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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 I wonder....., on Jul 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm | 62 comments | 1472 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 Animal lover, on Jul 3, 2017 at 11:29 pm | 3 comments | 738 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 | 1139 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 | 1799 Views

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The Details: Devils or Angels?

Last week, we learned that there is, indeed, now a fundamental right for individuals to keep and bear arms, supplied by the US Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010 (the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 31, 2013
Last comment by MichaelB, on Jun 11, 2017 at 9:14 am | 14 comments | 7145 Views

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We’ll Always Have Paris

Without some putative 'bad hombre' to oppose, this President is lost. If one does not exist, it must be conjured. So it was that phantom demons were invoked...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 2, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 10, 2017 at 7:29 am | 62 comments | 1923 Views

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Thoughts About Iraq: Is there a way to feel good about it?

Like most Americans, I saw footage of the last Americans loading out of Iraq with relief and pride in our troops' ability to fight a hostile enemy in a worse environment,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 20, 2011
Last comment by American, on Jun 5, 2017 at 5:50 am | 9 comments | 6087 Views

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What price retribution?

Some interesting internal conversations occur when there's tension between two competing beliefs inside any one person's head. For the many Californians who support...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 5, 2011
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm | 22 comments | 9426 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 Jun 4, 2017 at 12:59 pm | 26 comments | 6708 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 D loansmob, on Jun 2, 2017 at 12:54 am | 39 comments | 30956 Views

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Syria: Several Options, all of them Lousy

Humanitarian crises tug at the heartstrings. The pennies-a-day campaigns of CARE have been working on TV since Lassie was a pup. ASPCA cranks up the Sara MacLachlan...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 14, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on May 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm | 5 comments | 8127 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 May 28, 2017 at 5:06 am | 24 comments | 32372 Views

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The Great Divide, and What’s Next?

The depths of our political schism were made personal to me recently in a phone conversation with my boyhood BFF in Florida, with whom I’ve stayed in-touch...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 21, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on May 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm | 38 comments | 1478 Views

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Midsummer Musings on Next Gen Careers

We're back from a summer respite in the mountains, where the tribulations of Egyptian democracy, American democracy and (gasp!) ARod's plunking seemed temporarily...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 19, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on May 19, 2017 at 12:18 am | 4 comments | 15457 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 Dave, on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:22 pm | 8 comments | 11158 Views

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Indiana Bakery: On-line Customer Application

The Hoosier Daddy, a Cakery for discriminating tastes On-Line Customer Convenience Application (PCs only ? does not work...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 10, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:04 pm | 39 comments | 7538 Views

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When $13 Billion May Not Be Enough

JP Morgan Chase ("Chase") and the Department of Justice have announced a tentative settlement of charges related to the bank's actions during the mortgage debt crisis...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 25, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm | 12 comments | 13684 Views

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“Give Me Liberty AND Give Me Death”?

It’s hard to know what Patrick Henry would make of the new conjunction in the headline. My good friend John (who often upgrades these columns) suggested...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 27, 2017
Last comment by Dave, on Mar 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm | 7 comments | 4950 Views

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Johnny Be Gone – Long Live Rock-n-Roll

The world lost its oldest teenager this past weekend. 90-year-old Chuck Berry moved-on to that malt shop jukebox in the sky, but his rich legacy endures for...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 20, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Mar 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm | 1 comment | 3179 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 Michael Austin, on Mar 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm | 15 comments | 2315 Views
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