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The myth of the Christian country

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Jeb Bush's damning secret history

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Red states that mooch

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Trust in government is 'dead, Jim'

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  

 

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Kristof Column

Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 


Hard Times in Oregon: 

Hardtimes

The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   

 

 

    

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

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness, hunger & health care disparities in Oregon and Washington County: 

Homelessness:  

•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.

Hunger:

•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

Heath Care Disparities: 

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


A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  

 

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison

 

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Concepts Americans fail to grasp

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Putting corporate Oregon ahead of  our people

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 Explore Intel emissions

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941

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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

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

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

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Walgreens - pay your fair share of taxes!

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

Miguel de Cervantes, from The Duke - "I accuse you of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man."  Cervantes' response - "Guilty as charged, I have never had the courage to believe in nothing."   from Man of La Mancha  

Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  QuestionIntel.com  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

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Blue Oregon

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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 

 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001


    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 

americanobserver

    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   

GarrisonKeillor

 

     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 


"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams

 

"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  

 

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 

 

"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals

 

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  

 

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?'

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" 

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921)

 

"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11


"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”  

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."

- Abraham Lincoln

 

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..."

- Edmund Burke 

 

“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”

- Jonathan Swift

 

" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."

- Garrison Keillor


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Wednesday
Dec202006

POLITICAL POTPOURI

    With grading papers for my two PSU courses and the on coming holidays, the RAD blog is a bit behind schedule.  Where does one find the time to read the newspaper, hardcopy or online?  Besides RAD is busy running, adding to and rebuilding his model railroad empire!  But the 24/7 news wire moves on endlessly and without mercy.  
    Iraq:  It looks like despite the change at Defense that Dubya is going to add more American troops to the mess in Iraq.  How sad and stupid can one be?  It's akin to throwing good money away after bad money except of course it's American lives which are going to be sacrificed along with countless Iraqi civilian lives.  
    And if Condi Rice is on point there will be no discussions with the Iranians, or Syrians.  The Iraq Study Group Report seems to have fallen on deaf ears.  Rumy may have been sent to the woodshed but the selection of Gates simply seems cosmetic, the staying the course game plan is still in play.  
    Israel:  Jimmy Carter and Alan Dershowitz are in a major twit over Carter's critique of Israel's imperialistic agenda on the West Bank and Gaza.   If the question is who started this ugly Hobbesian "war of all against all" there will never be a resolution to this human tragedy.  For the true is that both sides are guilty of overplaying their geo-political hands and of using violence as a tool of policy.  
    It's about time Israel took a good look around her neighborhood.  With the American induced decent of Iraq into a failed state, the rise of Iran and Islamic fundamentalism across the Middle East, Israel will be surrounded by enemies on all sides and if any of her neighbors get the bomb, it won't matter that Israel already has it.  And her US sugar daddy will not be able to protect her.  
    Congress:  Apparently the Grinch stole the newly empowered Democrats holiday spirit.  They apparently are going to keep a tightened '07-08 budget they inherited from the Scrooges of the GOP.  This will mean cuts across the board of social programs - education to health care.  So much for "change."  
    As RAD has pointed out previously, the Democrats have a short window of opportunity here.  If they don't do something positive in the next year on major domestic issues such as the economy, health care, education, minimum wages, they will be punished in '08.  
    Presidential Politics:  The Democratic presidential field seems to be narrowing to three major contenders:  Hillary
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Reporting for duty, sir! Deja vu John Kerry?
Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards.  The GOP contest seems down to John McCain and Mitt Romney.
   The latest head to head polls indicate that a Hillary vs. McCain contest is now a dead even match according to today's Cook report.
    RAD is wary of Hillary's staying power in a long primary contest.  And her negatives are very high.  McCain will be hard for the old hands of the GOP to swallow.  Romney, who is playing the Gay bashing card, may be their default candidate.  
    Yes, it's way too early to count votes, chickens, ducks, yellow or blue dogs.  The political hot stove league is not where the rubber hits the road.  But it's the only game in town right now and god knows we need something to look forward to past the prince of darkness in the West Wing.  
    RAD's pick:  Edwards & Obama.  Keep Hope Alive!  To my GOP readers - you are on your own.  It appears that Rudy G will not be in the mix.  Besides Rudy is too NYNY and he probably couldn't pass the Oregon test - Orygun not Orygone?  So it's "bombs away" McCain or Romney "the basher" right now.  Good yuck.  
    Oregon:  Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction, is planning on terminating the CIM & CAM.  That's a good decision, but why did it take so long to figure out it was a scam?  The problem is what will replace it?  And in light of NCLB does it make any difference anyway - the testing machine will grind on and on.  
    If the Democratic leadership is serious about having a short session for '07 that would end in May then besides K-12 funding and health care reform what else will be priorities?  RAD hopes the Housing Alliance agenda of adding 100 million for affordable housing in the biennium gets careful attention.  
    After all the keys to success for Oregon's kids are a good school to attend, proper health care, economic security and last but not least - a home of their own.  For those whose families are in the 50% or below of MFI safe and subsidized rental housing is the most likely option.  And if those units are near where one works we can take a bite out of the global warming hazard.  
        
