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Obama's War on whistle-blowers intensifies
By Glenn Greenwald - President Barack Obama’s Justice Department has taken a hard line against leakers, and Obama himself has expressed anger about disclosures of national security deliberations in the press. "They're going after this at every opportunity and with unmatched vigor," said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, a critic of government classification policy. Whistleblowers are one of the very few avenues we have left for learning about any of that. And politicians eager to preserve their own power and ability to operate in secret -- such as Barack Obama -- see whistleblowers as their Top Enemy. Read More

Event Reminders:

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.

O'side City Council Hearing on Melrose Extension
Wednesday, 05/25/2011
The EIR for the extension of Melrose from N. Sante Fe to Spur says this 6 lane arterial road will cause permanent, irreversible damage. In January the Planning Commission unanimously denied this project! Come to the City Council meeting, be a vocal opponent and denounce this idea for what it is-a travesty-a road that takes 8 acres away from Guajome Regional Park, and Oceanside taxpayers are expected to foot 100% of the bill!-Nina Hall, Environmental Editor

N. Cty's Cactus Wren-Saving an Endangered Species
Wednesday, 05/18/2011
The Cactus Wrens of North County-Saving an Endangered Species: This charismatic little critter had lost most of its habitat to development when the wildfires of two years ago swept through the largest remaining area left for them in the hills above the Wild Animal (Safari) Park.

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.

Endangered Species Day Special Events
Friday, 05/20/2011
Walk/Talk and Art Event in Celebration of Endangered Species Day. This special event will be held at the historic Marron Adobe and adjacent Buena Vista Creek Ecological Reserve.

Hike the Dawson-Los Monos Reserve
Saturday, 05/21/2011
The Dawson-Los Monos Canyon Reserve protects a 240-acre remnant of diverse natural lands in north-coastal San Diego County, including coast live oak-sycamore riparian woodland along the Agua Hedionda Creek. This area is normally closed to the public so this is a rare opportunity to see the reserve.

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.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 06/25/2011
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.

Honey Bee and Other Pollinators Festival
Saturday, 06/25/2011
Celebrating bats, bees, butterflies and birds...all the pollinating creatures. Join the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center in learning about how all these pollinators help us. Live hummingbird presentation, live display beehive, native garden pollinator tours, make honeycomb candles...and free ice cream!

NC Film Club wraps season with Get Low
Sunday, 06/26/2011
The Winter-Spring Season 2011's finale screening will be Get Low. Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek team up to tell the true story of irascible Felix Bush, a backwoods Tennessee loner who planned his funeral in 1938 while he was still around to attend -- and enjoy -- the proceedings. Director Aaron Schneider's deft blend of dark humor and poignancy also stars Bill Murray as Frank Quinn, the huckster owner of a failing funeral home, and Lucas Black.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Sunday, 05/22/2011
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This 'N That

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

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

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
- J.S. Mill

Do you want long life and happiness? Strive for peace with all your heart.
- Psalm 34:12,14

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
- General Omar Bradley

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy

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

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

God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the patience to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference.
- The Serenity Prayer

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
- Gladstone

Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago.
- Colman McCarthy

Accurst be he that first invented war.
- Christopher Marlowe (Tamburlaine)

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

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
- James Levin

By doing service, heart and mind are purified -- be convinced of this! To engage in service is a very powerful sadhana (spiritual discipline); do not become impatient. Rather serve your people with the utmost calm and have a kind word for everyone.
- Sri Anandamayee Ma

God looks unjust but is not. God asks more from those who more is given. They are not greater or better; they have greater responsibility. They must give more service. Live to serve.
- Dom Helder Camara

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

Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet.
- Alice Walker

We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.
- A. J. Muste

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
- Havelock Ellis

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)

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

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the establishment and nothing more corrupting.
- Unknown

When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.
- Pat Schroeder, American politician and feminist

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

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Taking the first footstep with a good thought, the second with a good word, and the third with a good deed, I entered paradise.
- Zoroaster

Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash, your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them.
- William Faulkner

World peace is us....We are each walking agents of the vision of peace we carry inside us.
- Kathleen Vande Kieft

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.
- Teilhard de Chardin

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

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

And then to each other.
- Richard Goode

Respectful dialogue, in the interest of searching for more complete truth, is considerably more productive than arguing for the purity of position.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

Being a pacifist between wars is as easy as being a vegetarian between meals.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
- Andre Gide

I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride.
- William James

If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
- Harold MacMillan

The first essential characteristics of nonviolent action is that it is creative.
- Hildegarde Goss-Mayr

Only the poor knew the meaning of life; the rich and the safe had to guess.
- Charles Bukowsky

In India when we meet and part we often say, "Namaste," which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us….. "Namaste."
- Ram Dass

It is only by feeling your love that the poor will forgive you for the gifts of bread.
- St. Vincent de Paul

The two kinds of people who exist in this world [at any one time] are the decent and the indecent. Color, religion and nationality are irrelevant. Kindness, decency and behavior are what matters most. Our collective challenge, it seems, is to create a city and community where decent people of all races, ethnicities and religions can look into the faces of other decent people and see only one thing -- God's image smiling back.
- Rabbi Micah Greenstein

Articles & News:

42 SD School superintendents sound alarm
"As school leaders, it is unconscionable for us to remain silent as state support for public education erodes before our eyes. Education is critical to everyone in California. Further cuts in school funding will be devastating for our children. There are already too many students in every classroom, and it will soon get worse. Our students already attend school fewer days than students in Europe, Japan and China, and we may soon be forced to shorten the school year even further."

