From Pine View Farm

Continuous Campaign Cacophony 0

Farron scornfully points out the the Trump administration is already working on deceptive campaign 2020 commercials.


Dick Gregory:

Everything we do we should look at in terms of millions of people who can’t afford it.

Meta: Finger Follies 0

I’ve figured out and fixed why, if you came to the main welcome page for this site and clicked the link for the blog, you would get a malformed nada, nothing, zilch.

It was a typo.

Blasted computers, wnat you tu splet stuf rite.

Target Audience 0

The son of the founder of the white nationalist website, Stormfront, who has renounced his father’s views, tells what America’s Neo-Nazi, white supremacist movement looked like from the inside and why he finds it dangerous. Here’s how he starts out (emphasis added):

My dad often gave me the advice that white nationalists are not looking to recruit people on the fringes of American culture, but rather the people who start a sentence by saying, “I’m not racist, but …”

Much more at the link.


Natch, “I’m not racist, but” means “I’m a racist, and.”

It’s a corollary to what I learned back when I did management training in communications skills:

“Yes, but” always means “No.”

Monumental Stupidity 0

Two bystanders looking at statue of GOP Elephant impaled on sword.  Sign on base says,

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In related news, my local rag reports that there might be some cracks appearing in the base.

Smile, You’re on Candid Camera 0

Trial Separation? 0

Several advisory boards to the President have recently resigned en mass as a result of Trump’s embrace of Neo-Nazis and his mealy-mouthed refusal to condemn the Confederate insurgency in Charlottesville, Virginia. Admittedly these groups are largely symbolic, but there is a larger symbolism in their resignations.

At the Washington Monthly, Nancy LeTourneau considers the implications of corporate CEOs’ jump off the Trump ship. A snippet (follow the link for the complete article:

Our current president is now getting the same kind of treatment from corporate CEOs over his racist remarks that Republican governors and state legislators have been getting over other so-called “cultural issues.” But that exacerbates a collision with what we’ve called “nostalgia voters,” or the “confederate insurgency” that has been ignited to defend against the very racial/sexual/religious changes that threaten their world view.

This move brings into focus a growing fissure within the Republican Party. Historically, corporate leaders have been one of the key members of the Republican coalition—along with military hawks and white evangelicals. But some of the cultural issues that define the attachment of evangelicals to the party are the very ones that are driving the corporate world away.

The conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party’s corporate masters have been willing to tolerate the Republican Party’s bigots and culture warriors so long as the corporations get the tax cuts and other breaks they want. It will be curious to see whether Trumpery leads to the dissolution of that uneasy partnership.

“Look in the Mirror, Boy,” Reprise 0

Der Spiegle devotes another editorial to Donald Trump, and this one is a barn-burner. I find this telling sentence:

A president who relativizes Nazi violence and who knowingly and intentionally seeks to show solidarity with the right-wing fringe is a national disgrace.

Follow the link for the rest of the sentences.

Southern Twistory, Reprise 0

Werner Herzog’s Bear takes down the talking point that removing memorials to American traitors is somehow “destroying history.” (History can be misinterpreted, reinterpreted, explored, even forgotten, but it cannot be destroyed, for its fruits are all around us.) Here’s a nugget (emphasis in the original):

Confederate monuments created a white supremacist usable past.Other people have written about this, but it bears repeating: the vast majority of Civil War monuments in the South were built during the height of Jim Crow. They were not immediate responses to the war. They are also intended to push a certain interpretation of the war, the “Lost Cause.” This narrative essentially said that the white South was the superior side fighting for a just cause, and only lost due to the material superiority of the Union. These monuments defended the old slaveocracy at a time when lynchings and other incidents of racial violence were accelerating. By being erected after Reconstruction and during Jim Crow, they are not mourning a defeat in the Civil War, but actually celebrating the victory of white supremacy in its aftermath. Context matters.

Southern Twistory 0

In The Roanoke Times, Halford Ryan explodes the myths that neo-Confederates and apologists for the South’s rebellion to preserve slavery tell themselves. Here’s one; follow the link for more:

The hoary defense of hearth and home is counterfeit. President Davis’ CSA was the aggressor (the Secesh fired on Fort Sumter in April–ed.). As for Virginia, her voters adopted an Ordinance of Secession on May 23, 1861. On July 21, 1861, Federal troops initially invaded Virginia at the First Battle of Bull Run. By that time, Virginia had already seceded and had already joined a Confederacy that had already waged war on the Union. Only by an abuse of logic and language can neo-Confederates claim that the War Between the States was a defensive war. But, neo-Confederates still fan the flames for that fake fact.

The Write Stuff 0

Tweet saying

Via Political Prof.


Leonard Woolfe:

Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized man.

And Now for a Musical Interlude 0

How Stuff Works, Reverse Racism Dept. 0

Title:  A Concise History of Black-White Relations in the U. S. A.  White guy says to black guy in chains,

Via PoliticalProf.

Trumpled History 0

Trump at podium pointing to map of Europe showing Allied thrusts into Nazi-dominated Europe:  Sure, you had some Nazis on one side, but you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very, very violent.

Via Juanita Jean.

The Entree 0

Donald Trump, surrounded by dogs in Nazi, Confederate, and KKK regalia, dining on Republican Elephant as trussed suckling pig, complete with pineapple slice.  Elephant says, weakly,

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

More polite play.

A 4-year-old girl is in critical condition after a shooting Friday night.


Investigators said two or three young children were at the home, and they said the 4-year-old was playing with the gun.

Just another day in the Gun Nut Garden of Eden . . . .

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“Look in the Mirror, Boy” 0

In an editorial, Der Spiegel takes a look at Donald Trump.

It is not flattering.

Here’s an excerpt:

Trump is a racist. He is a preacher of hate.

Follow the link for the complete article.

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“No Irish Need Apply” 0

Writing from disgust, Robert F. Lyons protests Donald Trump’s and the Trumpkins’ immigration proposals by telling the story of his Irish immigrant ancestors.

Read it.

Insatiable 0

Danae and Pony in the woods and without cell signal.  Danae:  I can feel a hole opening up . . . it's getting bigger and needs to be filled with my Tweets.  Pony:  Uh, why?  Danae:  The Twittersphere is an insatial beast that must be constantly fed or it'll collapes, and you know what that would lead toQ!!!  Pony:  Proper spelling, grammar, and complete sentences?  Danae:  YES!  Who's got time for that?!

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