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Manning: Rich Man's War, Poor (Gay) Man's Fight
Pvt. Bradley Manning vs. the evil Darth Cheney forces: "A poor, young gay man from the rural South joins the U.S. Army under pressure from his father, and because it's the only way left to pay for a college education. He is sent to Iraq, where he is tormented by fellow soldiers who entertain themselves watching "war porn" videos of drone and helicopter attacks on civilians. He is accused of leaking documents to Wikileaks and placed in solitary confinement, where he has been held for more than a year awaiting a military trial.: By Larry Goldsmith Read More

Event Reminders:

Signatures on Referendum deadline is June 23!
Thursday, 06/23/2011
Has Oceanside Gone Crazy? by Chuck Lowery. Editor's Note: The signature deadline of June 23 is for a Referendum Petition to overturn the Oceanside City Council's repeal of Oceanside's affordable housing ordinance, which had been in place by law for around 30 years!-Nina Hall

Fallbrook's Writers Read
Wednesday, 06/08/2011
Awarding-winning historical fiction author Laurel Corona will be featured at the Wednesday, June 8, Fallbrook's Writers Read free monthly reading at the Café des Artistes in Fallbrook, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This evening's reading will begin with open mic for poetry and prose at 6 p.m.

Adobe Days at Rancho Guajome Adobe
Saturday, 06/11/2011
Step back into history at a great family event with a farmer's market, demonstrations, live music, kid's crafts, art, food and a few surprises.

Esondido Democratic Club meets Sat. June 11
Saturday, 06/11/2011
Featured at the next meeting of the Escondido Democratic Club: Lorena Gonzalez of the Labor Council - CEO and Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She will discuss "The Attack on the Middle Class". Saturday, June 11, 10:30AM. Admission is free and open to everyone.

Lake San Marcos Dem Club Meets
Saturday, 06/11/2011
Lake San Marcos Democratic Club has invited Prof. Camille P. Schuster to provide a realistic perspective of US global trade policies on jobs and the economy. She is a Professor of Marketing and Management at California State University San Marcos and President of Global Collaborations, Inc. 12:30 PM at the Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1005 La Bonita Drive.

Dan Connor at Coyote Bar and Grill
Saturday, 06/11/2011
Dan Connor returns to San Diego! He will be playing with Bordertown at the Coyote Bar and Grill on Saturday, June 11th from 6 -10PM and he hopes you can make it to see him there.

Death of A Salesman Opens on NVA Stage
Saturday, 06/11/2011
Death of A Salesman completes New Village Arts' 10th anniversary season. Opening night is June 11. Carlsbad.

KPBS to air 'OUT in America' on Sunday at 8:00PM
Sunday, 06/12/2011
Emmy Award-winning director Andrew Goldberg has focused his lens on LGBT Americans in his newest film airing Sunday on PBS/Channel 15 in San Diego. "OUT In America" is an unabashed glimpse into the lives of some well-known LGBT individuals across the U.S. and some amazing LGBT people who you have never heard of yet. The film is an in-depth look into LGBT Americans' lives, using their own words and drawing on their personal experiences.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Tuesday, 06/14/2011
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SDVP Peace Bannering
Tuesday, 06/14/2011
San Diego Veterans for Peace is sponsoring a bannering event above a local freeway against the continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

RSVP-Campout in the Dawson/Los Monos Reserve
Wednesday, 06/15/2011
A night under the stars will help kids of all ages understand why it's called the GREAT outdoors. (But you don't have to be a kid to attend.) Reservation deadline June 15.

Dan Connor at the Folkey Monkey
Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Dan Connor will be playing at the Folkey Monkey with Joe Rathburn and Dan Byrnes. Cover charge will be $10 for a two-hour concert, so it's well worth the money!

Death of a Salesman staging in Carlsbad
Saturday, 06/18/2011
On Saturday June 18th New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad will host a fundraiser to support the North County LGBT Coalition. NVA will donate up to a third of every single ticket sold for the 8:00 pm performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on Saturday the 18th and 10% of every subscription sold on June 18th for the Season 11 "Out on Stage" performances (the second Saturday of every performance during season 11).

