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

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937


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Corporations enriching shareholders


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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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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 & 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



































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 Explore Intel emissions


#1445: Tommy, Riposa 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 


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







































"Kitzgate" goes on and on and on...


State announced $150,000 contract to wife of key Kitzhaber advisor before competitive bidding


     "Oregon Health Authority officials announced the selection of the wife of a former top aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber for a $150,000 contract before any formal bidding took place."

     The Oregonian has learned. A state manager internally announced the hiring of Kate Raphael to produce videos about the governor's health reforms on July 31, documents show. That was eight days before a formal competitive-bidding solicitation was issued, and nearly a month before a contract was signed.  Two other firms bid on the contract, including one with a $100,000 lower price tag.

     Raphael got the job. The contract illustrates the cozy relations in political circles and how they contribute to the public's skepticism of government. Raphael's husband, Tim, served as Kitzhaber's communications director until December 2013. Now advising the Democratic governor's re-election campaign, he also works with First Lady Cylvia Hayes, coordinating her Oct. 9 public apology for an illegal green card marriage in 1997."


     RAD:  Given what in the Nixon era was termed "the horrors" now Kitzhaber's horrors - the Nike and Intel "deals", the CRC failure, the CoverOregon debacle, the walkout of Rudy Crew, Cylviagate and now cronyism in the governor's office, if Kitz is re-elected he will have lost the "moral authority to govern." 

     His trust with the voters of Oregon will have been broken. His reputation will be in tatters inside the Puzzle Palace.  He should simply leave office before January and turn the keys to Mahonia Hall over to Kate Brown, the Secretary of State who is next in line to succeed the governor. 

     A victory over a flawed opponent will be a pyrhic victory.  The Kitzhaber era is over!  If he truly cares about Oregon Kitz should have the deceny to leave office and allow his successor to take the gavel and begin the process of repairing the breach Kitz has created by his arrogance, incompetence and hubris.  




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     Voters beware: the Voter’s Guide doesn’t give the full picture on Measure 34-221.

We urge a NO vote on the Washington County’s $30 per year increase in the vehicle registration fee, Measure 34-221.    

     Road maintenance is a problem.  We support solving the problem, but not with this Measure.

     Why do we think Washington County voters should vote NO?

Reason #1. Voters should vote “no” because this isn’t the only way the problem might be solved, and we don’t need two solutions to one problem.

     Road maintenance needs are under discussion at every level of government: not just locally, but also at the federal and state levels.

     Obviously we can’t wait for Congress to act.

     But state legislators have solutions on the burner for the coming session. And the Washington County Commission knows it…but conveniently ignores it in the Voter’s Pamphlet.

     Legislators will very likely increase both the vehicle registration fee and the gas tax during the 2015 session. It’s the probably source of another $36 million per year for the streets, roads and highways of Washington County.

     Washington County, the Association of Oregon Counties, the League of Oregon Cities, and several of our county’s cities are members of The Oregon Transportation Forum, a huge coalition asking the 2015 legislature to not only increase the vehicle registration fee, but to also increase the gas tax by 5 cents per gallon–for maintenance only, and possibly by another 5 cents a gallon for road enhancements. Additionally, they want to index the gas tax and all auto licensing and registration fees for inflation.

     Given the strong 40-member coalition and the road problems across the state, the Oregon Transportation Forum’s idea to increase state-wide funding for road maintenance will likely succeed, and Washington County and her cities will get $36 million a year, most of it dedicated to road maintenance. We don’t need the $12.8 million in the County’s measure on top of the additional money that will come from the state to maintain our streets and roads. It’s overkill.

Reason #2. Further, voters should vote “no” because this fall ODOT will report the results of study on the costs of damage to roads due to the use of studded tires. The legislature may establish a fee for studded tire use to recover road repair costs. If that were to happen, then the county would receive even more funds to maintain roads.

     The legislature’s action will solve the problems of road maintenance for the whole state, not just Washington County.

     The County Commissioners fail to mention these likely new sources of funding. We support the statewide solution, but not this double hitting.

     On three separate occasions County Commissioners have told us they don’t think the state legislature will act. In fact, it is the state that has acted in recent years, while the County Commissioners did not.

     The legislature raised gas taxes by 6c a gallon on January 1st, 2011, in addition to raising three other vehicle-related fees a year earlier. Washington County and her cities have been receiving an extra $15 million a year and have seen the state pay for major projects like the $43 million Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange on Highway 26 because of legislative action.

     Meanwhile the Commissioners have avoided solving the road maintenance problem by ignoring funds that were available.

     In 2008 Washington County residents voted to implement a Transportation Development Tax that would collect money for roads from new development–homes, hotels, schools, manufacturing plants, etc. However, the County Commission didn’t fully implement this tax–until 21 days ago, just in time for this election. On October 1st the Transportation Development Tax on a new home, for example went up $1371 dollars. With these taxes not being fully collected for six years, it is no wonder there’s a problem with our roads.

