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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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Trump & The Mob

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"Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Send these, the homeless, tempest-toss'd to me

I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door."

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Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax

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Half of the US Is Broke

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The myth of the Christian country

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

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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  • Robert Reich:

Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

Kristof Column

Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 


Hard Times in Oregon: 

Hardtimes

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

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

    

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

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger in Oregon and Washington County: 

Homelessness:  

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

Hunger:

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

     In Washington County, Oregon's "economic engine," the divide between the affluent and the working poor continues.  We have a 19,000 unit gap in affordable low income rental housing.  County political and business leaders are indifferent to this crisis...   


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

 

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

- James Madison

 

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

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SB 1533 passes!  

http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=10863

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941

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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

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

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

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Walgreens - pay your fair share of taxes!

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

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

Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

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

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

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

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

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Wednesday
Aug082007

TOUR DE FRAUD/TOUR DE BONDS

_41393745_203713_ap.jpg    Barry Bonds hit #756 last night in the friendly confines of PacBell Park eclipsing Hank Aaron's home run hitting record.  But given the controversy over whether Bonds has used performing enhancing drugs there will be an asterisk next to his name and this record as there is with other home run hitters, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire.
    RAD is a baseball purist.  Neither Mickey Mantel nor Roger Maris beat the Babes' record of 60 home runs in a season since they played an 8 game longer season than Ruth.  And Sosa and McGuire's one year records are so outlandish that nobody can take them seriously.
    If you believe Bonds, Sosa and McGuire didn't do drugs - then you probably still believe OJ didn't do it!  You also probably believe that Slick Willie "didn't have sex with that woman."  And RAD has a bridge on the Hudson to sell you.  The SF fans' delirium may be a pot induced flash back from their '60s experiences!
    RAD hopes Alex Rodriguez will eventually end Bond's so-called record - even if the ex-Mariner is a Damn Yankee.  Go A-Wad!  .   

Wednesday
Aug082007

GUARDING THE "GUARD"

