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"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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Rami G. Khouri

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Robert Reich

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Friedman Column

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Kristof Column

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



































RAD Lines

There are 42 housing units for every 100 low income families in Oregon

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

Democracy Now

The Daily Kos

Blue Oregon


"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







































"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

     I attended the rally of support of L&C at Pacific Monday afternoon on a very cold late afternoon.  I'm the one dressed up like Nanuk of the North next to my good friend Eric the Duck Canon.  Some members and friends from our UCC church across the street from the campus joined including our pastor.  But the audience and speakers were mostly Pacific students.  While I spent most of my career at Pacific, I've also taught at Lewis & Clark and my niece is a junior there and her mom is an alum of L&C. 

     What disturbs me is that the two incidents at L&C where a L&C student from Africa was apparently assaulted and two LGBT women at L&C were also apparently threatened.  The fact is this can happen at any college in the US or beyond our shores.  But the Black Lives Matter movement has awakened many young people to the issue of racism - it's no longer an abstraction but all too often a daily reality for people of color or those easily targeted as being "different." 

      But there is a link to such events, in my mind at least, to a wider current abroad the modern era - where violence is seen as the vehicle for expressing one's fears, frustrations and opposition - be it gun violence in the USA from Ferguson to Roseburg or ideological violence from all sides in the war on terrorism in the Middle East from Israel to Syria.  And that violence has taken a new turn - it's no longer "political" it's personal as Palestinian and Jewish guests told a Pacific audience several weeks ago.   

     A new generation of American students are learning some hard lessons those of us in the '60s hoped would not have to be re-learned by our children or grandchildren.  The speakers called for "conversations" but how can there be conversations in the monologue world of FaceBook, Twitter et al where the outrageous gets the most eyeballs?  As the death of the Arab Spring proved - social media alone cannot invent democracy.  Democratic politics requires "civility" not hate speech couched in ideological rhetoric.  

     If civility is lost then Yeats' prophetic words may be our 21st century epitaph as the beast of nihilism slouches towards Jerusalem…   

"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  




"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"  

- John Adams

Canadian pop star Celine Dion in concert

     In the wake of the terrorist attack on Paris on November 13th, French President Francois Hollande has declared “war” on ISIS.  This is a mistake that reinforces the jihadist narrative that their actions are a confrontation between the Muslim and non-Muslim world. 

     ISIS is nothing more than a politicalized version of the Mafia.  One doesn’t rid the world of organized crime by declaring war against it but by mobilizing targeted “police” action that includes on the ground but also economic and diplomatic action.  

     To “degrade” ISIS you have to remove it’s oxygen supply – its social network image, its financial support system and its appeal to disaffected youth.  It’s the latter that is the most important cog to its life support system.  And here’s where France has failed. 

     The key to ending ISIS’s appeal to angry unemployed youth is to give them a stake in society.  France has been especially bad at this task and declaring “war” is in effect declaring war on it’s own immigrant youth.  This is simply stupid and an overreaction. 

     Let’s use an example of such a “war” in the USA – the “war on drugs” or the “war on poverty.”  The metaphor doesn’t work in either case – neither war has been won and in the latter case it’s resulted in the incarceration countless Black men. 

     The “war on poverty” declared by LBJ in the ‘60s was well intended but it focused on the culture of poverty not the economic conditions in the USA which reinforce institutionalized racism.  We are still dealing with the collateral damage of that war.  

     Dealing with drugs or poverty in the USA requires a long term strategic response requiring private/public partnerships beyond the lip service offered by those who claim to be committed to ending drug abuse, poverty or the violence which emanates from both. 

     One can’t treat a disease by treating only symptoms; one has to move to a prevention and eradication strategy.  

     ISIS is a creation of a failed foreign policy that has for decades made the economic and military presence "hegemony" over the “foreigner” a point of contention by the jihadists claiming the mantel of Islam. 

     But ISIS like the Mafia can be defeated by using it own hubris and mission creep against it and by lending a helping hand to its local victims be they Syrians, Iraqi, Somalis et al.  Telling the asylum seekers they are not welcome plays into the hand of ISIS and its copycats. 

