Saturday, September 18, 2004

The Independant (UK) : Michael Moore, it ain't: US right hits back with its own film festival

The Republican Party has a problem. They can spin the news media their way like jugglers at a circus but when it comes to making political films - one of the signature features of the 2004 presidential campaign season - it seems they just don't know how to attract critical respect and a mass audience.

Consider the evidence. On the left, we've had Michael Moore's box-office-record-breaking documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, the lightning rod for all right-minded Bush supporters who spit at the very sound of Mr Moore's name. We've had The Fog of War, Errol Morris's prize-winning portrait of Robert McNamara and his misguided leadership of the US military adventure in Vietnam. And we've had The Manchurian Candidate, Jonathan Demme's updating of the Cold War paranoia classic with a Halliburton-like corporation standing in for the Commies as the true new enemy of America.

Just out this weekend is John Sayles's biting satire, Silver City, about a tongue-tied, corruption-tinged heir to a political dynasty running for high office (sound familiar?). Still to come before election day are a documentary about Iraq by David O Russell, who made the Gulf War movie Three Kings, and the animated war-on-terror spoof Team America: World Police, from the creators of South Park.

The conservatives, meanwhile, can boast only the slim pickings of this month's American Film Renaissance in Dallas, billed as the "first and only" right-wing film festival in the country. A big Hollywood production this was not. Apparently the organisers wanted to invite Mel Gibson but had no idea how to contact him. Instead, they rolled out a series of low-profile, highly ideological documentaries and television reruns, most of which had received a critical drubbing if they had been seen at all.

Thus the Dallas crowd was treated to the world premiere of Confronting Iraq, which gave a resounding thumbs-up to the US invasion and purported to give the "real" reasons behind it (subtext: the non-existent weapons of mass destruction were only ever the tip of the iceberg). Anti-Clinton sentiment was alive and well in the shape of Mega Fix, which blamed the 9/11 attacks on the overweening ambition of the Clinton White House. The cringingly bad television docudrama DC 9/11, which portrayed President Bush as a no-nonsense hero after the attacks, was given another spin. The right-wing ranter Ann Coulter, who once suggested America should invade the Islamic world, kill their leaders and convert the rest to Christianity, was the subject of an adoring fly-on-the-wall book tour documentary.

Elsewhere, fearless documentaries exposed how environmentalists are corrupt, self-interested money-grubbers, and how gun control is the root of all evil, leading directly to Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and the Rwandan genocide. Michael Moore, meanwhile, was the subject of two direct attacks, Michael and Me and Michael Moore Hates America.

Don't expect any of these to hit a multiplex near you. The problem is not one of politics so much as film-making prowess: the conservatives may hate Mr Moore, but they can't deny he has a knack.

Poughkeepsie Journal : Sayles screens film for free at drive-in

Politically-charged 'Silver City' previews in Hyde Park

By Matthew Razak
For the Poughkeepsie Journal

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Actor Chris Cooper portrays Dickie Pilager, the character based on George W. Bush in his first campaign for Texas governor, in "Silver City," the new film by director John Sayles.
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Director John Sayles will talk about his latest film, "Silver City," at the Hyde Park Drive-in Sunday.
President George W. Bush's handling of the country is being challenged by director John Sayles in his new film "Silver City."

But unlike filmmaker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," Sayles' critique comes through political satire, not documentary.

A free screening of the film will be held Sunday at the Hyde Park Drive-in along with voter registration, a charitable raffle and music.

"Silver City" is a politically charged drama about a bumbling politician in Colorado, who is based on Bush and his campaign for Texas governor.

The idea behind screening the film, which opened in major cities Friday, is to generate buzz, which can be crucial to the distribution of an independent film, as Moore's controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" demonstrated, said Lydia Binotto, who with Mark Reinhardt helped organize the Hyde Park screening. The Millbrook couple are long-time friends of Sayles, who lives in Dutchess County with his partner and producer Maggie Renzi.

Sayles, who was not available for an interview, will be on hand to introduce the film. In keeping with the film's political theme, the event will also feature appearances by candidates for local offices.

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Public Opinion : Michael Moore to speak at Dickinson

Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore, who has been described as both "powerful" and "hilarious," will make an appearance next month at Dickinson College in Carlisle.

Moore, whose latest film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," has generated lots of controversy and more than $100 million in ticket sales, will speak in the college's Kline Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

The lecture has already sold out, but tickets will go on sale Wednesday for an on-campus remote broadcast of the lecture.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" stirred up a storm of debate after it was released, as it focused on the ties between the Bush family and the Saudi royal family, the war in Iraq and the curbing of American civil liberties as part of the war on terror.

Opponents call the film left-wing propaganda, while supporters say it exposes truths the Bush administration would like to keep hidden. At times the movie -- and Moore himself -- has been a subplot in the presidential race between George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry.

"The upcoming election is being discussed on campuses all over the country," said Christine Dugan, a spokesperson for Dickinson. "Students should use this as an opportunity to get informed, and to get involved, and to take a stand."

The college is providing a counterpoint lecture to Moore, inviting conservative journalist Jonah Goldberg, editor of the National Review Online and writer of the "Goldberg File" column, to appear at the college on Oct. 25.

According to a release from the school, both speakers are an attempt to bring differing views to the campus, and to encourage all students to get involved in the upcoming elections.

According to Dugan, several thousand people are expected to attend the lecture by Moore, a Kerry supporter.

Dugan stressed the need for students to use both the Moore and Goldberg lectures to make judgments and to evaluate the ideas both sides are presenting.

Janet Bartels, a volunteer at Franklin County Democratic headquarters, said local Democrats are thrilled that Moore will be speaking at Dickinson. The party has been offering free showings of "Fahrenheit 9/11" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at its headquarters on North Main Street in Chambersburg.

"The movie speaks for itself," Bartels said. "Every American should see it. We should be asking a lot of questions. It's a very powerful argument for ... unseating Bush and electing a Democrat."

Media Monitors Network : "Fahrenheit 9/11" Plays Cairo

by Garay Menicucci

"...Saudi oil wealth does not translate into sufficient political clout in Washington for the Saudis to push the US into war, as far as Egyptian and Arab audiences are concerned. Meanwhile, the influence and strategic vision of another US ally in the Middle East -- Israel -- is nowhere to be seen in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

The cinema was crowded but not full when, at the end of August, Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" opened in a theater in Cairo's leafy southern suburb of Maadi. An audience made up of expatriate employees of UN agencies and well-heeled Egyptians snickered at each of Moore's jabs at the ineptitude of George W. Bush and his coterie. Though Egyptian audiences, unlike their American counterparts, are accustomed to graphic pictures of the effects of shrapnel and phosphorus on the human body, women openly sobbed during the clips taken from al-Jazeera television that show Iraqi children who had been shot and burned in the course of the US invasion and occupation. When Neil Young's anthem "Rockin' in the Free World" boomed from the theater sound system as the credits rolled, the audience rose to its feet and applauded.

