February 13, 2013
Al Gore's choice Al Jazeera calls for death for apostasy against Islam

Albert Gore, Jr. is coming to Seattle Thursday. He has been in the news because he sold his Current TV to Al Jazeera. He says he chose them because they do such a good job on news and his partner Joel Hyatt says Al Jazeera shares their goals when they started Current TV. Wall Street Journal

Gore laughs when asked "Mr. Former Vice President you have railed against oil companies for years. You sold to a company that is owned by the government of Qatar, which gets most of its revenue from oil. Do you like money more than the beliefs you have espoused for years?" It is estimated that he gained $70 to $100 million on the sale. Surely he cannot be held to the standard he uses on others.

Now his Al-Jazeera has broadcast death threats to those who leave Islam. Thursday you will want to ask distinguished Nobel laureate Gore if this is what he was talking about when he said he was proud of the sale.

Daily Caller

... Western critics of Islam highlighted a recent broadcast of the network's regular "Shariah and Life" show, which has an estimated audience of 60 million viewers worldwide.

The show's host is Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a prominent Sunni Islamic cleric.

He declared that Islam's mandated death-penalty for apostasy has kept Islam alive since the 1400s. "If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn't exist today," Qaradawi said on the show.

Qaradawi cited specific verses and narrations by Islam's prophet, Muhammad, and the recorded testimony of his companions, that mandate the death penalty for anyone who tries to leave Islam.

"Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:33 says: 'The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle is that they should be murdered or crucified,'" Qaradawi quoted on his show...


I don't know the date of this broadcast but he has been broadcasting similar things for years. Daily Caller:


"The most recent Qaradawi quotes about conversion from Islam are pretty much consistent with his own and Muslim Brotherhood beliefs," said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official who has specialized in Middle Eastern research.

"They fall into Al-Jazeera's pattern of seeking ratings on the basis of inciting hatred and violence," he added.



Posted by Ron Hebron at February 13, 2013 05:26 PM | Email This
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1. Shouldn't the documented hatred toward the USA and imminent danger of jihadist propaganda to terrorist cells known to be present within our borders be grounds to deny the sale of current TV to Al-Jazzera ?

It would be poetic justice for a opportunistic fraud like Gore to have the loser Current TV dumped back in his lap.

Posted by: KDS on February 13, 2013 06:46 PM
2. Gore made hundreds of millions this last decade being a gasbag and a hypocrite. Not exactly news. And his girth and head seem to have grown, somehow proportionally to his accumulating wealth. My goodness! His head must be twice the size of Barry Bonds' and nearly as big as Sarah Palin's! Speaking of Palin, what's with that head of her's? Every time I saw her on the tube this last year her head filled the screen like something that might start floating over Russia or something.

Wow, can you image Gore and Palin having a debate? Now that'd be strange. In fact, that would be very, very strange.

Really, Ron, isn't starting an Al Gore bash the day after a transitional SOTU speech that took place as the GOP is splintering into two factions that are now vicously and publicly attacking each other whistling past the graveyard? Hey, there's a topic for you. "How is it that Sound Politics has been reduced to whistling past the graveyard?"

The situation facing the Republicans today gives Sound Politics an opportunity to be relevant again. I just don't think a Gore bash is going to cut it, Ron, not if you want your blog to assume a leadership role and be relevant in shaping the course of your party's future.

It's time to pick a side of the wingnut schizm, Ron! I suggest that you pick the side Pudge isn't on and then ditch him. Besides not being terribly bright, there's that very nasty thing of his, calling everybody liars who merely disagree with him and then banning them. That has to be like a wet blanket on your blog.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 13, 2013 07:08 PM
3. "Now his Al-Jazeera"

Um, no. It's Al-Jazeera's Current TV.

Gore scammed those Arabs for $100M for a station that nobody in America has ever bothered to watch. If trading arms for hostages with Iran is stuff of wingnut sainthood, shouldn't Gore and what he's done to Al-Jazeera at least be the stuff of a wingnut heroism?

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 13, 2013 07:22 PM
4. Ron: you should really be worried from the last two comments by the insane but very small moonbat.

Posted by: KDS on February 13, 2013 10:30 PM
5. Gore laughs when asked "Mr. Former Vice President you have railed against oil companies for years.

Laughter is one appropriate response to fact-free accusations, yes, especially for a public figure, who lacks the protections against libel and slander the rest of us enjoy. Good show, Mr. Gore!

It is estimated that he gained $70 to $100 million on the sale.