    By Floyd J. McKay / Guest columnist, Guard shouldn't be sacrificed to Pentagon power play, from Seattle Times
    One of the more unusual court-martial trials in many years recently exposed one of many signs of discontent in the close-knit family that makes up the National Guard in the Northwest.
    The strange court-martial took place in the Oregon Army National Guard. A decorated veteran of Iraq serving as a Guard recruiter asked for the trial in order to publicly express deep disagreement with recruiting policies that he believes could result in relaxed discipline and loss of lives in combat.
    Sgt. Andrew Hellman objected strenuously to relaxed policies at a camp to prepare new recruits for the coming rigors of Army basic training. He was fined only $50 on two counts of disrespect and disobedience, but he lost his full-time job as a recruiter.
    Hellman sounds like the drillmaster we all hated in basic training, but needed if we ever got into combat. Fifty years later, I still remember the guy's name: Sgt. Womack, where are you?
    I have no idea of the proper level of rigor and discipline in a pre-basic-training camp, but the public dispute is so rare that one wonders how much of this iceberg is below the surface.
    Serious problems in morale and effectiveness have plagued Guard and Reserve units since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Some 70 percent of reserve forces have now served at least one deployment in Afghanistan or Iraq — at times they have made up nearly half of the force in Iraq — and many have served two or three stints.
    The Guard is being used as a substitute for a military draft. Greater federal control of traditional state militias is akin to the Bush administration's relentless push for greater executive power.
    That was never the idea of the Guard. Unlike the Reserve, the Guard is a state force first and a federal reserve second. Governors are their peacetime commanders, giving way to federal command when units are activated.
    The Guard traditionally has appealed to young men and women who want a part-time obligation, to earn extra money or fill out a career that began in the regular forces. In many small communities, the Guard is like the volunteer fire department, a close-knit unit of (mostly) guys who played sports together and like the military camaraderie but want to balance it with family and career.
    Everyone acknowledges he or she could be activated, sent to a foreign land to fight a war, as in World War II. But there were also implied limitations, which have been repeatedly breached by the Bush administration.
    Never before have Guard units been jerked back and forth into combat as they have since 2002. Units have been returned to Iraq so quickly that it has become difficult for guardsmen to maintain civilian jobs. Only soldiers with government jobs or very cooperative employers are assured future employment — despite laws that purport to protect them. A Florida reservist called up for his fifth deployment recently sued for a delay.
    He's likely to meet the fate of Pasco Guardsman Emiliano Santiago, who appealed the Army's "stop-loss" policy, which allows arbitrary extension of a soldier's enlistment if the Army finds his skills are needed. Four months after he finished an eight-year Guard enlistment, Santiago was ordered back to Iraq. His lawsuit failed when the Supreme Court refused to review it; Santiago was sent back to combat. Of the 4,200 members of his Oregon National Guard unit, 412 had enlistments extended by stop-loss.
    Repeated deployments and stop-loss are morale busters, but may be less serious in the long run than exceptions made to increase recruiting. In addition to the relaxed discipline Sgt. Hellman alleges, military recruiters are accepting recruits with criminal records, poor physical condition and low test scores. Nearly 12 percent of 2006 recruits had criminal records; from 2003 to 2006, waivers of criminal records increased 65 percent. Another Abu Ghraib could spring from this policy.
    Along with waivers, bonuses for re-enlistments have increased nearly 600 percent since 2003. Despite these changes, Guard units are facing loss of officers and senior enlisted men, and are having trouble filling slots. State needs are ignored, another factor in morale; a 2006 Government Accountability Office report said Guard units have only a third of needed equipment; the rest was left in Iraq.
    Our Guard is seriously depleted and threatened by a Pentagon hunger to assume greater control of the historic militias. The traditional role and expectations of the Guard are important to states, and should not be another casualty of the Bush administration's push for stronger executive power.
    Floyd J. McKay, a journalism professor emeritus at Western Washington University, is a regular contributor to Times editorial pages.
    Editor's Note:  This almost makes one wistful for the old Vietnam era draft and the concept of a citizen soldier!  Anyone familiar with the National Guard knows that many state guard units, including those in Oregon and Alaska, have struggled even before the Iraq war with sloppy recruiting which allowed recruiting of troops with criminal records and dubious academic credits.  Even in the late '50s and '60s it was common knowledge that judges would often give a young man who got into trouble two options - county jail time or join the armed forces.  In the '80s it got much more serious across the nation with serious corruption within the officer corps, not merely in the ranks. Part of the problem is that governors and legislators don't appreciate the oversight they should exercise over the Guard as a state force. 

Wednesday
Aug082007

THE WORKING POOR

    By Jim Hightower, Commentary, Wednesday, August 8, 2007
    One of the most oxymoronic and obnoxious phrases in America today is this: “The working poor.”
    We live in the richest nation in the history of the world, and it’s morally abominable that anyone who works in this country is poor. Our economy is deliberately skewed by public policy. As a result, the vast portion of America’s wealth, which is generated by all of us, flows to the few at the top, short-changing the middle class and leaving millions of hard working Americans – many working two or three jobs – in poverty.
    For the first time in a decade, congress finally has upped the minimum wage, increasing it by 70 cents an hour this summer, with two more 70-cent increases coming in the next two summers. If you’re one of the working poor – trying to make the rent, put food on the table, and cover the basics of utilities, clothing, and gasoline – every penny matters, so a 70-cent raise helps. But congress critters should not injure their arms patting themselves on the back, for $5.85 an hour is a gross pay of only $12,000 a year – still a poverty wage for full-time work. Even with two more scheduled raises, the minimum wage will remain poverty pay.
    Oh, exclaim right-wing apologists for this injustice, raising workers’ pay hurts small business. But wait – I’m a small business owner, and it doesn’t hurt me. In fact, a recent survey found that three out of four small and medium sized business owners say that raising the minimum wage doesn’t hurt them. Indeed, two thirds of small businesses support a boost, because their workers gain more purchasing power, and the companies have less turnover, higher productivity, improved customer satisfaction, and an enhanced reputation.
    Don’t let the wealthy elite pit small business against workers. We’re all in this together. For more information, check out Business for Shared Prosperity: www.businessforsharedprosperity.org.
    RAD:  I didn't realize that WalMart was a small business!  More seriously, what Hightower forgets to mention is that the so-called working poor also struggle to put a roof over their family's heads.  But often because they have a job (maybe two or more) they don't qualify for public assistance which would get them into Section 8 housing.  But even if they did - they'd be on a waiting list for anywhere from 3-5 years.
    So a miserly federal government which grants such tokens earns no respect for compassion.  And as American jobs are outsourced to third world economies - things will get worse not better.  So far the only presidential candidates talking about such issues are John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich.  The American Dream is increasingly something the working poor and middle class see only in their rear view mirrors! 

