One Simple Way to Save the Planet: Keep It Zipped

Al Gore’s dalliances are not really the American public’s concern. Captain Planet is no longer a high-ranking public “$ervant” so his alleged lack of judgment does not compromise national security in any way. Though, it may have dire global consequences as we will see shortly.

The matter is between him and Tipper, and judging by their split, it looks like she knew something was going on, but that’s between them.

Recently, Portland police released the lurid details of what transpired between a masseuse and the Cassandra of our times.

I won’t go into them here because quite frankly I don’t care about the details, but if you do you can check it out here:

Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible

It is interesting that some of the major media players have stayed mostly mum on this. In fact, looking at the front pages of the sites of some of the big boys like ABC, CBS, Huffington Post, CNN and MSNBC this morning, nary a mention of what the police report said.

This is a tired song but it bears repeating, one wonders if Gore had been a GOP fixture, would the masseuse’s report been a major front page news item on these sites? Would the graphic details (a la “wide stance”) been emblazoned for all to see and snicker at?

Of course, but this is the modus operandi of these outlet’s and there’s nothing wrong with that, you’re supposed to take care of your own, especially when they screw up, right? What are chums for? Besides he gave us the “Internets”, right Dubya? Which without, we would have never had “Twitters”, right Barry?


A profit for our time

Make no mistake about it, these outlets (particularly ABC’s GMA) have been beating Mr. Gore’s drum on our planet’s pyrogenic condition for year$ now. They’re not about to undermine the apocalyptic religion that is anthropogenic global warming (and the whole “green” journalism wing$ it has created for them) by reporting on its chief prophet’s extracurricular activities.

Which brings us to an interesting tidbit in the police report. After the alleged encounter between the masseuse and Gore, the woman told her friends about it. Her friends, “liberals like herself”,

…advised against telling police. One asked her “to just suck it up; otherwise, the world’s going to be destroyed from global warming.”

While I’m not going to go as far as Michael Savage and proclaim that “liberalism is a mental disorder” (it’s not), it’s incredulous that her “liberal” friends truly believed that what stands between annihilation and our continuing existence on planet Earth was Al Gore’s reputation as a husband who keeps the 7th commandment.

To quote one of my son’s DVDs, “All I can is, ‘Wow'”

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Jim Rome talks to a Soccer Writer?

This morning as I perused my daily haunts and came across an interesting article in the soccer section of Sports Illustrated. The piece was written by Greg Lalas:

U.S. team, an improved MLS fuel growing buzz for sport in America

You might have heard of Greg’s Brother, Alexi, Lalas

This is what many Mexicans think Jesus looked like

Lalas’ thesis is that maybe, just maybe interest in the beautiful game might just be picking up here in these United States. He lays out reasons which by all accounts seem legit.

However, there is one indicator which might trump any of the good ones Mr. Lalas lays out. Jim Rome is actually going to legitimately talk soccer on his show today. He’s talking to Grant Wahl who wrote the controversial book, The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America.

I know that Rome has flip-flopped on other sports (i.e. NASCAR and horse racing), but he’s on record as vowing never to capitulate to soccer. In fact, his recalcitrancy drew the ire of former Team USA player Eric Wynalda who had some unkind words for Rome back in 2007.

We’ll see how this goes, I’m assuming Wahl is familiar with Rome’s loathing for soccer.

Here’s one of Rome’s rants against fake injuries in soccer, which as a fan of fútbol, I strongly object to as well:

Update: This is how the interview ended

Wahl: Nice talking soccer with you Jim

Rome: Thanks Grant, let’s not make it a habit

Hahahaha

The Mainstream Media: Biased?

There has been for quite some time now, from politically conservative circles a general disgust and discontent with the mainstream media (MSM).

The MSM being major newspapers and TV networks not named FoxNews.

Conservatives have soured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN due to a perceived bias against conservative causes and the like.

MSM
Do I look biased to you?

I’ve asked people on the other side of the proverbial aisle about this bias and they merely chalk it up to the active imaginations of their conservative counterparts. Of course, much rougher language is hurled at those right-wing ______ (insert favorite pejorative here).

Reading Camille Paglia’s latest contribution for Salon, I realized Paglia, who is certainly not a conservative, also sees a bias. Here are the pertinent paragraphs (emphasis mine):

Whether Palin has a national future or not will depend on her willingness to hit the books at some point and absorb more information about international history and politics than she has needed to know in her role as governor. She also needs a shrewder, cooler take on the mainstream media, with its preening bullies, cackling witches, twisted cynics and pompous windbags. The Northeastern media establishment is in decline, and everyone knows it. Palin should not have gotten into a slanging match with David Letterman or anyone else who has been obsessively defaming her or her family. Let surrogates do that stuff.

The vicious double standard is pretty obvious. Only the tabloids, for example, ran the photos of a piss-drunk Chelsea Clinton, panties exposed, falling into her car outside London clubs a few years ago. If Chelsea had been the scion of Republican bigwigs, those tacky scenes would have been trumpeted from pillar to post in the U.S. as signals of parental failures or turmoil in clan Clinton. As a Democrat, I detest the partisan machinations that have become standard in Northeastern news management and that are detectable in editorial decisions at major metropolitan newspapers nationwide. It’s why I, like a host of others, have shifted my news gathering to the Web.

Is she the only non-conservative who sees it or who sees it and dares to voice their observations?

