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>12 July 2004

For Mere

This is for Mere, whom I told that I would put together some Moore quotes that put me off to him so much.

"The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not `insurgents' or `terrorists' or `The Enemy.' They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win."

"They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet . . . in thrall to conniving, thieving smug [pieces of the human anatomy]," Moore intoned. "We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don't know about anything that's happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing."

"Should such an ignorant people lead the world?"

"If the small businesses suck they'll be driven out of business," he said. "If they got a good restaurant, people will go there and eat. You know in my town the small businesses that everyone wanted to protect? They were the people that supported all the right-wing groups. They were the Republicans in the town, they were in the Kiwanas, the Chamber of Commerce - people that kept the town all white. The small hardware salesman, the small clothing store salespersons, Jesse the Barber who signed his name three different times on three different petitions to recall me from the school board. Fuck all these small businesses - fuck 'em all! Bring in the chains. The small businesspeople are the rednecks that run the town and suppress the people. Fuck 'em all. That's how I feel."

“I don’t know why we are making so much of an act of terror. It is three times more likely that you will be struck by lightening than die from an act of terror.”

“Many families have been devastated tonight. This just is not right. They did not deserve to die. If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him! Boston, New York, DC and the plane’s destination of California – these were places that voted AGAINST Bush!”

I think it’s because we’re still addicted to the Horatio Alger fantasy drug. Despite all the damage and all the evidence to the contrary, the average American still wants to hang on to this belief that maybe, just maybe, he or she (mostly he) just might make it big after all. So don’t attack the rich man, because one day that rich man may be me!

Listen, friends, you have to face the truth: you are never going to be rich. The chance of that happening is about one in a million.

"I'm a millionaire, I'm a multi-millionaire. I'm filthy rich. You know why I'm a multi-millionaire? 'Cause multi-millions like what I do. That's pretty good, isn't it? There's millions that believe in what I do. Pretty cool, huh?"

"You are being told that your mother died trying to bring you to freedom. I am so sorry to have to tell you, that's not true. The Cuban court granted your father custody of you, and your mother decided to kidnap you. She placed your life in horrible jeopardy by putting you in a leaky, overcrowded raft that eventually sank, killing everyone except you and two others. . . . The truth is your mother and her boyfriend snatched you and put you on that death boat because they simply wanted to make more money."


>10 July 2004

Didn't want to.. but here goes

tried to avoid blogging about Fahrenheit 9/11. I even in a perverse sort of way want to see the movie as i'm sure it's humorous and at the very least entertaining.

But here's what I want to know. If people out there hate Bush because they feel he has taken the truth out of context to send us to war, and to perform so many other things that are against the liberal agenda (and quite honestly, lots of things against the real conservative agenda), then how is it 'OK' for Michael Moore to spin the truth or bend it to achieve his objectives?

As the old saying goes, two wrongs don't make a right, and if you are truly incensed about lies and public manipulation, it doesn't make it ANY better when one of 'your own' does it.


>07 July 2004

Just a self reminder

The other night during drinks, a friend was syaing that Kerry wasn't actually all that liberal, and that whole angle was generated by media. Well, here is the link that I was looking for to refute that point.. though I will research it more.

"Judging by National Journal's congressional vote ratings, however, Kerry and Edwards aren't all that different, at least not when it comes to how they voted on key issues before the Senate last year. The results of the vote ratings show that Kerry was the most liberal senator in 2003, with a composite liberal score of 96.5. But Edwards wasn't far behind: He had a 2003 composite liberal score of 94.5, making him the fourth-most-liberal senator.

National Journal's vote ratings rank members of Congress on how they vote relative to each other on a conservative-to-liberal scale in each chamber. The scores, which have been compiled each year since 1981, are based on lawmakers' votes in three areas: economic policy, social policy, and foreign policy. The scores are determined by a computer-assisted calculation that ranks members from one end of the ideological spectrum to the other, based on key votes -- 62 in the Senate in 2003 -- selected by National Journal reporters and editors."


>06 July 2004

Sports blogging

Just was watching cold pizza on espn2 this morning. There were these two sports-knowitall types talking about how important the Lakers are to the NBA, such as the Yankees to baseball.

I wanted to yell out - "You can't have it both ways!". Big market teams used to be able to stay rlevant and 'powerful' because they coudl spend more on small market teams, and this was logical because they had a bigger fanbase and more amenities to draw in players and etc..

But since the advent of salary caps, what you have is more economic parity. And what you get when you have more economic parity is more small market teams doing well and more large market teams doing poorly. . And the thing is that the push for salary caps always come from people who would argue that 'money doesn't matter'.

You can't have it both ways.