The only thing we need from the corporate cons:

“Let there now be revolution…”

“A president who claims the “right” to murder anyone, anywhere, anytime, for any reason or without providing any reason at all… must be impeached for treason, war crimes, and malfeasance. “

We can do better than a war criminal…

The Declaration of Independence says:

“. . . when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute depotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

corporate welfareLet there now be revolution against Presidential tyranny in order to uphold and reinstate the United States Constitution (which includes the Bill of Rights and all Amendments) as the supreme law of the land and to reclaim under and realign our governmental agencies with the United States Constitution.


A president who claims the “right” to murder anyone, anywhere, anytime, for any reason or without providing any reason at all… must be impeached for treason, war crimes, and malfeasance. We must reaffirm our Constitution and restore the balance of power.

Embracing endless war
and bypassing congress are impeachable offenses.
Act now to encourage our leaders
to do the right thing before more
innocents die, more enemies are
created and we lose additional
civil liberties.


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Potential 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate

Potential 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate 
Former U.S. Representative from Georgia
Cynthia Ann McKinney
Born: March 17th, 1955 (age 58)
Cynthia McKinney lost her bid to contest for a seventh term in Congress in 2006 after she was defeated in the Democratic primary by attorney Hank Johnson. She attributed her defeat to the Republican protest votes in the state’s open primary, a direct result of her often controversial criticisms against the administration of former president George W. Bush.

She joined the Green Party in 2007 after expressing her disillusionment with the Democratic Party leadership. The following year, Rep. McKinney won the Green Party’s nomination for president and subsequently obtained ballot access in 32 states for the presidential election. In the election proper, Rep. McKinney finished sixth, with a 0.12% share of the votes.

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Who shut down the US government and why.

“If our representatives voted for our interests instead of the corporate bottom line, we would have a booming economy with plenty of jobs.” tmf

rainy-day-readingThe Republicans are in the majority. They, in the person of Mr. Boehner, control whether or not we fund the government. They choose not to fund the US government because they do not like having 26 million more Americans having access to health care. They are standing up for their corporate clients and telling the American people to take a hike. No two ways around it.

Instead of observing the rule of law and funding our government, Republicans are costing us millions of dollars per day so they can pout about a legislative battle which is over. Nothing but the facts. The disapproval rate for Republicans is 76%

fightbackThe disapproval rate for Democrats is 64%.
I disapprove of both corporate parties. They are corrupt.
Our senators, representatives and other elected officials are selling their votes, power and influence for cash instead of representing the people who elected them.   And right now, Republicans are holding us hostage, wasting time, money, and resources. A simple fact.

Corporate corruption continues:

“The Fiscal Cliff and Austerity are Nonsense.
It is time our corporate partners step up to the plate!”
Back in the sixties and seventies corporations paid for 26% of the costs of administerngoccupythe state. They did this as the cost of doing business. They raked in the dough and all ships rose. But today, they pay less than 8% because they bought influence in congress.  They want to rake in the dough and force the American people to pay their costs of doing business. This is why the nation is in decline.
If our representatives voted for our interests instead of the corporate bottom line, we would have a booming economy with plenty of jobs. ”
Corporate Accountability and The WorkPlace
AlterNet / By Paul Buchheit
16 Giant Corporations That Have Basically Stopped Paying Taxes —
While Also Cutting Jobs!

Thinking about a new laptop?

Some computers are tempermental. If you mistreat them strange things may happen while you are sleeping.   Computers never sleep.  The compelling virtue of Linux is that it is free, but several sorts of laptops are available this year.

1.  Best Laptop Overall: MacBook Air 13-inch (2013)
The 2013 edition of the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch is the best overall laptop, because it’s simply a joy to use. These days, there are dozens of super-light, uber-thin notebooks, but the 3-pound, 0.68-inch thick MacBook Air 13-inch stands out because of its sharp screen, responsive keyboard, superior touchpad and iconic design. OS X Mountain Lion is also a breeze to use, offering a Notification Center, iCloud and Mac App Store. Best of all, the MacBook Air 13-inch lasts 9.5 hours on a charge.

Starting Price: $1,099

Or here is a more modestly priced non-apple laptop

rainy-day-reading2.  Best Mainstream Laptop: Acer Aspire M5-583P-6428
The Acer Aspire M5 proves that you don’t have to buy a high-end laptop to get all-day battery life. This $699, 15.6-inch system features a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU, a classy aluminum chassis and 8 hours and 55 minutes of endurance. Throw in a bevy of helpful utilities such as Acer Cloud Docs, Media sharing and SocialJogger social media aggreater and you have a winner.

Starting Price: $699

and these two are impressive….

peace-justice3.  Best Multimedia Laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Great for gaming or movie watching, the 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p sports a brilliant 1080p screen, attractive red-backlit keyboard and plenty of performance. With a quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and optional dual Nvidia GeForce GT750M graphics cards, the Y510p is capable of playing today’s most demanding titles without a hitch.

