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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Tricounty DFA Update: Another Vigil For Peace & To Bring Troops Home Saturday at 11am!
Hello Everyone;

In This Update:

1. Vigils!
2. Governor Dean Speaks
3. High Crimes
4. Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe Events
5. On The Lighter Side

1. Vigils!

At our last meeting we agreed to resume our Saturday morning vigils for peace and to bring our troops home. Thanks to the generous coverage of WNYT-13, our vigil on the 12th was a tremendous success. TV-13 correspondent Jessica Layton came with crew, interviewed several of us and prepared a news report that was the lead story on the evening news at 6pm and was a leading story at 11pm. We thank them and everyone who attended for coming!

At the vigil, because of Passover and the school vacation week, we agreed to skip a week and hold another vigil on the following weekend, this coming Saturday, April 26th, at 11am. Please mark it on your calendar and come on down to the corner of Bay and Glen Streets by the Civil War monument in downtown Glens Falls. Bring a sign and a friend! With Iraq falling apart, it's time to start showing our opposition to that debacle again.

2. Governor Dean Speaks

We haven't heard from Governor Dean as much as we'd like, but last month he was back in Madison, Wisconsin and gave a roaring speech that was also an overview of what is going on with the country in terms of our changing electorate, as revealed by DNC polling and other studies. Dean also talks about the neighborhood leadership program and other subjects. This is a must hear speech, really fascinating, (audio only) that also really shows the real leadership deficit we've seen in recent years-- some people really aren't replaceable. Just click the link below and then listen to the audio file.

The Governor also spoke recently to the NY Times on the primary race:

3. High Crimes

An issue that did not come up in the Wednesday night debate, so disgracefully managed by ABCNEWS, was the shocking revelation that top US officials, including the White House, attended conferences where how and when to torture prisoners were apparently discussed in detail.

This included George Bush, who effectively admitted approving war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Obama, to his credit, has clearly stated that crimes committed by present administration members will be investigated by any administration he leads: It is good to know there is at least some willingness to prosecute the many war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against our Constitution that have occurred in the last five years.

To this we now have to add the shocking revelations in the Sunday New York Times that the Pentagon used "information warfare" techniques to control and manipulate public opinion on the war, another clearly criminal act, one specifically prohibited by federal law. .

Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media, is calling for Congressional investigations of this latest scandal.

Dick also sends along this remarkable piece by Greg Palast on the secretive economic summit being held today in New Orleans-- it's main purpose seems to be to undermine labor, health, environmental and other standards embedded in US law:

Bob also sends along this piece, which we saw before, on how US agribusiness firms, some linked to Hillary Clinton, are damaging agriculture in the third world with genetically modified crops that people cannot use to create seeds and need expensive fertilizers and pesticides:

4. Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe Events

The Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe's Friday Night Progressive Film Fest continues with:

Fri Apr 25 7:30 pm Adirondack Progressive Film Forum
SMALL TOWN GAY BAR (2006) Malcolm Ingram 76 min. RT Rating = N/A
With gay marriage as one of the most divisive topics in today's political arena, it is clear the fight for equal rights is far from over, and nowhere is this more evident than in small towns in the Deep South. Homosexuals in these communities lack the social outlets of their cosmopolitan brethren. However, in the face of cruelty, ridicule, and even violence, they manage to find sanctuary in the only place they are offered within hundreds of miles–gay bars.

Then, Saturday NIght, the Cafe hosts a series of events for Ralph Nader:

Sat Apr 26 6:00pm Fund Raising Dinner With Presidential Candidate RALPH NADER (Proceeds to Benefit Nader/Gonzalez 2008)
ITickets are available at Rock Hill Cafe in downtown Glens Falls or by phone (518) 361-6278. The suggested donation per ticket is $250 with a minimum donation of $100. These tickets include reserved seating for the Wood Theater event at 8:00 pm as well. All proceeds will benefit Nader/Gonzalez 2008.

Sat Apr 26 8:00 pm RALPH NADER at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls * Area Premiere of "Awake From Your Slumber" *
Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center has released a great new film, "Awake From Your Slumber". Their 28 minute film shows footage of Patti Smith and Ralph Nader in Albany for the Democracy Rising tour. Nader will speak at the film's end and there will be a question and answer session afterwards. Tickets are available at Rock Hill Cafe in downtown Glens Falls or by phone (518) 361-6278. The minimum donation is $25 per ticket.

5. On The Lighter Side

Bert sends this humorous list below about Bush's possible Presidential Library ( One book. WIth crayons.) \

Thanks everyone! See you Saturday,



The George W. Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages. You'll want to be first to make a contribution to this great man's legacy.

The Library will include:

The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.

The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you can't remember anything.

The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't have to even show up.

The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.

The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room (which no one has been able to find).

The Iraq War Room. After you complete your first tour, they make you go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.

The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shooting gallery.

Plans also include: The K-Street Project Gift Shop - where you can buy (or just steal) an election.

The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.

Last, but not least, there will be an entire floor devoted to a 7/8 scale model of the President's ego.

To highlight the President's accomplishments, the museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate them.

When asked, President Bush said that he didn't care so much about the individual exhibits as long as his museum was better than his father's.

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