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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


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


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%.  





  • 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...   
















































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  • He lost by 2.9 million votes...

  • He's a con artist...

  • He's a pathological liar... 

  • He's a failed business man...

  • He's a fascist... 


Trump & The Mob


Trump's role models are Vladmir Putin and Benito Mussolini.  He has contempt for our checks and balances system.  He wants to "rule" not govern like a strong man, a despot.  He will shredd the Constitution anytime he feels the urge to do so and like all despots he only listens to his inner circle.  And he is paranoid and narcissistic. 


Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


Housing Needs in Oregon 




"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, 1940

  • "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  

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... 



"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 

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


















































Trump aka Bigot in chief

Trump's nod & wink to American fascists, white supremacists, white nationalism - whatever! 

     President Trump's tardiness in condemning the white nationalist violence in Charlotteville, Virginia speaks volumes about his not being morally fit to be president.


Trump and Bannon the axis of evil are personally responsible for enabling white nationalism to thrive in the USA.

     But we have a long legacy of white supremacy in the USA - the attempted extermination of Native peoples, slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation, white citizens councils, the Birchers, McCarthyism, Skin Heads and domestic terrorists like Timothy McVey.

     No blow dried statement by the 'illegitimate one' can cover up his hate filled words during the campaign nor his loss of the moral authority to be president - he should resign or be impeached. On the sincerity meter The Donald scores a big fat ugly face ZERO.

Trump's heart of darnkess:    

     Trump's rant in Phoenix Tuesday night showed the heart of darkness that is The Donald. He is not simply playing to his racist base he is the icon of their fears and prejudices. This is not an act, this is the man - the racist, the hater and the bully.

For the record the audience was @ 4000 with 50% of the hall empty.  

     Academics argue whether racism is a psychological disease of the mind or a social construct. The other night PBS Plus did a 2 hour program on The Birth of a Nation, the first movie of the modern age of cinema in '20s.

     I remember seeing Birth of a Nation in 1965 at a local arts theater near the campus of the U of Minnesota where I went to grad school. I was appalled. Seeing it put into historical context the other night was disturbing and revealing.

     The Birth of a Nation is not simply about the rise of the KKK in the post-Civil War era, it is a propaganda piece which appeals to White racism, in the north or south based on a false racial narrative and fake history - just as Trump uses in his rhetoric.

     The power of film is that it plays to our subconscious subliminal feelings. Unless one is willing to examine those feelings - a movie like Birth of a Nation will succeed in raising racial prejudice at the subliminal level which then can become actionable when provoked by social events/triggers.

     The issue is not whether Trump is a racist, he is a equall opportunity bigot - but is he using racism to rally his base - he clearly is. I'll leave it up to the American Psychological Association to determine the sources of Trump's psychosis and Trumpism as a ideology but it affects are clear as a bell.

     Madison warned us that our Republic was founded on the assumption that men were not angels. So what happens when the government is captured by a President and his consorts who are lacking in "angelic" qualities?

     No president is perfect but Trump is off the charts imperfect.

Trumps tries to wiggle out of his racist dilemma:  

     Trump to Bannon - "Your Fired" - oh really?

     Bannon's exit from the West Wing is clearly a victory for chief of staff General John Kelley who has done a good job of cleaning the West Wing of the nut cases but is it a break with the altRight for The Donald? Don't bet a NY minute on it.  We all know Donald will not and cannot be changed.

     The key is what "access" will Bannon have to Trump? If all calls, e-mails, social messaging to Trump must go through Kelly, then this is a real "palace coup" by GOP "regulars" over the altRightists. But in the social media age - is such control possible? Only if they take Trump's twitter account away from him.

     Besides Trump either to save face with the altRightists or to keep Bannon in the circle said Bonner is a "nice guy and not a racist." Well that clears a lot up doesn't it - since Trump is a racist, sexist, pathological liar and an unhinged sociopath

     Clearly Bannon has a plan - to use Breittbart to stoke up the Far Right and White Nationalists to keep pressure from the outside on Trump. The problem with that deluded thinking is that's at best 35% of the American electorate, on a good day of voter suppression.

      One wonders about the IQ of that 35% - what are they drinking?  

