Tag Archives: Politics

A Truly LaMalfable Situation

We’re getting pretty badly LaMalfa’d up here in this rural corner of California. If you don’t know what it means to be LaMalfa’d, then you may not be from around these parts; you may not be represented in Congress by people like our own Dougie LaMalfa, a none-too-bright wealthy heir to a big rice farm out in Richvale.

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We Oughta Be Ashamed Of Ourselves

LaMalfa fits with that company right down to his hat and his boots.

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Rainy Days & Blowhards

The Pineapple Express, come to find out, is not just some kind of ganja. It’s actually a real atmospheric phenomenon that brews up around Hawaii and then shoots off to California to soak the crap out of us.

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I see your Petraeus Affair, and I raise you a Reynolds Affair.

…it got us at the Synthesis thinking about sexual affairs in history-where does the Petraeus affair rank in most scandalous affairs in US history? Without a doubt, the Reynolds Affair takes the cake.

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The Long, Hard Slog

By Bob Howard I’m writing this on the eve of the Presidential election. By the time you read it, we will, if all goes well, know who the Commander in Chief is going to be for the next four years – either Mitt Romney will have unseated the sitting President, or Barak Obama will have […]

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Remember, Remember…

But any excuse, or no excuse at all, is enough to get my inner firebug tittering.

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Love ‘Em Or Make ‘Em Leave?

They travel on the homeless highway from Seattle to Portland to San Francisco, and now Chico is on that stop.

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Tricky Mitt

Two years of his tax returns are missing from the public eye, which just leads to speculation on what kind of cookie jar his fingers were in.

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Freedoms so basic we forget that people fought and died for them

I’m supposed to meet a man named Frank, at the Donut Nook on East and Cohasset. The assignment is politics. Frank meets with a group of friends and colleagues and, over coffee, they talk shop. This morning I am meant to introduce myself, to observe, to take notes on these men and their political views, but more importantly, to annotate this fundamental process of democracy: debate.

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Chico City Council Quiz

Hello my fellow Chico-Americans! For the first time in the history of the Synthesis, we held a City Council Candidate Forum in our hallowed halls. Take our quiz to find out with who you most agree!

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Tweed, Logs, and Typey-Typey

The Tweed Ride is one of the loveliest events of the year and I want you all to go. Unless you don’t like fun, in which case you should take the time to reevaluate your priorities.

Not The Hero Chico Wanted… But The One We Deserved

Come to think of it, if this were a Joel Schumacher film, the capsule would be the size of a tomb. Annie and John Bidwell would come dancing out in a puff of smoke, each wearing impossibly sparkly catsuits

Twenty Years in the Trenches

I watch, in slight horror, as Chuck licks his lips and his eyes roll back into his head. He tips his head back, shapes his fists into devils’ horns, and then lurches forward in his chair.

Techno Lovesong

I started going to these illegal all-night parties when I was fourteen, in 1992, and for three years they were all my friends and I lived for. When I meet fourteen-year-olds now, this fact shocks me. We were children.

Best Bets – 11/17/14

If you’re a metal fan, there’s no other place to be on Sunday than at Lost.

This Week Only – 11/17/14

17 Monday Basement of Frustration: Freak Vibe, Icko Sicko, Outside Looking In, Strange Ones. 6pm, all ages, $5, (374 E […]

Turkey Bags and Trimming Scissors

Like it or not, marijuana cultivation has been and continues to be a huge underground source of income for many residents of Butte County.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty, often abbreviated both affectionately and pejoratively as CoD, is both the industry’s poster boy and its whipping boy.

Supertime

MAD SWEET FLY PUMAS PART 2

We followed him. Lucy into the wardrobe, we felt our way in.

Into That Good Night

Death with dignity is probably my #1 social cause

Horoscopes for November 17th

Aries You can breathe a sigh of relief this week. Much of last week’s tension is lifting. Mars continues to […]

SILLIER STILL

The capitalists swept into office, and the Chico Silly Council is about to be sillier than ever.

Mad Sweet Fly Pumas – pt 1

We were the bright-burning kids of the secret night, day-glow denizens of the last true underground sub-culture that would ever be

Phoning It In

By the time you read this I’ll be married to the kindest, smartest, most loving man in the world.