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Big Lie: We don't Have World' Richest Middle-Class
Big Lie: America Doesn't Have #1 Richest Middle-Class in the World...We're Ranked 27th! America is the richest country on Earth. We have the most millionaires, the most billionaires—and a increasingly poor "middle class." (From Alternet.org) Read More

Event Reminders:

BVAS summer film festival: The Birds
Wednesday, 06/19/2013
See the Hitchcock thriller The Birds for free at the BVAS summer film festival! Join us at the Buena Vista Audubon Society and see this classic film, perhaps gaining some new insights into what those birds were really up to.

Dynamic speaker duo at DEMCO meeting
Saturday, 06/22/2013
The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside has as speakers Cindy Marten and Kevin Beiser. On July 1st, Ms. Marten takes over her titanic responsibilities as Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest school district in California, and among the 20 largest school districts in the U.S. Hers was a surprising appointment, since hands-on educators are not usually favored. Kevin Beiser is a passionate, visionary educator. He has been named "San Diego Math Teacher of the Year", and has received the Distinguished Service Award for his work with students.

NCFC Presents: Your Sister’s Sister
Sunday, 06/23/2013
The North County Film Club Presents: Your Sister’s Sister, a new comedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry. A year after his brother Tom's death, Jack is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom's best friend Iris offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris' sister Hannah who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom's unexpected presence.

Sprouting for Health - Escondido workshop
Sunday, 06/30/2013
Turn your kitchen into a garden and discover the pleasure of growing sprouts and micro-greens! A serving of sprouts with a meal will breathe fresh life into your daily eating. They will make mealtimes fun and at the same time promote a balanced diet. - Sunday, June 30th, 2013 / Harmony Grove, Escondido.

Monthly Writers Read Moves to Fallbrook Library
Tuesday, 07/09/2013
Fallbrook Library and Fallbrook's Writers Read are pleased to announce a new literary partnership, with the purpose of providing free author readings to the community and open mic opportunities for original poetry and prose. The partnership represents an expansion of an existing series of monthly readings that will now be called Writers Read at Fallbrook Library. The first reading will be Tuesday, July 9, in the library's Community Room, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Free Bradley Manning marchers in SD Pride Parade
Monday, 07/15/2013
Free Bradley Manning contingent at San Diego Pride! On Saturday, July 16th, San Diego supporters of Bradley Manning will be marching with The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (S.A.M.E.) who last September joined with fifteen other local progressive organizations to rally and call for the immediate release of the alleged Wikileaks whistleblower.

Beginning Wildlife Tracking Class
Saturday, 07/20/2013
Beginning Wildlife Tracking Class with SD Tracking Team. This all day class provides an overview of basic wildlife tracking and sign and the protocol used for wildlife surveys that are done every quarter. Take the class to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors, or as preparation for joining our wildlife tracking team.

Monthly Buena Vista Lagoon Bird Count
Saturday, 07/27/2013
This is a great orientation for beginning birders. Learn about many of our local and migratory species from local experts.

This 'N That

I'd like someone to mention the day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry . . . I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness . . . I want to leave a committed life behind.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Taking the first footstep with a good thought, the second with a good word, and the third with a good deed, I entered paradise.
- Zoroaster

I don't do great things. I do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
- Abbie Hoffman

The poor cannot be convinced that God is neutral . . .
- Author Unknown

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

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
- African Proverb

War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off.
- Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

The master's tools will never destroy the master's house.
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness, that must frighten us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, Courageous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You playing small does not help the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And when we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. When we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Nelson Mandela

A bad peace is even worse than war.
- Tactitus

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
- Oscar Wilde

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

Don't ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them. (also cited as: I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.)
- Booker T. Washington

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

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917

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

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

Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- 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

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

When we yield to discouragement it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future.
- St. Therese of Lisieux

Alan John Percivale Taylor
- Unknown

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.
- Albert Einstein

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.

At all the times you can,
- To all the people you can,

. . . [T]o live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it, but . . . to live with the hands stretched out both to give and receive with gladness.
- (Carl) Frederick Buechner

It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person's feeling of self worth, even an opponent's. We all need, constantly, an advance of trust and affirmation.
- Bernard Haring

When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.
- Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist

You can no more win a war than win an earthquake.
- Jeanette Rankin

When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
- John Wesley

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
- Gene Mauch

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

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

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
- Heda Bejar

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

We can’t become nonviolent on the basis of intellectual conviction. Commitment to nonviolence demands a very profound conversion of mind and heart. If we take the time to pray with Jesus, we too will be converted in mind and heart. It won’t work if we try to reason it out. The only way is through a change of heart, a coming into a way of being that is the way of Jesus.
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

If peace . . . only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars.
- Sophie Kerr

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

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

If we could raise one generation with unconditional love, there would be no Hitlers. We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear..
- Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at a rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundredth blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it but all that had gone before.
- Jacob Riis

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

By logic and reason we die hourly. By imagination we live.
- John Butler Yeats

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

To save one life, it is as if you had saved the world.
- Talmud

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
- Peace Pilgrim

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

Talk less, say more,
- Hate less, love more,

The maxim that people should not have a right till they are ready to exercise it properly, is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- Macaulay

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.

