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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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  • An Independent View

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Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

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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

 

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

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAD Lines

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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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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat 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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Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

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Blue Oregon

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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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Wednesday
Aug012007

LIAR

rumsfeld_arr.jpg    Former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld testified today before a congressional committee that there was no cover-up in how the Pentagon brass dealt with former pro-football player Pat Tillman's death from "friendly fire" in Afghanistan.  Right on Rummy - then are we to believe Nixon wasn't a "crook", Slick Willie never had sex with "that" woman and Colin Powell told the truth about WMDs to the UN?  RAD's response - LOL... 

Tuesday
Jul312007

BRAND OREGON

    An Oregonian article in Sunday's Metro/NW section says it all - "As a brand, Oregon has ended up a tough sell."  The way you market a state is not by an ad campaign but by investing in high quality K-12 and higher ed, by having a top notch transportation system and by having a governor like Vic Atiyeh who is willing to go on the road to talk up Oregon.  That's why Vic had a concourse at PDX named for him last week.  During his tenure in office he went everywhere to talk about the state.  He also stopped the anti-government crowd in his own party dead in its tracks.  But as long as the Bill Sizemores et al are out there calling government public enemy #1 - Oregon will be lampooned in Doonesbury.
    Things have turned around in Governor Ted's second term with a successful session.  But there is much left to do including developing a fair taxation system for Oregon so it will survive the next recession without having to ravage important public programs.  This requires courage, not just saying NO to taxes.  The Ds appear to have gotten the message that success and image are built on a vision, most Rs however are too willing to act like mindless lemmings running over the cliff for the sake of a supposed winning election slogan in '08.  Hopefully both parties will do the right thing in the '08 special February session before the funny farm election season sets in! 

Tuesday
Jul312007

PULL THE PLUG ON IRAQ

    By Jim Hightower, NEW GROUNDS FOR LEAVING IRAQ, Tuesday, July 31, 2007
    Ready for your month-long vacation? You do get all of August off... don't you?
    Well, one group planning to enjoy R&R for the entirety of August is the very group that most needs to say on the job and – how shall I put this? – GET SOMETHING DONE! It's the Iraqi government. The parliament has announced that its members are going to vacate the capitol and chill out during August.
    Excuse me? Isn't there a war rampaging over there? Aren't these the squabbling sectarian leaders who haven't been able to come to a political consensus and muster a security force to run their own country? Don't we have troops being killed and maimed every day in THEIR civil war? Aren't U.S. taxpayers dumping $10 billion a month into the morass of Iraq?
    And now they're taking a month off?
    If their summer abdication of responsibility is not grounds for voting to withdraw our troops – what is? I agree with Republican Sen. Gordon Smith: "This is a fight that is theirs, not ours."
    Yet Bush PR flack Tony Snow meekly tried to rationalize the Iraqi leaders abandonment of duty by saying, "Well, it's 130 degrees in Bahgdad in August." You want hot, Tony? Go strap on the hot, heavy war gear that Bush has got our soldiers wearing in that summer heat. Will they be given August off to chill out?
    Meanwhile, Bush's Senate allies killed another vote to set a firm timetable for getting our troops out of there. Their excuse for holding them in Iraq's civil war is that if we leave, chaos will follow. Hello... Iraq is chaos! It's not worth the life of another U.S. soldier to try to fix what their so-called "leaders" clearly feel no urgency to fix for themselves.
    Besides, the same "chaos" excuse was used to prolong the Vietnam War. We left and what happened? Not chaos – golf! Yes, a series of seven golf resorts are now strung along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.... and Americans are invited to come play.
    Editor's Note:  It's easy being "resolute" sitting in the West Wing or the air conditioned confines of the Green Zone, but then again not "too resolute" in the latter case.  Where do our fearless "puppets" vacation and who pays the "August break" bill?  Do the citizenry get a "vacation" from sectarian death squads, war, a lack of electrical power and running water?  If Dubya applied something akin to the NCLB "benchmarks" tests to our erstwhile Iraqi "do nothing" allies - they'd flunk the test.
   Here's the track record of our Iraqi "puppets" as stewards for it's twenty-seven million plus citizens: 

  • Over two million Iraqis have left Iraq for countries like Syria and Jordan;
  • About four million Iraqis, many of them children, face food insecurity;
  • Seventy percent of the population lacks access adequate water supplys;
  • Ninety percent of the hospitals lack basic medical supplies;
  • Forty two percent of the nation lives in poverty on less than $1 dollar per day;
  • About two million Iraqis are jobless and homeless;
  • Most Iraqis have less than 6 hours of electricity per day; 

   Conditions in Iraq today are worse than before the US invasion and occupation.  It's time we pulled the plug and left leaving the government in the Green Zone to sort out the mess 24/7 - 365 days a year!   Then, and only then, should they go on vacation!  As for the USA - staying the course in Iraq is akin to geo-political addictive behavior.  It's time for the Bush administration to start its 12 steps program! 
   Sources:  Oregonian, July 31, 2007, Humanitarian crisis growing in Iraq, p. A9 and other news coverage on NPR. 

