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Christian conservatives target seated judges
A group of conservative attorneys say they are on a mission from God to unseat four California judges in a rare challenge that is turning a traditionally snooze-button election into what both sides call a battle for the integrity of U.S. courts. Vowing to be God's ambassadors on the bench, the four San Diego Superior Court candidates are backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages. Read More

Israel's attack is state sponsored terrorism
"Israel attacked a flotilla of ships in international waters carrying food, medicine and other aid to Gaza, killing at least 10 civilians on board and injuring at least 30 more (many reports now put the numbers at 19 dead and 60 injured). The six-ship flotilla was carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid along with 600 people, all civilians, which included 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland and European legislators." By Glenn Greenwald Read More

Event Reminders:

Hearing to deny toxic Gregory Canyon Dump
Thursday, 06/03/2010
The Army Corp. of Engineers will conduct an open "Scoping Meeting" in San Marcos on Thursday, June 3 at 6:00PM. The Gregory Canyon Landfill is proposed to be carved into the side of a mountain sacred to the local Luiseño people. Environmental Health Coalition has opposed this project from the beginning because of environmental justice concerns. The dump would be located next to the Pala reservation, home to more than 600 people. The landfill would also contaminate the San Louis Rey River, (which the dump property straddles) which supplies water not only to the Pala tribe but also to the City of Oceanside.

Progressive Post Movie Night!
Saturday, 06/05/2010
Please join us for a special movie night as we present the heartwarming movie Under The Same Moon in the Progressive Post Theater in Vista as we continue our monthly

Progressive Post Movie Night!

ELECTION: SD Democratic Party Voter Guide
Tuesday, 06/08/2010
The following list is the San Diego Democratic Party's only official recommendations; please refer to it when you mark your ballot. Includes federal, state and local offices, plus ballot initiatives. Election, Tues. June 8

Protest Bilbray's support of Racial Profiling
Friday, 06/04/2010
Friday, June 4, Solano Beach: Citizens in North County are mobilizing to protest Brian Bilbray's extreme support for racial profiling and recent racist remarks (that 'illegal aliens' can be identified by their shoes and criminal behavior). The aim of the protest is to reach mainstream voters in November who would be persuaded to abandon an overtly bigoted candidate who has become an embarrassment to the community.

Escondido Festival for Peace & Friendship
Saturday, 06/05/2010
Americans for a "Department for Peace" will stage a festival for Peace & Friendship in Escondido, Grape Day Park. The Vets for Peace will have a table to promote peace. You are welcome to participate with the Vets for Peace.

ELECTION: Progressive Post endorsements
Monday, 06/07/2010
These are the Candidates and Initiatives endorsed by the Progressive Post. Where there are two equally qualified, we list both.

Fallbrook's Writers Read
Thursday, 06/10/2010
The next Fallbrook's Writers Read features the autobiographical writing of Lou Decker -- on June 10 (Thursday) at 6 p.m., at the Café des Artistes. Decker's reading will be followed by open mic for members of the public to share their original poetry and prose. Decker, a blue water sailor, military service veteran and retired educator, is the author of "Fingerprints"… a coffeehouse reader, a collection of evocative and generous essays that share his visions of far-flung lands and seas.

A Remarkable Success Story with Maurice Martin
Friday, 06/11/2010
Matters of Controversy: A Remarkable Success Story with special guest Maurice Martin. What happens to our troops when they transition from warrior to working class citizen? Army Veteran and Community Activist Maurice Martin is currently living in a homeless shelter. He continues to fight the demons of PTSD that followed him home and, as often happens, waited 18 years to erupt and turn his life upside down. Donation requested.

RITZ at the San Diego Zoo
Wednesday, 06/16/2010
The Zoo’s 2010 upscale black-tie event is themed "A Night In Paradise". Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Zoo’s tropical conservation programs in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

NC Film Club Series Offers The Lookout
Sunday, 06/20/2010
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.

DFA Campaign Academy in San Bernardino
Saturday, 07/10/2010
Democracy for America will host a campaign training academy in San Bernardino on Sat. July 10. 1. Learn how to plan and run a winning grassroots campaign. 2. Meet and hear from local progressive candidates. 3. Learn from trainers with decades of experience. 4. Mingle with other local progressive activists at social events. MUCH MORE. July 10 and 11th.

NC Film Club Series Offers Transsiberian
Sunday, 06/06/2010
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

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

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.

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

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

In the struggle rewards are few. In the fact, I know of only two, loving friends and living dreams. These rewards are not so few it seems.
- Anonymous

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

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

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

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

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

To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience. Nonviolent actions does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences. Nor does it have to petition those in power to do something about a situation. It can face the authorities with a new fact and say: Accept this new situation which we have created.
- Barbara Deming

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

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

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and errors, its successes and setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
- Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)Former UN General Secretary

All we ask, God, is to be safe from the rain, just warm enough in winter to watch the snow with a smile, have enough to eat so that our hunger will not turn us to angry beasts, and sanity enough to make justice that will not kill our love of life.
- Joseph Pinatauro

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

Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

Women prevent the threads of life from being broken. The finest minds have always understood the peacemaking role of women.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

Articles & News:

Live BP oil disaster live feed.
How did we allow industry to take our resources and use our environment as their personal toilet?

By Christine Assad, of Fallbrook - "1969 was very memorable to me as the year I soloed in a single engine plane; the year I bought my first new car, an avocado green Pontiac Firebird, and the year the Cuyahoga River caught on fire... Having grown up in Cleveland I was used to pollution... Having lived through the horror of pollution you can understand how upsetting it is to see what off-shore drilling is doing to the Ocean."

