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Half of the US Is Broke

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The myth of the Christian country

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Jeb Bush's damning secret history

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Red states that mooch

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Trust in government is 'dead, Jim'

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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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Oreaviationwatch

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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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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 & health care disparities 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. 

Heath Care Disparities: 

•    Adults in Oregon without insurance represent 22.3% of the state’s population compared to 19.7% of the nation.  In Washington County approximately 


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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Putting corporate Oregon ahead of our people

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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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From the Left Wing:

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Saturday
Dec302006

FORD ON BUSH, CHENEY & RUMSFELD

    From online media sources:  Former President Gerald R. Ford felt the Bush administration should not have launched an attack on Iraq, he confided to Bob Woodward in a 2004 interview only now being made public.
    "I don’t think, if I had been president, on the basis of the facts as I saw them publicly, I don’t think I would have ordered the Iraq war,” Ford said.
    "I would have maximized our effort through sanctions, through restrictions, whatever, to find another answer.”
    Ford told Woodward he "very strongly” disagreed with President Bush’s justification for invading Iraq, and was critical of Vice President Cheney, Ford’s White House chief of staff, and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Ford’s chief of staff and then his Pentagon chief.
    In a Washington Post article on Thursday, Woodward quoted Ford as saying: "Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction.
    "I’ve never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.”
    Ford said he understood Bush’s stated desire "to free people,” but he added: "I just don’t think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our national security.”
    As for Cheney, Ford declared that his former chief of staff has become "much more pugnacious” as vice president, and agreed with former Secretary of State Colin Powell that Cheney developed a "fever” about the threat of terrorism and Iraq.

Saturday
Dec302006

THE EXECUTION OF A TYRANT

    The execution of Saddam Hussein by hanging yesterday is an important bookmark in Iraq's history and US foreign images.jpgpolicy.  But it raises many questions as it ends the saga of a political thug's life.  While justice of a sort was done through a show trial by the US backed puppet government in the Green Zone, a lot of other questions remain to be answered.
    First, Hussein was tried for the political murder of Shiite Iraqis who he alleged had tried to assassinate him.  But this leaves his other victims out of the loop in getting their issues with Hussein and his regime adjudicated. Hussein was responsible for the mass murder of thousands of other Iraqis from the Kurdish community as well as other ethnic/religious minorities.
     The trail can be construed as pay back from Iraqi's now majority Shiite community, a symbolic slap in the face of the Sunni minority who held power under Hussein.  The trial's, guilty verdict and now the hanging have the smell of a revenge killing a la the family feud in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet not a sentence for crimes against humanity.  Why was there such a rush from a narrow judgement to execution? 
    Second, the method of execution, hanging, to an American audience raises the specter of a crude type of frontier justice or worse the lynching of African-Americans so prevalent from the Reconstruction Era to the 1950s.  Hanging may be accepted in the Byzantine cultures of the Middle East but is considered repugnant in most democratic nations including the USA.  It's a barbaric form of execution.
    Third, the trial itself was replete with errors that would not be accepted in a US court of law nor in front of the World Court at the Hague.  But more importantly, by having the trial in Iraq behind the Green Zone in Baghdad risks making Hussein a martyr in the eyes of his Sunni brethren, in Iraq and beyond.  Hussein doesn't merit such status as a thoroughly despicable human being and autocrat.
    It would have been much better for Iraq had he been tried before the World Court as was Slobdan Melosovitch, the Serbian warlord.  It would have taken the ethnic and anti-USA venom out of his trial and its aftermath.  But Hussein's trial begs the larger question - is he the only person in this tragedy who committed crimes against humanity?  Could it be that President Bush did not want the World Court involved because he knew his own policies would come under a similar test and scrutiny? 
    Under the US occupation of Iraq we've not only witnessed the atrocities of Abughraib and Gitmo, we've also seen the destruction of entire cities by US airplanes, bombs and missiles.  The violations of our own code of Military Justice are well known, but thus far only the bottom fish have been brought to justice.  But the fish is rotten at the head - from the West Wing to the Pentagon.
    At a time when George Bush is considered by American and world opinion to be the most dangerous man on the earth Saddam's execution merely punctuates the banality of evil that the US occupation of Iraq has become.  If one were to go back to the 1980s we would see the US in bed with Hussein in his fight against Iran.  Millions of Iraqi and Iranians died in this war.  Who will speak for those victims?
    When US foreign policy makers collaborate with thugs like Hussein or Osama bin Laden and then a generation later turn against such vicious toodies - how should the scales of justice be calibrated when our policy is guided by the notion that the "enemy of our enemy is our friend?"  When does complicity with evil require bringing those "evil doers" to justice for their crimes against humanity or high crimes and misdemeanors? 

Friday
Dec292006

BEAVERS WIN, BEAVERS WIN

    My oh my.  25th ranked OSU just beat Missouri in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. With two 4th quarter touchdowns and a gutsy 2 point conversion the Beavers won 39-38. OSU's head coach Mike Riley plays the game like a riverboat gambler. He stole victory from the jaws of defeat.  Ironically stadium2004.pngenough OSU's football team in the past was called the "Benton County Bandits" as RAD recalls back in the Tommy Prothro era, late 50s/early 60s.  They play like it, being very opportunistic.  And like OSU's NCAA College World Series baseball champions, the football Beavers came from behind several times when they were all but dead. The touchdown which set up the 2 point conversion was a pass caught in the end zone by a young fellow from Roseburg.  RHS fans must be going nuts in RAD's Oregon hometown.  Happy New Year, Beaver fans.  Missouri's head coach, Gary Pinkell, is a former offensive coordinator of the UW in the glory days of the '90s.  No wonder the game was close!  Duck fans must be green with envy as their team lost their bowl game and ended 7-6, while the Beavers completed a successful 10-4 season! 

