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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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Trump & The Mob

http-//www.politico.com#13C5A6C

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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%.  

 

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  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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... 


Every Fascist Needs an Enabler. Donald Trump Will Have Mike Pence.


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. 

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SB 1533 passes!  

http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=10863

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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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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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   


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

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Saturday
Apr302005

LINE OF THE DAY

Can't write anything. The GOP accuses the Democrats of engaging in class war.  But President Bush wants to give the poor more in Social Security benefits than the middle class.  Who's engaging in class war now?  If you want to means test Social Security Mr. President, be like Robin Hood, steal from the rich and give to the poor.  But please leave the middle class alone!  I'm sure those at the top 1% of the wealth food chain in the USA will not miss their benefits.  I'd start with Donald Trump.  

Saturday
Apr302005

FROM THE SIDELINES: WHY SUSPENSIONS ARE NEWS

Tony Dondero
Tony Dondero
EDITOR'S NOTE:  This editorial by my son Tony Dondero appeared in the ARLINGTON TIMES previous to inclusion in the RAD blog.  Tony is a sports journalist who covers high school sports and the local school board. 

“News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising.” Rubin Frank, Former NBC News President

     Periodically, student-athletes at the schools covered by newspapers such as The Arlington Times and Marysville Globe miss games or matches because they have been suspended or even kicked off a team for breaking a team, school, athletic department or league rule.
    Most are minor incidents, the student-athlete misses a game or two and gets back on the team. Punishment is meted out, a lesson is learned and life goes on. Examples could range from being caught with alcohol, challenging a coach’s authority, a failing grade, to name a few.     
    The general policy at The Times and Globe is if a varsity athlete is suspended we will report the fact if we can verify it. If I’m covering a game and a player isn’t in the lineup I’ll make a note to ask the coach about it. The spectators at a game notice as well and wonder why. Usually it’s an injury. Sometimes it’s a suspension.                   
    The purpose isn’t to pile on. Everyone makes mistakes, poor choices, at times. But that doesn’t mean student-athletes, who receive much recognition in their schools and communities for their achievements should be protected by the media that covers them.    
    Critics of such a policy will often say that reporting a suspension is an invasion of student’s privacy and unjustly punishes them. Sometimes coaches, athletic directors, administrators will tell us it’s being handled, the student doesn’t need to be punished further by having his or her name in the paper.
    But journalists are in the truth-telling business. Even when those truths might hurt, coverage that is complete as possible, in the long-run, is the best policy for all those involved. Besides if you go through the last year of newspapers you would find the positive and neutral coverage vastly outweighs the negative coverage.
    An athlete who has been suspended probably has been mentioned several times before for their achievements. Even when we do report suspensions they are a sentence or two. Ideally, we’d like to get the student’s side if they can be reached and are willing to talk about it.
    Certainly, high school athletes are not under the same scrutiny as big-time college or professional athletes are. At the prep level each case must be judged on its own merits, but if a varsity athlete, especially one who plays a significant role on a team, is suspended and it has a direct impact on the team’s ability to compete, that is news.
    As a member of the press, as a reporter, I am not the arm of the school district, as cordial as we may be with each other. As a reporter, I bring a different view, the view of an outside observer to the process, informing readers by presenting the facts in a coherent narrative.
    Schools, because they are public institutions and funded by public money, are subject to public scrutiny. That includes what is going on in the athletic department. I would argue, in fact, that schools that have programs with high standards will often have to suspend athletes. That’s an admirable thing. That’s an improvement over the days when athletes could do anything they pleased and still take the field or court with impunity.
    In the world after high school, somebody, fairly or unfairly, is always watching and assessing what you do. As one of my college professors advised his students, you are responsible for your own public relations. The news media at any level gets itself in trouble when it self-censors itself, not publishing what it knows. Withholding information does not serve our readers or our subjects.

