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BAILOUT AGAIN: Taxpayers will pay for settlement
The Banks lied to us again: - The recently approved mortgage deal between the nation's largest banks was "supposed to be a settlement for this remarkable fraud that the banks and the servicers have created across the country" is, in fact, a "political whitewash" because instead of the banks facing punitive action it "is actually going to involve money flowing from the taxpayer into the banks." And, straight to the point, he said, "We're bailing them out again!" (Neil Barofsky). Read More

Event Reminders:

Occupy Vista demonstration Sundays at 2:00PM
Sunday, 02/26/2012
The Occupy Vista activists demonstrate every Sunday afternoon at 2:00PM for one hour at the corner of South Santa Fe and Main Street. Demonstrate for NO WAR, for economic justice, jobs - "Jail the Banksters".

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.

PROTEST: No Fukishima at San Onofre protest
Sunday, 03/11/2012
A rally to demand the shutdown of the aged and failing San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which is being plagued with a series of failures, which have resulted in the "temporary" shutdown of both nuclear reactors. March 11 near the south gate on Basilone Road, adjacent to power plant. Special bus from Oceanside Transit Terminal departs at 11:30am - $10.00 per person.

March, Demonstration for SD janitors
Friday, 02/24/2012
San Diego County janitors have the lowest pay and benefits in the entire State of California. The Occupy movement will march and demonstrate this Friday at noon to demand economic justice. Meet at 8th and B Street.

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
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This 'N That

Very few people chose war. They chose selfishness and the result was war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.
- Dave Dellinger

Those for whom peace is no more than a dream are asleep to the future.
- Jack DuVall

In India when we meet and part we often say, "Namaste," which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us….. "Namaste."
- Ram Dass

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
- Isaiah 40:4-5

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
- Bishop Desmond Tutu

I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
- Septima Poinsette Clark

The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.
- Frank Kent

That's all nonviolence is - organized love.
- Joan Baez

Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them whenever they require it... If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride.
- William James

Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

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

There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity.
- Elise Boulding

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
- Indira Gandhi, 1966

The first thing to be disrupted by our committment to nonviolence will be not the system but our own lives.
- James Douglass

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

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
- Dorothy Day

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
- Buddha

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

We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves cooperatively,sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common.
- Buckminster Fuller

The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.
- Albert Einstein

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

Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.
- John Buchan

And then to each other.
- Richard Goode

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
- Helen Keller

A great many people think they are thinking when they are just rearranging their prejudices.
- William James

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
- Anita Koddick

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

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

A good end sanctify evil means; not must we ever do evil, that good might come of it. We are ready to retaliate, rather than forgive or gain by love and information . . . Force may subdue, but love gains. And one that forgives first wins the laurel.
- William Penn

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
- Stewart Udall

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

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

Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.
- Psalm 13:9

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

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate --- thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
- Maya Angelou

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
- Longfellow

Through Gandhi and my own life experience, I have learned about nonviolence. I believe that human life is a very special gift from God, and that no one has a right to take that away in any cause, however just. I am convinced that nonviolence is more powerful than violence.
- Cesar Chavez

Articles & News:

Letters Night Winners!
Another enjoyable Letters Night recognized excellent editorial opinions from liberal writers all over North San Diego County. The evening began with spirited Occupy protesters and an appeal to elect Dick Eiden for Congress. Here are a list of the winners in various categories, submitted by Carol Kissin.

The toxic perils of Tritium at San Onofre
By Russell Hoffman - "San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station (SONGS) is a pair of aging Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs) in the midst of Southern California's burgeoning, vibrant, forward-thinking, technologically advanced, interconnected, health-conscious population. - t 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."

Army officer issues report on military's deception
U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis issued an 84-page assessment of the war in Afghanistan. Davis, a 17-year combat veteran, doesn't mince words and says that after 10 years of fighting, it has been a disaster for the U.S. military, and the military's own top brass has kept this hidden from Congress and the American public. The Military is trying to suppress this report. CLICK to access the full report:

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.

