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“It is what it is.”

Uploaded: Nov 12, 2020
Are you surprised at the President’s intransigence? Worried? Why?

The nation has had a sustained immersion course in the public behaviors of the incumbent president; of course, he has been in the consciousness of others for much longer than that: notably contractors, lenders, tenants, students at good ol’ Trump U. (‘the Fightin’ Grifters’) and others. From bone spurs to birtherism to super-spreader state rallies, he has been nothing if not consistent.*

He has shown himself to be a Party of One: devoid of a governing political philosophy, thoroughly devoted to any unprincipled tactics to secure immediate personal gratification and political gain, cruel, terrible at strategy, profligate in economics, disdainful of expertise and an absolute master of both messaging to his base and gaming the system (whew). He is Narcissus, on steroids.

Those who think him a dolt have not been paying attention. Anyone who is still surprised or outraged is Charlie Brown to Lucy’s football. He tweets and speaks at a middle school level as a canny matter of marketing, not incapacity. He has more in common with preening televangelists than with your high school class clown.

He has spent his career and untold $millions staying one-step ahead of retribution, or even being held to account. And it almost worked, again.

So, as always, he is acting out this current scene with a bravura performance of self-pity, promotion and profiteering. As always, his aggrieved, sulking defiance of this republic’s democratic traditions and decency arises out of self-interest and money. And as always, the national interests, and everything else, be damned.

It’s instructive how he goes about it. Any candidate has a perfect right to a recount in a close-ish race. Just ask - knock yourself out. But how did he ask? In a series of incendiary tantrum demands - a broadside, blunderbuss attack on that most fundamental of democratic institutions – the voting process. ‘It’s rigged’ – and ‘they’ did it. Evidence? He don’t need no stinkin’ evidence – a rumor here, dark innuendo there and butt-hurt social media mavens are off-and-running in a rabid lather. He’s a victim – it ain’t fair, dark forces of Dems done it, but he’ll keep on keepin’-on. Yeah.

To what end? I do not believe he plans a coup** – see ‘terrible at strategy,’ above. If he had been capable of planning any such project, we might have Covid under control and a different electoral outcome. He might even have a wall. He can’t do it.

No, I believe it’s for several reasons – he gets to feel the addictive roar and heat of the crowd as he raises a ton of (sym)pathetic money – the majority of which can be turned to his personal purposes. He gets to try and hobble his hated successor. He can thumb his nose once more at polite (read: ‘politically correct’) society, he can pick a fight with Fox News – his competitor if he seeks to assume the Rush Limbaugh mantle. He might even be planning the Biggliest and Best Counter-inaugural festivities and send-off, Ever.

Whatever it is, it’s better than what comes next.

2021 seems unlikely to be a good one for him. There are banksters and other creditors camping-out at Trump Tower, with lawyers better than his own. Prosecutors are poring over piles of misdeeds, state and federal. While he may trip the Watergate two-step as to the latter, he cannot be excused the former. ‘Singsing-by-spring’ won’t happen, but his fees will be sending many, many lawyers’ offspring to the expensive colleges of their choosing.

They would be wise to get paid in-advance.



*that’s a big part of the reason I stopped regularly scratching-out this blog. Same story, next verse, subject to the same haranguing comments from that small cadre of compadres. Boring. Who knows - there may be some fresh ideas to kick around, coming soon.

** As my good friend recently mused, in sadness: "Five years ago, who'd have thought we'd be having conversations about coups and peacetful transfers of power?" No one.
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

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Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 12, 2020 at 6:18 pm

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No Comment!


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Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 12, 2020 at 8:17 pm

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Trump is Trump. Nobody should be surprised.


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Posted by cerred, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 7:10 am

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Well stated. Stay tuned for 2021


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 10:32 am

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Comrade Cushing (CC for short) doesn't appear very happy, despite what appears to be a win for his boy. After all, he ends his post with a rather hopeless/dystopian rant with:

“that's a big part of the reason I stopped regularly scratching-out this blog. Same story, next verse, subject to the same haranguing comments from that small cadre of compadres. Boring. Who knows - there may be some fresh ideas to kick around, coming soon."

