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Event Reminders:

Banners on 78, Protest at Issa's Vista Office
Thursday, 09/01/2011
CA Nurses union, Machinists Union and other labor groups and working people organize bannering at the Mar Vista exit freeway overpass on 78 at 8 am and then a 1-hour protest at the office of Congressman Darrell Issa on Sep. 1 at 8:30 a.m. Issa continues to attack the struggling working class. Invite your family and friends.

Rally outside Issa's office - Demand an answer!
Thursday, 09/01/2011
We the people of North County will rally outside Darrell Issa's office on Thurs. morning, Sep. 1 to demand he focus on something important for a change: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?! We have to take action together to rebuild the American Dream. The tea party downgrade has sent the stock market tumbling,1 and millions of people are out of work. With Congress at home for August recess, those of us in the American Dream movement have a chance to turn the focus to jobs, not cuts. Our member of Congress needs to know that we want our elected officals to focus on restoring the economy by creating jobs, not making more cuts to vital programs.

SD Nurses - Heal America event, feed the poor
Thursday, 09/01/2011
RNs across the United States are calling on Wall Street to pay for the damages caused on Main Street. San Diego nurses will reach out to the hungry of our county in a SOUP KITCHEN on Sep. 1.

Talk & Book Signing with S. Brian Willson
Sunday, 09/04/2011
THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY of an American Peacemaker! Activist San Diego & Veterans for Peace present:A Talk & Book Signing with S. Brian Willson.

Support Labor on Labor Day, Sept. 5
Monday, 09/05/2011
Labor Day is more than a barbeque! Rally in support of labor to recognize the contributions of labor to our American lifestyle (such as the weekend!) and to support workers rights now under attack. Bring signs such as "America Needs Jobs" or "Save the Middle Class." In ESCONDIDO, Labor Day, Sep. 5

NNUís DeMoro Named Influential in Health
Friday, 09/09/2011
RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director National Nurses United (NNU), has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. This is the 10th year in a row DeMoro was honored by the health care industry news weekly Modern Health Care.-By Mike Hall (no relation to Rick and Nina Hall).

Esondido Democratic Club meets
Saturday, 09/10/2011
TOPIC: Labor issues in health care.

Lake San Marcos Dem Club Meets
Saturday, 09/10/2011
We might have forgotten Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear catastrophes. But the tragic aftermath of the disaster at Fukushima Nuclear Power Facility on the shores of Japan woke us up to the reality that we too live in the shadows of the aging Nuclear Power plant at San Onofre. Rochelle Becker will focus on the dangers of nuclear power.

Sept. 17 County Party Convention
Saturday, 09/17/2011
Save the date! Sept. 17 County Party Convention! Democrats from all over San Diego County will gather to learn about campaigning, to discuss today's hot issues and to build volunteer skills.

NC Film Club screens Exit Through The Gift Shop
Sunday, 09/18/2011
The North County Film Club screens Exit Through The Gift Shop.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 09/24/2011
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.

Moving San Diego to a Clean Energy Future
Saturday, 09/24/2011
The San Diego County Democratic Party is joining together to participate in an international day of action on climate change on Saturday, September 24. A panel discussion will be followed by a march and rally in Balboa Park.

NC Film Club rolls The Illusionist
Sunday, 10/02/2011
The North County Film Club rolls on with The Illusionist.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Thursday, 09/15/2011
This is a list of Democratic and progressive events in San Diego County:


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This 'N That

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
- Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

What is man?
- Hope turned to dust.

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

Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength? Who better than we should know all the power that resides in noncooperation?
- Barbara Deming

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
- Jane Addams

When we yield to discouragement it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future.
- St. Therese of Lisieux

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

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
- Thomas Edison

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

War does not determine who is right - only who is left
- Bertrand Russell

As long as ever you can.
- John Wesley

The miracle of the wicked is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.
- Winston Churchill

The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.
- Edmund Burke

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

We canít 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 wonít 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

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
- Indira Gandhi, 1971

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

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

Everything, everything in war is barbaric . . . But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.
- Ellen Key, 1916

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.
- Pythagoras

Peace is a gift,
- It is a gift we give to ourselves,

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.
- Leonardo Da Vinci

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
- Isaiah 2:4

When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
- John Wesley

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

The maxim that people should not have a right till they are ready to exercise it properly, is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- Macaulay

