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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tricounty DFA Update: Vigil, Picnics, War With Iran? More
Hello Everyone;

In this update for July 17, 2008:

1. Vigil Saturday For Peace & To Bring Troops Home, 11am, Downtown Glens Falls
2. Washington County Picnic, Yepsen Open House
3. Is War With Iran Coming?
4. Rockhill Friday Night Film Festival

1. Vigil Saturday For Peace & To Bring Troops Home, 11am, Downtown Glens Falls

There will be another vigil for peace and to bring our troops home this Saturday from 11am until Noon. The location will be the corners of Bay, Glen and South Streets in downtown Glens Falls. Please come and bring a friend and a sign.

Last week there was a charity coin drop downtown -- in the event something like that happens again, we will again just move down Glen Street to the Roundabout.

2. Washington County Picnic, Yepsen Open House

The Washington County Democrats Annual Picnic will be held this weekend, and you are invited.
Where: Roger’s Island, just outside Fort Edward

When: July 19 from noon—6:00pm.

Confirmed guests include Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith, Ian McGaughey, Assembly candidate for the 112th District, and Bob Muller, candidate for Supreme Court Justice, Fourth District.

The Committee will provide barbecue meats; everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.

Feel free to bring any non-alcoholic beverages.
Beer and wine will be sold by the Idle Hour Club for $2.00 each.
Note: No alcohol can be brought into the park
Cost is $18 per individual; $35 per couple
For tickets contact your local town chair or Judy Doonan: 692-7215

Saratoga Supervisor and State Senate Candidate Joanne Yepsen will be holding her annual race track Opening Day Open House on Saturday, July 26, from 6-9pm.

The location this year is the Prime Restaurant at the Saratoga National Golf Club, 258 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Suggested donations are $50, food and beverages will be served.

Please R.S.V.P. by Sunday, July 20th, to Citizens For Yepsen, c/o John Foster, P.O. Box 1042, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or 583-8817. Please make checks out to Citizens For Yepsen.

3. Is War With Iran Coming?

Very mixed signals are coming out of Washington today about the danger of a Bush administration attack on Iran. At the same time, the US appears to be talking to Iran.

But the concern is great enough that True Majority today sent out an online petition calling on Congress to vote against Hr. 362, which it says is essentially a declaration of war against Iran.

Right now it is in committee and it is unclear if it will get out of committee before the Congress recesses. It could be posturing by politicians trying to look tough. But it is a recklessly dangerous game, if so. Bush has grossly abused and overextended vague Congressional resolutions before.

Is he crazy enough to drag the US into a third mideast war, one that could crash the entire world economy? Who knows? But what if he does? Will Congress stop him? The record there isn't encouraging, if it happens. That's why this is so dangerous.

Bert sends these links along, one to a disturbing piece by former weapons inspector Scott Ritter.

4. Rockhill Friday Night Film Festival

Fri Jul 18 7:30 pm SUMMER FAMILY FILM FEST (Oft-overlooked free family movies all summer long)
BEING THERE (1979) Hal Ashby 130 min. RT Rating = 97 %
Based on Jerzy Kosinski's short comic novel about a simpleton, Chance (Peter Sellers), raised in isolation whose only education came from watching TV. When he's forced out of the house where he worked as a gardener by the death of the wealthy recluse who raised him from infancy, he's fortuitously struck by a limousine carrying Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine), the wife of a wealthy industrialist. He's mistaken, because of his well-tailored suits, for a man of means and taken to dinner with her husband, Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas). There, as Chauncy Gardner, his blank affect is taken for seriousness and his literal pronouncements about gardening for metaphoric economic predictions. Soon he's meeting the president (Jack Warden) and becoming a star on TV--where he's a natural. Kosinski was well known to be personally fascinated by the power of television. In BEING THERE, which he adapted for the screen himself, he presents a comic fable about a man whose entire sense of reality came from watching television. Sellers is marvelous as the always-deadpan cipher in whom everyone he meets sees whatever it is they need to see. Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, and Melvyn Douglas give outstanding performances in this biting satire directed by Hal Ashby.

Thanks everyone! See you all soon,


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