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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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Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 


Hard Times in Oregon: 

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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.   

 

 

    

    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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Putting corporate Oregon ahead of our people

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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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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Friday
Dec292006

BEAVERS WIN, BEAVERS WIN

    My oh my.  25th ranked OSU just beat Missouri in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. With two 4th quarter touchdowns and a gutsy 2 point conversion the Beavers won 39-38. OSU's head coach Mike Riley plays the game like a riverboat gambler. He stole victory from the jaws of defeat.  Ironically stadium2004.pngenough OSU's football team in the past was called the "Benton County Bandits" as RAD recalls back in the Tommy Prothro era, late 50s/early 60s.  They play like it, being very opportunistic.  And like OSU's NCAA College World Series baseball champions, the football Beavers came from behind several times when they were all but dead. The touchdown which set up the 2 point conversion was a pass caught in the end zone by a young fellow from Roseburg.  RHS fans must be going nuts in RAD's Oregon hometown.  Happy New Year, Beaver fans.  Missouri's head coach, Gary Pinkell, is a former offensive coordinator of the UW in the glory days of the '90s.  No wonder the game was close!  Duck fans must be green with envy as their team lost their bowl game and ended 7-6, while the Beavers completed a successful 10-4 season! 

Thursday
Dec282006

PHOTO OP OF THE DAY

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Edwards in New Orlean's 9th Ward
    John Edwards - former US Senator (D. from North Carolina) and VP candidate in '04 with John Kerry - announced his candidacy for president in New Orleans poverty stricken 9th Ward today.        
    Edwards listed five priorities to change America: 1) guaranteeing health care for every single American; 2) strengthening our middle class and ending the shame of poverty; 3) leading the fight against global warming; 4) getting America and the world to break our addiction to oil; and 5) calling for the removal US troops from Iraq
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Sheehan bugging Dubya again!
    On the same day, Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist mother of a son killed in Iraq, was arrested with four other women near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas for blocking the road into the ranch and preventing the VP's motorcade from leaving the Bush compound.
    It won't happen, but it would be a hoot if Cindy Sheehan ran for president in '08.  Maybe she and Senator Edwards could be the alternative duo to the media's choice - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama! 
     Edward's compelling message of the two Americas, one rich and living off its stock options and the other composed of the vast middle class and the working poor and Sheehan's reminder that America has lost its moral compass in the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan stand in bold relief against President Bush's policies of tax cuts for the rich and military service for the sons and daughters of middle America. 

 


Thursday
Dec282006

A LICENSE TO KILL?

By Russell Sadler
    The Oregon State Police arrested 23 percent more drunk drivers over the long holiday weekend than they did last year.
    This is the time of year “authority figures” sagely warn you not to drive drunk. It is good advice. About half the fatal traffic collisions in Oregon involve drinking drivers.
    That also means about half the highway fatalities are caused by sober drivers. We have a peculiar double standard when it comes to highway fatalities. We are indignant over senseless deaths caused by drunk drivers. We are less indignant over senseless deaths caused by sober drivers.
    There is no Mothers against Sober Drivers, no Children of Adult Sober Drivers, no Students against Sober Drivers, no Sober Drivers Anonymous. There are no public service announcements on television urging people to not to drive sober, no campaign slogans like Friends Do Not Let Friends Drive Sober.
    Drunk drivers who kill get the front page. Sober drivers who kill get the second section or the weekend traffic accident roundup on Mondays despite mounting evidence that driving when you are tired, under the influence of medication or yacking on your cell phone is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
    Despite a dramatic reduction in deaths attributed to drunk driving, it is still drunks who still get the attention of politicians.  Most states allow .10 blood alcohol before a driver is considered impaired. Oregon is one of 13 states with a .08 blood alcohol limit and the Legislature has resisted efforts to reduce it to .04.
    Fatalities from drunk driving dropped from estimates as high as 70 percent of all highway fatalities in the mid-1980s to around 50 percent today.  Chronic alcoholics are now the largest cause of drunk driving collisions and it is clear “tougher” laws do not discourage problem drinkers from driving even when they have lost their licenses.
    Whatever the solution to this problem may be, it is not reducing the allowable blood alcohol standard to unrealistic levels and making potential felons out of anyone who has a drink dining out. Oregon’s traffic fatality problem is caused more by lax licensing than liquor.
    Oregon is widely known as a state that lets anybody drive -- and we do. The law requiring formal driver training or 100 hours behind the wheel with another adult prior to licensing is limited to those under 18. Budget cuts stripped driver training from most school districts. Some school districts now contract with private driver training businesses to meet students at school because insurance companies require formal driver training before teenagers can get discounted automobile insurance.
    But for most Oregonians over 17, getting a driver’s license means passing a brief written exam and a short road test that no longer even requires parallel parking skills.
    Once licensed, this ticket to freedom and autonomy can be renewed by mail for a token fee every few years with little further evaluation of the driver’s abilities until you reach an age when the folks art DMV invite you to renew your license in person so they can see if you are still capable of driving down the road. Informally, it’s called the “dodder test.”
    Few lawmakers will publicly discuss the most effective solution to traffic fatalities -- periodic driver re-examination. Drivers see so many bad examples around them that they develop bad habits that last a lifetime if not reformed by periodic re-examination -- driving while impatient, driving while distracted, driving aggressively. You see examples of these bad habits around you every day and eventually you adopt those habits. This is the stuff of road rage and drive-by shootings.
    Oregon will get more results lowering fatalities by requiring periodic reexamination of all drivers and concentrating enforcement efforts on sober drivers who are driving while they are tired or under the influence of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. But none of that will be popular.
    Regrettably, legislators find it easier and less threatening to fulminate about drunk drivers rather than require more realistic driver training standards and periodic re-examinations and continuing driver education for careless, tired and otherwise sober drivers who are responsible for about 50 percent of the kills on Oregon’s increasingly crowded highways. You are just as dead if you are killed by a sober driver and your family grieves just as much as any family that is the victim of a drunk driver.
    I will let others warn you about drunk driving. My public service message this holiday season is watch out for sober drivers. The life you save may be your own and I cherish every one of my readers. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year.
    Columnist Russell Sadler is also an Oregon-licensed driving instructor.
    Editor's Note:  Oregon's highways would be a lot safer if using cell phones was banned when driving a car.  The most aggressive drivers on the road are SUV owners and those dudes driving fancy pick up rigs.  Hopefully higher gas prices will drive the SUV out of the marketplace.  I have no solution for the Bubbas who drive pick up trucks. 

