Saturday, February 19, 2005

Mudville has a great post about a soldier waiting 40 yrs of get a care package. He also gave some links where you can get involved. Last year my daughter's cheerleading squad sent care packages to a division where the cheer coach's brother was stationed in Iraq. I put all the things together, goodies and snacks, books, and baby wipes, and all kinds of things. The girls all wrote letters to the boys with a picture of themselves attached. (Nice wholesome pictures, so stop thinking the "internet cheerleader thing.") I received a wonderful thank you note back via e-mail with pictures of the guys. He said the guys appreciated so much all the goodies, but really all the kind words of appreciation from some high school girls who were growing up in a world that will be safer because of the work of these brave men.

Let's not forget our warriors. Send something if you can. Soldiers' Angels and Any Soldier tells you how.

We have a new kid in town and he is pretty funny. His blog is called The Nose On Your Face. Since I have a thousand things to do today I stole this from him.

Bush To Spotted Owls: "Bring It On!"

In what many are calling the first substantial environmental policy of his administration, President Bush has called for a comprehensive, preemptive strike against all endangered species of animals.
The mission entitled, "Operation Drop Dumbo" , is being carried out, ironically enough, by teams of
Navy SEAL's.

"The spotted owl, the fur seal... the whole shebang. The kid gloves are finally off," stated one visibly giddy SEAL commander.

Calls to several top environmental activists were not returned as of noon, but their parents did all promise to give them the messages when they woke up.

When asked about the reasons for this new initiative President Bush replied, "As you all know Republicans hate animals and the environment. I thought it was high time that our policies reflected these hatreds. I have the political capital to push this forward and I intend to use it."

President Bush was evasive when asked about other major policy initiatives for his second term but did state that "if I was gay or a Frenchman I wouldn't be sleeping too soundly just now."

The part about the parents waking the envoronmental activists up is too funny.

This "interview" with Ted Kennedy on Valentines day is pretty hilarious. Check it out.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Can you stand one more post regarding Jeff Gannon? Here is what Ari Fleischer had to say about his dealings with the "reporter." He wasn't comfortable with him, but did say that Gannon was.... "just as legitimate as some of the fringe organizations in the room."via

UPDATE: Paul at Wizbang has some more and we finally hear from Gannon himself.

This can't be good news for Hillary.......

According to "David Geffen said during a question-and-answer session in New York that Hillary "can't win, and she's an incredibly polarizing figure." Although Geffen has poured buckets full of money into Democratic campaigns over the years, it sounds like he's unenthusiastic about dropping cash on a second Clinton's run for the White House. "Ambition," he said, "is just not a good enough reason."
-- Tim Grieve


What should we do about this ? It seems the public schools in Lincoln Nebraska allow kids to go to any public school in the area, not just in their own district.

"Like many of Nebraska's school systems, the Lexington district where Dick Eisenhauer is superintendent has seen an influx of Hispanics, largely because of jobs at the meatpacking plants, and an accompanying exodus of white students to public elementary schools just outside town."

"As a result, in Lexington, the in-town schools, with an enrollment of 2,500, have 804 students learning English as a second language, and 1,172 who are getting a free or reduced-price lunch. The six outlying elementary schools have about 130 students - none of them English learners, none of them living in poverty, according to the state Education Department."

Cecilia Huerta, director of the state's Mexican-American Commission says "People in Lexington and Schuyler do not want their kids being polluted by Latin Americans and Hispanics," Huerta said. "They think they're not going to get the quality of education if they have a diverse classroom."

Not so says..." Chris Dvorak, a white parent who has two children who attend a school outside Schuyler, said she sent her children there to avoid overcrowding in town, not to get away from Hispanics. "I would have done the same thing if they were all white kids," Dvorak said.
There are 45 students enrolled at Dvorak's children's school, compared with more than 850 at Schuyler Grade School.

State Sen. Chris Langemeier of Schuyler pointed out that anyone can attend the outlying schools. "It's not an elite group that gets to option," he said."