     The County received, this year, $38 million in Gain Share money from the state and $20 million in fees from Intel and Genentech–they can use this money as they wish. They haven’t shared much of this $58 million with schools, so why hasn’t the money been used to maintain roads? If they were truly worried about the state of our roads, why have the County Commissioners not used these funds to solve the $10.5 m road maintenance backlog?

     This is a statewide problem that will get a statewide solution.

Tax Fairness Oregon urges your “no" vote.

     The voter’s pamphlet doesn’t give the full picture. If voters affirm Washington County’s new road fees, and legislators vote for and a gas tax and vehicle license increase, Washington County and her cities will have way more than needed for road maintenance.

And drivers–especially low income drivers–will be paying through the nose. Vote “NO” on Measure 34-221.


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Would be terrorists? From ON BEING, PBS, KRISTA TIPPETT

Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear

     For over a decade, the French-American anthropologist Scott Atran has been listening to the hopes and dreams of young people from Indonesia to Egypt. He explores the human dynamics of what we analyze as “breeding grounds for terrorism” — why some young people become susceptible to them and others, in the same circumstances, do not. His work sheds helpful light on the question on so many of our minds as we watch horrific news of the day: How could this happen — and how could we possibly help transform it?

      Scott Atran is director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, visiting professor at the University of Michigan, senior fellow at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University and research professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He’s the author of Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood and the (Un)Making of Terrorists.

     RAD:  As I was listening to this interview my mind went back to the '60s - why did some of us go down the path Martin Luther King charted of non-violent resistance to confront injustice while others like the Black Panthers and the SDS Weatherman opted for violence?  We were of the same generation but we made very different choices which changed our lives.  So the questions Scott Atran applies to members of my generation too.  

     If one goes back to the days of the American Revolution or Civil War - the same questions can be asked.  For Americans over the long haul the arc of justice was advanced more by institutions of a civil society not unending violence.  But we can't deny the role violence on behalf of freedom played a role as well as in behalf of oppression especially of Native Americans and African-Americans.  Each generation has to face these same questions - whether here or abroad.  

     What does "the other" want?  They want to be "significant."  What options do "they" have?  When we invade their country what do you think?  Hannah Arendt talks of the "banality of evil" Scott Atran describes what one might term the "banality of terrorism."  To reverse the cycle of violence can we have conflict without enemies?  As Lincoln said - "do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"  Are we winning friends - their hearts or minds or the opposite?  

     This interview in 2011 was before ISIS when the Arab Spring brought hope.  Scott Atran's comment "sometimes you have to fight things, when people want to kill you or blow you up, then you have to fight them." adds a tragic note.  Timing is everything.  Thanks to the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq after 9/11 we are left with the collateral damage of a failed US foreign policy.  And now we're knee deep in a "surrogate's" war against ISIS, the new face of terrorism.   

     The problem with the 7 scenarios is the author never discusses option 8 - what happens "if" ISIS is successful in establishing its Caliphate?  As Scott Atran points out in the interview foreign policy wonks can come up all kinds of data driven scenarios but they don't really understand the psychology driving each of these groups.  If ISIS is the "successful" face of terrorism - what becomes of the Middle East then?   Is this the "final solution?" 

     The "war" on drugs:  Back in the '60s we had a "war on poverty" and then the "war on drugs" - the former was succeeding until the Vietnam quagmire took us down a bad path which Iraq replicated.  Beware of POTUS's from Texas!  The latter has failed because we've never dealt with the demand side by providing what was promised in the '60's  a "community mental health" system.  Ironically vets are the most impacted by this gap in our health care system.  

     - Thanks Dubya!  


Update on Ebola post below -



  •      Sadly President Obama appointing a political operative as our Ebola Czar is not reassuring since the appointment treats the public panic as a PR not a public health problem. 

  •      Members of Congress aren't very helpful either.  The GOP has seized on Ebola fear as a strategic advantage for the 2014 campaign and Dems join the chorus for an air blockade of West Africa.

John Whitehouse, Media Matters 

    A new poll last week revealed disturbing trends about the increasingly dire media coverage of the Ebola story in the United States. Measuring the rising anxiety among news consumers, a Rutgers-Eagleton poll of New Jersey residents found that 69 percent are at least somewhat concerned about the deadly disease spreading in the U.S.

    The truly strange finding was that people who said they were following the story most closely were the ones with the most inaccurate information about Ebola. The more information they consumed about the dangerous disease, the less they knew about it. How is that even possible?

     Poll director David Redlawsk cast an eye of blame on the news media. "The tone of the coverage seems to be increasing fear while not improving understanding," Redlawsk told a reporter. "You just have to turn on the TV to see the hysteria of the "talking heads" media. It's really wall to wall. The crawls at the bottom of the screen are really about fear. And in all the fear and all the talking, there's not a lot of information."

    While the Rutgers-Eagleton poll was a statewide survey, not a national one, it's reasonable to assume that the Ebola information phenomena documented in New Jersey is happening elsewhere, as a series of nationwide polls have highlighted just how little Americans understand about the rare virus.

