June 29, 2004
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Subject: Fahrenheit 911
I just saw Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911. I had to drive 30 miles to see it, because none of the corporate chain theatres near my home would carry the movie. This is a brilliant tour de force. The film is powerful, and it will rock America to the core. The right has done everything to stop this movie, but it has failed. Go see it -- everyone must go see it. Moore is able to connect the dots of the Bush cartel's activities in a cogent fashion. Also, he's an astounding communicator who is able to sift through some complex material and deliver it with a clear, easily understandable punch. Let's not kid ourselves about this -- Bush and his bully boys must be cowering in fear over this movie. This one isn't going away soon, trust me on this.
Subject: Fahrenheit 9/11 Worth Your Money
I just returned from seeing the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 and would recommend it to everyone. It was great movie and everything that Michael Moore said it would be. I am amazed just how much the movie was trashed by the right wingers and pundits. Some who had not even seen the movie. I think it is a compelling documentary, and it is a pity that many republicans do not have the courage to go and see it, for it will surely open their eyes to many of the Bush administration's failures.
Dick Cheney shows his true colors once again...
About Dick Cheney's no-class behavior against Sen. Leahy on the senate floor; I think that he is definitely feeling the heat, and perhaps fearful that he is going down, big time. Cheney's gutter language is typical of this administration. Didn't Bush promise us that he is going to change the tone in Washington? Isn't this the administration who wanted to censure Howard Stern? What a big bunch of hypocrites.
Subject: Post-viewing crowd at Fahrenheit 9/11
Would you believe that Denton, a city of 91,000, has not a single theater showing Fahrenheit 9/11? The ultraconservative reputation of North TX appears based in fact. Kind of disappointing for a college town. To distribute Veterans For Peace brochures I drove south on IH-35 through Corinth to find the nearest venue showing the film in Hickory Creek. I timed it so I was there to catch folks leaving at the end of the 8 pm showing on Saturday night. As expected after the film, the audience was primed and ready. I had a receptive crowd to work, with most thanking me, some saying no thank you, and several sticking around to discuss it further and ask questions about VFP. No hostility was evidenced by anyone. I took 150 brochures along with me and handed out 93 of them in about 10 minutes. Doing so about 50 feet in front of the theater to let the exiting crowd open up a bit presented no problems. Had I stayed there, I may have gone through all 150 brochures. As it was, I pushed my luck when the exiting crowd thinned, and moved up close enough to the box office so I could hear what film folks for the next showing were asking to buy tickets for. While thus targeting the next showing audience I drew the attention of the theater staff who politely informed me that they did not allow solicitation on their property. I guess they missed whomever was handing out Kerry for President flyers inside the theater itself, as evidenced by everyone exiting Fahrenheit 911 having one in their hands? No matter, I felt it was 10 minutes on the pavement and a half hour round trip drive well spent. I still have 57 brochures left. Maybe Grapevine tomorrow night?David Honish
I loved the cartoon in the Washington Post Sat. A kid was at the blackboard in school having to write (1,000 ? times):
"I WILL NOT QUOTE THE VICE-PRESIDENT ON THE PLAYGROUND."
Will Cheney be fined for using bad language?
Subject: Electronic voting machines
Here is a fund-raising idea for you. Why don't you guys start marketing electronic voting machines with your own proprietary software installed? If you made public your desire to insure that John Kerry carries Ohio and sold a few voting machines in that state, I am sure the Republicans would scream like banshees for a law requiring a paper trail on all voting machines as well as a requirement that the software that runs them be open source. Even if you don't make money selling voting machines it might be the least expensive method of securing the vote. Besides being a sure method of achieving voting security, the reaction by the right ought to provide a lot of material for comedians and humorists.
Subject: My view: Fahrenheit 9/11Hi,
Today, a group of us went to the first showing of "Fahrenheit 9/11" at Houston's AMC's Willowbrook 24. There was a decent size crowd -- filling a bit more than half of a very large room with stadium type seating -- for an 11:00 a.m. showing. The patrons covered a wide-spectrum of the population: high school and college students, young professionals, those who appeared to be "stay-at-home" moms, the middle-aged to the elderly.
