Saturday, September 25, 2004

MichaelMoore.com : First Week of Michael Moore's 'Slacker Uprising Tour' Announced

Michael Moore Launches "The Slacker Uprising Tour" 2004



Sunday, September 26th
Elk Rapids High School - Peterman Auditorium
Elk Rapids, Michigan



Monday, September 27th
Ferris State University - Wink Arena
Big Rapids, Michigan

&

Central Michigan University - Rose Arena
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan



Tuesday, September 28th
University of Michigan -- Dearborn
Dearborn, Michigan



Wednesday, September 29th
Wayne State University - Gullen Mall
Detroit, Michigan
THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT

&

University of Michigan - Hill Auditorium
Ann Arbor, Michigan



Friday, October 1st
University of South Florida - SEC Auditorium
Tampa, Florida
(live simulcast on campus radio and television)



Saturday, October 2nd
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida

&

Florida State University - Ruby Diamond Auditorium
Tallahassee, Florida

Mike's Message : Michael Moore On Tour; Slackers of the World, Unite!

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow I begin a little 20-state, 60-city tour to try and convince the fed-up, the burned-out, and the Nader-impaired to leave the house for just a half-hour on November 2nd and mark an "X" in a box (or punch a chad or touch a screen) so that America and the world can be saved. (I don't mean "saved" as in all workers will henceforth control the means of production. That's, um, going to take a few more years.)

What I'm asking is that our fellow Americans, as the collective landlord of a public housing project at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., take just a few minutes to evict the tenant who is currently wrecking the place (not to mention what he's doing to the rest of the neighborhood). After all, isn't this one of the coolest things about a democracy, getting to give some payback to those in power? "YOU'RE FIRED!" Oooh, that feels good -- especially if the recipient of the pink slip is someone who wants to send your kid off to war.

So, having nothing better to do for the next month (and eager to visit such swinging states as Iowa! Ohio! Arkansas!), I have decided to go to every battleground state in the country and do whatever it takes to get out the vote. I will do your laundry, I will clean your house, I will give you a year's supply of beer nuts if you will commit to me to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2.

I'm calling it "The Slacker Uprising Tour", a coast-to-coast effort to bring the non-voting majority out of hibernation and kick some political butt. My goal is to get as many of the 100 million non-voters in America as I can to give voting a try -- just this once. I want at least 56% of all eligible voters to vote and thus set a modern-day turnout record.

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Supervising producer of Fahrenheit 9/11 speaks at UCSC October 6

Documentary filmmaker Tia Lessin, the supervising producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, will give a free public talk on Wednesday, October 6, at UCSC.

Tia Lessin

Lessin’s talk, “Documentary Film and Human Rights,” will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 150 of the Communications Building.

An accomplished filmmaker in her own right, Lessin has been part of Moore’s team for almost 10 years, working as supervising producer on Fahrenheit 9/11, winner of the 2003 Cannes Palme D'Or and the highest-grossing documentary film in history, and the Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine. She was coordinating producer of The Big One, and won two Emmy Award nominations--and one arrest--for her work as senior producer of The Awful Truth. Lessin was also a segment producer on the Emmy Award-winning TV Nation.


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Friday, September 24, 2004

The Guardian : 'Invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity'

James Meek attends the world's first right-wing film festival

Friday September 24, 2004
The Guardian


If you are travelling to an event that bills itself as the world's first conservative film festival, it is prudent to do a little research in advance. The premise of the American Film Renaissance, held in Dallas recently, was that Hollywood is in the grip of a clique of anti-religious, gay-loving, gun-hating, foreigner-appeasing, left-wing degenerates who wilfully and foolishly fail to represent mainstream American opinion.

Cruising over the Atlantic on an American Airlines Boeing 777, en route to Dallas, seemed a good opportunity to test the theory, particularly since I had been seated squarely over the right wing of the aircraft. Films don't come any more Hollywood mainstream than the ones they put 20 inches in front of your face on big US airlines.

Fourth on American's inflight bill was Saltwater, a four-year-old foreign film, and hence immediately suspect, but not actually Hollywood's fault (it's Irish). Third on the menu was Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, about an amateur golfer who achieved a clean sweep of the big world golfing trophies in 1930 and went on to found the Augusta National Golf Club. I searched for a Marxist parable on the hallowed greens. I did not find one.

I sought, too, for the dark satanic subtext of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, for the hidden message of evil that would draw American youngsters into a life of godlessness and vegetarianism. I sought in vain.

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Friendly college crowd at Richard Stockton hears filmmaker Moore

By ERIK LARSEN
STAFF WRITER

Dressed in his trademark attire, jeans, a black T-shirt and red baseball cap, filmmaker Michael Moore spoke at Richard Stockton College last night to preach to the converted and poke fun at his detractors.

The maker of "Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore is an unabashed liberal who attracted more Democrats than Republicans to hear what proved to be a political speech.

Moore lamented that the Republican Party of today was not the same GOP that had supported women's rights, supported the civil rights movement, built the Interstate Highway System and created the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Are there any Republicans here tonight?," Moore quipped, upon entering through a rear door and flanked by Secret Service-looking bodyguards who wore earpieces and stood watch in front of the stage.

There was a combination of applause and boos.

"Let's not boo them," Moore admonished. "Let's show them (Republicans) the right way to behave. Everyone has a Republican in the family."

"The Republicans stopped being Republicans and turned mean-spirited," Moore said. "I'm sure there are Republicans today who are ashamed at what George Bush has done to this country."

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MichaelMoore.com : Past 'Slacker Uprising Tour' Appearances

MICHAEL MOORE'S 'SLACKER UPRISING TOUR'
DRAWS A SELLOUT CROWD OF MORE THAN 10,000
AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

MichaelMoore.com : Mike Rocks Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore brought his 'Slacker Uprising Tour' to Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey in what turned out to be the best attended event in the history of the college.

The controversial director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling For Columbine" and "Roger and Me" was invited by Stockton's student Senate to speak at the state college as part of its "Distinguished Lecture Series." Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, filmmaker Spike Lee, and rapper Chuck D have been previous guest lecturers.

Moore's lecture took place at the college's sports center, which can accommodate up to 5,000 people, instead of the traditional venue of the performing arts center, which seats 500. The Performing Arts Center, instead, was utilized to host a telecast of the event to an overflow crowd.

"We've never had anything of this magnitude," said Tim Kelly, a college spokesman. "We're trying very hard to promote civic engagement among our students...Regardless of where you fall along the political spectrum, Michael Moore's films and his politics get people talking about the election."

Green Bay : Can Moore Get Fence-Sitters to Vote?

Across the country, the push is on to get voters registered for November's election. Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore is bringing his campaign against President George W. Bush to help do that. How did U.W.-Green Bay make the cut?

Moore, who took political center stage with his film "Fahrenheit 9/11," has two shows scheduled at the Weidner Center on the UWGB campus on October 23rd (see related story ). The tour is his attempt to get traditional non-voters fired up to go to the polls, especially in swing states.

The school's position is, if Moore's visit gets students talking and involved in the election process, it's a good thing.

Moore's message isn't lauded and applauded in every venue he visits, but his take on politics may give students here a reason to think about a subject they normally don't lose sleep over.

"We're a very non-political campus as far as our students go," program coordinator Grant Winslow said. "They're not activists in any way, shape, or form."

"I think they feel kind of disconnected from it -- that they can't make a difference -- and clearly from the last presidential election it was a fairly small margin of people who made the difference," Lisa Tetzloff, student life director, said.

Moore's Weidner Center visit will send students in a new direction, planners hope. One where they'll take a stand for any candidate, even if it's not the one Moore prefers.

"We're trying to get students to feel like, whatever side they're on or whatever, that their vote matters, that their opinion matters," Tetzloff said.

