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Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike. 




"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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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.   


Steve Duin Schools get the blame 

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    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People


    Connecting the dots between homelessness, hunger & health care disparities 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. 

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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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 


Easier to buy assault weapon than vote


Kansas' ruinous tax cuts

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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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

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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?  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Rediscovering Government

Is the US #1? 


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 


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







































    RAD:  The Westlund for Governor Campaign turned in its first batch of signatures to Oregon counties.  Over 36,000 Oregonians have signed petitions to put Westlund on the fall ballot. This guarantees Oregon will have 3 major candidates for governor in November plus 3 minority candidates.
    Political insiders, pundits and journalists who think Westlund won't be a factor in November are "whistling Dixie".  The campaign doesn't begin until Labor Day and in reality not until the kids are back in school.  Those 36,000 signatures are the base of a grassroots political campaign no amount of union or corporate endorsements can replicate.
    Big spending by Kulongoski and Saxton won't be the key except to neutralize each other and tick of the average vote about how negative they are.  The key to winning will be how many TV debates are held and who wins those clashes. It will hinge on which candidate does an Al Gore '00 impersonation. 
    Press release from Westlund Campaign:
    Bend, OR- (July 24, 2006) Senator Ben Westlund’s quest to qualify for the fall ballot as an Independent candidate for Governor reaches a major milestone this week as the campaign begins submitting signatures to county clerks for signature verification.  The campaign has already gathered over 36,000 signatures statewide and needs to submit 18,368 valid signatures to the Secretary of State by August 29 to qualify for a spot on the November ballot.
     “We have launched one of the most comprehensive statewide grassroots campaigns in the history of Oregon,” said Westlund.  “Establishing and maintaining direct contact with Oregon’s voters is a huge advantage for us and the tens of thousands of signatures we have obtained so far is a product of our top-notch team of statewide staff and volunteers.”
     The campaign will begin by turning in the first batch of signatures in Deschutes County on Tuesday afternoon, Multnomah County on Wednesday afternoon and Lane County on Thursday morning.   The campaign has collected signatures from all 36 of Oregon’s counties and plans to spend the next few weeks gathering more to account for those that may be ruled invalid.
     “We want to give every Oregonian the opportunity to sign our petition,” added Westlund.  “This growing statewide movement is about more than my candidacy, it’s about responsibility, about reforming Oregon’s unstable and unfair tax structure and it’s about renewing our commitment to this great state we love to call home.”
     As a State Representative and Senator, Westlund has an established track record of taking on tough issues, and for several sessions he has been leading the fight to fix Oregon’s tax structure to strengthen the economy, create jobs and stabilize school funding.
    Currently, over 70% of the general fund revenue the state uses for schools, public safety and healthcare comes from the most volatile tax, the income tax. “For far too long we have balanced our books on the backs of hard working Oregonians and when that wasn’t enough, we borrowed.  Oregon has to get its fiscal house in order before we can make any promises or plans for the future.”
    A successful entrepreneur and agri-businessman, Westlund has served in the state legislature since 1997, and was elected first as state representative from rural Central Oregon. Westlund was appointed in the final days of the 2003 session to fill a vacancy in the Senate and was elected to the seat in November 2004, receiving both the Democratic and Republican nominations and over 80% of the votes cast.
    Westlund, who has a reputation for building consensus, left the Republican Party in February to run for governor as an Independent, he said because “extreme partisan politics is keeping us from solving Oregon’s problems.”



