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Revealing personal story of Bradley Manning
The U.S. government has been deeply embarrassed by the "secret documents" allegedly released by Bradley Manning, and it has struck in angry retribution against the young Army private. The Pentagon and State Departments vilify and abuse him. Here is an in depth interview of someone who knew him very well, who reveals Manning's character and motives. This is a very important perspective into how our government operates, and the terrible consequences to a whistleblower. Written by Will Graff Read More

Event Reminders:

John Chiang to address DEMCO in Carlsbad
Saturday, 04/23/2011
CA State Controller, John Chiang will address the Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside on Saturday, April 23 at 9:45 AM. Woman's Club in Carlsbad.

When Karl Marx was sent by Heaven to New York
Sunday, 05/01/2011
A dramatic reading of Marx in Soho by Howard ZINN in Hillcrest, Joyce Beer Community Center, May 1st. Humorous and stimulating.

Celebrating Harvey Milk Day in North County
Friday, 05/20/2011
Harvey Milk Day celebration on May 2000 begins with a gala event at the Oceanside Museum of Art to raise funds for a North County LGBT Community Center. Food, entertainment, silent auction. Lots of fun people.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 04/23/2011
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.

Become a Master Composter in San Diego!
Tuesday, 04/26/2011
Learn the ins and outs of composting, meet new people, and teach others in the community about composting! A series of 5 classes on this topic, all on Tuesday nights, will be offered in San Diego starting April 26. An application must be filled out and submitted by interested parties.

Become a Master Composter in Fallbrook!
Wednesday, 04/27/2011
Learn the ins and outs of composting, meet new people, and teach others in the community about composting! A series of 5 classes on this topic, all on Wednesday nights, will be offered in Fallbrook starting April 27. An application must be filled out and submitted by interested parties.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Thursday, 04/28/2011
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Loma Alta Creek Clean Up in Oceanside
Saturday, 04/30/2011
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in the 12th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup event on April 30, 2011. The City of Oceanside, together with event sponsors I Love a Clean San Diego and 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, will be hosting a cleanup along the banks of Loma Alta Creek and at two sites on the beach.

NC Film Club Presents Whatever Works
Sunday, 05/01/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 continues with Whatever Works, an indie romantic comedy. While falling for a young Southern belle (Evan Rachel Wood), an aging New York City eccentric (Larry David) finds himself caught in a series of bizarre situations involving the girl's parents and his own Greenwich Village group of pals. Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, this romantic comedy also stars Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr. Michael McKean and Henry Cavill.

Amnesty International Awards Dalai Lama
Wednesday, 05/04/2011
On May 4th, 2011 Amnesty International USA will present His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, with the first Shine a Light on Human Rights award in recognition of His Holiness' lifelong commitment to social justice and human rights. His Holiness will deliver a keynote address following the award presentation by Amnesty International USA Executive Director Larry Cox.

Ramona Forum meeting hosts speakers on Gaza
Wednesday, 05/11/2011
Elliott Adams, National President of Veterans For Peace, and Will Cover, member of the San Diego Veterans For Peace will give a presentation at the Wednesday May 11 Ramona Forum meeting, on their experiences during their trip to Gaza. In October 2009, Washington Physicians For Social Responsibility, sponsored a delegation to the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Assisted by Israeli authorities, the 12 delegates spent five days in Gaza.

10th Anniv celebration Gay Veterans' Memorial
Thursday, 05/12/2011
A day of events on May 7, 2011 will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the only Gay Veterans Memorial in the United States. Memorial service at the cemetery in Cathedral City, and a luncheon afterwards in Palm Springs.

Esondido Democratic Club meets
Saturday, 05/14/2011
The topic of the next meeting of the Escondido Democratic Club will be: How could Charter City status change Escondido?

NC Film Club Shows Winter's Bone
Sunday, 05/15/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 rolls on with Winter's Bone. In this noir drama set deep in Ozark territory, resilient teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) goes on the trail of her missing drug-dealing father when his absence jeopardizes the safety of their family. The deadbeat dad has a critical court date pending, and Ree is determined that he make it -- despite the objections of the insular Dolly clan. Director Debra Granik's unflinching drama won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Endangered Species Day Special Events
Friday, 05/20/2011
May 20 - Fri Special lecture, hike and exhibit at BVCER for Endangered Species Day. More details will be provided as they become available.

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast in San Diego
Friday, 05/20/2011
The Third Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will convene on May 20, 2011 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 05/28/2011
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.

This 'N That

In all the ways you can,
- In all the places you can,

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

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
- Gene Mauch

A good end sanctify evil means; not must we ever do evil, that good might come of it. We are ready to retaliate, rather than forgive or gain by love and information . . . Force may subdue, but love gains. And one that forgives first wins the laurel.
- William Penn

We can’t 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 won’t 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

Nobody was born nonviolent. No one was born charitable. None of us comes to these things by nature but only by conversion. The first duty of the nonviolent community is helping its members work upon themselves and come to conversion.
- Lanza del Vasto

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

Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.
- Psalm 13:9

Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.
- E.O. Wilson

The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
- Cesar Chavez

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

At all the times you can,
- To all the people you can,

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

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
- Petrarch

Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength.
- St. Francis de Sales

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

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

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King

Do it big or stay in bed.
- Larry Kelly

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 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

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
- Baha'ullah

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

. . . [T]o live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it, but . . . to live with the hands stretched out both to give and receive with gladness.
- (Carl) Frederick Buechner

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.
- Pablo Neruda, Memoirs (Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias) (1974)

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

Articles & News:

Pay Your Taxes? These 10 Companies Didn't.
Come April 18, everybody ponied up their fair share of taxes, right? Not so much. Thanks to corporate tax cuts and loopholes, these big companies will be rollin’ in the green instead of paying Uncle Sam. Read Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) corporate freeloaders list now:

Sen. Bernie Sander's GUIDE to Corporate Freeloaders

Debra Bowen runs to replace blue dog Harman
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on Monday endorsed California Secretary of State Debra Bowen in the 36th district special election in Orange County. Bowen speaks out strongly in support of progressive issues.

