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This 4th of July put away the flags
By Howard Zinn - "Is not nationalism -- that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder -- one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred? These ways of thinking -- cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on -- have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power." Is our military used for corporate enrichment at the expense of world peace? Read More

GOP Menopause
Insights by Rick Hall The GOP seems to be suffering from some wild and irrational mood swings, and with them, crazy changes in their point of view on several key issues. 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

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.

Escondido Charter Planning Meeting
Saturday, 06/25/2011
The Citizens Charter Coalition, a group considering a citizen-generated proposal for a new charter for Escondido, will hold its second meeting at the Escondido Public Library. The group will continue its discussion of whether to propose a charter and, if so, what it might include. Everyone is welcome.

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.

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!

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Tuesday, 06/28/2011
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List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Friday, 07/01/2011
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Esondido Democratic Club meets
Saturday, 07/09/2011
Featured at the next meeting of the Escondido Democratic Club: Oceanside Deputy Mayor Esther Sanchez.

Lake San Marcos Dem Club Meets
Saturday, 07/09/2011
Lake San Marcos Democratic Club has invited historian Seena Trigas to our July meeting to speak about the topic: Déjà vu - Democratic Presidencies after the Republican Financial Fiasco. Seena has been adjunct Professor of History at Palomar College for the last twenty years. She has been a member and President of the San Diego Unified District School Boards Association, and a member and President of the San Marcos Unified District School Board. She was also a member and President of the Carlsbad Planning Commission.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 07/23/2011
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.

Lagoon Day
Sunday, 07/24/2011
A collaborative walk between all three Carlsbad lagoons to celebrate and appreciate our beautiful coastal wetland resources. It is assumed, but not yet verified, that the walk begins at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center.

Big Blue BBQ
Sunday, 07/31/2011
Last year, the first Big Blue BBQ raised enough funds to open TWO volunteer-staffed campaign offices in North County for several weeks prior to the 2010 General Election for the first time! This year we hope to raise enough to open our campaign offices earlier in the 2012 election cycle and have some paid staff. Submitted by Martha Sullivan.

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.

NC Film Club opens Summer-Fall Season
Sunday, 07/10/2011
The 2011 Summer-Fall Season of North County Film Club opens with Empire of the Sun.

NC Film Club rolls Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Sunday, 07/24/2011
The 2011 Summer-Fall Season of North County Film Club continues with Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts.

This 'N That

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

Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak...Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.
- Cesar Chavez

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

An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all.
- Dorothy Day

War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity...a daily crucifixion of Christ.
- Muriel Lester

The poor cannot be convinced that God is neutral . . .
- Author Unknown

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
- Orson Welles

Nuclear war is inevitable, says the pessimists; Nuclear war is impossible, says the optimists; Nuclear war is inevitable unless we make it impossible, says the realists.
- Sydney J. Harris

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If all the Churches of Europe closed their doors until the drums ceased rolling they would act as a most powerful reminder that though the glory of war is a famous and ancient glory, it is not the final glory of God.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

Forge thy tongue on an anvil of truth and what flies up, though it be but a spark, will have light.
- Pindar

Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly.
- G.K. Chesterton

I expect to pass through this world but once, therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not come this way again.
- Stephen Grellett 1773-1855

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

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

Change comes not from men and women changing their minds, but from the change from one generation to the next.
- J. K. Galbraith

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

The finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling the finger.
- Dr. Leonard Berkowitz

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

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
- Buddha

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. The Christian fight for peace is not to be confused with defeatism.
- Thomas Merton

What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau

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

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
- Irish Proverb

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible- not to have to run away.
- Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)Former UN General Secretary

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
- Stanislaw Lem

The non-violent technique does not depend for its success on the goodwill of the oppressor, but rather on the unfailing assistance of God.
- Cesar Chavez

The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans.
- - From the Christmas Message 2001 of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Articles & News:

'Pro-Life?' -- An unclear message
Thoughts of Fallbrook's Kit-Bacon on what the word "Pro-Life means. Does it mean supporting only unborn fetuses, or does it also mean supporting the living born? "Language is so interesting. And sometimes surprising."

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.

Assemblyman Martin Garrick Arrested for DUI
It is time to replace Assemblyman Martin Garrick. DUI, evading police and speeding. He must resign now!

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

Olga Diaz Declares Libraries to be Core Services
This courageous opinion essay by Escondido Council member Olga Diaz was published in The San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday, June 19. In it she declares libraries to be one of the core services that Escondido (and all cities) should protect and fund during severe budget cuts. She begins with, "I make no apologies, I love libraries."

Tell Obama: Put solar on the White House!
In October of 2010, the Obama Administration committed to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House by spring of 2011. June 21 is the last day of spring, but there are no solar panels on the White House, yet. It's time for President Obama to make good on his promise. Please consider signing the petition for solar energy on the White House from Credo Action.

Governor Brown's Update on the Budget 06/12/2011

Governor Brown continues to try to pass a reasonable mix of cuts and temporary tax extensions, to be voted on by the people, but the Republican minority in the state house continues to obstruct any solution that allows the people a voice in the process.

World Economy Collapse explained in 3 minutes

Witty dialogue, profound explanation of today's economic conundrum, a spiral that could collapse the world economy.

Married gay spouse faces deportation -

Marriage inequality - NEW YORK -- Cristina Alcota and Monica Ojeda were legally married in the United States but face possible separation due to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). While the couple was married in Connecticut, federal immigration protections do not apply to same-sex couples because of DOMA. To help tell their story, Freedom to Marry and In The Life Media recently released a video spotlighting Alcota and Ojeda's plight.

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.  

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.

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.

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

Bombing of Hiroshima, a day of historic infamy
65 years ago the US killed over 150,000 Japanese in the bombing of Hiroshima - Aug. 6, 1945. This video demonstrates the horror of that event.

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