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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
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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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Thursday
Jun082017

IMMIGRANTS, SEPARATE AND NOT EQUAL...  

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Found this excellent op ed in our local Forest Grove News Times. 

By Rubi Vergara-Grindell a 2015 graduate of Forest Grove High School. She will be a junior at Reed College in Portland next fall.

     Today citizenship is used to draw the line between rightful members of United States society and the 'illegal aliens,' criminalizing and incarcerating those who are not protected by citizenship.


     Ana Maria's (name changed) lips tremble as she tells me about her seven-year old daughter who asks where her mother is every night. A couple of years ago, Ana Maria's husband was deported and now her daughter's worst fear has come true — her mother is in detention and will probably be deported as well.

     Ana Maria has been living in Arizona for over 10 years and her only criminal charges are two DUIs. If she were an American citizen, these DUI's may have meant that she would have gone to jail for a few months and then returned to her life.

     As an undocumented person, these charges make her a priority for deportation and separation from her daughter. Ana Maria can apply for cancellation of removal, but in order to qualify for this legal remedy, she must prove that her daughter would suffer "extreme hardship" if separated from her mother.

     When I explain this, Ana Maria quickly tells me how her daughter was traumatized by her father's deportation and now cries every day for her mother to come home. This may seem like "extreme hardship" to any mother or daughter, but in the eyes of the law, it does not count. Only a severe medical condition or complete dependency qualifies under "extreme hardship." Most probably, Ana Maria will be deported, leaving her daughter without parents.

     Instead of being able to care for her daughter, Ana Maria is detained in the Eloy Detention Center in Eloy, Arizona, along with approximately 1,500 other undocumented people, from presenting asylum seekers to longtime residents of the U.S. Legally speaking, detention is not incarceration and according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is simply to insure that detainees will attend their immigration court hearings.

     One look at the Eloy Detention Center, a private prison run by CoreCivic (formerly CCA), will tell you differently. In terms of legal rights, detainees do not have many of those that defendants in criminal court do. Under immigration law, defendants do not have the right to legal counsel nor the right to be tried by a jury.

     Defendants, many of whom do not speak English, are expected not only to represent themselves but also submit all documents in English and receive all paper rulings in English. There is no Internet access in the detention center and phone calls are costly. For indigenous language speakers, court hearings often get pushed back many times due to the court's inability to find an interpreter.

     It is not uncommon for people to be detained for multiple years. In order to get out on bond, defendants must provide extensive proof of their good moral conduct and prove that they are not a flight risk, then pay a bond that can range from the minimum of $1,500 to as much as $40,000 or more.

     Meanwhile, the conditions of detention are far from humane. A 2015 report by The Republic showed that the Eloy Detention Center has had more deaths than any other detention center in the country — 15 since 2003. People in detention, just like in any other kind of incarceration, can suffer severe mental trauma, what Eloy's medical staff call "adjustment disorder." Detention severely affects the families of those detained as well.

     Tomás (name changed), a young man from Guatemala, presented himself at the border with his pregnant wife in order to ask for asylum from persecution in his home country. His wife is on parole in Washington, but he will remain in Eloy for at least six months awaiting a bond hearing and more if he is denied bond. His first child will be born thousands of miles away from the prison that he sits in.

     The United States detains 380,000 to 442,000 persons per year in immigration detention. More than 60 percent of these people are detained in privately-run immigration detention centers like the Eloy Detention Center. Detention is costly. Detaining and deporting one person costs $23,000. In 2015, taxpayers paid about $2 billion dollars to fund immigration detention.

     Detention is not only expensive but unnecessary and inhumane. Those detained are not criminals, and if they have committed crimes, they have already served their sentences in criminal detention.

     Undocumented people are not a risk to American society. According to a report by the CATO institute, "the chance of being murdered in an attack committed by an illegal immigrant is an astronomical 1 in 10.9 billion per year. Every single person detained could just as easily go through immigration proceedings outside of detention and in that way continue to contribute to our economy and communities.

     Why not immigrate "the right way"? Contrary to popular opinion, immigrating "legally" to the United States is impossible for many people. Millions of people fleeing violence and persecution from Latin American countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico (all among the top 13 most dangerous countries in the world according to the major risk-consultancy firm Verisk Maplecroft) cannot apply for refugee status in their home countries and must present themselves at the U.S. border in order to ask for asylum.

     At the border they are most often detained in immigration detention just like any person who crosses through the desert. There is even an incentive to enter without inspection as you can more easily bond out of detention than if you present at the border. For immigration proceedings that can occur outside of the U.S, such as adjustment of status through a U.S. citizen child, parent or sibling, the waiting list is extremely long taking more than 20 years in many cases.

     Why is such a cruel and ineffective system being utilized?

     This question points back to the origins of U.S. citizenship and the ways it has been used to include and exclude. Citizenship is a social construct that has been used since the creation of the United States to delineate between the white citizen and the non-white anti-citizen.

