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Is US slide into Totalarian Capitalism reversable?
INSIGHTS - by Chris Hedges: "There are no constraints left to halt America’s slide into a totalitarian capitalism. Electoral politics are a sham. The media have been debased and defanged by corporate owners. The working class has been impoverished and is now being plunged into profound despair. The legal system has been corrupted to serve corporate interests. Popular institutions, from labor unions to political parties, have been destroyed or emasculated by corporate power." Read More

Event Reminders:

Giant Demonstration - 7th Anniversary of Iraq War
Saturday, 03/20/2010
The San Diego Veterans for Peace and SDCPJ are sponsoring an all-day event in San Diego on March 20 to mark the 7th anniversary of the Iraq War. SDVFP has set a goal of 1,000 participants for the 6,000 candlelight vigil, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. VFP will supply candles. Please mark your calendars to participate in part or all of this event. By Dave Patterson, SDVFP.

Peace Caravan planned thru downtown San Diego
Saturday, 03/20/2010
The San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice will send a car caravan for peace from Balboa Park through downtown San Diego to meet up with the Vets for Peace at the Midway Museum (at the harbor at the end of Broadway) on March 20 to mark the start of the eighth year of terrible wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.

Preserve the Ramona Grasslands Art and Wine Fair
Saturday, 04/17/2010
Highland Valley Studios is sponsoring an Art and Wine Fair with a silent auction to benefit The Wildlife Research Institute. The goal is to raise funds to purchase more land to add to the Preserve for future generations and for the wildlife that inhabit that area. The event includes artists, musicians, wineries, and a silent auction with numerous items too good to pass up, including a helicopter ride. By Patrick Korch.

Bilbray refuses to meet with Progressive Democrats
Wednesday, 03/17/2010
Protesters met with Brian Bilbray staff members last month and left with a commitment that the incumbent, or district rep, would meet with the Brown Bag Lunch group March 17 to answer questions about war and other pressing issues. Bilbray's Office recently revealed it would not meet with these constituents. Join congressional candidate Tracy Emblem and the concerned citizens in a BROWN BAG Protest March 17 in Solana Beach.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Green Fair
Wednesday, 03/17/2010
Learn about green businesses and community organizations in Carlsbad.

Police tell military Lesbian Sgt. discharged
Saturday, 03/20/2010
Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old's honorable discharge under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base. She was kicked out of the military.

Buena Vista Creek Valley Restoration Work Session
Saturday, 03/20/2010
This is our regular monthly work session to support our 1.8 acre restoration site. Last month volunteers planted 70 new native plants. This month's weeding, mulching and watering will help give these baby plants a good start and give a boost to the ones that have been in the ground for awhile.

4th Annual World Water Day Festival
Saturday, 03/20/2010
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation presents the 4th Annual World Water Day Festival!

SD County Democratic Central Committee Meets
Saturday, 03/20/2010
North Area Meeting of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee. This will be the first official 2010 meeting of the North Area Members and Associate Members of the SDCC. Vote on recommendations to the full Central Committee at its March 23rd meeting for several endorsements for the June Ballot. By Martha Sullivan.

Coastal Flora of San Elijo Lagoon
Sunday, 03/21/2010
CNPS Member's Field Trip: Coastal Flora of San Elijo Lagoon CNPS members and their guests will enjoy studying the coastal flora that is richly represented in the San Elijo Ecological Reserve, on the central San Diego County coastline. If you are not yet a CNPS member, this is a great time to join.

NC Film Club Series Offers 'The Kite Runner'
Sunday, 03/21/2010
North County film Club is promoting a series of 10 independent, limited release and foreign films at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Market 13 for a season pass price of $40 (popcorn included), five films for $25 (no popcorn), or individual films for (tentatively) $7 each (no popcorn). Each showing begins at 4pm.

NC Film Club Series Offers Big Fish
Saturday, 03/27/2010
North County film Club is promoting a series of 10 independent, limited release and foreign films at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Market 13 for a season pass price of $40 (popcorn included), five films for $25 (no popcorn), or individual films for (tentatively) $7 each (no popcorn). Each showing begins at 4pm.

Ramona FORUM: "Innocents Abroad" March 31
Wednesday, 03/31/2010
Leaders of the Ramona Forum and local peace promoters will host a public town hall meeting in Ramona on March March 31, tentatively at the public library meeting room.

