Oscar, Al and Shooter

February 26, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

Last night, I numbed my buns watching the Academy Awards for upwards of four interminable hours. I think the last time I watched this extravaganza, Bob Hope was the emcee.

I watched mostly to see if my man, Al Gore, would do the unthinkable thing that was rumored, i.e., announce his presidential run with Oscar peering over his shoulder. He didn't. I should have known. The man has class. Now his life work has been deemed Oscar-worthy. But don't hold that against him. The Oscar may be mitigated by an award from the Nobel folks. I hope so. He richly deserves it.

Before I move on to the larger implications of Gore's win, let me just say that the Academy Awards reminds me a little bit of the bar scene from the first "Star Wars" movie. The distinguished Mr. Gore was surrounded by Hollywood's finest. Maybe my incipient fogeyness filtered the incoming images, but I found it a generally odd lot.

Cascades of hair colors not found in nature, many in peculiar styles. Wasp-waisted wannabes cinched into some severely unattractive gowns. A bevy of bodacious tatas on the verge of making a cameo appearance.

Men with hair slicked back (Leonardo DiCaprio) or missing altogether (the oddly disturbing Jack Nicholson). The dashing Peter O'Toole of my youth looking unfocused and completely used up. Then finally, finally, the delicious George Clooney moved to center stage. As soon as he opened his mouth, he lost my love forever. He made a totally inappropriate joke (likely referencing his much-publicized drunk with Danny DeVito some time back) about drinking backstage with Al Gore and others. Ewww.

I love that a full-figured black woman (Jennifer Hudson) defeated her competition. That a woman my age (Helen Mirren) swept the best actress field. That Alan Arkin (who won my heart about 100 years ago in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter") won. That Melissa Etheridge kissed her wife before bounding to the stage to accept her Oscar for best song, "I Need to Wake Up," written for Al Gore's film. I found myself rooting for the non-traditionals, and they won in large numbers.

Which brings me full circle to Al Gore.

In his post today, Juan Cole posits that the Gore win last night was more than a Tinseltown moment. Cole is very smart, very insightful. He speaks today about the immensely powerful and dangerous campaign by big oil to undermine work that might mitigate against global warming. Which, of course, puts big oil at complete loggerheads with Al Gore. I hope someone has his back, big time. Cole says:

That the Al Gore film "An Inconvenient Truth" was legitimized by an Oscar Sunday night for "Best Documentary" has wider implications for the future of the United States than it might seem, though admittedly it is a small step.

That the American Enterprise Institute is the most hawkish of the Washington "think tanks," and that its staffers were key to thinking up and promoting the Iraq War with lies and propaganda.

A=B, B=C, therefore A=C. Exxon Mobil is a big behind the scenes player in the Iraq War by virtue of its support for AEI. In fact, I think a boycott of its gas stations is in order until the company cuts off AEI and stops promoting the Iraq War and muddying the waters on global warming. (It pledged to do the latter in the past, but obviously was lying).

So the point is that the American Enterprise Institute symbolizes the intersection of Oil and War, which are the two most menacing threats to the future of America.

Only by a Manhattan Project-scale government effort to develop green energy can we hope to avert the worst consequences of global warming, which is likely to raise sea levels 20 feet over the next century or century and a half. (That would put a lot of cities on both coasts under water).

But the other problem with petroleum and gas as sources of energy is that they are getting scarcer. No big new fields have been found for some time. And in one recent year China generated 40% of new demand for petroleum. If a billion Chinese and a billion Indians adopt the American lifestyle and all want 1.5 automobiles and superhighways to crawl along on, the existing stocks of oil will become objects of fierce competition. This process has already begun, and there is a sea change from the mid-1990s, when oil was still cheap and competition for it limited.

Iraq is an Oil War in the mind of politicians like Dick Cheney. It was necessary to deny it to China and other rivals thirty to fifty years in the future. It was necessary to open its vast petroleum fields up for exploration and cast aside anti-American Baath socialism.

All of this reminds me that Al Gore has fearlessly taken on the powers of evil intentions, daring to poke about in the dark cave where Cheney dwells and snarls, plotting high crimes and misdemeanors with his pals. Clearly, advocating for our planet is not for the faint of heart.

Dick Cheney will never win an Oscar. I imagine he laughs off Gore's win. But he had best pay attention. Al Gore has picked up his scent. It's the stink of deceit and greed. This is not an adventure flick, folks. It's real life. Which is why I want Al Gore in the White House. I believe with my whole heart that he's our best and possibly only hope.