"That's a lot of what Michael Moore's message is: 'You might hate me, you might not agree with one thing I've said up here, then go do something about it, go do something about it, go vote!'" Winslow said.

That's something many of the students will be doing in November for the first time.

Event organizers say they are looking to see if someone who compares to Michael Moore from the other side of the political aisle can also make a campus appearance before the election.

Twin Cities : Moore room at U

What a difference a year makes. When Michael Moore appeared at the University of Minnesota last October to read from his best-selling book "Stupid White Men,'' he drew a sell-out crowd of more than 4,000 to the university's Sports Pavilion. When the controversial author/filmmaker returns Oct. 8, he'll be in Williams Arena, which holds about 14,625. Moore will show film clips and talk about his new book, "The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader,'' a companion to his award-winning documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11.'' His appearance, sponsored by University of Minnesota Bookstores, will cost $5 for the public, $4 for students. Tickets will be on sale at the Coffman Union bookstore on the Minneapolis campus and the St. Paul Student Center, as well as at the door.

Kari Erpenbach, U bookstores marketing manager, says the university's security personnel are working closely with Moore's staff. "We have to make security arrangements for anyone of this caliber, especially in a facility as large as Williams Arena,'' Erpenbach says. (Moore's appearance will begin at 7 or 7:30 p.m. More information will appear on www.bookstore.umn.edu.)

Bellaciao (France) : Learning from "Fahrenheit 9/11"

by Robert Thompson

We have at last watched this brilliant film, which, as my wife has since said, should be compulsory viewing for every single voter in the U.S.A., and I hope that as many of you as possible have seen it.

Having been made aware by so many of you of the deliberate misinformation spread across the U.S.A. by media subject to the control of the neo-cons, and their failure to tell the public so much of what goes on in the word, we obviously do not know how much was known on your side of the Atlantic before this revealing film was made. However, I only gleaned three new items of information from Michael Moore’s reports. I will therefore refer one by one to these elements which were surprises for such a simple soul as myself.

The cowardice of the U.S. Senate

It was embarrassing that the Senators should have shown such collective and individual cowardice in that not a single one of them was willing to put his signature to the motions relating to massive disenfranchisement of certain categories of citizens, especially those with darker skin. If, as explained by Mr Moore, it only required one Senator to sign, it is difficult to know how any Senator can justify this dereliction of duty on the part of elected representatives of the people.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Filmmaker Michael Moore is coming to Memphis

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is coming to Memphis.

The Bluff City is one of 60-cities on Moore's "Slacker Uprising Tour".

He wants to get millions of traditional non-voters to the polls on November 2nd.

Moore is targeting 20-battleground states.

His tour kicks off on Sunday.

Moore will be appearing on college campuses in their

auditoriums, arenas, stadiums and field houses (Penn State, Univ.

of Arizona, Univ. of Florida, among others), NBA arenas (Seattle),

and hockey arenas (Toledo). Nearly all venues will hold between

5,000 and 15,000 people, with students -- historically the largest

block of non-voters in presidential elections -- admitted for free

at most events (at some events, non-students will pay $5 or a

nominal charge to cover costs).

Moore's show will consist of his monologue, interaction with

the audience, and a few surprise guests. He will read letters he's

received from soldiers in Iraq (published in his new book, "Will

They Ever Trust Us Again -- Letters from the War Zone"), offer

prizes for people who register to vote, and conduct the "world's

largest karaoke sing-a-long" to John Ashcroft's "Let the Eagle

Soar." At many venues Moore will show as yet-unseen clips from his

"Fahrenheit 9/11" DVD (to be released Oct. 5), and give everyone

present a chance to win their own "pet goat."

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Mike's Message : Mr. Bush and His 10 Ever-Changing Different Positions on Iraq: "A flip and a flop and now just a flop."

Dear Mr. Bush,

I am so confused. Where exactly do you stand on the issue of Iraq? You, your Dad, Rummy, Condi, Colin, and Wolfie -- you have all changed your minds so many times, I am out of breath just trying to keep up with you!

Which of these 10 positions that you, your family and your cabinet have taken over the years represents your CURRENT thinking:

1983-88: WE LOVE SADDAM. On December 19, 1983, Donald Rumsfeld was sent by your dad and Mr. Reagan to go and have a friendly meeting with Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq. Rummy looked so happy in the picture. Just twelve days after this visit, Saddam gassed thousands of Iranian troops. Your dad and Rummy seemed pretty happy with the results because ‘The Donald R.’ went back to have another chummy hang-out with Saddam’s right-hand man, Tariq Aziz, just four months later. All of this resulted in the U.S. providing credits and loans to Iraq that enabled Saddam to buy billions of dollars worth of weapons and chemical agents. The Washington Post reported that your dad and Reagan let it be known to their Arab allies that the Reagan/Bush administration wanted Iraq to win its war with Iran and anyone who helped Saddam accomplish this was a friend of ours.

1990: WE HATE SADDAM. In 1990, when Saddam invaded Kuwait, your dad and his defense secretary, Dick Cheney, decided they didn't like Saddam anymore so they attacked Iraq and returned Kuwait to its rightful dictators.

1991: WE WANT SADDAM TO LIVE. After the war, your dad and Cheney and Colin Powell told the Shiites to rise up against Saddam and we would support them. So they rose up. But then we changed our minds. When the Shiites rose up against Saddam, the Bush inner circle changed its mind and decided NOT to help the Shiites. Thus, they were massacred by Saddam.

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MichaelMoore.com : Moore brings political perspective to Syracuse University

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Documentarian and liberal rabble-rouser Michael Moore railed against the Bush administration and the war in Iraq and implored a sellout crowd of 10,000 people to vote in the Nov. 2 election.

"You can't sit out this election. You must vote," he said.

Moore also encouraged his audience to quit complaining about Bush and take up the cause of defeating him. He asked them to travel to neighboring states -- especially battleground states like Pennsylvania and Ohio -- and volunteer for Democrat John Kerry's campaign.

The Slacker Uprising Tour, as Moore calls it, is concentrating on 20 swing states in the presidential election. Although New York is expected to go to Kerry, Moore visited the Carrier Dome anyway for a two-hour-plus performance that was part political stump speech and part standup comedy.

Moore is the director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," a documentary about the Bush administration's actions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The film received the Best Picture Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival but has drawn strong protest in the United States.

Moore criticized Bush for starting an "illegal and immoral" war on the basis of lies -- a war Moore said could not be won.

"Wars of liberation have to be organic. The people have to rise up," Moore told a decidedly receptive audience. "This war is so wrong. This is Vietnam again."

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MichaelMoore.com : Michael Moore Launches 60-City Swing State Tour

College and NBA Arenas in 20 Battleground States to Feature Live, On Stage, Oscar-winning Filmmaker

He Plans to Rally Non-voters and Slackers, "America's Majority"

For Immediate Release -- Thursday, September 23, 2004

Calling it his "Slacker Uprising Tour" in an effort to get millions of traditional non-voters to the polls on November 2, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and #1 bestselling author Michael Moore announced today that he will embark on a 60-city tour to the 20 battleground states beginning September 26 in Elk Rapids, Michigan, and ending on Election Day in Tallahassee, Florida.

Moore will be appearing on college campuses in their auditoriums, arenas, stadiums and field houses (Penn State, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Florida, among others), NBA arenas (Seattle), and hockey arenas (Toledo). Nearly all venues will hold between 5,000 and 15,000 people, with students -- historically the largest block of non-voters in presidential elections -- admitted for free at most events (at some events, non-students will pay $5 or a nominal charge to cover costs).

