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Event Reminders:

Lori Saldaña speaker, Fallbrook Dem Club, on Thu.
Thursday, 02/03/2011
The Fallbrook Democratic Club will meet on Thursday, Feb.3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fallbrook Public Utility District’s conference room, 990 East Mission Road. The guest speaker will be Lori Saldaña, who has announced her candidacy for the 2012 election relating to the 39thdistrict of the California State Senate.

Liberals opposing Obama due to his war policy
Friday, 02/04/2011
"We Will Oppose Obama As Long As He Supports War" is the name of a manifesto from Liberals of America, already signed by notable journalists, political and religious leaders. You can sign the declaration also: (See details)

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Friday, 02/04/2011
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NC Film Club Screens The Girl Who Played With Fire
Sunday, 02/06/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 continues with The Girl Who Played With Fire (in Swedish with English subtitles). Tech expert Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) becomes the prime suspect when two journalists, including Dag Svensson (Hans Christian Thulin), die after Millennium magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) launches an exposé of the Swedish sex trade. In Part 2 of the trilogy based on the action novels of Stieg Larsson, the vampiric Salander vanishes as Blomkvist digs deep into a possible conspiracy.

Escondido Democratic Club Meets
Saturday, 02/12/2011
Your comments sought for 2011 Annual Plan! Club members discussed the proposed 2011 Annual Plan at the EDC meeting Saturday, January 8. Those present voted to give preliminary approval to the plan, with further discussion and final approval to take place at the February 12 meeting.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Tuesday, 02/22/2011
Make room for your new electronic gadgets and toys! Bring your discards to The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. The Solana Center is holding monthly electronic waste drop offs at their site at 137 N. El Camino Real. These events are co-sponsored by the city of Encinitas and Recycle San Diego.

NC Film Club:The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
Sunday, 02/27/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 continues with The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (in Swedish with English subtitles). Third in a trio of films inspired by Swedish author Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy," this thriller follows feisty computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) as she finds herself hospitalized, suspected of murder and targeted for death by thugs. Meanwhile, Lisbeth's journalist pal, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), crusades to prove her innocence. Daniel Alfredson directs this film that also stars Lena Endre and Jacob Ericksson

NC Film Club Presents Moon
Sunday, 03/06/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 rolls on with Moon, a drama. As he nears the end of a lonely three-year stint on the moon base Sarang, astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) begins to hear and see strange things. It's not long before Sam suspects that his employer -- the conglomerate LUNAR -- has other plans for him. Featuring Kevin Spacey as the voice of a robot, this sci-fi thriller also stars Matt Berry and Kaya Scodelario. The film was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

NVA Presents Eve Selis Returns
Saturday, 02/12/2011
New Village Arts Presents Eve Selis Returns on Feb. 12. "The Eve Selis Band erupted in an acute explosion of Americana, wailing and twanging and thundering and throbbing, conjuring demons and angels alike. Damn, that woman can sing!” —Buddy Blue, Blue Notes, December 8, 2005."Selis rocks me. Eve, you are a star.” —Chris Isaak

This 'N That

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

The idea of absolute freedom is fiction. It's based on the idea of an independent self. But, in fact, there's no such thing. There's no self without other people. There's no self without sunlight. There's no self without dew. And water. And bees to pollinate the food we eat....So the idea of behaving in a way that doesn't acknowledge those reciprocal relationships is not really freedom, it's indulgence.
- Peter Coyote

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
- St. Augustine

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

War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity...a daily crucifixion of Christ.
- Muriel Lester

Forge thy tongue on an anvil of truth and what flies up, though it be but a spark, will have light.
- Pindar

In April, we cannot see sunflowers in France, so we might say the sunflowers do not exist. But the local farmers have already planted thousands of seeds, and when they look at the bare hills, they may be able to see the sunflowers already. The sunflowers are there. They lack only the conditions of sun, heat, rain and July. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they do not exist.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

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

I believe we are on the edge of a quantum leap into a whole new way of organizing and living as a human family.
- Mairead Corrigan Maguire

Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.
- Madge Michaels-Cyrus

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
- Albert Camus

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

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.

