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Saturday, July 31, 2010


Rightwing bloggers, you gotta read them then wash your eyes with bleach.  They reported, passed judgement, and convicted Al Gore on the nonstory based on a discredited masseuse who didn't bother to press charges when the alleged incident happend 4 years ago. 

The winner of the popular vote in the 2000 presidential election as well as the Nobel Peace Prize and Oscar for his massively popular film, "An Inconvenient Truth," has been vindicated by the Portland, Oregon, police.  They've reported there is no there there.  But Holy Slander, Batman!  Did the absence of any proof stop the scandal mongering hyenas on the right?  No it didn't.  Here are some choice excepts from what passes as punditry on some rightwing blogs:

"he's a f***ing pig,

BUT it's like that Juanita Broaddrick woman who once accused Bill Clinton of raping her. The years go by -- "if I could save time in a bottle the first thing that I'd like to do" -- it's an arm of the VRWC, it'll amount to nada, certainly not anything a prosecutor could do anything with but the whole aim is to tarnish. Hatched up at Hannity's house with the aid of Mike Walker. Geez, you'd think with all he's done for the Planet can somebody please finish the guy off already? (memo to Napolitano, that's a sex'chal term). Ah the Chakras, the conservation of sexual energy, the Big O ain't the goal. If you want to put the best spin on it I'm into the Tantra."

Do we think this blogger will apologize for calling an innocent man a "f***ing pig?"   Don't hold your breath.  They attack like jackals first and when the facts come out to show they are wrong?


And this commenter implies, without a shred of evidence, that Mr. Gore is an adulterer:

"Isn't it strange that the Liberals who are so fast to attack the republicans when they misbehave are so quite on this Al Gore thing!!  Why haven’t usual progressive suspects mounted an attack on Al Gore?Why are so many liberal voices muted?  Republicans are attacked almost immediately for their adultery.. Why do I sense a bit of hypocrisy here?  If there were an Academy Award for Hypocrisy the Democrats would win every category."

Pardon me while I make an observation, but it seems to me that the right wingers are the ones who belong in the swine category, not Al Gore.  They took a story without all the facts being known and accused the former vice president of vile behavior and implied worse.  These minature Breitbarts show no shame or remorse for savaging an innocent man's reputation and spreading vicious lies about him.  There's a special place in hell, the Eighth Circle to be exact, for people who think it's sport to defame and besmirch other people's reputations.

Al Gore cleared of sex assault allegations in Portland

"Portland Police and the Multnomah County District Attorney's office have cleared Al Gore of criminal wrongdoing in the sex assault case filed by masseuse Molly Hagerty.

"After evaluating the materials submitted by PPB I have concluded that I agree with the assessment that a sustainable criminal case does not exist," said District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk, in a statement.

The case was submitted on July 27 for a review of possible criminal charges against Gore stemming from an incident alleged to have occurred during Gore's visit to Portland in October of 2006.

The complaining witness, Molly Hagerty, stated that she was sexually abused during a massage session at the Hotel Lucia when Gore was in Portland.

Gore was interviewed in July in San Francisco. He was adamant he did nothing wrong.

Hagerty failed a polygraph test during the course of the investigation, and there was no DNA evidence on the pants she claimed she wore during the alleged incident, according to investigators. "


Sue said...

well, well, that's good to hear, but seriously, who cares what Al Gore did or did not do? He is a private citizen not a VP. The righties have to DIG and DIG til they can come up with some little tid bit because they are so mortified and embarrassed by their sitting Senators and Congressmen who are dirty little scumbags and stupid enough to get caught doing the nasty with every Tom, Dick, Mary and Harry! So who next, who will the wingnuts choose next I wonder...

tnlib said...

I don't expect anything else from the right. This witch may have been paid by the RNC which could explain all the money that's missing.

TOM said...

Of course they are silent.

Have they been mentioning Bush's name lately?

Seems they still bring up Reagan.

If the American people ever wake up and have even a basic understanding of the harm Republicans have done to America and Americans over the last 30 years, their party will never survive. It should be dead now, but Americans focus on things other than politics.