"But Aguilar said Hispanic students do not go to the schools outside of town because in many Hispanic households, both parents work and do not have cars to take their children to class."

Now the state Legislature is considering a bill to thwart what some say amounts to legal segregation in the schools. Thereby closing the small outlying schools.

So say your a parent and you have an option of sending your kid to an overcrowded school of 2,500 students or a school with 130 students. Of course any parent with the ability to drive their kids to the outlying smaller schools is going to do it. I really don't think the "polluted" statement by Heurta is fair at all. And like one parent pointed out, Mexicans are welcomed there as well. It isn't diversity the white parents are afraid of, it is too many freaking students of any color. Overcrowding is without a doubt, a major cause of poor education in any school. But now the legislature is considering a bill to close down the outlying smaller schools and force the kids into the crowded public schools near their homes.

What do you think will happen? Private schools will flourish and you will have the exact same situation. Government trying to force parent's hands is just not going to work.

What would you do if you were the Superintendent?

Just something to think about on a Saturday night.

Due to increasing product liability litigation, it has been suggested that American liquor manufacturers place these warning labels on all varieties of alcohol:

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over that you love them.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing with you.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

I just watched the Conservative Political Action committee conference on C-Span. You know, I love my party, but a more geeky looking bunch cannot be found. Maybe there is a link between geeky looks and intelligence, I don't know. But smart wins out over looks to me any day anyway.

The one thing Dick Cheney said that brought groans was that there are more people working on filing and working on tax returns than there is in the American military. (At least I think that is what he said) And it is no wonder that brought groans. Good God, that is mind boggling.

The speeches were good and spelled out what the future of our party faces and how much we have won and how far we have to go.

On a side note, I noticed that all the black people in the room were either at the table to speak or in the audience. The serving staff was made up of what seemed to be Hispanics and some of Indian origin. I didn't see one black waiter.

Guess that blows Dean's theory, huh?

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Since I spent most of this week defending gays, I thought I might spend some time defending someone who was unfairly targeted for the dreaded "homophobia!" You probably heard all the hoopla over Dr. James Dobson, director of the Christian organization Focus on The Family out of Colorado Springs, Co. Supposedly saying that SpongeBob was gay. The media got it wrong on all accounts. This organization has been around for along time and like a lot of Christian organizations didn't really get involved in the political process until abortion became legal, and since that is a grave moral issue, felt they needed to get involved. Now with gay marriage being on the forefront, they are involved in that as well.

I first became aware of Dr. James Dobson from his secular child rearing books. I swear I would not have made it through parenting without reading his The Strong Willed Child. I recommend it to anyone with a stubborn difficult young child. He has written several more.

Dr. Dobson holds a Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Southern California. He served for fourteen years as the Associate Clinical Professor of pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine, and for seventeen years on the attending staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in the division of child development and medical genetics.

He is not a preacher. And what has always impressed me is that he does not take one dime from his non-profit organization Focus on The Family that he runs. He lives off the profits from his child rearing books. Although I am Catholic, I have always had a deep respect for him. He has never sounded 'wacky' or like some kind of TV evangelist. He and his wife and 2 kids always lived modestly and he has always practiced his faith in a kind and humble way.

The whole thing began when Dr. Dobson spoke during the inaugural week at a banquet hosted by the Family Research Council. He shared his concern over a video that was about to be distributed to 61,000 public elementary schools across the nation for use on the proposed "We are Family Day." March 11th.

The video featured nearly 100 favorite cartoon characters for kids. Not only SpongeBob, but Barney, the Muppets, Winnie the Pooh, and many others. Dr. Dobson said that nothing in the video was overtly sexual. What concerned Dr. Dobson was the organization sponsoring the video making a variety of explicitly pro-homosexual materials on it's Web site. One of the resources accompanying the video was a booklet which list it's allies as five of the largest pro-homosexual organizations in the nation including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign. The Web site made available school lesson plans that suggested these questions of elementary age students:

*How are you affected by homophobia?
*How would you be affected by your sexual orientation were it different than it is now?
*How will understanding these definitions change your thinking about compulsory heterosexuality and homophobia?

