From Pine View Farm

2023 archive

Stormy Clouds on the Horizon 0

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Denial Is Not Just a River in Egypt 0

It’s also a major strategy of the New Secesh.

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Pawns for the Prejudiced 0

Children hiding under desks in classroon.  One asks,

Via Job’s Anger.

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Vaccine Nation 0

Sam and his crew dissect the latest lie from the anti-VAX idiots.

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Defying the Narrative 0

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There was a particularly incisive discussion of this on Tuesday’s edition of The Bob Cesca Show.

CNN reports the numbers.

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The Chutzpah Confounds 0

The Trump Organization tries to argue that it isn’t.

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Lowering the Barr 0

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gene Collier looks are recent revelations as to the extent of former Attorney-General Bill Barr’s efforts to cover up for curate Donald Trump’s image and suggests that Barr may have set a new standard for U. S. Attorneys-General:

America has long endured attorneys general who’ve demonstrated far less interest in the law or the Constitution than in the political goals of the presidents who appointed them — John Mitchell went to prison for serving Richard Nixon’s nefarious purposes, for example — but Barr might well set new standards for duplicity by the time his total machinations are fully understood.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

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QOTD 0

Edward R. Murrow:

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.

(He said that almost six decades ago . . . .)

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Don’t Look–You Might See Something 0

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A Matter of Interpretation 0

Betty Bowers explains how to interpret the Bible.

Via C&L, which has commentary.

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The Misdirection Playbook 0

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kevin McDermott reveals the playbook (emphasis added):

It’s (the misdirection play–ed.) also a central component of conservative politics today.

If you’re under the impression that the biggest issues facing America are things like transgender participation in sports, school curriculum and the M&Ms cartoon spokespeople — and not the fact that the Republican Party is methodically working to relieve the rich of any responsibility whatsoever for funding the government, while putting the bill on the rest of us — you’re being played.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

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A Case of Projection 0

Kevin McCarthy, standing in front of a penel that includes Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, George Santos, and Psul Gosar, says to Adam Schiff, Ilhan Omar, and Eric Swallwell,

Via Job’s Anger.

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A Day in the Life in NRA Paradise 0

Two teachers walking the hall of a school during class change.  Caption:  Can you pick out the next angry kid who's brought a gun to school?  Yeah, neither can they.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another random act of politeness . . . .

We are a failing state.

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The Crypto Con 0

Hal Crowther tries to make sense of the crypto-con. He focuses on Sam Bankman-Fried, whose FTX crypto exchanged failed suddenly and spectacularly, but his serves to cast light on the entire–you can’t call it an industry, can you?–endeavor.

His article is well worth a read. Here’s the opening (emphasis added):

The collapse of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange and the arrest of its founder is a tragedy for thousands of blockchain believers, who may never recover most of the money they bet on this amorphous wealth-of-the-future scheme — a scheme I confess I could never grasp. How did the word “mining” attach itself to the creation of cryptocurrency, some kind of energy-profligate computer exercise that failed to make sense to me no matter how much I read about it? (True, it’s an area where my lack of insight is exceeded only by my lack of interest.) But now, thanks to the FTX disaster, bewildered neo-Luddites like me may never be obliged to figure it out. Paul Krugman of the New York Times, our only working journalist with a Nobel Prize in economics, appears to have written cryptocurrency’s obituary in a recent column. Dismissing “the rolling debacle that is crypto,” Krugman declares that “after all this time, nobody has come up with significant real-world uses for cryptocurrency other than money-laundering.”

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QOTD 0

Tony Shalhoub, in the voice of Antonio Scarpacci:

Gaze fondly upon today, for tomorrow is bound to suck worse.

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A Pillow of the Community 0

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The Gaslighting 0

Cartoon satirizing right-wing freak-out over gas stoves.

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The Crypto Con 0

Where were Crockett and Tubbs when Miami needed them?

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Metastatic Malignancy 0

Robert Reich has qualms about Facebook’s Meta’s and Twitter’s decisions to allow Trump back on their platforms. A snippet; follow the link for the rest of his thoughts on this matter.

“The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying — the good, the bad and the ugly — so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box,” wrote Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs and the U.K.’s former deputy prime minister, in a blog post announcing the decision.

With due respect to Nick Clegg, this is rubbish. Trump is far worse than an ugly politician. He’s a dangerous traitor to American democracy.

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