30th Annual Eleanor & Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner
Saturday, 04/10/2010
The Oscars are always entertaining, but among San Diego Democrats the real winners are the hard-working volunteers who represent the heart and soul of our Party. Join the San Diego County Democratic Party in celebrating this year's honorees at the Roosevelt Dinner. While we might not have a red carpet, we will be recognizing our achievements and rallying for future victories in the company of fellow organizers, activists, candidates, elected officials, and friends.

NC Film Club Series Offers The Visitor
Sunday, 04/11/2010
North County film Club is promoting a series of 10 independent, limited release and foreign films at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Market 13 for a season pass price of $40 (popcorn included), five films for $25 (no popcorn), or individual films for (tentatively) $7 each (no popcorn). Each showing begins at 4pm.

CA Democratic Convention, LA April 17-18
Saturday, 04/17/2010
This great party convention will be in Los Angeles this year, at the LA Convention Center. It is open to the public. Great speakers, the place where new ideas are born, friendships and alliance begin. WEBSITE HERE

Earth Hour 2010: Join the Global Movement!
Saturday, 03/27/2010
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.

Debra Bowen keynote speaker at Roosevelt Dinner
Saturday, 04/10/2010
CA Sec. of State Debra Bowen, a nationally recognized leader in open government and fair elections, will deliver the keynote address at the 30th Annual Roosevelt Dinner on Saturday, April 10 in San Diego.

NC Film Club Series Offers The Fall
Sunday, 04/18/2010
North County film Club is promoting a series of 10 independent, limited release and foreign films at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Market 13 for a season pass price of $40 (popcorn included), five films for $25 (no popcorn), or individual films for (tentatively) $7 each (no popcorn). Each showing begins at 4pm.

This 'N That

Mankind will never win lasting peace so long as men use their full resources only in tasks of war. While we are yet at peace, let us mobilize the potentialities, particularly the moral and spiritual potentialities, which we usually reserve for war.
- John Foster Dulles, War or Peace 1950.

To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
- Archibald Mc Leish

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

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
- Abbie Hoffman

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is not your obligation to complete your work, but you are not at liberty to quit.
- Talmud

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

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
- Moshe Dayan

But the wisdom from above is pure, first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deals,; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy.
- James 3:17

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what the do not want to do.
- Leo Tolstoy

It is reasonable that every one who asks justice should do justice.
- Thomas Jefferson

Nuclear war is inevitable, says the pessimists; Nuclear war is impossible, says the optimists; Nuclear war is inevitable unless we make it impossible, says the realists.
- Sydney J. Harris

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

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
- Justice Arthur Goldberg

The human mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with a similar energy.
- W.H. Beveridge, British Economist

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 claim to be no more than an average person with less than average ability. I have not the shadow of doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
- Mohandas Gandhi

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

All social life is essentially practical. All mysterious which lead theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the comprehension of the practice.
- Karl Marx

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

An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all.
- Dorothy Day

Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.
- John Boyes

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

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

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

A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is -- a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.
- E. Stanley Jones

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is--whether its victim is human or animal--we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
- Rachel Carson

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

What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born.
- Meister Eckhart

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
- Mohandas Gandhi

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

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God's eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time, there would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed . . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.
- Thomas Merton

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

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

A bad peace is even worse than war.
- Tactitus

You can no more win a war than win an earthquake.
- Jeanette Rankin

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
- Gene Mauch

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

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

When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
- Jean Paul Sartre

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

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
- Anita Koddick

The soul of our country needs to be awakened . . .When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to leaders.
- Veterans Fast for Life

We can’t become nonviolent on the basis of intellectual conviction. Commitment to nonviolence demands a very profound conversion of mind and heart. If we take the time to pray with Jesus, we too will be converted in mind and heart. It won’t work if we try to reason it out. The only way is through a change of heart, a coming into a way of being that is the way of Jesus.
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

We should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls, that is a patriotism above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one's country, and thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing with others... Our patriotism should be of the wider, nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness in the claims of others and which lead our country into comradeship with...the other nations of the world. The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond our frontiers towards our neighbours.
- Lord Baden-Powell

Tradition is the living faith of dead people to which we must add our chapter while we have the gift of life. Traditionalism is the dead faith of living people who fear that if anything changes, the whole enterprise will crumble.
- Jaroslav Pelikan