    In reading the columnists in the Oregonian on the Israeli offensive in Lebanon and Gaza with the exception of Georgi M. Geyer, the pro-Israeli chorus from left to right is indicative of why the rest of the world doesn't like us.  Since 9/11 US opinion leaders either for craven political reasons or because of ideological blinders have treated the Middle East as if the jihadists all played from the same play book and loved each other.
    They of course don't as Iraq's insurgents prove daily.  But 9/11 and the Bush War on Terrorism has created a tenuous bi-partisan ideological fixation in the USA akin to the old Cold War mentality of the 50s - 90s where all left leaning regimes were lumped together under the banner of anti-communism.  Such nations became the targets for regime change all around the world through our surrogates, the CIA, AID and/or US military intervention.  Did it work then.  NO.  Will it work now.  NO.
    Israel has such a privileged status in the mindset of the DEM/GOP political class that no amount of geo-political hubris played by the Israelis can occasion the slightest degree of criticism - as the near unanimous pro-Israel votes in the Congress this week illustrate.  As long as Israel has our undying loyalty - she can act like the regional bully she is and create chaos for herself and for the USA. We are allowing Israel to play a geo-political trump card in the Middle East while sitting on the sidelines cheering her on. 
    Even if Israel is successful in degrading Hezbollah's military might, as she was successful against the Lebanese based PLO in exactly the same scenario a mere decade or so ago - this will not gain her long term security.  No northern or southern buffer zone between Lebanon and Israel or between Israel and Palestine will end the enmity Muslims and Arabs feel toward Israel.  There is no such magical Maginot line in the sands of the Middle East.
    And when the hands of history turn power over to the jihadists, the terrorists, the extremists or the Islamic nationalists from Iran to Saudi Arabia, from Eygpt to Syria, from Iraq to Jordan - what will we and our ally do then?  You don't quell violence by expanding the terrain of violence, you figure out ways to replace guns with butter, violence with politics.  One thought that was the Bush mission in the Middle East - democratization.
    The problem is that often times regime change brings the 'evil ones' into power.  That's the risk factor.  But by raining bombs down a helpless and hapless Lebanese government and Beirut, once the economic crown jewel of the Middle East and a cultural mecca for all peoples of the region, you only create more enmity for Israel and the USA.  Why is this so damn hard to get?  Could it be that the Bush team doesn't believe its own rhetoric about democracy?
    It's easy to talk the talk, not walk the talk.  And this American administration has proved in 2000 and 2004 when an election looks in doubt - one figures out ways of making sure they win.  Well no such options are in play in the Middle East. We are so lucky in the USA that the lands that were stolen in colonial America in the midst of genocide against Native Americans did not result in a bitter harvest of terrorism in the USA.  Unlike the Brits we've never had to deal with an IRA - except at the margins in the '60s with AIM, the Weatherman or the Black Panthers.
    Unlike Israel, our theft of our "native land" has not been challenged by those who came before us all - Native Americans and Latinos.  Lucky us.  Behind the scenes WW I British diplomacy and colonialism in Palestine created a homeland for European victims of anti-Semitism and The Holocaust - with the aid of Zionist settlers, terrorists and a UN mandate in '48.  But it has also given Israel a more troubled present.
    Acting like the bully and US puppet doesn't help Israel's claim of legitimacy or desire for security.  We all live in dangerous times as 9/11 proved.  We can't kill all our enemies off.  To do so widens the gulf between 'them' and 'us' while enlarging collateral damage and adding to to ranks of the jihadists.  It also makes us no different from the so-called terrorists except that we use state sanctioned violence.
    Hezbollah and Hamas can only be disarmed by diplomacy not surgical strikes and offering democratic alternatives of self-rule backed up by economic assistance in the Middle East.  This most recent cycle of violence began not with Hamas, Hezbollah or Israel.  It begin when Hamas came to power in a free and open election.  But since we didn't like their anti-Israel ideology we pulled the plug.  In other words, the blood letting in Palestine, Lebanon and Israel as in Iraq and Afghanistan is the legacy of the failed policy of the Bush team. 



capt.09482b2c3f004863a7c1c6e2eee516d3.britain_golf_british_open_hoy850.jpg    Well after the meltdown in the US Open it's nice to see the #1 player in the world hitting 'em straight and playing it smart.  It's all about fairways and greens at The Open.  Using his 2 iron Tiger Woods clearly played his "A" game today at the Open today.  But there are two more days of golfing in the kingdom left and this is the British Open where wacky things happen.  So we Tiger fans should just enjoy the ride for the next two days.  Go El Tigre. 