Since his scathing indictment of the Bush administration won first prize in the Cannes film festival in May, both Moore and his right-wing critics have made much of the reaction to the film abroad. The right-wingers have considered it sufficient to point out that Cannes is in France. Moore has cited warm receptions like the applause in Maadi as evidence that foreigners would like Americans again if they threw Bush out of office. But the fleeting run of "Fahrenheit 9/11" in the Egyptian capital suggests a more ambiguous reception for the film that variously dazzled, disgusted and depressed American movie audiences in late June and July.

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Friday, September 17, 2004

The San Diego Channel : Michael Moore Threatens To Sue Local University

Moore Thinks University Officials Sending Wrong Message

Cal State San Marcos is the first university in the nation to dump Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, and he plans to sue if administrators don't let him speak, it was reported Friday.

Should University Let Moore Speak?Do you agree with Cal State San Marcos' decision to cancel Michael Moore's university appearance?YesNo"If they don't do the right thing, follow through on the contract -- and we have a written contract and an oral one -- then we will take legal action," Moore said.

Moore said that university officials were sending the wrong message to students by revoking his invitation to speak Oct. 13, 10News reported.

The 7,500-student campus invited Moore last year, but the October wildfires prevented his visit. Last week, the university invited him back, and student leaders voted to pay for his visit, 10News reported.

Two days later, university President Karen Haynes announced she was calling it off because she did not want to spend state money on partisan politics.

Students and community members have since been raising private money to cover the $35,000 cost of the event.

Haynes said she could not have Moore at the campus before the election because there is not enough time to find a speaker to offer a "balancing perspective" to Moore's views.

Moore said the "balance" argument was a smokescreen, because he offered to help the university find a conservative.

CNS News : Burkett Boasts He 'Reassembled' Bush Files, Aided Michael Moore

By Marc Morano Senior Staff Writer
September 17, 2004

( - The man believed to be the source of the documents used in a CBS News report critical of President Bush, wrote a commentary in August for a left wing online journal in which he bragged that he had "reassembled" President Bush's National Guard files.

At the conclusion of Bill Burkett's commentary, he also boasted that he had served as "one of the sources for information in the Michael Moore's film 'Farenheit 911.'" (sic) Burkett did not elaborate on his relationship with Moore. The left wing filmmaker has publicly called Bush "a deserter" for his service in the National Guard.

"I know from your files that we have now reassembled, the fact that you did not fulfill your oath, taken when you were commissioned to "obey the orders of the officers appointed over you," wrote Burkett to President George Bush in the Aug. 25 commentary for Online Journal. Burkett is a retired Texas National Guard lieutenant colonel.

In the commentary entitled, "Bush lies about his service, smears Kerry's and seeks exoneration for the Abu Ghraib brass," Burkett suggests his possible involvement in the CBS News/Dan Rather controversy weeks before the network's "60 Minutes 2" broadcast featuring allegedly fraudulent documents.

The documents, indicating Bush refused to follow orders, including one to get a physical exam, have been questioned for their authenticity by numerous typography experts. Those experts insist the purported 1972 and 1973 memos used in the CBS report and published on the network's website, contain typing characteristics that were extremely uncommon for typewriters of that era and have other features showing the documents were forged or altered.

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The Advocate : Film aims to 'outfox' news network

Following Michael Moore's politically charged and popular Fahrenheit 9/11, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism, argues that the Fox News network isn't the "fair and balanced" news source it claims to be. Instead, the movie says, Fox News is little more than a propaganda tool for right-wing extremists and the Republican-controlled White House.

Filmmaker Robert Greenwald makes his case largely through a parade of talking heads, many of them identified as ex-Fox News reporters, producers and commentators. The film's also streaming with Fox News broadcasts, including blustery Bill O'Reilly's O'Reilly Factor; many Fox anchors and reporters; Sean Hannity, co-host of Hannity & Colmes, the Fox program billed as the No. 1 nightly debate program; and Fox founder and media mogul Rupert Murdoch himself.

"Murdoch doesn't believe in objectivity," says David Brock, author of Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy. "He wants all news to be opinion."

Sean Hannity, for one, gleefully announces: "Just 263 days until you get to cast your vote and decide that George W. Bush deserves a second term!"

Greenwald follows footage of Bill O'Reilly saying he has told someone to shut up only once with a dozen or so clips of O'Reilly telling people to shut up. There's also footage of O'Reilly and other Fox News people stopping guests in their verbal tracks.

"Quiet!" an angry O'Reilly tells one guest. "Cut his mike!" he adds with a slashing motion of his index finger. And a female anchor tells comedian George Carlin, "I'm sorry to cut you off, but my religion didn't teach me that, but thank you for being here."

"It's a right-wing network," Carlin snaps back, "and you don't want to hear this stuff."

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The Salt Lake Tribune : Campus buzz builds over Moore booking

By Derek P. Jensen
The Salt Lake Tribune

Michael Moore
Protesters, grab your placards. And Democrats - wherever you are - gas up the Subaru.
Despite the semi-controlled chaos at Utah Valley State College - student leaders have been flooded with cries to cancel the planned appearance - outspoken filmmaker Michael Moore is indeed coming to the Orem campus next month.
Beneath the chatter Wednesday, UVSC's attorney reviewed the contract, McKay Events Center staff talked tickets and the school president even issued a statement of support - sort of.
"As a former Republican senator, I can assure you that Mr. Moore is certainly not my choice for a speaker," UVSC President William Sederburg wrote. "However, the use of student fees
is under the control of student government. . . . Part of the college experience is to hear different views of the world."
But don't expect only college students to show up Oct. 20 in the 8,000-seat arena named for a former LDS prophet.
"People who have never driven to UVSC in their lives and don't even know what it is may be coming," said David Keller, a philosophy professor at the Orem college. "There is a feeling of electricity in the air unlike anything I've experienced in the eight years I've been here."

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News Journal Online : Documentary with some difference

One of the "Horns and Halos" creators finds a great difference between his film and the other current political documentaries, including Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."

It's not the lack of its own agenda for "Horn and Halos," or the minuscule budget or the complete lack of a ubiquitous presence fanned by flocks of flacks, though those are strong contrasts.

"I don't think the documentaries like 'Fahrenheit 9/11' will hold up over time," says Michael Galinsky, who co-directed "Horn and Halos" with Suki Hawley, who wrote the material not spoken in the on-camera interviews and filmed events.

"Horn and Halos" is a timeless tale of most unusual personal tragedy.

"We heard about the book ('Fortunate Son') being pulled by St. Martin's Press," Galinsky says via cell phone from New York City, where he is serving as delivery guy for the film's publicity materials because he and Hawley are their production company's entire staff.

