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How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits

The Bush Admin has been doing the same thing with unemployment Insurance.

Cutting people off of benefits using narrow standards, and often illogical reasoning. Saving money for Halliburton/Blackwater while claiming lower jobless statistics.

These Bushie fiends ARE vampires, despite recent scientific papers to the contrary.

David A

New York, NY

Mar 23 2007 - 8:42pm

Al Gore, Global Statesman

It is hard to believe that someone could call Al Gore a statesman.

He has more the sound of a religious fanatic. In addition, he appears to be a hypocrite.

Gorging himself on energy and then trying to buy his way out of the guilt by purchasing carbon offsets.

Hardly statesmanship. Give me me a break.

Jim Adams

Sherman Oaks, California

Mar 23 2007 - 6:00pm

The Many Man-Crushes of Chris Matthews

This article could not be more on the mark regarding right wing water boy Chris Matthews.

I get so tired of his recent act in which he pretends he was so against this Iraq fiasco from the very beginning. If you go back and view many of his shows at the beginning of the war, it will be readily clear to all that he was cheerleading and fawning over macho retired generals doing pro war spinning such as Barry McCaffrey, as much if not more than he was raising any sort of skepticism.

Also, how can anyone be taken seriously as any kind of professional or fair minded journalist who can readily admit, as he has done, that he voted for "worst ever" at least once and maybe twice without the least hint of shame or embarrasment.

He's a complete joke.

John Kwiatkowski

Los Angeles, CA

Mar 23 2007 - 5:49pm

Al Gore, Global Statesman

The only reason Al Gore 'dwarfed' the others was because he appears to outweigh everyone in the room by 80 pounds.

To the serious part, however he is impassioned, which comes through, but he is also wrong about CO2 being the cause, instead of the byproduct of warming. While we all tax ourselves to death (as if companies won't pass on these taxes to the public in a regressive manner) the earth will continue to warm or cool based on solar activity. We should be planning to adapt, not pretend that the capping of CO2 will make a difference.

Man made CO2 contributes less to the overall amount than animal wast, and even insect contributions. The ocean the largest contributor of all (who owns that, so they can be taxed?).

China opens a new coal power plant every week, do you think they will agree to put the brakes on their growth and prosperity?

The deaths experienced in the poorest parts of the world will make wars look like a good thing.

That's OK, he and the other rich people can just kep purchasing carbon offsets, while the rest of us eill be forced to go back to wood stoves.

Jim Thompson

Charlotte, NC

Mar 23 2007 - 5:15pm

Al Gore, Global Statesman

Al Gore is even more full of himself now than he was before.

He refuses to debate anyone on his slide show. That's because that facts, and the only facts, show the opposite of what he says. All of the ice cores taken in the 1980's show that thew CO2 increased after the warming. The temperatures actually decreased from 1940 to 1975, right when were pumping tons of CO2 into the air. If he was correct, this could not happen.

Also, the temperatures have not warmed since 1998, again, with China and India in full swing this could not happen. Add to that he's a complete hypocite. He is not helping the cause. He has become a cartoon figure, and will be remembered as such.

John Miller

Olathe, Kansas

Mar 23 2007 - 4:56pm

Al Gore, Global Statesman

It would help if walked the talk e.g. have a house that burns up only 5 times the energy of an average home, as opposed to over 10 times.

Mr. Gore wants everyone else to crimp their meagre and modest lifestyles, while he continues his lavish existence,

Ramana Sonty

Tenafly, NJ

Mar 23 2007 - 4:42pm

Al Gore, Global Statesman

Did a third grader write this piece? It is just absurd. As a business owner myself please explain how taxing the pants off companies will create jobs. I watched two minutes of "An Inconvenient Truth" and heard Gore lie about how the US is the greatest contributor by far of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Currently, China is almost on a par with us, will pass us in the next two years leaving us in the dust. After that lie I did not wait to listen to any more "conventient lies".

Carolyn Henry

Dallas, Texas

Mar 23 2007 - 4:26pm

Al Gore, Global Statesman

Thank you for acknowledging that we are in the presence of a true statesman.

I often wonder how different the world would be today, if Al Gore had not been stripped of his presidency.

We can only hope he decides to throw his hat in the ring for 2008.

Patrice Elmore

Levelland, Texas

Mar 23 2007 - 4:01pm

Descent into March Madness

Great article. I was fascinated to learn about the Drake Group, an organization which is actually fighting the academic abuses by athletic departments.

Yes, the system fails so-called "student" athletes, even the European-Americans. It is good to learn about it.

It is appalling to note that young African-American males are far more likely to be in prison than college.

But pop a brew and have some wings, enjoy the game. No racism here, thank you!

Adam Burke

Iowa City, IA

Mar 23 2007 - 3:36pm

The Many Man-Crushes of Chris Matthews

When I listen to Chris Matthews I feel like I'm listening to my fifth-grade teacher discuss the most basic elements of politics, but she was at least speaking to fifth-graders.

For a person who has spent 30 years of his life in and around Washigton politics I would expect to hear something significant. How many times is he going to bring up Hillary Clinton's high pitch voice which makes her sound like she is screaming?

I never thought anyone could make Joe Scarborough sound informed until I listed to Chris Matthews talk politics.

Tom Pisano

Shirley, NY

Mar 23 2007 - 1:29pm