Angelina Jolie’s Old Man on Barack Obama

Actor Jon Voight is perhaps more famously known for:

  1. Siring Angelina Jolie (the one on the left)
  2. EPA

  3. Being written into a Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza is made to think he bought Voight’s 1989 LeBaron convertible (hilarity ensued)

Yet after writing this piece, My concerns for America, he might be known as an actor who breaks the mold in the political sense.

He does not have a high opinion of Senator Obama’s presidential potential. Doesn’t Mr. Voight know that Mr. Obama wears Asics and hung out with the UT football team?

All funny business aside, Mr. Voight’s column is definitely worth a read.

Man kills 2 in Unitarian Universalist “Church”

From C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity,

But a Christian must not be either a Totalitarian or an Individualist. I feel a strong desire to tell you–and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me–which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us.

He always sends errors into the world in pairs–pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.

The Conservative/Liberal divide, I think, falls under Lewis’ pairs of opposites theory. Good folks (insofar as men can be called good) reside within both ideologies.

Yet we are made to think (the media might share most of the blame) that whatever side we associate most with, the people on the opposite side do Satan’s bidding. Most of the barbs are traded by the so-called talking heads on the various cable news outlets, and us “common folk” usually fall into battle lines like the armies of old.

The vitriol one side has for other usually doesn’t go beyond accusatory words but sometimes these passions get whipped up into such a frenzy that something like this happens,

Police: Man shot churchgoers over liberal views

Click here for another report of the incident.

Update: Apparently the shooter had issues with Christianity (“Neighbors: Accused shooter everyone’s friend, questioned Christianity”), which is kind of strange because the Unitarian Universalist “Church” isn’t even Christian.

Chris Seay Tries to Clear the Air in Montrose

I have heard great things (from great people) about Ecclesia, a local church which by all accounts caters to the younger set who are ________ (verb) with church as usual, whatever that means.

The church is located near downtown Houston in an area known as Montrose. The area is progressive (so-called), and reminds me of Austin. Back in my high school days, we used to make crude and sophomoric jokes about the area due to it being the epicenter of Houston’s gay community.

I cannot think of a better place than Montrose to place a church. The Houston Press is the local so-called progressive paper (so much so that it’s free!), much like the Austin Chronicle in that fair city.

They have covered Ecclesia in the past, in fact they featured her along with her pastor, Chris Seay, back in 2003.
“Gen-X Gospel:Ecclesia beckons the young with a blend of Christianity and counterculture”

The piece appears to be fair to its subject, though the constant (though hardly surprising) bashing of “religious institutions” on the part of the Press not to mention some of the interviewees is a bit tired and overly simplistic. Why let reality get in the way of pet perceptions?

Also, there is nothing like a solid f-bomb from a congregant (especially when describing the humanity of the church’s elders) to give a church some modicum of street cred in an area like Montrose.

Then this happens,
“Hands Off Our Gays! Rumors surround a Montrose church”

Not sure what a “gay-recovery program” is but Pastor Seay was quick to point out that,

We [Ecclesia] are definitely not starting any gay-recovery programs. We hate that stuff.

Apparently Seay’s words are given further elucidation by the Press. The Press writer cheekily reminds the reader,

Then again, Seay once told Mother Jones magazine that, while he condemns homosexuality, “It is no different than sleeping around or chronic masturbation.” In fact, it’s no fun being gay without sleeping around and chronic masturbation, he somehow didn’t go on to say.

Then as if to hang Ecclesia and her mission on her own petards,

Contributing to the hard feelings on the messageboards is the fact that Ecclesia holds itself out as being different from establishment churches.

The best quote of all is from a resident who for better or for worse picks up the banner and waves it from the top of Chapultepec Castle,

“It’s not like they are First Baptist — love ’em or hate ’em, you know exactly WHAT they are and why they would be in the neighborhood,” wrote one resident. “This…this seems dishonest and creepy.”

Forget the fact that Seay “hates” these kind of programs, I guess that’s not enough for our concerned resident. Could it be that her incredulity is based on the perception some people have of “religious institutions”?

It would have been good to ask this person to elaborate on First Baptist and “WHAT they are and why they would be in the neighborhood”?

See (no pun intended)? It always comes back to the establishment churches, to quote the great golden philosopher,

This is all your fault!

American Puritanism and Eliot Spitzer

From the pen of Tom Clancy,

The dollar was already falling… In Europe, traders on their way home heard their cellular phones start beeping to call them back. Something unexpected was afoot. Analysts wondered if it had anything to do with the developing sex scandal within the American government. Europeans always wondered at the American fixation with the sexual dalliances of politicians. It was foolish, puritanical, and irrational, but it was real to the American political scene, and that made it a relevant factor in how they handled American securities. — From Debt of Honor, emphasis mine

Thought this relevant in light of the revelations emanating from the state of New York earlier this week. I have a European co-worker who more or less agrees with Clancy’s take.

To a lesser degree, my admiration for Pres. Bill Clinton was not stifled when the Lewinsky scandal broke, but in fact it grew. My “reasoning” had to do with what I, in my darkened understanding, perceived his dalliance with a woman half his age as a sign of the man’s virility. I wholeheartedly agreed (past tense) with comedian Chris Rock in thinking that it was all Hillary’s fault. As the ever witty Rock commented,

A man is only as faithful as his options

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