Because the firm was already in the documentary business, it was on the mailing list when the equally minute publishing venture Soft Skull Press sent out word it would issue the book.

"We started shooting (our documentary) like two days later," and continued through author James Howard Hatfield's tragic travails, according to Galinsky.

"Essentially, for us, it was about media and how we process information," he notes.

He also says the recent Bush-inspired films have changed the landscape more than politically.

"The idea of what a documentary is is constantly shifting," he says.

Asked if there have been any repercussions from the White House or its allies, he chuckles.

"We are just so far under the radar . . . I'm sure they know (the movie) exists, but we are just a gnat," he says.

That sort of low profile hasn't exactly propelled "Horn and Halos" to big box-office numbers.

"It's so hard to get anyone to notice it because it's not explosive," he adds.

San Francisco Chronicle : "Bush's Brain" review

'Bush's Brain'

Documentary. Directed by Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob. (Rated PG-13. 80 minutes. At the Lumiere.).

In a sign of how much power Karl Rove has, some political observers cite him as "co-president" of the United States. Compared to Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and others who were with George W. Bush from the start of his first presidential campaign, Rove is a virtual unknown, but "Bush's Brain" will rectify that -- much to Rove's displeasure.

The film is a damning look at a key Bush operative who has the title of political adviser. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the documentary features interviews with people whom Rove has victimized politically, journalists (including "Bush's Brain" authors James Moore and Wayne Slater) who speculate about Rove's tactics, and a smattering of Republicans who support the filmmakers' thesis that Rove has a 30-year pattern of using dirty tricks, lies and almost anything else to win political races.

In 1970, Rove stole campaign letterhead from the office of a Democrat running for Illinois state treasurer, printed up bogus invitations advertising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," passed them out on Chicago's Skid Row and then watched as hundreds of people flocked to the candidate's new headquarters' open house. A fraternity-like prank, perhaps, but three years later, Rove exhibited more questionable behavior, according to Robert Edgeworth, a Louisiana State University professor of classics who was Rove's 1973 rival for the chairmanship of the College Republicans. Edgeworth says Rove "robbed" him of that position with such tactics as persistently questioning the credentials of Edgeworth's convention supporters. In 1973, George Herbert Walker Bush, then head of the Republican National Committee, investigated the controversy, exonerated Rove and then hired him to a full- time job at the RNC.

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Technician : Fahrenheit 9/11 to play on campus


With Election Day just 46 days away, campus cinema plans to show a more controversial side of this year's political debate.

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" starts playing this Friday at Witherspoon Campus Cinema with show times continuing through Sunday.

April Gehling, the co-chair of the Film Committee for the Union Activity Board, makes it clear that the main goal of the committee is to show the movie for its educational value and not to influence campus voters.

"The controversial movie has swayed votes nationwide. However, we are not trying to lead voters to the democratic side at all by playing the movie," Gehling said. "We have invited the College Democrats, Republicans and Greens to view the movie this Sunday to show that we are not trying to be biased."

According to some students, Michael Moore is a little too extreme.

Kristine Hillary, a junior in English, thinks that Michael Moore always seems to cause a spectacle out of the smallest issues.

"He's a fairly intelligent man, but he's definitely a drama queen," Hillary said. "Frankly, I don't care too much for him. He has some good ideas but sometimes he pushes things too far."

Hillary was refusing to watch the movie, along with many other students she knows, simply because she felt that Moore did not deserve her hard-earned cash.

"I didn't want to watch it merely because I didn't want to help Michael Moore get richer. I was thinking I might see it on DVD at some point, perhaps if someone else paid the rental fee," Hillary said. "I just can't stand Moore. [He] just plain grates on my nerves."

When she learned about the movie playing on campus for far cheaper than in regular theaters, she said she did give it second thought.

Gehling estimates that the movie will be sold out, or nearly sold out all three nights that it plays.

"Our attendance has tripled for Campus Cinema, and there are many people that want to watch this movie," Gehling said.

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Tom Paine.common sense : Fahrenheit 9/11 For Grown-ups

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity from City Lights Books. He can be reached at

I’m a former full-time journalist turned journalism professor. I continue to commit occasional acts of journalism, and I retain a deep affection for, and commitment to, the craft and its ideals. That’s why it pains me to say this: The performance of the U.S. corporate commercial news media after 9/11 has been the most profound and dangerous failure of journalism in my lifetime.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the void is being filled by other institutions, including the Media Education Foundation with its new documentary, Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire.

That performance of journalists in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq was so abysmal that the country’s top two daily newspapers, the Washington Post and New York Times , eventually were forced to engage in a bit of self-criticism, albeit shallow and inadequate. The U.S. news media’s willingness to serve as a largely uncritical conduit for the lies, half-truths and distortions the Bush administration used to create the pretext for war showed how easily journalists can become de facto agents of a state propaganda campaign, which in this case mobilized public support for an illegal war.

But the lies that led to the Iraq war are only part of a bigger story, the most important story of the past three years: The Bush administration’s manipulation of the tragedy of 9/11 to extend and intensify the longstanding U.S. project of empire building (and the complicity of most Democrats in that endeavor).

No publication or network in the mainstream of U.S. journalism has offered an independent, critical analysis of that project. Only a few journalists, mostly on the margins, have even dared to take a crack at it. The best consistent work has been in the foreign press or the alternative media in the United States.

This also has been the year of the political documentary, and Hijacking Catastrophe is the best film in this genre to date.

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The Toronto Star : A right-wing American publisher is trying to save the world from Michael Moore

California-based World Ahead Publishing is offering to exchange copies of Moore's controversial film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which comes out on DVD on Oct. 5, for a copy of its latest book, Thank You President Bush: Reflections on the War on Terror, Defense of the Family, and Revival of the Economy.

"In urban areas, city leaders periodically sponsor gun `buy-back' programs to help reduce gun violence," the publishing company said in a release leaked to the Star last night. "Similarly, the Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD Buy-Back program is designed to protect Americans from harm, especially young children who might accidentally slip this dangerous propaganda into the living room DVD player.

"The book, which the publisher says "focuses on the facts," including chapters discussing George W. Bush's first term in office written by the president's brother, Jeb Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, the U.S. attorney general, John Ashcroft, former members of the Reagan administration and commentators such as James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, an American pro-life lobby.

"Moore's work isn't a documentary. It's a dangerous weapon that shouldn't be left lying around the house," said Aman Verjee, co-editor of the anthology.

"Send us your DVD with Moore's lies and we'll give you the truth on President Bush's record and policies. We want to give people who unsuspectingly buy Moore's propaganda a chance to trade it in for a book that's positive and insightful."The Star did not reach Moore for comment last night.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

"Karl Rove’s Master Plan: A One-Party America," for by James Moore, Co-Author of "Bush's Brain"

While everyone analyzes and complains about his tactics, Karl Rove has his eyes on a grand strategy.

