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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


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


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%.  





  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:


  • Jim Hightower:

  • Robert Reich:

Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

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...   
















































RAD Lines

See my FACEBOOK @ Russ


  • He lost by 2.9 million votes...

  • He's a con artist...

  • He's a pathological liar... 

  • He's a failed business man...

  • He's a fascist... 


Trump & The Mob


Trump's role models are Vladmir Putin and Benito Mussolini.  He has contempt for our checks and balances system.  He wants to "rule" not govern like a strong man, a despot.  He will shredd the Constitution anytime he feels the urge to do so and like all despots he only listens to his inner circle.  And he is paranoid and narcissistic. 


Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


Housing Needs in Oregon 




"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, 1940

  • "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  

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... 



"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 

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



















































Oregon Court of Appeals topples 50-year growth plan, setting stage for land use debate

Washington County used "pseudo factors" to determine urban/rural reserves...   

By Christian Gaston - Oregonian, February 20, 2014

     The Oregon Court of Appeals overturned a 50-year growth plan established by Metro and Portland-area counties Thursday, setting the stage for a debate about the state’s land use system.

     In the opinion, the court critiqued designations of rural and urban reserves in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties and criticized state land use regulators for approving the plan.

     The broad nature of the ruling means county and Metro officials will have to restart work on a plan that took years and millions of dollars to develop unless the Legislature steps in.

     RAD:  The primary culprits who caused the court to rule against the current plan were Washington County's board of commissioners currently headed by Andy Duyck.  But the pro-developer mobilization of bias began with former Chair Tom Brian who got Metro to cave in to UGB slice and dice land swapping.  

     Since Brian is no longer chair the political fallout of the court's decision will rest on Chair Duyck who is facing a re-election bid in May against Allen Amabisca.  This could easily be the main issue in two of the three county commission races, Duyck v. Amabisca and Terry vs. Furse.  

     Washington County residents have a choice between two visions of the county's future - unlimited pro-developer urban sprawl or smart growth which balances rural and urban spaces.  Do we want a one-dimensional economy based on the traded sector or a diverse economy based on farming, small business along with hi-tech?     

     CG:  Earlier this week Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, released a map of a modified reserve plan that he hopes the Legislature will pass this month.

     His plan would lock some controversial farmland in the Helvetia area of Washington County and affirm a 2011 decision by Metro to open roughly 2,000 acres near Beaverton and Hillsboro for future development.

     The Legislature set up the urban and rural reserves system in 2007 in order to provide more certainty for farmers and developers, but the designations became mired in controversy.  

     RAD:  In an act of unbridled hubris the Washington County Board of Commissioners fought for including the Helvetia area within the urban/rural reserves which set off the legal battle now won by groups like Save Helvetia and 1000 Friends of Oregon.  But the battle is not over! 

     Since the court remanded the issue back to LCDC, Metro and the three metro area counties, the battle royal may have just begun!  And given the critical commissioner races in Washington County in May there could be a far different set of players at the helm come next January.  

     It all depends on the timing of rolling out a new map for urban/rural reserves.  It's hard to imagine that any new map could be agreed to by the three counties, Metro and LCDC in an expedited process.  It more likely will take at least a year of time and taxpayer money to straighten the mess out!  

     But hold the phone as noted above, there is a plan B working its way in the current legislature. 

     CG:  If the Legislature acts, the planning effort could bypass much of the legal scrutiny that has bogged it down since local governments approved it in 2010.

     But Clem’s effort is controversial. Washington County, Hillsboro and Metro officials have all said the so-called “land use grand bargain” that Clem is proposing would undermine local control over land use designations.  

     RAD:  Of course the "good old boys in Washington County, Hillsoboro and at Metro who designed the now "failed" plan oppose the "grand bargain."  But don't buy the argument they are trotting out about undermining local control. 

     The designers of Washington County's part of the plan weren't that keen on local citizen input mandated by state law, they gerryrigged a plan which was "developer" not "citizen" friendly.  Their sudden conversion to "local control" is suspect to say the least.  

     Besides, Senate Bill 100 and LCDC were a creation of the legislature not local government.  The prerogatives the legislature granted the Metro counties, Metro and LCDC can be taken away or modified.  The legislature ultimately rules minus court challenge.     

     As they say in the movies - the plot thickens!  

     PS:  For more on this...   

Appeals Court opinion:

Carla Axtman, Blue Oregon


Furse response - the campaign has begun!   

     "Too often, the citizens of Washington County find their input is ignored and that the County Commission has made up its mind before any public hearing is held. With this victory, we can renew our commitment to protecting farms, forest lands, and open space for generations to come by electing new leaders who support Oregon's efforts to limit sprawl and protect our farmlands."

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