Thursday
Dec282006

PHOTO OP OF THE DAY

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Edwards in New Orlean's 9th Ward
    John Edwards - former US Senator (D. from North Carolina) and VP candidate in '04 with John Kerry - announced his candidacy for president in New Orleans poverty stricken 9th Ward today.        
    Edwards listed five priorities to change America: 1) guaranteeing health care for every single American; 2) strengthening our middle class and ending the shame of poverty; 3) leading the fight against global warming; 4) getting America and the world to break our addiction to oil; and 5) calling for the removal US troops from Iraq
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Sheehan bugging Dubya again!
    On the same day, Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist mother of a son killed in Iraq, was arrested with four other women near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas for blocking the road into the ranch and preventing the VP's motorcade from leaving the Bush compound.
    It won't happen, but it would be a hoot if Cindy Sheehan ran for president in '08.  Maybe she and Senator Edwards could be the alternative duo to the media's choice - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama! 
     Edward's compelling message of the two Americas, one rich and living off its stock options and the other composed of the vast middle class and the working poor and Sheehan's reminder that America has lost its moral compass in the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan stand in bold relief against President Bush's policies of tax cuts for the rich and military service for the sons and daughters of middle America. 

 


Thursday
Dec282006

A LICENSE TO KILL?

By Russell Sadler
    The Oregon State Police arrested 23 percent more drunk drivers over the long holiday weekend than they did last year.
    This is the time of year “authority figures” sagely warn you not to drive drunk. It is good advice. About half the fatal traffic collisions in Oregon involve drinking drivers.
    That also means about half the highway fatalities are caused by sober drivers. We have a peculiar double standard when it comes to highway fatalities. We are indignant over senseless deaths caused by drunk drivers. We are less indignant over senseless deaths caused by sober drivers.
    There is no Mothers against Sober Drivers, no Children of Adult Sober Drivers, no Students against Sober Drivers, no Sober Drivers Anonymous. There are no public service announcements on television urging people to not to drive sober, no campaign slogans like Friends Do Not Let Friends Drive Sober.
    Drunk drivers who kill get the front page. Sober drivers who kill get the second section or the weekend traffic accident roundup on Mondays despite mounting evidence that driving when you are tired, under the influence of medication or yacking on your cell phone is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
    Despite a dramatic reduction in deaths attributed to drunk driving, it is still drunks who still get the attention of politicians.  Most states allow .10 blood alcohol before a driver is considered impaired. Oregon is one of 13 states with a .08 blood alcohol limit and the Legislature has resisted efforts to reduce it to .04.
    Fatalities from drunk driving dropped from estimates as high as 70 percent of all highway fatalities in the mid-1980s to around 50 percent today.  Chronic alcoholics are now the largest cause of drunk driving collisions and it is clear “tougher” laws do not discourage problem drinkers from driving even when they have lost their licenses.
    Whatever the solution to this problem may be, it is not reducing the allowable blood alcohol standard to unrealistic levels and making potential felons out of anyone who has a drink dining out. Oregon’s traffic fatality problem is caused more by lax licensing than liquor.
    Oregon is widely known as a state that lets anybody drive -- and we do. The law requiring formal driver training or 100 hours behind the wheel with another adult prior to licensing is limited to those under 18. Budget cuts stripped driver training from most school districts. Some school districts now contract with private driver training businesses to meet students at school because insurance companies require formal driver training before teenagers can get discounted automobile insurance.
    But for most Oregonians over 17, getting a driver’s license means passing a brief written exam and a short road test that no longer even requires parallel parking skills.
    Once licensed, this ticket to freedom and autonomy can be renewed by mail for a token fee every few years with little further evaluation of the driver’s abilities until you reach an age when the folks art DMV invite you to renew your license in person so they can see if you are still capable of driving down the road. Informally, it’s called the “dodder test.”
    Few lawmakers will publicly discuss the most effective solution to traffic fatalities -- periodic driver re-examination. Drivers see so many bad examples around them that they develop bad habits that last a lifetime if not reformed by periodic re-examination -- driving while impatient, driving while distracted, driving aggressively. You see examples of these bad habits around you every day and eventually you adopt those habits. This is the stuff of road rage and drive-by shootings.
    Oregon will get more results lowering fatalities by requiring periodic reexamination of all drivers and concentrating enforcement efforts on sober drivers who are driving while they are tired or under the influence of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. But none of that will be popular.
    Regrettably, legislators find it easier and less threatening to fulminate about drunk drivers rather than require more realistic driver training standards and periodic re-examinations and continuing driver education for careless, tired and otherwise sober drivers who are responsible for about 50 percent of the kills on Oregon’s increasingly crowded highways. You are just as dead if you are killed by a sober driver and your family grieves just as much as any family that is the victim of a drunk driver.
    I will let others warn you about drunk driving. My public service message this holiday season is watch out for sober drivers. The life you save may be your own and I cherish every one of my readers. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year.
    Columnist Russell Sadler is also an Oregon-licensed driving instructor.
    Editor's Note:  Oregon's highways would be a lot safer if using cell phones was banned when driving a car.  The most aggressive drivers on the road are SUV owners and those dudes driving fancy pick up rigs.  Hopefully higher gas prices will drive the SUV out of the marketplace.  I have no solution for the Bubbas who drive pick up trucks.