There are some comments about today's Town Hall Meeting with the
Honorable John Conyers posted at Michigandem's Livejournal
We're still waiting for more, both there, at at Conyer's blog
Michigandem promises pictures, which I would like to see.
A few comments of my own:
First: Traffic and construction in downtown Detroit is absolutely
terrible. And they don't mark their detours very well.
And my car overheats when it is not moving, which is a
problem I'll have to solve later. Fortunately, I have an
adjustable Thermaltake fan on my CPU, so I don't have to worry about
heat while blogging. If only cars were simple, like computers.
Second: There was a lot of positive energy in the room. There
were over 300 people there, many (including us) standing in the back
because the auditorium was full. It was not full of dejected
sour-grapes-sore-looser liberals. It was full of people who
still have hope that we can get rid of the crooks and liars in the
Third: The most electric moment occurred during the talk by Robert
, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Gibbs Chair in
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, at Wayne State University:
Professor Sedler teaches courses in Constitutional
Law and Conflict of Laws. He has published extensively in both fields,
and in 1994 published a book, Constitutional Law — United
States, in the Constitutional Law series of the International
Encyclopedia of Laws for an international audience.
He used the word, "impeachment." The audience went nuts,
respectfully, for a minute or two. Apparently, he is serious
Fourth: One of the speakers was a former CIA agent, and a classmate of
Valerie P. He was the one guy in the room I wouldn't have
wanted to armwrestle with. Jim Marcinkowski was an
"operations specialist," whatever that is, in the Navy, from 1975-1980;
he was an operations officer in the CIA from 1985 to 1990; he got his
start in politics as President of the Michigan Young Republicans.
It would be difficult for anyone to accuse him of being
"politically motivated." Although composed and steely-eyed,
he was one pissed-off dude. He stated that he knows that
worldwide intelligence operations have been damaged by the leak.
It is his opinion that national security continues to suffer
every day that the Administration fails to address the issue of the
Plame leak. His comments today were pretty similar to what he
said yesterday at the Waxman hearing, which you can find in the Hearing
(especially pages 26-28.)
Fifth: The meeting originally was planned to commemorate the
anniversary of the Downing Street Memo, but the other topics (Rovegate,
impeachment) were included. They are pertinent because those
three topics are the ones that emerge most clearly from the background
noise of "politics as usual" that enable us to conclude that our
current Administration really is composed of a bunch of crooks and
UPDATE: 3 photos are up at AfterDowningStreet.org, here
UPDATE: Detroit media appear to have ignored the Meeting. Just in case you want to let them know how you feel about this:
Local News Contacts
Channel 2 (Fox): Feedback
Channel 4 (WDIV): We
Want To Hear From You
Channel 7 (WXYZ): E-mail
Detroit Free Press: City/Metro desk email@example.com
Detroit News: Mark Silverman, Publisher & Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: Michigandems photos are up, here
. I suggest taking a look, if only to see the faces of the people who may be able to change our lives for the better.