The Swift Boat Veterans for Lies is but a tiny piece of a schematic Rove has been carrying in his head since his salad days in Texas. Bush’s Brain will die happy the day he achieves his two greatest goals. The first of these is to turn the U.S. into what is fundamentally a one-party system. Secondly, he wants the federal government to have so little money that it can do nothing to get in the way of business interests; nor will it be able to sustain any kind of socially progressive assistance for disadvantaged Americans.

His desire to destroy the Democratic Party is not about fair play politics. Rove sees a country where there is only symbolic opposition and democracy is more of a "Potemkin Village" show than an actually tallying of votes and a discussion of issues. He and the Republicans believe they know what is best for America. They do not consider ideas from the left or the center. Those people are simply wrong to them.

Of course, the irony is lost on Rove and his henchmen that a one-party nation, at the worst, turns us into something akin to a communist country or, as a minimum, the pseudo-democracy maintained for decades by Mexico.

But Karl doesn’t care. America is not important. Political victory is what matters, the control of power, and the economy. This isn’t conspiracy theory nonsense. He’s taking the steps. And they are working. During his interview with Brit Hume on Fox News last week, the network played a video clip of an interview with me and I said, “I truly believe that the policy and politics of Karl Rove are a threat to our republic.” The senior presidential advisor dismissed me as “a far left-winger who has been drinking too much swamp water.” Rove obviously doesn’t realize that 99 percent of America is to the left of him politically and the remaining one percent is likely holed up in a compound in Montana.

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Woman wearing 'President Bush You Killed My Son' T-Shirt disrupts first lady's rally

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) -- A woman wearing a T-shirt with the words "President Bush You Killed My Son" and a picture of a soldier killed in Iraq was detained Thursday after she interrupted a campaign speech by First lady Laura Bush.

Police escorted Sue Niederer of Hopewell, N.J., from a rally at a firehouse after she demanded to know why her son, Army 1st Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, was killed in Iraq. Dvorin died in February while trying to disarm a bomb.

As shouts of "Four More Years" subsided, Niederer, standing in the middle of a crowd of some 700, continued to shout about the killing of her son. Secret Service and local police escorted her out of the event, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of a police van.

The first lady continued speaking, touting her husband's record on the economy, health care and the war on terror to those attending the rally in this suburban community of 90,000 people near Trenton.

Mrs. Bush made several references to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during her speech. She said that many in New Jersey, including some in neighborhoods near the firehouse, lost family members that day.

"Too many people here had a loved one that went to work in New York that day," Bush said. "It's for our country, it's for our children, our grandchildren that we do the hard work of confronting terror."

Rocky Mountain News : GIs claim threat by Army; Soldiers say they were told to re-enlist or face deployment to Iraq

COLORADO SPRINGS - Soldiers from a Fort Carson combat unit say they have been issued an ultimatum - re-enlist for three more years or be transferred to other units expected to deploy to Iraq.

Hundreds of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team were presented with that message and a re-enlistment form in a series of assemblies last Thursday, said two soldiers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The effort is part of a restructuring of the Army into smaller, more flexible forces that can deploy rapidly around the world.

A Fort Carson spokesman confirmed the re-enlistment drive is under way and one of the soldiers provided the form to the Rocky Mountain News. An Army spokesmen denied, however, that soldiers who don't re-enlist with the brigade were threatened.

The form, if signed, would bind the soldier to the 3rd Brigade until Dec. 31, 2007. The two soldiers said they were told that those who did not sign would be transferred out of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

"They said if you refuse to re-enlist with the 3rd Brigade, we'll send you down to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which is going to Iraq for a year, and you can stay with them, or we'll send you to Korea, or to Fort Riley (in Kansas) where they're going to Iraq," said one of the soldiers, a sergeant.

The second soldier, an enlisted man who was interviewed separately, essentially echoed that view.

"They told us if we don't re-enlist, then we'd have to be reassigned. And where we're most needed is in units that are going back to Iraq in the next couple of months. So if you think you're getting out, you're not," he said.

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Craig Unger : War president' Bush has always been soft on terror; His campaign says vote Republican or die - but he lets al-Qaida off the hook

Where's George Orwell when we need him? Because we Americans need him. We desperately need him. Consider: in August 2001, immediately after reading a memo entitled "Bin Laden determined to strike in US", President George Bush went bass fishing - and never called a meeting to discuss the issue.

A month later, on September 11, when he was told that the terrorists had attacked, Bush spent the next seven minutes reading a children's book, The Pet Goat, with a group of schoolchildren.

And when it comes to his own military service, recent revelations show that Bush got out of fighting in Vietnam thanks to his dad's political clout. Even then, Bush didn't fulfil his obligations to the National Guard.

Yet somehow the Bush-Cheney ticket is convincing Americans that only a Republican administration can handle national security. If John Kerry wins, Dick Cheney warned: "The danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating." The choice is simple: Vote Republican, or die. And voters are buying it.

A poll just after the Republican convention showed that 27% of the voters preferred Bush to Kerry when it came to national security. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that if Bush wins in November it will be because of the fear factor.

Yet the truth is that Bush is actually soft on terror. When it comes to going after the men who were behind 9/11 and who continue to wage a jihad against the US, Bush has repeatedly turned a blind eye to the forces behind terrorism, shielded the people who funded al-Qaida, obstructed investigations and diverted resources from the battle against it.

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UVSC Hoping To Balance Michael Moore

SALT LAKE CITY-(KSL News) -- UVSC's president has announced that they will bring in a conservative speaker to balance out the views of filmmaker Michael Moore.

Some speakers being considered include conservative talk-show hosts Sean Hannity and Michael Reagan among others.

But Student Body President Jim Bassi says the initial flood of hate mail of Moore's visit has now tunred into a large show of support.

Bassi says they should have all the details on ticket sales for Moore's speech finalized this afternoon.

He expects they won't end up using any of their speaking budget because of co-sponsors and the large demand for tickets.

Michael Moore to appear at KeyArena

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, the outspoken critic of President Bush and corporate America, will appear Oct. 19 at KeyArena.


Tickets, $15 (except $5 for obstructed view seats), will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at Ticketmaster. Moore's anti-Bush "Fahreheit 9/11" won the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and went on to become the top-grossing documentary movie.

His Seattle appearance is billed as part of the "Get Out the Vote" crusade. If time permits, Moore will hold a Q&A session near the end of the performance. Foolproof, the show's presenter, says those attending will grant Moore the right to film and record them for a future project.

The Guardian : Flicks for the far right

At the inaugural American Film Renaissance festival, conservative film-makers take feeble aim at Hollyweird - and their arch-nemesis, Michael Moore, writes Michelle Goldberg

Speaking at the American Film Renaissance's small opening-night reception at the Dallas Intercontinental last Friday, the rightwing film critic Michael Medved claimed: "The huge success of The Passion of the Christ has changed western culture permanently and forever." He was simply stunned, he said, that Hollywood was not trying to cash in on the shift.

