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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...   


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  • 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



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Editor's Note"  -

As Millennials surpass the Boomers as the largest demographic - the Democratic Party ought to be paying attention. My two sons are in their 40s so they are not M's but they face the same challenges... We can't continue to "eat our future."

The author is right that we've disinvested in higher education increasing the debt of college aged students, especially those attending public universities where people like Phil Knight would rather give to athletic programs than financial aide.

Private colleges like Pacific do a better job of packaging aid to students by discounting their high tuitions but it still poses a huge drain on their grad's futures as workers, would be home owners and entrepreneurs.

We have assumed that everyone should attend a 4 year college...  

Back in my high school days - we had an academic track with the goal of getting into college BUT we also had career tracks supported by home ec, ag and shop classes to train workers to get their first job in their own communities.   

Community colleges were created to make this an even more robust transition from high school to one's first job.  But in the mania to teach to the test we've lost the goal of altnerative work centered/hands on education.  

We hear our hi-tech corporations in Oregon complain they can't get qualified workers from our schools so they go elsewhere.  My suggestion is that we form public private networks which create a seamless process from high school to one's first job as they do so well in Germany.  

In my experience internships at the college level are a great entrance into a career. Apprentiship programs which link high schools and the job world should be the other option for future workers and taxpayers.  

One size does not fit all...    

 The Fleecing of Millennials

Their incomes are flat. Their wealth is down. And Washington is aggravating future threats. 

David Leonhardt

By David LeonhardtOpinion Columnist, Jan. 27, 2019

For Americans under the age of 40, the 21st century has resembled one long recession.

I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, given that the economy has now been growing for almost a decade. But the truth is that younger Americans have not benefited much.

Look at incomes, for starters. People between the ages of 25 and 34 were earning slightly less in 2017 than people in that same age group had been in 2000:

The wealth trends look even worse. Since the century’s start, median net worth has plummeted for every age group under 55: 

Why is this happening? The main reason is a lack of economic dynamism. Not as many new companies have been forming since 2000 — for reasons that experts don’t totally understand — and existing companies have been expanding at a slower rate. (The pace of job cuts has also fallen, which is why the unemployment rate has stayed low.) Rather than starting new projects, companies are sitting on big piles of cash or distributing it to their shareholders.

This loss of dynamism hurts millennials and the younger Generation Z, even as baby boomers are often doing O.K. Because the layoff rate has declined since 2000, most older workers have been able to hold on to their jobs. For those who are retired, their income — through a combination of Social Security and 401(k)’s — still outpaces inflation on average. 

But many younger workers are struggling to launch themselves into good-paying careers. They then lack the money to buy a first home or begin investing in the stock market. Yes, older workers face their own challenges, like age discrimination. Over all, though, the generational gap in both income and wealth is growing

Given these trends, you’d think the government would be trying to help the young. But it’s not. If anything, federal and state policy is going in the other direction. Medicare and Social Security have been spared from cuts. Programs that benefit younger workers and families have not. 

The biggest example is higher education. Over the past decade, states have cut college funding by an average of 16 percent per student. It’s a shocking form of economic myopia. In response, tuition has risen, and students have taken on more debt. Worst of all, many students attend colleges with high dropout rates and end up with debt but no degree.

And as badly as the government is treating the young today, the future looks even more ominous. 

First, the national debt, while manageable now, is on pace to soar. The primary cause is the cost of health care: Most Americans receive far morein Medicare benefits than they paid in Medicare taxes. The Trump tax cut also plays a role. It is increasing the debt — and it mostly benefits older, affluent household

Second, the warming planet is likely to cause terrible damage and bring huge costs. 

Young Americans favor aggressive action, now, to slow climate change. But the Republican Party — which wins elections with strong support from older voters — has vetoed any such action. As a result, greenhouse gases keep spewing into the atmosphere, and the climate crisis is likely to be far worse than it needs to be. Today’s young Americans will be left to suffer the consequences and bear the costs.

RAD:  Motivation to vote in 2020...  You sit this one out at your peril.   

Last week, one of those young Americans — somebody who qualifies as an older millennial — announced that he was running for president: the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg. A Navy veteran and Rhodes scholar who’s been praised by Barack Obama, Buttigieg (“BOOT-edge-edge”) is a rising star in Democratic politics. But of course he is a long shot to win the nomination. He is the mayor of a moderate-size city, after all.

