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7.29.2007

The Right Track - 7/29 Hour 1

This is a very special edition of "The Right Track" because my brother, Joe, was in the studio with me. We discussed President Bush's radio address, Michael Vick, organic farming, the presidential race, and reviewed one of the best movies of the summer. Next week will be that last summer show for "The Right Track!" Stay tuned to this website for more information!

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7.27.2007

Complete Insanity




Have you seen this video? It is absolutely ridiculous.

Can this guy be serious about conservatives controlling the media? Let me direct you if I may to the Fairness Doctrine. What exactly is this legislation proposing? Essentially, if this bill went through, media outlets will have to give equal time to both sides of all important, public issues. The current state of mind of many liberals, including Ms. John Edwards, is that conservatives control media, namely the spectrum of talk radio. Well, it is true that conservatives have complete control over this outlet, but it is not because of some politically driven agenda. Apparently, there is actually a market for right wing talk radio. I guess nobody wants to hear liberals complain, whine, moan, etc. about the nation. Do I even need to bring up the daily editorials printed in national newspapers against the Bush Administration? Give me a break.

That isn't the only thing ridiculous about this little stunt pulled by Ms. Edwards. If you notice when he starts ranting about all the good he is doing on the campaign trail, he mentions "speaking up for the, uh, poor." I assume by some of the subtle comments he makes that he is sick and tired of conservatives picking on him for his expensive haircuts. In order to properly speak up for the, uh, poor, one must be properly groomed...Even if that costs thousands of dollars.

It's been my experience that if you want to stand up for something, then your way of life should emulate that very concept. Sen. David Vitter wanted to stand up for family values and ethics. Al Gore preaches about Gore-bal warming. Ms. Edwards stands up for the impoverished. These three men are hypocrites.

Not only is he a hypocrite, but Ms. Edwards is a liar. Please find the truth in the statement that he made about being president for the next eight years. All lies! What he meant to say was that he wants to be first lady for the next eight years. Silly little girl.

7.24.2007

Articles of Interest

I am traveling to the nation's capital for a few days, so I may not be able to update the blog until I return. In my absence, take time to read some of these articles.
Enjoy!

7.22.2007

The Right Track - 7/22/07 Hour 2

This week's Top 5 proved to be a very entertaining one. We did 2 book reviews, examined 4 movies, talked more about the evils of Michael Moore, talked about Chris Matthews and "Softball," and ended with a discussion on the war in Iraq. Make sure to tune in next week as my brother will be cohosting with me! It's going to be a lot of fun, so be sure to tune in!

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The Right Track - 7/22/07 Hour 1

In this opening hour, we had a lot of fun discussing President Bush's weekly radio address, Al Sharpton and Don Imus, Christopher Hitchens and religion, Michael Vick and Sen. Homer Simpson, smoking bans, and Mrs. John Edwards.

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Articles of Interest

Please enjoy these articles.

Religion Poll

In the first hour of tonight's show, I mentioned something about a poll taken in regards to how individuals view religion in politcs. Here is an article that describes the poll, as well as the actual poll itself.
Check back later as tonight's show will be posted in its entirety.

Radio Show - 7/22/07

Make sure to tune into "The Right Track" tonight from 6-8 (Eastern). It is going to be a fun-filled, packed show. Listen live at www.wbar.org. If you miss the show, make sure to check back here as we post the entire show each week for you to listen to and/or download.

Topics covered tonight:
  • Bush's Radio Address
  • Al Sharpton and Imus
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Religion Poll Among Democrats
  • Sen. Robert "Homer" Byrd
  • Smoking Ban
  • Mrs. John Edwards
And make sure to tune in for this week's Top 5! It's going to be as entertaining as ever!

7.18.2007

Fight Them Over There...

Perhaps the most used cliche expressed by supporters of the war in Iraq trying to justify it is, "It's better to fight them over there than here."

If you think that is an ignorant statement or inaccurate, then you might want to read this statement written by Osama bin Laden and other radical Islamists in 1998.

Here is an excerpt:
The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah, "and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together," and "fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah."
Here's another:
We -- with Allah's help -- call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.

Do you really think that if we withdraw our troops, al-Qaeda will just cease to exist? What about this article? The growing threat is eminent, and it is not to be taken lightly. The idea of fighting them over there instead of here seems to make a lot of sense...

Chris Matthews + Elizabeth Edwards = LIES!!

