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Michael Moore Can Dish It Out, but . . .

James Hirsen By Tuesday, 29 September 2009 07:57 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Michael Moore Can Dish It Out, but . . .
2. Pamela Anderson's Imbalance Sheet
3. Extradition of Roman Polanski?
4. Will Jenny Slate's SNL 'F-Bomb' Garner FCC Wrath?
5. Arrested Terror Suspect Proves Patriot Act Point

1. Michael Moore Can Dish It Out, but . . .

Michael Moore once again is using his barefaced brainwashing formula to pit people against one another and sell tickets to his latest anti-American, freedom-snuffing flick called “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

The “poor, poor pitiful me” ploy gets radicals rushing to the theaters every time.

This time, though, Moore apparently didn’t feel confident enough to do a wide release like he did with “Fahrenheit 911.” Instead he launched the anti-capitalist crock in only four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, evidently hoping for a high pre-screen average.

As it turned out, he did okay, with 62 grand.

Now Moore is boohooing on Twitter that the sinister media corporations are picking on him.

“CBS has cancelled me on its Mon. morning show,” the filmmaker tweeted. “After I criticized ABC/Disney on GMA, they didn't want me to do the same on CBS.”

Moore was recently a guest on "Good Morning America," where he attacked ABC/Disney for hiring people as “permanent freelancers,” who work for the network but aren't granted the benefits full-time employees are given.

Poor Mikey. He gets to run off at the mouth only on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, HBO. and the last remaining TV station in Venezuela.

2. Pamela Anderson's Imbalance Sheet

Pamela Anderson needs a bailout — quick. She’s apparently up to her eyelashes in debt.

The former “Baywatch” lifeguard allegedly owes $1.1 million to a bunch of construction companies for remodeling work done on her Malibu home, according to L.A. County records. She also allegedly has some unpaid state taxes.

Five construction companies have filed liens against her home, court documents show.

There’s apparently been a lot of redecorating going on. The biggest bill is $674,043 purportedly for “labor and materials . . . to remodel main house, construct swimming pool, construct foundations for guest house,” according to the documents.

The unpaid state taxes and penalties allegedly amount to $252,360.39.

Guess it's time for a “Baywatch” reunion movie.

3. Extradition of Roman Polanski?

In 1978 Roman Polanski fled the United States after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in California.

Now the longtime fugitive has been arrested in Switzerland.

The Zurich Film Festival, where Polanski was set to receive a lifetime achievement award, released a statement that indicated the Oscar-winning director was in custody following his arrival in Switzerland on Sept. 26.

According to the Swiss Justice Ministry, U.S. authorities have traveled the world over seeking the arrest of the 76-year-old director. They’ve apparently been at it since at least 2005.

“There was a valid arrest request and we knew when he was coming,” ministry spokesman Guido Balmer told the Associated Press. “That's why he was taken into custody.”

A U.S. warrant was issued for Polanski’s arrest when he ran from the sentencing hearing. He never returned to the United States.

Polanski has lived for three decades in France, where he continued to direct films. He was not extradited from the European country because it was not required for his offense under treaties between the United States and France.

However, he has carefully refrained from traveling to jurisdictions with the capability to extradite him to the United States. He testified by video from Paris for a 2005 defamation trial that took place in London against "Vanity Fair."

The United States will be asserting a formal extradition request for Polanski, but the filmmaker will be given an opportunity to contest an extradition decision in the Swiss courts. Then he most likely will be on his way to Los Angeles to stand trial.

A California court said this year that Polanski must return here if he wants to seek a dismissal of his case. He has opted not to make the trip for fear of being arrested.

The Polish born filmmaker's movies include “Rosemary's Baby,” “Chinatown,” and “The Pianist” for which Polanski received a directing Oscar in absentia.

The Swiss Directors Association complained that the arrest of Polanski was “not only a grotesque farce of justice, but also an immense cultural scandal.”

The real scandal is that a man who pleaded guilty to victimizing a 13-year-old girl, and who illegally turned tail, managed to escape justice for 31 years because he happens to make movies.

4. Will Jenny Slate's SNL 'F-Bomb' Garner FCC Wrath?

New “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jenny Slate made her not-so-grand entrance onto the show by dropping the F-bomb.

