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San Marcos Dems meeting Sat., Nov. 09
Saturday, 11/09/2013
The November meeting of the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will take place on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00pm (social time 12:30pm). Meet three top local candidates for next year's election, including Olga Diaz who is running for mayor of Escondido.

Escondido: Drive to stop youth violence
Saturday, 11/09/2013
Chuck Lowery, North County civic leader, issues call to support The Tariq Khamia Foundation, in its annual fund-raising drive, in Escondido this coming Saturday. The Foundation, is a San Diego-based organization whose mission is to stop youth violence.

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)

Reject East SD Co as a national Drone test site
Monday, 11/11/2013
Julian and neighboring East County communities are banding together to stop the establishment of the region from being subjected to operation of one of the 6 national "Drone Test Sites". The FAA is scheduled to make a decision this December. There have been no public forums, informational hearings or opportunities for concerned citizens to ask about the drone test sites, and to express concerns and public input. First meeting in Julian Nov. 11th. In fact, many area residents do not even know that this proposal is being considered. The Military-Industrial Mafia is taking a direct strike against open democratic government.

Capitalism works well-- but only for the very rich
Tuesday, 11/12/2013
"Top 1 percent incomes grew by 31.4 percent, while bottom 99 percent incomes grew only by 0.4 percent from 2009 to 2012," noted the researchers. "Hence, the top 1 percent captured 95 percent of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery." [UC Berkeley study]

Annual Amnesty Intl Walk for Human Rights
Sunday, 11/17/2013
The 25th Annual Walk for Human Rights in Oceanside will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5:00PM in the Amphitheater at the Pier. A local teacher from Rancho Buena Vista HS in Vista, Ms. Erika Glennon, will be presented the Digna Ochoa Award.

Reject East SD Co as a national Drone test site
Wednesday, 12/04/2013
Julian and neighboring East County communities are banding together to stop the establishment of the region from being subjected to operation of one of the 6 national "Drone Test Sites". Second Meeting in Julian Dec. 4th. The FAA is scheduled to make a decision this December. There have been no public forums, informational hearings or opportunities for concerned citizens to ask about the drone test sites, and to express concerns and public input. In fact, many area residents do not even know that this proposal is being considered. The Military-Industrial Mafia is taking a direct strike against open democratic government.

This 'N That

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

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
- Milan Kundera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I expect to pass through this world but once, therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not come this way again.
- Stephen Grellett 1773-1855

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

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
- Henry David Thoreau

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them...he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"...God said, "I did do something. I made you."
- Sufi Teaching

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

The question is not, do we go to church; the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
- Joan Chittester, OSB

Everything, everything in war is barbaric . . . But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.
- Ellen Key, 1916

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
- Justice Arthur Goldberg

The governors of the world believe, and have always believed, that virtue can only be taught by teaching falsehood, and that any man who knew the truth would be wicked. I disbelieve this, absolutely and entirely. I believe that love of truth is the basis of all real virtue, and that virtues based upon lies can only do harm.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

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

Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both.
- Abraham Lincoln

The first essential characteristics of nonviolent action is that it is creative.
- Hildegarde Goss-Mayr

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

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.
- Pythagoras

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

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

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

Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even.
- Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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

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

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

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

Articles & News:

Murder by Drone: Its true nature laid bare
Just a reminder: this is the true nature of the bipartisan, militarized "security state" now headed by the progressive Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. When you support the Laureate -- however "savvily" and "critically" -- when you support the system -- hoping to "reform" it from within -- this is what you are supporting. By Chris Floyd, from THE GUARDIAN

War resister's baby may be taken by Feds
From S.D. Vets for Peace: "Kim Rivera is in prison at Mirmar because she fled the country rather than participate in war. She is due to deliver a baby in November/December and won't be released until January or February. We expect that he baby will be taken from her immediately after birth, and we are trying to put together enough money to fly he husband out to take the baby. Can you help with only a few dollars? "

NY Times raps WH over pathetic response to NSA
NY TIMES Editorial: "The White House response on Monday to the expanding disclosures of American spying on foreign leaders, their governments and millions of their citizens was a pathetic mix of unsatisfying assurances about reviews under way, platitudes about the need for security in an insecure age, and the odd defense that the president didn't know that American spies had tapped the German chancellor’s cellphone for 10 years."

CANADA: Oil and rail safety don't mix
ANOTHER OIL train derailment and explosion in Canada has sent nearby residents fleeing from their homes in the middle of the night. It happened at 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 on a CN Rail line outside the hamlet of Gainford, Alberta, 53 miles west of Edmonton. The accident coincides with new steps by the Canadian government to extend oil and other resource extraction into the Arctic. 0-- "Opposition to tar sands pipelines and ocean-going tankers is so strong that the BC government has been obliged to posture as an ardent defender of strict safety standards [8] on any pipeline movement of oil or bitumen--all the while working furiously behind the scenes to push the project through." [From Socialist Worker]

Gov. Jerry Brown led CA to major successes
Our great Gov. Jerry Brown has signed 12 priority bills, leading California into a progressive future. Robust Year for Civil Liberties in California. San Diego ACLU director gives accolades.

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!

Scott Peters helps GOP, Sells You Out to Wall St.
Republicans and conservative Democrats just voted to sell you out to Wall Street. In other words, it's Tuesday. Among the few Democrats who voted to sell you out to Wall Street was San Diego congressman SCOTT PETERS. --The House passed the so-called Retail Investor Protection Act 254 to 166. "So in the middle of a retirement crisis, when the majority of Americans already aren't accumulating the savings they need to maintain their standard of living, sellers of retirement products are skimming close to $60 billion a year off the top through deceptive practices, making a bad situation even worse" -- [DAILY KOS]

ENDA vote coming this week in Congress
The End Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) is scheduled again for a vote in Congress this week. In 1996, ENDA fell one vote short of passing the Senate. Sen. Boxer issues a heart-felt call, while Republican John Boehner announces his opposition to employment equality for gay people, which may KILL the bill. Another Republican "Never say YES to equality" vote.

