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November Ballot Prop 2 – Devils or Angels in the Details?

This year's Prop 2* is proof that there's no good, simple idea that can't be made complicated if you study it long enough. Former Speaker/Prop author Perez claimed...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 27, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Sep 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm | 2 comments | 1129 Views

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“…and all I ask of dyin’, is to go naturally” *

We don't die well in America -- treating it as a tragedy to be avoided, rather than as a natural inevitability that ought to make every healthy moment consciously...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 20, 2014
Last comment by Diane, on Sep 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm | 16 comments | 2129 Views

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” … and my friend here will have the kibble."

Sutter Brown strikes again. Hounded by pet lovers' dogged determination,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 22, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Sep 14, 2014 at 10:42 am | 14 comments | 1966 Views

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PG&E: How does the piper pay?

Corporations are people, except when they're not. Four years after a natural gas inferno immolated eight people in their San Bruno homes, the Pacific Gas & Electric...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 22, 2014
Last comment by vas, on Aug 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm | 18 comments | 7780 Views

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Never Say Never -- the Perry Indictment

I'm not sure I've ever expressed it aloud, but I can say with certainty that I never thought I'd write a blog in support of Texas' all-star all-hat/no-cattle...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 19, 2014
Last comment by Watcher, on Aug 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm | 10 comments | 1377 Views

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Preserving Disorder

Chicago's Mayor Malaprop, Richard Daley the Elder, earned a kind of fame in 1968 for announcing "…the policeman isn't...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 14, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Aug 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm |
73 comments | 2841 Views

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Ordinary Transgressions

This will be an equal opportunity RC post; recent scandals have befallen politicians of both Parties, on both ends of the country. I'll focus on one from each Party....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 9, 2014
Last comment by Where did Lulu go? , on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm | 18 comments | 3274 Views

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Extraordinary Transgression

When last we checked-in on the Senate Intelligence Committee (DiFi vs Spy, RC March 12), our own Senator...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 5, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm | 18 comments | 1970 Views

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The House Pulls a Boehner *

What do you call it when the House of Representatives, which has repeatedly voted to repeal ObamaCare, now sues the President ==I for failing to implement it fast...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 31, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 8, 2014 at 7:56 am | 31 comments | 2165 Views

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Prop 29 Fails to Cure Cancer, does not ensure World Peace!

Having recently tried to update a woefully stale TV viewing habit (I gave up after the untimely demise of Deadwood), I tried to get interested in Mad Men, starting...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 4, 2012
Last comment by melisa, on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:58 am | 7 comments | 3451 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 pleasantonweekly.com, on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:52 am | 42 comments | 2346 Views

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Fifty Ways to Craze Your Donors

-- with apologies to Paul Simon; he deserves better The problem's all over my inbox, it seems to me I'm being deluged with funding crap from DNC I'd like...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 27, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1519 Views

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The Name Game

Before reading this blog, you may wish to read-through the recent D/SRX Town Square comments on banning single-use shopping bags.

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 26, 2014
There are no comments yet. 985 Views

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Who, exactly, is the clown here?

Clowns are a sure-fire leed. As an unabashed fan of Steven Sondheim,* I was drawn to the title of Maureen Dowd's recent column in the NYTimes:

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 14, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Jul 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm |
32 comments | 2522 Views

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Tenures After (Vergara) Part 3: Tenure and Education Quality

If there's one thing about which most Americans can agree, it's that our education system needs to get better. Whether it's academic rankings that place other...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 14, 2014
There are no comments yet. 510 Views

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Tenures After (Vergara) Part 2: the opinion

When a state trial court judge opens his Opinion by quoting from the momentous Brown v. Board of Education case, you know he must have big things on his mind....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 12, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1096 Views

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Tenures After (Vergara), Part 1

Hello again – I needed a break from all things bloggery, and am much refreshed. Since I penned my latest ode to the A's, little seems to have changed in...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 10, 2014
There are no comments yet. 2843 Views

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Tin Cup Moment

Somebody named Collin Cowgill hit a 14th inning walk-off homerun for the Anaheim Disneys Tuesday evening, handing our Athletics a fairly rare defeat in the process....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 12, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Jun 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 43 comments | 4841 Views

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The Supreme Court’s Odd Blind Spot

The US Supreme Court is the most fascinating of the three federal branches of government. At its best, it is the surest guardian of the American Ideal as expressed...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 28, 2014
Last comment by BF, on Jun 7, 2014 at 1:12 am | 1 comment | 4443 Views

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In-house Doghouse

Media depictions of attorneys tend to focus on slick trial lawyers, whose tailored suits can barely disguise their

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 27, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1631 Views
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Good news for downtown Livermore and the performing arts
By Tim Hunt | 3 comments | 1,137 views

November Ballot Prop 2 – Devils or Angels in the Details?
By Tom Cushing | 2 comments | 1,129 views

Who wants to move to San Ramon?
By Roz Rogoff | 1 comment | 1,068 views

Any questions for Pleasanton mayoral, council candidates?
By Gina Channell-Allen | 5 comments | 220 views