Friday, January 27, 2006

A Look at Al Gore

Hello, everyone. Here's my first posting at Exposed. A big thanks to Aizlynne for having me. I'm truly honored.

So what to do? I'm sure you've heard about former US Democratic VP Al Gore's recent smearage of our new Prime Minister Stephen Harper, making (surprise, surprise) unfounded claims against Mr. Harper and the Conservatives (see also the smalldeadanimals post).

I thought I'd provide some photographs I found of Mr. Gore to help illustrate what kind of individual he is. Here we go:

Above: Al Gore was unable to accept his 2000 election loss to Dubya

Above left: Gore, cleanshaven, recently, unexpectedly and unstatesmanlike, rips into newly-elected Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Above right: Gore in an earlier photograph, with his beard. Apparently he likes to climb trees. Guess everyone needs to do what comes naturally...

Above: Gore doing something else that comes naturally, again in a tree. A Secret Service agent watches. Looks like he's waiting for his turn to go behind the tree.

Above: Gore following a particularly big, particularly spicy Mexican meal.

Above: apparently Gore shares a lot in common with former boss Bill Clinton. Here he says hello to Hillary Clinton. They certainly have "feelings" for each other, as you can see.

So... that's Al Gore. Hope y'all enjoyed the show!


At Sat. Jan. 28, 07:10:00 p.m. MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Gore: a build up of contained hot air, methane, and feces that blows through a valve intermittently..

At Sat. Jan. 28, 08:04:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Justthinkin said...

Well look at where he made the comments, UTAH. Now there's a vote for ya. Aren't leftie losers just peachy-keen...LMAO

At Sun. Jan. 29, 01:47:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Welcome Sentinel ... great post!

At Sun. Jan. 29, 02:27:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Gayle said...

Ab's comment is perfect!

Good post. Love the pictures of Gore with and without his fur! The one behind the tree is priceless also.

A big warm welcome from me as well! :)

At Sun. Jan. 29, 03:13:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Thanks, folks! Come on over to the Sentinel and see the one I just put up on Slick Willy charging five grand for a handshake...

At Sun. Jan. 29, 05:13:00 p.m. MST, Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

A pretty hypocritical and vacuous accusation coming from Gore...a pandering politico who was caught with his hand in one of the dirtiest sell-offs of US reseve oil to his pal Armand Hammer's occidental petroleum.

Hoover me Al!

A Family Affair

Gore senior first met long-time Occidental CEO Armand Hammer at a cattle auction in the 1940s. When zinc ore was discovered on some of Gore's land, Hammer and Oxy bought it for twice the amount of the only other bid. Hammer then sold the land back to Gore while retaining the mineral rights. The elder Gore then sold the land to his son, Al Jr., who has received $20,000 yearly in mineral royalties from Occidental ever since. Two years after Gore Sr. was defeated in a bid for re-election to the Senate, he joined Occidental as a member of its board of directors and was rewarded with a $500,000 a year job working for an Oxy subsidiary.

Throughout his political life, Al Gore Jr. has received the favor the patronage of Occidental and Hammer's successor, CEO Ray Irani. And for every campaign finance violation Gore has committed, Irani seems to be lurking in the background. He was one of the contributors who slept in the Lincoln bedroom (a couple days later Irani wrote a $100,000 check to the DNC). When Al Gore made illegal fundraising calls from the White House, Irani was one of the recipients (he ponied up $50,000, according to a Harold Ickes memo unearthed during the investigation). In the Elk Hills sell-off , Irani and Oxy finally got the payoff worthy of their long patronage. It is a payoff crooked businessmen have dreamed of ever since the land was stripped from the Kitanemuks during the Gold Rush. Indeed, the history of Elk Hills and corruption is an old one. And it is a story most Americans have heard.

Gore's Teapot Dome Scandal?

In 1922, executives of the Pan-American Petroleum and Transport Company (now known as ARCO) bribed Albert Fall, President Warren Harding's interior secretary, to give them leases to two oil fields reserved for a military emergency. One was on field in Wyoming called the "Teapot Dome," the name by which we would forever remember the biggest bribery scandal in modern American history.

The other field in the scandal was the navy's 47,000-acre reserve in the Elk Hills, near Bakersfield in Central California. These were traditional lands of the Kitanemuk people, better known by the name the Spanish gave them, the Tejon. They were forced off the Elk Hills by treaties signed with the federal government in 1851 during the midst of the gold rush and have since lived on the nearby Fort Tejon reservation, now called "Tejon Ranch."

While the scandal scuttled ARCO's plans, Occidental succeeded in acquiring Elk Hills seventy five years later. In 1997, after Gore's recommendation the land be sold, Oxy bought the region from the federal government for $3.7 billion. The sale represented a tripling of the company's U.S. oil reserves. Mired for years by declining reserves, Occidental's revenues for the first quarter of this year showed a dramatic 87 percent increase from the same period in 1999, before it began operations in the Elk Hills.

To complete the environmental assessment, the Energy Department hired a private company to complete the environmental impact statement necessary for the sale. The company was ICF Kaiser International, and on its board of directors sat none-other than Democratic super-fundraiser Tony Cohelo. Cohelo would later become Gore's campaign manager before being dumped after the Democrat's early stumbles. He is currently the subject of investigations by former employers in the State Department and by the Census Monitoring Board, seeking to determine if he misused his positions (both were administration appointments) for personal gain. The Securities and Exchange Commission, meanwhile, is investigating Cohelo's myriad financial empire.

The Elk Hills sale, not surprisingly, was quickly approved. "I can't say that I've ever seen an environmental assessment prepared so quickly," says Peter Eisner, director of the Washington-D.C. public advocacy group Center for Public Integrity.

Meanwhile, as it became clear that Oxy was looking to undertake massive drilling operations in the Elk Hills, the 500 remaining Kitanemuk sought assurances from Oxy that their native sites and burial grounds would not be destroyed. Company officials said they would protect their heritage. But it soon it became apparent that the last of the 100 archaeological sites identified by the tribe would be destroyed by February 2001. Occidental agreed to first allow the State Native American Heritage Commission to retrieve what it feels is most valuable for a future display at a Museum at the California State University in Bakersfield.

"They are going to take the last memories of our people, the last evidence that we once inhabited this land and put it in a box and ship it off to a museum," laments tribal member Dee Dominguez. "All the material culture of the Kitanemuk would be destroyed forever. (But) the oil they are extracting will be completely drained in twenty years."

Dominguez calls Occidental executives "cold" and "insensitive," unwilling even to consider slant drilling that would save pieces of the tribe's history for future generations. "We've never denied them taking oil," she says. "We are not asking for land. We are not asking for royalties. We are just asking them to leave something to show that we were here."

As for Al Gore's role in the whole affair, Dominguez says she has thought about writing him. But she doesn't think it will help. "[Clinton and Gore] sold us down the river," she says. "It turns my stomach every time I hear them talk about family."

Bill Mesler is a Washington-based reporter. His work has appeared in the Nation, Mother Jones and the Progressive, among other publications

At Sun. Jan. 29, 06:37:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Surprise, surprise, eh, Wil?

Again the leftist pot calling the kettle black.

Like Michael Moore saying bad stuff about Haliburton while himself owning shares in the company even though he denies it through his yellowish moonbat teeth...

The MSM fails to tell us about these things. I learn about leftist hypocrisy here on the blogosphere. World Net Daily is pretty good a source, btw.


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