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Mood swings

Submitted: Nov 13, 2005

Planning in Merced, since the University of California first cast its greedy eyes on a large donation of seasonal pastureland north of the county seat, has been dominated by one agenda: the transfer of large rural properties to developer ownership. This is not to say that a number of other things haven’t happened, but the dominant agenda has been this phenomenon: the willing sale of ranch and farmland to developers.

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The ownership political economy

Submitted: Nov 11, 2005

Karl Rove, “Bush’s brain,” wanted to send the American economy back to his personal golden age, the McKinley administration, when Cleveland businessman Marcus Hannah played the role of “McKinley’s brain,” encouraging the obscene enrichment of big business trusts as Rove, Bush and Cheney have done for corporations like Halliburton, Bechtel, Enron, etc. McKinley started the Spanish-American, our first major, extra-territorial imperial war. In retrospect, it makes sense they were talking about invading Iraq long before 9/11.

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God, law and politics in Merced

Submitted: Nov 09, 2005

I didn’t like this lead in an Oct. 20 story in the Merced Sun-Star.

Two former Merced County lawmen took center stage Wednesday at a state law enforcement change of command ceremony held at the Christian Life Center.

I assumed it was factual and that the event actually took place. It is only in the ninth graph in the story that state Attorney General Bill Lockyer sneaked in, as if from the basement:

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Are mergers and acquisitions the best path to public health in California?

Submitted: Nov 07, 2005

Are mergers and acquisitions the best path to public health in California?
Novartis never left

Bill Hatch – Nov. 5, 2005

At a county health clinic in Merced last week, hundreds of people, mostly elderly, waited for about an hour, in and out of doors, for their flu shots, made available for $2 due to a law authored by Valley Assemblyman John Thurman, D-Modesto, years ago. We quipped in the line that no one not old enough to remember John belonged in the line.

We were lucky, according to the Sacramento Bee Nov. 5 story, Flu-shot supplies lagging for US:

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For lack of a titled nobility

Submitted: Nov 04, 2005

For lack of a titled nobility

We just have no noble titles available for global liars who slaughter other peoples’ children; our deteriorated democracy has no proper social reward for the size of their whoppers, spouting geysers of innocent blood.

Bill Hatch
Oct. 31, 2005

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McClatchy salsa

Submitted: Nov 04, 2005

Salsa McClatchy Badlands Journal replies to Sacramento Bee editorial on Pombo Bill Hatch -- Nov. 2, 2005 The Sacramento Bee editorial, Pombo mambo, actually looks like the McClatchy Co. going after a bad actor in Congress, one of DeLay’s wretched little henchmen, while the Hammer is back in Texas under indictment for illegal campaign funding. Although green is not really McClatchy’s color, like any good editorial, Pombo mambo provokes thought. For example, how can Sacramento Bee editorialists mention Pombo’s Gut-the-ESA bill without mentioning its co-author, Rep. Dennis Cardoza, Shrimp Slayer-Merced, whose district encompasses the circulation area for two of its papers, the Modesto Bee and the Merced Sun-Star. The editorial first appeared in Sacramento last week and was reprinted in the Modesto and Fresno Bees yesterday. Perhaps the reason for McClatchy reticence lies in the landscape of its region and the shape of the Pombo/Cardoza bill to gut the Endangered Species Act.

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