One of the Republican conceits, immune to all evidence, holds that they are much, much better at business than are we libs. Watching the hated Mr. Gore beat so many Republicans at their own self-described game really burns them, doesn't it?

Surely he cannot be held to the standard he uses on others.

[citation needed]

Thursday you will want to ask distinguished Nobel laureate Gore if this is what he was talking about when he said he was proud of the sale.

Just like the crowd here asked Dr. Krauthammer about those missing WMDs in Iraq, no doubt. Why don't you quote what they asked him, Ron? (Leadership, how does it work?)

He declared that Islam's mandated death-penalty for apostasy has kept Islam alive since the 1400s. "If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn't exist today," Qaradawi said on the show.

"My religion exists today only because of the credible threat of violence against those who might question it," hardly constitutes a ringing endorsement of said religion. Note also the lack of any call to action in these quotes, which are (unflattering) descriptions of Islam by one of its own adherents(!). Hardly celebrating that creed, now is it?

Besides not being terribly bright, there's that very nasty thing of his, calling everybody liars who merely disagree with him and then banning them.

None of the front-page posters here, nor their peanut gallery of commeters, has any problem with vindictive, censorious intolerance as the leitmotif of this conservative site. As a Seattle liberal, I have no problem with it either.

Posted by: tensor on February 13, 2013 11:08 PM
6. No one serious takes Gore seriously anymore.

Posted by: Leftover on February 13, 2013 11:44 PM
7. Dr Steve - I usually just ignore your comments, but this one demonstrated such profound ignorance I just couldn't let it pass. Al Gore did not "scam the Arabs" into buying a low rated station. The value of Current TV was in the contracts it had with cable and satellite providers. Those contracts run for several years. Content providers have a limited number of channels, and being able to cover almost all of the US with a single purchase is a huge coups for the propaganda arm of radical islam.

Definitely going to go back to ignoring your posts.

Posted by: Hairy Buddah on February 14, 2013 12:05 AM
8. ... the propaganda arm of radical islam.

We're talking about Al-Jazeera, which, as we have already seen, allows fundamentalist Islamists to hang themselves on television.

Definitely going to go back to ignoring your posts.

Ironically, one comment too late! :-)

Posted by: tensor on February 14, 2013 12:15 AM
9. https://www.oregoncommunitycu.org/news-events/blog/2013-volunteer-day-around-corne

Posted by: health on February 14, 2013 05:24 AM
10. Look for the air quality in Seattle to be lowered substantially. A bunch of hot, useless air coming from a bloated old politician about mythological stuff like man made global warming is likely not good for the atmosphere. zzzz. Wake me up when someone of actual stature comes to town.

Oh, and Gore. may you have safe travels on your gas guzzling gulf stream, you hypicritical dolt!

Posted by: Rick D. on February 14, 2013 06:54 AM
11. @7 No sense of humor, huh? No surprise.

How can one identify a wingnut? They only laugh when people are suffering and dying.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 08:16 AM
12. 8." the propaganda arm of radical islam."

"We're talking about Al-Jazeera, which, as we have already seen, allows fundamentalist Islamists to hang themselves on television+

You just showed your ignorance about radical Islam with a comment like that. There is no shame to a radical Islam (i.e. jihadist) about hanging themselves or beheading "infidels". You fail to comprehend that they place little value on human life. Ron's post is accurate and you are out in lala land. If you don't believe it, try befriending an Islamist.

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 08:42 AM
13. Let's applaud Mr Gore for his entrepreneuring skills in dumping that non-event and be thankful he reaped the riches to support Tipper (in a way to which she's accustomed) and that he will still be able to afford those expensive massages when he comes to the West coast. Is the man repulsive and con and a bit of a clown...YES, but he duped those oil folks. :)

Posted by: Duffman on February 14, 2013 08:43 AM
14. @8 - Al-Jazzera is part of the main stream islamist culture, rather than the radical islamist part, but I challenge you to find documentation that it is bad in their eyes to show fundamentalist muslims hanging themselves or found hung on TV.

@13 - As PT Barnum said "there's a sucker born every minute" ergo a low information voter (here)

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 08:52 AM
15. "If you don't believe it, try befriending an Islamist."

Gawd, what a bigot. You just tarred every Muslim on the planet with your BS statement.

Hate much?

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 09:55 AM
16. re Dr. Steve: They're just jealous of the risk-takers and producers. This is how capitalism works. Gore put up a lot of his own money for a new television station and sold it at a profit. Good for him!

