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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 Kurt, 4 hours ago | 25 comments | 783 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 Doug Miller, on Jan 19, 2018 at 10:41 pm | 100 comments | 1560 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 | 1191 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 | 804 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 | 1517 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 | 1577 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 | 1898 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 | 2219 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 | 4733 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 | 1867 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 | 2426 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 | 8448 Views

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A Continuing Conversation?

==I Blogger’s note: I’d like to encourage a continuing conversation, from time-to-time, to follow-on from comments made in earlier blog posts. Here’s...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 10, 2017
Last comment by Adam009, on Oct 9, 2017 at 3:20 am | 16 comments | 2993 Views

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College-level Math 1, Electoral edition

As the campaigns take shape in late September and the so-called "low-interest" voters (who may decide the outcome – what a comfort that is!) finally tune-in...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 26, 2012
Last comment by JamesDub, on Sep 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm | 7 comments | 12301 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 JohnDub, on Sep 24, 2017 at 3:23 am | 4 comments | 4716 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 Robert James, on Sep 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm | 22 comments | 8734 Views

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Fido, Fifi feline, Fireworks and The Fourth

What do you do when a public servant looks you right-in-the-eye and tells you the sky is green? About ten years ago, I thought I had a plan to address...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 1, 2017
Last comment by rahu, on Aug 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm | 4 comments | 1599 Views

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“You can check out any time you like … but you can never leave.”

Around our house, we have a new pastime. We call it “Squirrel!” Whenever The White House...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 2, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm | 51 comments | 2047 Views

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“These are our friends. These are our families. These are our neighbors.”

==B “These are folks who are worth fighting for,” Gov. Sandoval said of the 210,000 Nevadans who obtained Medicaid coverage under the Affordable...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 25, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 27, 2017 at 11:19 am | 13 comments | 1882 Views

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The Mendacity of “Hope”

Last week’s Comey testimony and ensuing Romanian press conference* set up a black-and white confrontation between the former FBI Director and the current...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 12, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Jun 24, 2017 at 10:51 am | 45 comments | 2591 Views
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Salami, Salami … Baloney
By Tom Cushing | 25 comments | 783 views

Holiday Fund raises $70,000 for 12 Tri-Valley nonprofits
By Jeb Bing | 0 comments | 136 views