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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

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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%.  





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Rami G. Khouri

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  • 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










































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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 

















































A man with a rifle in Dallas in 1963, a man with an AR-15 in Dallas in 2016

Why we should not be surprised

  • It began with indentured servitude and treating women, children and African Americans as chattel…  

  • It began in 1776 with confusing “The Revolution” with creating a “City on a shining hill…”  

  • It began by declaring Black people as 3/5s a person

  • It continued with eradication of Native Americans

  • It continued with legalized Slavery

  • It continued with a Civil War

  • It continued with Jim Crow

  • It continued with the conquest of a continent

  • It continued with wars against Mexico under the cover of Manifest Destiny

  • It continued by treating nations as American colonies

  • It continued by violence against labor, suffragettes and immigrants

  • It continued by racial segregation in the South, red lining in the North and now gentrification

  • It continued with massive retaliation against Brown v. Board

  • It continued with the Cold War, McCarthyism and the John Birch Society

  • It continued with the assassinations of MLK, JFK and RFK

  • It continued with failing to keep the promises of the Great Society as we fought in Vietnam

  • It continued with the Long Hot Summers of ’67 and ‘68

  • It continued with “law and order” politics in the ‘60s

  • It continued with Reaganomics and Clinton/Gingrich “ending welfare as we knew it”

  • It continued with Iran Contra

  • It continued with the war on drugs

  • It continued with the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11

  • It continues with mass media addicted to reporting violence

  • It continues with Hollywood marketing violence in film

  • It continued by empowering the Right, the NRA and the Tea Party

  • It continues by a warped interpretation of the 2nd amendment

  • It continues by our refusal to ban assault weapons

  • It continues given a history of police brutality

  • It continues with violence against women and LBGTs

  • It continues by gangs that kill more people than cops

  • It continues because of a broken mental health system

  • It continues with angry protests instead of organzing for justice

  • It continues by inflamed rhetoric from the campaign trail 

  • It continues because of racial and income inequality

  • It continues by a hyper-partisan zero sum game political system 

So why are we surprised that a person of color and a vet used an AR-15 to make his hateful point?  

Violence is as American as Apple pie

Institutional racism is so endemic to US society that it creates two realities - one for people of color and another for those with White privilege

I'm weary of all the 'talking heads' as a substitute for action

Only when we commit to ending the cycle of violence will this sickness end…  

What America needs to do is follow South Africa's example - commit to a process of national reconciliation...  



The White House


President Obama: "We are horrified over these events"

Last night, law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest were targeted and attacked.

This morning, President Obama offered a statement on these tragic attacks and made it clear that we as a nation stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.

"I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas ... Let's be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done."

Watch the President's statement, or read it below.  Also go to the Cabinet section of the White House website to see Attorney General Loretta Lynch's eloquent statement.  



     MLK, "Violence begets violence."   

     The killings in recent days in three different cities and states easily leads to a "rush to judgment" about why such events take place.  Politicians feel the need to pontificate from their corridors of power far from the scene, the media feeds the frenzy by passing on what amounts to on the street gossip and/or so-called instant expert analysis. 

       Into this maelstrom people from all political walks of life, Right and Left, Black and White, Liberal and Conservative are compelled to "talk, talk talk" without any direct evidence.  

      What we need is to take a deep breath and be patient in a age of social media when opinions are easily shaped by Facebook pictures from those on the scene but far from being objective observers.  Why the rush to judgment?  Why can't we let the facts be sorted over time?  Part of the answer is that we all want instant gratification - that's the culture.  Part of it is that we want to use such tragic events to justify preconceived opinions about such events. 

     In the "blame game" if you are in Black Lives Matter you have a ready made answer - the history of police brutality.  If you come from the police community you have a point of view shaped by dealing 24/7 with the most violent aspects of modern society.  Sadly such horrific events feed into the political narrative that our society is coming apart at the seams.  Some will argue we need to do 'muscular' things.  I think creating communities of justice is the course.  

     At the end of the day - the two most prominent actors in this theater of the absurd are Black Lives Matter and the NRA.  Each has their own agenda and never shall the twain meet.  Then comes in The Donald with his inflammatory rhetoric which eggs one side on while the protest rhetoric from BLM et al yells in rallies "what do you want and when do you want it?"  Of course in both cases the answer is NOW.  But that's not the way a democracy digests social issues - it takes time and distance. 

     Protest in the streets or retreating behind a "thin blue line" accomplishes nothing.  What is needed is engaging in civil discourse - aka the hard work of democracy.  It's like parenting - a life time obligation.   

     So before we go off into our own "realities" - let's take a pause and let the investigations of these events take place before we rush to judgement again.  As a White person my encounters with police are few and far between and given my White privilege I've never been a victim.  But one's skin color didn't necessarily protect one from bullets last night in Dallas.  Hopefully this will be an isolated event not a "new normal" where "the other" takes things in their hands including an AR-15.  

     It's time for calm, retrospection and sorting the facts out - not a time to rush to one's ideological bunker.  It's also a time to engage in civil discourse which is not seen in social media posts nor marches...  On both the Right and Left - be it a Tea Party rally or a BLM protest while the participants may be peaceful - their rhetoric is often less so.  It's time to lower the decibel level and time to engage the citizenry.  If one wants to protest, try a "silent vigil"...   and leave your guns home!





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