All we did was welcome Al Gore to his new home. Why are people so upset?

by editor on July 9, 2010

When we heard Al Gore was moving into a new beachside Montecito mansion just a couple hours down the road from IHateTheMedia.com’s international headquarters, we did the neighborly thing and tried to deliver a welcome basket filled with central coast wines. Unfortunately, the security guards weren’t as neighborly as we were.

So we did the next best thing and ran an ad in the Montecito Journal, Al’s new hometown newspaper, welcoming the Goracle to the neighborhood.

We did it because we’re warmhearted, caring people.

So why are we getting all these angry emails?

Al Gore Montecito Journal newspaper ad (480w)

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CO2 Insanity October 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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Penny Saver is giving too much credit. His “working in advertising” probably means he’s the night janitor at an advertising agency and cleans the toilets. Like people who work at the cafeteria at Universal Studios “are in show business.

Which reminds me Al has lots of toilets you can clean. You should apply for a job. Just hope he doesn’t mistake you for a masseuse.

donavan October 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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CO2 Insanity October 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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You wouldn’t know a common denominator if it bit you in the ass. Al Gore isn’t any better than a witch doctor when it comes to global warming. Why don’t you try and expand your pea-brained mentality and read what a real scientist says about global warming. I know you won’t comprehend it but it’s worth a try.

http://bit.ly/akZo3d

eiseman October 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

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Harold Lewis is a true hero and I would gladly donate money out of my own pocket to his future scientific endeavors because he has absolute INTEGRITY and can’t be bought off or bullied by his peers!

donavan October 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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most scientist disagree with this guy. scientists who actually teach at schools known for their science curriculum unlike UCSB.

eiseman October 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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You deserve your ignorance…and wear it well.

CO2 Insanity October 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

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See I told you what your reaction would be because your dogma infested brain (what little of it there is) can’t come up with any real answers. “most scientists” how laughable.

donavan October 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

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eiseman October 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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You don’t impress, you just expose your elitism. And again, you are an ignoramus to believe the alarmists and not to question the methodology and data they present.

The FACT is that there is clear evidence that the science is not settled whether you wish to actually research for yourself or not. Until you do, you are an indoctrinated tool…good bye.

donavan October 10, 2010 at 9:13 am

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ha ha ha… thanks for all the name calling eiseman. you show your intelligence and wear it well. good line of defense. i guess my lengthy conversations with an actual marine biologist who studies our impact on the ocean means nothing. i’m an elitist?… why because i put myself through college… actually had to drop out because i couldn’t afford it and then returned a couple years later when i could… or is it because my uncle is a marine biologist? you show me exactly what you are when you make statements like that and call names. “good bye”.

Co2 Insanity October 10, 2010 at 10:02 am

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Wow an uncle who’s a marine biologist? Did you do a Vulcan mind-meld to get all that information stuffed into your brain? I have an uncle who’s a brain surgeon, I suppose that qualifies me as an expert on brain surgery?

Regarding your degree, you make too much of it. I deal with plenty of people that have 1 – 2 degrees that couldn’t find their ass with both hands if you showed them where it was.

You seem to fall into that category.

donavan October 11, 2010 at 12:26 am

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i’m just pointing out that name calling and personal attack seems to be the conservative line of defense. elitist seems to be a common word thrown about. i’m no elitist. i’ve never thought this thread of back and forth to be about me or my education or lack of. it’s about an ad that was placed to disparage al gore over a house he bought, not built. the ad suggests that because al gore bought a mansion he is therefore the antithesis of what he preaches. not so. al gore asks for people to be more environmentally conscious. his message isn’t about sacrificing your standard of living. it’s about choosing differently while still maintaining that standard. somehow fools like yourself and all the others who find that ad truthful, which it’s not, are focusing on al gore’s wealth rather than the message of sustainability. you see… rather than agree that we should make more environmentally conscious decisions you find it more constructive to attack those who are asking us to do so. you’re fools. whether global warming is real or not, any idiot can see that we impact the environment by the choices we make as a society and individuals… to ignore that and focus on al gores mansion is blatant idiocy.