      

Tuesday
Aug072007

ANNIVERSARY

    From the Carpetbagger Report blog by Steve Benen - thanks to my intrepid Canadian Connection: 
    An ignoble anniversary, August 6, 2007
    The past few years, we’ve taken to highlighting certain anniversaries, many of them painful. The fifth anniversary of 9/11, the fourth anniversary of the Iraqi invasion, the third anniversary of the “Mission Accomplished” speech, etc.
    It hasn’t received much recognition in previous years, but today, Aug. 6, is a noteworthy anniversary as well — six years ago today, the president, on vacation in Crawford, was handed an intelligence briefing document. It was titled, “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US.”
    In 2004, Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer and the State Department’s counterterrorism chief, explained that a Presidential Daily Briefing like that one should have sent Bush back to the Oval Office. Johnson, who’d written dozens of PDBs during Bush 41’s presidency, said the documents are usually brief and dispassionate.
    The one on Aug. 6, 2001, was a page and a half, with a title meant to capture the president’s attention. “That’s the intelligence-community equivalent of writing War and Peace,” Johnson said.
    Johnson added that when he read the declassified document, “I said, ‘Holy smoke!’ This is such a dead-on ‘Mr. President, you’ve got to do something!’ ”
    He didn’t.
    [According to an] unnamed CIA briefer who flew to Bush’s Texas ranch during the scary summer of 2001, amid a flurry of reports of a pending al-Qaeda attack, to call the president’s attention personally to the now-famous Aug. 6, 2001, memo titled “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US.”
    Bush reportedly heard the briefer out and replied: “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”
    RAD:  As we all know the rest is history.  Bush gave this briefing document as much attention as he no doubt gave to his MBA homework at Yale!  The difference of course is that his lazy approach to his studies earned him gentleman Cs at Yale, whereas his blowing off such reports has cost over 3600 American lives, countless Iraqi lives and the American taxpayer billions of dollars.
     If this isn't reason enough for impeaching Shrub - then pray tell what is?   The oath of office requires a president to protect and defend the nation and the Constitution.  He's done neither for over 6 years.  Instead he's run the nation like a bungling Latin American dictator because few in the DC belt way have the courage to admit the emperor has no clothes.  Shame, Shame... 

Tuesday
Aug072007

THE POLITICS OF DENIAL

    Here's a bit of Garrison Keillor's take on the I-35 bridge "debacle" in his home state of Minnesota from Salon.com:
headline_1186080126.jpg    GK:  "The way to get money to fix a bridge is for it to collapse and kill people, and so Congress promptly awarded Minnesota $250 million for the fallen I-35W. The usual suspects held press conferences to express shock and concern, pledge support, etc. The governor called for a time of healing and he proclaimed confidence in his commissioner of transportation, a large ebullient woman in a bright red blouse. There were prayer services. The Current Occupant came to view the wreckage and to express, in that intense and aimless way of his, his hopes for a better life for us. And then, having raised our hopes, he did not resign from office after all."
    RAD:  I think two "Current Occupants" need to resign from office - the Governor of Minnesota and the President of the US - but hey why stop there - let's go for a triple play - Dick Cheney should take a hike too  because he's the "duplicitous enabler" of the "culture of corruption" and the "ethos of incompetence."  And how about the Attorney General of Minnesota appointing a special prosecutor in Minnesota to see if anyone is legally culpable for this tragedy - a construction company, a state engineer and/or inspector - whomever...  Before an investigation is through the "net of culpability" might include legislators and even federal officials - after all it was an interstate highway bridge!