Bowling for Columbine
This movie helped me realize that Michael Moore, film maker, is a spook and complete fraud. I watched it many years ago, and assumed it was a plea for gun control. Only later do I understand, thanks to the good company I keep here at this blog in the other writers and commenters, that each attempt to promote gun control results in a surge in gun sales. That is probably the objective. Even if armed, the American population in its deeply ignorant state is easily managed and presents no threat to the state.
As for the movie, as I moved from scene to scene, I slowly began to understand Moore’s technique: Staged ambushes. Every scene is contrived, and every participant in the movie knows it. I have seen his other movies, and won’t see them again. But if B4C is contrived top to bottom and end to end, so too must be the others. After all, how else did Moore gain access to the mainstream if not himself a spook?
The title of this series, Not a Tear Was Shed for the Victims, is taken from B4C, as I noticed in his scenes of victims and witnesses to the event that everyone was acting. Here’s just a few of our crisis actors:
Here is the iconic shot of Stephanie Munson and company:
Not a tear visible. To the left is Tom Mauser, father of victim Daniel, mourning the loss of his son. The people who staged this event had the power to call out police and SWAT teams, to evacuate the school, fake bloody suicides, and force the students to finish their school year on another campus. You would think they could afford a bottle of Visine to fake some tears.
Moore uses two of the fake victims, Mark Taylor and Richard Castaldo (wheel chair) to stage a confrontation with employees at the headquarters of K-mart Corporation. Since Klebold and Harris fake-purchased their fake-bullets at a K-Mart, Moore decided he wanted to offer the bullets back to the company. It’s ambush time.
In the dramatic scene above, Moore shocks everyone by having Taylor lift his shirt and show his wounds. I don’t know why he didn’t think to use make-up artists to apply some wounds to Taylor, but he didn’t. Instead, he relies on mere power of suggestion. There are no wounds visible on Taylor.
Here is Aurora Batman shooting victim Pierce O’Farrill (sounds like a fake name) showing his wounds from that event, the wounds either fake or preexisting. Moore could have easily achieved the same effect with Taylor, but opted not to. The point is, however, that everyone in that scene realizes that Taylor’s wounds are not there, so that they are acting. This means that K-Mart voluntarily participated in Moore’s film, and that the whole “ambush” was staged.
In a dramatic conclusion to the K-Mart segment, an actress playing the part of an executive, or a real executive, announces that K-mart will no longer sell ammunition for handguns and assault weapons. Moore is surprised, no – flabbergasted, and the cameras actually caught it on film!
Dick Clark is also featured prominently in Moore’s film. On February 29, 2000, at Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Michigan, kindergartener Kayla Rolland was shot and killed by 6-year old Dedrick Owens. Moore plays the 9-1-1 call from the teacher as she cries “Lordy Lordy Lordy!” It is very moving.
Moore finds Owens’ mother, Tamarla, and discovers she is in a welfare-to-work program. Each day she has to take a long bus ride to work in a theme restaurant owned by Clark and which receives a subsidy for hiring people like Tamarla. It turns out that she simply has no time to be a parent, as she is either riding a bus or working every day, all day. Moore decides to “fly out to California” to visit Clark. The scene below is a film of a film, and so of low quality, but it is all I can do short of showing the whole movie. It is 2:26.
For this scene to work, many elements had to fall in place.
- Clark had to be out of his office and discovered in his limo.
- They had to get the lighting and sound right for a clean take.
- They had to approach the limousine without being noticed to affect a surprise.
- The door of the limo had to be open.
- Clark had to be visible.
- Moore had to approach Clark from the right, so that Clark and he could be seen in the same scene.
- Clark, even knowing he was on film, had to act in an arrogant and highly dismissive manner.*
That is too much coincidence. Moore loves an ambush. He loves being snubbed on film, as it casts him as an innocent onlooker to the arrogant and powerful. This scene was contrived, scripted from top to bottom, and Dick Clark willingly participated.
(Also, given that we now know Moore to be a fraud, I am suspicious that the Kayla Rolland shooting, like Columbine, was a staged event. Lordy, Lordy, Lordy.)
Moore also ambushes actor Charlton Heston in the film. Heston, then titular head of the National Rifle Association, was at an NRA-sponsored gathering in Flint, Michigan right after the Rowland shooting, and Denver right after Columbine. (Coincidence? I think not. NRA has long been co-opted and is controlled opposition.) Moore decides to confront Heston. In the movie, he goes to his house and pushes the intercom button in Heston’s driveway. Heston himself answers! (I gotta try that! I want to pay a visit to Jennifer Lawrence! I’ll just go to her house and push her button!)
The two arrange a meeting the following morning, complete with film crew. Moore starts out friendly, and them pulls the ambush, Heston gets upset and walks out on him. In the end, a very sad Moore places a photo of Kayla Rolland in his driveway.
Many thought that the scene was unnecessary and unduly harsh. I felt uncomfortable when I first saw the movie years ago. I now realized it was staged, and that Heston, drawing SAG minimum, was a willing participant. Fake, fake, fake.
However, that is not the lowest this film takes us. Below is a scene shot in Littleton with South Park/Book of Mormon creator Matt Stone:
Here we are witness to the full depth of depravity of Michael Moore, spook. Many readers know what is going on here, the ‘big reveal’ that is going to be the last segment of this series. For the rest, I will clue you in: Matt Stone used to go by another name – “Dylan Klebold.” He played one of the shooters in the Columbine event. Trey Parker played Eric Harris. Moore knows this. [Note, I just made that change, as I get confused between Parker and Stone. Thank goodness this is almost done.]
One last segment to go, and I return to my regular life, and our blog goes back to its usual scatter-shot view of the insanity of Life in These United States.
*Dick Clark, by the way, also qualifies as a Bokanovsky Brat. That is off-subject, but I ran the photos and he fits right in with Damon, Brady, Kimmel, Jennifer Garner and the whole Brat Pack.