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Question of the Day
“One of the systems ‘Sicko’ suggests as a template for a remodeled American health care is the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). …
“Viewers are taken to London’s Hammersmith Hospital, held up as a shining example of socialized care, where doctors are well-paid and patients well looked after. [Michael] Moore ambles through the corridors interviewing patients that acclaim the NHS’s ‘free care,’ and express horror at the barbarism of the American system. …
“Moore uncritically praises institutions with which many locals have ever-declining levels of faith (only 4 percent of Britons surveyed think the system ‘has enough money and the money is spent well’), that will likely alienate his non-ideological foreign fans. …
“But as P.J. O’Rourke once commented, if Mike thinks health care is expensive now, just wait until it’s free.
— Michael C. Moynihan, writing on “Michael Moore’s Shticko,” June 22 at Reason.com
“ ’A Mighty Heart’ … drew fire over a screening designed to promote religious tolerance.
“Paramount Vantage initiated the … event — a screening followed by a panel discussion at the Sherry Lansing theater — soliciting input from Muslim, Christian and Jewish [groups]. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU) ended up co-sponsoring. …
“However, a Jewish activist decried the leanings of several of the participants, likening CAIR’s involvement to ‘David Duke co-sponsoring “Schindler’s List.” ’
“ ’The only reason they like this film is because it’s about a dead Jew,’ said Allyson Rowen-Taylor, who has been involved in [groups] such as the American Jewish Congress and Stand With Us. The activist found out about the event from a friend who’s a member of the Academy and immediately expressed her outrage to Judea Pearl, father of the late [Wall Street Journal reporter] Daniel Pearl. …
“ ’A Mighty Heart’ has drawn controversy from the moment [Angelina] Jolie was cast to play Mariane Pearl, a woman of Afro-Cuban heritage. The production relocated from Pakistan to India amid protests.”
— Diane Garrett, writing on “Where ‘Heart’ goes, controversy follows,” June 21 in Daily Variety
“Having been born in Ryan, Okla., (population 894), I’ve always been a country boy at heart. Despite my urban career, I’ve always felt more at home on the range — that is why our family frequents our ranch outside of Houston. I’ve always considered myself an average, traditional American, who (like most others) believes in God, family, country, a strong work ethic and mama’s apple pie. …
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