Unfortunately, the lazy gutter maneuver has made Slate an Internet star.

So how is the Federal Communications Commission expected to respond?

Well, the indecency provisions of the FCC are designed to protect children and are enforced during those hours in which little ones are likely to be tuning in.

The regs speak of a “safe harbor” time period between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. local time. During this “safe harbor” window, broadcasters can air what otherwise would be deemed indecent.

There are, of course, limitations. Obscene material is not allowed at any time.

Use of the “F-word” on SNL differs from the occurrence in which NBC aired an awards show and U2's Bono let loose with expletives.

Still, don't look for SNL to make profanity a regular part of its program.

There are folks that networks are far more frightened of than the suits at the FCC.

They have way more clout than an Internet star, and they’re affectionately known as sponsors.

5. Arrested Terror Suspect Proves Patriot Act Point


While serving up caf and decaf, the java guy allegedly was working secretly to commit mass murder.

Cream and sugar with your terrorist attack, madam? Glazed or jelly doughnut with your bomb blast, sir?

The recent arrest of suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi reminds us all of the important role surveillance plays in safeguarding our people and our nation.

Zazi is in custody on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. He was accused last week of conspiring to launch a bombing attack in America with the help of some common beauty supplies and insidious training from al-Qaida in Pakistan.

The terrorism suspect maintains that he was not part of a terrorist cell, according to his attorney, Arthur Folsom.

The 24-year-old Afghan immigrant worked as a vendor-cart operator in Lower Manhattan, where he sold coffee and doughnuts.

Raised in Queens, he was known for his fondness for basketball. He struggled in high school and dropped out to help his father make money, eventually taking the Lower Manhattan job.

“He always said good morning to everyone. He used to memorize what everyone needed in the morning,” a relative said.

Apparently, even those with terrorist proclivities still recognize the importance of having good manners and knowing how to put on a smile.

Intensive investigative work by FBI specialists working with the local police reveals a bone-chilling intercontinental path.

Zazi was born in Afghanistan in 1985. His family relocated to Pakistan when he was 7. In 1999, the 14-year-old moved to the United States and lived in Queens.

In 2008 Zazi piled up thousands of dollars in credit card debt. He filed for bankruptcy in March 2009, owing more than $50,000. He moved again, this time to Colorado.

Zazi and others had taken a Qatar Airlines flight to Pakistan in August 2008, according to documents filed in New York federal court. While there, he allegedly e-mailed himself notes on how to make and handle bombs.

Zazi purportedly told the FBI in Colorado that, instead of spending time with family, he went to a training camp to learn about explosives, the kind of homemade explosives used on the 2005 mass transit attack in London.

Two key ingredients were required, acetone and hydrogen peroxide, which could be found in nail polish remover and hair salon products.

Zazi allegedly bookmarked a Web site on his computer for “lab safety for hydrochloric acid.” Hydrochloric acid was one of the ingredients that was used in the London bombing. He also searched a beauty salon Internet site looking for hydrogen peroxide.

During the summer, Zazi and others bought an unusually high number of peroxide and acetone products in Aurora, Colo., where he had relocated.

In early September, Zazi took his ingredients to a Colorado hotel room that was equipped with a stove and sought assistance in cooking up a bomb. Acetone residue was left on the stove.

Because FBI agents were watching and listening to Zazi, they were able to discern greater danger as the 9/11 anniversary drew nearer.

Court papers claim that, on Sept. 8, Zazi logged onto a Web site for a home improvement store in Queens and appeared to be seeking a form of hydrochloric acid.

Agents tracked him in a rented car as he drove toward New York City. Still under surveillance, Zazi was stopped on the George Washington Bridge, and he was searched. Officials seized a laptop hard drive and bomb-making notes, which led to his arrest.

But for the much-maligned Patriot Act provisions that equip authorities with warrants to wiretap and seize records of terror suspects, the unthinkable would have happened.

As Charlie Daniels would say, God bless America again.

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Michael Moore Can Dish It Out, but . . . 2. Pamela Anderson's Imbalance Sheet3. Extradition of Roman Polanski?4. Will Jenny Slate's SNL 'F-Bomb' Garner FCC Wrath?5. Arrested Terror Suspect Proves Patriot Act Point 1. Michael...
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