I hope you are enjoying my mathematical headlines. They seem to express the idea of the posts perfectly. Remember Hardball a couple of weeks ago? You know, the one where Ann Coulter was on and Elizabeth Edwards called in spontaneously to chew her out for making fun of John Edwards. It was a cute expression of a wife standing up for her feeble husband, but hardly spontaneous.

Chris Matthews and Elizabeth Edwards would like the public to believe that her calling in to Hardball was unplanned and spontaneous. However, thanks to the ignorance of whoever runs the Hardball emailings, we are able to realize that this was in fact a planned attack on Ann Coulter.

You might be asking yourself, "Chuck, how is it possible that you know this?" Let me explain:

Each day, subscribers to Hardball emails can get a briefing of that evening's episode; who is on, what will be discussed. Well, on June 26th, 2007 at 2:28p, my father received his daily email briefing that said Ann Coulter will be taking submitted questions. Then, at 5:50p (just 10 minutes before the show came on), my father received a second briefing, which rarely occurs. Here is what it said:
Tonight on Hardball, Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, confronts conservative columnist Ann Coulter. Tune in at 7 pm ET to hear what Elizabeth has to say about Coulter's comments about John and his campaign. Hear Coulter's response to Elizabeth's request that she stop the "personal attacks."
The call was hardly spontaneous! The email even knew what Elizabeth Edwards was going to say to Ann Coulter!! And media outlets tried to pass this off as something off-the-cuff or impulsive.

Well, at least now you know the truth. Hardball? Let's change the name to Tee-Ball.

Demoncrats + 24 Hours in Congress = Success

First of all, let me stress that initially, it may seem that the Democrats and their all nighter in Congress accomplished nothing since they (fortunately) were not able to gather the 60 votes needed to pass a troop withdrawal motion. To be completely honest, this stunt made me sick. Dick Durbin said, "How many sleepless nights have our soldiers and their families had?" So these Congressmen who spend one night debating now understand what it is like to experience the sleeplessness that war creates? I highly doubt that.

However, this stunt did promote success for the Democrats. It stressed the importance they hold in withdrawing our troops from Iraq. It stressed to the American people that they are willing to do whatever it takes to end this war.

This stunt was ridiculous. Democrats used it for fund raising and to gain support for the presidential election. To an American public that is confused with the war, anything that involves Congressmen staying up all night might look like a good solution.

I only hope Americans aren't quite that ignorant. I know I'm not. I realize that these Democratic Congressmen are only concerned with furthering their own agenda, and if that means putting on a pot of coffee for one night out of the year, then so be it. It sure got a lot of media attention and showed Americans that Democrats are going to fight for these troops by bringing a sleeping bag and a teddy bear onto the Senate floor.

It is kind of cute to imagine Harry Reid spooning with Dick Durbin into the wee hours of the night...All for a good cause, of course.
"Our enemies aren't threatened by talk-a-thons, and our troops deserve better than publicity stunts," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.

7.16.2007

Sicko Falls Short...Again

Interested in why socialized medicine is not the answer to America's healthcare problem? Check out Free Market Cure, a collection of short films dedicated to exposing the inefficiencies and dangers of universalized healthcare.

Taken from www.freemarketcure.com:
"The real danger of adopting a system like the one in Canada is not just long waits for medical treatment. Americans would pay much higher taxes and lose important liberties while turning over personal life-and-death decisions to government bureaucrats."
As always, I hope you enjoy dissecting Michael Moore's lies as much as I do.

7.12.2007

Articles of Interest

I'm leaving town this weekend, so enjoy these articles in my absense. Remember, no radio show this Sunday, but we'll return for the July 22nd show!
Have a great weekend!

7.11.2007

Al Qaeda Rebuilding?


This article is currently the headline on Drudge Report. It's worth a glance.

Al-Qaida Has Rebuilt, U.S. Intel Warns - Katherine SHRADER, Associated Press

Don't Miss These Articles

Make sure you take the time to read these two articles. They are both written by J.D. Johannes, a former Marine who has been embedded in Iraq filming a follow-up documentary to his 2006 Outside the Wire. He is a great writer with a perspective that you and I can never have without experiencing what he has experienced. His cause is a worthy cause; the mainstream media in America broadcasts the negative and pessimistic happenings in Iraq instead of showing the public the advances, successes, and accomplishments that our military have achieved. Enjoy these articles, pass them onto your friends, and make sure to check out Johannes' documentary. You'll be glad you did.

