From Pine View Farm

October, 2010 archive

If a Fact Falls in a Forest and There’s No One There To Hear It, Is It Still a Fact? 0

I have one small quibble with this snippet:

The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks and has overseen an economy that has grown for the past four quarters.

Most voters don’t believe it.

A Bloomberg National Poll conducted Oct. 24-26 finds that by a two-to-one margin, likely voters in the Nov. 2 midterm elections think taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk, and the billions lent to banks as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program won’t be recovered.

“The public view of the economy is at odds with the facts, and the blame has to go to the Democrats,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey. “It does not matter much if you make change, if you do not communicate change.”

In the last paragraph, the first “if” should be “whether.”


Big Time College Athletics Amalgamated, Inc. 0

I doubt seriously that anyone thought the real estate firm was run by the college. It’s not about the oxymoronically-termed “student athletes.”

It’s about the money.

Virginia Tech has filed a civil suit against a Blacksburg real estate agent and Tech alumnus for using the word “Hokie” in his business name.

The story goes on the dig into some of the finer points of trademark law. Short version of the legal question: There are other businesses unrelated to VPI&SU which use the word “hokie” in their names. (In other words, there are hokie businesses in Blacksburg.) Does Tech’s trademark on “Hokie” in athletics extend to real estate where they have no business presence?

On the bright side, if they put the folks who play the Hokie Pokie at weddings out of business, the world will be a better place.

Wonder whether they will sue the YouTuber who posted this:



Mark Twain:

To succeed in the other trades, capacity must be shown; in the law, concealment of it will do.


Stray Questions 2

Are cats aware of their tails?

Do cats control their tails or do cats’ tails betray them?


Under the Radar and Down the Drain 0


That big sucking sound you don’t hear? That’s the war—spending that’s getting away with murder.


The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Shaun sums it up.

. . . it is manifestly obvious that the people who will be targeted will largely be minorities and the polling places will be largely in minority neighborhoods. In other words, people who wear brown faces and not brown shirts.

Dengre looks at the history.


I remember my Daddy’s making sure he paid the poll tax so he could vote. It was only $5.00, but it was enough to disenfranchise most of the black folks, at least the ones who passed the literacy test.

Sample literacy test question for white folks:

What is the name of the Constitution of the United States of America?

Sample literacy test for black folks:

Compare and contrast the influence of the writings of Voltaire and the writings of Locke on the underlying political philosophy of the United States Constitution.


Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible 0

Lather, rinse, remand:

A man visiting the (Santa Cruz–ed.) police station with his two small children entered the bathroom and saw the naked man standing in front of the sink. After it was reported to police, an officer asked the naked man what he was doing.

The man replied, “I’m taking a bath,” police said.


Off To Drink Liberally (Updated) 0

Join us.


Mucho fun. Thanks to the moving spirit.


Masquerade 0


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Light Bloggery 0

Out and about.


Markos Explains Why He Switched from Republican to Democrat 0


Nothing To Do, Nowhere To Go 0

Still high, but under 450k.

Initial jobless claims decreased by 21,000 to 434,000 in the week ended Oct. 23, the lowest since early July when fewer auto plants than normal closed for retooling, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The total number of people receiving unemployment insurance dropped to a two-year low, while those getting extended payments also fell.



Marcus Aurelius:

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.


This Is Not a Post about Stomping on Ladies 0

Blaming the victim is a much larger Republican thing.


PSA: Drinking Liberally Virginia Beach 0


    Thursday, 6:00 p. m.


    CROC’s 19th Street Bistro
    620 19th St. (19th at Cypress Ave., one block east of the Virginia Beach Convention Center)
    Virginia Beach, Va.

More information.

“Come for the beer, stay for the check.”


Dis Coarse Discourse 0

StevenD comments on the consequences of tea-hate-full-ness.

I cannot do it justice with an excerpt or summary. Just please read it.


Another Sign of Our Farcical Politics 0

Generally, wearing clothing or accoutrements that favor a candidate is prohibited with in polling places, unless you are Candidate World Wrestling Entertainment Linda McMahon:

A federal judge has ordered Connecticut’s top election official to allow voters to wear World Wrestling Entertainment clothing to the polls.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton issued an order Wednesday that requires that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz not to apply state election laws regarding political advertising to the WWE fans.


Voting Is Not a Right. It Is a Duty. 0

A little history:


“You Owe Me an Apology for Making Me Stomp You” 0

Words fail me.

Via The Richmonder.


Twits on Twitter 0

James Madison University:

James Madison coach Mickey Matthews closed practices to reporters last week and made no bones about the reason: social media.


Matthews said reporters were “announcing to the world” what was happening at practices and he wouldn’t tolerate it because he has “an obligation to the university and the program.”