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A photographer was finally found for the tour! Great shot, pilot... - 'Fahrenheit 9/11' furor after cable TV airing of film - State/Region NewsBINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Viewers expecting to tune into a weekly public access show Wednesday night found themselves instead watching the political documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

The surprise showing of the film _ which paints President Bush as an inept leader who rushed into war in Iraq _ prompted a few angry phone calls to Times Warner Cable.

Callers were concerned about the content, violence and profanity of the uncensored showing, David Whalen, a spokesman for the cable company, told the Press & Sun-Bulletin, of Binghamton.

Wilton Vought, who has produced a two hour public-access show for over a year. The Fahrenheit 911 tape was programmed into the company's automated system, and was broadcast.

Fahrenheit 9/11 WEB CAST!

Post Comment: "Fahrenheit 9/11 will be broadcast on access tucson four times before the election. however, this means that not only will it be available to watch for anyone who gets tucson cable but will also be STREAMING FOR FREE ON THE ACCESS TUCSON WEBSITE.


You can watch Fahrenheit 9/11 on the internet three more times between now and election day:

Monday, Oct. 25 at 12 a.m. on channel 72
Friday, Oct. 29 at 4:59 p.m. on channel 73
Monday, Nov. 1 at 12 a.m. on channel 72

If you get Access Tucson on cable, you can watch it on TV. If you don't get Access Tucson, or you don't like watching TV, you can watch it on the internet at

at the same times and channels above."

Welcome to the Tucson Citizen: Coulter dodges pie, ridicules war critics

Welcome to the Tucson Citizen: "Ann Coulter arrived two hours late, sidestepped an attempt to throw a pie in her face and delivered a steady stream of outrageous, politically incorrect one-liners attacking liberals, opponents of the war in Iraq, Democrats and that party's presidential nominee, John Kerry.
All in a day's work for the author, TV talking head and blond bombshell of the far right.
Though Coulter was late arriving because of snarled travel arrangements, most of those who braved stormy weather to see her at the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall stuck it out. The hall, which holds about 2,500, was more than 90 percent full when she finally took the stage to a standing ovation.
Coulter called Kerry a 'gigolo' who has spent most of his life 'living off the work of other men.' She said Kerry's only hope to improve this country as president would be 'to snooker some rich country into marrying us.'
She said the 'reporting for duty' line Kerry used at the Democratic convention 'is the same thing he says when he goes into the bedroom.'"

Welcome to the Tucson Citizen: Can't we all get along?

Welcome to the Tucson Citizen: "The presidential campaign has become increasingly contentious, with candidates and supporters demonizing each other.
Earlier this month, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore spoke on the University of Arizona campus, and was interrupted by some students who disagreed with him.
Then Thursday, conservative author Ann Coulter spoke on campus and had to dodge a pair of pies thrown by two young men who dashed onstage.
That kind of behavior is disgraceful. The young men who threw the pies were arrested - and rightly so.
Remember when people could disagree about politics without being disagreeable?"

Michael "Slacker Uprising Tour" Crew Blog: First-Hand Knowledge...

"Slacker Uprising Tour" Crew Blog: First-Hand Knowledge...: "Last night in Philadelphia, we were fortunate to get a chance to hear about the effects of the Iraq war from Americans who have felt its impact more than anyone. Abdul Henderson, the Marine who appears in 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' spoke of his rage and anger after September 11th, his love of his country and how he would be willing to do anything to protect it. 'I would drive the wheels off a hummer if it meant protecting this country.' However, he said that protecting America is not what the Iraq war is all about.

Mike Hoffman, the founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke about what it means to support the troops. He looked at the thousands in attendance at the Liacouras Center and let them know that this is a group of people that support the troops, not a group that would send them to war when it wasn't absolutely necessary. 'That's why I'm here speaking to you today -- so you can help me spread the truth and bring them home now!' Of George W. Bush, Hoffman had this to say: 'He asked me to put my life on the line for his profits.'

We also heard about the war from the perspective of a soldier's parents, who lost their son on the battlefield. Celeste and Raphael Zappala took the stage and Celeste eloquently spoke about the loss of their son Sherwood...a touching speech that only a mother could deliver. She said that when they buried their son, they made a vow to speak the truth for him. 'There were no weapons of mass destruction -- no al-Qaeda ties. The 9/11 Commission has said it. Every sane person has said it. Now WE have to say it on November 2nd.' Sherwood was the 1st Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since 1945."

The crew blog could be updated with a camera/video phone. But, this is a step in the right direction.

Michael Moore in Rye: You must organize to get out the vote

Michael Moore in Rye: You must organize to get out the voteRYE — Oscar winning filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore told Granite Staters Thursday that voting for John Kerry was not enough.

