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Mel Gibson tells Diane Sawyer he hasn't had a drink in 65 days
KESQ News Channel 3 & AP ^ | October 10, 2006

Posted on 10/10/2006 9:51:24 PM PDT by freedom44

LOS ANGELES Mel Gibson calls his anti-Semitic rant following his arrest for drunk driving in July "the stupid ramblings of a drunkard."

In an interview with Diane Sawyer set to air on "Good Morning America" on Thursday and Friday, Gibson says while staying sober is a struggle, he has not had a drink in 65 days.

He adds that he plans to continue making movies and working to heal himself and those he offended.

In a partial transcript of the interview released by A-B-C, Gibson says "All you can do is take another step, keep breathing."

The interview with Sawyer is the first time Gibson has spoken to the media since sparking a scandal by unleashing what he later called "vitriolic and harmful words" during his arrest.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antisemite; drunk; melgibson
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1 posted on 10/10/2006 9:51:25 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

Dang - Hey Mel - come over to my house and I'll break out the Jack Daniels and some cigars.


2 posted on 10/10/2006 9:52:33 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: freedom44

Diane Sawyer hasn't drank in 65 days??? lol!


3 posted on 10/10/2006 9:53:19 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Enterprise

Hey! Can I come too? ;)


4 posted on 10/10/2006 9:54:02 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: freedom44
"the stupid ramblings of a drunkard."

Yeah, right.

5 posted on 10/10/2006 9:54:07 PM PDT by onyx (We have two political parties: the American Party and the Anti-American Party.)
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To: freedom44

Where drunkard is .14 BAC.

Assuming Mel weighs about 200 that's four beers or thereabouts.

If Mel is four beers away from seeing Jews hiding under the wainscotting he was never that far away to begin with.


6 posted on 10/10/2006 9:57:04 PM PDT by Dinsdale
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To: freedom44
the first time Gibson has spoken to the media since sparking a scandal by unleashing what he later called "vitriolic and harmful words" during his arrest.

Really? What about his bashing Bush on the Iraq War? 

Or did they mean the first time he's spoken openly about being anti-semitic?
 

7 posted on 10/10/2006 9:57:18 PM PDT by peyton randolph (No man knows the day nor the hour of The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief.)
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To: peyton randolph

Gibson is outing himself as a true a$$hole.


8 posted on 10/10/2006 10:03:48 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: onyx

As someone who battled alcoholism from age 26, to age 35, I can honestly say that during that time, I said and did things that I am profoundly sorry for. I "snapped" when my wife left me, and stayed in a drunken state for 9 years. I made a lot of money during that time, but personally, I was an emotional "basket case" . I overcame it by turning my problems over to God, and He saw me though. To pick on an alcoholic is no less cruel than picking on someone with alsheimers disease.


9 posted on 10/10/2006 10:06:30 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Congratulations in overcoming it.


10 posted on 10/10/2006 10:07:51 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

Thank you very much.


11 posted on 10/10/2006 10:09:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: sageb1

Gee, how'd he do that? By bending over backwards apologizing? What's been said has been said. What do you want the guy to do--become a hermit and remove himself from the world?

I know! He should be executed for his offensive speech. /sarc


12 posted on 10/10/2006 10:10:47 PM PDT by Constantine XI Palaeologus ("Vicisti, Galilaee")
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Thank you for posting your story, and especially in this atmosphere. The people on this board, most of who proclaim to be Christian, on this issue truly sicken me. Mr. Gibson obviously made a hideous mistake, apologized twice, immediatley went into rehab, and is trying to get help. I would like to hear what some of the people on this board say when they get drunk.
Again, thank you for telling your story. God bless you.


13 posted on 10/10/2006 10:13:18 PM PDT by brigada
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Congrats on your sobriety!!! It does work if you work it and I sure hope Mel can stay sober, one day at a time.


14 posted on 10/10/2006 10:15:16 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Constantine XI Palaeologus

Gibson is anti-everything we stand for over here. Excuse me. I'm sorry. I should have asked first. Are you anti-Zionist?


15 posted on 10/10/2006 10:18:40 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: brigada

I imagine it is very hard for someone who has never had this problem to understand how profoundly it takes over your ability to reason. I thank you for your post, and appreciate your compassion.


16 posted on 10/10/2006 10:18:58 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker


Bless you and you have mail.


