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Event Reminders:

Progressive Post Movie Night - "FUEL"
Wednesday, 09/01/2010
Thanks to an informative, buoyant tone and the director's own restless intelligence, the film preaches to the unconverted with passion, energy and graphics so clear that they would make Al Gore weep all over his PowerPoint. The New York Times

Sunset Poets Reading Celebrates Recovery Month
Sunday, 09/26/2010
Sunset Poets and the Addictions Ministry at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a poetry reading to celebrate Recovery Month at Palomar UU Fellowship in Vista. Everyone whose life has been touched by addiction should attend. Bring your non-poet friends (if you have any). There will be a featured segment focusing on addiction and recovery, and an open mike. In coming months we'll ask for your help in distributing flyers and spreading the word. By Dick Eiden.

North Co. LGBT BBQ at the Beach
Friday, 08/27/2010
The LGBT community and friends will enjoy the monthly BBQ party at the Oceanside Beach on Friday, Aug. 27th at 6:00 pm.

Demcco Meeting
Saturday, 08/28/2010
Speaker: Ivan C. Cole, Jr., Sr. Patrol Agent, San Clemente Border Patrol Station, on the history and current state of the Border Patrol and the San Clemente Station. Guests welcome.

The Suffrage Ball Dinner and Dancing
Saturday, 08/28/2010
The Suffrage Ball - The Fabulous Forties Dinner and Dancing. This year, the third annual event celebrates the 90th anniversary of the milestone of women gaining the right to vote, with the passage of the 19th Amendment, in 1920! This event features the Sue Palmer Orchestra, Costume and Dance contests, and Historic Reenactments.

Countywide Party Kickoff and Rally
Sunday, 08/29/2010
You're invited to join Democrats and friends from around the county this summer for good food, live music, greetings from our elected officials and candidates, and an update on our plans to WIN IN 2010! Attendance will be free of charge.

Special Film Showing:
Monday, 08/30/2010
Oceanside -In his feature-length documentary, "The Big Uneasy", humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer gets the inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented. Shearer was able to interview the corps' New Orleans District commander, Col. Robert Sinkler. But Sinkler ("love the name," Shearer joked) and other spokesmen are outnumbered in "The Big Uneasy" by critics and whistleblowers who called attention to the corps' failings before and after Katrina.

Free Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch
Friday, 09/03/2010
2010 Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad. Free admission! Film on Sep. 3 is City Streets, 1938. All films begin at sunset and star Leo Carrillo, an actor most famous for his role as Pancho in the TV show "Cisco Kid" during the 1960s. Carillo was also politically active and an environmentalist way ahead of his time.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Monday, 09/06/2010
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Free Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch
Friday, 09/10/2010
2010 Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad. Free admission! Film on Sep. 10 is Sin Town, 1942. All films begin at sunset and star Leo Carrillo, an actor most famous for his role as Pancho in the TV show "Cisco Kid" during the 1960s. Carillo was also politically active and an environmentalist way ahead of his time.

Steve Gronke speaker at Fallbrook Dem. Picinic
Saturday, 09/11/2010
The Fallbrook Democratic Club will hold its sixth Annual Fall Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Great food, speakers, a silent auction and live music by local guitarist and singer Larry Robinson will entertain guests in an outdoor patio setting at 1815 S. Stagecoach Lane. Keynote speaker will be Jess Durfee, Chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party. Featured speaker will be STEVE GRONKE, candidate for SD Supervisor.

Escondido Democratic Club Meets
Saturday, 09/11/2010
TOPIC: Mayor and City Council races. A candidate forum with four candidates for Mayor and seven candidates for Council will be held, and endorsement votes taken.

NC Film Club Screens Live Action Shorts
Sunday, 09/12/2010
The North County Film Club presents Academy Award Nominated ďLive ActionĒ Shorts from 2009.

Free Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch
Friday, 09/17/2010
2010 Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad. Free admission! Film on Sep. 17 is Lillian Russell, 1940. All films begin at sunset and star Leo Carrillo, an actor most famous for his role as Pancho in the TV show "Cisco Kid" during the 1960s. Carillo was also politically active and an environmentalist way ahead of his time.

Free Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch
Friday, 09/24/2010
2010 Film Nights at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad. Free admission! Film on Sep. 24 is Honolulu Lu, 1941. All films begin at sunset and star Leo Carrillo, an actor most famous for his role as Pancho in the TV show "Cisco Kid" during the 1960s. Carillo was also politically active and an environmentalist way ahead of his time.

