June 05, 2004


Satire mag The Chaser reveals Michael Mooreís next media strategy:

Michael Moore says that he has put the media storm surrounding Fahrenheit 9/11 behind him, and is already working hard on the media storm surrounding his follow-up movie, which has the working title Preaching To The Converted IV.

The director promises his fans that like the rest of his highly successful books and movies, his next film will demonstrate Mooreís enormous political clout by completely convincing lifetime Democrat voters not to vote Republican.

In other publicity-addicted lunatic news, elderly anti-nuke freak Helen Caldicott is the subject of a new film made by her niece. Itís called -- seriously -- Helenís War: Portrait of a Dissident, and calmly examines the total greatness that is Helen:

Helen's War is a Canadian-Australian co-production that follows Caldicott in the US promoting her book, The New Nuclear Danger, before and after the Bush Administration declared war on Iraq.

The documentary also covers Caldicott's anti-nuclear crusade and shows her with her family.

Fantastic. I canít wait to not see it.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 5, 2004 02:27 AM

When Michael The Moor sez:

"...completely convincing lifetime Democrat voters not to vote Republican."

He really means:

"...completely convincing hopelessly moonbat lunatics to spend all their money on him."

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 5, 2004 at 02:40 AM

"...completely convincing lifetime Democrat voters not to vote Republican."

This should not be hard for him to accomplish this, if they are lifelong Dems they probably don't vote Republican ALREADY!

It's like saying you are going to McDonald's to convince McDonald's customers to eat McDonald's food! Doh!

Posted by: ordi at June 5, 2004 at 03:03 AM

Thank God for Helen Caldicott. Before she began her tireless war against nuclear weapons, I thought nuclear weapons were harmless! She led me to the truth: Like cigarettes, nuclear weapons can harm people!

Posted by: ushie at June 5, 2004 at 03:32 AM

Helen's War is a Canadian-Australian co-production...

My tax dollars at work. And people wonder why I'm voting Conservative.

Posted by: Damian P. at June 5, 2004 at 03:43 AM

Damien - don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. While this film may be a waste of money, don't forget your taxes also pay for defective Canadian flags and multimillion-dollar gun-owners lists.

Posted by: Dave S. at June 5, 2004 at 03:49 AM

Helen, the face that un-launched a thousand ICBMs?

Posted by: Andjam at June 5, 2004 at 03:58 AM

bomb the world.

Posted by: datsun at June 5, 2004 at 04:38 AM

"...nuclear weapons can harm people!"

Ushie, only those nuclear weapons owned by western democracies can harm people. The Helen Caldicotts of the world never had a problem with the nuclear weapons owned by totalitarian marxist dictatorships.

Posted by: David Crawford at June 5, 2004 at 05:14 AM

Mmmm.. methinks some of our jolly crew missed the "satire" tag.

Posted by: Bruce at June 5, 2004 at 05:28 AM

Helen Caldicott is still alive?

I recall going to a speech she made during the Bush Sr. Administration (I think 1989 or so) where she stated - with no qualifications at all - that he (Bush) was going to launch a nuclear attack against the then-Soviet Union. Flat out, bet your house statement.

About 2 months later, the whole rotted-out half-dead entity collapsed.

The Soviet Union that is.


Posted by: SteveMG at June 5, 2004 at 07:51 AM

The Herald Sun is apparently running a piece today called "The Awful Truth About Michael Moore". Can anyone confirm whether this is an investigation into his history of falsehood?

Posted by: TokenModerateGuy at June 5, 2004 at 08:56 AM

What is this strange new use of the word "dissident" that I see these days? They're always using it to describe people who governments neither silence or deport, and have many political compatriots. Are these same folks willing to call the Dalai Lama a dissident?

Posted by: Joe at June 5, 2004 at 09:56 AM

TokenMG, apparently the Herald Sun piece piles it on Moore big time. Unfortunately it's not online. Eternal gratitude (and pots at the pub) to anyone who can get it online.

Posted by: slatts at June 5, 2004 at 02:13 PM

Does Caldicott's new book explain the Treaty of Moscow's deep reductions in US and Russian nuclear warhead counts, and how they happened in the midst of the arms race that was sure to ensue following US abrogation of the ABM Treaty? The reckless unilateral Bushies just seem to keep stumbling into these sorts of successes -- but surely Caldicott and her really, really smart ilk can explain how this is all leading to disaster.

Posted by: IceCold at June 5, 2004 at 02:54 PM

"Fantastic. I can't wait to not see it."

You crack me up.

Posted by: Sean at June 5, 2004 at 10:28 PM

Ah, you're right, David. I'm sure that a nuclear weapon in the hands of the mullahs of Iran will be as a soft, cuddly plush toy.

Posted by: ushie at June 6, 2004 at 02:28 AM

The Caldicott documentary has already appeared on Canadian TV (CBC Newsworld's The Passionate Eye) and it's every bit as appalling as you might expect.

Not that I didn't get a horselaugh or three out of it.

Posted by: gnotalex at June 6, 2004 at 04:20 AM

No, ushie, Iran's nukes are merely a deterrent that they would not need if they were not living in fear of the Great Satan. Same with the Soviet's. See, cheating, killing and stockpiling nukes are the only way these noble countries can survive the genocide of the west, that's why they get a pass.

Posted by: Sortelli at June 6, 2004 at 02:26 PM