"Reporters can be part of the problem or part of the solution," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced at press conference on October 2, as the city began to deal with its local health crisis following the disclosure that an Ebola victim was being treated in a city hospital. 

     Two weeks later, what's the verdict?

     It's not fair to suggest most of the Ebola coverage to date has been overly hysterical, or that none of it has served an important purpose during the time of a possible health crisis.

     But too much of it has been based on fear and hypotheticals and driven by a weird look-at-us-now undercurrent. "It's almost like they're crossing their fingers for an outbreak," noted Jon Stewart earlier this month, mocking the wildly overexcited television coverage.   

     CNN actually invited onto the network a fiction writer who wrote an Ebola thriller in the 1980s to hype unsubstantiated fears about the transmission of the virus. CNN's Ashleigh Banfield speculated that "All ISIS would need to do is send a few of its suicide killers  into an Ebola-affected zones and then get them on some mass transit, somewhere where they would need to be to affect the most damage." And colleague Don Lemon lamented that government officials seemed "too confident" they can contain the Ebola scare.

     Of course, abetting the culture of Ebola misinformation is Fox News, which has served as a cauldron of fear mongering and anti-government paranoia in recent weeks: 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck of Fox News literally demanded that we put the country on lockdown, banning all travel in and out. In a bit of race-baiting, Andrea Tantaros of Fox suggested that people who travel to the country and show symptoms of ebola will "seek treatment from a witch doctor" instead of go to the hospital. Fox host Steve Doocy suggested the CDC is lying about ebola because they're "part of the administration". Fox also promoted a conspiracy theorist who is trying to claim the CDC is lying when they caution people not to panic.

     The hallmark of overheated rhetoric and almost cartoonish mistrust would suggest there might be a ratings motivation lurking behind the coverage; a willingness to jack up the fear factor in order to lure viewers in. That's something PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brian touched on when he urged journalists to "take a breath" on the Ebola story. "Unfortunately it's a very competitive business we're in, and there is a perception that by hyping up this threat, you draw people's attention."

     But the attempted ratings grab hasn't led to an increase in public understanding. In August, a Harvard School of Public Health poll found that "Two-thirds of people (68%) surveyed believe Ebola spreads "easily" ("very easily" or "somewhat easily") from those who are sick with it."

     That, of course, is inaccurate.

     Fast forward to October Rutgers-Eagleton poll, and despite the enormous amount of recent Ebola news coverage, those who followed the story more closely were more likely to believe Ebola can be spread easily, even though the disease cannot be spread like the flu.

     Even more recently, according to a Harrison Poll survey, "Three out of four of those polled said they are concerned that people carrying Ebola will infect others before showing symptoms themselves." As Medical Daily noted, "This is a medical impossibility." (Ebola cannot spread until the symptoms present themselves.)

     The Ebola virus is clearly being treated as one of the biggest, most important on-going news stories of the year, especially by cable news outlets. The fact that Americans have such a weak grasp on the facts doesn't speak well for the quality of coverage to date.

     Where is this generations C. Evertt Koop when we need him or her?  Why can't the CDC get it right about protocols for Ebola with simple and well known methods of dealing with epidemics?  



     EDITOR'S NOTE:  My recommendations on local and one Metro ballot measures are listed in the right sidebar of this blog.  My brief rationale for each is below:


Local Ballot Measures: 

Wash County

NO on 34-221: 

This measure is the classic a half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.  The commissioners admitted the $30 annual vehicle registration fee will not meet all the needs of road maintenance in Washington County.  For example it will not include money for repairing bridges.  Their original intended "ask" was for a $45 fee but after a lot of back and forth they backed off.  My belief is that if the need is there make the "ask" and explain it to the voters. 

Editors of the UnOregonian show the pot holes in the county board's thinking -

Funding crossroads: As The Oregonian's Luke Hammill reported, a letter from Washington County transportation officials to Hillsboro's planning director indicates the city and county have some work to do before they figure out how to fund infrastructure for South Hillsboro, a residential mixed-used development...

... tensions apparent in planning for South Hillsboro and Beaverton's South Cooper Mountain project raise concerns. The county and the two cities involved need to make sure they have a realistic plan for transportation infrastructure...  before planting more homes, and ultimately more cars, in already congested areas.                                                               

NO on 34-222: 

This revision of the county charter asks permission for the county board to reconfigure the commission districts, the hard work is left for a 90 day period after a YES vote.  Given the current board's record of back room dealing I'm not willing to trust the board to do a fair job.  They will carve up the county to protect their own interests not the wider public interests.  This has been in the works for since May - it's another back room deal.  


NO on 26-160: 

This measure extends the existing prohibition on housing density in single family neighborhoods.  It prohibits inclusionary zoning in residential areas.  There already is a state prohibition engineered by the Oregon Home Builders' lobby in the late '90s.  With a growing metro population where are people going to live if we don't make room for them - the working poor, single women with families and our growing Latino population?  

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