Debbie’s popular previous column on Michael Moore here.)
Twain, once said, “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.”
Twain lived in the 19th Century.
In the 21st Century, there are lies, damn lies, and Michael
Twain, Moore wants to be the great social commentator of our era.
But, “Fahrenheit 9-11” (F911), his latest propaganda film, shows why
he will forever remain in “wanna-be” status.
It’s typical Moore: lies, half-truths, far-left wackos and kooks as experts, snarky cheap shots, and just plain nonsense.
starts out by recounting the tired liberal-left canard about George W. Bush
“stealing” the 2000 Presidential Election.
Gee, we haven’t heard that one before.
And for those who actually read the paper and peruse bookstores,
there’s little else new in this waste of celluloid.
shows endless shots of Bush and administration officials being made up for TV
appearances, montages of Bush golfing and on vacation, a shot of Bush with his
dog – all accompanied by the sarcastic vocal commentary of Michael Moore. (You
didn’t expect the self-important, schlubby Moore to spare us and stay
off-screen, did you?)
Moore’s world, liberal politicians never get made up or hair coiffed for TV
appearances. In Moore’s world,
Bill Clinton never golfed, never vacationed for months on Cape Cod and
Martha’s Vineyard, never had a dog named “Buddy” – all while Slick
Willie had the opportunity (several times) to have Osama Bin Laden handed over
to him, but declined.
But that’s Moore’s world. He has learned the Costas Gavras (the famous Socialist-Communist director who produced Anti-American films) technique well. Bush and other administration “villains”--so cast by Moore--are shot from down below, to make them look even more evil.
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spends much time on Bin Laden family members flying out of the US when the rest
of America was grounded, right after 9-11.
Showing a clip of Khalil Bin Laden at the airport, a chyron on the screen
cleverly reads “days after 9-11.” But,
how many days? In fact, while some
Bin Ladens did get to fly out early, most of the Bin Laden family flew out of
America, after the rest of America could already fly.
Moore says the FBI was not allowed to interview them, but in fact, the
FBI was allowed to interview them and chose not to.
That is disturbing, but it’s not what Moore “reported”.
close relationship between the Bush family, including the current President, and
the Saudi Royal Family is troubling. But
it’s nothing new, and Moore offers no alternative.
The Saudi Royals are, no doubt, despicable.
They foster and fund madrasas, mosques, and clerics who preach the death
of the West, Christians, and Jews. They
hold telethons to fund the “martyrs” and allowed Al-Qaeda to grow.
Women can’t drive, and non-Muslims are the equivalent of slaves.
Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar is slimy and dishonest.
the precarious Saudi Royal Family is better than the alternative--the Saudi
masses who hate us even more and who love Osama Bin Laden.
Crown Prince Abdullah is deposed by its extremist population, Bin Laden is the
most popular replacement. Given the
large Saudi investment in our economy (upon which Moore touches) and large
holdings in our banking system, a change in Saudi leadership could result in the
collapse of our economy. $2 a
gallon oil? That would be a
pleasant memory from the past, and only rich phonies like Michael Moore would be
able to afford to drive. The Saudis
are the largest producers of oil, and the radical Saudi population would see to
it that we go back to the horse and buggy.
is why it’s important for Bush to remain on good terms with the sleazy country
that is the home to public beheadings and 15 of the 19 hijackers.
Leftists from Moore’s “Amen” crowd won’t let us drill for oil in
Alaska, so we can get away from dependence upon the Saudis.
Not a peep about that in F911.
while there’s plenty of factual material to use against the Saudis, Moore
fabricates on that, too. He claims
that the US Secret Service’s Uniformed Division protects only the Saudi
Embassy, no others. That’s just
plain false. Any tourist to
Washington, DC, will see plenty of Secret Service Police guarding all of the
other foreign embassies which request such protection.
Other than guarding the White House and some federal buildings, it’s
the largest use of personnel by the Secret Service’s Uniformed Division.
Moore lies about little things like that, what else has he lied about in this
there are Moore’s Congressional “experts.”
F911 features extensive interviews with two of the biggest wackos ever
elected to Congress, Reps. Jim McDermott and John Conyers, both far-left
Democrats. They spout off against
everything from the USA Patriot Act to the War on Iraq.
he fails to tell us that Jim McDermott was on the take from Saddam Hussein.
McDermott was one of three Congressmen who went on Saddam’s propaganda
tour of Iraq in Fall 2002. The trip
was funded by Life for Relief and Development (LRD), a “charity” which
laundered money to terrorist group Hamas’ Jordanian operation.
