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Me and Ashley, sittin’ in a tweet …

Okay, so the venom to which the actress...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 20, 2015
Last comment by American, on Mar 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm | 6 comments | 1403 Views

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Since When are Competition and Lower Medical Costs a Bad Thing?

I am writing in response to brother blogger Tim's recent description of developments in the East Bay health care market. I'll admit to some uncertainty about the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 7, 2014
Last comment by alexfinaman, on Mar 20, 2015 at 6:46 am | 36 comments | 24817 Views

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The Senators’ Democracy Primer: for whom the pen toils.

Energized by their recent calisthenics led in chambers by Israeli PM Netanyahu, numerous Republican Senators have breathlessly signed

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 10, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Mar 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm |
24 comments | 1506 Views

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The Netanyahu Speech: Kumen, Kvetching, Kibitzing

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu did what he does: he came, he complained and he offered unsolicited advice. In a controversial speech to...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 5, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Mar 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm | 13 comments | 1704 Views

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The Tuesday Sweepstakes: State Senate, Israel, and beer (respectively)

March 17th is a Big Day for voters and temporary Irishmen – they will have to decide whether they, Joan Buchanan and/or Mr. Netanyahu will get another round....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 15, 2015
There are no comments yet. 396 Views

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The House Hara Kiri, Act II – wherein ‘The Party of No’ becomes ‘The Party of No Clue’

On Tuesday, under cover of Israeli PM Netanyahu's domination of the news cycle (more on that tomorrow, or so), House Speaker Boehner allowed the minority Dems to...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 3, 2015
Last comment by Tsar Head, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm | 6 comments | 748 Views

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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 Conservator, on Mar 3, 2015 at 10:10 am | 11 comments | 1851 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 | 4215 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 | 2344 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 | 5637 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 | 2399 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 | 2773 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 | 2203 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 | 2337 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 | 2766 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 | 2599 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 | 2059 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 | 2239 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 | 3754 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 | 2842 Views
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Another bad idea from the air board
By Tim Hunt | 11 comments | 779 views

Exchange Club Meeting on First Amendment
By Roz Rogoff | 0 comments | 539 views