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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:49 PM
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A message from Michael Moore...
Sorry if this has already been posted. I just thought that you guys would love reading this. Enjoy
Duckie


Subject: Heads Up... from Michael Moore
Date: 15 Apr 2004 15:09:23 -0000

Heads Up

April 14, 2004

Friends,

I have never seen a head so far up a Presidential ass (pardon
my Falluja)
than the one I saw last night at the "news conference" given by
George W.
Bush. He's still talking about finding "weapons of mass
destruction" --
this time on Saddam's "turkey farm." Turkey indeed. Clearly the
White House
believes there are enough idiots in the 17 swing states who
will buy this.
I think they are in for a rude awakening.

I've been holed up for weeks in the editing room finishing my
film
("Fahrenheit 911"). That's why you haven't heard from me
lately. But after
last night's Lyndon Johnson impersonation from the East Room --
essentially
promising to send even more troops into the Iraq sinkhole -- I
had to write
you all a note.

First, can we stop the Orwellian language and start using the
proper names
for things? Those are not contractors in Iraq. They are not
there to fix
a roof or to pour concrete in a driveway. They are MERCENARIES
and SOLDIERS
OF FORTUNE. They are there for the money, and the money is very
good if you
live long enough to spend it.

Halliburton is not a "company" doing business in Iraq. It is a
WAR
PROFITEER, bilking millions from the pockets of average
Americans. In past
wars they would have been arrested -- or worse.

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. Get it, Mr. Bush?
You closed
down a friggin' weekly newspaper, you great giver of freedom
and democracy!
Then all hell broke loose. The paper only had 10,000 readers!
Why are you
smirking?

One year after we wiped the face of the Saddam statue with our
American
flag before yanking him down, it is now too dangerous for a
single media
person to go to that square in Baghdad and file a report on the
wonderful
one-year anniversary celebration. Of course, there is no
celebration, and
those brave blow-dried "embeds" can't even leave the safety of
the fort in
downtown Baghdad. They never actually SEE what is taking place
across Iraq
(most of the pictures we see on TV are shot by Arab media and
some
Europeans). When you watch a report "from Iraq" what you are
getting is the
press release handed out by the U.S. occupation force and
repeated to you
as "news."

I currently have two cameramen/reporters doing work for me in
Iraq for my
movie (unbeknownst to the Army). They are talking to soldiers
and gathering
the true sentiment about what is really going on. They Fed Ex
the footage
back to me each week. That's right, Fed Ex. Who said we haven't
brought
freedom to Iraq! The funniest story my guys tell me is how when
they fly
into Baghdad, they don't have to show a passport or go through
immigration.
Why not? Because they have not traveled from a foreign country
-- they're
coming from America TO America, a place that is ours, a new
American
territory called Iraq.

There is a lot of talk amongst Bush's opponents that we should
turn this
war over to the United Nations. Why should the other countries
of this
world, countries who tried to talk us out of this folly, now
have to clean
up our mess? I oppose the U.N. or anyone else risking the lives
of their
citizens to extract us from our debacle. I'm sorry, but the
majority of
Americans supported this war once it began and, sadly, that
majority must
now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let
that maybe --
just maybe -- God and the Iraqi people will forgive us in the
end.

Until then, enjoy the "pacification" of Falluja, the
"containment" of Sadr
City, and the next Tet Offensive oops, I mean, "terrorist
attack by a
small group of Baathist loyalists" (Hahaha! I love writing
those words,
Baathist loyalists, it makes me sound so Peter Jennings!) --
followed by a
"news conference" where we will be told that we must "stay the
course"
because we are "winning the hearts and minds of the people."

I'll write again soon. Don't despair. Remember, the American
people are not
that stupid. Sure, we can be frightened into a war, but we
always come
around sooner or later -- and the one way this is NOT like
Vietnam is that
it hasn't taken the public four long years to figure out they
were lied to.

Now if Bush would just quit speaking in public and giving me
more free
material for my movie, I can get back to work and get it done.
I've got
four weeks left 'til completion.

Yours,

Michael Moore
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:01 PM
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1. Maybe a BIT too gleeful there, Mike.
The folks who believed Bush's lies deserve to have their sons killed in battle? That's a little harsh there, Mike.