The Chinese have threatened to defeat and destroy the U.S. for decades, yet offshoring our jobs is OK for Mitt Romney to do in their eyes.

Conservatives talk out of both sides of their mouths. They are unreliable liars -- the type who gave pox infested blankets to the Indians and called it charity.

Since when is Ted Nugent's threats on the presiden's life patriotism and Islamic fundamentalist threats terrorism?

Posted by: Angelus Novus on February 14, 2013 11:18 AM
17. @15 I am sorry you can't get your head out of your a-hole or is Obama's a-hole ?

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 11:58 AM
18. "The Chinese have threatened to defeat and destroy the U.S. for decades, yet offshoring our jobs is OK for Mitt Romney to do in their eyes."

Your head is also up Obama's a-hole !

"Conservatives talk out of both sides of their mouths. They are unreliable liars -- the type who gave pox infested blankets to the Indians and called it charity."

Leftist moonbats like you lie through their teeth.

Since when is Ted Nugent's threats on the presiden's life patriotism and Islamic fundamentalist threats terrorism?

Demonstrate what threats from Nugent - you can't. Another lie.

Posted by Angelus Novus at February 14, 2013 11:18 AM

You and @15 are wasting your time - no one of sound mind pays attention to your insane moonbat opinions.

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 12:07 PM
19. KDS states this,

"If you don't believe it, try befriending an Islamist."

which is somehow connected to this,

"Obama's a-hole"

One of Obama's bodily orifices has something to do with your blind hatred leading you to condemn all Muslims? Care to explain?

This ought to be interesting.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 12:11 PM
20. "no one of sound mind pays attention"

LMFAO!!

Excuse me for laughing at you, KDS, but how on earth would you ever know what someone of sound mind might think?

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 12:20 PM
21. @ 20 Why are you such a bigoted idiot ?

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 12:42 PM
22. Instead of whistling past the graveyard with Al Gore, maybe a topic for a future (un)SP post could be about FreedomWorks, pandas and Hillary Clinton.

"FreedomWorks created a promotional video that depicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton having oral sex with a woman in a giant panda suit"

And the idea was to show this to Christian conservatives? Well, I reckon FreedomWorks understands Christian conservative tastes better than I do.

Hmm, I just remembered that Republican senate aid Alan David Berlin was busted for, well, it involves a panda costume and an underaged teen.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/orie-aide-accused-of-soliciting-teen-for-furry-sex-343874/

Pandas. Even KDS could connect the dots on this one.

Maybe I should take his lead and tar all Republicans with having a really strange panda fetish. Nah, that'd be no different than KDS tarring all Muslims for the actions of a few so I'm not going to go there. That's not to say that it wouldn't have been fun. Heh. Pandas.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 12:50 PM
23. "FreedomWorks created a promotional video that depicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton having oral sex with a woman in a giant panda suit"

Prove it !

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 01:05 PM
24. @22 - come on back to reality - too much LSD and an obsession with polar bears. Besides being a liar, a POS and a bigoted idiot - you have shot your wad.

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 01:37 PM
25. @22 - an obsession with pandas, not polar bears.

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 01:39 PM
26. Dr Steve has helpful suggestions for Sound Politics. He is so concerned for our success.

How can I believe that the big-government posters don't know Algore has criticized "big oil" for years -- decades? Gore is only a capitalist when it involves his own pockets.

Posted by: Ron on February 14, 2013 02:31 PM
27. @26 - With the squabble going on between Karl Rove (the GOP establishment/RINO wing) and the Don't tread on me (the conservative wing), SP has been silent and somewhat tone deaf about discussing this, which plays into the future of the GOP or possibly a new brand name of the opposition to the Social Democrat party.

Of course, that topic would bore the usual suspects who are so concerned about this blog whistling past the graveyard... So bring it on !

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 02:59 PM
28. How about we just get out of the Middle East and let the people who live there run their countries? It's up to Israel to survive on its own. That countyr is not part of the US, and we've been backing them for too long. We've done enough for Israel to last many lifetimes.

Just get out and stay out of the Middle East!

Posted by: Liertarian on February 14, 2013 03:31 PM
29. Is lietarian a lieing libertarian ? LOL

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 04:17 PM
30. "Dr Steve has helpful suggestions for Sound Politics. He is so concerned for our success."

Indeed, I'm trying to be helpful. Sure, I try to poke you and Pudge at the same time, Ron, but it was a sincere suggestion that you move the blog in a direction towards more relevancy. After all, HA has only one troll left. If you don't thrive, what am I gonna do for kicks? So, yes, I'm concerned for your success.

