I’m an old, old man

I didn’t get to bed too late last night, my head hitting the pillow by 1AM, but once again awoke a few hours later, this time sick as dog. (Actually, it was more like sick as a cat, if you know what I mean.)

Perhaps it was the free margaritas at the Daily Kos party (contrary to the name of my weekly social event, I don’t really drink all that liberally, and I didn’t last night either, but I almost never drink liquor, so who knows?), or perhaps it was the rare ahi tacos I had at dinner (yeah… order raw fish in Texas… that’s a great idea), but whatever the culprit, five hours later my sweat glands are my only orifices with anything left to spew.

(If you want to see a little of me in a less peaked state, Bill Scher has a brief video interview with me up on Liberal Oasis.)

Fortunately, today’s schedule was delayed, pushing my 10:30 panel back to 11:05, so I’ve got a little extra time to recover, sip a little green tea, and listen to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gamely take questions from a crowd comprised of a couple thousand folks who have never been shy about pointing out our many disappointments with the 110th Congress. The first question, from moderator and Netroots Nation executive director Gina Cooper, regarded when Karl Rove might find his way into that little jail cell on Capitol Hill for refusing to comply with a subpoena? Pelosi didn’t exactly answer the question, but she did say “He certainly deserves to be there”, much to the appreciation of the audience.

Anyway, I don’t plan to live blog the event, but I may post an update if anything particularly interesting happens. Now where’s that bathroom…?

As expected, Pelosi just introduced “surprise” guest Al Gore. And as expected, he was greeted by an enthusiastic standing ovation.

The quote of the day thus far from Gore (slightly paraphrased):

“Responding to today’s high gas prices by drilling new wells that won’t come online for 10 to 15 years, and most of which will be sold to China anyway, makes as much sense as responding to a threat from Afghanistan by invading another country.”


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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Slam down a couple more margarita’s this AM real quick.

    Remember the old saying about the cure being more of “the snake that bit ya”.

    Plus that dang Ahi probably came from some Chinese Cesspool. You really have to be careful these days about raw fish.

    Also, if you have the chronic squirts, get some of those Preparation H pads to heel up your sore squirter.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    MS was spewing the other day about how if we drill for more oil here we’ll have more. Like the oil companies are nationalized or something. But no, they’re not. They’re multinational corporations who will sell their oil all around the world to the highest bidder.

    Which is the reason that, even if for some reason we want to drill off our coasts and risk spills like Exxon Valdez or the Gulf Coast post-Katrina and Rita, in the end it is still just a tiny drop in the bucket of world production and consumption and cannot materially affect price or supply in the US.

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    The Real Mark spews:

    Did Al show up with his usual motorcade? Did they leave their engines running and the A/C on while they waited for him outside? Tsk, tsk, tsk… After recently telling everyone else that they need to get green and become Luddites, he gets caught on tape putting down his big, fat carbon footprint AGAIN.

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    Jim, (a genuine musician) spews:

    6: My parents moved us FROM Texas in the mid-60s and I am thankful pritnear every damn day.

    Texas leads the nation in bad air, overt racism, crappy public facilities of just about every kind, worst President in history, etc. Ugh.

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    mark spews:

    So oil in the ground is okay as long as you cant see it but if you spill it on the top its bad. By drilling and pumping it out arent we
    cleaning up huge underground oil disasters?
    Al Gore, Pelosi. They are meant for each other. Goldy, maybe its time you get a food taster like Hillary.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 You have to be real careful these days about anything that comes from China, especially toxic debt.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I have no doubt you stupid humans, especially the Republican half, will squeeze every last drop of oil out of the ground at any price … instead of conserving, inventing new energy technologies, etc. And after it’s all gone, and you’ve done nothing to prepare for the day when it all will be gone … then what?

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    mark spews:

    @11 Half the population have their noses
    sniffing up Algores ass. If they would quit
    using all forms of the evil energy it would
    last us real men twice as long. How about it?

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    Daddy Love spews:

    12 m

    It’s more fun for us to hear you cry like little girls when someone takes your oil away.

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    YellowPup spews:

    On the call for drilling, if it hasn’t been mentioned, Naomi Klein has been making the rounds on the media (MSM and otherwise) about how Bush and the conservatives are exploiting the energy crisis to give out paybacks to their friends in the oil industry during their last year in office, in a classic example of what she calls “disaster capitalism,” using the occasion of a crisis to push through policy/legislation that benefits corporations. It’s an interesting model for understanding how we’ve let ourselves get duped in the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the current oil crisis, and so on.

    See here and here.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @12 (continued) The best outcome you “real men” can hope for is that you’ll blow yourselves up before your pickups run out of gas for good.