Moore's show will consist of his monologue, interaction with the audience, and a few surprise guests. He will read letters he's received from soldiers in Iraq (published in his new book, "Will They Ever Trust Us Again -- Letters from the War Zone"), offer prizes for people who register to vote, and conduct the "world's largest karaoke sing-a-long" to John Ashcroft's "Let the Eagle Soar." At many venues Moore will show as yet-unseen clips from his "Fahrenheit 9/11" DVD (to be released October 5), and give everyone present a chance to win their own "pet goat."

"It should be a lot of fun," said Moore. "Most Americans don't vote, and it's not all that hard to understand why. So, I'd like to offer them some incentives to give it a try, just this once. The 50% who are the non-voters are never called by pollsters and are usually ignored by candidates. Should just a few percentage points of the 100 million non-voters decide to show up on November 2 -- watch out."

Moore said his goal is to see that over 56% of the voting public votes in this election -- something that has not happened since 1968.

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Daily Kos : Michael Moore Speaks to Syracuse Crowd of 10,000

by Iddybud
Thu Sep 23rd, 2004 at 17:42:03 GMT

It was a big night for fans of Michael Moore in Syracuse last night. Moore spoke to a sold-out crowd of 10,000 at the Carrier Dome. Two large video screens flashed a video of John Ashcroft singing "Let the Eagle Soar" and Michael Moore appeared in jeans, black T-shirt, and a red baseball cap with an American flag on the front.

He seemed genuinely touched by the size of the crowd and mentioned he'd received at least 1000 e-mails from fans who weren't able to get tickets because of the sell-out.

A FEW ROUGH WEEKS

Mr. Moore said it had been a rough few weeks for Kerry supporters, but supporters of Kerry need to stop "whining and complaining" and have faith that their fellow Americans will do the right thing this November 2nd. He cajoled and teased those who've been wringing their hands over the upcoming election. He said Republicans don't waste a minute of their time worrying. In his words: "You don't hear Republicans whining `Wah! Why did Dan Rather do that?'..do you?" He marveled that Republicans are on a mission and they're up at the crack of dawn figuring what minority group they can prevent from getting married on that particular day. They work extremely hard because they know they are the minority and they only have two months left in power.

Moore said the only way Republicans will pull off a win in November is if the rest of us stay in bed. Bush supporters realize that America has shifted and that we're a liberal society. We're already "there", and the anger we hear in the voices of talk-radio is present because they know the game's over.

Diaries :: Iddybud's diary ::

POLLS SCHMOLLS

Mr. Moore suggested that the audience should stop fretting over polls. In his words,, the polls are "full of crap". When we see polls of "likely voters", it's important to remember there are no "likely voters" after 9/11. Moore asked the audience if any of them had taken part in a poll or had received any poll-related calls. You could have heard a pin drop. Moore reminded them that cell phones are never called in these polls and cell phones are so prevalent in use today that, even if we see Kerry moving out ahead in future polls, no one should get excited. Polls simply are not reliable indicators of the democratic turn-out on election day. Moore told the audience to ignore the polls and turn off their television sets except for Jon Stewart's Daily Show.

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Filmmaker Michael Moore to Speak at UWGB

Controversy seems to follow him everywhere he goes, and now Michael Moore is coming to Green Bay.

The documentary filmmaker kicks off a 60-city tour next month, mainly visiting college campuses, including U.W.-Green Bay. Moore calls it his "Slacker Uprising Tour."

The director of the President Bush-bashing film "Fahrenheit 9/11" and a film attacking America's gun culture, "Bowling for Columbine," says he's hitting the swing states in an effort to get young people out to vote.

Moore will hold two shows at the Weidner Center at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 23rd. Tickets go on sale October 1st for students and October 2nd for the general public.

Bringing Moore to U.W.-Green Bay only days before the presidential election is, as you might imagine, causing some controversy.

"From everyone we've heard, they are really upset he's coming to campus and they are using our money to bring him in," UWGB Republican John Kumm said.

"He's one of the best documentary makers in the business these days," UWGB Democrat Jim Biese said. "So we are really honored to have such a national figure on campus like that."

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Cal State San Marcos Controversy : Michael Moore to speak – but not on CS San Marcos campus

SAN MARCOS – Cal State San Marcos organizers declared victory Thursday after it was announced that filmmaker Michael Moore will speak Oct. 12 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, at an event open to the public and free to students.

The director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," which criticizes President Bush's security policies, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. on that date, according to a student association group.

Some 200 to 300 students and faculty members staged a rally today to protest the cancellation of Moore's previously scheduled appearance at Cal State San Marcos on Oct. 13.

"We are definitely happy he is coming," said Sarah Leonard, a CSUSM sociology major and one of the event's organizers.

CSUSM President Karen Haynes, who attended the rally, banned the Oscar-winning director from speaking at the university. She said it would be illegal to have Moore on campus before the Nov. 2 presidential election.

Her decision came days after the student government voted to help subsidize Moore's $37,000 appearance.

"As a public university, we are prohibited from spending state funds on partisan political activity or direct political advocacy," Haynes wrote in a statement posted on the campus Web site and released for opinion pages in local newspapers.

She argued that Moore has campaigned for Democratic candidates and publicly declared his desire to oust Bush, and said the university would welcome him as a speaker after the election.

'Fahrenheit' Director To Speak At Iowa State

Academy Award winner and activist Michael Moore will appear at Hilton Coliseum in Ames next month as part of a nationwide tour.Michael MooreThe Oct. 17 lecture is free to the public.The presentation is called "An Evening with Michael Moore," and Moore will show film clips, answer audience questions and sign copies of his books.

Discussion:
Fahrenheit 9/11
Moore's controversial documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," won the Cannes International Film Festival's highest honor. It is the first documentary to gross more than $100 million.His lecture is part of the Institute on National Affairs series on politics and humor in America.The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.

Pennsylvania : Moore, Buchanan Coming to IUP

One of America's most controversial filmmakers and a former presidential candidate are coming to Indiana University of Pennsylvania as part of the university's "Ideas and Issues" series.

Academy Award-winning documentarian Michael Moore, whose "Fahrenheit 9/11" this summer sparked debate and broke box-office records for a documentary film, will speak in IUP's Memorial Field House on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.

And former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan will speak in IUP's Fisher Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.

Both events are free, but tickets will be required for Moore's presentation. University I-card holders can obtain tickets starting on Oct. 13. Leftover tickets will be available to the public beginning on Oct. 15. Tickets can be picked up at the ticket window in the Hadley Union Building. There will be a limit of four tickets per person.

The overflow crowd that cannot get tickets can see Moore's presentation in the field house can see it on a live televised feed at Fisher Auditorium.

Moore's incendiary "Fahrenheit 9/11" is highly critical of President George Bush's leadership following the terrorist attacks three years ago. The film also focuses on longstanding ties between the Bush family and prominent Saudis, the effects of the war in Iraq on Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers and the curbing of American civil liberties during the war on terror. The film won the Cannes International Film Festival's highest honor, the Palme d'Or.

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Anti-Bush Fahrenheit 9/11 Documentary Hits Russian Screens

Winner of the Best Film award at Cannes in 2004, Michael Moore’s much acclaimed and criticized documentry, Fahrenheit 9/11, hits Russian theatres on Thursday, September 23, 2004.

Melanya Yegoyan, deputy marketing director of Paradiz, the Russian distributor for Moore’s new documentry, has told MosNews that she saw the film as being profitable in Russia.

“We definitely see interest in the film among the Russian public. Despite the fact that America is far from Russia, Russians are interested in U.S. politics and are willing to participate in it,” Yegoyan stated.

While it may entice Russians due to its overwhelming popularity amongst liberals, it also comes at a bad time in the light of recent terrorist attacks in Russia.

The movie attacks the Bush campaign’s reaction, or lack thereof, to the situations surrounding the terrorist attacks of September 11 and was released in the U.S. on June 25 of this year. However, Yegoyan maintained the decision was based on the upcomming presidential election in the U.S., saying, “We could not schedule it for a later time because other major blockbusters will be released and we did not want Fahrenheit 9/11 to compete with them.”

