A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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If we’re better off without the incumbents, let’s SWAT those not willing to make us better off
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 19:50 | Comments Off
If we’re better off without the incumbents, let’s SWAT those not willing to make us better off

A recent Rasmussen Poll found that 63 percent of the country believes we’d be better off if most of Congress were re-elected.
Granted, Scott Rasmussen has worked on Republican campaigns before and some question whether the …

Epiblogue: An attorney general’s opinion that’s 100 percent Oscar Mayer
Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 – 22:10 | Comments Off

Quickly after the covert tape-recording habits of those in Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office came to light, his apologists  began trying to recast state privacy law.
An interview? Oh, that’s not a confidential communication. It was …

You want to be governor (again)? Start by following the law
Tuesday, 3 Nov, 2009 – 22:53 | Comments Off
You want to be governor (again)? Start by following the law

Anyone know of a nice third-party candidate – preferably one with a boatload of money, a bit of a political pedigree and at record of having voted before the turn of the century – who …

You want to be involved in government? Start by voting
Wednesday, 30 Sep, 2009 – 22:04 | Comments Off
You want to be involved in government? Start by voting

Whatever chance former eBay exec Meg Whitman has of getting my vote for governor dwindled to zero this week with her series of “dog ate my homework” excuses for not having registered to vote until …

International politics, kindergarten style
Friday, 19 Jun, 2009 – 22:47 | Comments Off
International politics, kindergarten style

The images from Iran caught Big Guy’s eye as I caught up on the news this evening.
“What are the people doing, Mommy,” he asked, partly out of a desire to delay sleep but mostly due …

Do not stand between teens and their math teacher
Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 – 23:57 | 2 Comments
Do not stand between teens and their math teacher

School board members in a tiny California town learned a new type of political calculus this week:
Former pro football player turned popular math teacher (+ bizarre allegation of plagiarism  and – tenure) X 115 irate …

9to5to9: Making the content of their character matter more
Wednesday, 5 Nov, 2008 – 0:41 | Comments Off
9to5to9: Making the content of their character matter more

The great thing about kids is that they see things differently — or don’t see things at all that the jaded adult eye learns to observe.
Take tiny babies, surround them with playmates of every color …

Election issues: Enough about me. What do you think?
Friday, 3 Oct, 2008 – 21:32 | Comments Off
Election issues: Enough about me. What do you think?

I’ve looked at what John McCain and Barack Obama think about schools and health care. I know what other issues are on my mind headed into the final month of the campaign, but I’d like to know what you’re thinking about, too.

That’s why the election is the kick-off question on the first 9to5to9 poll. You can participate voting below.

Election issues: Obama won’t leave behind No Child Left Behind, but at least he’ll fix it
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 19:13 | Comments Off
Election issues: Obama won’t leave behind No Child Left Behind, but at least he’ll fix it

A look at where the presidential candidates stand on K-12 education.