The documentary is very cohesive and fast-paced. I expected humor, which was there. What was missing was the "in your face" style of Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" or "Roger and Me." People may take exception to this opinion, but I did not consider it confrontational when he approached a few representatives attempting to sign their kids up for the military. Rather, he was polite and anything but "pushy." Moore truly allowed the facts to speak for themselves. And those facts were, in many cases, gut-wrenching. No one warned me of the need for tissues. During the screening, there were loud cheers (i.e., for the Marine who said he would not go back to Iraq); laughter (dubya's struggle with the English language); and groans (no representative being able to get one senator to sign their written protests of (s)Election 2000. Using historical facts and news/press conference clips, Moore allows the bushites to hang themselves.
Raw and unflinching were the scenes of the casualties, including the victims of the "humane" bombings to those of our troops continuing to die after the "Mission Accomplished" banner was unfurled. There were times audible sobbing could be heard from the audience. Some of the loudest was when the mother of the soldier killed in action related her story and then showed her trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As a mother of a Marine, this woman's anguish was palpable and heartbreaking. The end of the film had the majority of the audience on its feet -- and ALL loudly cheering and applauding. Seeing a timeline, the lies, the horror on the big screen shook me to the core.
My friend left the theater immediately and stood in the lobby handing out dozens of the "Nothing Accomplished" bumperstickers. They were gone in a matter of minutes. She just as quickly gave out an equal number of "Kerry" stickers. The line waiting to get in to the next showing was longer than the line for the first. People who had just seen the movie gathered in the light rain outside the theater to talk about what they had just seen. Almost to the last person, even those of us who knew dubya and his administration to be contemptible, said in effect: "It is hard to believe that this is all worse than I thought." One man said, "I'd rather see Donald Duck in the Oval Office." Another man quietly said to me, "There were times while watching it that I felt that a sledge hammer had hit me in the stomach. I could hardly breathe." More than one of us still had tears in our eyes.
Was "F 9/11" partisan? You bet. Was it fair? Michael Moore says "no" because he is partisan. A valid point and quite honest of him to admit it. But, he has obviously done his research and stands ready to defend his work. My question is: "In what other way could this film possibly have turned out?" Does Moore's partisanship automatically make "F 9/11" an erroneous account? My belief is "no." Only by eliminating the facts could this administration have been shown in a favorable light and different conclusions drawn.
If you want the fairy tale version of events, tune in to fox "news." If you want the facts, go see "Fahrenheit 9/11." If you know someone who is "sitting on the fence," drag him along -- he will not be on the fence when it's over.
With great appreciation to Michael Moore and the theater owners who understand and exercise their First Amendment right.
P.S.: There was a deputy stationed inside the lobby and just outside the door for "F 9/11." She was not private security, but an on-duty, Harris County deputy. She checked every person's ticket as they entered the 'screening room.' Odd, I thought, for someone paid by the taxpayers to be performing this function while an AMC employee stood by. On the way out, I stopped to ask why a deputy needed to be present. Not surprisingly, there was already someone else asking her that question. She told us it was to be sure that no one under 17 went in because it is an "R"-rated movie. Having attended "R" movies at this theater and never having seen a deputy preventing underage attendance, the explanation did not hold water. Personally, I believe the management must have received threats and requested police presence. I told the deputy (a young, black female) that she needed to see the movie. In response, she smiled and said, "I just watched with all of you. It was great!" The theater manager was standing nearby the deputy. Each one in our group, and the vast majority of attendees, made a point to shake his hand and thank him for showing the movie. He responded, "You're welcome. It was a privilege." The man was literally beaming -- I don't know what he was expecting from this Houston audience, but the feedback he was getting was great!
