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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.

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.

Spend evening with bestselling crime novelist ...
Thursday, 02/11/2010
Spend an Evening With Bestselling Crime Novelist, T. Jefferson Parker. Fallbrook's Writers Read, a free monthly gathering of writers and readers, will present An Evening With T. Jefferson Parker on Thursday, February 11, at 6 p.m., at the Cafť des Artistes, 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook.

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.

Candidate forum for Lt. Gov, Atty General in CSUSM
Sunday, 02/21/2010
A Forum for State Democratic Candidates for Lt Gov and State Attorney General will be held at the Cal State San Marcos, Clarke Field House, on Sunday the 21st of Feb at 1:30PM.

San Diego March 4th Rally and March SOS
Thursday, 03/04/2010
San Diego March 4th Rally and March Save Our State. As part of The March 4th National Call for a Day of Action, The Save Our State Coalition of California will be coordinating regional actions throughout California.

This 'N That

In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved.
- St. John of the Cross

The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change
- Charles Darwin

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

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
- Oscar Wilde

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

When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

It is only by feeling your love that the poor will forgive you for the gifts of bread.
- St. Vincent de Paul

Many oppressors are also oppressed. Nonviolent confrontation is the only confrontation that allows us to respond realistically to such complexity.
- Jane Meyerding

Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contibute the best that they have and all that they are.
- Hafsat Abiola

Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet.
- Alice Walker

The question is not, do we go to church; the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
- Joan Chittester, OSB

Fondly do we hope, ferverently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
- Abraham Lincoln

Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace.It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him.
- King Baudouin I, King of Belgium

There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity.
- Elise Boulding

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely an absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
- Gersonides

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.
- Teilhard de Chardin

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate --- thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
- Maya Angelou

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

The first essential characteristics of nonviolent action is that it is creative.
- Hildegarde Goss-Mayr

Only the poor knew the meaning of life; the rich and the safe had to guess.
- Charles Bukowsky

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
- Helen Keller

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
- Thomas Edison

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

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
- Dorothy Day

I'd like someone to mention the day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry . . . I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness . . . I want to leave a committed life behind.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The master's tools will never destroy the master's house.
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. The Christian fight for peace is not to be confused with defeatism.
- Thomas Merton

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
- James Levin

If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution.
- Emma Goldman

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.
- Psalm 13:9

Do it big or stay in bed.
- Larry Kelly

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
- From a letter written by Fra Giovanni, 1513

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty - it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.
- Mother Teresa

True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
- Milan Kundera

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

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

We are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another.
- Luciano de Crescenzo

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of humans as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller

If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who makes them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.
- Proverbs 14:31

Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
- Pablo Casals

One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.
- Martin Luther King

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

Love the fellow of the resurrection, scooping up the dust and chanting "Live!"
- Emily Dickinson

If we emphasize the life and works of our greatest contributors . . . people will come to realize that moral courage is bravery of the highest type, and America will be called the "Champion of Peace."
- Senator Spark Matsunaga

We challenge the culture of violence when we ourselves act in the certainty that violence is no longer acceptable, that it's tired and outdated no matter how many cling to it in the stubborn belief that it still works and that it's still valid.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

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

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

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
- George Santayana

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
- Isaiah 2:4

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

As long as ever you can.
- John Wesley

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

The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.
- Joan Baez

Articles & News:

Progressive Dems Metro endorse Tracy Emblem
San Diego Progressive Democrats of America (Metro) just endorsed Tracy Emblem in her bid for congress in the 50th District. She is running against Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray; and against Democrat Francine Busby in the primary. Tracy's website http://tracyemblemforcongress.com/

List of Democratic Party events in San Diego Co.
For a list of Democratic events in San Diego County CLICK HERE Including all Democratic Clubs meetings and progressive events. You will find it ALL at this website:

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.

BEST LETTER of the month - on Supreme Court
The US Supreme Court last week delivered control of our political and election system to corporations in a ruling which overturned over 100 years of legal precedent. The court ruled that corporations have unrestricted "free speech" rights as if they were human beings who are citizens. This short letter is the most cogent argument against the court's fallacious "logic".

The government in Washington still doesn't get it
"How loud do the alarms have to get? There is an economic emergency in the country with millions upon millions of Americans riddled with fear and anxiety as they struggle with long-term joblessness, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcies and dwindling opportunities for themselves and their children." By Bob Herbert, NY TIMES

Dick Eiden on Letters Night
Dear Friends: Iím 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 homeless: A disturbing experience in SD
A disturing experience in San Diego: From Jeeni Criscenzo: "...the rain had died down a bit and we brought the backpacks and plastic tarps to people we found under overpasses and doorways trying to stay out of the rain. It was a disturbing experience for us, seeing so many people, young and old, women and men, with no place to go in that terrible weather. I know that for me and Juan, Maurice and Rachel we are more determined than ever to find a solution for this horrible situation." A PLEA FOR SUPPORT:

Powerlink revelations spark outrage in Alpine
"San Diego Gas and Electricís current proposal for Sunrise Powerlink, including undergrounding high-voltage power lines along Alpine Boulevard, was not well received by 400-plus people at a meeting on January 14th. County Supervisor Dianne Jacob convened the meeting to show the community information left out of the latest report submitted by SDG&E to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in Sacramento." EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE

Federal Trial of Prop 8 enters third week
Now we know why the defendants of Prop 8 did not want the trial broadcast on TV or the Internet. The viewing public would see how mean-spirited and ignorant are their prejudices against gay and lesbians. They continuously tie up proceedings with repetitious and absurd claims with no evidence. Here are some reactions:

WE broke Haiti
The US has worked for centuries to break Haiti. The US has used Haiti like a plantation. The US helped bleed the country economically since it freed itself, repeatedly invaded the country militarily, supported dictators who abused the people, used the country as a dumping ground for our own economic advantage, ruined their roads and agriculture, and toppled popularly elected officials. By Bill Quigley

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."

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.

Mayor Sanders emotional testimony for gay marriage

Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego: "I was proud to testify this week in what I believe will soon be seen as one of the defining civil rights cases of our time, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. I did so as a Republican mayor, a father, and a former police chief with over 26 years of experience on the force. But I also testified as an American who has seen the effects of discrimination - and who believes that discrimination against anyone, anywhere, is unacceptable."

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."

Creative Writing Workshop in Fallbrook
Fallbrook's Writers announced its winter >Telling Our Tales creative writing workshop, "Craft, Craft and More Craft." Running Monday and Wednesday evenings from February 22 to March 17, the workshop focuses on elements of the creative writing craft, offered in four two-day segments. Topics include Character Development, Plot/Arc, Dialogue, and Setting and Tone.

"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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