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Capitalism versus democracy - America's struggle
City officials from coast to coast have sent out police in riot gear, with zip-tie handcuffs dangling from their military-issue body armor, to harass and arrest Occupy protesters, and drive them from the streets. Under the guise of concerns about "public health and safety," mayor after mayor ordered police to tear down encampments--a curious justification after the years of cuts to public hospitals, heating subsidies and homeless shelters that have actually endangered "public health and safety" for millions of Americans. Elected officials and law enforcement sends an unmistakable message: "Sure, you have the right to free speech, but once you try to use it, we will do all we can to stop you." Read More

Event Reminders:

CA State Democratic Convention in San Diego
Saturday, 02/11/2012
The Ca State Democratic Convention will be held in San Diego this year on Feb. 10-12 at the Convention Center on Harbor Drive. Starts Friday 10:00 AM and adjourns Sunday at 2:00 PM.

Special Occupy Rally & Address in Oceanside
Monday, 02/27/2012
National spokesperson from Move to Amend, David Cobb, will address in person an Occupy rally at the Oceanside Public Library on Feb. 27th. Begins at 6:30 PM, speaker 7:00 PM. Find out about the Constitutional Amendment to reverse the Supreme Court Decision Citizens United. RSVP.

Escondido State of the City address
Wednesday, 02/08/2012
Mayor Sam Abed presents his annual State of the City Address. Admission is free.

Open Mic for Fallbrook creative writers
Wednesday, 02/08/2012
Seasoned and neophyte writers and everyone in between (including closet writers) are invited to share their original poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction with an encouraging audience of word-lovers. For those who would like to dine during the reading, the Café offers a special bistro supper menu. Café des Artistes on Main Ave. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6:00PM.

Occupy Vista planning session Wed. Feb. 8
Wednesday, 02/08/2012
Occupy Vista will hold its open General Assembly planning meeting on Wed. Feb. 8 at the Pantry & Pie Shop at 6:30PM. Address 945 South Santa Fe Ave. Also, our weekly sidewalk demonstrations are every Sunday at 2:00PM at the corner of South Santa Fe Ave and Vista Village Drive.

Volunteer in SD at CA Dem Party Convention
Thursday, 02/09/2012
Volunteer in SD at CA Dem Party Convention. San Diego is hosting the annual state party convention February 9-12, 2012. The election year campaigns will bring outstanding guests and lots of action. Volunteers are needed in a number of areas.

Kent Davey to address Progressive Democrats
Saturday, 02/11/2012
Kent Davey, editor of the North County Times, will address the Progressive Democrats of North County this coming Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Aegis Assisted Living in Shadowridge.

Protest planned at CA State Dem Convention in SD
Saturday, 02/11/2012
A protest against the NDAA (indefinite detention)law signed by Pres. Obama, is planned for the State Democratic Party convention [Feb. 11] being held in San Diego next weekend. The Save the Bill of Rights coalition and its supporters are calling for a march and rally during the convention to bring attention to the role that the Democratic Party has had in passing this Act. The group plans to rally at Children’s Park at First and Island at noon on Saturday, February 11th, and then marching to a site across the street from the Convention Center for a rally with speakers.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Sunday, 02/12/2012
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Rally-Hold Issa Accountable!
Wednesday, 02/15/2012
Rally-Hold Darryl Issa Accountable! Join the National Nurses United as we call on Wall Street to pay for the damage it has caused on Main Street by taxing financial transactions.

Apply for a City of Escondido Board or Commission
Thursday, 02/16/2012
Encouragement from City Council member Olga Diaz: The City of Escondido needs citizens to take an active role in advising the City Council on policy issues. Consider applying for a City Board or Commission as an opportunity to serve your community and learn more about local government functions. There are eight different boards and commissions. The application period is open through February 16, 2012.

Workshop on Water Saving Native Plant Gardens
Saturday, 02/18/2012
This special three day workshop sponsored by Anstine Audubon Reserve in Vista is free if you volunteer 20 hours to the reserve. Learn how to create beautiful watersaving gardens in your own back yard.

Escondido Democratic Club Meets
Saturday, 02/18/2012
Next EDC Meeting: District Elections for Escondido?

2nd annual birdhouse auction at BVAS
Saturday, 02/25/2012
2nd annual birdhouse auction at BVAS! The Buena Vista Audubon Society will host a special gala evening featuring a gourmet taco bar, assorted drinks, and live music. The featured attraction of the evening will be a fun auction led by Martha Barnette, co-host of the popular NPR radio program “A Way With Words”.

Vista City Council-Adoption of New General Plan
Tuesday, 02/28/2012
Vista City Council Hearing-Adoption of New General Plan. This proposed update to the city's General Plan is the first one in North County to really try to achieve some balance between protecting our priceless remaining natural resources and providing for necessary development in a way that preserves community character.

