Event Reminders: All Day workshop in SD: Stop the Drone Killers
9:30 AM – 2 PM – Stop the Drones Convergence! Registration 9:30 AM; 10 AM – 2 PM: Issues panel, break-out groups to discuss and plan NEXT STEPS! First Church of the Brethren.
Anti K-XL demonstrators to confront Obama in SD
President Barack Obama is coming to San Diego this Thursday, May 8. A strong demonstration against the Keystone XL oil pipeline will confront him in La Jolla. Bring a strong protest sign: "KILL K-XL" At 10:00AM, 3880 Torry Pines Road, La Jolla. -- A 2nd protest, by Tea Party Republicans to IMPEACH OBAMA, is also scheduled nearby at the Irwin Jacobs Home. Avoid this bunch.
Recommended for CA Sec. of State- Derek Cressman
Highly recommended for CA Sec. of State, Derek Cressman, Derek Cressman, whose professional history includes 18 years of good work for Common Cause and Cal PIRG on finance, ethics and voting rights reform, is running for Secretary of State. -- Through his hard work he was able to make sure that 2 front groups for the Koch Brothers were fined more than 1 million dollars for illegally laundering 16 million dollars they then funneled into 2 California ballot measure campaigns. -- He now leads the challenging fight to overturn the Citizens United decision.
San Francisco sets stage for $15 hr Minimum Wage
A San Francisco coalition of labor and community organizations submitted a minimum wage ballot initiative that would increase San Francisco's minimum wage to $15.00 an hour by 2016. It will now have to gather approximately 10,000 signatures by July 7 to ensure the measure is on the November ballot. Strong opposition is coming from the Chamber of Commerce.
San Diego March against Monsanto
San Diegans will march again this year against Monsanto and GMO's. Last year's rally was awesome, music, noise, speeches ... and beautiful weather forecast again. Saturday, March 24th, 11:00AM at the Balboa Park Fountain.
This 'N ThatIf you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
- Anita Koddick
Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
- James Levin
We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
- Mohandas Gandhi
Since we are to be conformed to the image of Christ, how can we then fight our enemies with the sword? ... Spears and swords of iron we leave to those who, alas, consider human blood and swine's blood of well-nigh equal value ...
- Menno Simons, 1539 A.D
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids both rich and poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
- Anatole France
God looks unjust but is not. God asks more from those who more is given. They are not greater or better; they have greater responsibility. They must give more service. Live to serve.
- Dom Helder Camara
No one is so foolish as to prefer to peace, war, in which, instead of sons burying their fathers, fathers bury their sons.
- Croesus, King of Lydia, in Herodotus' The Persian Wars
One must care about a world one will never see.
- Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher
Justice is truth in action.
- Benjamin Disraeli
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
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
To save one life, it is as if you had saved the world.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
The dark night is over and dawn has begun. Rise, hope of the ages, arise like the sun! All speech, flow to music; all hearts, beat as one.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
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
Forge thy tongue on an anvil of truth and what flies up, though it be but a spark, will have light.
It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
- Albert Camus
When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?
- Frank Borman
What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born.
- Meister Eckhart
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
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
- Stanislaw Lem
The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
Taking the first footstep with a good thought, the second with a good word, and the third with a good deed, I entered paradise.
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
Aye, fight! But not your neighbor. Fight rather all the things that cause you and your neighbor to fight.
- Mikhail Naim
Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly.
- G.K. Chesterton
A great many people think they are thinking when they are just rearranging their prejudices.
- William James
Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace.
- Luke 19:42
Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.
- (Carl) Frederick Buechner
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke
A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
It is penance to work, to give oneself to others, to endure the pinpricks of community living.
- Dorothy Day
Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same attitude toward all. Put away ambitious thoughts and associate with those who are lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never repay injury with injury. See that your conduct is honorable in the eyes of all. If possible, live peacefully with everyone. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves; leave that to God's wrath, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay," says the Lord. But "If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; by doing this you will heap burning coals upon their heads." Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.
- Romans 12:14-21
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
- Friedrich Nietzche
When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
- George Eliot
I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
- Margaret Mead
The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917
You save your soul by saving someone else's body.
