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C-o-f-f-e-e, coffee is not for me,
It’s a drink some people wake up with,
That it makes them nervous is no myth,
Slaves to a coffee cup, they can’t give coffee up.

– German Children’s Song that Dave learned in 5th Grade at Eagleton Elementary

SEGMENT – PNEUMONIA

Celebrating International Podcasting Day is always a great reminder of all the Podcasters doing fantastic work, as well as an opportunity for you…

It was a long week that ended up with a trip to the emergency Room when Ben started having chest pains. Dave had to try to stay calm as his seven year old son was given an EKG. As it turned out, there really was a problem and going to the ER was the right move.

SEGMENT – OH MY G-D THAT MIGHT KILL YOU! GIVE ME MONEY!

Some years ago, the State of California passed the ill-advised Prop 65. The idea here was “to force” companies to stop putting carcinogens into food, drink and other products that Californians use every day. Sound good and noble, right? Public Safety, after all, is the highest calling of local governments. The problem isn’t so much the intentions, it’s the methodology…

 

SEGMENT – 300,000 Yankees

Much ado is made today over the social conditions in the country. But once upon a time, as is so often forgotten, 300,000 Americans died, and countless more (including my great-grandfather) were left wounded and broken, for fighting the very thing of which today many stand accused. There is virtually no acknowledgement of the sacrifice, courage and honor of the Union soldier. This week, a Private who served in the 48th Illinois Volunteer Regiment from 1861 to 1865, was buried with full honors here in Kitsap County. It was a reminder to all generations that there were more men than not, who stood for what was right…

SEGMENT – Father Coughlin

The Government has a long and dark history of silencing opposing views. from the Alien & Sedition Acts of the late 1790’s which cost John Adams his Presidency, to the Lincoln Administrations jailing of copperhead journalists, to the arrests and jailing of anti-war protesters in 1917-18, to the silencing of an offensive and downright evil radio voice in 1942. It really is only is the mid-century that the government has more-or-lived by the principles of the 1st Amendment. That in no way means that it wants to do so…

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Adios 209



In the summer of 1982, I literally worked my butt off to get to Bremerton, WA. When I left there in the Spring of 1987 it was with the understanding that I would be back. I planned for sooner rather than later, but I would be back to what had – at that point in my life – become “home.”

The last game at Banner Island

It’s funny how life moves sometimes and how we end up going to places we never imagined we would be and doing things we never thought we’d do. And in the process sometimes we forget what we thought that we wanted. perhaps we forget about things or something brighter and shinier comes along to distract us from what we thought we wanted.

Time moves inexorably forward, and here we are, almost exactly thirty years later, and the time to go “home” has finally come. Which is strange to me, as over the last twenty years, this – the 209 – has become “home” to me.

So, for the final time from the palatial studios located in the heart of the Great Central Valley of California, here is the last ever 209 Episode of Plausibly Live – The Dave Bowman Show…

The 42 Allusion



If 42 really is the answer to life, the universe and everything, then we have to ask two questions. “Why do California’s roads suck so badly?’ and “What happened to the money?”

Back in 2002, nearly 70% of voters approved Proposition 42, a self-imposed gasoline tax that was for the purpose of fixing roads. In 2006 voters even more emphatically passed Prop 1A which told the Legislature that they had better stop stealing the Prop 42 money. But you’ll notice that the roads still suck more than a decade later.

Now the Governor and the Legislature want a 42% increase in the excise tax on gasoline. Why?

To fix the roads, of course. And they say “Just trust us,” when it comes to guarantees about the money not being stolen. Again.

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