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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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  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

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  • Jim Hightower:   

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  • 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: 

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

 

BLOGS:

From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now
democracynow.org

The Daily Kos

dailykos.com

Blue Oregon

blueoregon.com

 

"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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Thursday
Jul052007

BEWARE OF THE MOLE

    Oh joy, the GOP punditry and spin meisters are all abuzz about the likely candidacy of Fred Dalton Thompson.  The former US Senator (R, Tennessee) and soon to be ex-actor on Law & Order is about to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.
   Thompson fits the profile of a good Republican candidate - he's appropriately "oily", southern and a conservative.  Even without officially being in the race he's pulling good polling numbers, right now a close second to Rudy G.
    RAD's memory of Thompson is as the lead GOP Minority Counsel on the Special Senate Watergate Committee where his role was to deflect the spears and arrows of misfortune headed at "Tricky" Dick Nixon.  Thompson's latest foray into controversy was to urge Dubya to pardon "Scooter" Libby.  Is there a pattern here?
    According to Wikipedia:
    Thompson was responsible for his close friend, then Senate Minority Leader and member of the Watergate Committee, Howard Baker asking the question that led directly to the downfall of President Richard Nixon—"What did the President know, and when did he know it?" [12] Also, Thompson's voice has become immortalized in recordings of the Watergate proceedings, with him asking the key question, "Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the President?"
    Thompson has been criticized for leaking grand jury information to the Nixon White House while they were under investigation.[14] In his 1975 memoir At That Point in Time, Thompson noted that he acted with "no authority" in divulging the committee's knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon's resignation.[14] "Even though I had no authority to act for the committee, I decided to call Fred Buzhardt at home" to tell him that the committee had learned about the taping system, Thompson wrote. "I wanted to be sure that the White House was fully aware of what was to be disclosed so that it could take appropriate action."[14]
    Former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong said "Thompson was a mole for the White House."[14] In response to the Boston Globe's story Thompson said via e-mail without addressing the specific charge of being a Nixon mole: "I'm glad all of this has finally caused someone to read my Watergate book, even though it's taken them over thirty years."[14] The Boston Globe concluded, "The view of Thompson as a Nixon mole is strikingly at odds with the former Tennessee senator's longtime image as an independent-minded prosecutor who helped bring down the president he admired."[14]
    RAD:  Great, now if Hillary and Fred run the tables in '08 and become the candidates we can anticipate reliving the two greatest soap operas of recent US history - Slick Williegate (a frivolous soap) and Watergate (a serious soap).  And the question again will be of both - "what did you know and when did you know it?"  Please Barack and Mitt save us from this ignominious fate! 
 

 

 

Thursday
Jul052007

PATRIOTISM 101

150px-Pacific_coast_league.png    Went to a Portland Beaver v. Tacoma Ranier baseball game for the July 4th celebration.  Checking out the future Ms and Padres!  Good game, better fireworks. Civic Stadium (aka PGE Park, gag...) seats are eye level with the MAX trains heading east and west along with a view of downtown Portland.  While baseball along with fried chicken, corn on the cob and potato salad are a July 4th tradition along with the adult beverage of your choice - we stuck with baseball last night.  So our patriotism was muted.
    Here are quotes passed along from my Canadian Connection (WM) on "patriotism" from two of my favorite people whom I've had the pleasure to meet and host at Pacific University: 
    William Sloane Coffin: "... if uncritical lovers of their country are the most dangerous of patriots, loveless critics are hardly the best. If you love the good you have to hate evil, else you’re sentimental; but if you hate evil more than you love the good, you’re a good hater. Surely the best patriots are those who carry on not a grudge fight but a lover’s quarrel with their country. Beyond saluting the flag, let us pledge allegiance "'to the earth, and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports; one planet indivisible, with clean air, soil and water, liberty, justice and peace for all.'"
    Molly Ivins: “I believe patriotism is best expressed in our works, not our parades. We are the heirs of the most magnificent political legacy any people has ever been given:  "We hold these truths to be self-evident." It is the constant struggle to protect and enlarge that legacy, to make sure that it applies to all citizens, that patriotism [lives] - vote, write, speak, work, march, sue, organize, fight, struggle - whatever it takes to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. 

