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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."


Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


“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


A Just Peace


SIP contract online


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry


Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks



"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%.  





  • An Independent View

Oregon Outpost

  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:


  • Jim Hightower:

  • 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: 


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


    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger 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. 

     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



































RAD Lines

There are 42 housing units for every 100 low income families in Oregon

Housing Needs in Oregon 




#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace


"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


Obamacare is working in Oregon!

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


Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel


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?  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



From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

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







































29130707.jpg    This has been a problematic few days.  Beginning with Don Imus' racist and misogynist comments about the Rutger's women's basketball team, followed - thank God - by his firing by both NBC and CBS; then on a happier note the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking the "color line" in major league baseball and Rachel Robinson's eloquent comments on ESPN during the Dodger/Padre game last last night reminding us there is more work to be done in MLB; and then with the tragedy at Virginia Tech University until now more known because of its football team's success on the gridiron - it's like the 24/7 clock we live on in the era of the internet has come unsprung.        


    What did RAD say about small colleges?  Here's the response from Pacific President Phil Creighton, who previously to assuming the presidency at Pacific was Eastern Oregon University's CEO:
    TO:          Pacific Community
    FROM:     Phil Creighton, President
    The nation, and indeed the Pacific University community, all mourn the losses Monday at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and are saddened by the tragic loss of innocent life.  It is often hard to comprehend what seems to most as senseless inhumanity.  All we can do, especially from a distance, is hold those in grief in our thoughts and prayers.
    We also need to reflect that we all need to be prepared for emergencies—even those that are unimaginable.  As a community, we need to value each other and to be aware that tragedy is no longer a stranger to college campuses.  Pacific University has in place procedures to deal with crises, and it is important that you acquaint yourself with those responses. One of those ways is for all students, faculty and staff to pay attention to one another and report any disparate behavior. By looking out for each other, we often can head off potentially harmful consequences.
    As we share in sorrow and mourn those killed or injured, remember to care for yourself as well.  If you feel that you could benefit from the resources we have on campus, I encourage you to contact the Counseling Center on campus at 503-352-2191.
    Please remember those who are suffering and dealing with loss, and keep our friends and colleagues at Virginia Tech close to our hearts and minds.
    Professor Emeritus RAD:  As we used to say in the '60s - "small is beautiful"! 




Matrix.Excerpts from The Nation thanks to my Canadian Connection:  
    TN:  "...After all these years, the Bush administration still seems not to grasp the full dangers it faces, including, as Juan Cole long ago pointed out, what might be called the Khomeini solution in which the majority Shiite population would take to the streets, a development against which the Americans could prove helpless.
    -- "...An urban insurgency/revolution,” Cole wrote back in 2004, "can in fact win, and win quite decisively, as the urban crowds won out over the Shah [of Iran]. The Shah tried everything to put down the urban crowds. He had them spied on. He had them shot at. Nothing worked. The urban crowds just got bigger and bigger...""" --
    TN:  ",,,And don’t forget those endless supply lines from Kuwait, so crucial for the American war-fighting and base system -- and so vulnerable..."
    "...To complicate matters, Sadr pulled his six ministers from the already shaky Maliki government Monday to protest the arrest of Mahdi Army commanders and the Prime Minister’s unwillingness to sponsor a timetable for the withdrawal of American forces from the country..."
   "...This is a position backed, in the latest opinion poll, by 80% of Shiites and 97% of Sunnis. Recently, Middle Eastern expert Dilip Hiro reminded us not to overlook another Iraqi figure, a Shiite nationalist who, these days, gets very little print at all -- Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani against whose wishes, in crucial moments in the past, the Americans have proven remarkably helpless. With the American surge already faltering, the situation in Iraq looks ever more explosive..."
    RAD:  Yes, the surge is working, it's just the wrong surge!   
    PS:  Dateline Baghdad - April 18, 2007 - 183 killed today.  In Vietnam they counted the body bags, in Iraq just bomb victims.  Somehow it doesn't seem like the US is winning the locals "hearts & minds."   