    

Sunday
Dec172006

TIGER WINS, AGAIN

1166396004.jpg    Tiger Woods wrapped up a remarkable season Sunday at the Target World Challenge seizing the lead from U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy in just three holes and coasting to a 6-under 66 for a four-shot victory in the last tournament of the year.
    He started the year with a playoff victory in the Buick Invitational and ended it by beating an elite, 16-man field to win his tournament for the third time in its eight-year history. Between those bookend trophies was a mixture of triumph and tragedy. 
    After missing the cut at the U.S. Open in his return to golf after his father's death, Woods never finished worse than second place in stroke play the rest of the year, winning two majors and six consecutive PGA Tour events.  He's clearly the dominant force in golf today.  How does anyone deny Tiger's the best ever?  

Saturday
Dec162006

ZORBA THE BUSH

    Timothy Garton Ash writing for the Guardian, UK (14 December 2006) - "Bush Has Created a Comprehensive Catastrophe Across the Middle East," put the current mess in the Middle East into proper perspective as only the English can do.  Here's a brief exerpt: 
    "....In every vital area, from Afghanistan to Egypt, [Bush's] policies have made the situation worse than it was before. What an amazing bloody catastrophe. The Bush administration's policy towards the Middle East over the five years since 9/11 is culminating in a multiple train crash. Never in the field of human conflict was so little achieved by so great a country at such vast expense. In every vital area of the wider Middle East, American policy over the last five years has taken a bad situation and made it worse.
    If the consequences were not so serious, one would have to laugh at a failure of such heroic proportions - rather in the spirit of Zorba the Greek who, contemplating the splintered ruins of his great project, memorably exclaimed: "Did you ever see a more splendiferous crash?" But the reckless incompetence of Zorba the Bush has resulted in the death, maiming, uprooting or impoverishment of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children - mainly Muslim Arabs but also Christian Lebanese, Israelis and American and British soldiers.
    By contributing to a broader alienation of Muslims it has also helped to make a world in which, as we walk the streets of London, Madrid, Jerusalem, New York or Sydney, we are all, each and every one of us, less safe. Laugh if you dare..."    
    RAD: 
Amen!  Brother Ash. 

Wednesday
Dec132006

FIGUREHEAD OR DOER?

