From Pine View Farm

May, 2017 archive

Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

In a long and thoughtful post, F. T. Rea considers recent decisions in New Orleans, Baltimore, and Austin to remove certain monuments to the Secesh, as well as the Virginia legislature’s efforts to prevent such action in Virginia. (Rea hails from Richmond, where Monument Avenue is the site of many memorials to those who fought to preserve and propagate chattel slavery.)

If you are not sure why there’s so much fuss about statuary, his article is well worth your while..Here’s an excerpt (emphasis added):

On Mar. 7, by passing HB587, a proactive group of legislators in the General Assembly moved to prevent that trend from spreading to Virginia. The bill empowered the state government to seize control over the fate of war-related monuments standing on public property. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the bill’s language would also block historically accurate signage from being placed near the statues of Confederate heroes on Monument Ave, as has been suggested by some Richmonders as a way of providing a context for the memorials.


Most of the monuments honoring the Confederacy that stand today in at least 20 states were put in place during the late-1800s/early-1900s. It was an era in which Lost Cause misinformation was being promulgated by stubborn sympathizers of the Confederacy. Plainly, they sought to paint over the haunting politics of the Civil War. Which was a propaganda campaign, if there ever was one.

Fast-forward to 2016: Whether it’s in Richmond or New Orleans, propaganda cast in bronze is still propaganda.

One more time: When you hear someone glorify the “Lost Cause,” ask him or her (though it’s almost always a him) to explain precisely what exactly was the cause that was lost.

The Tipping Point 0

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Republican Health (Don’t Call It) Care 0

At, Ronnie Polaneczky profiles a Medicaid recipient who is a potential victim of Trumpcare. She’s a seven-year old girl from a solidly middle-class family who suffers from Rett Syndrome. Here’s a bit of her article:

If not for Medicaid, says Farrington, he and Barish would have had to find $25,000 this last year alone to cover Emma’s care as her condition worsened. Few young families have that many dollars in their pockets. What in the world would they do if Emma loses Medicaid?


Emma is only one of the countless thousands of Americans who rely on Medicaid when their luck runs out. Sick kids, disabled adults, the impoverished elderly – there is a real person, a real family, behind every dollar. Trump’s butchering of Medicaid would trade the well-being of these Americans for tax breaks for those who are already rich enough to buy and staff their own hospitals.

That possibility is not just immoral.

It’s grotesque.

“No Questions Asked” 0

Dick Polman reflects on the Montana Republican candidate who attacked a reporter and muses on life in Trumplandia. A snippet:

What happened last night in Montana was an apt metaphor for life in Trumplandia, a thuggish place where the Leader tags factual stories as Fake News and assails reporters as “enemies of the people.”

Do please read the rest.

Promises, Promises 0

Seth Meyers discusses how Donald Trump’s budget proposal violates his campaign promises about about health care, social security, etc., and wonders what would happen if Donald Trump the candidate met Donald Trump the president.

Birds of a Feather 0

Donald Trump, the King of Saudi Arabia, and the Egyption dictator all cozied around the

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Dupes, Symps, and Fellow Travelers 0

It is quite possible, disturbingly well within the realm of possibility, that one of the dupes has been identified.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Twits on Twitter 0

Shorter Chris Freind: You can’t believe this twit.


Daniel J. Boorstin:

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

Down the Black Rabbit Hole 0

BFFs 0

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Dick Polman has more. Here’s how he starts; follow the link for the rest:

It’s amazing how the Capitol Hill Republicans continue to beclown themselves in the service of Donald Trump. The more they try to minimize Kremlingate — as they did again yesterday, while questioning former CIA director John Brennan — the more they soil themselves.

Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan gave us the fullest public accounting thus far of Russia’s “aggressive” and “multifaceted” penetration of the ’16 presidential election — and he spoke openly of Russia’s “contacts and interactions” with people in the Trump campaign. We should thank the Republican committee members for making that possible, because it was their hapless questioning that prompted Brennan’s candor.

All the News that Fits 0

Via Raw Story.

No There There 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., sums up contemporary “conservatism.”

One longs for an intellectually vibrant marketplace of ideas, but there is nothing intellectual or vibrant about what these days passes for conservatism. That once robust ideology has been shriveled by an intellectual dishonesty so profound that the same people who tirelessly investigated Barack Obama’s birth certificate and inveighed against his choice of mustard can look at the mountain of malfeasance rising from the White House and say with a shrug and all evident sincerity, “What evidence?”

The one constant in contemporary conservatism is adherence to what seems to be its core principle: Mean for the sake of mean.

No Place To Hide 0

A columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle sums up Alexa (and all those other “digital assistants”).

“C’mon Caille, we can train her and everything. And she was a gift!”

“So was the Trojan Horse.”

Looking for Little Marco 0

Daniel Ruth points out that it’s easier for members of Marco Rubio’s constituency to find Waldo than it is for them to find Little Marco.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite to your pick-up.

An off-duty New York City corrections officer has accidentally shot himself and a woman after he dropped his gun while talking to her in a bar.

The officer was speaking to an unidentified woman Tuesday night when he dropped his gun and it went off, hitting one of his fingers and the woman’s foot.

GOP Health (Don’t Call It) Care 0

Today’s Republican Party is a vile and loathsome thing.



Those who give hoping to be rewarded with honor are not giving, they are bargaining.

Take a Break 0

Signs of the Times 0

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