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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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Trump & The Mob

http-//www.politico.com#13C5A6C

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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."

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Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax

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Half of the US Is Broke

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The myth of the Christian country

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“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

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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"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%.  

 

RAD'S

WEBSITE PICKS: 


 

  • An Independent View

Oregon Outpost

  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:

Realclearpolitics

  • Jim Hightower:   

Jimhightower.com

  • 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: 

Hardtimes

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

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

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

Homelessness:  

•    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:

•    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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAD Lines

See my FACEBOOK @ Russ

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  • 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... 


Every Fascist Needs an Enabler. Donald Trump Will Have Mike Pence.


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. 

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SB 1533 passes!  

http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=10863

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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"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

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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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   


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

 

BLOGS:

From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now
democracynow.org

The Daily Kos

dailykos.com

Blue Oregon

blueoregon.com

 

"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... 

americanobserver

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

GarrisonKeillor

 

     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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

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Monday
May152017

THE COMEY AFFAIR - READING BETWEEN THE LINES... 

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Sometimes what is NOT said is more instructive that WHAT is said.  Here an excellent analysis of our acting AG's comments on Trump's firing Comey.  I've also appended in the "Comments" section a satirical piece from MPV  on what happens when Trump's in "home alone" in the Oval office minus his "minders"...    

by Marc Volavka -

     I’ve been intrigued in the past 48 or so hours or so over the almost universal media conclusion, and reporting,  that Rob Rosenstein, in his memo to Attorney General Sessions; recommended that FBI Director Comey be “fired”, or otherwise removed.
 
     Let me humbly suggest, as someone with at least a little political acumen, that you ALL READ his memo to Attorney General Sessions.  First, I was surprised to discover how difficult it was, given our instantaneous “Google” world, to actually FIND the full, complete, memo...absent media/new ‘commentary’ or edits.
 
     I did, however, succeed.  And I read his memo.  And then I read his memo again.  And then I read it AGAIN.  Because, every time I came to the end of page 3, I kept feeling that I was missing page 4.
 
     Virtually every commentary; analysis; opinion offered by news media; political pundits and the local dog catcher accepted, as FACT, that he had made the recommendation to relieve Director Comey of his duties.  In fact; in Trump's letter to Comey; it implies as much.
 
     But, I dare any of you to read, in it’s entirety, Rosenstein’s memo to Sessions; and point to this conclusion.  You won’t be able to.  And you won’t be able to because I believe Rosenstein knew and understood that when Trump and Sessions asked him to give “his honest opinion” of Comey’s behavior, he was being set up.
 
     This is the last paragraph of Rosenstein’s memo:
     "Although the President has the power to remove an FBI director, the decision should not be taken lightly.  I agree with the nearly unanimous opinions of former Department officials.  The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong.  As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them.  Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions."
 
     Do I believe Rosenstein actually penned this memo?  Yes.  Do I believe he was being totally honest about what he “felt” about the actions of the FBI Director over the preceding 9-10 months?  Yes.  And, why do I believe this?  Because, having now read carefully each and every word of this VERY carefully crafted memo; it lacks one thing—a concluding paragraph.
 
     In fact, the memo CRY’S OUT for a concluding paragraph.  It SHOUTS OUT for one.  And it is the very absence of it that suggests to me that the Deputy Attorney General understood exactly what position he was being asked to put himself in; and in the absence of the concluding paragraph; his personal resistance, likely because of his deep belief in his constitutional responsibilities; not to play the pawn that Sessions and Trump wanted him to play.
 
     So, I’ve taken the liberty to write one, and in doing so, suggest that, by it’s very absence, we should hold final judgment on Rob Rosenstein.  He may yet get the last laugh!!
 
     Here is what’s missing:
 
     “It is, therefore, with great sadness, that I come to the conclusion that Director Comey cannot continue to lead the FBI, and I must, reluctantly recommend he be removed as Director.”
 
     Nowhere are these, or anything close to these words, found.
 
     He’s actually set himself up to go from “goat”; to hero; because he’s still the Deputy Attorney General...and he still retains the sole right to appoint an independent council in this matter. 

 

 

 

 

Reader Comments (1)

RAD from MPV -


So, let me get this straight...

SCROTUS is “white hot” over the weekend because he can’t get away from the “fake news” about his connections with Russia. He’s pissed at Comey for being “mildly nauseous” at the thought that his (Comey) actions might have helped Trump win. He’s pissed at most of his staff because they haven’t been able to make this “fake news” about the Russian connections just ‘go away’.

So, SCROTUS decides to take things into his own (these are NOT tiny) hands and come up with his own strategy to ‘get this Russia thing’ behind him.

Here it is:

1. Get the newly appointed Deputy Attorney General to write a memo to the Attorney General (who had already recused himself from anything and everything “Russia”; about how horribly the FBI Director screwed up the Hillary email mess. Make sure the memo highlights how totally unfair it was to treat Hillary that way. Generously and vigorously quote LOTS of previous Attorney’s General and Deputy Attorney’s General, who opined on the Directors inappropriate behavior, while leaving past legal precedents and legal conclusions to a bare minimum. And, MAKE SURE you don’t once mention “Russia”.

2. Get the Attorney General (who had previously recused himself of anything “Russian”) to conclude that, since the Rosenstein memo didn’t once, even by implication, mention “Russia”; that he should forward this memo to the President as an attachment to his OWN letter to the President; indicating that he concurred with the observations of his Deputy; and recommended Comey be relieved of his duties.

3. Accept the recommendation of your Attorney General; and write your own letter to Comey; firing him, effective immediately.

4. Make SURE you mention in your letter, that even though you greatly appreciate that 3 times previously Director Comey had told you that you were NOT under investigation (regarding “Russia”); that had nothing to do with your decision to terminate.

5. Give the letter to your own, personal, bodyguard to hand deliver to the FBI Director’s office (even though the Director was in California, on official business); and then release your letter; the Attorney General’s letter; and the Deputy Attorney General’s memo; to the press.

6. Sit back and wait for all those Democrats who’d previously been ‘white hot angry’ at Comey to congratulate you on finally taking appropriate action.

7. (OOOPSSSSSSSS)

8. Tell all your spokespeople to GET THEIR STORY straight.

9. Finalize and release your ‘formal’ schedule of meetings for the next day: Meet with Richard Nixon’s former Secretary of State (providing the media with a photo op to connect you with Nixon and Watergate); meet with Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov; and Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey I. Kislyak, IN the OVAL OFFICE. And make sure the U.S. media are BANNED from that meeting; but let the Russian media take all the photos they want.

Damn...what a brilliant strategy!
May 15, 2017 | Registered CommenterR.A.D.

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