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Event Reminders:

2010 Annual Letters to Editor awards event Jan 30
Saturday, 01/30/2010
The 13th Annual Letters to the Editor Awards Night will be held on Saturday evening, January 30, 2010 in Vista. More details to follow. Over 200 people expected to attend so make your reservations now.

Help feed homeless children in Vista
Wednesday, 01/20/2010
Families in Transition Program – assemble boxed meals for homeless families of the 2,717 children with Vista Unified School District who are considered homeless. Wednesday, January 20th, San Marcos.

Homeless Population Count in Escondido
Friday, 01/22/2010
The San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless conducts its count of our resident homeless population on Jan. 22 in Escondido. Yes, these members of our community must be counted along with the rest of us. Mandatory training of volunteers on Jan. 15 at the Blue Mug.

Ugandan Orphans Choir - Performance
Friday, 01/22/2010
Ugandan Orphans Choir - Performance at WorldBeat Center. The Ugandan Orphans Choir members send this greeting at the beginning of each performance.

Democratic Candidates forum in Carlsbad
Saturday, 01/23/2010
The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside with present Congressional candidates on Jan. 23 at the Woman's Club in Carlsbad. Tracy Emblem, Francine Busby in 50th; Howard Katz in 49th against Issa.

FORUM: PDA presents candidates for US 50th
Monday, 01/25/2010
The Progressive Democrats of America (Metro Chapter) will conduct a forum on January 25, with the candidates for U.S. Congress from the 49th District, seeking to oust Brian Bilbray.

Experts present "Torture Conference" in San Diego
Friday, 01/29/2010
The Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Global Legal Studies and the International Law Society are co-sponsoring a Conference on Torture in and by the United States of America, Friday January 29.

Earth Hour 2010: Join the Global Movement!
Friday, 02/05/2010
Make a difference on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time. Unite with millions of people around the world by turning off your lights during Earth Hour to raise awareness and fight climate change.

Save Our Schools Week Action Day & March
Thursday, 02/18/2010
Save Our Schools Week Action Day (San Diego). Let us be heard and tell the governator how we feel about these budget cuts. This is the San Diego Regional Protest for Day 4 of Save Our Schools Week.

Earth Hour 2010: Join the Global Movement!
Friday, 02/19/2010
Make a difference on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time. Unite with millions of people around the world by turning off your lights during Earth Hour to raise awareness and fight climate change.

Earth Hour 2010: Join the Global Movement!
Friday, 01/22/2010
Make a difference on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time. Unite with millions of people around the world by turning off your lights during Earth Hour to raise awareness and fight climate change.

This 'N That

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
- Malcolm X

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.
- Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Peace is a gift,
- It is a gift we give to ourselves,

In the path of our happiness shall we find the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime.
- Richard Bach

Young people say, What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at at time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action in the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
- Dorothy Day, 1963

Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
- Isaiah 40:4-5

If you want peace, work for justice.
- Pope Paul VI

While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself.
- Doug Horton

War does not determine who is right - only who is left
- Bertrand Russell

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
- Albert Einstein

Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all.
- John Maynard Keynes

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: "Mother, what was war?"
- Eve Merriam

It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person's feeling of self worth, even an opponent's. We all need, constantly, an advance of trust and affirmation.
- Bernard Haring

The finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling the finger.
- Dr. Leonard Berkowitz

Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even.
- Daniel Berrigan, SJ

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak...Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.
- Cesar Chavez

For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
- Henry Miller

People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.
- Benjamin Franklin

The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.
- Vera Brittain, 1964

A good end sanctify evil means; not must we ever do evil, that good might come of it. We are ready to retaliate, rather than forgive or gain by love and information . . . Force may subdue, but love gains. And one that forgives first wins the laurel.
- William Penn

If peace . . . only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars.
- Sophie Kerr

Productive work, love and thought are possible only if a person can be, when necessary, quiet and alone. To be able to listen to oneself is the necessary condition for relating oneself to others.
- Erich Fromm

Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly.
- G.K. Chesterton

When asked what he would do if he knew the world would end tomorrow, Martin Luther said, "I would plant a tree."
- Martin Luther

Talk less, say more,
- Hate less, love more,

No one is so foolish as to prefer to peace, war, in which, instead of sons burying their fathers, fathers bury their sons.
- Croesus, King of Lydia, in Herodotus' The Persian Wars

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
- Bishop Desmond Tutu

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
- Margaret Mead

The first thing to be disrupted by our committment to nonviolence will be not the system but our own lives.
- James Douglass

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.
- A. J. Muste

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point is to change it.
- Karl Marx

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

One must care about a world one will never see.
- Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher

What is man?
- Hope turned to dust.

