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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 | 2898 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 | 2156 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 | 1447 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 | 4086 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 | 1413 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 | 807 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 | 2031 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 | 3422 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 | 1740 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 | 1736 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 | 2121 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 | 3591 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 | 5188 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 | 9900 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 | 1835 Views

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Preserving Disorder

Chicago's Mayor Malaprop, Richard Daley the Elder, earned a kind of fame in 1968 for announcing "…the policeman isn't...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 14, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Aug 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm |
73 comments | 3252 Views

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Ordinary Transgressions

This will be an equal opportunity RC post; recent scandals have befallen politicians of both Parties, on both ends of the country. I'll focus on one from each Party....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 9, 2014
Last comment by Where did Lulu go? , on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm | 18 comments | 5816 Views

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Extraordinary Transgression

When last we checked-in on the Senate Intelligence Committee (DiFi vs Spy, RC March 12), our own Senator...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 5, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm | 18 comments | 3988 Views

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The House Pulls a Boehner *

What do you call it when the House of Representatives, which has repeatedly voted to repeal ObamaCare, now sues the President ==I for failing to implement it fast...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 31, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 8, 2014 at 7:56 am | 31 comments | 3394 Views

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Prop 29 Fails to Cure Cancer, does not ensure World Peace!

Having recently tried to update a woefully stale TV viewing habit (I gave up after the untimely demise of Deadwood), I tried to get interested in Mad Men, starting...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 4, 2012
Last comment by melisa, on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:58 am | 7 comments | 3934 Views
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Hayward NAACP officials threaten blog posters
By Tim Hunt | 16 comments | 1,013 views

Not so speedy trial
By Roz Rogoff | 4 comments | 934 views