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Now is time for transcendent Sublime Madness
America's modern day prophet, Chris Hedges, writes that the world is now in a time for "Sublime Madness". The world has crossed such times in the past. The poet Leon Staff wrote from the Warsaw ghetto: "Even more than bread we now need poetry, in a time when it seems that it is not needed at all." It is only those who can retreat into the imagination, and through their imagination can minister to the suffering of those around them, who uncover the physical and psychological strength to resist. Read More

Event Reminders:

A MAJOR vote against San Onofre set Tues. Jan. 22
Tuesday, 01/22/2013
SDUSD Board Considers Resolution on Restart of Defective San Onofre Nuclear Reactor. SDUSD Board Would Join Several Coastal City Councils in Calling for an Adjudicated License Amendment Hearing by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The public is strongly encouraged to attend this very important hearing Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 4100 Normal St., SD at 5:00PM

LETTERS awards night Jan. 26, 2013
Saturday, 01/26/2013
Here's the Letters Night information you've been waiting for! The 16th and last Letters to the Editor Awards Night will be in a NEW, LARGER LOCATION. Tell your friends, better yet, bring them, meet them there. Former Editor Kent Davy and several North County Times reporters, staffers and columnists will be there to accept our thanks for producing a great local newspaper for 17 years. Please RSVP, however, so we have enough food and so we can make name tags in advance.

SOS for Quarry Creek-Hearing on Feb. 6
Thursday, 01/31/2013
After years of effort, we are now down to the final weeks when the fate of the Buena Vista Creek Valley will be decided. The first formal hearing to consider the proposed 656 unit McMillin development called Quarry Creek is scheduled for Wed. Feb 6. There is a lot we can and must do before then to make sure everyone who cares about preserving this priceless valley is heard. What Can YOU Do to Help Save It? One way is to consider making a donation to Preserve Calavera, which will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, by Jan. 31.

Gregory Canyon public meeting Jan. 31
Thursday, 01/31/2013
The Army Corps of Engineers has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the dump in Gregory Canyon. They are holding a public meeting on January 31 at 6 pm at the Center for the Arts in Escondido. WE at Save Gregory Canyon need as many people as possible to come to the meeting and show the Corps why this dump is NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST! Visit our website, www.savegregorycanyon.org, for fact sheets and information you can include in your comments. If we show the Corps that the public does not want or need this dump, they cannot issue a permit!

SOS for Quarry Creek-Hearing on Feb. 6
Wednesday, 02/06/2013
After years of effort, we are now down to the final weeks when the fate of the Buena Vista Creek Valley will be decided. The first formal hearing to consider the proposed 656 unit McMillin development called Quarry Creek is scheduled for Wed Feb 6. There is a lot we can and must do before then to make sure everyone who cares about preserving this priceless valley is heard. What Can YOU Do to Help Save It? One way is to consider making a donation to Preserve Calavera, which will be matched up to $5,000, by Jan. 31.

Orientation to the Anstine Reserve
Saturday, 01/26/2013
Orientation to the Anstine Reserve-Presented by the San Diego Audubon Society. Come join us at the Reserve and learn bird languages, mammal tracks and signs, uses for native plants and the best practices for outdoor safety! Enjoy this free event including light snacks.

DEMCCO hosts speaker Dr. Richard Lederer
Saturday, 01/26/2013
The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside is back in business for the New Year. The club will kick off 2013 and honor President Obama’s Inauguration with speaker Dr. Richard Lederer. Richard is a noted writer, speaker, teacher and broadcaster. He will offer a treasury of fascinating facts about the feats, fates, families, foibles and firsts of our American presidents. You may know Dr. Lederer from his years on Public Radio’s "A Way with Words", of which he is co-founder. Three of our members will have some great stories for us from witnessing the Inauguration in person!

Mini-tour of the BV Creek Valley and Marron Adobe
Saturday, 01/26/2013
Here is your chance to come and see the Buena Vista Creek Valley and see why this area is too priceless to bulldoze for 656 more homes! There will be short walk into the valley, tours of the grounds around the historic Marron Adobe, and exhibits that tell about the early history of this area.

Carlsbad City Council Meeting/Open Space Video
Tuesday, 01/29/2013
Carlsbad City Council Meeting-Screening of Preserve Calavera's video on Open Space! Everyone is invited to join us as we present our video on open space to the Carlsbad City Council and let them know the people of this area care about preserving the open space that we still have.

