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Why Indict? Brattleboro Public Forum Sunday 3/2    
Sunday, February 24 2008 @ 10:11 AM GMT+4
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Town NewsWhy Indict?
A Forum on Brattleboro’s Indictment Resolution

An information session and discussion about the Brattleboro Town Meeting Ballot Article calling for the Indictment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney will be held on March 2 from 3 to 5PM at the River Garden, Main and High St., Brattleboro. Scheduled speakers include David Swanson, Laurie Dobson, Dan DeWalt and John Nirenberg.

The Indictment Resolution was drafted by Kurt Daims and then placed on the Brattleboro Town Meeting ballot. Since then, thousands of emails and comments from throughout the country have been received, most of them praising our town and its citizens in the loftiest of terms for its courageous step in bringing this Resolution forward and for bringing the issue to national awareness. The Brattleboro Indictment Resolution has also inspired similar resolutions by citizens in other localities around the country, including Portland (OR), Kennebunkport (ME), and elsewhere. This ballot initiative is meant to generate the real dialogues of crimes and war crimes. As that conversation is maturing, statesmen and attorneys around the nation will forge appropriate legal mechanisms to fit the current critical situation.

This forum will explain the reasoning behind the Resolution, and why it should pass.

The invited guests at this forum all have earned national reputations for confronting the current Administration's threats to our Constitution and to our democratic ideals.

David Swanson is the creator of ImpeachCheney.org, the Washington Director of Democrats.com and co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, of the Backbone Campaign, and of Voters for Peace. He serves on a working group of United for Peace and Justice. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including Press Secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign. His website is www.davidswanson.org.

Laurie Dobson is a leading candidate for the United States Senate from Maine, running as an Independent. She has been a major force in the impeachment and antiwar movement in Maine, including sponsoring Camp Alex as the east coast counterpart to Cindy Sheehan’s Camp Casey. She is a resident of Kennebunkport, where she is sponsoring an indictment resolution modeled on the Brattleboro Town Meeting resolution. Her website is DobsonforSenate.com

Dan DeWalt is a Newfane Selectman who initiated a media firestorm when he introduced an Impeachment Resolution at the 2006 Town Meeting, a move which was then followed by dozens of other Vermont towns at their own Town Meetings, and which subsequently placed Vermont at the forefront of the national impeachment movement.

John Nirenberg is a Brattleboro resident who just finished walking from Boston to Washington, DC to call attention of our nation’s leaders to the critical need for impeachment in order to unequivocally repudiate this Administration’s lawlessness, to restore our reputation both at home and abroad, and especially to uphold the integrity of our Constitution, our legal system, and the principle that no person is above the law.

This event is critical for anyone wishing to understand the thinking behind the Town Meeting Resolution. There will be ample time allotted for questions and answers.

The vote will take place at the General Town Meeting and Presidential Primary, Tuesday, March 4th at Brattleboro Union High School Gym. Polls are open from 9AM to 7PM.

Please note: The Indictment Initiative article is printed on the REVERSE side of the ballot. Look for it!

For more information, call 802-257-4995 or 802-258-4931, or email at bushindictment@gmail.com

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    Vincent Bugliosi?
    Authored by: Christian Avard on Sunday, February 24 2008 @ 03:12 PM GMT+4

    What happened to Vincent Bugliosi? I heard he was supposed to speak.
    Was he too busy or did he have other reasons not to attend?

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    "A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory." - Steven Wright, comedian

    In defense of Pluto
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Sunday, February 24 2008 @ 04:17 PM GMT+4
    BRATTLEBORO- Another one of the town's many activist groups is preparing a town meeting resolution.

    The resolution, offered by a group of anarchist astronomers, would declare Pluto to be a planet when viewed from within the borders of Brattleboro.

    In 2006, astronomers revoked Pluto's status as our ninth planet, declaring it to be a "dwarf planet," essentially a large asteroid with a regular orbit around the sun. According to scientists, the "dwarf planet" designation applies to planetary objects that aren't aren't large enough to become round by their own gravity.