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.

Montana rancher understands Social Security
A Montana rancher calls out the politicians who keep meddling with Social Security, the greatest and most successful social program ever devised in the United States. This is a man who has uncanny perception and wit.

Part II - Inside story: Who is Bradley Manning?
PART II - An in depth interview from someone know Bradley Manning very well, and know what he went through in the military.

You can't clean a kitchen with dirty water ...
... and you can't clean a dirty mind by washing out the mouth with sweet smellin' soap. "When it comes right down to it, chillun, people who choose to hate, people who hate anonymously, people who lie about hating, people who humorize hate to render it invisible, these people who hate are just not as good as the rest of us." By Fallbrook writer, Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Manning being transferred to Ft. Leavenworth,
Bradley Manning is set to be moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Pentagon is expected to announce the move tomorrow. Manning has been held in torturous conditions at Quantico Marine Base’s brig since July, just south of Washington, DC.

The People's budget vs. the Koch industry budget
Republican leader Paul Ryan announced a budget full of Tea Party sound bites and empty rhetoric -- but the progressive Democrats did their homework and came up with a realistic and workable budget that is based on economic reality. It is called "The People's Budget". Here is what it does:

Court upends free speech in favor of corporations
The idea behind limiting campaign contributions and expenditures is to insure that the voices of the wealthy don't drown out the voices of those who are less well off. The current Supreme Court is turning this principle upside down. By Jeffrey Toobin - New Yorker Magazine

Change your words, change your world ...

This short video shows the power of using the right words to change your life. A better, more spiritual way to say it. Very short.

Why America is sinking hopelessly into debt

This is where all the money is going

Hand Dancing: The Best Entertainment Yet!

Just for FUN! This is like the tango with the hands

Is the heterosexual lifestyle uhealthy or immoral?

"The Gay Moralist" Dr. John Corvino destroys almost every anti-Gay argument in under 8 Minutes, by taking back the language in a humorous way. Dr. Corvino, the self proclaimed "gay moralist" lectures at various venues and Universities across the country presenting his lecture "Is Homosexuality Immoral?" Corvino creates an effective argument.

Cartoons of the Week

Hockey mom, or Pit Bull?

Donald Trump: "You're FIRED!"

Tea Party: Don't tread on me!

We need Corporate "personhood"

This game is NO FUN!

Shutting down the government

Donald Trump needs birth certificate

Gov. Walker wants the whole cow!

Republican understanding of "nuance".

Obama poker tips

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Why US is Destroying its Education System Pt. 2
An excellent and spot-on article by Chris Hedges explores the rationale behind the destruction of the US education system.

Why US is Destroying its Education System Pt. 1
An excellent and spot-on article by Chris Hedges explores the rationale behind the destruction of the US education system.

Escondido safety net is 'exemplary'
Escondido is “one of the most responsive and caring of communities” in its approach to social service programs for the needy and homeless, according to Mel Takahara, an administrator with The Salvation Army in the city. Takahara presented a brief overview of the historical development of social services in the U.S. and in Escondido to the Escondido Democratic Club at its April 9 meeting.-Story reprinted from EDC website.

NC Times advises 'discretion' on impounds
NC Times calls for 'discretion' on checkpoint impounds: In an editorial April 5, North County Times recommends that officers operating Escondido Police checkpoints be given "discretion" in eciding whether to impound cars at checkpoints or make an effort to find someone to drive the vehicle away. The newspaper observed that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department uses discretion. Though not noted in the editorial, the City of Los Angeles has adopted a similar position, calling it "a fairness issue" and "the right thing to do."-Story reprinted from EDC website.

East County Magazine Under Attack
Progressive media under attack in San Diego: East County Magazine is under attack by the right wing. Because we have told our readers the truth about the Republican budgets in Washington and Sacramento, among other issues, we’ve lost some sponsors and had several calls and emails pressuring us to stop publishing views that are “too liberal” for East County.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

6 year old girl terrified of pat down by TSA agent

A Kentucky mother said Wednesday that federal airport screeners wouldn't tell her why they were frisking her 6-year-old daughter, whose treatment was captured on a YouTube video that has sparked outrage. Selena Drexel, of Bowling Green, Ky., talks Wednesday, April 13, 2011, about how her 6-year-old daughter Anna was frisked at the New Orleans airport earlier this month by the TSA officials. Drexel said she believes security measures at airports have gone “overboard.” She said the family has already changed plans for their next trip and will drive a car. "I want to feel safe when I'm flying, but I don't want to feel like my rights have been violated," she said.

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.


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.

Arlington West - Memorial to our dead soldiers

Memorial Day, May 30. View this short film. Remember our dead from the two present wars. Please honor the living vets. Invite one out to dinner. At least thank one for their service. May there be no more wars.

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