Wednesday
Jul042007

LIES, DAMN LIES AND THE WEST WING

4th_uncle_sam_165.jpg    Editor's Note:  The case for removing the Bush/Cheney duo from office is clear and compelling.  Check out the excerpts from two sources below - to see the parallels between George W and King George.  Both practiced the dark arts of politics, both quartered troops where they didn't belong, both violated the inalienable rights of their citizenry, both engaged in an imperial foreign policy and both used mercenary troops to quell rebellion and both ignored the limits of constitutional government violating "...a decent respect to the opinions of mankind..."
    Happy July 4th!  
    "Even Richard Nixon knew it was time to resign"
    From Iraq to Scooter Libby, Bush and Cheney have broken America's trust and stabbed this nation in the back. It is time for them to go.
    During the July 3 broadcast of his MSNBC show, "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," Keith Olbermann offered the following as his Special Comment for the night. It is reprinted here with the permission of Olbermann and MSNBC.

    By Keith Olbermann

•    I accuse you, Mr. Bush, of lying this country into war.
•    I accuse you of fabricating in the minds of your own people a false implied link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.
•    I accuse you of firing the generals who told you that the plans for Iraq were disastrously insufficient.
•    I accuse you of causing in Iraq the needless deaths of 3,586 of our brothers and sons, and sisters and daughters, and friends and neighbors.
•    I accuse you of subverting the Constitution, not in some misguided but sincerely motivated struggle to combat terrorists, but to stifle dissent.
•    I accuse you of fomenting fear among your own people, of creating the very terror you claim to have fought.
•    I accuse you of exploiting that unreasoning fear, the natural fear of your own people who just want to live their lives in peace, as a political tool to slander your critics and libel your opponents.
•    I accuse you of handing part of this republic over to a vice president who is without conscience and letting him run roughshod over it.
•    And I accuse you now, Mr. Bush, of giving, through that vice president, carte blanche to Mr. Libby to help defame Ambassador Joseph Wilson by any means necessary, to lie to grand juries and special counsel and before a court, in order to protect the mechanisms and particulars of that defamation with your guarantee that Libby would never see prison and, in so doing, as Ambassador Wilson himself phrased it here last night, of becoming an accessory to the obstruction of justice.

From the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:  

•    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.  
•    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
•    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
•    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
•    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
•    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
•    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
•    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
•    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
•    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
•    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
•    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
•    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
•    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
•    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
•    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
•    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
•    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
•    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
•    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
•    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
•    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
•    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
•    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
•    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
•    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
•    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.


