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Don Rogers: Dems rash to impeach

December 13, 2019

Whataboutism and its near twin — What if? — can be instructive. What if this were a Democratic president? What if the party majorities all lined up? What if the Senate majority were Democrats and...



Pine Nuts: Surfing the perfect wave in Tokyo

December 13, 2019

In this long life of mine, nothing looms larger in my memory than riding the perfect wave, well, almost nothing. I could have been a Nick Beck if I hadn’t fallen off my board. I...



Law Review: Liability for assault in shopping center?

December 6, 2019

Today’s case involves premises liability. When are property owners responsible for incidents that occur on their property including criminal attacks? PARKING LOT ASSAULT The Freemont Corners Shopping Center in Sunnyvale houses approximately 16 retail stores,...


Pine Nuts: Revisiting seventh grade

December 6, 2019

As a seventh grader I only knew one thing about my future, that I would be a Bruin at UCLA. As it turned out I was a Duck at Oregon but I had the conference...


Don Rogers: For Christmas, these books

December 6, 2019

My interest in the cultish organization paled to my daughter’s while reading “Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology,” Sands Hall’s memoir recently reprinted and renamed in paperback. That was fascinating, too, but I was more...



Pine Nuts: Giving thanks and pulling punches

November 29, 2019

The popular sentiment this holiday season seems to be, “I’m going to save so much money this Christmas by talking politics at Thanksgiving.” Yet there is a larger malaise at work than the political rancor...


Don Rogers: Gratitude goes so far

November 29, 2019

I’m grateful to the bees and wasps that stung me through childhood up to the yellowjacket doubled over on a forearm while I ran a chainsaw in the brush, gently set the saw down, and...


Pine Nuts: Power of the arts

November 24, 2019

I visited a performance center in Richmond, California last week and came away mightily impressed. How’s this for a mission statement … “East Bay Center for the Performing Arts engages youth and young adults in...



Don Rogers: Impeachment echoes through half a century

November 22, 2019

Watergate was nothing but conniving Democrats and nattering nabobs in the press until the White House tapes turned up. Then, what could Republican defenders say? All Richard Nixon had left was to flash his V...


Pine Nuts: How old is the sun?

November 15, 2019

In human years our sun is 38 years old, so in another five billion years it will run out of gas, and without any emotion to speak of, will accidently vaporize its old friend the...


Law Review: Federal court upholds robocalling?

November 15, 2019

One of my pet peeves, right up there with gerrymandering (which our conservative U.S. Supreme Court loves), is robocalling. Robocallers are the scourge of the earth. You can quote me on that. I’m very dubious...


Don Rogers: Bring on the matriarchy

November 15, 2019

During a breakfast meeting at Spindleshanks recruiting candidates for the 2020 North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program, I counted. Thirty people, only five of us men. I think this is the future: Women rising over the...


Don Rogers: Where responsibility belongs

November 7, 2019

San Francisco writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit in Literary Hub this week: “I crunched the easily crunched numbers last spring and found out that about 11 percent of Democratic voters in the 2016 presidential...




Pine Nuts: The 2020 Half-a-Loaf Accord

November 3, 2019

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, believes, like so many other state leaders, that if you have the bomb nobody will mess with you. If that logic holds up, well, every tinhorn despot in creation will...