Quite possibly an influence, yet not the reason, Fahrenheit 9/11 was not chosen for its record-breaking $21.8 million takings in it’s first three days of release, but due to its Palm D’or award in Cannes at the Cannes Film festival this year.

The director of Bowling for Columbine and author of Stupid White Men, Michael Moore is no newcomer to the critic’s corner. Moore’s overt criticism of the Bush strategies caused uproar in the U.S. given its none too subtle release during an election year. Fahrenheit 9/11’s release in Russia, even closer to the U.S. presidental election date of November 2, 2004, will only further attract Russian activists to speak their minds.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' maker's UA talk has campus Republicans hot

Filmmaker Michael Moore is bringing his controversial rant against President Bush to the University of Arizona.

And the plan to bring in a costly, left-leaning speaker isn't going over well with campus Republicans.

The outspoken movie maker, whose film "Fahrenheit 9/11" has been a box-office smash and raised conservative hackles this campaign season, will speak at UA's McKale Center on Oct. 11 as part of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Speaker's series.

UA College Republicans say his appearance smacks of partisan politics on the part of a group that is supposed to be apolitical.

"We have talked numerous times to student senators about bringing on (conservative) speakers like Ann Coulter or Sean Hannity, and we've been told time and again that they won't pay to bring partisan political speakers here," said Pete Seat, a UA senior and state chairman of the College Republicans. "Now here comes Michael Moore."

Fernando Ascencio, director of the ASUA Speakers Board, said Moore is among a number of speakers intended to present all sides of the political discussion.

"We are bringing in speakers from all political philosophies so the students can make sure they get engaged as informed voters," Ascencio said.

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Zimbabwe : A deeper look at George W Bush in Fahrenheit 9/11






The Mansfield Hall was fairly full
Photo: Sthembile Gasa
More than 50 students and staff attended the screening of the controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 at Mansfield Hall, despite it being cancelled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) last Thursday, just minutes before the screening.

At UKZN the screening of the documentary was cancelled shortly before it was meant to start, after the film’s distributors threatened to take legal action against them.

Pritz Dullay, co-ordinator of the College Lecture Programme, said the movie could possibly be stopped, but he was prepared to show another movie about Nelson Mandela if that happened. He added that he understood it was not the movie the audience came to watch.

However, there were no hiccups as the largest audience attendance for a College Lecture Programme, watched the much awaited, Michael Moore documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11. He directed produced and wrote the script for the documentary, which showed an in-depth view of Bush and his administration.

The documentary shows where Bush was during the 9/11 attacks as well as his actions and reactions to the invasion. It also shows how he convinced the American people to believe that Iraq was a threat, but not really following up on the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks. The reactions of family members of soldiers that went to Iraq and Moore showed how the poor are the first people to go to war, yet congressmen will not sign their children into the army.

We wanted to show that Bush’s war was illegitimate. What we want people to take away after watching the movie is not to accept what they see on TV as the truth. They can help if they join an anti-war groupings and protests.

-Mandisa Mbali, an activist responsible for bringing Fahrenheit 9/11 to DIT
Candice Osler, a first year video technology student, said, “It was an excellent movie because it showed a new side to the whole America verse Iraq. Michael Moore was very thorough. It was relevant and shocking. It gets five stars.”


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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

International Socialist Review : The Fahrenheit Phemomenon

By Nicole Carson

Since it premiered in late June, Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenehit 9/11 has grossed more than $110 million domestically. It is teh first documentary ever to debut at number one in the U.S., and broke the record for the biggest box office opening weekend for any film (non-documentaries included) opening in fewer than one thousand theatres.

According to a Gallup survey conducted two weeks after the film's opening, 8 percent of american adults had seen the film - and 18 percent said they planned to see it at a theatre. Another 30 percent planned to see it on video. And for those who argued that the film was playing only to the already converted, more than one-third of republicans and nearly two-thirds of indepnedents told Gallup the had seen or expected to see the film at theatres or on video.

This has happened in the midst of a right-wing campaign calculated to discredit moore and his film,. First, the disney corporation refused to distribute the film because, according to CEO Michael Eisner, Disney shareholders and customers did not want to be associated with a "partisan" company. The Federal Election commission, at the prompting of the conservative group citizens United, contemplated censoring ads for the film on the grounds that they were election propaganda for the Democratic Party.

The White HOuse jumped onto the Moore-bashing bandwagon as well. "i can speak for myself and I can speak for the President, and I can assure you that neither of us have seen [the film]," sniffed White HOuse Communications Director Dan Bartlett in June. "We don't have a lot of free time these days and when we do have free time to see a good fiction movie, we'll pick 'Shrek' or some other enjoy[able] feature like that....[Moore's] outside of the mainstream....This is a film that doesn't require us to actually view it to know that it's filled with factual inaccuracies."

"That is not staged"

It's not hard to understand why Fahreneheit 9/11 would have such an impact. In addition to Moore's own skills as a humorist and muckraking filmmaker taking on the powerful, Fahrenheit 9/11 debuted at a time when the faltering U.S. occupation of iraq and continued revelations of administration lies about "weapons of mass desctuction" and Iraqi prisoner abuse were bringing more and more people to question the case for war.

Moore shows just how arrogant, absurd, adn worthy of ridicule our so-called leaders really are. More that humor, however, the film provides a much-needed outlet for the anger and confusion felt by the millions who opposed the war from the beginning. But it also has played to people who may have supported the war at its beginning, but have come to question it as the U.S. death toll has risen and the brutality of the occupation and prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib have been revealed.

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Arizona Daily Wildcat : Michael Moore to tout political views at McKale

Controversial director, writer and political activist Michael Moore will speak to UA students Oct. 11 at McKale Center.

Moore is coming to campus to address the upcoming election and offer his point of view, said Fernando Ascencio, ASUA Speakers Board director. He is coming to campus through a speaker series put on by the ASUA Speakers Board.

Ascencio, a political science senior, said he knows Moore's appearance will cause controversy on campus, but said ASUA is not endorsing Moore or his ideas. They are only bringing him to campus for students to hear and educate themselves on what he has to say.

"We believe he is an engaging character. That's what we are trying to show," Ascencio said. "ASUA is not passing judgment. We believe he has a unique way of presenting his ideas and addressing the opposition."

The ASUA Speakers Board will also feature speeches next month by Rep. Jim Kolbe (R) and writer David Hardy.

Alicia Cybulski, president of the UA Young Democrats, said she thinks Moore's appearance will be positive for students of all political backgrounds.

"I think it's a good opportunity for the UA to have him come. It will open up some dialogue that wouldn't have been talked about if he didn't come," Cybulski said.

UA College Republicans President Danielle Roberts disagreed with Cybulksi, and said she thinks Moore's visit is unfair because he only represents one side of politics.

"Students have the right to see both sides of the campaign. Michael Moore is blatantly partisan, and it is only fair that we should have a conservative speaker to balance the spectrum," Roberts said.

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UVSC Students Plan Protest of Michael Moore Speech

UVSC students are getting ready to rally against filmmaker Michael Moore's planned speech at the campus.

And this morning UVSC officials announced a major conservative speaker will also speak at the school.

Sam Penrod is live at UVSC with the latest.

Today's rally is really meant to protest the student council who voted to spend 40 thousand dollars in student fees to bring Michael Moore and his liberal views to UVSC.

And the same organizers of today's rally are continuing with a petition drive to try and remove the student leaders who booked Moore.

Of course the students are also opposed to Moore and his views, but there are also a lot of people here who support Michael Moore and plan on attending his speech.

Nearly four thousand tickets have already been sold, which student leaders say will help to recover a majority of the Moore's speaking fees and the costs of bringing him to campus.

