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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.


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To: Alfonso1000

This isn't a thread debating his sainthood. Let me reiterate the guy's got issues.


51 posted on 10/10/2006 11:18:32 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

I think people took me too seriously when I said he should start drinking again. I honestly do hope he straightens his life out, but I am displeased with his recent actions. I don't hate or even dislike the man. I am just annoyed with him, and I have put money in his pockets over the years by seeing his films which gives me the right to state my displeasure.


52 posted on 10/10/2006 11:22:55 PM PDT by Alfonso1000
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Aussies and UK dudes love their beer : )

You sir, are the master of understatement.

I've been to Oz once and the UK many times on business. I never went thirsty.

53 posted on 10/10/2006 11:30:15 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Cobra64

ROTFLOL! Neither did I! Man, can they drink!


54 posted on 10/10/2006 11:35:29 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: Michael.SF.
I would like to hear what some of the people on this board say when they get drunk.

No, you wouldn't.

LOL, posting and drinking don't mix. Cell phones and drinking REALLY don't mix, this I know from experience.

55 posted on 10/10/2006 11:47:44 PM PDT by Nexus6
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To: sageb1

Mel has hurt himself a whole lot more than his drunken words have hurt anyone else. Mel will live with his own demons and conscience. I wish him well (sobriety).


56 posted on 10/10/2006 11:50:47 PM PDT by onyx (We have two political parties: the American Party and the Anti-American Party.)
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To: brigada
I would like to hear what some of the people on this board say when they get drunk.

On the very few occasions I have, I am quiet and say very little, if anything at all... Alcohol generally ruins me to mirthful company if I have more than two drinks.

There is a reason why it is called "bottled spirits" and it affects different people in different ways, but it always leads to ruin if done to excess...

57 posted on 10/11/2006 12:31:20 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Aussies and UK dudes love their beer : )

British soldiers never run from a fight or a pint...

58 posted on 10/11/2006 12:32:34 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: sageb1

What exactly is everything we stand for over here (apart from conservatism)? Really, I want to know.

Regarding your question, I'm more or less ambivalent on the Israel issue. I support Israel in that it's fighting for its existence from muzzie whackos. However, I'm not an ardent fan compared to others I've seen on this site.

Anyways, what does zionism have to do with what Gibson said? IIRC his comments were directed at jews in general.

Get off your high horse already.


59 posted on 10/11/2006 12:37:54 AM PDT by Constantine XI Palaeologus ("Vicisti, Galilaee")
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To: onyx

You have CLASS!


60 posted on 10/11/2006 12:40:43 AM 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: Sir Francis Dashwood

: )


61 posted on 10/11/2006 12:41:10 AM 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: peggybac

BUMP!


62 posted on 10/11/2006 12:43:35 AM 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

" think people took me too seriously when I said he should start drinking again. I honestly do hope he straightens his life out, but I am displeased with his recent actions. I don't hate or even dislike the man. I am just annoyed with him, and I have put money in his pockets over the years by seeing his films which gives me the right to state my displeasure."

Don't believe what you read in the media. FReepers are a living testament to his!


63 posted on 10/11/2006 12:52:45 AM 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: Dinsdale
Where drunkard is .14 BAC.

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

Uhhh...no. That's not EVEN close. It would take at LEAST double that.

You do realize that the legal limit is .08, right?

66 posted on 10/11/2006 1:27:41 AM PDT by zbigreddogz
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To: Phatboy

Yah...you are just totally wrong.

It'll give you .04

Check here if you don't believe me:

http://www.ou.edu/oupd/bac.htm

It would take 8 beers in an hour to get to .14




68 posted on 10/11/2006 1:57:02 AM PDT by zbigreddogz
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To: Michael.SF.

That's a cool little calculator. And it makes the point that TIME is an important factor in figuring bac.


69 posted on 10/11/2006 3:30:01 AM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Congratulation's on your sobriety and I am so glad you found God.....I do not know how anyone can get through life particularly the hard times without him....he is stronger than our very worst moments.....God bless
70 posted on 10/11/2006 4:44:59 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: freedom44
He still rants about Bush in ways that demean himself and prove he's a dilettante who currys favor with the Left.
71 posted on 10/11/2006 5:26:01 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (The Democrats newest paranoid strategy: Get to the bottom of the Vast Corn Hole Conspiracy!)
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To: sageb1; Cobra64
LOL - you and Cobra64 can come over but there's going to be some angry company.

