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Lets all celebrate Pres. Obama's birthday Aug. 4
Since his historic election, President Obama has been inundated with a barrage of venomous criticism. What a blessing to the world that little Barack Obama was born on Aug. 14, 1961. Let's dig out our Obama buttons or tee shirts, wear a red, white, and blue tri-color ribbon or clothing on August 4th. Let's celebrate President Obama's birthday on Aug. 4 from shore to shore. Let the whole world know we stand behind him. Read More

Event Reminders:

LGBT and friends: BBQ at Oceanside Beach
Friday, 07/30/2010
The North County LGBT Coalition & Equality CA are having a social at the Oceanside Beach on Friday, July 30th at 6:00pm. Just north of the pier. (see map).

This 'N That

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
- Gladstone

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

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

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

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.
- Ken Keyes, Jr., quoted in Catholic Digest, June 2000

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

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
- Jane Addams

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

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids both rich and poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
- Anatole France

The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
- Barbara Deming

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

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
- African Proverb

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
- Longfellow

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

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

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

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

The maxim that people should not have a right till they are ready to exercise it properly, is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- Macaulay

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

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
- John Cage

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler

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

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

Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash, your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them.
- William Faulkner

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
- Heda Bejar

If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed for.
- Chinese Proverb

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

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
- Stanislaw Lem

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

Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth of all peoples...is the great spiritual challenge of our time.
- Sam Keen

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

In India when we meet and part we often say, "Namaste," which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us….. "Namaste."
- Ram Dass

Articles & News:

POLL: Americans blame BUSH, not Obama
Bloomberg news - "Democrats, facing a U.S. electorate angry about the economy and other issues, still have one political asset: George W. Bush. The former Republican president is blamed more than President Barack Obama for the budget deficit, unemployment and illegal immigration, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted July 9-12."

Prop 8 ruling could be much more important
More significant than the Mass. ruling could be the outcome of the California case. There, U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker is being asked to decide whether voters violated the U.S. Constitution by passing Proposition 8, a referendum measure two years ago that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Supporters of gay marriage say the outcome of that case could be as significant from a civil rights perspective as Loving v. Virginia, the case that invalidated that state's ban on interracial marriage.

Portugues soccer play plays the gay style
Handsome Portuguese soccer star Cristinao Ronaldo, a strong supporter of gay marriage, is rumored to be gay -- or at least very gay friendly. Photos at CLICK HERE

Vote for your all-star candidate now !
There are some really mean-spirited (Evil?) people running for Congress this year - like incumbent Virginia Foxx, who said Matthew Shepard's murder was "a hoax" being "used as an excuse for passing hate crimes bills"; and Rep. John Campbell of Orange County, a birther who cosponsored a bill requiring presidential candidates show their birth certificates when filing papers to run for office. Democracy for America is conducting an campaign drive to replace them with stellar Democrats. Vote for one candidate.

Can a cop really lose such complete self-control?
A soul-pounding poem by Kit-Bacon Gressitt of Fallbrook dramatizes the injustice against the citizens of Oakland and America the LA court decision that the murder of an innocent man in a subway station by a BART officer was "involuntary manslaughter." - LINK: "Excuse me, I'm writing"

Angels in Fallbrook - a Short Story
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt of Fallbrook - "'Mama, what do angels look like?' This, my small kiddo asks. In the throes of divorce. Of making a game of beans and rice. Of sorrow. Of innocent query and wonderment. This she asks. How shall I answer? What can I say that would not be a lie passing my lips?"

Marriage equality prevails in Massachusetts
EDITORIAL, San Francisco Chronicle: "Even as Californians await a ruling on the legal challenge to Proposition 8, the constitutional arguments to lift the entrenched discrimination against same-sex couples received an important though incremental validation in a federal court in Massachusetts last week. ... Time is on the side of marriage equality, even if the clock is moving slowly, and discrimination endures as the legal process advances."