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
- e.e.cummings

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

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Those things of real worth in life are worth going to any length in love and respect to safeguard.
- Julia Butterfly Hill

The story of the human race is characterized by efforts to get along much more than by violent disputes, although it's the latter that make the history books. Violence is actually exceptional. The human race has survived because of cooperation, not aggression.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

. . . [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

War is an act of violence pushed to its utmost limits.
- Major General Carl von Clausewitz, 1832

The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King

A solid rock is not disturbed by the wind; even so, a wise person is not agitated by praise or blame.
- Dhammapada

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

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

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 soul of our country needs to be awakened . . .When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to leaders.
- Veterans Fast for Life

Many oppressors are also oppressed. Nonviolent confrontation is the only confrontation that allows us to respond realistically to such complexity.
- Jane Meyerding

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
- Thomas Edison

There are three truths: my truth, your truth and the truth.
- Chinese Proverb

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- Cesar Chavez

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.
- Will Rogers

Articles & News:

The Election March of the Trolls
By Chris Hedges - "We have begun the election march of the trolls. They have crawled out of the sewers of public relations firms, polling organizations, the commercial media, the two corporate political parties and elected office to fill the airwaves with inanities and absurdities until the final inanity -- the 2012 presidential election. Journalists, whose role has been reduced to purveyors of court gossip, whether on Fox or MSNBC, descend in swarms to report pseudo-events ..."

Amnesty for the Indefensible Banksters
Robert Scheer: "The $20 billion or so that the banks would pony up is, for them, chump change -- compared with the trillions that the Fed and other public agencies spent to bail them out. The banks were given direct cash subsidies and virtually zero-interest loans, and the Fed took $2 trillion in bad paper off their hands, while the banks exacerbated the banking crisis they had created through additional shady practices, including fraudulent mortgage foreclosures." Yet the Obama administration is pushing to squash investigations and prosecutions of these banksters!

Paul Krugman gives Wise investment advice
Paul Krugman: -"We're slouching toward a double dip, and Wall Street is imploding, because consumers Ė whose spending is 70 percent of the economy -- have reached their limit. It's not just the jobless who canít spend. It's mainly people with jobs."

Fallbrook: A love seat deeply stained with hate
Kit-Bacon Gressitt of Fallbrook find a perfect loveseat in a Christian thrift shop ... only to discover it is deeply stained with hate. A sad story in the "Friendly Village".

The First Thing They Took Away-Our Obama Buttons
Peter Anderson, jailed with the first 52 arrested in front of the White House for protesting against the proposed 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline, writes a compelling article on his incarceration. This pipeline, proposed to extend from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries at Port Arthur, Texas, "would result in massive increases of carbon into the atmosphere, crippling any chance to stabilize the planetís climate." Scientist Jim Hansen grimly predicts that if this goes through, it's "game over." As of Aug. 25, 322 have been handcuffed in the Tar Sands Action. This issue is a LITMUS TEST of Obama: He can kill the pipeline with a simple VETO. He needs no approval from Congress,

Issa stock manipulation subject of investigation?
The New York TIMES [Aug.19] reports on Issa's stock manipulation. "It took a few months, but the net result was that the company was acquired for more than five times the price the small investors were forced to accept... Itís the kind of thing that the Securities and Exchange Commission might want to look into."

Issaís Reported Net Worth Soared last year
"House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) saw the reported value of his personal assets nearly double last year, and the only thing that may prevent him from claiming the title as the richest Member of Congress is $75 million in loans he secured in 2010. One of the reasons his minimum assets have increased is because he broke out properties last year into separate companies." -ROLL CALL

Report: Issa 2nd richest member of Congress
ROLL CALL, the Congressional publisher, shows Issa is the 2nd richest member of Congress, with a net worth of $220 million.

Report: Issa 2nd richest member of Congress
ROLL CALL, the Congressional publisher, shows Issa is the 2nd richest member of Congress, with a net worth of $220 million.

No deportation for CA gay married couple
Cathedral City gay married couple wonít be split apart by deportation. Alex Benshimol, 47, had been facing deportation to his homeland of Venezuela after overstaying his visitor visa. He legally married his partner, Doug Gentry, 53, in Connecticut in 2010. They have been together for about five years. The judge dropped the case after the Obama administration relaxed federal guidelines on low-priority deportation cases, such as when the deportation target has a spouse who is an American citizen.

