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Thursday, March 01, 2007

The smearing of Al Gore


If you are right wing, what do you do to stop Al Gore after he has won an Academy Award for his very excellent ‘An Inconvenient Truth’? You can’t counter the science, you can’t counter a media who have just woken up to the issue, you certainly don’t want to stop or slow down the very system that gives you all that money, privilege and power – hey, I know – let’s smear the prick and make it look like he is a hypocrite!

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research has just come out with this story…

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359. Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006. Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. “As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.

Now in his defense, Al Gore says that the figures are correct but through a spokesperson said…

Kalee Kreider said that Gore purchases enough green power such as solar, wind and methane gas to offset almost all of his electricity costs. “Sometimes when people don’t like the message, in this case that global warming is real, it’s convenient to attack the messenger,” she said.

But because most people only read a headline, Al Gore’s side of the story gets lost, so who are The Tennessee Center for Policy Research?

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization dedicated to providing concerned citizens, the media and public leaders with expert empirical research and timely free market policy solutions to public policy issues in Tennessee.

‘Independent’? Really? Who runs the Tennessee Center for Policy Research? Well the President of the Center is non other than Drew Johnson, the very same Drew Johnson who worked for the American Enterprise Institute, who are the American Enterprise Institute? Aren’t they that neo con right wing think tank who were in the news last month?

In February 2007, The Guardian reported that AEI was offering scientists and economists $10,000 each, "to undermine a major climate change report" from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). AEI asked for "articles that emphasise the shortcomings" of the IPCC report, which "is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science." AEI visiting scholar Kenneth Green made the $10,000 offer "to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere," in a letter describing the IPCC as "resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent." [6]

The Guardian reported further that AEI "has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil, and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees," added The Guardian.


Right, so the President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Drew Johnson, who used to work for the American Enterprise Institute which is currently offering $10 000 to any scientist who can cast doubt on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and who also received $1.6million from ExxonMobil, the very industry the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports are adding to human pollution which is destroying our environment SAYS, that Al Gore, the man responsible for informing the masses about global warming in his film An Inconvenient Truth, that he is a global warming hypocrite a day after he wins an Academy Award to maximize any discrediting of his image that they can.

‘Independent’ my arse! It’s a pity the media don’t point this out before they publish these clowns so we can see their true agenda.

30 Comments:

At 1/3/07 9:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then you, bomber, smear the smearer.

It really sucks when ones hero is not as god like as one hopes.

It's a pity in his 30 years of championing enviromental issues he was never in a position to do something about it.
I mean, imagine if he was, say, vice president of the US. Just imagine what laws he could have passed.

His PR team can spin his purchasing of credits as much as they want, the fact is the enviromental impact of Al Gore's household is 20 times that of the average American household.

Now I don't know about you, but I prefer people who lead by example, not people who "do as I say, not as I do".

Thats not to say I don't believe in global warming, I do. I have recycled since before it was popular.

It's just that I don't need a multi-millionaire ex-US politician to tell me what to do.

I can think for myself thankyou very much.

 
At 1/3/07 10:12 am, Blogger bomber said...

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I don't smear, I point out the agenda, interesting Anon, that you don’t even attempt to deny that your little right wing mates are connected to the AEI, you simply just push the smear – I don’t see any evidence in your post that you can think for yourself

 
At 1/3/07 11:43 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Gore probably uses so much electricity to get his message out to BILLIONS of people world wide. Well worth it & a great way to promote the solar energy which he uses. Brilliant.

 
At 1/3/07 1:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting Bomber that you label me right wing because I don't fawn over American elite, left wing or right wing.

But by pointing out that Al Gore on a personal level isn't as enviromental as he makes out doesn't make me right wing, it makes me someone who judges people by their actions.

I also notice that you didn't refute what was said about Al Gore.

How about the part where he buys carbon credits to offset his excess carbon usage.
And how does he do this?
By buying forests.

How many forests can you afford to buy bomber?

Exactly.
Buying carbon credits is an easy opt-out clause for the wealthy elite: buy a forest and keep flying your personal jet.

Like I said, I don't need an American elite, who uses 20 times the average energy consumption of a typical US household, to tell me what to do.

 
At 1/3/07 1:39 pm, Blogger JamesP said...

