From Pine View Farm

April, 2012 archive

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

More politeness on the highways and byways:

A Lynchburg man is out on bond facing multiple charges after a “road rage” shooting incident on Virginia 116 in Franklin County early Saturday morning.

“A Tale of Two Hoodies” 0

Cop in Klan hood pointing gun at black kid in hooded sweatshirt pointing Skittles.

Artist: Michael D’Antuono.

Via Contradict Me.

The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Southern lawman with Voter ID bill to black voter:  Remember me, boty?


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Nature Red in Tooth and Claw 0

We often see the noses of turtles poking above the surface at our nearby pond, but yesterday was the first time we’ve seen most of a turtle poking above the surface.

Turtle on branch in pond

Close-up of turtle on branch in pond.

Filling Their Teabags 0

Nothing but Astro-Turn from the git-go.

Tea Party favorites such as Stephen Fincher of Tennessee were swept into Congress on a wave of anger over government-funded bailouts of banks.

Now those incumbents are collecting thousands of dollars for re-election campaigns from the same Wall Street firms whose excesses they criticized. They have taken no significant steps to curb them or prevent future taxpayer-financed rescues.

Everybody Must Get Sick 0

In case you wondered why the Republican Party is adamantly opposed to reforming the US health care system, consider this bit from MarketWatch:

If the court decides the law is unconstitutional, high-income taxpayers would avoid a 3.8% tax hike on investment earnings, plus a 0.9% increase in their payroll taxes, come 2013.

For people in the top 1% of income earners, avoiding those two tax provisions would translate into savings of, on average, about $21,000 per year, according to the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute.

And the richest Americans — the top 0.1% — would avoid about $125,000 more in taxes per year on average if the health law is overturned.

It is living up to its core mission: to make the rich, richer and the poor, poorer.

Making the poor sicker and the sick poorer is just collateral damage.

Mitticisms To Come 0

Upcoming Mitt the Flip Gaffes


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Via BartBlog.

QOTD 0

Franz Kafta:

In the fight between you and the world, back the world.

Update from the Foreclosure-Based Economy 0

Why the effrontery of these people! How dare they take the initiative!

The initiative looks to undo a portion of Colorado law that allows lawyers to attest their client banks have the foreclosure rights on mortgages without having to provide proof. The initiative would require lenders to show proof — essentially the chain of assignments and transfers mortgages undergo when they’re bought and sold on the secondary investment market — before they can take property through foreclosure.

The banks, natch, are against this. They want to be able to foreclose just on their say-so.

We know how well that has worked out.

Shrink-Wrapped Lives 0

Americans’ paranoia about germs appears to be counterproductive:

Dr. Kurt Watkins of Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Salisbury, Md.–ed.) said modern America’s hygienic lives and shrink-wrapped food may be contributing to an increase in food allergies — a problem those who live and work on farms compensate for through exposure to animals and a less sanitized environment. A board certified allergy and immunology doctor with Peninsula Allergy and Asthma Associates, Watkins said the “hygiene hypothesis” is supported by the fact there are very little allergy problems in the third world.

(snip)

Calling the hygiene hypothesis the most compelling of theories about increased food allergies, he explained that allergies crop up as a result of the immune system perceiving something innocent as a parasite. If a child isn’t exposed to enough allergens at an early age, the hypothesis is that their bodies are less likely to develop tolerances.

“If you have a cat in the household when less than age 1, in infancy, then you are less likely to have asthma at age 5,” he said. “Studies show children who grow up on farms have less asthma, too.”

I had a friend who told that, when her daughter was young, she was sickly and frequently ill.

She asked the doctor what to do and the doctor said, “Let her play in the dirt.”

She did and the illnesses went away.

Who Owns Everything? 0

(Hint: It’s not you and me.)

chart of the ten companies that own almost everything


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Via PoliticalProf.

What If Jesus Ran? 0

This is a little bit dated, but the core still rings true, he said, merrily mixing metaphors.

Droning On, Drone Summit 0

Fighting robots from the skies:

Pay for Performance 0

As designed by Dillinger and Assocs, Compensation Consultants:

Chief executives’ total compensation at Georgia’s 13 largest companies rose almost 29 percent over the past five years — more than double the growth of shareholders’ returns at those companies. By comparison, a shareholder would have reaped a 12.9 percent return during the same five-year period, after investing equally in the 13 companies, including re-invested dividends.

Likewise, CEO pay at the companies on the Fortune 500 list rose four times faster than the firms’ combined profits, which squeaked up barely 7 percent in five years.

Eagle 0

Some more pictures from my brother in Virginia’s Northern Neck.

Eagle at Rest

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QOTD 0

Charles Caleb Colton, from the Quotemaster (subscribe here):

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.

Both Sides of the Mouth 0

Image:  “911 Call: Zimmerman describes someone in their ‘late teens’. In his apology to the Martin family: he said he ‘did not know how old’ Trayvon was.”

Chancey Devega observes (emphasis in the original)

Ironically, the very same conservatives who embrace and amplify Zimmerman’s Hispanic identity for the purposes of smearing Trayvon Martin, share a political worldview that is explicitly xenophobic and hostile to non-whites. This reality has been repeatedly demonstrated by Right-wing populist rhetoric such as “real America,” and “take our country back,” its adherents’ support of such conspiratorial fictions as birtherism, and their embrace of racial profiling, deportation of “illegal” aliens, as well as the elimination of Ethnic and Chicano studies programs in Texas and Arizona.

For the conservatives who have embraced George Zimmerman as a martyr and victim, his racial status is circumstantial, contingent, and wholly dependent on the political whims and needs of a given moment. Ultimately, if George Zimmerman was accused of hunting down and killing either a white teenage boy (or God forbid, a young white woman!) in exactly the same circumstances, his “Hispanic” identity would be turned into a liability and a sin, his honorary whiteness quickly and inexorably revoked.

Graphic via Contradict Me.

Seen on the Street 0

Now this is a car! It started life as a 1950s-something Plymouth.

Hot Rod


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This used to be a car.

overturned van

(Never did learn how this happened.)

Sauce for the Goose 0

Hanlon:

When the Dixie Chicks said that the president (Bush) made them embarrassed to be from Texas, right was apoplectic and felt they should be boycotted.

Ted Nugent hints that he might try to assassinate the president (Obama), but it doesn’t look like they’re gonna be quite as incensed.

Funny how that works.

Driving while Brown 0

In front of the entire class, Cineo’s daughter and another Latino student were handed documents explaining HB56 in Spanish. No other student in the class received the documents.

So I say, “Well, next day I [am] going to go and talk to the principal. And I ask her why [did] they give this paper to my daughter? What was the reason they [gave] this paper to my daughter, and her answer was that they [gave] this paper to all the children that appear they are not from here. And I ask her, “Why [do] you think my daughter is not from here?”

Far as I can see and far as I can feel my daughter is being singled out and racial profiled and discriminated because of her color and race and origin from where they think she is from.