From Pine View Farm

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Politeness is child’s play. Again.

Two brothers were playing with a shotgun, believing it wasn’t loaded, according to Sgt. Melody Gray with Unified Police Department.

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“Our 16-year-old victim had that gun in his hand and pointed the gun at himself and unfortunately shot himself and he is deceased,” Gray said. The other brother involved was 17.

My Daddy taught me that always to assume a gun was loaded unless I verified for myself that it wasn’t. He always stored his .22 with the bolt open so you knew the chamber was empty. And he taught me that guns are not toys.

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Facebook Frolics 0

No news is no news.

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QOTD 0

William Finnegan:

For billionaires who cannot buy good press, there is the option of buying the press.

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News of the Whirl 0

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Great Expectations 0

David wonders what right-wing extremists expect to gain from Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Blooming Idiocy 0

They’ve never seen a flower before.

Furrfu.

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Real Big Men 0

Paul Krugman.

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The Market for America’s Exports 0

What Noz said.

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

Trumpled at the ShopRite.

The story mentions that what triggered the tirade was still not clear, but, frankly, that’s irrelevant.

Even had the man run into her grocery cart head-of-lettuce on, such language, not to mention the spitting, would have been unwarranted and, without question, constitutes a Grade-A case of Trumpling.

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Accountability 0

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QOTD 0

Richard Stallman:

Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. “Don’t bother us with politics,” respond those who don’t want to learn.

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A There, There 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Naomi Ellemers considers why persons find it so difficult to recognize discrimination when it is present. Her article focuses on academia, but can easily be generalize to the larger society.

Here’s a snippet (emphasis added):

It is tempting to think that people cannot suffer from discriminatory treatment as long as they do not realize they are being discriminated. Research convincingly shows this is not the case. Meta-analyses capturing results from many studies have revealed that subtle and implicit discrimination often is equally or even more harmful for well-being and performance motivation than more blatant displays of discriminatory treatment. How can this be? Denial of group-based discrimination while unequal treatment persists, reinforces the view that members of some groups are inherently less competent, motivated, or deserving than others.

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“Say It Ain’t So, Joe” 2

Shaun Mullen.

As much as I liked and respected Joe Biden as a Senator, I agree with Shaun.

Heck, there are already too many Democrats testing the presidential waters (not to mention that entitled snowflake, the Man Who Ruined Coffee) and it’s still way too early . . . .

Sometimes, I find myself nostalgic for the smoke-filled rooms.

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Signings of the Times 0

Donald Trump autographing copy of Mein Kampf held up by heavily armed white supremacist.

Via Job’s Anger.

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All the News that Fits 0

Mike marvels at how persons can debase themselves by working for Fox News (warning: profanity):

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

A polite society is a clean society.

The man was cleaning a gun when it fired, striking him. It was inadvertent, police say.

“He shot himself in the leg,” said Las Cruces Police Department officer Jason Sauceda.

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It’s the American Way 0

Tony Norman looks at the college admission cheating scandal and argues that, once you look past the patriotic propaganda, cheating is woven into the fabric of America. Here’s a nugget:

The colonists cheated the Native peoples out of their land and then killed them when they rebelled against the lopsided arrangements. Africans were brought here in chains and their descendants were cheated of the fruits of their backbreaking labor even though the country become rich from their blood, sweat and suffering.

We’re even cheating the future by saddling coming generations of Americans with trillions of dollars of debt to finance obscene tax cuts for the wealthy. Our descendants will also inherit a much-degraded environment because the political party most devoted to protecting the interests of the rich doesn’t believe in climate science.

More at the link.

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Dis Coarse Discourse 0

Mourners standing around a grave looking into the hole in the ground.  The headstone reads,

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QOTD 0

Vivian Bonnell (as Myrtle Washington in Police Woman):

Play with the devil, wind up in Hell.

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And Now for a Musical Interlude 0

Via KCEA.

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