What amuses me is not the x20 usage, I mean he's rich and has a big home so you'd expect him to use more. Somebody always has to be above average after all. It's the fact that his energy use is trending significantly upwards like he isn't even trying to conserve. And yes it's all very good of him to be buying green power but there's only a limited amount of that and so somewhere down the line somebody else is going to have to buy power that isn't green instead.

The real issue for me isn't the hypocrisy of this story but that he promotes measures that will hurt other people safe in the knowledge that his wealth will insulate him from making any real sacrifice.

And as for: "don’t even attempt to deny that your little right wing mates are connected to the AEI". LOL. Yes, it's all a vast right wing conspiracy. Now excuse me while I walk up to the mail box to see if my check from Exxon has arrived yet...

 
At 1/3/07 1:43 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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But you are more than happy to be told what to think from right wing think tanks?

 
At 1/3/07 2:01 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Oh and as for James attempt to write this off as a conspiracy, he is a list of front groups that ExxonMobile fund, all these front groups do is attack any group who attempt to bring up environmental issues

60/Sixty Plus Association
Accuracy in Academia
Accuracy in Media
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Africa Fighting Malaria
Air Quality Standards Coalition
Alexis de Tocqueville Institution
Alliance for Climate Strategies
American Coal Foundation
American Conservative Union Foundation
American Council for Capital Formation Center for Policy Research
American Council on Science and Health
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies
American Friends of the Institute for Economic Affairs
American Legislative Exchange Council
American Petroleum Institute
American Policy Center
American Recreation Coalition
American Spectator Foundation
Americans for Tax Reform
Arizona State University Office of Cimatology
Aspen Institute
Association of Concerned Taxpayers
Atlantic Legal Foundation
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Blue Ribbon Coalition
Capital Legal Foundation
Capital Research Center and Greenwatch
Cato Institute
Center for American and International Law
Center for Environmental Education Research
Center for Security Policy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
Center for the New West
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
Centre for the New Europe
Chemical Education Foundation
Citizens for A Sound Economy and CSE Educational Foundation
Citizens for the Environment and CFE Action Fund
Clean Water Industry Coalition
Climate Research Journal
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Communications Institute
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Congress of Racial Equality
Consumer Alert
Cooler Heads Coalition
Council for Solid Waste Solutions
DCI Group
Defenders of Property Rights
Earthwatch Institute
ECO or Environmental Conservation Organization
European Enterprise Institute
ExxonMobil Corporation
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment
Fraser Institute
Free Enterprise Action Institute
Free Enterprise Education Institute
Frontiers of Freedom Institute and Foundation
George C. Marshall Institute
George Mason University, Law and Economics Center
Global Climate Coalition
Great Plains Legal Foundation
Greening Earth Society
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
Heartland Institute
Heritage Foundation
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University
Hudson Institute
Illinois Policy Institute
Independent Commission on Environmental Education
Independent Institute
Institute for Biospheric Research
Institute for Energy Research
Institute for Regulatory Science
Institute for Senior Studies
Institute for the Study of Earth and Man
Institute of Humane Studies, George Mason University
Interfaith Stewardship Alliance
International Council for Capital Formation
International Policy Network - North America
International Republican Institute
James Madison Institute
Junkscience.com
Landmark Legal Foundation
Lexington Institute
Lindenwood University
Mackinac Center
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Media Institute
Media Research Center
Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Mountain States Legal Foundation
National Association of Neighborhoods
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Center for Policy Analysis
National Center for Public Policy Research
National Council for Environmental Balance
National Environmental Policy Institute
National Legal Center for the Public Interest
National Mining Association
National Policy Forum
National Wetlands Coalition
National Wilderness Institute
New England Legal Foundation
Pacific Legal Foundation
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
Peabody Energy
Property and Environment Research Center, formerly Political Economy Research Center
Public Interest Watch
Reason Foundation
Reason Public Policy Institute
Science and Environmental Policy Project
Seniors Coalition
Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLP
Small Business Survival Committee
Southeastern Legal Foundation
Stanford University GCEP
Statistical Assessment Service (STATS)
Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station
Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Advancement of Sound Science Center, Inc.
The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition
The Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy
The Justice Foundation (formerly Texas Justice Foundation)
The Locke Institute
United for Jobs
University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc.
US Russia Business Council
Virginia Institute for Public Policy
Washington Legal Foundation
Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
Western Fuels
World Climate Report

 
At 1/3/07 2:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if a right-wing think tank says 1+1=2 bomber will immediately dispute it solely because it comes from a right-wing think tank.

"But you are more than happy to be told what to think from right wing think tanks?"