Tuesday
Jul032007

LIBBYGATE

    The commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby by President Bush is an echo of the pardon by Gerald Ford of President Richard Nixon.  Question - what impact will this have in '08?  Well who won the '76 election - Gerald Ford or Jimmy Carter?  Here are some highlights from our three major national newspaper editorial pages: 
    The WaPo argues that President Bush's decision to commute Scooter Libby's entire prison sentence "sends the wrong message about the seriousness" of his offense. "We agree that a pardon would have been inappropriate and that the prison sentence of 30 months was excessive," the editors write. "But reducing the sentence to no prison time at all, as Mr. Bush did -- to probation and a large fine -- is not defensible" ... under the headline "Soft on Crime,"
    RAD:  Why was a sentence of 30 months excessive?  Libby outed a covert CIA operative (a criminal act); he aided and abetted the big lie about WMDs which caused a gullible Congress to OK the war (which has resulted in the death of 3300 plus American soldiers); he lied to a grand jury and obstructed justice (in effective participating in a cover-up of the complicity of Bush, Cheney and Rove in these events).  So what was excessive? 
    The NYT argues that President Bush's decision underscores "the way this president is tough on crime when it's committed by common folk." The editors write that when the president was explaining his decision, he "did not sound like a leader making tough decisions about justice. He sounded like a man worried about what a former loyalist might say when actually staring into a prison cell" ...
    RAD:  Yes and what might Libby say after a few months in a federal jail?  Again, he might rat on Bush, Cheney and Rove.  But as a Bush-Cheney loyalist he's fallen on his sword.  So what's the ultimate reward for him - a pardon of course.  And West Wing flack Tony Snow implied a pardon while not imminent is still a possibility down the road.  So expect Bush to pardon Libby after the '08 elections! 
    The Wall Street Journal, on the other hand, argues that the president didn't go far enough. By "failing to issue a full pardon," the editors write, "Mr. Bush is evading responsibility for the role his Administration played in letting the Plame affair build into fiasco and, ultimately, this personal tragedy" ... NYT columnist David Brooks argues that Bush's decision to commute Libby's sentence was "exactly right." "It punishes him for his perjury, but not for the phantasmagorical political farce that grew to surround him. It takes away his career, but not his family."
    RAD:  Libby's perjury and obstruction of justice are not a "fiasco" or "personal tragedy" - they are more akin to a high crime and misdemeanor.  Libby was the vehicle by which Bush, Cheney and Rove created the BIG LIE about WMDs that led us to war.  This is not the act of a Lone Ranger but a calculated act by an administration that thinks it's above the law. And the reality is that they ARE - unless and until the Congress impeaches the whole lot of them!  
    The USA under the Bush team has become a banana Republic - a presidential junta which stole its way into power and which has no limits to the lies it will propagate to stay in power.  More importantly, the bravos of support for the Libby commutation from candidate Rudy G. and likely candidate Fred Thompson illustrate the moral depravity of the GOP.  If we elect a Republican President in '08 - then expect more Iraq fiascos and Big Lies. 

    While JFK led us down the slippery slope to Vietnam and LBJ got us stuck in the Big Muddy of Vietnam, they didn't lie to us!  They were simply wrong.  And while Slick Willie lied about his private life nobody died because of his private lie - "I never had sex with that woman."  By contrast Rs like Nixon, Reagan & Dubya et al resort to the political lie.  The only weapon against the Party of the Big Lie is to get out the broom and sweep them all out of power in '08.   
    PS:   It's very instructive that the post-Blair British government has shown us again how to stop terrorists - good police work as opposed to the more apocalyptic strategy of Bush - invade first, then ask questions!  With such a strategy - the BIG LIE technique wouldn't be the default position and front-men like "Scooter" would not be needed.  But that would presume an American regime not modeled after the Mafia. 

Sunday
Jul012007

SWEEP, SWEEP

    While politics is a sport played by adults, RAD is also a fan of other sports and teams.  I am obviously a huge Tiger Woods fan, I bleed UW "Husky" Purple and Gold in football season and I'm a Mariner fan.  Who knows I may rejoin the Blazer faithful one of these days now that the JailBlazer era is over!  It's also nice seeing OSU win two College World Series championships in a row!  No comment about the Duck football, even RAD has his limits! 
     Today's sweep of the Jays was bitter sweet because of the surprise retirement of manager Mike Hargrove.  But the facts between the lines are that the Ms have swept two of the best teams in the east, Boston and Toronto back to back, won 10 out of 12 in this home stand and are now 12 games above .500.  Of course, we're barely to the half-time part of the season, so who knows how it will all end.  But the Ms are fun to watch, win or lose.
    As someone who has been there and done that for 30 plus years, if you listen to Hargrove take him at his word.  He's burned out, nothing more, nothing less.  When you can't give it 100% as you expect of your players and staff, then you owe it to yourself to hang 'em up and turn it over to a fellow who can devote the mental and emotional 100% plus to the team.  John McClaren, who has been second in command to Sweet Lou and Grover now gets his chance.
    In the meantime Grover will rediscover his family and find out that other adventures await him down the road.  The main thing is that now he gets to choose what he does and doesn't do.  That's not a bad deal as RAD has discovered!  Life is about transitions as Tiger is discovering and Hargrove knows having raised a family and been in baseball for 35 years.  It's like golf - the key is not how long one hits it's how one manages your game around the course - in play or life. 
    Good job Grover, now Go Ms!