From Pine View Farm

March, 2010 archive

Good-bye Delaware 0

It’s been real.


Twits on Twitter 0

There’s a big fuss up in Massachusetts over whether Rachel Maddow is considering running for the Senate (she says not) and Senator Cosmo Brown trying to use her name in a fund raiser and is not returning her phone calls or she’s not calling him.

Read the whole story. It’s as mixed up as Y&R (Victor is my hero).

Any moment now, Edward Brooke’s long-lost twin is likely to reappear to claim the inheritance after having been held prisoner by Anne Bonney in Valhalla.

Or something.

And it began with a twit:

In a controversy since dubbed “walshgate,’’ the speculation began with a tweet that got away from the chairman of the state Democratic Party, John Walsh. Walsh was trying to contact someone who was being urged to run against Brown. “I goofed up and instead, tweeted it to the world,’’ said Walsh.



We Need Single Payer 0

But anything would be better than what we’ve got.

By opposing health care reform, Republicans voted for more of this.

The only permissible conclusion is that they just do not care.


Support the Troops, Bushie 0

(Aside: I thought the days of recycling that headline were gone)

The Republicans are taking troops’ and troops’ families’ health care home with them and not playing any more because they don’t like how the last inning of the game turned out.

Remember, my son is a troop.

They are holding him and his compatriots hostage to their temper tantrum.

I shall shut up now. Because if I let loose, I will not be able to stop.

From Senator Webb’s press release:

Despite progress late in the week, Republican procedural delays have stalled a motion by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) to provide immediate fixes to two areas of the law that would clarify and protect coverage for millions of veterans and recipients of TRICARE.

Senator Webb’s legislation, the TRICARE Affirmation Act, has garnered 65 cosponsors, including every Democratic senator and six Republican senators. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) this week also sent out strong letters of endorsement, urging a vote on the bill this week.

See the bill here.

Via What Is Right for Virginia.


PFAs 0

Brendan points out how the Teabaggers are behaving like abusers by claiming that, when confronted with threats and vandalism, “Well, you made me do it.”

As digby so concisely puts it, “It will be the Democrats complaining about their inflammatory rhetoric that made the teabaggers snap. If they’d just stayed quiet and not made daddy mad, he wouldn’t have had to hit them.”

He has a point. His post is worth a while.


Security Theatre 0

From El Reg:

BAA is investigating an incident in which a Heathrow security operative “ogled” a female colleague who’d wandered into a body scanner, the Sun reports.

More at the link.


Old Movies 0

Remember how in old movies the bad guys would meet with each other in their hide out to plan their next heist and get into a fight with a rival gang?



Temper Tantrums 0

I used to have a boss who was a retired bird colonel USA. He told us that the army had taught him that, when there was a decision being considered, to

“. . . fight like hell until the decision is made, then shut up and make it work.”

Dick Polman on Republican “contempt for democracy” (the title of his post):

These cancellations and disruptions (among others) were not precipitated by bad weather, or a power outage, or a busted water main, or a national emergency. They happened because the Republicans were behaving like toddlers.

Having failed to get their way on health reform, the losers threw a tantrum and refused to let the grownups get on with the everyday business of governing – actually for the second straight day, thus confirming the recent vow by John “Country First” McCain that there “will be no cooperation for the rest of the year.”

It’s worth the five minutes it takes to read.


Dustbiters 0

It’s easier to choose a bank when there are fewer from which to choose.

Mark these off:

This is been going on for over a year, thanks to our financial geniuses.

And you should see the fish that got away.


Have Cake, Eat It Too 0

Bloomberg takes a poll:

. . . 70 percent of those who sympathize with the Tea Party, which organized protests this week against President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, want a federal government that fosters job creation.

Follow the link to see the full analysis. The incoherence of teabagging is stultifying.


Elmer Fudds 0

Though not a hunter himself, my father quite happily allowed hunters on Pine View Farm.

When hunting season rolled around, he advised us not to go walking in the woods. And the largest game at the time was wabbits.

This is both stupid and sad, even sadder because it’s so stupid.


How Crazy Is Too Crazy? Reprise 0

Michael Tomasky, writing at the Guardian, compares the US political climate in the Sixties with the climate today. Some nuggets (I couldn’t narrow it down to just one):

It’s the Republicans’ posture that makes this violence different from violence on the political left in the 1960s. You didn’t find Democrats defending the Weather Underground or the Black Panthers or other violent radical tendencies. Those groups hated the Democratic party almost as much as they hated the Republicans.

. . .

Now we have a radical movement, a wing of which is directly threatening violence not just against members of Congress, but in general, with this talk of insurrection and civil war we hear emanating from some quarters. And the courageous response of the GOP has been to put a narrow amount of “space” between the insurrectionists and themselves, but only when pressed to do so by the media.

