From Pine View Farm

2018 archive

Borderline Disorder 0

Alby suggests that there’s a method to the madness.

Recommended Reading for Trumpled Times 0

I’m passing this recommendation on from Ginny Brock, who writes at The Roanoke Times,

If anyone reading this is too young to know what I’m talking about — or too forgetful, please read, or re-read, William L. Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” It is the story of Nazism in Hitler’s Germany. The similarities to what we’re seeing and hearing in the USA right now should chill every one of us.

Follow the link for her reasons for recommending Shirer’s book (which, by the by, is excellent).

The Wrong Arm of the Law 0

More stuff you can’t make up.

Precedented 0

Paul Krugman sees similarities between Donald Trump’s obsession with immigrants and other phenomena, and they ain’t pretty. Here’s an excerpt; follow the link for the evidence he cites.

The mass influx of murderers and rapists that Trump talks about, the wave of crime committed by immigrants here (and, in his mind, refugees in Germany), are things that simply aren’t happening. They’re just sick fantasies being used to justify real atrocities.

And you know what this reminds me of? The history of anti-Semitism, a tale of prejudice fueled by myths and hoaxes that ended in genocide.

Adventures in Literacy 0

One of the technicians who repaired our air conditioner earlier this week used the word “inferred” in casual conversation.

And he used it correctly!

The Papering Over 0

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Image via Job’s Anger.

The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Thom talks with Greg Palast about Palast’s efforts to expose the workings of the “voter purge” scam.

QOTD 0

Peter Carey:

The failure of the U.S.’s foreign adventures often seems to have its roots in the U.S.’s total ignorance of things on the ground, of the countries that they fiddle with.

And Now for Something Completely Different 0

America’s Gulags 0

Farron explains how Donald Trump’s claim to be ending the practice of ripping children from their families is con and sham.

In related news (follow the link for details):

The Defense Department will house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases in coming months, a Pentagon official said Thursday, the latest twist in the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement effort.

The stench of vile is sick-making.

Facebook Frolics 0

Husband:  As you get older, life has a way of humbling you.  You realize how much nonsense you've wasted time on. . . .  What's that you're doing?

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Jay Bookman.

A Question of Identity 0

Man labeled

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

BOLO 0

Title:  Amber Alert.  Frame One, titled

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Getting playful with his portable penis . . . .

Jamie McLaughlin, 31, is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, three counts of abduction, assault, a gun charge, two counts of aggravated menacing and receiving stolen property.

His girlfriend, Mary Neace, 28, was seriously injured when she was shot in the torso. The trigger was pulled during what police had described as “amorous role-playing.”

The grand jury didn’t buy the playful part.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. More bullets than brains.

QOTD 0

Julia Sawalha, as Carla Borrega:

Life is bollocks, really, isn’t it?

Dehuman Race, Base Desires Dept. 0

At the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael O’Hare summarizes what he sees as the rationale for Trumpling refugees and immigrants and identifies three elements to the strategy. He starts by pointing out that many, if not most, of the persons being Trumpled are fleeing violence, gang warfare, and tyranny in their home countries.

Here’s an excerpt; follow the link for the expanded version and his prediction as to what to expect next (emphasis added):

Trump’s idea (served up to him by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and immigration policy adviser Stephen Miller) is to make the United States even more hostile and dangerous than the places they are fleeing. It had three parts, an irresistible hat trick, especially for an amoral narcissist surrounded by sycophants and playing to Fox News (and Putin, of course).

First, characterize these refugees (and actually all immigrants) against all the facts as dangerous criminals.

Second, make it known to refugees from the hellholes south of Mexico that they will be so abused should they reach the United States (here’s where breaking up the families was just the ticket), that that fear, added to the cost and hazards of the journey itself, will make them stay home and be killed quietly.

Third, turn refugees away from the ports of entry where they can apply for refugee status, and seize the kids when mom and dad commit the misdemeanor of walking across wherever they can and trying to apply at a U.S. Border Patrol station. This is just catnip for the fearful, vengeful core of Trump’s political base and only draws the meekest diffidence from a few congressional Republicans.

Tales of the Comeyuppance 0

Shaun Mullen takes a look at what was missing from the report by the Inspector General of the Justice Department regarding James Comey’s “But the emails” moment.

As is usual with Shaun’s reports, it probes deeply into detail and nuance; I’m not going to try to excerpt of summarize it. Just read it.

The Slosh of the Slush 0

Mike discusses New York state’s lawsuit alleging that the Trump Foundation was for all practical purposes a slush fund used for various illegal purposes, including Trump’s political campaign. He is skeptical that the suit will do anything to erode Trump’s support among what Bob Cesca refers to as “the Red Hats.”

Warning: Language.

Narcissus Now 0

Bill Eddy offers a field guide to narcissists. Here’s a bit; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).

Not all narcissists desire to be leaders. Many are simply self-absorbed, brag a lot and may primarily sabotage themselves without self-awareness. But when narcissists desire to be leaders, it is often to fulfill personality-based goals which may have little to do with their job descriptions. Instead of focusing on leading a successful enterprise and motivating others, they are preoccupied with three basic drives: 1) being seen as very superior, 2) expanding their own power and 3) being admired by all.

This reminds me of someone . . . .