And then a hand out entitled, "Talking About being Out" there was this:

*Do you know of any people in your school whose sexual orientation differs from yours?
*What are some factors that might encourage or discourage a person about being 'out' as homosexual or bisexual in this class or school?"

This is just a sampling. And remember. These are elementary school kids we are talking about, K-5th grade.

A few days after the controversy erupted We Are Family Foundation's web site deleted the majority of overtly pro-homosexual content. Then the founder of the organization, Nile Rodgers went on the "Today Show" and said that Dr. Dobson had the wrong site and that they had nothing to do with homosexuality. Dr. Dobson claims he has clear documentation of the materials before they were removed. But the media isn't interested in that part of the story, of course. Making Dobson out to look like a fool was their intent.

Dr. Dobson has made it clear by saying " teach children to respect each other and to accept those who are different. We are entirely supportive of that message. I have been teaching it for years." But he sees clearly here an agenda operating here to teach young children about sexual behavior in a certain way which may contradict what their parents are teaching them, or exposing them to sexuality before their parents feel they are ready to learn about it.

Dr. Dobson emphasized in his letter to supporters that "Every individual is entitled to respect and human dignity, including those with whom we disagree strongly. The problem is not with acceptance or kindness, certainly. But kids should not be taught that homosexuality is just another lifestyle or morally equivalent to heterosexuality." And I will add, unless the parents wish to teach that to their children. It is the parent's responsibility to know when and what to teach their children about sexuality, not the teachers. Certainly not in elementary school.

It is truly unfair for Dr. Dobson, a highly respected man, being targeted for being conservative and Christian and speaking his mind. The media tried to paint him as a religious wacko, when it was the "We are a Family Foundation" that was being dishonest by removing material from it's website in order to make Dr. Dobson seem confused on the matter.

I don't think we will be seeing the media correct it's protrayal of Dr. Dobson any time soon. I think they feel their mission was accomplished.

Quote of the day.

"You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

Howard Dean during a meeting with the Democratic Black Caucus Feb.11th, 2005. Reported by the AP. via Kevin at Wizbang

Because we all know that only BLACK PEOPLE work low level jobs as hotel staff.....My God! How insulting is that?

Well, here's a newsflash for Dean, the RNC could probably get that many black people in a room by HAVING A BUSH ADMINISTRATION CABINET MEETING.

I think it is time to form a new committee. The GABWAGTBUBDAC. That is the "Gay and Black We Aren't Going To Be Used By Democrats Anymore" committee.

Reporter's questions causing problems everywhere!

Mayor of London Ken Livingston sparked a "controversy when an Evening Standard reporter asked him for a comment at the end of a party celebrating the 20th anniversary of Chris Smith's decision to come out as the first openly gay British MP. The mayor asked the journalist: "Were you a German war criminal?"
The reporter, Oliver Finegold, revealed he was Jewish, and Mr Livingstone replied: "Ah, well you might be, but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard. You are just doing it because you are paid to, aren't you?"
The Guardian

PM Tony Blair is asking Livingston to apologize and it seems Livingston is saying "your not the boss of me."

Imagine one of our politicians saying that? I guess Livingston should have just said "You are just doing it because you are a paid gay hooker, aren't you?"

And then it would have been fine. At least here it would be. Right?

It's disquieting at first, but eventually new senators get used to Senator Mikulski snapping flies out of the air with her tongue.
via Caption This!
Posted by Hello

ABC News business headline:

Stocks Down Ahead of Greenspan Speech
Dow, Nasdaq Trade Down After Posting Gains; Investors Prepare for Alan Greenspan Speech.

I am always amazed at the power this man has. It has to cross his mind sometimes that he could just go make some stuff up and just totally mess with the entire economy. What would happen if he gave his semi-annual report to the Senate banking committee completely drunk? Or starting quoting from Atlas Shrugged. what would the Dow do?

