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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

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Trump & The Mob



"Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Send these, the homeless, tempest-toss'd to me

I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door."


Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937


A Just Peace


SIP contract online


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry


Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks



"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  





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Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 

Hard Times in Oregon: 


The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   




    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People


    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger in Oregon and Washington County: 


•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.


•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

     In Washington County, Oregon's "economic engine," the divide between the affluent and the working poor continues.  We have a 19,000 unit gap in affordable low income rental housing.  County political and business leaders are indifferent to this crisis...   

A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  


"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison


"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx










































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SB 1533 passes!


Housing Needs in Oregon 




#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace


"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941


Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms


Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel


Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 


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Walgreens - pay your fair share of taxes!

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Miguel de Cervantes, from The Duke - "I accuse you of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man."  Cervantes' response - "Guilty as charged, I have never had the courage to believe in nothing."   from Man of La Mancha  

Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw



From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001

    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 


    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   



     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams


"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  


“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 


"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals


"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  


"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' 

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"  

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921) 

"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."  

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11 


"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”   

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."  

- Abraham Lincoln 


Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society  

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 


"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..."  

- Edmund Burke  


“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”  

- Jonathan Swift 


" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."  

- Garrison Keillor 

















































      In Trump's America it's not Reagan's 'Morning in America; it's 'Midnight in America'.  He offered us the politics of fear and threats.  His focus was on the politics of fear both at home and abroad.  But within this gloomy rendition of the state of our union he provided no coherent road map just a recitation of his familiar campaign stump speeches.  But it was a disciplined speech. 

      My take before the speech was that Trump had to accomplish the following things in his acceptance speech:

     To mitigate the damage of days 1-3 The Donald must 1)  look presidential not like a mob boss;  2) must be policy-specific - what he's actually going to do and how he's going to do it; 3) how he plans to work with a Congress where House and Senate leadership clearly doesn't like him.  This is a tall order in an acceptance speech by a candidate who demonstrates no discipline and seems to suffer from attention deficit disorder...    

  •      Trump looked presidential if one's model is Mussolini.  He never smiles and his waves to the crowd are perfunctory and his leaving the stage was unusually fast not celebratory with Mike Pence his VP choice.  And no Republican notables from Congress were on stage showing solidarity. 

  •      He wasn't policy specific at all - he offered no game plan - just a promise to be the a la Nixon in '68 the 'law and order' president here and abroad.  His face was the look of a man under siege not a man who looked forward to a challenge but like Nixon - a candidate burdened by the challenge before him. 

  •      He gave no indication of working with Congress.  He clearly thinks on day 1 he can simply order change via presidential fiat.  Like all presidents before him he'll find, if elected, god forbid - that's not the way our political system of checks and balances works.  

     Trump reminded me of Spiro Agnew who Oregon's Tom McCall acidly reacted to in a speech Agnew gave at a Western GOP governor's conference.  When the media asked what he thought of Agnew's speech they quoted Tom saying it was "a bigoted little speech."  The next morning Tom corrected the press saying he didn't say "little."  It was classic McCall, who was a Republican and Oregon's most revered governor.

    Trump always looks angry like Agnew did and he's always negative while asking the voters to trust him to make America safe and great again.  Even Nixon had a "driving dream." Trump the rhetoric of fear. His appeal is to a White nationalist base or the so-called Nixon 'Silent Majority' which is 32% of the voting public.  Yes, he recognized LGBTQs, tempered his critique of NAFTA and Ivonka embraced family leave and pay equity. 

     So the question remains is who is the Real Donald?  The foul mouthed reality show actor, a corporatist moghul who knows how the game is played or a closet anti-war neo-liberal?     

     Stay tuned.  As Ed Murrow used to say after every broadcast - "good night and good luck."  We'll need it as this authoritarian personality who reminds me of Argentina's Peron or Italy's Il Duce pursues his prey.






Melania Trump Accused of Plagiarizing Michelle Obama's Speech

US Weekly46 minutes ago

Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama in her address to the Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18 — get the details

GOP loses the narrative, Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3...   

