Especially troublesome is the appointment of Lane McCotter by Atty. Gen. Ashcroft, one more reason why Ashcroft is the most dangerous cabinet officer since Ed Meece and James Watt.
A Review by Don J. Cormier
Director Michael Moore's filmic polemic, Fahrenheit 9/11, tells a tale of evil in high places, and paints a sensationally derogatory portrait of President George W. Bush. Currently breaking box-office records around the country and the world, it may well influence the outcome of the November presidential elections. According to Moore, Bush must go because:
1. During the 70s and 80s, the Bush family and close Bush associates developed strong financial ties with the Saudi ruling class, including the wealthy bin Laden family. The ties became so close that the Bush clique became in effect a "fifth column" for the Saudi royal family.
2. The Bush-Saudi clique adopted the goal of deposing Saddam Hussein and getting control of Iraq's oil long before the terrorist acts.
3. During the 2000 presidential race, Bush knew that he would win Florida, because his brother, Jeb Bush, had installed a system of voter qualification which would "accidentally" disenfranchise hundreds of probable democratic voters. Also, the woman in charge of counting votes in Florida was the head of Bush's election committee.
4. After being installed in office, Bush and his advisors Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell downplayed or ignored obvious indications that the U.S. would be attacked by Islamic terrorists. At best, that indicates incompetence. At worst, it could mean that the Bush-Saudi clique knew about Osama Bin Laden's plans didn't interfere so there would be a plausible excuse for war in the Mid-East.
5. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, while virtually all non-military flights were canceled, members of the Bin Laden family were jetted out of the U.S., with little or no questioning.
6. When it was publicly revealed that a majority of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi nationals, the U.S. government attempted to investigate inside Saudi Arabia, but that was resisted by the Saudi government.
7. The war in Afghanistan was not primarily motivated by a desire to find Osama Bin Laden or to destroy Al Qaeda. Rather, the Bush-Saudi clique wanted to remove the Taliban government, which was uncooperative in regard to an oil-pipeline project.
8. Under Saddam's regime, most Iraqis had more safety and prosperity than they do today.
9. The U.S. troops in Iraq are behaving in cruel and brutal ways that will probably generate long-lasting hatred of Americans and increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks.
10. The Bush clique is restructuring the U.S. economy in ways that will eliminate jobs, and tend to coerce poor people into "voluntarily" joining the military.
11. At the same time that Bush publicly praises the military, he wants to cut pay and benefits for enlisted people and their families.
12. The Patriot Act is being used to harass and intimidate opponents of the Bush regime.
If this tale of villainy is true, then Bush and his cronies should be thrown it jail. The question is, should this litany be taken at face value?
Conservative commentators such as Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Christopher Hitchens have accused Moore of lying. While Moore may be somewhat faulty in his statements, it seems to me that he cannot be too far off the truth, because the bulk of his footage is taken from standard news sources such as
|CNN, ABC, and the BBC. I remember seeing
at least one of those news clips when it was first broadcast. For
the most part, Moore does not seem to be fabricating anything, but merely
interpreting public data in a way that demonizes George W Bush. Interpretation
is the key Moore's case is based entirely on circumstantial evidence
which, as every fan of crime fiction knows, is open to interpretation.
Bush's supporters are trying to explain away everything in terms that make
Bush look like a saint but which spin is more plausible? Ultimately,
9/11 is no more irrefutable than a prosecuting attorney's opening speech.
In terms of craft, the film is a great achievement. It would not surprise me if Moore goes down in cinematic history with Sergi Eisentien and Leni Riefenstahl as a master of propaganda. Fahrenheit evokes laughter, tears, and rage the lodestones of both entertainment and politics. One particular sequence stands out for it's artistry and also because it explains the film's title.
When the film presents the World Trade center attack, Moore shows none of the familiar footage of the towers burning and collapsing. Instead, the screen goes dark and the soundtrack plays a confused mixture of cries, police radio calls, rumbling, and sirens. After a few seconds, images of the aftermath begin to appear on the screen. Among them are long-held shots of the New York sky, filled with millions of office documents from the towers, fluttering down with the ashes. This image of smoke and paper probably suggested Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a tale of book burning and dictatorship. In a story that appeared in the June 23-29 issue of Metro Silicon Valley, Moore was quoted by author Geoffrey Dunn as saying "Fahrenheit 9/11 is the temperature at which freedom burns." While we can all hope that this statement is mere liberal rhetoric, evidence is accumulating which suggests that it is the terrible truth.
Letters to the Editor
[Response to Intolerable in Any Denomination, July 2004, page 1]
A thought on modifying the noise statutes to accommodate religious announcements:
There is too much noise in our environment to allow any more.
If you grant a variance for one religion, you must also do it for all religions, sects, and cults. I am sure there are many groups that would like to announce their presence to their neighbors aurally, loudly, and repeatedly. Expect protests by non members or unauthorized aural broadcasts by the irate.
To the protest that a voice may not be heard above the ambient noise (for instance traffic noise), you should reply that the less intrusive technology of a paging system would be sufficient to inform all believers without intruding upon the serenity of non believers. A paging system could simultaneously trigger every believer's pager. These systems have been used for decades to remind people of meetings, appointments, etc. If they complain that their religion does not use technology, then remind them that loudspeakers are technological.
Sir James the Bold
My thanks to the following: Sir James the Bold, SantaClara Bob, Lady Jan the Voluptuous, Joseph, of Northridge, California, and Sir Donald the Elusive.
Dear Fabric Freak
I don't know of anybody who raises moes.
A little lemon and seltzer will remove those pesky ink stains after you've been fingerprinted.
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