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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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Trump & The Mob

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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."

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Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax

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Half of the US Is Broke

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The myth of the Christian country

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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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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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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%.  

 

RAD'S

WEBSITE PICKS: 


 

  • An Independent View

Oregon Outpost

  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:

Realclearpolitics

  • Jim Hightower:   

Jimhightower.com

  • 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: 

Hardtimes

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

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger 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. 

     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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SB 1533 passes!  

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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"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

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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

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

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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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?  QuestionIntel.com  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

 

BLOGS:

From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

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Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

dailykos.com

Blue Oregon

blueoregon.com

 

"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... 

americanobserver

    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   

GarrisonKeillor

 

     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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Thursday
Jun162016

IS THIS THE END OR MERELY A PAUSE IN THE MADNESS?  

EDITOR'S NOTE:  E.J. Dionne is one of my favorite pundits.  I think he's nailed this one.  Trump is in early campaign free fall.  The GOP establishment is getting worried Trumpism may take them all down.  For a party that has pandered to the ultra right for decades since the Reagan era, if this happens it will be deserved.  But it's early so one never knows...  

Trump and the GOP's Jurassic Park

 
 

WASHINGTON -- The American people know extremism when they see it.

     This is very unfortunate for Donald Trump. And it is a nightmare for Republican leaders who see more clearly every day how his candidacy has become a trap: They desperately want to free themselves from the moral wreckage Trump leaves behind but are stuck with a nominee who speaks for a majority of their rank-and-file.

     Those who lack confidence in the public's ability to make rational judgments often argue that horrendous acts -- of terrorism, for example -- will shake the majority from its commitment to civil liberties, pluralism and tolerance. This view reflects a profound mistrust of the good sense and ethical discernment of the average citizen.

     The paradox is that Trump, who claims to speak for the people, shares this very low opinion of who Americans are. In responding to the Orlando massacre, he broadened his call for a ban on Muslim immigration, suggested that American Muslims are holding back information about potential terrorists, and darkly implied that President Obama has secret motives when it comes to Islam.

     Trump thinks that Americans want to embrace a strongman who shoves aside the niceties of constitutional government. The problem for Trump and the good news about our nation is that he's wrong. The problem for GOP leaders is that supporters of their party are outliers from the rest of their fellow citizens: They side with Trump.

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World monuments light up for Orlando shooting

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      This was brought home by two polls released on Wednesday. A CBS News survey taken June 13-14 found that 62 percent of Americans rejected a temporary ban on Muslims immigrating to the United States; only 31 percent supported it. But where Democrats opposed the ban by more than 5-to-1 and independents rejected it by 2-to-1, Republicans favored it, 56 percent to 37 percent.

     Asked more generally about Trump's response to the Orlando attacks, Americans disapproved, 51 percent to 25 percent. But again, Republicans were the outliers: They approved of Trump's response by a margin of about 2-to-1. Not surprisingly, Democrats overwhelmingly disapproved of Trump's post-Orlando reaction, but independents did so as well, by a margin of 5-to-2.

     Most worrisome for Republicans politically, more independents disapproved of Trump's response to Orlando (51 percent) than of Hillary Clinton's (36 percent).

     And a new Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 70 percent of Americans viewed Trump unfavorably, up 10 points from a month earlier. Yet if this tempts GOP leaders to try to dump Trump, they confront the sobering reality that among Republicans, 65 percent still rate him favorably.

     Thus are party leaders, most prominently House Speaker Paul Ryan, mired in an untenable position. Ryan went out of his way to disassociate himself from Trump's terrorism comments, yet he refuses to rescind his endorsement of the man who has won a majority of Republican National Convention delegates.

     But if Trump's take is as irresponsible as Ryan says it is, how can a responsible politician possibly want such an extremist to become our commander in chief? The answer is obvious: If Ryan and others like him tried to block Trump, they would enrage half to two-thirds of their own partisans.

     It fell to Obama on Tuesday to show how Republicans have long flirted with a rhetoric of mistrust and fear that Trump has now taken to its logical, if chilling, conclusion. He noted the GOP has long said, as Trump is insisting, that "we can't beat ISIL unless we call them 'radical Islamists.'"

     "What exactly would using this label accomplish?" Obama asked. "What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans?" He concluded: "There's no magic to the phrase 'radical Islam.' It's a political talking point; it's not a strategy."

     The president was noticing what the social scientists Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Raab observed in their classic book "The Politics of Unreason." Right-wing extremists, they wrote, have always highlighted "the magical power of the word" and the faith that "just saying the right thing, believing the right thing, is the substance of victory and remedy."

