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    Message from Michael Moore

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    11/5/04


    Dear Friends,


    Ok, it sucks. Really sucks. But before you go and cash it all in, let's, in
    the words of Monty Python, 'always look on the bright side of life!' There
    IS some good news from Tuesday's election.


    Here are 17 reasons not to slit your wrists:


    1. It is against the law for George W. Bush to run for president again.


    2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since
    Woodrow Wilson in 1916.


    3. The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults
    (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always
    wrong and you should never listen to them.


    4. In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the
    country is headed in the wrong direction (56%), think the war wasn't worth fighting (51%), and don't approve of the job George W. Bush is doing (52%). (Note to foreigners: Don't try to figure this one out.~ It's an American thing, like Pop Tarts.)


    5. The Republicans will not have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the
    Senate. If the Democrats do their job, Bush won't be able to pack the
    Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues. Did I say "if the Democrats do
    their job?" Um, maybe better to scratch this one.


    6. Michigan voted for Kerry! So did the entire Northeast, the birthplace of
    our democracy. So did 6 of the 8 Great Lakes States. And the whole West
    Coast! Plus Hawaii. Ok, that's a start. We've got most of the fresh water,
    all of Broadway, and Mt. St. Helens. We can dehydrate them or bury them in
    lava. And no more show tunes!


    7. Once again we are reminded that the buckeye is a nut, and not just any
    old nut -- a poisonous nut. A great nation was felled by a poisonous nut.
    May Ohio State pay dearly this Saturday when it faces Michigan.


    8. 88% of Bush's support came from white voters. In 50 years, America will
    no longer have a white majority. Hey, 50 years isn't such a long time! If
    you're ten years old and reading this, your golden years will be truly
    golden and you will be well cared for in your old age.


    9. Gays, thanks to the ballot measures passed on Tuesday, cannot get married
    in 11 new states. Thank God. Just think of all those wedding gifts we won't
    have to buy now.


    10. Five more African Americans were elected as members of Congress,
    including the return of Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. It's always good to
    have more blacks in there fighting for us and doing the job our candidates
    can't.


    11. The CEO of Coors was defeated for Senate in Colorado. Drink up!


    12. Admit it: We like the Bush twins and we don't want them to go away.


    13. At the state legislative level, Democrats picked up a net of at least 3
    chambers in Tuesday's elections. Of the 98 partisan-controlled state
    legislative chambers (house/assembly and senate), Democrats went into the
    2004 elections in control of 44 chambers, Republicans controlled 53
    chambers, and 1 chamber was tied. After Tuesday, Democrats now control 47
    chambers, Republicans control 49 chambers, 1 chamber is tied and 1 chamber
    (Montana House) is still undecided.


    14. Bush is now a lame duck president. He will have no greater moment than
    the one he's having this week. It's all downhill for him from here on out --
    and, more significantly, he's just not going to want to do all the hard work
    that will be expected of him. It'll be like everyone's last month in 12th
    grade -- you've already made it, so it's party time! Perhaps he'll treat the
    next four years like a permanent Friday, spending even more time at the
    ranch or in Kennebunkport. And why shouldn't he? He's already proved his
    point, avenged his father and kicked our ~~~.


    15. Should Bush decide to show up to work and take this country down a very
    dark road, it is also just as likely that either of the following two
    scenarios will happen: a) Now that he doesn't ever need to pander to the
    Christian conservatives again to get elected, someone may whisper in his ear
    that he should spend these last four years building "a legacy" so that
    history will render a kinder verdict on him and thus he will not push for
    too aggressive a right-wing agenda; or b) He will become so cocky and
    arrogant -- and thus, reckless -- that he will commit a blunder of such
    major proportions that even his own party will have to remove him from
    office.


    16. There are nearly 300 million Americans -- 200 million of them of voting
    age. We only lost by three and a half million! That's not a landslide -- it
    means we're almost there. Imagine losing by 20 million. If you had 58 yards
    to go before you reached the goal line and then you barreled down 55 of
    those yards, would you stop on the three yard line, pick up the ball and go
    home crying -- especially when you get to start the next down on the three
    yard line? Of course not! Buck up! Have hope! More sports analogies are
    coming!!!


    17. Finally and most importantly, over 55 million Americans voted for the
    candidate dubbed "The #1 Liberal in the Senate." That's more than the total
    number of voters who voted for either Reagan, Bush I, Clinton or Gore.
    Again, more people voted for Kerry than Reagan. If the media are looking for
    a trend it should be this -- that so many Americans were, for the first time
    since Kennedy, willing to vote for an out-and-out liberal. The country has
    always been filled with evangelicals -- that is not news. What IS news is
    that so many people have shifted toward a Massachusetts liberal. In fact,
    that's BIG news. Which means, don't expect the mainstream media, the ones
    who brought you the Iraq War, to ever report the real truth about November
    2, 2004. In fact, it's better that they don't. We'll need the element of
    surprise in 2008.


    Feeling better? I hope so. As my friend Mort wrote me yesterday, "My
    Romanian grandfather used to say to me, 'Remember, Morton, this is such a
    wonderful country ~-- it doesn't even need a president!'"


    But it needs us. Rest up, I'll write you again tomorrow.


    Yours,


    Michael Moore
    MMFlint@aol.com
    www.michaelmoore.com
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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    Re: Message from Michael Moore

    If I may add another tidbit of humor....I hope Theresa Kerry raises the price of Ketchup out of spite!

    PS.

    I don't like Ketchup!
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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    Re: Message from Michael Moore

    "2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since
    Woodrow Wilson in 1916."

    Keep in mind most sitting presidents LOSE. A narrow margin is better than losing.

    Other than that, Good points though. I like his humor. I'm not of like mind with him but that article was awesome.

    Ketchup at $54.00 a barrel and climbing!

    If you are in the red states, "don't drink the ketchup" I repeat, "dont drink the ketchup"

    Dave

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    Re: Message from Michael Moore

    Quote Originally Posted by David Govett
    "2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since
    Woodrow Wilson in 1916."

    Keep in mind most sitting presidents LOSE. A narrow margin is better than losing.
    Keep in mind that Bush DID lose. There are more and more reports of computer voting fraud coming to light in Ohio and Florida. And then Mr. Palast has weighed in with this:

    "KERRY WON.
    HERE ARE THE FACTS.
    excerpted from TomPaine.com
    Thursday Nov 4, 2004

    by Greg Palast
    Bush won Ohio by 136,483 votes. Typically in the United States, about 3 percent of votes cast are voided—known as “spoilage” in election jargon—because the ballots cast are inconclusive. Drawing on what happened in Florida and studies of elections past, Palast argues that if Ohio’s discarded ballots were counted, Kerry would have won the state. Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports there are a total of 247,672 votes not counted in Ohio, if you add the 92,672 discarded votes plus the 155,000 provisional ballots. So far there's no indication that Palast's hypothesis will be tested because only the provisional ballots are being counted.

    For the rest:

    http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=392&row=0"

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    Re: Message from Michael Moore

    "Keep in mind that Bush DID lose. There are more and more reports of computer voting fraud coming to light in Ohio and Florida. And then Mr. Palast has weighed in with this:"

    I see your point but I was just responding to his point in the context of a win.

    I can't emphasize enough that we need to insist on printouts when using the black box voting systems. This way we would not have any "spoilage" of ballots but would have a paper trail. Lets kill a few trees to have this. It would probably save more trees in the end ironically.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    Re: Message from Michael Moore

    Michael Moore posts a message for you guys:


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