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Sicko causes tribal uprising in Texas theater.

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  1. whig  •  Jul 5, 2007 @1:38 pm

    There’s a crack in the dam, and a lot of water behind it.

  2. erinyes  •  Jul 5, 2007 @2:05 pm

    I’ve been away for several days, my little brother has been diagnosed with squamous cell lung cancer. I’ve written about him before, a convicted sex offender( he was accused of inappropriately touching a female minor, the lawyer said plead “no contest” 16 years ago), alcholic, can’t get a job, living with mom until she “moved on” last March.He’s kinda like one of those retired circus chimps, not cute anymore, just makes a mess and lies around the house. Since he has no job, he has no insurance, so he put off going to a doctor when he developed a “sore” inside his mouth which turned out to be a squamous cell carcinoma, which has now moved to other more exciting areas.
    My lectures had no effect. When you’ve been beaten into the ground, there’s no where else to go.I guess one just drinks more and smokes their brains out.Another form of self medication.
    The next few months should be very interesting.A real “learning experience”.

    On another note, what do Scooter Libby and Marc Rich have in common BESIDES presidents getting involved with their criminal activities?GOOGLE that!

  3. Ed  •  Jul 5, 2007 @3:18 pm

    Sicko is a must see film. It crosses the partisan divide as does the subject matter. Unlike his other recent films, although I liked them, Sicko doesn’t feel like a polemic allowing the audience to feel the horror, rage, disappointment, fear and embarrassment on their own. Even Moore’s tendency to repeat himself as he exams other nations where healthcare is a right has a more genuine feel than sandbagging a demented Chuck Heston, as repugnant as his post Columbine behavior may have been or even the dogging of politicians on their personal and family investment in supporting the troops.

    Michael Moore may not have crafted a perfect film about the ends and outs of the health care issue in the US. This seems to have bothered David Denby in the New Yorker. Yet he struck a chord with me and I already knew much of the information about Canadian, British and French health systems portrayed in the book. Although bringing Ground Zero workers to Cuba was a stunt, it was dammed effective and affecting. I was ashamed by the heartlessness of our US ‘you are what you have in the bank’ society.

    So it doesn’t surprise me that an audience from all sides of the political spectrum would be moved by this movie. I am hoping that they will tell their friends who would hate to be caught dead seeing a Moore film. Sicko is different, less politically threatening.

    This is a film about the growing class divide or gulf, a real life horror film.

    Oh, by the way, I have no heathcare at present, although living in MA that will soon change. Sicko addresses mainly those who have insurance and are still cheated combined with our national complacency and complicity in a failed system and heartless policy.

    It’s also really funny.

  4. moonbat  •  Jul 5, 2007 @3:18 pm

    OT, but restless, and relating to the earlier impeachement threads. What Avedon says:

    “Being subject to impeachment proceedings for the remainder of the term would at least hamstring the thugs. And Bush wouldn’t be able to run around throwing pardons and commutations at anyone who might squawk. Bring articles of impeachment against all of them, and keep the fire hot right up to the 20th of January 2008 if necessary. I don’t see any other way to hold them accountable, and it’s the best way to get a snowball effect going. The more the public sees, the more they’ll have to say about it, and the more legislators will be hearing about it. You never know, it could even mean they’d finally find the votes in the Senate (although I wouldn’t hold my breath).”

    “But, you know, if you want to bring things to a boil, you have to light a fire.”

    I think if the Dems got serious about impeachment, the public (other than the 26% deadenders) would get behind them, and actually start to respect them for a change. They would be seen as actually standing for something virtuous, and willing to fight for it. Whether it ultimately resulted in a conviction or not. At least they tried to do the right thing, instead of just playing along, pretending to be an opposition.

  5. erinyes  •  Jul 5, 2007 @6:38 pm
  6. marijam  •  Jul 6, 2007 @8:03 am

    moonbat, I agree with you 100%. Impeach them all and keep the heat on high right up to the swearing in of the new president.

  7. marijam  •  Jul 6, 2007 @8:06 am

    You have to see: look for Mike’s Letter “Blue Cross Secrect Memo Re: ‘Sicko’…”You would have to be dead to be unaffected by Moore’s movie. Especially check out the CEO talking points and takeaways at the end.

  8. joanr16  •  Jul 6, 2007 @1:13 pm

    I happened to tape the Oprah with Michael Moore because reclusive novelist Cormac McCarthy was also on. Moore was very articulate, unusually tidy-looking, and he had Oprah’s audience cheering him. He mentioned that several health insurers actually had seminars for their employees on “What To Do If Michael Moore Shows Up.”

    A suggested next topic: “What To Do When The Angry Mob Shows Up.”

  9. moonbat  •  Jul 6, 2007 @1:38 pm

    I sure hope Moore starts losing some weight – his girth as shown in “Sicko” was pretty frightening. He won’t be around to make many more movies at the rate he’s going.

    Moore discusses the Blue Cross memo (comment 7) and other doings in Sicko’s Impact.