With many potential voters already having decided which candidate to support this November, Moore said organizing to get fellow citizens out to the polls would be more crucial in effort to defeat President Bush.

"I think the rest of us would really hate to wake up Nov. 3 and see this state red — a whole sea of blue in this part of the country and there’s New Hampshire," Moore said.

The approximately 200 people who gathered to see Moore speak at Rye Airfield shot back with a resounding "no," when Moore asked, "We’re not going to let that happen are we?"

Thursday’s stop was number 38 of Moore’s 60-city "Slackers Uprising" tour of 20 battleground states.

"I wish you could be with me on this tour, because you would have a lot of cautious optimism as to how things are going," Moore told the crowd.

Hmmmm. By using the internet more effectively, Michael could have taken us all on the tour with him.

The "Slacker Uprising Tour" Crew Blog is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, it will be updated regualarly with multimedia reports over the last 10 days of the tour. -JOlmsted

Friday, October 22, 2004

Michael : Moore Inspires Luther 'Slackers' to Get Out and Vote

WCF Courier: "DECORAH --- Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore mocked right-wing broadcasters and slammed the Bush administration Wednesday at a sold-out Luther College voter rally.
More than 3,200 people paid to hear the outspoken liberal take jabs at Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the commander-in-chief, whom Moore called a liar and war criminal.
'Look at this turnout!' Moore exclaimed before the cheering crowd. 'I mean, we are in the middle of nowhere!'
The event was part of Moore's Slacker Uprising Tour and was Moore's first-ever visit to Decorah. His appearance was part of a 60-city tour aimed at improving student voter turnout in 20 key battleground states.
Local political players' reaction, though, was mixed on what, if any, effect the rally might have on the Nov. 2 election.
As with the rest of the country, 'there's not much of an undecided voter population left' in Iowa, said Rachel Vagts, chairwoman of Winneshiek County Democrats.
Moore acknowledged most voters are entrenched by now, but still urged those at the rally to reach out to Republican friends and family members.
'It's going to be very, very close here,' he said, 'and just the people in this room tonight could make the difference.'
The Luther Democrats student group contacted Moore earlier this year about doing an event at the school. President Mark Strohbehn said they used the college's proximity to three swing states as a selling point."

Mike welcomes special guest Rosanne to the stage at Luther College's Regents Center.

Moore or less - The Daily Utah Chronicle - News

Despite threats, accusations of betrayal, pressure from donors, insults, bribes, a petition and a civil lawsuit, Utah Valley State College student body leaders did not cancel controversial speaker Michael Moore's on-campus appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Moore, who charged the university more than $50,000 in speaking and traveling fees, was "grateful" to leaders Jim Bassi and Joe Vogel for standing by their decision and claimed it was an important demonstration of freedom of speech.

"It's incredible...thank you first of all to these students for their courage and their bravery," Moore told a crowd whose cheers were louder than its boos. "Because they have a conscience, no amount of money could buy them off. The students at Utah Valley State wouldn't back down."

Moore continued his multi-media presentation for roughly 90 minutes, criticizing President Bush and Republicans and committing "slackers" to vote by handing out the "staples of slackers everywhere,"-Top Ramen and men's underwear.

Moore read two of 3,000 letters he said he had received from soldiers who are displeased with Bush and criticized the media for not reporting "the truth" about the war in Iraq.

"The media has done a poor job of informing us of the truth," Moore said. "The American people, when given information, tend to do the right thing. When they are kept in the dark, they tend to do the wrong thing."

He emphasized that Utah is a part of the United States and has the same rights given by the U.S. Constitution.

"You have the right of freedom of speech, expression and religion," he said.

Moore invited Roseanne Barr as a special guest speaker.

She delivered a satirical speech, criticizing Bush as having "deficit-attention disorder" and said he had a cavalier attitude, which she fears will continue.

She described Bush's attitude as, "The world is our b****, and we'll just pop a cap in her ass when she doesn't do what we want."

Thursday, October 21, 2004

American Voices | Foolproof Performing Arts

American Voices | Foolproof Performing ArtsJulie Furlong here.... I understand you were trying to reach me - and
do I read correctly that you were doing so the day before the Michael Moore appearance???

I have read the exchange of emails below and I feel that we should probably clarify -

This is, by far, the largest venue in which we have held a performance.

Just to give you an idea of the magnitude of this, you were one of about 75 - 100 "media representatives" with whom we were in contact related to information and the media passes we were allotted - however, the day before the show, when you contacted the office, those media passes were long gone.... We typically start working with the media six weeks in advance (in this case, the day the show was announced).

I, unfortunately, was out of town the day before and the day of the Michael Moore event and left the Foolproof office with a completed media pass list that had been meticulously compiled during the previous week.