     Throughout the Obama presidency, Republicans have played at the edges of extremist politics hoping to mollify the red hots in their following. But after many years of magical thinking from their leaders, the faithful decided they wanted to bring on the wizard himself who really seemed to believe the incantations.

     By animating the anxieties and conspiracy theories of the ultra-right, GOP leaders turned their party into Jurassic Park: They can no longer control what they created.

(c) 2016, Washington Post Writers Group

 

 

Tuesday
Jun142016

THE GIPPER CALLED IT...  

Monday
Jun132016

BAN, IF NOT NOW, WHEN...?  

     I find the comments of The Donald in the wake of Orlando to be offensive.  He has done and continues to do so much to lower the level of political discourse it makes one wonder if he is mentally unbalanced.  His twittering is stereotypical manic behavior - undisciplined and disconnected almost random thoughts.  At the least he seems dyslexic, at worst morally repugnant.  He is a clear and present danger to our democracy.  

     By egging on violence in his rallies, given the vulgarity of his rhetoric and his penchant for ranting on he is an enabler of those who clearly are on the edge. 

     And this morning in Manchester, New Hampshire, there he goes again railing at Muslims.  The fellow who committed the heinous crime in Orlando was born in the USA.  He appears to have been mentally unstable and invoked ISIS just before his death to rationalize his actions.  While ISIS takes credit for such "loner" behavior - there is no evidence that he was more than a "virtual" minion of ISIS. 

       I take issue with President Obama - the perpetrator was not a "terrorist" in the historical sense of that term but a "hater" of LBGT people. 

     How public officials and the media "frame" actors of mass violence is not merely a semantic debate.  To call one an Islamic terrorist has a specific context.  Was the unibomer a terrorist, how about the Sandy Hook killer or the Oklahoma City bomber?  If they are "terrorists" - they are "domestic" terrorists, an important distinction which 'may' apply to the KKK, Skinheads etc.   But the word "terrorist" has become a generic cliche.  

     In this case, so far, the killer seems to be a "social media" actor not part of a network.  If so, the context defines what needs to be done to prevent such lone wolf mass murderers - a better mental health system, limiting access to guns, better job screening and a willingness by families and friends to keep track of those within their network of friends who may be on the edge of going over the top. 

      By focsuing on the terrorist frame and not the mental health frame arising from such cases of hate crimes, we are allowing ISIS et al to have more "agency" than they deserve.  We don't need to give them such a platform for their propaganda machine.  And it deflects from a long standing need in the USA to deliver on a promise of the '60s - a community based mental health system which is sadly lacking.    

     In such cases, a person does not pose a military threat to the USA but is a danger to his/her community.  How we use words has meaning.  Using words like "terrorist" as short hand confuses the issue and very possibly distracts attention from dealing with causes.  We target ISIS with drones such a strategy in a domestic context makes no sense and may take us down the wrong path as it did with the Internment in WW II or the Red Scare.   

      Let's be careful about rushing to judgement in the heat of the moment of our fear, pain, anger and desire to strike out...  

     How should we prevent such mass murders? 

  • Ban the sale of assault weapons to the public and limit rounds of ammo;

  • Improve community based policing;

  • Make community based mental health accessible across all zip codes;

  • Focus on better information sharing between local, state and federal agencies; 

     But at the end of the day, we live in a nation with 300 million guns and in a culture having a long history of gun violence and vigilantism.  There is only so much that can be done.  Welcome to the new normal...

Sunday
Jun122016

ORLANDO

Friend comforts at DJ who worked at the club... BBC     The tragic events in Orlando should remind us this is not the time to rush to judgment but to reflect on the victims, their friends and their families. It's not a time for political posturing but for praying for us all that we can find ways to prevent such horrendous acts and to heal.

     The prophetic words below remind me of how interconnected we all are... 

     It's why I'm offended by Trumps tweets this morning trying to make political points in the midst of this tragedy.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I did not speak out;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a Jew.

And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak for me...

- German Theologian Martin Niemöller, January 6, 1946

Saturday
Jun112016

HILLARY'S RECORD...  

EDITOR'S NOTE:  In addition to the "field guide" below on Hillary - it's important to know that as a young woman Hillary worked for The Children's Defense Fund on voting rights in Alabama.  The founder of the CDF Marian Wright Edelman, now a life long friend of Hillary told her she'd have to pay her way. Hillary did it passing up a chance to work for another famous community organizer - Saul Alinsky who recruited her. 

As First Lady of Arkansas Hillary worked tirelessly on children's issues and for education reform.  So well before Hillary thought of political office she was "walking the talk" of the title of her book - "It Takes A Village."  On her private life that Hillary chose to stay in her marriage tells me all I need to know - about her commitment to her family, to her daughter and to her capacity for foregiveness - and her Christian faith.  

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