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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


Teen rape suspect "just happened to slip away" (Video)  

Bob Terry dodges and weaves!     


A Just Peace


SIP contract online




Middle East friendship chart


California topples a tyrant


10 Things US does worse than Europe


Corporations enriching shareholders



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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry


Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks


Sneaker Politics

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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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 

School Reform/ 


    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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Chuck Riley for State Senate


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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


Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms


A Just Peace


SIP contract online




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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 


Kansas' ruinous tax cuts


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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

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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



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Paul Krugman 


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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... 


    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







































    David Broder on President Bush, in today's Oregonian, "...The country thought Bush was a pleasant, down-to-earth guy, who would not rock the boat.  Instead, swayed by some inner impulse or the influence of Dick Cheney, he has proved to be lawless and reckless.  He started a war he cannot finish, drove the government into debt and repeatedly defied the Constitution..."
    Now the news wires are all abuzz with an agreement between the President and John McCain et al over rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on terror.  Before one concludes the President and his men have embraced Colin Powell's concept of "the moral basis of our fight against terrorism" by accepting the Jeffersonian criteria of a "decent respect to the opinion of mankind" - let's read the fine print.
    This is a president who time and time again has, under political duress, made agreements with Congress only to turn around in the dark of night refusing to apply the law as Congress intended him to carry out.  President Bush uses his own version of presidential nullification to ride roughshod over the laws of the land and international codes of conduct.  Why should we expect him to change?
    John McCain et al got what they want - a concession from the White House.  And a nice photo op.  But in the end, McCain and Bush are members of the GOP majority who both benefit from looking good seven weeks before an election.  The devil is always in the details and the Congress has a long record of not doing the job when it comes to oversight of the executive branch, especially the CIA and Pentagon.
    So who blinked today?  Who knows. Time will tell...  But both McCain look "presidential" - but Bush occupies the West Wing while McCain covets it. 
    PS:  The agreement is as slippery as a lawyer's tongue!  It prohibits "grave" breaches of the Geneva Conventions such as "torture, rape, biological experiments and cruel and inhuman treatment."  But it gives the President the authority to interpret "the meaning and application" of the Geneva Conventions.  So isn't that precisely what the President and his lawyers have been doing all along?  They get to decide what "grave" means.  No wonder Bush is all smiles!  All John McCain et al have done is to put lipstick on a legalistic pig.  The CIA has been given a green light - nothing has really changed.
    For more details go to Human Rights First website



