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Help, I've been "Bonus-Gated" and Can't Get up!
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 06:47 AM
GreenHappenings 
Hello All,

I hope you are all aware of "Bonus-Gate", a Pa. Democratic Party political scandal that is currently shaking Harrisburg. Several high ranking members of the General Assembly are currently under arrest. From what I can understand, these legislators, and their taxpayer paid staffers indulged in political campaign activities while on the "People's Clock" These politicians and their staffers carried out political activities while being paid for carrying out the business of the Commonwealth.

The sobering photos of former Majority Whip, Mike Vion, and his protege Sean Ramely (both from my native Beaver County) being lead away in handcuffs really shook my remaining faith in the political system. I have also discovered another disturbing mis-use of staff time. In 2004, when the Pa. Democratic Party successfully challenged Ralph Nader's ballot access for President, and in 2006 when they challenged Carl Romanelli's bid for US Senate, some of the Democratic Party workers in the Pa. State Department's Challenge Room may well have been getting paid for their time by the taxpayers.

I do not have enough information to name individuals, but I have my suspicions. I am personally affronted, because in August, 2006, I had to leave my farm work, and drive to Harrisburg (with no re-imbursement) to defend my candidate's ballot access. I had personally gathered 1750 signatures to get our candidates on the ballot, and felt crushed when I discovered that the Commonwealth Courts had stacked the deck against us. I look forward to seeing what the outcome of this scandal is. I certainly hope this forces the Commonwealth to abandon their restrictive ballot access laws, and to re-open Democracy in the "Cradle of Democracy", that Washington, Adams, Jefferson, risked their necks to lead us to war against our colonial masters. They would weep now if they saw what is going on in the Pennsylvania Government.

Thom Marti - editor

PS: I understand that Cynthia McKinney failed to get the needed signatures to appear as a Green on this coming Election. Ralph Nader may well survive the probable democratic Party Challenge. If he does, I might just vote for him. My Democratic friends are all urging me to vote for Obama. I tell them that I can't vote for any candidate of a political party that is anti-democracy. I'll tell you the truth, I don't think that any person elected to the Presidency is going to be able to straighten out the mess that our Corporate Energy true masters have gottten us into. {check out what is going on in the Alaska VECO Scandal}



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800,000 Page Views/Thank Yous
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 06:42 AM
GreenHappenings 
Hello,

I have been so busy with farming in this challenging Spring and Early Summer that I have not had much time to keep up on the Adam Greens News. I am amazed to see that so many of you are still visiting this site. Well, in our past seven years we have accomplished a lot; I wish we had such a rosy future.

As you know, ADCOGP has taken a sabbatical from GPPA for a year. News from the Pa Green Party does not look too good. From what I hear is looks doubtful if they will gather the signatures necessary to get their national and statewide candidates on the ballot. The April Caucus was not well attended either. I recommend that all Greens look into the state of the national and state party.

Locally, we are due to meet soon, and clean-up our designated stretch of the Old Harrisburg Road. I'll post that event when I know the details. Also, we will be "trash/recycling monitors" at the Heritage Festival later in September. I will provide more details in a month.

Andy Johnson, who has now moved to Waynesboro, in Franklin County, is running a write-in campaign for Pa. State Senate 33rd District. He needs your help on Election Day.

Also the Adams County Local Food Network is up and running. This effort looks real important in light of the onrushing environmental and economic collapse that is facing us.

Thank You
Thom Marti, Editor



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The Truth About Gas Prices
Posted by: Andy on Monday, June 16, 2008 - 08:48 AM
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I've come across a lot of conservatives yelling about how we "liberal tree-huggers" are the cause of the high gas prices because we won't let them drill more wells in Alaska or off the southern coast on the US. But the truth is actually a bit different.




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Memorial Day Five Years into the Debacle in Iraq
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 01:04 PM
news 
Hello all,

I have been quite busy travelling around cheering people on in their work towards achieving Local Food Security, as well as trying to keep our farm above water in this abnormally wet Spring. I will pause, though, to write a few words about currently serving service people, as well as veterans.