I'm in a wierd mood today, can you tell?

Have you seen this man? If so, call your local police. Heh. Posted by Hello

Kid Rock of "don't let that hedonistic man ho play at the Bush inaugural" fame, has a warrant out for his arrest for assaulting a DJ at a Nashville Nightclub early this morning.

Those Southpark Republicans.....what are we gonna do with them?

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The New York Times has this interesting article:

" The Pentagon predicts that robots will be a major fighting force in the American military in less than a decade, hunting and killing enemies in combat. Robots are a crucial part of the Army's effort to rebuild itself as a 21st-century fighting force, and a $127 billion project called Future Combat Systems is the biggest military contract in American history."

The article goes on to say:

"Robots in battle, as envisioned by their builders, may look and move like humans or hummingbirds, tractors or tanks, cockroaches or crickets. With the development of nanotechnology - the science of very small structures - they may become swarms of "smart dust." The Pentagon intends for robots to haul munitions, gather intelligence, search buildings or blow them up.
All these are in the works, but not yet in battle. Already, however, several hundred robots are digging up roadside bombs in Iraq, scouring caves in Afghanistan and serving as armed sentries at weapons depots.
By April, an armed version of the bomb-disposal robot will be in Baghdad, capable of firing 1,000 rounds a minute. Though controlled by a soldier with a laptop, the robot will be the first thinking machine of its kind to take up a front-line infantry position, ready to kill enemies."

Pretty cool, huh?

Beth My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and Hyscience are trying to draw attention to Terri Shiavo, the woman whose husband has been fighting to have her feeding tube removed. Her parents have been fighting him. Both sites have the videos of Terri responding to her parents, clearly not in a vegetative state. Hyscience has this:

"The husband, who is engaged to another woman by whom he has two children, has sought and obtained a court order from Sixth Court Court Judge George W. Greer to withhold the feeding tube from Terri which will cause her death by starvation and dehydration."

If you can, pass this on in your own blog or e-mail. Go to
and see what you can do to help.

Warrior Update

Enough of being a part of the vast rightwing conspiracy to defend gays!

It is past time for a Warrior update:

Blackfive has some AWESOME pics from Afghanistan and Iraq including one as our Warrior "covers a door with his 9 mm pistol as the interpreter calls for the owner to come out at the home of a known criminal located in a village located on the outskirts of Bayji, Iraq, on Jan. 24, 2005."

Michelle Malkin follows the story of a "Marine who may face the death penalty for killing two Iraqi insurgents in the heat of battle in a terrorist-infested town near Baghdad." More here and here.

Trying to Grok puts it briefly and well:

"If the story actually happened the way LT Pantano says it did, then I'm about sick and tired of our soldiers and marines getting charged with murder in Iraq. If I may quote State of Fear...
If someone tried to kill you, you did not have the option of averting your eyes or changing the subject. You were forced to deal with that person's behavior. The experience was, in the end, a loss of certain illusions.
The world was not how you wanted it to be.
The world was how it was.
There were bad people in the world. They had to be stopped."
who has it put together well with even more links.

MOSUL, IRAQ (February 15, 2005) – In yet another instance of disregard for the sanctity of Islamic holy places insurgents launched an attack on Multi-National Force Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) in northern Iraq today.
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via Stryker Brigade News

With the elections behind us we need not become complacent about the dangers our soldiers still face every day. Keep your prayers coming. This aint over yet.

The Jeff Gannon story that won't go away.....

This Jeff Gannon thing sure has the leftwing blogger's panties in a wad. Jeff over at PW has his funny but naughty (be warned!) take on it. Poor Jawa Report is being swarmed by moonbats! Wizbang discusses how the dems are so wrong on this. Just One Minute asks why the NY Times is listening to Kos on this.via BA. Ace has his take on it as well. Here is what I had to say about it Thursday.

