Wednesday, October 06, 2004

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From Vice President Cheney's remarks last night were riddled with inaccuracies -- more than we can describe here. But we've listed a few of the biggest whoppers below.

CHENEY'S MISLEAD: "I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11"

THE TRUTH: As the Washington Post reports today, Cheney has repeatedly insinuated and "strongly suggested" that Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks on September 11th.[2] And in its fact check column today, the Boston Globe says "Cheney has consistently asserted strong prewar links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, even after the 9/11 Commission definitively concluded that there had not been a collaborative relationship between the two. In a radio interview in January 2004, Cheney said: 'I think there's overwhelming evidence that there was a connection between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi government.'"[3]

On December 9, 2001, Cheney went on "Meet the Press" to perpetuate the now entirely debunked theory that one of the 9/11 hijackers met with an Iraqi official.[4] He went back on a year ago to describe Iraq as part of ""the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault for many years, but most especially on 9/11."[5]

Most recently, Cheney has claimed that Iraq harbored the terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi, and said Zarqawi "is an al Qaeda associate who took refuge in Baghdad, found sanctuary and safe harbor there before we ever launched into Iraq."[6] But yesterday, a report Cheney himself requested found that there is no conclusive evidence to support that claim. An administration official said, "The evidence is that Saddam never gave Zarqawi anything."[7]

CHENEY'S MISLEAD: "900,000 small businesses will be hit" by the Kerry-Edwards plan to roll back tax cuts for people in the top income bracket.

THE TRUTH: As the Washington Post writes this morning: "This is misleading. Under Cheney's definition, a small business is any taxpayer who includes some income from a small business investment, partnership, limited liability corporation or trust. By that definition, every partner at a huge accounting firm or at the largest law firm would represent small businesses. According to IRS data, a tiny fraction of small business "S-corporations" earn enough profits to be in the top two tax brackets. Most are in the bottom two brackets."[8]

CHENEY'S MISLEAD: "We have added 1.7 million jobs to the economy."

THE TRUTH: On November 2nd, George Bush will be the first president in 70 years to lose jobs. There will be about a million fewer jobs than there were when Bush took office -- and about 7 million fewer than Bush's own post-9/11 estimate. Cheney's using fuzzy math: 1.7 million jobs have been added, but millions more have been lost.[9]

CHENEY'S MISLEAD: "The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight."

THE TRUTH: This one-liner was one of Cheney's best zingers of the night, but even it isn't true: Cheney and Edwards have met in public at least twice. They met when Edwards escorted Elizabeth Dole to be sworn in by Cheney as Senator and at the National Prayer Breakfast. At the Breakfast, he even called Edwards out by name, starting his remarks with the words, "Thank you very much. Congressman Watts, Senator Edwards, friends from across America and distinguished visitors to our country from all over the world, Lynne and I are honored to be with you all this morning."[10] You can actually watch video of the two of them shaking hands at

If Cheney's willing to flat-out lie about whether or not he's met John Edwards -- a rather objective question -- it's clear he won't be straight with the American people on more important issues.

When John Kerry won the first presidential debate, MoveOn members wrote tens of thousands of letters to the editors of the nation's newspapers. The letters served a critical role, solidifying the perception that Kerry was the clear winner and Bush was on defense. The post-debate conversation is just as important today, when it will shape the media's run up to the second Presidential debate Friday.

Can you take a few minutes to debunk one of the misleads above in a letter to the editor? Our tool makes it really easy to find a newspaper in your area and send in your thoughts.

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As Edwards mentioned last night, Cheney's record is pretty scary: "When he was one of 435 members of the United States House, he was one of 10 to vote against Head Start, one of four to vote against banning plastic weapons that can pass through metal detectors. He voted against the Department of Education. He voted against funding for Meals on Wheels for seniors. He voted against a holiday for Martin Luther King. He voted against a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa." Let's make sure we vote him out on November 2nd.

Elvis Can Be in The House: Elvis Presley – The Last 24 Hours is available on DVD. On August 17 1977 Elvis Presley, loved and adored by millions of fans and devotees worldwide, died alone and virtually penniless. In this program, we hear the comments of those who were closest, the people charged with caring for him, the people who were at Graceland on that day who can now talk about the last 24 hours. They talk of Elvis’s final moments and how a sequence of events led to a sad and lonely end for one of the world’s greatest entertainers and most loved Superstar. Elvis Presley – The Last 24 Hours is an intimate and respectful portrait of the king by his closest friends and family known collectively as the Memphis Mafia.

Reunited for the first time his longest serving friends tell their intimate, revealing and often amazing stories. These are the men who were trusted by Elvis to share his innermost thoughts and secrets and who were at his side during those final hours of his life when arguably the greatest of popular icons and entertainers of the 20th century left the stage for the final time.

DVD Program: A Gospel Tribute to Elvis, performed by The Jordinaires, and Johnny Earle, All The Kings Men Medley, Featuring: King Creole, I Need Your Love Tonight, Don’t Be Cruel, Good Luck Charm, She’s Not You, Return To Sender, Lets Have A Party, Hound Dog, A Big Hunk of Love.