Boring? Then why post at all? I guess that “small cadre of compadres" must have left their mark - including me :-). But I digress... I see a rich pallet of political candy in which to choose from. Ya gotcha AOC and he her squad, flipped seats in the House, Republican control of the Senate, and a conservative Supreme Court.

CC, is this why you appear blue?



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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 11:11 am

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Well, one thing about it Hexie, we've never had to shut down the Comments section because I went off the deep end.

So, how do I feel? Still about like I did when I heard the news last Saturday, sitting right here. Joy and release swept right over me. I immediately put on Martha and the Vandellas: Web Link , turned-it-up louder than appropriate for spousal harmony, and yes, I danced.right.there. It wasn't artful, but it was heartful. Still is. Thanks for asking.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I hear Martha again ... insisting this time that there's Nowhere to Run To, Baby (nowhere to hide) Web Link . She says it's for you.


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 11:55 am

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In response to: "we've never had to shut down the comments section..."

Who's "we?"


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 12:38 pm

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"So, how do I feel? Still about like I did when I heard the news last Saturday, sitting right here. Joy and release swept right over me."


Looking forward to the good old days of "spread the wealth around", "you didn't build that", mythical "shovel ready jobs", "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it", poor economic growth, blaming the "1%", etc.? There is a "release" alright - the amount of money coming out of people's paychecks and retirement accounts to make things "fair" and "free" for everyone. Did I forget to mention that our nation is now "systemically racist" as well?

Come on man. As long as the candidate has a "D" after their name, what could possibly go wrong? Lots of things for those who are paying attention.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 12:49 pm

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"To what end? I do not believe he plans a coup** " see ‘terrible at strategy,' above. If he had been capable of planning any such project,..."


The "terrible planner" managed to defeat more than dozen candidates in the primary process get elected President in 2016 - as a political newcomer. Voters didn't want a rerun of Obama's failed "progressive" (fundamental transformation) polices from an unlikeable establishment candidate.


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm

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Say it, MichaelB! A plethora of political pies await the hungry palate. Starting first with infighting from the socialists and moderate Democrats. Comrade Bernie vs Sleepy Joe will be worth the watch.

Stay tuned...


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 2:17 pm

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Be honest: Compare your 401K or other retirement plan stock values in January of 2016, with its value in January of 2020 before the pandemic hit. Let me guess, record growth?

Look at the African-American and Hispanic unemployment rate in January of 2016, and compare it to January of 2020 before the pandemic hit. Record growth.

How many wars did President Trump get us into in four years? How many soldiers were able to come home safely to their families during his four years.

President Obama informed President Trump in January of 2016 that North Korean's dictator Kim Jong-Un was the greatest threat to our country with his increasingly threatening rhetoric and missile deployment. Due to President Trump, he is a mere afterthought now.

It was President Trump, not President Obama, who implemented and signed into law the Crime Bill Reform Act, allowing thousands of minorities who were imprisoned for drug related offenses to be free.

Before you crucify President Trump and blame him for every problem and evil in the world, remember he truly did accomplish many fine things in four years, which is amazing for someone who never was a politician.

Yes, President Trump is a greatly flawed person, whose personal attacks on John McCain were revolting and cost him Arizona, and his failure to encourage the wearing of masks probably cost him this election. But despite his personal shortcomings, approximately 48% of Americans voted for him for another term. If you were honest, you would acknowledge, but for the pandemic, he would have been elected a second term.

You and most Democrats never gave him a chance, and were "resisting" and throwing everything at him from day one, including the sham impeachment. You and the Democrats never called for "unity", like President Elect Biden is demanding now from Republicans.

President Trump, the man, is incredibly flawed, but yet he beat Hillary Clinton. What does that say about America's opinion on the Democratic machine and their policies?

I, for one, am willing to give President Elect Biden a chance, but if he allows the far left Bernie's, AOC's, and the other socialist to dictate policy, expect resistance. As the Hispanics in Florida showed you, in carrying the state for President Trump, socialist policies will be defeated.

