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DO or DIE: Milit apropriations, Dream Act, DADT
INSIGHTS - by Joe Howard Crews - One single bill must be addressed by the lame duck Senate before Thanksgiving: The Military appropriations bill, which also includes repeat of the hateful DADT law, and enactment of the Dream Act. This is a "do or die" effort - failure would mean no passage of these two provisions for at least two years . Read More

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RUSS FEINGOLD for the US Supreme Court!

By Joe Howard Crews Read More

Event Reminders:

A Prarie Home Companion Returns to SD
Wednesday, 11/17/2010
Special Pre-Sale opportunity to the live radio broadcast of A Prarie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Get your tickets now before they go on public sale! Presented by Broadway San Diego.

Riparian restoration at Anstine Reserve in Vista
Saturday, 11/20/2010
If you’re looking for a hands on project this month, this is another opportunity for you! The Anstine reserve will be planting in the willow riparian area to begin restoring the woodlands there.

Restoration Work at Buena Vista Creek Valley
Saturday, 11/20/2010
Preserve Calavera finished their grant funded project in the Buena Vista Valley in September, but will continue to help their little plants out for awhile yet, and start restoring the rest of the valley. This month's work session will include weeding and mulching the original 1.8 acre site and harvesting and planting willow cuttings on an adjacent piece of land that is now just a weed patch.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Saturday, 11/20/2010
Please join the North County LGBT Coalition and Gender Journeys in honoring the victims of hate who have been killed during the past year. On November 20, 2010 there will be a Candlelight Vigil at 6pm in Oceanside in the Oceanside City Plaza. Speakers will include Morgana Mlodoch, Danielle McDonough, Stephie Bench, Brenda Watson and Nicole Murray-Ramirez.

NVA New Play Festival: A Christmas Carol
Friday, 11/26/2010
New Village Arts in Carlsbad continues to honor our commitment to bring new works of art to the San Diego community with a month-long festival of new plays!

Escondido Democratic Club Meets
Saturday, 12/04/2010
EDC is having a holiday party on Dec. 4. Watch for further info on our year-end Holiday Party!

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Thursday, 12/09/2010
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NVA New Play Festival: Picturing My Sister
Friday, 11/19/2010
New Village Arts in Carlsbad continues to honor our commitment to bring new works of art to the San Diego community with a month-long festival of new plays! Picturing My Sister is a World Premier production.

This 'N That

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
- From a letter written by Fra Giovanni, 1513

If you obey all the rules you will miss the fun.
- Katherine Hepburn

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

In History, stagnant waters, whether they be the stagnant waters of custom or those of despotism, harbour no life; life is dependent on the ripples created by a few eccentric individuals. In homage to that life & vitality, the community has to brave certain perils and must countenance a measure of heresy. One must live dangerously if one wants to live at all.
- Herbert Read

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

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
- Oscar Arias

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked [on the Jericho Road] was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'
- Martin Luther King

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
- Helen Keller

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

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

Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind. It is the deed that teaches not the name we give it.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

Peace begins when the hungry are fed.
- Anonymous

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.
- Marianne Moore

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

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
- Cesar Chavez

We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves cooperatively,sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common.
- Buckminster Fuller

By logic and reason we die hourly. By imagination we live.
- John Butler Yeats

War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off.
- Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
- Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Anglo-Irish essayist, journalist

The wolf shall also dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
- Isaiah 11:6

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

No one is so foolish as to prefer to peace, war, in which, instead of sons burying their fathers, fathers bury their sons.
- Croesus, King of Lydia, in Herodotus' The Persian Wars

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- Cesar Chavez

And all good things are yours.
- Swedish proverb

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

Sports plays a societal role in engendering jingoist and chauvinist attitudes. They're designed to organize a community to be committed to their gladiators.
- Noam Chomsky

I expect to pass through this world but once, therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not come this way again.
- Stephen Grellett 1773-1855

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.
- Leonardo Da Vinci

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

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

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
- Indira Gandhi, 1966

What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau

If all the Churches of Europe closed their doors until the drums ceased rolling they would act as a most powerful reminder that though the glory of war is a famous and ancient glory, it is not the final glory of God.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
- Henry Miller

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

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

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

Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
- Isaiah 40:4-5

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.
- Oscar Wilde

While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself.
- Doug Horton

If you see good in people, you radiate a harmonious loving energy which uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this habit, this energy will turn into a steady flow of love.
- Annamalai Swami

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

Articles & News:

CA Single Payer prospect superior with Jerry Brown
The election of Jerry Brown as governor gives single payer activists an historic opportunity. Had Meg Whitman been elected instead, there would be no possibility that she would sign our single payer bill, Sen. Mark Leno's SB 810. The health care crisis has worsened. Getting SB 810 passed in the Senate and the Assembly and successfully pressuring Brown to sign it will require single payer activists to work very hard. Fortunately, our movement starts from a strong position.