Demcco Meeting
Saturday, 09/25/2010
All regular meetings start at 10 a.m. at the Carlsbad Womanís Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Music Festival
Sunday, 09/26/2010
Mark your calendars! The Carlsbad Music Festival will take place on September 24 - 26, 2010. Information regarding artist line-up, times and ticket prices will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Katz for Congress Golf Tournament
Friday, 10/01/2010
Drive Katz into Congress-join your friends for a 4-person best ball golf tournament to benefit the Howard Katz For Congress campaign! He is running against Darrell Issa in Californiaís 49th Congressional District.

Environmental Health Coalition's 30th Anniversary!
Saturday, 10/02/2010
30th Anniversary Celebration For Environmental Health Coalition! Special performance by Teatro Izcalli.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Thursday, 10/07/2010
This is a list of Democratic and progressive events in San Diego County:

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Carlsbad Music Festival
Friday, 09/24/2010
Mark your calendars! The Carlsbad Music Festival will take place on September 24 - 26, 2010. Information regarding artist line-up, times and ticket prices will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Carlsbad Music Festival
Saturday, 09/25/2010
Mark your calendars! The Carlsbad Music Festival will take place on September 24 - 26, 2010. Information regarding artist line-up, times and ticket prices will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

This 'N That

The absence of risk is a sure sign of mediocrity.
- Charles de Foucauld

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

War is an act of violence pushed to its utmost limits.
- Major General Carl von Clausewitz, 1832

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
- George Eliot

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
- Johann Christoph Schiller

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

You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw

The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King

All works of love are works of peace.
- Mother Teresa

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
- Dorothy Thompson

When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
- Basil the Great

Compromise does not mean cowardice.
- John F. Kennedy

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

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

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

The story of the human race is characterized by efforts to get along much more than by violent disputes, although it's the latter that make the history books. Violence is actually exceptional. The human race has survived because of cooperation, not aggression.
- Gerard Vanderhaar


Articles & News:

Rep. Bilbray embraces Ties With Alleged Hate Group
News
Brian Bilbray cornered by 10News reporter about his close ties with a national hate group. The 10News I-Team learned Bilbray is on the Federation for American Immigration Reform's board of advisors, spent three years as a lobbyist for the hate group where he earned $300,000 and has accepted campaign contributions from FAIR political action committees.

Muslim hatred has exploded in America
Article
An American journalist chastises rabbi for not spouting hate against all Muslims. Scapegoating Muslims has become the political ticket to success. Another rabbi declares "Now is the time to hate" Muslims. An insane fear and hatred has seized America. "It's a witches' brew that is being stirred up, and it is one that will no doubt produce violence. But the witches are not all on the right." By MJ Rosenberg

Ten things I know about the Mosque
Article
"If there is to be a memorial, let it not be of stone and steel. Fly no flag above it, for it is not the possession of a nation but a sorrow shared with the world. Let it be a green field, with trees and flowers. Let there be paths that wind through the shade. Put out park benches where old people can sun in the springtime, and a pond where children can skate in the winter. " By Roger Ebert

Obamaís increasingly absurd gay marriage position.
Article
The first lesson is that history does not look kindly on timid presidential conduct on matters of civil and constitutional rights. "Woodrow Wilson is today remembered as a near-great president, but his indifference on questions of gender and race is more than a bit unflattering in retrospect. Second, like Wilson, Obama is running out of time to stay ahead of history." By Richard Just - The New Republic

Who is Joe Miller from Alaska?
Article
"Joe" Miller is an attorney and the GOP candidate for election to a seat in the United States Senate from the state of Alaska in the November 2010 general election. He has upended the Republican establishment in Alaska. A bright young radical who proposes: # Abolish the Department of Education # Abolish the National Endowment for the Arts # Cut off American funding for the United Nations # Cut American foreign aid # Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And he may have won the election.

Separation of Church and Hate: The NY Mosque
Article
Separation of Church and Hate: The Mosque Solution. Since everyone seems to have an opinion about the mosque near Ground Zero (and President Obama has two), I'd like to ask you all a couple of questions...

Blackwater owner, Erik Prince, flees U.S.
Article
New York Times:: Erik Prince, whose company, Blackwater Worldwide, is for sale and whose former top managers are facing criminal charges, has left the United States and moved to Abu Dhabi, according to court documents.

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

Bilbray's hate group drafted AZ immigrant law
News
The hate group on which Brian Bilbray served 3 years as a lobbyist has a vile record of racism, anti-Semitism, eugenics and white supremacy, as told by this article from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is the foremost legal organization keeping tabs on hate groups in our country. Yet Bilbray still will not sever his relation with the group.

