From Pine View Farm

October, 2013 archive

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Out in the hill country, it would seem that some think that more guns mean more safety.

After recently declining Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown’s request to place resource officers in all county schools, the Bedford (Va.–ed.) County Board of Supervisors is entertaining a new idea to make campuses safer: asking the state to consider legislation to allow school staff to carry concealed weapons.

I cannot picture my mother packing heat while teaching Algebra II.

Words fail me.


Droning On 0

Robitic death raining from the skies.

And don’t tell me how stressful it is to be the gamer on the other end of the controller. That’s a misdirection play par excellence.

He goes home at night.


The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Republican wearing

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.


“Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Settle relationship issues politely.


Facebook Frolics 0



Hunger Games, Republican Style 0

Preparing the world for a new generation of Oliver Twists.

Via C&L.



Erich Fromm:

The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.


Little Ricky Circles Cooch and the Cuckoos 0

I posted this earlier, then took it down while trying to shoot some trouble (H/T to George Smith for notifying me of the trouble.)

But it’s so important I’m trying again.

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Via The Richmonder.


And Now for Something Completely Different 0


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Remonstrate politely with the neighbors.

Police say loud barking might have led a 56-year-old man to kill four of his neighbors and two dogs before turning the weapon on himself over the weekend at a central Phoenix town house.

And in other news of the polite . . . .


Kangaroo Elephant Courts 0

Sally Kalson doesn’t think much of the House Republicans’ hearings on the health care exchange website snafu.

Republicans, who have used every trick in their playbook to gum up the works of the Affordable Care Act, are now holding hearings to investigate how the works got so gummed up.

They could save themselves the trouble by looking in the mirror, just as O.J. Simpson could have done to find his wife’s killer. But that would rob them of the chance to grandstand.

Do read the rest.


I bet none of the Congressmen speaks a word of PHP, let alone SQL.


Legacy, the Bushie Way 0

Fred Sanford’s war.

Every week, as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, the United States is selling 12 million to 14 million pounds of its equipment on the Afghan market.

Returning that gear to the U.S. from a landlocked country halfway around the world would be prohibitively expensive, according to U.S. officials. Instead, they are leaving behind $7 billion worth of supplies, a would-be boon to the fragile Afghan economy.

But there’s a catch: The equipment is being reduced to scrap before it is offered to the Afghan people . . . .


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Pretending to the badge of politeness:

Philadelphia police say a city man who works as a clerk in the sheriff’s office falsely claimed to be a police officer then a deputy when he pulled a gun at an auto repair shop.


Stray Thought 0

There is no up-side for singers who try to “stylize” the U. S. National Anthem at sporting events. At best, it’s not so good; at worst, it’s horrifying.



Agatha Christie:

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.


Who’s To Blame? 0

Brian Greenspun thinks he knows:

He lives in Henderson and his name is Bob!

Follow the link to learn why.


Capitalists vs. Free Enterprise 0


“Love Thy Neighbor” 0

Then, again, let’s not and say we did.

Several churches in the Charlotte area – including one of the largest, Calvary Church – are moving to cut ties with Boy Scout troops they sponsor after a decision earlier this year by Boy Scouts of America to admit openly gay Scouts.


Misdirection Play 0

Arthur Poskocil isn’t fooled:

Blaming Congress as a whole probably appealed to many uninformed individuals as a sensible and concerned position. Unfortunately, it is just such citizens who make it possible for those truly responsible, such as Sen. Ted Cruz and our own Rep. Bob Goodlatte, to exercise the great negative and obstructionist power that they have wielded.

As the shutdown progressed, national polls showed that a sizeable majority of Americans did realize that congressional Republicans were to blame. Yet 30 percent of respondents still blamed the president and his party. That reflects far too many Americans who are utterly ignorant or ideologically blinded, too many Americans taking the side of political terrorists.


Shopping while Black . . . 0

. . . is apparently suspicious in and of itself.

Post-racial my anatomy.