I congratulate President Elect Biden, and trying to be open minded to him, something the Democrats never were to President Trump, I look forward to his rescue dogs moving into the Whitehouse. A guy with rescue dogs can not be all bad, right????


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 4:45 pm

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Rather than 401k or 306, the tragic number I can't shake is 545 - five-hundred-and-forty-five orphaned children at the border.

Did I mention 'cruel?'


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 5:31 pm

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Fact check. LA Times October 27, 2020

Did the Obama administration build cages at the border?

The Obama administration did build the cages Trump alluded to. The facility Trump mentioned was built with chain-link fencing by the Obama administration in 2014 in a warehouse in Nogales, Ariz. The makeshift shelter was built in response to an exodus of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. But those children did not arrive with their parents; they were unaccompanied. The shelter was not being used as part of a child separation policy, and U.S. border agents did not separate those children from their parents


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 13, 2020 at 5:49 pm

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"Be honest: Compare your 401K or other retirement plan stock values in January of 2016, with its value in January of 2020 before the pandemic hit. Let me guess, record growth?"

If we're being honest, Democrats do not want record growth in anyone's retirement plans. It's not "fair", it's for the "rich", someone else is being made poor in the process, etc. They want to remove the current deferred taxation rules so that people will not be able to contribute and eventually replace it with a government run "savings" (welfare) program that provides what politicians think you "need" (little or no rate of return) to promote "income equality".

Just more of "everyone gets a trophy" and "success is bad" mentality of the left. No thanks. Some of us do not think it's an "economic injustice" that a chemical engineer is paid more than a cashier, someone saved vs. spent, etc.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 9:10 am

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"I, for one, am willing to give President Elect Biden a chance, but if he allows the far left Bernie's, AOC's, and the other socialist to dictate policy, expect resistance."


I, for one, am not. Biden is already calling the nation "systemically racist". Par for the course for the far left - identity politics. The far left will dictate policy because that is where the Democrat Party is today. Biden already made an agreement with Bernie Sanders during the primary process to adopt all of his "progressive" platforms (getting rid of fossil fuels, open borders, government run health care, free college, higher taxes, etc.).

The mainstream press will ask no tough questions/offer no criticism of his administration - and reliably defend/spin all of it does as "necessary", "moderate", or "mainstream".


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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 12:37 pm

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You Trumpist Republicans are a dying race! You have another generation or two before you are gone. You have lost the support of increasing black and brown population. Too bad For you that Trump will not be there to keep out immigrants who are mostly liberals. You have ruined the church and Christianity in the eyes of the young people by aligning it with a porn-star loving, p***y grabbing, ever-lying dictator. The vast majority of the young people in this country despise what you represent, especially young women. You are happy about your 401k when almost 250,000 people have died of COVID, people are on waiting on food bank lines or COVID testing lines. You and your so-called party are out of touch and on the way to extinction because decent Americans see right through all the BS.


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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 12:48 pm

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This was last election with a racist Trump drawing voters who are brainwashed by Fox News, Breitbart, Roger Stones, Steve Brannon, etc. From now on, you will have boring candidates like Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton ..... GOOD LUCK!


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 1:49 pm

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Uh oh, another angry Democrat.


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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 1:53 pm

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I'd rather be an angry democrat than a brain-washed trumpist Republican like you all. After 4 years of Trump, there is a lot to be angry about which is why he is now a LOOOOOOSER!!,


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 5:26 pm

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Well, that makes two angry Democrats. LOL!!!!


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm

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"Rather than 401k or 306, the tragic number I can't shake is 545 - five-hundred-and-forty-five orphaned children at the border. Did I mention 'cruel?'"


You should have mentioned that this will be the argument(excuse)used by the left not to enforce our immigration laws.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm

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"Yes, President Trump is a greatly flawed person, whose personal attacks on John McCain were revolting and cost him Arizona,.."

This probably has more to do with people moving there from California and bringing their "progressive" politics with them. The state has changed since the days of Barry Goldwater. Same with Colorado. Once a Republican state, but no longer.