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?
- Frank Borman

The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America, too.
- Hermann Hagedorn

I don't do great things. I do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
- Leon Bloy

Do you want long life and happiness? Strive for peace with all your heart.
- Psalm 34:12,14

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
- Confucius

That's all nonviolence is - organized love.
- Joan Baez

Peace begins when the hungry are fed.
- Anonymous

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
- Friedrich Nietzche

Since we are to be conformed to the image of Christ, how can we then fight our enemies with the sword? ... Spears and swords of iron we leave to those who, alas, consider human blood and swine's blood of well-nigh equal value ...
- Menno Simons, 1539 A.D

Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace.
- Luke 19:42

As long as ever you can.
- John Wesley

Accurst be he that first invented war.
- Christopher Marlowe (Tamburlaine)

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
- Baha'ullah

Abba Poeman said about Abba Prior that every single day he made a fresh beginning.
- Desert Fathers and Mothers

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
- H.L. Mencken

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
- Dorothy Thompson

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.
- Albert Einstein

There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.
- Marianne Moore

If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses.
- Louis Lecoin, French pacifist leader

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
- George Eliot

No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.
- Micah 6:8

I believe we are on the edge of a quantum leap into a whole new way of organizing and living as a human family.
- Mairead Corrigan Maguire

A solid rock is not disturbed by the wind; even so, a wise person is not agitated by praise or blame.
- Dhammapada

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked [on the Jericho Road] was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'
- Martin Luther King

I'm not disturbing the peace. I'm disturbing the war.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.
- J. Krishnamurti

Fear less, hope more,
- Whine less, breathe more,

At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of human sins, uncertain whether to combat it by force or by human love. Always decide, "I will combat it with human love." If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the strongest of all things and there is nothing like it.
- Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazo

Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
- Goethe

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

The story of the human race is characterized by efforts to get along much more than by violent disputes, although it's the latter that make the history books. Violence is actually exceptional. The human race has survived because of cooperation, not aggression.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

What all men fear, I too must fear - how barren and pointless a thought!
- Tao Te Ching

At all the times you can,
- To all the people you can,

A great many people think they are thinking when they are just rearranging their prejudices.
- William James

It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence . . . and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect.
- Manitonquat

Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live, & as if you were to die tomorrow.
- Mother Anna Lee, founder of the Shakers

Compromise does not mean cowardice.
- John F. Kennedy

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
- J.S. Mill

The miracle of the wicked is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.
- Winston Churchill

War would end if the dead could return.
- Stanley Baldwin

Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same attitude toward all. Put away ambitious thoughts and associate with those who are lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never repay injury with injury. See that your conduct is honorable in the eyes of all. If possible, live peacefully with everyone. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves; leave that to God's wrath, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay," says the Lord. But "If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; by doing this you will heap burning coals upon their heads." Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.
- Romans 12:14-21

By doing service, heart and mind are purified -- be convinced of this! To engage in service is a very powerful sadhana (spiritual discipline); do not become impatient. Rather serve your people with the utmost calm and have a kind word for everyone.
- Sri Anandamayee Ma

Articles & News:

How best to get medical help to Haitians
Give to Doctors Without Borders "Medicins Sans Frontieres". Doctors Without Borders operates one of the very few free trauma centers in Port-au-Prince as well as an emergency hospital in the capital for pregnant women, new mothers, and newborn children. All three of its primary medical centers have collapsed, but DWB/MSF has already set up temporary shelters and is offering emergency care on the ground. To make a donation


BREAKING NEWS: Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to Doctors without Borders.

Minority, Women voters needed for Commission
Remember Proposition 11, sponsored by a coalition of nonpartisan good-government groups and heavily funded by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, passed by a thin margin (1.8%) in November 2008. It called for creation of a 14-member independent citizens commission to draw districts for the Legislature and state Board of Equalization. Problem is, only powerful old white men are applying. This is an appeal for women and minorities to apply for the commission.

A fair and rational approach to immigration
Congressional candidate Tracy Emblem (CA-50th) stakes out a rational, pragmatic and fair approach to immigration, one of the hottest issues.

The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage
High profile attorney, Theodore Olson, tells in splendid detail why he filed his landmark case to overturn Proposition 8. This is a remarkable treatise of legal thinking on the matter of same-sex marriage and the Constitutional support.

Miep Gies dies at 100
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the staff of Progressive Post reports learning of the death of Miep Gies at 100 from the LA Times. Many Jews revere Miep Gies as a heroine, and she will be forever remembered by people of all faiths as one that surpassed religious intolerance and sneered in the face of certain death from Hitler's SS by protecting Anne Frank and her family for 25 months. She is a moving and glowing example of what humanity could aspire to if they simply followed their conscience. -Nina Hall, Editor

Late Night Jokes for Democrats (and a few Repubs)
If you like political humor, the Bob Jellison San Diego newsletter, Ezine, has a weekly compilation of the best one-liners. This is a fine sweetener to go with all the best political cartoons, videos, commentary and news. Here is a sample of the jokes. To subscribe,To subscribe email jellison@san.rr.com with "subscribe" as the subject. Bob's newsletter comes out every Thursday, and if you read nothing else, you will be well informed (and amused) by what is going on in the political and diplomatic worlds.

