Event Reminders: Occupy Escondido rally Friday Dec. 2
Occupy Escondido will rally on Friday, Dec. 2 at 3:00PM - 5:00PM, at the Starbucks corner of Valley Parkway and Escondido Blvd. Bring your signs and creative spirit.
DEMCCO meeting in Carlsbad
Congressman Bob Filner will speak Saturday, December 3rd at the meeting of the Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside. You will enjoy Bob Filner, a spellbinding story teller. He is running for mayor of San Diego. Come enjoy a bit of holiday socializing after. Bring some small bills for the raffle. You might win a holiday gift basket. But you will definitely win a good time.
Who is coordinating police violence against OWS?
Obviously the police violence against OCCUPY groups is being coordinated nationwide, probably by the DHS, in a fashion that is unprecedented and suggests a dangerous police state is coalescing. Read this article by Naomi Wolf to understand why Obama, Washington insiders, corporations and Homeland Security are terrified by the movement:
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This 'N ThatWhile seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself.
- Doug Horton
The poor cannot be convinced that God is neutral . . .
- Author Unknown
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
I hope...that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats; for in my opinion there never was a good war, or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin
Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel
It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
- Publius Syrus
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
Young people say, What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at at time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action in the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
- Dorothy Day, 1963
No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
- Dorothy Day
Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
- H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations
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
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
What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill
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
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
A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
- Johann Christoph Schiller
I claim to be no more than an average person with less than average ability. I have not the shadow of doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
- Mohandas Gandhi
The pens which write against disarmament are made with the same steel from which guns are made.
- Aristide Briand, French statesman, Nobel Peace Prize, 1926
The idea of absolute freedom is fiction. It's based on the idea of an independent self. But, in fact, there's no such thing. There's no self without other people. There's no self without sunlight. There's no self without dew. And water. And bees to pollinate the food we eat....So the idea of behaving in a way that doesn't acknowledge those reciprocal relationships is not really freedom, it's indulgence.
- Peter Coyote
What is the revolution that we need? We need to dissolve the lie that some people have a right to think of other people as their property. And we need at last to form a circle that includes us all, in which all of us are seen as equal... We do not belong to the other, but our lives are linked; we belong in a circle of others.
- Barbara Deming
When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
- Jean Paul Sartre
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
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins
Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is--whether its victim is human or animal--we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
- Rachel Carson
In History, stagnant waters, whether they be the stagnant waters of custom or those of despotism, harbour no life; life is dependent on the ripples created by a few eccentric individuals. In homage to that life & vitality, the community has to brave certain perils and must countenance a measure of heresy. One must live dangerously if one wants to live at all.
- Herbert Read
A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children.
- David Bower
The Holy Prophet Mohammed came into this world and taught us: 'That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God's creatures. Belief in God is to love one's fellow men.'
- Abdul Ghaffar Khann
Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will war disappear.
- Osho (1931-1990)
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
He who can control his rising anger as a coachman controls his carriage at full speed, this man I call a good driver; others merely hold the reins.
- Gautama Buddha
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.
Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet.
- Alice Walker
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
You know, if people are not pacifists, it's not their fault. It's because society puts them in that spot. You've got to change it. You don't just change a man - you've got to change his environment as you do it.
- Cesar Chavez
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
- Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln
Non-violence is a very powerful weapon. Most people don't understand the power of non-violence and tend to be amazed by the whole idea. Those who have been involved in bringing about change and see the difference between violence and non-violence are firmly committed to a lifetime of non-violence, not because it is easy or because it is cowardly, but because it is an effective and very powerful way.
- Cesar Chavez
Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask; by whom has it been elected and to whom is it responsible?
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
- John Wesley
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
The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
- Douglas MacArthur
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 destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth.
- Thomas Berry
Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
- Jane Addams
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
- John Cage
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
- From a letter written by Fra Giovanni, 1513
The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.
- Vera Brittain, 1964
Productive work, love and thought are possible only if a person can be, when necessary, quiet and alone. To be able to listen to oneself is the necessary condition for relating oneself to others.
- Erich Fromm
It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
- Irish Proverb
I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned from this war.
- Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)
When the rich make war, it's the poor that die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: "Mother, what was war?"
- Eve Merriam
To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
- Sun Tzu
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
Peace is an environment where conflicts are resolved without violence, where people are free, not exploited, living so they can grow to their full potential.
- Gerard Vanderhaar
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
There have been periods of history in which episodes of terrible violence occurred but for which the word violence was never used...Violence is shrouded in justifying myths that lend it moral legitimacy, and these myths for the most part kept people from recognizing the violence for what it was. The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they though of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed.
- Gil Bailie
In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved.