     We can all hope Bannon returns to his altRight bunker never to be heard from again aside from his altRight groupies which probably doesn't exceed more than 300 thousand of the assorted nuts who make up the face of contemporary American fascism.

     Bannon was empowered by Trump not the other way around and by a GOP who played with fire to steal an election. Now that the GOP has been burned - what's their next step in the upcoming GOP primaries in the 2018 election? That's where we'll know who controls the "hearts and minds" of the GOP.

     In the meantime, Progressives need to organize not agonize. Given my daily e-mail that's what they are doing while confronting Trumpist bigotry where ever it raises its ugly head - in Charlottevsille, Virginia or Portland, Oregon. To defeat the malignancy of hate is a two step process - peaceful protest and organizing for the 2018/2020.



My Canadian Connection sent this article to me.  A Canadian view of life in Trump's Amerika...   It should give us pause for thought about what Trumpism is doing to the USA and our image in the world.  

John Ibbitson -  Toronto Globe and Mail

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 5:00AM EDT

     Almost lost in the tumult of the last few weeks – the collapse of the effort to repeal Obamacare, chaotic hirings and firings in the White House, cascading revelations over Russiagate, the escalating crisis with North Korea, and now the horror of white supremacists injuring and allegedly killing people in Charlottesville – was news that the Justice Department is going to start investigating universities for discriminating against white applicants, which is how this administration views affirmative-action programs.

     Further proof, if any were needed, that Donald Trump is fomenting race-based conflict. The struggle to contain this President is not the struggle between progressives and conservatives, between the left and the right. It has become a struggle between those who wish to preserve the republic as a constitutional democracy and those who want to Make America White Again.

     Even a year ago, it would have been inconceivable that hundreds of Nazis, white supremacists, Ku Klux Klanners and run-of-the-mill racists would feel free to congregate in the gracious Virginian city of Charlottesville, chanting “blood and soil” and other fascist profanities. That they felt free to do so is entirely the fault of this President.

     This is the man who stoked the birthers’ anger by claiming Barack Obama wasn’t American-born. This is the man who launched his campaign for president by accusing Mexican immigrants of “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” This is the man who said he couldn’t get a fair trial in a lawsuit because the judge was of Latino heritage. This is the man who is threatening mayors who try to protect illegal immigrants from this administration’s efforts to round them up and deport them.

     This is the man who wanted to ban all Muslims from entering the country. This is the man who wants to build a wall. And this is the man who, on Saturday, refused to condemn white supremacists, blaming instead the “violence that’s on many sides. On many sides.”

     “No condemnation at all,” the Daily Stormer, a Nazi website, exulted afterward. “When asked to condemn he just walked out of the room. Really really good. God bless him.”

     The White House did issue a statement Sunday afternoon, though not under the President’s name, saying that in condemning violence on all sides, “of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.”

     Not all the people who support Donald Trump are Nazis, white supremacists or more mundane racists. Some genuinely believe that the institutions of the republic have become so corrupt that only a wholesale, populist cleansing will redeem the American promise.

     But for whatever reason they support him...

     Mr. Trump’s followers are enabling a President who stokes race hatred, who will not condemn Nazis and other fascists, whose words and deeds are leading white supremacists to kill on a street in New York, on a subway car in Portland and now during a melee in Charlottesville.

     We can empathize with people cast adrift by the economic storms of globalization and the digital revolution; we can understand, though never condone, their resentment over the fact that a minority of children born in the United States today are white, that the evolution of the American myth embraces a racial and sexual diversity that they can’t comprehend.

     But empathy has limits. The fascists are mobilizing in Donald Trump’s name. They may be few in number, but a larger, still-silent minority may come to approve their message, if not their methods or regalia.

     Unless this President’s malignant poisoning of the body politic is contained, there will be more riots, more confrontations, more deaths. Unless he is contained, future historians may see Charlottesville as an overture to something even uglier and deeper and more dangerous.

     Donald Trump exhausts us. He tries to tear down the social safety net. He seeks to wreck the global trading system. He attacks a free press. He threatens war against other weak, dangerous men. And he does it all at once, day after day. His assaults on democracy and civility are so multifaceted – and his term has barely begun! – that it’s tempting to turn away, to hold your family tighter and just try to carry on.