"What is it about one of the most profitable movies in history that they don't understand?" he asked, as a crowd of about 50 festival-goers nibbled miniature roast beef sandwiches, spring rolls and empanadas. "There is something wrong here! There is a very real problem! The problem is not that people objected to the movie because it was anti-Jewish." Indeed, he said, the charges of anti-semitism were "sick, twisted and demagogic".

"They opposed it not because it was anti-Jewish," he said, "but because it was pro-Christian."

Like so many of the people at the inaugural American Film Renaissance festival, Medved spoke with an easygoing, Rotary Club ordinariness that belied the seething anger underneath. There was none of Zell Miller's fire and brimstone in his voice as he blandly called for more demeaning portrayals of gay people in the mass media, saying, "Every single image of homosexuality you see on TV is positive. It's not only positive, it's glowing. It's saintly. When was the last time you saw a nasty gay character? A degraded gay character?"

Medved is a bigot, but he's also on to something. Many people on the coasts have not reckoned with the true cultural complexion of vast swaths of this country. They tend to make movies and write articles and produce albums as if their fellow citizens inhabited the same reality that they do, but there is another world in America: a through-the-looking-glass universe in which conservative Christians, despite dominating all the branches of government, feel persecuted by the state, in which gun control is seen as the natural precursor to genocide, and Bill Clinton is suspected of covering up Iraqi responsibility for the Oklahoma City bombings. Residents of this febrile realm believe they are the majority and that sinister, cringing liberals are denying them their cultural due. Convinced that the film industry is conspiring against them, they want to create a corn fed Hollywood of their very own, from the grassroots up.

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MSNBC : This ain't your 1960 presidential election

Web logs, tell-alls, films, outside groups find new power
By Tom Curry
National affairs writer
Updated: 5:11 p.m. ET Sept. 15, 2004

WASHINGTON - This is the year that the old model of running a presidential campaign and reporting on one may finally have been discarded, for better or worse.

The mainstream news media and the traditional rituals for candidates — rallies, speeches, town hall-style meetings before sympathetic audiences — are increasingly being outflanked or overshadowed by unconventional outsiders.

From muckraking author Kitty Kelley, whose new book on the Bush family was published this week, to director Michael Moore and his anti-Bush film "Fahrenheit 9/11," to blogs such as and, who challenged the authenticity of documents that CBS News said proved Bush had shirked his National Guard duty 32 years ago, outside agents are now wielding the power to pull control of the campaign away from the campaign managers and the traditional news media.

In the old model of presidential campaigns, the rules were clear:

  • The mainstream media — the New York Times, the Washington Post, the wire services, the three broadcast television networks — were the principal sources of information for most voters.
  • Candidates communicated to voters on broadcast television through advertising.
  • Candidates met in televised debates and stuck to a gentlemanly, serious discussion of foreign policy and domestic issues.
  • The personal lives of candidates — marital infidelity, illicit drug use — and their actions as young men were not thought to be an appropriate or relevant subject for news media coverage.
  • Presidential campaigns were very much top-down operations with the important decisions made by a candidate and a half-dozen or so of his advisers.

    Reading Theodore H. White’s classic “The Making of a President 1960” from the perspective of a 2004 campaign style, the most striking thing about 1960 was that the power to make decisions affecting the course of the race was concentrated in the hands of candidates Richard Nixon and John Kennedy, their top strategists such as Kenneth O’Donnell for Kennedy, and the incumbent president, Dwight Eisenhower

    In 1960, no one could start a political blog and second guess the strategies of the campaigns or the media coverage of them.

    Now the barriers to entry have been dramatically lowered, opening the way to a do-it-yourself kind of politics.

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    Songs And Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9 11 Soundtrack feat. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty...


    About these 14 songs: "Though the songs aren't 'mine,' I feel them in me, and they urge me on to do the work we all need to do. I hope they have the same effect on you," Michael Moore says.

    This "Songs And Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9 11 Soundtrack" (feat. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty...) will be released on October 5 by Sony BMG Music's Epic Soundtrax, the same day Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" film will be released on DVD.

    "The songs on this CD are either the actual songs that made up our 'on-the-scene' soundtrack, or they are by artists whom I have listened to over the years and have given me much inspiration," adds Michael Moore.

    Sony BMG Music wishes to donate 50 per cent of the benefits of the CD in The States to the Fallen Patriot Found that help families of U.S. military personnel who have been killed or seriously injured in the Iraqi conflict.

    Songs And Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9 11 Soundtrack tracklisting:
    1. I Am A Patriot - Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul
    2. Chimes Of Freedom (Live) - Bruce Springsteen
    3. With God On Our Side - Bob Dylan
    4. We Want It All - Zack de la Rocha
    5. Boom! - System Of A Down
    6. No One Left - The Nightwatchman
    7. Masters Of War (Live) - Pearl Jam
    8. Travelin' Soldier - Dixie Chicks
    9. Fortunate Son (Live) - John Fogerty
    10. Know Your Rights - The Clash
    11. The Revolution Starts Now - Steve Earle
    12. Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas feat. Justin Timberlake
    13. Good Night, New York (Live) - Nanci Griffith
    14. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

    Kerry Should Tell the Truth About Bush, Over and Over

    by Margaret Krome

    Out of the fury of this year's presidential campaign, I will certainly remember the "Fahrenheit 9/11" footage of President Bush addressing very wealthy fund-raising dinner guests. Commenting that some people would characterize the attendees as the elite, he joked that, instead, "I call you my base!"

    I remember it every time I ponder what prompts Bush's campaign to raise issues on which his own record is weak.

    Why did Republicans go after Sen. John Kerry's legitimate war record, knowing that Bush's record could only embarrass him? Didn't they assume that information about the Bush record would become public discussion again?

    Why did Bush make an issue out of terrorism, when so many anti-terrorism strategists, several former generals and military leaders have stated that his Iraq war has diverted attention and resources from our nation's security and made us more vulnerable to terrorism? Did he think his critics would stop saying it out loud?

    Why does he promote his vision for education, when he has frozen Pell Grant funding amounts for students, when this year his budget requested $9.4 billion less for the No Child Left Behind Act than that law requires?Why did he talk about his tax plan when his tax plan has blatantly served the wealthiest citizens at the expense of the very middle class he's courting?

    Why would he have fought funding for conservation programs, depleted the Superfund program that cleans up the worst toxic sites, fought air and water pollution regulations of every kind, cut funding for national parks, and then claim to protect the environment?

    Overall, why would Bush raise issues that are sure to backfire if people look at the facts?

    The cynical answer is that facts don't govern the outcome of the debate. The Bush campaign is deploying the marketing principle that if you repeat any message enough, people begin to perceive it as true. It doesn't have to be true, just be said persuasively and said over and over.

