New Photo Section and a few words on movies.

So I saw that Michel Moore movie. What was it again? Oh yea Fahrenheit 9/11. I wasn’t impressed. But I didn’t pay a single cent to see it (I stole it – Michel Moore told me to) nothings lost but a few hours. Since the movie started out with a big fat lie, it kind of lost credibility with me. (10,000 points to who ever knows what the lie was.) I would have believed the movie too if I wasn’t already privy to the information around this particular subject (thank you Frank). The thing that pissed me off most about the movie was that millions of americans are going to believe it verbatim. At least it will help get Bush out of office. Its not every president that has a movie against him.

On more important matters I saw Shrek 2 finally. It was cute and had a lot of humor that went right over the kiddies heads. Didn’t let down my expectations but they weren’t that high anyway.

I was going to do an entire post on Raising Victor Vargas about a week ago. It was a good movie about a family of 3 coming of age kids and an old grandmother growing up in the Projects. I kept seeing it in video rental places and something about it just made me want to rent it. I didn’t even know what it was about. The synopsis I read on Netflix really didn’t do it justice.

Victor (Victor Rasuk) is a Latino kid who fancies himself as a bit of a lothario around the ghetto. But when word gets out that he’s been romancing a fat girl in the apartment upstairs, his credibility as a stud is thrown into question. So, he finds himself a hot new girlfriend (Judy Marte) to shut everyone up.

Yea… the movie wasn’t really about that. Check IMDB for reviews. Oh and it has a pretty good website even though it was never completed. I want to see Five Feet High and Rising but netflix nor my local movie rental store has it. (It’s the director’s first movie about the same family.)

I commented some photo galleries for your amusement. I can’t say I’m too happy about the quality of many of the pictures but they all tell a little story. I need a camera with a bigger aperture. My current one (Nikon Coolpix 995) is nice but its got 3 broken pixels and needs a lot of light. Anyway, enjoy the pictures – they’re in a new section dedicated to Events and Outings with my friends.

Nick’s Graduation
The 4th of July
The 5th of July with Nina, Ellie, Becky, Jenny, Jason, Brian and Myself

-Francis

14 thoughts on “New Photo Section and a few words on movies.

  1. now what’s really interesting is the big lie in Shrek 2.

    a billion bucks to whoever can figure it out

  2. I Liked the cool pics of me. And I don’t know why but sometimes we have to to just hit you.

  3. No it doesn’t start with a lie. Every fact in the movie has been extensively checked. The opinions and interpretations he draws from the facts may be contraversial, but if you can find one lie Michael Moore will pay you $10,000.

    “Every single fact I state in “Fahrenheit 9/11″ is the absolute and irrefutable truth. This movie is perhaps the most thoroughly researched and vetted documentary of our time. No fewer than a dozen people, including three teams of lawyers and the venerable one-time fact-checkers from The New Yorker went through this movie with a fine-tooth comb so that we can make this guarantee to you. Do not let anyone say this or that isn’t true. If they say that, they are lying. Let them know that the OPINIONS in the film are mine, and anyone certainly has a right to disagree with them. And the questions I pose in the movie, based on these irrefutable facts, are also mine.
    And I have a right to ask them. And I will continue to ask them until they are answered”
    http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/

  4. Don’t act like I said he’s a total liar. I’m just saying there is something in the beginning that is wrong.

    -Francis

  5. Comment #4. See how it works? You have been manoored by moore. He said he was thinking about a $10,000 reward. He didn’t offer it.

  6. If moore decides to make that $10,000 offer (not likely)he can give it to me because in his movie he says that the White House gave the order to approve the bin Laden family and associates to leave the country, butCounter Terrorism Chief Richard Clarke took full responsibliity for making the decision. He said the decision went no further than him, in an interview with The Hill on May 26. In his prior testimony with the Commissioin, he did not take “credit”.

    FYI, in his movie he refers to the Carlyle Group as a shadowy war proliferation company, but he has no qualms about taking money himself from the Carlyle Group. The Group owns part of Loews Cinema which owns 300 movie houses. Guess what movie they are showing?

  7. Frank,

    Just because the Carlyle Group owns some stock in Lowes doesnt mean that they have any moral influence over the company. He is not taking money from the Carlyle group, he is taking money from the people through Lowes Cinema, which may make the Carlyle Group more money, being stockholders in Lowes. Moore may either not know this, or he may feel that giving the Carlyle group a couple more pennies(in comparison to their oil exploits) is a reasonable sacrifice in order to get the message out to more people.

