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 . . . .

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.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Just another day in NRA Paradise.

Police say a 2-year-old boy has died in an apparently accidental shooting in Yell County.


A news release from the sheriff’s department says family members told deputies they saw the boy playing in the hallway of the home, then heard the gun discharge. The family told police they were not sure how the child reached the gun, which is normally stored on top of a cabinet in a bedroom.


Frederic Raphael:

As Oscar Wilde should have said, when bad ideas have nowhere else to go, they emigrate to America and become university courses.

In a Pence-sive Mood 0

Thom discusses a website that spoofs Mike Pence with eerie accuracy.

The Descent 0

Mitch McConnell walking the Republican Elephant down winding stairs to basement of castle:

Via Job’s Anger.

How Stuff Works, Trumpery Dept. 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Jennifer Baker offers tips for understanding Donald Trump.

Light Bloggery 0

Spring cleaning.

Not sure whether it’s for last spring or next spring, but still spring cleaning.

Naked Is the Best Only Disguise . . . 0

. . . if your data is in the hands of the Republican National Committee and its symps, dupes, and fellow travelers.


Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey:

We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We’re connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct.

Break Time 0

Nurturing Environment 0

Little boy in toy car with rifle in gun rack:  My parents are preparing me for the future.  Little girl in toy hearse:  So are mine.

Via Job’s Anger.