     Over time ISIS will self-destruct as similar movements have done in the past – Italy’s Red Brigade, Germany’s Baader Meinhof Gang and here at home the Weathermen and the Black Panthers.  But given the ideological kindling in the Middle East – degrading will take longer. 

     In the meantime we will have to live in a “new normal” where outbreaks of terrorist savagery on “soft targets” will happen.  We have moved to a world of drone warfare where the innocent are victims – why should we expect the other side will play fair?  

     Over the long term, pursuing policies of economic justice at home and abroad are the best policy to “degrade” what Camus termed the “theater of the absurd” – a world of bad choices which pit “the other” against “the privileged.” 

     Sadly we live in a world where leaders in the West “react” to terrorist provocations that are the symptoms of a deeper problem.  This is mirrored in the US presidential race by one party that has become the bastion of privilege and another party that is conflicted. 

     Whether in America or Europe, it’s time for the 1% to give up their privileges.  If not the price will get higher and higher and living in their “gilded” ghettos will be less and less safe as the attacks in Paris on people enjoying a night out in the City of Lights proved to be. 

     Centuries of European colonialism and American neo-colonialism have come home to roost.  So in the interim we have some very bad choices – an alliance of convenience with Putin, autocratic regimes in the Middle East and an unraveling European Union. 

      We have to stop the bleeding caused by ISIS.  But in the long run we need to move from a strategy that treats the disease of terrorism as a chronic condition not an acute disease. And we must be humble knowing “violence” is part of the human condition. 

     We in the US were birthed by a revolutionary war and then a civil war.  Europe has had it’s 30 and 100 years wars plus WW I and II. Russia experienced a revolution, two world wars and a bloody civil war. Why should the Middle East be any different?

     Do we just stand back and watch, no!  The West helped create this mess.  We’ve got to summon our best Machiavellian instincts while appealing to mankind’s better angels too.  We’ve got to use the play book Gandhi used against the British Raj.   

     Politics is the search for proximate solutions to impossible problems. 

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

- George Santayana   


     What ISIS is all about

     "...their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of—and headline player in—the imminent end of the world..." 



     As the legislature prepares for the 2016 February session I'm focusing my attention of Oregon's housing crisis.  This isn't just a "homeless" crisis it's an affordable housing crisis. 

     After watching the Interim Committee on Housing & Human Services on Tuesday from home, I was very impressed by Chair Alissa Keny-Guyer (D, Portland).  She clearly has her eye on the ball and I'm very encouraged with her agenda for the upcoming session. 

Committee Hearing:  11/17/2015 2:00 PM

     On Wednesday I checked in her office and talked to her LA and plan to keep in touch with them as things progress.  I also had a brief chat with Governor Brown prior to her testifying in a hearing.  It was clear that housing is on the top of her agenda too as it is of Speaker Kotek. 

     Now will President Courtney play nice? 


Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, wants legislation next February on steps to help low-income Oregonians enduring whopping rent increases in recent years even as builder



EDITOR'S NOTE:  With the sickening anti-immigrant trash talk coming out of the mouths of GOP candidates for POTUS and governors it's nice to see the compassionate side of an immigrant story.  Here's a family from The Central African Republic, one of the poorest nations in the world and a hot bed of internal war lord violence, who now live in Forest Grove and were helped by our local first responders - a good group I know from my own experience in several medical emergencies...   

The White House


The number of Syrian refugees UNHCR has referred to the U.S. Refugees Admission Program.


The number of Syrians the Department of Homeland Security has interviewed since FY 2011.


The number of Syrian refugees who have been admitted since FY 2011.


The number of Syrian refugees resettled in the U.S. that have been arrested or removed on terrorism charges.





November 17, 2015   

Thanks to health care reform efforts, there are now more Oregonians with health insurance than at any time in recent history. And yet some 383,000 Oregonians are still without insurance, and many others with insurance face barriers to seeing a doctor.

Today, the Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA) published a report examining the gaps in health coverage that remain and offering recommendations on how to mend those gaps. The Oregon Center for Public Policy contributed analysis for the report.