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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 07:18 AM
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Nasty Foes Now Owe Apologies To Gore
NASTY FOES NOW OWE APOLOGIES TO GORE

... Even more impressive than Gore's mastery of this grave matter is his remarkably consistent and courageous effort to save the planet. In 1997, he went to the Kyoto conference in pursuit of a global accord, despite advisers who said his role there would jeopardize his political future. In the spring of 2000, he reissued "Earth in the Balance," his 1992 book on the subject, on the eve of his presidential nomination. Just to be sure that nobody misunderstood him, he added a new foreword and postscript emphasizing his commitment to "completely eliminating" the internal-combustion engine.

Admiral James Stockdale called him a "fanatic." Dan Quayle said his views were "bizarre, detached from reality, and devoid of common sense." P.J. O'Rourke called him "nutty." Grover Norquist compared him to the Unabomber. David Frum accused him of wanting to "dismantle the American economy in the name of environmental regulation." Indeed, Gore became a safe, easy target for every Republican politician and every right-wing commentator, who brandished "Earth in the Balance" as if it were "The Communist Manifesto." "This is a book written by an extremist, and it's filled with extremism. . . . He wants to do away with the automobile as we know it today," complained Jim Nicholson, then the Republican national chairman (and now the secretary of veterans affairs). What was once the most controversial recommendation in Gore's book -- phasing out that infernal combustion engine -- is today the official objective of the Bush administration.

And, of course, the same hacks who shrieked back then about the damage this radical change would inflict on the American economy would surely praise President Bush for his farsighted leadership. Eight years later, Dubya tried to have it both ways, attacking Gore for environmentalist excess while promising to reduce carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Upon entering the Oval Office, he promptly abandoned that pledge, and has since flipped and flopped more times than a dying fish.

As president, he has tried to suppress government data that backs the world scientific consensus, while promoting the "contrarian" opinions of quacks and mountebanks. "I read the report put out by the bureaucracy," sneered the president when asked about a study on climate change issued by the Environmental Protection Agency . He used to sneer at Gore's book, too, which he never actually read, and says he "doubts" that he will bother to see "An Inconvenient Truth."

http://www.localnewsleader.com/kindred/stories/index.ph...
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 07:26 AM
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1. And of course there was Bush I's comment...
about us being knee-deep in owls and unemployment, and labeling him "Ozoneman."
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 07:34 AM
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2. And the Idiot who called him "Ozone Man" owes him one too.
Daddy Bush said This guy is so far out in the environmental extreme well be up to our necks in owls and outta work for every American.

And his moron son said of Gore, likes electric cars. He just doesnt like making electricity.


These right wing lunatics should be held accountable for all their words and lack of deeds. They are responsible for Katrina and all future natural disasters cause by global warming. They should be tried for negligent homicide. They should all be in jail.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 07:59 AM
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4. "These right wing lunatics should be held accountable".....Well Duhhhh
But it ain't gunna happen...America likes confrontation and titilation more than it likes Peace and Harmony. Peace and Harmony is sooooo boring. Let's kill something....
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many a good man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 11:30 AM
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6. Ozone lesson provides a good reason to be hopeful
Edited on Sat Jun-24-06 11:34 AM by TorchesAndPitchforks
Remember that ozone hole you don't hear about any more? The nations of the world banded together to ban CFCs and the hole shrunk right up. Scientists expect we might get back to normal ozone levels in the atmosphere by 2050. http://www.epa.gov/ozone/science/q_a.html

Shows that there is HOPE when someone shows leadership, commitment, courage, and competence!

On edit: obligatory graphic

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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 07:58 AM
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3. Look how he is received by the world compared to the hacks here
That says everything about the MSM and the people here

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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 09:57 AM
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5. Oh! Why didn't you say this was Joe Conason?
His writing is always spot on.

K&R.
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 10:10 PM
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7. One interesting point about the 'nazi'-accusations against this film
The movie Fahrenheit 9/11 and Michael Moore was accused of the same by the repub propaganda machinery.

Here's some examples, Gore first:
""Sterling Burnett is a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, an organization that has received over $390,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. This afternoon on Fox, Burnett compared watching Al Gores movie, An Inconvenient Truth, to watching a movie by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to learn about Nazi Germany.""
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/05/23/gore-movie-g /

On the June 7 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio program, CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck became the latest critic to compare An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary film about former Vice President Al Gore's campaign to raise awareness of global warming, to the Nazis. Beck dismissed many of the conclusions drawn from the documentary, stating, "hen you take a little bit of truth and then you mix it with untruth, or your theory, that's where you get people to believe. ... It's like Hitler. Hitler said a little bit of truth, and then he mixed in 'and it's the Jews' fault.' That's where things get a little troublesome, and that's exactly what's happening" in An Inconvenient Truth.
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/6/9/162955/0640

Then Moore:
O'Reilly on Michael Moore's "power":
"his happened in Nazi Germany"
On his July 28 FOX News Channel show, aired live from the Democratic National Convention, host Bill O'Reilly asserted that author/documentarian Michael Moore has "more power than probably anybody else other than Kerry and Edwards. ... You know this happened in Nazi Germany." And then O'Reilly once again compared Moore to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
http://mediamatters.org/items/200407290004

O'Reilly compared Moore, Franken to Goebbels; compared Hollywood celebs to Nazi faithful
One week after right-wing radio host Michael Savage compared progressive financier, philanthropist, and political activist George Soros to Hitler's minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, TV and radio host Bill O'Reilly compared both author/documentarian Michael Moore and radio host Al Franken to Goebbels. O'Reilly also likened a group of Hollywood celebrities who attended a recent premier of Moore's new film, Fahrenheit 9/11, to the Nazi faithful. In the process, O'Reilly falsely accused Franken of lying.
http://mediamatters.org/items/200406140007

You know, in some way this may be called recycling. Recycled lies, and absurd ones to boot.

Another angle among the critics: 'Take the man, not the ball':

"His new documentary on global warming is a great campaign ad: "Elect me or we will all die""
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1195992,...

"Gore's Movie Promotion Sparks Presidential Speculation"
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,195827,00.html

Then of course you have the people that claims that no global warming exist:
"I am of the opinion that this is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

'Some people' say the darnedest things just to evade the topic of the film; global warming.

The movie carries it's title for a reason,I think we could say ;-)
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