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Al Gore, Media Whipping Boy (Laugh riot and barf alert in one!)
CBS News ^ | June 30, 2007 | Eric Alterman.

Posted on 07/02/2007 12:03:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

That Al Gore's 2000 presidential candidacy was treated unconscionably by most members of the mainstream media is not really arguable by sentient beings. The very idea that a candidate like George W. Bush — extremist, incompetent, unprepared for office, addicted to cronyism and incapable of admitting even the simplest human error — could have been held by so many reporters to be a better choice for President than the two-time Vice President, Senator, Representative and environment and nuclear weapons expert, to say nothing of his central role in the Clinton Administration's successful two-term presidency, would be laughable were its consequences less tragic.

And yet in that election, the media made Al Gore out to be a liar because so many reporters chose to misreport his remarks or take them out of context. To top it off, they made a joke of their maliciousness, mocking Gore for alleged mendacities that were largely the results of their carelessness and deliberate misrepresentation.

Gore has since moved on to become not only one of America's most powerful progressive voices but also, when it comes to the dangers posed by climate change, something of a secular prophet. "An Inconvenient Truth" has turned out to be perhaps the most influential political argument by a private citizen since Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." The book version of the movie and his newest tome, "The Assault on Reason," are runaway bestsellers. Gore is a contender for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. And time has more than borne out the harsh assessments he has offered of George W. Bush over the past seven years, for which pundits like Charles Krauthammer and Joe Klein called him, literally, crazy.

And yet within the hermetically sealed confines of the American MSM, little has changed. In his new book Gore offers a complicated and depressing indictment of our present predicament, focusing on the dishonesty of our politics and the toothlessness of our tabloid-obsessed media. Resting as it does on reasoning derived from the likes of Jürgen Habermas and other philosophers, environmental scientists and even neuroscientists, the book could not help but trigger the MSM's reflexive anti-intellectualism, to say nothing of their loathing of its author.

Witness the Washington Post, whose reporters in 2000 ran with Republican Party press releases purporting to be Gore's own words. Amazingly, the paper's recent treatment of Gore has been even more nakedly hostile, sometimes bizarrely so. First out of the gate was Governing magazine editor Alan Ehrenhalt, writing in the paper's Sunday Book World, who chose not to focus his review on the work itself but instead offered up a stream of attacks on Gore's personality. Presenting no evidence, Ehrenhalt complained of Gore's "consistent ability to express fundamentally reasonable sentiments — often important ones — in ways that annoy the maximum possible number of people." Gore's movie, he said, was "smug and self-centered" — again, no evidence. True, he added that "much that he writes seems to be on the mark." Too bad it was written by an author with "an incurable habit of calling more attention to himself than to the ideas he wishes to communicate." Evidence? Zip.

Next came Post news columnist Dana Milbank. After attending a Gore speech he observed, "Even if Gore were speaking before a sellout crowd at Verizon Center, he would still be the smartest guy in the room. He reminded his listeners of this repeatedly last night," in a manner Milbank found "all too frequently, pedantic." With considerable condescension, Milbank added, "Not that you'd doubt Gore on these points, but, just in case, there are 273 endnotes," as if offering readers access to one's sourcing — as any serious nonfiction author save Bob Woodward is expected to do — is another example of what a self-satisfied smartypants we're dealing with.

Not long afterward the Post's Outlook section published yet another assault on Gore, this one by Weekly Standard editor Andrew Ferguson. Astonishingly, Ferguson began his screed by asserting, "You can't really blame Al Gore for not using footnotes in his new book.... It's a sprawling, untidy blast of indignation, and annotating it with footnotes would be like trying to slip rubber bands around a puddle of quicksilver." I say "astonishingly" because, as the annoyed Mr. Milbank pointed out in the same newspaper, the book contains 273 source notes spread across twenty pages right there in the back. So common was the anti-Gore animus that it apparently blinded everyone involved with the piece, thereby allowing Ferguson to humiliate himself as well as the newspaper with an accusation so amateurish it dissipated with a mere glance at the book.

