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Al Gore Slings Bogus Borrowed Charges

Al Gore Slings Bogus Borrowed Charges

By Marc Sheppard

Mr. Gore went to Singapore and peddled a phony story, one he appears to have borrowed without attribution. Echoing nearly verbatim Newsweek‘s recent Hillaryesque hokum that there exists a vast right-wing corporate Global Warming conspiracy, the Delphic Goracle even went so far as to repeat the most brazen among the story’s falsehoods – that “deniers” had offered bribe money to potential authors of articles specifically trashing a then-pending IPCC report.
Speaking Tuesday in the island nation, Gore shamelessly repeated point after nonsensical point of Senior Editor Sharon Begley’s The Truth About Denial, apparently favoring credit upon neither the author nor the publication.  Quite astounding, as the basis of his cerebral petty-larceny was ripped straight from the article’s core contention that, in Gore’s words, there lurks an organized campaign,

“[by] some of the largest carbon polluters, to create the impression that there is disagreement in the scientific community.”

Gore then feigned fair use by cueing up the weary marching tune of the left-wing’s own genuine Global Warming conspiracy parade (of which he is the undisputed Grand Marshall) to the Singapore forum:

“In actuality, there is very little disagreement. This is one of the strongest of scientific consensus views in the history of science.”

Of course, repeatedly screaming consensus at the top of his lungs won’t make the claim any less antithetical to reality.  Any more than Begley’s attempts to deep-fry the reputations of noted contrarian scientists will prove any less transparent than have Gore’s.
But Gore droned on, “borrowing” again from the Newsweek article – this time an observation by former senator Tim Wirth (sorry Tim – no mention of you either) comparing money spent by these evil polluters to that once invested by tobacco companies:

“Some of the tobacco companies spent millions of dollars to create the appearance that there was disagreement on the science [of cigarette smoking's harmful effects]. And some of the large coal and utility companies and the largest oil company, ExxonMobil, have been involved in doing that exact same thing for the last several years.”

Curiously, the alarmist-in-chief offered no more facts to support his hyperbolic accusations than did Begley.  Were the former presidential candidate not such a studied man, one might even suspect that he accepted and regurgitated these new talking points based solely on their rhetorical face value.
But it was actually this purloined furtherance of the lie furthered by Begley that really hit the Gore gall ball out of the park:

“The deniers offered a bounty of $10,000 for each article disputing the [global warming is "very likely" man-made] consensus that people could crank out and get published somewhere.”

Which was strikingly similar to what Begley had written just days before:

“A conservative think tank long funded by ExxonMobil, [a staffer] told [Sen. Barbara] Boxer, had offered scientists $10,000 to write articles undercutting the new report and the computer-based climate models it is based on.”

Which itself was recycled hogwash lifted from a slam-piece unsuccessfully peddled by Greenpeace for months in the US late last year, and ultimately picked up only by British tabloids.  In its February 2nd article, intentionally published on the same day as the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and sensationally entitled Scientists Offered Cash to Dispute Climate Study, the Guardian was first to promote the Greenpeace deception that:

“Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.  Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasize the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

The article included a vicious quote from Greenpeace’s Ben Stewart referring to the AEI as the “Bush administration’s intellectual Cosa Nostra” with nothing but “a suitcase full of cash.”  Not by chance, Greenpeace ran a similar piece the very same day, which called the AEI Bush’s “favorite think tank” (laughably in part because Lynn Cheney is 1 of its 85 senior fellows) and its letters invitations to “attack” the UN report.
To hear tell, the great think-tank was headed for the dunk-tank.
That is, until the allegations were scrupulously proven — much to the chagrin of all manner of greenies — to be unmitigated gibberish.
Responding to these frivolous claims, AEI resident scholars Kenneth P. Green and F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow Steven F. Hayward proved each one of them to be either “false or grossly distorted.” For starters, the AEI does not engage in any form of lobbying. And to imply that the honorarium offered to busy scientists for the time necessary to compile a 7,500-10,000 word analysis of several thousand pages of evolving material is “bribe” (or “bounty”) money is utterly absurd.
Dispatching the bogus allegation of being “ExxonMobil-funded,” the two scholars pointed out that the oil company’s donations represent less than 1 percent of AEI’s annual revenue.
Then AEI president Chris DeMuth adroitly eviscerated the accusations of residing either in the pocket of the administration or big oil, citing the institute’s distinguished history of alternately criticizing and praising both based solely on merit, adding that:  

“Our latest book on [global warming], Lee Lane’s Strategic Options for Bush Administration Climate Policy, advocates a carbon tax, which I’m pretty sure ExxonMobil opposes (the book also dares to criticize some of the Bush administration’s climate-change policies!).”

Indeed.
Yet most despicable of all were the deceitful uses of the damning words “attacking,” “disputing,” “undercutting,” “undermin[ing],” and “emphasiz[ing] the shortcomings [of]” in the various descriptions of the organization’s intent. On balance, the invitation specifically outlined the project’s goal of highlighting both the “strengths and weaknesses” of AR4 and its climate models.  And, contrary to Gore’s claim, there was absolutely no mention at all of “disputing the consensus.”
Furthermore, the invitations were sent to a broad spectrum of scientists and policymakers, with no attempt made whatsoever to avoid those with favorable opinions of the IPCC reports.  In fact, one of the letters (PDF) quoted in the Guardian article was written to Professor Steve Schroeder of Texas A&M — a known proponent of the UN Panel.  As explained by DeMuth, the institute had:

“canvassed scholars with a range of views on the scientific and policy issues, with an eye to the intrinsic quality and interest of their work rather than to whether partisans might characterize them as climate change ‘skeptics’ or ‘advocates.'”

