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Al Gore vs. Jeb Bush for President

Hahahaha! I didn’t think there was anything out there worse than Hillary (Sanders isn’t in my book) but this might just be It.

The presidential election is still sixteen months away, but this much is clear: Hillary Clinton is a vulnerable candidate.

Since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton’s stature has steadily slipped. Things got even worse this week. We learned, first, that Bernie Sanders eclipsed Clinton in small, individual donations, which is an indicator of popular support among likely voters.

Second, and more problematic, the newest AP poll revealed significant weaknesses among Democrats on a host of issues, including trust, character, and compassion for average Americans.

These numbers are alarming heading into the general election, especially for Democrats. Bernie Sanders is running an important campaign, but it’s very difficult to see the entire party rallying around him.

The only other credible candidate being mentioned is Joe Biden, but there’s no evidence that he wants to run. Besides, he’s failed twice already and is still grieving after the loss of his son, Beau Biden.

Sure, the GOP field is studded with unserious candidates, but they still have a relatively deep bench of big-state governors and prominent senators. To win, therefore, the Democrats need a nationally viable candidate.

Enter Al Gore: the one person on the left, apart from Clinton and Biden, with the cachet to bridge the establishment and progressive wings of the party. Here are 10 reasons why a Gore candidacy makes sense, both for the Democratic Party and the country.

1. Stature. Gore is a superstar with impeccable qualifications. The GOP will have a hard time marginalizing someone of his caliber and experience. His background speaks for itself: a former Congressman, U.S. Senator, and two-time Vice President. He’s even succeed wildly in the private sector as a businessman — something Republicans can’t help but praise. In short, Gore passes the credibility test by any measure, and that matters in a national election. Hillary Clinton is the only other Democratic candidate who can match Gore on this front.

Usually it is BTL that gives me my morning laugh, but today it was provided by Salon. Thanks Salon. Fingers crossed that Fat Al takes the challenge.

– Aggie


The G-ddamn Bill and [Bleep]-ing Melinda Gates Foundation

Somewhere, that great eugenicist, Margaret Sanger is smiling:

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, former vice president Al Gore asserted that it’s crucial for global philanthropists to impose “fertility management” on Africa. No one called that racist.

Gore, who apparently mismanaged his fertility by having four children, praised the “wonderful work’ of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: “Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available — so women can chose how many children and the spacing of children — is crucial to the future shape of human civilization.”

He warned, “Africa is projected to have more people than China and India by mid-century — more than China and India combined by end of the century, and this is one of the causal factors that must be addressed.”

Should we file this perilous prediction under Global Warming or Mini Ice Age? Future Shock or Imminent Pandemic?

But it is that cold, clinical expression, “fertility management”, that freezes the blood. Mark Steyn for the kill:

In the midst of death there is life – or there is until Al Gore shows up. The former vice-president took part in one of those interminable Davos snoozefests on climate change. There were the usual not so subtle hints to get in line: “We need,” he said, “to put a price on denial in politics.” From my own experience, the price – at least in terms of legal bills – is already quite steep, but no doubt more can be done. Gore’s other big idea was a call for “fertility management” in the Third World – ie, he wants rich white people to ensure that blacks breed less. Is there nothing environmentalism can’t make respectable?

Liberalism makes so many evils respectable: antisemitism, racism, infanticide, eugenics, class war, intimidation, hate speech and bullying. You know: pretty much everything we were taught was wrong.

PS: I don’t think Al Gore “mismanaged his fertility”: I respect him for having four children. He knew he could provide for them, and that they would every chance to thrive in the world. Why not? If many Africans (and Indians and Chinese and Haitians and Russians) cannot provide for their children, I’m not asking for them to have more. But the story of human existence is not solely one of passels of offspring with straight teeth and clear complexions. The far, far, far more common story is one of breeding in number in the hope that enough offspring will survive propagate the species and to care for the previous generation(s). It’s not how we like to think of ourselves, but it is the main plot line of our tale.

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Clueless and Tone Deaf

Climate change “activist” Bill McKibben displaying both qualities (if nullities can be “displayed”):

We actually had a charismatic leader in Al Gore, but he was almost the exception that proved the rule. For one thing, a politician makes a problematic leader for a grassroots movement because boldness is hard when you still envision higher office; for another, even as he won the Nobel Prize for his remarkable work in spreading climate science, the other side used every trick and every dollar at their disposal to bring him down. He remains a vital figure in the rest of the world (partly because there he is perceived less as a politician than as a prophet), but at home his power to shape the fight has been diminished.

I’ve spent the last few years in constant motion around the country and the Earth. I’d come to think of myself as a “leader,” and indeed my forthcoming book, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, reflects on that growing sense of identity.

In the last few weeks, for instance, helped support a nationwide series of rallies called Summerheat. We didn’t organize them ourselves. We knew great environmental justice groups all over the country, and we knew we could highlight their work, while making links between, say, standing up to a toxic Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, and standing up to the challenge of climate change.

