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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%.  

 

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Hard Times in Oregon: 

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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

 

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SB 1533 passes!  

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

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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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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms

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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   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  QuestionIntel.com  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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"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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Tuesday
Jun072016

CLINTON WINS BIG ON THE FINAL SUPER TUESDAY....  

 

     Hillary Clinton who earlier this week clinched the Democratic Party nomination - sealed the deal tonight against Bernie Sanders and his "political revolution" in California, the biggest prise of all.  Clinton won the California primary by a 55.8%-42.3% margin eclipsing polls that put the race in the too close to call column.

     Fresh off just watching The Bern's speech to a fawning crowd in an airplane hanger, not in LA Bernie but in Santa Monica (his geography is as bad as his math) - I was stunned by his failure to acknowledge reality - the game is over Bernie.  If he thinks he'll win in DC next week - he clearly has lost his sense of reality almost as much as The Donald.  That's shocking.  

     The Bern is going to be taking his "movement" to Philly in July.  Fair enough. 

     In 1988 I went to Atlanta as a Jackson delegate knowing full well that Dukakus was going to be the nominee.  My reason for going was to raise the flag of another "political revolution" not dissimilar to the Bern's faithful goals.  We left Atlanta united only to be disappointed by how Dukakis ran a terrible campaign. 

     Hillary Clinton is no Micheal Dukakis.  She's not going to let The Donald deal in lies, half-truths and litigating the Bill Clinton years - nobody cares anymore!  And Hillary won't stop campaigning over the summer which Dukakis did exhibiting monumental stupidity.  Hillary is a fighter and survivor.  She knows a campaign is a marathon not a sprint. 

     To "dump the Trump" she will need The Bern's help. But California's vote illustrate how badly the media can overstate millennial support for The Bern (it's not a monolithic bloc) and/or the chance they might actually vote for The Donald in the fall.  Hillary won over 14 million votes, Bernie won 11 million votes and The Donald 12 million votes. 

     That gives the D's if unified a 25 million to 12 million advantage out of the gate! I like those 2 to 1 odds!   

     The electorate will expand to @ 65 million voters most of whom have paid little attention to the campaign thus far.  With the combo of Hillary, Barack, Bill and a VP choice TBD in Philly along with The Bern's help whipping The Donald's fat ass should be very doable.  But it requires a unified and energized Democratic party. 

     Wow the D's take the gloves off early!  The Bern pledges to defeat Trump after meeting with Barack.  Then Barack endorses Hillary followed by excoriating critiques of Trump by Elizabeth Warren (who may be is auditioning for VP) and then VP Joe Biden follows suit.  Clearly this was all orchestrated by Team Hillary.   

     Here's where The Bern comes in - is he going to be smart turning his millions in a positive direction, or is he going to sulk?  Again, if I'm Hillary my best move to keep The Bern on the stage and to enable him to stoke up his "political revolution" is to pick him as her VP as much as it might make Hillary cringe.  The Bern on the stump would be a perfect foil for The Donald. 

     However this works out - allowing The Bern to have a major impact on the platform, to be VP or to endorse his call for ending super delegates and/or closed primaries - this combo of change will advance the "political revolution" The Bern calls for and give him a chance to put meat on the bones of his rhetoric. 

     The Bern insurgecy is also is a promisary note to an expanded Democratic party.  It's no longer the party of the Solid South, big city machines or big labor.  Bernie has added a "democratic socialist" wing to the party giving the Occupy and BLM activists a place at the table like Clean Gene and Bobby energized a new generation in the '68 campaign. 

     Out of those "insurgencies" came George McGovern, Gary Hart, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham - among many other now mainstream Ds. The Bern like Jesse Jackson in '88 has moved the party further to the progressive Left away from neo-liberalism.  Who is waiting in the wings with Bernie to keep Hillary on message - Elizabeth Warren!  

     But bottom line, The Bern between now and Philly must come to terms - he lost, Hillary won.  And he's got to tell his supporters that the next stage is to stop The Donald - that means voting for Hillary!  There is no other way out.  If he does this - he will have done more to advance his issues than he could have imagined when his quixotic campaign begin!  

     If not his name will be reviled in the annals of American political history as Ralph Nader's is given his role in Florida in 2000.  

