From Pine View Farm

2019 archive

Winter Morning 0

Early morning sky

H/T Susan for the pic.


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

Trumpled in the trattoria.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Again, politeness is child’s play.

Houston police say a 9-year-old child was fatally shot by a 9-year-old cousin while playing with a gun the children found in a local apartment.

Thus passeth another day in NRA Paradise.


Income Disparity 0

Frame One, captioned,

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A Tune for the Times 0


Misdirectioned Play 0

Donald Trump facing southwestern border saying,

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You can argue that it’s also a misdirection play, as Russia is over there———————>.


Suffer the Children 0

Donald Trump’s government shutdown is now taking food out of the mouths of children.

The federal government’s budget stalemate (they misplet “Trumpian temper tantrum–ed.) over border security is causing lunches to shrink at one eastern North Carolina school district.

Vance County Schools officials announced on Facebook late Tuesday that lunch menus “have been revised to a minimum level to conserve food and funding” starting Jan. 21. The county is about 50 miles northeast of Durham, along the Virginia state line.

More at the link.



Georges Clemenceau:

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.


Parks and Wreck 0

The San Francisco Chronicle looks at the Trumpling of the national parks. A snippet:

Deciding against a full closure of the parks appears to be an effort to avoid the public outcry that greeted that 2013 shutdown, suggested Jon Jarvis, a former National Park Service director and currently the executive director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People, and Diversity. . . .

But that 2013 shutdown, he said, was “a stewardship act”: Without employees on duty to manage and provide stewardship, the parks would be vulnerable. “I think we’re actually seeing that play out now,” he added.

Wildlife has been dining on garbage that normally would be collected and secure — a wildlife buffet that contributed to the decision to close Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and raised dangers of human-bear encounters at parks from Yosemite in California to Big Bend in Texas.

Much more disturbing stuff at the link.


Rand Gestures 0


Repo Man 0

Caption:  Trump considering using disaster funds from states, Puerto Rico to build his vanity wall.  Donald Trump and two heavily armed soldiers in front of flood-damaged house in Puerto Rico.  Husband in doorway says to wife,

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Extra-Special Bonus QOTD 0

Buzz Burbank:

We have progressed over the last . . . 43 years from “I am not a crook” to “I never worked for Russia . . . .”


Phoning It In 0

All you folks who just had babies, remember, in just 13 years, you will have a teenager.

An Ohio teenager called 911 Saturday to accuse her father of theft after he took away her cell phone as a disciplinary measure, cops report.


Fact-Check 0

Couple watching as Donald Trump concludes his speech with

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So Much Winning 0


Mike Littwin has more, and it’s not pretty.



William Henry Harrison:

…there is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.


A Poem, Not by Henry Gibson 0

This poem by Alastair Read was in the preface to a slim volume about DNA which was part of my tenth grade biology class. The class sucke–was less than desirable, as the teacher taught it as if we were college students, which we weren’t.

But I’ve never forgotten the first verse of the poem. (Attribution.)

    Curiosity may have killed the cat; more likely
    the cat was just unlucky, or else curious
    to see what death was like, having no cause
    to go on licking paws, or fathering
    litter on litter of kittens, predictably.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Naveed Saleh reports that enthusiasm for Facebook seems to be waning, citing surveys that show more and more persons are taking longer breaks from the Wells Fargo of social media and that a significant number of persons are removing the Facebook app from their smartphones.*

At Psychology Today Blogs, he suggests ten reasons why this might be so. Here’s one; follow the link for the rest.

Thin content. Lots of the content on Facebook is quite thin. How important is it for you to see your second-cousin’s kid standing in front of a limo before prom? Or, another duck-face selfie?


*Even if you don’t intend to dial back you Facebook usage, not using their smartphone app is a wise choice. It spies on users relentlessly. When I visit Facebook, which I must do once or twice a month as part of outreach efforts for outfits I reach out for–when you do outreach, you have to reach out to where the people are–I use a private browser window, so Facebook cannot continue to spy on me after I’m done with them.


Cashing in the Schools: The Privatization Scam 0


Signs of the Times 0

Two men in suits and sunglasses holding signs saying,

In related news, real world consequences of the Trumpian Temper Tantrum are starting to pile up.

Image via Job’s Anger.