It'sTime to Break Up With Your Big Bank
BILL MAHR: " They took our money... but kept on with all the greedy, abusive, ruthless, and cold-blooded practices that have earned them untold billions of dollars a year -- year after year after year. Things like charging you outrageous fees for anything and everything, jacking up your credit card interest rate to 30 percent for being late on one payment"

Stop new California death penalty rules
We have gone without executions in California for almost four years. But that may be about to change. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently proposed changes to lethal injection procedures, which is the first step toward resuming capital punishment in California. You can help prevent this by joining this formal petition. We only have until the end of the CDCR's public comment period on January 20 to speak out against the death penalty regulations before they become finalized.

Why Obama Must Take On Wall Street
Robert Reich: Congress is the grip Wall Street. "The Street is where the money is and money buys campaign commercials on television. Between November 2008 and November 2009, Wall Street doled out $42m to lawmakers, mostly to members of the House and Senate banking committees and House and Senate leaders. In the first three quarters of 2009, the industry spent $344m on lobbying - making the Street one of the major powerhouses in the nation's capital."

The 11 Best Foods you aren't Eating
Nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden has created several lists of healthful foods people should be eating but aren’t. But some of his favorites, like purslane, guava and goji berries, aren’t always available at regular grocery stores. I asked Dr. Bowden, author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” to update his list with some favorite foods that are easy to find but don’t always find their way into our shopping carts. Here’s his advice. From NEW YORK TIMES

Why you should never visit Israel
Will Covert, a San Diego Veteran for Peace, describes the humiliating and Gestapo-style nightmare to which American tourists are subjected by Israel border security. This is pretty strong example that Israel is a totalitarian militaristic state. In many ways it is as intolerant of the message of peace as is Iran.

US slides deeper into depression-Wall St. revels
The US labor force contracted by another 661,000. Wall Street rallied. Bulls hope that weak jobs data will postpone monetary tightening: a silver lining in every catastrophe. "Realtytrac says defaults and repossessions have been running at over 300,000 a month since February. One million American families lost their homes in the fourth quarter. Moody's Economy.com expects another 2.4m homes to go this year. Taken together, this looks awfully like Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath:" UK London Telegraph

This candidate gets America's message on health
Tracy Emblem: "The health care industry, motivated by overreaching profits, is currently spending millions to poison public opinion on real health care reform. Talk show radio hosts spew fear comments and their fellow supporters in Congress parrot such emotional words as rationing, government takeover, bureaucrats and socialists in reference to health care insurance reform presently being debated on the floor of Congress."

When Christianity goes terribly wrong
Uganda's bill to imprison gays for life is an outrage that should be rejected. THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY Bill of 2009 is an ugly and ignorant piece of legislation being considered in Uganda. If it is approved, the gay people of that nation would be subject to life in prison. This retreat from the death sentence originally proposed should neither be celebrated nor considered a concession by the government in response to pressure from the United States and other nations. The proposal is barbaric. That it is even being considered puts Uganda beyond the pale of civilized nations. Christian clergy in Uganda were instrumental in drawing up and promoting the bill. EDITORIAL - WASHINGTON post

God holds press conference about Pat Robertson
HUMOR: Seems the Man Upstairs is a bit miffed by evangelist Pat Robertson

Limbaugh: Obama Taking Advantage of Earthquake

In the face of utter devastation across Haiti following a huge earthquake, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves to blast President Obama for his response to the crisis. The disaster enables Mr. Obama to highlight his "compassionate" and "humanitarian" credentials and to "boost his credibility with the black community," Limbaugh said derisively.

FBI broke law in phone searches
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI collected more than 2,000 records on U.S. telephone calls by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or by persuading phone companies to provide them, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

Print your own gay marriage iniative petition
The petition drive to restore GAY marriage will be conducted primarily online, the first in California history. You can print out your own copy, sign yourself, friends and family and mail it it. You need Adobe Reader (download it for free). Read the language of the short initiative and get instructions and tutorial here.

Quick overview: How great Prop 8 trial came to be

Step by step in 2009, the great wheel of justice was set in motion in California leading up the the historic trial now underway in the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco. The two high profile attorneys seeking to overturn Prop 8 and restore marriage equality speak out: David Boises and Ted Olson. "The Constitution has fundamental rights that are not subject to a vote."

Dick Eiden on Letters Night
Dear Friends: I’m writing to let you know that Saturday evening, January 30, will be the 13th annual Letters to the Editor Awards Night in Vista. This event has become bigger and better over the years, and is now a big social event for liberals and progressives in North San Diego County. 200 people attended last year.

"The Last Man" by Roy Zimmerman

In The Last Man, Roy Zimmerman brings a sobering message about the troup surge in Afghanistan

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