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Edifice Mex

Kenny Rogers was right: a good gambler knows when to hold ‘em … as well as when to fold ‘em. Take a lesson Mr. Trump. After showing a weak...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 9, 2019
Last comment by Tom Cushing, 4 hours ago | 92 comments | 1527 Views

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Keeping Our Brothers, on Thanksgiving

“They were fleeing down the road with only the shirts on their backs – many were carrying their children or the family pet.” So...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 12, 2018
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Dec 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm | 26 comments | 1655 Views

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The Silence of the Sows (hens and calves, too)

As the saying goes, “democracy dies in darkness.” Industrial agriculture, however, thrives in its dark and muted isolation from consumers. Prop 12...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 26, 2018
Last comment by facts, on Nov 1, 2018 at 9:35 pm | 17 comments | 2111 Views

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A fish out of water

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-IkWpm7TS0 (safe for work) ==I Self-referential Blogger note: It’s been a while – all those tribal drumbeats. Your...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 1, 2018
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 7, 2018 at 11:28 am | 70 comments | 2034 Views

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Corruption in the Balance?

Item: per the NYTimes report of Press Secretary Sara Sanders, on the White House view of EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt: “Ms. Sanders said that Mr. Pruitt’s...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 7, 2018
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm | 67 comments | 3009 Views

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Art Project du jour

With no intent or likelihood of horning-in on the Art Space blog of Messrs. Barry and Carmel, I invite your critique of the following work: "Please...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 24, 2018
Last comment by BobB, on Apr 7, 2018 at 9:14 am | 112 comments | 3127 Views

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Reflections on the Loss of Hope

Let’s start with an experiment: think about Hope Hicks, the departing White House Communications chief. What are the first few words that come to mind...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 2, 2018
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Mar 21, 2018 at 11:17 am | 142 comments | 3108 Views

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Much Ado About Nunez

There’s been a lively discussion warming (if not lighting) the dark shadows of the local blog cemetery, so I thought I’d add a few thoughts and let...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 3, 2018
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Feb 19, 2018 at 4:32 pm | 84 comments | 2865 Views

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Salami, Salami … Baloney

Those GOP butchers at the Congressional deli are playing a losing game. ‘Salami’ is a set of competitive bargaining tactics. In it, the negotiator...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 19, 2018
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Feb 3, 2018 at 10:21 am | 111 comments | 3183 Views

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Sound and Fury over Vile and Slur-ry

This is a day when I feel like Michael Corleone, not out of guilt or self-delusion, but because of my tattered New Year’s Resolution. You see, I promised...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 12, 2018
Last comment by patrick, on Feb 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm | 101 comments | 3680 Views

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Sound and Fury over “Fire and Fury”

This drama of potentially Shakespearean scope is moving pretty fast, but here’s where we seem to stand as of this writing: o A sensational book that...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 5, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 11, 2018 at 8:58 am | 24 comments | 2278 Views

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Brand, Spanking New Year’s Poll

As we embark on a bright, fresh new year, unsullied by grossly inflated presidential references to personal anatomies – rats, too late for that now – I...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 3, 2018
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jan 5, 2018 at 11:12 am | 15 comments | 1855 Views

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Some thoughts on the Shiny New Tax Bill

o This bill carries a whiff of desperation. It's the dog's breakfast, simplifying nothing, passed with no hearings or opportunity for debate or any outreach...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 20, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Dec 27, 2017 at 7:19 am | 58 comments | 2541 Views

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Young Girl, The Roy Moore Story

Note: I didn't really intend two consecutive song parodies, but Sue was playing Oldies yesterday, and the Union Gap's ode to pedophilia came on the box....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 10, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Dec 17, 2017 at 11:32 am | 86 comments | 2717 Views

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Sometimes, they just write themselves.

With apologies to Gene Vincent, as The Prez breaks into song: ==I Fewer friends out in the West Wing, To...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 1, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Dec 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm | 102 comments | 2960 Views

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Reasons to Love the A’s, Chapters Next

Let’s get the baseball stuff out of the way first – any regulars will know what’s coming. 1 – there’s the new stadium prospect...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 24, 2017
Last comment by addisonsophia, on Nov 27, 2017 at 9:22 pm | 37 comments | 3293 Views

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Everything Old is New Again

In the aftermath of this past weekend’s sordid displays in Virginia and New Jersey, it may be reassuring to recognize that our country has been through...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 14, 2017
Last comment by update, on Oct 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm | 134 comments | 6734 Views

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McCain to Prez: How do you like me Now?

Back in a happier time – before the days of locker rooms and anatomically questionable metaphors, the candidate Mr. Trump followed-up a now-tepid insult...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 28, 2017
Last comment by Adam009, on Oct 10, 2017 at 10:47 am | 24 comments | 2815 Views

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The Meetings That Nobody’s Talking About

Predictably, the West Wing’s walls are steadily crumbling under the crush of lies intended to sustain them, and Americans are transfixed by each new revelation*....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 12, 2017
Last comment by Adam009, on Oct 10, 2017 at 3:21 am | 62 comments | 3385 Views

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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 unnat, on Oct 9, 2017 at 11:39 pm | 6 comments | 9507 Views
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