President Trump’s Portland pronouncements is white supremacy proof in the pudding

 President Trump’s Portland statements prove that there is little political difference between him and the KKK. He may as well don the white sheets and hood and burn a cross on the lawns of Portland residents. It’s become a cliché to label Trump a fascist, but we can’t afford fascism to take hold in … Continue reading President Trump’s Portland pronouncements is white supremacy proof in the pudding

upcoming tests for democracy in september

It turns out that this month of September will have several critical tests for democracy coming up. The U.S. Senate will be voting on a constitutional amendment to overturning Citizens United most likely sometime this week.  For the first time, every U.S. Senator will have to go on record as to whether they believe money … Continue reading upcoming tests for democracy in september

joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

The image of Americans protesting against busloads of refugee children represents a new low in American hatred of the "other."  To them, it matters little that these children are refugees and desperately fleeing for their lives.  They are "illegals" that don't belong here--regardless of their needs, regardless of what U.S. federal law saws, and regardless … Continue reading joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

your boss’s religious exemption and you

The US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby has opened the floodgates for supposedly secular companies to claim a "religious exemption" from rights that employees and potential employees would otherwise enjoy. Suddenly, a new reality is emerging that when a company owner's religious beliefs conflict with that of their employees, the company owner … Continue reading your boss’s religious exemption and you

lyft and uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species

How would you feel if a new company set up shop in your town and immediately proceeded to start breaking the city's laws? And when threatened with enforcement of such laws declared that your laws were outdated and needed to be changed?  Now imagine a company whose very business plan involved deliberately breaking such laws … Continue reading lyft and uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species

a capitol transformed

The Capitol has been occupied by peaceful protestors 24/7 for a couple of weeks now.  I know many people who have chosen to sleep over at the Capitol as part of the occupation effort.  The Capitol has always been open to the public, and people routinely cut through the Capitol to get from one side of the Square to the other.  But I've never seen it look like this before...