Japan joins Germany: No more nuke plants - ever
"Japan will build no new nuclear reactors. It's a huge body blow to the global industry, and could mark a major turning point in the future of energy. Wind power alone could--and now probably will--replace 40 nukes in Japan. The United States must join them. Axing the $36 billion currently stuck in the 2012 federal budget for loan guarantees to build new reactors could do the trick." By Harvey Wasserman

Obama forced to stop torture of Brad Manning
"Hundreds of thousands of individuals globally celebrate today the confirmation that their efforts to end the torturous pre-trial confinement conditions inflicted upon US Army PFC Bradley Manning have been successful." Obama began to see this as a negative political issue for himself.

Is NSA whistleblower exec. Thomas Drake a traitor?
EXPOSE by Jane Mayer - New Yorker - In a just released, lengthy New Yorker article, Jane Mayer -- with the diligence and thoroughness she used to expose the Bush torture regime -- examines a topic I've written about many times here: the Obama administration's unprecedented war on whistleblowers. Says whistleblower Thomas Drake: "But power is incredibly destructive. It's a weird, pathological thing. I also think the intelligence community coöpted Obama, because he's rather naïve about national security. He's accepted the fear and secrecy. We're in a scary space in this country."

Some sportsmen courageously speak against war
By David Zirin, sportswriter - It's an idea that runs deep in the marrow of sports culture--that athletes, particularly Black athletes, should just "shut up and play," and not have political opinions. But some bit name players are speaking up at their peril for peace, against the insanity of war. "It took 919,967 deaths to kill that one guy. It took 10 years & 2 Wars to kill that...guy. It cost us (USA) roughly $1,188,263,000,000 to kill that...........guy. But we winning though. Haaaa."

Wis. recount completed except for corrupt county
May 9 - A Wisconsin judge gave Waukesha County nearly three more weeks to complete its recount in the state Supreme Court race, saying Monday that he would sacrifice speed for confidence in the county’s results. Wisconsin counties had until Monday to complete their recounts. State elections officials said they expect all the counties to be done by the end of the day except Waukesha, which the county clerk failed to report 14,000 votes that flipped the race from challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg to incumbent Justice David Prosser.

New ruse to skewer Soc. Security & Medicare

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has an urgent message about a new plan gaining traction in Washington. He calls it "the Republican plan with lipstick," and it's really dangerous. It includes a "Medicare kill switch" that we have to stop. Reich rips into the McCaskill-Corker bill, in the way that only a super-smart former Labor Secretary can.

NY: 'Gay civil unions are 2nd class status'
NY Daily News: - "Proponents of same-sex marriage are only a few weeks into a new effort to pass a marriage equality bill in New York State by the end of this year's legislative session, and already there are opposing voices offering civil unions as a potential 'compromise.' ... A civil union reflects a second-class status that fails to protect committed same-sex couples who choose to be married. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue; this is a matter of protecting the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under law for all Americans." OP-ED by Ted Olson & NY Atty Gen. Schneiderman.

Petition to Fix the Patriot Act
Osama Bin Laden is dead, but will the Patriot Act live on? The Patriot Act was enacted as a supposedly temporary measure in the wake of 9-11. With Bin Laden's passing, the era of the Patriot Act, of spying on Americans who aren't suspected of crimes, of heavy-handed abuse of our dearly held civil liberties, must come to an end.

Help Save Sharks-Stop Finning in CA Waters
Late last month AB 376 made it through the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, and soon will be voted on by the entire Assembly. Please take a moment and send a message to your state lawmakers and urge them to support AB 376 and end the terrible practice of shark finning.

A politician's great speech without words

You will LOVE the speech by this Democratic politician - It has NO WORDS! Great message!

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.

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News that did not make our deadline:

Al Franken vs. the iPhone snoops

Apple is telling Congress that the iPhone's logging of nearby Wi-Fi hot spots and cell towers is meant to improve service, not stalk customers. Al Franken is ferreting out the truth of corporate spying.

Can you do this with your water faucet?

This is what FRACKING, done by the oil & gas explorers, can do to pollute your drinking water. They inject volatile chemicals into the water table and reservoirs. STOP FRACKING!

Cartoons of the Week

Newt's New Contract

Newt's Witches Cauldron

GOP attempt to destroy Medicare

Big Oil Tax Breaks

Now he wants a DEATH certificate.

Shutting down the government

bin Laden is rewarded with a virgin

Gov. Walker wants the whole cow!

GOP: You're gonna love voucherized Medicare!

The glory for killing Health Care.

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

HUMOR: Is the heterosexual lifestyle 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.

Tear gas, sound cannons used on IL students

Annual year-end block party at Western Illinois University ends with riot police. Students attending the Wheeler Block Party were met by a Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force who used tear gas, sound blaster cannons, beating and mass arrests. A police riot ensued, a microcosm of Tahir Square in Cairo -- but in Illinois town of Macomb. Lawsuits are being filed against police for excessive and unprovoked force.

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.

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.


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.


Arlington West - Memorial to our dead soldiers

Independence Day, July 4. 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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