And yet I think his candidacy is important, because it has the potential to influence the entire campaign. Buttigieg kicked off his run by talking about “intergenerational justice” and made clear that he would focus sharply on the future. After we spoke on Friday, I looked at my notes and discovered he hadn’t said “Trump” once.

During our conversation, I asked him how he hoped to win over older Americans — who, to their credit, vote at much higher rates than the young — and he told me an intriguing story. When he first ran for mayor of South Bend in 2011, he had the money to conduct only one poll. In it, his team asked voters how they would feel about having such a young mayor. The group most likely to see it as an advantage were the oldest voters.

“Many of the people who respond most positively to a moral message about the future are older people,” he said. “The American story is one of making sure that each generation is better off than the last. I don’t want my generation to be the first not to enjoy that. But I also think older generations don’t want to be the ones to cause that.”

There are some unavoidable trade-offs between the young and the old: A dollar spent on Medicare is unavailable for universal pre-K. But the country’s biggest economic problems aren’t about hordes of greedy old people profiting off the young.

They’re about an economy that showers much of its bounty on the already affluent, at the expense of most Americans — and of our future. The young pay the biggest price for these inequities.

That’s a vital subject for the 2020 campaign, whoever the leading candidates end up being.

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OPINION - George Will

Trump an inexpressibly sad specimen to behold 

Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly spiteful presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse.

If the country’s condition is calibrated simply by economic data — if, that is, America is nothing but an economy — then the state of the union is good. Except that after two years of unified government under the party that formerly claimed to care about fiscal facts and rectitude, the nation faces a $1 trillion deficit during brisk growth and full employment. Unless the president has forever banished business cycles — if he has, his modesty would not have prevented him from mentioning it — the next recession will begin with gargantuandeficits, which will be instructive.

The president has kept his promise not to address the unsustainable trajectory of the entitlement state (about the coming unpleasant reckoning, he says: “Yeah, but I won’t be here”), and his party’s congressional caucuses have elevated subservience to him into a political philosophy. The Republican-controlled Senate — the world’s most overrated deliberative body — will not deliberate about, much less pass, legislation the president does not favor. The evident theory is that senatorial dignity is too brittle to survive the disapproval of a president not famous for familiarity with actual policies.

The president’s most consequential exercise of power has been the abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, opening the way for China to fill the void of U.S. involvement. His protectionism — government telling Americans what they can consume, in what quantities and at what prices — completes his extinguishing of the limited-government pretenses of the GOP, which needs an entirely new vocabulary. Pending that, the party is resorting to crybaby conservatism: We are being victimized by “elites,” markets, Wall Street, foreigners, etc.

After 30 years of U.S. diplomatic futility regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the artist of the deal spent a few hours in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, then tweeted: “There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.” What price will the president pay — easing sanctions? ending joint military exercises with South Korea? — in attempts to make his tweet seem less dotty?

By his comportment, the president benefits his media detractors with serial vindications of their disparagements. They, however, have sunk to his level of insufferable self-satisfaction by preening about their superiority to someone they consider morally horrifying and intellectually cretinous. For most Americans, President Trump’s expostulations are audible wallpaper, always there but not really noticed. Still, the ubiquity of his outpourings in the media’s outpourings gives American life its current claustrophobic feel.

Dislike of him should be tempered by this consideration: He is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen. It must be misery to awaken to another day of being Donald Trump. He seems to have as many friends as his pluperfect self-centeredness allows, and as he has earned in an entirely transactional life. His historical ignorance deprives him of the satisfaction of working in a house where much magnificent history has been made. His childlike ignorance — preserved by a lifetime of single-minded self-promotion — concerning governance and economics guarantees that whenever he must interact with experienced and accomplished people he is as bewildered as a kindergartener at a seminar on string theory.

Which is why this fountain of self-refuting boasts (“I have a very good brain”) lies so much. He does so less to deceive anyone than to reassure himself. And as balm for his base, which remains oblivious to his likely contempt for them as sheep who can be effortlessly gulled by preposterous fictions. The tungsten strength of his supporters’ loyalty is as impressive as his indifference to expanding their numbers.

Either the electorate, bored with a menu of faintly variant servings of boorishness, or the 22nd Amendment will end this, our shabbiest but not our first shabby presidency.