17 posted on 10/10/2006 10:20:59 PM PDT by onyx (We have two political parties: the American Party and the Anti-American Party.)
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To: Enterprise

As bad as she looks, she needs to drink, we're more concerned about you Mel!


18 posted on 10/10/2006 10:21:08 PM PDT by Schwaeky (Welcome to America--Now speak English or LEAVE!)
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To: freedom44
In a partial transcript of the interview released by A-B-C, Gibson says "All you can do is take another step, keep breathing."

Yeah Mel and when you first get sober one of the first things you learn is to shut your mouth and open your ears. Too bad in your first 65 days you were unable to do even do this. Unfortunate. Best of luck. You're going to need it.

19 posted on 10/10/2006 10:21:53 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Enterprise
Dang - Hey Mel - come over to my house and I'll break out the Jack Daniels and some cigars.

What a horrendous thing to say. Even jokingly you never offer a drink of alcohol to an alcoholic who is trying to quit.

Why not take and gun and shot him and get it over with.

20 posted on 10/10/2006 10:24:33 PM PDT by Texas Mom (Two places you're always welcome - church and Grandma's house.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Congratulations on your accomplishment..


21 posted on 10/10/2006 10:26:24 PM PDT by Texas Mom (Two places you're always welcome - church and Grandma's house.)
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To: Dinsdale
.14 BAC. Assuming Mel weighs about 200 that's four beers or thereabouts

You are not even close:

Blood Alcohol content calculator

22 posted on 10/10/2006 10:26:39 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Liberals would let Mark Foley be a Boy Scout leader.)
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To: brigada
It is not just the completely inappropriate and untrue crap he was spewing when he was drunk, but also the unfortunate bashing after he got out of treatment when he was stone sober. And the fact that he was a big ole' Bush basher before his Anti-semetic, insane rants when he was drinking. I was a fan. I am no more.

He's got his delusion liberal friends in LALA Land now. He's completely lost this demographic--with maybe a few exceptions. IMHO

23 posted on 10/10/2006 10:27:31 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: brigada
I would like to hear what some of the people on this board say when they get drunk.

No, you wouldn't.

;)

24 posted on 10/10/2006 10:28:33 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Liberals would let Mark Foley be a Boy Scout leader.)
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To: freedom44

Maybe he should start again. He's turned into a lefty since he quit.


25 posted on 10/10/2006 10:28:41 PM PDT by Alfonso1000
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To: Texas Mom

Might as well hand Mel a gun when drunk.

BUMP


26 posted on 10/10/2006 10:37:10 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Alfonso1000

He is a real lefty because he disagrees with one thing on the Bush agenda? And you want an alcoholic to start drinking again because he disagrees with you? That says a lot more about you than it does about him!!!
And yes, he is a conservative, he was supporting the most conservative canidate in the country, Tom McClintock, for Lieutanent Govenor or California. He is conservative on every issue.


27 posted on 10/10/2006 10:39:44 PM PDT by brigada
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To: stephenjohnbanker
I agree with you here it is a tough disease and there is a lot of wreckage from the drinking (past). I am also in recovery. One thing that makes me stand offish about Mel now is how he just shouted his mouth off recently/arrogantly about politics etc that are against my own.

Showed me who is still in charge in his life (t'ain't God) and that his ego deflation seemed non-existant. As we both know this is a critical shift that has to happen at one point if one is to achieve long term sobriety.

Although I think it is wise to be empathic for his struggles, there are also real consequences for his behavior when he puts down the alcohol. He know longer have the excuse of alcohol--just shows his recovery is very, flimsy, as his big ego is still in charge--not a good sign for a recoverying alcoholic.

I just pray that he stays sober, finds God, turns his will and life (and mouth) over, works the steps daily and helps other. Congrats on your recovery!!

28 posted on 10/10/2006 10:39:50 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Alfonso1000
Maybe he should start again. He's turned into a lefty since he quit.

?
29 posted on 10/10/2006 10:41:57 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Afterall didn't President Bush overcome this only when he was 40?!? It's easy to speak hard to overcome from what I hear.


30 posted on 10/10/2006 10:42:38 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

I had a relative who was dead at the age of 38 from alcoholism. That's why the subject touches a nerve for me.


