Riddle Me This

How, technically, did Emperor Jones take control of Tulare? He wasn’t elected mayor; in fact, he’s claimed the office is purely ceremonial. But that’s not how he behaves. He holds court. He hosts private forums. “This isn’t a public event,” Jones said of his May 31 “town hall” meeting. “This is money that I took […]

Devon Mathis did what?

That’s right; Devon Mathis did it! He did it, and the Central Valley Republican Establishment is abandoning him like rats off a sinking ship… Just what exactly did he do to make them abandon their support of him? What was so egregious that they basically despise his name now? Short answer: He bargained a vote […]

Guest commentary: Tulare County DA needs to learn when to recuse himself

It’s now revealed that on two separate occasions a campaign donor of Tulare County District Attorney (TCDA) was investigated for committing perjury by the State Licensing Bureau and Attorney General. Lying on California state forms for a professional license is a felony. In the first investigation in 2013, conducted by the California State Attorney General’s […]

Who’s Your Eddie?

Like some malarial recrudescence, the election season is back in our collective bloodstream. For these midterms, voting by mail–starting 7 May–will continue through the 29th. The big day itself, of course, is 5 June. I can’t think of June without thinking of Barbara Billingsley as Mrs. Cleaver–famously, the Beav’s mom. And I can’t think of […]

The Koreas’ Spectacular Rendezvous

From the De-militarized Zone (DMZ) of the world’s most reclusive and dangerous region: “Great Expectation” To reiterate the amazing writing skills of one of England’s brilliant writers, Charles Dickens. And William Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be…that is the question” from Hamlet, one of the Bard’s most famous plays. I raise the latter because […]

Dateline: Baku

It took us three flights and 24 hours to travel 12 time zones—halfway around the world. But we managed our sleep in transit and were able to rise with the sun over the Caspian Sea on the morning of our first day. After an improvised brew of coffee through a tea maker, taken on our […]