Al Gore does Iron Eyes Cody

So how geeky am I, celebrating my first day back to (relative) normacly by spending two hours with algore?

Much has been written about the movie and the former vice president, and much of it is true. The Gore that leads viewers through “An Inconvenient Truth” is affable, sincere and not too preachy, totally unlike the man most of us remember as milquetoast, insincere and preachy.

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While the flick does venture into maudlin territory at times — I half expected to see Gore dressed up as ‘ol Iron Eyes from those 1970s anti-pollution commercials, with a solitary tear running down his cheek — and not surprisingly he’s at his best during the Power Point presentation which anchors the flick. The facts he lays out are virtually impossible to dispute.

The former vice president’s movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.

To be fair, there are some legitimate critics of Gore’s science, but they are far outnumbered by those who praise the film’s accuracy. I’m going with the majority on this one.

Besides, much of what Gore is proposing would — at the very least — make the Earth a more livable place. If for nothing else than aesthetics, wouldn’t you prefer to live in a city not shrouded in smog?

You know all about big oil’s influence, but there’s an under-reported adversary to changing our environmental habits — the fundamentalist right.

It’s almost become orthodoxy to those on the fringes, such as Falwell and Robertson, to dismiss global warming as arrogance, that the very idea man could influence climate is non-Scriputral. I can’t figure out why they’ve reached this conclusion, save for the fact that those promoting proactive environmental policy tend to be on the left. In other words, if Al Gore’s for it, we’re against it. That, and a general mistrust of science.

“But I can tell you, our grandchildren will laugh at those who predicted global warming,” Falwell said in a recent TV appearance, after boasting that he and his wife both drive Suburbans. “We’ll be cooler by then, if the lord hasn’t returned….The fact is that there is no global warming.”

And there’s this from Dobson’s organization, Focus on the Family:

“Our concern with global warming’s more radical proponents is the way in which they have attempted to manipulate this issue to stifle advances in numerous fields – advances that would benefit the lives of people the world over, including many of its poorest citizens. Any issue that seems to put plants and animals above humans is one that we cannot support.”

Fortunately, that’s beginning to change. The National Association of Evangelicals produced those series of commercials that ran about a year ago — “What Would Jesus Drive?”  — and there’s momentum within less political segments of the Christian community for responsible environmental policy.

Just as they were on civil rights, the left — save for some extremists — are right on this issue. Hopefully our partisan divide won’t prevent a much-needed consensus.

Imagine if he had been driving a stick

I’ll admit, I once pondered the idea while driving across a particularly desolate part of Wyoming, but I showed restraint. Granted, I didn’t have a DVD player mounted on my dashboard —

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin was drunk and masturbating when he crashed his luxury SUV into a parked Suburban outside a store in Minneapolis, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the man whose Suburban was hit in the crash. …

Abed Hassuneh, who is the brother of the victim, said Griffin told him, “That he was masturbating himself going down that street. That’s how the accident happened because he was not paying attention. He’s paying attention to that video and all of a sudden he’s shoveled somebody’s car on the top of the sidewalk.”

Ungrateful bitch of the week

“A friend of mine had seen a TV report and e-mailed me, ‘I’m so sorry. I just heard your father died.’ And I was just in total shock.”

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Tori Spelling, who goes on to prove she’s the spoiled-est of brats in an interview with Us Weekly. “My first thought was, I can’t believe my mom didn’t call me!”

Not: “Oh God, my dad’s dead?” You know, the person 99 percent repsonsible (her fake breasts account for the remaining one percent) for your career!?!

(Perhaps I should’ve issued a self-loathing alert, since Tori has lately catapulted into gay icon status. As usual, I wasn’t consulted.)

Noted and quoted

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“You know, you almost got to be a homosexual to be recognized in the entertainment industry anymore.”

