The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions, issued a press release late Monday:
Last night, Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.
Gore's mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).
In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWhâ€”more than 20 times the national average.
Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh-guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Goreâ€™s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.
Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore's energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.
Goreâ€™s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Goreâ€™s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.
As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,â€? said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.
In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.
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My good friend, Captain Paul Dowell of the Dearborn Fire Department, has been nominated for a Red Cross Hero award. Paul is an excellent firefighter and was awarded "Firefighter of the Year" a couple of years ago.
Over the years, he has initiated many fundraisers for families who have tragically lost loved ones. On January 2, he organized a send-off party for 175 soldiers and their families at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. (It was a very touching event, that I will not soon forget.)
Paul has a big heart and shares it with anyone who is in need. Now we can do something for him. Please go to the following website and vote for Paul Dowell for the Red Cross award. You can vote as many times as you like! The deadline for voting is Friday, March 2 at midnight. Please email this to your friends.
Thanks for voting,
Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun.
"The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars," he said.
Abdussamatov believes that changes in the sun's heat output can account for almost all the climate changes we see on both planets.
Mars and Earth, for instance, have experienced periodic ice ages throughout their histories.
"Man-made greenhouse warming has made a small contribution to the warming seen on Earth in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance," Abdussamatov said.
By studying fluctuations in the warmth of the sun, Abdussamatov believes he can see a pattern that fits with the ups and downs in climate we see on Earth and Mars....
National Geographic News
Note. Not all scientists agree with this assessment.
Al Gore defends his extraordinary personal energy usage by telling critics he maintains a "carbon neutral" lifestyle by buying "carbon offsets," but the company that receives his payments turns out to be partly owned and chaired by the former vice president himself.
Gore has built a "green money-making machine capable of eventually generating billions of dollars for investors, including himself, but he set it up so that the average Joe can't afford to play on Gore's terms," writes blogger Dan Riehl.
Gore has described the lifestyle he and his wife Tipper live as "carbon neutral," meaning he tries to offset any energy usage, including plane flights and car trips, by "purchasing verifiable reductions in CO2 elsewhere."
But it turns out he pays for his extra-large carbon footprint through Generation Investment Management, a London-based company with offices in Washington, D.C., for which he serves as chairman. The company was established to take financial advantage of new technologies and solutions related to combating "global warming," reports blogger Bill Hobbs.
Generation Investment Management's U.S. branch is headed by a former Gore staffer and fund-raiser, Peter S. Knight, who once was the target of probes by the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice.
Hobbs points out Gore stands to make a lot of money from his promotion of the alleged "global warming" threat, which is disputed by many mainstream scientists.
"In other words, he 'buys' his 'carbon offsets' from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself," Hobbs writes. "To be blunt, Gore doesn't buy 'carbon offsets' through Generation Investment Management â€“ he buys stocks."
As WND reported, Gore, whose film warning of a coming cataclysm due to man-made "global warming" won two Oscars, has a mansion in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville that consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, citing data from the Nashville Electric Service.
The think tanks says since the release of Gore's film, the former presidential candidate's energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kilowatt-hours per month in 2005, to 18,400 per month in 2006.
So, he buys Carbon Offsets from himself? Wow. I guess the Left can do anything at all as long as they make it look good.
--by Jon C. Dearborn
HBO star Bill Maher Sorry the Assassination Attempt on Dick Cheney Failed.
In 2002, ABC made the decision to not renew Bill Maher's contract after he made some disgraceful comments on his program "Politically Incorrect" concerning America's military response to 9/11. After what transpired on "Real Time" Friday, the heads of HBO should be equally outraged, if not more.
It's one thing to be down on Cheney for political reasons. Fine , OK .. But to suggest that assassination is something you wish for another human being is way out of bounds.
Politically UN correct
I have no problem with "advocacy" journalism as long as it clearly identified as "opinion" or "commentary". The problem with "journalism" today, and its a huge problem, is the lack of basic fairness in the traditional broadcast and print media. It is simply indisputable that the alphabet networks and the largest major daily newspapers have become so leftward partisan that many Americans simply do not believe them nor trust them to report fairly anymore.