While I have focused on the Post, it's not as if the rest of the media distinguished themselves — or diverged from their circa-2000 scripts. At ABC News, Diane Sawyer badgered Gore about his political ambitions, Jake Tapper compared the book to a Michael Moore missive and Terry Moran portrayed it as an act of vengeance. On the New York Times op-ed page David Brooks mocked Gore as a "Vulcan Utopia[n]," and Maureen Dowd focused, laserlike, on crucial features like Gore's waistline and his author photo while terming the ex-VP a "presidential flirt," a "righteous tease" and a "high-minded scold." And in a sentence that may rival Ferguson's for the Pulitzer Prize for Irresponsible Imagination in the Service of Personal Obsession — were one ever to be established — Dowd wrote that during his Diane Sawyer interview, Gore "almost seems to want to sigh and roll his eyes." Never mind, dear reader, that Al Gore neither sighed nor rolled as much as a single eyelash. To Dowd, writing in the newspaper of record, he "almost seemed to want to," and that's good enough.

So give George W. Bush credit. He may lie about counterproductive wars, destroy our reputation abroad, ignore Katrina victims, approve torture, blow up our balance of payments, ignore scientific evidence, undermine our Constitution and turn the Justice Department over to a collection of ideological hacks... At least he doesn't make Maureen Dowd think he wants to roll his eyes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Tennessee; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: albore; algore; alterman; aninconvenienttruth; bush; climatechange; clinton; convenientlies; democrats; election2000; floriduh; georgebush; globalwarming; gore; gorebullwarming; hangingchads; idiotsinmedia; iraq; katrina; msm; republicans; soreloserman
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Al Gore an "environment and nuclear weapons expert"?! I can't get off the floor, I'm laughing so hard!! Did Eric drink the bong water or the Kool-Aid (or both)?
1 posted on 07/02/2007 12:03:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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2 posted on 07/02/2007 12:10:25 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Gaza: Your one-stop schadenfreude entertainment center.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, I can’t understand why they were so dismissive of someone who both invented the Internet and was the real-life subject of “Love Story.”


3 posted on 07/02/2007 12:13:55 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just in case you thought you were hallucintating, here's that opening paragraph again:

That Al Gore's 2000 presidential candidacy was treated unconscionably by most members of the mainstream media is not really arguable by sentient beings. The very idea that a candidate like George W. Bush — extremist, incompetent, unprepared for office, addicted to cronyism and incapable of admitting even the simplest human error — could have been held by so many reporters to be a better choice for President than the two-time Vice President, Senator, Representative and environment and nuclear weapons expert, to say nothing of his central role in the Clinton Administration's successful two-term presidency, would be laughable were its consequences less tragic.

Yes, it REALLY says that.

I guess I was out of the country when the media were attacking Al Gore and supporting George Bush.

4 posted on 07/02/2007 12:14:02 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian, atheist, prolifer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Eric must be smoking some powerful stuff.


5 posted on 07/02/2007 12:16:25 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Next came Post news columnist Dana Milbank. After attending a Gore speech he observed, "Even if Gore were speaking before a sellout crowd at Verizon Center, he would still be the smartest guy in the room. He reminded his listeners of this repeatedly last night,"

WOW! What SAVAGE criticism!

Dana Milbank, DNC bumlicker, unleashes both barrels on Gore and calls him...the smartest guy in the room!

6 posted on 07/02/2007 12:16:42 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian, atheist, prolifer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
At ABC News, Diane Sawyer badgered Gore about his political ambitions, Jake Tapper compared the book to a Michael Moore missive and Terry Moran portrayed it as an act of vengeance.

I wish BUSH could get such softballs as these!

7 posted on 07/02/2007 12:18:05 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian, atheist, prolifer)
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To: Graybeard58

I’m not sure if he (Eric) requires immediate medical intervention, or if he is already overmedicated as a result of past interventions.

He’s probably a goner either way.