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    Moore's Fahrenheit fever inspires a Celsius sequel

    Los Angeles: A conservative American grass-roots group and a leading Hollywood Republican are teaming up to deliver a rejoinder to Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore's documentary about President George Bush.

    Celsius 41.11 is to have its premiere in Washington on September 28. The title alludes to the temperature at which the brain deteriorates from heat - in this case, from Moore's left-wing rhetoric, said the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, one of Hollywood's most vocal Republicans. "You tell enough lies, and the brain starts to die," he said on Wednesday.

    Financial backing for Celsius 41.11 came from Citizens United, a group that claims more than 100,000 conservative members.

    "With only six weeks, start to finish, we don't expect to hit a home run, like Moore," said its president, Dave Bossie. "But we're hoping for a solid single that will educate people and influence the political debate."

    Moore, whose Fahrenheit 9/11 has taken $118.3 million ($170 million) domestically to become the highest-grossing documentary ever, could not be reached for comment.

    (click on the title for the whole article) > News > Education -- CSUSM president revokes invitation to Michael Moore > News > Education -- CSUSM president revokes invitation to Michael Moore: "SAN MARCOS – University officials have rescinded their invitation to controversial Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore.

    The move surprised students and faculty, because late Friday, the student government at California State University San Marcos overwhelmingly approved Moore's appearance and partial payment for the Oct. 13 event – and the approval had been sought by the university.

    But Monday, university President Karen Haynes called it off.

    According to an e-mail she sent to some faculty and students, the president didn't want Moore speaking on campus before the election because she felt the university would be unable to get a conservative whose stature ranks with Moore's. Haynes was unavailable for comment yesterday and her office referred all calls to a campus spokesman.

    "Universities are about the exchange of ideas," Haynes said in her brief e-mail. "Some ideas are uncomfortable, but being exposed to them is how we become confident of our own beliefs and values. That said, however, it is important that discussions be balanced."

    But student government official Roy Lee said he plans to ask Moore to come anyway, at a reduced fee, now that the university has withdrawn its support.

    By Lisa Petrillo

    Michael Moore to speak at UNR in October

    Michael Moore to speak at UNR in October: "Michael Moore is on his way to the University of Nevada, Reno, after the student senate Wednesday approved money for his visit next month.

    The 21 senators of the Associated Students University of Nevada Senators voted unanimously to give $6,300 to Flipside - the ASUN Programming Board — to bring the controversial film director to Lawlor Events Center at 8 p.m. on Oct. 13.

    “I’m very excited,” said Jacque Pelham, a 23-year old UNR political science student who graduated last year. “It will bring focus to political campaigns even if people disagree with his views.”

    But some feel the money from student fees should be used for strictly university projects. People who attend UNR pay $2.85 per credit toward student fees.

    Beryl Chong

    Wednesday, September 15, 2004

    Baghdad Burning: F911 Review from Iraq Girl Blog

    Baghdad Burning: "August was a hellish month. The heat was incredible. No one remembers Baghdad ever being quite this hot- I think we broke a new record somewhere in mid-August.

    The last few days, Baghdad has been echoing with explosions. We woke up to several loud blasts a few days ago. The sound has become all too common. It’s like the heat, the flies, the carcasses of buildings, the broken streets and the haphazard walls coming up out of nowhere all over the city… it has become a part of life. We were sleeping on the roof around three days ago, but I had stumbled back indoors at around 5 am when the electricity returned and was asleep under the cool air of an air-conditioner when the first explosions rang out.

    I tried futilely to cling to the last fragments of a fading dream and go back to sleep when several more explosions followed. Upon getting downstairs, I found E. flipping through the news channels, trying to find out what was going on. “They aren’t nearly fast enough,” he shook his head with disgust. “We’re not going to know what’s happening until noon.”

    So how did I spend my 9/11? I watched Michael Moore’s movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. I’ve had bootleg CD version since early August. (Grave apologies to Michael Moore- but there’s no other way we can see it here…) The copy has been sitting in a drawer with a bunch of other CDs. One of my cousins brought it over one day and said that while it was brilliant, it was also quite depressing and distressing all at once. I had been avoiding it because, quite frankly, I cannot stand to see Bush for five minutes straight- I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with almost two hours.

    Three days ago, I took it out while the house was relatively quiet- no cousins, no cousins’ children, parents busy watching something or another, and E. asleep in front of the air conditioner for the next three hours.

    The CD was surprisingly clear. I had expected some fuzziness and bad sound quality- it was fine. Someone had made the copy inside a movie theater. I could tell because in the background, there was a ringing mobile phone a couple of times and some annoying person in the front kept getting up to adjust his seat.

    I was caught up in the film from the first moment, until the very last. There were moments, while watching, when I could barely breathe. I wasn’t surprised with anything- there was nothing that shocked me- all of the stuff about the Bush family and their Saudi friends was old news. It was the other stuff that had an impact- seeing the reactions of Americans to the war, seeing the troops in Iraq being interviewed, seeing that American mother before and after she lost her son in Iraq.

    KSL NewsRadio 1160 (Audio Report)

    KSL NewsRadio 1160: "They're demanding a recall election. A petition drive now underway at UVSC to boot student body leaders from their positions. It comes after the student leaders voted to pay controversial liberal movie director Micheal Moore $50,000. KSL Newsradio's Jon Dunn is on the UVSC campus. "

    Listen to Jon's Report

    Michael : Mike's Message : Responses to Fahrenheit 9/11

    Michael "'I arrived at 4:30 to a crowd of several hundred people waiting in line to get in, and several hundred more looking for tickets. I stood in line for roughly 15 minutes as more and more people arrived. Your film, of course, was unbelievable, and I had the privilege of laughing, crying, and experiencing it all with 600 fellow Americans. It was everything I hoped it would be and more, and for that I thank you deeply and from the bottom of my heart. Your patriotism and pride are what will bring this country out of the darkness Bush has deserted us in. On exiting the theatre, I discovered a crowd of nearly 1,000 outside, and heard the news that the 7:30, 10:30, and newly added midnight showing had all sold out already.'--P.V."

    June 26th, 2004 5:41 am

    APC: Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums

    APC: Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums: "November 2nd, coinciding with the presidential election, APC will be
    releasing a collection of songs about WAR, PEACE, LOVE AND GREED,
    entitled 'eMOTIVe.' Featuring new material and songs like 'imagine' by
    John Lennon, 'What's goin on' by Marvin Gaye, 'Let's have a war' by
    FEAR. This week we will release one of these new songs entitled,
    'Counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums,' with an
    animated video poking fun at our fearless leader. Hopefully, you'll
    find it as entertaining as we do.



    "Counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums", and watch the animated video poking fun at our fearless 'leader.'