Co2 Insanity October 11, 2010 at 7:22 am

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Let’ see. You’re the one who came here and started shit so who’s the attacker? Use of words like “fools” “idiot” “ignorant” “lowest common denominator” “moron” “non-critical thinker”….talk about the pot calling the kettle black. I guess when libtards do that it’s OK when conservatives do it, it somehow becomes bad. You should go back to your day job of being Al’s masseuse because you’re not making it here.

donavan October 11, 2010 at 7:36 am

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that was in response to editor comments and for the record that ad does appeal to the lowest common denominator and is aimed at those who are non-critical thinkers and act on ideological bias rather than reason.

this is getting boring…

chillie willie October 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

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The tired, old liberal line: “name calling and personal attack seems to be the conservative line of defense” is getting way old and way tired.

Personally, I think if Al Gore can make a gazillion and two dollars – more power to him! That is what is so great about this country- you can set up a company that invests heavily in “green” technologies and carbon offsets, and then traipse around the globe with posters and charts warning of pending doom; petition governments to institute cap and trade laws which will in turn allow the “greenies” to flourish and thus increase the return on your initial investments.

Al Gore is a hypocrite – plain and simple. That is all the ad was pointing out. This has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not he is a democrat. He is using fear and destruction of the planet as a vehicle to make money – lots and lots of it.

The “science” he is touting is flawed and yet he continues to push his agenda, while creating a carbon footprint larger than you or me could create in five lifetimes.

The worst part is when the “science” is challenged people like you and the mainstream media fall into the name caller category by using such clever monikers as “deniers”, “flat-earthers” and so on. You do not want a discussion or a debate, you simply want me to believe what you do.

Contrary to what you believe, many, many conservatives believe in respecting the planet and – get ready – believe that man really does have somewhat of an impact. Where we part company is how the conservation of the earth should be handled. The Chicken Little approach does not bode well in conservative circles, as we sometimes have a tendency to be a little bit skeptical. Especially when a man is profiting hugely from the so called climate change mantra.

donavan October 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

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this is neither a liberal nor conservative argument… it’s about a poorly constructed piece of advertising that makes assumptions and feeds meat to those who already dislike al gore. it provides zero value because it’s basically saying that any person who owns a home with similar specs is environmentally unconscious… regardless if they plan on upgrading the home to have less impact, which no one can assume. it would be like saying to me that i am environmentally disrespectful because i purchased a larger home that hadn’t been upgraded before i bought it… regardless of the fact that i did upgrade it and lowered my homes footprint to be less than a home half it’s size. the ad is dumb and that has been my entire point… that and that al gore is sending a message about us respecting our environment. like or dislike him, we need more people out there asking us to be more conscious. how is this arguable? is it arguing just for the sake of arguing?

eiseman October 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm

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Indoctrinated = to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.
Tool = One who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used.
Ignoramus = an extremely ignorant person

These are apt descriptions due to your superficial understanding of AGW alarmism, including it’s ramifications if allowed unchecked, and the fact that you rely on hearsay rather than researching this topic yourself.

The following quote is absolute proof of your (insert your acceptable term for complete ignorance).

“his message isn’t about sacrificing your standard of living. it’s about choosing differently while still maintaining that standard.”

You’ve got…to…be….kidding me now….talk about faeries and unicorns.

Elitist = snobbish, exclusive, superior, arrogant, selective, pretentious, stuck-up.

Perfectly appropriate since you’ve cast aspersions. See your comments about your exalted uncle, Cal Poly vs UCSB etc…and your superior tone in extolling as fact the AGW alarmist rhetoric.

“rather than agree that we should make more environmentally conscious decisions you find it more constructive to attack those who are asking us to do so. you’re fools. whether global warming is real or not, any idiot can see that we impact the environment by the choices we make as a society and individuals…”

Now your back tracking….weak. It’s not a question of whether we impact the environment, of course we do. Rather, it’s a question of falsification of data, obfuscation and outright hijacking of the actual science/scientific process and the DRACONIAN measures the AGW alarmists are attempting to promote as the answer; which have, in reality, nothing to do with actually accomplishing anything other than redistribution/centralization of power and basically theft.