Meanwhile at UVSC President's urging, the student council announced this morning that radio talk show host Sean Hannity will also come to campus to offer some political balance.

Hannity is scheduled to be here Monday October 11th, so it appears a live debate between Moore and Hannity is off, but Hannity will be here less than a month before the election.

CSU San Marcos president says Michael Moore visit would be illegal

SAN MARCOS – CSU San Marcos President Karen Haynes said yesterday that it would be illegal to have Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore on campus before the presidential election.

"As a public university, we are prohibited from spending state funds on partisan political activity or direct political advocacy," Haynes wrote in a statement posted on the campus Web site and released to local newspapers' opinion pages.

She argued that Moore has campaigned for Democratic candidates and publicly declared his desire to oust Bush, but she said the university would welcome him as a speaker after the election.

Civil liberties lawyers disagreed, however, saying partisan figures have for years have spoken at universities, and that sitting presidents including George Bush often speak at college commencements, with funding by public universities during an election year.

Nancy Sasaki of the American Civil Liberties Union San Diego chapter concurred with Haynes that the university itself cannot endorse Bush or challenger John Kerry or other political views, and it cannot donate public money to them.

But she said the law does not limit the free speech on a university campus or prevent colleges from having speakers with political views, even if universities pay their honorariums.

"It's ludicrous to say you can't invite any speaker with a political viewpoint," said Sasaki.

Last week, Haynes banned Moore from speaking, although just two days before that the university had asked its student government to help subsidize the $37,000 appearance. The move drew objections from the campus and the community, contending that academic freedom was under attack.

Tomorrow, students plan a protest of the president's action, and this week 78 faculty members signed a letter of protest to Haynes.

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Lions Gate : ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' Back by Popular Demand, to Expand to 600 Print Wide Release Pattern Sept. 24

Film's Distributors to Maintain Expansion Through November

SANTA MONICA, Calif. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 21, 2004--In an effort to make "Fahrenheit 9/11," the record-breaking, award-winning film sensation, accessible to as many filmgoers as possible nationwide, the film will receive a wide expansion into all of the top markets on Friday, Sept. 24, it was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, President of Lions Gate Films Releasing, Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment and Fellowship Adventure Group's Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

A list of some of the film's more prominent box-office records, milestones and key figures set by the film since its release June 25 follows:

-- First and only documentary to ever gross over $100 million

-- Highest opening weekend ever for a documentary of any type (including IMAX and concert films)

-- Highest opening ever for a wide release under 1000 screens (beating previous record holder "Rocky III" in 1982)

-- Highest opening ever for a Palme d'Or winner (topping previous record holder "Pulp Fiction" in 1994)

-- Opening weekend numbers outgrossed the total domestic box office for Academy Award(R) winner "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore's previous release, which was in theatrical release for nine months

-- Achieved 3rd highest per screen average opening for the year to date among wide releases (behind only "Passion of the Christ" & "Shrek 2")

-- First film to open on under 1000 screens to take the #1 weekend box office spot since 1994 (beating previous record holder "Four Weddings and a Funeral")

-- Number 7 on all time list of opening weekend per screen averages for all films released wide on its opening weekend

-- Had the highest advance online ticket sales for a documentary at over a million dollars

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Free Speech Network : Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 sets box-office records

By David Walsh, From World Socialist Web Site

American director Michael Moore's documentary indictment of the Bush administration, Fahrenheit 9/11, set box-office records in its first few days in North American cinemas.

The subject of unprecedented anticipation and concerted right-wing attacks, Fahrenheit 9/11 set single-day records at its two New York City venues on its opening day June 23. The film sold $49,000 worth of tickets at the Loew's Village 7 in Manhattan, beating the theater's single-day previous record set by Hollywood blockbuster Men in Black, and more than $30,000 at the Lincoln Plaza theater, topping the total established at that cinema by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The success in New York was followed up nationwide over the weekend when Moore's film opened in 868 theaters in the US and Canada. Despite playing in a relatively small number of theaters (and many of them smaller, art-house venues), Fahrenheit 9/11 outperformed all other films and was number one at the box office, grossing an estimated $21.8 million in three days. The number-two film, White Chicks, opened in 2,726 theaters.

Fahrenheit 9/11 surpassed the domestic box-office record for a documentary—set by Moore's own Bowling for Columbine over the course of 10 months—in its first three days. Analysts are predicting a possible $100 million domestic box office, an unheard-of figure for a non-fiction film.

Paul Dergarabedian, president of a company that tracks box office returns, told the Washington Post that he was particularly impressed by the per-theater average of $25,115: "I'm amazed at those numbers. That type of per-theater average is usually reserved for a blockbuster." Fahrenheit 9/11's opening was the highest ever for a film opening in fewer than 1,000 screens.

Film industry experts had predicted much lower numbers for Moore's documentary. Variety had forecast a $10 million opening weekend. Market research had indicated that the film would rank second or third, behind two commercial comedies, White Chicks and Dodgeball (which was playing in 3,020 theaters). An executive with the studio that produced White Chicks told the New York Times, "This picture [Moore's] came from nowhere. It's what movie viewing has become. If you make it feel like it has urgency, people will have to go."

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The Guardian : Miramax funds Fahrenheit follow-up

After the huge controversy (and the equally huge profits) entailed in distributing Fahrenheit 9/11, Miramax is reported to have agreed to finance and distribute Michael Moore's follow-up - a caustic study of the US healthcare system, provisionally titled Sicko.

Moore is expected to begin work on the film some time next year, Variety magazine reports.

Yet although Miramax heads Harvey and Bob Weinstein are committed to Moore's next project, the involvement of parent company Disney is less certain.

The two outfits famously clashed over Fahrenheit 9/11, with the Weinsteins eventually releasing the film outside the Disney umbrella.

While Sicko may not be quite as incendiary as its predecessor, Disney CEO Michael Eisner - due to step down in 2006 - is apparently far from enthusiastic about becoming involved with the project.

Having made over $120m (£67m) during its American theatrical release, Fahrenheit 9/11 is to be released on DVD by Miramax in October - just in time for the following month's presidential election.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

MichaelMoore.com : U.S. Troops in Iraq Gather to Watch 'Fahrenheit 9/11'; Anti-Bush sentiment growing

by Ann Scott Tyson / Christian Science Monitor

Inside dusty, barricaded camps around Iraq, groups of American troops in between missions are gathering around screens to view an unlikely choice from the US box office: "Fahrenheit 9-11," Michael Moore's controversial documentary attacking the commander-in-chief.

"Everyone's watching it," says a Marine corporal at an outpost in Ramadi that is mortared by insurgents daily. "It's shaping a lot of people's image of Bush."

The film's prevalence is one sign of a discernible countercurrent among US troops in Iraq - those who blame President Bush for entangling them in what they see as a misguided war. Conventional wisdom holds that the troops are staunchly pro-Bush, and many are. But bitterness over long, dangerous deployments is producing, at a minimum, pockets of support for Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry, in part because he's seen as likely to withdraw American forces from Iraq more quickly.

"[For] 9 out of 10 of the people I talk to, it wouldn't matter who ran against Bush - they'd vote for them," said a US soldier in the southern city of Najaf, seeking out a reporter to make his views known. "People are so fed up with Iraq, and fed up with Bush."

With only three weeks until an Oct. 11 deadline set for hundreds of thousands of US troops abroad to mail in absentee ballots, this segment of the military vote is important - symbolically, as a reflection on Bush as a wartime commander, and politically, as absentee ballots could end up tipping the balance in closely contested states.

It is difficult to gauge the extent of disaffection with Bush, which emerged in interviews in June and July with ground forces in central, northern, and southern Iraq. No scientific polls exist on the political leanings of currently deployed troops, military experts and officials say.