     The Naturalization Act of 1790 restricted citizenship to any "free white person," leaving out enslaved and free people of color. Black Americans were denied citizenship for over a century in order to justify their enslavement and oppression. Native Americans were similarly denied citizenship until 1924.

     Today, citizenship is used to draw the line between rightful members of United States society and the "illegal aliens," criminalizing and incarcerating those who are not protected by citizenship. Coincidentally, these "illegal aliens" are by far people of color. Fleeing persecution, domestic violence, extortion, gang violence and economic instability (often caused by U.S. military and economic intervention in foreign countries) should not be a crime. Today it is and thousands of people sit in jail because of it.

     Practical steps to protecting victims of the immigration system include raising awareness about the injustice of immigration detention, putting oneself in contact with local nonprofits that advocate for immigrant rights, writing letters of support to people in detention through legal aid organizations and asking local and state officials to support legislation in favor of undocumented rights.

 

Wednesday
May312017

TRUMP'S CULTURE OF INCOMPETENCE

    The news cycle during the campaign was all about Trump’s megalomania, narcissism, sexism,  vulgar rhetoric and hostility to minorities – Latinos, Muslims and Blacks. 

     Since occupying the Oval Office the focus has become the Putin/Trump connection and the possible treasonable actions of colluding with the Russians in manipulating the election in Trump’s favor. 

     I share all of these concerns of Trump and Trumpism. I expect that he and his minions will be found to have stolen the election and in the process obstructed justice – impeachable acts. 

     As these charges work their way through the Congress, the Courts, a special counsel’s investigation and the court of public opinion – there is another damaging affect of Trump – the sheer incompetence of his governance style or lack thereof. 

     As of late February there were 2000 vacancies in the new administration not requiring legislative confirmation. Bureaucratic desks are empty to carry out daily administrative functions of government.

     Many have warned us of Trump’s lack of any previous political experience.  Many have noted his ignorance of the Constitution and his disrespect for our checks and balances system

     Many have shared their concerns for his lack of discipline, his ignorance and disdain for information other than what he gets from social media and his constant often inconsistent and incoherent tweeting. 

     Every week there are informed rumors of verbal battles among White House staffers and shake-ups within the administration as dissension grows.  All the while Trump keeps tweeting that he is in charge!  

     One of the most important responsibilities of a president is to appoint people around him he can trust and who have the strength to tell him things he may not want to hear. 

     The implicit job description of White House staff, cabinet members and others in key positions in the administration is that they understand how Washington works. They are experienced.  

     Few of Trump’s team have such experience and it has shown with the incredibly messy attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare and with developing a tax plan.  

     Trump ran a campaign of chaos – apparently he thinks he can govern by chaos. But he can’t.  The prerequisites for effective governance are clarity of mission and coherency of a legislative game plan. 

     Thus far Trump has not demonstrated such a governance skill set.  He’s done the opposite – he’s increased uncertainty while railing on about how “he’s” going to make “America Great Again.” 

     Trump is like a modern day Casey Jones at the throttle heading his steam engine down the tracks at full bore with the brakeman not on duty.  This is a prescription for failure not success and Americans will suffer from such irresponsible behavior.    

     A president has many audiences – the public, the Congress, the lobby, the international community and the media here and abroad. To be successful he has to know how to relate to each. Thus far Trump has shown himself to be tone deaf to these audiences other than his rabid minority base.    

     Crafting legislation is a Congressional responsibility – as the saying goes – “the president proposes, the congress disposes.”  Trump doesn’t seem to understand this basic rule of governance.  

     Trump’s lack of governance skills will ultimately leave him alone in the White House isolated from those whose help  - various publics noted above - he needs to persuade in order to govern.

    Without a coherent agenda coming from the Oval Office – these various audiences will go their separate ways making sure that chaos reigns – not a prescription for good governance.  

     Trump prides himself as a “transactional” leader who at the last minute can sweep into a room to make the “big deal.”  That’s not the way that democratic government works at any level – at home or in the international community. 

     Governance requires collaboration and consent not force nor intimidation.  

     At the end of the day Trump’s approach to governance will lead us into a dystopian nation and world described by Thomas Hobbes as “the war of all against all.” 

     Welcome to Donald Trump’s brave new world.  

Saturday
May272017

MEMORIAL DAY - LET'S HONOR SERVICE NOT WAR...  

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams


     I'm not a veteran I've opposed every war in my adulthood from Vietnam to Iraq. But the genocide of Bosnia caused me to reconsider my pacifist beliefs and to reluctantly embrace the "just war" theory.

     I have close friends who are vets and respect their service to country despite having made a different decision to serve on the home front trying to keep us out of unnecessary wars which only made things worse not better.

     I also have a very close friend who rejected LBJ's offer to summer in Vietnam - a choice of conscience made by hundreds of thousands of draft age men or solders serving in Vietnam. He's happily lived in Canada with no regrets.

     In my own case, I applied for CO status with my Roseburg draft board only to be denied such status after a year and a half appeal process.  Before my interview with my local draft board, the attorney to the board said "you like to spin your wheels, don't you." 

