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The shame of America's dismal health care
A British journalist was aghast at the thousands of poor who came to the giant healthcare clinic set up in the Los Angeles at the Forum. "I've been very conservative in my outlook for the whole of my life. I've been described as being about 90,000 miles to the right of Attila the Hun. But I think one reaches the reality that something [Healthcare] doesn't work... In this country something has to be done. And as a proud member of the US community but a loyal British subject to the core, I would say that if Britain could fix it in 1944, surely we could fix it here in America." Read More

OBAMA: Why we need Health Insurance Reform
OP-ed by Barack Obama - "...this isn’t about politics. This is about people’s lives and livelihoods. This is about people’s businesses. This is about America’s future, and whether we will be able to look back years from now and say that this was the moment when we made the changes we needed, and gave our children a better life. I believe we can, and I believe we will." New York Times Read More

How men of power manipulate racist malcontents
The recent spate of town hall ugliness may look like an overnight sensation, but they’ve been years, even decades, in the making. Few of these malcontents seem to understand that they are merely dupes for a corporate agenda that will only worsen the conditions in which they live. Why, you may ask, would men of power and fame shake the rough, unmanicured hands of gun enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists, gay-haters, misogynists and racists? Read More

Event Reminders:

List of Democratic Party events in San Diego Co.
Friday, 08/21/2009
For a list of Democratic events in San Diego County CLICK HERE Including all Democratic Clubs meetings and progressive events. From the incomparable Jellison newsletter for San Diegans.

LC Town Square CC Hearing Again
Tuesday, 08/18/2009
Another Carlsbad City Council hearing will be held regarding building a monstrous shopping center. They are starting to weaken on parts of this ill-conceived megacenter, but they have not relented on the Big Box which is big enough at 98,000 square feet to be a super WalMart. They must remove it entirely from the EIR, not just say they won’t build it because otherwise another City Council could put it back. By Pat Bleha.