In other words, the accusations leveled by Gore were blindly based on accusations leveled by Begley based on accusations leveled by an anonymous Barbara Boxer staffer based on accusations leveled by the Guardian based on fabricated and disproved accusations spoon-fed to them by Greenpeace. 
Astonishingly, it was Gore himself who complained on Tuesday that,

“We live in a world where what used to be called propaganda now has a major role to play in shaping public opinion.”

Nobody has ever accused Al Gore of being a self-reflective man..
Marc Sheppard is a technology consultant, software engineer, writer, and political and systems analyst. He is a regular contributor to American Thinker. He welcomes your feedback.

Saudis might take Bibles from tourists

Saudis might take Bibles from tourists

What a lovely tourist spot. Islamic Tolerance Alert. By Michael Freund in the Jerusalem Post (thanks to all who sent this in):

Despite a series of initiatives aimed at generating foreign tourism, the Saudi Arabian government continues to bar Jews and Christians from bringing items such as Bibles, crucifixes and Stars of David into the country and is threatening to confiscate them on sight, The Jerusalem Post has learned.”A number of items are not allowed to be brought into the kingdom due to religious reasons and local regulations,” declares the Web site of Saudi Arabian Airlines, the country’s national carrier.

After informing would-be visitors that items such as narcotics, firearms and pornography may not be transported into the country, the Web site adds: “Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are also prohibited. These may include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols such as the Star of David, and others.”

Contacted by the Post, an employee of Saudi Arabian Airlines in New York, who would only give her name as Gladys, confirmed this rule was in force. “Yes, sir,” she said, “that is what we have heard, that it is a problem to bring these things into Saudi Arabia, so you cannot do it.”

An official at the Saudi Consulate in New York, who declined to give her name, told the Post that anyone bringing a Bible into the country or wearing a crucifix or Star of David around their neck would run into trouble with Saudi authorities.

“You are not allowed to bring that stuff into the kingdom,” the consular official said. “If you do, they will take it away,” she warned, adding, “If it is really important to you, then you can try to bring it and just see what happens, but I don’t recommend that you do so.”

Californian seeks hearing on Islamic, Mexican ties

Californian seeks hearing on Islamic, Mexican ties

August 9, 2007
By Sara A. Carter – A ranking House Republican yesterday demanded a hearing based on recent reports that Islamic terrorists embedded in the United States are teaming with Mexican drug cartels to fund terrorism networks overseas.

Rep. Ed Royce, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee, said the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) document — first reported yesterday by The Washington Times — highlights how vulnerable the nation is when fighting the war on terrorism.

“I’ll be asking the terrorism subcommittee to hold a hearing on the DEA report’s disturbing findings,” said Mr. Royce of California. “A flood of name changes from Arabic to Hispanic and the reported linking of drug cartels on the Texas border with Middle East terrorism needs to be thoroughly investigated.”

Likewise, Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican, said the DEA document revealed startling evidence that Islamic radicals are camouflaging themselves as Hispanics while conducting business with violent drug-trafficking organizations.

“I have been ringing the bell about this serious threat of Islamic individuals changing their surnames to Hispanic surnames for three to four years,” Mr. Culberson said. “Unfortunately, Homeland Security’s highest priority is to hide the truth from Congress and the public. I just hope we’re not closing the barn door after terrorists have already made their way in.”

Mr. Culberson, a member of the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, yesterday wrote a letter to the subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. David E. Price, North Carolina Democrat, requesting a full investigation and hearing into the matter. A spokesman for Mr. Price said the committee is contacting the law-enforcement agencies and will work closely with Mr. Culberson’s office on the matter.

“We certainly want to learn more about the matter from the agencies involved,” said Paul Cox, press secretary to Mr. Price.

The 2005 DEA report outlines several incidents in which multiple Middle Eastern drug-trafficking and terrorist cells in the U.S. are funding terrorism networks overseas with the aid of Mexican cartels. These sleeper cells use established Mexican cartels with highly sophisticated trafficking routes to move narcotics — and other contraband — in and out of the United States, the report said.

These “persons of interest” speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew fluently, according to the document.

The report includes photographs of known Middle Easterners who “appear to be Hispanic; they are in fact, all Spanish-speaking Arabic drug traffickers supporting Middle East terrorism from their base of operations” in the southwestern United States, according to the DEA.

Michael Maxwell, a senior analyst with the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, said that the report is evidence that terrorism cells exist in the U.S. and are being aided by dangerous narco-trafficking cartels.

“While the procurement of fraudulent or multiple identities by terrorists to hide criminal activity is not new, the information suggests terrorist tradecraft is evolving and relationships now exist between Mexican and Middle Eastern individuals or groups, embedded here in the United States,” he added.

The ties are as deep as family, according to the DEA report, which said that a Middle Eastern member of the Muslim Brotherhood, involved in narcotics sales and other crimes, married into a Mexican narcotics family.

“One of the targets of this investigation is an Arabic man,” the document said.

A 2006 Department of Homeland Security intelligence report — also obtained by The Times — said that Al Qaeda has tried and is planning on using the Southwest border to enter the U.S.

Mark Juergensmeyer, director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a terrorism specialist, said that links between terrorism and narcotics trafficking have been well-established in foreign nations, such as Afghanistan.

But Mr. Juergensmeyer said the DEA report linking terrorist organizations in the United States to Mexican drug cartels displays a new evolution in terrorist tactics and poses a serious concern in the area of security.

“In some ways, that’s even more frightening to think that drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico may adopt some jihadist ideology,” he said. “If it’s an ideology being adopted by a drug culture then that makes this situation very dangerous.”

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