     What was supposed to be a carefully scripted Day 1 at the GOP convention has suddenly turned sour.  Social media and the national media are now highlighting the Melania-gate gaffe at the RNC this evening.  She plagiarized parts of her speech from none other than the woman she wants to replace as First Lady - Michelle Obama. How's that for entitled audacity...  

     To me that wasn't the big take from Melania's speech, it was her description of The Donald as a caring person who wants to make America great for everyone when all campaign season we've heard Trump show prejudice towards African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and persons with disabilities.  So at the end of day 1 - who is the "real" Donald Trump - the good father, brilliant businessman or the trash talking bully?  

     Melania not only suffers from plagiarism but what psychologists term "cognitive dissounance" - the ability to hold opposite views at the same time.  

     This also illustrates the sloppy nature of the Trump campaign operation.  If they were real pros this simply wouldn't happen. Where were the speech writers, the handlers - The Donald himself on a most important night?  Clearly they are rank amateurs who we can't trust with 'occupying' the most powerful office in the world - the West Wing let alone script a damn speech!  

     The seemingly well-oiled Trump machine also coughed up a fumble in the early hours of Day 1 by a fight over the rules.  Nothing new here - it happens all the time.  But the way the Trump machine handled the rebellion was to gavel down a voice vote and then the chair of the party walked off the podium.  Again, if you've not competent to handle such challenges with grace how will you run the nation - like a bunch of Nixonian bullies?  

     To top this off as payback for Gov. John Kasich not attending the RNC - Team Trump put the host state delegates in the hinterlands of the convention hall.  Last time I looked Ohio was a swing state?

     They got their footing back tonight with speeches nobody watched in the convention hall nor on TV.  But when the feel good time of the night came up - Meliana's speech - the intended story line of Day 1 - The Donald will keep us safe was "Trumped" by Melania-gate.  This self-inflicted would wasn't caused by rowdy delegates, or protesters but by the campaign itself.  Amazing.   

     Cutting through the negativity of political campaigns, voter studies over the years have shown that voters decide on "character" not ideology, especially independent voters.  The Donald's life has been spent in using other people's money to chase the almighty dollar for himself.  Hillary has spent her life serving the public, especially children and women.  So ask yourself the question - who is thinking of people like me?  

     Somtimes you can't script this stuff...   not even in Hollywood...   My oh my!

     Update:  The Day After - the Trump minions are denying Melania did anything wrong. Wow!  The Reagan doctrine of 'plausible deniability' is back  The Day 1 narrative was fear mongering 101 led by Rudy G's scatological scream.  This is very reminiscent of Nixon's "law and order" theme in the Miami RNC in '72. When will the "plumbers unit" be reinvented? 

     And what happened to the Day 2 theme - as Clinton once said "it's the eonomy stupid!"  

     Update:  Day 3 - The GOP a house divided:  Ted Cruz steals the spotlight from The Donald and Governor Pence while NOT endorsing Trump.  Incredible.  The talking heads are asking if Ted Cruz has a future when the question that should be does the GOP have a future?  Team Trump has again proved totally incompetent to manage the RNC.  How can we expect Trump to manage the Oval Office?  Reality stars = rank amateurs....

     Update:  Day 4:  To mitigate the damage The Donald must 1)  look presidential not like a mob boss;  2) must be policy-specific - what he's actualy going to do and how he's going to do it; 3) how he plans to work with a Congress where House and Senate leadership clearly doesn't like him.  This is a tall order in an acceptance speech by a candidate who demonstrates no discipline and seems to suffer from attention deficit disorder...   



     Update:  The cop shootings in Dallas and today in Baton Rouge on the eve of the Republican convention can only help The Donald amp up his latest rhetoric- "law & order."  

     The Baton Rouge killer was a 29 year old African-American, former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri.  His acts will sow seeds of fear, distrust and enimity by a public wondering can this happen in my town?  How many copy cats are out there? 

     For anyone old enough to remember Chicago '68 or the election of '72 which resulted in Nixon winning, one can't help but have a sickening deja vu moment. 