    ZNet |Terror War | Nine-Eleven Retrospective

    ZNet: "Through the tears of sadness, I see an opportunity.
    - George W. Bush, September 14, 2001"

    Think about 'how do you capitalize on these opportunities?'
    - Condaleeza Rice, White House National Security Adviser, to the United States National Security Council, September 12, 2001.

    According to Chicago Tribune columnist Stephen Chapman one day after the attacks, "America" had "become a target" because foreign tyrants and terrorists were threatened by and jealous of our superior, democratic "way of life."By Chapman's estimation, the core ingredients of that glorious American way were "prosperity," "happiness," "openness," individualism, and "love of freedom" for "ordinary people."

    Actually, there was nothing surprising about an attack by zealots of Arab background on Washington DC and New York City.The motives behind the attack had little if anything to do with militant Muslim terrorists' feeling about the nature of America's internal society. What bothered them and indeed many Arabs most about America was the United States' external policy in and around the chief area of the perpetrators' concern and ambition - the Middle East itself. If bin-Laden and his followers and ilk were driven by hatred of American freedom and democracy, why were they firmly on the side of the US in the late 1980s, when America enjoyed if anything more domestic freedom and democracy than in the summer of 2001?

    Dar Al Hayat: 9/11 Opens in Tehran

    Dar Al Hayat: "9/11 is the first American film to be screened in the Islamic Republic for over two decades, due to an undeclared ban of the U.S. film industry's productions in Iran.
    An official from The Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF), the exclusive importer of movies for theatrical and video release in Iran said, 'we bought the screening rights of the movie, which started playing last Monday (September 13), and will be initially released in two movie theatres in Tehran only.'

    Since Monday, the two movie theatres showing Moore's film have been packed with a sold-out crowd, as the documentary is not only the first American film production to be released in Iran since the 1980's, but is also one of the rarest, if not the only, foreign artistic production not to be cut by Iranian censorship authorities."

    IranMania News: 'Fahrenheit 9/11' gets 'axis of evil' premiere

    IranMania News: "LONDON, Sept 15 (IranMania) - Cinemagoers in the Iranian capital were given their first glimpse of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' this week, but appeared to enjoy more the rare chance to watch an American movie than its assault on their regime's arch foe George W. Bush.
    Michael Moore's Bush-bashing polemic may have cruised through Iran's unforgiving censors thanks to its indictment of US policy, but the premiere of the film also had the side effect of making some viewers relate the same questioning to their own state of affairs.
    'The authorities obviously gave the film the green light for political reasons, in that anything against the United States must be good,' quipped one of the hundreds of mainly young people who flocked to Tuesday night's opening screening.

    The prize-winning documentary has been allowed out on release here to coincide with the third anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States -- which kicked off a chain of events that has seen Iran surrounded by US troops and lumped into an 'axis of evil'.
    'They are showing this film to erase from our minds the idea that America is the great saviour,' said Hirad Harandian, another cinemagoer at the uptown Farhang cinema."

    Tuesday, September 14, 2004

    fahrenheit911: I found this C-Span Video of A Bush Speech humorous...

    fahrenheit911: I found this humorous..i finally tracked: "I found this humorous..i finally tracked it down on a video. Try Websters Dictionary here (QT)

    <3 meg"

    Monday, September 13, 2004

    The Miami Herald : Kerry Chides Bush on Assault Weapons Ban

    Sen. John Kerry sought to make President Bush pay a political price Monday for the expiration of a partial assault weapons ban, but other Democrats reacted warily on an issue that has hurt the party in recent elections.

    "George Bush made a choice today. He chose his powerful friends in the gun lobby over the police officers and the families he promised to protect," the Democratic presidential candidate said a few hours after the end of a decade-old ban on 19 types of military-style weapons.

    Half a continent away, the issue seemed different to Democratic Rep. Brad Carson of Oklahoma, a key figure in his party's drive to gain a Senate majority this fall.

    "He opposes reauthorization of the assault weapons ban," said spokesman Kristopher Eisenla. "He is a champion and a supporter of gun owners rights."

    The party's divisions were on display in the House, as well. There, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., and others called for a new ban - at a news conference that none of the party's top congressional leaders attended.

    "It's an issue that cuts both ways," said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. The California lawmaker supports the ban but has not made its extension a priority.

    Under her leadership, minority Democrats have worked to force eight pieces of legislation to the floor in the past two years, including one relating to electricity reliability. But because there is no caucus consensus on the weapons ban, Daly said, it is not among the eight.

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    State Appeals Nader Ruling, Puts Him Back On Ballot

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader was back on Florida's ballot Monday as a candidate for the Reform Party -- but his slot was shaky.

    "It's quite a roller coaster ride," said Kevin Zeese, a Nader spokesman in Washington.

    The state's top elections official directed local elections supervisors to include Nader's name after she appealed a court order to the contrary.

    Although Circuit Judge Kevin Davey ordered Secretary of State Glenda Hood last week to remove Nader's name, her appeal Monday to the 1st District Court of Appeal suspended that order.

    However, Davey has the power to reimpose his order and the state Democratic Party, which had challenged Nader's placement on the ballot, immediately asked him to hold an emergency hearing to do just that.

    Most Democrats and many Republicans agree that Nader's presence on the 2000 ballot cost Gore the presidency.

    Hood said her office was acting "as an honest broker" to protect Florida's elections process by including Nader. She said elections supervisors are "under the gun" because they have to mail absentee ballots by Saturday and first need to get them printed.

    "We need to have this taken care of in an expeditious manner," she said.

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    Nader Says Kerry 'Blew It,' Ensuring Bush Will Win Race

    by Miles Benson

    WASHINGTON -- Democrat John Kerry has already lost the 2004 presidential race and the country should get ready for another four years of President Bush's leadership, Ralph Nader said Thursday.

    "Bush is mocking him, he's taunting him," Nader said. "There's no strategy by the Democrats."

    Nader, battling to get on ballots as an independent presidential candidate, predicted Bush would win by a margin so large that his own candidacy would not be seen as a factor in the outcome. Democratic leaders blamed Nader for former Vice President Al Gore's loss to Bush in 2000.

    "The telltale sign" of looming defeat is the Democrats' failure to register 9 million black voters, Nader told reporters.

    "They're going to lose it because John Kerry has surrounded himself with corporate consultants who represent some of the seediest and most craven companies and industries, and they are not letting him think for himself," said Nader, whose fight against corporate influence over government and politics is his own rationale for running.

    Kerry "blew it," Nader said, by neglecting the Democratic Party's historic roots.

    "The biggest winning strategy for the Kerry campaign is the living wage. One of every three workers doesn't make a living wage. That is what the Democratic Party used to stand for."

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    AFP : Bush whacked in lingerie video

    As if Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 wasn't enough, Republicans now get steamed up by a four-minute video of a ruthless dominatrix whipping US President George W Bush in the Oval Office.

    For its 10th anniversary, up market London corset and lingerie boutique, Agent Provocateur, has now put a clip on its website showing Bush, or rather an actor who looks like him, excitedly awaiting an after-lunch visit from his dome.