I am in the fourth generation of veterans in my family who served this country, and my son is in the fifth. We lost a few in WW2 and Vietnam. But I have to say, I am glad my son got out before he had to get involved in this mis-begotten Iraquagmire of a war. He is, though, working as a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Counsellor for returning Marines. He says this war is probably worse for front-line troops than other wars, due to continued deployments, and due to the troops knowing they are being poorly led by our politicians and their generals.

So, even if you hate this war as much as I do, think about the Americans serving over there, and hope they will be back soon.

Thom Marti
Member - Veterans for Peace, and Editor for ADCOGP News

PS: Plant a "Peace Garden" in your back yard; plus,it won't hurt your personal food supply in the coming crash coming on because of this war bankrupting our nation.



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Andy Johnson for State Senate Candidacy Announcement
Posted by: Andy on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 08:11 AM
news 
I am pleased to announce that I shall be running as the Green Party candidate for State Senate District 33, with the full endorsement of the Adams County Green Party. I am a life-long resident of the district, very recently relocated to Waynesboro in Franklin County from Hamilton Township, Adams County, where I resided for the past seven years.

My platform is based on substance, not slogans. I propose to eliminate half the property tax burden on state residents by two highly-targeted sales taxes on high-sugar drinks and certain plastic products. This should generate $3 billion towards property tax relief, far more than the casinos.





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ADCOGP Meeting & Caucus Results
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:56 AM
GreenHappenings 
Hello All,

Yesterday 5 ADCO Greens and an observer met to caucus and hold their Spring Meeting. The Coon Road clean-up, in Menallen Twp was very successful, delivering a truckload of recyclabe steel to the Township Clean-up Day. Heavy rains cancelled the schedule Old Harrisburg Rd. Earth Day roadside clean-up; two summer and 2 fall clean-ups will be scheduled.

All five caucus participants voted that GP-US should run no presidential candidate in 2008.

The membership decided to work locally, holding more events, like the recent successful movie night, to promote "Sustainability". It feels that expending scarce member time and resources on national issues in not warrented, seeing the
limited success such campaigns have produced. Adams Greens will not collect nominating paper signatures, and will support the candidates of their choice.

ADCOGP endorsed Andy Johnson's write-in campaign for State Senate 33. ADCOGP will probably not get 5% of the highest ADCO candidate's vote total on Election Day, and will cease to be a "minor political party" (the only one currently in Pa.)in November. This organization will then go into abeyance, and continue to function as Adams County Greens." The web site will be kept up, and local environmental events will continue to be held, when this informal group meets. Adams Greens will be the trash and recyclable Monitors for the September 20th Heritage Fest, which is where their next meeting will be held.

Thom Marti
Sec'y ADCOGP




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700,000 Page Visits - 700,00 "Thank Yous"
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 08:00 AM
GreenHappenings 
Hello to all of you our visitors,

Wow! It seems like just yesterday that I wrote the article thanking you for making 400,000 page visits to our site. Actually I recorded that milestone on June 30, 2007. Up to that point, our daily record of visitors was 3200. I just checked our 'stats' and was amazed to see that on January, 21, 2008, that 22690 page visits were recorded (this one day surpassed our total visits in our first year and a half on line), and that our tally has now surpassed 700,000.

I am truly surprised that so many of you are checking into the news from this small local green party, in a very conservative small county in SC Pa. All I can say is "Thank You". We have been having trouble recruiting new active members (all third parties are struggling agains Pa's draconian ballot access laws), and your interest is a bright spot in our lives.

So again, thank you!

Thom Marti
News Editor, and Sec'y, ADCOGP



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Adams County Green Party Caucus
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 09:48 AM
GreenHappenings 
Hello ADCO Registered Greens.
I FWD this Caucus notice from the GPPA website:
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Green Party Presidential Caucus

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) sends you this newsletter because you are an active Registered Green Party Voter. We invite you to participate in our upcoming caucus to help determine who, if anyone, will be our 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate. Please see the schedule that shows when your local Green Party caucus will occur, sometime in late April and early May.