- Arthur Hertzberg
When the rich make war, it's the poor that die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
- Jane Addams
The Holy Prophet Mohammed came into this world and taught us: 'That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God's creatures. Belief in God is to love one's fellow men.'
- Abdul Ghaffar Khann
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
- Dorothy Thompson
The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
- Cesar Chavez
Articles & News: Our recommended vote for election June 03
By now you should have received your Primary Election booklet.
If not, call the Registrar of Voters right away.
858-565-5800 Mail in Ballots will start to arrive after May 5th! -- The election is June 3. These are our recommended candidates and vote on issues.
Finally -An upstanding candidate against Bill Horn
Finally, after 20 years, we San Diegans have an honest, strong and upstanding candidate running against corrupt County Supervisor Bill Horn in the 5th district -- Our candidate choice is Mayor Jim Wood of Oceanside. These are the only two running for the office, so the winner in the June 3 primary will be the winner.
VET for PEACE: No war in Ukraine or on Russia
Statement from Vets for Peace: -- "Right-wing militarists in the U.S. are calling for U.S. troops in Ukraine, while President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry implement economic warfare ("sanctions") and institute a renewed policy of isolating and "containing" Russia, aka Cold War II. -- What we are seeing in Ukraine is a classic example of covert U.S. intervention and "regime change" very similar to current goings-on in Venezuela, where the U.S. government is supporting street violence aimed at overthrowing another democratically elected government. Whether or not U.S. and Russian leaders intend it, this covert war threatens to become an overt war with every rhetorical, economic and military escalation."
Anti-Drone Days - ACTIONS in May 15,16, 17
Join us in San Diego, May 15, 16 and 17, 2014 for action and education against US global drone wars, drones violating civil liberties, and the US "pivot to the Pacific" -- San Diego continues to be the US capital of spy and killer drone production. Stand Up and Speak Out!
Lets be Fair to Russia and her People
By Patrick Buchanan - Here we come to the heart of the matter as to why Americans want to stay out of any Ukrainian conflict. Americans not only see no vital U.S. interest, but also no moral dimension to this quarrel. -- If, after all, it was a triumph of self-determination for Ukraine to secede from the Russian Federation, do not Russians in Crimea and Donetsk have the same right — to secede from Kiev and go home to Russia?
A right wing intellectual sounds like Chris Hedges
Occasionally a right wing ideologue sound remarkably like Chris Hedges, the paragon liberal ideologue. Here are excerpts of an essay by conservative Constutional lawyer, John W. Whitehead, on the latest Supreme Court decision, Hedges v. Obama. He presents facts pointing out that the United States has become a fascist police state. Consider this: The prison population in the United States has grown by 700% from 1970 thru 2010.
Bovine Revolution: COWS with guns
Cows all across America stage a sagebrush rebellion against McDonalds and Burger King. The cow revolution gave birth to the "Chickens in Choppers" revolution. VERY FUNNY spoof. ENJOY -- Song By Dana Lyons Animation by Bjorn-Mange Stuestol All credit to them, links to their sites at the end.
Intelligence chief in bald-faced lie to Congress
HE LIED to the nation! -- James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) LIED to congress. Let me repeat that for you - he didn't "mislead" -- he LIED! Why he isn't under the jail? Congress impeached Pres. Bill Clinton for equivocating about a sexual dalliance, but Congress sucked up to James Clapper who outright lied about a grave criminal and unconstitutional policy.
Massive response to Elizabeth Warren's new book
Elizabeth Warren occupies a special space in American politics. Ironically, the first time she caught the attention of progressive and Democratic activists was when she courageously skewered a Democrat, Obama's first term Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, in a TARP oversight hearing. Her reputation for taking on anyone in either party who sides with the big Wall Street banks and other special interests squeezing the middle class and working poor is a big part of what gives the credibility to rally progressives out of their 2014 doldrums, and turn this campaign into a referendum on the wealthy special interests who are hurting the Main Street economy. (By Michael Lux, May 2, 2014)
Dems opening campaign office in Escondido
Democratic Campaign Offices Up and Running in North and South County: Come in and Volunteer! Located at 431 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido.
