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Event Reminders:

Democratic Town-hall Forum
Wednesday, 03/02/2011
An upcoming series of town-hall forums throughout the county will spark further conversations among local Democrats. You're invited to come to brainstorm, share your experiences, and offer your vision for a "blue" San Diego!

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.

Sam Shepardís Dark Comedy SIMPATICO at NVA
Sunday, 03/06/2011
SIMPATICO follows the story of Carter and Vinnie, two nefarious characters navigating the dark underworld of horse racing. One of Sam Shepard's most humorous plays, SIMPATICO brings together all of the elements Shepard is famous for: betrayal, love, the American West, friendship and brotherhood.

Escondido Democratic Club Meets
Saturday, 03/12/2011
TOPIC: Meet Mayor Sam Abed

OFA Training in Social Media
Saturday, 03/12/2011
OFA will offer an intensive training in new social media, specifically around twitter and facebook. Emily Dulcan, Communications Director for OFA for California, will be leading this presentation. Bring your laptops and hang on. Also, everyone is welcome to socialize there after 5, dinner paid for by each attendee...limited availability!

Democratic Town-hall Forum
Saturday, 03/12/2011
An upcoming series of town-hall forums throughout the county will spark further conversations among local Democrats. You're invited to come to brainstorm, share your experiences, and offer your vision for a "blue" San Diego!

Antiwar Demonstration
Saturday, 03/19/2011
An antiwar demonstration is planned for March 19, most likely ending in Balboa Park. Please keep checking, because more details will be provided as they become available.

OFA S. Riverside Rally for Workers
Saturday, 03/19/2011
OFA is planning a North County South Riverside County rally in Temecula on March 19. We are inviting democrats, union groups, and many others to join is for protecting the middle class, for jobs, and say enough is enough to all the political extremism rampant and escalating. We will support the right to collective bargaining.

NC Film Club Features The Extra Man
Sunday, 03/20/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 rolls out The Extra Man, a comedy. Forced to quit his prep school job after a humiliating incident, would-be dramatist Louis Ives (Paul Dano) heads to New York City, where he rents a room from has-been playwright Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline) -- who earns living escorting rich dowagers about town. Despite their huge age difference, the two develop a bond as Henry takes Louis under his wing and leads him on a series of wild adventures. Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly also star.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 03/26/2011
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.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Wednesday, 03/30/2011
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NC Film Club Screens Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Sunday, 04/10/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 continues with Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, presented in French, Russian and English. Seven years after she was inspired by the bold debut of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," famed fashion designer Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) -- reeling from the death of her beau, Boy Capel (Anatole Taubmann) -- meets and falls for the Russian composer (Mads Mikkelsen) in 1920s Paris. A forbidden romance ensues in Jan Kounen's sumptuous period drama, the closing film of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Democratic Town-hall Forum
Wednesday, 03/09/2011
An upcoming series of town-hall forums throughout the county will spark further conversations among local Democrats. You're invited to come to brainstorm, share your experiences, and offer your vision for a "blue" San Diego!

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Saturday, 03/12/2011
This is a list of Democratic and progressive events in San Diego County:


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March on prison to support Bradley Manning
Sunday, 03/20/2011
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.

This 'N That

Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all.
- John Maynard Keynes

We canít become nonviolent on the basis of intellectual conviction. Commitment to nonviolence demands a very profound conversion of mind and heart. If we take the time to pray with Jesus, we too will be converted in mind and heart. It wonít work if we try to reason it out. The only way is through a change of heart, a coming into a way of being that is the way of Jesus.
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

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

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

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

Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

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

When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
- John Wesley

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

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
- Matthew 5:3

Someday they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

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

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash.
- Harriet Rubin

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

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

Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.
- J. Krishnamurti

For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength? Who better than we should know all the power that resides in noncooperation?
- Barbara Deming

Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, try the following experiment: Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless person you have ever seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be for any use to him or to her . . . Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.
- Mohandas Gandhi

We challenge the culture of violence when we ourselves act in the certainty that violence is no longer acceptable, that it's tired and outdated no matter how many cling to it in the stubborn belief that it still works and that it's still valid.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

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

Justice is truth in action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The belief that we some day shall be able to prevent war is to me one with the belief in the possibility of making humanity really human.
- Ellen Key, 1916

Articles & News:

PayPal froze Bradley Manning defense account
PayPal just froze the account of the Bradley Manning Support Network, a group raising funds for the legal defense of alleged Wikileaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning. The group can no longer accept donations through PayPal, or access the money in its account. The Bradley Manning Support Network didnít do anything illegal. PayPal even admits thereís no legal reason to shut down the groupís account; itís an "internal policy decision." (What does that mean?)

LA Times: Gay marriages shold begin NOW.
California's largest newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, published a powerful editorial which argued that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry, starting immediately. "Enough already," the Los Angeles Times editorial board wrote. "...Every day that the case drags on, gay and lesbian couples who would like to marry are being deprived of their civil rights." READ EDITORIAL

U.S. caught in Big Lie over spy arrested in Pakis.
So desperate has been the US effort to get the US government killer Raymond Davis sprung from police custody in Lahore, Pakistan following his execution-style slaughter of two Pakistani intelligence operatives in broad daylight in a crowded commercial area, that the government trotted out President Obama to declare that Pakistan was violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by holding "our diplomat." The Truth: Raymond Davis is a private contractor spy, not an employee of the CIA. Also the State Dept. tried to exchange his regular passport for a diplomatic one a day after his arrest, again retroactively trying to get him immunity from prosecution for his murderous acts.

