Re: Michael Moore stole the show!

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Posted by Rundquist from ( on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 6:59pm :

In Reply to: Michael Moore stole the show! posted by Brett Maverick Lambert from ( on Monday, March 24, 2003 at 0:48am :

: did Adrien Brody's apparent love for Halle Berry too. Damn, somebody get me an Oscar!!! ;)

: P.S. - I, like Sean Connery, love Red Lobster. :p

The following was sent to me by email. It's a bit heavy handed (like a Moore documentary), but it makes some good points. Cheers


Who's Smarter? by Cindy Osborne

The Hollywood group is at it again. Holding anti-war rallies, screaming
about the Bush Administration, running ads in major newspapers, defaming
the President and his Cabinet every chance they get, to anyone and
everyone who will listen. They publicly defile them and call them names
like "stupid," "morons," and "idiots." Jessica Lange went so far as to
tell a crowd in Spain that she hates President Bush and is embarrassed to
be an American.

So, just how ignorant are these people who are running the country? Let's
look at the biographies of these "stupid," "ignorant," "moronic" leaders,
and then at the celebrities who are castigating them:

President George W. Bush: Received a Bachelors Degree from Yale
University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102
pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career in the oil
and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry
until 1986. He was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with
53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic reelection victory, he became the
first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on
November 3, 1998, winning 68.6 percent of the vote. In 1998 Governor Bush
won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent of the African-American
vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of women. He won more Texas
counties, 240 of 254, than any modern Republican other that Richard Nixon
in 1972 and is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the
heavily Hispanic and Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and
Hidalgo. (Someone began circulating a false story about his I.Q. being
lower than any other President. If you believed it, you might want to go
to URBANLEGENDS.COM and see the truth.)

Vice President Dick Cheney earned a B.A. in 1965 and a M.A. in 1966, both
in political science. Two years later, he won an American Political
Science Association congressional fellowship. One of Vice President
Cheney's primary duties is to share with individuals, members of Congress
and foreign leaders, President Bush's vision to strengthen our economy,
secure our homeland and win the War on Terrorism. In his official role as
President of the Senate, Vice President Cheney regularly goes to Capitol
Hill to meet with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to
work on the Administration's legislative goals. In his travels as Vice
President, he has seen first hand the great demands the war on terrorism
is placing on the men and women of our military, and he is proud of the
tremendous job they are doing for the United States of America.

Secretary of State Colin Powell was educated in the New York City public
schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he
earned a Bachelor's Degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC at
CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon
graduation in June 1958. His further academic achievements include a
Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington
University. Secretary Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. and
foreign military awards and decorations. Secretary Powell's civilian
awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's
Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State
Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished
Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in
his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges
across the country.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: attended Princeton University on
Scholarship (AB, 1954) and served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as a Naval
aviator; Congressional Assistant to Rep. Robert Griffin
(R-MI), 1957-59; U.S. Representative, Illinois, 1962-69; Assistant to the
President, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Director of
the Cost of Living Council, 1969-74; U.S. Ambassador to NATO, 1973-74;
head of Presidential Transition Team, 1974; Assistant to the President,
Director of White House Office of Operations, White House Chief of Staff,
1974-77; Secretary of Defense, 1975-77

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge was raised in a working class
family in veterans' public housing in Erie. He earned a scholarship to
Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The
Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he
served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star
for Valor. After returning to Pennsylvania, he earned his Law Degree and
was in private practice before becoming Assistant District Attorney in
Erie County. He was elected to Congress in 1982. He was the first
enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House, and was
overwhelmingly reelected six times.

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice earned her Bachelor's Degree
in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University
of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in
1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at
the University of Denver in
(Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15,
graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum
Laude). She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and
a Doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of
International Studies. Both of her advanced degrees are also in Political

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been
awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the
University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995.
At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International
Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for
International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover
Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed
(1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander
Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak
Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East
European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in
settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the
Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions.
From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the
final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as
Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs
in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the
President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international
affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special
Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she
served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training
in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for the
Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and
Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International
Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of
Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New
Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and
East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls
Club of the Peninsula. In addition, her past board service has
encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett
Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East
European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public
broadcasting for San Francisco. Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham,
Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude
and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's
from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the
Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in
1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and
has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in
1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame
in 1995. She resides in Washington, D.C.