     That gives you a sense of the feeling of red neck draft board members in those days. But when I failed my pre-induction physical, a Kafkaeque experience. due to a pre-existing condition, I left the Minneapolis armory more committed to making a difference. 

     My Japanese-American father-in-law served in WW II despite the fact his relatives were incarcerated in internment camps. He was not alone in his family of male adults who served. 

     On the other hand the Japanese-American "No, No" boys also served in their own way as did Oregon's owm Minoru Yasui did by violating Executive Order 9066 by breaking a war-time curfew law in Portland.  

     When Ann and I traveled home in the summer of '65 for me to face my draft board, my father-in-law knew the reasons for the trip.  We never talked about it but I think he respected my decision as I respected his in his day.  Both of us acted on service to a higher goal.  

     My Italian-American father tried twice to enlist but was probably refused because his working at Boeing and for the Seattle Port of Inbarkation which serviced the North Pacific theater of war were considered essential services to the war effort.

     My uncle Fred Dondero worked in the Oakland ship yards building Liberty ships.

     One of the Mariner's announcers, Dave Sims, the other day while the Mariners were playing the Washington Nationals mentioned he and several Mariners visited some wounded warriors at the Bethesda military hospital in DC.

     He made a familiar comment heard this time of year - "their service is the price paid for our freedom."

     I strongly disagree with this easy takeaway point. I admire vets service to country just as I admire those who serve in the Peace Corp, as a Volunteer to America, the Coast Guard or community policing.

     But too many of America's wars have not been so noble. We've allowed ourselves all too often to be seduced the political rhetoric to fight for flag, honor and country which turns out to be a fight for the military industrial complex.

     There are other ways to serve in one's own community. One doesn't have to go off to far away places to fight wars in cultures one doesn't know anything about while carrying out a modern day version of Kipling's White Man's Burden.

     And with the draft ended most Americans are insulated from the price paid by our volunteer military and their families. We've outsourced the role of citizen soldier to those serving as career soldiers. We've become numb to the human toll of war.

     Let's take a brief road of remembrance down US history -

     WW II's Greatest Generation can lay claim to having saved the world from the Third Reich at a high cost - an unholy alliance with Stalin, the fire bombing of Dresden, Tokyo and of course the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Cold War.

     But previous wars including our own Revolutionary War and our Civil War are far less morally pure in the light of history.

     While the rhetoric of the Revolution was founded on the rights of man, Native Americans, African slaves and women were not included exempting counting 3/5s a slave for purposes of enumeration of which the 2016 election bore an echo. 

     Those of us who benefit from the sacrifices at Valley Forge or Gettysburg can cast a blind eye to the costs of these wars but we owe a debt to those who fought but let's admit both brought a problematic legacy with which we still deal.

     Let's be honest too - no more than 1/3 of the colonlials supported the Revolution, many fled across the border to Canada.  The Civil War included draft riots and rich boys families buying them out of service to country. 

     President Trump's (gag) boasting that his sexual conquests during Vietnam were equal to the risks to those who saw action in Vietnam which he managed to avoid by many deferments is shameful.  That red blooded Americans should accept this bull is revolting.  

     Lincoln along with the slave holder George Washington was more than willing to keep slavery intact if he could save the Union. But ultimately the Southern resistance forced Abe to do the right thing - though full emancipation has yet to be fulfilled.

     Just ask Black Lives Matter!

     Every American war between the Civil War and WW I has been fought for imperial reasons - land grabs - under the rubric of Manifest Destiny. And WW I was fought according to President Wilson to be the "war to end all war." How hollow that rings!

     I grew up in Roseburg. I heard stories of vets from the Civil War to Korea housed in the VA hospital there who suffered from so-called shell shock - now called post tramatic-stress disorder, PTSD.

     So let's stop the sanctimony of another Memorial Day and just be thankful to those who serve - no matter where, when nor how. Those grave stones in Arlington are a symbol as Madison said of our "better natures" and a reminder of the human cost.

Monday
May222017

IMPEACHMENT TERRITORY...?  

EDITOR'S NOTE:  I met and hosted David Gergen in the 2003 McCall Forum debate which featured Bill Bradley & David Gergen.  I have considerable respect for Gergen.  His comments on CNN are very telling. 

The key to a scandal is that it has a life of its own - as Nixon, Clinton found out and now Trump is experiencing.  No amount of tweeting can tweet this away!  In an ironic way Trump is a victim of the genie that created him - reality TV, soical media and the 24/7 news cycle all thanks to Roger Ailes who is off to Dante's Inferno no doubt.   

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/politics/david-gergen-impeachment-territory-anderson-cooper-360-cnntv/index.html?sr=fbpol051717david-gergen-impeachment-territory-anderson-cooper-360-cnntv0147PMVODtopVideo&linkId=37679497

www.cnn.com
If President Trump truly did ask James Comey to end the investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn -- as the former FBI director is said to have claimed in a memo -- then the United States has reached a rare tipping point, David Gergen said Tuesday night.
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.