“to ignore that and focus on al gores mansion is blatant idiocy.”

No, it’s called ACCOUNTABILITY….something AGW alarmists (and progressives) can’t handle.

donavan October 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

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is it really this petty? so i guess now it’s all about trying to make me get caught up in something i’ve said and very little about the entire premise of this post. i’ve neither backtracked nor contradicted myself. i have been consistent. it’s always been about environmental impact and our foot-print. get caught up in al gores home or that you think i’m a snob, but those are not, and never have been, what’s important… somehow persons like yourself want to just argue personal character and not the real issue… so let me ask you to argue with this: are we, as a society creating environmental issues? if we are, shouldn’t we, the most “civilized nation on earth” take steps to mitigate our footprint? this isn’t about me… and this is exactly why i have said previously…”lowest common denominator”…. because it’s NOT about me. it’s about a real issue

Co2 Insanity October 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

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Yes you are a total bore, I agree 100%.

ocmadam October 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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I don’t think I’m treading on dangerous ground in assuming that most people who think Al Gore is an environmental superhero, also believe that global warming is George Bush’s fault.

But leadership is more a question of the example you set than the orders you give.

Given the fact that both Al Gore and George Bush have personal fortunes and the resources to put their money where their mouths are, I think the one who walks the walk has a more legitimate claim on the title of environmental leader. Gore lives well — with lavish traditional homes that are little or no different in terms of environmental sensitivity than the home of any other person of similar means. Bush’s Crawford TX ranch — is completely off -grid, and has numerous built in features that make the home a true model for the future.

The difference between Gore and Bush is that Al Gore tells the rest of us how to live and Bush let’s people make their own decisions about how to live, and then leads leads by example.

100 years from now, Al Gore will be nothing more than a footnote in history. But I believe George W Bush will be admired as a man who did what he thought was right for America, and the environment, regardless of brutal and often unfair criticism leveled against him. And in the fullness of time, I believe we will see that he was right, much more often than he was wrong.

donavan October 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

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eiseman October 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

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“is it really this petty? so i guess now it’s all about trying to make me get caught up in something i’ve said and very little about the entire premise of this post.”

See ACCOUNTABILITY in reference to your sweeping endorsement of AGW alarmist mantras which form the back story of this post.

“i’ve neither backtracked nor contradicted myself. i have been consistent. it’s always been about environmental impact and our foot-print. get caught up in al gores home or that you think i’m a snob, but those are not, and never have been, what’s important… somehow persons like yourself want to just argue personal character and not the real issue…”

You just can’t stand being held accountable for your statements….

“so let me ask you to argue with this: are we, as a society creating environmental issues? if we are, shouldn’t we, the most “civilized nation on earth” take steps to mitigate our footprint?”

Again, yes. The problem lies in the EXTENT, CAUSE and ANSWER to the POTENTIAL ISSUE which is, contrary to your blind allegiance to the green diatribe, is NOT SETTLED.

this isn’t about me… and this is exactly why i have said previously…”lowest common denominator”…. because it’s NOT about me. it’s about a real issue”

No, what my point is and has been focused on is that you *are* part of the damn problem with your statements and blind allegiance to AGW alarmism especially without having RESEARCHED any of the EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY you purposefully obtuse twit.

Sheesh

donavan October 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm

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eiseman October 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

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Oh, I’m sorry…I had you all wrong. You debated a “real” scientist and actually researched this topic? Your actual statements up to this point made it clear that your vaunted uncle was the main source of your belief:

“my uncle, a marine biologist who specializes in the study of human impact on sea animals, might have something to do with the way i feel about our environment. i know… i know ignorant and laughable…. he’s so ignorant.”

“guess my lengthy conversations with an actual marine biologist who studies our impact on the ocean means nothing.

“So, in the case that you actually have researched this, you aren’t just a tool….you are a fool as well.