  8. Mike,Do you really think that moore didn’t know? Give me a break. (If it was I, I would donate my net proceeds from them to charity.) Yea, its no big deal, but it is a deal, and It is hypocritical.It reflects badly on his character, and all those other little things he does also do. I don’t want to run down the menu, but here are a few. He says he isn’t a Democrat, but he is registered as a Democrat in NY State. (Who cares what he is registered as, just say the truth.) Also, he is registered in NY State and Michigan. NY State law says you cannot register in another state if you are registered in NY. He says he was raised in the poor man’s town of Flint Michigan. In fact he was raised in a well to do suburb of Flint, Davis.Well, I am sure that you get my message. Meanwhile he goes to Europe and gets paid to give speeches saying that Americans are stupid. (Well if we bail them out again we would be stupid.)

  9. Yeah, I think it’s very possible that he didnt know. The distributions methods are secondary knowledge, why dont you email him and ask? :)

    Again I say, he may have decided to cede some hypocrisy in order to get his message seen by more people.

  10. With all due respect, if you haven’t seen the movie, it is easy to mischaracterize what Moore actually says. Quoted verbatim from his web site:

    WHAT THE FILM SAYS:

    Sen. Byron Dorgan: We had some airplanes authorized at the highest levels of our government to fly to pick up Osama Bin Laden’s family members and others from Saudi Arabia and transport them out of this country.

    Narration: It turns out that the White House approved planes to pick up the bin Ladens and numerous other Saudis. At least six private jets and nearly two dozen commercial planes carried the Saudis and the Bin ladens out of the U.S. after September 13th. In all, 142 Saudis, including 24 members of the bin Laden family, were allowed to leave the country.

    Additionally, in an interview with author Craig Unger, the film makes reference to the fact that these individuals were briefly interviewed before they were allowed to leave.

    WHY WE SAY IT:

    1. THE FLIGHTS – WHO GOT OUT WHEN

    The facts stated in Fahrenheit 9/11 are well documented and are based entirely on the findings contained in the 9/11 commission draft report, which states, “After the airspace reopened, six chartered flights with 142 people, mostly Saudi Arabian nationals, departed from the United States between September 14 and 24. One flight, the so-called Bin Ladin flight, departed the United States on September 20 with 26 passengers, most of them relatives of Usama Bin Ladin.” National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Threats and Responses in 2001, Staff Statement No. 10, The Saudi Flights, p. 12

    Unfortunately, some news organizations have misinterpreted what the film says. Some have said Fahrenheit 9/11 alleges that these flights out of the country took place when commercial airplanes were still grounded. The film does not say this. The film states clearly that these flights left after September 13 (the day the FAA began to slowly lift the ban on air traffic).

    2. WHO APPROVED THESE FLIGHTS AND WHY

    We really do not know why it was so necessary for the White House to allow the quick exodus of these Saudi and bin Ladens out of the country, and “the White House still refuses to document fully how the flights were arranged,” according to a June 20, 2004, article by Phil Shenon in the New York Times.

    We do know who asked for help in getting Saudis out of the country – the Saudi government. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Threats and Responses in 2001, Staff Statement No. 10, The Saudi Flights, p. 12 The film also includes a television interview with Saudi Prince Bandar, confirming this as well.

    Former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke has testified that he approved these flights, stating that “it was a conscious decision with complete review at the highest levels of the State Department and the FBI and the White House.” Testimony of Richard Clarke, Former Counterterrorism Chief, National Security Council, before The Senate Judiciary Committee, September 3, 2003.

    http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/f911facts/index.php?id=35

  11. How is Davison (not Davis) Michigan a wealthy suburb?

    Davison has a per capita income of $24,449.

    Flint has a per capita income of $15,733.

    They are both pretty low.

    http://www.fact-index.com/g/ge/genesee_county__michigan.html

    I say I come from Berkeley or the San Francisco Bay Area because no one has ever heard of Castro Valley California. Does that make me a liar? Or just comprehensible?

  12. I read the entire transcript. As Clinton has said, it is a question of what the definition of is is. No one seems to know if the flights were commercial or private. It depends on who paid for them, and that info hasn’t been sorted out yet.
    Subsequently to his Commission testimony, Clarke, in the interview that I referenced, contradicted his testimony and said that he was soley responsible for the decision to release the bin Laden groups. ( I don’t know why he did this because he opened himself to perjury charges.) Clarke is not White House. He is a 23 year veteran civil servant bureaucrat who has served in many administrations. When Moore says White House, he is trying to convince you that Bush did it.
    I did not refer to the town that Moore was raised in as wealthy. I referred to it as well to do, because it is not wealthy. Your income statistics prove my point, however. Moore is trying to imply that he came from a humble background in order to ingratiate himself with the masses.

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