From Pine View Farm

Dialectic 0

Josh Marshall muses on the internal contradictions of Trumpery.

The Bible Tells Me So . . . , Reprise 0

Mike discusses the Trump Administration’s program to rip children from their mothers and its defending the practice as sanctioned by the Bible. Warning: Language.

Wedging the Issues 0

Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Roy Eidelson explores the mechanics of the politics of hate. A snippet:

Today’s elites know that solidarity with the disadvantaged and mistreated is jeopardized whenever differences like race, gender, and religion are emphasized and exaggerated. That’s why so many one-percenters highlight these differences while downplaying similarities in the concerns and aspirations we all share. If this ploy works, it divides groups that might otherwise form a more united and more potent resistance. When such coalitions fail to materialize, the winners are the defenders of extreme inequality who’ve long ago forsaken the common good.

Read the whole thing. It’s worth your while.

Side Effects Include . . . . 0

You will recall that the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers for being critical of Donald Trump. Ann Telnaes comments:

I did worry that editorial cartooning would be the next target of a president so enamored of visuals. That didn’t happen. In retrospect, I’m fairly certain it’s because Trump doesn’t read; he gets all his news from the television (Fox News) and uses Twitter as his megaphone. And I’m guessing his staff doesn’t cut out cartoons and tape them to the White House refrigerator so he will see them as he goes for his regular two scoops of ice cream. But with the firing of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers, we now see that suppressing a free press can be accomplished without an authoritarian president’s orders. Michael Cohen isn’t the only “fixer” Trump has at his disposal.

Follow the link for the rest.

How Do You Know that Donald Trump Is Lying? 0

Jay Bookman answers, His mouth is open.”

All that Was Old Is New Again 0

Image One:  Jewish children imprisoned at Auschwitz.  Image Two:  Immigrant children imprisoned in Arizona in 2018.  Caption:  Evil never dies.  It merely reinvents itself.

Via Job’s Anger.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice politeness in a festive manner.

A 30-year-old man was transported by ambulance Friday night from Country Jam to St. Mary’s Medical Center after a self-inflicted shooting that is being investigated by law enforcement.

The shooting was an isolated incident, according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Megan Terlecky.

“We believe it was accidental, but we’re still investigating,” she said, noting that they are looking into how the gun came to be at the festival.

Really, they’re wondering how the gun got there? No doubt it purchased a ticket and walked in through the front gate.



Erich Fromm:

The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.

Suffer the Children 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Darcia Narvaez marvels at the cruelty of the Trump Administration choice to rip children from their families at the border and explains from a human developmental perspective why the act is so pernicious. A snippet:

She* says: “Officials at the Department of Homeland Security claim they act solely ‘to protect the best interests of minor children.'”


Is it ignorance or malice? We don’t know, but the justifications sound both ignorant and malicious.


*Colleen Kraft, head of the American Association of Pediatrics.

Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

What Noz said.

Facebook Frolics 0

One more time, the internet is a public place. Comport yourself accordingly.

The Right To Arm Bears 0

A Fine Bromance 0

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un holding hands.  Trump says,

Via Juanita Jean.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Seal your friendships with politeness.

Davenport and his friend, Joshua L. Wray, 26, were watching television together at the time of the shooting, according to Detective Ivory Sandefur of the North Vernon Police Department.

Wray was also manipulating* a Smith & Wesson handgun he had just purchased when the firearm accidentally fired and struck Davenport in the face, Richmond said.

The story goes on to say that authorities are not considering charges at this time, I reckon because the gun somehow mysteriously fired itself. Bad gun! Bad!


*Methinks they misplet “masturbating.”

A Religious Dilemna 0

Writing at The Roanoke Times, Rich Brager, who describes himself as an atheist, admits his befuddlement. An excerpt:

But since I have lived here and subscribed to The Roanoke Times, I have noticed a seemingly inordinate number of letters to the editor from Christians worrying about numerous issues about how our country isn’t Christian enough and how our country will sink into the depths of Hell (ok, my words, maybe a little dramatic) if we don’t follow Christian doctrine more closely. I’m not sure which Christian doctrine we are to follow because it seems to vary depending on which Christian to whom you are talking. There are the WWJD folks who want to treat everyone nicely no matter what their beliefs, and then there are the more fundamentalist types who say “my way or the highway” and then all Christians in between. It can get a little confusing to say the least, especially for an atheist.


Elihu Root:

The wolf always charges the lamb with muddying the stream.

Palin’ Around with Despots, Reprise 0

Trudy Rubin is not impressed by Donald Trump’s belief that he can solve international issues with glad-handing a flattery. A snippet:

The only leaders Trump appears unwilling to flatter are our longtime democratic allies – notably Canada, France, Germany, and Britain – whom he treated so shabbily at the G-7 summit in Quebec earlier this month. Who needs allies when Trump is so certain he can win over adversaries by bonding with strongmen?

Any progress with North Korea will require a big dose of realism and a determination to “distrust but verify.” Unlikely, so long as Trump keeps fooling himself and his base.

Follow the link to read why she said that.

Not Neutrality 0

Title:  If Water Utilities Ran like Internet Companies.  Image:   Woman to plumber:  So, under your new pricing plan, I'd have enough water pressure for my shower?  Plumber:  Yes, but not enough to flush your toilet.  That's extra.

Click for the original image.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Exercise courtesy whilst employing your motorized conveyance.

The Westminster (Colorado–ed.) Police Department responded around 3 p.m. local time to reports of a shooting, it said in a press release late Thursday. Officers discovered two adults and two children suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a business complex.

All of the victims were taken to a hospital, but a young boy died as a result of his injuries.

After several hours, police said they had located and arrested the accused shooter, who they identified as 23-year-old Jeremy Webster. Police said he was a stranger to the victims.


“It appears as if this incident stemmed from a road rage,” the news release said.

Meta: Sonar Sidebar Widget 0

I have removed the “Support Accessible Computing/Sonar Linux OS” item from the sidebar over there on the right——————->.

I understand that the founder of the project left it some while ago. Also, I recently heard Larry Bushey from the Going Linux podcast, who was involved in the Sonar project in its early days, express concerns that the project may be in limbo.

As an aside, I have listened to every episode of Going Linux and recommend it highly for persons interested in learning about free and open-source Linux-based operating systems and software.