Occupy WS calls for May Day general strike
Occupy Wall Street has officially endorsed the call for a general strike on May Day (May 1). Los Angeles and Oakland had already endorsed the strike. "*No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping *No Banking TAKE THE STREETS!"

Cartoons of the Week

GOP Culture War's biggest victim

Catholic clerics & contraceptives

Obama signs indefinite detention bill

Nuclear Newt

Romney, the severely conservative

Pepper spraying the Lady

Elephant Walk

Obama contraceptive mandate

GOP dilemma ????

Liars' Poker

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

GOP's Unplanned Parenthood

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

How safe is San Onofre?
The recent shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station provides a stark reminder of the potential risks of producing nuclear power in a region of high population density, earthquake faults, and proximity to the ocean. There is no credible evacuation plan for the 7.4 million people who live within 50 miles of the plant.

Border Angels' Enrique Morones confronts Arizona Joe Sheriff Arpaio regarding repeated violations of the civil rights of detainees during 2011.

Issa excludes women from hearings on contraception

"WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?" demands NY congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, outraged when she sees all men in the first panel of 'experts' asked by Issa to testify on the hearing on inclusion of women in health care coverage for contraception. Female Democrats on Thursday walked out of a House GOP committee hearing on contraceptive coverage after the only female witness requested to speak during the first of two hearings was rejected by the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Reports from inside the hearing noted that some of the female Democrats left the room, and one member, Rep. Holmes Norton (D-DC), called the committee an "autocratic regime."

DeGeneres breaks silence on J.C. Penney furor
Reuters - Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said she was "proud and happy" that retail store J.C. Penney had stood by her in the face of a conservative anti-gay campaign, and said there was no such thing as a "pro-gay bandwagon." Breaking her silence on the furor, DeGeneres, one of America's best known gay celebrities, also poked fun at the One Million Moms group who had urged J.C. Penney to drop her as a spokeswoman because she is a lesbian and said they would boycott the store.

Belgian firemen attack the Belgian cops

Belgian firefighters hosed down police with freezing cold water during a protest in Brussels against austerity measures. The firemen pointed their high-power water hoses at the Belgian prime minister's. Fire officers were protesting against the Belgian government's decision to increase their retirement age from 58 to 67. Rebellions spread from from Greece throughout Europe.

GOP Wash. legislator win the case for gay marriage

Washington State Rep. Maureen Walsh (a Republican) gave a passionate speech defending marriage equality that's going viral. ""You know, I was married for 23 years to the love of my life and he died six years ago," Rep. Maureen Walsh says in the clip. "I think of all the wonderful years we had and the wonderful fringe benefits of having three beautiful children...and so I just think to myself: how could I deny anyone the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life. To me it seems almost cruel." Walsh, who tells the crowd she has a lesbian daughter, goes on to note: "Shes's still a fabulous human being and she met someone she loves very much. And some day, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid. And someday I hope that's what I can do. I hope she will not feel like a second-class citizen involved in something called a 'domestic partnership' which, frankly, sounds like a Mary Maids franchise to me."

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.

Battle: Koch Brothers Keystone Pipeline Subpoena

CA Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman got an angry response from Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield over the idea that the right wing billionaire Koch brothers should be subpoenaed over their financial interest in the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans are protecting the mega rich Koch brothers who generously fund campaigns of the GOP congressmen.

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.

NY cops pepperpray women demonstrators

UPDATE: NY cop Anthony Blogna sadistically pepper sprays women demonstrators while they are corralled in a net last September in the Wall Street area. Chelsea Elliott of Brooklyn and Jeanne Mansfield of Massachusetts filed the lawsuit on Feb. 13 in Manhattan federal court against Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, the city, the police department and other unidentified officers, saying it failed to train police officers properly.

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.


FDR tells the truth about the leaders of the modern Republican party. Somehow, in 1936, he foresaw what would be happening NOW.

Ronald Reagan goes after rich tax evaders

In this address, President Reagan speaks about the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 or TEFRA and discounts claims that this is "the largest single tax increase in history," stressing that one-third of the increased tax revenue will come from those evading taxes. This legislation represents a departure from the 1981 tax cuts, although Reagan notes it resulted from a difficult compromise.

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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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