No man is an island entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
- John Donne

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 real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.
- Ken Keyes, Jr., quoted in Catholic Digest, June 2000

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
- Steve Biko

The non-violent technique does not depend for its success on the goodwill of the oppressor, but rather on the unfailing assistance of God.
- Cesar Chavez

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Peace begins when the hungry are fed.
- Anonymous

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
- Leon Bloy

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)

Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly.
- G.K. Chesterton

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

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
- George Santayana

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
- Adlai Stevenson

The belief that we some day shall be able to prevent war is to me one with the belief in the possibility of making humanity really human.
- Ellen Key, 1916

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

To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake

Only the poor knew the meaning of life; the rich and the safe had to guess.
- Charles Bukowsky

Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, try the following experiment: Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless person you have ever seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be for any use to him or to her . . . Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.
- Mohandas Gandhi

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
- Albert Camus

What all men fear, I too must fear - how barren and pointless a thought!
- Tao Te Ching

If we emphasize the life and works of our greatest contributors . . . people will come to realize that moral courage is bravery of the highest type, and America will be called the "Champion of Peace."
- Senator Spark Matsunaga

Articles & News:

Worst war crimes exposed by Bradley Manning
Many in Media Claim Bradley Manning's Leaks Had Little Value—Here's Why They're So Wrong. The list is a staggering bombshell. Manning has served the American people well. If Manning is the enemy of America, then America is the enemy of truth. This is why the "Security Mafia" is doing such a mad dancing dervish on TV this week to justify their grand scheme to build a Total Surveillance State, based on a fear of terrorism. In doing so, they have to eradicate our government of the people, by the people and for the people from the face of the earth. (From THE NATION, by Greg Mitchell)

Leaker Snowden responds to Feinstein, Dick Cheney
SNOWDEN: - "... it's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are."

Allies outraged by US snooping scandal
EU Observer - "The German government is demanding explanations from the US after it emerged that its secret spying programme Prism collected more information from Germany than any other EU country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to raise the issue when she receives US President Barack Obama in Berlin next week, her spokesman said on Monday (10 June). Data privacy is a very sensitive topic in Germany and the cluelessness of Merkel's government about the affair may become an issue in September's elections."

Poem by Karla Cordero of Vista, CA
A poem, Tecolotes Taqueria, by Karla Cordero. --Karla spent 18 years of her life "in a hot little border town called Calexico, California,. "I moved to San Marcos in search of opportunity." -- She studied at Cal State San Marcos, graduated in 2012 with a B.A. inLiberal Arts. -- This poem comes from the memories of a little girl in a taqueria to celebrate.

Bradley Manning's Legal Duty to Expose War Crimes
The trial of Pvt. Bradley Manning is the last and most sordid chapter in the most sordid American war since Vietnam. We lost the Iraq War. We lost our reputation. We lost our young men. We lost our soul and we lost our treasury. We even lost the oil. They Chinese have won the oil of Iraq, and the rapacious Fascist corporations and war profiteers stole our treasury. The domestic enemies who committed these war crimes have not been held accountable. None of them have gone to trial, and none is in jail. But Pvt. Bradley "Manning fulfilled his legal duty to report war crimes. He complied with his legal duty to obey lawful orders but also his legal duty to disobey unlawful orders", writes San Diego Constitutional lawyer Marjorie Cohn.

Sen. Feinstein: Truthtelling is NOT treason!
Sign PETITION to FEINSTEIN: -- Edward Snowden is the 29 year-old whistleblower who recently leaked the vast surveillance capabilities of US spy agencies, exposing to the public just how much the government is spying on American citizens. Within days, Senator Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused Snowden of committing treason. Join us to tell Senator Feinstein: Truthtelling is NOT treason, and the American people deserve privacy and government transparency! SIGN THE PETITION:

NSA's secret 'Dream Recording' Project leaked
THE LATEST NSA LEAK: -- The OMNISCIENT see all, know all National Security Agency has gone one level deeper: It is now seeking to record your dreams while you sleep. Brain waves are similar to electro-magnetic waves and can be recorded. Neuroscientists have long been engaged in the science of reading brain waves, first recording them on data graphs and more recently with blurry images, but NSA’s team of research neuroscientists in a top-secret program for dream recording, has progressed far beyond that.