What you need to know is that until 10 am on Tuesday 10/19 - the day of the show - there was to be NO NEWS CONFERENCE - PER Michael Moore. He changed his mind that morning and our office was informed of this change. In my absence - the staff did an incredible job trying to reach all they could to advise of this change, given the many other tasks they
had at hand.

It is clear that you are not an event producer - otherwise you would understand that the day before and the day of an event (not to mention, one of this size) the staff are barely able to breathe - much less handle very last minute inquiries, ticket sales etc. and, in particular, with such a change as adding a news conference, to handle my job in addition to theirs.

I have read what you put on your "website", and find it unfortunate that this type of derision seems appropriate given the circumstances. I suppose that snippets of this email will be added to your blog - and only ask that you provide your readers with the entire story rather than an edited version.



Julie Furlong
Furlong Communications


Dear Julie,

Actually, your entire email is posted to the F911 Blog. Thanks for the behind the scenes story. It is a way better report than attending the boil plate press conference hours before Michael's presentation.

Townsend Times - Democratic Town Committee airs Moore film, voters on the rise

Townsend Times - Today's Headlines: "TOWNSEND -- Members of the Townsend Democratic Town Committee met in Memorial Hall last Thursday to view the Michael Moore film, Fahrenheit 911.
Committee Chairman Amy Collins appointed Theresa Morse, Gene Rauhala, Amy Sharp, Derek Sharp and Mary West to the committee.
Other new members include John Barrett, Leslie Rauhala, Samuel Rauhala, Scott MacPhee, Joan MacPhee and Linda Forest.
'What we are trying to do is to get the students at North Middlesex Regional High School involved in the democratic process with the Presidential Election next month,' Collins said.
Collins said having young people involved gives the overview of what politics is all about. 'Whether they make phone calls that day, or hold signs, they get an education,' she said.
The movie was attended by approximately 20 residents. 'The movie was so moving at times you could hear a pin drop,' Morse said. "

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

ABC News: Michael Moore Brings Bush-Bashing to Utah

ABC News: Michael Moore Brings Bush-Bashing to Utah: "OREM, Utah Oct 20, 2004 - Filmmaker Michael Moore brought his Bush-bashing to conservative Utah Wednesday, saying he felt perfectly safe and was proud of student organizers who held firm against attempts to bar him from the Republican bastion.
'I feel bad for students who had to suffer through this simply because they believe in freedom of expression,' Moore said before his sold-out speech to more than 7,000 at Utah Valley State College.
The stop was part of Moore's Slacker Uprising tour aimed at mobilizing youth voters. Asked if he feared for his safety in an area so opposed to his point of view, Moore scoffed.
'The whole country loves the Mormons. Why would I feel unsafe here? I haven't seen a lot of Utah gangs, Mormons with chains and knives and Uzis.'"

seattle: Michael Moore: Seattle Slacker Video Report

seattle: Michael Moore: Seattle Slacker Video Report: "I arrived about 15 minutes early. It was interesting watching the arena fill up. At 7:15pm it was only about 1/2 full. This made me thing of the 47% of eligible voters who did not vote in the last presidential election. It made me curious to see how big the turn out would be. I was pleasantly surprised that by 8pm most of the arena was full. It was a good rally I thought. It was the largest one I have attended. It was encouraging to hear the numbers of people who have turned out to his rallies in our country. I only hope that the people care enough to show up and cast their vote on Election Day.

Loved the commercials"

The New York Times > International > 'Catastrophic Success': Poor Intelligence Misled Troops About Risk of Drawn-Out War

The New York Times > International > 'Catastrophic Success': Poor Intelligence Misled Troops About Risk of Drawn-Out War: " 'CATASTROPHIC SUCCESS'
Poor Intelligence Misled Troops About Risk of Drawn-Out War

Published: October 20, 2004

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
AMERICANS AS LIBERATORS, APRIL 2003 In front of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, Lance Cpl. Shawn Hicks was greeted with hugs from Iraqis jubilant at the coalition's victory over Saddam Hussein.


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'Catastrophic Success'
Second of three articles: Blind Spots

Catastrophic Success in Iraq
Michael R. Gordon reports on American preparations for the war and its aftermath.


Early Analyses: 'A Long, Difficult and Probably Turbulent Process' (October 20, 2004)

'Catastrophic Success': The Strategy to Secure Iraq Did Not Foresee a 2nd War (October 19, 2004)


Forum: Join a Discussion on The Transition in Iraq




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AMERICANS AS TARGETS, JULY 2003 Angry Iraqis stoned an American vehic"

komo 4 news | Fans, Protesters Turn Out For Michael Moore (Video)

komo 4 news | Fans, Protesters Turn Out For Michael Moore: "'This attitude of can't we all just get along... and what... all think the same way?' he said at a press conference before the event. 'That's not what's called a democracy. So I don't think this is so bad.'
At the Seatte stop on his tour Moore got some added starpower from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. He sang three songs at the start of the evening and then, after poking his own fun at President Bush, introduced the man who is making a career out of it.

