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Hot enough for you?

The desperate, rear-guard postings of climate deniers in Brother Tim's recent blog surprised me – apparently the new tack of that well-funded little band of ostriches...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 13, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on May 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm | 59 comments | 3591 Views

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Tin Cup Moment

Somebody named Collin Cowgill hit a 14th inning walk-off homerun for the Anaheim Disneys Tuesday evening, handing our Athletics a fairly rare defeat in the process....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 12, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Jun 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 43 comments | 4244 Views

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A Pope that a Unitarian Can Love – Part One of a Series

I just finished reading Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 8, 2013
Last comment by BT, on Dec 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
40 comments | 8182 Views

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The Gay Rights Movement Coming of Age

(Note: In a rare triumph of propriety over punsmanship, I decided against calling this a 'Gay Rights Coming-out Party.' Don't get used to it.) In its perpetual...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 10, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Apr 20, 2014 at 7:22 am | 40 comments | 7017 Views

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Debate 3: Horses and Tumult and Barnum – Oh My!

The "miscellaneous impressions" format worked so well last week in promoting a searching policy conversation -- let's try it again. 1 -- The overriding theme...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 24, 2012
Last comment by cardinal, on Nov 4, 2012 at 8:31 am | 36 comments | 6434 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 Doug Miller, on Feb 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm | 35 comments | 6820 Views

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House built on a sand foundation

Political campaigns are not famous for hewing to any line of ethical rectitude. The First Amendment that honors free expression is never stronger than when the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 31, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Sep 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | 33 comments | 3823 Views

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What is The Problem? The GOP is The Problem.

The first thing you need to know about Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann is where they work – at the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 9, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | 31 comments | 2603 Views

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Sexual Assault and Military Justice: Competing Reform Proposals. Please weigh-in.

This month we celebrate Veterans Day (every year on 11/11, as the Armistice ending World War One went into effect in the eleventh hour on that date, 1918). It is...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 3, 2013
Last comment by Rawclyde!, on Nov 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm | 31 comments | 34594 Views

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Coming to grips with the contraception kerfuffle; and Colvin v. DSK

I have been trying to sort out the Great Contraception/Religious Liberties/Women' Health blemish that has erupted recently. That's not as easy a task as it ought...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 22, 2012
Last comment by C. R. Mudgeon, on Mar 1, 2012 at 9:23 am | 29 comments | 2127 Views

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Their Akin-Breakin’ Hurt

I thought I was taking a late summer hiatus, based on a combination of annual dog days reveries, overseas athletic distractions, and an utterly uninspiring domestic...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 23, 2012
Last comment by Dave, on Aug 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm | 28 comments | 2510 Views

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Comedy or Tragedy?

Whew – if the recent flurry of activity here on the DX Board is any indication (and it is), this week's doings in Charlotte have heightened interest in the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 7, 2012
Last comment by Ann, on Sep 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm | 27 comments | 2161 Views

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Torches and Pitchforks 52 – Rule of Law 47

By what passes for standards in today's Senate, Thurgood Marshall would be a pariah. Born into modest circumstances and barred by his race from admission to the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 6, 2014
Last comment by Youseff, on Mar 24, 2014 at 11:01 am | 26 comments | 6113 Views

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Pretending to resolve a make-believe crisis in a way that nobody can understand

Is everybody happy now? Relieved anyway, because we dodged a bullet, forged a compromise and snatched victory from the jaws of default? Does it make any difference: -...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 2, 2011
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm | 25 comments | 2326 Views

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No Longer Ready for Some Football

The Miami Dolphins are playing on Monday Night Football this evening – I won't be watching. Football has lost me, and not just because of the current bullying...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 11, 2013
Last comment by William, on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:36 am | 25 comments | 21029 Views

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Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in … maybe never?

Boomers tend to view the sustained prosperity of the mid-20th century as the way things are supposed to be. Back then, incomes rose across the board, growth was...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 28, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on May 5, 2014 at 6:50 am | 25 comments | 7289 Views

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The ObamaNation

Here are some immediate thoughts arising out of last evening's festivities – the night ended earlier than I had feared it might; that said, it takes time to...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 7, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | 23 comments | 2474 Views

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The Dismal Science Comes to a Dismal Realization

A consensus is emerging, at least among liberal economists, about what continues to ail the US economy. It's not a happy message, because it suggests that we're...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 20, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm | 23 comments | 18811 Views

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Kudos to the GOP on New Voting Initiatives

Fair-is-fair: at times, I have been critical of positions and tactics used by the Republicans – but when they do something that is an unconditionally Good Thing...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 31, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm | 23 comments | 5786 Views

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Who, exactly, is the clown here?

Clowns are a sure-fire leed. As an unabashed fan of Steven Sondheim,* I was drawn to the title of Maureen Dowd's recent column in the NYTimes:

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 14, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, 15 hours ago |
23 comments | 1486 Views
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Tough new rules on water are necessary
By Tim Hunt | 8 comments | 894 views

Saving Water
By Roz Rogoff | 4 comments | 681 views