Who Gives the Eulogy at this Funeral?

This article ran in yesterday's USA Today.

Detroit Funeral Aims to Bury Racial Slur - Suzette HACKNEY, Detroit Free Press

Basically, this idea of burying the "N" word seems ridiculous. Wouldn't a funeral like this draw more attention to the word than desired? How many kids cracked jokes that involved the "N" word yesterday?

This is the same principle that lies behind the Imus v. Rutgers scandal. Al Sharpton brought attention to the joke that Imus said on his radio show, so much attention that it alienated Rutgers' basketball team. Had he left the issue alone, millions of people would have never heard what Imus said.

That doesn't justify what he said, but people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson bring outrageous levels of attention to the very events/issues that they want silenced. It seems very ironic and backwards. Just like this funeral.

So are we going to start having funerals for every offensive word now? I in no way endorse the use of the "N" word, but maybe the best way to work towards a solution isn't a symbolic funeral that in all actuality means and solves nothing.

That's just me, I guess.

Truman Went Lower...

While the liberal media tries to promote the unpopularity of our current President, the fact is that most presidents are seen unfavorably during their actual time in office. Read this short clipping from yesterday's USA Today.
President Bush's 29% approval rating leaves him still more popular than Harry Truman at the low point of his presidency. Truman's rating dipped to 22%.

History regards Truman better than Americans did in 1952, says Alonzo Hamby, Ohio University history professor and Truman biographer.

Truman's prosecution of the Korean War was unpopular at home. The conflict, which ended in 1953 and cost 36,000 American lives, is looked more favorably today by historians for helping to establish a stable democratic South Korea, Hamby said.

Among Truman's controversies, he fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur, whom many considered a hero. Suspicions of communist infiltration of the U.S. government led Truman to initiate loyalty reviews that led to hundreds of dismissals. He seized the steel industry in 1952 to prevent a strike. And scores of officials resigned in a bribery scandal at the IRS.

By William M. Welch

7.09.2007

Who is Sheehan?


Who in the world does Cindy Sheehan think she is? What makes her such a political authority that she can threaten a Congresswoman? Give me a break.

Sheehan Challenges Pelosi
- David MORGAN, Reuters

Is she the only person to lose a child in this - or any - war? Did President Bush kill her son?

No.

This sickens me. Please, in detail, Ms. Sheehan, explain to me the reasons and justification for impeachment of our current President. Also, please, in detail, explain to me why you think your running against Pelosi is a threat?

Give me a break.

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Article of Extreme Interest:

7.08.2007

The Right Track - 7/8 Hour 2

Here is the second hour of "The Right Track" this week. This week's 'Top 5' included a commentary on Al Gore's son and Live Earth concert, a review of Rescue Dawn, a very intimate interview with Jill "Flirty Flipper" Vitale, the Fairness Doctrine, and of course, the pardoning of Scooter Libby. Enjoy! We're taking the next week off, but make sure to check back for the July 22 edition of "The Right Track!"

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The Right Track - 7/8 Hour 1

Here is the first hour of this week's edition of "The Right Track." In this segment, we listened to President Bush's weekly radio address regarding the nation's current economical state. We also discussed the disastrous flooding in the Midwest, why we need to stay in Iraq, and the Supreme Court. We also talked about the very exciting Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest!

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For All the Catholics Out There...

In this weekend's Financial Times, there was an interesting story about the Catholic church and the resurrection of the old Latin mass.

Liberal Catholics in Turmoil - Paul BOMPARD, Financial Times

The Latest Horror Movie

Michael Moore has produced some of the most talked about and highly celebrated documentaries in the history of film. But, these documentaries are also littered with half-truths, fabrications, and cheap edit jobs. I feel as though it is my duty to continue to expose this man for the fat liar that he is. So with that, I am pleased to provide you with yet another fantastic article on Moore's latest movie, Sicko. Enjoy!

Healthcare as Horror Movie - Christopher CALDWELL, Financial Times

Here is my favorite line from the column:
His goal is not to break through to those who do not agree with him but to drown out the doubts of those who do. Those who sit down to watch Sicko without a broad knowledge of the US healthcare system will leave the theatre with a shallower understanding of the crisis than the one they arrived with.
Please take the time to read the article. You'll be glad you did. The audio from tonight's show should be up very shortly!

