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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 Tom Cushing, 4 hours ago | 33 comments | 1653 Views

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Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.

Obscured within the 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 Cholo, 5 hours ago | 1 comment | 472 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 | 1405 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 | 2260 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 | 2251 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 | 3659 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 | 2601 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 | 1816 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 | 4594 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 | 1938 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 | 931 Views

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Prop 45 and Health Insurance Rates

==I It's … E-lection time again – you will deceive me, I can hear those nasty code words in your ads. I can tell by the 'on' you 'shine' me, darlin', That we...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 9, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm | 11 comments | 2239 Views

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Prop 46: Two Bridges Too Far

The insider's view of Prop writing must present a tantalizing panorama of options. There has to be a temptation to glom several, directionally-related concepts...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 15, 2014
Last comment by Peter Kluget, on Oct 21, 2014 at 10:21 am | 21 comments | 3642 Views

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Lurching Toward Equity *

Today, the gay community stands somewhere between "Change Is Gonna Come" and Psalm 13 ('How long wilt thou forget...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 6, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Oct 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm | 26 comments | 1895 Views

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The A’s Season Wrap-up: Baseball as Greek Tragedy

Billy Beane is Oedipus, the King. In Sophocles' great play, the protagonist was a man of considerable ability. He had a noble soul -- exiling himself from...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 2, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm | 11 comments | 2026 Views

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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 Tom Cushing, on Oct 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm | 10 comments | 2260 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 | 4477 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 | 6932 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 | 10410 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 | 2158 Views
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Where's the wind?
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 694 views