OCCUPY Encinitas, weekly demonstration
Saturday, 03/03/2012
OCCUPY Encinitas holds its weekly rally every Saturday in downtown from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and General Assembly afterwards across the street at Leucadia Pizzeeria. Come join the group and meet lots of nice, compatible compatriots who are seeking new answers and solutions for America's problems.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Wednesday, 03/07/2012
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

Workshop on Water Saving Native Plant Gardens
Saturday, 02/11/2012
This special three day workshop sponsored by Anstine Audubon Reserve in Vista is free if you volunteer 20 hours to the reserve. Learn how to create beautiful watersaving gardens in your own back yard.

This 'N That

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

I stand at the altar of murdered men, and, while I live, I fight their cause.
- Florence Nightingale, 1856

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point is to change it.
- Karl Marx

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

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 only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.
- Joan Baez

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

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
- Dorothy Day

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

What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born.
- Meister Eckhart

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

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

In April, we cannot see sunflowers in France, so we might say the sunflowers do not exist. But the local farmers have already planted thousands of seeds, and when they look at the bare hills, they may be able to see the sunflowers already. The sunflowers are there. They lack only the conditions of sun, heat, rain and July. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they do not exist.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
- Mohandas Gandhi

Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.
- Oscar Wilde

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Why does man have reason if he can only be influenced by violence?
- Leo Tolstoy

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

The point of nonviolence is to build a floor, a strong new floor, beneath which we can no longer sink. A platform which stands a few feet above napalm, torture, exploitation, poison gas, A and H bombs, the works. Give man a decent place to stand.
- Joan Baez

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

It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence . . . and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect.
- Manitonquat

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

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
- Malcolm X

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
- St. Augustine

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.
- Unknown

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely an absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. ... Only reverence can restrain violence - reverence for human life and the environment .
- Rev. William Sloan Coffin, Jr.

Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will war disappear.
- Osho (1931-1990)

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

Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even.
- Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler

Do it big or stay in bed.
- Larry Kelly

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
- Henry David Thoreau

Articles & News:

Prop 8 Court decision expected today - Feb 7
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Weigh in with Prop 8 Decision Tuesday, Feb. 7. RALLY IN HILLCREST! When it was declared that Prop 8 was unconstitutional by Federal Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010, many equality activists cheered the language that was used to describe the courts decision, but cringed because a stay was placed on that decision pending appeal. These events precipitated the Equality 9 civil disobedience because many of us felt that the appeals process was simply stalling real justice. Well, we are getting word that the same court who accepted the appeal and stay of decision will release their opinion on the Federal Courts ruling tomorrow at 10AM.

Public Has Right to Videotape Police, Court rules
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - It is legal for citizens to videotape police carrying out their duties in public, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year. The Aug. 26 ruling in Glik v. Cunniffe is important to professional journalists and citizen journalists alike.

Liberals volunteeing for candidate Dick Eiden
Dick Eiden, candidate for US Congress, has picked up the torch to take our beliefs to a wider audience and to join in the political maelstrom for us. Finally we have a liberal champion of the 99%, the creators and bulders of America.

What we can learn from the Mormons
By Dave Patterson, Vet for Peace, in Ramona - "During those critical 18~22 years of age, Mormon kids enjoy safe and tranquil years thinking about peace and religion, [serving as missionaries] while many of us are sending our sons and daughters into war zones to be immersed in fear and hostility. In the war zone our kid's brains are washed in fear and anger peptides for prolonged periods of time, and as the body rejuvenates the new cells scream for more of the same, fear and violence peptides."

Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires, including ours
The United States is being forced out of Afghanistan after 9 years. "But the hard truth cannot be avoided. All the concentrated military-technological might of the United States and its allies has been defeated by fierce Pashtun tribesmen whose primary weapons are courage, patience and legendary determination to drive out foreign invaders. ...Every sort of modern weapon save nuclear devices was used against the Afghan resistance: carpet bombing, laser-guided bombs, fuel-air explosives, cluster munitions dispending blizzards of steel shards, mines, helicopter gunships, tanks and giant armored trucks, swarms of drones, satellites, aircraft that disable roadside bombs. Deadly AC-130 gunships bristling with guns and 20mm cannon. Death squads attacking at night to kill Taliban sympathizers. Heavy artillery and rocket batteries." Still we failed to conquer them. Maybe we should read a little history.

Washington to become 7th state for gay mariage?
Washington is on the fast track to become the 7th state to legalize same-sex marriage. LA Times: "As supporters packed the public galleries, the Washington state Senate passed legislation Wednesday night that would legalize gay marriage. The margin was 28 to 21 -- three more votes than required. The bill now goes to the state House, where it is expected to pass. Gov. Chris Gregoire has said she will sign it into law, the Associated Press reported. That would make Washington the seventh state to approve gay marriage."

I pray you are not pregnant
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt - of Fallbrook: was horrified by the posting of an anti-abortion mother whose handicapped daughter was kidnapped and raped. K-B was upset by the steel trap mind of the mother who placed her anti-abortion ideology above the welfare of her daughter.