Saturday
Jul282007

THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT

    An op ed piece in Saturday's Oregonian by John Nichols, "It isn't just Bush who should worry about his legacy,"  Washington correspondent for The Nation, argues as RAD has that the case for impeachment doesn't hinge on actually bringing the Bush/Cheney duo to the bar of justice so much as sounding an alarm bell for future presidents to not tread so heavily on The Constitution.
images.jpg     Future presidents need to know that unfettered expansion of executive power, abuse of checks and balances, lies about the rationale for going to war, approval of illegal spying and torture, arrogating legislative power to the executive branch, schemes to intimidate the loyal opposition and the refusal to cooperate with congressional committees rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" the Founders warned us against.
    "Clearly impeachment is not just around the corner...  At this stage it will be difficult to turn the need for accountability into action on Capitol Hill.  But even an impeachment effort that falls short lays down a historical marker, it tells Bush and Cheney and all those who succeed them that an executive branch that imagines itself superior to Congress and the rule of law will arouse popular fury...! 
    Besides, why are members of Congress afraid of a president whose poll ratings are marginally higher than Richard Nixon's at the zenith of the Watergate scandal and where a clear majority of the public (54%) favor impeachment hearings?  The GOP used the ill fated impeachment hearings to stop Slick Willie in his tracks.  Nothing less is warranted for the most reckless and dangerous duo who have ever occupied the West Wing!     

Saturday
Jul282007

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING

    The flap between Hillary and Barack over foreign policy - or whether there should be preconditions in place before one talks with adversaries is NOT as the news media types are spinning it just another campaign "dust up" between two candidates.  It's a major fault line that has existed in the Democratic Party since the emergence of the "Cold War."
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Rumsfeld & Saddam in the good old days of the Reagan era
    In order to appear not "soft" on the commies (the Soviet Union and Red China) - the Democratic Party felt it had to tow the line of being virile when it came to the Red Scare in the '50s and beyond otherwise the GOP hack jobs would accuse them of being fellow travelers and/or "commie lovers" or worse.
    So Hillary's visceral response as to whom she would or would not talk is a throw back to the yesterdays of the Cold War.  Barack's response is more in line with our recognition that the world is not divided between those wearing "black hats" or "white hats" contrary to the old thinking of the '50s. 
    The irony of course is that what tin horn dictators we talk with is premised on an ideological litmus test.  We have always been willing to talk with, give arms to and look the other way at "Right" wing crypto-fascists from Spain's Franco, Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek, Korea's Singman Rhee, The Phillippines Ferdinan Marcos and a host of such figures in Latin America, Asia and Africa.  As long as they were anti-commie - OK with us.
    Of course, the logic of this line of thinking escapes historical fact since in WW II one of our drinking buddies was the huber dictator of all - Uncle Joe Stalin, our ally against Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo.  Politics, especially international politics, makes for some very strange bed-fellows!
    But in election year politics logic never wins, only spin does.  And that's what Hillary is engaged in - obscuring historical fact with rhetoric!  For example, in the current era we have no problem talking with no preconditions to authoritarian regimes of the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the smaller Arab states whose record on human and women's right is atrocious.
    Pakistan, our ally in the fight against terrorism, is another good example of the hypocrisy of American foreign policy.  As long as that nation's military dictator does our bidding in the region even if he looks the other way by allowing Osama and the Taliban to have a sanctuary along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border!  He's our regional "boy toy" with nukes... 
    Hell, even Condi has spoken with the Syrians, we're finally talking with the Iranians and she visited the thugs who rule the Sudan.  So the litmus test of which dictators we're willing to engage comes down to Harry Truman's old line in response to why he was willing to work with a dictator like Trujillo in the Dominican Republic - "he's our SOB" not theirs - the Soviets.   
    But Castro, Chavez et al are "out" because ideologically they are on the "Left" and avowedly anti-American (i.e. anti-capitalist).  So the reality of American foreign policy over many decades is the economic bottom line - capitalism vs.. socialism.  That explains why Reagan was willing to sell arms to the Iranians to fund the Contras in Nicaragua in the mid '80s.   
    Apparently Hillary wants to return to those days of old when Saddam was our ally because he was fighting Iran.  Or Osama was our boy because he was fighting the Soviets. Now, Queen Hillary please explain to me why we are speaking to the North Koreans.  Oh, by the way - the commies still run Red China, right?  Are we speaking to them?
    Now expect Hillary to use the tough on the "evil ones" card when she campaigns in south Florida with all those ex-pat Cubans!  You think Slick Willie is the only pander bear in the Clinton household?  Hey, not speaking to Castro has done wonders for immigration to Florida.  Pass the salsa bro! 
    So it's all clear to me:  campaign '08 is a throw back to '68 when LBJ and HHH were aligned with the "Cold Warriors" staying resolute on Vietnam, while Gene McCarthy and Bobby Kennedy were saying the "emperor has no clothes."  So whose side are you on today - the old thinking or the new thinking?   
    That may be the ultimate test in '08.  Score 1 for Barack, 0 for Hillary!