Wednesday
Dec272006

A FORD, NOT A LINCOLN

    The death of President Gerald Ford, the so-called accidental president (1974-76), is an opportunity to reassess his however brief but important presidency.  With the passing of years, history has been kinder to him than the pundits or voters were at the time.   
037869900.jpg     He came to the presidency as a result of Watergate.  President Nixon nominated him to replace Spiro Agnew as our vice president in 1973.  A working assumption at the time was that 'Tricky' Dick Nixon deliberately selected him knowing that Gerald Ford as a team played would not upstage him.  
    As with many things, President Nixon underestimated his choice to replace the disgraced Agnew.  After it became clear that Nixon could not survive impeachment, he was forced to turnover the reigns of power to Gerald Ford, the GOP minority leader prior to his becoming vice president.
    Upon ascending to the presidency, Ford selected Nelson Rockefeller, then governor of New York, as his own vice president.  With that choice, Ford played to his own values as a moderate Republican which underscored the preference this "man of the House" had for comity, not ideology.  That would be the hallmark of the Ford presidency.    
    Of course, the high drama moment of his presidency was the pardoning of Richard Nixon.  This no doubt helped grease the skids for President Ford's defeat by Jimmy Carter in 1976.  At the time it had the scent of a 'deal' between he and 'Tricky' Dick Nixon.  Such speculation in retrospect is probably in error but at the time who knew for sure?  
    What the pardoning of Richard Nixon accomplished was to put the nightmare of Watergate behind us, as promised by President Ford.  What's more important is that it saved the nation from a nervous breakdown over the spectacle and mayhem of civil suits against Richard Nixon upon his leaving the West Wing.   
    At the time, I was incredulous that President Ford would grant Nixon a total and unconditional pardon. I felt at the time the nation needed to lance the boil that was the Nixon era and the only way to do it was through the legal process.  Only through the transparency of a public trial would Americans really come to grips with the evil that was Watergate.  
    However, such a three ringed political circus played out on the world's stage would have served no enduring purpose other than giving Nixon haters the bloody revenge for which they thirsted. It would have plunged the nation into more recriminations and a deeper political divide.  
    Instead of focusing on the issues of the day on the homefront and beyond, the USA would have been consumed by the past.  The nation would have been immobilized by the soap opera of getting 'Tricky' Dick Nixon and his accomplices. It would have been worse than the OJ Simpson trial - all sound and fury but signifying nothing.
    President Ford in classic Greek tragedy form pardoned Nixon and in the process exorcised the demons of the Nixon presidency and saved the nation from Watergate II.  For that we owe President Ford our eternal thanks.  He saved us from our worst instinct, the thirst for revenge, the character flaw that brought Nixon et al down.  
    The other enduring lesson of the Ford ascendancy to first the vice presidency, then the presidency is that this peaceful transition of executive power vindicated the Founder's vision.  As Ben Franklin rhetorically responded at the end of the deliberations in Philadelphia over the Constitution, the delegates crafted "a republic if you can keep it."
    Just two years from our nation's bicentennial Gerald Ford answered the Founders call - he kept faith that the laws be faithfully executed and with that preserved the republic. There can be no higher legacy. For that we all should be grateful.  A Ford, not a Lincoln, was just the right fit for the time!         
    

