Friday, July 02, 2004

Re-defeat Bush

I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 today. On a whim, headed out to the suburban 16 screen theatre for the 4:30 showing.

Was surprised to find the theatre 3/4 full, for the matinee. I guess I am in Massachusetts, and it is a holiday weekend. Had to wedge myself in next to a large man wearing aftershave.

It was great to see all that I know to be true strung together for the mainstream audience. All the corporate media has been hiding from us. I tried not to annoy the poor man next to me as I answered Moore's rhetorical questions throughout the film. Managed not to say "Commander Codpiece" out loud when they showed the money shot of Bush in his ridiculous Mission Accomplished flight gear.

I did get choked up during the non-Moore narrated parts of the film -- the sounds of the planes hitting the World Trade Towers, the interview with the 9/11 widow, and the wrenching footage of the mother of the boy killed in Iraq.

There was one moment that made me gasp, during the final quarter of the film, and I will have to see it one more time because the fact has eluded me. It was another one of those Michael Moore rhetorical questions, and I was surprised and shocked by the answer.

So, if you haven't seen the film yet, stop reading now, because here's the final line:

[Commander Codpiece, leaning earnestly over the lectern]

"There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on....[long pause]....shame on you. Fool me....[longer pause] can't get fooled again."

—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

We won't get fooled again.

Job Growth Not There

Job growth last month was less than 50% of what economists expected. NYTimes, WashingtonPost.

Maybe this is why Bush isn't getting any bounce from his economic rebound????

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Blogger fatigue

Now I understand why my favorite bloggers take time off occasionally.

I'll try not to do it too often.

Kerry in a Landslide

From ABC's "The Note", today, June 29, 2004:

8. Nearly every political reporter in America is having the same experience — they keep finding Republicans who say they will never vote again for President Bush (over the the war and the deficit, usually) but they have a heck of a time finding anyone who voted for Gore in 2000 who are now certain that they will vote for Bush (and Gore apparently won the popular vote).