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Trump & The Mob



"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


A Just Peace


SIP contract online


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry


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%.  





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  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

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  • 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...   

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. 


SB 1533 passes!


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, 1941


Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel


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



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... 


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



     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 

















































By George Evans

      A recent NY Times article on a typical Trump day in the White House fleshed out for me the scenario of what I believe will be his final days as president.

     He will leave, I predict, in two years, not with the bang of an impeachment (though that remains quite possible), but with the whimper of a an angry resignation.  Of course, he won’t see it as a whimper; whimpering is for losers and Trump is not, in his mind anyway, a loser. He will resign in clouds of glory, condemning Congress, the media, and the American people for not recognizing the greatness of his two years in office.

     The article, written after numerous interviews with knowledgeable people, showed Trump wandering the White House, pretty much alone, watching TV news, for example, as he eats lunch by himself. His family is not there, nor are real friends, because he doesn’t actually have real friends, in the sense that, say, Joe Biden had friends throughout Congress and D.C.

     Trump has family and sycophants who are, like him, on their various power trips, inflating their egos with a whirlwind of activities. These are not friends, the kind that you care deeply about and who care deeply about you.

     He is not the first president to feel alone in the office, but he surely must be the most lonely. The presidency, as others have noted, has a way of isolating a person, who though the most powerful person in the world is also one of the most isolated. 

     Unlike his predecessors, Trump seems to have no real core that would deaden the pain of aloneness. Dig inside the man and you would find nothing but hot air.

     That core makes life possible for individuals, no matter how isolated and how demanding their lives. Trump doesn’t have that core. He needs the reflection of others to get through the day. He is not the sun powered by its own light, but a pale moon reflecting that light.

     On the campaign trail he received almost daily the reflections of others. Each rally he attended he basked in the reflected adulation of the crowds, which mainlined the attention he needed to function. They were his drug of choice, a drug without which he becomes a shadow of himself, a cardboard cutout of a functioning human being.

     As the days go by he will become more and more the prisoner of his office? 

     He will daily and obsessively search for the reflected glory he needs so badly; he will thunder and tweet and issue edicts, but most of it will simply tighten the manacles he’s forged for himself. As the manacles tighten, he will find more media criticism and finally criticism from his own party. He will become a joke—and a very dangerous one.


     The polls will begin to show—and they are showing already— not the warmth of success but the frozen landscape of sustained criticism. Everywhere he turns he’ll find no lasting help. Sycophants don’t help. His family won’t help, though they’ll try. He can only rescue himself, and he’s neither wise nor observant enough to realize that he’s the problem.

     No one changes dramatically enough after 70 years of life to save himself, except for Scrooge, but Scrooge had the advantage of a universally loved and respected Charles Dickens.

     Trump faces the same problem that Sarah Palin faced, the same problem that those afflicted with what seems to be narcissistic personality disorder. They look in the pool and see only themselves. Other people exist only as they reflect favorably on the searchers. Sarah Palin lasted two years as Alaska governor, and then left for a life she thought would give her the attention and adulation she craved.

     Donald Trump will, like Sarah Palin, take the same path. Finding nothing but criticism everywhere he turns, denied the adulation those afflicted with this disorder so badly need, and with no inner core and no real friends to sustain him, he will, with dramatic posturing, resign and return to the life he was most suited for: the business world.

     In that world, he will, like King Midas, turn everything into gold.  lf he’s lucky, he might have the good sense not to turn his food into gold and, like the king, starve to death.

      Given his previous life, I wouldn’t count on it.

     Editor's Note:  As utopian as this scenario of Trump's exit might seem, we have a history of failed presidents in the modern era who served out their first term but imploded - LBJ.  And of course Richard Nixon who left before his second term ended under the shadow of impeachment. 

     Unlike Trump both of them were men of considerable political skills and a sense of history - but alas their personal demons caught up with them.  I certainly hope my good friend and colleague is right on here with Trump - given the clear and present danger he represents to the US and the world.  

     Reports of Trump being a solitary evening presence in the residential East Wing of the White House bolsters our vision of him as a narcissistic loner addicted to cable news and calling friends for what reason - to get another view or "validation"?  It reminds one of Nixon talking to pictures in the White House.    

More fodder for thought and laughs: 

Garrison Keillor: Done. Over. He's here. Goodbye. 



The source Trump's dark vision of America


Editor's note:  What is worrisome about Mr. Bannon is not just his belief in this bogus theory of history, which bears resemblance to the right wing Christian view of the 'end of times' or the bogus theory of the clash of civilizations but that he stands at the center of power in the Oval Office to urge an intellectually vacuous president to make moves on the global scene that could actually make a theory of history tragically real - a self-fulfilling prophecy. This theory may have the impact of Hitler's Mein Kampf.




by George Evans,  Professor Emeritus, Pacific University...   

When are facts really facts? When is truth, really truth?

In a dispute about the size of the recent inaugural crowd, the president’s personal advisor, Kellyanne Conway, asserted that the widely accepted determination that Trump’s inaugural crowd was smaller than both of Obama’s was incorrect. Furthermore, she said that the administration had “alternative facts.”

The term puzzled me for several days. We know what facts are. But what the heck are alternative facts?