Enclosure

Wednesday
Dec272006

WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY?

By Floyd J. McKay / Guest columnist - "What would Jesus do about religion's evolution?"
    Listening to a glorious Christmas concert, my thoughts turned to how religion has come to dominate the news of the 21st century in ways I would never have dreamed as a youngster growing up in the clapboard Baptist church of my North Dakota family.
    That news is not uniformly good. Some of it is bizarre, or merely tragic.
    One cannot help but wonder what Jesus would think of today's religion that bears his name, let alone the other two monotheistic religions that emerged from his homeland.
    Certainly there is no peace on the troubled earth that we call the Holy Land. Nearly a quarter century ago, I produced a television documentary I called "Holy Land, Bloody Ground," for which I journeyed to the Middle East. If the ground was bloody in 1982, it is saturated in blood today, and all three monotheistic religions have a hand in the carnage.
    We kill, they kill, we all kill in the name of God. Christians are squeezed from the birthplace of Jesus by militant Zionist Israelis on one side and Islamic militants on the other. Ironically, Christian fundamentalists are egging this on in hopes that it will trigger the Rapture, when the chosen will have box seats as unbelievers are barbequed by a righteous God.
    Not to be outdone, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad favors an Islamic version of the End Times in which he nukes Israel and prompts the return of the Mahdi, a prophet of particular importance to Shiites.
    In Iraq, devastated by a war prosecuted by right-wing Christian politicians in league with neoconservative Zionists, an Islamic theocracy is likely to result, widening divisions within the region and putting women back in their proper place behind veils and walls.
    Even in this country, sometimes cited as the most religious in the Western world, the body of Christ is torn and tossed from one extreme to another.
    Episcopalians, a denomination that in my youth was associated with an upper class viewed only from afar, are splitting on the question of homosexuality. To accommodate their homophobia, some American parishes are turning to a Nigerian bishop, the fruit of 19th-century Anglican evangelism in Africa.
    In a peculiar religious soap opera, the family of America's Protestant icon, Billy Graham, is caught up in a bizarre debate over where the esteemed evangelist is to be buried — although he has not had the good grace to die, bless his heart.
    Graham's son, Franklin, who claims the mantle of evangelist leader but shows none of the compassion or humanity of his father, wants to bury Graham and his wife (also undead) in a strange memorial in Charlotte, N.C., that novelist and Graham friend Patricia Cornwell calls "a mockery."
    It is, indeed, somewhat bizarre, a Disneylike barn and silo where visitors are greeted by a talking cow. Graham's younger son sides with Graham's wife, who wants their burial places to be simple graves near their rural home.
    This drama is symbolic of what has come upon the Christian faith in this country. Summed up, many modern churches are modeled more closely on Adam Smith than Saint Peter. Franklin Graham is an entrepreneur, in the manner of Jerry Falwell, Billy James Hargis and a host of market-driven preachers. His dad did well financially, but it is extraordinarily hard to imagine him wanting to be remembered by a talking cow. As Cornwell told him, the whole affair is a travesty.
    How much of today's commercialized religion is just that?
    How many of Christianity's battles are fought to build market share? It would seem the moneychangers have returned to the temple along with disgraced evangelists, pedophile priests and intolerance.
    When the next Congress convenes in January, a Muslim congressman-elect from Minneapolis will swear his oath on the Quran. From the reaction of the Christian right and its talk-radio acolytes, one would think he was planning to swear on a portrait of Satan — or at least Saddam. "One nation under God" has come in recent years to mean "One nation under my God."
    Having achieved political power here and abroad, Christians, Muslims and Jews squander it by reaching for more. Christ, were he here today, might identify with penitents of all three religions, people of good will and good works of charity and brotherhood.
    But I suspect he would shun many of their self-righteous leaders who have sold their birthright for a pittance of political or financial power and who kill in God's name.
    They are giving religion a bad name.
    Floyd J. McKay, a journalism professor emeritus at Western Washington University, is a regular contributor to the Seattle Times editorial pages
    Editor's Note:  Amen brother Floyd!  Our family attended an Episcopal Christmas eve service at Portland's Trinity Church. One of my former students sings in the choir. From the make-up of the audience Blue Oregon was much in evidence!  Open and affirming is the buzz word in these parts including our own hometown United Church of Christ. Several years ago we attended a show at the Portland Art Museum of Russian art.  One set of lithographs was a beautiful chart listing the lineage of Abraham.  The sad fact is that the problems in the Middle East are a family feud.  Judaism, Islam and Christianity all come from the same source.  And the last time I checked, they affirmed the same God.  It goes to show that the best laid plans of the divine don't always work out when the hand of man enters the picture.