Texas Mom: "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."

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

72 posted on 10/11/2006 6:28:47 AM 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: Cobra64

Actually, having known alcoholics and ex-alcoholics, I really do go easy on them. Not that that's going to pacifiy the tigers happy on THIS post! LOL


73 posted on 10/11/2006 6:32:41 AM 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: Michael.SF.

Thanks for the link. Good information to know.


74 posted on 10/11/2006 6:50:50 AM PDT by Nothometoday
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To: freedom44

 

75 posted on 10/11/2006 6:56:04 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Congratulations on your recovery!

Libraries would not hold all of the books written on things that people did and said while under the influence.

There are those who claim that whatever is said or done, is exactly what someone would have said or done without the alcohol or drugs, really makes no sense. It would be similar to the claim that anything that a person does or says after getting a drug that many people get before having a colonoscopy, is what they would have said or done.

Drugs and alcohol act to lower our inhibitions, i.e. most sober people would not take off all of our clothes and stand in the middle of an interstate highway, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many people would have no problem doing that, had they not already passed out.

76 posted on 10/11/2006 7:02:21 AM PDT by zerosix
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To: stephenjohnbanker
To pick on an alcoholic is no less cruel than picking on someone with alsheimers disease.

To coddle one is worse.

77 posted on 10/11/2006 7:07:54 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: veronica
The saga goes on.

Mel Gibson reportedly drinking again

The National Enquirer claims Mel Gibson is drinking again.

By Jeannette Walls
MSNBC
Updated: 12:53 a.m. CT Oct 4, 2006
Has Mel Gibson fallen off the wagon?

The star — who publicly sought help for his alcoholism less than two months ago — was spotted drinking beer in Austin, Texas, according to the upcoming issue of the National Enquirer.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. Mel Gibson was swigging a Bud with two adoring young women hanging on his every word,” the tab quotes a musician named Steven Smith as saying. Smith claims that the alleged incident occurred at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on Sept. 22 at around 1:15 a.m. According to Smith, about 75 people were at the bar, but Gibson and his group were in an area that was “cordoned off so no one could bother him.”

Another unnamed source backs up the claim, telling the Enquirer “He definitely was drinking Budweiser. I saw him.”

Gibson was arrested on a drunk-driving charge on July 28 and erupted in an anti-Semitic tirade. On Aug. 17, he pleaded no contest; he was sentenced to three years probation and went into an out-patient treatment for his alcoholism.

Gibson was in Austin for the screening of his new movie, “Apocalypto,” but his rep insists that he drank no alcohol during the trip.

“The story’s not true,” spokesman Alan Neirob told The Scoop. “He wasn’t drinking anything alcoholic.

78 posted on 10/11/2006 7:08:25 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: Dinsdale
Assuming Mel weighs about 200 that's four beers or thereabouts.

Four beers AN HOUR

79 posted on 10/11/2006 7:09:44 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Alfonso1000
He's turned into a lefty since he quit.

Wrong...his views have not changed.

He has always been anti-war. However, he was and still is a social conservaive.

And he has stated his anti-war views in the past. It's just that many conservatives chose to put him on a pedastal after making The Passion.

I appreciate his pro-life and faith stances. But he has never been in favor of Iraq.

80 posted on 10/11/2006 7:10:33 AM PDT by what's up
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To: freedom44
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.

Cough cough HOMO cough cough.

81 posted on 10/11/2006 7:11:24 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Enterprise
I've been offered many a beer, I look at it, my eyes light up and I start to drool like a St. Bernard. I just pass it to one of my buddies.

I never try to reform anybody like some ex-smokers do (I'm a smoker and have been an ex-smoker too); cause I don't like telling anyone how to drink or smoke, or chew.

Cheers!!!

82 posted on 10/11/2006 7:47:25 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Phatboy

Why don't you watch his interview on Thursday and Friday and than make up your mind about what he has been doing???


83 posted on 10/11/2006 10:11:57 AM PDT by brigada
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To: zerosix

Thanks very much.


84 posted on 10/11/2006 6:53:14 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

smoking could take ten years off your life........
smoking and drinking could take 20 years off your life........
But working in an all night convienience store could take 56 years off your life!!!!

