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The House of Representatives performs history’s first repeat hara-kiri

How does it feel to have The Gang That Can't Shoot Straight in charge of our most fundamental national well-being? From where I sit it's a sad spectacle, as...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 27, 2015
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, 1 hour ago | 3 comments | 733 Views

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Now that we’re all agreed, here’s a chance to create your own year 2050!

Campaign issues are beginning to round into shape for 2016. The economy, healthcare and terror are 21st century perennials, but poverty, the middle class/income...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 8, 2015
Last comment by Bill, on Feb 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm | 25 comments | 3877 Views

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Get your daily dose of powdered veggies, and weeds

Did you remember to take your gingko biloba memory supplement, today? If you did, chances are that any medicinal properties of the herb do not deserve the credit....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 3, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:05 am | 20 comments | 2073 Views

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The ‘Free’ Community College Forum

One of the more intriguing concepts floated by The Prez* in his recent State of the Union speech touts 'free' community college as a smart 21st century public investment...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 28, 2015
Last comment by Ed, on Feb 2, 2015 at 11:15 am | 12 comments | 5421 Views

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Selma Soliloquy

I got to see the movie 'Selma,' recently. It's an important film, lest those events and dynamics fade from our national consciousness. I recall as a teen...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 23, 2015
Last comment by Ed, on Jan 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm | 10 comments | 2152 Views

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The Genghis Chron, Part 2 of 3: Choices

As Genghis collie was reasonably comfortable, coping with his leg injury in the short run, we did not avail ourselves of unfamiliar emergency vet services that weekend....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 11, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm | 2 comments | 2581 Views

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The Genghis Chron: a Tribute in Three Parts

The strapping young Border Collie at her front door made it clear to me: I would not pass. He'd only been resident with my former wife for a week (albeit long enough...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 7, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jan 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm | 15 comments | 1972 Views

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Cuba libre?

Well, no – not by a long shot. It will take years for the recent announcement of a thaw in the western hemisphere's deepest diplomatic freeze to take full hold....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 21, 2014
Last comment by Ben, on Dec 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm | 25 comments | 2155 Views

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‘Twas the Night: once again, the year in review

'Tis two days after Christmas, I've waited this year, To bring you these tidings of news in arrears. For 'twasn't quite clear that the Day would survive, With...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 27, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Dec 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm | 2 comments | 2567 Views

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CIA’s Five Stages of Woe

This hasn't been a proud week for most Americans. We will forever chase our ideals, of course – aspiring to them is our cherished, shared bedrock value. We expect...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 11, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Dec 20, 2014 at 10:47 am | 34 comments | 2389 Views

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Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.

Obscured within a mother lode of trivia that makes up the daily data deluge, I almost missed the fact that the earth lost one of its giants recently. Ironically,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 17, 2014
Last comment by Derek, on Dec 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm | 2 comments | 1838 Views

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Two Views of Race in America: where you stand depends on where you sit

Two articles bearing on race caught my eye this past week – even before the deluge of mostly righteous anger that has followed the Garner killing non-indictment....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 8, 2014
Last comment by steve, on Dec 15, 2014 at 11:29 am | 28 comments | 2018 Views

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Pork Politics

Save the Jersey 9,000! No, those victims of unspeakably cruel imprisonment are not of our species, nor are they even Jersey cows. They are, however, animals as...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 1, 2014
Last comment by Herman Glates, on Dec 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm | 34 comments | 3371 Views

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Duck!

Apparently all it took to animate our President was to officially confirm his Lame Duck status. After the drubbing he sat-out from a bit over one-half of one-third...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 23, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Dec 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm | 33 comments | 2688 Views

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Animal House

Show of hands – who knows that your Town or City underwrites the operation of the County Animal Services Department (ASD) shelter in Martinez? It's true – state...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 11, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 14, 2014 at 10:17 am | 5 comments | 4077 Views

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Brothers in Arms

I discovered this morning that I am related to a war hero – and

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 6, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Nov 13, 2014 at 11:24 am |
57 comments | 3803 Views

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Dueling Nekkids

As a man of a certain age, I'm fascinated with the implications of technologies that just weren't readily available to us Boomers in our stupider, better-looking...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 1, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm | 10 comments | 2867 Views

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‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?

My grandfather, the Accountant, had little use for law or lawyers. In his orderly view of the world (and quite apart from his dismay about the romantic attachments...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by paul davidson, on Nov 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm | 43 comments | 5519 Views

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Prop 47: not perfect, just preferable.

Prop 47 on criminal sentencing is a policy wonkboy's delight. It's complicated, dealing with legal arcana and impacts on several levels. It's obscure, having been...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 27, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 4, 2014 at 6:46 am | 4 comments | 3087 Views

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And now, for Something REALLY Scary ...

o A couple and their young sons are traveling the highway, on their way to hike the local wildflowers – an annual family event. He has cash to buy a used car...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 31, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm | 2 comments | 1265 Views
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Steve Glazer for State Senate
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Baker bill targets BART strikes
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 1,087 views

The House of Representatives performs history’s first repeat hara-kiri
By Tom Cushing | 3 comments | 733 views