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Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 10:03 am

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Another article that screams ‘journalism is dead.' Thanks Don Lemon for playing.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 10:32 am

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"He has shown himself to be a Party of One: devoid of a governing political philosophy,.."

For all of his faults and shortcomings, Trump's "America first" philosophy as it relates to jobs, national defense, energy production, economic growth, etc. is infinitely preferable than the one we had with Obama (and soon to be replicated with Biden/Harris). Remember, that's the one where we were endlessly lectured how a supposedly "greedy" and "racist" nation needed to be "fundamentally transformed" for the purposes of managed decline, equality of outcomes, and obedience to international bureaucrats?


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 10:46 am

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A few thoughts:

MichaelB: you bring up several useful topics, but I frame them very differently. For instance, I don't 'blame' the 1% for their wealth: it's what they do. But I do know history demonstrates that we are due for a positive correction, and that the current 40-year, massive redistribution of wealth to the very top-end is bad public policy. The American heyday was the mid-century - very different system and shared prosperity.

To that end, I opposed the cynical recent tax cut that funneled More money to the top end both directly and indirectly (bought-back shares), and Yugely ballooned the deficit, for no good economic reason. It did not encourage business investment, and Keynesian stimuli should be applied (only) when the conomy needs it - this one demonstrably did not - steadily growing on its own per the Obama team's policies.

Where was all that GOP fiscal discipline? Absent, but it's back now since plague aid would serve the 90% - one of whom you are not. GOP empathy is reserved only for personally experienced tragedy, it seems.

I think you oughtta blog - we might have some good Dan-and-Janes ('you ignorant slut' ;-) ). Contact the Weekly.

Am: you know I don't blame trump 'for every problem,' Mr. straw sculptor. But he was very lucky to face only One crisis in his tenure, and he blew it to the tune of more American deaths - so far - than in all the wars combined, except WW2 and the CW. It's on him - stopping flights was trivial, and politicizing the counter-measures That Have Worked Elsewhere, including in CA, was criminally negligent. Hundreds of thousands, and maybe an equal number to come, and maybe you, and maybe me. It's on HIM.

More important, counselor, you can't love the Rule of Law and turn a blind eye to his administration's ongoing floutings and the cyncial use of time as a weapon. If Roy Cohn is Your model attorney, you might consider the priesthood. BTW, I will not be impressed with whataboutism or false equivalences - it is not-even-close to ANYthing ever before seen in the American experiment.

Hexie: enough with the 'angry' nonsense. I believe you'd be better served talking about Your state of mind than misrepresenting anyone else's - I remain Jubilant! Kevin knows how he feels - not me and certainly not you.

Re cages, this country cannot deflect its shame over the family separations by bickering over 'who built the cages' - although if I build a house and you kill somebody in it, I am not responsible. The Family Separation Policy is Owned by this administration and we should All be deeply ashamed of it.

If you have littles, imagine the desperation that would lead you to trek with them a thousand miles to here - and then imagine never seeing them again because the cruelty of the policy allowed for shoddy record-keeping. Some human values transcend deterrence - hell, even the Germans kept good records.

BTW fellas, the votes are in. Alameda: Biden/Harris 80% to 18!% Contra Costa: 72% to 26%. Wipeout.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 11:48 am

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"BTW fellas, the votes are in. Alameda: Biden/Harris 80% to 18!% Contra Costa: 72% to 26%. Wipeout."

BTW, what did you expect the election results were going to be in one of the most "progressive" areas of the nation?

I can play this game too. How did the votes come in for Biden/Harris in Wyoming? They got "wiped out". Trump wins or loses the election in the battleground/competitive states - which he is attempting to contest.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 12:32 pm

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"For instance, I don't 'blame' the 1% for their wealth: it's what they do. But I do know history demonstrates that we are due for a positive correction, and that the current 40-year, massive redistribution of wealth to the very top-end is bad public policy. The American heyday was the mid-century - very different system and shared prosperity. "


It's not "redistribution of wealth" for people to keep more of their own money vs. giving to the government. It did not "belong" to the government (or you) to begin with. It is bad public policy to use the tax code to pick winners and losers vs. using it to collect revenue to run the government. We never get a straight answer from the left as to what the "top-end" is either. California wants to raise the state income tax (already the highest in the nation) yet again - and impose a "wealth tax". Think businesses will just ignore this? We'll have more jobs? People will just "suck it up" and pay?