Your Tax Dollars at Work—in West Bank Settlements
" Many of the U.S.-based pro-settlement forces are connected to extreme Israeli nationalist groups with proven records of violence (including the heirs of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane) or to the wilder pulpits of Christian extremism, such as the one occupied by the hysterical Rev. John Hagee, ... It comes as no surprise to find that much of the material provided by these 'charitable' fronts consists of sniper equipment, night-vision binoculars, bulletproof vehicles, and guard dogs." By Christopher Hitchens

How Issa, Bilbray voted on important bills:
To view how Rep. Darrell Issa voted on key bills, CLICK HERE. To view how Rep. Brian Bilbray voted on key bills, CLICK HERE.

Killing For Fun; Military Madness of Gen Mattis
"Successful professionals enjoy their work. The Obama administration has picked a successful and happy warrior in Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to head the US Central Command. The command includes all US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the entire Middle East and Central Asia. Mattis has gloated that it is 'fun to shoot some people" and "have a plan to kill everybody you meet'." By Tom Turnipseed

The perfect summer salad - for your Health!
This is the perfect summer salad for a picnic or to for a pot luck: Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber and Tomato Salad. From the NY Times. The photo will make your mouth water!

'Financial Reform' destined to fail
By Robert Reich - "The American people will continue to have to foot the bill for the mistakes of Wall Street's biggest banks because the legislation does nothing to diminish the economic and political power of these giants. It does not cap their size. It does not resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act that once separated commercial (normal) banking from investment (casino) banking. It does not even link the pay of their traders and top executives to long-term performance. In other words, it does nothing to change their basic structure."

Petition Darrell Issa to Improve Democracy
MoveOn has launched a petition drive called the Other 98% campaign. It asks people to sign a "Fight Washington Corruption" pledge—a blueprint for a better democracy written with the help of MoveOn members across the country. It calls on Congress to: Overturn Citizens United to remove unlimited corporate money from politics. Pass the Fair Elections Now Act to publicly finance elections. Enact a Lobbyist Reform Act to reduce the influence of corporate lobbyists. MoveOn launched a huge campaign to get every member of Congress to commit to this pledge. At the end of July, MoveOn members will be taking this request to Representative Darrell Issa. We'll ask him to chose between standing with big corporations or standing with us.

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


Are Tea Parties racist?
An Iowa Tea Party group placed a billboard comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin, pressured to remove it. "It seems that anyone who disagrees with the far left, socialist policies of Barack Obama and the current administration is subject to the heavy hand of the race card. This card is generally played when all else has failed. It was inevitable that it would eventually be used aggressively against the tea party movement." NY TIMES By Tobin Harshaw.

Taking Financial Reform into Our Own Hands
"big banks have not been facilitating the real economy so much as consuming it. What would a banking system truly aligned with the interests of households and businesses look like? For one, it would be composed primarily of small, locally owned banks and credit unions. Unlike big banks, local financial institutions devote nearly all of their resources to core banking activities, namely taking deposits and making loans. Their fortunes are thus inextricably linked to the well-being of their depositors and borrowers. They prosper only when their communities do."

Collapse next time around will be global.
By Chris Hedges - "The human species during its brief time on Earth has exhibited a remarkable capacity to kill itself off. The Cro-Magnons dispatched the gentler Neanderthals. The conquistadors, with the help of smallpox, decimated the native populations in the Americas. Modern industrial warfare in the 20th century took at least 100 million lives, most of them civilians. And now we sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species."

Catholic hospital demotes nurse over abortion
ACLU: - "A Catholic-owned hospital in Arizona recently made national headlines for demoting a nun for approving an abortion for a pregnant mother of four to save her life. While most of us would like to think this was an isolated incident, based on the Catholic Church's response and other reports, it wasn't, and it won't be."

Peter Sprigg explains Prop 8 in 2 minutes

Peter Barber Gallagher-Sprigg explains what happened that gutted the defense of the anti-gay marriage case.

Hiroshima: A criminal act on epic scale,
The US dropped the first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act on an epic scale. It was premeditated mass murder that unleashed a weapon of intrinsic criminality. For this reason its apologists have sought refuge in the mythology of the ultimate "good war", whose "ethical bath", as Richard Drayton called it, has allowed the west not only to expiate its bloody imperial past but to promote 60 years of rapacious war, always beneath the shadow of The Bomb. By John Pilger

How Issa, Bilbray voted on important bills:
To view how Rep. Darrell Issa voted on key bills, CLICK HERE. To view how Rep. Brian Bilbray voted on key bills, CLICK HERE.

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