And no matter how much you want to try to deflect this away from you the fact is that you inserted *your understanding* of what Al Gore’s message is into this and your surface understanding is a HUGE PART OF THE PROBLEM. This is because it provides a foundation of support for DRACONIAN measures that have negligible impact on the actual problem yet will affect our nation in a SIGNIFICANTLY negative manner.

If it were as simple as your sophomoric unicorns, faerie tales and can’t we all just get along statements represent then it wouldn’t be an issue. But again, you don’t know jack about it because you apparently either don’t have the critical thinking skills to put the pieces together or are not principled enough to find out the actual truth.

chillie willie October 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm

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I’m curious as to where you came up with the federal requirement that the President’s private residence be completely off-grid. Also, aside from security measures the secret service installed on the property, I have never heard or read anything anywhere suggesting that tax payers built the ranch house. Do you have a source for this? Seems to me the media would have had a field day with that.

Al Gore is definitely not an environmental super-hero – he is a fraud and a hypocrite using his status as a former vice-president to push bad science and justify his 200,000 price tag for speaking engagements. He founded and operates an investment firm that stands to reap billions should he manage to convince enough governments to bend to his agenda. He is making a ton of money and does not practice what he preaches.

If this is not the definition of a hypocrite, then I suppose I should throw out my dictionary.

Yes, there are many voices in the conservation arena – this idea has been around for decades – (if not longer) and many of these “voices” have legitimate causes and use legitimate science and spend countless hours, months and years researching and justifying their arguments with solid factual accounting.

Donning a tuxedo and slapping together a scare the kiddies movie based on speculation does not constitute research – it constitutes taking advantage of the current “flavor” of the day for reasons of fame and fortune.

No, Al Gore’s is the voice of a fraud.

But, I suppose I am wrong because according to you, us “lowest common denominators” are incapable of “critical” thinking.

ocmadam October 12, 2010 at 11:14 am

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Actually, the Bushes started work on the Crawford ranch before George Bush decided to run for president. They hired a famous architect to design it to be as energy efficient as possible. The secret service does not require homes to be off the grid — as this has not been done for any other president. You may want to read Laura bush’s book which details the design and construction which was done entirely without government funds.

donavan October 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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chillie willie October 12, 2010 at 2:54 am

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Donavan:
Al Gore has been touted around the world as the “golden boy” of climate change – the bastion of hope against the evil oil barons, big carbon foot-printers , and anyone else who dares to challenge. He has been plastered on newspaper front pages, magazines and on TV – he has been chosen as the spokesperson for the movement. His “science” is flawed and has been debunked many times over and yet, he remains the poster child for everything climate change. His personal carbon footprint is larger than the state of Texas and yet he wants to tell the rest of the populous how to reduce their impact.

The ad simply points out the hypocrisy –

As I stated before, I personally could give a rat’s ass how much money Al makes – but I refuse to accept HIS message – I refuse to accept it because he is living the high life with all the bells and whistles – glamour, glitz, hob-nobbing with the rich and famous carousing about the planet in private jets and raking in cash. DO AS I SAY AND NOT AS I DO.

It’s time you pick a new spokesperson.

This does not mean that I do not accept the message – there are problems that need to be dealt with-but they need to addressed with calmer heads and good constructive debate – debate that utilizes solid science; not the altered charts and graphs that Al carries in his valise.

You seem to adhere to the sentiment that I and most conservatives do not believe there is a problem because we call out Al on his crappy science and hypocrisy. You are very wrong, and until you and others like you (which includes the left leaning mass media) stop and take a deep breath, look around and actually try to listen to alternative solutions – there will never be a debate-the problem will never be solved.

And there are alternative solutions out there coming from a myriad of directions and to succinctly dismiss “conservatives” as not having a solution shows how little you do know and clearly it makes this a political issue-not a human-kind issue to you.

eiseman October 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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A perfect example of the media bias, if this were the other way around every damn media outlet would be shouting it from the rooftops.

