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Dean Kirkland

The Red Electric

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Located in Portland

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From 1915 to 1928, the interurban Red Electric train passed through Hillsdale, now part of Portland. The trip offered a chance for passengers to share their views. My Red Electric blog is a vehicle for web travelers to do the same.

Recently I was reading to Clara, my three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter. The book was a colorful little title from our Quaker meetinghouse’s nursery room. Clara was sitting on my lap engrossed.I was unfamiliar with book about a mean and greedy king, and the more I got into its stor

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As a Quaker, I am helped in turbulent times by considering the five Quaker “testimonies.”The testimonies are: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community and Equality. (You can remember them with the mnemonic “SPICE”)Recently I’ve weighed the three major presidential candidates against th

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This frightening political season has been rife with demagoguery and indecency.The prime demagogue has been Donald Trump but there have been examples of other much more subtle demagoguery. Much of it has been in a biased establishment press that reports a favored half of the story — the half that pleases

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Today's polls on Real Clear Politics show what I believe will be the beginning of a growing trend. If Donald Trump can beat Hillary Clinton in places like Ohio, and Bernie Sanders can prevail over Trump there, the Democratic Party's superdelegates gathering

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Bernie Sanders should stay in the Democratic Presidential race. He may win it yet.The media is once again creating its own myth when it predicts Clinton being nominated. The outcome of this primary season is far from set in stone as the media would have us believe.Today

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The media’s coverage of the 2016  presidential nominating campaigns is wedded to the “pathway” metaphor. Like all metaphors, this one locks us into unchallenged and misleading assumptions.Pathways are “narrow,” “wide,” “closed” or “clear of obstacles.” They promise inevitability.

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One of the most important questions a voter should ask is whether a candidate can be trusted. But as this frightening presidential primary season unfolds, in the Fall we likely will not have the opportunity to ask the question.Instead, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the ballot, the qu

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And now, in the middle of this wild political season, we are waiting for the other shoe to drop.I speak of the “Panama Papers” revelations. We are told there are more to come.And could the “more” shake up the already shaky presidential primary races?Could Donald Trump, who h

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If Donald Trump were just a fraction as smart as he claims to be, he would endorse the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to be on the US Supreme Court.Say what?Trump needs to prove there is indeed “another” Trump, as ex-candidate Ben Carson claimed in endorsing Trump. If there is a “Goo

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Those who have studied media literacy know the concept of “the suspension of disbelief.”Here’s how it works. When we read fiction, watch films and most TV drama, we shut down our disbelief and critical abilities. We permit ourselves to accept fiction as being true. How can we enjoy fiction if we are

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We are beginning to see a plausible Republican “firewall” against Donald Trump. You’d expect to read about it in the New York Times, but the paper is too busy helping the Clinton campaign (Bernie can’t win, Bernie faces cool reception from Blacks, etc) to strike out editorially against a clear and present dang

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For the past 30 years, political pundits have wondered why working-class Republicans vote against their own interests. For their GOP backing they get “trickle-down” economics that never trickles down, cuts in social services, lay-offs as jobs go overseas, a rigged tax system benefiting the wealthy, and war, endless war,

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Anyone who has ever majored in college psychology knows that the big pay-off in the field is in advertising. The 2016 presidential campaign is about to unleash the full force of psychological manipulation on the vulnerable voters in Iowa and New Hampshire…and South Carolina etc.Opponents will be portrayed in g

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If you search “Trump” and “narcissist” on the web you get dozens of hits linking the two words. Many posts are from therapists.(Vanity Fair recently posted an overview story on the subject.)But a therapist

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As noted in the previous post, greedy CEOs place their own financial interests above those of the companies they are responsible for and the needs of their workers.And boards of directors, seemingly accustomed to such executive palm-geasing in their own organizations, look the other way, or cover their behinds b

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Whenever reporters write of corporate executives' complaints about  high corporate taxes, editors should require them to include the executives’ annual compensation…just to put things in perspective.One of the biggest  “taxes” around comes through exorbitant executive compensation. The big sala

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Any CEO who accepts or demands exorbitant compensation, particularly in comparison to the compensation of the company's line workers, should be considered unfit to lead.Such grotesque inequitable compensation should be outlawed. Consider the case here in Portland of the publicly-supported Oregon Heal

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Putting aside how high the stakes of the Republican presidential nomination race are, I find that trying to read the mind and psyche (to say nothing of the popularity) of one Donald Trump is an intriguing puzzle.In recent days I’ve concluded that Trump will drop out of the contest…and soon.Consid

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Three observations about Wednesday's marathon GOP debate:Trump wins again on his ‘Home Field’In true celebrity style Donald Trump lives by pictures. His split persona is made to order for the split screen.Someone playing it straight,

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I recall that after the 9/11 attacks some pundits opined that, following a time for healing and reflection, we would turn to irony in our political discourse. I’m still not sure how the prognosticators reached that conclusion but I am seeing evidence that their prediction is coming true.Perhaps it has to

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Last week at Beaverton’s Washington Square Mall, I spotted a young man wearing a football jersey that prominently displayed the name of…not of Marcus Mariota, Russell Wilson or, heaven forbid, Tom Brady… but of Jesus Christ.To be exact, the black jersey read in bold, white letters...

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First, a disclosure. I’m an active supporter of Bernie Sanders for President and I am seeing media coverage through that lens.What I see is coverage of his campaign by The New York Times that has been stunningly biased.Item: Sanders draws the biggest crowd of any candidate yet. It happened ri

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Rachel Dolezal has done us all a big favor by raising to a new level the notion of personal identity. She famously identifies as black although her skin pigment  and parents indicate otherwise.In a lot of ways we should all identify as black. B

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Random and opposing thoughts regarding the mid-term election: Our political system will continue to be corrupted by and in the grip of those obsessed with money and power.We will rely on the leadings of the spirit and th

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When they announced the winning bid for the Ferrari — $38.1 million — the crowd at the Bonham's auction in Monterey, California, cheered the record price.Sold was a rare, curvaceous, powerful, red 1962 240 GTO Berlinetta.

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This summer, in a rare eve

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My inner Orwell,

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If you search on-line the

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Ten of us worshiped in the stillness. We had gathered in

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Recently I shared with friends an odd convergence of events in my life.At 13 months of age, my granddaughter Clara is ever so close to walking on her own. With some coaxing, I can get her to let go of the coffee table or the chair and take a step toward me. But then she either grabs my hand, returns to the

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