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Trump & The Mob



"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%.  





  • An Independent View

Oregon Outpost

  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:


  • Jim Hightower:

  • Robert Reich:

Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

Kristof Column

Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 

Hard Times in Oregon: 


The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   




    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People


    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger in Oregon and Washington County: 


•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.


•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

     In Washington County, Oregon's "economic engine," the divide between the affluent and the working poor continues.  We have a 19,000 unit gap in affordable low income rental housing.  County political and business leaders are indifferent to this crisis...   

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. 


SB 1533 passes!


Housing Needs in Oregon 




"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941


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   

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 

















































Can't write anything.   Gay Marriage / Last week the Oregon Supreme court nullified the 3000 marriage licenses between gay couples granted in Multnomah County last year.  However Justice Gillette appears to have opened a constitutional door to gay rights activists noting that  “County officials were entitled to have their doubts about the constitutionality of limiting marriage to the opposite-sex couples. But, marriage and the laws governing it are matters of statewide, not local, concern." In politics timing is everything.  Clearly the gay rights activists in Portland overplayed their hand and helped make Karl Rove's year!  So, this time let the legislature muddle through with civil unions, then after the session is over the legal challenge can be mounted if the results from the session are not satisfactory.  Battle over Bolton / C-SPAN's coverage of Tuesday's [April 19]  Senate Foreign Relations Committee debate on the Bolton UN ambassador nomination renews one's faith, for a nanno second, that the 'greatest deliberative body' in the world might live up to its self-image.  Hurray for Joe Biden 'fearlessness' and kudos to Senators Sarbanes, Dodd, Kerry,  Boxer and Obama for asking the 'right questions' of Chair Lugar - a good guy caught between a 'rock & a hard place'.  It's also heartening to see GOP Senators trying to hit a bipartisan tone - thanks to Voinovich, Hagel and today Chafee. Keep hope alive!  The Pledge  / Our legislature debates a volunteer daily Pledge of Allegiance, while the budget building process comes to a silent halt.  This reminds one of the old saying that "noboby is safe in Salem when the legislature is in session!"  I suggest the legislature get a life and do the people's businness, or  take a recess until the leadership is ready with a plan! 


Catholics (and the world) have a new Pope!  Benedict XVI - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from Germany.  The new Pope was a confidante of his predecessor so conventional wisdom is Benedict XVI  will  'stay the course' of Pope John Paul II's agenda.  Watching the unveiling on TV was like the scene from the Wizard of Oz when the drapes are drawn revealing the aged Wizard.  Surreal.  Let's hope Benedict XVI is more than his past as a doctrinal 'enforcer' fighting the "dictatorship of relativism" [for the record Marxists are not 'relativists but like the Pope - believers in revealed 'historial' not theological truth] ...   Given his age he may be merely a transitional figure in a turbulent age in which the Church faces an uncertain future.  Time will tell.  

For my liberal Catholic friends in denial:  Here's what Andrew Sullivan, a gay conservative who is also a reform-minded Catholic, has to say about his despair at the election of Cardinal Ratzinger:  THE POLITICAL ANALOGY: I was trying to explain last night to a non-Catholic just how dumb-struck many reformist Catholics are by the elevation of Ratzinger. And then I found a way to explain. This is the religious equivalent of having had four terms of George W. Bush only to find that his successor as president is Karl Rove. Get it now?



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According the President Bush, the Social Security 'trust fund' is just some musty files in a government office in West Virginia.  In effect,  there is NO trust fund - it's simply a bunch of 'paper' IOUs.  Well Mr. President, if you are right and the promise of the American government to its senior citizens is meaningless, i.e. the "Full Faith and Credit of the USA" is no longer actionable - then those at home and abroad (in the Middle East, China, Japan et al) who thought they owned a share of the rock have been dupped.  If correct, we have far more to worry about than SS...  Is "W" morphing into President Herbert Hoover?  Let's hope not. 


Willamette Week's winning the Pulitzer for its investigation of the Neil Goldschmidt sex scandal, kept secret for 28 years, proves the importance of the market place of ideas.  According to my 'journalistic source' only two other times has a small daily or weekly newspaper won a Pulitzer.  In 1981 the Longview Daily News won for its coverage of Mount St. Helens and in the mid-1970s  the Point Reyes Light won for its investigation of Synanon. The investigative prize in particular is usually the monopoly of the establishment, the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune or the regional dailies like the Seattle Times or the Oregonian. It's the journalistic equivalent of the small town basketball team beating the big city champs for the state championship in Hoosiers.  Right on WW!  While  Neil G was in 'high spin cycle' with the Oregonian, WW was putting the finishing touches on it's story.  The Pulitzer folks noticed the difference between journalism and cooption!  Of course this story is a Shakespearean tragedy in many ways because Portland minus Mayor Neil Goldschmit would not be the 'shining city on a hill' it has become!  The wicked irony of history?  Having worked in Mayor Goldschmit's office as a faculty intern in the spring/summer of '76 I witnessed his strategic brillance and vision coupled with a bright staff at work redefining Portland.  Like Bill Clinton - there was much to admire, but alas in retrospect the price was too high!  Fortunately for Portland, you can't turn the clock back.  Not so fortunately for the victim. 



I was watching the 11 p.m. news on KOIN-TV last Tuesday night April 12. The headline story was legislators visiting Oregon City's DHS office, a field office which has seen its share of cases that seemed to slip between the cracks. The coverage included a clip of testimony by social workers suggesting that the state needed to hire more social workers, in contrast to providing more oversight by adding another administrative layer [Speaker Minnis' solution]. Now whom do you believe - legislators in Salem or social workers on the front lines everyday? But the 'lived experience' of social workers was dismissed by Representative Mitch Greelick (D, Beaverton). He felt there was no money for more social workers and that we would have to find other ways to address the issues DHS faces.  Now unless Representative Greenlick's comment was taken out of context - I must take issue with him. The only way to help DHS do a better to protect kids is to have 'more' social workers and smaller case loads.  Representative Greelick ought to talk to experts in social work at PSU and ER nurses at OHSU. Perhaps if Representative Greenlick was a regular watcher of "Judging Amy" – the Amy Brenneman's excellent TV depiction of parenting, the juvenile justice and the child protective systems - perhaps he'd get a clue! Since Measure 5's passage in 1991 – DHS case loads have increased significantly. As Governor Barbara Roberts said in her inaugural speech that year - because of Measure 5's passage - people will die! Well the events at Springfield's Thurston High proved her right, as did the case of the two teenage girls from Oregon City who became the unwitting victims of Ward Weaver. I'm sorry Representative Greenlick, your attitude is part of the problem! Child abuse is both a social problem and a health care issue. As long as well intentioned legislators as Representative Greenlick bow to the gods of budgetary 'realism' unintended tragedies will happen in Oregon. Legislators are not the only people who are to blame - WE citizens are also to blame as long as we believe that you can get 'more from less'. Oregonians have a choice – to design state services using the Wall Mart model or the Target model. Until legislators such as Mitch Greenlick are willing to face the truth and to tell the truth [at the risk of not getting re-elected] - nothing will change. It will be deja vu all over again! The only thing one get's from less is less.