What the hell is wrong with people:
A hot-button film believed by some to be anti-Bush is getting multiple viewings at a local polling place the week before the election, NewsChannel5 reported.
The library is a polling place on Nov. 2 and the controversial movie critical of President George W. Bush is set to air three times the weekend before the election.
“They just got a one-mill levy passed. Taxpayers, like it or not, are paying for Michael Moore to spread his rhetoric at an official polling site two days before an election — in a key state,” Pengov said.
Librarian Debby Kressa said she is surprised by the complaints.
Kressa said the move came in and she just wanted to accommodate all the people on a waiting list to sign the movie out, so she thought it would be a good idea to show the film in the library’s movie room.
The library posted an announcement that “Farenhype 9/11” will be aired as well. Officials are hoping that this will provide political balance for airing “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Pengov said because the library is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization he will go to court next week to try to stop the library from showing the movie at a polling site.
I am beginning to get really disturbed by the efforts of those on the left and the right who are attempting tostifle speech they do not like. This is a public library that also happens to be a polling place. If the public library has a controversial film it wants to show, fine. Cripes- they are even acknowledging the film is controversial and trying to show some balance by showing the rebuttal- Fahrenhype.
If our public libraries are not free to show controversial material, whether it be conservative, liberal, marxist, communist, socialist, nazi, or whatever, where can we expect or receive an airing of ideas? College campuses are already verboten thanks to the PC police. This is really disturbing- especially in the same week that the other side of the political spectrum is trying to use the power of government to shut down what private corporations air (Sinclair).
Thank goodness for the internet, at least.
A free society represented by an open government–what a concept.
Like the current administration that:
-Practices corporate cronyism by holding secret meetings to set energy policy and uses its control of the courts to keep it that way.
-Paints EVERY dissenter/critic with the same “unpatriotic” brush.
-Treats tolerance like a moral failing.
I know this is filed
under “Republican Stupidity” but to borrow a Cole-ism…
Attaboy for the post. And for provoking a paranoid “first responder.”
I whole-heartedly agree with you. This sounds like an inovative response by the Library to a high-demand for the DVD, so they are making viewings available to the public. Kudos to them for providing balance with Farenhype. I don’t know if Lion’s Gate will be happy with this (watch the movie for free!), but there certainly isn’t anything wrong here.
My local polling station is at a church. Wonder if any political speech will be going on there before the election. LOL
BTW…I never knew you had a Republican Stupidity category. Guess I’ll have to stop by here more often. :-)
Without looking, I’d assume and hope to find much about the Dr. Amb. Alan Keyes there.
Of course you’re not going to see an organized effort by a major political party and/or its surrogages in the 527s in large numbers to shut this down, it’s just one guy.
I keep hearing this from liberals, that the Bush administration calls people “unpatriotic”. Please, just tell me, when did anyone in the Bush administration do this? Just cite one time, please, honestly, I’d like to know.
Enjoy neither/either or both.
Keep in mind when you limit the rights of others, you trample your own.
yeah, its not like the movie will somehow corrupt the atmosphere of the polling place with its unholy presence.
Im not saying a Moore film couldn’t have this effect, I’m just saying it probably won’t.
Won’t be seeing “Stolen Honor” in, at, or around any publically funded place.
And if all goes well for the Democrat Party, won’t be seeing “Stolen Honor” from a private organization either.
Totalitarianism is showing it’s ugly head and it ain’t coming from the present adminstration!
Citizen Kane would be proud of these noted liberal accomplishments.
Oh goody, Howards Sterns vile speech is worth fighting for, carrying signs stating Fuck the Jews is acceptable, Michael Moore can earn millions off lies, distortions and fabrications, but telling the truth? That is so against our sophisticated and enlighten liberal society.
I will say this though: I find it completely disingenuous that the librarian was “surprised” that people would object.
Unless she’s been living under a rock, she *knew* this would be controversial and my bet is that she did it more for her own political purposes than to “educate.”
Provided there are equal numbers of showings at equally convenient times, etc. of both films I don’t otherwise have a problem with it though.
I did not mean that the administration literally uses the word “unpatriotic” but that it implies it strongly as a tactic to rebut any form of criticism. Perhaps I am guilty of some sloppy punctuation. My point is that the arrogance (“I can’t honestly think of a mistake I’ve made”) of this administration coupled with the attack tactic of spinning Bush criticism into terrorist support is frankly anti-democratic and un-American. The following Ashcroft quote is representative of many, many like it.
Good point, I find it completely disingenuous that this librarian didn’t know what she was doing. Deep down she must know how dishonestly she comes across.
What I find more disconcerting however, is why propagandist drivel like Farenheit 9/11 is so (or is it?) effective. It seems that people’s ability to think for themselves is inversely proportionate to the amount of information available. At any rate, censorship isn’t the answer–I wish I knew what was.
I live in New York City and today I live in an environment in which, except for my closets friends, I am discouraged from speaking my mind and my heart. I agree we do have a big problem.
Today, I live in fear that should I indicate even my support of the war, I risk the chance of attack.
I know there are quite a few people in New York who have publically stated that they wish to exterminate Republicans. I have personally experienced hearing such sentiments said to my face.
Now, after two years of knowing some asshole might just beat the crap out of me for simply speaking my mind and my heart, I must shut my mouth. I am female and cannot afford a bodyguard like Bruce Springsteen.
John Ashcroft and President Bush have nothing over the daily environment of hate which surrounds me. At this point, after two years, I consider them a Godsend!
Actually, from where I sit after two years of this bullshit coming from Americans, my own countrymen, I have to agree with Ashcroft in his statement “They encourage people of goodwill to remain silent in the face of evil.”
Please spare me any lecture that my government is discouraging me from speaking my mind or my heart, cause this is not my experience. If I could afford to have as many bodyguards as Bruce has, I would not put up with this shit!
In my opinion, it is you who are guilty of arrogance.
IF you want to talk patriotism questioning, just take a look at the left.
Edwards has said that the American dream is on the ballot, meaning that a vote for Bush is anti-American.
Al Gore accused bush of “betraying” the country. That seems like a direct challenge on his patriotism.
How ’bout Wes Clarke at the DNC,
Re: the library showing Moore’s film. Lo and behold
Check the archives here. The initial Democrat response was to use the FCC to STOP the airing.
It took them several days, but they came totheir senses after the free speech wing of their own party and of the GOP beat them about the head and neck, and they rapidly turned to market solutions.
EXTRA EXTRA fidel castro has had FARINHEHT 9-11 shown in all the theathers of havana and i,ll bet he even wants to personaly congraulate moore perhapes he(castro)will be amoung the judges at next years oscars