Sunday
Jun052016

TRUMP'S PROTO-FASCISM ON THE MARCH

EDITOR'S NOTE:  A former student of mine now Pacific's chaplin has had the courage to be to lay it on the line about the threat that The Donald poses to American democracy  

 

As Trump Uses Fascist Germany’s Playbook, A Faithful Democracy Must Fight Back

Huffington Post. 6/3/16

  • Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and University Chaplain at Pacific University

     Faithful adherence to democratic values will be the key to defeating Donald Trump in November. Trump is a demagogue and such people feed on chaos. So Trump has worked in earnest to create fear and division.

     His words incite violence. Falling to his level will only help create political conditions favorable to a Trump win in November.

     Donald Trump is no ordinary political candidate. Like George Wallace in 1968, Trump has run a campaign based on racism and bigotry. He is a white nationalist candidate.   

     Trump threatens immigrants with police actions and journalists with retribution. His attitude toward women is misogynistic. There is more.

     A 1936 pro-Nazi book quoted Adolph Hitler as saying:

     In a hundred years time, perhaps, a great man will appear who may offer them (the Germans) a chance at salvation. He’ll take me as a model, use my ideas, and follow the course I have charted. (“Der Führer als Redner,” Adolf Hitler. Bilder aus dem Leben des Führers”)

     Those words came back to me this week when Donald Trump said:

     “Politicians have used you and stolen your votes. They have given you nothing,” Trump said. “I will give you everything. I will give you what you’ve been looking for for 50 years. I’m the only one.” (The Washington Post)

     Like Hitler, Trump believes that he alone is powerful enough to control the word. Trump has stolen pages from Hitler’s playbook.

     He has used race, religion, and sexism as food for an army of disaffected Americans, many still suffering the Great Recession and growing economic inequality since the 1970s, in much the same way that Hitler used the post-World War I economic crisis to scapegoat the Jews as he rose to power.  

     Trump’s Jews are Muslims, immigrants and women. Whether or not Trump is a fascist is a matter up for debate. Trump’s rhetoric certainly echoes fascism.

     Diverse faith leaders, from across theological and denominational lines, have said:

     The ascendancy of a demagogic candidate and his message, with the angry constituency he is fueling, is a threat to both the values of our faith and the health of our democracy.

     Donald Trump directly promotes racial and religious bigotry, disrespects the dignity of women, harms civil public discourse, offends moral decency, and seeks to manipulate religion.

     This is no longer politics as usual, but rather a moral and theological crisis, and thus we are compelled to speak out as faith leaders.

     For many reasons, I have endorsed Hillary Clinton. My endorsement was made long before it was clear that Donald Trump would crush the GOP and take their ring.

     Anyone who says that this election - Clinton vs. Trump - is a fight between the lessor of two evils is “just plain wrong,” according to former U.S. Labor Commissioner Robert Reich, one of Bernie Sanders’ strongest advocates, who recently wrote:

     Trump has revealed himself to be a narcissistic, xenophobic, hatemonger who, if elected, would legitimize bigotry, appoint Supreme Court justices with terrible values, and have direct access to the button that could set off a nuclear war.

     Clinton, on the other hand, said Reich, has “shown herself a capable and responsible leader.”

     There is a lot of anger and fear this year. Trump has tapped in the mood. Like many aspects concerning Trump, however, there is a debate about whether or not he could will the national election. Take him very seriously.

     Violent protests will only help Trump. Those opposed to Trump need to elevate ourselves to a place high above the raucous rallies of the Tea Party.

     Take to the streets in non-violent protest. More importantly, register people to vote and then vote. It will take a tough but high-minded approach - a moral, political approach - to crush Trump in November and make it clear that democracy has been reaffirmed, and that bigotry has been rejected.

     Then we will need to work like hell to make that moral, political approach a moral agenda that continues to push and pull and bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice. Our universe never bends without sacrifice.

 

Saturday
Jun042016

IF TRUMP HAS HIS FINGERS ON THE NUCLEAR BUTTON...  

HILLARY IS RIGHT, THE DONALD IS TOO 'UNSTABLE' TO BE POTUS


"Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different—they are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas—just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies. He is not just unprepared—he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability, and immense responsibility."

Then check out this "blast" from the past!

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Wednesday
Jun012016

OREGON - ECOTOPIA NOT!  

     In the 1970s a well read novel among the Left wing was Ecotopia - the story of a social movement that carved out the geography from British Columbia to Northern California to create a new nation.  It was to be an ecologically sane alternative to the US petro-based economy.  Oregon, the Green State, was in the forefront of the national movement for a clean economy led by then Governor Tom McCall. 