This 'N That

Nonviolence which is a quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- Mahatma Gandhi

At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of human sins, uncertain whether to combat it by force or by human love. Always decide, "I will combat it with human love." If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the strongest of all things and there is nothing like it.
- Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazo

People have power when other people think they have power.
- Wyche Fowler

War stirs in men's hearts the mud of their worst instincts. It puts a premium on violence, nourishes hatred, and gives free rein to cupidity. It crushes the weak, exalts the unworthy, and bolsters tyranny .. .Time and time again it has destroyed all ordered living, devastated hope, and put the prophets to death.
- Charles DeGaulle

Non-violence exacts a very high price from one who practices it. But once you are able to meet that demand then you can do most things.
- Cesar Chavez

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.
- Max Lucado

Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash.
- Harriet Rubin

If you love the justice of Jesus Christ more than you fear human judgment then you will seek to do compassion. Compassion means that if I see my friend and my enemy in equal need, I shall help them both equally. Justice demands that we seek and find the stranger, the broken, the prisoner and comfort them and offer them our help. Here lies the holy compassion of God that causes the devils much distress.
- Mechtild of Magdeburg

In all the ways you can,
- In all the places you can,

Nobody realizes that some people expend a tremendous amount of energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus

Our future on this planet, exposed as it is to nuclear annihilation, depends one one single factor: humanity must make a moral about-face.
- Pope John Paul II

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

When the rich make war, it's the poor that die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

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

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
- Moshe Dayan

To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
- Archibald Mc Leish

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

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: "Mother, what was war?"
- Eve Merriam

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

The two kinds of people who exist in this world [at any one time] are the decent and the indecent. Color, religion and nationality are irrelevant. Kindness, decency and behavior are what matters most. Our collective challenge, it seems, is to create a city and community where decent people of all races, ethnicities and religions can look into the faces of other decent people and see only one thing -- God's image smiling back.
- Rabbi Micah Greenstein

I'm not disturbing the peace. I'm disturbing the war.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader

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

There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
- Cesar Chavez

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
- Graham Greene, 1981

It is not your obligation to complete your work, but you are not at liberty to quit.
- Talmud

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

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.
- Pablo Neruda, Memoirs (Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias) (1974)

When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
- Basil the Great

Articles & News:

Liberals who are sticking with their own Glocks
It's not just the right wing gun nuts who worship "Good guys with guns" -- the left wing is full of misguided folks who also worship the "good guys" who are abusing and murdering innocent people. Just look at NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most ardent promoters of gun violence.

Obama's CIA nominee Worse than Donald Rumsfield
Obama's nominee for director of the CIA is as sinister and dangerous as imaginable. Here are some shocking reasons. -- "President Obama tapped a man for the top CIA post who has supported the hallmarks of the permanent war on terror: wiretapping, drone strikes and torture. Pending confirmation, John Brennan, currently a top counterterrorism adviser to Obama, will be the new head of the powerful CIA. Brennan will take over from David Petraeus, who was felled by an extramarital affair." [By Alex Kane - ALTERNET]

Grunt-turned-statesman, Hagel is right choice
Grunt-turned-statesman, Hagel is right choice for Pentagon. "On Monday, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Hagel, 66, a Republican who served two terms in the Senate from Nebraska before stepping down in 2008, to succeed Leon Panetta as secretary of defense. He would become the first Vietnam veteran, and the first former enlisted man, to head the Pentagon." EDITORIAL - St. LOUIS DISPATCH

SD Vets for Peace feeding, clothing the homeless
San Diego Veteran for Peace, David Gapp, recounts his recent visit with homeless people in San Diego, many of whom are vets. Homeless people come to Southern California to escape the harsh cold in winter. For the last several years, the SD VFP have been scouting out the homeless in San Diego, found under freeway overpasses and in parks and secluded hideaways. Merchants and charitable people contribute to the free program.

Busby takes reins of county Democratic Party
Francine Busby has taken over the reins of the San Diego County Democratic Party, elected its chairwoman Tuesday evening. -- The Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident replaces Jess Durfee, who stepped down after leading local Democrats for more than a decade.

Steve Whitburn named interim GM of SD Pride
Stephen Whitburn named interim Gen.Mgr. of San Diego Pride as Dwayne Crenshaw runs for open council seat.

Obamacare really is the BIG DEAL
Health reform is, as Mr. Biden suggested, the centerpiece of the BIG DEAL. " But will its achievements last? ... I ... think so. For one thing, the Big Deal's main policy initiatives are already law. ... And ... the Big Deal agenda is, in fact, fairly popular - and will become more popular once Obamacare goes into effect..." By Paul Krugman

Bosses learning social Net speech is protected
NEW YORK TIMES - As Facebook and Twitter become as central to workplace conversation as the company cafeteria, federal regulators are ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what workers can say online. -- Employers often seek to discourage comments that paint them in a negative light. Don't discuss company matters publicly, a typical social media policy will say, and don't disparage managers, co-workers or the company itself. -- But in a series of recent rulings and advisories, labor regulators have declared many such blanket restrictions illegal.