As Mark Twain and fellow novelist William Dean Howells stepped outside together one morning, a downpour began and Howells asked, “Do you think it will stop?” Twain replied, “It always has.” © 2018, Washington Post Writers Group




President Trump Job Approval




Appove = 41.0%

   Disappove = 55.5%

  Margin 14.5% 

You decide who is winning!

Editor's Note:  With polling data showing Trump is losing the PR battle with Democrats - given the #s from the RCP poll - 41% approve; 55.5 disapprove - gap 14.5... and growing - Trump's latest 'deal' offer is a non-starter! As long as he is blamed by the public including some of his own base - the D's have no reason to negotiate with him. 

But as I've said previously the D's are playing a dangerous game, public opinion can turn on a dime. The D's need to be more vocal about "their plan" - to disconnect negotiations over the wall from the government shutdown. 

I've suggested a different path - agree to a scaled back Wall (which Trump seems to embrace as of today) with annual funding limits with strict congressional oversight tied to agreement to protect all DACCA residents including those who have been deported AND to allow asylum seekers protection from family separation plus accelerated hearings on their asylum claims. 

The "art of the deal" is compromise. Both sides need to acknowledge that reality - as long as each plays this as a zero sum game America loses... But Trump started this dive into a rabbit hole so he deserves the blame. It's time for him to cry "Uncle."

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I took a vacation during the holiday season from punditry. I needed the diversion and with the help of the Hallmark Channel, the British Baking Show, Christmas videos (White Christmas et al) I was able to stay in a state of denial. 

But now I'm back! 

Trump and the GOP are playing with fools gold on the "partial" government shutdown over a damn wall! Who will this hurt - as usual lower income citizens who depend on their tax returns for paying the bills (see article below for the details). 

As for the a Wall they don't work. At ports of entry they make some sense but with a 2000 mile border between the US and Mexico the wall is delusional "group" think.  It's a waste of money but effective political rhetoric for Trump's base - the same people hurt by the IRS slowdown! 

But to quote FDR "all we have to fear is fear itself."  Those seeking aslym are not drug mules, criminals, but families fleeing persecution from their own government, war lords and/or drug cartels.  They seek a better life just like millions of immigrants to the USA have over the years.  

Some historic Walls of infamy that never worked - the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, the Maginot Line... In a global world no such barriers can work anymore than they did in antiquity. Remember the Trojan War?They also deny us workers who can really make America 'Greater' again. 

My concern is that the Democrats will overplay their hand on the shutdown 'showdown'.  I'd offer Trump a phased in Wall plan over the next 5 years with rigorous congressional oversight, strict annual spending limits and annual program based reports - no 5 billion slush fund just annual appropriations @ 1 billion fully vetted each fiscal year. 

And the price for this compromise - just enough Democratic votes to pass a bill tied to complete amnesty for all Dacca eligible residents in the US and those who've been deported PLUS allowing asylum seekers entrance into the USA, subject to judicial adjudication and protection in humane conditions while waiting for a hearing. 

If Trump is defeated in 2020 - then the new President-elect can assess spending on the wall since there's no way it can be completed before the 2020 election.  Let's decouple the debate over the wall and funding the government.  The American voters don't deserve to be held hostage on this issue.   

Happy New Year America - !

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Editor's note:  Revised 1/11/19 - 2:41 a.m.   

This began as a series of e-mails trying to answer the riddle of "why is a duck?"  Given my Oregon surroundings it seemed obvious to me, this was a reference to those critters who poop on golf courses, or those jock Quacks at Nike U who benefit from the largess of Uncle Phil.  Then I remembered the infamous quote attributed to Senator 'Gunner' Joe McCarthy (R, Wisc.) who in the '50s was reputed as saying while hunting "commies" in the government - "if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck or quacks like a duck - it must be a duck."  A former student of mine offers some "alternative facts" (?) to the species of 'duck'...  

Author Cameron Winder, is a Pacific alum, Liberal Arts major who was very active in theater at Pacific and former student of mine who interned in Senator Mark O. Hatfield's Washington DC office.  He then went to England to earn a Ph.D. at the University College, University of London and has been a Colorado state legislator and currently is a principal in an investment firm in Denver.  


“Why,” I posed the question to my companions, distinguished Fellows of the College, “is a duck?” We were sitting after dinner in the Faculty Lounge, sipping port and smoking cigars. Seated around me were the Chancellor of the University, the Provost, and the Registrar. We were engaged in a bit of game-playing. One would ask a question, one that had a humorous answer and the others would attempt to figure it out. The question was to be applicable to Life, as was the answer. Tonight was my night to ask the question. This is what we academics do for fun. 