When they give facts, and which the person they accuse acknowledges as correct, then yes I will accept their facts on that issue.

But like I said before, and which you studiously ignore, no I don't need right-wing think tanks to tell me what to think. Or left wing for that matter.

Are you more than happy to be told what to think by wealthy American elites, who don't even practice what they preach?

 
At 1/3/07 2:33 pm, Anonymous Easy E said...

Its funny how people only read the headlines and think they have the full story sussed! This is so obviously a smear campaign by another right-wing think-tank! thanks bomber for providing references that back this obvious assumption up. shame on the Herald for running it. I mean, excuse me Tim Murphy, can you suck Federated Farmer cock in your own time please???

 
At 1/3/07 2:39 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Anon, that is exactly what you are doing, you are taking what a right wing think tank that has ties with the AEI (funded to the tune of $1.6million last year by ExxonMobile) attempting to discredit a man who has done more to raise awareness of global warming than any one else - look how you started this debate...

It really sucks when ones hero is not as god like as one hopes.

...thats exactly what 'they' wanted with this story, released a day after Gore won an Oscar. Yes he uses that much power, but as he has pointed out he neutalises that carbon footprint...

Kalee Kreider said that Gore purchases enough green power such as solar, wind and methane gas to offset almost all of his electricity costs. “Sometimes when people don’t like the message, in this case that global warming is real, it’s convenient to attack the messenger,” she said.

You want to carry the flag for right wing think tanks, that's fine, but at least be up front about it, and don't attempt to deny you've been sucked into thinking exactly what they wanted you to think when they released this story

 
At 1/3/07 2:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bomber, why do you lie to make your point.

I do not support right-wing think tanks, likewise I don't suck Al Gores cock.

Al Gore admits to his profligate consumption, but you justify it by saying he has brought an awareness of global warming to the public.

So what.
I already knew of climate change, didn't you?

Al Gore should put his money where his mouth is, pratice what he preaches, and downsize his mansions.

To tell people that they must cut their energy consumption whilst not cutting his own, is hypocracy plain and simple.

Oh and his solar usage?
Been in place less that three years, which for a millionaire who has been passionate about the enviroment for thirty years, is pretty slack.

But just in time for his new persona as "saviour of the world".

Call me cynical, not of climate change, but of ex-politicians promoting issues to bolster their public image.

Sorry bomber, but wealthy American elite are not my role models, even if we agree on the subject of climate change.

 
At 1/3/07 3:09 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Oh - I'm a liar now am I? I point out that the group attempting to discredit Al Gore by painting him as a hypocrite is connected to the AEI and that makes me a liar? And then pointing out that you are doing the exact thing that the AEI wants you to do by slagging off Al Gore, and that makes me a liar? I think those reading this site can make up their mind on who is lying and who has ended up singing the tune the climate deniera wanted you to sing.

 
At 1/3/07 3:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop obfuscting bomber.

You are a liar by saying I support this think tank for pointing out facts that even Al Gore doesn't dispute.

Does that make Al Gore an apologist for right-wing think tanks?

Al Gore doesn't deny it bomber, it's true.
This isn't a made up conspiracy theory, these are facts that the man himself admits to.

Like his (lack of) green energy:

"But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2006-08-09-gore-green_x.htm

See, they admit it is true.

And lets not get started on his zinc mine, which he collected royalties on for 25 years, which only closed in 2003.

But don't worry bomber, unlike the Gore's, I will do what I can, on a personal level, to help improve the enviroment.

Just because I don't support the messenger, doesn't mean I don't believe the message.

 
At 1/3/07 3:48 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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From liar to obfusctor back to liar all in one post - yes Al Gore admits the electricity use and he counters it with what he does to neutralize his carbon footprint, and while we are digging why don’t you mention the Tobacco plantation he used to own, and that his sister died of lung cancer and the consciousness shift that created in him? You are singing the exact tune the AEI wants you to sing, I’m not sucking Al’s cock Anon, at the very least I respect what he has been able to achieve in terms of global consciousness with an Inconvenient Truth, something you (despite your protestations of being environmentally conscious) seem incapable of. The point of this story by Drew Johnson is to paint Al Gore as a hypocrite and discredit his message, my blog is to point out that Drew is associated with the AEI, a group who have done more to damage progressive environmental policy than any other group in America.

