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October 29, 2004.
I'm feeling Sick Right Now.
by The Hollywood Liberal
I just got finished watching Fahreinheit 9/11, for the first time since I went to the midnight showing the day before it was released. It was at the Cineramadome right up the street here in Hollywood, the first public showing in L.A. I thought back to that night only a few short months ago, and I realize how much things have changed in regards to the people of this country, and their view of George W. Bush. I remember that night, that half of seeing that movie with that crowd of people who are as passionately against this administration as I am, thats why they went out at midnight to see the film, was seeing their reaction. I sat near the back of the sold out theatre so I got to see how people were responding to what was on the screen. Like me these people knew virtually everything that was in the movie already. They knew that for the first time the real story of what was going on with this administration, and 9/11, and Iraq, was being told in a public forum outside the internet. The audience in that theatre applauded at things they saw, that they knew about, but they knew that 90% of the American public did not. It was a catharsis knowing that more people were going to learn the truth. The event itself was as important as the film.
Tonight, as I watched it, not in a big theatre, but at home, alone, was a different experience. The emotions I felt were deeper. When it got to the part where it shows the beginning of the bombing of Iraq, I literally started to feel sick. The way it was shot through green night vision glasses made it even more eerie, to see a quiet sleeping city suddenly engulfed in flames, and bombs, that they knew were coming but could do nothing about. One of the next shots is of the clueless rubes in the Army talking about how pumped up they get when its time to go kill, about how they put some kick ass music on the CD, and get all fired up to go out and get the bad guys. One platoons favorite song to play was "The Roof is on Fire." They love it when they get to the part that goes "Burn Motherfucker Burn." The film shows several of them singing it in clip, after clip, and I just felt so disgusted to be a citizen of a country that would allow this to happen. Later the cameras follow around 2 Marine recruiters who go into the poorest parts of towns, and lie their asses off to poor kids who have almost no option in life, but to join the Army. The recruiters know its easy pickings over there. These guys will tell these poor dumb kids who have been made that way through a lifetime of poor education, anything that they think will get them to join up. At the very end of the movie is a quote from George Orwell. "Its not a matter of if the war is not real, or if it is. Victory is not possible. The War is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. A hierachial society is only possible on the basis of ignorance. This new version is the past, and no different past can ever have exsisted. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects, and its objective is not victory of Eurasia, or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact." Thats sums up what this war is about, and what all war is about.
Of course this whole war, poverty, recruting angle is only a part of the movie. I cringed as the whole Bush/Saudi connection was laid out. Anyone who can watch this movie and not come away thinking that this administration at best covered up for the people that they knew were behind 9/11, or at worst, were directly involved in the planning, is just not connecting the dots. I laughed at John Ashcroft singing "Let the Eagle Soar," and cried at the burnt bodies, and at the heartache of Lila Lipscomb. This movie not only deserves the Oscar for Best Documentary, it deserves to win the Oscar for Best Picture as well.
Now the election is only 4 days away, and its looking more, and more like George Bush is in trouble, no matter how many votes he steals. (of course it looks that way, but that does not mean he still cant find some way to steal it again.) Part of the reason for Bush being possibly close to being on his way out is because of people like Michael Moore, another part is because of the people who have been demonstrating against this war, and against Bush.
I am proud that I have been involved in every anti-war march, that has been held in Los Angeles since February 15, 2003. The day that 6 million people marched against the invasion of Iraq worldwide. I am also proud that I was on the front line with Michael Moore on August 29, 2004 in New York with 400,000 others who know the truth, but I have not done enough. I want to do more, but right now all I can do is to tell people who have not seen this movie to see it, and try to get others who haven't to see it as well, especially undecided people, or people who are not bothering to vote at all. Also call up your family, and friends, (as I am going to do tomorrow.) and make sure that they are going to go out on tuesday and vote to bring this country back on the right track. The future of America depends on it.
Heres an old one that I've had for a while, if you haven't seen this check it out it hilarious.
Only 2 more days until Halloween
Bad News Dogs Bush As Election Nears
By SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer
The presidency comes with powerful tools that can help incumbents keep their jobs: a mighty public-relations machine, a bully pulpit, a famous airplane. Yet President Bush has been powerless to halt a recent tide of bad news, from surging violence and missing weapons in Iraq to missteps by his own campaign, to a potentially damaging new probe by his own FBI
The inconvenient news has been magnified in the superheated atmosphere of the final week of Bush's tight race with Democrat John Kerry
In a Friday speech, Kerry hoped to stoke the latest revelation: news that the FBI has begun investigating whether the Pentagon improperly awarded no-bid military contracts to Halliburton Co., formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney
His running mate, John Edwards said, "The special treatment of Halliburton is wrong."
For four straight days, Bush had been dogged by a report that nearly 400 tons of explosives disappeared from Iraq's Al-Qaqaa military installation.
Bush aides winced when former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a frequent Bush campaign partner and surrogate, said the troops in Iraq, not Bush, bore the responsibility for searching for the explosives.
"No matter how you try to blame it on the president, the actual responsibility for it really would be for the troops that were there. Did they search carefully enough & didn't they search carefully enough?" Giuliani said on NBC's "Today" program.
There was more: The U.N. nuclear agency said U.S. officials were warned about the vulnerability of explosives stored at the installation after another facility was looted.
Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV, which had a crew embedded with the 101st Airborne Division during the war, released videotape that it said showed soldiers examining explosives at the massive Al-Qaqaa facility nine days after the fall of Baghdad. The video could possibly undermine Bush's suggestion the explosives were looted before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq....
Have a nice day, and keep fighing the bastards H.L.
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