Did you know that more Americans have been murdered in the state of New York than have been killed on the battlefield since we invaded Iraq? As the media spouts the lastest Democrat talking points about the "quagmire" and "failure" that is Iraq, the fact that over 220,000 Americans have been murdered or killed in auto accidents on America's streets during the same period is not news. For a media that dutifully reports every single negative aspect of the Iraq conflict and each night tells us the total number of soldiers killed in Iraq, it seems quite incredible that there is so little interest in the fact that nearly 60,000 American have been murdered in our own cities during the same period. Nobody should be surprised as advancing murder and automobile accident death statistics is not nearly as beneficial to the Democrat party as depicting the Iraq war as an abject failure.
The example above is a lesson on how "context" can be used to add perspective to an issue. While the traditional media usually does not make up facts out of whole cloth, they are perpetual liars just the same. Factual omissions, the reporting of selected facts, and the absence of context are the tools the liberals at ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN use to advance their own beliefs and their own agenda. Watching CBS then researching the "facts" they present is by itself and object lesson on media partisanship
Watch any "60 Minutes" Bush-bashing program on CBS and then research the facts and people they presented to make their broadcast. You will find purposeful reporting of only selected facts, manipulation of the context to favor one position, opinion treated as material fact, old news re-packaged as new "revelations", all presented by people with an axe to grind, of whom CBS often neglects to identify their interests, political affiliations, or historical bias.
It is truly staggering, the dishonesty and naked partisanship of, much of the so called "mainstream media". CBS is the worst as far as the networks go. I despise CBS so much I can barely contain my anger when discussing them or the news. And I am joined by lots of people that I come into occasional contact with who communicate the same anger to me. They have noticed what I have. CBS News is partisan, rabidly anti-conservtive, and takes every opportunity on every issue to slant the news to favor the left.
Knowing that so many of us feel this way, the fact that CBS would replace the disgraced Rather with Couric, whose own left-wing partisanship was on display almost daily, is mind-boggling. Can they not find a single person who is not openly partisan to read the headlines of the day? It points to a much larger problem at CBS, one shared by all the big-city liberal news organizations, a failure to understandwho most Americans are, what they believe, and why they believe it. This is why so many of us have stopped watching all network news and have stopped buying newspapers. We simply refuse to sponsor or patronize organizations that work against our interests and our chosen leaders.
Partisanship in the media is not just bad for Republicans and conservatives, it is bad for America. When there are no universally-accepted honest arbitors of news and fact, then people will gravitate to the news source that most closely parallels their own worldview. This has already happened to a large degree.as evidenced by the rise of the new media and the decline of the old. The peril inherent in the subsequent balkanization of public opinion is the inability to solve any major problem as long as it can be exploited for maximum political advantage by one side or the other. The most dangerous manifestation of the "Us versus Them" media construct is the general cynicism and distrust it spawns in the hearts and minds of the public. How can a Republic govern itself well when their are no longer some absolutes truths to which we can all agree.
As far as today'a media is concerned, where truth meets dogma, so far, dogma is winning.
Jim Dunbar has been one of my life long friends, McDonald, Lowery and Fordson High. He is in the radio hall of fame for his top rated career in radio and TV show at KGO Radio and TV in San Francisco, California.
His wife Beth, just sent me this email that I would like to share with you.
We saw the greatest movie, 'Zodiac' that's filled with Jim Dunbars. Our son produced the music and his dad was featured as the star of
AM San Francisco , a morning TV show that he did for years! We were awakened after midnight with a call from KGO saying that the
Zodiac killer had called and wanted to give himself up on Jim's show the next morning. He wanted either Belli or F Lee Bailey there as well, so Mel Belli was called and met Jim at 5 in the morning. The killer called 45 times but the police were't able to trace the calls... It was an AMAZING and scary time so go see for yourselves.!! I was hoping that George Clunny would play Jim, but alas, not the case..
dearbornschools.org; 12:00AM on 3/13/07
On March 29th, 2007
WDHS Student Video (Dearborn High) will be shooting a highly complex scene at La Pita restaurant 22681 Newman in Dearborn .Our cast & extras will arrive at 8:00 am at the restaurant. Press coverage of the event in addition to outstanding food and beverages will be provided. Arabic music and food are critical elements to the story. This scene involves a birthday party for one of the main characters in the story. All participants (male & female) are asked to dress in semi-formal attire. Black and red are the theme colors of the movie and are therefore requested.
We are planning a web simulcast of the event.
Please refer to www.wdhsvideo.org or Google search Got Lyle.
Please contact WDHS Student Video at 313-827-1635 for further information.
We appreciate all of your efforts and look forward to presenting our production "GOT LYLE" this spring.