A Convenient Lie (it’s been used, but it’s so apt.)

 

Check this out from The Tennessee Center for Policy Research:

Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”

Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average

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, 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.

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, Gore’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.

Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’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 the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” 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.

 

Now I need to pause a moment for the unbridled laughter…

Whew, that felt good.

There is nothing more entertaining then catching these over privileged, politician/activists in one of their lies. Of course lies are nothing new to Gore, who claimed to have invented the Internet. His film, An Inconvenient Truth, conveniently ignores the truth and instead manufactures statistics to support his personal “Man-Bear-Pig” theory.

But don’t worry, Al. You’ve moved from politics to Hollywood; two arenas where lying isn’t just encouraged, it’s rewarded….

… I mean AWARDED

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Published in: on February 27, 2007 at 12:15 am  Comments (2)  

Redneck Bomb Disposal

I still get my tail feathers ruffled a bit when I hear a left coast comic make jokes about the south, but then sometimes something occurs that proves that there is a reason that the south is still used as fodder for stand up comedians; and that really chaps my ass.

Tuesday evening my wife called me into the living room to watch breaking news of a suspected bomb (a large dark suitcase) in the parking lot of an Irving grocery store. The Irving bomb squad evidently had already x-rayed the case and decided to send in their robot; this is where the news media jumped in and where this tale takes a bizarre and almost comic twist.

This crack unit of bomb experts, who seem to be populated by a handful of ‘good-ole-boy’ pyromaniacs, decided that, even though the x-ray showed nothing, it would be more impressive to attach a shotgun to the end of their robot (ala Mythbusters or BattleBots) and blow this empty suitcase to kingdom-come. The media, always in search of ways to panic the public, plays along as if there is something big going to occur.

My wife, my father and I are all coming up with ideas for what would be the funniest, or grossest, thing to happen once they blast this suitcase full of holes…

The news casters are desperately trying to build tension; because the news media live off the fear they can generate in the public

…And here comes the robot with its laser sight and shotgun like a ninety-nine cent Terminator…

Everyone becomes silent while we all anticipate the impending suitcase destruction…

Blam! The shotgun blast smashes into the EMPTY suitcase and sends it flying while the Irving bomb squad cheers like a group of hillbillies at a drunken barn dance.

In between the side splitting laughter filling my living room I actually hear the news caster say “The danger is over.”

That’s right Bob; the Redneck Bomb Disposal team have taken their killer robot and gone home. It’s once again safe for empty suitcases everywhere.

See for yourself: Here, Here and Here

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 10:29 am  Comments (2)  

The Wonderful World of AJAX…

AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and xml) is the way of the future in web design. It allows for much more interactivity between the user and the web site and gives the users a much more dynamic experience. You’ve probably been on plenty of AJAX equipped sites and not even known it because a lot of AJAX’s work happens behind the scenes; pages using Ajax behave more like a standalone application than a typical web page.

I bring this up because I have been trying to learn a bit of AJAX and will be adding some simple AJAX scripts to both stevepohl.com and my ultra redesign of SladeArt (more on this later, but it will be a totally different site when I’m done). Right now an AJAX rss feed script from DHTMLgoodies.com is bringing the top of this blog to the home page of stevepohl.com.

I would like to know about everyone’s experience with this AJAX script so I can judge whether or not to continue my AJAX and JavaScript conversions.

Give me your input…

 

Published in: on February 16, 2007 at 5:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Valentine’s Day Massacre… (Well not really)

It’s Valentine’s Day again and it’s going to be a busy one. I am volunteering at my daughter’s school party and I’m taking pictures for the next slide show and the yearbook while I’m at it. I’ve got to generate copy for a group project in my portfolio class, I’m working on another massive overhaul for the Slade Art site, I’m toying with the idea of releasing a short film I made on YouTube to generate more traffic on stevepohl.com, and I’m in the throws of a great book recommended to me by Slade (A classic that I’m kicking myself for not reading sooner).

So, why am I spending time writing this? Because writing about what I need to do allows me to put off doing it for a few minutes longer. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Published in: on February 14, 2007 at 10:18 am  Leave a Comment  

“Mr. Bloody Room-guy”

Evidently I have developed a reputation for generating macabre imagery. I suppose that this shouldn’t surprise me considering I have done fan art for Michael Slade (a horror/mystery author) and I like to provoke certain psychological responses with my other work. Yet it does surprise me; I’m not a fan of most horror films and, in films, I tend to gravitate toward comedy, sci-fi, or adventure. Even in books I drift more toward mystery and intrigue, not horror. So I now find myself in an odd position of feeling the need to live up to a reputation that, while amusing, I’m not sure I want.

 But how can I dispense with something I wasn’t even aware I had? Maybe I can’t dispense with it; maybe I really do have a dark sensibility seething beneath the surface that I’m in denial about. What does that mean to me as a person and a father? Maybe everyone has a dark sensibility but not outlet to release it.

I like to consider myself a relatively happy and funny person but I will admit that I have a temper and I get depressed once in a while. Isn’t that part of being human; having emotions? I know the current societal trend is toward suppressing all emotions into a prozac-like malaise but that isn’t natural. People are supposed to feel; highs, lows, and in-betweens. Instead society has become so muted in its ability to experience emotion that any strong emotion or emotional response seem out of the ordinary.

 That kind of emotional suppression can’t be good for the mental health of the nation. When I became enraged at my neighbors for letting their dogs out without leashes I didn’t hold it in. But I didn’t let it out on my neighbors either, I went inside my house and vented my spleen on all the horrible things I wanted to do to the damn dogs and when I was done I went calmly (and rather cheerily, I might add) went over and talked to them. Had I attempted to talk to them before I privately exploded I don’t think I could have pleasant with them. Imagine if everyone stopped suppressing their emotions and just found a private space to vent them all. Once a week you could let everything out of your system; rage, sadness, fear, terror, hate, what-have-you, and start with a clean emotional slate the next day. Don’t you think people would be happier?

What I’m getting at in my usual, round-about, rambling fashion is this; if my work skews toward the macabre it’s probably because I am quietly releasing the steam that has been building behind the calm facade that I show the world. Not because I’m trying to shock or surprise… But that can be fun too. 🙂

Published in: on February 8, 2007 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Where the hell is all the global warming?

I’m officially sick of winter. Not the Norman Rockwell winters filled with beauty, majesty, sledding, and sun glinting off the newly fallen snow to warm your rosy cheeks. I’m sick of TEXAS winter; dark all the time, drizzle filled with huge globs of sleet, temperatures that tease you into thinking it might warm up only to suddenly drop 20 degrees after you’ve already left your jacket at home, insane drivers who seem to think they can out run the lightning, stupid drivers who let go of the wheel and cover their eyes when their car starts to spin, teenage drivers who think their immortal right up until they kill a family of 4, newscasters who stand in the sleet, smiling, and chat about how cold it feels, ANYONE who says “Well, we need the rain.” after a week of thunder and ice storms, and I’m sick of hearing everyone trying to tie our crappy weather to global warming.

I’d spray a can of deodorant out the window if it would bring the sun out. Screw the grandkids I want warmth NOW!

 BTW here is a link to a great Global Warming article: CFP

Published in: on February 1, 2007 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment