Sunday, June 13, 2004

The Nut-Wing Attacks Freedom of Speech We here at Rising Hegemon received this revealing tidbit on Republican-inspired shenanigans regarding Michael Moore's movie "Fahrenheit 9-11". A website for Move America Forward has launched a campaign to deter theater owners from showing "Fahrenheit 9-11". Apparently this is part of a coordinated effort to prevent the film from being shown generally but especially in hotly contested battleground states before the Novemeber election. The website includes a list of theaters currently committed to showing the film, theaters that are considering showing the film, and other information about how to try to prevent the film from being shown. The website includes strong protestations to call and demand that the film be dropped immediately and not to advertise that they are showing the film. Beacause of this campaign, some theater owners are reporting intimidation, receiving personal threats directed at them and their families, and even death threats. WHO PAYS THE BILLS FOR "MOVEAMERICAFORWARD.ORG?" This web site, "", is actually an alias for "". A DNS check reveals that "" is being run by a Public Relations firm out of San Francisco. The important question is who is paying for this attempt to stiffle freedom of speech? Just in case you want more information: Registrant: Russo Marsh & Rogers 770 L Street, #950 Sacramento, CA 95814 US Domain name: MOVEAMERICAFORWARD.COM Administrative Contact: Lorenz, Douglas 770 L Street, #950 Sacramento, CA 95814 US 916-441-3734 Fax: 916-441-6057 Technical Contact: Lorenz, Douglas 770 L Street, #950 Sacramento, CA 95814 US 916-441-3734 Fax: 916-441-6057 Registrar of Record: easyDNS Technologies, Inc. Record last updated on 18-Nov-2003. Record expires on 18-Nov-2004. Record created on 18-Nov-2003. As reported on the What Really Happened Website, Russo Marsh & Rogers is a political public relations firm with strong ties to the GOP. Sal Russo, a principle in Russo Marsh & Rogers, served as advisor for the "Recall Grey Davis" campaign. So, now we know just who is behind the creation of the campaign of threats and harassment against theaters showing Moore's film! Its the GOP Nut Wing. These are the dirty lying bunch that went after Grey Davis -- even when the problem was deregulation and Enron, went after Anita Hill before that, and continue to publish "research" about Bill and more so at present, Hillary Clinton. The far more revealing question is who is paying for this attack? Rove? Some PAC? INTERESTING UPDATE: Following the first publication of this news, the WHOIS database for has been changed to conceal their links to Russo Marsh & Rogers. See, now it reads: Domain ID:D102814530-LROR Domain Name:MOVEAMERICAFORWARD.ORG Created On:18-Nov-2003 18:00:16 UTC Last Updated On:12-Jun-2004 22:50:51 UTC Expiration Date:18-Nov-2004 18:00:16 UTC Sponsoring Registrar:R1247-LROR Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED Registrant ID:tu48DTsaZ7dXgT7L Registrant Name:Howard Kaloogian Ah, freedom of speech for me but not for you. As the writer Aldous Huxley put it: "One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous."
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