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
- Abbie Hoffman

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

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

It is reasonable that every one who asks justice should do justice.
- Thomas Jefferson

There is a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that. The peace I am thinking of is not at the mercy of history's rule, nor is it a passive surrender to the status quo. The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one -- an activity that occurs most naturally, most often in the reading/writing world we live in. Accessible as it is, this particular kind of peace warrants vigilance.
- Toni Morrison, The Dancing Mind (1996)

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

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

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
- Jane Addams

Angry heart -- you have no chance against my prayers.
- Mary Moreno

War stirs in men's hearts the mud of their worst instincts. It puts a premium on violence, nourishes hatred, and gives free rein to cupidity. It crushes the weak, exalts the unworthy, and bolsters tyranny .. .Time and time again it has destroyed all ordered living, devastated hope, and put the prophets to death.
- Charles DeGaulle

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

If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution.
- Emma Goldman

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

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

When asked what he would do if he knew the world would end tomorrow, Martin Luther said, "I would plant a tree."
- Martin Luther

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

We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children.
- David Bower

Instead of tug o' war, let's play hug o' war.
- Shel Silverstein

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

There have been periods of history in which episodes of terrible violence occurred but for which the word violence was never used...Violence is shrouded in justifying myths that lend it moral legitimacy, and these myths for the most part kept people from recognizing the violence for what it was. The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they though of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed.
- Gil Bailie

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

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

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

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
- E. F. Schumacher

Articles & News:

Military detains Bradley Manning's gay friend
Military officials at the brig where accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning is imprisoned prevented a long-time visitor from seeing the soldier after discovering that the car he was driving had expired registration tags. Authorities detained David House, for nearly two hours while they repeatedly examined his ID and other documents, to prevent the two gay friends from meeting. From Wired.com/

Five Big Ideas for President Obama
Here are "Five BIG Ideas" to get the President, the Democratic Party and the Nation back on track to return this nation to the great principle of a government "Of the people, by the people and for the people." (And win elections BIG time!). By Ari Berman

In Celebration of Birthdays and Roe v. Wade
Kit-Bacon Gressitt of Fallbrook ponders the birthday of the Rose v. Wade Supreme Court decision - which occurred on her own birthday, and how greatly important this decision affects her life and the lives of generations of women. "Today, thirty-eight years after the decision that gave all women the right to choose an abortion, the majority of women do not have ready geographic or financial access to providers." And the regressive Congress now in power wants to abort as many of the protections of Roe v. Wade as possible.

A true measure of the rushing pulse in Egypt
A young Egyptian-American reporter from Amy Goodman's show Democracy Now is in Cairo, giving a true grassroots report of the pulse of the revolution, in a way that CNN cannot possibly provide. Sharif Abdel Kouddous, frequently co-anchors with Amy. "The military was greeted warmly on the streets of Cairo. Crowds roared with approval as one soldier was carried through Tahrir square today holding a flower in his hand. Dozens of people clambered onto tanks as they rode around the square. Throughout the day people chanted: 'The people, the army: one hand.'"

Prosecution Of Wall Street coming at long last
The bipartisan panel appointed by Congress to investigate the financial crisis has concluded that several financial industry figures appear to have broken the law and has referred multiple cases to state or federal authorities for potential prosecution. The commission's decision to refer conduct for prosecution underscores the severity of the activities it has uncovered. Huffinton Post

March on prison to support Bradley Manning
A major demonstration against the imprisonment of Bradley Manning, will march on the prison at Quantico, Virginia, on March 20, anniversary of the start of the Bush War against the Iraqi people.

ISSA EXPOSED - Info website
This website "ISSA EXPOSED" shines light and puts the heat on Darrell Issa, the Grand-Inquisitor congressman from the CA 49th District. It posts the history, corruption, hypocrisy and bad politics of Issa, and gives a wealth of material for writing letters to the editor.

US Military paranoid over leaks of war crimes
Now the reason is known why the Marine commander at Quantico prevented reporter Jane Hamshire and the boy friend of Bradley Manning from meeting with Manning in prison last week: Manning would confirm the cruel treatment and illegitimate suicide watch imposed to punish Manning, who has been convicted of no crimes, and had no hearing or trial. The US military recognizes the grave seriousness of the war crimes exposed by Manning, causing a paranoid crisis.

Why Is Darrell Issa in Pakistan?
Raymond Davis, a US 'consular employee', who killed two men on Thursday in Lahore, has been placed on the exit control list, barring his exit from Pakistan. Remarkably, Darrell Issa led a small Congressional delegation that met on Tuesday with Pakistani President and the Prime Minister, seeking release of Davis... Just who is Raymond David, and why the desperation to get him out of the Pakistani jail? Is Davis actually a U.S. spy against Pakistan?

U.S. govt inflicts cruel treatment on Brad Manning
Bradley Manning spent his 23rd birthday on Friday [Jan. 21] completely isolated, just as he has every day for the last five months months in his cell at the Quantico Marine Base. Manning is the Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. Since July, he has been held in cruel and inhumane conditions akin to how the US detains "enemy combatants." He spends each day completely isolated, with severe restrictions placed on basic activities like sleep and exercise. Yet he has not been convicted of any crime.

