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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 

















































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.



MPV in action at NCSL
Can't write anything.  Just returned from 4 days in Washington DC.  Conferencing and seeing good friends from the 'east'.  If you are into fine dining and Inside the Beltway - try Tenpenh - an Asian-European fusion restaurant.  The lobster is a must!  Desserts are to die for...  if you leave room for 'em.  Thanks MPV for covering the tab! 



Ghost Creek, PR GC
Ghost Creek, PR GC
Spent most of Saturday watching Tiger Woods come back from the pack in the Masters to get within 4 strokes of front runner Chris DeMarco. Who knew what the final round would bring - but Tiger is without a doubt the 'best' golfer of this era which boasts some great ones - Mickelson, Els, Goosen, Singh and add DiMarco - after Sunday's thrilling end. But Tiger is 'the magician' who can get in horrendous trouble and despite adversity come out on top or make a run at it. Victories in 9 'majors'; 43 PGA victories, an historic streak of making 152 cuts and he's only 29! Just for the record, nobody ever started changing/lengthening courses until Tiger showed up, why? I met Tiger's Dad at KPTV several years ago, I saw where he get's his determination! Growing up in Roseburg, I loved watching golf on TV - Ben Hogan was my 'favorite' and the Masters 'the' golf tournament - which begins the golf season for most golf wannabe's. Amen corner was not merely a challenging venue for the golfers, but gorgeous with its azaleas and rhododendrons - the promise of spring and summer to come. But I grew up playing baseball not golf from sixth grade through my sophomore year at RHS. At age 16 I 'transitioned' from Babe Ruth baseball to golf. I was too small for the next step - American Legion ball and terrified of a 90 mile an hour fast ball. But a summer of golf did not increase by love for the game - so I quit - never to pick up a club until age 50. Then Jason cajoled me into playing with him as he practiced golf as a member of his high school team in 'the Grove. I humored him just hacking around. But then at a pre-school conference at Kah Nee Tah, Marsh Lee (historian and golf coach at Pacific) gave me some pointers. I began believing the myth I 'could' play this game! My addiction was just beginning... In 1996 I followed then two time US Amateur champ Tiger Woods around Pumpkin Ridge the week he won his third US Amateur Championship, months before he turned pro. To see him up close and personal was thrilling and the virus that is golf set in. The Portland metro area is blessed with some great golf courses - Pumpkin Ridge and The Reserve are the most famous, hosting US Women's Opens and Senior Opens. What's even nicer they are a mere 15-20 minute drive from home! We also have a great links course, Quail Valley and a traditional tree lined course, Forest Hills, both a short drive from home. Jason and his best high school friend, Fraser Horn, used to team up against their 'Dads' for some rousing matches. The 'old farts' often pulled rabbits out of the hat to sneak bye the 'young turks'. Since Jason works at Witch Hollow, the private side of Pumpkin Ridge, I get an occasional free round. Tony and I have shared rounds at Yakima's Apple Tree course and Washington National, the UW's home course south of Seattle. But my golf partners are more likely to be Marsh Lee, George Evans and H. Joe Story - the fearsome 'foursome'. I also play rounds with a former student, Patrick Clark - and last summer we were joined for two rounds at Camas Meadows and Ghost Creek with Dietrich and Andra. And then there's Marc Volavka, from PA - with whom I've shared golf memories and experiences out 'east' and 'west'. Over the years I've had fun in Maui - at Kapalua, in San Diego at Torrey Pines, in Tucson with George and Donna Evans, at the 'Ranch' with Marsh Lee et al and last summer in BC at Whistler with Whitman alum-friend - Ward Mowry. With my retirement from Pacific, but not from making trouble in the classroom (PSU) or beyond [Metro/Salem?] - I will have more time to work on my 'game' which needs a lot - given an official USGA handicap of 21. But at best golf is not about the score but a state of mind - 'living in the moment', enjoying the company of friends and relishing some of the most beautiful scenery around... Standing on a tee box at Kapalua and looking across at Molokai requires no 'post-modernist' de-construction to understand the magic of golfing in "the Kingdom".
Kapalua GC, Maui



Pacific grads should know that AC Gilbert - one of Pacific's illustrious alums (who finished at Yale) - was the AF Cata.jpgcreator of the Erector Set, a Chemical Set AND American Flyer Trains (2 rail, S gauge). He's the "Man who saved Christmas" in WWI. Old College Hall includes a display case in his honor. Check it out when you are on campus. Several faculty - Don West, Paul Kohl (optometry) and I are AF/S gauge collectors and operators. Don Marty, a Pacific alum @ '60 is our local train 'doctor' and is well known among train show attendees from Seattle to Sacramento. He repairs/buys/sells all gauges. My first train was a Christmas present from my Dad in 1948, a Pennsy 4-6-4 steam loco with 5 freight cars. Some of you who have visited our home remember that half of the living room was devoted to my layout. Well, after remodeling our garage into a guest room - it's also the "Train & Teddy Bear Room". I found this quote which explains the 'magic' of model trains: "...For me as a boy a lot of the fun of trains was looking at the ads for the various locos and accessories and imagining what it would be like to have them on my layout. 'Catalog dreaming' was one of my favorite train-related pastimes. A lot of trains and cars that I would like to purchase now command very high, almost outrageous prices, at train shows. So when I finished my catalog browsing (it took several hours) I know I had rediscovered an old way to enjoy model trains on a limited budget. While I may never have all the time, skill and cash to make my layout 'perfect,' I know that as long as I have my imagination and a few old AF catalogs, I can always build that perfect version of 'model train heaven' in my head!" Author Joe Sullivan, "American Flyer Memories" column in the South Jersey S Scalers Club newsletter. For your own experience in 'catalog dreaming' about S-Gauge trains check out S Helper Service, American Models or e-Bay (under American Flyer trains) on the internet.

2-8-0 Consolidation
S Helper Service
'on order' for RAD



Can't write anything.  GOP House Majority Leader Tom Delay gets the 'Slick Willie' award for shameless and profligate pandering to lobbyists...  The West Wing Gang gets the 'George Orwell' award in mastering the political art of doublespeak...  The Portland media market gets the 'O'Reilley Factor' award for 'fair and balanced' talk radio by replacing a consumer advocate with another 'right wing' wacko.  Thank goodness for OPB/NPR, KPOJ 620 AM & Al Franken's  Air America and for KMHD 89.1 FM (all jazz).