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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

We have yet to weigh in publicly about Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, but we would be remiss not to comment on Ms. Linda Ronstadt's experience in Vegas over the weekend. Linda Ronstadt, who hasn't been heard from since that sappy-ass duet she did with Aaron Neville a decade ago, has received all kinds of attention after her excommunication from the Aladdin Hotel & Casino on Saturday night. While introducing her cover of the Eagles Desperado, Ronstadt praised Michael Moore for his patriotism and suggested folks in the audience see the film. According to Aladdin president Bill Timmins, "all bedlam broke loose" after Ronstadt's remarks, marking the first time the term "bedlam" was linked with a Ronstadt show since a 1968 performance with the Stone Poneys.
Michael Moore of course latched onto the incident immediately, firing off an angry letter to Timmins in which he called the casino manager stupid and un-American. He's most likely also converting the events of last weekend into a documentary linking Timmins, the Aladdin casino and George W. Bush to Pol Pot and Osama bin Laden. All the hullabaloo aside, my question is, why the hell did it have to be Ronstadt that got booted from Vegas? We like Linda Ronstadt. Why can't Celine freakin' Dion bash Bush so we aren't forced to hear her warble on night after night?? 
Ronstadt has since said she has no regrets about her remarks and will continue to praise Moore at upcoming shows in an effort to get people's "heads up out of their mashed potatoes" in this election year. Oh Linda, we love it when you do the mashed potatoe. Or is it potato? Damn, where's Dan Quayle when you need him?!

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