In 1988, skinheads murdered an Ethiopian immigrant in Portland. There are important lessons to learn from what happened on that terrible day, reminders that the hate we are witnessing now is not new. Nor is the commitment to challenge and fight that hate.Read More
a few memes on current events & one from a philosopher that gets to the heart of humans & politics.Read More
Self-checkout lines cost jobs? They should be boycotted in the name of economic justice? Or perhaps they exist because people want to use them. And they are not the real problem.Read More
This has been a horrible week in the life of this country. The regressive forces are gaining in power, and it’s clear that the world’s situation is only going to get more dire.
And now Harlan Ellison has died. Fuck this week.Read More
Words like crazy, deranged, nuts, etc, are demeaning & dehumanizing. They hide the real issues of mental health behind big, ugly words that make the speakers (and many listeners) feel better about themselves but do nothing about those whose humanity is dismissed with a word or two. This must end.Read More
This is entirely a partisan outcome, but news agencies never report these breakdowns of the data. They just grab the overall number and report that as if it's the bottom line. It is not.Read More
Class politics versus identity politics? That's a losing strategy. And an unnecessary obstacle. The Democratic Party is big enough and strong enough to address the broad range of political issues and political approaches needed to govern a diverse nation.Read More
Mitch McConnell is not a three-dimensional chess player level of smarts; he’s more like the five-year-old knowing that a tantrum in the aisle of the grocery store will get him his bag of M&Ms. Nothing McConnell does is smart; it’s calculated, and it’s opportunistic.Read More
Money is not a measure of a candidate, but it is a measure of a campaign.
Without money, you cannot run a winning campaign. Raising enough money, but not being controlled by the big donors: that's the tricky part.Read More
Impeachment is a political trap. It's not a solution to any real problem in Oregon. We removed a sitting governor without it, and without the massive disruption of state government that would accompany an impeachment.Read More