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Event Reminders:

LIMBAUGH alert : Women to picket Carlsbad Toyota
Saturday, 03/24/2012
Carlsbad, CA - On Saturday, March 24th, Toyota Carlsbad will be picketed by people who are outraged that the Car Country Carlsbad dealership continues TO be a local sponsor of Rush Limbaugh's radio show on KOGO-AM 600. - To date, 140 sponsors of Rush Limbaugh's radio show have pulled advertising in response to the firestorm of protest Rush inspired by his three-day rant against law school student Sandra Fluke and women who use birth control - calling these women "sluts" and "prostitutes."

Cartoons of the Week
Sunday, 03/25/2012

I incorporated my uterus.

Mitt can't get the hang of it

Obama signs indefinite detention bill

Regular guy Mitt

Limbaugh's weird world

The "Limbaugh Contraception"

War Drums drumming

The Party of Lincoln, sadly.

GOP dilemma ????

Liars' Poker

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

GOP's Unplanned Parenthood

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Occupy Vista Wants US Out of Afghanistan
Sunday, 03/25/2012
This week's topic is "Out of Afghanistan". That means you want to have a sign on this topic, if at all possible. We in Occupy Vista are trying to have a preponderance of signs on one topic each week so that we can better educate the driving public as to our goals. This doesn't mean you can't come without a sign, or that you can't use an old sign on another topic. But it does mean that we could use signs that are on topic. Please. -By Evelyn Treais.


Earth Hour 2012
Saturday, 03/31/2012
Earth Hour 2012: DARE THE WORLD TO SAVE THE PLANET! We only have one planet. You can help protect it. Participate in the world’s largest single campaign for the planet: Earth Hour. It starts by turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2012 in a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet. Think what can be achieved when we all come together for a common cause. Pledge your support! Sign up to participate and turn off all non-essential lights from 8:30-9:30 pm local time. Go to http://www.worldwildlife.org/sites/earthhour/index.html

World Water Day Festival at Agua Hedionda Lagoon
Saturday, 03/24/2012
This annual festival is designed to bring awareness to both local and global water issues in honor of World Water Day, and is a fun and educational event for the entire family. Come and learn about water and some sustainable practices for use of this very limited resource.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Tuesday, 03/27/2012
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Speaker: 'Endless War and Economic crisis'
Tuesday, 04/03/2012
Special guest Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, will discuss "The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis" at the Oceanside Public Library on April 2. Open to the public - FREE. Starts at 7:00PM.

Special event at the Buena Vista Nature Center
Saturday, 04/21/2012
Special event on the Buena Vista Creek Valley at the Buena Vista Nature Center. See artwork, videos and slide shows.

Mt Calavera native plant hike with James Dillane
Saturday, 04/21/2012
Mt. Calavera native plant hike with James Dillane the morning of April 21.

This 'N That

Sensitivity to the immense needs of humanity brings with it a spontaneous rejection of the arms race, which is incompatible with the all out struggle against hunger, sickness, under-development and illiteracy.
- Pope John Paul II

Being a pacifist between wars is as easy as being a vegetarian between meals.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

Nobody was born nonviolent. No one was born charitable. None of us comes to these things by nature but only by conversion. The first duty of the nonviolent community is helping its members work upon themselves and come to conversion.
- Lanza del Vasto

The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change
- Charles Darwin

Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.
- Henri Nouwen

Fear less, hope more,
- Whine less, breathe more,

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

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
- John Cage

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

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

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

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

I plan to stand by nonviolence, because I have found it to be a philosophy of life that regulates not only my dealings in the struggle for racial justice, but also my dealings with people, and with my own self.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Instead of tug o' war, let's play hug o' war.
- Shel Silverstein

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

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked [on the Jericho Road] was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'
- Martin Luther King

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

If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
- Joan Baez

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

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
- Albert Camus

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

War would end if the dead could return.
- Stanley Baldwin

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
- George Eliot

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

Articles & News:

My Lai: U.S. Soldiers Massacred 500 Vietnamese
Historical reminder - New York Times "On March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War, United States troops under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. carried out a massacre of about 500 unarmed men, women and children in the village of My Lai."
There was a great American Hero who surfaced on that day who is honored today by the San Diego Veterans for Peace - Read article.