'He showed up to a 90-minute debate with 5-minutes worth of material,' Moore chided the president in a standup-comic like presentation that covered the debates, the war in Iraq, and health care.
Moore admits at that these events he knows he's preaching to his own choir. He says his nation-wide tour will continue through election day because in his view that choir hasn't been singing loud enough.
'So instead of waiting for the Democrats to get it together this time I think we all decided we've got to do something ourselves. We can't just sit back and think the Democrats are gonna get rid of George Bush.' "

Interesting Note: The Seattle Times estimated the size of the anti-Moore group to be about 10. 10 people. KOMO News spent a large part of their broadcast on this group but didn't state the size in their video report.

The Seattle Times: Filmmaker Michael Moore urges voter turnout

The Seattle Times: Arts & Entertainment: Filmmaker Michael Moore urges voter turnout: "Whether he's imploring Americans to vote on Election Day or defending his films 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'Roger and Me,' Moore speaks as forcefully against apathy and ambivalence as against right-wing politics.

He's traveling the country to encourage Democratic voter turnout, especially in states where polls indicate the presidential race is too close to call.

'I only wish George W. Bush could see this,' he said, greeting the crowd of about 10,000 in Seattle. Then he chanted, 'Two more weeks. Two more weeks. It will be all over,' he said, as the crowd roared with approval.

For Seattle, the political showman invited friends Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam to perform for those gathered at the event, sponsored by the nonprofit arts group Foolproof.

His Bush-mocking political collage '9/11' has become the largest-grossing documentary in history, with about $119 million in ticket sales and a hit DVD.

Meanwhile, pundits, journalists and bloggers continue to debate the film's critiques of the Iraq war and its insinuations about the Bush family and wealthy Saudis.

Outside KeyArena, 10 protesters gathered to complain about what they saw as 'mistruths' in '9/11.'

When asked at a news conference before his speech whether his films were more propaganda than documentary, Moore responded: 'My movies are the anti-propaganda.'

He said the real propaganda happens every evening on the news when the media act like an arm of the Bush administration. "

By Tyrone Beason
Seattle Times staff reporter

Seattle: Moore in character at KeyArena

Moore in character at KeyArena: "Filmmaker Michael Moore brought his nationwide get-out-the-vote campaign to Seattle last night, telling a boisterous KeyArena audience that President Bush's days in office are numbered.
'Two more weeks. Two more weeks,' he said after walking onto the stage to a standing ovation from the nearly full house. 'It's been a long four years, hasn't it?'
During his two-hour appearance, the 'Fahrenheit 9/11' director delivered sharp criticism of Bush for his handling of the war in Iraq.
He also used the evening to poke fun at the president and at conservative pundits such as talk show host Bill O'Reilly.
Moore entertained the crowd with spoof campaign ads for the Bush-Cheney ticket and a mock reading of 'My Pet Goat,' the book the president was reading at a Florida elementary school when he was informed about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Having traveled to more than 30 cities on the tour, Moore said he was heartened by the number of people who have turned out to hear him speak."


"My movies are the anti-propaganda," he said during a news conference before last night's event.

From: "Foolproof Performing Arts"
To: "'JOlmsted'"
Subject: RE: Julie Furlong: Email Address
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 11:33:18 -0700

I will forward your ticket request to Julie.
There is no press conference for this event.

Foolproof Performing Arts

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Oregon Daily Emerald - University of Oregon news and sports - Moore Bush-bashing

Oregon Daily Emerald - University of Oregon news and sports - Moore Bush-bashing: "Controversial filmmaker and author Michael Moore blasted President Bush as a member of a 'ruthless' minority and implored people to vote for presidential candidate John Kerry during a show at the Lane Events Center Monday.
Moore delivered a lashing monologue before a sold-out crowd of about 4,000 during the event, which was organized by the UO Cultural Forum.
Moore, whose blockbuster documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' was recently released on video, said the Eugene show was the 31st on a 60-city 'Slacker Uprising Tour' of 20 battleground states.
Wearing a yellow University baseball hat, Moore said the tour is designed to encourage nonvoters and slackers. Moore offered prior nonvoters clean underwear and ramen noodle packages -- the 'sustenance of slackers everywhere' -- in exchange for their participation in the election.
'We just want you to try voting, just this once,' he said. 'I can't think of a more important election in our lifetime.'
Moore said he and his wife are organizing a team of lawyers to travel to Florida for the Nov. 2 election to help any people there who encounter voter fraud.
He also said he wants to organize an 'army of video cameras' to document any voter fraud that occurs nationally at the polls.
'It won't be in the darkness this time,' Moore said. 'It will be with a big fucking light on them.' "

Michael at the Eugene press conference. Will there be a press conference in Seattle?