Obama's Covert Trade Deal - most radical ever
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) scheme - A secret scheme orchestrated by trans-global corporations has been negotiated since 2008. It would set new rules for everything from food safety and financial markets to medicine prices and Internet freedom. It would include at least 12 of the countries bordering the Pacific and be open for more to join. President Obama has said he wants to sign it by October. So why keep it a secret? Because Mr. Obama wants the agreement to be given fast-track treatment on Capitol Hill. Under this extraordinary and rarely used procedure, he could sign the agreement before Congress voted on it. And Congress's post-facto vote would be under rules limiting debate, banning all amendments and forcing a quick vote.

Quarry Creek Project Draws Legal Challenges
Preserve Calavera issued two legal challenges to building 656 units at Quarry Creek in May. Unfortunately money drove the decision to approve this project, and more money will be needed to challenge that decision and achieve a compromise that works. Your tax deductible donations will keep the fight going, for as long as it takes! To donate online: http://preservecalavera.org -by Diane Nygaard

NSA director lying at US Senate hearing on drones

March 12, 2013- Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asks questions in Senate Intelligence Committee on warrantless geolocation surveillance and National Security Agency tracking. -- One viewer wrote "Lie, after lie, after lie. They track, they spy, they have everyone's emails and phone calls. We know all about the way this regime is treating it's citizens. IRS, AP, FOX reporter Rosen. Do YOU still trust Obama and his thugs? Wake up!" -- In fact, after the newly leaked documents from the Guardian, we know the NSA director, James Clapper was lying to the senators. We await the prosecution of Clapper.

The coffin for SONGS needs one more nail: Help ..
URGENT Rarely after one aging reactor is closed can we turn around with an action item so quickly, BUT Wednesday the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility's legislation (SB 418) went into print, and get out your hammer because it's another strong nail in California's nuclear coffin. (An action message, from Gene Stone)

Feinstein defends NSA telephone metadata spying

Our own Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is OK with the outrageous totalitarian NSA spying on all the American people. Feinstein said the collection of telephone records from millions of Verizon Communications customers was legal. The U.S. National Security Agency able to obtain a secret court order to collect telephone metadata thanks to the Patriot Act. "This is just metadata," Feinstein said. Feinstein needs to retire. She has lost her respect for Constitutional law and rights. == The Bill of Rights Exists: CLICK HERE: An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein-- by Norman Solomon

Feinstein was inside schemer for NSA horrors
"The reason there are leakers is precisely because the govt is filled with people like Dianne Feinstein who do horrendous things in secret." Glenn Greenwald] -- Sen. Diane Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, acknowledged that she has been well aware of the NSA's collecting of vast amounts of personal phone record data, but said the practice was totally "legal."

Ellsberg to march for Bradley Manning at SF Pride

Apr 29, 2013 -- Vietnam War whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg speaks at the protest of San Francisco Gay Pride's decision to revoke the previous choice of Bradley Manning as an Honorary Grand Marshal of its 2013 parade. "Bradley Manning did not harm or place in harms way a single serviceman", stated Ellsberg, who proclaimed his total support for Manning. It was Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz who placed our solders in harm's way, declared Ellsberg, age 82, will be marching to support the honor, patriotism, courage and integrity of the young soldier. The imperious retraction of the selection of Manning has created a virulent backlash against the new conservative board leadership.

US allies angered by US spying on them
By Glenn Greenwald - "The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications. -- The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks."

Good news, Bradley Manning trial Day 6

Day 6, June 12, 2013 - Testimony of a military computer experts says there is no positive proof on Manning's personal computer that gave proof Manning was trying to make contact with terrorists. The military prosecution is fishing for evidence that Manning aided the enemy, but has found none.

PFC Manning - Aiding the enemy or American public?

If Pfc. Bradley Manning is convicted of 'aiding the enemy,' it could be the end of whistleblowing as we know it in the United States Armed Forces. This video, entitled "Aiding the Enemy," is to raise awareness of the dangers posed to the American public by leveling this charge at Bradley Manning, and recruit people to our campaign urging Major General Michael Linnington to drop the charge immediately.
Manning written testimony Feb. 2013: "The dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life by referring to them as quote “dead bastards” unquote and congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers. At one point in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage. For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass. While saddened by the aerial weapons team crew’s lack of concern about human life, I was disturbed by the response of the discovery of injured children at the scene. In the video, you can see that the bongo truck driving up to assist the wounded individual. In response the aerial weapons team crew — as soon as the individuals are a threat, they repeatedly request for authorization to fire on the bongo truck and once granted they engage the vehicle at least six times. Shortly after the second engagement, a mechanized infantry unit arrives at the scene. Within minutes, the aerial weapons team crew learns that children were in the van and despite the injuries the crew exhibits no remorse. Instead, they downplay the significance of their actions, saying quote "Well, it's their fault for bringing their kids into a battle" unquote. -- The aerial weapons team crew members sound like they lack sympathy for the children or the parents. Later in a particularly disturbing manner, the aerial weapons team verbalizes enjoyment at the sight of one of the ground vehicles driving over a body -- or one of the bodies."