Then it hit me. She was, probably unknowingly, channeling George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

In that novel Winston Smith, the protagonist, works at the Ministry of Truth, which ironically is never interested in truth as we know it. Truth, for the Ministry, is whatever the Party in power wants it to be at any given moment. Two plus 2 equals 5, but only for the moment. If the Party wants it to be 6 or, indeed, any number, then Smith will change it.

The change then becomes the new truth everyone is expected to learn. Everything in history—what country they’re fighting against, the name of the dangerous revolutionary figure leading the Brotherhood, what Winston said and did yesterday—is subject to change, with the old truth being instantly wiped from everyone’s memory.

A new language is being developed to recognize the illusory nature of truth. It’s called Newspeak or DoubleThink, the object of which is to deaden everyone’s independent thinking. Make the idea of freedom or revolution cease to exist, and once the word disappears, the thought or experience of it will disappear as well.

To ensure this process works flawlessly, the Thought Police are watching and listening to everything everyone says or does. Suspected thinkers are rounded up, tortured, and vaporized. They soon disappear from memory.

From time to time the citizens of Oceania are required to attend two-minute hate rallies to let off built-up emotions (those that still exist in this soulless world) by screaming against the day’s targeted person or country. Winston does as he’s told, but never quite develops the required hatred.

One can imagine him today at a Trump rally against the target of the day—Mexican rapists; Syrian escapees; Muslims from all countries, including ours; African Americans, especially those living in crime-infested cities; Democrats, the Clintons, successful women—the list goes on endlessly.

A Trump rally, news conference or his ubquitous 'tweets' is all about individuals and groups to watch, to hate, because they threaten the Party in power, represented by Big Brother, our blustery, scowling new president. Our Thought Police are already coming to life.

Every day, it seems to me, our president seems to be establishing the fictional world Orwell envisioned in 1948 just after World War II. And he’s just started. First it’s the betrayal of language. Truth means whatever you want it to mean. It can change daily, even hourly.

Then it’s the treatment of independent thinkers and critics. Angry tweets and speeches. Odious name calling.



RAD's EDITOR NOTE:   The news cycle from the Tweeter-in-Chief sends one's head spinning.  A flurry of executive orders from Big Brother have "decreed" that immigrants from certain Middle East nations will not be allowed in the USA for 90 days while they undergo 'advanced vetting.'  This includes people on their way to the USA with "green cards" now being held at our airports or about ready to come here.  

Big Brother is creating more "stateless" people - poof they just go away!  

At first it was the radical Islamic terrorists, then the Latin American rapists, undocumented Latinos, now green card holders from "bad" nations, next up DACHA recipients....    Whose next Kellyanne - what "enemies list" is White Nationalist (supremacistt) senior strategist to the POTUS Steve Bannon whispering into your Aryan ears!    We've seen this play before folks, it's time we woke up before "your" group is "next up!."    

I have a friend who was talking to a buddy at a local hobby show.  The buddy is conservative but not a crazy.  He just voted for Drumpf because he was the R on the ballot for POTUS.  Hannah Arendt in her famous analysis of Adolf Eichmann Hitler's director of the death camps describes him as a pretty normal human being who we might say could "compartmentalize" into just doing his job aka Winston Smith - carrying out the "banality of evil."
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil is a book by political theorist Hannah Arendt, originally published in 1963. Arendt, a Jew who fled Germany ...






Women's March on Washington added a new video: #WhyIMarch on January 21st.

     I'm home not marching today in Portlandia. But my spirit is with those who are marching in Portland, Denver, NYNY and DC.  But marching is not enough - I've been there, done that.

     The facts of life are that had 77,000  more progressives voted on November 8, none of this would be happening and we'd be celebrating Hillary Clinton being the 45th president of the USA. Those votes would have come from those who didn't vote in 4 states - Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania - suburban women, millennials and working class whites who didn't get it that Obama saved jobs in those states and created more over his 8 years.

     If a real movement for progressive change is going to be successful the momentum of marching will have to be translated into a 1000 points of light from sea to shining sea.

     On Monday I'll be speaking to OT's at Pacific about health care politics, then attending a city council meeting in the Grove that night asking our city council to declare the Grove a 'sanctuary city', then Wednesday participating on a task force in the Grove about affordable housing, then on Thursday in a leadership meeting on affordable housing in Washington and wrapping up my week with Senator Merkley's staff.  Next up the Puzzle Palace!  

     All politics is local - take your energy where it's needed! 

     Trump won because of "white lash" - now we have to organize a "progressive lash" which will be felt at all levels. 

     A march doesn't solve the problem. It's a nice photo op but not much else. Winning teams don't win on game day they win in the training room, in practice and chalk talks with their coaching staffs.   It's no different in politics. It takes a long not a short view.



     Nothing's changed. That was an unsmiling partisan and dark inaugural speech like his his stump speech talking about what The Donald thinks is wrong with America (all totally untrue) but not much of what is right about America. There was no soaring rhetoric calling us together...  

     Instead The Donald used the word "decree" something despots do.  

     President Trump (gag) - "We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power." 

     "In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered... "  Luke 2.1 - English Standard edition    

     The question begging to be asked is - what America shall be "first"?  Looking at his blue blood cabinet the answer is clear.    

     The fact is Barack Obama prevented us from going into a Great Depression and has presided over 74 months of uninterrupted economic growth. He leaves with the highest respect for an outgoing president ever, while his successor comes in the the lowest approval ratings ever.

     God Bless America and God Save Us from The Donald...