Drunk shouts 'terrorists,' urinates on mosque rugs
Article
MSNBC Aug. 26 - In the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim incidents over the last two days, an intoxicated man entered a mosque in Queens on Wednesday evening and proceeded to urinate on prayer rugs, New York police officials said.

A caffeinated debate over a hallowed harbor
Article
"A FIERCE public debate has broken out over plans to build a Starbucks coffeehouse two blocks from Boston Harbor. The harbor is where the 1773 Boston Tea Party took place, when colonists spilled a shipload of British tea to protest high taxes." A spoof by Ben Kull"

The right-wing, blinded by its own hysteria
Article
The Park51 Mosque in NY - "It is by now firmly established that the project, dubbed Park51, is promoted by a peacenik Muslim cleric whose sermons often sound a bit like the musings of new-age guru Deepak Chopra. It is also undisputed fact that the imam in question, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is such a moderate that the U.S. government regularly sends him as an emissary to Muslim countries to preach peace, coexistence and dialogue. Yet right-wing commentators and politicians have twisted themselves in knots to portray the Park51 project as a grievous assault -- and "the American people" as victims. By Eugene Robinson - NY TIMES

Summer of Loving - Roy Zimmerman


Words and music by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby Roy Zimmerman is joined by Laura Love ( http://www.lauralove.net/ ), John McCutcheon ( http://folkmusic.com/homepage/ ) and Sandy O. of Emma's Revolution ( http://www.emmasrevolution.com. Please visit http://www.royzimmerman.com/

Ted Olson: Why Prop 8 is a loser's position


Constitutional lawyer, Ted Olson, in his victory over Prop 8 speech, calls this a great victory for individual and civil rights under the U.S. Constitution. A short, but great speech.

Senior Republican Ken Mehlman comes out as gay
News
Aug. 26 - One of the key architects of the Bush-era Republican election machine that exploited anti-gay prejudices to motivate its conservative base has disclosed that he is gay and is lobbying to legalise same-sex marriage. "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," said Ken Mehlman, a former chairman of the Republican national committee and the manager of George Bush's 2004 presidential campaign, in an interview published on the Atlantic's website.

'Obama too much like GW Bush' - The fringe left ?
Article
Glenn Greenwald: "You may think that the reason you're dissatisfied with the Obama administration is because of substantive objections to their policies: that they've done so little about crisis-level unemployment, foreclosures and widespread economic misery. Or because of the White House's apparently endless devotion to Wall Street. Or because the President has escalated a miserable, pointless and unwinnable war that is entering its ninth year. Or because he has claimed the power to imprison people for life with no charges and to assassinate American citizens without due process, intensified the secrecy weapons and immunity instruments abused by his predecessor... " But if so, you are part of the lunatic fringe left and need to be drug tested.

GOP tax cuts for the powerfully rich
Article
By Paul Krugman - "itís hard to think of a less cost-effective way to help the economy than giving money to people who already have plenty, and arenít likely to spend a windfall. No, this has nothing to do with sound economic policy. ...itís about a dysfunctional and corrupt political culture, in which Congress wonít take action to revive the economy, pleads poverty when it comes to protecting the jobs of schoolteachers and firefighters, but declares cost no object when it comes to sparing the already wealthy even the slightest financial inconvenience."

TOP SECRET AMERICA: New investigative website
News
"Top Secret America" is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001. More than a dozen Washington Post journalists spent two years developing Top Secret America. Top Secret America

Mayor Bloomberg: 'Islam did not attack WTC'


Aug. 25 - New York City Mayor Bloomberg re-upped his support last night for the right of Muslims to build the Cordoba House Islamic center near Ground Zero. Speaking to Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan with an Iftar dinner, Bloomberg reiterated that "we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with Al Qaeda." He added that the debate over the proposed site must be "civil and respectful." Watch a clip from the speech:

There Are No Heroes in Illegal and Immoral Wars
Article
U.S. officials' claims that the invasions were necessary to protect us from terrorism or locate weapons of mass destruction were never plausible and have been exposed as lies. The world is a more dangerous place today than it was in 2001, when sensible changes in U.S. foreign policy and vigorous law enforcement in collaboration with other nations could have made us safer. By Robert Jensen

POLL: 52% Americans now support gay marriage
Article
For the first time a national poll showed majority support for same-sex marriage. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows the gap widens dramatically when age is taken into account. Nearly six in ten Americans under the age of 50 say gay rights are protected under the Constitution. Only 38 percent of Americans over the age of 50 say the same thing. [Perhaps the GOP should start supporing Medicare so their voting base lives longer?]

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