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For Pacific people, check out in the "About Me" page my new post - "Reflections on the McCall Forum" 

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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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Oregon Outpost

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Rami G. Khouri

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Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

Kristof Column

Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 

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



































RAD Lines


World Cup tax-breaks

"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

 Sign the online petition on Intel emissions in link below:  

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



From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman 


Democracy Now

The Daily Kos

Blue Oregon


"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







































thermom.gifSignature Threshold Crossed!

    Bend, OR (July 14, 2006) State Senator Ben Westlund (I), Independent candidate for Governor announced today that the campaign has gathered 18,390 signatures. Westlund must submit 18,368 valid signatures by the end of August to qualify for the ballot.
    The campaign will continue to gather signatures to account for those signatures deemed invalid. A new law passed during the last legislative session excludes Democrat and Republican voters who participated in the May Primary from signing the petition.
    Voters can sign Westlund’s petition by downloading a petition from his website at, by visiting one of his regional offices or by ordering an Action Kit from the campaign by calling toll free 877-544-9222.
    RAD:  Reaching this benchmark will force sponsors to include Westlund in future governor debates.  Westlund's inclusion will raise the level of discussion above the current 'trash' talk of Saxton (the candidate of corporate Oregon) and Kulongoski (the do-nothing, tax everything candidate). 



    Can't write anything. From EJ Dionne Jr., in Friday's Oregonian op ed page:
    "...then [Vice President Cheney] held out the delightful promise of what American success in Iraq could achieve, "Extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad... Moderates throughout the region would take heart, and our ability to advance the Israli-Palestinian peace process would be enhanced."
    Today, with Israeli troops battling on their northern and southern borders, with Iran ignoring calls for negotiations on nuclear weapons, with Baghdad in flames and with many of Iraq's moderates living in fear, those Cheney sentences stand as the most telling indictment of the administration's failures..."  
    RAD:  It's time to admit failure, to end the charade and to develop an exit strategy. 



    The Bush administration is touting its decision to open up the bidding process for civilian contracts in Iraq.  The Pentagon wants to end the Halliburton monopoly - or so it says.  However, the effective date of such a rule will not take place until 2009-10.  This version of "all due deliberate speed" suggests to RAD that the annoucenment is more about PR than reality.  I thought the goal was to deploy from Iraq by 2007.  The administration speaks with a forked tongue - again.  As the Nixon crowd used to say "don't watch what we say, watch what we do."  Amen!  



From Canadian Press, July 10, 2006, by Greg Joyce, "Former presidential candidate George McGovern criticizes U.S. role in Iraq," July 10, 2006
    CASTLEGAR, B.C. (CP) - The United States government is making the same mistake in Iraq as it did in Vietnam and is jeopardizing its international standing in the world, former senator George McGovern said Saturday.
    The former presidential candidate told a crowd of about 300 people that the U.S. government's decision to enter Iraq is "cut from same cloth" as the decision to enter Vietnam.
    "This business of selling a large part of the American people on the notion that the best way to fight terrorism is to put our army into Iraq is cut from the same cloth of unreality and cynicism," McGovern said in the keynote speech at a weekend reunion of Vietnam era [war resisters now living in Canada]. 
    He told the crowd that Americans haven't learned as much as they should about the lessons of the past - a reference to the 58,000 U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam conflict.
    Millions of Vietnamese also died in the war.
    McGovern, 83, recalled the messages of two former U.S. generals who became presidents - George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower - as they left office.
    They both warned about the dangers of an expanding U.S. military complex.
    "We are jeopardizing the very liberties that we profess to be fighting to save by engaging in these costly and in many respects self-defeating wars," said McGovern. "I wish we would heed the words of these two great generals."
He said he believes the U.S. may now be heading towards "the misplaced military power of which they speak and I think it jeopardizes the quality of our lives and the standing of America in the world."
    He drew laughter when he closed his speech by saying that those two generals were not liberals "but it just shows that even conservatives sometimes speak the truth."
    He told the audience that he was proud to be a liberal, "even a bleeding-heart liberal."
    The failed 1972 presidential candidate made it clear he was not opposed to war - he fought in World War II - but he never supported the Vietnam War, which he described as a "stupid, useless war."
    "I'm sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars in which young men do the dying."
    McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972, losing to Richard Nixon.
    He was first elected to the Senate in 1962 and re-elected in 1968 and 1974. He served UN appointments under presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
    He left the Senate in 1980 and taught at several institutions.
    He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United State's highest civilian honour, in 2000. 
    Editor's Note:  I worked in the McGovern for President campaign in '72 in Pennsylvania.  I met and hosted Senator McGovern when he was one of the featured speakers in the '85 McCall Forum at Pacific.  He is one of the most genuine, less ego driven politicians I've ever met.  



