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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Gratitude

I find myself brimming with pride and gratitude these days. So many of you contribute to making this place what it is, I don’t even know where to start.

Giving Thanks to, Like, the Universe

Like many philosophically minded people before me, I’ve long been an ingrate.

Millennial Idiot Brain

My main takeaway has been that they’d really like to believe that Twitter is a viable job hunting tool

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Describing The Binding of Isaac is more than slightly difficult, yet I will attempt to do so.

Novembeard Bash 2014

In some ways, the Novembeard Bash is more about partying and winning cool prizes and making out with bearded strangers than it is about contemplating the solemn social obligation of charitable giving, and for that I blame the bands

Animals In The Train Station

The conductor gave a start, looked around, then looked down, eyes widening at the extremely short person addressing him. In fact, Sheela wasn’t a person at all—she was a fox.

The State of the Commons, Part Two

Net audio is stunningly diverse. One must travel beyond Facebook and Netflix to be reminded, but the web is an extremely deep and broad body of data created by innumerable individuals.

This Week Only – 11/24/17

24 Monday Round Table Pizza Clubhouse: Novembeard: Pizza Fun Night fundraiser and final checkpoint. Mention Novembeard when ordering and a […]

Best Bets – November 24th

Friday, November 28th Pat Hull, Greyloom (Erin Lizardo), Casing The Promisedland The Maltese Wind down from Thanksgiving with Chico’s sweetest […]

Definition: Confuse—To assemble without order or sense

We’re lucky to be here—alive and kicking in the year 2014

Extreme Cheapskates

If you’re unaware, there is a show called Extreme Cheapskates on TLC, and it is currently terrible

Life is Better With Franti

Franti is still all at once optimistic, sensitive, and politically assertive, while delivering a unique mix of reggae, folk, pop, and light hip hop

Horoscopes for November 24th, 2014

Horoscopes for November 24th, 2014

Deep democracy

I want to try deep democracy, where we vote with our tax dollars the way corporations vote for legislators with their dollars

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.