What if my county doesn’t have a caucus or the date is inconvenient for me?

If you live in a county that does not have a caucus, or if the scheduled date is inconvenient, you may opt to participate in a caucus of a nearby county.

Will there be absentee ballots?

There are no provisions for absentee voting.

What is a caucus? How does it work?

A caucus is a meeting at which registered Green voters discuss the options for Presidential nominee and then vote on who the nominee should be. These votes are used by GPPA to determine how (and whether) GPPA delegates to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) nominating convention in July, in Chicago, should vote.

The caucuses will consist of some discussion, after which each caucus attendee will indicate their Green Party Presidential nominee preferences in rank order. The principal options are listed below. The caucus is not limited to these options.

Each attendee will also be asked whether the GPPA should support the GPUS candidate, as we usually do, in which case the preferences will determine how our GPPA delegation votes at the GPUS nominating convention in Chicago July 10-13, or conversely, whether GPPA should forego the GPUS nomination process and instead support the winner of the GPPA caucus.

Do I have to have backup choices and rank order my preferences?

No. You must vote for at least one preference (e.g. a candidate, ‘No Candidate’, Uncommitted, etc.). You may list as many or few additional choices (2nd, 3rd, etc) as you desire.

Who are the candidates?

Candidates seeking GPUS Presidential nomination:

Jesse Johnson – http://www.jesse08.org

Cynthia McKinney – http://www.runcynthiarun.org

Kent Mesplay – http://www.mesplay.org

Kat Swift – http://www.bexargreens.org/katforprez

Other options:

Ralph Nader – http://www.votenader.org

‘No Candidate’

Uncommitted

Write-In candidates




Where can I get more information about the candidates and/or the caucus?

The GPPA website www.gpofpa.org

The GPUS website www.gp.org

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You may have received a mailing from GPPA that also gives you these instructions. ADCOGP will hold our caucus at our Spring Meeting, at noon Sunday April 20th, at Courtney Wege's house at 315 N. Stratton, Gettysburg. For info you can call me at 677-4131. You must be a registered Green to participate.

We will follow the caucus with our spring Roadside Clean-Up.

Thank You Thom Marti Sec'y ADCOGP



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Renewable Energy Talk at Gettysburg College, etc.
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 05:23 PM
community 
Hello All,
Courtney Wege, Chair of ADCOGP. asked me to invite you to a talk by Tess Barton, on Renewable Energy. This event will be held at noon, Thursday April 3rd, at rm 360 in the CUB. A free lunch will be provided, bring a cup!
{This event segues with our April 10th screening of "A Crude Awakening"; refer to previous posts for time and date.}
Since we are talking about energy and movies, permit me to editorialize a bit. Last year at this time we watched "No Way Out" which details the FUBAR that our national leaders created in Iraq. We just watched it again yesterday (as Iraq erupts into another spasm of mass insurrection), and I really felt a sense of deja vu. How long must this agony go on?

Thank You,
Thom Marti,
ADCOGP News Editor



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Charlie Emmon's Review of "Crude Awakening"
Posted by: thom.adcogp on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 07:15 PM
GreenHappenings 
Hello All,
Here is a movie review that Charlie Emmons put together about the movie he has selected for the Green Movie Night, described in the previous ADCOGP news story:

"A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash," 2007 documentary by Basil Gelpke and
Ray McCormack, is a sobering look at "peak oil," the point we have now
reached at which oil consumption exceeds oil discovery. Without cheap oil
(if you think gas is expensive now...) the world economy and technology as
we know them are in greater jeopardy than most of us would want to
contemplate. The filmmakers doubt that alternative energy sources can make
up the difference. I suspect that they may be wrong, but the stakes are too
great to ignore this excellent, grim documentary. - Charles F. Emmons

See you at the film on Thursday, April 10th, at 7PM, at Gettysburg College!!

Thom Marti
Sec'y ADCOGP



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