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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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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.   

 

Steve Duin Schools get the blame 

School Reform/slate.com 



    

    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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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?

Rediscovering Government

Is the US #1? 

 

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

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

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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

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    "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:   

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     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
Jul212006

HE'S BACK!

capt.09482b2c3f004863a7c1c6e2eee516d3.britain_golf_british_open_hoy850.jpg    Well after the meltdown in the US Open it's nice to see the #1 player in the world hitting 'em straight and playing it smart.  It's all about fairways and greens at The Open.  Using his 2 iron Tiger Woods clearly played his "A" game today at the Open today.  But there are two more days of golfing in the kingdom left and this is the British Open where wacky things happen.  So we Tiger fans should just enjoy the ride for the next two days.  Go El Tigre. 
Thursday
Jul202006

FOLLOW THE MONEY

By Russell Sadler
    They tossed Oregonian reporter Harry Esteve, out of a “private” meeting where Ron Saxton, Republican candidate for governor, was speaking recently.
    "These meetings are kind of closed," said Jason Williams, executive director of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, who organized the meeting.  "There are some things that people share when there's not a reporter there,” Williams told Esteve.
    There is some truth to that. Candidates talk with supporters and prospective voters in private homes all the time on the campaign trail. Candidates are sometimes more candid talking to these intimate groups if no reporter is present.
    But this “private” meeting was no intimate group of ordinary voters trying to decide how to cast their ballots. Members of William’s group have lots of national money to give away and they are talking “privately” about what is expected in return from those who receive it.
    Saxton’s staff says the candidate simply repeated his usual stump speech to the Tax Coalition after Esteve was tossed out. Perhaps he did. But an announcement a week later makes it clear they also talked about something else. Saxton announced he will not campaign against and may-- emphasis on may, Saxton’s still waffling -- endorse the initiative limiting state spending to increases in population and inflation.
    The 20 or so folks assembled by Williams in Wilsonville represented, among others, Right to Life, Crime Victims United, Oregonians in Action, the Cascade Policy Institute and the Republican legislative leadership staff. Nor were all reporters excluded. An editor from Brainstorm, a reliably Libertarian-flavored magazine, was permitted to stay.
    Wilson says they call themselves the Tax Coalition and meet periodically to update each other on what they are doing. Most of the commentary on the Esteve incident misses the most important thing this group has in common.
    These are the folks who have hijacked Oregon's beloved “peoples’ initiative and referendum” and turned it into private, parallel form of lawmaking that deliberately bypasses the checks and balances of representative government. This is Oregon’s un-elected shadow government. It coordinates strategy at these meetings.
    Oregon’s constitution prohibits the Legislature from deficit spending. That means Oregon lawmakers must weigh what they want against what the people are willing to pay for. The initiative is not covered by a similar prohibition.
    Oregon voters may impose large new expenditure burdens on taxpayers by initiative without any regard for the source of the money to pay for it.
    Three recent initiatives supported by members of the Tax Coalition have been the biggest budget-busters in recent Oregon history and are responsible for the state’s rapidly approaching fiscal crisis.
    The Taxpayers Association of Oregon protects Ballot Measure 5, narrowly approved by voters. Don McIntire’s 1990 measure shifted more than $2 billion of school costs from locally raised property taxes to the state-administered income tax, raising the state budget by considerably more than the increase in population or the rise of inflation.
    Crime Victims United sponsored Measure 11, 1994’s mandatory minimum sentence initiative. The Legislature refused to pass similar legislation because it could not figure out how to pay for it with existing revenue. Voters approved the initiative anyway. The Republican-controlled Legislature decided to borrow the money rather than raise taxes. They borrowed more than $800 million to build and operate prisons and that hasn’t been enough. One prison was built, but never opened because there isn’t enough money to pay the operating costs.
    More recently, Oregonians in Action sponsored Measure 37. It requires “compensation” if land use laws restrict landowners from developing their property for the most profitable use. With Measure 37 mired in the courts, the full cost of its unfunded mandate will not be known for years.
    Members of the Tax Coalition are almost single-handedly responsible for Oregon’s steadily declining creditworthiness. State Treasurer Randall Edwards continues to report that Wall Street bond underwriters are wary of the growing use of Oregon’s initiative to impose higher costs on government, then restrict the Legislature’s ability to raise the money to pay for it.
    Republican candidate Saxton knows if the Tax Coalition-endorsed spending limit passes he has no chance to reform Oregon school finance or repair the state’s crippled fiscal condition-- his major campaign promises to attract moderate voters. Both Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Independent Ben Westlund oppose the initiative.
    It appears Saxton is tempted by a Faustian bargain with the folks who operate Oregon’s shadow government -- campaign cash from their their national counterparts in exchange for silence or even an endorsement of their latest scam.
Have we figured it out or not? Follow the money.
    Editor's Note:  Given the agenda of this shadowy group, aided and abetted by the likes of Grover Norquist, it's shameful that Saxton would collaborate with these folks especially in light of what more budget cuts would mean to the neediest of us - especially those facing housing insecurity (as noted below in the Faces of Homelessness flyer).  Clearly if elected Ron Saxton will not act in the interests of all Oregonians but only those of his shadowy allies.  We need a changing of the guard in Salem - which can only begin with the election of Ben Westlund. 

