A friend tells me a new book’s come out Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man, and another documentary is in the works, Michael Moore Hates America.
I’m sure MMoore’s poisonous narcissism finds all of this very gratifying.
Meanwhile, Arthur lets it rip on “Supersize Me”.
Claudia Rosett, in today’s WSJ, on how the UN is like The Sopranos
A final word. Watch out for the household staff. They’re in something of a flutter right now, trying to keep track of who’s investigating whom about what. You may see former Oil for Food chief Benon Sevan wandering the halls, still wondering why he’s had so little praise lately for running an Iraq relief program from which no more than $10 billion or so was embezzled by Saddam–or maybe $40 billion, tops. And remember to whisper when in the library, where Mr. Annan’s scribes are even now busy crafting the next round of tributes to the U.N. family, though freedom does not figure large in the household lexicon. More typical was Mr. Annan’s call on Monday, for “all Iraqis to come together in a spirit of national unity and reconciliation, through a process of open dialogue and consensus-building, to lay down secure foundations for the new Iraq”–a process Mr. Annan somehow manages to imply was already under way under Saddam, until, to the U.N.’s great annoyance, it was interrupted for 15 months by the U.S.-led coalition.
I’m glad Ms Rosett continues writing on this story.
“Let Freedom Reign”
Michael King’s done an excellent job with the visuals!
More on Nick & Jacques, part II
Via the Instapundit
CHIRAC LOSES IT IN ISTANBUL, playing right into Bush’s hands by isolating himself from both Turkey and Britain.
Jacques told George that EU affairs were none of his business, but Gerhard Says Germany and France Plan to Back Turkey’s EU Bid.
Jacques’s also clearly preaching to the choir (or so he thinks), saying things like “It’s not NATO’s mission to intervene in Iraq”.
Unfortunately, Nick/Sarko’s singing a different tune, (via ¡No Pasarán!), since
France moved to normalize business ties with Iraq on Monday, just hours after the U.S.-led coalition occupying the country announced it had transferred sovereignty to an interim government two days ahead of schedule.
The French Finance Ministry said in a statement that full economic ties with Iraq will be restored immediately following Monday’s hand-over of power to the country’s interim government . . .
The French statement said Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy had promised to normalize ties during a June 22 visit by his Iraqi counterpart, Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
Poisonous narcissism for the uninformed
The Democratic party lost me years ago, and by embracing Michael Moore they sure aren’t trying to win me back.
Moore’s been very effective at self-promotion. Amazingly (to me) for such a fat guy, he’s Hollywood’s #1 Narcissist of the week. His movies are “all about him”, and don’t bother with substance.
I previously posted on how Hitchens already ripped the film up one side & down the other, and now the movie’s at a cinema near you. Everybody has an opinion: from Chris Muir in today’s Day By Day,
It is not a documentary which seeks to present the facts truthfully. The most significant offense that movie commits is to cheapen the political debate by dehumanizing the President and presenting him as a cartoon.
Gwendolyn Tose’-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School (“I don’t think anyone could have handled it better,” Tose’-Rigell told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. “What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?” ), that banner carrier of The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, the Chicago Sun Times
In December 1997, a delegation from Afghanistan’s ruling and ruthless Taliban visited the United States to meet with an oil and gas company that had extensive dealings in Texas. The company, Unocal, was interested in building a natural gas line through Afghanistan. Moore implies that Bush, who was then governor of Texas, met with the delegation.
But, as Gannett News Service points out, Bush did not meet with the Taliban representatives. What’s more, Clinton administration officials did sit down with Taliban officials, and the delegation’s visit was made with the Clinton administration’s permission.
and Jeff Jarvis (not exactly a Bush supporter)
In Moore’s view, you’re either with him or against him. Hmmm, who else looks at the world that way?
Yup, Moore is just he mirror image of what he despises. He is the O’Reilly… the Bush of the left.
But it’s Andrew Ferguson who hits the bulls-eye:
Will anyone care that the movie, viewed as either art or journalism, is a mess? “Fahrenheit 9/11” has a Palme d’Or from the Cannes film festival — and now the implicit endorsement of the Democratic Party establishment.
This embrace of Moore’s crackpottery is great news for Moore, very bad news for Democrats — just as the GOP’s kooky flirtations under Clinton did damage it has yet to recover from.
The Democrats are losers when embracing Moore’s poisonous narcissism for the uninformed.
The Film They Don’t Want
Maria sent this article,
I’D like to make a doc umentary entitled “What We’re Up Against.” I’d include the following:
* Scenes from the destruction of the World Trade Center: jets crashing, people jumping from the upper floors, the towers’ collapse, the months-long digging through the rubble — and the excruciating body-identification task faced by the medical examiner’s office.
* The “beheading videos” — from reporter Daniel Pearl right through to Korean Kim Sun-il.
* The charred and mutilated bodies of four Halliburton workers hanging from a bridge in Fallujah.
* Post terror-bombing scenes from Bali, Madrid, and Istanbul. Ditto for Riyadh, but with additional footage of the recent attack showing the 22 victims whose throats were slit.
* The Saddam Hussein “torture videos,” photos of the mass grave sites containing 300,000 Iraqis and photos of Kurdish men, women and children killed by chemical poisoning.
* Footage of the pregnant Israeli woman and her four daughters murdered by two Palestinians who then put an additional bullet in each child’s head and one in the abdomen of the mother.
* A “montage” of numerous mullahs and imams whose non-stop spewing of anti-American and anti-Semitic speech incites further hatred and violence.
* Another montage of “joyous Arabs” dancing in the streets after virtually every successful act of terror.
Think I’d win a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival? Neither do I
Saddam, along with others, was trying to buy uranium, acording to The Financial Times
The FT has now learnt that three European intelligence services were aware of possible illicit trade in uranium from Niger between 1999 and 2001. Human intelligence gathered in Italy and Africa more than three years before the Iraq war had shown Niger officials referring to possible illicit uranium deals with at least five countries, including Iraq.
This intelligence provided clues about plans by Libya and Iran to develop their undeclared nuclear programmes. Niger officials were also discussing sales to North Korea and China of uranium ore or the “yellow cake” refined from it: the raw materials that can be progressively enriched to make nuclear bombs.
(Prior post on the subject: June 26, with links to other posts)