You won't evict this grandma
MORE THAN 200 community members, activists and supporters blockaded Mary Lee Ward's home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on August 19 to prevent an eviction of the 82-year-old African American grandmother. This is tale of one of the most egregious cases of a crooked scheme used to defraud a homeowner.

CIA had Tried To Recruit 2 SD 9/11 Hijackers
An Ex-National Security Aide Says The CIA Tried To Recruit Two 9/11 Hijackers Before The Attacks. With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks only a month away, former CIA Director George Tenet and two former top aides are fighting back hard against allegations that they engaged in a massive cover-up in 2000 and 2001 to hide intelligence from the White House.

Cartoons of the Week

Andy Capp

Rick Perry throws hat into the ring

Swaggering Cowboys, Texas two-step

The Texas miracle worker

Bush Lite (HEAVY??)

Rick Perry & Jesus

Dick Cheney business strategy

America's Two Lifeguards

Standardly Poor

For Obama everything's negotiable

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

GOP's Unplanned Parenthood

Evolution began with Limbaugh

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Yellowstone River oil spill will cost $42.6M
Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. said its oil pipeline spill into Montana's scenic Yellowstone River will cost an estimated $42.6 million, according to documents obtained Monday by the Associated Press. The July 1 pipeline break spilled about 42,000 gallons, or 1,000 barrels, of crude oil into the waterway upstream of Billings, the state's most populous city.

D.C. Protests That Make Big Oil Quake
"More than 2,100 people say theyíll risk arrest there during the next two weeks demonstrating in front of the White House. They oppose the Keystone XL pipeline project, designed to carry heavy crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. This would be the Godzilla of all pipelines across America", and Pres. Obama has the power to stop it. By Amy Goodman

Keep secret chemicals out of CA's water!
Oil and gas companies are drilling in California using a controversial method known as "fracking," with hardly any oversight. This leaves your groundwater at risk for potential contamination. We need your voice today to change that! Please consider signing a petition to reveal the toxic chemicals used in this process.

Army widow confronts Rumsfeld in public

Army Ranger's widow booted from Donald Rumsfeld's book signing. - Ashley Joppa-Hagemann introduced herself to Rumsfeld, then accused him of being responsible for the death of her husband, Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann, because "You lied to him, and now he's dead!" He took his own life - after eight deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army found Staff Sgt. Hagemann's body at a training area of Joint Base Lewis McChord a few weeks ago. Her confrontation has cast a dark shadow over the villainous Rumsfeld as he tries to move from book signing to book signing.

San Onofre: a Trillion Dollar Threat to SoCal
By Russell D. Hoffman - "San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station is a pair of aging Pressurized Water Reactors in the midst of Southern California's burgeoning, vibrant, forward-thinking, technologically advanced, interconnected, health-conscious population. - It doesn't belong here at all, and it's well past time to get rid of it. Conceived in the 1950s, the two units that still operate were designed in the 60s, built in the 70s, went online in the 80s, and have been falling apart ever since. And they have been piling up nuclear waste along our coast ever since, too -- at the horrific rate of 500 pounds per day, with nowhere to put it. There are over eight million pounds of so-called "spent fuel" at the site right now -- making it potentially worse than Fukushima in an accident.

Broken oil pipeline creates pollution disaster

Exxon Mobil Estimates Oil spill in Yellowstone River will Cost Over $42 Million. Now comes the Godzilla of all pipelines: The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a terrible idea. The oil it will carry from Canadaís tar sands will travel all the way from northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Think: oil spilling all over America's heartland. Think: way more CO2 all over the atmosphere, since the tar sands are among the most carbon-intensive of all the fossil fuels.

Dick Cheney profiteering from his War Crimes

As former Vice President Dick Cheney publishes his long-awaited memoir, Democracy Now! speaks with Salon.com political and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald about his recent article on Cheney, "The Fruits of Elite Immunity." "Dick Cheney goes around the country profiting off of this sleazy, sensationalistic, self-serving book, basically profiting from his crimes ..."

Our wars are condemning our soldiers to Hell

The people who should be worried about going to hell are the bastards who sent these soldiers over there for no good reason, and then refuse to pay for the help they need when they come back: A soldier's widow says his fellow Army Rangers wouldn't do anything to help him before he took his own life - after eight deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army found Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann's body at a training area of Joint Base Lewis McChord a few weeks ago.

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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.


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