The Hijacked Deficit Commission
BY PAUL KRUGMAN - "as so often happens in modern Washington, a process meant to deal with real problems has been hijacked on behalf of an ideological agenda. Under the guise of facing our fiscal problems, Mr. Bowles and Mr. Simpson are trying to smuggle in the same old, same old — tax cuts for the rich and erosion of the social safety net. Can anything be salvaged from this wreck? I doubt it. The deficit commission should be told to fold its tents and go away."

EDITOR: CA stands as the progressive fortress
INSIGHTS - by Joe Howard Crews - The deadly red TEA tide swept across America Tuesday, drowning many progressive leaders and fortresses - but New England on the East Coast, and California on the "Left Coast" survived. As the largest, strongest and best positioned fortress for progress, CA must rearm quickly to build for the future, to show the rest of the nation the wisdom of "Government of the people, by the people and for the people." We are now America's best hope. Let's do it!

GOP Vodoo Economics
By Robert Reich - "Republicans don't believe in stimulating economies. They think markets eventually clear - once the pain is sufficient. Or in the immortal words of Herbert Hoover's treasury secretary, millionaire industrialist Andrew Mellon: 'Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmer, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. People will work harder, lead a more moral life.'" [CONCEPT: The economy collapsed because of immoral laborers.]

Bravo for Nancy Pelosi -A strong and true Democrat
"A lot of Democrats deserve a share of the blame for the shellacking they took last week, beginning with a president who shied away from defending his achievements. Nancy Pelosi, however, should not be high on that list." She is a skilled and proven leader who knows what is good for America. By Harold Meyerson

Oscar Grant's killer gets two year sentence?!
On Friday, Nov. 5, Los Angeles judge Robert Perry announced the sentence for Johannes Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer who killed Oscar Grant on a subway platform in January 2009. Mehserle will serve the minimum time possible for his involuntary manslaughter conviction — two years, with credit for the time he’s already spent in jail. He’ll be eligible for release in about seven months. ColorofChange.org describes the sentence as "a disappointing outcome in the wake of a tragic, senseless death." We at the Post want to carry that a bit further. Can anyone say unbelievably gross miscarriage of justice? Anyone?

Buck Up, People .... Progressives WON!
The dead weight of the Bluedog Democrats has been purged from Congress. More than half of these "Democrats in name only" lost their seats in Congress, which had to expend so many resources to cover their asses. Well, it did not pay off for them. Most of them lost, and the remaining members are the true Democrats. This will make it easier to unite with the true Progressive voice of the Democratic Party.

Brown and Kamala Harris: Vital for gay marriage
Equality California helped elect the first governor of California who truly supports the full equality of every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person in this state, Jerry Brown. And Kamala Harris is leading in what has become a very tight race for Attorney General. Victories in these two races are critical to winning the federal case against Prop. 8; both Brown and Harris have vowed not to appeal Judge Walker's historic ruling finding Prop. 8 unconstitutional.

Fake Democrats slaughtered by Tea Party
By Tracy Emblem of Escondido - "Out of the Ashes we can build strong Democratic leadership. Our nation's Independent voters were looking for strong leadership during the last two years. They did not get it. The lesson from Tuesday is simple. Democrats must be unified and elect real progressive democratic leaders that stand up for the people on the nation's issues."

Democrats should hold their ground
"In 2008, the largest number of voters in American history gave the Democrats their largest share of the presidential vote in 44 years and big majorities in the House and Senate. How did Republicans react? They held their ideological ground, refused to give an inch to the new president and insisted that persistent opposition would eventually yield them victory. On Nov. 2, it did. Yet now that Democrats have suffered a setback ... they are being counseled to do the opposite of what the Republicans did, especially by Republicans." BY E.J. Dionne, Jr

Kamala Harris widens lead slightly over Cooley
Kamala Harris takes slight lead At 4:30pm, Nov. 15th - On Sunday, Ace Smith, Harris' chief strategist, claimed "recent developments in Los Angeles County have made it abundantly clear that Steve Cooley's campaign is attempting to disqualify as many provisional ballots as possible" and called on the Cooley campaign to "immediately cease any tactics designed to disenfranchise voters."

For updates on official election returns, check CA Sec. of State Returns here.

Cartoons of the Week

Bush's Book !?

Why Bush seems so smart

Cartoon Tea Party GOP Marriage

CA leads nation in utilizing new health care law
The Obama administration just approved a $10 billion plan to help California expand its Medicaid program, which will likely mean health insurance for about half a million people who don't have it now. "...California [is] way out in front of other states in terms of getting people coverage, in terms of getting the system changes in place that are going to be needed to make health reform work."

