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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 Cholo, on Mar 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm | 10 comments | 172683 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 | 34855 Views

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I Am Spartacus

"First, they came for my phone records, and I did nothing …" While the media have obsessed about one particular, ultimately transitory untruth emanating from...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 1, 2013
Last comment by geral, on Dec 9, 2013 at 9:34 am | 8 comments | 24176 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 | 21329 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 | 19321 Views

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"...On the Pavement, Thinkin' 'Bout the Government ..." Part One

Setting aside Dylan's badge-wearing man in a trench coat (laid-off in the government shutdown), I Have Been thinking about the government lately. So have others,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 15, 2013
Last comment by spcwt, on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:08 am | 13 comments | 18152 Views

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Problems with the New Journalism, or Why I Miss Uncle Walter.

As a naturalized netizen, I grew up in a paper-and-pencil world with only three TV channels. We were actually a Huntley/Brinkley household, in the same way folks...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 29, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 1, 2013 at 11:22 am | 15 comments | 16834 Views

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Thinking ‘Bout the Government, Part Two (Don’t Follow Leaders … or was it TeaPers?)

My foray into lyricizing this blog met with indifferent reception, at best. Those impulses will probably be restrained in composing this conclusion. I reserve...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 18, 2013
Last comment by spcwt, on Oct 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm | 16 comments | 14688 Views

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Taking Leave of GRAS

The FDA has proposed to ban trans-fat in food – is it overdue reform or the nanny state ruining our gustatory fun? The Food and Drug Administration is the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 8, 2013
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Ladies of the House, and the Senate

One of the media narratives making rounds after the most Recent Unpleasantmess ascribed a special role in its resolution to the Senators and Reps who are women....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 21, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm | 9 comments | 11502 Views

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On Iran: Miles to Go Before We Sleep

The essential nature of a good deal is one in which both parties to it get more of what they really want, in exchange for something they want less. When I buy...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 26, 2013
Last comment by Bix, on Dec 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm | 19 comments | 11498 Views

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Inheriting the Wind

The slow-motion devolution of the fractious GOP continues in a very public way. It's far-right, Tea-addled radicals have overplayed their hand, recklessly in every...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 10, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 15, 2013 at 7:35 am | 13 comments | 11093 Views

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How much is enough?

I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in a few years this week on BART. He's about my age, a career professional and marathoner, a programmer who worked for a global...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 16, 2013
Last comment by Dave, on Nov 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm | 20 comments | 10116 Views

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Valentine’s week: spit and vinegar?

Romantic that I am during this week devoted to love -- set between the birthday celebrations of our two greatest statesmen -- I was hoping for a thaw in the chilly...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 15, 2013
Last comment by Seuss Apologia, on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:00 am | 2 comments | 9248 Views

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Love in the Time of Culture War, Part 1

Whatever decision AZ Governor Brewer makes this week (I know, see below. Rats.), it will be just a teaser for the bigger show to come next month. She must decide...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 27, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Mar 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm | 16 comments | 9201 Views

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Belly Button Lint

It's navel gazing season again, as it is in the wake of every general election. Both sides are analyzing the results of this month's electoral festivities, from...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 20, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Dec 1, 2012 at 9:24 am | 9 comments | 8440 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 | 8411 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 | 8277 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 | 7409 Views

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But For Grace …

What's your monthly budget? How much do you pay for food, gas/electric/water and cable, for your car, its insurance, gas and maintenance, your rent or mortgage?...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 18, 2014
Last comment by Jake, on Jan 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm | 5 comments | 7374 Views
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‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?
By Tom Cushing | 36 comments | 1,158 views

Political posturing about water
By Tim Hunt | 7 comments | 838 views

Backpacked with care is back
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 524 views