New minister hopes for balance in world, Thursday, September 21, 2006, Oregonian, by Erin Hoover Barnett
    Chuck Currie worked for 17 years as an outspoken advocate for the homeless in Portland. Three years ago, he and his wife, children's advocate Liz C. Smith, moved to St. Louis. At Eden Theological Seminary, Currie earned his master's of divinity. His wife gave birth to twins Katherine and Frances. Now the family has returned to Portland. On the eve of his ordination, which was Sunday, Currie, 37, reflected on his career, his faith and a broader call to action: You started out, at 17, as a volunteer at Baloney Joe's, a since-closed shelter and service center on East Burnside. What made you dedicate your early career to homelessness?
    I had, growing up, just about every advantage. My father was a successful television producer, my mother was a certified nurse midwife. But I also, unfortunately, had a father who was addicted to alcohol and prescription pain killers -- he eventually died from it in 1998. So I grew up in a house that was always chaotic. Working at Baloney Joe's gave me a sense of direction and purpose. While in St. Louis, what were your ah-ha moments?
    We had babies. That was my big ah-ha.
    One of the things that I keep reflecting on is that each night at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter (which he ran in Southwest Portland), there were babies as young as my babies. My kids have every opportunity -- well- educated parents, a nice house in a good neighborhood. . . . and they thrive.
    Sometimes I was amazed at how well kids in the shelter thrived. But it breaks my heart that they don't have the opportunities that my girls have. My girls don't have anything special. They've just got what every kid should have. It makes me want to work even harder to make sure kids don't live on our streets. Will you continue your advocacy work as a minister?
    I've been called to serve as the interim minister for Parkrose Community United Church of Christ. But I'll also be continuing my involvement with church members on issues such as homelessness and poverty. The state also has asked me to serve on the governor's new advisory committee on ending homelessness. Society is becoming more materialistic. Does that make it harder to do what you do?
    RAD:  Chuck, I hope you hold Governor K's feet to the fire.  Ted is long on promises, but short on delivery.  Governor K's current campaign commerical claims to having gotten health care for 30 thousand kids and to have increased K-12 funding.  What it doesn't say is that he's just touched the tip of the iceberg of health care and school funding needs among the poor in this state.  Beware of politicians who sing your hymns but don't let the waters of justice flow for all. 
    All of us want stability and happiness. We also want all the extras. I love my iPod. But do you try to spend all your time acquiring things versus loving people and building up your community? We fall into this trap of equating material things with love. The biggest mistake societies can make is when they replace love with desires for conquest and power. When they do that, societies crumble. So it's an issue of balance?
    Yes, but also we can't sustain America's standard of living and still have the world be a peaceful place. We are consuming too much of the world's resources. . . . So we have to make very difficult decisions about who we are as people if we want this world to thrive.
    But is anyone still listening to a message like yours?
    I'm hopeful there are still people who will listen. . . . I don't mind if my church or my message is in the minority opinion as long as I'm preaching what I hope is a truthful message of change. My hope is that one day, the things I believe will be the majority position, that every child should have a doctor, that every person should have a home, that the genders should be equal, that we should take care of the environment, which is God's gift to us. How do you view your new career as a minister?
    It's just another step in my life path. I... [was] ordained on Sunday and some people will think of me differently once I'm ordained. They'll think I've been called by God and put on a pedestal. It's just one type of calling. I've been called to be a pastor. But all of us are called to be in ministry to one another at all kinds of different levels. We all just have to listen to what that call is in our lives.
    RAD:  For those living in Washington County you can help the homeless by contributing to the Bridging the Gap Campaign sponsored by an Interfaith Committee on behalf of Washington County's four shelters which provide basic care and housing to victims of domestic abuse and homeless families.  Send your check with the designation "Family Shelters" to THE COMMUNITY HOUSING FUND, 3700 SW MURRAY BLVD., SUITE 190, BEAVERTON, OREGON 97005



    The new USA Today/Gallup poll offers some good news for Republicans. President Bush's job approval shot up five points to 44%, his highest rating in the USAT/Gallup poll since September of 2005. Republicans also drew even with Democrats in the generic ballot question assessing Congress, a two-point improvement from the August survey and another high-water mark. 
    But the RealClearPolitics cumulative poll still shows 54.3% of the public disapprove of how Bush is governing. And the Dems have a 6.5% lead over the GOP in the generic congressional assessment.  And only 32% of Americans feel the nation is headed in the right direction.  And only 29.4% of Americans approve of how Congress is doing its job.  So the spike in Dubya's poll USAT/Gallup ratings does not show a light at the end of the tunnel for the GOP only a faint glimmer.
    Keep in mind the President has been dominating the news with speech after speech for the last two weeks, including today's speech at the UN - hitting the same old themes - staying the course in Iraq, democracy building in the Middle East and focusing more and more on the war on terrorism.  But we're seven weeks from the election and events on the ground in the USA and the Middle East will tell the story. 
    When you have the presidential bully pulpit you can seize the moment.  But by November's election - with Iraq still unraveling, Afghanistan still a mess and Ford/GM/Intel et al downsizing - many will not share the rosy scenario coming from the West Wing.  But the polling data does show that the nation is split along Red and Blue voter lines - as it was in 2000 and 2004 with the Rs moving back to Bush. The key issue is where will the independent voter find him or herself on election day.
    But the Dems better return to the message of the "cultural of corruption and incompetence" if they want to steal the big "mo" back.  And how about some courage on the war - rather than hiding behind John McCain's coattails.  What's the exit strategy?  Focus on Osama bin Laden. Being tough and resolute is not enough - we must be smart too - an oxymoron for this administration and their minions in the House.
    The only poll that counts is the one in November!   