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California State University at San Marcos : Professors Urge University To Let Moore Speak

Group Calls On School President To Reverse Decision

POSTED: 8:51 am PDT September 21, 2004
UPDATED: 8:54 am PDT September 21, 2004

SAN DIEGO -- A group of professors is urging the president of California State University at San Marcos to allow controversial filmmaker Michael Moore to speak on campus before the November presidential election, according to a published report.

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A group of about 80 campus employees, mostly professors, called the decision to postpone Moore's visit until after the Nov. 2 election "an arbitrary use of executive privilege to silence a controversial speaker," according to the North County Times. The group sent a letter to President Karen S. Haynes requesting her to back the student government's vote to host Moore's visit on Oct. 13, the Times reported.

"Michael Moore is an important artist and public intellectual who raises central social and political questions for our time," the letter said. "Our university must support those, like Moore, who open discussion about whether our fundamental values -- justice, reason, equality and democracy -- remain active forces in our community."



Student government representatives voted 12-3 on Sept. 10 to contribute $6,500 toward the estimated $37,000 cost of Moore's visit. The rest was to come from university funds.
Haynes rejected the visit, saying there was too little time before the presidential election to provide a "balancing perspective" to the campus. Haynes later said that Moore is a partisan political figure and state law prohibits using public money for partisan activity.

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Philadelphia Inquirer : Filmmaker Moore gives Kerry advice at Tweeter

Michael Moore, the provocateur in a feed cap, opened up his barnstorming pre-election lecture tour of college audiences at Rutgers University-Camden last night with words of advice for John Kerry:

Keep it simple.

With 40 percent of Americans unable to read at or above a fourth-grade level, the nuanced Democratic presidential candidate will need to offer easy-to-understand bullet points to beat President Bush in the forthcoming debates, said Moore, 50.

"Mr. Bush, where's Osama?" was the first line Moore offered. "You said you were going to smoke him out of his hole, hunt him down, and kill him."

Moore offered slogans, too: "George W. Bush. The ATM machine for the rich."

And, "He's not a Republican. He's a radical."

About 6,300 tickets were sold or given away for Moore's first stop in a 30- to 40-college circuit he is making to end the Bush administration.

Judging from the hands raised at one point, about six members of the crowd were conservatives or Bush supporters. The rest formed a raucous choir that Moore preached to, slouching over a lectern and rarely referring to notes he'd prepared.

"He's for the little guy, and that's the attraction for me," said Priscilla Woodward, 62, a postal worker from Bellmawr who attended the lecture at the Tweeter Center with her son, a middle-school teacher, and her sister, a minister.

"He's making the word liberal OK again," added her son, Jon Woodward, 38.

Moore walked onstage carrying a prop, a large-print book titled My Pet Goat, and read aloud the story that Bush read to elementary-school students for seven minutes after he learned of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

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Zimbabwe : Fahrenheit 9/11 still on at DIT – for now

DIT is still planning to screen the controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 tomorrow, despite the fact it was cancelled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) last Thursday, just minutes before the screening.

At UKZN the screening of the documentary was cancelled shortly before it was meant to start, after the film’s distributors threatened to take legal action against them.

Amanda Alexander of UKZN’s Centre for Civil Society told DITonline, “Well, there were 200 people there who were prevented from seeing it [the documentary].”


Organiser of the College Lecture Programme, Pritz Dullay, said, “So far, it seems like everything’s on. But nothing is assured, there’s no guarantee. They could do the same to us what they did at UKZN.”


He added, “We are very saddened by what has happened [at UKZN].”


Regarding DIT’s screening, Alexander said, “I can hope that it goes ahead.”
According to a press release issued by the lobby groups Aids Action, Palestine Support Committee and the Ethekwini Social Forum, “United International Pictures had approached the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft to exert legal pressure against the university to force the sudden cancellation.”

“The filmmaker, Michael Moore, has publicly given his blessing for people to make copies of the multi-million dollar grossing film and to arrange free public screenings. Civil society organisations around the world have arranged screenings, including in South Africa where the Anti-war Coalition has hosted numerous screenings in Johannesburg and in Cape Town,” stated the release.


The film is distributed in South Africa by United International Pictures and Anand Singh’s Videovision Company. The press release added, “The legal pressure came from United Pictures International, but Anand Singh’s Videovision must, at the very least, be held as co-responsible …The progressive community in Durban will not be cowed.”

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TWO CENTS / On the CBS Memos / Does it affect your view of the mainstream media?

TWO CENTS / On the CBS Memos / Does it affect your view of the mainstream media?: "I put mainstream media in the same league with comic books. The goal of the media is to sell. When it comes to any message coming from the media, caveat emptor.



Ray Carlson, Redwood City
That the subject changed from Bush's National Guard record to the authenticity of certain memos demonstrates that the mainstream media is following rather than leading. Networks continue circulating each others' stories, while conveniently avoiding tough questions for the candidates themselves. "

Monday, September 20, 2004

MichaelMoore.com : We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore

How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the party of Newt Gingrich’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk?

by Garrison Keillor / In These Times

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. They were good-hearted people who vanquished the gnarlier elements of their party, the paranoid Roosevelt-haters, the flat Earthers and Prohibitionists, the antipapist antiforeigner element. The genial Eisenhower was their man, a genuine American hero of D-Day, who made it OK for reasonable people to vote Republican. He brought the Korean War to a stalemate, produced the Interstate Highway System, declined to rescue the French colonial army in Vietnam, and gave us a period of peace and prosperity, in which (oddly) American arts and letters flourished and higher education burgeoned—and there was a degree of plain decency in the country. Fifties Republicans were giants compared to today’s. Richard Nixon was the last Republican leader to feel a Christian obligation toward the poor.

In the years between Nixon and Newt Gingrich, the party migrated southward down the Twisting Trail of Rhetoric and sneered at the idea of public service and became the Scourge of Liberalism, the Great Crusade Against the Sixties, the Death Star of Government, a gang of pirates that diverted and fascinated the media by their sheer chutzpah, such as the misty-eyed flag-waving of Ronald Reagan who, while George McGovern flew bombers in World War II, took a pass and made training films in Long Beach. The Nixon moderate vanished like the passenger pigeon, purged by a legion of angry white men who rose to power on pure punk politics. “Bipartisanship is another term of date rape,” says Grover Norquist, the Sid Vicious of the GOP. “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” The boy has Oedipal problems and government is his daddy.

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Mike's Message : Put Away Your Hankies...a message from Michael Moore

Dear Friends,

Enough of the handwringing! Enough of the doomsaying! Do I have to come there and personally calm you down? Stop with all the defeatism, OK? Bush IS a goner -- IF we all just quit our whining and bellyaching and stop shaking like a bunch of nervous ninnies. Geez, this is embarrassing! The Republicans are laughing at us. Do you ever see them cry, "Oh, it's all over! We are finished! Bush can't win! Waaaaaa!"

Hell no. It's never over for them until the last ballot is shredded. They are never finished -- they just keeping moving forward like sharks that never sleep, always pushing, pulling, kicking, blocking, lying.

They are relentless and that is why we secretly admire them -- they just simply never, ever give up. Only 30% of the country calls itself "Republican," yet the Republicans own it all -- the White House, both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court and the majority of the governorships. How do you think they've been able to pull that off considering they are a minority? It's because they eat you and me and every other liberal for breakfast and then spend the rest of the day wreaking havoc on the planet.

Look at us -- what a bunch of crybabies. Bush gets a bounce after his convention and you would have thought the Germans had run through Poland again. The Bushies are coming, the Bushies are coming! Yes, they caught Kerry asleep on the Swift Boat thing. Yes, they found the frequency in Dan Rather and ran with it. Suddenly it's like, "THE END IS NEAR! THE SKY IS FALLING!"

