Paris Business Review

Paris Business Review / Revue des Affaires de Paris

There is no “Paris Business Review” and Bill O’Reilly is a liar.

Media Matters for America

O’REILLY: Now if the [Canadian] government — if your government harbors
these two deserter [sic], doesn’t send them back … there will be a
boycott of your country which will hurt your country enormously. France
is now feeling that sting.

MALLICK: I don’t think for a moment such a boycott would take place
because we are your biggest trading partners.

O’REILLY: No, it will take place, madam. In France …

MALLICK: I don’t think that your French boycott has done too well

O’REILLY: …they’ve lost billions of dollars in France according to
“The Paris Business Review.”

MALLICK: I think that’s nonsense.

Media Matters for America found no evidence of a publication named “The
Paris Business Review.” A Google.com search revealed no mentions of
“Paris Business Review,” “Revue des Affaires de Paris,” or any similar
French name. A LexisNexis search for “Paris,” “France,” or “French”
within five words of “business review” produced no relevant results.
There is a journal called “European Business Review,” which is published
in England; however, over the past two years, “European Business Review”
has not mentioned an American boycott of France.

Furthermore, contrary to O’Reilly’s claim that France has lost “billions
of dollars” due to an American boycott, American imports from
France have actually increased since international tensions with France
began in the months prior to the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003.
According to the U.S.
Census Bureau
, in February 2004, the United States imported $2.26
billion in French goods and services, up from $2.18 billion in February
2002.

Release the Bush Records

(via John Kerry for President – D-Bunker)

Mary Beth Cahill to Ken Mehlman: Release the Bush Records

July 13, 2004
Ken Mehlman
Campaign Manager
BUSH-CHENEY ’04, Inc.

Dear Ken:

Over the past several months, allies of the President have questioned John Kerry’s patriotism while your staff has criticized his service in Vietnam. Republicans and their allies have gone so far as to launch attacks against his wife and your campaign has run $80 million in negative ads that have been called baseless, misleading and unfair by several independent observers.

Considering that the President has failed to even come close to keeping his promise to change the tone in Washington, we find your outrage over and paparazzi-like obsession with a fund-raising event to be misplaced. The fact is that the nation has a greater interest in seeing several documents made public relating to the President’s performance in office and personal veracity that the White House has steadfastly refused to release. As such, we will not consider your request until the Bush campaign and White House make public the documents/materials listed below:

● Military records: Any copies of the President’s military records that would actually prove he fulfilled the terms of his military service. For that matter, it would be comforting to the American people if the campaign or the White House could produce more than just a single person to verify that the President was in Alabama when said he was there. Many Americans find it odd that only one person out of an entire squadron can recall seeing Mr. Bush.

● Halliburton: All correspondence between the Defense Department and the White House regarding the no-bid contracts that have gone to the Vice-President’s former company. Some material has already been made public. Why not take a campaign issue off the table by making all of these materials public so the voters can see how Halliburton has benefited from Mr. Cheney serving as Vice-President?

● The Cheney Energy Task Force: For an Administration that claims to hate lawsuits, it’s ironic that the Bush White House is taking up the Courts’ time to keep the fact that Ken Lay and Enron wrote its energy policy in secret behind closed doors. Please release the documents so that the country can learn what lobbyists and special interests wrote the White House energy policy.

● Medicare Bill: Please release all White House correspondence between the pharmaceutical industry and the Administration regarding the Medicare Bill, which gave billions to some of the President’s biggest donors. In addition, please provide all written materials that directed the Medicare actuary to withhold information from Congress about the actual cost of the bill.

● Prison Abuse Documents: A few weeks ago, the White House released a selected number of documents regarding the White House’s involvement in laying the legal foundation for the interrogation methods that were used in Iraq. Please release the remaining documents.

We also wanted to wish you a happy anniversary. As we are sure you and the attorneys representing the President, Vice-President and other White House officials are aware, today marks one year since Administration sources leaked the identity of a covert CIA agent to Bob Novak in an effort to retaliate against a critic of the Administration.

In light of the fact that the Administration began gutting the laws protecting the nation’s forests yesterday, we hope you will accept the paper on which this letter is written as an anniversary gift. (The one year anniversary is known as the “paper anniversary.”)

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Cahill

Campaign Manager

We should all wish Bush & Cheney a happy anniversary.

More Compassionate Conservatism

People affected by offshoring should “stop whining.”

(via InformationWeek)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue is promoting overseas outsourcing of jobs as a way to boost the economy and even increase employment–a stance that rankles jobless white-collar workers, particularly in the flagging technology industry.

Donohue acknowledged the pain for people who have lost jobs to offshoring–an estimated 250,000 a year, according to government estimates. But pockets of unemployment shouldn’t lead to “anecdotal politics and policies,” he said, and people affected by offshoring should “stop whining.”

Maybe someone should offshore Mr. Donohue’s Job…

All about the Reagans

(via Joe Bob’s Week in Review)

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project has spent the past three years planning to get the $10 bill changed to feature Reagan instead of Alexander Hamilton. Meanwhile, Representative Jeff Miller of Florida introduced a bill to put Reagan on the half- dollar coin, domain of JFK, while Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California wants to put him on the $20 bill, currently occupied by Andrew Jackson. There’s even been discussion of replacing Benjamin Franklin on the hundred-dollar bill, because he’s “not a president,” raising the specter of “The Reagan” being the preferred currency of drug dealers. It would be especially nice if the reverse side featured Bonzo.


20 Questions with Cory Geryak

(via Satellite News)

Check out 20 Questions with Cory Geryak.

Cory Geryak is the cinematographer (and other assorted credits) for Future War (immortalized by Mystery Science Theater 3000 in episode 1004).

Heres a sample:

15. When did you become aware that FW was selected for an MST3K episode? What was your reaction? The reaction of your fellow crew members?

I found out that it aired on MST3K through the internet. I was thrilled! It is the only way that the movie is remotely watchable, so I’m grateful that MST3K made it somewhat entertaining.