Thursday
Jul202006

PUTTING A FACE ON HOMELESSNESS

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Tuesday
Jul182006

A RURAL LEGEND?

    A West Texas cowboy was herding his herd in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.
    The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"
    The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure. Why not?"
    The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his AT&T cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
    The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an e-mail on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored.
    He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with e-mail on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."
    "That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the cowboy. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
    Then the cowboy says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"  The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay. Why not?"  
    "You're a consultant for the National Democratic Party," says the cowboy.
    "Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"
    "No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a damn thing about cows... Now give me back my dog..." 
 
 
 

Tuesday
Jul182006

THE CALCULUS OF DEATH

    We now know the value of life of two Israeli soldiers held captive by Hezbollah.  200 dead Lebanese civilians and 8 capt.118b2d7780c1400babc3f12e164ad964.mideast_fighting_cyprus_evacuation_vie122.jpgdead Canadians and counting.  One wonders how USA citizens will react if any of the casualties of Israeli bombs become anyone of the 10,000 US citizens caught behind 'enemy' lines in Lebanon.
    In Monday's Oregonian David Brooks, syndicated columnist for the WSJ, does a slick hatchet job on morphing Lebanese into the ubiquitous Arab terrorist.  "The Arab world has ceded control of this vital flash point [Lebanon] ...to people who do not believe in freedom, democracy, tolerance or any of the other values civilized people hold dear..."
    The problem, aside from Brook's stereotypical ethnic slurring of Arabs, is that Israel's smart bombs don't discriminate between members of Hezbollah and innocent people. In Vietnam, smart bombs or napalm didn't do the job.  Why does Brooks feel such a strategy will succeed in Lebanon?  Or does he feel Israeli lives count more than Lebanese lives? 
    If one reads another column in Monday's Oregonian by Robin Wright, a correspondent for the Washington Post, one gets a more nuanced picture of the 'evil doer' who heads Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.  A brief notation of Nasrallah's biography ought to send chills down our spines - "...Born in a Christian suburb of Beirut in 1960, the first of nine children, Nasrallah joined Hezbollah only after the [first] Israeli invasion..."
    How many new terrorists are Israeli bombs creating as we sit in the comfort of our homes in the USA as "bombs over Beirut" are exploding again?  Who started this grudge match - why does it matter?  Only believers in a vengeful God would argue such a question is relevant.  And of course, that is a God who takes sides.
    Since Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the same God is that God taking sides today?  If one wants to simplify it, one hazards the guess that to the degree that Lebanese lives are more at risk than Israeli lives - God choice is clear.  But then again, is war God's work or man's work?  I return to Reinhold Niebuhr's words - moral man, immoral society.