     Are we going to allow loners or fringe "radicals" coopt the BLM movement as the Black separatists, Nation of Islam, Black Panthers or White radicals like the Weathermen did in the '60s to scare the hell out of the 'Silent Majority' and moving them into the loving arms of The Donald?  

     Do we want a return of the Nixon era?  Really?  War in Vietnam, supporting a coup in Chile, domestic repression under the auspices of "law and order" ending in Watergate? 

     Sadly too many millennials have no historical memory of how things played out back in the day.  They suffer from a generational narcissim as deep as does The Donald. As the saying goes - be careful what you wish for, you just might get it...  The boomers saw this theater of the absurd in their day...   Why go there again?  

     If you want social justice, organize not agonize by going door to door in your community building alliances to pressure city councils, county commissions and legislators to "do the right thing."  Yelling slogans in protests like "no justice, no peace" simply scares people and gives The Donald air time to rant about law and order and terrorism. 

     Is this what you want your legacy to be - the election of an authoritarian who will make Nixon and Reagan look like liberalts? 



     The truck van attack in Nice, France on the evening of Bastille Day, France's independence day, is another reminder of the dangerous world we live in where violence out of nowhere has become the new normal.  I don't want to rush to judgment as to whom or why a seemingly lone terrorist with a spotter carried out this evil deed. 

     But French society faces a problem that we in the US don't face, a large immigrant population that has never been fully integrated into the mainstream of French society where especially young people are often unemployed and alienated from French society. 

     You may be "the Other" in America but you are inextricably bound to the culture and mores of your native or adopted land.  Things are different in France and other Euro nations where language or blood defines nationality and acceptance.  

      In the US it's not language that binds but a shared history (the good and the bad), it's the promise for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" (again not always delivered) and it is the concept of a nation of laws (sanctified by The Constitution) which guarantees every citizen unalienable rights (even if that promissory note is not always honored.)

     Americans no matter how divided share a common belief (faith) that as a nation of laws - everyone can prosper (again even though the American Dream is illusory to many Americans.)   In some primordial way - we all are Americans. 

     In America our bond is based not on race, religion or nationality but based on a written Constitution, on a system of one person, one vote and on an economic system where everyone has the dream of a Horatio Alger.  Our bond is a checks and balances government, the right to vote and an economic system where green power is the key - not one's demographic. 

     Our bond is also founded on a shared geography - "from sea to shining sea."  As Woody's lyrics go "this land is your land, this land is my land."   

     One does not get that sense of connection in Europe where the "other" is a refugee who has moved from a formerly occupied colony which all too often has morphed into a failed nation-state. The refugee comes for a better life but finds they are segregated not just by housing patterns we see in the USA but by a culture which all too often denies their very existence because "they are not one of us."  

     In the current political campaign Donald Trump represents that "rejectionist" tendency we see in Europe punctuated by the Blexit vote.  That's why he is so dangerous.  

     If we are not careful the US will come to look like Europe with more and more Americans not feeling this is their home after all - working class Whites who have seen their economic conditions worsen over the last 30 years, Black and Brown Americans who feel the stings of economic discrimination and police brutality and a once robust middle class that is more insecure everyday. 

     These groups have one thing in common - their envy of the 1%.  It would be tragically ironic if Donald Trump, a 1 percenter himself, became the embodiment of this alienation and rode it into the Oval Office. 

     If this happened then the foundation of American society which bind us together - a common civic consciousness that this is the “land of the free and the home of the brave" would be shattered by Trump's appeal to racism, uber-nationalism and a sense that America faces a sea of hostile forces abroad and here at home.  He would move us from "we" to us verus "them."  

     Trump's shoot by the hip reaction to this event - "we should declare war against them" illustrates the stupidity of this half baked con artist.  We don't know who is responsible for this act of terrorism - so who is the "them" we declare war against - ISIS, Mother Russia's client state Syria, Iran a sponsor of terrorism?  This lack of nuance could plunge us into war Putin's Russia.  Welcome to the world of Dr. Strangelove!  

     Lose lips sink ships and if we go down this path France won't be the only nation facing a new normal.  What's required is a president who can keep their cool not come unhinged every time a self-appointed terrorist acts out.