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    The Real Mark spews:

    NAMBLA @ 5

    My Audi has a solar panel integrated into the sunroof to power a fan when the weather is hot. Al Gore? He has his driverS (plural) running V-8 engines with A/C so that he’s nice and cool when he’s done exerting his resource-overconsuming bulk to lecture everyone else.

    I care more about the environment than Al does!

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    typical white person (rob) spews:

    Chi Com Goldy I am sure you would have backed Hitler if the time and place was right. It is obvious that you only listen to the platitudes and don’t bother to think for yourself.

    Goldy’s quote of the day: Evidently you can’t copy and paste it because it is to ridiculous. The jest of it is that if we drill new wells we will export the oil to China. I guess that makes sense in Goldy/Algore world? Even if it was accurate, is there a problem that goldy and algore have in reducing our trade deficit?

    Goldy was to enamored with the Goron to quote his fix for the economy and the energy crises. Basically the Goron says that if we start producing electricity from wind, geothermal and solar we will quit importing oil in 10 years. We don’t produce electricity from oil libtards. We produce it from American coal, uranium, natural gas, and a very small amount of wind and solar.

    A footnote to solar is that environmentalists have shut down the biggest solar generation plant in the country because they are worried about the impact on the desert.

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    Puddybud spews:

    Didn’t some HA Moonbat! say there is only 2% of the US oil being used to generate electricity? So what is Al Gorebasm smoking…?

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    delbert spews:

    Al Gore can kiss my ass. He’s a hypocrite for his own energy wastage. He’s promoted the worst kind of junk science. Science is done by hypothesis and experiment, not popular consensus, political agendas, and bribery with grant money. His comment on Afghanistan is telling – if he and Bill hadn’t ignored the Islamic extremists during the 90’s we might not be in Iraq today. If we’d started drilling then, gas wouldn’t be $4.35 a gallon today.

    If we had started drilling in ANWR 13 years ago, when it was first brought up in Congress, that oil would be on the market today. If the Democrats hadn’t blocked oil shale development in the Rockies last Spring, that oil would be on the market in a few years. Ditto Canadian tar sands.

    Democrats are dishonest when it comes to generating and using energy, the politicians claim to support drilling when they know damn good and well, their buddies in the enviro-nut sector will block every attempt to produce any sort of power. Ted Kennedy blocked a wind project off Nantucket because of NIMBYism. It’s where he sails, can’t muss the view from the sailboat dontchaknow. Solar generation in the Mojave desert was blocked by threat of a lawsuit last month, until the word hit the press and then the BLM restarted the process. Don’t even mention nuclear.

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    delbert spews:

    And another thing, look up the word “fungible” – in short, this thing can be directly substituted for that thing. This dollar bill is equal to that dollar bill or those 4 quarters.

    Money is fungible, Oil is mostly fungible, different sulfur contents demand different prices, but more oil on the market is more oil.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    18 twpr

    The jest of it is that if we drill new wells we will export the oil to China.

    That’s “gist” unless you are saying that someone is making a joke. You shouldn’t use words you don’t know. But yes, that is one thing that Vice President Al Gore has said, and the reason he says it is to counter the Republican attempt to appeal to the simple-minded when they imply that if we drill more oil it will somehow magically all stay here in the US, which it won’t.

    Basically the Goron says that if we start producing electricity from wind, geothermal and solar we will quit importing oil in 10 years. We don’t produce electricity from oil libtards.

    Straw man alert. Here’s the quote from his site wecansolveit.org: “Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.” Nothing about electricity from oil. Nothing about importing oil. If you have a citation, produce it.

    But it does say there that

    the real solutions to the climate crisis are the very same measures needed to renew our economy and escape the trap of ever-rising energy prices. Moreover, they are also the very same solutions we need to guarantee our national security without having to go to war in the Persian Gulf…Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world’s energy needs for a full year. Tapping just a small portion of this solar energy could provide all of the electricity America uses…And enough wind power blows through the Midwest corridor every day to also meet 100 percent of US electricity demand. Geothermal energy, similarly, is capable of providing enormous supplies of electricity for America.”


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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Hey Rog–
    Great Article.
    One thing that stood out was these 80 year-old’s are having way more sex than Goldy ever dreamed of (which is like once).

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    Mark1 spews:

    ‘I’m an old, old man
    by Goldy, 07/19/2008, 7:58 AM’

    And yet a happy relationship (non-stalking of The Darcy), attainable goals, a real job, an initiative that actually means something other than calling people names (unlike buddy Tim’s many) and gainfull employment still elude the boy; even at his age. Ho-hum.