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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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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

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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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?

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

 

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- 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
Aug092006

HIGH STAKES TESTING SCAM

    A front page article in today's Oregonian (below the fold) says it all - "Difficulty factor skews student scores."  Apparently the discrepancy between how well 3rd & 5th graders do on Oregon's own tests compared to how those same students slip as 8th graders is not the student's fault, but the tests.  The elementary grade tests have been deliberately designed to keep the bar low, hence raising the rate of success.  Keep in mind success means 50% or more of the students meeting the standard, a very low bar already.  The 8th grade tests are more rigorous.
    It's not that the students get dumber, but the tests get tougher!  So the testing scam continues.  And Oregon is not alone in fraudulent high stakes testing.  But never mind, the educational bureaucrats stay resolved that high stakes testing is the silver bullet in raising student performance.  Superintendent Susan Castillo says the tests need to be more rigorous.  NCLB has spawned an industry which is doing to education what American foreign policy has done to Iraq.  In computer language it's garbage in, garbage out.
    Now don't tell this to GOP governor candidate Ron Saxton, the former school board chair of a presumably failing Portland public school system.  And don't tell Vicki Phillips who is closing schools left and right because of these ubiquitous but "skewed" test scores.  One wouldn't expect our education policy makers to confront the reality that educational success is hard to assess and even harder to test.  How students learn is a very illusive process requiring excellent teachers not more tests. 

Tuesday
Aug082006

POTPOURI

    Political novice Ed Lamont defeated Senator Joe Lieberman (D, Conn) tonight in a key Democratic primary race largely 126524-422695-thumbnail.jpg
Senator Lieberman concedes loss
due to anti-war sentiment.  One better tell Hillary she risks becoming 2008's Hubert Humphrey if she continues to tether herself to a war without end.  But then again, Hillary has many skeletons in her political closet going back to the famous 60 Minutes interview of she and Bill in '92; Whitewatergate which was more her doing until Monica came along; and the her botched health care plan which would have made Rube Goldberg blush given it's mind numbing complexity.

    Maybe it's being in too much sun today at the US Women's Amateur Championship but RAD is 126524-422698-thumbnail.jpg
Jane Park, Califronia, in top 4 after stroke play
struck by all of the Asian women who play golf at this level - many of whom are future LPGA prospects.  While the tournament has young women from around the world - Australia, England, Japan, Korea, Philippines, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan, Canada, Thailand, Colombia, Ireland and Spain - what is notable is that most of the Asian women golfers are from the USA and not just from the West Coast or Hawaii.  Another tribute to our immigration policies over the years. 
 

 

Tuesday
Aug082006

Good Bye Joe L?

    Today Senator Joe Lieberman (D. Connecticut) may be on the losing side to retain his Senate seat in that state's Democratic primary.  The 2000 VP nominee for Al Gore, the first Jewish candidate nominated by a major party for the next highest office in the land, has run into trouble because of his support for the war in Iraq and his belief that we must remain committed to our policy there.  Today's Oregonian editorializes that the voters in Connecticut would be misguided in defeating Lieberman based on this one issue, opposition to the war in Iraq.
    The problem with the Oregonian's argument is that opposition to the war in Iraq is NOT a single issue cause.  When you spend 7 billion dollars per month in a war which should never have happened, which cannot be won and which has morphed itself into a crisis affecting the entire Middle East from Iran to Lebanon, from Israel to Eygpt, it's no longer a one issue question.  And on the home front imagine what could be done with that money or how it could be targeted to help with other international crisis - from Dafur to global warming.
    In 1968 many establishment voices felt that Senator Gene McCarthy (D, Minnesota) was misguided or on a utopian mission to unseat LBJ.  Well history records that Clean Gene was right in unseating LBJ and the nation's power structure was wrong in getting us involved in the swamplands of Indo-China (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos).  Elections are about holding politicians accountable.  And hopefully the voters in Connecticut will do "a McCarthy" and throw Joe out on his keester.  He's out of touch with his base, but more importantly with history.  
    Senator Lieberman's threat that if defeated he will run as an Independent only shows his contempt for the voters of his state and his lust to remain in office - no matter what.  That fact that he's become a lapdog of the Bush administration is only one reason to "throw the bum out."  Like so many DC pols he is out of touch with the voters of his state and values power more than admitting he was wrong on Iraq.  Like the West Wing gang - he'd rather stay resolved to a losing cause.  Of course, it's not his sons or daughters who are being sacrificed each day we stay the wrong course. 
    Polls indicate that the race has tightened up and Lieberman has distanced himself from Bush.  But make no mistake about it - Iraq is "the" issue on the minds of American voters:  Ds and Rs, liberals and conservatives, moderates and party loyalists, independents and undecideds.  And like the Vietnam war in '68 it's not a single issue question because like that war, this war affects everything the USA does at home and abroad.  We are more unpopular than ever and the administration is cutting domestic programs at home to protect tax cuts for the rich and war profits for the military industrial complex. 