Top Ten Catholic Teachings Santorum Ignores
By Juan Cole: "The right wing Republican politicians who have been denouncing the requirement that female employees have access to birth control as part of their health benefits as an attack on religious freedom completely ignore the church teachings they don't agree with. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are both Catholics, and wear their faith on their sleeves, but they are hypocritical in picking and choosing when they wish to listen to the bishops." [It is surprising how un-Catholic Santorum and Gingrich really are!]

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!"

Pro-Choice 'Doonesbury' too much for newspapers
Pro-Choice 'Doonesbury' Too Much for Many US Papers (But not for the Guardian U.K.) - Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has defended his cartoon strip about abortion, which several US newspapers are refusing to run, saying he felt compelled to respond to the way Republicans across America are undermining women's healthcare rights.

Fukushima Remembrance At San Onofre

Fast flying camera machine sprints around the Fukushima Remembrance rally on March 11 near the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Great gathering of 300 activists from throughout Southern California to launch the serious effort to shut down San Onofre, a disaster waiting to happen in our back yard. 1 min, 43 sec

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
NY TIMES - "SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. "

Idaho Senate passes pregnancy ultrasound bill
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho state senate passed a law requiring Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. The proposal passed the Senate 23-12 Monday after an emotional 90-minute debate. State Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, said, "You know, fellow senators, as a woman, and as a person of faith, this bill makes me want to cry. I want an end to abortion as well as all of you do, and I am totally opposed to abortion except in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother. But I find this bill to be intrusive into my faith and it is punitive as a woman."

Justice Dept. Blocks Texas Photo ID Voting Law
NY Times - The Justice Department's civil rights division on Monday blocked Texas from enforcing a new law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls, contending that the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible Hispanic voters. -- Benjamin Todd Jealous, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, praised the decision, saying the state law "would have blocked hundreds of thousands of Hispanic voters from the polls just because they lack a state-issued photo ID."

View censored Doonesbury abortion comics

The North County Times refused to print the series of abortion comic strips last week, joining a number of papers nationwide which censored the deeply controversial messages. Creator Gary Trudeau exposed the cruel truth of the new Texas trans-vaginal ultrasound law as humiliating and demeaning of women.

'Something horrible, horrible happened to him.'
NY Times: "when many of his old neighbors from Norwood, Ohio, and former battalion mates from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State heard the news that Sergeant Bales had been accused of coldbloodedly shooting to death 16 Afghan civilians on March 11, nine of them children, they were not simply shocked. They grieved. - Michelle Caddell, 48, who knew Sergeant Bales when he was growing up, watched a video clip of the news over and over and over again, mesmerized by disbelief. 'I wanted to see, maybe, a different face,' she said, fighting back tears. 'Because that's not our Bobby.

Santorum rant: Obama is a 'SNOB!'

Lately, there's been a seismic shift in what passes for common sense in American conservative political thought. Rick Santorum received a bachelor's degree, Juris Doctorate and MBA, but recently called President Barack Obama a "snob" for wanting every young American to have an opportunity to pursue college education.

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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News that did not make our deadline:

Palomar Road Would Desecrate Luiseno Burial Ground
A road proposed by Palomar College would pass directly through a sacred Luiseno Burial Ground. Protect Tomkav Village - support Luiseno tribes by going to: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/protect-tomkav/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend and sign the petition to stop the barbaric act of desecrating ancient burial sites. To fellow Palomar College alumni: Please go to this site, sign the petition, and express your outrage as a former Palomar student!

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.


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.

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.

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