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It is the East and Algore is the Sun

Oh, man — have you seen Walter Russell Mead’s recent devastating two-part takedown of Al Gore? I don’t know much about Mead, except that he’s a “respected internationalist” (whatever that is) and I’ve seen his byline in papers on both side of the philosophical divide.

He doesn’t appear to doubt the science. At least, he doesn’t go there at all. That’s partly what makes it devastating.

Part one is about the boneheaded bad optics of zooming around between your five mansions in private jets while scolding the peasants that they really must cut back on wicked indulgences like eating and being warm.

Part two is about the ham-handed idiocy of the proposed global cap-and-trade treaty. How in the Sam Hill are you going to measure the carbon output of, like, everybody and how are you going to punish nations that don’t play fair?

Mead teases a third article he calls “what Al Gore doesn’t understand about the development of American democracy.” How long he’s going to use poor Al as a punching bag is anyone’s guess. Loving it.

Thing is, though, what kicked him off was Al’s latest essay in Rolling Stone, of which Mead says, “few American politicians could write an essay this eloquent or this clear.”

Shit, really? We need new politicians. That thing was so dumb — at least the first page was. I quit after that; I was leaking IQ.

It starts with an extended comparison of the climate debate with a professional wrestling match.

In one corner of the ring are Science and Reason. In the other corner: Poisonous Polluters and Right-wing Ideologues.

He carries on capitalizing Science and Reason and Polluters and Ideologues. Oh, and the media is the referee who always seems to be looking the other way when the bad guys throw chairs. I guess that makes us the toothless hillbillies in the cheap seats.

This is eloquence, comparing your ideological battle to the biggest long-drawn low-rent money-spinning hoax since the invention of television? I’m not getting the smart here.

Oh, hey — y’all know what algor mortis is, don’t you? It’s one of the three basic signs a forensic pathologist uses to estimate the passage of time since death. Rigor mortis — the stiffness of death. Livor mortis — the discoloration of death. Algor mortis — the chill of death.



Comment from grasshopper
Time: June 29, 2011, 11:07 pm

manbearpig is such an idiot. When everyone else was extolling his virtues as VP, I was throwing things at my TV whenever I saw his fat face. And this was in the mid-90s, before the presidential elections etc.

FYI.. you might want to check the Dead Pool thread..

Comment from RushBabe
Time: June 29, 2011, 11:35 pm

Geez, Weasie, what a scary P-chop. I used to like the sun.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 29, 2011, 11:52 pm

Did you get there from the sidebar, grasshopper? Because I haven’t updated the sidebar yet, so it’s still pointing to the last round.

Comment from JeffS
Time: June 29, 2011, 11:59 pm

algor mortis is the second reason why I keep on picking Gorezilla for the Dead Pool. That would be COOL.


The first reason? Because he’s a hypocritical twit who would best serve humanity by re-entering the food chain through decomposition.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 30, 2011, 12:13 am

The Weasel and I disagree about Algore.

Her Stoatliness believes he is ‘a deeply, deeply, stupid man’ who actually believes the rubbish he talks.

I, on the other hand, believe he is an all-American archetype – the Elmer Gantry snakeoil salesman.

Call me charitable but I just cant make myself believe anyone is so bone-headedly stupid as to be unable to see the hypocrisy and glaring perversions of science in the illogical ordure that pours out of his smirking mouth.

To put it another way, if he really is that stupid then we are in worse trouble than we think, when we let a man that asinine get from behind a janitor’s broom.

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: June 30, 2011, 12:41 am

I tend to think he’s EVILE and doing it on purpose. meh, i’m paranoid. It’s the fun way to travel.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: June 30, 2011, 2:47 am

@ Mono @ UB

No. He’s not evil and he’s not Elmer Gantry/P.T. Barnum.
Yes. We are in that trouble.

Pay attention Boy!

Comment from GregO
Time: June 30, 2011, 3:20 am

Man-Made Global Warming. What a concept. I so did not pay attention back in the heyday. Always considered it the “Al Gore” thing. I still remember my then teenage daughter asking me if I was a “denier” after seeing his silly little Sci-Fi flick.

Then Climategate. Then the media blackout. Then the coverups.

I checked out the so-called science of said man-made global warming. What a crock of powerful-smelling nonsense. A reasonable conjecture gone bad. Really not real. Really.

Very scary that so many in the mainstream media buy into such transparently utter rubbish. Cancelled subscriptions so several magazines, magazines I used to read just for silly fun; but they had to go because of non-reporting on global-warming or outright lieing about man-made global warming.

What is it about the hipster clan like Rolling Stone dudes being so into this particular fraud? God, don’t they have the basic smarts to know people are going to figure this out as soon as Manhattan isn’t flooded? Oh what, still not flooded? Whoa.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: June 30, 2011, 5:53 am

I vote for Evil, and my evidence consists of four letters: PMRC.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 30, 2011, 7:30 am

I have to agree with UB on this one. Snake Oil Salesman with no concience whatsoever.

Oh, and Stoatie…. I think you have RUINED my perception of Jimmy Dean commercials for all time…. LOL

Comment from MIke C.
Time: June 30, 2011, 8:08 am

I still think the best quotation on AGW proponents like Al Gore was the simple one from Glen Reynolds (AKA Instapundit)…

“I’ll start treating it as an emergency when the people who keep telling me it’s an emergency start acting like it’s an emergency.”

Oh, and “eloquent essays” and “Rolling Stone” simply do not go together at all. Try “horseshit” and “barn” – works better.

Comment from Pablo
Time: June 30, 2011, 2:56 pm

Uncle B, I think you’re both right. He knows he’s a snake oil salesman but his utter lack of reason keeps that from worrying his pointy little head.

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: June 30, 2011, 6:54 pm

You know what I think? I think he’s stupid and a snake-oil salesman. The trick is not enough people will admit he’s dumb as a post because it hurts to think someone so stupid can get so far in life (even though all you have to do is open a history book and look at how many successful idiots there have been). Also he’s always had influence carpeting his path; if his daddy hadn’t been who he was no one would have heard of “little Al who’s weak in the head.”

As for the snake oil part, he just so happens to have gotten to the forefront of the favorite delusion of our times, the apocalyptic Doom scenario. See, we’re basically pretty comfortable, at least here in the First World, but that doesn’t make our instincts happy. There has to be something wrong or we just don’t feel right. If there isn’t anything, we’ll make some stuff up. War keeps petering out into petty little squabbles, disease keeps getting controlled or burning itself out, we have enough food, we’ve cleaned up the pollutio… Wait! We’ve got it! Our industrial society is causing the Earth to burn up, or melt, or something. Requirement satisfied, commence shrieking for Someone to Do Something!

Comment from GregO
Time: July 2, 2011, 3:54 am

OMG you have to check out these germans rapping about man-made global warming BS…no really check it out.


Comment from Jason
Time: July 3, 2011, 12:17 pm

Shouldn’t it be Al Gore’s ass instead of his face in the sun. (Yeah, I know..how can you tell?)

Just found your blog through a friend of a friend’s.. friend’s blogspot profile.

Jason, from that site I linked to in the comment field.

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