    Israel is on a very dangerous path following her invasion of the Gaza Strip in response to Hammas' incursions on the West Bank and now her military response to Hezbollah's shelling from Lebanon.  How Israelis can expect to ever get the three captive Israeli soldiers back by launching a full scale attack on the Palestinians in Gaza and a naval blockade of Lebanon plus a bombing campaign is beyond belief.  She is simply playing into the hands of the so-called Arab extremists and/or terrorists and eviscerating any middle ground for moderate Arabs throughout the region.
    How many innocent Palestinians and Lebanese must die for revenge against Hammas and Hezbollah for abducting three Israeli soldiers, killing others and shelling the northern border towns of Israel?  Israel's response is not proportionate to the harm inflicted on her.  A more selective strategic response would have been in order, perhaps.  But frankly, all Israelis know they live in a dangerous place.  So why make a big deal of minor skirmishes now?  If President Carter during the Iran hostage crisis had adopted Israel's strategy - how many American hostages would have been returned in 1980? 
    Don't get RAD wrong here.  Hammas and Hesbollah are not angels, from from it.  But neither are the Israelis of clean hands either.  The Jewish and Islamic brothers and sisters of Abraham seem bent on a path of mutual self-destruction blinded by decades of hate, bloodshed and being the witting pawns of so-called Arab/Muslim friends, in the case of the Palestinians; or the USA, in the case of Israel. The combustible combination of stateless terrorists embedded in civil administration and a nation-state which responds as if it were the victim, Israel, is a dangerous mix. 
    In the free fire zone that the Middle East is becoming - only the innocent pay the ultimate price - not the combatants or the ideological hacks on both sides of the Israeli/Arab divide.  But Israel has choices and thus far the choices her leaders have made put her in the position of the regional bully who simply is pushing folks around with her military muscle because she can, not because it makes strategic sense or is guided by any morality except an Old Testament version of "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."  Israel started this latest cycle of violence and recriminations - but it will not be up to her to end it. 
    At the end of the day, why do leaders in Israel and the USA feel that destroying any semblance of civil authority in the Palestinian Territories or in Lebanon will make Israel safer?  Why are they so willing to give more land up as a killing field for jihadists, terrorists and their ilk?  It's way past time Big Brother (USA) told Israel to cool it.  But then again, don't expect the "belt way bums" who invaded Iraq and rattle their sabers at Iran or North Korea to change their tune.  They can't spell or pronounce the word hubris.  All politics is local - but in the Middle East it's a particularly dangerous brew of ethnic tribalism and nationalism. 
    Hey, General Clark, our top gun in Iraq, wants more troops.  Who knows - we may also need them to salvage our misadventure in Afghanistan and the in the West Bank too.  Could Lebanon or Syria be far behind?  How about Iran or North Korea.  Condi Rice may dress up in Manhattan's finest fashions - but in her heart you know she yearns to wear a Green Beret uniform!  How about sending the 'Twins'?  And while we're at it - let's bring back the draft. 
The famous "road map" to peace the administration likes to talk about seems more like a road map paved to hell instead.   
    But don't worry the UN will intervene once the USA's unconfirmed UN Ambassador, John Bolton, lowers his veto hand.  But how many will die in the interim while the diplomats play their deadly waiting game?  The Middle East reinforces Hobbes' famous dicta - that in the state of nature life is "petty, brutish and short."  The problem is that with US meddling in the Middle East under the aegis of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice - the state of nature is expanding exponentially.  Israeli bombs are giving aid and comfort to the Arab radicals by weakening the moderates in Lebanon, Palestine et al. 
    PS:  Watching the talking heads on CNN at noon rambling on about this crisis makes one realize Dubya isn't alone in being vacuous. Thank goodness for NPR.