. . .

This is twisted. You have a group of people who, unhappy with a legislative outcome legitimately reached by duly elected people, think it’s somehow their “right” to call that oppression and threaten violence. They are people, let’s be blunt, who know nothing about history and political thought.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

“Concealed carry to go! Get your concealed carry here!”

So say Utah and Florida, who don’t care whether you actually live in Utah or Florida, so long as your find happiness in a warm gun (emphasis added).

Gun-rights activists say states that unnecessarily restrict concealed-carry gave rise to the practice of licensing non-residents.

“It’s not Utah that has made the permit so valuable,” said W. Clark Aposhian, chairman of the state’s Concealed Weapons Review Board. “It’s other states that have made it so valuable.”

But the permit’s surge in popularity with out-of-state gun owners has given pause to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who last September expressed fears that his state could become known as a “wholesale clearinghouse” for concealed-carry licenses.


As to why Utah appears almost eager to help non-residents get concealed-weapons permits, Aposhian said, “I’d look at it from another way. We don’t just deny a permit based on a subjective line in the dirt where a border is. If you fit the requirements to possess a firearm legally and pass a background check on that, you’re entitled to the permit.”

These folks tend to claim to believe in states’ rights, that is, that states are sovereign within their own borders. Except when they don’t.

Full Disclosure: I have nothing against guns. Used properly by skilled shots, guns can be useful and shooting guns can be fun. Some of my leftie buddies go to the range frequently.

Packing heat in Starbucks does not proper use constitute.

Packing heat on The Hill in Wilmington is just asking for trouble.

I have nothing against guns. I’m against stupid.

H/T Karen for the link.


Knowledge Is Bad, Truth in Healthcare Dept. 0

The Health Care Reform bill includes a provision to create a body to study the comparative effectiveness of treatments for ailments.

The health industry doesn’t like that. Buried in a story at Bloomberg (emphasis added):

Comparative effectiveness will probably be “a headwind for the health-care industry,” the Boston-based analyst said in a March 23 phone interview. “If research shows that less complex and maybe less expensive products and therapies work just as well, that is not good news” for the companies.

Heaven forbid that doctors should know which brand of snake oil works best.


Farmwillies 0

I grew up on a farm.

To me, farming=work. It makes me go all over Maynard G. Krebs.

Not so, apparently, city folk. The BBC attempts to understand the fascination of Farmville:

A Bulgarian official has been sacked after being caught milking a virtual cow on the hugely popular online farming game, FarmVille. So what is it about it that’s made it so popular?


Aristophanes in the Upper Midwest 0

Helen reprises Lysistrata.

H/T Karen for the link.


See the Sub 0

Video tour of the USS New Mexico.


Stupid Car Tricks 0


She nailed the school good.


Health Care Passed the House. Again. 0

The second time around, 220-207.

They passed the Senate Bill.

Next step: Signing.


How Crazy Is Too Crazy? 0

I observed in an email to one of my two or three regular readers:

Boy the crazies are coming out of the woodwork like termites swarming in the old Orkin commercial.

(Thus betraying my age. “When termites start swarming/you have to take warning./Call Otto the Orkin man.” I tried to find it on YouTube but could not. It’s too old.)

She emailed back:

They really are. It wasn’t this bad in Dallas in the 60’s.

She grew up in Dallas in the Sixties.

I suggested that, if the actions of the KKK, the bombings of churches during the civil rights struggles, and stuff like that were taken into account, the violence of the Sixties might rank right up there.

Over at SLANTBlog, F. T. Rea also differs with my reader. He says in part

Terrorism flowing from the radical rightwing opposition to healthcare reform is not all that different from thuggery stemming from the bitter opposition of court-ordered desegregation in the ‘60s. It’s not so different from the terrorism/thuggery that’s taken place in the name of being anti-abortion. It’s not different enough from blowing up a federal building in Oklahoma City to attack/threaten the government, or blowing up the World Trade Center towers to attack/threaten our society.


I’m old, I’ve seen this kind of crap before.

But then I got thinking. There is something different today.

Back in the Sixties, when I was a young ‘un, the national leaders of both the Republican and the Democratic Parties neither excused nor encouraged the violence.

One cannot say that about the leadership of today’s Republican Party.

I have not before seen the leadership or those who are seen* to represent the leadership of a major United States political party excuse, embrace, and encourage violence without rebuke from their own party.

The Republican Party has shown itself to favor uncivil government.

*If the Republican Party cared to disavow the Becks, the Hannitys, the Limbaughs, or any of the other haters, it could easily do so with a press release. It choses not to. By its silence, it endorses them.