From Pine View Farm

Meta: Site Maintenance (Sticky) 0

I am doing some site maintenance to implement SSL. Please make a note that, if http: doesn’t work, try https:. Or just wait until I fix it. (Update 2017-06-12: The cert has been issued and I hope to install it tomorrow after voting. There’s a primary. Voting is not a right; it’s a duty. Update 2017-06-14: Still working on it, being very careful and not wanting to break my site, and still learning stuff.)

I don’t really need an SSL cert, as this is not a commercial site and no credit card numbers or the like pass through here, but I got tired of Firefox’s nagging about it, plus I might learn something. I started this to learn stuff. The outrage came later . . . .

A Sure Thing 0


Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche 0

They eat egg pie.

Picture of egg pie

I sort of followed this recipe, except for sauteing up some red pepper, celery, and red onion and using country ham instead of bacon and omitting the Parmesan cheese and not bothering to measure anything except for the half-and-half.

Light Bloggery 0

I need a break. I shall read the Sunday paper, do the crossword puzzles, and pretend that the nation is sane, sane for a day.

All that Was Old Is New Again 0

In scene reminiscent of Watergate, figure stands behind pillar at parking garage saying to reporter,

Via Juanita Jean.


David Janssen

TV is my sleeping pill.

Childhood’s End 0

Warning: Language.

“How a Bill Becomes a Law” (Amended Version) 0

Gag Rule 0

Farron discusses the attempts of the White House to tell the press what they can and cannot report and wonders what the Trump Administration is trying to hide.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice random acts of politeness.

Homicide investigators said it all started with a crash between two vehicles near the location.

The occupants of the vehicles were in an argument when shots were fired by a third person. Officials said the gunshots appear to have been directed at the occupants but they were not struck.

The victim was riding his bicycle toward the scene of the collision when he was hit by gunfire in the upper torso, investigators said, and he died at the scene.

They added it did not appear he was an intended target.

Disabuse yourself of any notion that the United States of America is at heart a civilized society.

The Privatization Scam 0

Privatization is a scam.

You can vouch on it.

Nefarious Plots 0

Two NSA staffers are monitoring sigint.  One asks,

Via Job’s Anger.

America’s Original Sin 0

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, you can’t make this stuff up.

Words fail me.

Republican Job Creation 0

Frame One:  Image of newspaper box displaying pater with headline,

Click to see the image at its original location.


Naomi Judd:

A dead end street is a good place to turn around.

Stray Thought 0

“Good cat” is an oxymoron.

Disconnected 0

Bruch Schneier reports and Amazon has patented a method to stop you from using your mobile device to comparison shop in a store.

Given that Amazon in the past has encouraged such comparison shopping, hoping that you would buy whatever it was from them, I agree with Schneier that this is all very strange.

Connected 0

Man looking down at smart phone, the screen of which displays,

Click for the original image.

Jerry Mander and His Entire Staff 0

Russ Feingold comments. A nugget:

Over the past several years, a ground war has been conducted against our democratic legitimacy at the state level by state political parties intent on minimizing the power of certain voters. Their goal: near permanent one-party rule.

Follow the link for the rest.

GOP Health Care: Don’t Get Sick
If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly, Reprise

GOP Health Care: Don’t Get Sick
If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly

Republican Elephant gamboling gaily down the lane with a hideous monster labeled

Via Job’s Anger.