And I'd tone down the giddiness a few notches so as not to be unseemly.
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glarius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:30 PM
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2. Michaell Moore is sensitive to an important point...other countries do not
want to send soldiers to be killed in a war they ALL were against...
That is an important point...Much as I ache for the American young people who are dying there I don't want my Canadian young people to take their place in the shooting gallery....
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:40 PM
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3. reformatted, just cause I'm picky like that
Friends,

I have never seen a head so far up a Presidential ass (pardon my Falluja) than the one I saw last night at the "news conference" given by George W. Bush. He's still talking about finding "weapons of mass destruction" -- this time on Saddam's "turkey farm." Turkey indeed.

Clearly the White House believes there are enough idiots in the 17 swing states who will buy this. I think they are in for a rude
awakening.

I've been holed up for weeks in the editing room finishing my film ("Fahrenheit 911"). That's why you haven't heard from me lately. But
after last night's Lyndon Johnson impersonation from the East Room -- essentially promising to send even more troops into the Iraq sinkhole
-- I had to write you all a note.

First, can we stop the Orwellian language and start using the proper names for things? Those are not contractors in Iraq. They are not
there to fix a roof or to pour concrete in a driveway. They are MERCENARIES and SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE. They are there for the money, and the
money is very good if you live long enough to spend it.

Halliburton is not a "company" doing business in Iraq. It is a WAR PROFITEER, bilking millions from the pockets of average Americans. In
past wars they would have been arrested -- or worse.

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. Get it, Mr. Bush? You closed down a friggin' weekly newspaper, you great giver
of freedom and democracy! Then all hell broke loose. The paper only had 10,000 readers! Why are you smirking?

One year after we wiped the face of the Saddam statue with our American flag before yanking him down, it is now too dangerous for a single
media person to go to that square in Baghdad and file a report on the wonderful one-year anniversary celebration. Of course, there is no
celebration, and those brave blow-dried "embeds" can't even leave the safety of the fort in downtown Baghdad. They never actually SEE what
is taking place across Iraq (most of the pictures we see on TV are shot by Arab media and some Europeans). When you watch a report "from
Iraq" what you are getting is the press release handed out by the U.S. occupation force and repeated to you as "news."

I currently have two cameramen/reporters doing work for me in Iraq for my movie (unbeknownst to the Army). They are talking to soldiers and
gathering the true sentiment about what is really going on. They Fed Ex the footage back to me each week. That's right, Fed Ex. Who said we
haven't brought freedom to Iraq! The funniest story my guys tell me is how when they fly into Baghdad, they don't have to show a passport
or go through immigration. Why not? Because they have not traveled from a foreign country -- they're coming from America TO America, a
place that is ours, a new American territory called Iraq.

There is a lot of talk amongst Bush's opponents that we should turn this war over to the United Nations. Why should the other countries of
this world, countries who tried to talk us out of this folly, now have to clean up our mess? I oppose the U.N. or anyone else risking the
lives of their citizens to extract us from our debacle. I'm sorry, but the majority of Americans supported this war once it began and,
sadly, that majority must now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let that maybe -- just maybe -- God and the Iraqi people
will forgive us in the end.

Until then, enjoy the "pacification" of Falluja, the "containment" of Sadr City, and the next Tet Offensive oops, I mean, "terrorist
attack by a small group of Baathist loyalists" (Hahaha! I love writing those words, Baathist loyalists, it makes me sound so Peter
Jennings!) -- followed by a "news conference" where we will be told that we must "stay the course" because we are "winning the hearts and
minds of the people."

I'll write again soon. Don't despair. Remember, the American people are not that stupid. Sure, we can be frightened into a war, but we
always come around sooner or later -- and the one way this is NOT like Vietnam is that it hasn't taken the public four long years to figure
out they were lied to.

Now if Bush would just quit speaking in public and giving me more free material for my movie, I can get back to work and get it done. I've
got four weeks left 'til completion.
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C_eh_N_eh_D_eh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:17 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. Still no good.
Get rid of all the mid-paragraph line breaks.
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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:21 PM
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5. Try using the DU search engine before posting to avoid posting dupes.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:26 PM
Response to Reply #5
6. People post stuff days after I do all the time...
And I've never heard you people tell them this.
Duckie
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:27 PM
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7. Thanks Wonk. I was locking and loading. My post of a day or two ago:
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 10:28 PM by DemoTex
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:40 PM
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8. Dupe
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