The office's grand opening will be held next Thursday (May 8).
Skateboarder - No even Gene Kelly was this good
Fanciest, fastest, most innovative footwork ever ... faster than dancer Gene Kelly or politician Newt Gingrich
Sen. Warren introducing emergency legislation ...
ELIZABETH WARREN: -- "Student loan debt is exploding. It is stopping young people from moving out of their parents’ homes, from saving for a down payment, buying homes, buying cars, starting small businesses, saving for retirement, or making purchases that grow our economy. It doesn’t have to be this way. This morning, two dozen Senators joined to introduce the #BankOnStudents Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would give student loan borrowers a #fairshot. The bill would allow them to lower their interest rates on old loans to match the rates that the government offers to new borrowers today. Watch my floor speech:"
Occupy woman jailed after NY cop assaulted her
>From DEMOCRACY NOW -- An Occupy Wall Street activist has been found guilty of assaulting a New York City police officer in a trial that critics say should have been about the police assaulting her. Cecily McMillan was arrested in March 2012 as protesters tried to re-occupy Zuccotti Park, six months after Occupy began. McMillan was convicted of deliberately striking officer Grantley Bovell with her elbow, leaving him with a black eye. McMillan says she swung her arm instinctively after being grabbed in the right breast from behind. To support this claim, defense lawyers showed photos of bruising to her chest during trial. In addition to her injuries, McMillan says she went into a seizure as officers pinned her down. She was later treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
We will stop Fracking in California
Last year, under pressure from the oil industry, the California legislature failed to pass a moratorium on fracking. Since then, fracking has continued to expand in California, putting our communities, our water supply and the climate at risk. Just days ago Vermont became the first state to ban fracking statewide. Californa should have been first ... but we can be second.
Cartoons of the Week
Racism is NOT over in America.
Marijuana - the Killer Weed !
D. Issa's Caterwauling Quintet
Guess who is pushing Jeb Bush to run ...
The Boehner effect
FOX News Map
Free Speech for the rich
Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride
G.W. Bush paintings
America: All FRACKED up!
Latinos' love for Arizona!
Obama, the negotiator
TEA Party Loonies
Unions & the Middle Class
Obama plays poker with GOP
PETITION: Investigate Darrell Issa
ISSA's so-called "IRS scandal" was a lie. Another politically motivated lie crafted in the dark and destructive mind of Rep. Darrell Issa. The IRS never targeted tea party groups, and IRS agents who were questioned in Issa's House Government Reform and Oversight Committee confirmed that fact. -- While this witch hunt was going on, Rep. Darrell Issa was raking in the dough. Sign this petition sponsored by Daily Kos:
China Admits: Fifth Of Its Farmland Contaminated
Unbridled industrialization with almost no environmental regulation has resulted in the toxic contamination of one-fifth of China's farmland, the Communist Party has acknowledged for the first time. -- The report, issued by the ministries of Environmental Protection and Land and Resources, says 16.1 percent of the country's soil in general and 19.4 percent of its farmland is polluted with toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic. In a dire assessment, the report declares: "The overall condition of the Chinese soil allows no optimism."
Why nobody believes Pres. Obama any more ...
Obama: 'Nobody Is Listening to Your Phone Calls'. June 7, 2013. Either Mr. Obama is terribly deluded, or terribly dumb, but we all know the spooks are listening to our phone calls -- reading our email -- and manipulating the markets and stealing our money. (very short video)
UC Davis Protestors Pepper Sprayed (raw footage)
You must not ever forget this incident at U.C. Davis: Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis. The militarization of our local police, the War on our Youth, the fascist oppression of peaceful assembly, protest and free speech in America. During peacefully Occupy Movement,(Nov. 2011) police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students who stood in their way. Once students peacefully demanded the release of the arrested, a police officer unnecessarily pepper sprays the students to open a path for the rest of the officers. -- The officer who sprayed the students was UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike. -- Notice all the other police just standing around watching, as if nothing abnormal or outrageous is happening. This is a day that will forever live in ignominy in America.