"And now, for my next trick, I shall pull my brain out of my ass!!"
This just came in via an e-mail alert:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Oregon prosecutor says Al Gore won't be prosecuted over masseuse's allegations.
Like this had any credibility whatsoever. Nice try, Family Values Hypocrites.
Back story here.
The other day I skeptically posted about a masseuse who accused Al Gore of all kinds of creepy, nefarious things. There wasn't enough evidence to bring charges against Gore. Surprise!
A transcript was released about two days ago, filled with sleazy details. That was then. This is now:
[Q]uestions are being raised about the accuser's motives and why media outlets did not report the story sooner.
Mark Garber, the editor of the Portland Tribune, said his paper investigated the matter for months but ultimately concluded there was not enough evidence to run the story. [...]
Garber also said the paper was concerned with the fact that the woman "attempted to make her cooperation contingent upon her having a degree of editorial control that we couldn't allow."
Well, at least she didn't demand money from anyone for her little tail, er, tale:
Barry Levine, the executive editor of the National Enquirer, told Washington Post media critic and CNN contributor Howard Kurtz that the still-unidentified woman demanded the tabloid pay her $1 million for the story.
Okay then, at least she wasted no time getting her story right out there, because she was so, so upset and rattled and traumatized:
Levine also suggested the tabloid was troubled the woman did not make a statement to the police for more than two years after the alleged incident took place.
Here's how Howard Kurtz justified reporting such a dubious story:
"The reason this story was fit to print – even though we don't know the woman's claims are true – is that there are police records involved," said Kurtz. "So there are plenty of reasons for mainstream journalists to be skeptical about a four year claim by a woman who declined to be interviewed by the police for at least two years. But once the Portland authorities looked into the matter and generated public records, it becomes hard to ignore such a story when a former vice president is involved."
It also becomes hard to ignore their quest for ratings, stirring up a meme, accusing Al Gore, and ignoring real stories.
Get ready... Here comes an oy vey post.
First we hear that Al Gore and Laurie David were carrying on (denied), now this. What, is Al Gore making too much progress on his quest to rein in climate change? Who exactly is out to get him now, and why? And why now?
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The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office confirmed today that a woman who alleged unwanted sexual contact by Al Gore reported it to police in 2006, and the prosecutor’s office was briefed by the Portland Police Bureau in late 2006 and January 2007.
H/t: Greg Sargent
Holy crap. 40 years is a long time in a marriage.
Al and Tipper Gore, whose playful romance enlivened Washington and the campaign trail for a quarter century, have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, the couple told friends Tuesday.
In an “Email from Al and Tipper Gore,” the couple said: “We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate.
“This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.”
The e-mail was obtained by POLITICO and confirmed by Kalee Kreider of the office of Al and Tipper Gore. Kreider said there would be no further comment.
Big Oil's Katrina and the coal industry's tragedies are eye-opening. However, there is a bigger problem.
The oil volcano's devastating effect on fishing and tourism, and the workers' deaths are horrific. However, compared to the deaths and financial catastrophe that global warming will cause, what's happening now is, well, less catastrophic.
You can read the rest in the L.A. Times editorial that includes this:
Climate change is a little like weight loss: When you're on a diet, it's hard to see the fat melting away day to day, but compare photos of yourself before and after losing 20 pounds and the difference is dramatic. Our political system functions well when it's reacting to a discrete disaster such as a mine explosion, but a slow-motion catastrophe such as climate change doesn't spur the same outrage because most people don't see it happening until long after the damage is done. [...]
Lawmakers today aren't seeing the forest for the trees; that will change when the forest has burned or been destroyed by bark beetles, but by then it will be too late.
Slo-mo simply won't cut it. Too little too late won't work. Meanwhile, a climate bill is stalled, because it's an election year, lawmakers are "busy", and then next year, there will be fewer Democrats in Congress. While they're dragging their feet, Mother Earth is getting sicker.
Just as the oil companies told us that deep-water drilling was safe, they tell us that it’s perfectly all right to dump 90 million tons of CO2 into the air of the world every 24 hours. Even as the oil spill continues to grow—even as BP warns that the flow could increase multi-fold, to 60,000 barrels per day, and that it may continue for months—the head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, says, "Nothing has changed. When we get back to the politics of energy, oil and natural gas are essential to the economy and our way of life." His reaction reminds me of the day Elvis Presley died. Upon hearing the tragic news, Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, said, “This changes nothing.”
And that is one of the important points of this post. This changes nothing.
The article I just linked to is a must-read, and has too much information to post here. Please take a look, because it is detailed and jaw-dropping. Here is another excerpt:
Scientists are always careful in the way they describe the cause-and-effect relationship between global warming and such events: It is a mistake, they say, to attribute any single extreme weather event only to global warming, because there is large natural variability in weather—but the odds of extremely large downpours, scientists repeatedly insist, are steadily increasing with global warming, and such events are predicted to become far more common with each passing decade because when water evaporates from the warmer oceans, warmer air holds more of it. [...]
It is understandable that the administration will be focused on the immediate crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. But this is a consciousness-shifting event. [...] Unless we change our present course soon, the future of human civilization will be in dire jeopardy. Just as we feel a sense of urgency in demanding that this ongoing oil spill be stopped, we should feel an even greater sense of urgency in demanding that the much larger and more dangerous ongoing emissions of global warming pollution must also be stopped to make the world safe from the climate crisis that is building all around us.
Re "Oil drilling outpaces regulation," May 9
The Times reports that over the last decade, "as [oil drilling] operations have expanded, federal watchdogs haven't adjusted accordingly."
Wasn't that the whole point of the George W. Bush era? Decrease regulation to get government off the back of business and allow companies to regulate themselves?
Isn't this the reason for the mining disaster in West Virginia? Isn't this the same argument the big banks are making now in Congress in opposition to proposed safeguards?
The watchdogs couldn't adjust because they work at the behest of big business.
Re "Spill could take crippling economic toll," May 7
It's not enough to raise the corporate economic liability limit from $75million to $10 billion, as Congress is proposing. BP would fork over the cash to pay for damages and then immediately go back to drilling.
After this incident, why should we let BP return to this risky business? If it proved to have been negligent, I say revoke its corporate charter and shut down BP for good.
Permanently neutralizing a corporation is not done often nowadays, but why not? We do it all the time with human criminals, by locking them away for life. And since corporations are people under the law, why not give BP the same treatment that would be given to me or you?
A lot of us are angry, but wheels are still spinning, and our planet is still sick. We can't afford to wait to treat it any longer, and not just the symptoms. We must treat the cause.
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