The Griper said...

"Portland Police and the Multnomah County District Attorney's office have cleared Al Gore of criminal wrongdoing in the sex assault case filed by masseuse Molly Hagerty."

read your own blog, my lovely friend. the cops never cleared him of the accusation. the DA just declared that the evidence presented wasn't enough for a conviction in his opinion.

that is the beauty of our legal system. a person need not prove himself innocent. the State must have the evidence to show that he is guilty. there is a big difference in the concepts.

your declaration of his innocence has no more basis than that person had who declared him guilty.

now, does that mean i think he is guilty? the answer is no. the fact is that i don't know and neither does anyone else at the moment with the exception of Gore and Hagerty.

there are too many that rush to judgment in this issue and others similar to cases like this and that includes persons on both sides.

TOM said...

He IS innocent until proven guilty.

So he is innocent.

Arthurstone said...

The Griper lectured:

'your declaration of his innocence has no more basis than that person had who declared him guilty.'

It's always a treat to read something so obviously mistaken written with such utter conviction.
The presumption of innocence, as Tom points out, is fundamental to the American form of justice.

Occasionally it even works out that way. But clearly not everyone buys into the notion.

The fact that there was not enough evidence to warrant a trial, suggests there is just a touch 'more basis' 'declaring Al Gore innocent rather than guilty of an alleged crime which clearly hadn't been committed.

The Griper said...

yes, a "presumption" of innocence not a "declaration" of innocence.

if you don't understand the difference between these two words within the context of their meaning in law that isn't my fault.

it is under this context that there are many men who are actually guilty of the accusation against them but were never charged still walking the streets protected by the presumption of innocence principle.

and i'll reiterate,

is he guilty of the accusation? i don't know.
is he innocent of the accusation? i don't know.
the most anyone can say based upon the evidence presented in this post if one is to pass judgment is a verdict of "not guilty"
and the phrase "not guilty" is not synonymous with the word "innocent"

TOM said...

Your talking a philosophy vs the law. He is legally innocent, and your philosophical opinion, is just that.

Octopus said...

It seems the nativist, tribalist wingnuts are back, and if you are not of their persuasion, you always guilty of suspicion, sedition, socialism, liberalism, treason, or whatever their trashy imaginations are capable of conjuring. They profess themselves to be the last guardians of Mom, Apple Pie, the U.S. Constitution and all that nada dada, but they are the last to uphold your rights under law, including your right to be innocent until proven guilty.

Griper, go suck on a lemon!

dmarks said...

Griper said: "and the phrase "not guilty" is not synonymous with the word "innocent""

It, is, actually. You are merely performing a semantic somersault. "

dmarks said...

Arthur: I hope and tend to think he didn't do it. Well, it just does not fit in with my long-term image of Al Gore anyway.

I hope it wasn't a matter of someone rich and powerful and connected tilting the system and getting away with it, like the Kennedy rapist and Kobe Bryant.

K. said...

In essence, the word "presumption" means to accept something as a given or as true. Therefore, if one presumes innocence, one can accurately declare it right up until the second a jury delivers a guilty verdict.

The assertion that only the two of them know for certain strikes me as an Olympian pronouncement that gives aid and comfort to the perpetrator of a smear. It puts the accuser and the accused on equal footing when in fact they are not, and it puts the accused in the position of having to prove a negative, which is impossible

Our legal system says that Gore is innocent. The police found nothing to contradict that. The only responsible statement, then, for anyone to make is that Gore is innocent.

dmarks said...

K said: "Our legal system says that Gore is innocent. The police found nothing to contradict that. The only responsible statement, then, for anyone to make is that Gore is innocent."

Seems reasonable, considering the lack of information to the contrary.

TOM said...

People should blast Bluepitbull. He's a bully and likes attacking and insulting people who have cancer. ME, for one.

Octopus said...

I have taken it upon myself to delete the comment of Telling it like it is, who left no link and comes here as an anonymous comment assassin.