KUTV: Lawsuit Tries to Void USVC's Contract with Michael Moore

KUTV: Lawsuit Tries to Void USVC's Contract with Michael Moore: "The fight to keep controversial filmmaker Michael Moore off the Utah Valley State campus this Wednesday has been taken to the courts.

Kay Anderson and a student, Dan Garcia, filed a lawsuit Monday in Orem against the college's student organization and the student council adviser, Phil Clegg.

The lawsuit seeks to void the school's contract with Moore until the student government can vote on it. It also seeks to keep the school from paying Moore until the court can determine whether the contract was executed properly.

``We do believe that if they had done this properly in the first place, the students would have voted it down,'' said plaintiff Kay Anderson, whose children have attended UVSC.

The matter has been referred to an attorney with the state Attorney General's Office, which represents the college.

Student leaders have refused to comment on the suit. "

Seattle Slacker Tour Tonight

American Voices Foolproof Performing Arts: "Seattle, WA - Michael Moore, outspoken and always original, will speak at a one night appearance only at Seattle's Key Arena on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 pm, two weeks prior to the presidential election.

Tickets for the appearance will be $15 (obstructed view tickets are $5) and are available through Ticketmaster at 206-628-0888, online at or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

Michael Moore emerged as one of America's funniest political voices with his Emmy-Award winning TV news magazine, TV Nation and with his 1989 film Roger and Me, which introduced America to real life in the post-industrial society. Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine won the Oscar for best documentary.

His most recent film, Fahrenheit 911, won the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and is Moore's judgment of the Bush administration. The film includes allegations about the 2000 presidential election, explores connections between the Bush family and the Saudis and suggests that the Bush administration fanned terrorism fears to boost American support for the Iraq war.

The theme of Moore's appearance is Seattle is a 'Get Out the Vote' crusade and will provide voter registration materials and information inside the venue. "

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Note from foolproof productions:

Regrettably, all press passes for this event have been issued.
Thank you

Since there isn't a pass, the F911 Blog regrettably will not cover the Seattle Slackers event tonight.

Moore Launches 'Fahrenheit for Free' Campaign In Madison

<Moore Launches 'Fahrenheit for Free' Campaign In Madison: "MADISON, Wis. -- Michael Moore is launching a nationwide campaign to get more people to see his anti-Bush movie 'Fahrenheit 9/11.'
Moore announced Saturday there will be a national 'Fahrenheit for Free' day Oct. 26. He's trying to get video stores around the country to offer free rentals. Moore was in Madison at the Memorial Union Terrace on campus, for his 'Slacker Uprising Tour.'

The first two stores to sign on are Four Star Video Heaven and Bongo Video in Madison. ( Theater Locations )
'We believe as many Americans as possible should see this film before the election, before they make up their minds,' Moore said.
'It was a no-brainer for us. Four Star Video has always taken a stand on political issues that we felt were important throughout history, and this year is no different,' said Rick Hale of Four Star.
Moore said he will try to get corporate video store chains involved, but he doubts they will sign on."

StatesmanJournal: Michael Moore grills opposition in Salem "Filmmaker Michael Moore didn’t pull any punches during his appearance Monday night at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

And the crowd of 6,000 jammed into the Pavilion loved him for it.

Clad in a Willamette University cap, a black T-shirt and baggy jeans, the director of “Fahrenheit 9/11” picked up where the film left off during his 75-minute Slacker Uprising Tour program, the 32nd stop on a 60-city tour.

Moore took aim at his favorite targets, including Republicans, commentator Bill O’Reilly and President Bush, while urging those who failed to vote in 2000 to make sure to vote in the upcoming election.

“I understand why people sink to a level of cynicism and despair,” he said. “But just this once, take 10 minutes and vote.”

The program was sponsored by the Associated Students of Willamette University and was the largest election-related event held in Salem in several years.

Before the event, the decidedly pro-John Kerry crowd excitedly passed through a gauntlet of about 50 protesters waving American and Iraqi flags, denouncing Moore’s appearance. One person was cited and released after setting a United Nations flag on fire, said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in this area,” Jim McDonald of Monmouth said after passing the demonstrators. “For the Democratic movement, an event like this provides a wellspring of popular support. It’s like there are psychic sparks going off here.”

Daily Vanguard - Michael Moore speaking today in Portland

Daily Vanguard - Michael Moore speaking today: "Documentary filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore will be speaking today at PSU in the Urban Plaza at noon.
Now that Oregon residents are receiving their ballots, the 2004 elections have officially begun. Moore will focus on improving the voter ballot turnout in Oregon, especially among young voters, by encouraging everyone to vote early.
Moore has joined with Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, and reps from America Votes and 21st Century Democrats Young Voter Project to help mobilize voters. The rally is expecting a large crowd, so arrive early. Ballot drop-boxes will be onsite at the event."