From December:
http://www.environmentalleader.com/2009/12/04/carb-member-calls-for-diesel-rule-suspension-in-californias-climategate/

Now the results of the review by INDEPENDENT (nothing to gain) researchers:
http://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/10/11/california-overestimates-pollution-levels-by-340/

VOTE YES on Prop23 – because someone has been cooking the books.

chillie willie October 13, 2010 at 12:38 am

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Here is a link to a great article pointing out specific cases of media bias:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=SEY20080409&articleId=8621

I find it sadly humorous that people like Donavan continue to accuse global warming skeptics of having no alternative solutions while at the same time systematically “shutting up” anyone with an alternative solution.

I find it outrageously hilarious that the entire premise of Donavan’s argument (as stated multiple times by him/her) is that the ad plays to the “lowest common denominator” and does not invoke “critical thinking”- while at the same time is probably convinced the polar bears are in danger because the MSM shows a picture of a lone animal on a chunk of ice floating in a lagoon. And to be sure, they bring in a scientist or two to rattle off some mumbo- jumbo about the science involved, but wait!, There’s no scientist present to give a different opinion or reason why the bear is floating alone. On the rare occasion they do “allow” a skeptic – they quickly and succinctly shut them up by talking over them, pointing out the four hundred million scientists of the IPCC that support the theory, telling them the “debate” is over or by simply calling them “deniers” and moving on to the next segment.

This invokes critical thinking? This is not playing to the lowest common denominator?

eiseman October 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

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And isn’t it interesting how such an inferior physicist from UCSB (according to donovan) could cause such an uproar with his resignation letter. Yet another case of trying to obfuscate factual events or data.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/13/wikipedia-turbo-revisionism-by-william-connolley-continues/#more-26328

And I just love anything that has to do with the Hockey Stick:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/12/manic-flail-epic-fail/#more-26319

To paraphrase B. Disraeli “There are lies, damned lies and hockey sticks…”

And let’s not forget how the AGW alarmists have now openly declared (something we have known for a long while) that fear and intimidation are core values:

http://www.ihatethemedia.com/global-warming-propaganda-video-fantasizes-about-killing-non-believers

Co2 Insanity October 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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Here you go folks. Snopes on GW Bush’s house vs. Al Gores house in Tennessee. This doesn’t count the new mansion in California. Now tell me how green Al “Sex Poodle” Gore is? Also want to tell me how much pollution Gore creates flying all over the globe lying to people compared to Bush?
http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/house.asp

ocmadam October 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

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Donavan:
Peace!
I agree with you that people are happier when they consume less, live simply, and try not to waste or abuse our environment. The ad is funny, really. The biggest proponent of the global-warming-is-our-fault-so-you-should-do something-about-it myth is Al Gore. the joke is his hypocracy. And, being a member of the advertising/pr world myself, the first thing I learned in communications 101 is the credibility of the messenger more important than the message. So, lighten up, I recycle drive a hybrid–but not because I believe a damn thing that comes out of Al Gores mouth but because I like the idea of recycling and the gas is cheaper for my hybrid.

tracycolorado October 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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Please check out this link , Please note the locations of the surface temperature recording stations of the U.S. , Located NEXT to Brick Buildings , Air Conditioning exhaust Vents , Asphalt Parking Lots , vehicles , Barbeques , Large Boulders , attached to Steel Cell Towers . The Data THEY collect is BIASED , the proof is in the pudding ( DONAVAN ENLIGHTEN YOUR MIND )
http://gallery.surfacestations.org/main.php?g2_itemId=660

eiseman October 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

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NICE!

In one of Chris Horner’s books he points out a bunch of these (probably including Marysville). If I’m not mistaken there is more than one STRS located out on a TARMAC next to an AC exaust fan….and I think there is at least one in Hawaii in the middle of a LAVA FIELD.

I’d have to go back to the book to be sure but it’s precisely this type of BAD SCIENCE that should make any scientist worth his periodic table reject the data out of hand.

eiseman October 14, 2010 at 11:50 am
eiseman October 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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Interesting article on the potentially worst week ever for Climate Science:
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/28735

I’m so glad the science is settled on this matter…

eiseman October 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

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