BLOGS


  • Portland’s Islamophobic Stabbing Proves Oregon Isn’t Really That Progressive function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); On May 26, two men in Portland were killed when they defended two Muslim girls on a train. Another man was injured. When I first heard about the two men who were killed, my initial instinct was “Oh my God, I hope it’s not someone I know!” I remember a ...
  • Director John Scheinfeld On The Spiritual Journey Of Jazz Icon John Coltrane In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence” Robert Scheer speaks with documentarian John Scheinfeld about his latest film, “Chasing Trane” about jazz icon John Coltrane. The two also discuss Scheinfeld’s earlier film, “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” and Lennon’s political activism during the Vietnam War. The conversation begins with a look at the parallels between Lennon ...
  • Trump Staff Shakeup The crisis surrounding the Trump White House and its possible ties to Russia deepened with the disclosure of unreported meetings between the Russian ambassador and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. The disclosure raises questions about whether Kushner was intentionally concealing the meetings and, if so, why? Meanwhile, President Trump is reportedly ...
  • A Memorial Day Of Patriotic Resistance We’re getting ready for Memorial Day at our house. Like patriotic Americans all around the nation, we are looking forward to the weekend marking the “official beginning of summer” and to giving thanks for the freedoms we have because of those who were willing to sacrifice their lives defending the Constitution “against all enemies — ...
  • 9 Things Smart People Won’t Do My recent post, “10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm,” really struck a nerve. The trick is that managing your emotions is as much about what you won’t do as it is about what you will do. TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high ...
  • Portland Hate Killer Ranted About Stabbings And Muslims On Facebook Amid Rising U.S. Hate Crime function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   A Horrific Attack Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, a longtime criminal who apparently posted hateful rhetoric on Facebook, is the suspect detained in Friday’s horrific Portland knife killings of two good samaritans as well for the injury of another. All intervened in response to a hate speech tirade against a ...
  • Domestic Terrorism Hits Portland — 2 Killed In Anti-Muslim Hate Crime. Terror struck Portland, Oregon last night when two young women riding a MAX train came under verbal assault by a man making anti-Muslim slurs. Passengers attempted to intervene to protect the teenage Muslim girls. In the end, two passengers were stabbed to death trying to lend protection to the teenagers, and another was left wounded. 35-year ...
  • Potluck Sides And Salads: 10 Easy Recipes For Memorial Day Burgers and hot dogs are great, but it’s the sides and salads that make cookouts extra special. From Cilantro Lime Sweet Corn to Minted Cucumber Salad, you’ll be making these crowd-pleasing dishes all summer long. 1. Cilantro Lime Sweet Corn This recipe from Vivian Howard’s Deep Run Roots features sweet summer corn with lime, cilantro and cayenne ...
  • Trump Returns From Foreign Trip To High-Stakes Drama In Washington If I were a movie critic writing reviews of audience reactions to U.S. President Donald Trump’s performances abroad, they would look something like this: “… a big hit in Riyadh…” “… a smash sensation across the Holy Land…” “… subdued, but a success in Vatican City…” “… a disaster, a flop in Brussels…” Those were the reactions abroad. The White House ...
  • Why My Daughter Won’t Be Getting A Fidget Spinner Ah, the fidget spinner craze.  You see them everywhere, and everyone has an opinion, and it tends to depend on how spinners entered your life.  As a parent of a child with attention issues, I fully appreciate the calming influence a fidget can bring (even if I don’t understand it myself).  As a teacher, I ...
  • Friday Talking Points — A Week Of Bad Numbers For Trump   President Donald Trump went on a tour of foreign countries this week, and World War III did not erupt. So things could have been worse. Trump bumbled his way across the Middle East and Europe, providing the media with plenty of amusing stories to write. Much of this centered on physicality, for unknown reasons. Consider some ...
  • President Trump’s War On Children function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Our nation’s budget should reflect our nation’s professed values, but President Trump’s 2018 Federal Budget, “A New Foundation for America’s Greatness,” radically does the opposite. This immoral budget declares war on America’s children, our most vulnerable group, and the foundation of our nation’s current and future economic, military and ...
  • We Can’t Trust Trump On NAFTA Last week, the Trump administration notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA ― the North American Free Trade Agreement. The announcement kick starts a three-month timeline toward NAFTA’s renegotiation. In normal times, this would be bombshell economic news. NAFTA has been a cornerstone of U.S. trade policy for the last quarter century. But these are not ...
  • Trump Budget A Disaster For Women And Families The new Trump budget proposal is a disaster for women and families. It slashes trillions of dollars from food stamps, health care and other safety net programs that working families need to make ends meet. It includes a paid leave proposal that is nothing more than lip service – unworkable and not what families need. ...
  • Immigrants Make America Great, Because Immigrants Made America Immigrants make America great. Our railroads, our steel skyscrapers, our farming and beef industries were all built by immigrants. Some, like the Spanish cattle pioneer Simon de Arocha, became titans. Some, like the Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroads, were all but silenced. While the history of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Rock is ...
  • The Failure Of Christianity To End White Supremacy There is something terribly wrong, and it has been wrong for a very long time. In my growing up, I was taught about God – the Christian God who sent his son Jesus to be the Christ. This Christ brought and taught “the Good News,” which, I was taught, meant that all people had worth. This ...
  • 7 Lessons Learned In The World Of Eldercare I was ill prepared for my mother’s decline. She lived alone until she was 96 and refused to let me get her home health care help. My husband and I did everything we could so she could live comfortably at home. And then she fell. It wasn’t the first time, or the last time, but it was ...
  • Body Slams, Ballots, And Belated Apologies In Montana function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The timing of an apology can tell you a ton ― especially about a person’s character, or lack thereof. This principle just played out publicly over a span of 48 hours in Montana. GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte offered the country a lesson in how not to handle a ...
  • Weekend Roundup: Trump’s Siding With Saudi Arabia Against Iran Deepens The Mideast Divide In a speech in Riyadh ostensibly billed as seeking to unite the Muslim world against terrorism, U.S. President Donald Trump instead further inflamed the Shia-Sunni schism in the region by signaling America’s embrace of the Saudi anti-Iran vision for the Middle East. It was, of course, left unmentioned that the so-called Islamic State, which claimed credit for ...
  • Montana Shows Democrats Still Clueless On How To Beat Trump “Montana special election? Oh, I didn’t know about that.” This is what one of the most influential Democratic Congressional Committee members, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn had to say about the Montana Congressional special election. T he quip told much about why the Democrats are still in big trouble in trying to figure out how to ...