DOD must provide Diversity Training
"The DOD is larger than many federal entities because at least two-thirds of the nation's business base is associated with this business enterprise. According to a longstanding Department of Defense employee, LGBT employees and continue to suffer from harassment and are frequently discriminated against in the DOD work force.... The Department of Defense should provide Diversity Training." By Tracy Emblem and Lisa Kove

Thousand protestest Koch brothers in Rcho Mirage
Twenty-five people were arrested for trespassing Sunday as hundreds protested outside a Rancho Mirage strategy session of conservative political donors at a resort near Palm Springs, authorities said. The mostly peaceful demonstration had been arranged with authorities, but some protesters crossed the street to the entrance of the Rancho Las Palmas Resort where they were met by deputies in riot gear. Huffington Post

The best TV coverage of the Egypt revolution:
Monumental history is breaking in Egypt. The best TV coverage is on Al Jazeera English television, which is new to the United States. Even the White House stays tuned to Al Jazeera English, which is available on satellite DISH NETWORK or DIRECT TV.

California State Of The State

This is not the time for politics as usual. Our Governor: Jerry Brown

AZ legislature bill would permit guns on campuses
"Arizona solidified its reputation last year as one of the most liberal gun states in the nation after the Legislature passed a law allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. This year, gun-rights advocates hope to push Arizona to the top of the list by passing a "Firearms Omnibus" bill that would make Arizona the second state in the nation to require universities and communities to allow guns on campus and one of 10 that permit guns inside public government buildings such as the state Capitol." Arizona Republic.com

Bishop 'excommunicates' Hospital over abortion
Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted "excommunicated" St. Joseph's Hospital because of it's unyielding policy to perform abortions to save the mother's life. "The 27-year-old woman, a mother of four children, would almost certainly have died otherwise." By NICHOLAS KRIFSTOF - NY TIMES

Democracy: Iraq invasion vs. Egypt revolution
INSIGHTS - by Joe Howard Crews - Jan. 1, 2011 - Let us consider the two ways of bringing freedom and democracy to a nation: (1)Invasion by a foreign power with force as the United States still struggles to do,verus (2)by Revolution as happened in 1776 in the Colonies and today as is happening in Egypt.

FBI spy infliltrated Minnesota activist groups
The Twin Cities activists who had their homes raided by the FBI last September are starting to learn more about why they're being investigated by a Chicago grand jury in relation to material support of terrorism. Last fall the Justice Department's Inspector General released a scathing report that criticized the FBI for invoking anti-terrorist laws to justify their investigations and harassment of groups including Greenpeace, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Catholic Worker.

Pfc. Bradley Manning is in his seventh month of severe isolation at Quantico Marine Base. When Bradley’s friend David House tried to visit Quantico this weekend, he was detained for more than two hours without explanation and prevented from visiting Bradley. There is little doubt David’s detention was part of the campaign to completely isolate Bradley Manning. Listen here to David House tell the story of his detainment.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Army intel analyst Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for allegedly leaking this video of a U.S. helicopter attack killing 11 civilians and wounding two children in Baghdad, Iraq. The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


Michelle Bachman: Ignorant of American history

In her rebuttal to Pres. Obama's State of the Union Speech, Michele Bachmann displayed her ignorance of basic American history, when she said the United States was founded on racial and ethnic diversity and that the founding fathers were responsible for abolishing slavery. "But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States," Bachmann added, claiming "men like John Quincy Adams... would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country." Even uneducated Southern crackers know how wrong she is on this part of history. By Sahil Kapur Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg sends sting team to AZ gun show

In the wake of last month's Arizona shootings, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a group of undercover officers to the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix, where they secretly shot video showing how easy it was to buy powerful semiautomatic weapons. In one memorable exchange, a seller assures an undercover officer that no background check is needed and the officer replies, "That’s good, because I probably couldn’t pass one, you know what I mean?" Despite those hints at a troubled background, the seller parts with a $500 Sig Sauer pistol.

TEA party mob stomping Democrat woman

a senatorial debate in Kentucky, 23-year-old Lauren Valle was trying to get a picture with Rand Paul and her satirical sign when she was thrown to the ground by a group of men and, while she was pinned to the ground, one of the men intentionally stomped on her head. Video caught the whole thing. Lauren was left with a concussion.

The My Lai Massacre - our Vietnam day of ignomy
One of the worst war crimes ever committed by the United States was the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, 43 years ago. From that day came a monster villain, Lt. William Calley, and a noble hero, Hugh Thompson, who stopped the mass killing. Thompson is hero to many vets. The San Diego Veterans for Peace named their chapter after him. By Chuck Palazzo

Ted Olson Interview With Fox News Chris Wallace

Wallace, insinuating that Gay Marriage is judicial activism, asks where is it in the Constitution that permits gay mariage. "Where is the right to interracial marriage in the Constitution" asked Ted Olsen of Wallace. Brilliant arguments by Olson. When Wallace insists the voters have the right to outlaw gay marriage, Olson asks if it would be constitutional for the voters to force blacks to drink at separate water fountains.

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