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Casino Manhattan

I was interested yesterday to see pundit Ben Stein on the Sunday talkies, confirming one of my suspicions about last week's market gyrations. He may have burst...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 31, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, 28 minutes ago | 4 comments | 161 Views

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Call Alice ...

With apologies to Grace Slick: ==I One pill makes him larger, and One pill lights your spark. But the promises Big Pharma gives you, Too-o-oo often...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 28, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, 1 hour ago | 13 comments | 569 Views

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How to Demagogue an Issue: Planned Parenthood in the Cross-hairs

This blog follows-on Roz's recent epistle on Planned Parenthood, which developed a spirited following in the threads until she got tired of the associated nonsense...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 18, 2015
Last comment by pleasanton was nice forty years ago, on Aug 27, 2015 at 8:53 am | 42 comments | 1385 Views

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Jon Stewart’s Fond Farewell

Thursday's Daily Show/Jon Stewart finale was a curious mixture of pleasure and pain. I think the pain wins this time. First, the good news. It is always...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 8, 2015
Last comment by Terrance, on Aug 14, 2015 at 2:05 am | 7 comments | 925 Views

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Bush-league

I wanted to like JEB! Bush. Honest. Granted, I considered him a 'reasonable' insurance policy against the possible election of some much worse GOP candidate,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 5, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Aug 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm | 12 comments | 1079 Views

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Begging to Differ, chapter next.

From Tim Talk, circa July 23: ==I What is being lost in the discussion about gay marriage and the explosion of out-of-wedlock births is a focus...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 3, 2015
Last comment by Clint, on Aug 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm | 8 comments | 861 Views

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Primaries and Pivots

With the general election only fifteen months away, there's barely time to spend the estimated

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 29, 2015
Last comment by Bernie Sanders!!!, on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm |
21 comments | 984 Views

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Greece is The Word

It's on everybody's lips as the world grasps for a narrative to explain the contemporary Greek tragedy, and point the way to a stable future. Then we can all...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 7, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 13, 2015 at 7:34 am | 5 comments | 1207 Views

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The Orthodoxy* Strikes Back

Rear-guard actions always seem to accompany successful civil rights struggles, as hold-outs resist compliance. Few of my generation can forget the image of...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 11, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Jul 11, 2015 at 3:28 pm | 3 comments | 1313 Views

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The Heart of the Constitution

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 26, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm | 27 comments | 1945 Views

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The Kentucky Gubernatorial Derby

For those who believe that the intertubes, and social media in particular, may become a small-d-democratizing counter-weight to campaign gazillion$, there's...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 4, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm | 2 comments | 1495 Views

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The Dogfather's Annual Fourth of July Plea (cue Scott McKenzie)

Some guy who styles himself The Dogfather asked me for the favor of publishing this doggerel -- set to Scott McKenzie's...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 1, 2015
Last comment by good info, on Jul 5, 2015 at 10:33 am |
1 comment | 1112 Views

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Catharine Baker works the room

As a sequel to an earlier missive (Catharine Baker leads the witness), today's...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 27, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Jul 4, 2015 at 11:27 am | 1 comment | 1321 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
Last comment by Stain Max, on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm | 2 comments | 2316 Views

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Supremes find an acorn

The Supreme Court today rejected gotcha politics by a vote of 6-3. It turns out that the ACA/ObamaCare means what it forever intended, and health care subsidies...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 25, 2015
Last comment by Sue Premie, on Jun 29, 2015 at 10:08 am | 4 comments | 832 Views

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Will we EVer get this stuff right?

Two race-based events, one ridiculous and the other horrific, occupy the national consciousness this week. They demonstrate that we can't even get the questions...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 20, 2015
Last comment by Ed, on Jun 26, 2015 at 9:46 am | 20 comments | 1657 Views

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The Big, Good Wolf

The more we learn about the fellow-traveling species with whom we share this planet, the smarter and more sophisticated they become. So it is with wolves --...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 22, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 24, 2015 at 7:30 am | 8 comments | 1255 Views

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Ukraine Get-It-Off-Your-Chest Forum

We have all had a few months to absorb the ongoing governance agonies of Ukraine. Many of us have formed opinions on the subject, some sooner than others, some...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 20, 2014
Last comment by suzan brown, on Jun 18, 2015 at 3:04 am | 11 comments | 181865 Views

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Hastert: The ‘Whys’ Have It

Questions abound around the indictment of Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois – some are prurient, and others relate to policy. Leaving the inglorious...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 3, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Jun 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm | 25 comments | 1962 Views

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Reeling-in The Reaper

Grappling with the Grim Reaper usually doesn't end well. Legislatures in two states, however, are currently embracing him – and bringing needed doses of rationality...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 1, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 4, 2015 at 2:29 pm | 3 comments | 1514 Views
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Why I'm now supporting Bernie Sanders
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Call Alice ...
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Observations from points south
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