From Pine View Farm

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Once again, politeness goes to the dogs.

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The Crypto Con 0

Man starring a computer which shows a rapidly plunging graphic labeled

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The Fire This Time 0

Florida Woman.

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QOTD 0

Alexander Hamilton:

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.

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Dressed for Stress 0

Title:  The Not-So-New Normal.  Image:  Couple standing outside store named

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Establishmentarians Go Rogue 0

Supreme Court rules against separation of church and state.

H/T PoliticalProf.

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Tales of the Trumpling,
Multitudinous Misdirection Plays Dept.
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Title:  The Republican Guide to Defending Donald.  Frame One, captioned

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Stray Thought, Still Rising Again Dept. 0

It occurred to me yesterday that so many persons who are white like me are hostile to any remembrance of Juneteenth because it emphasizes what precisely was the cause that was lost in what has mythologized as the Lost Cause.

To put it another way, celebrating, or even recognizing, Juneteenth calls out the lie that the Civil War was about anything other than chattel slavery.

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A Question of Identity 0

Rebecca Watson takes a look at right-wing provocateur Matt Walsh’s recent efforts demonize LGBTQ persons. It is a timely video in the context of the current Republican war on transgender school kids (which is, again, a very small number of persons). (Warning: language.)

Transcript here.

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The Drop in the Bucket 0

Huge pile of pistols, rifles, and assautl weapons.  Next to it stands a man labeled

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Facebook Frolics 0

Crackpot conservative’s cosplay frolics.

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QOTD 0

Trevor Donovan, in the voice of Thomas Buckner:

I miss being a kid and not knowing how screwed up the world really is.

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Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

Redhatted man hard at work in office building.  One the ledge, one pigeon says to another,

Via Balloon Juice.

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“The Doom and Gloom Scroll” 0

Sam and his guest* find American media’s coverage of the January 6 hearings to be somewhat problematic, especially when compared to that of the European press. They wonder whether this news of what was nothing less than an attempted coup d’etat is getting lost in a “daily doom and gloom scroll.”

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*I think it’s Heather Parton, but she’s not specifically identified in the clip.

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Where It’s Always High Noon . . . . 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Scott Bonn takes issue with the notion mass shooters are “mentally unhinged individuals who simply ‘snap,'” pointing out that “the majority of mass public shooters are individuals who would not be classified as either clinically or legally insane . . . .” He thinks the problem is much larger, embedded in our very culture and mythos. An excerpt:

Other developed countries that we consider to be our peers simply do not have the problem with mass shooting incidents that we do. It is my contention that the very roots of our mass shooting epidemic may be found in our core cultural value of fierce individualism, a belief in vengeance, and the ethic that might makes right.

Methinks he may be onto something. Follow the link for his arguments.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yes, indeedy-do, one of those responsible gun owners shot himself in the foot.

We are a society of stupid.

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The Grift That Keeps on Grifting, Reprise 0

Redhat holding sign reading,

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The Blame Game 0

The writer of a letter to the editor of the Kansas City Star talks cents.

(Broken link fixed.)

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Spin City 0

Driftglass marvels at how, ever since Watergate, Republicans keep getting away with it. He thinks he has divined their strategy.

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QOTD 0

Theresa Rebeck:

Why is it so hard for men to identify with women as fellow travelers on this good Earth?

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