–Noted cultural critic and gay baiter Jerry Falwell, from a recent sermon

One question: what does it mean to be “almost” a homosexual? Should Hollywood bisexuals feel empowered? Maybe if I had been “almost” homsexual instead of fully gay I would’ve made it in Tinsletown. Live and learn.

Betty Friedan is spinning in her grave

Casually observing Barbara Walters and Star Jones Reynolds discuss their break-up is as painful as television gets. With their hushed tones and oh-so-serious countenance, you would think they were negotiating with kidnappers.

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Ladies, please. No one cares about your foolish little morning chatfest (and if anyone does, may they never show their face in public). No one cares that the (formerly) fat black one has been fired by the old one, although if I were the dumb blond one I’d be watching my back.

There ain’t no good guys. There ain’t no bad guys. There’s only two, very annoying, humorless chicks duking it out in a fight we can only hope ends in a bloody draw. Picking sides in this feud is like choosing between Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

I have no dogs — and I mean that literally — in these races.

Al Gore does Iron Eyes Cody

So how geeky am I, celebrating my first day back to (relative) normacly by spending two hours with algore?

Much has been written about the movie and the former vice president, and much of it is true. The Gore that leads viewers through "An Inconvenient Truth" is affable, sincere and not too preachy, totally unlike the man most of us remember as milquetoast, insincere and preachy. Ironeyes

While the flick does venture into maudlin territory at times — I half expected to see Gore dressed up as ‘ol Iron Eyes from those 1970s anti-pollution commercials, with a solitary tear running down his cheek — and not surprisingly he’s at his best during the Power Point presentation which anchors the flick. The facts he lays out are virtually impossible to dispute.

The former vice president’s movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.

To be fair, there are some legitimate critics of Gore’s science, but they are far outnumbered by those who praise the film’s accuracy. I’m going with the majority on this one.

Besides, much of what Gore is proposing would — at the very least — make the Earth a more livable place. If for nothing else than aesthetics, wouldn’t you prefer to live in a city not shrouded in smog?

You know all about big oil’s influence, but there’s an under-reported adversary to changing our environmental habits — the fundamentalist right.

It’s almost become orthodoxy to those on the fringes, such as Falwell and Robertson, to dismiss global warming as arrogance, that the very idea man could influence climate is non-Scriputral. I can’t figure out why they’ve reached this conclusion, save for the fact that those promoting proactive environmental policy tend to be on the left. In other words, if Al Gore’s for it, we’re against it. That, and a general mistrust of science.

"But I can tell you, our grandchildren will laugh at those who predicted global warming," Falwell said in a recent TV appearance, after boasting that he and his wife both drive Suburbans. "We’ll be cooler by then, if the lord hasn’t returned….The fact is that there is no global warming."

And there’s this from Dobson’s organization, Focus on the Family:

“Our concern with global warming’s more radical proponents is the way in which they have attempted to manipulate this issue to stifle advances in numerous fields – advances that would benefit the lives of people the world over, including many of its poorest citizens. Any issue that seems to put plants and animals above humans is one that we cannot support.”

Fortunately, that’s beginning to change. The National Association of Evangelicals produced those series of commercials that ran about a year ago — "What Would Jesus Drive?"  — and there’s momentum within less political segments of the Christian community for responsible environmental policy.

Just as they were on civil rights, the left — save for some extremists — are right on this issue. Hopefully our partisan divide won’t prevent a much-needed consensus.

Imagine if he had been driving a stick

I’ll admit, I once pondered the idea while driving across a particularly desolate part of Wyoming, but I showed restraint. Granted, I didn’t have a DVD player mounted on my dashboard — Griffin_getty

Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin was drunk and masturbating when he crashed his luxury SUV into a parked Suburban outside a store in Minneapolis, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the man whose Suburban was hit in the crash. …

Abed Hassuneh, who is the brother of the victim, said Griffin told him, "That he was masturbating himself going down that street. That’s how the accident happened because he was not paying attention. He’s paying attention to that video and all of a sudden he’s shoveled somebody’s car on the top of the sidewalk."