31 posted on 10/10/2006 10:48:50 PM PDT by Texas Mom (Two places you're always welcome - church and Grandma's house.)
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To: GOP Poet

"I just pray that he stays sober, finds God, turns his will and life (and mouth) over, works the steps daily and helps other. Congrats on your recovery!!"

Agreed!


32 posted on 10/10/2006 10:48:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: freedom44

I congradulate President Bush for his having overcome alcoholism. He made a judgement call that his wife and kids needed a sober father, and by God he did it!


33 posted on 10/10/2006 10:51:28 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: brigada

The war in Iraq is more than one thing in the Bush agenda, and Gibson attacked the war for his own selfish PR/Damage Control. He also said Jews caused all of the wars throughout history. That sounds like the leftist propaganda spouted by extremists on every colege campus in the country.

I do not seriously hope he starts drinking again. I was joking. I don't concern myself with what Gibson does in his personal life unless it effects other people. Gibson showed no concern for anyone other than himself when he decided to get completely drunk and drive. Then he tries to improve his image by attacking our efforts in Iraq.

I am also not buying into this mentality that Gibson is the victim and alcohol is to blame. I hope he does straighten his life out, but he needs to worry about his own problems rather than attacking US foreign policy.


34 posted on 10/10/2006 10:52:41 PM PDT by Alfonso1000
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To: Enterprise

Lousy post-you have obviously never been heartbroken due to an alcoholic.


35 posted on 10/10/2006 10:53:19 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Enterprise
Dang - Hey Mel - come over to my house and I'll break out the Jack Daniels and some cigars.

I'll smoke a cigar with you. But I don't drink anymore.

Spent eight days in an ICU having ethanol detox seizures. Hallucinating and nightmares... awful.

Go easy on ex alcoholics.

"One drink is too much, and 10,000 is not enough..."

36 posted on 10/10/2006 10:53:40 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Alfonso1000

"Maybe he should start again. He's turned into a lefty since he quit."

Mel is a lefty like my ex wife was devoted!


37 posted on 10/10/2006 10:53:57 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Cobra64

B T T T Been there, done that!!


38 posted on 10/10/2006 10:54:50 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: kinoxi
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,20473361-10388,00.html

"In describing its portrait of a civilization in decline, Gibson said, "The precursors to a civilization that's going under are the same, time and time again," drawing parallels between the Mayan civilization on the brink of collapse and America's present situation."

"What's human sacrifice," he asked, "if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?"

39 posted on 10/10/2006 10:55:50 PM PDT by Alfonso1000
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To: freedom44

Darn! I was hoping I could attribute his crazy comments comparing the Iraq war to human sacrifice to alcoholism!


40 posted on 10/10/2006 10:56:10 PM PDT by soccermom
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To: stephenjohnbanker

See post 39.


41 posted on 10/10/2006 10:56:23 PM PDT by Alfonso1000
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To: Cobra64

Well......10,000 might be enough : )


42 posted on 10/10/2006 10:56:47 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Friend, this makes two of us. See my post on this thread. I'll FReepmail you when I feel up to it.


43 posted on 10/10/2006 10:59:27 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Alfonso1000
Re post #39. Thank you. I didn't give a $*** when this came out so I am essentially ignorant on this celebrity's 'faux pas's. I'll read your link.
44 posted on 10/10/2006 11:01:24 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

There is actuall only one line in there. That one line compare the war in Iraq to Mayan human sacrifice. That surpases some of Hollywoods most outrageous claims.


45 posted on 10/10/2006 11:03:59 PM PDT by Alfonso1000
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To: Alfonso1000

Absolutely, completely, utterly (adverbially :-) AGREE!!


46 posted on 10/10/2006 11:08:01 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: everyone

Who cares?


47 posted on 10/10/2006 11:10:25 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Well......10,000 might be enough : )

Yeah. But we know better now. Even my ex-drinkin' buddies are supportive, and are turning introspective. I keep my yap shut... it's one man's decision.

48 posted on 10/10/2006 11:11:14 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Cobra64

"Yeah. But we know better now. Even my ex-drinkin' buddies are supportive"

Well, I don't know about my ex drinking buddies, but they are indeed supportive. Aussies and UK dudes love their beer : )


49 posted on 10/10/2006 11:15:14 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Cobra64

"Even my ex-drinkin' buddies are supportive, and are turning introspective"

I hope their introspection proves cathartic!

Bump!


50 posted on 10/10/2006 11:16:59 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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