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Thank the GOP for the shutdown
Is this political terrorism or just treason? What is the motive for holding the economy hostage? -- "... the deterioration of government services might be the least important damage done by the sequester. The more visible and certain damage is the slower growth of the economy and higher unemployment." By economist Dean Baker Read More

Event Reminders:

10 Years of No. Co. Liberals having breakfast:
Saturday, 10/19/2013
The NORTH COUNTY FORUM presents a special no-host breakfast get-together to celebrate ten years together on SATURDAY, October 19 at 9am. I thought Tuesday Breakfast would last until that Winter holiday (2003) then maybe fizzle out, but it lasted through wars and election cycles, scandals of all sorts, the Great Recession and the rise and fall of Bob Filner as liberal savior of San Diego. [From Dick Eiden]

Meeting on How much you pay to shut down SONGS
Tuesday, 10/01/2013
CA PUC's first Public Participation Hearing in San Diego on how much ratepayers should be stuck with for the defective San Onofre Power Plant! -- Al Bahr Shriners Building, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego, Tuesday, Oct.1, 2013.

O'Side: Hydroponic Fall Garden Workshop
Saturday, 10/05/2013
A hands on workshop, where you will learn the principles of applying hydroponics as a fun and easy sustainable gardening method, then, set up your own kitchen garden with fall veggies and herbs. Produce 6 to 10 times the food for your family.

S.D. WWII Vet marries boyfriend of 20 years
Sunday, 10/06/2013
WWII Vet, John Banvard, Marries Vietnam Vet, Gerard Nadeau, His Boyfriend Of 20 Years In San Diego V.A. Home's First Gay Wedding (VIDEO)

Fall Fun Festival in Vista's Alta Vista Gardens
Saturday, 10/12/2013
A full day of October festival fun for the whole family at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista on Oct. 12. Food, plant growing, plant sales, creative healing, music, garden tours ... and MORE!

Drink liberally at the Liberal Happy Hour
Wednesday, 10/16/2013
Announcing the revival of that wonderful Happy Hour tradition on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 4pm at San Marcos Brewery and Grill, 1080 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos 92078.

Admiral Gene Larocque Speaks
Monday, 11/11/2013
Today is Veterans Day. This is a sober reminder from Admiral General Larocque who very bluntly states the truth about the terrible criminality, waste and futility of war. -- "He gave his life for his country." Nobody gives their life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They don't die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them. (1985)

This 'N That

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

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

For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what the do not want to do.
- Leo Tolstoy

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

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

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

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)

A large group of us were crowded into the Gestapo hall, and at that moment the circumstances of all our lives were the same. All of us occupied the same space, the men behind the desk no less than those about to be questioned. What distinguished each of us was only our inner attitude.
- Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)

A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
- H.G. Wells

When asked what he would do if he knew the world would end tomorrow, Martin Luther said, "I would plant a tree."
- Martin Luther

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.

If you live alone, whose feet will you wash?
- St. Basil

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.

Peace is a gift,
- It is a gift we give to ourselves,

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

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)

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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

Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth of all peoples...is the great spiritual challenge of our time.
- Sam Keen

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

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

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

Forge thy tongue on an anvil of truth and what flies up, though it be but a spark, will have light.
- Pindar

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

Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mahatma Gandhi

You save your soul by saving someone else's body.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Compromise does not mean cowardice.
- John F. Kennedy

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
- Matthew 5:3

You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw

Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.
- John F. Kennedy

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

With each dawn, fill us with your love that we may sing and rejoice all our days. Give us joy to balance our affliction, for the times when we know misfortune.
- Psalm 90:14-17

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

The idea of absolute freedom is fiction. It's based on the idea of an independent self. But, in fact, there's no such thing. There's no self without other people. There's no self without sunlight. There's no self without dew. And water. And bees to pollinate the food we eat....So the idea of behaving in a way that doesn't acknowledge those reciprocal relationships is not really freedom, it's indulgence.
- Peter Coyote

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)

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

Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.
- E.O. Wilson

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

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

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

Articles & News:

CA Covered health coverage: details, costs, etc.
Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered California™ that will take effect January 2014. Covered California is a new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. By law, your coverage can't be dropped or denied even if you have a pre-existing medical condition or get sick. Includes online tool to calculate your potential insurance cost in 2014.

The Crisis at Fukushima is potential Armageddon
While Congress fiddles... - Thousands of tons of heavily contaminated water are pouring through the Fukushima site, carrying a devil's brew of long-lived poisonous isotopes into the Pacific. Tuna irradiated with fallout traceable to Fukushima have already been caught off the coast of California. We can expect far worse. Former Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata says full-scale releases from Fukushima "would destroy the world environment and our civilization. ... This is an issue of human survival." From COMMON DREAMS

Tame the NSA behemoth trampling our rights
We now know that the intelligence establishment systematically undermines oversight by lying to both Congress and the courts. We know that the NSA infiltrates internet standard-setting processes to security protocols that make surveillance harder. We know that the NSA uses persuasion, subterfuge, and legal coercion to distort software and hardware product design by commercial companies. -- the NSA needs to be put into receivership. Insiders, beginning at the very top, need to be removed and excluded from the restructuring process. Their expertise led to this mess, and would be a hindrance, not a help, in cleaning it up.