You should also know the history that the United States was the dominant economic power during the mid-century because it did not suffer the devastation other nations did after the Second World War. Where/who was the competition in the 1950s? Technology was also different. We now have a global economy and technology has advanced. If Trump can increase domestic energy supply, renegotiate trade deals, and bring back more manufacturing to our nation that creates more blue collar/working class jobs leading to "shared prosperity".

What does Biden (and progressives)want as their "system" going forward? Higher taxes, more regulations, minimum wage increases, and "climate change" legislation. That will cost/eliminate blue collar/working class jobs. Forget the "green jobs" claims. Obama made those promises if we spent what he wanted and they never materialized. It's time to blame the progressives for the "someone doing well makes someone else poor" and "income/wealth are rights" message as ignoring economics while promoting dependency to get more votes/government control vs. helping people become employed and prospering.


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 1:12 pm

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Tom, I mentioned in my first five paragraphs factual, major accomplishments of the Trump administration, that even moderate Democrats would acknowledge as a considerable achievement. Keeping us out of wars, bringing troops home, record minority unemployment rates, crime reform that freed thousands of minorities from prison, and record growth of 401 K retirement accounts for teachers and every other civil servant or government employee. Not argument, just facts, with no "name calling" or personal attack rhetoric.

I also mentioned that President Trump was an incredible flawed person, that his attacks on war hero John McCain was disgusting, and that his failure to encourage wearing of masks was a huge mistake. Again, objective analysis, acknowledging his shortcomings.

Finally, I pointed out factually, how you and the Democrats never gave him a chance from day one, that "resistance" was your mantra, and that you certainly refused to give him a chance and be open minded to see how his policies played out. I also noted that it is was ironic that President Elect Biden was now demanding "unity" from Republicans, something he and you never gave President Trump. I concluded that I would be open minded, see how his policies play out, and in the spirit of putting America first, found a common ground: I think it is great he has rescue dogs.

Your response refused to acknowledge my factual account of President Trump's bipartisan successes, but rather was personal attacks, apparently on my Catholicism, with an odd reference to becoming a priest.

Tom, this is exactly why our country is now so divided. When someone hands you an olive branch, you don't stomp on it. In the good old days, President Reagan and Tip O'Neil could disagree on policies, with out being disagreeable people, and compromise and go have a Guinness beer together. You and many of your Democrats are now so argumentative, putting your political party first, over our country, that it is you who is causing the division. As nasty and cold blooded President Trump could be, the treatment us Republicans in the Bay Area receive from the likes of you is just as bad, if not worse.

Moderate Republicans are watching to see how President Elect Biden treats us. He claims to be a President for all, lets hope he keeps his promise. Unity is a two way street. Otherwise, President Elect Biden's term will be as unsuccessful as the Michigan football team.




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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 1:22 pm

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The local vote was mostly for Hexie - if he's going to go counting Democrat votes, he's got a very big job ahead.

And Okay, I'll settle for the 5.6 Million nationwide plurality - only 5M of which came from here, as the nation's bellwether. News travels west - culture travels east.

Or the 306 electoral college votes in an arcane system weighted against him (not claiming it's riggedj just see title of this edition). Someone once called that a "landslide." Ten-point toss-up: Who called '306' a landslide?


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 10:18 pm

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Getting back to my question regarding your post you left on November 13, 2020, in which you stated the following:

"Well, one thing about it Hexie, we've never had to shut down the Comments section because I went off the deep end."

Who's we? We who?


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 15, 2020 at 11:18 pm

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"Moderate Republicans are watching to see how President Elect Biden treats us. He claims to be a President for all, lets hope he keeps his promise. "

Don't hold your breath. We heard the same thing about a "charismatic" and "moderate" Obama being a "healer" when he got elected. With white voters helping to elect a Black President, we supposedly had come together and turned the corner on better race relations. But what did we end up with? 8 years of left wing "us vs. them", "black vs. white", "rich vs. poor", and "I have a pen and phone" policies - and a refusal to compromise with the opposing party when Democrats lost control of Congress.