Sunday
Aug062006

GOLFING IN THE KINGDOM

    Pumpkin Ridge's "Witch Hollow" golf course hosts the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur this week.  RAD will be a volunteer marshall or 41.gifforecaddie watching, dodging and marking errant golf balls.  Having seen some of the contestants on the driving range the last few evenings - I'm not too worried about incoming balls.  They seem to hit 'em pretty straight and long.  But I'll have my hard hat ready just in case!
    Since Pumpkin Ridge, "Ghost Creek" (the public course side) is my home course, this is a special opportunity to see the future Michelle Wie's play.  Having watched and walked the course with Tiger Woods in the US Men's Amateur in 1996 and Michelle Wie in the US Women's Open in 2003 this is a special golf venue for RAD.
    10 years ago Tiger's glory as a future PGA pro was jump started on this course, Michelle is still a work in progress but hey she's only 16.  Too bad she's not playing here this week. 
    Here's some basic info from a press release from the USGA: 
    "In addition to most of the players who competed in the Curtis Cup, a number of local players will also be competing for the championship including Kristen Svicarovich of Hillboro, Ore., Rebecca Kim of Tigard, Ore., University of Oregon Golf Coach Shannon Rouillard, former U of O golf Coach Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., and OSU golf team member Julianna Uhrik.
    SCHEDULE
    Monday, Aug. 7 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
    Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). After conclusion of the 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play.
    Wednesday, Aug. 9 – First round, match play (18 holes)
    Thursday, Aug. 10 – Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
    Friday, Aug. 11 – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
    Saturday, Aug. 12 – Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
    Sunday, Aug. 13 – Final, match play (36 holes)
    ABOUT THE US WOMEN'S AMATEUR
    The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship marks the beginning of women's competitive golf in this country. Along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, the Women's Amateur was one of the USGA's first three championships beginning one month after the 1895 Amateur and Open Championships.
    Although a stroke-play format was selected for the first championship, the Women's Amateur became a match-play competition in 1896, and has remained so ever since.
    The Women's Amateur has long identified some of golf's greatest women players, many of whom have gone on to successful professional careers. Along with the champions listed above, Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Marlene Stewart Streit, Anne Quast Sander, Barbara McIntire, Catherine Lacoste, Beth Daniel and 2006 Curtis Cup captain Carol Semple Thompson have all secured a place in women's golf history.
    And let's not forget Mary Budke of Eugene, Ore. who won the event in 1972."
    RAD note:  What's obvious is the the U.S. Women's Amateur is a world class event with young aspiring golfers from all over the world playing here this week. 

 

Sunday
Aug062006

TIGER WINS #50

woodssmiles080606-299x244.jpg     Swifty Fifty:  Only two weeks after capturing the OPEN and in the first start of his second decade on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods notched his 50th victory on Sunday, putting together four straight 66s to win the Buick Open by three shots over Jim Furyk.
    Tiger becomes the seventh member of the 50-win club but, remarkably, got there in fewer than 200 career starts.  Can there be any doubt that Tiger is the best ever?  Jack didn't reach 50 until the old age of 33!  Wow.
    Tiger isn't just prowling golf courses - he's on a long march for golf history. Go Tiger...  And to think the prelude to golf immortality all began at Pumpkin Ridge...