     How times have changed.  Almost daily one reads/sees articles in local media about toxic chemicals being released in the air and/or our water.  Portland Public Schools had to admit to some very angry parents that in some of its schools the drinking water had heavy concentrations of lead in it.  For the record, there is NO safe level of lead and it's especially neurologically dangerous for young children birth to pre-K and beyond.  

     This adds on to the toxic air being emitted by the glass blowing industry and Precision Cast Parts in Portlandia - especially in inner SE, outer SE and North Portland.  These same neighborhoods which straddle I-5 are also more likely to be affected by trucks running on "dirty diesel" engines - including communities of color.  While the legislature "studies" the issue - nothing happens.  

     And now we find that near our community in Western Washington County - the major timber company - Stimson Lumber - is spraying herbicides on clear cuts which is affecting neighbors next door to these clear cuts.  Add to this the similar problems in Southern Oregon - near Eugene and south - one gets the picture that the quality of life in Oregon has gone into the dumpster. 

     And don't forget the air inversion bad air we breath during increasingly long hot summers from forest fires as far away as Eastern Washington which funnel smoke down the Colubmia Gorge or which make Ashland/Medford/Grants Pass air intolerable for people with asthma.  Then in the winter people using wood burning stoves force those of us with asthma issues to stay indoors when that smoke hangs around...  

     The question is "what did they know and when did they know it?" 

     The they here are home owners, industry, local school boards, local government and our legislators.  As anyone familiar with the Puzzle Palace can tell you "if the legislature appoints a task force" to do XY&Z it's a prescription for doing nothing.  And that's what Oregon has been doing for decades contrary to our "green mythology."  

Tuesday
May312016

AMERICAN VOTERS - WE ARE THE CHOICES WE MAKE!  

 

     I find it ironic the the so-called independent voters and/or the 65% who did not participate in this year's primary/caucus contests are complaining about the bad choices they have for the fall.  This is the price one pays for indifference, laziness and ignorance.  It's not the system that is to blame, it's the dumb American voter who like Rip Van Winkle was asleep at the switch.  How this is possible is unbelievable... 

     You had 17 GOP candidates and 5 Dems to pick from as thing began.  You now have third party candidate to vote for on the Libertarian slate.  For those who remain confused do us a favor and don't vote!  Clearly you didn't pass the civics IQ test...   

     A recent poll done by AP/NORC Center for Public Affairs finds that many Americans don't like the way the two major parties chose their delegates in the presidential nomination process.  They prefer open, not close primaries.  They don't like caucuses and they oppose superdelegates.  They feel the system is "rigged" a talking point of The Bern.  38% have hardly any confidence in how the Dems organize this system - which means 62% have some confidence. On the GOP side, 44% have a similar lack of confidence - which means 56% have some confidence.  

     What's ironic is that the Democrats have the most open process possible given the proportional voting system, compared to the Republican system which allows "winner take all" primaries.   What's most misunderstood is that Bernie Saunder and Donald Trump benefitted the most from open primaries which dominate the delegate selection process which allow independents and cross-over voters from the other party to vote.  If the goal is to nominate the Democratic or Republican nominee who 'best' represents their party - why allow open primaries or caucuses? 

     Why allow "faithless" voters to decide the eventual nominee of either party?  If independents want to vote - make it simple - allow same day voter registration aka voter re-registration?  That would at least give the voter some skin in the game and some reason to assume they will be around in the fall.  But the reality is that the rules are decided at the state level.  And the chances for change are dim to none - like Iowa or New Hampshire giving up their first in the cue in this process - a huge money machine for the two most unrepresentative states. 

     As for the bogey men of superdelegates is concerned they were put in the system to offer a counterweight to ideologues who have increasingly dominated the two major parties.  Clearly with the victories of The Donald and The Bern - this idea of moderation hasn't worked out this year.  And with the polarization within and between each party - the chance of a more centrist candidate emerging is more and more unlikely - just ask Jeb Bush.  But then if Hillary wins the nomination - a half of the theory is true.  That's the best you get despite Hillary's high negatives only dwafed by The Donald's higher negatives.  

     And the fall campaign hasn't begun!  So spare me the sanctimony of those who didn't vote this campaign season and/or don't know how this all evolved...    It's a case of the blind leading the blind.  The Dems have done the best job in democratizing the system thanks to the McGovern/Frazier reforms in '72 - especially compared to the rigged GOP system - it gave an Independent a real chance against Hillary...   And the game ain't over! 


    

    

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