Category Archives: Tom’s Tidbits

Tom’s Tidbits- Democracy’s dead, so what’s the cure?

Greetings! A recent study documented the obvious… our government doesn’t give a damn about the wishes of the American people.  Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin Page of Northwestern studied more than 1800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, and … Continue reading

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Posted in 2014 May, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Tom’s Tidbits- The McCutcheon Fiasco

Greetings! One thing on my mind this month: the abominable Supreme Court decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case.    Shaun McCutcheon contributed to 17 candidates in 2011-2012, and wanted to support 11 more.  His contributions were all under the per-candidate … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- Finally… local radio returns to Portland’s airwaves!

Greetings! 488 days… that’s how long we’ve been without, informative, local, actual-over-the-air talk radio in Portland.  3 days… that’s how long until it returns.  In three short days, on March 15, XRAY-FM will bring community-based radio back to the Rose … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- Football is ready to stand alone

Greetings! The SuperBowl is one of the few remaining events Americans all gather together for.  108.4 million people watched this year’s game, while by contrast 125.5 million people watched the last episode of M*A*S*H (the highest rated TV show ever).  … Continue reading

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Posted in 2014 February, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Tom’s Tidbits- Two reasons 2014 is already better than 2013

Greetings! …and our best wishes for a Happy 2014 for everyone! January means taking stock of the past and looking forward to the future, and either way we look there are good things to see.  Our newsletter this month features … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- A call for your support

Greetings! It’s been slightly over a year since we lost a good friend… November 9, 2012, was the day that Progressive Talk died in Portland.  Yes, KPOJ continues as an automated feed of sports talk, but the KPOJ we all … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- An informed citizenry is a pesky thing

Greetings! A few issues combine this month to illustrate ways our society is damaged.  We are systematically being deprived of the information we need to function as a democracy.  To people who don’t know that Social Security isn’t broken, draconian … Continue reading

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Posted in 2013 November, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Tom’s Tidbits- Learning our real priorities

Greetings! Welcome to the new America, the country we get when people who don’t like or understand government attempt to govern.  The shutdown was embarrassing, destructive, unnecessary, and dangerous, but it did shed some light on our government’s real priorities.  … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits for September- Dance to the beat of a different drummer

Greetings! What is the urgent force behind the latest pounding of the war drums for a strike on Syria?  The current challenge to Assad’s rule has already cost over 100,000 lives and displaced one third of its population, but the … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- Truth, Justice, or the American Way

Greetings! While we’re all waiting for the sentence in the Bradley Manning trial, I’d like to tell you a story.  It happened long ago, in a different country with radically different values than our own, but I think it still … Continue reading

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Posted in 2013 August, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Politics, Tom's Tidbits, Uncategorized | Comments Off