If Biden was serious about unity, he would avoid the "systemic racism" remarks. That claim divides people. It's coming from the far left that wants the nation's institutions torn down and remade in to who knows what - and these are same people currently knocking down "racist" monuments and rioting/looting/burning cities. The Democrats are not the party of JFK anymore. Or even Bill Clinton. It's trending authoritarian/socialist and "the squad" is calling the shots.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 16, 2020 at 8:56 am

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"Where was all that GOP fiscal discipline? Absent, but it's back now since plague aid would serve the 90% - one of whom you are not. GOP empathy is reserved only for personally experienced tragedy, it seems."


Regardless of what I am or not, it seems there will never be any true fiscal discipline (that is less spending/reduction of government vs. more taxes on the "rich" for new programs) until the "progressives" are voted out of power. They have abandoned the limited government model of our Constitution and want the government (which does few things well) doing/guaranteeing everything for everyone - until it's supposedly "equitable" and "fair". Their perpetual "safety net" policies and spending programs encourage dependency and promote an entitlement mentality. At the same time, they discourage and/or punish behaviors (self reliance, retirement saving, job creation) that would allow fiscal discipline.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm

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MichaelB: You are looking at this through a 'micro' lens: (Somebody gets to keep more of "his" money), which is like making policy based on entertaining stories, when boring stats lead to much better decisions. I'd argue with your premise about 'who' 'earned' that money and with 'whose' help ('everybody's), but there's a more important point.

The economic system must serve the society, and not the other way around.

Unregulated capitalism does not self-balance, rather it leads to a neo-Dickensian society of very few Have-It-Alls, and everybody else Have-Nothings. That's not good for Anybody, including the HIAs. If the HNs can't consume, then the HIAs lose, too. Piketty has it right, as did the Progressives of the early 20th century.

I also believe that the rapid migration of wealth upward, and resulting hopeless suffering and frustration at the bottom end led to the rise of Trump - desperate people are easily duped by a self-proclaimed messiah. And they are loyal to-a-fault if they feel they were betrayed, here by the Dems - whom they believe abandoned 'the working wo/man' for the professional class.

Tax policy that invests in the future (including economic redemption of those who've so far been left behind (skills, not welfare)), financed disproportionately by the top-end who most benefits, is what I believe is needed to restore faith in the American Dream and Opportunity, and the social mobility that demonstrates its genius (now at a low ebb).

I agree with you the WW2 left the field open, but the mid-century USA also made Massive Public investments in infrastructure - education, highways, airports, electricity etc. Those investments have served this country very well (and were financed by top-end taxes). We need another Massive infusion in both 20th and 21st century infrastructure. The above, plus digital infrastructure.

Other countries Invest in Education and preparing their young - we instead feed 'em to the ravenous appetites of the Banksters via Trillions in burdensome student loans. We should be Underwriting those educations as investments in our national future! Other countries are also building their digital infrastructure - not us. They will win this century. Generally, when Finance becomes the master rather than the servant - you're in trouble.

The other thing that happened since the mid-century is that America squandered its lead. As other countries rebuilt newer and more efficient capacity, we decided that CEOs should make 300X the average worker's pay. As Japan focused on quality cars (led by the American statistician Deming), we wondered how big the fins on Detroit's shoddy new Caddies should be. American execs decided to chase cheap labor overseas, instead of developing better systems here - it was easier. It raised living standards elsewhere, but we blew it here.

I think if Biden is canny he will deal with the pandemic, then bring forward said massive infrastructure - and focus it disproportionately on GOP states where the suffering is. Jobs, skills, investments that pay off for EVerybody's futures - as an American community, not HIAs and HNs.

Am: as you know better than I, 'facts' are for the jury. Trump never sought bi-partisanship (although his predecessor did - I think you've got your administrations confused). I believe you've been willing risk the American Experiment for a few policy choices - as attorneys we are more the custodians of the System than anyone else. I believe you got your priorities wrong. I hope we've dodged a bullet; I think you're complicit in its near-miss.