Bonus Audio CD: The Jordanaires “A Gospel Tribute” – tracklist:

Rock A Hula Baby (8.11), Suspicion (2.40), Don’t (2.43), Too Much (2.30), Girl Of My Best Friend (2.29), Paralyzed (2.25), Love Letters (2.48), Fame and Fortune (2.30), American Trilogy (3.50), Gospel Melody: Lighthouse, Lead Me Guide, Rock My Soul (3.30)

Additional Bonus Material includes: Color Booklet, Elvis’s Last Letter and revealing Peronality Report and many bonus features including a full-length audio interview with Elvis.

Item# GMVS005D

UPC# 022891770596

Street Date 11/23/3004

Prebook 10/19/2004

Audio 5.1

TR 60 minutes

Retail 16.95

Sandler Double Dose: Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison will be released together on DVD special editions on November 30, 2004. The collection is priced at $27.98 SRP.

Slap Happy / School Daze

The The Happy Gilmore / Billy Madison Collection DVD represents the first two star vehicles of Adam Sandler, whose films have taken in over a billion dollars to date in domestic ticket sales alone. Happy Gilmore is a wannabe hockey player who shakes up the stodgy Pro Golf circuit.

Billy Madison stars Sandler as a spoiled 27-year-old heir who must complete grades 1 through 12 in less than six months in order to win his father's respect - and take control of the family empire. Billy Madison stars Darren McGavin as Billy's father and Bridgette Wilson as Billy's third grade teacher.

The Happy Gilmore / Billy Madison Collection Bonus Features include deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Happy Gilmore:

o Deleted Scenes

§ At Grandma's House
§ The Waterbury Open
§ Happyland Mini-golf
§ Happy on Tour
§ The Tour Championship
§ At the Nursing Home

o Gag Reel
o Happy Gilmore is available in widescreen for the first time ever

§ Billy Madison:

o Deleted Scenes

§ The Pool, Penguins and Pornography
§ Billy At Home
§ Being Billy
§ School Days
§ Eric and Principal Anderson
§ Academic Decathlon & Graduation

o Gag Reel


Happy Gilmore

As a kid, Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player. Unfortunately, he couldn't skate and his hair-trigger temper made him a hothead even by NHL standards. Now as an adult, things aren't going much better: After his girlfriend walks out on him he learns that his grandmother (Frances Bay) is about to lose her house to the IRS. On the brink of despair, Happy discovers that his mediocre hockey skills translate into an almost supernatural ability to hit a golf ball. After country club pro Cubbs Petersen (Carl Weathers) takes him under his wing, Happy joins the PGA tour to try to win enough money to save Grandma's home. But to succeed, he has to defeat tournament favorite

Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald), an egotistical veteran who will stop at nothing to retain his star status.

Billy Madison

Hotel tycoon Brian Madison (Darren McGavin) is on the verge of retirement and wants nothing more than to hand over his empire to his only son Billy (Adam Sandler). The problem is, Billy is a spoiled, immature lout who only graduated from high school thanks to his father's bribery. When Madison Sr. announces his plans to turn over the company to Billy's nemesis, scheming vice president Eric (Bradley Whitford), Billy offers to prove his worthiness by going back to school and completing grades one through 12 again in 24 weeks − this time without any help. To run this educational gamut Billy must survive a family of bullies, some wacky teachers and a former pro wrestler turned principal. Still, school is a whole lot more fun the second time around, especially when third grade teacher Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson) turns out to be the girl of Billy's dreams.

Billy Madison features songs by Electric Light Orchestra, The Jackson 5, The Cars, Culture Club, The Ramones and Styx.

CAST & FILMMAKERS (Happy Gilmore)

Director: Dennis Dugan
Screenwriter: Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler
Producer: Robert Simonds
Executive Producers: Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey, Sandy Wernick
Director of Photography: Arthur Albert
Production Designer: Perry Andelin Blake
Editors: Jeff Gourson, Steve R. Moore
Cast: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay, Carl Weathers, Allen Covert, Robert Smigel, Bob Barker, Richard Kiel

CAST & FILMMAKERS (Billy Madison)
Director: Tamra Davis
Screenwriter: Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler
Producer: Robert Simonds
Executive Producer: Fitch Cady
Director of Photography: Victor Hammer
Production Designer: Perry Andelin Blake
Editors: Jeffrey Wolf
Cast: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson, Bradley Whitford, Josh Mostel, Norm McDonald, Mark Beltzman


Street Date: November 30, 2004
Order Close: October 12, 2004
Rating: PG-13
Suggested Retail Price: $27.98
DVD Selection Number: 25799

Who’s Wearing What: Cheryl Hines of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, strolled down the red carpet at the 30th Anniversary for the Groundlings comedy troupe in a flirty 1950’s inspired cocktail dress by Toronto-based designer Sunny Choi. It was a black and white pinstripe strapless dress, adorned with a bow and white crystal brooch at the waist and a full skirt.

Nick Cannon wore a traditional Armani suit to the “Shall We Dance?” premiere.

Star Jennifer Lopez carried a sleek Fendi bag to compliment her peek-a-boo 70s-starlet style Michael Kors dress and J. Mendel fur.

At the Children's Defense Fund 14th Annual Beat the Odds Fundraiser - Red Carpet October 5, 2004 - Beverly Hills Hotel, Jennifer Garner wore a Tod’s leather jacket outfit.