     But those who believe in democracy, in a free press, in racial harmony, in peace, have to fight back. What’s so frustrating for Canadians is that there is little we can do on this side of the border, except watch in horror and pray.



Kim Jong Un - the wild card in Asia

    The increasingly alarming actions of North Korea pose a threat to the international order that most people have tuned out on except for Donald Trump's saber rattling rhetoric.  This may be far more dangerous than jihadist terrorism or Iran's lust for a nuke. The unstable leader of North Korea lives in a world of his own, not unlike The Donald. That should scare the hell out of all of us, on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific.  

     With the capacity to hit targets with an intercontinental missile in South Korea, Japan or the West Coast of the USA - the Korean regime poses a danger to scramble the geo-political marbles not seen since the era of WWI - the so-called Great War to end all wars.  If a nuclear missile is launched by North Korea - how will Trump react?  It's a scary proposition.  An attack on the US or an ally would be a nuclear Pearl Harbor.   

     But once that genie is let out of the bottle on both sides of the Pacific - what would China do?  Well we know what they did in the Korean War - sending hundreds of thousands of their troops into Korea to successfully push back another American megalomaniac - General Douglas McCarthur who violated President Truman's orders to not go beyond the Yalu River.  McCarthur was fired but in a nuclear contest there would be no one to "fire."  

     I recently saw an interview of Professor Graham Allison on PBS - Plus by Charlie Rose.  I've posted the interview on my FB page. 

     As Allison says - China and the US are in competition to be the number one power in the world and China has the edge in many ways.  But the wild card factor is China's neighbor North Korea led by Kim Jong Un - a megalomaniac equal to Trump if not more so!  What would Trump do if North Korea launched a nuke on Seoul?  Welcome to Dr. Strangelove 2.0.  A world war III would be the war to end all wars and planet earth.    

     While Allison doesn't believe the nuclear scenario is inevitable, one doubts anyone in the Trump nor Kim Jong Un's closed inner circle is reading his book.  And as Allison points out in the book and in interviews WWI began with the assassination of a faceless Arch Duke in Serbia - then all the geo-political hell broke loose in ways that were not imaginable. The medical oath is "do no harm."  Who's on the watch?
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance."


     "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


     Since the election of 2016 connecting to the news on NPR, reading newspapers, social media and watching CNN and the NewsHour et al became a test of one's ability to digest "fake news" from the halls of Trumpism.  After being on election/media overload during the campaign when the results sunk in I hit the "turn off" button for many weeks after the electionl  Even now when I get e-mail screaming about Trump from the Left, I'm deleting the constant assault on my psyche. Enough! Thank God it's baseball season so I can tune it out by watching the Mariner chase a utopian wild card.   

     But the age of unreason has descended upon us from DC and from the so-called heartland.  When will people learn they have unleashed a chaos spewing demon on the body politic which will not make America Great Again but do the opposite - along with shattering decades of international rules of conduct that have kept the world safe from a nuclear confrontation and our global economy reasonably stable despite the ravages of the Great Recession brought to us by some of the Wall Street crowd who surround The Donald. As The Donald threatens to tear up domestic regulations and international aggrements he sows seeds of fear.     

     During the 2016 campaign I opined that "working class authoritarianism" was on the march in the USA under the banner and personage of Donald Trump.  I saw this coming a year before the election and said so in an op ed piece in our local newspaper. Trumpism fed into a rich vein of racism, anti-immigrant phobia, sexism and most importantly of all opposition to a woman's right of choice which Hillary Clinton with all of her own personal baggage became the pinata for her opponents and a mainstream media engaged in a feeding frenzy.  

     But I never, never imagined Trump would win the election - in the era of Obama such was inconceivable and I was not alone - most pundits and polls gave one confidence Trump was a flash in the pan and would ultimately be rejected by his party and if he got the GOP nomination would be resoundingly defeated by Hillary Clinton, which of course he was if one only counts the popular vote.  But that's not how the game is played in the USA is it?  Our system is based on archaic rules of the 18th century codified to protect White Southern privilege and in the modern age aided by techniques of massive voter intimidation.  