From the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, where a tar-sands pipeline is proposed, to the Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington, where a big oil port is planned, from Utah’s Colorado Plateau, where the first US tar-sands mine has been proposed, to the coal-fired power plant at Brayton Point on the Massachusetts coast and the fracking wells of rural Ohio—Summerheat demonstrated the local depth and global reach of this emerging fossil fuel resistance. I’ve had the pleasure of going to talk at all these places and more besides, but I wasn’t crucial to any of them. I was, at best, a pollinator, not a queen bee.

Sorry about the mental image of Bill McKibben “pollinating”. Can’t quite dislodge that from my mind.

But let’s look at the one smart thing he reports: what better time to harangue people about global warming than the summer? Brilliant! (Except here in New England, where he’s a month late—July was sweltering, August has been lovely.) His hero Al Gore always makes the mistake of opening his yap in winter—see the Gore Effect.

But “charismatic leader”? James K. Polk has more charisma dead than Al Gore does alive (if indeed he is alive). And to tie Al Gore and “climate science” together requires more clove hitches and sheepshanks than I can even imagine.

Then we have the evidence he helpfully supplies that his “leadership” is pointless and ineffective. Tar sands, oil ports, fracking—all indications are that fossil fuels are a booming business. He can protest all he wants, but the public demands of its leaders adequate supplies of energy, and the leaders know what’s good for them.

He boasts of having won the Keystone pipeline battle, which I suppose he has. For now. But he’s lost the greater war. Thank goodness.

Last, how has he traveled around the country, by bicycle? I’m guessing he’s got a carbon footprint of at least a size 14 EE.

I’m not even sure anymore why I chose to write this post. (I’m sure many of you are wondering the same thing.) I’m glad it’s over.


Ban DiHydrous Oxide!

Where does carbon dioxide go to get its reputation back?

Of all of the world’s chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That’s simply not the case. Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity.

The cessation of observed global warming for the past decade or so has shown how exaggerated NASA’s and most other computer predictions of human-caused warming have been—and how little correlation warming has with concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide. As many scientists have pointed out, variations in global temperature correlate much better with solar activity and with complicated cycles of the oceans and atmosphere. There isn’t the slightest evidence that more carbon dioxide has caused more extreme weather.

The current levels of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere, approaching 400 parts per million, are low by the standards of geological and plant evolutionary history. Levels were 3,000 ppm, or more, until the Paleogene period (beginning about 65 million years ago). For most plants, and for the animals and humans that use them, more carbon dioxide, far from being a “pollutant” in need of reduction, would be a benefit. This is already widely recognized by operators of commercial greenhouses, who artificially increase the carbon dioxide levels to 1,000 ppm or more to improve the growth and quality of their plants.

I recommend CO2 sue Al Gore for libel. As we’ve learned, he’s made a freakin’ fortune out of bad-mouthing the gas.

I’m inspired to write a haiku:

Carbon dioxide:
Plants eat it, Al Gore spews it.
Should not he be banned?


Al “Jazeera” Gore

I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about Al Gore selling his loser outfit, Current TV, to Al Jazeera only to discover that Glenn Beck said it for me:

A source familiar with the negotiations between Al Gore’s Current TV and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV tells National Review Online that, while talks between the two companies were congenial, the immediate feedback was that “Al Gore cannot sell to Glenn Beck.” “They wanted to sell to somebody they are ideologically in line with,” he said.

In the course of a 17-minute monologue on his radio show earlier today, Beck said of Gore, “He didn’t sell to the highest bidder. We were not allowed to the table.” He added, “I am proud to say that Al Gore finds my principles reprehensible but aligns his principles with Al-Jazeera.”

The right side of the blogosphere is writing about this, but no one else is. Which is a disgrace.

This is whose thirty pieces of silver Al Gore is pleased to take.

In 2004, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi temporarily shut down Al Jazeera’s broadcast in Iraq because he said it was inciting violence and racial hatred. In 2008, former ABC-TV Nightline reporter Dave Marash, brought on to anchor Al Jazeera English for American audiences, quit after two years and said the anti-American bias at the station was “reflexive.”

“The agreement by Al Jazeera cable television network to buy Current TV is not necessarily a plus for U.S. cable operators or their audiences,” said Andrea Levin, president and executive director of CAMERA. Al Jazeera Arabic “is not the Middle East equivalent of CNN, as it is often but mistakenly described,” Levin said.

CAMERA says one of the network’s most popular programs is Shariah and Life, hosted by Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a former “spiritual guide” of the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Qaradawi has called for conversion of Europe and North America to Islam and a Muslim-led genocide of Israel and the Jews, Levin said.

More in the Al Jazeera archives.

A commenter at CAMERA reminds us that Al Jazeera produced a glowing tribute to our girl, Dalal Mughrabi:

Al Jazeera broadcasts “reflexive” anti-Americanism and virulent anti-Semitism—and Al Gore declares it in line with his ideology.