No, it is not. If I hear one more person tell me how lousy a candidate Kerry is and how he can't win... Dammit, of COURSE he's a lousy candidate -- he's a Democrat, for heavens sake! That party is so pathetic, they even lose the elections they win! What were you expecting, Bruce Springsteen heading up the ticket? Bruce would make a helluva president, but guys like him don't run -- and neither do you or I. People like Kerry run.

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MSNBC : Michael Moore takes message to masses : Filmmaker read ‘My Pet Goat’ to an audience of 6,000

The Associated Press
Updated: 10:50 p.m. ET Sept. 20, 2004

CAMDEN, N.J. - Documentarian and liberal rabble-rouser Michael Moore kicked off a 62-speech, pre-election tour Monday with a relatively subtle dig at President Bush.

He read “My Pet Goat” to an audience of more than 6,000. That was the children’s book Bush read to an elementary school class after he heard about the 9/11 attacks.

In an appearance that was part stump speech and part standup routine, Moore didn’t stay subtle for long, criticizing his preferred presidential candidate as well as the incumbent.

“It’s debilitating to have a candidate who does not seem quite clear on where he stands on these issues. Maybe we need to have a slogan that says ‘Bush and Kerry both suck...That’s why I’m voting for John Kerry,”’ Moore said.

Moore offered parodies of Kerry campaign slogans and Bush campaign television commercials, and also read letters of support from two soldiers in Iraq. He said that in the past year and a half, he has received some 3,000 similar letters and emails.

And he talked up his next book, a collection of such letters, entitled “Will They Ever Trust Us Again? Letters from the War Zone,” which will be out in early October. He encouraged his audience to “Xerox and steal” the tome.

Moore didn’t devote all his ranting at the Tweeter Center, a concert hall, to blaming Bush for the war in Iraq. He also blamed journalists for not asking more questions before it began.

“Where is the mainstream media? Where were they?” he asked. “In my opinion, blood is on their hands, too.”

Moore’s documentaries “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” have made him one of the nation’s best-known leftist activists and, as such, a prime target of right-wing activists.

A book released earlier this year was called “Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man.” He’s also the subject of a new documentary, “Michael Moore Hates America.”

His tour, which he calls the Slacker Uprising Tour, will go to college campuses and arenas and will concentrate on 20 swing states with the hopes of increasing the number of voters who cast ballots in the Nov. 2 election.

Michael Moore To Speak At UF

Controversy is headed to Gainesville in the form of out-spoken filmmaker Michael Moore. The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker of the controversial Bowling For Columbine and his latest, politically-charged Farenheit 9/11, will speak at the University of Florida on October 4th. Moore will take the stage at 8 PM at the O'Connell Center and students with a valid Gator 1 ID can begin entering at 6:30. The general public can enter at 7 PM. Moore is being brought to UF by the Accent Speaker's Bureau who recently brought televisions Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, to the university's campus.

USVC Controversy : IN OUR VIEW Michael Moore and liberal education

The Daily Herald

Utah Valley State College is giving students and residents an object lesson in the First Amendment and questionable economics.

UVSC's student government approved spending $40,000 -- most of its public speaker's budget -- to have controversial filmmaker Michael Moore speak at the McKay Special Events Center. Moore is the director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," his polemic on the Bush Administration's handling of the war in Iraq and against global terrorism.

Moore's film has been blasted by Bush supporters as being on a par with Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda film "Triumph of the Will," and that it was an indirect contribution to Democratic Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign. Many others have criticized Moore for the conclusions he draws in the film.

Now UVSC is taking calls from irate conservatives who believe Moore should not be given a forum to speak on campus, especially a month before the presidential election. Some even say his views just don't belong in one of America's most conservative communities.

But the would-be censors ignore the principles of the First Amendment, as well as the purpose of education.

The First Amendment's guarantee of free expression was not meant to protect speech that the majority agrees with, but that with which it disagrees. Surely a Sean Hannity or Alan Keyes does not need legal protection to speak in Utah County. The First Amendment was crafted to protect the dissenting voice, the minority opinion. James Madison and other founders believed that robust debate was healthy for the republic and would allow people to find the truth on their own through the clash of opinions.

Just because the speech is being sponsored by the student government doesn't mean that UVSC students or Utah County residents are being compelled to listen to Moore. They can stay home, read a book or listen to a radio talk show that more closely reflects their beliefs. On the same grounds, they shouldn't try to interfere with those who want to hear the guy.

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Star Tribune : A political Tower of Babel?

In August, the Annenberg Public Policy Center released poll results focusing on Americans who had watched the Bush-bashing Michael Moore film "Fahrenheit 911" and those who regularly listen to the liberal-bashing Rush Limbaugh radio program. Almost nobody (like one-quarter of 1 percent) was in both groups.

As you might guess, Limbaugh and Moore fans disagreed on almost everything.

A society of Limbaugh dittoheads and Moore disciples would be a modern-day Tower of Babel, where nobody spoke the same language or agreed about basic facts.

Changes in the media environment make a total failure to communicate easier to imagine. The Pew Research Center finds that the audience for cable news is growing more divided by party.

Four years ago, 18 percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats regularly watched Fox News. In 2004, the numbers are 35 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of Democrats. Democrats now outnumber Republicans in CNN's audience.

Pew also reports that 29 percent of adults (up from 2 percent in 1994!) now regularly get news online. That doesn't tell you what Web sites they're visiting, but the blogosphere serves up a heaping helping of partisan red meat.

If you subscribe (for free) to the daily e-mail put out by the anti-war, anti-Bush group "Truthout," you will receive dozens of links every day to articles from a wide variety of conventional publications. But 100 percent of the Truthout links are to stories that are bad for Bush.

As New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote, "Once you've joined a side, the information age makes it easier for you to surround yourself with people like yourself."

But it's too soon to proclaim an American Tower of Babel.

When Annenberg took the Moore-Limbaugh survey, 85 percent of Americans had neither listened to Limbaugh during the previous week nor seen "Fahrenheit." And there's no reason to believe the Limbaugh listeners and Moore watchers didn't get additional information from other sources.

And considering liberal allegations about Fox's conservative tilt, the 3-2 preponderance of Republicans to Democrats in Fox's audience seems surprisingly small.

USVC Controversy : Petition Campaigns Attempt to Stop Moore's UVSC Visit

Rickard Lindgre, UVSC Student: “It was a poor decision; I want the community to know that students here at UVSC don't agree with what they've done."

A group of UVSC students are banding together, trying to round up signatures to protest the student council's decision to bring controversial filmmaker Michael Moore to campus. The student council at UVSC has booked Michael Moore for a speech and will pay him $40,000.

When Eyewitness News first broke this story last week, few students had anything to say. But today they were lining up at our camera for a chance to speak their minds.

It's clear the first amendment is alive and well at UVSC and there are some very strong feelings on both sides of this. But regardless of people's opinions of Michael Moore, his visit one month from today seems to have transformed UVSC into a very political campus.

At the ticket office at UVSC, phone orders are coming in and people are buying tickets to see Michael Moore.

Keri Jensen, Utah County Resident: “I’ve been following him for a couple of years. I’m very excited and I’m ready for balance in Utah County.”

But not everyone is lining up to see Moore, and at least two separate petition campaigns are underway to stop his appearance.

Rickard Lindgre: “I'm getting a petition going to remove the student council members who decided to spend $40,000 to get Michael Moore here."

The petition drive lists four reasons student leaders should be recalled.

Rickard Lindgre: "Poor use of allotted funds, striving to upset a peaceful campus, bringing negative publicity to the school, inviting a speaker that will polarize the student body and escalate unrest."