8 posted on 07/02/2007 12:20:24 AM PDT by John Valentine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I for one wouldn’t want to really whip the boy. I would however enjoy back handing the punk until his ears rang eternally.
9 posted on 07/02/2007 12:20:53 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Dear Senators. Those of you who bravely stood your ground against Amnesty, THANK YOU!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Al Gore: Poster child for perpetual losers everywhere.

How truly fitting.

10 posted on 07/02/2007 12:22:19 AM PDT by 60Gunner (ER Nursing: You watch it... We live it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nope. He mixed 'em both with a little absinthe.

As I once noted in a book I wrote, ''World-class morons are scarcer than you might like, if we exclude politicians from consideration.''

This turkey almost makes me want to retract that statement. Gawd, what an imbecile!

11 posted on 07/02/2007 12:23:29 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So give George W. Bush credit. He may lie about counterproductive wars, destroy our reputation abroad, ignore Katrina victims, approve torture, blow up our balance of payments, ignore scientific evidence, undermine our Constitution and turn the Justice Department over to a collection of ideological hacks...

If there was any doubt this is nothing but a big whine from someone who has an Al Gore autographed photo on his desk...

12 posted on 07/02/2007 12:23:57 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian, atheist, prolifer)
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To: 60Gunner
Al Gore: Poster child for perpetual losers everywhere.

The Adlai Stevenson of his time.

And as for Mr. Alterman...


13 posted on 07/02/2007 12:32:03 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Gaza: Your one-stop schadenfreude entertainment center.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

???
Eating their own?


14 posted on 07/02/2007 12:34:41 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Al Gore an "environment and nuclear weapons expert"?! I can't get off the floor, I'm laughing so hard!! Did Eric drink the bong water or the Kool-Aid (or both)?

You forgot to mention that he created the Internet...

Al Gore invented the Internet! It's true! He said so himself! Just listen...

Click here to see the video

Al Bore invented the Internet.

Putfile Version (Higher quality)

15 posted on 07/02/2007 12:38:37 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Hey!!! Eric!!!

Don’t Bogart that joint, my friend!


16 posted on 07/02/2007 1:00:05 AM PDT by shibumi (".....panta en pasin....." - Origen)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
"to say nothing of his central role in the Clinton Administration's successful two-term presidency, would be laughable were its consequences less tragic."

I guess the definition of a "successful two-term presidency" has something to do with the number of felonies committed versus the amount of jail time personally served.
17 posted on 07/02/2007 1:04:05 AM PDT by shibumi (".....panta en pasin....." - Origen)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Geez, Alterman, if you love the guy that much, marry him!


18 posted on 07/02/2007 1:43:32 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Al Gore hero worship at its finest. This is some of the most pathetic liberal drivel I’ve ever read.


19 posted on 07/02/2007 2:31:46 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
could have been held by so many reporters to be a better choice for President than the two-time Vice President, Senator, Representative and environment and nuclear weapons expert,

Nuclear weapons expert? That's a new one on me
But I do know that traitor Bill Clinton had the doors thrown open for Chinese, Russians, other foreigners at Los Alamos

20 posted on 07/02/2007 2:35:03 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
could have been held by so many reporters to be a better choice for President than the two-time Vice President, Senator, Representative and environment and nuclear weapons expert

He forgot "Physics Expert" too.

While in the Senate, Algore used to sit in the hallways and leaf through a college physics textbook while pretending to read it. Other Senators and staffers could tell he was looking up to get at people's reaction more than he was actually reading the book.

Gore did it to try and fool people. He finally stopped when some friendly Democrat senators told him he looked like a complete fool.

Gore's college roommate, Tommy Lee Jones, attested to Gore's stupidity.

21 posted on 07/02/2007 3:15:08 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Gore's college roommate, Tommy Lee Jones, attested to Gore's stupidity.

Do you have any references to this?

22 posted on 07/02/2007 3:21:46 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"An Inconvenient Truth" has turned out to be perhaps the most influential political argument by a private citizen since Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring."

Thank you for mentioning "Silent Spring", an earlier fraud.

