San Francisco Chronicle columnist Token Conservative blogger dsaunders@sfchronicle.com

All the world’s a stage, even San Quentin

sfgate.com — Mark Antony stared at the corpse in horror, and then raged, "Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war." Maverick is buff, but shorter, yet he somehow managed to carry Big Az with seeming ease down the aisle of the 300-seat chapel that served as San Quentin's stage.

The bad news bridge - how did it happen?

blog.sfgate.com — That's yours truly, conquering my fear of heights to tour the innards of the Bay Bridge with chief engineer Brian Maroney in 2014.

Iran: Pirate of the Persian Gulf

sfgate.com — it's not that we live with the police in our head, you know? Those famous last words were pronounced by Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, 39, in 2014 as the dual Iranian-American citizen who was raised in San Rafael and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian journalist, talked up Iran on CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Bourdain offered that the Iranians he met were super-friendly people with a strong sense of hospitality.

A surprising ‘yes’ vote from DiFi on medical marijuana use

sfgate.com — Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., to a military spending bill that would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from using federal money to prosecute doctors who recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the drug is legal.

How Davey saved California

sfgate.com — Oil company executives loved Davey because he extracted barrels of oil every day off the California coast. Little children waved at Davey as their parents drove on the Pacific Coast Highway. The governor loved Davey because oil companies paid taxes to California for the oil Davey produced.

DiFi’s game-changing vote for medical marijuana

blog.sfgate.com — The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment today to stop the federal government from preventing Veterans Administration doctors from prescribing medical marijuana for American veterans. The Daily Caller reports: Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley forwarded the amendment for inclusion in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

San Francisco: Paris before French revolution?

blog.sfgate.com — "I think your city looks like pre-revolutionary France," Hoover Institution research fellow Bill Whalen told me. Whalen wasn't talking about street people tearing down Ess Eff edifices. He was talking about housing during a conference call to roll out Hoover's Golden State Poll on housing in California.

NSA data collection needs mending, not ending

sfgate.com — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., isn't worried that, absent a Senate vote, key provisions of the Patriot Act are slated to sunset on May 31. The GOP presidential hopeful told "Meet the Press" Sunday that a federal appeals court found the data-gathering authorized under the Patriot Act's Section 215 is unconstitutional - so it really ought to stop.

Waterboarding worked, former CIA leaders contend

Kamala Harris may be the luckiest politician in California

sfgate.com — At last, it seemed as if Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only name Democrat in the race, might face some competition. [...] Team Sanchez sent out a press release that promised "a significant political announcement" Thursday. Political scolds have been warning that senior incumbent Democrats - Dianne Feinstein, Boxer, Jerry Brown - were hogging coveted political seats and depriving ambitious young Democrats of oxygen.
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May 30, 2015

RT @forcedexit: UN Pushes Medical Discrimination Against Elderly by @forcedexit. Technocracy leads to bad places. UN is technocracy. bit.ly/1Ga9qAL

May 29, 2015

RT @peterbakernyt: Obama conceded to the mother of slain hostage James Foley that his administration had failed her. @juliehdavis mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/30/us/…

May 29, 2015

RT @twelvebooks: Amazing! Pres. Bush introducing Michael Morell at the Bush Presidential Library discussing The Great War of Our Time pic.twitter.com/FZyQwyuNsC

May 29, 2015

Shakespeare takes San Quentin. Inmates. Rioting. Murder. No worries. It's ACTING. sfgate.com/opinion/saunde… via @SFGate

May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

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