March 01, 2004


To celebrate today’s Oscar Madison awards in Hollywood, here’s a piece on comical, hysterical, spherical Michael Moore:

Perhaps nothing irritates Moore more than criticism of his lifestyle.

He's been known to refer to his house on 10 acres of Torch Lake frontage as a cabin, as if it were a place with four walls, a roof, an outhouse and a stack of cordwood to beat back the chill in winter.

Technically, it is a log cabin. Two stories. According to Antrim County records, the home is worth $1.2 million.

Former Moore pal Ben Hamper -- "I'm just another person he's outgrown" -- has an interesting theory about Moore’s capacity for denial:

At an appearance at Michigan State University in late January, Moore took questions after his two-hour talk. A student asked if rumors about him building on a wetland Up North were true.

Silence. Then: "Don't know what you're talking about."

According to state records, Moore partially filled in a wetland to improve his beach. He quickly fixed the problem and wasn't fined.

Why deny it?

"A pathological need to be right," Hamper said.

That need is so rarely satisfied.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 1, 2004 12:09 PM

his house on 10 acres of Torch Lake frontage

Oh Shite! My family owns a house on Torch Lake Michigan. There goes the neighborhood.

Posted by: Wallace at March 1, 2004 at 01:13 PM

I can't believe anything in this article. The author destroyed his credibility when he described Moore as "a little overweight."

Posted by: Dave S. at March 1, 2004 at 01:22 PM

Michael Moore IS a neighbourhood.

Posted by: Habib at March 1, 2004 at 02:17 PM

To his credit, Double M allowed himself to be parodied in the opening montage.

Only two people have mentioned Iraq so far - Billy Crystal obliquely in thanking the troops, and Errol Morris who expressed fear that, basically, Iraq has become Vietnam (Morris' documentery was about Robert McNamara which shows that even documentaries are still trapped in the 60s).

Also, ANZAC rules Hollywood. Just thought you'd like to know that your arts community is imposing cultural hegemony on a sovereign nation.

Posted by: Steve in Houston at March 1, 2004 at 02:46 PM

Update: Sean Penn with an obligatory but thankfully brief WMD remark.

Posted by: Steve in Houston at March 1, 2004 at 03:06 PM

Now Samwise can return to the Shire and tell his gaffer "Aye, I saw Michael Moore and an oliphant. Big as a barn he was...til the oliphant stomped on him"

Posted by: Carl H. at March 1, 2004 at 03:16 PM

I have to gloat now, before it drops off the page.

My revised cover for Moore's book is currently the last result on the first page of a Google Image search for "Michael Moore".

I need to whore for links so it gets further up the list.

Posted by: EvilPundit at March 1, 2004 at 03:48 PM

Moore, 49, credited in Democratic circles for making President George W. Bush's National Guard record a fierce campaign issue, is bigger than ever.

Michael and me are both getting bigger, and older. We need to cut down on the Happy Meals. Dude, where's your blood pressure?

Posted by: Timothy Lang at March 1, 2004 at 04:33 PM

Steve, I don't think we should give props to Moore for letting himself be the butt of a joke. It's his way. He simutaneously proclaims that all of his facts are facts but then defends himself from inaccuracy by claiming to be a comedian. Everytime he takes a shot it's specifically so that everyone allows him to make himself into a little bit more of an ass later.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 1, 2004 at 04:44 PM

Oscar Madison Awards...I can't resist...

On November thirteenth Wesley Clark was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his Commander In Chief. Deep down he knew he was right. But he also knew that someday He Would Return. With no where else to go, he appeared at the home of his childhood friend, Michael Moore. Sometime earlier, Moore's proletarian base had thrown him out, requesting that he never return.

Can two men divorced from reality share an apartment without driving each other crazy?

cue Theme Song

Posted by: Timothy Lang at March 1, 2004 at 05:46 PM

Tim, your phrase "rarely satisfied" is wrong. Yes, Michael Moore is wrong about things (and hypocritical). Sometimes. But to say his need to be right is "rarely satisfied" is complete bulldust. Try giving us a ratio of wrong:right things MM says to back up your claim. He'd have to be wrong something like 90% of the time to be "rarely" right.

Again, I dare you to compare your own prognostication abilities to what has happened.

Posted by: fatfingers at March 1, 2004 at 06:05 PM

Hey Fatfinger it does not matter what u say. Michael Moore is really fat because he love symbols of western running dog capitalist imperialism like Mcdonhalds and KFC. That makes him a big fat hippocrit fools!! haha!!

Posted by: Bilal Skarf at March 1, 2004 at 06:42 PM

Fatfingers is also the guy who asked Tim for proof that al Qaedea had any connection to 9-11

Posted by: Sortelli at March 1, 2004 at 08:42 PM

Michael Moore and Move-On are to collaborate on new issues.

The new organisation is to be called Michael MooreOn.


Posted by: Rob Read at March 1, 2004 at 09:23 PM

Part of the reason I can't stand Moore is his pretending to be someone he isn't. He loves to give the impression, via what he wears and how he speaks, that he's still just some average working guy. I wonder how many average working guys could afford what he has?

I don't care that he's rich. He earned his money. But why try and pretend that he's still just like an average working guy?

Posted by: Chris Josepshon at March 1, 2004 at 09:47 PM

The point is that 90% right doesn't seem to be good enough for MM, so he revises what he can ("Hey, it's comedy!") and deletes the rest.

Give me that kind off slack and I can beat all hell out of 90%.

Posted by: spongeworthy at March 1, 2004 at 11:44 PM

Can two men divorced from reality share an apartment without driving each other crazy?

Poker night at their place would be a real scream what with Mikey scammin' all the snacks and dealin' off the bottom of the deck while poor Wesley waves his medals and screams orders, unheeded, at Mikey's buddies. A 35 share, for sure.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at March 2, 2004 at 12:03 AM

"He's been known to refer to his house on 10 acres of Torch Lake frontage as a cabin".

I'd call it a berth.


Posted by: BC at March 2, 2004 at 01:12 AM

That makes him a big fat hippocrit

Funniest typo I've seen all day.

Posted by: Rick C at March 2, 2004 at 02:57 AM

I read Ben Hamper's book "Rivethead" about his years on the assembly line for GM in Flint, Michigan. From what I recall (I read it back in the '80's) it was a pretty good book with laughs and some very astute observations on human nature.

Moore was indeed a pal of Hamper's (you see Hamper playing basketball in "Roger & Me") and if Hamper says Moore has pathologies, he's probably right.

Posted by: JDB at March 2, 2004 at 03:01 AM

Moore is a fat ass, that has brains so full of lard, he speaks crap too. As for his "log cabin" he needs the space to rest his ass in. Who the hell likes the retard anyway??

Posted by: Mooreisafatass at March 2, 2004 at 06:21 AM

Rivethead is a great book - hilarious, and engrossing, and a fascinating look at the world of working on an assembly line for an American car company in the 70s. You won't wonder why imports gained so much ground in the U.S. market during that time, any more. But mostly it's funny - Hamper is a very good writer, in a working-class way, and I mean that as a compliment.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at March 2, 2004 at 11:18 PM