An Assault on...Hypocrisy?


Yesterday marked a very important day in the fight against global warming. It marked the day of 24 hours of wasted energy. That's right, Al Gore's Live Earth. The hypocrisy of this event stinks to high heaven, does it not? Let me explain.

Think of the last concert you attended. There were probably at least two bands who played, some fantastic light show, and all in all, it lasted about 2 or 3 hours. Consider the energy wasted and the pollution created due to that concert. Guitar amplifiers, microphones, extravagant light shows...these all suck the energy right out of the earth.

Don't forget about the jets or tour buses that bring the acts to the venue; those are hardly environmentally friendly. Live Earth included over 150 acts. And these aren't no-name acts. We're talking Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Genesis, and so on and so on. And let's not even get started on the presenters; Alec Baldwin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Bacon, Cameron Diaz just to name a few. How do you think all of these bands and presenters travel? Surely by a Toyota Prius, right? Anyway, that's how Al Gore III travels (although I'm sure pushing a Prius to 100 mph isn't too friendly to the climate)!

Roger Daltrey of The Who said, "The last thing this earth needs is a rock concert." The Arctic Monkeys felt that the whole idea of a worldwide concert to promote awareness of global warming and climate change is a bit hypocritical.

Now, there is another side to this hypocrisy. Travel with me if you will to the year of 1985. Tipper Gore co-founded the Parents Music Resource Center. What this organization claimed was that popular music was somewhat responsible for the increase in rape, teenage pregnancy, and teen suicide. In fact, Tipper is known for her "Tipper Sticker," or better known as the Parental Advisory label found on objectionable albums. The PMRC also released a list of the "Filthy Fifteen," a list of, you guessed it, fifteen filthy albums. And guess who was on the list? Madonna!

At least the hypocrisy is mutual in the Gore household. Al preaches about the horror of global warming, and then holds an energy sucking, polluting concert. Tipper, long ago, preached about the horror of the music industry, and then holds a concert with the likes of - Eeek! - Madonna and Snoop Dogg.

With that said, I'm going to go hop in my gas-guzzling SUV and head on over to Best Buy to pick up the latest from Madonna...that's what the Gores would want, isn't it?

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7.04.2007

Saving Scooter...And Hot Dogs!

Why Bush Saved Libby by Byron York

This is a fantastic article from The National Review. The original article was actually written before the commutation occurred. After President Bush took action, York tweaked the article a tad to make it a bit more timely.

I hope everyone is having a great Independence Day. I celebrated my independence by going to Coney Island and watching the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. What better way to celebrate our independence than watching grown men and women shove hot dogs down their throats? In fact, this was a great way to celebrate because Joey Chestnut brought the Mustard Belt back home! That's right, folks! Chestnut ate 66 hot dogs and hot dog buns in 12 minutes to beat six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi, who only ate 63.

This week's show, as always, is promising to be a riveting one. Keep checking for more updates regarding the show.

7.03.2007

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Here is a list of former President Clinton's pardons. It is unbelievable how much he (ab)used his power...but this abuse was illegal in no way.

Here is former President Clinton's defense for all the pardons he granted.

Slick Willy is indeed quite slick. As much as I hate to say it, he did not trample the law. He may have acted in pretty disrespectful ways with the numerous pardons he granted, but as the Constitution states, it was completely within his power as President of the United States of America...Just as it was completely within President Bush's power to grant his ol' pal a non-pardon.

Mark Simone described the President's action as a "non-pardon," since he didn't completely pardon Scooter Libby.

7.02.2007

The Non-Pardoning of Libby

President Bush non-pardoned Scooter Libby today! Read the AP report here.

Senator Chuck "The Schmuck" Schumer is a moron.
"As Independence Day nears, we are reminded that one of the principles our forefathers fought for was equal justice under the law. This commutation completely tramples on that principle," the New York Democrat said.

Is this commutation trampling on the law? Hardly. Isn't it completely lawful and legal for the President to grant pardons, or in this case, a non-pardon? Let's see though...What is to be said about the senator's a
ctions toward illegal immigration? Isn't illegal immigration, in a sense, illegal? This same man who said that Pres. Bush is trampling the law by commuting Libby's sentence wanted to give illegal immigrants citizenship. Isn't that trampling the law?