Subject: Follow-up to Wild-eyed
Here's a follow-up e-letter I received from the Bush-Cheney campaign about the Wild-eyed Coalition ad:
Just to clarify -- some time ago I subscribed to the Bush-Cheney campaign e-letter to aid my efforts in "intelligence-gathering" -- I'm a former intelligence analyst/Vietnam Era veteran and old habits die hard.Lisa Johnson Milwaukee, WI Proud Army Veteran
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Maureen Dowd: "Mr. Cheney has managed to change W. from a sunny, open, bipartisan, uniter-not-a-divider, non-nation-builder into a crabby, secretive, partisan, divider-not-a-uniter, inept imperialist." -- 6/27
NO!!! ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!
Maureen. You've been "taken in" by republican rhetoric and democratic reticence to call a spade a spade.
W's "sunny, open, etc." disposition prior to the 2000 election was an act to get middle-of-the-roaders to vote for him. Everything that has been done in this country since Bush was appointed to the White House cannot be laid on Cheney's doorstep. And everything that's been done TO this country does not make sense if we continue to see Bush as being on 'our' side.
Think about it. The 9/11 plot was hatched in 1996. Clinton was in power. Bin Laden did not want US citizens rallying around Clinton for 'protection' because Clinton was actually going after Al Qaeda! 9/11 was put into play after someone more sympathetic to their cause stole the election. By certain reports, Bin Laden and Al Qaeda could not have a better friend in the United States than George W. Bush!
Stop talking about Bush as if he were an innocent who was led astray by lousy advisors.
Dr. Wayne Dyer: "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
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Subject: This Week
I just finished watching George Stephanopolous on ABC's "This Week." What planet is this guy living on? He was vehemently arguing that things are going great in Iraq because the June 30 "handover" is proceeding as scheduled. The so-called handover will be a meaningless ceremony; a charade orchestrated by Bush and his minions. The fact that Bush declares that the handover has been a success means about as much as if I were to declare that the moon is made of green cheese. I can repeatedly insist that the moon is made of green cheese; perhaps I might even convince myself that it is. But, my assertions do not alter reality. In Bush's world, however, everything is structured according to Bush's narrow world view. What is sad, truly sad, is to see someone like Stephanopolous transmogrified into a whining little poodle for his masters at Disney. I guess a huge paycheck can turn a person's head around quite considerably.
Subject: Bad Week for Bush
I was particularly heartened at the end of this week (June 20 through 26) when I mused upon some of the news stories of the week. It has NOT been a good week for Dubya:
Torture memos continue to make news…Ron Reagan bashes Bush on Larry King Live…Powell issues corrected report on terrorism showing a 20-year high…54% of Americans say invading Iraq a mistake…Another very violent week in Iraq includes a beheading…Federal prosecutor questions Bush for 70 minutes about the Valerie Plame leak…Court rejects FCC media ownership rules…U.S. withdraws its UN resolution to exempt U.S. soldiers from war crimes prosecutions at the International Criminal Court…Wolfowitz apologizes for calling reporters in Iraq cowards…Illinois GOP Senate candidate withdraws over sex club scandal…Clinton book has huge sales and draws huge crowds to book signings…Ditto for Michael Moore movie…Cheney loses his cool and uses the F-word on the floor of the Senate…Thousands turn out in Ireland to protest Bush visit...
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Subject: Rich Bitchland and Fahrenheit 9/11
I live in a very conservative area and am probably the only non-Republican on my street. Yet at 1:45 p.m, when I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11, the movie theater was packed.
It's also the only movie I've ever been to where people applauded and applauded when the film was over.
For the longest time, I've been dismayed by my fellow citizens. When faced with Bush's whoppers, I've heard folks say, "Oh, so what. Everyone lies." And yet, those same folks get Linda Blair head over Moore's movie and LOOK for things to pick apart. What is up with that?
Between the crowd this afternoon and their reaction at this showing, I have faith for the first time in a long time that (barring Bush stealing another election) we just might be ok.
WHY DOESN'T BUSH TELL THEM TO PULL THE THING OFF?