LRD is funded in part by Shakir Al-Khafaji, a man who did about $70
million in business with Saddam through his Falcon Trading Group company (based
in South Africa). LRD’s Iraqi
offices were raided by US troops last week, and the Detroit-area “charity”
is suspected of funding uprisings, such as the one in Fallujah.
Its officials bragged of doing so at a recent private US fundraiser.
Alkhafaji, one of two Americans named in Iraqi newspapers as a participant in
Saddam’s “Oil for Food” scam, gave Congressman McDermott $5,000 in October
2002 for McDermott’s legal defense fund in a lawsuit against him.
He’s not biased about Iraq, right?!
there’s Conyers. He’s the
ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
Heaven help us if the Democrats retake the House majority, and he becomes
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. The
far-left Conyers never met a terrorist he didn’t like.
the June 13 Muslim American Society fundraising dinner for Islamic Relief, a
charity with links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Conyers and his wife were the guests of honor. They watched and clapped as the Sanabel Al-Quds “dancing”
troop from Milwaukee—featuring boys as young as seven—sang in Arabic of
martyrdom and jihad for Allah and Palestine.
They didn’t need to understand Arabic, as the young boys used a rifle
to simulate killing and pistol-whipping, simulated throat-slittings and
beheadings, and dishonored the American flag.
War in Iraq is a major focal point of the film. Moore shamelessly dishonors our brave soldiers.
He makes fun of soldier’s musical choices in Iraq (“The Roof is on
Fire”) and depicts multiple wounded and dead Iraqis and soldiers raiding a
home in Iraq searching for a militant. That’s
what happens in war. People get
wounded and killed. Moore shows the
militant’s female relatives crying. “He’s
a college student,” they cry out in Arabic.
College students would never be terrorists, would they?
Tell that to the Israelis, where the “colleges,” such as Bir Zeit
University, are the breeding grounds for terrorists.
telling is the presence of the Al-Jazeera microphone in one segment of a women
crying, “Allah Hu Akbar” (Allah is Great).
Moore apparently thinks the sympathetic Terrorist News Network (Al-Jazeera)
is the epitome of accurate news reporting.
BS in the Moore film:
shows Britney Spears saying she supports the President on Iraq.
As if there weren’t a host of brain-dead bimbo celebs, (Madonna, Sean
Penn, Russell Simmons, Lenny Kravitz, Susan Sarandon, The Dixie Chicks, etc.),
spouting off on the other side.
Moore repeatedly features Sam Kubba, of the American-Iraqi Chamber of Commerce, denouncing the War in Iraq as money-driven. But Kubba is a fringe character. Most Iraqi-Americans and their prominent leaders, such as Nabil Roumayah of the Detroit-based Iraqi Democratic Union, supported the war, whether they were Chaldeans (Christian Iraqis) or Shias.
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very selectively edited clips, Moore poses the absurd notion that the main news
anchors—Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, and Ted Koppel—wholeheartedly support
Bush and the War in Iraq. Jennings,
Rather, and Koppel supporting the War and Bush?
Puh-leeze! Has Moore
forgotten the hour-long Saddam softball interview Rather did just prior to the
war, Jennings’ condescending coverage and Koppel’s critical “Nightline”
episodes every step of the way?
exploits the grief of Lila Lipscomb, the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq.
She denounces Bush and the War. But
there are many mothers and relatives of US soldiers, alive and dead, who served
there who don’t agree with her. Don’t
look for them in this agit-prop “film.”
as many misinformed “journalists do, makes light of the claimed Bush
connection between Saddam and Al-Qaeda. But
what about the meeting between hijacker Mohammed Atta and Iraqi Intelligence
agents in the Czech Republic before 9-11? What
about the Iraqi training camp in Salman Pak where Al-Qaeda used abandoned planes
to train to hijack them? What about
Ramzi Youssef, the Iraqi Secret Service agent and mastermind of the 1993 WTC
bombing, who is the nephew of 9-11 Al-Qaeda mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?
What about Iraqi Intelligence and Secret Police (Mukhabarat) at a Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia Al-Qaeda terror planning convention?
These are just some connections, and there are others in “The
Connection,” by Stephen Hayes, that you won’t see in Moore’s silver screen
just the film--but the audience that populated the promotional screening I
attended--looked like it came out of far-stage-left of Democratic Party central
surrounding me were literally the “Great Unwashed.” They smelled as if they hadn’t taken a shower in weeks, not
because they couldn’t afford running water, but because it’s cool to be
dirty and nasty in the far-left. Not
for any good reason, but just because they can.
With their awful stench wafting universal, they want to make the rest of
us as miserable and skanky as the Hate-America crowd.
emblematic of the filmmaker and his fake-umentary. Michael Moore and “Fahrenheit 9-11” stink.
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