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Monday, October 18, 2004

Dirt Rag Forums - Impeach Bush Socks

Dirt Rag Forums - Impeach Bush: "Courtesy of Sock Guy.

I have no idea how large his print run was, but it can't be that big...these socks will be obsolete by the end of November. Well, let's at least hope so!" Books: Chain of Command : The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib Chain of Command: "Seymour Hersh has been a legendary investigative reporter since 1969 when he broke the My Lai story in Vietnam. His considerable skill and well-placed sources inside the government, intelligence community, military, and the diplomatic corps have allowed him access to a wide range of information unavailable to most reporters. Chain of Command is packed with specific details and thoughtful analysis of events since the attacks of September 11, 2001, including intelligence failures prior to 9/11; postwar planning regarding Afghanistan and Iraq; the corruption of the Saudi family; Pakistan's nuclear program, which spread nuclear technology via the black market (and admitted as such); influence peddling at the highest levels; and the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib prison, among other topics. The book collects and elaborates on stories Hersh wrote for The New Yorker, and includes an introduction by the magazine's editor, David Remnick, on Hersh's background and his sources.

Part of Hersh's skill lies in uncovering official reports that have been buried because government or military leaders find them too revealing or embarrassing. Chain of Command is filled with such stories, particularly regarding the manner in which sensitive intelligence was gathered and disseminated within the Bush administration. Hersh details how serious decisions were made in secret by a small handful of people, often based on selective information. Part of the problem was, and remains, a lack of human intelligence in critical parts of the Middle East, but it also has much to do with the considerable infighting within the administration by those trying to make intelligence fit preconceived conclusions. A prime example of this is the story about the files that surfaced allegedly detailing how Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger in order to build nuclear weapons. Though the files were soon proven to be forgeries, the Bush administration still used them as evidence against Saddam Hussein and therefore part of the reason for invading Iraq. In these pages, Hersh offers readers a clearer understanding of what has happened since September 11, and what we might expect in the future. --Shawn Carkonen

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh spills the secrets of the Iraq quagmire and the war on terror (Video)

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh: "BERKELEY - The Iraq war is not winnable, a secret U.S. military unit has been 'disappearing' people since December 2001, and America has no idea how irreparably its torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison has damaged its image in the Middle East. These were just a few of the grim pronouncements made by Pulitzer Prize - winning investigative reporter Seymour 'Sy' Hersh to KQED host Michael Krasny before a Berkeley audience on Friday night (Oct. 8).

The past two years will 'go down as one of the classic sort of failures' in history, said the man who has been called the 'greatest muckraker of all time' and (paradoxically) the 'enfant terrible of journalism for more than 30 years.' While Hersh blamed the White House and the Pentagon for the Iraq quagmire and America's besmirched world image, he was stymied by how it all happened. 'How could eight or nine neoconservatives come and take charge of this government?' he asked. 'They overran the bureaucracy, they overran the Congress, they overran the press, and they overran the military! So you say to yourself, How fragile is this democracy?'

That fragility clearly unnerves him. Hersh summarizes his mission as "to hold the people in public office to the highest possible standard of decency and of honesty…to tolerate anything less, even in the name of national security, is wrong." He tries his best. More than any other U.S. journalist alive today, he embodies the statement that "a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government," a belief defined by the conservationist Edward Abbey. "

By Bonnie Azab Powell
11 October 2004


Transcript: Jane Wallace Interviews Seymour Hersh - NOW with Bill Moyers - Commitment 2004 - Moore: Voter Turnout Critical On Nov. 2 - Commitment 2004 - Moore: Voter Turnout Critical On Nov. 2: "AMES, Iowa -- Filmmaker Michael Moore said Iowans should vote in the Nov. 2 election because the state could decide who the next president is.

Moore was in Ames Sunday night where he spoke to thousands of people at Hilton Coliseum.

Moore apologized to the crowd for arriving one hour and 45 minutes late, blaming it on airport delays. Hundreds of students walked out before Moore arrived.

Moore believes his anti-President George W. Bush film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' has had an impact on the run for the White House.

Discussion: Fahrenheit 9/11

He defended Democratic nominee John Kerry and criticized Republican claims that Kerry has flip-flopped his position on the war in Iraq. Moore said Kerry was in step with the majority of Americans who supported the war.
Moore said Americans were 'hood-winked and lied to' about the war."

