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Obama tilts scales of justice against Manning
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks, faces serious court-martial charges, including aiding the enemy. Under one of the most fundamental of all rights, he is presumed innocent until legal and competent evidence overcomes that presumption beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. But Pres. Obama unfairly tilted the scales of justice against Manning by declaring publicly at a fund raiser in San Francisco that Bradley Manning is guilty. Read More

Obama will fail to use bin Laden death for peace
He will fail use bin Laden's death to declare our mission finished in Afghanistan. He will fail to heed these words of Chalmers Johnson, and he will lead our Nation to its nemesis: Read More

Event Reminders:

Celebrate Gay Pride with Padres at Petco Park
Saturday, 05/07/2011
"Gay Pride" kicks off with "Out at the Park", a Padres game at Petco Park on May 7 at 5:35 PM. A whole block of reserved seats in the stium's upper infield for only $15.00. Pre-game festivities start with a TAILGATE PARTY at 3:30 PM.

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.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Friday, 05/06/2011
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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.

'Word Play' by Fallbrook High School students
Wednesday, 05/11/2011
Fallbrook High Students Present Warrior Word Play at Special Fallbrooks' Writers Read. Wed. May 11, 6:00PM at Cafe des Artiestes on Main Ave. The students of teacher Pam Munro’s Advanced Senior Poetry and Composition classes will be reading their original works, many for the first time publicly, and submissions have also been solicited from other student writers on campus. A group of students will be reviewing submissions and selecting those pieces that will be read.

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.

Migratory Bird Festival
Saturday, 05/21/2011
Come celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center! Learn all about the life and challenges facing the world's migratory birds, discover why Carlsbad's Agua Hedionda Lagoon is a critical habitat for these birds, and find out the methods they use to adapt to their changing environment. Interact with live birds, such as hawks, hummingbirds and screech owls!

Issa Watch meeting in Vista
Monday, 05/23/2011
Courage Campaign will conduct an ISSA WATCH meeting in Vista on Monday, May 23 at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista, at 7:00 PM.

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.

NC Film Club Features Mao's Last Dancer
Sunday, 06/05/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011 rolls out Mao's Last Dancer, a drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li is plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he falls in love with an American woman.

This 'N That

Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live, & as if you were to die tomorrow.
- Mother Anna Lee, founder of the Shakers

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

Justice is truth in action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contibute the best that they have and all that they are.
- Hafsat Abiola

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
- Friedrich Nietzche

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.
- James Agee

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

Violence just hurts those who are already hurt...Instead of exposing the brutality of the oppressor, it justifies it.
- Cesar Chavez

I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.
- Mohandas Gandhi

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

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

If we work in marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.
- Daniel Webster

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

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

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS!
- Mahatma Gandhi

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
- Dorothy Day

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
- Dorothy Day

We should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls, that is a patriotism above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one's country, and thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing with others... Our patriotism should be of the wider, nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness in the claims of others and which lead our country into comradeship with...the other nations of the world. The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond our frontiers towards our neighbours.
- Lord Baden-Powell

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

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- Dante

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

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.

Articles & News:

Killing of bin Laden: What are the consequences?
"What, if anything, is going to change as a result of the two bullets in Osama bin Laden's head? Are we going to fight fewer wars or end the ones we've started? Are we going to see a restoration of some of the civil liberties which have been eroded at the altar of this scary Villain Mastermind? Is the War on Terror over? Are we Safer now? Those are rhetorical questions. None of those things will happen. If anything, I can much more easily envision the reverse." OP-ED by Glenn Greenwald

Osama bin Laden's death-good or bad?
Upon hearing about the killing of Osama bin Laden, I had two immediate reactions: The first was disbelief, and the second was an intense gut feeling of total fear and dread. The intensity was near that of my initial reaction at the news of the 9/11 attack on the radio. This citizen is definitely not celebrating.-An editorial. By Nina Hall of Vista

Chernobyl death toll over 1 million people
Three Russian scientists: One million dead from Chernobyl disaster. Chernobyl emitted "hundreds of millions of curies of radiation, a quantity hundreds of times larger than the fallout from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki". Yet, the Fukushima nuclear accident dwarfs the potential health risk and environmental damage caused by Chernobyl.

The futility of reasoning with crazy
"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. It's the things we know for sure that just ain't so." The futility of arguing with birthers, creationist, global warming deniers,Tea party racists and other crazies. By Gene Lyons

Amnesty International Awards Dalai Lama
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. In Long Beach, Carpenter Center.

Bin Laden's sea burial fuels conspiracy theories
LA TIMES - Conspiracy theorists on both the left and right were quick to insist that Bin Laden was either still alive or had been dead for years, pouncing on the government's decision to slide the body of the world's most wanted man off a board into the Arabian Sea. As blogs hummed with allegations that the Obama administration had faked the middle-of-the-night raid, the Bin Laden "death hoax" threatened to replace questions about President Obama's citizenship as the latest Internet rumor to go viral.

The War Is Over. Start Packing!
"We got our man. Wave the flag, kiss a nurse (or a sailor) and start packing the equipment. It's time to plan to bring all our boys and girls home from Afghanistan ... The world was already bone tired of the war in Afghanistan, even before bin Laden's death. Two-thirds of Americans were saying that the war in Afghanistan wasn't worth fighting, and three-quarters of Americans were saying that they wanted to see a substantial withdrawal of US combat troops from Afghanistan this summer." By Robert Naiman - Truthout

Dems form shadow fundraising group
This story, courtesy of yahoo.com, just proves that the Democrats are now officially just as sneaky and shady as the Republicans have been regarding fundraising, and provides another reason to cast serious doubt on voting for Obama again for those who are already squeamish about it due to prior unfavorable action, inadequate response or inaction on various issues. The story argues that Obama is a hypocrite because he previously denounced shadow fundraising, and for once I have to agree with that assessment. So our choice now is not to vote at all? -Nina Hall, Environmental Editor.

Turn off labor bashing Channel 10 News
It is time to stand up to the union busters in our own community. McGraw-Hill-owned KGTV Channel 10 refuses to negotiate a fair contract with employees for the fifth year. They have actively engaged in union-busting campaigns and employee intimidation.

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. Special primary election May 17.

Obama declares Manning is GUILTY without trial

Obama egregiously violates the constitutional right of Bradley Manning, but has the temerity to declare that Bradley Manning "broke the law." So Obama declares Manning guilty, throws him into prison where he is tortured for 10 months without a trial. LISTEN: "We're a nation of laws. We don't individually make our decisions about how the laws operate." Finally, before removing himself from the conversation, he says Manning "dumped" information and "it wasn't the same thing" as what Daniel Ellsberg did because what Ellsberg leaked "wasn't classified in the same way." Obama is ignorant or a tyrant -- or both.

Harvey Milk's nephew speaker in Oceanside
Great news ... Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and an American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist and political lobbyist, will be our guest speaker at our May 20 Imagine Fundraiser on May 20th in Oceanside.

Cartoons of the Week

Birther Movement reborn

Back to the fundamental issue"

Silent Birther's noisy brain at work

Safety net for the rich

Parents so shamed!

Shutting down the government

Running government like a business

Gov. Walker wants the whole cow!

Thrilled about the GOP candidates

For birthers Seeing is not believing.

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Why America is sinking hopelessly into debt

This is where all the money is going

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.


The WI ad that has Gov. Walker on the run

The powerful Recall ad being run by labor dignity Democrats in Wisconsin

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.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

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.

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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