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
- Andre Gide

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

Nobody was born nonviolent. No one was born charitable. None of us comes to these things by nature but only by conversion. The first duty of the nonviolent community is helping its members work upon themselves and come to conversion.
- Lanza del Vasto

When evil is allowed to compete with good, evil has an emotional populist appeal that wins out unless good men and women stand as a vanguard against abuse.
- Hannah Arendt, 20th-century German political philosopher and author

There are three truths: my truth, your truth and the truth.
- Chinese Proverb

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

Articles & News:

Corp. flooding $ Millions to defeat Health Care
NY Times: The yearlong legislative fight over health care is drawing to a frenzied close as a multimillion-dollar wave of advertising, led by the US Chamber of Commerce, that rivals the ferocity of a presidential campaign takes aim at about 40 House Democrats whose votes will help determine the fate of President Obama’s top domestic priority.

Student proposes solution to lower college costs
A senior at UC Santa Cruz, Tommy Le, proposes a rational and workable solution to lower college costs - an untapped and overlooked source of revenue. Other states have done this for years ...

TRACY EMBLEM: "End the wars NOW!"
Tracy Emblem, Democratic candidate for US Congress (50th District): "As the Progressive Democrats of America nationally endorsed Democratic candidate, I am personally calling on you to stand up for our children, neighbors and communities. My primary opponent supports the "surge" and so does our incumbent, Brian Bilbray... I am the only candidate for Congress in the 50th who supports bringing our troops home immediately."

Art Film Movie Theatre has opened in Oceanside
A new art film movie theater has opened in Oceanside. The next feature, March 21, The Kite Runner is a powerful drama set in Afghanistan and San Francisco. This and other art-drama movies will be shown at the Ultra Star Cinemas in Oceanside and College Blvd.

Debra Bowen keynote speaker at Roosevelt Dinner
CA Sec. of State Debra Bowen, a nationally recognized leader in open government and fair elections, will deliver the keynote address at the 30th Annual Roosevelt Dinner on Saturday, April 10 in San Diego. Mimi Kennedy will Emcee the event.

Howard Dean: Vote NO if there is no public option!
Dr. Howard Dean: "I'm going to fight for a public option until we get one. It really is that simple. The American people want the choice of a public option. I'm going to stand up for what the majority of the American people want again and again and again and I'm going to keep doing it until we win. Now is not the time to give up and accept less."

Gay marriage begins in Mexico City
Throngs of Mexico City gay and lesbian couples registered for marriage licenses March 4, the day Latin America's first gay-marriage law took effect. The first gay weddings will take place within a week to 10 days, after the paperwork is processed. The change will allow same-sex couples to adopt children, apply for bank loans together, inherit wealth and be included in the insurance policies of their spouse, rights they were denied under civil unions allowed in the city.

CIA drone operators are also 'unlawful combatants'
Gary Solis: "In terms of international armed conflict, those CIA [drone operator] agents are, unlike their military counterparts but like the fighters they target, unlawful combatants. No less than their insurgent targets, they are fighters without uniforms or insignia, directly participating in hostilities, employing armed force contrary to the laws and customs of war."

SDG&E seizing homes for Powerlink, stirs anger
Aiming to begin construction on Sunrise Powerlink this summer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is going to court to seek eminent domain powers to force landowners to turn over as many as 80 properties to the utility for construction of the controversial high-voltage power line. The tactic has sparked outrage among many East County residents.

Brown bag demonstrations nationwide on March 17
Labor and advocacy groups organized "brown bag" lunch vigils against war funding in many congressional districts. Currently 82 are planned for March 17th, with more being added. Local healthcare demonstrators will target Brian Bilbray in Solana Beach.

Gay boycott: Manchester hotel loses APA convention
The American Psychological Association has canceled its August meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The hotel has been under boycott, now in its second year, launched by an alliance of labor and LGBT groups because its owner, Doug Manchester, donated $125,000 to support the Prop 8 anti-gay marriage initiative.

