Michael Moore's Mug. Ugh

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We've known for a long time that Michael Moore is a laughing-on-the-inside clown. Now comes definitive proof with the cover of his latest book, Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, a collection of letters from U.S. soldiers. The Meet the Beatlesesque cover tests the Oscar-winning funnyman's ability to forego shtick and hold a pose while the cash registers go ka-ching in the background (not that there's anything wrong with that):

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What's with the paper-football-sized coffin flag in Moore's hands? Are his mitts that gargantuan, oversized and swollen from pounding the corridors of power with fists of rage at all that is indecent and unholy in a post-Saddam world? Or could they just not find a regular-sized flag?

My favorite Moore-as-serioso moment came when the zaftig auteur behind the underappreciated Candadian Bacon (was Alan Alda ever so sublime, other than in that South Park cameo?) roused himself into a donut-fueled outrage and declaimed the butterfly-ballot imbroglio in Palm Beach County, Florida as the final act of Kristallnacht. Really.

Reason's Brian Doherty explained poured some cold water on Fahrenheit 9/11 here and went Bowling for Columbine with the popular, yet politically impotent, truth-teller here.

Update: I swapped in a JPEG for the BMP image. And if you want a bigger image to look at, go here.

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  1. Awww. A liberal’s more popular than libertarians. You poor guys!

  2. Technical suggestion: BMP files are a bad choice for the web. They’ll show up for Windows users, but many Mac and Linux users may be unable to see them. A JPG would use less bandwidth (smaller in kilobytes) and is recognized by all browsers.

  3. The small flag looks pitiful, but they probably wanted to keep all of his hands full on the cover, and in scale with his face. A big flag would have crowded out his mitts.

    It looks like a tiny, starry hat of some sort. Maybe it’s to cover the bodies of tiny soldiers.

    Oh yea, and ditto on the .bmp comment.

  4. During a military burial, the flag that covers the coffin is folded to the shape of triangle, symbolizieng the hat of a minuteman.
    @Nick
    you ought to be a little bit more “embedded”, to bridge the distance between the troops and the media.

  5. Martin,

    I know the deal on the flag, including the shape it’s folded into. I was commenting on the size of it, not the shape.

  6. The size is in direct proportion to the importance Moore places on our flag and that for which it stands. Here is a man who never sacrificed a meal for the greater good much less life, limb or loved one.

  7. He should have been wearing his “made in Canada” hat. Or another hat that conveys his opinion that the resto of the world is better than us.

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