Stupid White Men Still Tops Bestseller List
Depressed about Bush's (alleged) 80-something percent approval rating? Michael Moore's ratings should cheer you up. Don't forget - he'll be in Portland Friday night at Lewis & Clark (tickets $5, through Music Millennium & other places).
"Stupid" Stays at #1 on NY Times List, 4 Weeks in a Row
I woke up in Tampa, Florida, yesterday, picked up the Sunday newspaper,
and there it was: the New York Times today had declared that, for the
fourth week in a row, "Stupid White Men" is the #1 book in the country.
I am out of explanations at this point as to how this thing has stayed
atop on the Times bestseller list for a month. I've been informed that
the book is now in its 19th printing. Also, it remains #1 in Canada,
and it has gone to #1 this week in Britain and Ireland, according to the
Sunday Times of London.
All this has occurred in spite of a virtual press blackout on the book.
Or maybe because of it. The more the book is ignored by the media, the
better it does. So, if you are a newspaper editor or a TV producer,
PLEASE do NOT pay any attention to this book! Just because more
Americans are reading it than any other book in the country for the
past month should NOT persuade you to ask crazy questions of yourselves
"How can this be happening when the 'President' has the highest
approval ratings ever?" Just concern yourselves with repeating your mantra of
the past 7 months - "America Loves Bush! America Loves Bush!" It's a
comforting mantra, one that seems to bring you solace at a time of
journalistic confusion. It's also simple and easy to repeat - and it
means that you don't have to go out and do the work you are supposed to
do (like rooting out the Enron-backed criminals in the White House or
finding out what really happened before and after September 11th ).
The front page of the Tampa Tribune yesterday was all ablaze with the
news about the convention of Florida's Democrats on Saturday in
Orlando. There was a color photo of a smiling, waving Al Gore. Lieberman was
there and so was Kerry and a host of other stars of the Democratic
Party. About 2,500 Floridians were in attendance.
But in Tampa, on that same night, I was looking out from the stage at
the Sun Dome at a crowd of nearly 7,000 people who had come to the
"Democracy Rising" rally organized by Ralph Nader. Tampa has now
produced the largest crowd of the book tour (I signed the 2000th book
of the evening somewhere around 2am). This is 3 times the crowd that the
Democrats got and, again, there is virtually no coverage.
But remember - it NO LONGER MATTERS that most of the media ignores the
real news. It no longer matters because much of the media has chosen to
make itself irrelevant through its lazy reporting, sleazy presentation,
its obedience to the corporate agenda, and all the blowhard pundits who
scream out their useless opinions. A political shift has occurred in
the country and the media has completely missed it. We have become a nation
where the majority of citizens are very liberal and progressive on the
issues. The majority of Americans now call themselves pro-environment,
pro-choice, pro-labor, and anti-Big Business. 154 million out of the
200 million voters in this country did NOT cast a vote for George W. Bush.
That is the America in which we now live. Liberal, progressive, and
sick of the stupid white men who run the country.
Hey, here's something that you haven't seen on the Fox Nuisance Channel
- there are now over 140 college campuses in the U.S. with an active
student Green organization. The Green kids in Florida are everywhere
and their numbers are among the largest. You wouldn't think so, not after
the blame that was heaped on the Greens for causing Gore to "lose"
Florida. But they are building a mass movement, and the turnout I saw
in Tampa was proof to me that there is a ruckus afoot in America, and if
it's rockin' in a place like central Florida, then it's happening just
down the street from where you live.
The Democrats could have stopped this. They could have spent the past
two years fighting to raise the minimum wage or to lower the amount of
pollutants spewed into the air or to call for a Special Prosecutor to
investigate Bush and Enron.
But, no. The Democrats have spent their time trying to act like
Republicans, thinking that's how they will win back the House this
November. Note to Democrats: You will not win the House by being your
usual weak, lame-o selves. The Greens will deny you the chance you have
had to take charge. Until you get a clue, the Greens will thrive and
grow. You want to avoid a repeat of 2000? Fight for the working people
of this country! You want to stop the Greens? Act like a real Democrat!
Stand up for something! Do the math: A couple of thousand in Orlando
come to see the stars of the Democratic Party, while, at the same exact
moment, nearly three times that number is in Tampa to cheer on a
progressive agenda - which is greater? If the Democrats can't add 2+2,
then they are doomed.
I should also mention that Tampa is the command headquarters for the
war on Afghanistan. It's all done via remote control from the comfort of
Florida's beautiful Gulf coast. How many civilians have we killed now?
I believe the last number I read, it was more than the civilians who died
on September 11th. Oh, I know the Bush boys over at Macdill Air Force
Base have their rationalization as to why, in wartime, sometimes
civilians have to die. The terrorists of 9-11 had their
rationalizations, too. Everybody's got their rationalizations. Well,
here's mine - there is NO rationalization for the killing of other
human beings except in the rare and extreme cases of true self-defense.
Today is the beginning of National Library Week. As many of you know by
now, it was a single librarian who saved my book from the corporate
shredder. In the next day or so, I will send you another letter telling
you about what she did and what you can do to support the libraries of
Thanks again to everyone for your support. I'm in Oklahoma City and
Norman, Oklahoma, tonight (4/15). I head to Canada to the University of
Toronto tomorrow night (Tuesday), and I'll be in the Northwest later in
the week. Hope to see many of you there.
Detroit Tigers fan
Write me at:
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PS. I have just landed in Dallas and turned on the TV. A representative
from the humanitarian aid group, Oxfam, is describing the massacre of
Palestinian civilians and children by the Israeli army in the Jenin
refugee camp. It is shocking and horrifying when terrorism is committed
by desperate suicide bombers. It's beyond belief when that terrorism is
committed as an organized act by an avowed democratic state. Twenty
Palestinians lined up against a wall and executed? Ten-year old
children burned to death after soldiers set their homes on fire? Are we funding this? Yes, bring to justice those specific individuals who have
committed acts of murder against Israelis citizens. But execute the
innocent? Has everyone gone insane? What are we going to do to put a
stop to this? For God's sake, we can't wait for Bush to find out where
the West Bank is located on a map.
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