Thursday
Apr282005

LINE OF THE DAY

Can't write anything.    Tom Delay must go the way of Jim Wright and Newt Gingrich - the sooner the better.  Hopefully, 'the exterminator' will see the wisdom of resigning before he's censored and thrown out of the House.  Next to go -  John Bolton.  George the lst for UN Ambassador!  He knows the value of alliances... 
Thursday
Apr282005

SOCIAL SECURITY: MORE LIGHT, LESS HEAT

Editor's Note:  This is a 'Guest Blog' written by my friend and colleague, Professor Emeritus George Evans.  A shorter version appeared in the Forest Grove News-Times several weeks ago.  I hope other FORs will submit their blogs too.  As with any editor I reserve the right to deny and/or edit such blogs.  No litmus tests, but it must be your words.  I can read the NYT, WSJ et al on my own time.  RAD

    Social Security needs attention, but not the kind it received in last week’s article (“Fear on Social Security is party line for Democrats”). To politicize the issue, as many have been doing recently, is to virtually ensure that a solution to the problem will not be forthcoming anytime soon.  
    That said, let me offer a few comments on the current debate. President Bush and others have spoken of an impending crisis in Social Security and proposed personal, or private, accounts as a solution. That’s a little like purchasing a new roof for your house when the problem is a leaky kitchen faucet. The new roof might be a good or bad idea; its purchase certainly deserves to be thoroughly discussed. But it does nothing about the leaky faucet. Quite recently, the President has acknowledged as much.  
    About that leaky faucet: let’s call it a demographic leak, and it’s no President’s or political party’s fault. It’s not even a leak yet, not for another 12 years or so. That’s when the money being taken out by the increasing number of retirees and other recipients will exceed the money paid in by workers, a result of the baby boomers retiring. In a personal budget, that’s spending more money than you’re making.  
    But not to worry, we tell ourselves, because we can tap into a large savings account (nationally, in the trillions) to pay our bills and live the lives we’ve become accustomed to. So we decide not to fix the leak. Maybe it will go away, we say, half believing it.
    Procrastination is not generally a useful approach to any problem, and this one will be no exception. We’ll have another 20 or so years to live as we were, noting the leak from time to time but doing nothing about it. And then . . . surprise! We discover we’ve exhausted our savings. Unsurprisingly, the leak, not being fixed, continues dripping. At that point we’ll be forced to face some rather unpleasant circumstances, like reducing our income by approximately 20 to 30 percent.
    But even though we’ve exhausted our savings and not fixed the leak--this is not often mentioned in the debate--we could still live reasonably well, though with an unwelcome austerity and with the leak continuing. That is, as long as workers are still paying into the system, payments can be made to retirees and others normally receiving benefits. This could go on indefinitely, as long as there were no catastrophe, like a nuclear war absolutely devastating the country and its economy.
    The President has urged we not procrastinate in dealing with Social Security. I agree wholeheartedly. Though we could live with the leak, paying down on our savings, and then continuing to live on in reduced circumstances after their exhaustion, our better angels are whispering in our ears not to go that route. Not if we’re concerned about our futures and our children’s futures.
    So, what do we do? Like most Americans, I’m just a layman on this debate. A number of suggestions, though, have been offered by various experts. For example, according to the trustees of the program, an increase of 1.5 percentage points in the payroll tax (from 12.4 to 13.9 percent) would stop the leak for virtually the rest of the century. Or, as one economist pointed out, eliminating the recent income tax reduction on those making over $500,00 a year would fund the program through much of this century. Other suggestions include raising the annual cap (now $90,000) on income subject to taxes; raising the retirement age; price indexing rather than wage indexing on benefits, and so on.
    There’s no shortage of suggestions. What we need is the will to lay aside our political and philosophical agendas and name calling and fixing blame. The leak--the financing of Social Security--is a national, not a partisan, problem; let’s approach it in such a spirit.
    When we’ve solved the leak problem, we can think about the roof--private accounts--as added protection against water damage. And, incidentally, for those with the inclination and resources, that new roof is already available. It’s called 401(k) plans. IRAs. The stock market. Even banks. What’s more, none of these requires any advice or assistance from the government. They’re truly private and, like most investments, no guarantee of future rewards. You pay your money and take your chances.
    Private investments in the stock market are neither social nor secure. But for those with the knowledge and skill, to say nothing of luck, they work pretty well. If that sounds too much like gambling, well, then it’s time for you to enter the debate. Preferably without the overheated rhetoric.
    As a footnote to this debate (and it’s a footnote only to this administration and Congress, both of them fixated on the leaky faucet and prospective new roof), economists have noted that outside the house there’s a water main in serious disrepair: the huge budget deficit, already over $400 billion and rising. If that main breaks—as it very likely will if our national leaders pay no more attention to it than they now are—then the roof and the leak will be the least of our problems. We will be faced with a veritable tsunami of economic flooding, overwhelming us all.

Tuesday
Apr262005

LINE OF THE DAY

Can't write anything.Martin Luther King, Jr.                             "...But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I. compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid..." 

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Letter from Birmingham Jail.