Oceanside: A city charter written by developers
Voters also face important decisions in the county's third-largest city, where Oceanside residents will be filling a City Council seat and considering a city charter measure written by Republican activists and bankrolled by developers. Democrat Chuck Lowery has been hitting the streets with his message of open government, safe neighborhoods, and environmental protection. The ProgressivePost gives Chuck its highest endorsement.

Undersea Oil in Gulf May Create Oxygen Dead Zones
"The millions of gallons of oil leaking from a broken well a mile under the Gulf of Mexico may create oxygen-depleting dead zones below the ocean, killing sea life and upsetting the region's ecology for decades, scientists say. Microbes in the sea that feed on oil seeping from the seabed are expected to consume most of the underwater oil from the leak, said Frank Muller-Karger, professor of biological oceanography at the University of South Florida. Businessweek

A simple, direct way to obtain 'Marriage Equality'
By Tracy Emblem - in 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act known as DOMA, which provides that no state needs to treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state. DOMA is blatantly unconstitutional because it violates the "full faith and credit" provision in Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. We should consider amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" placed next to the words "race and gender."

Navy survivor of 1967 USS Liberty returns to Gaza
Almost 43 years after Corpus Christi resident and former Navy signalman Joe Meadors manned the bridge of the U.S.S. Liberty as Israeli ships and planes attacked the clearly marked American ship in the eastern Mediterranean, he is about to sail close to the scene of the crime. But this time Meadors will be on a very different kind of mission: He will be taking part in the Freedom Flotilla, a multinational grassroots effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel's blockade of the Palestinian enclave.

Obama's most dangerous enemies
By Paul Krugman: - "They're as mad as hell, and they're not going to take this anymore. Am I talking about the Tea Partiers? No, I'm talking about the corporations. The antics of the socialism-and-death-panels crowd are only part of the story of anti-Obamaism, and arguably the less important part. If you really want to know wha's going on, watch the corporations."

BP prevented workers from wearing respirators
At least seven fishermen involved in the cleanup of the BP oil spill were hospitalized on Wednesday after reporting nausea, dizziness, headaches and chest pains. The fishermen were likely exposed to both the leaked oil and chemical dispersants. Clint Guidry, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, reports that BP threatened to fire workers who wore respirators, in ruse to deny any admission of toxicity which can be used in future liability cases.

BP's OTHER oil spill last Week
Greg Palast: BP had another large oil spill last week, up in Alaska. Willful negligence. "How does BP get away with it? The same way the Godfather got away with it: bad things happen to folks who blow the whistle. BP has a habit of hunting down and destroying the careers of those who warn of pipeline problems."

ARCO & AM/PM get their gas from BP
BP website: "The purpose of our business is to provide products that satisfy human needs, fuel progress and economic growth and to maintain and invest in a sustainable environment. Our US Brands Include: BP, ARCO, AM/PM and Castrol"

Battle to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell in Congress
Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell seems assured after actions by both the Senate and House last week, with implementation of civil rights for gays and lesbians by the year's end. But it may come with a bitter economic pill: waste of many $$billions on an unwanted military aircraft engine.

Evidence of strong anti-war sentiment in Germany
"Germany's president, Horst Köhler, resigned without warning today, after intense criticism of remarks in which he suggested military deployments were central to the country's economic interests. Köhler, 67, was accused of advocating a form of 'gunboat policy' after saying that a large economic power like Germany, with its significant global trading interests, must be willing to deploy its military abroad." Guardian, U.K.

The preposterous ideology of the Tea Party
The fundamental characteristic of the Tea Party is "constitutional conservatism." It adopts a rigorous tenent: If the Constitution does not specifically mention it, the federal government isn't allowed to do it. This represents a kind of 10th Amendment fundamentalism -- a muscular form of states' rights that would undo much of the federal role since Franklin Roosevelt, perhaps since Abraham Lincoln.

Stories and news that came in after our deadline:

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


Anything Goes - the BP Oil Spill Song

Sing and cut the rug - or you'll just start cryin' again.

Israel commits massacre on humanitarian flotilla
"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas described as a "massacre" the killing of at least 10 activists on Gaza-bound aid ships boarded by Israeli military forces on Monday. Turkey also condemned Israel's actions on Monday, denouncing them a "unacceptable" and summoning Israel's ambassador to discuss the incident - bringing already tense relations between the countries to new heights. The ministry said that Israel had violated International law and must now carry the consequences." Reuters and Haaretz Service

Good news poll: Halter leads Lincoln in Ark.
True Blue Democrat Bill Halter is leading "bluedog Democrat" Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas senate race, in the latest poll, and outpacing her also in rundraising. Daily Kos poll released on Thursday showed that he leads Lincoln by a margin of 47 percent to 44 percent -- the second straight poll to show the lieutenant governor on top. Lincoln's political career appears ended.

A 20 yr old genius created this short video

This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant. Make sure you read as well as listen...forward and backward. This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old. The contest was titled "u @ 50" by AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause. So simple and yet so brilliant. PAY ATTENTION! LISTEN AND READ CAREFULLY. A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite.

Kids Peace Song - Peter Alsop

Peter Alsop, the son-in-law of Will Gear has written and performed wonderful songs since the 1970's. Enjoy!

Why the ProgressivePost endorses Prop 15:
Elections should be WON, not bought. Are you outraged by the amount of money in politics and the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts on campaigns? We have many serious problems to fix in California, from our schools to our budget to our health care system. But rather than solving California’s problems, politicians are busy raising money for their campaigns. We need to get politicians out of the fundraising game so they will focus on our priorities. Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act, does precisely that.

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

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