Hexie: if you have a beef with the administration of this publication, your remedy is not to hijack yet another thread, but to take it up with the Editor. Have at it - she ain't hard to find.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm

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"I think if Biden is canny he will deal with the pandemic, then bring forward said massive infrastructure - and focus it disproportionately on GOP states where the suffering is. Jobs, skills, investments that pay off for EVerybody's futures - as an American community, not HIAs and HNs. "

Biden will "deal with the pandemic" by doing what? Locking down the nation? Saying he will do what Trump already has done with PPE, testing, and vaccine development? What's new? Locking down the nation has its own long term side effects and raises civil liberty issues. And his party is sounding pretty authoritarian right now. I can hardly wait for the "climate change" lockdowns to "save the planet". Or "gun violence prevention" lockdowns to confiscate firearms from the law abiding?

Infrastructure is a role for government but it's not a "substitute" for our economy/employment. You are describing what Obama did/thought - only the government can create jobs with spending/stimulus programs. Biden and his party want to pile on higher taxes/regulations on the private sector/small businesses/investors and then expect all of them to just "eat it"/not change their behaviors. They will end up employing fewer people, their resulting products/services will cost more for the consumer, and we'll end up with lackluster/weak economic growth (just like Obama).


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 17, 2020 at 8:30 pm

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"Unregulated capitalism does not self-balance, rather it leads to a neo-Dickensian society of very few Have-It-Alls, and everybody else Have-Nothings. That's not good for Anybody, including the HIAs. If the HNs can't consume, then the HIAs lose, too. Piketty has it right, as did the Progressives of the early 20th century. "


“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."

Alexander Fraser Tytler


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 17, 2020 at 8:43 pm

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@ Cushing

So, it's you and the editor that decide which content is fit for your blog, eh?

That's all I needed to know. Thank you.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 6:18 am

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"Other countries Invest in Education and preparing their young - we instead feed 'em to the ravenous appetites of the Banksters via Trillions in burdensome student loans. We should be Underwriting those educations as investments in our national future!"


More "investments" ("free" services). It's okay for people to take out loans/run up debt - with no intention/plan of paying them back? Where can the rest of us get a "refund" for all of the tuition fees we paid by working extra hours/saving - and being responsible for the student loans paid back?


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 7:18 am

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"Piketty has it right, as did the Progressives of the early 20th century. "


Had it "right" about exactly what?

Web Link


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 7:35 am

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MB1: Trump did next-to-nothing on the plague, because he thought candor and action might spook the stock market. Compare his results - and the whirlwind we are now reaping, with Newsom's here and Cuomo's in NY, or Merkel's in Germany. Do you know that there are patients in the Dakotas who deny the existence of the virus, literally up to their dying breaths? Web Link Where do you suppose they got That idea?

IF you want to actually learn about the pandemic, listen to this guy: Web Link There's plenty to do: the swiss cheese slices construct is informative. Active measures (slices), plus the vaccines by mid-year, will make a huge difference.

Your other bugaboos of wingnut radio do not need comment. Nobody believes that crap. The 'authoritarian' on the ballot lost, Mr. Projector.

Your jobs choice is a false one - the world is not binary. Both sectors create jobs and this country needs to invest in itself. Those very investments pay off handsomely in better private sector work and profits. Always have, but you don't account for better internet, better workers, better transport in individual company profits. We stopped doing that in the last 40 years because it's not sexy and the GOP wanted to starve the beast. It shows. And red states need it most of all - I call that an opportunity to unite the nation by getting those GOP Senators interested.

You will want to call it 'pork,' but that's just so much 'beans' by-products.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 7:44 am

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MB2: Think of partial student loan write-off and tuition assistance as an economic stimulus - like a tax cut, but targeted at those who actually need it. And again, it's an investment in the system's capabilities,

You seem to get lost in the fact that somebody might get something good - but where was your objection to the Trump tax cuts that overWHELMingly benefitted the super-rich, and not you? And it served only to further enrich - no system benefit.

