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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 Cholo, on Jul 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm |
16 comments | 458 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 | 932 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 | 1006 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 | 1253 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 | 690 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 | 888 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 | 2169 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 | 573 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 | 1340 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 | 949 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 | 181474 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 | 1687 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 | 1259 Views

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Updates

Here are some further developments on topics that have occupied this blog from time-to-time. The 215: There's a generation gap splitting the majority...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 31, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Jun 2, 2015 at 9:12 am | 6 comments | 787 Views

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More Banks, More Billions, but Bupkes in the Brig. Rinse, repeat. (Part One)

Banks sell money. They may sell you your mortgage loan, for a price, or underwrite your car purchase. In the global marketplace, some big banks trade countries'...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 25, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on May 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm | 10 comments | 1388 Views

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Of Banks, Billions and Bupkes, Part 2

Part One of this epistle posed the question: if these banksters' actions are so bad, and they are, why are none of them breaking rocks in the hot sun?* Why...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 27, 2015
There are no comments yet. 1042 Views

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The Thrill

They say the death of an old man is not a tragedy, and I think that's true in BB King's case. He passed away peacefully in his sleep last night, in hospice...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 15, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on May 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm | 3 comments | 1200 Views

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The fish that eats California

It's not the delta smelt. Nor the salmon – it's the carp. Indeed, the actions of one species present California with its biggest challenges in coping with...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 9, 2015
Last comment by StudentA, on May 26, 2015 at 2:11 am | 11 comments | 1389 Views

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BradyGate

Our national bloodsport has thrown itself for another loss. In the past, I've followed it, played it avidly to the tune of four-months in a cast, but more...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 14, 2015
Last comment by Michael Austin, on May 15, 2015 at 9:34 am | 2 comments | 657 Views
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Primaries and Pivots
By Tom Cushing | 16 comments | 458 views

Politics dominate Napolitano's world view
By Tim Hunt | 4 comments | 423 views

Teaching The Arts
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 353 views