You keep denying you support the think tank, I’m not saying you consciously are, but what you are doing is exactly what they wanted, they win and the environment loses. Allowing the messenger to be crucified means the message doesn’t get through.

 
At 1/3/07 4:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullshit bomber, I am distrustful of politicians, regardless of their ideology.

What Al Gore says are indeed true, I just don't believe he cares as much as you think he does.

Surely if you are to push an ideology you have to be seen to be practicing it?

I don't bow at the feet of the Liberal elite.
This doesn't mean I bow at the feet of the Conservative elite.

I just see them for who they all are, plutocrats cut from the same cloth but with different hues.

So, to sum up:
Climate change is a reality.
Fact.
I believe this.
Fact.
Al Gore believes this.
Fact.
Al Gore's residences use 20 times more than the average American household.
Fact.
Climate change is a reality.
(still) Fact.
I believe this.
(still) Fact.

The message still gets through, only Al Gore gets a reminder that if taking the high moral ground one best have one's house in order.

 
At 1/3/07 4:43 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Dude, you can try and reason your way out of it as much as you like, certainly you've climbed down from your tone at the beginning of this, but the fact still remains that you've done exactly what the AEI was hoping you would, getting mad at me for getting tripped up by them isn't the point, the reaction you've given (even from someone who is environmentally conscious) is the exact one the AEI wanted to create. If this is your response, imagine the response from all those people who want to find a reason to be in denial?

 
At 1/3/07 4:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Gore is a good man. They are trying to smear his good efforts. Al Gore is bring massive awareness to these issues. The energy companies try to smear his reputation because they want to burn a lot more coal.

 
At 1/3/07 5:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like you bow at the temple of the Liberal elite.

Some people don't like their heroes to be maligned, be they G.W.Bush, or, in your case, Al Gore.

You can spin this how you like, but I don't need heroes to look up to.

Gore is a populist ex-politico pushing the enviromental agenda whilst not praticing it in his private life.

How typical of the elite, be they Liberal or Conservative.

But keep defending Gore's profligate energy usage bomber, and keep up the spin that people will deny climate change just because Gore is a hypocrite.

You can criticise your heroes sometimes bomber without the sky falling in.

 
At 1/3/07 6:37 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Dude, getting pissy with me and claiming that I suck Al's cock is really beside the point, you are dancing to AEI's tune, trying to hold your nose and walk out of that claiming that you haven't done exactly what the AEI wanted is a little tedious.

For someone so conscious you don't seem to be too bright.

 
At 2/3/07 12:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always like the American reporter/journalist John Stossel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stossel

There are many accepted 'wisdoms', lets face it most people are stupis and will belive anything if you repeat it often enough, sometimes it take people like him and Penn and Teller to expose the BS.

 
At 2/3/07 7:46 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with Al Gore is that he is an ex Democrat politician which instantly makes this issue become a political one.

Imagine if Bush had led this issue, bomber would have instantly discredited it solely because of his political stance.

Gore should have known this, he definately should have known that his own enviromental track record would be investigated, and he should have chosen someone apolitcal to be the spokesperson.

 
At 2/3/07 8:11 am, Blogger bomber said...

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I've always like the American reporter/journalist John Stossel.

Stossel is a fucking idiot, and that you hold him up as an expert shows how silly your argument is - you did read the criticism of Stossel right? You didn't just post his link without reading it did you? That would be very 'stupis'.

Imagine if Bush had led this issue, bomber would have instantly discredited it solely because of his political stance.
No you are wrong, and I'll tell you why you are wrong - this is about people getting sucked into thinking what the AEI wants them to think. And my ‘environmentally enlightened’ chum has proved that very point with their debate on this subject.

 
At 2/3/07 3:40 pm, Blogger SamClemenz said...

Wow, smackdown has nothing on this post!!!
Well, now you get a first hand glimpse of how Fox News works my Kiwi friends!
The right is terrified that Gore could announce a re-run for the Presidency so the first line of defense is to smear the bastard! Find anything that could be used to crush his credibility and smear it all over your worldwide fair & balanced news(?) program. How can people be so gullible as to believe anything that Fox news runs???
We're already seeing signs of this tactic in our own politic's.
What is the big deal about Al Gore having a big house and supposedly using 20 times the average household energy? Where is this mythical average derived from anyway? Oh, well, from some family tha lives down next to the railroad tracks in Chatanooga that cooks on a 100 watt bulb for their lack of being able to afford a proper cooker - pleeeeze, so what??? Is Al Gore the bad guy here? Is he going around denying that Global Warminig exists? How does he stand to gain from warning us that we need to act on reversing this trend before it's too late? Does he have a huge warehouse full of canned Ozone to sell us to replace our lost stuff from Co2 emissions that he hasn't told anyone about?
Is he a fraud because he made a best selling movie about the potential disaster through climate change, and won an Oscar for his efforts? Is he an asshole for having money?
You Anonymous folks are smoking something really strange these days - causing phenomenal personality shifting hallucinations to occur toward people that actually make a difference toward positive changes in our society in an ever changing world. You attack everything that moves. Where do you get off? Your like a pack of rabid dogs - geeez take a break!