It seems that what is driving the leftwing bloggers crazy is that we are sticking up for this guy. They have accused him of being a "gay hooker" and having something to do with the Plame/CIA affair. I haven't seen any evidence of either. Even if true, it doesn't mean he can't get a press pass. Ameriblog seems to have some racy pics of Jeff Gannon but I didn't bother clicking on them. The lefties seem to think that it is hypocritical for us to defend someone who doesn't espouse "family values."

When did we ever claim to be perfect? I don't like what this guy seems to be doing, but it is his life. I don't think a wild sex life posed a danger to the President at the press conference Gannon attended. Contrary to what lefties may think, we don't make sure a person is sinless before they enter the press room. If that were true, no one would be there.

Let's just get to the truth of the matter. What the leftwing bloggers are really mad about is the question Gannon asked. Saying that the democrats were "divorced from reality" was just too much for them. How dare he??? Only rude leftwing spun questions are allowed in there!!!!!

I know I am just adding to this. But we seriously need to let this one go. I am just wondering if Gannon is somewhere curled in a fetal position at his mom's house or racking up some serious $$$$ for dates. I am also wondering if he has any idea how much we are sticking up for his sinful ass...;-)

Monday, February 14, 2005

Love means loving you anyway.

I found this article in the Washington Post sad. Maya Keyes, daughter of outspoken, conservative, and former candidate against Barack Obama (D) for the Illinois Senate seat Allan Keyes, has openly admitted to being gay and is now estranged from her family. During the Presidential campaign I admired how Dick Cheney handled the questions about one of his daughter's sexuality. He made it clear that he loved her dearly, but still held to his own values. Not that the left or the media ever gave him any credit for it.

How difficult it must be to have this situation in your family. I guess I am lucky that I don't even have to deal with political differences in my family. They are all Republicans (although it took a few years for some to get there). At least we don't have heated fights over the holidays. I don't have any family members who are gay, but I have had friends, of course. But that is different. Especially when it is your child and you have raised them in such a way and you feel they are living differently from that which you have taught them. My kids are not on their own yet, but I know there is nothing they can do that would keep me from loving them.

When it comes to Christian faith, sexuality is a difficult subject. It is, of course, just as sinful to have pre-marital sex or to commit adultery as it is to have homosexual sex. So it would be as upsetting to me for my kids to live with someone of the opposite sex as it would for them to live with someone of the same sex. I would love them all the same. I would never disown them or not speak to them as it seems Alan Keyes has done with his daughter. (as a side note, I met Alan Keyes and his family a few years ago at a pro-life march. They were very gracious and nice.) His daughter, even though she has proclaimed to be a liberal, remains pro-life.

But what is worse than having to deal with different values in a family, especially religious values, is having to deal them as a public figure. It just must be AWFUL. Just like this Jeff Gannon thing, some people just feel that everything is open game.

In the end, we are all responsible for our own actions, sexual or otherwise. I can only teach my children what I feel is best for a happy life. They will make their own decisions. Loving them does not mean accepting everything they do or believe. If Alan Keyes and his wife have disowned their daughter then that is wrong. Christ had dinner with tax collectors and what could be WORSE than that????? Evil personified!!! My point being is that Christ knew that you can't love someone if you don't spend time with them. You can't get through things without showing them that you care. Oh, how the pharisees ranted about it! They just couldn't believe he would have dinner with sinners. Even the disciples questioned Christ speaking to the woman at the well, the woman who had had many men. He stopped the stoning of a prostitute. We all know what he said next. "Let those without sin throw the first stone." But hardly anyone speaks of what he said next to the prostitute. "Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more." Now that is a tough one. As Christians we are called to go and sin no more. But we do. And Christ just keeps forgiving us, when we asked for it. When we mean it. When we love Him.

Perhaps Alan Keyes and his family will always have to accept their daughter's lifestyle. Maybe they will have to learn to live with her decisions. I know that will be hard. But it isn't easy for her either. She loves her family. Being rejected must be horrible. I can't even imagine it in my own family. I don't know all the answers, but one thing I do know. Love always wins. It does. Loving someone, despite your disagreements. Showing them that love, not just saying it, always wins. Always.

