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Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Decorah, Iowa Falls, Oelwein, and Manchester Will Not Be Terrorized
So Fahrenheit 9/11 got swamped by Spiderman 2 at the box office this week, earning about as much in its second weekend as it did in its first. I'll leave it to people who know about the movie business to tell us whether that means F9/11 is still a potent force or about to become a footnote. I'd bet the former, though, because the whole damn world is still talking about it. The owner of a small theater chain in Iowa says he won't show it because it incites terrorism. Spoken like somebody who hasn't seen it but doesn't think he needs to in order to form an opinion. Also today, Doug Griffin shows how Republican reaction to the film could go through the famous Five Stages people go through when confronting unwelcome change: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. (I wish the guy was a better writer, but I like the concept.) And the quote of the day comes from blogger Peter David, who says, "I finally caught up with Michael Moore's . . . you know, I'm not sure that 'documentary' is the right word since Moore's bias is so clear. Maybe 'fucumentary' might be more appropriate." (Thanks to John for the link.)

Other contenders for Quote of the Day include the New York Post, on its early editions this morning: "Kerry's Choice: Dem picks Gephardt as VP candidate." (You won't find it on the Post's website anymore, but Wonkette preserves it for all time here.) Also in the running is ABC's Diane Sawyer, who commented on the Post headline by saying, "Well, that's a conservative paper so it could be trickery." Christ. Wonkette also gets an honorable mention in QotD for this entire post.

Recommended Reading: You've heard of Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, but you've heard less about Laurie Mylroie, one of the neocons' favorite Middle East analysts. In her view, Al Qaeda is just a front for Iraqi intelligence and Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols worked with Ramzi Yousef, the Iraqi agent suspected of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993. Mylroie once suggested we should be ready for smallpox-infested Canadians to start streaming across our borders. Despite the fact she sounds about half nuts, her analysis of the Way The World Is did a lot to get us into the mess we're in now. You can meet her here. If you want to.

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