From Pine View Farm

July, 2018 archive

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite while patronizing the big box store.

West Springfield police are investigating after they said a man accidentally shot himself inside Costco Wednesday afternoon.

Police told Western Mass News the man was reaching for his phone when he accidentally discharged his gun at the Costco on Daggett Drive around 6 p.m.


Germaine Greer:

You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.

“This Is Not a Dog Whistle. This Is a Bullhorn.” 0

Thom cuts to the chase.

The Mouthpiece 0

Alina Polyakova.

How Stuff Works, Vetting Dept. 0

Title:  The Process Explained.  Image:  Man labeled

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

Bucket list.

The Deal 0

Donald Trump, holding paper that reads

Mike Littwin is not optimistic. A snippet from his article:

Actually, the lone Republican — yes, more would be better — wouldn’t even have to defect (to the Democrats–ed.). All it would take is joining Democrats in protecting Mueller’s investigation and in calling for hearings on Trump’s Make Russia Great Again summit.

I don’t expect that to happen. I don’t expect much to happen. Some are suggesting that any Trump aide with a conscience should resign. Some are suggesting that if this crisis heats up, there could be the need for a scapegoat. John Kelly, anyone?

If you think this is a crisis point for America — and I certainly do — that doesn’t mean you have to believe it will play out any differently from all the rest. Isn’t the essence of Trumpworld that we now live in the post-tipping-point era?

Image via Job’s Anger.

Nomenclature 0

F. T. Rea explains what’s in a name.

Twits on Twitter 0

A sporting twit.

In a related piece . . . .


Dean Acheson:

The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.

Really? 2

I guess ESPN just gave up on competing with the baseball all-star game.

TV Guide TV listing for 2018-07-17 showing the American Cornhole Championships in prime time.

While we’re at it, can’t we agree that cornhole is a most unfortunately yclept pursuit?

(Missplet wrod corectted.)

Roots 0

The Smoking Gun points out that Donald Trump seems to have up his forebears at ancestry-dot-con.

A Book from My Past Comes to Life 0

One of my favorite books when I was a kid was produced by that same potboiler mill that produced the Tom Swift series. My father had several of their output, old books from the 1920s and 1930s that my father had read and that my grandparents had stuffed in boxes in the attic. There were a few Tom Swifts, a couple of Bobbsey Twins, a Destroyer Boys (set in WWI), and maybe a few others.

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Foxy Davy 0

David describes his experience on Fox News and dissects the Fox host’s tactics for twisting the talk.

Net Result 0

Vladimir Putin standing at podium labeled

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Hat Tricked 0

Conundrum 0

Yes, it is possible to disapprove of something and delight in it simultaneously.

The Cloning 0

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Shaun Mullen has more. A snippet (emphasis in the original):

Did anyone really believe that Donald Trump would grow a pair before meeting one-on-one with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday? Of course not, but the sight of the president of the United States groveling at the feet of America’s greatest adversary while committing the traitorous and treasonous — yes, traitorous and treasonous — sin of refusing to defend the homeland while attacking his own citizens and praising an autocratic thug was alternately sickening and heartbreaking.


Leonard Goldberg, in the voice of Joanna Blalock (the daughter of Sherlock Holmes*):

Greed has no end. It is like a bottomless well that cannot be filled. And at time the wealthiest are the worst offenders.

Goldberg, Leonard, The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (New York: Minotaur, 2017), p. 252.


*Purported daughter.

William S. Baring-Gould proved conclusively that Nero Wolfe was the son of Sherlock Holmes, conceived in circumstances incompatible with the story of Joanna Blalock. Nevertheless, Goldberg’s pastiche is still a ripping good yarn.

Passing the Bar 0

What Atrios said.