Starting Price: $1,099

4.  Best Workstation Laptop: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display
Whether you’re a graphics professional, an executive with fine taste or a home user who needs plenty of pop, the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch is the best mobile workstation you can buy. While its quad-core Core i7 power, Nvidia GT650M graphics and speedy SSD provide plenty of oomph, the laptop’s greatest strength is its eye-popping 2880 x 1800 Retina display. With the MacBook Pro, your high-res videos and photos will look fantastic and transcode or filter in the blink of an eye.

Starting Price: $2,199

5.  ~And PC Magazine recommends this:
Road warriors and jet travellers rejoice, we’ve found a laptop that will last all day and well into the night. The newest Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid-2013)$1,049.99 at Amazon lasted an astonishing 15-and-a-half hours on a battery test that makes most current mainstream ultrabooks and ultraportables cough and die after four to six hours. The fact that the system gives up very little if any day-to-day performance is astounding. This isn’t a low-powered slate tablet that gives up computing performance in exchange for battery life. With the latest MacBook Air 13-inch, you have a fully functional ultraportable laptop with extremely long battery life, as it should be. If you need to do real work on a plane, train, or out in the field, get a MacBook Air 13-inch. It’s our new Editors’ Choice winner for mainstream ultraportable laptops.

rainy4Avoid Dell and Hewlett Packard. Both have internal design problems and  Hewlett Packard has some built-in structural defects. Of the two, Dell will last longer but the machine should be backed up to another server.

If you are interested in helping me purchase a new machine…
I think I would go for Unit number four above.  😉

Put Teachers back in charge!

“the selection of books, teaching materials, and curriculum should be the responsibility of trained professional educators”

educationSchool Boards should be managing the fiscal assets of our schools, lobbying  the legislature, interacting with city, state, and federal officials and providing safe, adequate, and superior resources for teaching and learning.

But the selection of books, teaching materials, and curriculum should be the responsibility of trained professional educators. Too many  board members have neither the experience nor the expertise for these tasks.  Our schools are failing.  More and more students are dropping out.  And a majority of students who graduate are unprepared for college.

There should be no “bargaining” over these education “issues.” Education and students should come first. The school board should do their job: securing and maintaining resources for teaching and learning.  But when it comes to education, over-reaching boards have provided inadequate texts and insisted on flawed methods. These demands have  crippled our schools for decades. We must allow trained professional educators to get our schools back on track and effectively teach our kids.
We need teachers back in charge to get the job done.

~Tim Flanagan, associate editor at The Portland Alliance and administrator of the International Peace Resource Center Library in Missoula, Montana.

rainy-day-readingA few years back, on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 7:00pm until 8:30pm there was  — A Community Forum — at Jefferson High School
5210 N. Kerby, Portland, Oregon 97217
The speakers were: Gwen Sullivan, president, Portland Association of Teachers; Lluvia Morello, Woodlawn School parent; Rose Murdoch, Beach School teacher; plus a Jefferson HS student

People came to hear about, question and discuss the teachers’ bargaining proposal preamble —

“The Schools Portland Students Deserve”
which calls for
· Reduced class sizes and caseloads
· More electives, music, art, physical education, libraries, and world languages
· Wrap-around support services, including counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, second-language and special education teachers· Equity in allocation of resources to high-poverty schools
· Maintenance of enrollment rather than school closures
·Use of standardized testing as only one tool for assessment of students
·Academic freedom and collaboration for professional educators

Portland Public Schools (PPS) has refused to bargain over these issues in a meaningful way. PPS should continue negotiations without declaring an impasse. PPS should settle a contract which provides adequate compensation and benefits as well as fair workload and preparation time. Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions.

Julie Esparza Brown, EdD

Zone 1  [map]
Julie Esparza Brown, EdD (Co-vice chair)
Current Term: 7/2015 – 6/2019

Paul Anthony

Zone 2  [map]

Paul Anthony
Current Term: 7/2015 – 6/2019

Amy Kohnstamm

Zone 3  [map]

Amy Kohnstamm
Current Term: 7/2015 – 6/2019

Rita Moore

Zone 4  [map]

Rita Moore (Co-vice chair)
Current Term: 7/2017 – 6/2021

Scott Bailey

Zone 5  [map]

Scott Bailey
Current Term: 7/2017 – 6/2021

Julia Brim-Edwards (Board chair)

Zone 6  [map]

Julia Brim-Edwards (Board chair)
Current Term: 7/2017 – 6/2021

Mike Rosen

Zone 7  [map]

Mike Rosen
Current Term: 7/2015 – 6/2019

Moses Tran

Student Representative

Moses Tran
Current Term: 7/2017-6/2018

These problems persist: perhaps now is the time for a follow-up conference… 

*to contact the PPS Superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero, call 503-916-3200 or contact PPS board members:  Email the Board:

Board members are elected by voters city-wide and represent the entire school district; however, they must reside in one of seven zones.

Mail may be sent to Board Members at the following address: 501 N. Dixon Street, Portland, Oregon, 97227

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