- St. John of the Cross
Articles & News: Taking to the streets for the environment worked
From THE NEW YORKER - A brilliant strategy by titan environmentalists held Obama's feet to a very hot fire. Bill Mckibben and James Hansen (the head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and one of the country's foremost climate scientists), dogged Obama on his campaign trail. They and an army of environmentalists followed Obama every step of the way carrying signs that quoted him saying that we can "be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil." -- Knowing that Obama wanted their support in 2012, they attracted his attention by playing hard to get. Obama felt the heat.
REACTION: A massive tide of protest at UC Davis
The shocking police pepper spraying of quiet, respectful protester students electrified the community, which came together in a massive demonstration on campus of over 8,000 students, the largest in the history of the UC Davis. "Those who do not move do not notice their chains." These students have felt the weight of their chains.
My Date With Newt Gingrich
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt of Fallbrook - The Newt's handlers do their best to promote and polish him, but this Fallbrook writer discovers he is just a normal slob when she had an unexpected encounter with the Newt.
Witness: Rumsfeld, Bush are war criminals
Gen. Wesley Clark is a witness that Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney instigated criminal wars in the Middle East, by instituting their aggressive policy. Video from Democracy Now on Nov. 28, 2011.
Atty: Arrest of Ray Lutz was legal 'Favor'
Ray Lutz, San Diego activist and political candidate, was arrested Tuesday evening at Civic Center plaza for registering voters at a table he set up. Ray is in jail with bail set at $1,000. (See YouTube video elsewhere this page.) Former City Attorney Aguirre said the cops have done us all a huge favor - they violated Ray Lutz's protected rights, already decided by the courts, to partake in a protected action on private property to which the public is openly invited. Read full report from our inside man, David Gapp, a fearless Vet for Peace.
OWS rejects take over efforts of DNC, White House
Glenn Greenwald: - "Having SEIU officials — fresh off endorsing the Obama re-election campaign — shape, fund, dictate and decree an anti-GOP, pro-Obama march is about as antithetical as one can imagine to what the Occupy movement has been. And pretending that the ongoing protests are grounded in the belief that the GOP is the party of the rich while the Democrats are the party of the working class is likely to fool just about nobody other than those fooled by that already. The strength and genius of OWS has been its steadfast refusal to (a) fall into the trap that ensnared the Tea Party of being exploited as a partisan tool and (b) integrate itself into the very political institutions which it’s scorning and protesting."
Wisconsin Recall Drive Surpasses 300,000 Signature
by John Nichols - The petition drive to recall and remove Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has surpassed all expectations in its first two weeks, collecting more than 300,000 signatures. - The truly remarkably thing about the total so far is not, however, that it is so large. What is truly remarkable is where the signatures are coming from: rural and small-town Wisconsin communities are contributing disproportionally high numbers of signatures to the total. No one, not even the most concerned critic of Governor Walker's assault on collective bargaining rights, expected the recall campaign would move as quickly as it has.
Ray Lutz arrested for registering voters, SD Occup
Ray Lutz has been arrested at the Civic Center/Freedom Plaza in San Diego for setting up a voter registration table. See video above. The policeman arresting him said he was being charged with trespassing and refusing to leave. More info when it's known. In the meantime, please call the mayor's office and city council and police department and ask why it is illegal to register voters in a public place. SD government directory: CLICK HERE
Occupy Fairbbanks braves sub-zero weather
FAIRBANKS- Reuters Groups backing the nationwide Occupy movement are protesting in Anchorage and Fairbanks, often defying sub-zero temperatures and the risk of frostbite to protest against economic inequality and excesses of the financial system. In Anchorage, protesters rotate in and out of their tent camp, making sure that at least a couple of people are always keeping vigil at the site established in Town Square, a downtown park.
Scott Olsen: 1st interview after hospital release
Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran injured at the Occupy Oakland encampment on October 25 has since been released from the hospital and gave his first interview yesterday which was posted this morning (Monday November 28, 2011)
The naked face of a police state in America
Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis - In this video, now gone viral nationwide, a group of college students are huddled on the ground in a defensive position at UC Davis on November 18. UC police Lt. John Pike, then casually douses them with a chemical agent. Bystanders who were simply watching what was going on are also exposed. - If the police had legal grounds to make arrests, it seems apparent from the video that little or no force was necessary to achieve that goal. The students are obviously not a threat to the officers. It appears that the heavily armored riot police could have simply grabbed them and put them in flexi-cuffs had they chosen to do so. That means that this entire assault appears to be a perfect example of excessive force.