All of us on the staff of the Progressive Post offer hearty congratulations to Joe Crews, our Editor in Chief, for winning an award for the Best Letter on Economics on Letters Night! The award-winning letter is reprinted here for your reading pleasure.

Activities for the LGBTQ community in No. Co.
Evey Monday at the center, 6PM-8PM Transgender discussion group social and gathering. Everyone is welcome -- Also, yoga, runners, discussion groups. The LGBT center is at 510 North Coast Hwy in Oceanside, just two blocks north of the library.

Chicago clamps down on protest free speech
At the same time that Super PACs and corporations are buying and wielding UNLIMITED "free" speech, thanks to the Citizens United decision, the original free speech protection which our Constitution granted for individuals, is being drastically restricted with such regulations as Chicago has just enacted. This is a double Fascist attack on the 1st Amendment: Unlimited for corporations, highly restricted for individuals. JHCrews

Media drivel on US/Israel plan to bomb Iran
Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper Jr in congressional testimony this week asserted that Iranian leaders are "now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime". ...the Washington Post notes in the same paragraph quoting the Director of National Intelligence: "US officials said they have seen no intelligence to indicate that Iran is actively plotting attacks on US soil."

Whistleblower retaliation - Obama sets record
Obama has now prosecuted 6 American whistleblowers using the archaic 1917 Espionage Act. Previously only 3 had been prosecuted in American history. This administration is clamping down with an iron fist against informants who expose crimes and incompetence in government. Does this sound like Syria's dictator, Assad? Article by Glenn Greenwald

Right decision on birth control
EDITORIAL - Star Tribune - "The Obama administration has reached a sensible but controversial decision on health insurance coverage for contraceptives. In general, an employer's religious beliefs should not dictate the type of drugs or medical procedures covered by their employees' health insurance plans. This policy does not require anyone to use birth control. In addition, courts have already rejected claims by Catholic organizations that requiring contraceptive coverage in employee health plans violates their religious freedom."

Number of Homeless Female Veterans Rises Sharply
NY TIMES: - "The number of homeless female veterans more than doubled from 2006 to 2010, and they will remain at risk of abuse and lack of shelter without better services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a recently released government report. The Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, estimated that the ranks of homeless female veterans had risen more than 140 percent since 2006..."

Obama’s Refinancing Swindle to help the Banks
By Mike Whitney - "Barack Obama's new housing refinance plan has nothing to do with "lowering monthly mortgage payments so responsible borrowers can stay in their homes". That’s all public relations bunkum. The truth is the banks want to offload their garbage mortgages onto Uncle Sam to avoid hundreds of billions of dollars in losses. That’s what this refi-ruse is really all about."

Press release from Jerry Tetalman
Two candidates are currently running against Darrell Issa. They are Dick Eiden, running as an independent, and Jerry Tetalman, running as a Democrat. Please read this press release so that you can make an informed decision.

OCCUPY Encinitas, weekly demonstration
OCCUPY Encinitas holds its weekly rally every Saturday in downtown from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and General Assembly afterwards across the street at Leucadia Pizzeeria. Come join the group and meet lots of nice, compatible compatriots who are seeking new answers and solutions for America's problems.

Cartoons of the Week

Mitt expects Grey Poupon in the social safety net


Obama signs indefinite detention bill

Nuclear Newt

A safety net for Mitt

Pepper spraying the Lady

The Newt bomb

How Ron Paul finds supporters

GOP dilemma ????

Romney road trip

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

GOP's Unplanned Parenthood

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Issa provokes taser attack on Occupy in DC?

The National Park Police in D.C. PARK POLICE brutally tasered a DC protester. -- Previously the Park Police had said, "We don’t have any issues with these folks" and "The core of their First Amendment activity is that they occupy the site." But on January 24, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa politicized the Park Service -- holding hearings where he pressured them to evict us under the pretext of enforcing camping regulations. The Park Service quickly buckled.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

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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.

Supreme Court lit up with Batman signal

Supreme Court Building was covered in giant dollar signs to send a message: rights are for PEOPLE, not corporate & Money is not speech.

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.

Public Has Right to Videotape Police, Court Rules
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - It is legal for citizens to videotape police carrying out their duties in public, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year. The Aug. 26 ruling in Glik v. Cunniffe is important to professional journalists and citizen journalists alike.

Like to see Bilbray defeated?
Even though Rep. Brian Bilbray's district no longer includes Escondido, we all have years of motivation to see him turned out of office. Lori Saldaña, who spoke to EDC early in 2011, is running against him.

Manning's bravery helped end the Iraq War

The patriotic courage of Pvt Bradley Manning as a whistle-blower helped expose corruption, war crimes and devious war strategies, and bring the Iraq War to a close. His legal and constitutional case is laid out by attorney professor Marjorie Cohn at the rally for Manning in Freedom Square, San Diego on Dec. 14th, Manning's birthday and 2nd Christmas in prison without a trial. Cohn, past president of the National Lawyers Guild, stated "If Bradley Manning had committed war crimes, not exposed them, he would be a free man today."

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.


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".

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