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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 , 1 hour ago | 16 comments | 519 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
There are no comments yet. 98 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, 20 hours ago | 2 comments | 2009 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 | 286 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
There are no comments yet. 350 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 | 967 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 | 664 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 | 181130 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 | 1328 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 | 963 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 | 574 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 | 1172 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. 846 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 | 1012 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 | 1162 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 | 505 Views

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Whither the 215?

No, not the highway connecting Riverside to Temecula (complete with SoCal's semantic "the" affectation), we're talking here about Section 215 of the USA Patriot...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 11, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on May 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm | 2 comments | 872 Views

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Catharine Baker leads the witness

An old adage in the law advises attorneys never to ask a question if they don't already know its answer. A recent constituent survey from newly-minted State Assembly...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 5, 2015
Last comment by Northern lights , on May 6, 2015 at 9:42 pm | 6 comments | 1358 Views

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Begging to Differ

From our publication's doom-n-gloom department comes a report in brother Tim's blog that three 'economists' have ranked California near the bottom among states for...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 3, 2015
Last comment by Damon, on May 5, 2015 at 1:13 pm | 1 comment | 1307 Views

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The Kingsman is dead. Long Live the Kingsmen!

The music world lost a legend this week. The artist (who claimed rock royalty, but was never known as Prince) may have peaked early, but he was a survivor -- in...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 1, 2015
Last comment by anony, on May 2, 2015 at 5:54 pm | 6 comments | 847 Views
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Interesting choice by Pleasanton school trustees
By Tim Hunt | 2 comments | 567 views

The Heart of the Constitution
By Tom Cushing | 16 comments | 519 views

Bidding my Maverick Bye-Bye
By Roz Rogoff | 1 comment | 385 views