23 posted on 07/02/2007 4:34:19 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m sure it would be useless to tell this writer that the federal Government was NOT to be the first responder during Katrina, panties on the head is not torture, a 10 year projected surplus was only just that made up by a dishonest adminstration during a bubble economy.

Clinton’s “successful” 2 term Presidency left this country’s economy slowing and heading toward recession, this nation vulnurable to terrorist attacks and our enemies’ were NOT being killed and their abilty to do this country harm was not being diminished.

G.W. Bush is the first President to have earned a MBA, he was a jet fighter pilot, the successful owner of a major league baseball team, a successful 2 term Governor of one of our largest states, Texas.

He has successfully lead the USA out of what could have been a devastating recession, has led the world in the beginnings of destroying our terrorist enemies.

Oh yeah, this morning, July 2, it was 48 degrees here in Sidney, Ohio. There’s lots I don’t sgree with about Bush, $5 billion annually from the federal government to study climate change is at the top of the list. If you’re a scientist and want some grant money are you going to question climate change?

Bush’s biggest mistake is trying to “get along” with the liberal, socialist Democrats. These people need to be defeated, nothing less.


24 posted on 07/02/2007 4:39:48 AM PDT by HankReardon
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Eric Alterman is actually a staunch conservative with a wry and extremely biting sense of sarcastic humor....This whole piece is really a put-on.

I laughed so hard that I needed to clean the vomit off my screen.


25 posted on 07/02/2007 4:53:08 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Al, it’s July 2 and there was FROST on my windows this morning. Where’s my global warmth?


26 posted on 07/02/2007 4:55:45 AM PDT by Graymatter (New legislators. No new laws. ... Let's clean house. And senate.)
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27 posted on 07/02/2007 5:12:31 AM PDT by mirkwood ("May noise never excite us to battle, or confusions reduce us to defeat.")
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To: mirkwood

28 posted on 07/02/2007 5:18:21 AM PDT by mirkwood ("May noise never excite us to battle, or confusions reduce us to defeat.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

is this one of those fake articles, it can’t be real...nobody is that stupid to say that Al Gore was treated unfairly in 2000.


29 posted on 07/02/2007 5:19:58 AM PDT by SPRINK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s really really sad is that Jorge Bush actually IS smarter than Al Gore.


30 posted on 07/02/2007 5:34:49 AM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In 1995 the White House hosted a major drug dealer at it's Christmas party, Mobster Jorge Cabrera. Gabrera gave $20,000 to the DNC. Besides being photographed in front of the White House Christmas tree withHillary, Cabrera was photographed with Al Gore at a Miami fund-raiser.The Clinton administration initially attempted to conceal the photo by arguing that a publicity shot with the Vice President is covered by the Privacy Act.

Cabrera was indicted in 1983 by a federal grand jury, on racketing and drug charges. In 1988, he was accused of managing a continuing narcotics operation. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges and served 54 months on prison .After his visit to the White House, Cabrera would be sentenced to 19 years in prison for transporting 6,000 pounds of cocaine into the US.



31 posted on 07/02/2007 5:40:41 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Graybeard58

The media just wasn’t supporting algore successfully enough. The proof is algore lost.


32 posted on 07/02/2007 5:42:09 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: Graybeard58

>>>Eric must be smoking some powerful stuff.

Al Gore would know where to get it.


33 posted on 07/02/2007 5:42:10 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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Holy 'cow'. I think Eric has a HUGH crush on big Al.

Gore better watch it, Alterman sounds like a stalker :-)

34 posted on 07/02/2007 5:54:08 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H. L. Mencken

RUN AL! RUN!
35 posted on 07/02/2007 5:59:00 AM PDT by Hiddigeigei (The Mussulman's within the gates!)
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...extremist, incompetent, unprepared for office, addicted to cronyism and incapable of admitting even the simplest human error...