    In she struts on killer black stilettos, tying up the leader of the free world by the wrists, then twisting his nipple with a plumber's wrench before performing a striptease and whipping him on his boyish white briefs.

    The kinky scene reaches its climax, when another man crawls into the room like a dog, dressed head to toe in black latex.

    Off comes his hood, and it's a goofy-grinning lookalike of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "It's tongue and cheek," said Dee Modha, a spokeswoman for the store. "It's just meant to be seen as a bit of frivolous fun, really."

    SF Gate : Political Ads Get A Hollywood Disguise

    Hollywood is in the midst of an anti-George W. Bush feeding frenzy. Although the governor of the nation's largest state is an actor and a Republican, the industry is still dominated by liberals. And it is up in arms about the chance that President Bush might be re-elected.

    In an unprecedented campaign tactic, the entertainment industry has financed and released a handful of films designed to influence the voters' decision on November 2: Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"; John Sayles' upcoming "Silver City"; "Bush's Brain," a documentary on Bush strategist Karl Rove; George Butler's ("Pumping Iron") pro-Kerry documentary "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry"; and Robert Greenwald's "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism."

    At what point will these films be considered political advertising?

    The films are not simply works of art by writers and actors making a statement about current events. The people associated with the films are very open about the fact that their intent is to influence the election-just like many other public-interest groups in the nation. The difference is that other public-interest groups and corporations are required to report their campaign spending to the Federal Elections Commission and identify any advertising as political.

    So far, Hollywood's electioneering has not come under election laws. But some believe that the industry may have crossed the line this year.

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    Canadians scorn US 'bigotry'

    Toronto, Sept. 13 (UNI): Three years ago, Canada mourned with the United States following the 9/11 attacks but now sympathy has permuted to a sense of scorn, suspicion and anger towards their powerful neighbour.

    According to a poll carried out by the National Post here on the third anniversary of 9/11, an overwhelming number of respondents, 91.4 per cent, felt that the US reaction to Canada’s decision not to send troops to Iraq had led to the situation where there is suspicion and open scorn of the US in Canada, feelings that would have seemed unimaginable three years ago when Canadians shed tears for their neighbour in the wake of the twin tower attacks.

    The inability of the US to learn any lessons from 9/11, US President George W. Bush’s use of it to justify the attack on Iraq and US accusations that Canada is a haven for terrorism were also cited as the reasons for the change in Canadian hearts.

    "The Americans have so insulated themselves from the rest of the world that it is impossible for them to understand that others may not necessarily feel the same way as them," says Diane McMurphy, a senior educator, who strongly recommends the controversial movie, Fahrenheit 911, to anyone who wishes to understand Bush’s persona and his motives for attacking Iraq.

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    Sunday, September 12, 2004

    The Arizona Republic : Bush, Kerry pitch their anti-terror plans - Candidates differing on style and ideology

    The Arizona RepublicSept. 12, 2004 12:00 AM

    When it comes to fighting terrorism, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are poles - and polls - apart, a division that may prove crucial to the country's about 150 million registered voters in November.

    "Is there any other issue?" asks Steven Schier, a political scientist and author of High Risk and Big Ambition. "We're seeing both campaigns converge on national security. ... It's the doorway issue. If you're not good enough on that, you're ignored.

    "Differences between George W. Bush and John Kerry are a matter of style as well as ideology.

    The president is a hardheaded Texas executive who makes quick and permanent judgments, filtered through a conservative Republican philosophy. In the post-9/11 era, Bush set out to fight back first and worry about legalities and diplomacy later.

    Kerry, the contemplative New Englander, weighs each move on a scale that shifts among personal ideals, the Democratic left and public opinion. He, too, has pressed the war on terror, but with reservations about constitutional rights, world backing and costs.

    National-security analysts and leadership experts say that pretty much sums up the choice voters face Nov. 2. Campaign spinners use more bare-knuckle language.

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    India : Kerala welcomes Fahrenheit 9/11

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: American film maker Michael Moore's controversial and award-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 was screened to a packed hall here on Saturday evening with several viewers remarking on its relevance for India.

    The nearly two-hour-long documentary, which won the Golden Palm for the best film at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is a scathing comment on president George Bush's handling of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the subsequent US-led coalition forces' offensives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The film, which was applauded at the end by several viewers, has been available so far only on pirated CDs. This was the first public screening of the documentary here, organised by a local voluntary organisation Mediact, to mark the third anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    Talking about Mediact's decision to screen the film, organisation president P K Nair told UNI that apart from the topicality of the documentary, what interested him was its relevance for the developing countries in general.

    ''The issues raised by Michael Moore are very relevant to our people and our society. This is not something that is happening in a far-off place. This is having an impact on us. Apart from the rise in oil prices, the brunt of which we are facing in our daily lives, the war in Iraq shows how far some countries can go to keep the other parts of the world in hunger and want, so that they can control resources like oil,'' he added.

    Newsweek International : The Last Word: Ready to Get Back to Work

    'So many dictators do things in the name of Islam. [But they] are just protecting their own vested interests, not protecting Islam.'

    Sept. 20 issue - After nearly six years in prison, Anwar Ibrahim was unexpectedly released on Sept. 2. The former deputy prime minister of Malaysia and longtime proponent of reform in the Islamic world immediately flew to Munich, Germany, to undergo surgery for a back injury. But he won't be resting long. Anwar—who still claims his incarceration was politically motivated and that his back injury was the result of a beating by police while he was in custody—is eager as ever to resume his reform agenda. NEWSWEEK's Lorien Holland spoke to Anwar by telephone last week.

    (excerpt from interview)

    After your release you said you wanted to watch three videos, including Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11." Have you had time to see it yet?

    I just received a copy today and I am interested to see it as soon as I have the time. But I don't want this "Fahrenheit 9/11" sentiment to deflect the real problems in Muslim countries. I don't want things like "Fahrenheit 9/11" to be a pretext for autocratic regimes to deflect their own weaknesses onto others. I was one of the few to speak out about Saddam. I was disgusted with Saddam's regime. Does that mean I support the U.S. occupation? No, it doesn't. We must attack Muslims for their utter failures on human-rights issues. No one should dispute the fact that people have basic rights to speak freely and organize themselves. If you don't want to call it democracy, if you think this is a Western term, then fine. But you cannot go on denying these basic rights forever. So many dictators do things in the name of Islam. These people give excuses and say their people are not ready to accept democracy, but they are just protecting their own vested interests, not protecting Islam.

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    Here's what happened to the Republican Party

    Here's what happened to the Republican Party: "Something has gone seriously haywire with the Republican Party. Once, it was the party of pragmatic Main Street businessmen in steel-rimmed spectacles who decried profligacy and waste, were devoted to their communities and supported the sort of prosperity that raises all ships. "