"How can I believe that the big-government posters don't know Algore has criticized "big oil" for years -- decades?"

For my part, I think my calling Gore a gasbag and hypocrite in the first sentance of my first comment was a clear enough statement of where I stand on Al Gore. It's been that way for a very long time.

KDS must have taken a pill. His first paragraph @27 isn't bad, Ron.

"Of course, that topic would bore the usual suspects who are so concerned about this blog whistling past the graveyard..."

No, I wouldn't be bored, KDS. This is the time for these things to be talked about by you people. If not now, when? At times like this when there is so much at stake for conservatives, talking about Al Gore really is whistling past the graveyard. For all of my dissing of you, you do seem to get this.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 04:25 PM
31. "Prove it !"

Not to dwell on this one, KDS, but just do a search using FreedomWorks, panda and Clinton. It's breaking and it's all over the place. Worse yet, thay used interns in the roles of the panda and Clinton. I understand that good and decent Republicans draw the line at interns. So I'd say that someone at FreedomWorks messed up big time. But I also say that one shouldn't tar all Republicans as having panda fetishes just because of the actions of a few rogues, just as one shouldn't tar all one billion Muslims because of the relatively few who are terrorists.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 04:36 PM
32. KDS -- Everyone has seen Nugent threatening the president's life on TV. Why do you demand the same proof that you and everyone else has already seen?

Why don't you prove that Nugent did not say what he did say.

Disprove it.

Posted by: Angelus Novus on February 14, 2013 04:49 PM
33. @31 - You have proven nothing. Provide the link from FreedomWorks, not Media Matters or some leftwing propaganda site.

Stop trying to be such a disrespecting smart ass and pay attention to what someone else is saying besides you. You come across like an insane moonbat most of the time, like you have a chemical imbalance.

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 05:00 PM
34. Why don't you prove that Nugent did not say what he did say.

Disprove it.
Posted by Angelus Novus at February 14, 2013 04:49 PM

No need to, because you lied about what he said and/or purposely misquoted him. He threatened himself not the President, Putz - and the secret service investigated it, but they quickly dropped it. Are you going to provide documented proof or double down and keep lieing ?

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 05:04 PM
35. "You have proven nothing."

Don't be such a stupe, KDS. I don't need to prove anything to you. At this point, I'd say that's up to FreedomWorks.

Days before the FreePAC event, the video was screened for staff. "My mouth was wide open," a former official recalls. "'What the hell is this?'" Several FreedomWorks staffers were outraged and stunned that Brandon, the group's second-in-command after [President and CEO] Kibbe, had overseen the video's production, appeared in it, and intended to show this film at the conference, which would be attended by many social-conservative activists. They raised objections to the film.

"How was that not some form of sexual harassment?" a former FreedomWorks official asks, noting that two female interns had been requested to act out a pretend sex scene. "And there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment."

http://www.businessinsider.com/freedomworks-hillary-clinton-sex-video-tea-party-2013-2#ixzz2KvY0WDy7

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 05:33 PM
36. You really are a stupe, KDS.

"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. "If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don't even know what you're made out of."

Quit parsing words. That was a threat directed towards the president of this nation and the Secret Service had no choice but to look into it.

If some dirty hippie said that about a Republican president you know damned well that you'd be birthing a panda over it.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 05:55 PM
37. Even if such a video exists, it pales compared to the hate-filled slanderous claptrap that the Democrats did in the runup to the 2012. That doesn't justify it at all, but the Democrats are the pot calling the kettle black when it comes to criticizing ethics.

@36 - clown steve cherry picked and left out the statement from Freedom Works at the end (see below). I read accounts from Mother Jones - a left wing smear Freedom Works website, but no actual video found and Freedom Works denied the report. Not saying this actually occurred or not, but so far the actual video is missing. Its a he said she said thing. It was in the heat of the 2012 election campaign and water under the bridge. The rest of the story from the article below;

"Mother Jones has been on top of FreedomWorks' post-election disarray for the past few months. In early December, it reported that Dick Armey, the former Congressman who helped build and eventually chair the group, resigned amid an internal clash. Armey received an $8 million buyout.

UPDATE (4:55 p.m. ET): In a statement, FreedomWorks communications director Jackie Bodnar denied the Mother Jones report.

"It is disappointing that so many media outlets are repeating unsourced, baseless and intentionally harmful accusations made by disgruntled former employees. The goal is clearly to distract from the important and successful work FreedomWorks is doing to equip grassroots fiscal conservatives around the country."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/freedomworks-hillary-clinton-sex-video-tea-party-2013-2#ixzz2KverqTTZ

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 06:03 PM
38. "Its a he said she said thing."

