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An Estimated Two Hundred Thousand March In Seattle For Equality and Against Donald Trump, by Holly Homan

On Saturday January 21 people from all over the world marched in solidarity with marchers in Washington D.C. The march was to protest the newly sworn in 45th president of the United States and his statements about and behavior toward women. It’s been no secret that Donald Trump says he divorced his first wife . . . → Read More: An Estimated Two Hundred Thousand March In Seattle For Equality and Against Donald Trump, by Holly Homan

Trump’s Inauguration Brings Various All Day Protests Around Seattle, by Holly Homan

On Friday January 20, the United States got its first fascist president. (Miriam Webster defines fascism as a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of . . . → Read More: Trump’s Inauguration Brings Various All Day Protests Around Seattle, by Holly Homan

“Yell at a White Man” Hotline

Written and Produced by Maggie Gottlieb and Julie Pearson and featuring (amongst other talented performers) Kyle Glenn Johnson, a longtime friend of East Portland Blog, this is the latest from Cursed Champagne Productions:

Comedy with teeth…

Freedom Isn’t Free: At the Writers Resist in Portland, by Chuck Strom

Last Sunday, writers and activists gathered at Writers Resist, an event held in over 100 venues in cities across the nation to commiserate and find ways to respond to the unthinkable turn of events from last November 8. In Portland, about 600 people came to the Aladdin Theater to see Cheryl Strayed and other . . . → Read More: Freedom Isn’t Free: At the Writers Resist in Portland, by Chuck Strom

Hundreds Gather In Seattle’s Freezing Temperatures to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline, by Holly Homan

On a chilly Sunday evening I ventured downtown to join a protest in front of Seattle’s Federal Building. The event this time was to draw attention to the plight of the water protectors fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

For those of you unaware, this particular pipeline is slated to be built right . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather In Seattle’s Freezing Temperatures to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline, by Holly Homan

Think: Twilight Zone… by Mark Erickson

There have been two surreal moments that stand apart from my average life.

First, while a senior at North Park College (Chicago, IL) I was a passenger in a car with my brother, Paul Johnson, Lowell Berggren (the driver), and his girlfriend, Sharon Greenwood. We were driving to Minneapolis in a snowstorm after . . . → Read More: Think: Twilight Zone… by Mark Erickson

President Trump, Please Abandon the Wasteful and Ineffective F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, by Mark Erickson

The Center for Defense Information (CDI) was founded in 1971 by a group of retired military officers to analyze military matters, inform decision-makers and the public, and influence policy. CDI had three primary goals:

1) avert a nuclear war with the Soviet Union; 2) end the Vietnam War; and, 3) monitor the military-industrial . . . → Read More: President Trump, Please Abandon the Wasteful and Ineffective F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, by Mark Erickson

Barron’s “Big Money” View of Economy and Election, by Mark Erickson

The investment potential of Tesla Motors and their stylish electric sports cars is viewed unfavorably by 89% of fund managers.

Barron’s (Barrons.com) is a weekly newspaper devoted solely to stocks and the financial markets. My Dad passes along old issues to me. The October 17th edition contains a four page article that is based . . . → Read More: Barron’s “Big Money” View of Economy and Election, by Mark Erickson

Where Obama’s Promises of Change Fell Short, by Mark Erickson

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza)

I twice voted for Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. Now that he has less than six months left in his job as President, and since I have been rightly critical of his predecessor (and Obama’s successor . . . → Read More: Where Obama’s Promises of Change Fell Short, by Mark Erickson

More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

The Chicago Tribune has printed a four-part series on a subject I wrote about last year:

http://www.eastportlandblog.com/2015/09/22/the-pope-pig-manure-and-minnesota-water-quality-by-mark-erickson/

Here’s one Tribune article regarding pig polluters:

http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/launch.aspx?pbid=3e7227b1-e3b7-4fac-aa07-5f943e58b4c5

As I read the article that landed on my doorstep today I recall the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which exposed the production and sale of . . . → Read More: More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

From the NYT: Unfiltered Voices from Donald Trump’s Crowds

The NYT posted a video today of Trump’s supporters letting it all hang out at his rallies. The footage is instructive, but not for the squeamish.

– Vino Knight-Trané

http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004533191/unfiltered-voices-from-donald-trumps-crowds.html

Donald Trump Comes to Town, by Chuck Strom

I may live in a blue state, but the politics of my immediate neighborhood tinge red. Obama doesn’t come here to raise money, but a lot of right-of-center political celebrities stop by, including Sarah Palin when she did her Going Rogue book tour in 2010. It made sense, then, that Donald Trump and his . . . → Read More: Donald Trump Comes to Town, by Chuck Strom

McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

This one’s one of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a while in terms of knowledgeability and candor. Mark Salter was on McCain’s staff for a long time, including during the 2008 campaign. One of the points he makes draws from that experience, when they knew for the last couple of months that they . . . → Read More: McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

I suspect the Republican nomination will either go to Trump or be a big-time mess, or both. Someone like Paul Ryan could emerge as the nominee, but only after a public bloodletting in a non-brokered free-for-all of a convention that might put 1968 to shame. He would start the general election with serious disadvantages . . . → Read More: What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

President Barack Obama has spent the last few days in Cuba as part of his effort to normalize relations with the island that has endured a 50 year embargo. The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama advocated for “human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly and religion” during the trip to which President Raul . . . → Read More: Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

Quicken Loans Arena, home to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, will host the 2016 Republican Convention

Norm Ornstein’s one of my favorite political writers, even though the think tank he belongs to, the American Enterprise Institute, leans right. His most recent piece in the Atlantic addresses the images of 1968 that are . . . → Read More: Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

I’ve enjoyed David Axelrod’s podcasts of late. His most recent interview with Mark Leibovich of the New York Times is pretty insightful.

Axe seems to be pretty good at getting his subjects to relax and open up, and he asks good questions.

One of the more interesting exchanges was about Hillary Clinton’s limitations as . . . → Read More: The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

I just watched Mavis! on HBO – this documentary is so good, it even caused me to have warm feelings towards Jeff Tweedy!

There’s great vintage clips and commentary from Chuck D & Dylan, plus a warm moment with Levon Helm not long before he passed.

– Pat Thomas is the author . . . → Read More: Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané

Don’t know if this makes any sense if you haven’t seen John Oliver’s (above) epic takedown of Trump (my wife was nonplussed), but the image below is my first effort at agitprop. This is the perfect time to point out that Trump was accused, today, of leading his followers in a pledge which . . . → Read More: Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané

Election 2016: The Path to Statesmanship, by Vino Knight-Trané

Recent coverage of the U.S. Presidential campaign has been interesting in its perspective. After a 5% loss in Nevada, all of the prognosticators suggest that Sanders is done–one article suggesting that he’ll be at a disadvantage because his twenty-something army will be on spring break during upcoming primaries. This seems very premature.

On the . . . → Read More: Election 2016: The Path to Statesmanship, by Vino Knight-Trané