(Via AoSHQ) Hey, you know that 7.7 billion dollars we’re spending every year on ethanol subsidies? You know, the pseudo-environmental boondoggle that doesn’t actually do anything except pay off politically important American constituencies and push up food costs worldwide? The policy that has created yet another set of worthless parasites battening off of your tax money? Yeah, that program’s up for renewal, so we should kill it.
“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.
The whole thing is fascinating reading: so much so that you have to wonder whether Gore has either been replaced with his Evil Twin, or (more likely) he’s simply heavily invested in second-generation biofuels, which are not made from corn. If the latter, well, it’d make a certain amount of sense for him to publicly and explicitly no longer care about farmers in Tennessee and Iowa, given that Al Gore is never, ever going to be able to become President ever again…
(More or less via Vodkapundit) This would be Mr. Dee Snider, of the band Twisted Sister: the Gores, of course, are Al and Tipper. You may remember that Snider and the Gores had a run-in roughly a quarter of a century ago over quote-unquote ‘family values.’ Mr. Snider revisited this controversy recently, mostly to compare his and their long-term marital/parenting strategies:
That was the first comment to this Hot Air story about the Portland DA not filing sexual assault charges against Al Gore after all, and damned if it isn’t letter-perfect. I see no reason why I should try to come up with something that would be, at best, marginally better than that. It’s like Paranormal Activity: when the test version that you put together for 15 grand causes your audience to react like it’s a 200 million dollar flick, you don’t waste time; you slap some credits on the front and the back and you call it a day.
PS: He doesn’t get his reputation back. Yes, it’s quite tragic. Moving along, Mass Effect 2: do I want this game? I’ve been resistant. More accurately, my wife has been resistant on my behalf.
This week was the calm before the storm: they’ve reopened the case, possibly because there may be DNA evidence on a pair of pants, and possibly because it looks bad when there’s even a suggestion that the rich and powerful can count on sexual assault allegations… going away. Meanwhile, via Instapundit, Politico is reporting that the story is going mainstream in the national media. Hillbuzz notes that, more importantly, it’s hitting entertainment sources like EW and People. Why is that more important? Let them explain:
Here’s something we keep telling just about every conservative we ever meet, but none of them seem to listen: the entertainment industry matters because more people read People, Entertainment Weekly, Perez Hilton, Deadline Hollywood Daily, Aint It Cool News, Dark Horizons, and other entertainment sites than read many of the political sites combined.
And my, but how the media hungry have fallen. The newspaper calls this speech to a crowd of HR people a ‘rare public appearance’ for the C.S.P.:
Little has been seen of Gore in the past several weeks since confirmed reports of a split with his wife, Tipper, and after allegations surfaced that a 54-year-old masseuse in Oregon reported Gore made unwanted sexual advances toward her in 2006 and accused him of being “a crazed sex poodle.
“While 10News cameras were ushered out of the Convention Center by members of Gore’s camp prior to his speech…
Bolding mine (and as soon as I remember where I saw this first, I’ll H/T it). Used to be that the most dangerous place in the world to be was to be between the Cubslayer and a video camera. But one report of begging to have one’s second chakra released, and all of a sudden Al Gore’s imitating Howard Hughes… yeah, I know: “All of a sudden?” I mean to say, he’s more public about it now, if you’ll pardon the irony. Or is that sarcasm?
Fun game for your morning: see how far you get into this report before you develop this sudden and burning need to go find a rock, and throw it at Al Gore. I personally made it to page 13.
Background, for those unaware of the story: it’s alleged – I want to make that clear; alleged – that back in 2006 Gore attempted to force sexual favors from a on-call Portland, Oregon masseuse. On the one hand, there are legitimate questions about why the woman didn’t press charges at the time, didn’t pursue a civil case later, and is only now breaking the story with the National Enquirer*: on the other hand… that report up there is alarming. It even alarmed Gawker, which takes skill. I personally had to read it in stages.
Basically, that report needed to be either the centerpiece of a sexual assault case, or else a criminal libel one. At this late date, it’ll probably be neither.
*There are also legitimate answers, too – mostly involving relative power levels, particularly between a powerful male Democratic politician and a female working-class massage therapist – but that’s another issue.
That is precisely the question that the Washington Times is asking at the end of this piece:
Rumors of former Vice President Al Gore’s extramarital affairs have been whispered in D.C. for many years, but fondness for Tipper and loyalty to Gore has protected him. So, the public has been shocked – with many still in denial – by tabloid reports of his infidelities.
The National Enquirer, which gained respect from its breaking the news of John Edwards’ cheating, reportedthat the Gore divorce was caused by Tipper’s jealousy over other women including “an environmentalist named to a prominent cabinet position by Gore when he was vice president, a sexy Hollywood actress, a gorgeous massage therapist” and “a Tennessee Titans cheerleader.”
Now, it should of course be noted that there is no proof that the Cubslayer has left carbon footprints at any of those habitats. Yet. But if you don’t think that the National Enquirer – still smarting over their completely unjustifiedpassing over for a Pulitzer Prize for their John Edwards reporting – isn’t doing its level best to rectify that gap in the fossil record, you don’t know tabloid journalism very well. Meanwhile, I’m waiting to see what Deceiver.com has to say on the subject: based on past reactions, I presume that it’ll be epic.
PS: As Emily Miller notes in the Washington Times article above; if this was going on while Al Gore was Vice President, then there was possibly federal money being dedicated to helping the man experience biodiversity. Which is, ah, kind of illegal.
Al Gore, the self-styled squeakiest-clean and deepest-green politician in American history, has some explaining to do this weekend. His environmental organisation has taken money to raise awareness about the need for clean water from a controversial chemicals company involved in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst pollution disasters.
Dow Chemical, the US firm which now owns the leaking pesticides factory responsible for thousands of deaths in Bhopal, India, is sponsoring Life Earth events in 150 cities today. The event aims to raise money for clean water programmes. Research by environmental organisations has found dangerous levels of highly toxic chemicals in rivers, lakes and other water supplies close to several other factories owned by Dow and its subsidiaries in countries including the United States, Brazil and South Africa.
Or maybe ‘protection.’ Dow Chemical gives Gore money; Gore purifies Dow Chemical with the light of his countenance and his status as head of that strange little sect that he’s created over the last decade. It’s less money than Dow Chemical would need to spend to be in compliance with environmental demands, so everybody wins.
Well, everybody who isn’t simultaneously: in the environmental movement; and, a rube. Those sorry sad sacks get to stew in silence again while their betters enjoy the good life. Which is not a particularly attractive a lifestyle to me, but then I’m not a religious fanatic.
PS: Actually, no, Al Gore will have to do no explaining at all. Explanations are for those who do not Speak For The Trees.