From Pine View Farm

The Nuclear Football 0

Tony Norman wonders, “Button, button, who’s got the button?”

He doesn’t like the answer.

“Big, Empty Promises” 0

The GOP’s Pathological Partisanship 0

Danny Westneat tries to understand the Republican obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act.

He starts with recalling Rep. Cathy McMorris’s (R–Don’t Get Sick; If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly) request for ACA stories a couple of years back, She received over 10,000 responses, the great majority of which were positive. Nevertheless, she announced that she would favor the repeal of the ACA:

The first problem with what McMorris Rodgers did is that it was phony. She was trolling the internet for talking points to support her already adopted position.

But the larger problem — the one that continues to hang the party today — is that she wasn’t remotely interested in the real story.

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

Trumpling Rosh Hashanah .

A Jewish couple said they discovered a swastika on their backdoor Thursday evening, after they returned home from a Rosh Hashanah ceremony.

The story goes on to point out that the Trumplers couldn’t even get the swastika right.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Guns and stupid.
Guns and stupid.
They go together
Like love and Cupid.

Robert Pickford thought the Ruger handgun was unloaded when he picked it up, pointed it in his best friend’s direction and squeezed the trigger, he told police.

He was wrong.

Facebook Frolics 0

Delusions of grandeur frolics.

There’s a reason I seldom log into Facebook. (When I do, it’s because that, if you want to do reach-out, you must reach out to where the people are).

Facebook as a company–remember, it’s company that desires profit, not a community–is a vortex of [de/il]lusion.

Even as it preys on its users, Facebook pretends that it is a community.

It’s not.

It’s a milking-machine for profit. It’s a really well-designed milking-machine, but a milking-machine that is suckling on your anatomy none the less.

Do not fool yourself into thinking otherwise.

Liar, Liar, Pence on Fire! 0

Rx 0

Via Juanita Jean.


Walter Kerr:

Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them.

Adventures in Malware 0

I suspect the mope is having second thoughts right about now.

After a three-day trial this week, Mittesh Das, 48, of Atlanta, Georgia, was found guilty by a jury in North Carolina of knowingly transmitting malicious code with the intent of causing damage to an Army computer used in furtherance of national security.

Specifically, Das deliberately introduced malware – seemingly designed to delete files and knacker services – into the US Army Reserve payroll systems after his employers lost the contract to provide the technology. The military estimates it cost $2.6m to fix the damage.

Always the Victim 0

Sovereign Failure 0

E. J. Dionne takes a deep look at Donald Trump’s U. N. speech and finds it to be an incoherent (quell surprise!) mess.” Here’s a snippet:

No wonder Trump won applause when he said that “you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.” Selfishness is popular. Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping no doubt nodded approvingly when they were briefed about Trump’s words.

But Trump was so selective and inconsistent in his application of sovereignty that the concept itself had collapsed before he finished. If sovereignty is the highest principle, what justification does he have for threatening to destroy North Korea (which asserts its sovereign right to nuclear weapons)?

How can he suggest intervention against Venezuela simply because we disapprove of its governing system? Trump’s criticism of Venezuela was clearly based on the idea that some things actually are more important than sovereignty.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Give your family a treat of politeness.

A 4-year-old Florida girl died after accidentally pulling the trigger of a gun when she reached into her grandmother’s purse for candy.

The Bully’s Pulpit 0


A Picture Is Worth 0

This pretty much sums up my feelings about the international image of the U. S. since Donald Trump’s U. N speech:

Donald Trump in clown suit with

Via Job’s Anger.

Enemies List, Redux 0

Jim Jenkins.

Twits on Twitter 0


Arthur Schopenhaur:

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.

The True First World Problem 0

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Catch 22: It’s the Best Catch There Is 0

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

A Gaston County man who tried burning himself alive in his car during a police chase was charged Thursday with burning personal property.

More at the link.