10 Animals with Self-Awareness
At least 10 animal species possess self-awareness, a highly reliable measure of intelligence. You've probably already guesses chimpanzees and gorillas ... but others will surprise you, including one bird. Fascinating. We are not alone in the universe.

Top 45 Lies in Obama’s War Speech at UN
Fact-checker journalist David Swanson exposes 45 lies in Obama's speech to the UN justifying a military attack against Syria and Pres. Assad. Mindboggling ... and yet many American believed this stuff. Fortunately, the great majority did not believe Obama's case for launching a war against Syria. Deja vu ... remember the Bush-Colin Powell lies to the U.N.?

4 hearings in SD Co. on San Onofre shutdown
Four events, hearings in San Diego County on the decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the safety issues, who pays for all this exorbitant shutdown, and what to do with the nuclear waste. First hearing on Sep. 26 in Carlsbad; 2nd hearing Oct. 1 in San Diego.

A Jewish and an Iranian comedian on 'Peace'

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani and Jewish-American comedian Elon Gold made a funny video for peace. They poke fun at a bunch of people, and end up with "Give Peace a dance!"

What economic recovery? Not in SD County.
CPI analysis of new Census data shows persistent poverty and lower real wages in San Diego County. Most households and employees in the San Diego region are doing worse or no better since the recession began five years ago, according to an analysis by the Center on Policy Initiatives of 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data released today (Sep. 20th). Besides children, groups hit hardest by poverty – with rates of 20% or higher – included African Americans, Latinos, and the cities of El Cajon, San Marcos and Escondido.

Mother of Slain Child Pleads for New Gun Laws

On Sep. 18 gun control advocate and mother of a slain Chicago teen, addressed the press along with a group of other grieving victims of gun violence. Sandra Robinson delivered a powerful address calling on lawmakers in Washington D.C. to act in order to prevent further gun-related deaths. "This is genocide in America," she said during her impassioned address. -- "To our Congress, to our Senate, to our president, vice president, even to the wives of our politicians," Robinson began. "You are mothers. We would hate for you all to have to stand in our shoes and feel what we feel." [CNN]

SDGE corp welfare queens soaking ratepayers
The average annual compensation of utility executives nationwide increased 150% from 2000 - 2011. In Southern California, it is even more egregious -- the annual compensation for the Chair & CEO of SCE increased 15 times from 2000 - 2011, from $764k to 10.9 Mil; and that for the SDG&E Chair/CEO increased a mere 4 times in the same time period, from almost $1 Mil to $3.9 Million. These corporate welfare queens are soaking the ratepayers. IT MUST BE STOPPED.

Giant Rally against NSA SPYING, in Wash, DC
We're less than a month out from the single biggest protest against the NSA surveillance state yet. More than 2,000 people have already said they're joining us in Washington DC on October 26th – but to ensure this rally sends a clear message to Congress that this is something they need to deal with we need as many people as possible to show up.

Cartoons of the Week

Republican Thelma and Louise

Ted Cruz Extremist

Ted I am

Obama and peace with Syria

Social climate change

Cruz control

Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride


Nixon's ghost haunts the White House again


Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

TEA Party Loonies

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

FUN: The Incredible Boogie Woogie Twins

If you care to observe the keyboards, note that the two pianists are playing different musical sheets - then joining. -- You don't see BOOGIE WOOGIE played like this anymore. It's a lost art, particularly in the current Hip Hop era. I hope you get a three minute kick out of this musical presentation.

Power crazed general running NSA spy agency
A power-crazed Megalomaniacal Gen. Keith Alexander, seems to envision himself as the most omniscient man on planet Earth. Extravagant, Star Trek-like control center reflects the mad spy-mind of the general.

Venezuela expels top US diplomat
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro today announced the expulsion of the most senior US diplomat in the country for allegedly conspiring with "the extreme right" to sabotage the economy and power grid. -- Mr Maduro, making the announcement during a live TV appearance, said that the trio had 48 hours to leave the country.

Columbus did not discover the United States

Why do we even celebrate Columbus Day in the United States? Watch 1492 and hear Ward Churchill set the record straight about Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery.

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Video depicts a US Apache attack helicopter killing 12 civilians and wounding two children on the ground in Baghdad in 2007. The helicopter then fired on and killed the people trying to rescue the wounded. Finally, a US tank drove over one of the bodies, cutting the man in half. These acts constitute three separate war crimes. All with calloused video-game contempt for human life. - 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. -- The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


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!

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

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Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Video depicts a US Apache attack helicopter killing 12 civilians and wounding two children on the ground in Baghdad in 2007. The helicopter then fired on and killed the people trying to rescue the wounded. Finally, a US tank drove over one of the bodies, cutting the man in half. These acts constitute three separate war crimes. All with calloused video-game contempt for human life. - 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. -- The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


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