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How far does the right to HATE extend?
Defending the freedom to hate: Supreme Court to take up anti-gay-protest case.

You will be furious when you finish this column. Fair warning.

~ From the Seattle Times Read More

Event Reminders:

Prof. Marjorie Cohn to speak to SD Vets for Peace
Tuesday, 04/06/2010
Professor Marjorie Cohn, Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a prolific author, will speak at the monthly meeting of San Diego Veterans For Peace. Her topic will be: Illegality of the Afghanistan- Pakistan Wars.

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.

LGBT Coalition Meets, Author Featured
Wednesday, 04/07/2010
The North County LGBT Coalition monthly meeting will be April 7 at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad. Jennifer Schumaker, a community activist and writer, will introduce Walter G. Meyer, the author of "Rounding Third", a brilliant story of jock culture. All are welcome.

Escondido Democratic Club meets
Saturday, 04/10/2010
Top-two Open Primary — the answer to legislative gridlock? California State Senator Abel Maldonado thinks so, and he insisted on a vote by the people as his price for supporting a budget deal in February 2009. That vote is approaching in June 2010. But does the idea help a dysfunctional legislature? Admission and parking are free.

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.

Documentary film: 9500 Liberty
Saturday, 04/10/2010
See an award-winning documentary film by Eric Byler and Annabel Park based on America's explosive battle over immigration policy in Prince William County, Virginia.

Dr. Lucas: The role of physicians in health cost
Sunday, 04/11/2010
Dr. Zoltan Lucas will surprise you with revelations on "The role physicians play in the high costs of health care" in his presentation at the meeting of the Progressive Democrats of North County in Vista on Sunday, April 11, at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1:30PM.

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

Sunset Poets Feature San Diego Poet Kim Noriega
Sunday, 04/18/2010
Sunset Poets will feature San Diego poet Kim Noriega, who will read from her new book Name Me. We will also be celebrating National Poetry Month. Bring your party hat! Free.

Vegetarian Day @ Your Library
Saturday, 04/24/2010
The Lemon Grove Library will be hosting our annual: “Vegetarian Day @ Your Library”. Last year Activist San Diego had over 1000 attendees and by far our largest event thus far. Donations and Presenters Wanted!

Midge Costanza: A Tribute
Saturday, 04/24/2010
A memorial service for Midge Costanza has been scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N., in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Midge Costanza Institute for the Study of Politics and Public Policy at San Diego State University. By Chris Nava, Vice President for Political Action.

The Fourth Annual Sleepless in San Diego
Saturday, 04/24/2010
Spend the night under the stars to raise awareness about homelessness in our community. San Diego is home to approximately 10,000 homeless men, women, and children.

The Border Voices 17th Annual Poetry Fair
Saturday, 05/01/2010
The Border Voices 17th Annual Poetry Fair Saturday, May 1st, SDSU's new Alumni Center (PPGAC Alumni Center)

MAY Day Dance - LGBT in Oceanside
Saturday, 05/01/2010
May 1st - Dance 4 Equality 2 - Come join us for another Dance 4 Equality on SATURDAY, May 1st from 5:30-9pm at the Oceanside Community Rooms. 330 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA. DJ Rob will be rockin' the evening again. Tickets will be only $2. If your organization is interested in a vendor table, they are only $10, but there is a limit of 20 tables.

NC Film Club Series Offers "Transamerica"
Sunday, 05/02/2010
North County film Club is promoting a series of 10 independent, limited release and foreign films at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Market 13 $7 each. Each showing begins at 4pm.

Striving to Reclaim Public Education
Saturday, 05/15/2010
4th Annual Conference: Striving For True Praxis to Reclaim Public Education. The Association of Raza Educators (A. R. E.) will hold its annual conference. Over 500 educators, students, and community members are expected to attend.