Spoiler alert: To the hundreds, if not dozens, of Avid Readers of this blog, the answer to the question will be answered shortly in the Article. For those wishing to figure out the answer for themselves, this is a good place to stop. Scroll down to the end of the Article and submit your answer on the “Post a Comment” section and then resume reading where you left off. 

“I suppose so that people can see one floating serenely on a pond but point out how the webbed feet one cannot see are going like crazy,” ventured the Registrar. 

“Back when I was at Harvard,” the Provost reminisced, “we would observe the ducks in the Public Garden. One never questioned the ‘why’ of it.” Have you ever noticed that when someone went to Harvard, they would work that fact into the conversation within the first five minutes? Harvard’s reply: Only those who applied to Harvard and didn’t get in point that out. 

“Why is a duck?” mused the Chancellor, glancing up from the American Tattler newspaper he was reading. The Chancellor was fond of receiving his news from the tabloid press. Disturbing. “I suppose that it’s similar to the question I would pose to my philosophy class: If we homo sapiens evolved from the monkey, why, then, are there still monkeys? But see here now, what I’m reading in the Tattler is vastly more important than why the duck. It seems that there’s an invasive species of vulture descending upon Washington, D.C., inflicting all sorts of havoc.” He pointed to the article in the Tattler headlined “Foul Fowl:” 

Trumpian Vultures are known for their predatory ways of attacking gentle songbirds in the D.C. area. Their droppings have virtually poisoned the water supply, fouled the footpaths, and caused government offices to close down. 

The article went on to describe how the vulture would also attack members of the Cabinet, forcing many of them to leave and it would pick fights with members of Congress, usually through its incessant tweets. 

“This is all made up,” I said. “Surely there can be no such thing. It’s mythological; it’s like the phoenix.” 

My curiosity piqued, though, that night I ventured into the Natural History section deep within the bowels (Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Be sure to wipe your feet when you leave!) of the University Library and discovered among the dusty tomes the species that the Tattler was writing about, the Trumpian Vulture (Vultur tyrannicus), also known in this country as the Orange-Plumed Crested Smockingbird. It is known for its shrill, grating tweets and twitterings, fooling some birds but not most and for its preening and strutting like a peacock. It associates with lesser birds that, when captured and caged, tend to sing like canaries and are known jocularly as “jailbirds.” This phenomenon is known among ornithologists as “flipping the bird.” The Smockingbird also congregates around various birds from Eastern Europe, sometimes mating with them. It has an apparent affinity for the Great Soviet Mud Hen (Caesar vladimirus putinus), once thought to be extinct but seemingly making a comeback. 

Interestingly, environmentalists and other scientists want the Trumpian Vulture to go the way of the dodo bird.   

Apropos of the dodo, the word “dodo” comes from the Portuguese duodo, meaning “stupid.” 

I digress. The answer I’m looking for is: 

Q. Why is a duck? 

A. One leg is both the same. 

I never tire of it 

On the subject of ducks, it just keeps getting better. There’s a slang word, “canard,” meaning a false and especially malicious report. i “Stories of all sorts last week respecting his resignation which may be heard canarding about the halls of the hotels.”  ii It comes from the French word canard meaning “duck” and the French phrase ‹‹vendre des canards à moitié,›› “to half-sell ducks.”  iii There’s a satirical newspaper in Paris, somewhat like The Onion here and the British Punch, called Le Canard enchaîné. Has anyone seen my copy of the Tattler? 

Editor's comment:  Pacific being more plebian doesn't have a faculty lounge where one can imbibe in adult beverages or smoke...  

Stanford has a venue at the Hoover Institute where the elite of the academy gather for scholarly chit chat while TAs teach their classes? Was a guest faculty member there years ago for a week and saw how "the top 1% of the academy live" doted on by middle aged Eastern European women serving a mid afternoon brunch equal to anything served at the Top of the Mark!  On the "Farm" like Nike U "all are equal but some are more equal than others!" Woof Woof!       


i Webster’s New World Dictionary, 4th Edition, (New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2003).

ii The (London) Times, March 27, 1862.

iii American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, New College Edition, (Boston: American Heritage Publishing Company, Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975).