And what about Bill Clinton's pardons? Like his pardoning of members of FALN, the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional? Slick Willy commuted the sentences of 16 members of a Puerto Rican terrorist group that set off 120 bombs in the United States, mostly in New York City and Chicago.
Oh, and on his final day in office, Clinton signed 140 pardons, including his half-brother's drug charges (a year later, Roger Clinton would be picked up for drunk driving and disorderly conduct). 140 pardons?? Did Democrats raise their noses to this outrageous action taken by Clinton?

Nope.

At least the President stood by his decision and exhibited a bit of common sense. "The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged," Bush said. "His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting."

Good for you, Pres. Bush.

7.01.2007

The Right Track - 7/1 Hour 2

Here's the second hour of "The Right Track" on July 1, 2007. We covered the top 5 stories of the week: Chris Benoit, Ann Coulter and John Edwards, London terrorist attack, Hitchens vs. Sharpton, and The Fairness Doctrine.

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The Right Track - 7/1 Hour 1

Here is the first hour of "The Right Track" on July 1, 2007. We listened to Pres. Bush's weekly radio address, as well as covered Michael Moore, Jill Vitale's new children's book, Sen. Sam Brownback, and the death of the immigration bill. Enjoy!

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Today's Show...

As I mentioned earlier this past week, tonight's Right Track, is packed full of great stories. As always, we started the show out with the replaying of President Bush's weekly radio address. This week's address was very patriotic, reminding Americans about the importance of Independence Day.

We then discussed the very fortunate death of the immigration bill, and heard some audio from senators who were pleased with this turn of events, as well as a particular senator who was little upset (see Sen. Kennedy).

Michael Moore's "Sicko" made the line-up for the second week in a row.

We also discussed the release of Jill Vitale's "Freddy the Free-Range Chicken." Please go to Jill's website to see how you can own one of the greatest children's book ever written.

We made a quick plug for the presidential race: Sen. Sam Brownback '08!


After that, we covered the Top 5 Stories of the Week:

5. Chris Benoit and his double-murder suicide.
4. Ann Coulter and her girlfriend, John Edwards.
3. The terrifying London car bomb attack.
2. Al Sharpton vs. Christopher Hitchens
1. The [lack of] Fairness Doctrine

Besides these top stories, we also heard one of the greatest political analysts of our time read part of the Declaration of Independence in honor of the upcoming holiday. Which political analyst, you might ask? None other than Homer Simpson.

The show should be posted in its entirety by tomorrow morning. You can then listen to it and/or download it as an mp3 file.

Buy a Cleaner World


For those of you who read this blog regularly or listen to my talk show, you realize that I am no environmentalist. Yes, I think it is important to keep the environment clean, but as far as making that a priority on my list (which includes illegal immigration, terrorism, and Paris Hilton), it isn't very close to the top.

In today's New York Times, there is a fantastic article about how today's society is promoting the idea of cleaning the world one eco-friendly product at a time. The article is lengthy, so I will not post it on this site, but you can read it (and I highly suggest it) here.

However, I would like to post a few of my favorite clips from the article.

“There is a very common mind-set right now which holds that all that we’re going to need to do to avert the large-scale planetary catastrophes upon us is make slightly different shopping decisions,” said Alex Steffen, the executive editor of Worldchanging.com, a web site devoted to sustainability issues.

The genuine solution, he and other critics say, is to significantly reduce one’s consumption of goods and resources. It’s not enough to build a vacation home of recycled lumber; the real way to reduce one’s carbon footprint is to only own one home.

It’s as though the millions of people whom environmentalists have successfully prodded to be concerned about climate change are experiencing a SnackWell’s moment: confronted with a box of fat-free devil’s food chocolate cookies, which seem deliciously guilt-free, they consume the entire box, avoiding any fats but loading up on calories.
Paul Hawken, an author and longtime environmental activist, said the current boom in earth-friendly products offers a false promise. “Green consumerism is an oxymoronic phrase,” he said. He blamed the news media and marketers for turning environmentalism into fashion and distracting from serious issues.

The Supreme Court is on the Right Track




This image appeared in today's New York Times. Click on it to see full-size image.

The article that accompanied it and explained the recent direction shift of the Supreme Court can be found here.

Fantastic Review of "SiCKO"

In my ever adventurous quest to prove to the world the true idiocy of Michael Moore, I have come across one of the best reviews of his latest movie, "SiCKO." This comes from the July 2nd issue of The New Yorker. Please enjoy!

