From Pine View Farm

2019 archive

Consultation 0

Frame One:  Voice comes from the Capitol Building:

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Hoist a drink to politeness.

A man died Friday evening after being accidentally shot in the leg by a handgun that was passed around over drinks, police say.

The report goes on to say that “the gun went off,” implying that it fired itself all on its ownsome.

Speaking all on my ownsome, I’ve not yet met a gun that pulled its own damn trigger.

“Negligent” =/ “Accidental.”

Aside:

It would be quite refreshing were news media to stop treating gun nut negligence as some aspect of inadvertence.

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

A brotherhood of Trumplers.

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The American Way of Health 0

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How To Deal with a Threatened Trumpling 0

Spocko offers a case study.

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Twits on Twitter 0

PoliticalProf anticipates the purity twits.

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Missing the Message 0

Jamelle Bouie visits the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which commemorates the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and suggests that it ignores context.

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QOTD 0

Eugene McCarthy:

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

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A Picture Is Worth, Reaganomics Dept. 0

Since 1978 the cost of college tuition has increased by 1,120%, of medical care by 601%, of food has increased by 244%, of shelter by 360%.  Meanwhile the pay of typical workers rose by just 10%, of minimum wage workers fell by 5.5%. of average CEOs increased by 936%.  (Source:  EPI, Bloomberg, U. S. Labor Dept.)

Via Job’s Anger.

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It’s All about the Benjamins 0

Bob Molinaro, sportswriter extraordinaire, in case you still wonder why I’ve lost interest in college sports (emphasis in the original):

Fake sentiment: I thought it made for a nice sentiment the first time I saw a college basketball team wearing T-shirts that read “Family.” But then I realized that these were Nike creations handed out to all of the company’s intercollegiate business partners. “Family” was simply another corporate scheme. Should have known. Nothing in big-time sports is organic.

I think that the phrase, “intercollegiate business partners,” is quite telling.

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Which Witch? 0

Dana Milbank explains.

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Freedom of Screech, Reprise 0

Donald Trump, surrounded by his toadies, holds up two documents, saying,

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American Exports 0

Title:  Top American Exports.  Image:  Picture of container ship labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Suffer the Children 0

Seth wonders just what is a “fake asylum seeker.”

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Predators Roam the Amazon 0

Via C&L, which has a transcript.

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QOTD 0

Robert Goldsborough, in the voice of Audra Pierce:

I find it amazing how eager some people are to deliver news that might be disturbing to the recipient.

Goldsborough, Robert, Battered Badge (New York: Mysterious Press/Open Road, 2018), p. 128.

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

Schoolyard Trumpling.

The Charlottesville (Virginia–ed.) Police Department arrested a 17-year-old male at 6 a.m. in Albemarle County on one felony count of making threats to a school and a misdemeanor charge of harassment by computer, according to a news release.

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The post threatened an ethnic cleansing in the form of a school shooting and told white students at CHS to stay home. The person who posted the threat claimed to be a Charlottesville student.

The message boards 4chan and 8chan have been frequented by white supremacists. The sites were banned in New Zealand in the wake of last week’s mosque shootings for hosting video of the massacre.

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A Tune for the Times 0

Say hello to Devin Nunes’ Cow (warning: language).

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Facebook Frolics 0

Tech geniuses.

Yeah, that’s the word.

Geniuses.

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A Study in Contrasts 0

Jacinda of New Zealand vs. Trump.  Frame One:  Jacinda ostracizes white nationalist terrorists.  Trump normalizes white nationalist terrorists.  Frame Two:  Jacinda, pointing to map of New Zealand, tells refugees,

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