Sunday, May 21, 2006

Cure for Insomnia

We all know that Al Gore didn't really invent the internet. Hey, wake up! Go get some coffee and continue reading.

The charismatic 45th Vice President of the United States may be arrogant, pedantic and smarmy, but surely even he couldn't think that the hoi-polloi would buy a whopper this big. I didn't know what he actually said, so I used his invention to find out:

During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

Back in 1999, Gore was blathering to Wolf Blitzer on CNN about his accomplishments through the years.

Snopes pointed out that we commonly refer to the interstate highway system as President Eisenhower's creation.
If President Eisenhower had said in the mid-1960s that he..."created" the Interstate Highway System, we would not have seen dozens and dozens of editorials lampooning him for claiming he "invented" the concept of highways or implying that he personally went out and dug ditches across the country to help build the roadway. Everyone would have understood that Ike meant he was a driving force behind the legislation that created the highway system...

Fair enough. Even Vint Cerf ackowledges a level of contribution. The real reason that Gore got all the editorial abuse is because he is an arrogant blowhard. He comes across as smug and superior.

Paul Harvey still hasn't found a replacement, but I had to know the exact quote.


Blogger he who is known as sefton said...

Well, I'm pleased you took the trouble to research, and then publish the exact quote by Al Gore . . .

okay, so he was heinously mis-quoted by his political adversaries . . . too damn bad, our conventional media swallowed that lie hook, line and sinker . . .

anyway, I'm leaving this comment on your blogsite, motivated in part by your comment on the "Hear, O Israel" blogsite . . .

my five doughnuts to your three, you're bound to enjoy reading the post at the other end of the hyperlink, text for which is

By the way, do you (?) remember the Eisenhower silver dollars. On their obverse, there was a pictorial interpretation of the first message from the moon to the earth . . .

well, the post in question does touch on that . . . heavily

.he who is known as sefton

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