Thursday, April 21, 2005 - News - Michael Moore Will Pay You To Defy School Administration - News - Michael Moore Will Pay You To Defy School Administration: "Scholarship, it seems, is the best revenge. While most people might just stew about having their speech canceled by a university president, maverick filmmaker Michael Moore has decided to throw some money at the problem.

On Wednesday, the outspoken documentarian announced the establishment of the Michael Moore Freedom of Speech Scholarship at Cal State San Marcos, the same school that canceled a speech by the Oscar-winning director last year when the school's president decided he was too "political." "I hope this scholarship will encourage students to show courage and stand up for what they believe in", Moore said in a statement. "It's not easy to take on the establishment, but when students do so for the right reasons, they should be rewarded."

The two $2,500 awards will be distributed annually for a minimum of four years and are specifically earmarked for two students "who have done the most to fight for issues of student rights by standing up to the administration of Cal State San Marcos." The first scholarships will be awarded during the 2005-2006 academic year.

Interested students with a minimum 2.5 GPA must fill out an application, which can be found on Moore's Web site, produce three references and write a letter to Moore explaining why they deserve the scholarship and what they've done to take a stand. The deadline is May 11, and winners will be announced in June."

Sunday, April 17, 2005

frontline: karl rove -- the architect | PBS

frontline: karl rove -- the architect | PBS

After surviving one of the roughest presidential elections in modern times, President George W. Bush singled out one member of his team in particular, calling Karl Rove the campaign's "architect." But Rove, a longtime Bush adviser and confidant, is much more than a political guru, he is also the single most powerful -- and ambitious -- policy adviser in the White House.

In "Karl Rove -- The Architect," FRONTLINE® and The Washington Post join forces to trace the political history and modus operandi of the controversial figure who has been on the inside of every major political and policy decision of the Bush administration. With the campaign over, Rove has turned his attention to the battle for Bush's legacy on issues like Social Security, taxes and tort reform. But his ultimate goal is something larger. (more)

The Many Faces of Karl Rove

By Dan Froomkin
Special to
Monday, November 8, 2004; 11:46 AM

The political press is obsessed with Karl Rove, and here are some of the adjectives they have been using lately:

Bright, brilliant, capable, charming, funny, generous, ingenious, omnipotent, powerful, shrewd, skilled, thoughtful and visionary.

Oh wait, I left some out. There's also:

Crude, devious, dorky, evil, feared, foolish, mean, repellent and vindictive.

Almost everyone, it seems, is giving Rove an enormous amount of credit for winning his boss a second term last week. From his office in the West Wing, Rove has been President Bush's senior adviser and chief political strategist.

What people don't tend to agree about, however, is whether Rove won it elegantly -- or down and dirty.

Even President Bush has two entirely different nicknames for Rove: "Boy Genius" and "Turd Blossom," a Texas phrase describing a flower that grows in manure. (more)

Daily Nebraskan - Journalist speaks on independent media

Twenty minutes before the beginning of Amy Goodman’s film and speech, a long line already had formed in front of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Goodman, a journalist and host of the nationally broadcast radio/TV show Democracy Now! spoke on “Independent Media in a Time of War” Saturday at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Green Party of University of Nebraska-Lincoln and radio station KZUM.

Students, parents with their children, elderly couples and workers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln filled the auditorium 10 minutes before the talk. By 7 p.m., a few still brought in seats to form an extra row.

Goodman’s presentation began with a short film consisting of clips from news programs in the Iraq war. The clips mainly showed the statue of Saddam Hussein falling down, Michael Moore’s speech at the Oscar awards ceremony and photographs from the war.

After the film, Goodman criticized many media outlets for spreading government propaganda in the Iraq war instead of questioning the government.

Goodman spoke on the importance of supporting independent media – journalists who don’t just accept the U.S. administration’s information. (more)