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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tricounty DFA Reminder: HOWARD DEAN LIVE at DFA 5TH B-Day Party!
Hello Everyone;

In This Update:

1. Howard Dean Live at DFA's Fifth Birthday Party Wednesday!
2. Cuomo On The Rise?
3. Next Banking Flashpoint?
4. Friday Night Progressive FIlm Festival

1. Howard Dean Live at DFA's Fifth Birthday Party Wednesday!

Be with us for a special live appearance of Governor Howard Dean at DFA's Fifth Birthday Party Wednesday, March 25th at 7:30 at the basement meeting room at the Women's Health Institute, at the Ridge Common offices on Ridge Street in downtown Glens Falls.

Howard Dean will be joined by Jim Dean and a special guest. We're also promised a major announcement. We expect to be able to have video of the event. Governor Dean will talk about DFA's past achievements and it's future.

We'll have cake and refreshments and the nationwide live conference call at 9pm.

This invitation goes out to everyone who has been part of DFA here in the Northcountry in the last five years, and also people who were members of Dean For America or the other campaigns in 2004! Come on in and reconnect with old friends on this special night of celebration.

If you would like to contribute some deserts, food or refreshments, too, please bring them along!

Special thanks go out to Doug Auer for the space and Pat Dudley for the Birthday cake!

Please RSVP at:

Now, some special instructions on how to find the party! The building is located at 101 Ridge Street, across the street from the Rite Aid store, three blocks north of the roundabout on Ridge Street. HOWEVER YOU CANNOT ENTER FROM THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING. Turn into Lawrence Street (which faces the RIte Aide) and take the first right into the parking lot behind the building.

Park in the first lot and follow a sidewalk next to the building on the North to a set of stairs that go up. Go up the stairs and turn to the right and then go down the main staircase to the meeting area. Watch for orange tape and signs pointing the way! It's not hard.

2. Cuomo On The Rise?

The proudest part of the national economic crisis has been the remarkable performance of NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who just exposed the AIG bonus scandal is even larger than expected, and he is going after the miscreants.

Dick sends along this piece from the WashPost on Cuomo's rising star, which has increasing numbers of people assuming he is the next Governor of New York:

3. Next Banking Flashpoint?

There are a few must reads tonight; one from Salon's Joe Conason on what may be the next banking scandal: off shore accounts held by big business.

"what reason other than evasion could there be for Goldman Sachs Group to set up three subsidiaries in Bermuda, five in Mauritius, and 15 in the Cayman Islands? Why did Countrywide Financial need two subsidiaries in Guernsey? Why did Wachovia need 18 subsidiaries in Bermuda, three in the British Virgin Islands, and 16 in the Caymans? Why did Lehman Brothers need 31 subsidiaries in the Caymans? What do Bank of America's 59 subsidiaries in the Caymans actually do? Why does Citigroup need 427 separate subsidiaries in tax havens, including 12 in the Channel Islands, 21 in Jersey, 91 in Luxembourg, 19 in Bermuda and 90 in the Caymans? What exactly is going on at Morgan Stanley's 19 subs in Jersey, 29 subs in Luxembourg, 14 subs in the Marshall Islands, and its amazing 158 subs in the Caymans? And speaking of AIG, why does it have 18 subs in tax-haven countries?"

The Nation's WIlliam Grieder says in today's Post there may be more anger to come. He observes that,

"Something fundamental has been altered in American politics. Encouraged by Obama's message of hope, agitated by darkening economic prospects, many people have thrown off sullen passivity and are trying to reclaim their role as citizens. This disturbs the routines of Washington but has great potential for restoring a functioning democracy. Timely intervention by the people could save the country from some truly bad ideas now circulating in Washington and on Wall Street."

4. Friday Night Progressive FIlm Festival

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

EXCELLENT CADAVERS (2005) Marco Turco 92 min RT Rating = 77 % Based on the book by Alexander Stille and featuring the photos of Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, the film chronicles the recent history of the Mafia and its integral, seemingly ineradicable, relationship to postwar Italian politics. Whereas in the past the Cosa Nostra used to kill only their own, beginning in the Seventies the Mafia began assassinating prosecutors, judges and others who were fighting them, and thus began producing the "excellent cadavers," as Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia called them. This documentary focuses on the efforts of two courageous prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, whose efforts in the mid-Eighties led to the Maxi-Trials in Palermo, where, in a heavily-protected underground bunker the size of a football field, hundreds of Mafia defendants were tried and convicted. The film shows us that successive Italian governments -- including the current Berlusconi regime -- either ignore the Mafia or essentially do nothing about it.

F*** THE ARMY (1972) Francine Parker 97 min RT Rating = N/A Available for the first time since it mysteriously dissappeared in 1972 after only one week in theaters, this raucous film is a riveting slice of the Vietnam anti-war movement. Reviving the wonderfully campy, yet biting theater of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland's Free The Army (or, more popularly, "F*** The Army") tour, F.T.A. captures the entertaining magic and mayhem of the anti-ar and pro-labor show as it rallies and rouses dissident GI's stationed along the Pacific Rim. A gritty mix of rolicking performances and GI interviews, F.T.A. juxtaposes lighthearted political satire with the somber realities of war, occupation and the absurdities of military life, a barbed rebuke to the staid USO program. From Okinawa tot he Philippines, stirred by the show's provocative message, the members of the U.S. military find courage to speak out candidly in front of the camera. Fonda and Sutherland are joined on stage by an all-star cast of musicians and activists including folk singer Len Chandler, songstress Rita Marlinson and comedian Paul Mooney.

Thanks everyone! See you all Wednesday at DFA's Birthday Party!


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