Saint Valentine

"The first of the Saints considered to be St. Valentine was a Roman Priest or Bishop of the Christian faith, who was also a physician and practised his trade from his house. He was said to cure the sick of ailments, giving them special medicines or ointments. He was said to have done this out of the goodness of his heart sometimes refusing any payment whatsoever or accepting a loaf of bread or whatever could be spared by the sick.

One Day the jailer bought his daughter to see Valentine, so as to see if she could have her sight gained and Valentine was said to have rubbed an ointment on her eyes and told the jailer to bring her back once a week to have the ointment rubbed on her eyes. Every night he would pray under the dark of night for the sick to be cured. As a result of his beliefs he was arrested and thrown in jail. The jailer who could not do a thing went to see Valentine moments before he was to be executed at which point Valentine asked for a piece of paper and pen on the piece of paper it is said he was suppose to have written 'from your Valentine' and inside the paper also was a blossom of which it is said gave the girl her sight.

Today we celebrate St Valentine's day by exchanging gifts such as cards, candy, flowers, etc. The reason why we celebrate it on February 14 is this was the day on which it is said that St Valentine was executed". via

I will be receiving a new front loader washer and dryer for Valentines. No flowers or candy for me. Give me a new appliance any day. It isn't that I don't appreciate romance, but a practical much needed gift is more my style. Besides, I am even getting it in a champagne color.

A Valentine to Michael Moore.

I had a busy busy weekend. I have some sports overlapping and a Valentine dance for the whole family. You haven't lived until you have taught your 8 yr old to swing dance.

Anyway, Happy Valentines Day to everyone! I always have gotten my kids valentines with some sort of chocolate candy, but I waited until the last minute and ran to Walgreens last night. I feel so sorry for these young guys. They wander around the Valentine section looking like lost puppies. But they have such great things now. Like the chocolate roses on a stem wrapped in red foil. Sweet. And one of my favorites is the chocolate keys, that say "you have the key to my heart."

Well, do you think you can stand another look at Vanity Fair magazine? They did a piece on Michael Moore and it wasn't a valentine, I can tell you that. I think they sort of blame him for pushing the envelope in trying to bring Bush down and it backfiring on him. Just so you know, Michael's next hit piece is on the health care industry called Sicko. No, I am not kidding. Moore says, " It'll never be the same for the H.M.O's again." Although Moore won't be getting his must desired Oscar for Fahrenheit 9/11, he did receive the award for Best nonfiction film for the New York Film Critics Circle and a People's Choice award for favorite film. (although, I think that had to be rigged somehow. I mean really. Do you think regular people voted for this film as their favorite???) During the interviews the author of this piece (Judy Bachrach) has with Moore, it seems every time she mentions anyone in the industry critical of him, he goe off on a rant. Even Steve Grossman, a former Democratic National committee chairman, who also chaired Dean's failed campaign for President says while the film did help "create unprecedented unity and energy," he says, " it was in a deceptively small segment of the Democratic Party and base and then there is the law of unintended consequences." Meaning that it energized our base as well and people not involved in politics really don't like to see their President trashed, no matter who he is. Moore's reaction to this statement of Grossman? He said, "What I did, what MoveOn did, what Bruce Springsteen did--we prevented a Bush landslide." An interesting admission on Moore's part. Moore was so determined for a Kerry win that he flew to 63 cities in a little more than a month, encouraging young listeners on college campuses to register to vote. He also offered boxes of clean underwear and ramen noodles to students who promised to vote. An uninspired sort of bribery, don't you think? Perhaps he should have gone with thongs and popcorn. At least it would have been more interesting and tasty.

When Moore is confronted with how Bin Laden sneered in his last tape before the election saying Bush was "listening to a child discussing her goat." while thousands of Americans in the Twin Towers were incinerated, a scene highlighted in Moore's film and obviously what Laden was referring to, Moore doesn't find this credible. Moore asked, "Where did Bin Laden get the DVD player? How did he plug it into a cave?" Hmm... Dude, he was being filmed. By a camera. I think he had access to some electricity.

