• I have no words for this other than we are now free to vote our conscience. I saw a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Obama and they did look pretty sharp, going off to church for Easter. But then all this kind of BS came back to me and I turned away. This is a dangerous man.

  • I agree. I am growing so antagonistic to him that after reading the Princeton Report and then an article in the LA Times regarding the TPP I was actively enraged at him. Nothing smirky about it, full on, get in your face, rage at his unutterable BS. I have determined that I will vote my conscience going forward and nothing on earth—certainly not him or any party—can shake me. First it makes me sick, then it makes me really, really resentful.

  • It IS galling to hear people in authority tell us, the brutish lower class, what they want us to know, when they want us to know it, and doctored and in code as much as they choose. Someone above called what they serve out as propaganda. I would not even give it that much credibility. Moreover, we see this tendency in so many groups: someone in the inner circle wants to be “that guy” who decides on the message, who wants to have all the information flow through him/her and then strains out some obtuse and fairly irrelevant communication to everyone else. When confronted, their eyes glaze over, they do not look at you. We are their prey.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Transport Cycling and Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan by BruceMcF.

    2014-04-15 05:37:58View | Delete

    It often comes down to mutual antagonism between the cyclist and the motorist. We all know that driving is simply getting worse and worse as a way to get from A to B and the person from Portland knows this. I hear about the continuous illegal behavior of cyclists. I hear about it but I [...]

  • It makes me wonder how on earth the rush to a Syria war was averted. Obviously it wasn’t the people’s protests. Who in power or making money from those in power wasn’t going to profit?

  • I glanced at an article in Forbes and the knock was that Obama was NOT giving this agreement attention even though the author admitted there were some (cough, cough) immmmm, valid disagreements and challenges in what had been leaked.

    Can anyone give me one legitimate reason why on earth this agreement had to be secret? Just for a moment, pretend you were on the other side and you were not a total fraud. What possible argument could you have for none of this being transparent to the public? And the fast track? How could this be justified under the circumstances of total ignorance regarding its contents?

  • My sense is that he liked being thought of as that far out liberal but then did very conservative things. I first heard about this during his time as Harvard Law Review head—took the three most conservative guys on but left off a liberal black woman. Maybe he thinks that liberal thought is so strong that we can stand up against any other force or that we need to have our thinking kneaded with conservative thought. Whatever. I totally agree with the writer of this article and with all the people who have actively disputed that Hillary is a done deal or should be. I don’t think Obama is a bad person, just one out of Chicago, Crook County. You could never rise without having made a deal that you wouldn’t want known about. He and I am afraid his wife lack a real core and that has made him a very mediocre to bad president in my view.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Government Matters. More, please by Elliott.

    2013-10-10 06:03:56View | Delete

    I would rather that she be speaking than not. As a woman I am desirous of hearing her speak out on behalf of reproductive rights, which are key to a woman’s autonomy and freedom. Everyone knows that if there is one group that the tea partiers hate, next to anyone not white, its women. Uppidty [...]

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Perspective on the debt-ceiling crisis by wigwam.

    2013-10-07 19:21:04View | Delete

    Wouldn’t it better if your taxes were raised to pay it as opposed to taking more from those who have little or nothing? It never fails to amaze me that the idea of raising taxes to pay for services is so threatening.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post This War Too Is A Lie by David Swanson.

    2013-09-08 14:53:53View | Delete

    The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. It’s the corporate coup des gras.

  • Oregon has nos from Blumenauer, Schrader and DeFazio. What is up with Bonamici? (Walden is always conservative so I’m sure he’s fulminating about what to do: look like he supports Obama, or bale.) Anybody in Boamici’s district should call or write her: she has a good pro choice record but that will not save her on this. No war in Syria, limited or otherwise. None. Never.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the blog post Mass Consumption Created and Killed the Middle Class

    2013-08-18 11:45:06View | Delete

    I always appreciate your posts and was especially happy to see you give the nod to Portland. Usually people laugh at us and without getting too serious about ourselves, I think you are seeing a move to quality. I have enormous concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement which would undercut our ability to promote local but at the end of the day, no one can force you to buy crap. It’s really that simple. Recently Wal Mart put in a lot of “local markets” and I can tell you the parking lots are not filled with desperate shoppers trying to act like they are living the good life for less.

  • Although I fear SanderO is putting me on, I will respond: In both a mortgage and a trust deed, ownership or title is in the buyer. The lender then has a security interest in the property which is first or second or both. Title is not in the lender. (In a land sales contract the seller remains in title and the buyer has an equitable interest.) Further many of the lenders were assigning their interests to other lenders or in schemes whereby the final foreclosing lender was not able to show that it was entitled to foreclose because the intermediate documents were missing or invalid. That’s the point. The whole line of thought about buyers being renters is not apropos. There are totally different procedures and issues when a landlord wants to evict a tenant for non-payment or other reasons. Finally, some but not all the foreclosures were for other reasons than non-payment. I absolutely adored the last line of this article: “Power is a zero sum game, for the public to win the banks must lose.” (I miss Dayan, a lot.)

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Governor Perry “Protects” the Health of Texas Women by cobernicus.

    2013-07-23 05:15:25View | Delete

    Has anyone heard about the fundraising efforts of Planned Parenthood to build clinics in Texas? I am quite sure that all of us outside of Texas will reach deep to help. Perry has made himself a pariah to all women everywhere. Whatever their politics, all women (OK maybe not Phyllis Schafley and her ilk) see [...]

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post The New Effort to Get Our Rights Back: Move Over Citizens United by Daniel Marks.

    2013-06-13 17:32:49View | Delete

    I went to a lecture awhile ago where a fellow had been working with students, the premise of which was if we writing the constitution now, what would we want? It was exciting. I read your comment too quickly and thought you said national convention as opposed to national conversation but I felt excited about [...]

  • Whew! That’s a whole lot of time in the old line Catholic brain, but a lot of truth. If we are made in the image of God, then there is some mysticism going on there.

  • What always gets me is the arrogance and patronizing of people who profess that we should be happy to give up our civil liberties, that we are too immature to not understand our situation, that, in fact, we are the enemies of the state. What? Yes, we are helping the GOP (the enemy) when we bash our leaders (like Obama) who are conducting themselves this way, and all for our benefit. Does that make sense to anyone here?

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the blog post Credit Card Information Also Tracked By NSA

    2013-06-07 06:17:41View | Delete

    This is all perfectly depressing. I know when we see these things we strike out with accusations of fascism. But now we are not striking out, it is really sinking in on a deep level, the clasp that is already around us.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the blog post Pope Francis and President Obama

    2013-06-02 16:42:52View | Delete

    I agree.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the blog post Late Night: Want to Move to Oregon? Get in line.

    2013-05-31 06:03:16View | Delete

    There seems to be a spate of these Portland descriptions out now. I have lived in and around Portland, off and on for the last fifty years and do not recognize many of the things mentioned in the blog. Portland is quirky but not excessively so.

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