GOP war against women continues
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)was first passed in 1994 and has been renewed twice since, but not this year. Last February, when the VAWA came up for formal consideration, Republicans were already finding excuses to oppose the bill. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the senior Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, said at the time that the legislation "creates so many new programs for underserved populations that it risks losing the focus on helping victims, period." -- In particular, the "underserved populations" Republicans object to are members of the LGBT community, undocumented immigrants and Native American woman--groups that, in the latest version of the VAWA, would receive some expanded protections. The added provisions were the result of domestic and sexual assault specialists and anti-violence advocates working to make the law more responsive to the actual situations they say they see.

President Obama's Inauguration Speech 2013

President Obama used his second inaugural address Monday to make the case for a liberal last-term agenda that would more sharply define his legacy, arguing that issues such as climate change, immigration reform, gun control and gay rights represent the civil-rights concerns of his generation. Obama did so with more optimism, partisanship and populism than he did on a far colder day four years ago. The caveats and compromises that he included then to appease leery Republicans uncertain of his political approach were almost entirely absent from the arguments he made Monday.

Vista man with Downs syndrome beaten by police

Antonio Martinez, 21, was walking to his family's Vista bakery Dec. 18 when he was approached by Deputy Jeffrey Guy. The deputy, who was responding to a call of a domestic violence, saw Martinez and ordered him to stop. When Martinez didn't respond or follow commands, the deputy tried to detain him and used pepper spray. Guy also struck him several times with a baton to get him to comply. Sheriff's s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell called the incident "a mistake" and said Vista sheriff's Capt. Joe Rodi visited the family and apologized. The captain also offered the family a turkey, Caldwell said. But Tina Jillings, one of the organizers of Saturday’s protest, said she wants city and law enforcement officials to hold the deputy accountable. "What we're concerned about is that he (the deputy) is not even on'dministrative leave," Jillings said.

Witness: Police beating of Vista man was brutal

Vista Sheriff Deputy Accused of Beating Man with Down Syndrome - Eye-witness describes the very brutal details of police beating on UT TV. The handicapped man was restrained and lying on the floor face down, she states. "The cops smashed his face into the concrete a couple of times ..." Witness describes the brutal frenzy of the cops in shocking detail.

Capuchin monkeys stage a Wall Street protest

Frans de Waal shows us a task he gave Capuchin monkeys to see if they responded to a sense of fairness. Frans de Waal is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior in the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape. His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing. He is a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

Good News: Soot reduction reduces global warming
Soot ranks as the second-largest human contributor to climate change, exerting twice as much of an impact as previously  thought, according to an analysis released Tuesday. -- The four-year, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, shows that short-lived pollution known as soot, such as emissions from diesel engines and wood-fired stoves, has about two-thirds the climate impact of carbon dioxide. -- {Soot] emissions cuts would produce an immediate cooling effect, the authors estimated, which would avoid a nearly 1-degree Fahrenheit temperature rise in the near term.

LGBTQ Center announces openings for directors
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside is seeking volunteers to fill positions of leadership in the new year. Several openings for directors. "In 2012, the Resource Center served almost 9,000 people. However, more services are needed. Thousands of LGBTQ people don't know we exist. This is why we are increasing our leadership resources by adding new board positions."

Cartoons of the Week

NRA's version of inauguration oath

Obamaphobia a mental illness?

Ranking Popularity of Congress

We're surrouned by CRAZIES!>

"A well-regulated Militia

Armstrong for Congress!

Newtown shootings lesson

How to stop the bad guys

Extreme Makeover

Liars' Poker

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

Romney, Vulture Capitalist

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Help Save the Polar Bear's Arctic Home
The Coca‑Cola Company has partnered with World Wildlife Fund to help save polar bears. Through a program called Arctic Home, Coca‑Cola is raising awareness and funds, including a $2 million donation over five years, to contribute to WWF’s polar bear and Arctic conservation efforts. When you give to WWF through Arctic Home, 100 percent of your donation will go directly to help protect the polar bear's Arctic home. And, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1 million from The Coca‑Cola Company, your donation will have twice the impact through February 15, 2013!

No more Cheap and Easy Easters!
Easter is coming when the churches across the United States of America will fill up with people who identify themselves as Christians to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let me see if I have this right: This was a man who counseled us to "Turn the other cheek," and "Love your enemies." And this is in a country with the highest prison population in the world and a record number of inmates awaiting execution on death row; A country that assassinates people at will, from drones ....

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