Correction: Glenn Beck didn’t say it for me, Al Gore did. What more can we say, except that no one on the Left notices or cares?

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We’ll Never Look Upon His Kind Again


Mullets were never cool: see proof above.

“Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image. Current indicated that he had failed to honor the terms of his five-year, $50 million contract, giving the channel the right to terminate it,” New York Times’s Brian Stelter reported this afternoon. For his part, Olbermann trash-tweeted Al Gore and the suits at Current on the way out the door…

His twit-o-tantrum:

My full statement:

I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.

Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.

It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain.

In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.

As long as you’re apologizing, Keith, can Michelle Malkin can expect hers any day now?

Hey, at least Olbermann has Al Gore figured out. But then, even a stopped clock…

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Al Gore is a Liar, Part MDCCLXVI

It’s a long post, but a picture tells it all:

Analysis of this “Climate 101? video highlighted on Mr. Gore’s website is something I’ve been working on for the past week and a half. It has been carefully reviewed (with video graphics tools) and has been inspected by a number of science, engineering, and television professionals I’ve had review the video, my video captures, annotations, and writeup to be certain I have not missed anything or come to an erroneous conclusion. It also took me awhile to locate and get the items shipped to me to do the work I needed before I wrote this article. Now that I have them, and have done some simple replications to confirm my suspicions, I can write about them while presenting corroborating photographic evidence.

With 9 points of agreement between the two images through all video frames there is only one possible conclusion:

The split screen is showing the same piece of video, shot by a single camera and edited to make it appear as two separate pieces of video with two separate thermometers. All that is required is to apply edits along different portions of the timeline. It is the same video shot by the same camera on each side of the split screen.

In short, this scene, among others, is faked, fixed, a fraud. What a surprise.

When reached at his home, Gore had no comment.

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Al Gore Spews Bull[bleep]

Well, he does [NSFW]:

His dying spasms are awkward to watch (or listen to).

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Burn, Baby, Burn

Wanna see Al Gore’s head explode?

You won’t have to wait long, given that mutated melon’s distorted growth in recent years. But if you want to pop it like a pelvic abscess, just send him this story:

The lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008 was mainly caused by a sharp rise in China’s coal use, a study suggests.

The absence of a temperature rise over that decade is often used by “climate sceptics” as grounds for denying the existence of man-made global warming.

But the new study, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concludes that smog from the extra coal acted to mask greenhouse warming.

China’s coal use doubled 2002-2007, according to US government figures.

Although burning the coal produced more warming carbon dioxide, it also put more tiny sulphate aerosol particles into the atmosphere which cool the planet by reflecting solar energy back into space.

I believe a measured scientific response would be: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t like “drill, baby drill”? Fine. Pick, baby, pick!

The researchers conclude that declining solar activity over the period and an overall change from El Nino to La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean also contributed to the temperature plateau.

Declining solar activity? You mean, like, the sun? What’s that got to do with climate?


Stand back, that thing’s going to blow!

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Nobel Peace Prize. Haha.

In 2007, Al Gore won.

Spain’s second-biggest poetry prize has been awarded this year to a volume honouring unsung heroines including Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, a year before her death. She lost to former US Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“It is abundantly evident that she could have been a truly deserving recipient of the (Nobel) prize, no question,” said Fatima Frutos, winner of the 2011 Kutxa Ciudad de Irun Poetry Prize, ahead of an international field of 204.

Al Gore! Hehehehehe, hahahahahaha, have the oceans receded yet?

– Aggie

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Wide Screen TV

Our liberal friends will need to upgrade their fat screens—sorry, flat screens—when these two get together. Fifty-five inches won’t do it. They might want to consider IMAX.

Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.

Neither Mr. Olbermann, his representatives, or executives from Current TV would comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.

Current TV, huh? I’d say about 2,450 volts ought to do it. Oh, sorry. Was that uncivil of me?

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A-Hole: Forget Ethanol

Now he tells us:

Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.

U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on Dec. 31.

Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7 billion last year according to the International Energy Industry, which said biofuels worldwide received more subsidies than any other form of renewable energy.

“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.

“First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.

“It’s hard once such a programme is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”

That sounds like a “mistakes were made” defense. You had nothing to do with it, Al?

He explained his own support for the original programme on his presidential ambitions.

“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

So, we blew $7.7 billion last year alone just to fuel (heh) your presidential ambitions, is that it?

Oh well, as long as no one got hurt:

The U.S. ethanol industry will consume about 41 percent of the U.S. corn crop this year, or 15 percent of the global corn crop, according to Goldman Sachs analysts…

Gore said a range of factors had contributed to that food price crisis, including drought in Australia, but said there was no doubt biofuels have an effect.

“The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.

“The competition with food prices is real.”

As those grappling with global poverty have been telling us for years. One by one, the shibboleths of environmentalism fall to the ground as spent husks.

BTW: shibboleth is a Hebrew word meaning ear of corn. How cool is that?

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