 
At 4/3/07 4:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have any of you ever seen Al Gores home in person? I have, it is just off Belle Meade Boulevard, Bill Frist is almost a neighbor. As you drive down this well known road, to Tennesseans, you notice massive brick, limestone, or cedar siding houses; each complete with an enormous drive way leading to a massive gagage stuffed with large Mercedes, or Mr. Gores case, two suburbans. And under their slate roofs the amass a $30000 dollar a year utility bill. I i am hating on the people that live in Belle Meade, I like it, it is a very nice place. Mr. Gore, however needs to go live in a house made of mud and walk everywhere if he wants to slam the industrilized world. Even if he buys green power or wwhatever to make up for it, he still poluted the envrioment just like Bush or someone else you hate. I am a republican and i am I lot more efficent that that sack of shit. He lives in republican central, acts like one, dresses like one, drives like one, talks like one, probably does everything like a republican, but he is a staunch democrat. Someone please try and explain this to me.

 
At 5/3/07 8:15 am, Anonymous Brewerstroupe said...

By Andy Borowitz

Just days after former Vice President Al Gore received an Academy Award for his global-warming documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” the United States Supreme Court handed Mr. Gore a stunning reversal, stripping him of his Oscar and awarding it to President George W. Bush instead.

For Mr. Gore, who basked in the adulation of his Hollywood audience Sunday night, the high court’s decision to give his Oscar to President Bush was a cruel twist of fate, to say the least.

But in a 5-4 decision handed down Tuesday morning, the justices made it clear that they had taken the unprecedented step of stripping Mr. Gore of his Oscar because President Bush deserved it more.


“It is true that Al Gore has done a lot of talking about global warming,” wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority. “But President Bush has actually helped create global warming.”

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070304_supreme_court_gives_gores_oscar_to_bush/

 
At 5/3/07 8:52 am, Blogger SamClemenz said...

Easy explanation, there's no difference in the Political Party's anymore - it's all a sales job anyway in order to gain power and personal wealth.
After all, they're Politician's aren't they?

At least Gore is taking a visible stand and using his fame, credentials, and wealth to put forth a positive message.

It seems that Gore lacks one thing from being effectively labelled as a Republican though - A Rubber Stamp!

 
At 7/3/07 7:52 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam says:

"What is the big deal about Al Gore having a big house and supposedly using 20 times the average household energy? "

Exactly Sam.
If I want to use as much energy as I like and own a massive house, whose business is that?

Jealous poor fucks can get a grip.

Oh and Sam, some people hate hypocrites whatever their political persuasion.

Try thinking outside the black/white, left/right mindset.

 
At 8/3/07 7:42 am, Blogger SamClemenz said...

Interesting how you selectively chop my comment to suit your mind set there "anonymoose"!
Of course you moose's don't have the cohones to show your face in a debate anyway, always hide behind the supposed crowd until the crowd fades away and you're left standing with your little bull horn and hoody.

 
At 9/3/07 12:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ad hominoms attacks again Sam?
Can't defend the indefensible?

Your emperor has no clothes, and you're attempting to spin it away, hahaha.

But I agree with you, as long as you say the right thing, you can then do whatever you like.

btw, "Samclemenz" is as anonymous as "anonymous" when you are on a computer.
Do try and remember.

 
At 15/4/09 2:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How anyone can believe this charlatan Al Gore is beyond me. As soon as the story came out about his consumption (no matter who reported it) that's when Gore went and made all of his freakin renovations. How long has he been preaching his religion? I don't understand how liberals did such a good job connecting the dots with Bush and his neocon cronies, but can't see through all the liberal crooks as well. I hope one day we will all realize how good of a job they have done brainwashing us to believe it's about the "Republicans" vs. "Democrats".

 

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