By Russell Sadler
    They tossed Oregonian reporter Harry Esteve, out of a “private” meeting where Ron Saxton, Republican candidate for governor, was speaking recently.
    "These meetings are kind of closed," said Jason Williams, executive director of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, who organized the meeting.  "There are some things that people share when there's not a reporter there,” Williams told Esteve.
    There is some truth to that. Candidates talk with supporters and prospective voters in private homes all the time on the campaign trail. Candidates are sometimes more candid talking to these intimate groups if no reporter is present.
    But this “private” meeting was no intimate group of ordinary voters trying to decide how to cast their ballots. Members of William’s group have lots of national money to give away and they are talking “privately” about what is expected in return from those who receive it.
    Saxton’s staff says the candidate simply repeated his usual stump speech to the Tax Coalition after Esteve was tossed out. Perhaps he did. But an announcement a week later makes it clear they also talked about something else. Saxton announced he will not campaign against and may-- emphasis on may, Saxton’s still waffling -- endorse the initiative limiting state spending to increases in population and inflation.
    The 20 or so folks assembled by Williams in Wilsonville represented, among others, Right to Life, Crime Victims United, Oregonians in Action, the Cascade Policy Institute and the Republican legislative leadership staff. Nor were all reporters excluded. An editor from Brainstorm, a reliably Libertarian-flavored magazine, was permitted to stay.
    Wilson says they call themselves the Tax Coalition and meet periodically to update each other on what they are doing. Most of the commentary on the Esteve incident misses the most important thing this group has in common.
    These are the folks who have hijacked Oregon's beloved “peoples’ initiative and referendum” and turned it into private, parallel form of lawmaking that deliberately bypasses the checks and balances of representative government. This is Oregon’s un-elected shadow government. It coordinates strategy at these meetings.
    Oregon’s constitution prohibits the Legislature from deficit spending. That means Oregon lawmakers must weigh what they want against what the people are willing to pay for. The initiative is not covered by a similar prohibition.
    Oregon voters may impose large new expenditure burdens on taxpayers by initiative without any regard for the source of the money to pay for it.
    Three recent initiatives supported by members of the Tax Coalition have been the biggest budget-busters in recent Oregon history and are responsible for the state’s rapidly approaching fiscal crisis.
    The Taxpayers Association of Oregon protects Ballot Measure 5, narrowly approved by voters. Don McIntire’s 1990 measure shifted more than $2 billion of school costs from locally raised property taxes to the state-administered income tax, raising the state budget by considerably more than the increase in population or the rise of inflation.
    Crime Victims United sponsored Measure 11, 1994’s mandatory minimum sentence initiative. The Legislature refused to pass similar legislation because it could not figure out how to pay for it with existing revenue. Voters approved the initiative anyway. The Republican-controlled Legislature decided to borrow the money rather than raise taxes. They borrowed more than $800 million to build and operate prisons and that hasn’t been enough. One prison was built, but never opened because there isn’t enough money to pay the operating costs.
    More recently, Oregonians in Action sponsored Measure 37. It requires “compensation” if land use laws restrict landowners from developing their property for the most profitable use. With Measure 37 mired in the courts, the full cost of its unfunded mandate will not be known for years.
    Members of the Tax Coalition are almost single-handedly responsible for Oregon’s steadily declining creditworthiness. State Treasurer Randall Edwards continues to report that Wall Street bond underwriters are wary of the growing use of Oregon’s initiative to impose higher costs on government, then restrict the Legislature’s ability to raise the money to pay for it.
    Republican candidate Saxton knows if the Tax Coalition-endorsed spending limit passes he has no chance to reform Oregon school finance or repair the state’s crippled fiscal condition-- his major campaign promises to attract moderate voters. Both Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Independent Ben Westlund oppose the initiative.
    It appears Saxton is tempted by a Faustian bargain with the folks who operate Oregon’s shadow government -- campaign cash from their their national counterparts in exchange for silence or even an endorsement of their latest scam.
Have we figured it out or not? Follow the money.
    Editor's Note:  Given the agenda of this shadowy group, aided and abetted by the likes of Grover Norquist, it's shameful that Saxton would collaborate with these folks especially in light of what more budget cuts would mean to the neediest of us - especially those facing housing insecurity (as noted below in the Faces of Homelessness flyer).  Clearly if elected Ron Saxton will not act in the interests of all Oregonians but only those of his shadowy allies.  We need a changing of the guard in Salem - which can only begin with the election of Ben Westlund.