Michael Moore has teased and bullied his way to some brilliant highs in his career as a political entertainer, but he scrapes bottom in his new documentary, “Sicko.” The movie is an attack on the American health-care system, and it starts out strongly, with Moore interviewing families who have been betrayed or neglected by H.M.O.s and insurance companies. A man whose life might have been saved by a bone-marrow transplant died when he was refused “experimental” treatment. A feverish baby died when her mother, rather than taking her to a hospital run by her insurer, Kaiser Permanente, rushed her to the nearest emergency room, where they were turned away. Moore then zeroes in on the situation of three volunteer Ground Zero rescue workers, who have trouble breathing or who suffer from stress and can’t get assistance from the federal government. More baffled than angry, they soberly report on their conditions, and Moore comments that even national heroes aren’t given help by the nation. A bit later in the film, however, he presents congressional testimony suggesting that people the Administration has deemed to be national enemies—the detainees at Guantánamo Bay—are receiving good health care free. So Moore loads the Ground Zero volunteers, plus some other people who have serious health problems, into three boats in the Miami harbor. “Which way to Guantánamo Bay?” he calls out to a Coast Guard vessel, and the little flotilla sets off for Cuba. When the boats arrive outside the base, they are, of course, stonily denied entrance.

An absurdist of outrage, Moore has attacked corporations that destroy cities by closing down local plants (“Roger & Me”); a gun-happy culture that makes arms easily available (“Bowling for Columbine”); an Administration that begins a war without sufficient cause (“Fahrenheit 9/11”). He has stalked corporate officials and congressmen, planted his bulk before them and asked mock-naïve questions, and his provocations, at their best, have smoked out hypocrites and liars. But this confrontation is different. Hauling off seriously ill people to a military base where they won’t receive treatment is a dumb prank. And the insensitivity isn’t much relieved by the piece of whimsy that comes next: Moore and the rescue workers (the other sick voyagers having mysteriously disappeared) wander onto the streets of Havana and ask some guys playing dominoes if there’s a doctor nearby. They go to a pharmacy and then to a hospital, where the Americans are admitted and treated. Few people in Moore’s audience are likely to be displeased that they receive help from a Communist system. But what is the point of Moore’s fiction of a desperate, wandering quest for medicine on the streets, as if he hadn’t known in advance that Cuba has free health care? Why not tell us what really happened on the trip—for instance, what part Cuban officials played in receiving the American patients?

After the early tales of the system’s failure, “Sicko” becomes feeble, even inane. A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans not only favor a national health service but are willing to pay higher taxes for it. In that case, wouldn’t it have made sense for Moore to find out what features of universal care in other countries could be adapted to America? Instead of sorting through any of this, Moore and his crew go from place to place—to Canada, England, and France, as well as Cuba—and, at every stop, he pulls the same silly stunt of pretending to be astonished that health care is free. How much do people pay here in France? Nothing? You’ve got to be kidding. But isn’t everyone taxed to death to pay for health care? Well, here’s a nice, two-income French couple who have a great apartment and collect sand from the deserts of the world. Not only haven’t they been impoverished by taxation; they travel. And so on.

In each country, Moore interviews doctors who speak proudly of how well their country’s system works. But the candor of these doctors is no more impressive than that of the corporate spokesmen Moore has confronted in the past. No one mentions the delays or the instances of less than first-rate care. We find out that a doctor in Great Britain makes a good income (about two hundred thousand dollars), but not how medical care in, say, Toronto might differ from that in a distant rural area, or how shortages may have affected the quality of Cuban health care. Moore winds up treating the audience the same way that, he says, powerful people treat the weak in America—as dopes easily satisfied with fairy tales and bland reassurances. And since he doesn’t interview any of the countless Americans who have been mulling over ways to reform our system, we’re supposed to come away from “Sicko” believing that sane thinking on these issues is unknown here. In the actual political world, the major Democratic Presidential candidates have already offered, or will soon offer, plans for reform. A shift to the left, or, at least, to the center, has overtaken Michael Moore, yielding an irony more striking than any he turns up: the changes in political consciousness that Moore himself has helped produce have rendered his latest film almost superfluous.

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. If you are in the NYC area, tune into WBAR 87.9 for The Right Track tonight. If you cannot, don't worry. The show will be posted in its entirety within the next one or two days.