     But make no mistake about it the election of Donald Trump ultimately must be "owned" by voters in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Republicans who wanted to win so badly looked they the other way while voting for Trump who they knew was unfit to be the President of the United State. Sadly they were joined by some Democrats - Bernie supporters and women also casting the winning dice. And of course 43 million eligible voters just couldn't find the time to vote just feeling my vote doesn't count. For this latter group many of whom are at risk of losing their health care - how do they feel now? 

     Now Trump wants to ban transgender people from the US military - how an you ban over 6000 people now serving in our military?  George Takei of Star Trek fame and an outspoken critic of Trump tweeted shortly after Trump's decision came down.

     "History shall record that you are not only the stupidest, most incompetent president ever, but also the cruelest and pettiest,"

     The GOP leadership in the Senate is trying to end Obamacare as we know it but in so doing is faced with chaos in its ranks. Trump also wants to cancel the Iran agreement - the net result will be to allow the Iranians to arm themselves with nukes as we enter Trump's Brave New World Order. And earlier this week Trump turned a Boy Scout jamboree into a Hitler Youth-like media event spewing his grievances against members of his own administration and party.   

     Members of Congress who have been threatened by Trump to run candidates against them it they don't line up with America's der fuhrer better wake up and realize his bullying will be focused on them not some helpless immigrant, Muslim, gay, woman or transgender person.  They could be next on Trump's "Your Fired" list. Trump's temperament and leadership style are that of a would-be dictator.  The last I checked, the election did not terminate The Constitution - or did it?  

     We are a nation divided but the majority of the nation are not with Trumpism but oppose it and fear it.  Yes even in ultra Left Portlandia there are Trump supporters willing to march in support of The Donald.  Sadly, there are a minority on the Left especially local anarchists who are willing to take the bait by the Trumpsters and make a public spectacle of themselves in front of the local cops and drooling media ('it must bleed to lead') while discrediting local progressives.   

     Enough of such paranoia and incivility it just plays into Trump's hands and makes him a hero to his lumpen proletarian base. We should ignore Trump protesters while organizing Marches on city hall, the state capital and more marches on Washington!  We should be about creating a coalition of progressives across the nation not railing at every tweet from Trump or his minions. That again just feeds the beast. Members of Congress can take the fight to the Hill. 

     Progressives should organize not agonize.  There is no point in engaging with Trump's base.  It's a waste of time and energy.  I've tried and they are hopeless.  The point is not to engage them but to crush them at the polls in 2018/2020.  

     Now back to the M's and other distractions from the noise out of Washington DC...   






"Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society" 

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

     Attending a meeting focused on increasing affordable housing, early childhood education and workforce training in Washington County, Oregon's most affluent county, we were trying to define the goal of such efforts - apparently it's not enough to show we have thousands of county residents in need.  One person said we should focus on getting people to "self-sufficiency."

     On the face of it this seems a logical way of phrasing the goal.  But the more I thought about it, the more troubled I became with the concept of "self-sufficiency."  As I said, this implies the fault of being in poverty is a person's fault - the blaming the victim syndrome - not a defect in our socio-economic system. 

     Thinking more about it - who is really "self-sufficient?"  Certainly not corporations which depend on tax breaks and other subsidies, nor the super rich who depend on lobbyists, lawyers and accountants to 'game the system' to their benefit. 

     And when I reflect on my own life experience - I had the fortune of having people at my back - helping me succeed in life.  Nobody does it alone - but the Horatio Alger myth is deep in the American psyche of the autonomous individual - even among those who serve the most vulnerable in our society. 

     So I came up with the phrase that our goal should be to "help people succeed in life."   

     Isn't that what good parents do?  Isn't that what good teachers do?  Isn't that what good ministers do?  The problem in American society unlike Canadian society - corporate America and high income folks - don't feel any obligation to use their resources to support a social safety net that gives everyone a shot at the "American Dream." 

     And now we have a Potus who is committed to "Making America Great Again" without a roadmap.  

     There is something seriously wrong with this picture!

      On the day that Trumpcare imploded, I read this article on why Canada succeeds.  It's quite simple, Canadians are willing to pay taxes to support programs that benefit all Canadians not merely the top 10%.  They've not drunk the kool aide of supply side economics- aka no new taxes - from the Reagan era - "Laffer" economics nor the bombast from the buffoon who occupies with Oval Office now.
Most of the country understands that when it comes to government, you pay for what you get.