Let's all tell Russ Feingold 'THANK YOU!'
We are sending a flood of THANKS to Russ Feingold, one of the great heroes of the progressive movement -- who stood up and fought for the people of his state and Americans across the country time and again -- often when no one else had the courage to lead. When other Democrats in Washington capitulated to President Bush and supported the war in Iraq, Senator Feingold stood up and voted against war. Two years later, he became the first Senator to call a withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Who ownes your genes? YOU do.
The U.S. government filed a friend-of-the-court brief last week in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) challenging patents on human genes. The government agreed with our stance that isolated DNA is not patentable. According to the government's brief, "The chemical structure of native human genes is a product of nature, and it is no less a product of nature when that structure is 'isolated' from its natural environment than are cotton fibers that have been separated from cotton seeds or coal that has been extracted from the earth."

Small Town Politics and Zen - from Fallbrook
By writer, journalist, teacher Kit-Bacon Gressitt - One recent evening, in the cool aftermath of scorching midterm elections, I listened to a writer read his poetry to a haphazard group of Fallbrookians. We were gathered at the Café des Artistes. Not the erstwhile Upper West Side watering hole of Manhattan’s creative aesthetes — those aficionados of dining amid the bare-nekid nymphs of Howard Chandler Christy — but the Café’s loving replica

Lizard Birth (just for silliness sake)
If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet syndrome, including toilet flush burials for dead goldfish, the story below will have you laughing. Overview: I had to take my son's lizard to the vet. Here's what happened:

Outstanding Letters to the Editor:
Here are some recent outstanding Letters to the Editor of the NC Times :

CA Democratic victory for gays in Assembly race
Another big CA Democratic victory: Dem Richard Pan defeats anti-gay Andy Pugno in an CA Assembly seat held by GOP for over two decades. Pugno, the author and legal counsel for the 2008 proposition to ban gay marriage was able to tap into the network of Proposition 8 supporters to build an early fundraising lead. But his activism also opened the door for attacks that his work to outlaw gay marriage and his opposition to abortion rights made him too extreme for the district.

SD election results - NC TIMES
For election results in San Diego County: http://www.nctimes.com/app/pages/election-results/?raceSection=sdCandidate

Late breaking news that did not reach our deadline:

Bush 'The Decider' - now the lying 'Explainer'

George W. Bush, in his new book, tries to re-write history, but "Today Show" host Matt Lauer and MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell make him squirm in this powerful interview about false statements Bush wrote in his new book. Bush becomes defensive, unrepentant of his handling of gross failures in Katrina and attacking Iraq for WMDs. He smirkingly defends Karl Rove ("Bush's Brain") and Dick Cheney (the "real president").

CIA faces second probe over videotape destruction
"The legal inquiries into the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the brutal interrogation of terror suspects may not be over after all. A day after the Justice Department announced that a special counsel had concluded his investigation into the matter without bringing criminal charges, officials of the National Archives and Records Administration signaled Wednesday that they plan to reopen their own long delayed probe into whether the agency's actions constituted an improper destruction of federal records." MSNBC

A couple for 44 years, still denied right to marry

Edith "Edie" Windsor, who shared her life with her late spouse, Thea Spyer, for 44 years, filed a lawsuit against the federal government for refusing to recognize their marriage. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the "Defense of Marriage Act", a federal statute that defines marriage for all federal purposes as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. Windsor and Spyer were married in Canada in 2007 and were considered married by their home state of New York.

Chalmers Johnson: the Military-Industrial Complex

"Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire" author Chalmers Johnson and his take on the Military-Industrial Complex, American defense spending and the coming downfall of the Empire.

Tax cuts where? The proof is in the pudding ...

... but the Republicans have no pudding. The TEA party people clamor incessantly for spending cuts, but no one can ever get a Republican politician to name even one specific program whatsoever that they would cut. They can't name them because their voters would freak out if they knew. Here, let me name a few for them: Social security, medicare, education, welfare. Basically any social programs that help the poor and middle class or working people of America.

Maggie Gallagher imposing her kind of marriage

A clever cartoon spoof on Maggie Gallagher explaining to St. Peter why he should let her through the Pearly Gates. St. Peter subjects her to a tough grilling on same-sex marriage. Quite clever, indeed!

BILL MOYERS: Plutocracy destroying our democracy

"Plutocracy and Democracy don't mix", states Bill Moyers. It is the rule of the rich, which is anathema to democracy. It is buying up and enslaving the political and spiritual soul of America. It greatest threat is controlling the minds of the weak and vulnerable segment of the populace though media propaganda. It uses the sacred tools of democracy to destroy democracy from within.

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.

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