Pearl Harbor attack 70 years ago - Dec. 11, 1941
Pearl Harbor was attacked 70 years ago,on Dec. 7, 1941. Here is a little bit of history very few Americans know. After viewing the wreckage, Admiral Nimitz gave his immediate assessment: "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?"
B of A cooks up another scheme to rob the poor
Bank of America may have dropped temporarily its debit card fees on its general customers, but it has devised a way to stick millions of poor people with charges for using state issued unemployment debit cards. These cards are issued to the unemployed by states, and administered by Bank of America under contract. Bank of America is making $ millions, and the unemployed are losing those $ millions.
Occupy Inspires Rise in US Campus Activism
Violent confrontations between police and protesters at two University of California campuses have drawn a new cadre of students into the Occupy Wall Street movement and unleashed what some historians call the biggest surge in campus activism since the 1960s. - ""This is the first time in the 11 years I've been here that students have said - 'Wait a minute, I need to wake up to where I am and what's going on,'" said UC Davis art professor Robin Hill.
Police attack OCCUPY after Thanksgiving dinner
Police attack Occupy Oakland residents after Thanksgiving dinner. Porta-potties were delivered, but police prevented them from being unloaded. While attempting to get the porta-potties unloaded, a police officer attacked one resident dragging him to ground and arresting him. Later in the video, you can see a cop drawing his taser, and a resident preventing him from discharging his weapon. This is another example of cops creating civil unrest at peaceful gatherings in Oakland by showing force for ridiculous reasons, such as guarding porta-potties, camping, and exercising freedom of speech and assembly.
Oakland police brutally beat another war vet.
An Iraq/Afghan Army Ranger Vet, Kayvan Sabehgi, was walking away from an Occupy Oakland gathering, when confronted by a line of Oakland Police. After asking the officers why they were lining up, Kayvan was assaulted and suffered a lacerated spleen due to a brutal baton beating by the OPD. Kayvan was then arrested and held in a cell for 18 hours with no medical attention, despite his repeated requests for help. - "They lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying, 'Why are you doing this?' When one moved forward and hit me in the arms, legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me." - Kayvan Sabehgi, Source: The Guardian 11/4/11 - Kayvan went to an Oakland area hospital and remains in intensive care, after his release from jail.
Prophetic words from Chalmers Johnson
San Diego's own sage, author, scholar and prophet,Chalmers Johnson, gave his take on the Military-Industrial Complex, American defense spending and the coming downfall of the Empire years before it happened. Johnson is the author of "Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire".
Actually, we are the 99.9 %
By Paul Krugman - "We are the 99 percent" is a great slogan. It correctly defines the issue as being the middle class versus the elite (as opposed to the middle class versus the poor). - If anything, however, the 99 percent slogan aims too low. A large fraction of the top 1 percent’s gains have actually gone to an even smaller group, the top 0.1 percent — the richest one-thousandth of the population.
Cartoons of the Week
The Thanksgiving vegetable
Raid on Zuccotti Park
Pepper for the 99%
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Why I'm protesting Wall Street -
Wall Street just doesn't get it!
Kiss the ugly Newt and ...
Congress: "Trickle down economics works!"
Latinos' love for Arizona!
Obama, the negotiator
GOP's Unplanned Parenthood
Evolution began with Limbaugh
Unions & the Middle Class
Obama plays poker with GOP
This woman should be the next president
Elizabeth Warren is running for Senator from Mass., but she should be drafted to run against Obama.
Why Is Everyone Afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
Why Don't Republicans and Big Banks like Elizabeth Warren? Please listen to her. She is fighting for you! This is why the GOP and greed 1% are afraid of Elizabeth Warren.
84 year old woman pepper sprayed in Seattle Occupy
Nation shocked by Seattle police - Activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Westlake Park. An elderly woman, a pregnant woman and a priest were among those who were pepper-sprayed during a protest in support of the Occupy movement on Tuesday.
World Economy Collapse explained in 3 minutes
Witty dialogue, profound explanation of today's economic conundrum, a spiral that could collapse the world economy.
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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Dwight D. Eisenhower -
President Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks on the insanity of war.
Will humanity ever learn?
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King, 'Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam'
YouTube = CHANGE = Martin Luther King's most controversial speech, which won him the enmity of the FBI, CIA and the military industrial complex. April 30, 1967.
Back then Life magazine called it "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi." The Washington Post patronized that "King has diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people."
If Martin Luther King were alive today, O'Reilly would call him a "co-conspirator with Julian Assange". Beck would call him a "social justice junkie" and a "socialist" with "anti-American" views. Hannity would accuse him of having "sympathy for the enemy" and Limbaugh would say "this man is a racist who is using the acts of a few to condemn the entire white race". We celebrate his birthday Monday, Jan. 17.