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Lynnellmickelsen (not verified) | February 26, 2007 - 2:18pm

Great post, Barbara. I knew I'd never last the whole four hours, so I just watched the last 30 minutes and then waited for Crooks and Liars to post the two appearances of Gore---first when he made some announcement with Leo De Capria and then when "An Inconvenient Truth" won the Oscar.

Here's the link:http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/02/25/al-gore-takes-home-the-statue/.

Then this morning, I opened my Minneapolis paper to get an anti-Gore rant from their right-wing affirmative action hire, columnist Katherine Kersten who sure sounded like she in the midst of some truly Irrational Hating stuff.

Poor little wing-nuts. There's going to be some long couple of decades ahead for them. Some of their Great Men--Dick Cheney, George W, Donald Rumsfeldt--will probably end up indicted at the Hague and elsewhere, so travel abroad may be a bit dicey. And as the truth slowly and inevitably comes out aboutthe truly criminal levels of graft, corruption and abuse of these last six years, it may get a little dicey travelling domestically too.Ditto for the second tier players like Bill Frist, Denny Hastert and Tom Delay. And Lord knows James Dobson, Anna Coulter, and Bob Novak won't be looking good in history.

Meanwhile, Al Gore will probably win the Nobel Prize later this year.

Of course, if Big Dick and Junior George go ahead with their plan to attack Iran, it's going to be a long couple of decades ahead for all of us.


Anonymous (not verified) | February 26, 2007 - 6:28pm

And you base this on what?


susan | February 26, 2007 - 7:09pm

Dear Anonymous. 1.) If you're going to keep pestering us, get a name. 2.) If you're going to keep wasting your words on the clothesline -- good god, get a life -- learn to call women something other than "gals". Watch it, I know where you're headed, and we do have the power to remove you if you flame. Or even if you don't, and just become tiresome, which -- is a strong possiblity.

To rag on the sort of house Al Gore lives in misses the point entirely. It's like the people who gloat when the temperature is below zero for a few weeks in January, because they think it disproves global warming; they confuse weather with climate. No one is suggesting that we all go live in caves and burn tallow. It's a much more massive policy shift than you can apparently grasp -- though yes, it does include conservation measures in our homes. But even that is only truly effective when done en masse, as we're seeing in California.
You and Katherine Kersten are like Lake Erie to Al Gore's Lake Superior -- all shoreline, no depth.


Peter (not verified) | February 26, 2007 - 10:06pm

You and Katherine Kersten are like Lake Erie to Al Gore's Lake Superior -- all shoreline, no depth.

Cute !


susan | February 26, 2007 - 10:10pm

Thanks. Just came to me today and I expect to wring a lot of use out of it.


Peter (not verified) | February 26, 2007 - 10:12pm

Kind of like Al Gore? All hat and no cattle !


Barb (not verified) | February 26, 2007 - 5:32pm

Time to start voting in the political arena, not just the entertainment one.
Nice that Gore won a statue, when he should have won the White House in 2000.
May he continue to speak up and speak out!!


Anonymous (not verified) | February 26, 2007 - 5:49pm

One of the best pieces that I have read on the greatness of Al Gore was written by a lady named Katherine Kersten. It is in todays Minneapolis Star Tribune and hopefully everyone will get a chance to see it.

Now that gal can write !


Anonymous (not verified) | February 26, 2007 - 5:58pm

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 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.


Swallow (not verified) | February 27, 2007 - 1:14pm

I agree completaly with you on this person and I think it's just about time to hit the Iggy button.Now I know that your's is a young site and it's not nice to turn people away at the door, but as I state on my site,if you have something constructive to add then by all means do so . However if you just want to be bitchy and a pain in the ass it's just a button push away from blogville to banville. Also a thought, I didn't
catch the AA as had my head stuck in the oven to bad the Microwave oven don't work with the door open. Also Glad to hear gore won something for his efforts, and I don't care if he leaves the bathroom lights on at least he is doing more than this Anonomus.

As always Your's

ps Keep up the good work and keep the trolls out


Peter (not verified) | February 27, 2007 - 4:59pm

Come on now! I have a name now and everything. Do I now have to agree with everything to contribute?

You might be surprised how often I might agree with your position.


susan | March 1, 2007 - 6:29pm

No, you don't. (Have to agree.) And I don't mind you stirring the pot, as sometimes your wink-wink insults and inanity give me good material.
So I'm not voting you ("Peter") off the island -- yet. But if the jerk factor gets too high or too repetitive, we'll just make those math problems harder.