Pretty much my take on Mr. "No Controlling Legal Authority" aka Mr. "I-Was In-The-Bathroom-Because-I-Drank-Too-Much-Iced-Tea"

36 posted on 07/02/2007 6:05:41 AM PDT by NRA1995 (To Congress and Mr. President: This is OUR country, and don't you forget it!)
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To: Darkwolf377

Revisionist history at it’s best!!


37 posted on 07/02/2007 6:51:50 AM PDT by zavvone
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To: Darkwolf377

The room must have been filled with morons! Anyone referring to Al Gore, the guy who flunked out of divinity school and law school, as smart must be about of room temperature IQ himself.


38 posted on 07/02/2007 9:29:03 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Glad that Ted the Boorish Drunk, Hitlery the Witch and John Fonda/Fraud Kerry are not my senators.)
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To: Gorzaloon
Both books were based on junk science. See this article for some details regarding the "environmental expert's" work.
39 posted on 07/02/2007 9:34:59 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Glad that Ted the Boorish Drunk, Hitlery the Witch and John Fonda/Fraud Kerry are not my senators.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sorry but I stopped reading at the words Eric Alterman


40 posted on 07/02/2007 9:49:30 AM PDT by xp38
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That Al Gore's 2000 presidential candidacy was treated unconscionably by most members of the mainstream media is not really arguable by sentient beings.

Sentient beings -- obviously excluded himself (J. Alterman, the author).

Laugh riot, indeed. The line above starts it out in a rollicking manner and just doesn't stop...

41 posted on 07/02/2007 9:51:16 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That Al Gore's 2000 presidential candidacy was treated unconscionably by most members of the mainstream media is not really arguable by sentient beings.

To use Eric's own words:
Evidence? Zip.

42 posted on 07/02/2007 9:55:33 AM PDT by knuthom
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To: Jabba the Nutt

I think that the clintons led alphagore to believe that “the cheat” (the clintonian machine) was IN for him. They did this to insure that he didn’t “distance himself” TOO much from them (squeeling on them) during hillary’s run for NY.

Of course, the clintons tricked alpha (oh-I’m-shocked), and he lost. What really made me believe this was the way Gore was CERTAIN he won. Like a kid who had stolen the teacher’s answersheet before a test, he KNEW he had to have ACED the thing. Like a kid who cheated, he said, “Count ‘em again! Count ‘em again!” He KNEW HE WON BECAUSE THE CLINTON’S LET HIM BELIEVE THAT THEY CHEATED FOR HIM.

How could he have not known that they’d screw him too?


43 posted on 07/02/2007 9:57:44 AM PDT by bannie (Is the amnesty bill the REASON our Founding Fathers insured our RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS?)
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To: kaehurowing

Wasn’t he also some massive chicken farmer? And let us not forget the “new” findings that he uses more utilities than anyone could imagine (Earth in the Balance my A**). Gore is a shemeful disgrace and this writer has has been under water in the kool-aid pool too long.


44 posted on 07/02/2007 9:58:52 AM PDT by eyedigress (Little Johnny Edwards seems to have an image problem)
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shemeful=shameful


45 posted on 07/02/2007 9:59:48 AM PDT by eyedigress (Little Johnny Edwards seems to have an image problem)
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To: zavvone

Do you mean “No controlling legal authority” Al? Or “I did’nt know they were Monks” when I picked up the checks Al?


46 posted on 07/02/2007 10:02:56 AM PDT by steve7
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't think I live in the same world as this writer.

Carolyn

47 posted on 07/02/2007 10:04:53 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Eric alterman, complete and total commie. And he actually managed to get arrested at a press conference.


48 posted on 07/02/2007 10:10:28 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Former Proud Canadian

My husband went to college (Univ. of the South, Sewanee, TN) with AlBore’s cousin. The cousin said Al was nothing but a sniveling, lying brat. He couldn’t even carry his “home” state...if he had, he would have gotten the electorial votes he needed to win.


49 posted on 07/02/2007 10:11:23 AM PDT by samanella ((Iraq: Brave Soldiers, Vital Cause, Gutless Politicians))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


Problems cause calories.

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50 posted on 07/02/2007 10:14:34 AM PDT by OESY
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