copy_of_cap0001.jpg    RAD attended the ordination of former student Charles Currie, Jr. yesterday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Portland.  Chuck did a brief sojourn at Pacific for a year before he realized more important matters awaited him in Portland - working as a tireless and effective advocate for the homeless.  When one can host a President of the USA around town briefing Bill Clinton on homeless issues - the lure of sitting in a classroom, even RAD's, diminishes.  Some students just turn community service into a life's work!  But Chuck eventually decided to attend Eden Seminary in St. Louis to earn his divinity degree.  In that regard he followed one of my first Pacific students, David Harder into that path.   Best wishes Chuck - the folks at Parkrose UCC have a "keeper".  RAD



    The Oregonian ran an excellent front page story today - "It's still rich school, poor school," - explaining how the Portland Schools Foundation divides up its grants in the district.  While the article may intensify an education food fight within the district since not all needy schools benefit from the private fund raising venture - such would miss the point.  What must be pointed out is that "if" Oregon had a fully funded K-12 system - such local options would not be necessary or could be supplements at best.  The legislature in the mid-'90s passed the Quality Education Model (QEM) which sets goals for school funding tied to outcomes.  The trouble is that the governor and legislature have ducked their obligation to meet this unfunded mandate.
    The 2004 executive report by the QEM Commission pointed out that - "The gap continues to widen between actual funding levels and the resources needed to achieve Oregon’s educational goals...  For the 2005-07 biennium, the Quality Education Model estimates that State funding of $7.1 billion is required to get 90% of Oregon students to meet the State’s academic standards. The Governor’s proposed budget of $5.0 billion leaves a funding gap of $2.1 billion for the biennium, over $1.0 billion per year.  That’s nearly a doubling of the gap since 2001-02... For 2005-2007, the Governor’s proposed budget of $5.0 billion leaves Oregon schools without sufficient funding to provide an adequate education for Oregon’s students."
    Nothing changed in the 2005 session to move the ball closer to the QEM red zone.  Posturing for the 2006 election our fealess leaders added an additional @ 262 million to the pot - still far from the mark called for by the QEM. The current data (from 2002-2003) ranks Oregon 32nd lowest in the nation in terms of revenue spent per pupil from all sources - local, state and federal dollars.  Oregon spends $8300 per student ($4200 of that in state funds).  Washington State by comparison is 28th but spends $5300 in state money per pupil.  The national average, in an era of recession and anti-tax politics, is $9100 with $4500 for the state contribution [based on 2006 Oregon Public Finance, Basic Facts, Research Report #1-06, Legislative Revenue Office]. 
    While Oregon was mired in a recession between 2001-2005 - revenue plummeted.  But such is not the case now.  But as long as the Governor and Legislature refuse to kick the "kicker" back into the general fund, to look at other funding options such as an income tax increase, returning to a more progressive tax system, and/or moving to broaden our tax base by adopting a sales tax or value added tax - all the huffing and puffing done by politicians is smoke and mirrors.  It leaves those children in Portland and elsewhere out in the cold or in an Orwellian world where "all [kids] are equal but some are more equal than others."
    As one who has written successful grants over a 36 year career it's not just the quality of one's prose that makes the sell, it's also your connections to the grant committee.  Success also hinges on your ability to twist and turn your prose to fit the agenda of the foundation while still achieving your mission - not an easy task for beleaguered teachers dealing with the day to day problems of managing schools which are under funded and with children who have few resources.  But let's not lose sight of the real problem - it's our leaders in Salem and the voters who send them there!