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

Saunders: Funny about food

sfgate.com — On the downside, Ess Eff menus are getting so precious they take the fun out of eating. Friends had invited us to join them for dinner and had put down a $50 deposit for the reservation. The first antipasto: "Chicken liver mousse, spiced pear marmellata and balsamic gelatina."

Rubio, Rubio, wherefore art thou, Rubio?

sfgate.com — "We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., proclaimed in his presidential campaign kickoff Monday. [...] Congress should pass enforcement measures, then it can enact to a path to legalization.

Hillary and Huma - Thelma and Louise?

blog.sfgate.com — Hillary Clinton's campaign kickoff Sunday had a lot going for it. She announced in a video that featured "everyday Americans" about to start something new - a new garden, a new kindergarten, a marriage, a business, a baby, retirement. Then La Hil popped up on screeen to announce that yes

A choice for dying: Not a perfect ending, but a better ending

sfgate.com — Doctors have been killing people with morphine overdoses for the last century or so, he wrote. If a patient dies from needed pain control, so be it. Last week, I watched ALS patient Christina Symonds, 43, assert that she does "not want to live my last days in a wheelchair, fully paralyzed, connected to a breathing machine."

Assisted suicide: help the rich to not get too much care

sfgate.com — The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. Tuesday, the state Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in California.

Rocky coulda been a contender against Boxer

blog.sfgate.com — I sat down with GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez this week. Chavez wants to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2016. So far the other candidate in the race is Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose quick announcement that she is running to replace Boxer seems to have discouraged other Democrats -- Lt.

Libertarian-ish Rand Paul is good for the GOP

sfgate.com — "It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame," Paul said in his campaign kickoff speech in Louisville Tuesday. Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. Many Republicans wonder why they send to Congress candidates who promise to reduce the size and scope of government, yet government keeps growing.

Apple, rehabilitate thyself

sfgate.com — Just last month, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made headlines when he wrote a piece in the Washington Post that panned Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act as "very dangerous." Apple would not respond on the record, but someone familiar with the matter said the Apple policy affects only ex-offenders convicted of felonies in the past seven years.

Ethanol: corn, scorn and policy porn

sfgate.com — Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. Quoth Toomey: "It drives up gas prices, increases food costs, damages car engines and is harmful to the environment."

Presidential pardons at last

sfgate.com — In commuting the sentences of 22 federal drug offenders Tuesday, President Obama has begun to take the unfettered power of executive clemency embedded in the Constitution to the place where it belongs. [...] the administration is demonstrating how pardon power should be used, with, as Osler put it, "the most powerful person in the world freeing the least powerful person in the world."
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