Birding Hike in the Buena Vista Creek Valley
Saturday, 06/18/2011
Local least Bell's vireo expert Markus Spiegelberg will lead this hike through an area that has seen a huge comeback for this vocal little songbird.

Progressive Dem No. Democratic Club meeting
Sunday, 06/19/2011
The PDA of North County will meet on Sunday, June 19 at 2:30 PM at the Aegis Living center on Melrose in Oceanside.

ASD Election of Board Members
Monday, 06/20/2011
Activist San Diego has issued a Special Meeting Notice to elect and affirm members to the board of directors on June 20, 2011. Activist San Diego is growing, and we invite you to join us in “Networking for Social Justice”! Have you heard that ASD has been granted an FM Radio license by the FCC? We have exciting developments to report, and request all activists to get on board this massive opportunity to network for social justice.

Last Film Showing of Company at UltraStar
Tuesday, 06/21/2011
THE NORTH COUNTY FILM CLUB & UltraStar Theaters Presents: Company! The master of the Broadway Musical, Stephan Sondheim, is bringing a filmed version of his Tony award winning musical, Company, to the UltraStar Mission MarketPlace Theater in Oceanside this month. Some very familiar (and somewhat surprising) big names were cast in some of the roles. Check it out!

LGBT fun BBQ on Oceanside Beach
Friday, 06/24/2011
North County LGBT Coalition is celebrating of its Summer BBQ's on the Beach parties on Sat. June 24th. Oceanside Beach, north of the pier.

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!

Campout in the Dawson/Los Monos Reserve
Saturday, 06/25/2011
A night under the stars will help kids of all ages understand why it's called the GREAT outdoors. (But you don't have to be a kid to attend.) Reservation deadline June 15.

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
Friday, 07/01/2011
This is a list of Democratic and progressive events in San Diego County:


To read the best progressive newsletter west of the Mississippi, click on

Jellison's EZINE here

Special Film Showing at UltraStar: Company!
Wednesday, 06/15/2011
THE NORTH COUNTY FILM CLUB & UltraStar Theaters Presents: Company! The master of the Broadway Musical, Stephan Sondheim, is bringing a filmed version of his Tony award winning musical, Company, to the UltraStar Mission MarketPlace Theater in Oceanside this month. Some very familiar (and somewhat surprising) big names were cast in some of the roles. Check it out!

This 'N That

What all men fear, I too must fear - how barren and pointless a thought!
- Tao Te Ching

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

I'd like someone to mention the day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry . . . I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness . . . I want to leave a committed life behind.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A large group of us were crowded into the Gestapo hall, and at that moment the circumstances of all our lives were the same. All of us occupied the same space, the men behind the desk no less than those about to be questioned. What distinguished each of us was only our inner attitude.
- Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)

The Bible has a very meaningful expression: The Spirit makes all things new. We are those who grow old, and we want everything done to our aged standards. The Spirit is never old; the Spirit is always young.
- Oscar Romero

Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
- Goethe

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

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

The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies
- Basil O'Connor

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

Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same attitude toward all. Put away ambitious thoughts and associate with those who are lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never repay injury with injury. See that your conduct is honorable in the eyes of all. If possible, live peacefully with everyone. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves; leave that to God's wrath, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay," says the Lord. But "If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; by doing this you will heap burning coals upon their heads." Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.
- Romans 12:14-21

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
- Johann Christoph Schiller

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God's eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time, there would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed . . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.
- Thomas Merton

Articles & News:

US security spending has bankrupted country
National Priorities Project revealed the United States has spent more than $7.6 trillion on defense and homeland security since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Total homeland security spending since September 11, 2001 is $635.9 billion.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just ...
... point, press the TV control and correct stupid and ignorant situations? Fallbrook writer Kit-Bacon Gressitt ponders this as her Alzheimer's stricken mom finds this very solution in her hospital bed.

Gallup Poll: Majority in USA supports gay marriage
WASHINGTON – This morning Gallup released a groundbreaking poll showing a majority of the American people (53%) support the marriage of committed gay and lesbian couples. This is just one of several major polls to confirm the sea change in public opinion on the issue of marriage equality. "This year marks a significant uptick in support for legalizing same-sex marriage, exceeding the symbolic 50% mark for the first time in Gallup’s history," Gallup said in a statement.