Profanity alone would be good enough reason to report this person to Blogger. The lack of an ID makes this person all the more cowardly ... and delete worthy.

I agree with you about BPB (as you know, I did throw his cruelty and callous disregard for people suffering from cancer back in his face ... and that is what the deleted comment was about).

TRUTH 101 said...

I appreciated Griper at least trying to defend his side. Even though his point was worthy of a cheap Kitty Kelly.

How do we know for sure Cheney didn't eat babies and set fire to virgins in the White House basement? I'm not saying he did. I'm just saying I'm not sure.

TOM said...

I had one of those comments on my post today. I posted it, then blasted it, but I should learn from you and just delete it.

What gets me about BPB is why he is welcome anywhere after what he says.

Arthurstone said...

Dick Cheney NEVER summoned his dark side in the White House basement.

That's what Raven Rock Mountain Complex in Pennsylvania was used for during the eight year Bush/Cheney regime.

The White House basement was reserved for George and his mountain bikes and for rehearsing with his chainsaw.

The Griper said...

"Presumption of innocence" per the U. S. Supreme Court.

"The presumption of innocence, an ancient tenet of Criminal Law, is actually a misnomer. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the presumption of the innocence of a criminal defendant is best described as an assumption of innocence that is indulged in the absence of contrary evidence (Taylor v. Kentucky, 436 U.S. 478, 98 S. Ct. 1930, 56 L. Ed. 2d 468 [1978]). It is not considered evidence of the defendant's innocence, and it does not require that a mandatory inference favorable to the defendant be drawn from any facts in evidence."

I have no more to say on the topic

Infidel753 said...

Presumption of innocence vs. proof of innocence is a non-issue in practical terms. Even if the matter had gone to trial and Gore had been proven innocent beyond reasonable doubt, you know full well the bloggers who raised the hue and cry would still not apologize or retract. It's been proven, by any rational standard, that Obama was born in Hawaii and not in Kenya, but that makes no difference to the birthers. Nor would absolute proof of Gore's innocence. They'd find some basis, however feeble, to dismiss it.

If you want to put the best spin on it I'm into the Tantra.

That blogger is telling the truth here, if we take "tantra" as being the Latin plural of "tantrum".

Octopus said...

The Griper - "I have no more to say on the topic"

Is that a promise!

The Griper said...

yup, that is a promise. i made my point and that is all that was necessary.

i consider Shaw to be a good online friend and as such deserves to be corrected when she makes a honest mistake just as i feel the same for anyone that i call friend regardless of their political ideology.

and i have no need to resort to name calling in an attempt to demean a person either

btw, pass the salt, i enjoy the taste of a good citrus fruit.

TOM said...

That's all I was doing, correcting your mistake, Griper.

Arthurstone said...

I'm just so glad someone is up to correcting 'honest mistake(s)'.

What a relief.

con·de·scend·ing (knd-sndng)
Displaying a patronizingly superior attitude

The Griper said...

"That's all I was doing, correcting your mistake, Griper."

if that be your intent then i'll say that there is no finer intent.

for it is that intent used a presupposition that the cornerstone for a good debate when people disagree on an issue.

you stated your position on the issue and i stated mine with the evidence to back my position up.

if you have any further argument on the issue then your argument is with the Justices that made the determination, not me.

Z-man said...

Wasn't this really a story that came out of the whole National Enquirer scene so take it up with them. I don't recall it being that big of a story in the right-wing blogosphere and only blogged about it myself because the whole scenario was so weird - "The Al Gore Sex Attack" - but it had the same cred as Juanita Broaddrick years ago when she claimed Bill Clinton raped her. My conclusion -- whatever happened happened years ago and these gals waited way too long to make their charges and so it's just topicworthy but that's all.

Z-man said...

Oh it's a good thing I reread this because I recognized my own quote there and I was flattered you highlighted it. There is nothing to apologize for because my blogging style is thinking out loud and the whole gist of that passage if you read it carefully enough is that her case is weak and that's the conclusion I drew. The passage is obviously written in a sarcastic and ironic style or do you need Monarch or Cliff Notes to get it?

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