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My Brief Career As A Karate Kid

On my way to the local junior college, where I attended classes for one semester while trying to figure out where better to go, I'd ride my small motorcycle up…

Vexxed At ‘Vaxxed’: Like an Infection

An email just arrived in my inbox recently titled "The Most Controversial Film in the Country — VAXXED — Set to Open in The San Francisco Bay Area this Friday!"…

Merle Haggard, Hippie Icon?

Merle Haggard, Hippie Icon?

Merle Haggard died last week, up in his beloved Mount Shasta region, on his 79th birthday. His son Ben wrote this online: "A week ago dad told us he was…

Ozzie & Harriet Hit The Beach

Ozzie & Harriet Hit The Beach

My first real job might have been the best I ever had. Armed with a brand-new first driver's license, I delivered groceries and booze to the stars. Or, at least,…

Tom & Huck Hit The Beach

Tom & Huck Hit The Beach

Early sunny morning, probably a school day; we are about 15 years old. You walk a few doors down and knock on my bedroom window, wearing just swim trunks, t-shirt,…

10 Questions for Trump

Dear Mr. Trump: I have some questions: 1. "He wants to be famous. He wants people to talk about him. He wants people to notice him. He wants people to…

A Holiday Noir

Down at the beach, waiting for Santa Claus. Well, not quite; I was at the beach because I love the beach and even more important, my dog loves the beach.…

Domestic Terrorism: Look In The Mirror?

Domestic Terrorism: Look In The Mirror?

There's an old sad saying that "marijuana does cause insanity - but only in politicians." Alas, the same holds true for guns. President Obama, spurred by America's latest mass shooting,…

Thanks Anyway

Anybody reading this has recently survived another Thanksgiving holiday. Too much food of course, to the point of gluttony and beyond, and the undercurrents of celebrating incipient genocide of Native…

Bad Bugs Biting Back

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the nation's most stringent restrictions on the use of antibiotics in the production of meat. Is this a good thing? It certainly…

Last Rights

Last Rights

Californians have just won a right that we all hope we will never need to use: The right to physician-assisted dying. Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s End of Life Option…

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