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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Thursday, May 31, 2007
 
Tricounty DFA Update: Linkup Meeting Next Week, more
Hello Everyone;

In this update:

1. Meeting Next Wednesday
2. Memorial Day
3. Senate, Consultants and the Long View
4. Send Cindy Sheehan A Thank You
5. Impeach Gonzales
6. Friday Night Film Fest

1. Meeting Next Wednesday

It's time for a heads up that next week, June 6th, at 7pm at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, it will be time for our monthly DFA-Linkup or "meetup." We'll be talking about local campaigns that are going on this year, among other things.

For more info go to: http://www.dfalink.com/event.php?id=19978

2. Memorial Day

Today, the 30th, was the original Memorial Day. The most poignant Memorial Day piece I was was by author Andrew Bacevich: "I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose. We Were Both Doing Our Duty." Bacevich clearly foresaw years ago that the war could not work out successfully. And yet he supported the troops-- especially his trooper, now fallen.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/25/AR2007052502032.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Wendy and Richard also send this along, a Memorial Day tribute:
"The following is the hottest thing on the internet. Lizzie Palmer who put this YouTube program together is 15 years old. There have been over 3,000,000 hits as of this morning. In case you missed it, here it is.

3. Senate, Consultants and the Long View

People are still puzzling over what happened with the Iraq Supplemental Bill last week. The affair reminds me of those sinkholes in Florida that without warning suddenly start under someone's garage, and the next thing you know a six story apartment house up the street is tipping in.

The sinkhole started under the Senate's garage, and spread from there, when certain key senators threw in the towel on standing up to Bush. Some commentators were particularly wondering why Sen. Karl Levin wasn't asked about this last Sunday:

"Three weeks before Bush's veto of the Iraq bill, Levin offered an early concession, saying he would certainly remove any timetable for withdrawal if Bush demanded it. " Why? It's still a mystery.
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2007/05/29/weekend_watchdogcavein_unexplained.php

E. J. Dionne tried to put some perspective on it Friday, citing Barry Goldwater as an example of a long view needed to take back a political party: "It is a temporary setback in a much longer struggle for minds and votes that the administration's critics are actually winning."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/24/AR2007052402155.html

4. Send Cindy Sheehan A Thank You

However, there is a human toll, other than the one suffered on the battlefield. Cindy Sheehan, who did as much as anyone to personify opposition to the war, announced an effective retirement this week. It's simple burn-out. How much can a Gold Star mom take?

Truthout.com is asking people to send Cindy a Thank You for everything she has done. Hopefully, she'll be back: http://act.truemajority.org/o/1/t/3/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=7

5. Impeach Gonzales

Jim Dean issued another appeal for the Congress to impeach Attorney General Aberto Gonzales:
"Over 59,000 people have called on Congress to impeach U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in just one week. Today, we can double our impact by working together to get the message out and Brave New Films has created a brand new video to help you do it. Check out the new video now:
http://www.ImpeachGonzales.org

"Watching the video is not enough to make change happen. Bush won't fire Gonzales because he thinks we'll give up. He is just waiting for you to buy the establishment line and move on. President Bush has underestimated you."

"Impeachment hearings are serious trouble for the entire Bush administration. Whistleblower protection for those who tell the truth. Subpoenas that even this Supreme Court will enforce. Karl Rove under oath. The first step is to impeach Gonzales." http://www.ImpeachGonzales.org

DFA is also running ads around the country calling for Gonzales' impeachment. You can contribute to these ads at: https://contribute.democracyforamerica.com/

6. Friday Night Film Fest


The Rockhill Bakeshouse Cafe's Friday Night Progressive Film Festival continues at 7:30 with:

June 1 RIVERS AND TIDES: Working With Time (2004) Thomas Riedelsheimer's mind-blowing new film which won the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Best Documentary at this year's San Francisco Int Film Fest follows renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as he creates with ice, driftwood, bracken, leaves, stone, dirt, and snow in open fields, beaches, rivers, creeks and forests. Andy Goldsworthy knows that most of his pieces will not last long because of where he makes them. Some of his works stand and remain in the landscape; others decay, melt or are blown away. His work's transitory nature, in fact, is a central part of the sculptor's creative efforts to understand the energy that flows through him and through the natural landscape that nourishes his vision.

Thanks everyone! See you next week,

Larry

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