From Pine View Farm

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Sometime this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.) I’m looking to implement SSL when I get a round tuit, not that this site needs it, as it handles no confidential or financial information, but it seems to be the in thing that all the cool sites are doing.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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To Think the Unthinkable Thought . . . . 0

Caption:  Meanwhile, in a parallel yet exactly opposite universe.  Image:  Woman says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Silent Satisfaction of Base Desires 0

Thom decodes de code.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another toddler is polite to a parent.

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Disfunctional Doppelgangers 0

The Charlotte Observer, Paul Prather opines that person who own ginomous pcik-up trucks that they have no practical need for may not be sending the message that they think they are sending.

As someone who sees these things every day, I can attest that he is quite correct.

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Dis Coarse Discourse, A Retrospective 0

Title:  How did we get here?  Image:  Path from Reagan ending the

Via Yellowdoggranny.

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Stray Question, Misnomer Dept. 0

How the heck did Herschel Walker pass the entrance exam to get into “Brainy Quote”?

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QOTD 0

Robert Frost:

Most of the change we think we see in life Is due to truths being in and out of favor.

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Large cat wearing the nametag

Click for the original image.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

And yet another random act of politeness.

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Stray Thought 0

Batman villains are real.

They bankroll right-wing think tanks.

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The Blank Check 0

Today’s Republican Party and its dupes, symps, and fellow travelers, along with evangelical they-call-themselves Christians, have issued blank checks for bigotry.

This fellow tried to cash his.

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The Lake Effect 0

The lake appears to be receding.

Apparently, Kari Lake’s attorneys didn’t do their homework.

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Freedom of Screech 0

At AL.com, Kyle Whitmire argues forcefully that unfettered freedom of speech, of the sort espoused by Elon Musk and others of his ilk, can quickly become corrosive. He makes a comparison to a bar owner of his acquaintance, who did not hesitate to eject troublemakers. Here’s a bit of the article; follow the link for the whole delightful article (emphasis added).

For years, the major platforms have been fighting the same battles, scrubbing misinformation off the bathroom walls and kicking racists, misogynists, homophobes and other assorted belligerents out the door.

Only now they’re giving up.

At Twitter, King Troll has opened the gates of hell, letting back in all the riffraff the previous owners kicked out.

At Facebook, the platform seems to have decided the easiest way to suppress fake news is to suppress news altogether.*

This isn’t a free speech crisis. It’s a crisis of mutual civility. And without it, real speech dies.

And, remember, “social” media isn’t.

And it’s becoming less so.

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*Given that I spend about five minutes a month on the Zuckerborg, I don’t know what he’s talking about, but this may provide some context.

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The Toadie Pool 0

Mike Littwin marvels at how major Republican figures seem to fear cutting ties with Trump, even as he proceeds from one outrageous deed to another. He refers to Trump’s dinner with “the nation’s most prominent antisemite of the moment as well as with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist” inner and to Republicans’ lukewarm reaction. A snippet:

It’s almost as if Trump is daring them to do it (break with him–ed.). It’s almost as if he’s a bully who enjoys nothing more than humiliating his allies. It’s almost as if hanging out with antisemites and white nationalists is the latest version of the Trump dictum that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose a vote.

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QOTD 0

J. B. Priestley:

Living in age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.

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“I Know You Are but What Am I” 0

Title:  The pot and the kettle.  Image:  Kettle labeled

Click to view the original image.

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Birds of a Feather 0

The Daily Show compares Fox News and Nick Fuentes.

Via C&L.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Some virtual politeness.

We are a failing state.

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The Lake Effect 0

Aside:

For some fool reason, I got a fund-raising letter from Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk’s outfit. It included a postage-paid reply envelope. I was tempted to reply . . . .

Clearly, they don’t do research good.

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