    As a college professor for over 37 years, April 16th's events at Virginia Tech University dredge up painful memories RAD has in reaction to other such horrific events at home and abroad that shaped my own academic career, the killings of students at Kent State and Jackson State in the spring of 1970, as college students protested Nixon's invasion of Cambodia.    
images.jpg     As a young untenured assistant professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1970 the events at Kent State in Ohio came especially close to home.  Our small liberal arts campus of 1700 students erupted into anger and despair once the news of the massacre at Kent State became news in an era decades before the Internet.     
    Fortunately, we faculty members were able to funnel the outrage in ways that helped our campus and community respond to one of America's most serious political crisis in our history.  Yesterday's events while very different in that there appears to be no political backdrop to the tragedy reminds one of the centrality of the faculty in such circumstances.
    More recently the events of 9/11 on my academic home for 31 years, Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon brought home the fact that even a small liberal arts college located on a beautiful campus in a semi-rural/suburban environment of small town America affords one no shelter from the storms that afflict our complex world.  
    That day found me teaching my American presidency class in live time as the events of 9/11 were unfolding.  To say the least it was a teachable moment, more than that - a teachable day, week and term.  But most importantly, I was able to share comments in a convocation that afternoon which helped assure the assembled students that while their innocence has been shattered, World War III was not about to break out.
    This gets to my main point.  Faculty members need to step up on college campuses when such horrific events take place and be there for their students, one on one or in their classes as the case may be.  And most importantly, teachers need to have good sniff detectors to smell the scent of trouble lurking in the hearts and minds of their students.  It's not enough to be a good classroom teacher; you also must be an alert mentor.
    As we know from similar events like the tragedies at Columbine, Colorado to Springfield, Oregon there are often warning signs from troubled students.  But all too often these signs of student angst are ignored by peers or simply not noticed by busy teachers caught up in the day to day routine of preparing for classes and grading papers.  But those explanations for the culture of denial aren't acceptable anymore.  
    However, a part of the problem is that even when one's trouble detector is working there are a set of legal barriers dealing with a student's confidentiality which can get in the road of alerting parents, counselors, dormitory RAs or off campus authorities.  However, as one who has intervened many times in a 37-year career to help students over emotional hurdles, where there is a will, there is a way.  
    The most important lesson I've learned is to not take NO for an answer.  Students going through an emotional crisis need an adult to talk with - and often the best adult is their teacher.  Just being there for them is the most important thing.  Listening not judging is the key.  But at some point if one thinks there is a larger risk posed by a student - then you have the moral responsibility to go the next step.  
    Fortunately, in my case I've never had to take the "next step" but I've often had to hurdle the obstacle course of administrative rules which value "privacy" over the safety of the student or the wider community.  We need legislation to deal with this problem which handicaps parents, counselors and others who work with vulnerable students.  
    Teachers are the frontline responders who can do the most to help students past troubled times.  But this may require a faculty person to put down their scholarly paper, to stop preparing for the next lecture or to not attend another endless faculty meeting to deal with what is truly important - the students in their charge - in and out of the class.  
    The sad events at Virginia Tech remind us that all too often young men and women are too easily lost in the shadows of the academy as academic life becomes marginalized by specialization and the anonymity of size.  
    Whether you work at a large mega university of thousands or a small liberal arts college, one of the keys to overcoming marginalization and anomie is creating a "culture of caring" among the faculty who are willing to think and act outside their academic boxes.  
    In an academic culture increasingly defined by the scholarly narcissism of public or perish or popularity or perish creating a culture of caring is not an automatic response.  It requires leadership from university presidents, academic deans, department chairs and ownership by the faculty.
    At the end of the day even the best intentions will fail to protect the innocent from harm. We are the choices we make.  Whether it's in Blacksburg, Virginia or Baghdad, Iraq sometimes those choices turn out very tragically.  Right now, all we can do is to thank our lucky stars those dear to us are safe as we remember those who perished.  



    Can't write anything.  The murder of 32 people, injuries to at least 26 others and the apparent suicide by the alleged shooter will forever mark
Blacksburg, Virginia and Virginia Tech University as another horrific event in American history.
  While we know next to nothing about the presumed killer, the identity of the victims or why somebody would go on such a rampage two thoughts are unmistakable.
    First, college campuses as open spaces for students and the wider community are virtually impossible to protect against the actions of a person gone mad by rage, whatever the cause.  
    Second, the easy access to guns in American society puts all of us at risk.  However, most of us are insulated by such violence because most of us don't inhabit an environment where guns are so readily available.
    But when such alarming events such as the one today in Virginia occur, it makes us all realize how fragile life is and how at risk we can be when we least expect it. 
    We will no doubt find out over time the venom that lit the assassin's fuse.  But will Americans ever learn that this society's embrace of the gun culture is an enabler of such human tragedy? 
    The NRA will be quick to remind us all that it's not guns which kill but human beings who kill.  Tell that to the victims and their parents, to the faculty and staff of Virginia Tech and the wider community caught in the grip of such terror.
    The Founding Fathers never meant the Second Amendment to be a curse!  But the NRA's tortured interpretation of the right to bears arms has in fact become a curse - ask Coretta King or Ted Kennedy!