Fukushima disaster control grows more Draconian

Harvey Wasserman: World Action Now on Fukushima -- 'The amounts of radiation we are talking about here are lethal on a global scale'. Journalist, author, activist and historian Harvey Wasserman has been reporting on, and participating in, the nuclear free movement for decades. In that time, by his judgment, only one other event matches the danger to the world posed by the Cuban Missile Crisis. That event is the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima. -- Haven't heard about it in the corporate media? That's because the deadly and dying global nuclear industry and its allies don't want you to know. That's why he has organized a petition drive to the UN advocating international expert oversight of, and participation in, management of the Fukushima crisis. In this interview, he explains why we must all be involved in this world-historical challenge to human and planetary survival

Cartoons of the Week

Obama-care Mechanics fix it

Why Obama won't negotiate:

Away from the edge ...

Debt ceiling mime

New brand of terrorism

The moral debate in Congress

Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride

Tea Party then ... and now

Obama's divisive politics?


Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

TEA Party Loonies

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Alice Walker’s letter of support for Pvt. Manning
Poet and author Alice Walker wrote a judicious but very powerful letter of support for Private Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, asking Maj. General Jeffrey Buchanan to overturn the injustice levied against Pvt Manning: "I write to request that you use your authority to reduce Pvt. Manning’s 35-year confinement sentence to time served, and upgrade his 'Dishonorable Discharge.'"

The Folly of Empire: The last days of civilization
America has a modern day Jeremiah prophet. His name is Chris Hedges, former reporter for the New York Times. His admonition is bleak and hopelessness. "The last days of empire are carnivals of folly. We are in the midst of our own, plunging forward as our leaders court willful economic and environmental self-destruction. Sumer and Rome went down like this. -- A nation that was still rooted in reality would never glorify charlatans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, House Speaker John Boehner and former Speaker Newt Gingrich as they pollute the airwaves. If we had any idea what was really happening to us we would have turned in fury against Barack Obama, whose signature legacy will be utter capitulation to the demands of Wall Street, the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial complex and the security and surveillance state. Our collapse will take the whole planet with it.

3 Big events coming to San Diego in 2014
The Veterans for Peace National Convention is coming to San Diego the summer of 2015, which is also the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and the 150th anniversary of the Panama Exposition in San Diego, with huge crowds anticipated. Opportunities abound. Join us! -- Jim Summers, President, San Diego Veterans for Peace, Chapter 91 (The Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter).

Koch Bros operative fined $1 million in CA
Koch Brothers-Linked Donors Pay $1 Million Campaign Fine. Two Arizona-based political organizations agreed to pay $1 million to settle claims they violated California’s campaign-finance laws when they donated $15 million to conservative causes in the 2012 election.

Fukusima radiation waters to reach CA early 2014
The United States will experience the first radioactive water coming to California shores sometime in early 2014, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales. "... independent research is showing that every bluefin tuna tested in the waters off California has been contaminated with radiation that originated in Fukushima. Daniel Madigan, the marine ecologist who led the Stanford University study from May of 2012 was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying, 'The tuna packaged it up (the radiation) and brought it across the world’s largest ocean. We were definitely surprised to see it at all and even more surprised to see it in every one we measured.'"

Solar Power is as Cheap as Gas-Coal Plants Closing
The cost of renewable energy is now so low that coal is uncompetitive before taking into account the huge environmental costs of burning coal. Colorado's CO2 emissions are being slashed at no cost to consumers. Years of government and private investment are paying off. In Hawaii, home solar power is so cheap compared to purchased power that installing a solar power system pays for itself in under 3 years.

Teen Missouri girl rape victim is a valiant hero
The 14-year old victim of a terrible crime in Missouri is speaking out--and speaking for the growing numbers who want to challenge sexual assault. DAISY COLEMAN'S name has bounced through the national media as a victim of rape in a Missouri town, who was dumped on her own front porch one January night in 2012, passed out and dressed in a t-shirt and sweatpants. She was drugged and raped by the high school football jock son in the local powerful family.

Last Hours, when global warming hit tipping point

"Last Hours" is the first in a series of short films that explore the perils of climate change and the solutions to avert climate disaster. Each subsequent film will highlight fact-based challenges facing the human race, and offer solutions to ameliorate these crises. -- "Last Hours" describes a science-based climate scenario where a tipping point to runaway climate change is triggered by massive releases of frozen methane. Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has already started to percolate into the open seas and atmosphere from methane hydrate deposits beneath melting arctic ice, from the warming northern-hemisphere tundra, and from worldwide continental-shelf undersea methane clathrate pools.

Feinstein, Cheney support secrecy in government

Sen. Feinstein and Schummer join Dick Cheney in calling Edward Snowden a "traitor". The truth you are not hearing is that Feinstein, Schummer and Cheney are the real traitors to the principles of democracy and our Constitution.

Delightful: At 105, she's oldest Facebook user

If you think you're too old to be on Facebook then you need to see Facebook’s Oldest User. Edythe Kirchmaier is 105 years old and has been using a computer since she was 95. She currently has over 40,000 friends on Facebook. She is a very kind person who is doing what she can to make the world a better place.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

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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