Moore loves to describe himself as a working class kind of guy. He reminds people he was born in the blue collar town of Flint Michigan. When asked about all the money he has made he says, "A guy like me, with a high school education, who is suppose to be working in a factory," he muses, "that chance to reach as many people as I have, that's something I do not take for granted." Sounds good, but the truth is that although he was born in Flint, he grew up in nearby Davison, a mostly white, middle-class community. And although Moore's father did work on the assembly line of a G.M. plant, he managed to send his three kids to college. Moore dropped out of college at the University of Michigan after one year. So it was Moore's choice to only have a "high school education," not because he couldn't have a college education. But it sounds better that way, doesn't it?

Moore worked for Mother Jones for five months in 1986, but was fired for "being ornery," said the boss. Moore sued for $2 million and got $58,000 in a settlement. He also worked for Ralph Nader for a short time before his film idea about G.M was inspired, Roger and Me. A New York film maker named Kevin Rafferty gave Moore considerable help with the film. Ironically Rafferty is George W. Bush's first cousin!

Moore seems especially mean in his humor to destroy those he disagrees with. After an intern died in the office of conservative Joe Scarborough (now a pundit on MSNBC), Moore registered the domain name

You remember Lucianne Goldberg, friend of Linda Tripp during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal? She is a neighbor of Moore's and he set a what he called a "lucycam" trained on her apartment and put it up on a website called, she says. The idea being that Moore wanted Goldberg to see how it was to have her privacy invaded. Lucy turned around and asked the National Inquirer if it wanted to paste an ad in her window, and made $1000 a week on the deal.

You have got to love that.

Remember Moore's awful portrayal of Charlton Heston in Bowling For Columbine? Heston was charmed by Moore, who, if you can believe this, is a member of the NRA. Heston felt he was being interviewed by someone on his side. Another interesting tidbit in that film is the part where Moore opens an account for a certificate of deposit at The North Country Bank and Trust in Michigan and was given a rifle within 15 minutes for doing so. The bank has insisted that that part of the film was staged and that there was no way for someone to get a gun in that time. One must fill out a ton of paperwork and wouldn't get the gun for 6 weeks. Moore says he has talked to the woman from the bank and threatened to sue. When the author of this article calles the woman she seems nervous and says she has been told not to talk, but the author asks, "Do you stand by your story?"
" Yes," she says.
"That the gun event was staged?"
"That it took something like 6 weeks to get a gun?"
The author then asks if Moore has threatened to sue her. The author seems to think it "seems peculiar for a man of the people to lob a bomb at one of his own."

"He did, yes." the woman from the bank says.

This Moore sounds like a hell of a guy, doesn't he? Keep in mind, this isn't The Weekly Standard here, this is Vanity Fair, a leftwing magazine if there ever was one.

Douglas Urbanski managed Moore's career for about 10 months in the late 90's. He says Moore was the only client he ever fired. He remembers asking Moore to describe himself. Moore said, "I think I should be the biggest star of a sitcom in America. I can write it, I can create it, I can act in it. I can be bigger than Jackie Gleason and I don't know why it's not happening... I am a movie star! I can write and direct movies!" The rest of the article (yes, it was a very long article) goes on to describe some of Moore's conspiracy theories, how his film and Mel Gibson's film The Passion of Christ, are a lot alike in many ways. This article paints a bizarre picture of a man deeply committed to being rich and famous while fooling himself into believing that he is doing it for a better cause. It is the mean things he resorts to that bothers me the most. He seems vindictive and bitter. I am wondering if his next film, Sicko, about the health industry is paving the way for Hillary and her presidential ambitions. It couldn't hurt for her biggest defeat, the federalization of health care, to be proven right. (At least by Moore's standards) Moore has tasted the sweet wine of fame and I can guarantee you we haven't seen the last of him. It says in the article that he wanted to change politics, and he isn't the kind to stop until he has done it.