    "Round? I got round," says Astronomical Activst Schort Scurts, of Brattleboro, shaking his fist. "These scientists are setting arbitrary rules. Well, I've got news for them: this is a democracy, and if the people of Brattleboro want to vote Pluto back into the Solar Club, that's what we'll do, science be damned."

    Scurts is joined by Mark Makita, who won national acclaim last year with his resolution to declare carbon emissions produced in the town of Newfane "completely harmless to the earth." Supporters claim the move, if multiplied across the country, could end the nation's contributions to global warming as well as paving the way for a new industrial revolution.

    Scientists scoffed at Makita's resolution, and now they're rolling their eyes at Scurts' resolution. "Their minds are closed," Scurts says, shaking his head in sadness. "Anyone who doesn't think my plan is wonderful has a closed mind. The naysayers just don't 'get it.'"

    To suggestions that the resolution isn't based on science, Scurts laughs. "Was the constitution based on 'science?'" he asks. "That's the law of our land, and it doesn't need the consent of scientists. If we want the law to say Pluto is a planet in Brattleboro, it will be a planet.

    Scurts' main concern is education. He says the redesignation of Pluto has rendered hundreds of textbooks around Brattleboro obsolete. More importantly, he says, it negates the education that millions of people around the country received - including his own. "We've been told Pluto is a planet since 1930," Scurts says, "and now all of a sudden it's not? What's next? We find out the sun isn't a star?"

    Scurts suspects the real motivation behind the pluto's planetary plummet is money. He hints at conspiracy between the science community and the textbook publishing industry. By declaring Pluto a planet when viewed from within Brattleboro's boundaries, he says, school textbooks will still be correct, the education of thousands of adults in Brattleboro will be valid, and the publishing industry's quiet coup will be foiled.



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    Psyche!
    This just in...
    Authored by: Christian Avard on Sunday, February 24 2008 @ 07:58 PM GMT+4

    ... Schorts and Makita were offered pro bono legal work from town
    attorney Bob Fisher. Schorts and Makita declined because "it does not
    need to necessarily have legal standing and it's more appealing
    without it."

    "We just want to raise people's consciousness that Pluto is a planet
    and if not, let the world know that we think we should arrest 'the
    deciders' at the National Academy of Science," said Schorts. "You
    should imagine yourself in the voting booth. The question before you
    is, if Congress doesn't do it, shouldn't we do something to put Pluto
    back in the Solar System?"





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    "A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory." - Steven Wright, comedian

    In defense of Pluto
    Authored by: Gravy on Sunday, February 24 2008 @ 09:46 PM GMT+4
    Where can I sign the petition to bring this to a vote?

    I'm serious -- Brattleboro will clearly beat Berkley as THE quirkiest place to live if we get this on the ballot next year. While we're at it, let's make Mars one of our moons.

    I think every year we need to have some bizarre and legally questionable issue on the ballot. It could be our groundhog day. Can you see Al Roker here on town meeting day to cover the vote for the dumbest question possible? Maybe he'll knock on my door and ask to use my bathroom (one can only dream).

    Who's for making the snapping turtle our town bird? Better yet, we can make Darryl Pillsbury our town bird (he has a raptorish profile, which should be seen as a compliment, I hope). Darryl might not pull national coverage. I know, Ken Burns -- so what if he's from New Hampshire. Even better! Brattleboro's official town bird is Ken Burns. We'll out-do the Onion.

    500 signatures and we'll get it done. The possibilities are endless.
    In defense of Snapping Turtles
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Sunday, February 24 2008 @ 11:49 PM GMT+4
    I think the best strategy would be to have turtle shells listed as "wings" under the town charter. Then, the following year, you have the snapping turtle declared Town Bird by referendum at Town Meeting. Excellent.

    I just heard there's a group of renegade chiropractic patients who are organizing to introduce a non-binding motion to declare gravity illegal.

    -Maus

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    Psyche!