From Pine View Farm

The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Writing at, a CPA experienced in investigation financial fraud applies his experience to Florida vote-counting debacle and finds no evidence of fraud. In doing so, he lists a number of items he does see evident in Florida and describes how they are not evidence of fraud. He starts by pointing out that fraud, by definition, is intentional.

It’s an interesting, timely read. Here’s a bit:

Lesson 2 – Incompetence is not fraud. Some parties interested in the Brevard County, Florida, recount have opined that the Supervisor of Elections is incompetent. Even if this was proven to be true, it is not evidence of fraud. Being bad at your job might make the commission of fraud easier, but it is, in itself, not evidence of fraud.


Lesson 5 – Other violations of election law alleged are not fraud. In heavily Republican Bay County, Florida, the Supervisor of Elections allowed some citizens to vote by email despite that not being allowed by law. While this may be illegal, there was no misrepresentation of truth or concealment of material fact. This does not meet the definition of fraud.


Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

There’s something about being aloft that makes some persons want to get higher.


Bleach Bite 0

The Kansas City Star reports that progress is being made towards an accommodation. Farron may be a bit overwrought in this recording, but I have witnessed enough incidents here and in other places I’ve lived in which the underlying motive was to make homeless persons just go away that I’m inclined to think he is on to something here.



Ricky Gervais:

You have options. You can either continue to be miserable or you can just stop being angry at everyone and accept the way things are. Allow yourself to live.


And Now for a Change of Pace 0


Facebook Frolics 0


And, in a special bonus, PR frolics.


The Art of the Con 0

Shorther Catherine Rampell: Look at Mark Whitaker’s resume.


Cherchez la Femme Noire 0

Tony Norman suggests that Donald Trump has ethno-misoginistic impulses.

Methinks he has a point.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Another one of those responsible gun owners joins the hunt for politeness.

But when the bullet struck, it wasn’t a deer that he had shot and killed, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Rather, it was a 72-year-old woman who fell victim to the deer hunter, the post says.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office were called to the “tragedy” in Yale at 1:43 p.m. on Sunday, and they arrived at 2:15, according to the statement.

The Johnson County Sheriff said the fatal shot was an accident, KARK reported, as the hunter mistook the woman for a deer.

Must have been her antlers . . . .

By the by, shooting at a target without making certain of what it is cannot be minimized as an “accident.”

It’s prima facie negligence.


Whistlin’ for Dixie 0

Elie Mystal suggests that the silencer is off the Federalist Society’s dog whistles. A snippet:

There is no dog whistle left for FedSoc. They can’t hide their attacks on minorities and women under the guise of “federalism” and “states’ rights,” as John C. Calhoun once did. The Federalist Society works for the advancement of white male supremacy through the limitation of Constitutional principles designed to protect the rights of non-white men, and women. Their efforts have directly resulted in the voter suppression of non-whites, the proliferation of guns and the human destruction they cause, the environmental damage of deregulation (and the human destruction the environment causes when there’s a hurricane or a forest fire), and the racist immigration policies of the current administration.

(Broken link fixed.)


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

Trumpled in the parking lot.



Benvenuto Cellini:

When the poor give to the rich, the devil laughs.


The Watchers 0

A New Hampshire court wants Amazon’s Alexa digital surveillance device assistant to testify in a murder trial. Here’s a bit from the story:

Now, a judge has ordered Amazon to turn over any recordings the Echo device may have made from Jan. 27, the day the women were killed, until Jan. 29, when police discovered them tucked beneath a tarp under the back porch.

“The court finds there is probable cause to believe the server(s) and/or records maintained for or by contain recordings made by the Echo smart speaker from the period of Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2017 … and that such information contains evidence of crimes committed against Ms. Sullivan, including the attack and possible removal of the body from the kitchen.”

The story goes on to say that Amazon is inclined not to cooperate “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us”* in the interests its customers’ “privacy” (because, I reckon, that belongs to Amazon).

I will be curious to see how this turns out.

But this is certain: So long as persons unthinkingly invite Big Data into their personal spaces and willingly subject themselves to perpetual corporate surveillance, we will be seeing more like this.

Me, I can flip my own damn light switch.


*Like, maybe, just supposin’ here, a judge’s order?


Empty Thoughts, Hollow Prayers 0

Woman labeled

Via Job’s Anger.


Believe It or Don’t 0

At the Des Moines Register, Michael Bugeja considers how “social” media has changed the news. A snippet (emphasis added):

The audience no longer seeks information; it wants affirmation. That’s the cover-up.

What about coverage?

Two factors play into the media culture of lies. In the past decade, newsroom employment plummeted by some 23%. Increasingly, people rely on social media for news. According to the Pew Research Center, about two-thirds of American adults (68%) get their news from applications like Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter, Snapchat and the biggie, Facebook. An estimated 67 percent of Facebook users — and that’s a humongous amount of people (about 1.5 billion worldwide) — rely on the platform for affirmation.


The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Thom and Greg Palast discuss the latest updates on Georgia Republicans’ gut-out-the-vote efforts.


Misty Water-Colored Rose-Colored Glasses 0

Shaun Mullen is still an optimist.

Full Disclosure:

I have met Shaun. I had breakfast with him (mumble) years ago and that breakfast is one of my treasured memories.

I arrogate that it gives me the right to pull his chain.

Joking aside, I have nothing but respect for his reportorial skill, experience, and expertise. As I recently said to him, while I snipe from the sidelines, he digs into the details.


Firebug 0

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Politeness gets waisted.

The woman was shot in the stomach around 6 p.m. on Magazine Street. She was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery.


A neighbor said her daughter ran to help the woman, whose boyfriend carried her out of the home and said she pulled a gun from his waistband and it went off.

The victim is recovering.


Scrap Medal Industry 0

Paul Krugman considers Donald Trump’s approach to awarding “Presidential Medal of Freedom.” A snippet:

What with the midterm elections — and the baseless Republican cries of voting fraud — I don’t know how many people heard about Trump’s decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson, wife of casino owner and Trump megadonor Sheldon Adelson. The medal is normally an acknowledgment of extraordinary achievement or public service; on rare occasions this includes philanthropy. But does anyone think the Adelsons’ charitable activities were responsible for this honor?

Now, this may seem like a trivial story. But it’s a reminder that the Trumpian attitude toward truth — which is that it’s defined by what benefits Trump and his friends . . . .