Sunday, October 17, 2004

seattle: Michael Moore in Seattle

seattle: Michael Moore in Seattle: "An Evening with MICHAEL MOORE
The Slacker Uprising Tour to Get Out the Vote!
7:30 pm

TICKETS - $15.00 floor, $5 uppper level
(service fees may apply)

No stranger to controversy, Michael Moore elicited boos at the Republican convention in New York while his documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' continues to break attendance records nationwide. Oscar winner for 'Bowling for Columbine,' author of the bestsellers Dude, Where's My Country? and Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation. "

MSNBC - Will Oscar Listen? : Most Believe 'Fahrenheit' Nomination Tied to the Election

MSNBC - Will Oscar Listen?: "Millions of people surely believe that Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" deserve best-picture Oscar nominations. Unfortunately, most of them don't vote for the Academy Awards. Despite shattering box-office records and dominating headlines for months, these two films face real obstacles in the race for Hollywood's top prize. Of the many high-placed studio executives, producers, Oscar strategists, publicists and Academy members interviewed for this story, most think that "Fahrenheit's" chances depend on the results of the presidential election, and all say that a "Passion" best-picture nod is almost unthinkable. Hollywood, with its Jewish roots, did not experience "The Passion" as a transcendent religious and emotional event, as so many other viewers did. Some haven't forgiven Gibson for even making the film, let alone forgotten his father, Hutton, and his inflammatory statements about the history of the Jews. "I'll tell you why 'The Passion' won't be nominated," snaps one industry executive. "Happily, there are too many people in the Academy who believe the Holocaust actually happened."

While the rest of the country forked over $370 million to see "The Passion"—making it the highest-grossing foreign-language film, religious film and Gibson film ever—many within the industry did not, out of protest either over its alleged anti-Semitism, its explicit violence or Gibson's refusal to disavow his father. "A lot of older Academy voters, who are largely Jewish, refuse to even see this movie," says one Oscar-campaign vet. "There's a level of animosity toward this film that is very real. When I talk to the members, I hear it over and over and over again." Complicating matters, says one exec, is the sense, fair or not, that Gibson marketed the film as something Hollywood couldn't, or wouldn't, make. "It's a little weird to trash the establishment, and then to come knocking at the establishment's door during awards season."

By Sean Smith

New York Daily News - Disney maxed out: Miramax's Weinsteins may be exiting

Disney maxed out: "The curtain's coming down on the Weinsteins- long-running partnership with Disney. Miramax brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein will more than likely exit the Mouse House where they have feuded bitterly with Disney boss Michael Eisner, sources said yesterday.
Disney has already informed the Weinsteins - the moguls behind hits like 'Chicago,' 'The English Patient' and 'Kill Bill' - that it will not renew their employment contract, reports said. Their current deal expires in Sept. 2005.
While the two sides are still talking and could possibly reach a new agreement, Hollywood is betting against it.
The Weinsteins are said to want to remain at Disney, which owns their highly valuable library of past releases. The show biz duo are lobbying Disney board members to keep them on board.
'Unless the board steps in, it's almost definite they will leave,' a source said."

The Washington Dispatch: Bush Supporters Angered Over Fahrenheit 9/11 Viewing at Library

The Washington Dispatch: "An Ohio library is planning to provide a public showing of Fahrenheit 9/11 after an inability to keep up with the ongoing requests for the film from its video library. In order to provide balance, the libraries administrators have decided to also air FahrenHype 9/11, a recently produced counter to Michael Moore's hard-hitting documentary.
Note that while the library does serve as a polling place, the viewing is planned a week before the election.
Bush supporters on the web are outraged. Posters on a pro-Bush website wrote, 'This library needs to be stormed by pro-American forces,' and 'boycott the showing by showing signs[:] no more donations to the library'
While some of George Bush's supporters are claiming that the planned airing of an anti-Kerry video by Sinclair Broadcasting (across public airwaves to millions of viewers) is protected by free speech, they object to a small group of Americans gathering at local library to view an anti-Bush documentary."

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Welcome to "MUST SEE Video: Seymour Hersh Visits Univ. of California Berkley - Other - Video - 2004-10-08
This really is must see video. Seymour Hersh is a reporter for The New Yorker and is responsible for break many huge stories about Government deception of the years.

Take some time and listen to this. Skip the BS and start at about 5 minutes into the video. "

Michael : Slain soldier's mom dies hours after seeing body

Michael : Mike's Message : Mike's Latest News: "TUCSON, Ariz. – A 45-year-old woman collapsed and died days after learning her son had been killed in Iraq, and just hours after seeing his body.

Results of an autopsy were not immediately released, but friends of Karen Unruh-Wahrer said she couldn't stop crying about the death of her 25-year-old son, Army Spc. Robert Oliver Unruh, who was killed by enemy fire near Baghdad on Sept. 25.

"Her grief was so intense – it seemed it could have harmed her, could have caused a heart attack. Her husband described it as a broken heart," said Cheryl Hamilton, manager of respiratory care services at University Medical Center, where Mrs. Unruh-Wahrer worked as a respiratory therapist.

