From Pine View Farm

October, 2017 archive

Stray Thought 0

Rex Stout was a damned fine writer.

I have enjoyed his Nero Wolfe mysteries from the first time that I read Some Buried Casar in the back seat of my parents’ car on the way to visit my grandmother.

Now that I am rereading them from the perspective of having made my living with my pen for a lifetime, I realize that the man was not “just a mystery writer” (Mickey Spillane was “just a mystery writer”), he was a wordsmith. Like Kerry Greenwood, he made words dance.

Happy Halloween 0

“Drug Dealers in Lab Coats” 0

Warning: Language.

The Rule of Lawless 0

Dick Polman explores why Trump’s dupes, symps, and fellow-travelers couldn’t care less about indictments or law-breaking.

Suffer the Children 0

Mike wonders why Republicans and their vocally self-proclained “Christian” supporters are willing to condemn children to sickness and death through their failure to renew CHIP. (Warning: Language.)

Nose Job 0

Question:  How did the GOP Elephant get his long nose?  Answer:  As GOP Elephant says,

Via Job’s Anger.

Facebook Frolics 0

To paraphrase the classic Warner Brothers cartoon, “They are gremlins, from the Kremlin.”

Make TWUUG Your LUG 0

Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do. Learn how to use GNU/Linux and its plethora of free and open source software to get stuff done with computers.

It’s not hard; it’s just different.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

When: Monthly TWUUG meeting at 7:30 p. m. on the first Thursday of the month (November 2, 2017). Pre-meeting dinner at Chicago Uno, JANAF shopping center, 6:00 p. m. (map)

Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.

Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.

The Eye of the Beholder 0

Frame One:  Man looking at television news of Trump scandals, saying,

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QOTD 0

John Mackey:

Message boards are like going to a Halloween masquerade party. Everybody has a screen name.

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Rekha Basu tells a tale of Trumpling.

Misdirection Play, Twits on Twitter Dept. 0

Twits on Twitter 0

Spin city.

Acrid Reflex 0

Title:  Doctor T  Image:  Donald Trump in doctor's garb aiming giant mallet labeled


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“Statues to Traitors” 0

A wingnut calls Thom. The call does not go well.

Their Money’s Worth 0

Terrorist saying,

Via Job’s Anger.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite to your neighbor.

“As I was getting ready to grab my phone, I heard a loud bang and my TV flew forward,” he said. “I thought at first that my TV must have exploded.”

He then realized after seeing his arm bleeding and the hole in the wall that he had been peppered by a shotgun blast.

Rosette said his neighbors and the person who had shot the gun came running after they heard him yell.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, some of this stuff makes Three Stooges shorts look like Shakespeare.

They Are Not Bases . . . 0

. . . they are “forward operating zones.

QOTD 0

Shane Smith:

American media has just become talk radio, incredibly partisan name-calling and op-eds.

Timid Woodland Creatures 0

GOP Elephant in the Magic Forest meeting Alice, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow.  Elephant says,

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If you are not able to view the image, I think it’s safe to day that gocomics.com is having issues tonight.