So who are these celebrities? What is their education? What is their
experience in affairs of State or in National Security? While I will
defend to the death their right to express their opinions, I think that
if they are going to call into question the intelligence of our leaders,
we should also have all the facts on their educations and background:

Barbra Streisand: Completed high school Career: Singing and acting

Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade. Career: Singing and acting

Martin Sheen Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton. Career: Acting

Jessica Lange Dropped out college mid-freshman year. Career: Acting

Alec Baldwin Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal Career:

Julia Roberts Completed high school Career: Acting

Sean Penn Completed High school Career: Acting

Susan Sarandon Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America in
Washington, D.C. Career: Acting

Ed Asner Completed High school Career: Acting

George Clooney Dropped out of University of Kentucky Career: Acting

Michael Moore Dropped out first year University of Michigan. Career:
Movie Director

Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School Career: Acting

Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School Career: Acting

Mike Farrell Completed High school Career: Acting

Janeane Garofelo Dropped out of College. Career: Stand up comedienne

Larry Hagman Attended Bard College for one year. Career: Acting

While comparing the education and experience of these two groups, we
should also remember that President Bush and his cabinet are briefed
daily, even hourly, on the War on Terror and threats to our security.
They are privy to information gathered around the world concerning the
Middle East, the threats to America, the intentions of terrorists and
terrorist-supporting governments. They are in constant communication with
the CIA, the FBI, Interpol, NATO, The United Nations, our own military,
and that of our allies around the world. We cannot simply believe that we
have full knowledge of the threats because we watch CNN!! We cannot
believe that we are in any way as informed as our leaders.

These celebrities have no intelligence-gathering agents, no fact-finding
groups, no insight into the minds of those who would destroy our country.
They only have a deep seated hatred for all things Republican. By nature,
and no one knows quite why, the Hollywood elitists detest Conservative
views and anything that supports or uplifts the United States of America.
The silence was deafening from the Left when Bill Clinton bombed a
pharmaceutical factory outside of Khartoum, or when he attacked the
Bosnian Serbs in 1995 and 1999. He bombed Serbia itself to get Slobodan
Milosevic out of Kosovo, and not a single peace rally was held. When our
Rangers were ambushed in Somalia and 18 young American lives were lost,
not a peep was heard from Hollywood. Yet now, after our nation has been
attacked on its own soil, after 3,000 Americans were killed by
freedom-hating terrorists while going about their routine lives, they
want to hold rallies against the war. Why the change? Because an honest,
God-fearing Republican sits in the White House.

Another irony is that in 1987, when Ronald Reagan was in office, the
Hollywood group aligned themselves with disarmament groups like SANE,
FREEZE and PEACE ACTION, urging our own government to disarm and freeze
the manufacturing of any further nuclear weapons, in order to promote
world peace. It is curious that now, even after we have heard all the
evidence that Saddam Hussein has chemical, biological and is very close
to obtaining nuclear weapons, their is no cry from this group for HIM to
disarm. They believe we should leave him alone in his quest for these
weapons of mass destruction, even though it is certain that these deadly
weapons will eventually be used against us in our own cities.

So why the hype out of Hollywood? Could these celebrities believe that
since they draw such astronomical salaries, they are entitled to also
determine the course of our Nation? That they can make viable decisions
concerning war and peace? Did Michael Moore have the backing of the
Nation when he recently thanked France, on our behalf, for being a "good
enough friend to tell us we were wrong"? I know for certain he was not
speaking for me. Does Sean Penn fancy himself a Diplomat, in going to
Iraq when we are just weeks away from war? Does he believe that his High
School Diploma gives him the knowledge (and the right) to go to a country
that is controlled by a maniacal dictator, and speak on behalf of the
American people? Or is it the fact that he pulls in more money per year
than the average American worker will see in a lifetime? Does his bank
account give him clout?

The ultimate irony is that many of these celebrities have made a shambles
of their own lives, with drug abuse, alcoholism, numerous marriages and
divorces, scrapes with the law, publicized temper tantrums, etc. How dare
they pretend to know what is best for an entire nation! What is even more
bizarre is how many people in this country will listen and accept their
views, simply because they liked them in a certain movie, or have fond
memories of an old television sitcom!

It is time for us, as citizens of the United States, to educate ourselves
about the world around us. If future generations are going to enjoy the
freedoms that our forefathers bequeathed us, if they are ever to know
peace in their own country and their world, to live without fear of
terrorism striking in their own cities, we must assure that this nation
remains strong. We must make certain that those who would destroy us are
made aware of the severe consequences that will befall them.

Yes, it is a wonderful dream to sit down with dictators and terrorists
and join hands, singing Cumbaya and talking of world peace. But it is not
real. We did not stop Adolf Hitler from taking over the entire continent
of Europe by simply talking to him. We sent our best and brightest, with
the strength and determination that this Country is known for, and
defeated the Nazi regime. President John F. Kennedy did not stop the
Soviet ships from unloading their nuclear missiles in Cuba in 1962 with
mere words. He stopped them with action, and threat of immediate war if
the ships did not turn around. We did not end the Cold War with
conferences. It ended with the strong belief of President Ronald
Reagan... PEACE through STRENGTH.


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