'Trickle-down' is a thoroughly discredited farce - "don't 'trickle' on my head and tell me it's raining."


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 7:52 am

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MB3: Laissez-faire Capitalism leads to HIAs and HNs. Always has - see the Gilded Age here, the Belle Epoque in Europe and our recent wealth redistribution experience. Piketty wrote 'Capital in the 21st Century' - influential book that you will now attack (but he's got the evidence).


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 8:18 am

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"Your other bugaboos of wingnut radio do not need comment. Nobody believes that crap. The 'authoritarian' on the ballot lost, Mr. Projector. "


Nobody believes it - except Biden and his party?

The "Green New Deal" (that Democrats deny they support) and mandatory "gun backs"/gun bans are discussed on his website. Don't you just love these "harmless" sounding proposals like "environmental justice", "establish an enforcement mechanism to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050", "respect the Second Amendment, which is limited", and "hold gun manufacturers accountable" from the left?

Trump and Republicans aren't proposing any of this heavy handed (wing nut) nonsense to supposedly "fix" things in our nation.


Web Link#

Web Link


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 9:14 am

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This GND nonsense is a wonderful northpaw fantasy to whip up the froth, but cue Will Rogers: Web Link

1 - The GND has Nothing to do with guns - climate only. Parkland students later proposed a "GND For Guns."

2 - Biden does not support the GND, but has his own Biden Climate Plan. It doesn't have anything to do with guns, either.

3 - maybe change the channel?


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 9:47 am

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"The GND has Nothing to do with guns - climate only. Parkland students later proposed a "GND For Guns."
2 - Biden does not support the GND, but has his own Biden Climate Plan. It doesn't have anything to do with guns, either. 3 - maybe change the channel?"


Let's just ignore what both "plans" Biden actually wants, right? Because then we would find out they really are authoritarian in terms of what is mandated/will be forced on the citizens for the "common good". I guess it's easier to accuse/blame Trump who isn't proposing any of this?

If you legally have an "assault weapon" or "high capacity magazine" (before a new ban is enacted), you can either turn it in - or pay hundreds/thousands of dollars in NFA taxes to the government to keep it. I'm sure the criminals are terrified and will comply. Biden wants Beto O'Rourke (the guy that publicly said there should be gun confiscation for the law abiding in a Democrat debate)"helping" him in his administration. That's speaks for itself. "An enforcement mechanism to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050". In plain English, that's restricting/banning fossil fuels, higher energy prices, and rolling blackouts just like California. There are not enough windmills and solar panels to supply national energy requirements - and no big deal that thousands of oil/gas workers will be forced out of job.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 10:08 am

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Web Link Link sfw.


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm

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Well, Tom, since you brought up the issue re "priesthood", what is your take on why the media and the Democratic Party, that are constantly celebrating diversity and breaking through ceilings, i.e. first female VP, first African-American VP, etc., have given no airplay to Mr.Biden being only the second Catholic President in the history of our nation, despite Catholicism being the largest religious group in the U.S? Why do you think there has been absolutely crickets from the media and the Democratic party on this fact? I am actually interested in your opinion.

My own belief is because the media and the Democratic party have zero tolerance for diversity when it involves religious views and practice that are not part of the "Progressive's playbook". As we saw during the shameful Judgeship confirmation hearings the last few years, the Democrats and the media treat Catholicism like being a white supremist, with attacks of "extreme dogma", with even Ms.Harris the VP elect claiming being a member of the Knights of Columbus( a charity group that serves the homeless, raises money for the mentally retarded, and does true civic charity for the less fortunate) is grounds for denial of Judgeship, treating them like they are the Klu Klux Klan. We have also seen the Obama/Biden Administration try to force the Little Sisters of Mercy nuns to buy insurance that covers birth control and other services against their religious tenets. We also have the Biden platform on abortion that advocates for late term abortions, even minutes before birth, not due to mothers health or other concern, but just as a matter of right.

Diversity, like unity, is a two way street, and should celebrate all diversity, whether the breakthrough in inclusion is in the Democratic playbook or not.


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