Where Netanyahu fails himself and Israel
By Fahreed Zakaria - Conventional wisdom is fast congealing in Washington that President Obama was wrong to demarcate a shift in American policy toward Israel last week. In fact, it was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who broke with the past — in one of a series of diversions and obstacles Netanyahu has come up with anytime he is pressed. He wins in the short run, but ultimately, he is turning himself into a version of Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, "Mr. Nyet," a man who will be bypassed by history.

Why all the super tornado activity?
Is there any link between the massive floods in Australia and Pakistan, the drought in China, and the fires in Texas; and the monster tornadoes in the US? By Bill McKibben

Tennessee law: Can't say 'gay' in TN schools.

A pending law in the Tennessee legislature would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom, the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill. So Star Trek actor George Takei is helpfully offering Tennesseans who might feel constricted by such a law to use his name instead. "Any time you need to say the word 'gay,' you can just say the word 'Takei,'"” he says. For example, you could just say "Takei marriage." You can march in a "Takei pride parade." "Even homophobic slurs don't seem as hurtful if someone says 'that is so Takei'", says George.

War corporations use tax dollars to lobby Congress

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich calling on President Obama to stop corporations like Halliburton and Lockheed-Martin that get most of their money from taxpayers from backing candidates for office and lobbying Congress.

3 arrested, accused of illegally feeding homeless
Members of Orlando Food Not Bombs were arrested Wednesday when police said they violated a city ordinance by feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park. Jessica Cross, 24, Benjamin Markeson, 49, and Jonathan "Keith" McHenry, 54, were arrested at 6:10 p.m. on a charge of violating the ordinance restricting group feedings in public parks. McHenry is a co-founder of the international Food Not Bombs movement, which began in the early 1980s.

Video Israel Doesn't Want You to See

The calloused brutality of Israeli invasion of Gaza. Released Jun 18, 2006 during Gaza War. Israeli military embarrassed that this got out on Israeli TV. Reporters were not allowed in Gaza during the war.

Apple's iOS 5 Leaves Facebook In The Cold
"Apple has revamped the software that powers its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to include, for the first time ever, a major integration with a social network -- but not the one you might think. For the social media features in the new version of its iOS operating system, Apple, the world's most valuable technology company, did not partner with Facebook, the world's largest social networking site. Instead, the Cupertino company opted to team up with Twitter" ... [HUFFINGTON POST]

Court addresses Prop 8 decision on June 13
Attorneys for Gay Marriage equality will be in court June 13 to throw out the historic decision that ruled California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Cartoons of the Week

"Weiner-gate" investigation.

Newt's Witches Cauldron

Cell phones won't cause this death

Lineup of the GOP Clowns

Praying God will answer Palin's prayer

Shutting down the government

Palin ticks off the Big Lady

Gov. Walker wants the whole cow!

GOP: You're gonna love voucherized Medicare!

Romney thinks he's the frontrunner!

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

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.

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.


Incedible balance of The Mobile Dancer

For pure aesthetic enjoyment: A truly unique dance by a male dancer who assembles a very complex mobile over his head in a spiritual dance.

Lost Generation, Will it go forward or backward?

This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant.   Make sure you read as well as listen...forward and backward. This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old.  

Cartoons of the Week

Tea Party hallucination

Tsunami drowned out by petty policicians

Taxpayer bailout of nuclear industry

Gaddafi and Collective Bargaining

Gaddafi writes a letter to Gov. Walker

Shutting down the government

The ghost of McCarthyism returns

Gov. Walker wants the whole cow!

Japan aftershocks dramatically rattle USA

Newt bumper sticker

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Hiroshima: A criminal act on epic scale

65 years ago - Historic Ignomy

The US dropped the first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act on an epic scale. It was premeditated mass murder that unleashed a weapon of intrinsic criminality. For this reason its apologists have sought refuge in the mythology of the ultimate "good war", whose "ethical bath", as Richard Drayton called it, has allowed the west not only to expiate its bloody imperial past but to promote 60 years of rapacious war, always beneath the shadow of The Bomb. By John Pilger

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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