Big Brother in the sky is really BIG-G-G-G!

This is the high resolution camera that is carried in drones. The government will not confirm. From 17,000 feet above, ARGUS sees and records everything, even the flight of birds, walking pedestrians, which stall you parked your car in. It can surveil an entire city at one time, 24 hours a day, every day. It is mounted on the Predator Drone, manufactured here in San Diego County.

Chat with whistleblower Edward Snowden
The Guardian, which has been publishing stories containing disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, hosted a Q&A with Snowden online. Snowden addressed various smears and questions. (FireDogLake.com)

Another patriotic whistleblower rattles cages

Edward Snowden comes forward as source of NSA leaks -
A 29-year-old man who says he is a former undercover CIA employee said Sunday that he was the principal source of recent disclosures about ­top-secret National Security Agency programs, exposing himself to possible prosecution in an acknowledgment that had little if any precedent in the long history of U.S. intelligence leaks. Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. "We hack everyone everywhere," he told the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald in the foreign hotel where he has taken refuge. "I had the authorities to wiretap anyone – you, a federal judge, to even the president if I had a personal email." -- "I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good." "The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to," he said.

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Michelle Obama overreacts to speech interruption

Michelle Obama displayed her intolerance at a political Democratic fund raiser when she was interrupted by a lesbian who asked for support for the End Non-Discrimination Act to protect gay and lesbians from unfair and spiteful firing for being gay. Obama refused to hear or endorse the protester's argument: -- WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama's speech Tuesday evening at a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser was interrupted by a protester, who demanded equality for gays and lesbians. -- About 12 minutes into Obama's 20-minute speech, a woman standing at the front of the crowd began yelling for an executive order on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. -- Ms. Obama left the lectern and approached the protester, inviting the woman to "listen to me, or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice." - Obama refused to endorse ENDA, or to listen further to the protester's grievance. -- The protester was then escorted out, saying she wanted "federal equality before I die." -- Heather Cronk, co-director of the pro-LGBT rights group GetEQUAL, said the protester was Ellen Sturtz, 56, one of the organization's activists. -- --Sturtz was calling for an executive order to bar discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT groups have been disappointed that President Barack Obama has refused to issue such an order, while the Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- which would prohibit such discrimination in hiring more broadly -- remains stuck in Congress.

Fabulous juggler entertaining Ronald Reagan

Fabulous comedian juggler Michael Davis entertaining Ronald Reagan, Tip O'Neal and other GOP luminaries at Ford's Theatre. JUST FOR FUN!

30,000 spy drone in the sky over America

30,000 Drones Over America! Obama's Weaponized Police State! 2012. Nobody can feel safe in his own back yard any more. The police can spy on you for any spiteful or vengeful reason, even for political or financial advantages. Police launch unprecedented on privacy of our citizens.

CA Dem Party - Stop the criminal use of DRONES
RESOLUTION TO END UNLAWFUL DRONE STRIKES, EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS, AND RESTRICT DOMESTIC DRONE SURVEILLANCE -- we call upon the Congressional delegation and the White House to: 1) Make public all claimed legal justifications of present policies and practices; 2) Conduct a fundamental re-evaluation and overhaul of current practices by reforming the policies authorizing the use of American military force, both foreign and domestic; and 3) Re-institute Congressional authority and oversight with regard to war making powers and federal law Enforcement. / April 14, 2013

Mandela's name removed from terrorist list
July 1, 2008: - On this date, five years ago, the name of Nelson Mandela, former South African president, was removed from the U.S. terrorism watchlist under a bill President Bush signed. Mandela and other members of the African National Congress have been on the list because of their fight against South Africa's apartheid regime, which gave way to majority rule in 1994. [EDITOR'S COMMENT: Whose name that is now on that list will removed five years hence?]

30,000 Drones Over America: POLICE STATE

2012 --30,000 Drones Over America! Obama's Weaponized Police State! The Montgomery County sheriff's dept took deliver of this $250,000 drone (your federal tax money), and plans to arm it with tear gas, and rubber bullets [maybe bombs later?] We are fast becoming a totalitarian military regime, with the Constitution TRASHED!
2013 -- The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff's Office had a big day planned. After becoming the first department in the country with its own aerial drone ($300,000!), they were ready for a nice photo op. And then the drone crashed into a SWAT team. All that taxpayer money down the drain! CLICK HERE:

Arlington West - Memorial to our dead soldiers

Independence Day, July 4. View this short film. Remember our dead from the two present wars. Please honor the living vets. Invite one out to dinner. At least thank one for their service. May there be no more wars.

The Coolest Dog in Southern California

Southern California is the coolest place in the world, and the coolest dog here loves surfing, skateboarding and "hanging ten". This is A really FUN video -- only in Southern California!

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