ACLU: Trials will be most important in history
ACLU: "The trials of the defendants alleged to have had roles in the September 11 attacks are the most important terrorism trials in the history of our nation, and the world will be watching to see whether we stand up for due process, justice and the rule of law." President Obama must reject political pressure and stand by the attorney general's decision to try the 9/11 suspects in federal civilian court - not in poorly run military courts.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
This is a list of Democratic and progressive events in San Diego County:


In an exclusive interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News'(Feb. 14) Cheney proclaimed his love of torture, derided the Obama administration for outlawing the practice, and admitted that the Bush administration ordered Justice Department attorneys to fix the law around his policies. "I was a big supporter of waterboarding," Cheney told Karl, as if he were proud of his war crimes. "I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques..."

Best and Worst letters to the editor
Here are some of the recent best and worst letters to the North County Times. Unbelievably BAD and extraordinarily good.

DADT court ruling upsets military's applecart
A pressing legal reality for the "don't ask, don't tell" standard for gays serving in the military is that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has already struck down the way it's practiced in much of the Western United States. The 9 Western States are now required to give preferred treatment to gays in military.

Argentina annuls marriage of gay couple
A federal judge annuled the marriage of two gay men that took place in Buenos Aires last week, according to the Catholic News Agency; but gay marriage bills are still moving ahead in Argentina. Judge Felix Gustavo de Igarzabal of Buenos Aires ruled that marriage is defined by being between a man and a woman – and since both parties were men, no marriage took place. This reversed an earlier decision allowing two gay men to marry at the city’s civil registry office on March 3.

Mass gay wedding set for Washington DC
The largest gay wedding in history is scheduled for Saturday, March 20th in Washington, DC. Up to 400 couples will exchange vows breaking the current Guinness World Record. The celebration is part of an all-day series of events called Our Time Has Come, a title chosen to signify the long road that many couples have traveled to marriage. Events slated for March 20 include a large group ceremony, individual private ceremonies and a gala-style reception.

Goldman Sachs behind Greek economic crash
"The role of Goldman Sachs and other U.S. investment banks in helping the Greek government hide its debt is being investigated. But the results of these revelations were Earth-shaking. The Greek government is downsizing, which will deepen that nation's recession. The euro, the continental currency that Greece employs, has come under attack by currency traders." By Harold Meyerson Washington Post.

Military tribunals have very poor conviction rate
By Anthony Romero, ACLU: "Military commissions are contradictory to American values. They would allow convictions based on coerced evidence and hearsay. They're also ineffective. Our criminal justice system has successfully handled over 300 terrorism cases since 9/11, compared with only three in the military commissions."

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.

Help save California parks
A November 2010 ballot proposition would create the State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund. The fund would provide a stable, reliable and adequate source of funding for the state park system, which has been hit by recent budget cuts. It would also fund wildlife conservation and increased and equitable access for all Californians.

News that came in after our deadline on March 16

Police reports lesbian's gay marriage to military
Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old's honorable discharge under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Wife of Justice Thomas launches Tea Party group
The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has launched a tea-party-linked group that could test the traditional notions of political impartiality for the court. In January, Virginia Thomas created Liberty Central Inc., a nonprofit lobbying group whose website will organize activism around a set of conservative "core principles," she said.

Roseanne Barr lambasts LDS for causing suicide
Roseanne Barr tells off the Mormon Church for causing the son of Marie Osmond to commit suicide: "Marie Osmonds poor gay son killed himself because he had been told how wrong and how sick he was every day of his life by his church and the people in it. ...I know so many mormon kids who were gay and committed suicide, and I just cannot and will not stay quiet in order to not offend bigots anymore. It is all so terribly depressing."

Limbaugh threatens to leave US if Obamacare Ok'd
In a tirade against the White House health insurance "reform", Limbaugh threatened to leave the United States and immigrate to Costa Rica if the bill passes. An unusual choice, as this is a country with one of the longest standing socialized healthcare and best run systems on the planet. Everyone here (including resident foreigners), are required to pay into the government-run health system, whether they use it or not. Could Limbaugh simply be ignorant?

Palin's family sought medical care in Canada
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, a fierce opponent of Democratic health-care reform efforts who has said America under President Obama is headed toward socialism, told a Canadian audience her family used to go to Canada to get socialist medical care when she was growing up. EDITOR's comment: Should we trust a preacher who rails against the evils of alcohol, but takes his family out to a bar?

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

CA Democratic Convention, LA April 17-18
This great party convention will be in Los Angeles this year, at the LA Convention Center. It is open to the public. Great speakers, the place where new ideas are born, friendships and alliance begin. WEBSITE HERE

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