LOL
I smoke too.


85 posted on 10/11/2006 6:57:50 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: stephenjohnbanker; All

I always thought Mel was one one the few Conservative, Christians in Hollywood.

Can someone post links to some of his anti-President Bush comments?

As much as it will hurt, I'll add him to my Hollywood "will not put a dime in their liberal pockets" list.


86 posted on 10/11/2006 7:10:08 PM PDT by LisaMalia (GO BUCKEYES!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
But working in an all night convienience store could take 56 years off your life!!!!

True. Fortunately, there's almost no crime where I live. But I always have a shooter close by.


87 posted on 10/11/2006 7:16:54 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

BTW. What are your thoughts on Reid's land transaction deals in Vegas?


88 posted on 10/11/2006 7:18:27 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Cobra64

"True. Fortunately, there's almost no crime where I live. But I always have a shooter close by."

My CCW is good in 32 states but not California : )


89 posted on 10/11/2006 7:26:49 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

FReepmail


90 posted on 10/11/2006 7:30:02 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: Dinsdale
If Mel is four beers away from seeing Jews hiding under the wainscotting he was never that far away to begin with.

That's good.

91 posted on 10/12/2006 9:52:49 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Constantine XI Palaeologus

He could start by stopping the Bush-bashing.


92 posted on 10/13/2006 4:55:43 PM PDT by Dodgers fan
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To: Cobra64

It was reported, with pictures, last week he was boozing it up at one of his previews....I don't care about him, and I, too, am a recovering alcoholic. HOWEVER, I don't believe that you say things when you're drunk that are based on nothing. You just don't say, out of the blue, JEWS ARE THE REASON FOR ALL THE BAD THINGS IN THE WORLD if you don't believe it inside. It's preposterous to expect people to accept that defense. And as a recovering drunk, I think you'll understand where I'm coming from


93 posted on 10/13/2006 4:59:51 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Dodgers fan
"He could start by stopping the Bush-bashing."

He's hoping that Hollywood will forgive him the Jew thing if he attacks the one person in the world they hate more than anything. It will probably work.

94 posted on 10/13/2006 5:03:06 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: Hildy
I agree with you. My remarks were more directed at people who joke about recovering alcoholics.

Gibson apologized, and I think that's the end of story. Whether people want to acept his apology, then that is up to the individual. I've asked my Jewish friends what they think, and they slough it off. He said the Hassidic Jews hate his kind of Jew, (sort of like Catholics and Protestants I guess) so he couldn't care less if a Roan Catholic (Gibson) makes disparaging remarks to Jews in general.

95 posted on 10/13/2006 5:30:54 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Heck, if you could reason, you'd never take the next drink!

I don't do liquor.


96 posted on 10/13/2006 5:37:06 PM PDT by eyespysomething
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To: CWOJackson

Then in that case I hope that conservatives - and that includes Sean Hannity - stop defending him. Gibson is a skunk. and O'Reilly's defense of him was also lame. Last night he tried to get Geraldo Rivera, who is Jewish, to forgive Gibson because Gibson had been drinking when he mouthed off, and Rivera, eloquently said, NO WAy! For once, Geraldo is right: Gibson used the classic anti-Semitic Jews control the world attack and this was not a sudden drunken thought on his part. As for "forgiving him", I leave that to individual people - I simply do not trust the Gibson forgiveness tour because I think he regrets that he was caught - period. And he has never denounced his father's terrible, terrible Holocaust denial. The apple did not fall far from the tree.


97 posted on 10/14/2006 6:09:25 AM PDT by Dodgers fan
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To: sageb1; Constantine XI Palaeologus
Mel Gibson is ardently pro-life and is a social conservative in general.

He opposes the Iraq War, as everyone should.

Why do you hate such a great man?

98 posted on 10/14/2006 4:49:18 PM PDT by Giant Conservative
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To: Dodgers fan
Have you written in opposition to Christianity-bashers lately?
99 posted on 10/14/2006 4:51:05 PM PDT by Giant Conservative
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To: LisaMalia

Mel Gibson is a socially conservative Christian who opposes the Iraq War. Good for him in both respects.


100 posted on 10/14/2006 4:53:46 PM PDT by Giant Conservative
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