By Russell Sadler
images.jpg   Was Sen. Gordon Smith’s floor speech criticizing the Bush regime’s handling of the war in Iraq a Profile in Courage, or a Profile in Cynicism as Steve Novick suggests on the blog Blue Oregon? Or could it be that Sen. Smith has finally decided what he wants to be in this life -- a U.S. Senator from Oregon -- and is putting distance between himself and the Bush regime to better reflect the people he represents?
    There is an old adage about politics. Some people enter public life to do something. Others enter public life to be something. Sen. Gordon Smith always appeared to me to be an example of the latter.
    Smith is one of the most enigmatic people in Oregon public life. Although he has been a public figure since 1993, it is difficult to list any significant accomplishments. Smith was elected to the Oregon Senate in 1993 and elected Senate President in 1995, where he was regarded as a figurehead for Sen. Brady Adams, R-Grants Pass.
    Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate to replace the retiring Sen. Mark Hatfield in 1996. Smith promptly dropped off the radar. He was most prominent when he was traveling the state with his fellow U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, holding joint town hall meetings.
    It is hard to avoid the conclusion that during most of his public career Gordon Smith simply enjoyed being Senator Smith. He was more interested in being something than doing something. In the Oregon Senate he had few of the accomplishments of two distinguished former legislators from Umatilla County -- State Sen. Mike Thorne, D-Pendleton, and the late State Rep. Stafford Hansel, R-Athena. In the U.S. Senate, Smith has few of the accomplishments of the man he replaced, Sen. Mark Hatfield.
    Yet Smith’s criticism of the Bush regime was brutal for someone who has reliably voted their way.
    “I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal. I cannot support that anymore. I believe we need to figure out how to fight the war on terror and to do it right. So either we clear and hold and build, or let's go home.”
    Tony Snow, the White House answer to Jon Stewart, promptly dismissed Smith as “emotional” over the Republican loss of Congress last month. Smith’s complaint is far more serious than that.
    “I would have never voted for this conflict had I reason to believe that the intelligence we had was not accurate. I was greatly disturbed recently to read a comment by a man I admire in history, Winston Churchill, who after the British mandate extended to the peoples of Iraq for five years, wrote to David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of England: "At present we are paying 8 millions a year for the privilege of living on an ungrateful volcano,’" said Smith. “When I read that, I thought, not much has changed. We have to learn the lessons of history and sometimes they are painful because we have made mistakes.”
    That quote is not cynical political opportunism. It is a very public admission of poor judgment in voting for the war. If we had a president with the Smith’s courage to admit bad judgment, our situation would not be this dire.
    Smith recognizes the election for what it was: A repudiation of the Bush regime and the Republican Party as it now operates. Smith realizes that if he wishes to be reelected in 2008 he must be more more attuned to the crossover voters in Oregon who turned the Republicans out of the Oregon House and reelected a Democratic governor despite misgivings about his performance. These crossover voters hold Smith’s fate. If Smith wants to be a Senator, he must try to represent them. That’s the discipline of democracy, not craven cynicism.
    But Smith’s recognition of reality may come too late.
    State Sen. Ben Westlund just scored a 9.5 on that most difficult of political maneuvers, a Wayne Morse double reverse with a twist. Westlund announced, to no one’s surprise, that he is giving up his independent label to join the Democratic Party in time for the legislative session that convenes in January.
    Westlund entered public life to do something. His recent brush with cancer, for example, makes him a candidate who wants to do something about our expensive, hodgepodge health care system, making him an ally of public figures like former Gov. John Kitzhaber and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.
    It is very likely Oregon’s 2008 U.S. Senate race will pit an affable figurehead against an aggressive “doer.” For many of Oregon’s crossover voters, that won’t be a hard choice.
    Editor's Note:  RAD has applauded on this blog Senator Smith's recent comments on the war in Iraq.  But be needs to explain what he meant by "...it may even be criminal..."  Is putting troops on a daily basis in harms way criminal?  If so, then is Senator Smith suggesting President Bush as commander-in-chief is being "criminal"?  If so, there is a constitutional remedy for such high crimes and misdemeanors - impeachment!  Seeing President (gag) Bush's petulant press conference on CNN after he talked with the JCS and Rumsfeld - impeachment may be the only choice. 

Wednesday
Dec132006

LINE OF THE DAY

A lot of work.    The top 10 per cent of Canadians own 53 per cent of total wealth, which is similar to the median of the 20 countries in a survey released last week by the World Institute for Development Economics Research.  By contrast, the wealthiest 10 per cent in the USA hold 69.8 per cent of total wealth.  Guess in whose wallets those massive Dubya tax cuts are going?  Source:  Toronto Globe & Mail online.