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Subject: What the "W" in George W. Bush means
I thought you might find my "musings" interesting. Hope you all have a great day:
The "W" in George W. Bush's name stands for "Wrong."
Subject: Report from the TX Democratic Convention
Just got back from Houston and the TX Democratic Convention. The place was packed. The good news is that the attendance reflected a huge percentage of people who had never attended or participated in a political convention before. My husband talked to several young people attending a "meet and greet" at our hotel by a Democratic Congressman. Four were there as visitors who just wanted to see how the whole thing worked, but the fifth was a delegate. My husband asked how many of you are registered to vote? He was quite pleased to find out that all five, not just the delegate, were all registered and planning to vote in November. Just as an aside, I ran into several airline pilots who I have known forever. Never have I seen them at any political event, especially a Democratic one. For those of you who do not know pilots, the majority of the group is overwhelmingly Republican -- I always figured it was reflective of their military background. This time around every one of them were wearing Vets for Kerry buttons!
The crowd was enthusiastic, fired up and in 15 years I have never seen such energy -- even when our beloved Ann was in her first race for governor. John Edwards was definitely the hit of Friday night when he had to stop speaking for several minutes while the chant of "VP-VP" erupted. He just stood up there on the podium and grinned. He does have the nicest smile. His message was, there are truly two Americas. The one that the most affluent know and the one for the rest of us. He is right on target. His remark about the fish rotting from the top down has been widely quoted by the media. I would rather have had CNN and others quote another part of his speech. He said in reference to President Bush: " When asked if he [Bush) could think of any mistakes he had made, he said no. Edwards with that big grin said, "Well, heck, I can think of ten that I've made since I got up this morning."
At political conventions there are always tee shirts with quotable phrases. There were two that I saw that were really good -- one a bit off-color but funny which I will not repeat here, but the other was,"Where are we going .............. and what's in the handbasket?" That one truly reflects how I have felt for the last 3 1/2 years. But after this weekend, I am beginning to be hopeful that the tide is turning.
Peggy in TX
Subject: Fahrenheit 9/11
I brought my whole family to see Moore's movie this weekend, including my twelve year old and my sister. My brother had seen it the day before with his teenager. I was gratified to see that it was a family event. Lots of teenagers with their mothers. Lots of seniors.
By the commercials and previews that the theater ran, it was obvious that they had no idea what kind of crowd to expect. But they were prepared for some kind of a crowd. And a crowd they got!
There were times I would have liked the tone to have been a little stronger. Maybe an extra few words in the some of the voiceover sentences. But all in all it struck the right tone. Not nearly as angry as it could have been. It will make it easier for more people to see it. People were laughing, crying, gasping, and squirming in their seats. And what an incredible soundtrack! By the end of the film, just the sight of our "President" on the screen invoked uproarious laughter. I was embarrassed by the laughter. It struck me as sad. I am ashamed of our leaders and of where they have led us, and how they got us here.
As we walked out past a long line of people waiting to get in for the next showing, there was an unnatural quiet. Lots to digest. I left with a heavy heart. And what strange times we live in when it's up to Michael Moore to shine the light of truth. 'Lord Help Us' indeed.
Subject: At last -- A real reporter!
I sent this off to the Letters section of the Sunday Independent in response to an article at the end of one of your links:
Hello,Barbara A. Rowan Rittiman
Santa Clara, CA, USA
I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 tonight. It's an extraordinary film, but I didn't learn one new fact. Thanks Buzz, for keeping this loyal reader so well-informed.
Subject: divorce records of fox news people!
well now we see the media is trying to get kerry's divorce papers, we didn't see you going all out for bush's records still on microfilm in alabama, and what about those harken records he said publicly you should look at and then off camera refused you access? while we are at it let's start looking at all the senators' and congressmen's divorce records.............Bet there is some pretty ugly stuff even by those holier than thou repugs. let's start looking at divorce of news people, i would love to see the divorce records of some of those sleazy fox news people!
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