Pizza for the WI Protesters
Would you like to support the WI Protesters in other ways besides rallying? You can, and feel great that you have put your money toward feeding them warm meals, by ordering pizza for them by phone through Ian's Pizza by the Slice in Wisconsin!

Gen. Petraeus outrageous lie?
Gen. David H. Petraeus suggested Sunday [Feb. 21] at the presidential palace that Afghans caught up in a coalition attack in northeastern Afghanistan might have burned their own children to exaggerate claims of civilian casualties, according to two participants at the meeting. His remarks about the deadly U.S. military operation in Konar province were deemed deeply offensive by some in the room. The governor of Konar, Fazlullah Wahidi, disagreed, citing reports from villagers that dozens of women and children perished. Karzai's office placed the civilian death toll at 50.

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 websites on Darrell Issa
These websites 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.

Finding Fair Trade Products in Escondido
The Escondido Democratic Club website has posted a list of stores selling Fair Trade Certified products. Fair Trade helps producers escape from exploitation and gives them a way to maintain their traditional lifestyles with dignity. Helping is easy. Just know what to buy and vote with your dollars.

Vets statement in support of Wisconsin workers
Veterans for Peace stand strongly with the workers of Wisconsin battling government offensives in Wisconsin and elsewhere. We know too well that militarism and empire are central causes of the economic tragedies that have robbed millions of Americans of their livelihoods, health and homes. Here's how we know the Wars are the cause of our economic perils and deficits:

UPDATE: Labor battle in Wisconsin
Republicans defect from Gov. Walker's scorched earth tactics; Poll shows American support strong for collective bargaining; Republicans defecting from Walker's camp -- More. From ALTERNET

1,000 rally in San Diego for Wisconsin workers

A 1,000 San Diegans Rally in the Rain in Support of Wisconsin Working People last Saturday. Under dark gray clouds, and in front of the County Admin Building, representing every union in the County, San Diego labor flexed its muscle today in a show of solidarity with the demonstrators in Madison. Firefighters were there, carpenters, Teamsters, social workers, plumbers, secretaries, electricians, nurses, teachers, city workers, service workers, janitors, laborers, homecare workers, librarians, para-medics Ė you know the people that make society run, who provide the services for us, and make government function. Read story by Frank Gormlie CLICK HERE

Police join protester ranks, stop capitol eviction

MADISON, Wis. -- Police on Sunday shelved plans to evict demonstrators who had been camped inside the state capitol here, as the impassioned standoff over Gov. Scott Walker's effort to reduce the pay and curb the collective-bargaining rights of public workers continued with no end in sight.

Now illegal for cashier to ask for your zip code
Feb. 17 - In California the cashier can no longer ask for your zip code during a purchase. But even if this isn't the law in your state, you should know if they do ask, you don't have to answer. Last week California's Supreme Court ruled that asking for a zip code infringes upon consumer rights.

Gov. Walker punked by fake phone call from 'Koch'

A person pretending to be right wing billionaire David Koch gets through on phone to Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, tricking Scott into revealing his ploy to undermine unions and worker rights and and his mean-spirited plans to retaliate against Democratic lawmakers. This is part of their conversation:

Russ Feingold Launches Progressives United PAC

RUSS IS BACK, with a sigh of relief from the great state of Wisconsin, and the nation as a whole. Far from taking the cushy lobbyist or think tank or corporate board job that many Senators fall back on after losing a seat, Russ is determined to continue the fight of his career. Progressives United was created to fight corporate influence in our government, specifically in the wake of Citizens United.

Hillary doesn't even blink at abuse of protester

Watch as Army and CIA veteran Ray McGovern is hauled out and bloodied by unidentified security during Hillary Clinton speech, merely because he stood silently, and turned his back to her. He was wearing his Veteran for Peace T-shirt. Ironically Hillary was speaking about how great freedom is for other countries. Very short clip. Many viewer COMMENTS HERE

New proof Cheney lied US into Iraq war

Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, appeared on "MSNBC Live" 02/17/11 and discussed Powell's role as Secretary of State during the lead-up to the Iraq War. Wilkerson said he believes that Former Vice President Dick Cheney's office "manipulated" Powell into justifying the case for war and that "the Secretary of State was not told the complete truth." He went on to state his belief that the Bush Administration was "using" Powell due to his respected reputation. Uygur: Do you think the Vice President's office manipulated you and Secretary Powell into giving a speech? Wilkerson:"Absolutely. Absolutely."

Cartoons of the Week

Obama plays poker with GOP

Shutting down the government

Humans are unnecessary for the economy

Gov. Walker wants the whole cow!

Tea Party angry, never satisfied

Protest sign: "Egypt supports Wisconsin workers."

Obama plays poker with GOP

Unions & the Middle Class

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.


Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

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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