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

I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.
- Mohandas Gandhi

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.
- Martin Luther (1483-1546)

In separateness lies the world's great misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.
- Buddha

Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them whenever they require it... If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
- Henry David Thoreau

The God of life summons us to life; more, to be lifegivers, especially toward those who lie under the heel of the powers.
- Daniel Berrigan

And all good things are yours.
- Swedish proverb

The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans.
- - From the Christmas Message 2001 of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.
- (Carl) Frederick Buechner

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
- Pablo Casals

There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the establishment and nothing more corrupting.
- Unknown

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

Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength? Who better than we should know all the power that resides in noncooperation?
- Barbara Deming

Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.
- Will Rogers

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift

Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
- H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Articles & News:

Papal Indulgences for Pedophilia
By Katha Pollitt - Editor of THE NATION. "The church has yet to learn that lesson. There is a positively Nixonian smarmy truculence in the response of church hierarchs to the ongoing scandal, which now involves Pope Benedict XVI himself. On Palm Sunday, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan urged worshipers at St. Patrick's Cathedral to show "love and solidarity for our earthly shepherd now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus." [This provoked widespread outrage against the Archbishop.]

California Nurses Assn. Endorses Tracy Emblem
The California Nurses Association has endorsed Tracy Emblem for United States Congress in California's 50th District. The California Nurses Association is part of the National Nurses Organizing Committee and a member of the AFL-CIO. Also, Brig. Gen. David Brahms (Ret.) of Carlsbad endorses Emblem.

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.

Petition Deadline Apr 12 for repeal of PROP 8
The deadline for receipt of all petition signatures for the repeal of PROP 8 is fast approaching: April 12. Latest poll shows for first time in CA history that a majority of Californians favor same-sex marriage. The petition drive to restore GAY marriage is being 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. Print your own gay marriage iniative petition

Vets for Peace help feed the hungry in SD
Vets for Peace joined in to assist the Bethel AME Church with their "WE DARE TO CARE" homeless feeding outreach. About 20 people assemble and deliver food to the homeless downtown on the last Friday of each month. The next outreach will the Friday, April 30th at 2 PM at the church.

Midge Costanza, champion for women, gay rights
Midge Costanza, once the top woman in Jimmy Carter’s White House and a fixture in San Diego Democratic politics for 20 years, died Tuesday at the age of 73. She was a relentless, scrappy fighter for women's and gay rights.

GOP - Going to Extreme on health care
By Paul Krugman "If you care about America’s future, you can’t be happy as extremists take full control of one of our two great political parties...What has been really striking has been the ... rhetoric of the G.O.P., coming not from some radical fringe but from the party’s leaders. John Boehner, the House minority leader, declared that the passage of health reform was 'Armageddon.'"

Stopping the health-care madness
"Let's not pretend anymore that the tea party movement is harmless. The right to protest is one of our cherished American freedoms. But there is no right to vandalism, no right to threaten our elected officials' lives. Someone is going to get hurt unless those who lead the movement -- and those who exploit it -- start acting like responsible adults." By Eugene Robinson, WASHINGTON POST

OBAMA - Another broken campaign promise
Was President Obama deluded and misinformed when he gave his Aug 4, 2008 speech, promising to oppose offshore oil drilling, or is he once again deluded in his current belief that he can bribe oil corporations to support a sustainable energy policy by offering them a plum? Read his campaign speech:

Feinstein declares support for Sunrise Power Link
SHOCKER: Sen. Dianne Feinstein displays her complete unfamiliarity with the Powerlink Project, stating she know of "no opposition" to the destructive energy project to build gigantic power lines and towers from East County to the coastal region. East County Magazine writer, Miriam Rafferty gives the truthful facts of the proposed project.

OBAMA - Another broken campaign promise

OBAMA, June 20, 2008 - "[Offshore oil] wouldn't do a thing to lower gas prices is a new proposal by John McCain -- a proposal also adopted by George Bush as well -- to open up Florida's coastline to offshore drilling. In what's become a bit of a regular occurrence in this campaign, Senator McCain once had a different position on offshore drilling. And it's clear why he did. It would have long term consequences for our coastlines but no short term benefits since it would take at least ten years to get any oil. you wouldn't see any full production out of any oil drilling off the coasts until 2030. It will take a generation to reach full production and even then the effect on gas prices will be minimal at best."

