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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Acting Out

I still struggle with the same questions that arose for me during that time—how can we make direct action more than an expression of upset? How can we best accomplish our ultimate goals?

What Idiot Called it ‘Staying Awake’ Instead of ‘Resisting a Rest’

We stood a few feet apart, under the grim pallor of the gas station fluorescents, the dark wall of the Grapevine looming behind us. I tried to hand him the wad of money again. “I’m telling you man, you guys picked the wrong weekend to play Los Angeles. You’re gonna be sorry if you go down there!”

Contemplating the Classics: Doom 3

Apropos of absolutely nothing, I’ve been thinking about Doom 3.

If We Can Make it Through December…

The only good thing about this time of year is fashion sense and eggnog

A Season of Homicides: The Murder of Marc Thompson

15 minutes into the conversation, he told L.T. that there was a dead body in the car. That didn’t sit well with L.T. and felt insensitive; it was as if “Marc was a suspect in his own murder.”

Supertime

This Week in Entertainment – December 15th-21st, 2014

15th | Monday GRUB Cooperative: Winter Solstice Celebration, Dena & Adam Moes, Destiny Love, Fire Dancers. 6:45pm – 8:45pm. Organic […]

Were Chico’s two anti-racism protests ‘separate but equal?’

“She’s got the ultimate power,” Jaquan said.

Horoscopes for December 15th, 2014

Horoscopes for December 15th, 2014

Necessaries

At first, I thought the “basic necessities” of Copiosis were a little goofy, and not just because of the redundancy. As far as I was concerned, food was the only universal necessity on the list

California Honeydrops at Lost On Main

by Joey Haney The  California Honeydrops brought their brand of feel-good party-blues to Lost on Main Street last Friday. They […]

The Ghost of Christmas Past

It wasn’t just the fact that they put up trees and lights and wrapped presents, it was the fact that they changed the way they behaved toward us, played a big game of pretend and indulged our innocence

Winter is Coming!

Congratulations, guys. Despite all your best efforts of boozing and other activities driven by depression, you’ve made it to another installment of pine-scented anxiety season

A Shapeless Thief

In bits and pieces over many years, my mother has described to me this earth, the one she inhabits, expansively elaborating on the theme of plates and colonies, as well as the Assay, a natural force that continually sorts us according to where we belong.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Reviewing Inquisition has proven to be difficult; not because it is so complex a work, but rather because it is so damned large.