Spc. Unruh, a combat engineer, had been in Iraq for less than a month when he was shot during an attack on his unit."

The Capital Times

The Capital Times: "Filmmaker Michael Moore is a controversial figure. The left loves him for having the courage to shine the light of truth on the abuses of power and privilege that have defined the past 3 years of American history.

(Photo/Nathaniel Greenbaum)
For exactly the same reason, the right hates him. And most of America's elite media have a hard time figuring out what to do with him - they cannot dismiss the most successful documentary filmmaker in American history, yet they do not feel comfortable giving the man and his ideas the attention that is usually afforded so successful and broadly recognized a commentator on the Zeitgeist.
When Moore appears in Madison tonight, for an 8 p.m. get-out-the-vote rally at the Memorial Union Terrace, all of the passions and conundrums associated with the man who made the film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' will be on display. There will be fans, there will be protesters, and there will be folks trying to make sense of the phenomenon. And, as is the case everywhere that Moore goes, there will be passionate debate about not just the issues of this election but the direction of this country.

Michael Moore tries hard to keep things light - and there is certainly a great deal of humor to be found in his films, books and public pronouncements. But he is not a joke. Indeed, the stir he has created nationally, and internationally, is worthy of note. In much of the world, Michael Moore is the best-known critic of the Bush administration's reign of error. And, frankly, we couldn't think of a better representative of American opposition to military adventurism, crony capitalism and democratic decay."

American News | Fairness, balance should matter all the time

American News | Fairness, balance should matter all the time: "A question for supporters of George W. Bush.
Have you heard that CBS is planning to air Michael Moore's ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' next week? And that, in order to get around equal time guidelines, they're going to classify it as news programming?
Does that hack you off? Good. Hold that thought.
The fact is, you haven't heard that news because it's not happening. But something similar is. It involves the Sinclair Broadcasting Group. That Maryland-based company, a major donor to the Republican Party, owns, programs or operates 62 television stations in 39 U.S. markets. It's ordered those stations to air a film next week that's reported to be harshly critical of John Kerry's activities as an anti-war protester in the early 1970s. ''Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal,'' is said to portray Kerry as, in essence, a traitor. Filmmaker Carlton Sherwood gives voice to former prisoners of war who claim Kerry's protests gave aid and comfort to their Vietnamese captors.
Sherwood offered Kerry no chance to rebut the charges because ''he's had 33 years of all the press coverage he's wanted.''
Which is about as journalistically irresponsible as it gets.
Yet Sinclair is calling the movie a news program in order to skirt an FCC rule requiring television stations to provide equal time to candidates for federal office. Frankly, it's unclear whether the film would have violated at least the letter of that regulation. After all, ''Stolen Honor'' provides plenty of time to Kerry; it's just that it's all negative. But since news broadcasts are exempt, Sinclair has chosen to take no chances and has slapped that label on."

Journal Gazette | Best sellers

Journal Gazette | Best sellersNON-FICTION

1 “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction” by the writers of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart. A hilarious look at American-style democracy and government.

2 “He’s Just Not That Into You” by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. A book that educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn’t like them and it’s time to stop wasting time.

3 “How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter” by Ann Coulter. The controversial conservative commentator urges readers to get in the faces of liberals.

4 “Chronicles: Volume One” by Bob Dylan. The famous singer-songwriter’s surprisingly frank autobiography.

5 “The South Beach Diet” by Arthur Agatston. A South Florida cardiologist’s diet plan that allows for normal size helpings and snacks.

6 “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren. A blueprint for a lifestyle based on God’s eternal purposes.

7 “Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family” by Philip C. McGraw. Dr. Phil offers tips to parents.

8 “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry” by John E. O’Neill, Jerome R. Corsi. The authors bring together the voices of more than 200 Navy veterans who feel Kerry is unworthy of the presidency.

9 “Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters From the War Zone” by Michael Moore. The filmmaker of “Fahrenheit 9/11” fields letters from Iraqi war veterans and their families.
10 “The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty” by Kitty Kelley. A salacious, gossipy look at the family of President Bush.

Last week’s best-selling books, according to Publishers Weekly.


Memphis Flyer: "The scheduled Memphis appearance on Saturday of Fahrenheight 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore has been canceled dur to Moore's illness, announced local Kerry-Edwards coordinator Kerry Fulmer late Friday afternoon.

Said Fulmer in an email:

'We have some very sad news - due to illness Michael Moore has had to cancel his tour. It has been reported that he has pneumonia. Michael Moore will not be able to appear in Memphis October 16th. We all send our prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery to Michael....

Moore had been scheduled to appear at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis at 1 p.m. Saturday.

State Rep. Kathryn Bowers, local Democratic Party chairman, issued the following statement: "