Jerry Brown was way ahead of his time, a visionary
Jerry Brown: He's nearly as scrappy as he was in 1975, when the Democrat first became governor of the Golden State, succeeding Ronald Reagan. Brown was considered a visionary by some and a pain in the neck by many. "I was 36 years old at the time. I was in a hurry," Brown said. He was ahead of his time on environmental issues, pushing solar power. He also wanted a space satellite for California's emergency communications, earning him the laudable nickname "Governor Moonbeam." The state eventually adopted his idea.

Thuggish racism, bigotry permeates TEA baggers
"... watch almost any interview with Tea Baggers on the healthcare bill. They display a shocking lack of understanding about what they were actually protesting. Many condemn 'socialized' medicine while not realizing that Medicare is a government program. It is also worth noting that those who are reportedly not fringe ideologues are nonetheless eerily comfortable protesting alongside the more fanatical goons." By Wayne Besen

A Bit of Tech Humor for Love Advice ...
A young woman writes a "Dear Abby" letter to Tech Support, asking for a suitable program after she last year upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

Help stop minority rule in the state legislature
There's a current petition drive to qualify an initiative to end the 2/3rds budget majority rule in California. That rule allows 1/3 of the legislature to hold the state back in approving any budget. The Democratic Party is supporting this initiative and urges everyone to circulate petitions.

Diaz asks Attorney General for checkpoint opinion
Escondido Council member Olga Diaz has requested a formal opinion from the state Attorney General on the legality of the city’s traffic checkpoints. Those opposing the checkpoints say court rulings make Escondido’s methods illegal, but the city attorney and police chief believe the checkpoints are legal. Diaz sought the Attorney General’s opinion to clear up the point. Get details in Edward Sifuentes’ story in North County Times, April 4, 2010.

Fabio for Fifth!
Vista citizen Fabio Marchi, age 48, is an official candidate for County of San Diego Board of Supervisors 5th District. He calls his campaign Fabio for Fifth. Fabio is a broker, engineer, contractor and fiscal conservative. He speaks Spanish, Italian, and English fluently. Fabio believes term limits are not the solution… Democracy is. Write-in movement started for Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood

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


Boy who lost mother pleads with Congress

11-year-old Marcelas Owens flew across the country from Seattle to join Senate Democrats in Washington, DC to rally support for an end to insurance industry abuses. Marcelas has been an advocate for health care reform since his mother died after she fell ill and lost her job and insurance coverage. "I am here because of my mom," said Owens. "My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work she lost her job. And when my mom lost her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life." Senate Democrats are working to put an end to insurance industry abuses that have denied coverage to hard working Americans when they get sick and need it the most.

Where We Going To Go (Climate Change)

Help people become aware what may happen to the planet if Global Warming is not curtailed. Music, words and performance by David Todd.

Tom Lehrer - Pollution

With Obama opening half our coast to oil drilling, it is time again to hear Tom Lehrer's message about our environment. TL Was Way ahead of his time!

The Age of Greed in full assault on the people
By Michael Moore: ~ It was amazing. On St. Patrick's Day, on the front page of the New York Times, every story told the story of how the Age of Greed, AKA "Capitalism" is slowly, but surely, killing us: Insurance corp. greed, war profiteers, NAFTA -- ON AND ON!

Obama makes key 'recess appointments'
On Saturday afternoon, March 27, the White House announced the recess appointments of 15 administration nominees, including openly lesbian Georgetown University Law Center professor Chai Feldblum to be a commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum was nominated by President Barack Obama on Sept. 14, 2009, more than six months ago.

News that came in after our deadline on April 5.

George Carlin - We Like War

George Carlin's "We Like War" standup routine. If not THE, certainly one of the best comedians ever. RIP George 1937-2008

Harvey Milk Day - May 22
May 22 Harvey Milk Day in California.

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