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It's a tautology: MM = MM  | e-mail post

Well, maybe not a true tautology, but Michael Moore is a megalomaniacal moron, I think that's clear.

Well, if you really care what Michael Moore thinks, here's his election eve plea, to anyone who is listening. Given that this was forwarded on with a comment of "good points" attached, I guess some people do.

In his message, he plays as fast-and-loose with the facts as he does in Fahrenheit 9/11. Here's the start of his message, my comments are interspersed:

To Decent Conservatives and Recovering Republicans:

In your heart of hearts you know Bush is a miserable failure. [Funny, I don't, and 70%-90% of his support comes from people who are voting "for" him not "against" Kerry (in contrast to Kerry's support being mostly anti-Bush)] From having no plan on what to do in Iraq once he conquered Baghdad to the 380 missing tons of explosives that could be used to kill our brave young men and women, [Mike, you just want to ignore the reports that we appear to have been the ones who destroyed most of what was there, as well as the open question as to how much was even there when we showed up?] this guy doesn’t have a clue how to fight and win a war. [Excuse me? We have had two regime changes, Afghanistan and Iraq in as many years. The fall of your opponent's government is the key criteria for "winning a war." If you want to say win the peace, I might give it to you, but to say win a war, you show your foolishness.] You should see the mail I’ve been getting lately from our troops over there. [You should post scans of it on your website, if it exists. I'm certain any soldier writing to you would want to get the word out about their feelings.] They know how much the Iraqi people hate them. [Which is funny, because the polls indicate differently, from both our troops and the Iraqis (1)(2)] They are sitting ducks anytime they go out on the road. Many believe we are not that far away from a Tet-style offensive inside the Green Zone with hundreds of Americans and Brits killed. [And many believe Elvis is still alive Michael; I haven't heard any credible source make this claim. Also, not to sound callous, but how many lives is it worth to permanently embed democracy in the Muslim crescent? How many could you have justified dying to protect Korea or defeat Hitler?]

Bush refused to go after and capture Osama bin Laden. [A blatant miscontrual of the facts, read General Tommy Franks' comments in the NYT.] He fought, every step of the way, the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. [He may have thought it was more important to solve the problem than to point fingers at a lapse in the civil service going back through Clinton.] Who on earth would oppose such a thing? If 3,000 people died at your place of work and your boss said we don’t need to find out why or how it happened, he’d be thrown out on his ear. [Again, Mike, we know how and why it happened, what the 9/11 investigation was about was why and how it could have been prevented. Your abuse of language only weakens your arguments, just as your abuse of the facts does.] Bush’s behavior after this great tragedy alone is reason enough for his removal.

You already know that George W. Bush is the farthest thing from a conservative. He’s a reckless spender who has run up record-breaking deficits and the biggest debt in our history. [He did start with a big baseline debt, in all fairness, also the Clinton-fueled market bust before he took office deprived the feds of a lot of projected capital gains taxes, and then there's the part about needing to stimulate the economy; also the U.S. has always had deficits when we fight wars, it's the cost of doing battle.] He believes in having the government pry into everything from your library records to your bedroom. [I haven't seen anyone in my bedroom yet, and I'm pretty sure I would have heard John Ashcroft gasp if he was there.] He has hit you with hidden taxes with his tax cuts for the rich. [But the rich do pay a higher proportional share under his tax regime, Michael, you might want to look at the CBO number (1)]

I know many of you don’t like Bush, but are unsure of Kerry. [Again, read the polls, most Bush voters are voting for Bush.] Give the new guy a chance. [By that logic, we should be just as happy to elect Charles Manson.]He won’t raise your taxes (unless you are super-rich) [If household incomes of $200K are the "super-rich," and if you think it would stop there.], he won’t take your hunting gun away, and he won’t make you visit France. [I think offering free trips to France would encourage voters.] He risked his life for you many years ago. He’s asking for the chance to do it again. Scott McConnell at The American Conservative magazine has endorsed him. What more do you need? [Michael, this is where conservatives are different, most of us make up our own minds based on the facts, not just what somebody says.]

Moore's letter goes on at length, but it is tiresome and pointless to continue to point out factual errors in it. Virtually the only sentences that don't contain falsehoods are those which, by definition don't have a truth value: questions, assertions of his feelings and predictions.

The most humorous part of Moore's letter is where he suggests that Ralph Nader may have lost his mind. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

And in case you have any question whether Michael Moore is a megalomaniac, that is, one who has infantile feelings of omnipotence retained in later life, I will only pull this other snippet from his letter:
There he was, OBL, all tan and rested and on videotape (hey, did you get the feeling that he had a bootleg of my movie? Are there DVD players in those caves in Afghanistan?)

Speaking of my movie – can I ask you a personal question before we part ways for good on Tuesday? Why did you and your friends fund SIX “documentaries” trashing me -- but only ONE film against Kerry? C’mon, he was the candidate, not me. What a waste of your time and resources! Sure, I know what your pollsters told you, that the film had convinced some people to vote you out.
So he not only influenced the electorate but Osama Bin Laden as well (and he seems pround of the Osama influence, strange)? I certainly don't have a lock on this, but I haven't heard of anyone who was not already opposed to Bush being influenced against Bush by Fahrenheit 9/11. As I've mentioned (end of this post), it is such a tranparent hatchet-job that it actually turns off a lot of undecideds.

Best line, if a little mean-spirited, about Moore's Osama comments is over at Finnegans Wake:
Moore makes it impossible to sustain any defense of him; here he is, all 7000 pounds of him, rolling around in orgasmic glee because Osama bin Laden endorsed his criticism of the Bush administration.
Read Moore's letter if you want one more reason to vote for George Bush.

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