Hmm, who is saying what about who?

"It is disappointing that so many media outlets are repeating unsourced, baseless and intentionally harmful accusations made by disgruntled former employees."

Republicans accusing Republicans of doing what? Creating a Panda-Clinton sex video? That's FreedomWorks' denial? OMG!! Too funny.

"The goal is clearly to distract from the important and successful work FreedomWorks is doing to equip grassroots fiscal conservatives around the country."

Nary a word about David Corn or Mother Jones.

It didn't happen!! And yet former FreedomWorks employees are trying to disrupt the good work of FreedomWorks?

Please pass the popcorn.

Your issue is with Republicans, KDS, not Mother Jones, David Corn or myself.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 14, 2013 06:27 PM
39. So, where's the stupid video ? No excuses, just bring it, clown steve or shut your piehole. My hunch says that David Korn is lieing POS, just like you are.

Other than that, who gives a flying frack ?

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 09:39 PM
40. A history lesson for all - a number of you educated in inner city public schools have probably never heard of these quotes (and unfortunately it shows) from Thomas Jefferson, a very wise man of his time...

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." -- Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -- Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: KDS on February 14, 2013 10:11 PM
41. How can I believe that the big-government posters don't know Algore has criticized "big oil" for years -- decades?

And yet, not a single link to Mr. Gore saying that.

Not that it would be relevant, because Al-Jazeera is not an oil company. It's a media company, with no ties to the government (much less the oil interests) of Qatar.

Anyone qualified to comment on Al-Jazeera would know of that company's extensive reporting and editorial independence, traits which distinguish it not merely in the Arab countries, but all over the world. They proudly provide a forum for a large variety of viewpoints, which may well explain the animosity shown to them in this post.

Al Gore won more votes than W., and is now more successful in business than W. ever was. Having him beat you guys at your own self-proclaimed game just won't stop burning, will it?

Posted by: tensor on February 15, 2013 12:07 AM
42. In desperation, KDS whines, "who gives a flying frack ?"

For starters, anybody who wants a good laugh at blatant Republican stupidity and hypocricy.

Let me run this one by you again, Stupe. FreedomWorks made a beastialty sex video featuring a fake panda and a fake Hillary Clinton and intended to show to Christian conservatives. And you say "who gives a flying frack?" Yeah, I can see where you're coming from with this one, Stupe. It's humiliating, isn't it? You'd like it to go away, wouldn't you? Heh. Good luck with that.

By the way, have morality issues much? LMFAO!!

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 15, 2013 08:31 AM
43. where's the stupid video, libtard ?

No one is paying attention to your mindless drivel, clown steve. You play the fool well.

Posted by: KDS on February 15, 2013 10:25 AM
44. "Al Gore won more votes than W., and is now more successful in business than W. ever was. Having him beat you guys at your own self-proclaimed game just won't stop burning, will it?"

Posted by tensor at February 15, 2013 12:07 AM

What self-proclaimed game (in your own mind) ? How does that help you besides the perception that one from the left has more money than one from the right ? I see that worship Al Gore's hypocrisy and his money - you are an EMPTY soul. That makes no sense - apparently only useful idiots who extol Obamunism can appreciate that.

Posted by: KDS on February 15, 2013 10:39 AM
45. "Obamunism"

Hmm, sounds bad. I'd bet that's even worse than commie-fascist-jihadism.

You're such a dolt, KDS.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 15, 2013 11:45 AM
46. "where's the video"

My goodness, you sure seem eagar to get your hands on that FreedomWorks produced panda-Hillary sex video!

I suppose someone should tell you, KDS. That's kind of weird.

Posted by: Doctor Steve on February 15, 2013 11:52 AM
47. From #6,

Yes, Al Gore is a bit of a hypocrit. He has made millions and millions off of global warming and the Current TV deal.

Not bad work if you can get it!!!!

Posted by: Ten Years After on February 15, 2013 12:12 PM
48. KDS -- 'Big Oil' is the small group of monopolies that buy most of the oil from Arab countries and the world at large. Al Jazeera has nothing to do with 'Big Oil'.

Have you never heard of the seven sisters?

Posted by: Angelus Novus on February 15, 2013 12:17 PM
49. I thought it would be fun to see the "government solves everything" people defend Gore's obvious hypocrisy the day he came to town.

Posted by: Ron on February 15, 2013 12:35 PM