pigs, wings.


The New Normalcy 0

Methinks Alby has a point.

Not to mention all the folks who have lost employment, income, and savings.


Antisocial Distancing 0

Florida Man (and paramedic) coughs on cashier because he’s fed up with “social distancing,” then defends himself by calling it a joke.


Taking License 0

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.



Alexander Woollcott:

All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral, or fattening.


These Viral Times 0

Headline: Wawa donates 53-foot refrigerated truck to New Jersey for use as temporary morgue

I have no words.


A Tune for the Times 0


Overfill 1

Brad Stennerson argues that there’s such a thing as too much television news and offers advice on how to dial it back.

A snippet; follow the link for the rest:

Past a certain amount of TV news, you just hear the same bits of information over and over again. . . .

Shoot for the minimum necessary news. Not a second more.

Obviously, that’s not what the networks want. They want you transfixed by the screen, eyes wide with terror, heart fluttering with every overly-Midwestern pronunciation of every unnerving word.

My own opinion is that any television news is too much television news (unless there are nice pictures of a snow storm to look at). Television reporting manages to be both overblown and superficial at the same time.

Why spend half an hour watching someone talk about something when you learn more in greater depth in five minutes of reading?


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Protect your family, politely.

One more time, “responsible gun owner” is an oxymoron.


All the News that Fits 0

Via C&L.


Twits on Twitter 0

A dietitian of twits.