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USVC controversy : Why Michael Moore?

by Joseph Vogel
September 19, 2004

Why not? He's one of the biggest figures in the political scene right now. Whether you like him or not, he's accomplished a great deal-he's won numerous awards and influenced millions with his films. Fahrenheit 9/11 is the most successful documentary of all time, and could potentially have the power to sway the outcome of the elections. To have him come to UVSC at this time is an opportunity we can't pass up. People don't have to agree with him. We expected the controversy and complaints. But at an institution of higher education, we should be willing to at least acknowledge other viewpoints and let different perspectives be heard. The main thing is it's exciting for the students-they will be talking about it and engaging in the issues. On October 20, the McKay Events Center will be packed, and every news channel and newspaper in the state will be here covering it. That's exciting. If people don't want to come they don't have to. But a lot of people do want to attend, and are curious to hear what he'll have to say.

What is the cost and where is the money coming from?

This issue has been a huge misunderstanding in the media and around campus. The cost to bring in Michael Moore, as with any high profile speaker, is high, but we're not shouldering the entire amount ourselves. Several groups have contacted us or have been contacted by us expressing interest in supporting or co-sponsoring the event. Also, we plan to charge the general public to get in (somewhere between $5-10; students will get in for free) so a good chunk of the money will come back through that. Our speaker budget, as has been reported, is approximately $50,000, but what has been misconstrued is that we're blowing that all on Michael Moore and won't be able to have any other speakers for the rest of the year. That's not true. When all is said and done, Student Government will probably end up paying about half of the total cost. The fact is most speakers we have usually come for very cheap anyway, if not for free. So we can still provide a variety of speakers throughout the year. Interestingly, though, and this was part of our reasoning in bringing on Moore, very few students come to the speakers we provide without name recognition.

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Romantic Movies : Song That Inspired Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2004 - "Though the songs on this album 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." So says filmmaker and Executive Album Producer Michael Moore about SONGS AND ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED FAHRENHEIT 9/11, a songbook of stirring classics about patriotism, freedom, war and hope by Little Steven, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, System Of A Down, Pearl Jam, Dixie Chicks, John Fogerty, The Clash, Steve Earle, Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake, Nanci Griffith and Jeff Buckley, along with new songs by former Rage Against The Machine front man, Zack de la Rocha, and The Nightwatchman (Audioslave's Tom Morello). The Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax release will be in stores on October 5, along with the "Fahrenheit 9/11" DVD.

Everything on the record was selected by Michael Moore based on the songs and the artists that he listened to as he created his documentary.

Says Glen Brunman, head of Sony Music's soundtrack division, "Music has always provided inspiration in turbulent times. These songs have the power to move people from the sidelines to the front lines."

De la Rocha's "We Want It All," produced by Trent Reznor and de la Rocha, is the album's lead single and video, as well as the vocalist's first new album-based recording in five years.

"Seeing 'Fahrenheit 9/11' was like hearing Dylan's 'Masters Of War' or Public Enemy's 'Bring The Noise' for the first time," says Zack. "It wasn't just about melody, great production or hard ryhmes--it was the weight of the argument and what the piece forced me to consider."

The star power of Grammy winners and multi-platinum artists featured on the album is impressive, to say the least, but their place as cultural icons and activist citizens is even more significant. The songs on this record were written over a forty-one year span, from 1963 to 2004, and they will continue to articulate the important issues of our world for years to come.

The many highlights of SONGS AND ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED FAHRENHEIT 9/11 include: "I Am A Patriot," by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, rare live renditions of the Dylan songs, "Chimes Of Freedom" and "Masters Of War," performed by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, respectively, "No One Left," a moving tale of New York and Baghdad by The Nightwatchman, the tender "Travelin' Soldier" from the Dixie Chicks, the passionate "Boom!" by System Of A Down, the hopeful "Hallelujah," performed by Jeff Buckley and the clarion call, "The Revolution Starts Now," from Steve Earle.

The release of SONGS AND ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED FAHRENHEIT 9/11 will coincide with the October 5 DVD release of Moore's critically acclaimed, thought-provoking documentary, a film that shattered box office records while stirring the nation.

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Homeowners Associations : MICHAEL MOORE Where are you? America Wake Up To What George W. Bush, and Gray Davis have done to us.

By Sharon Stephens

Cathedral City, California

This is The Plan, by BIG GOVERNMENT and BIG BUSINESS to bring America into captivity through the creation of small Interment Camps of the New World Order.

The Plan is called Homeowner Associations, (HOAs) or, "gated communities." And, most recently, "Districts."

Literally, because they are "privatized governments" (unconstitutional right there!), and, they have the ability to take away the civil and constitutional rights of people with no legal repercussions to the attorneys, boards and management companies, situations such as non-judicial foreclosure on a $300,000 home for as little as $120. in a missed assessment payment are taking place everywhere. [The home is auctioned off to a straw buyer for the price of the assessment and attorney fees.] Thousands are losing everything they own, and are becoming homeless and penniless. Of course it is the elderly, disabled, and the poor who are the victims of this.

I have been battered three times, fined, have a $20,000 lien for which I really have no explanation, fined, and selectively discriminated against and just found out about the Unruh Act, which I hope will give me some proctection so that I do not lose everything I have worked so hard for, and become homeless. I am disabled, 64 years old, and live on about $810. a month - which leaves me no money for attorneys. I am a prime target for these crooks in my position -- and, I am not alone. There are thousands like me.

Take a look at AHRC.com [American Homeowners Resource Center] -- and see for yourself how this injustice is happening; this is now going on all across the country. It began in Texas when George W. Bush was governor, and in California when Gray Davis was Governor. It has moved to almost every state in the Union.

Imagine, a "gated community" -- and all it would take is a small group of militia, outside, with guns, and no one comes or goes through that gate without permission. Sorta like the Warsaw Ghetto.

Neighborhoods that are not currently gated are being turned into "Districts" that can be gated in the future. I have heard the year 2007 is a goal year.

We are like the proverbial frog in the pot of slowly boiling water, unaware because of ever mounting apathy, we are dying a slow death of ethics, morals and an unbelievable unwillingness to love our neighbors and get involved.

HOAs are the "New Internment Camps of the New World Order," and helping to bring America into a long prophesied captivity.

"Woe unto them that join house to house, [adhesion contracts] lay field to field, till [there be] no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!" Isaiah 5:8

How about a documentary on this condition in America?

PLEASE?


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Centre Daily News : No Cover | Michael Moore flaunts flaw: humanity

You wouldn't think filmmaker Michael Moore could be daunted by public attention.

This is a guy who seemed to get his jollies from an arena full of scornful jeers at the Republican National Convention. He's made mockery of the Bushes into a well-choreographed art. His "mockumentary" of the current Bush administration, "Fahrenheit 9/11," turned into the most profitable documentary-type flicks ever.

But deep inside a news-media center during the RNC this month, the portly son of Michigan looked a tad intimidated.

This'll take some explaining.

It was Sept. 1, the third day of Moore's weeklong stint as a convention-covering columnist for USA Today. And, to the shock and awe of national correspondents accustomed to slams from the self-identified arbiter of truth, Moore agreed to give an impromptu news conference outside Reuters' New York convention offices.

I was hunched over my laptop in Knight Ridder's nearby newsroom, sandwich in hand, when the word started floating about. Moore's just down the hall, we heard.

How perfect! I thought. I'd been waiting for weeks to question -- and skewer -- the lefty conspiracy theorist, who earlier promised to reveal but failed to deliver some fresh Bush-damning news.

The command for the broadcaster arrived circuitously through a call from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, Moore alleged. He went on to say that if the broadcaster wouldn't publicly "out" himself or herself, Moore would do so on his Web site within several days.

But Moore didn't. The broadcaster wasn't outed. Weeks passed. My queries submitted to Moore's people -- asking Moore to follow up on his promise -- went unanswered.

So, when Moore popped up outside the Reuters office at the GOP's four-day soiree, I was ready. I smelled blood.

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