Ice Sculpture of Al Gore Unveiled in Fairbanks

This is a real news story. Not a joke….

But then again, it is a joke. Perhaps the best joke ever!

Al Gore Ice Sculpture

— Al Gore can thank the Nobel Committee for honoring him with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

He can also thank Fairbanks businessman Craig Compeau for what could be the farthest-north likeness of the former vice president: A 5-ton ice sculpture of a “shivering” Gore, created during a recent spell of bitterly cold weather in Alaska and aimed at confronting global-warming theories.

Compeau described himself as a moderate skeptic of those who “rabidly” believe man-made emissions are contributing to a rise in global temperatures. Gore won his Nobel for raising awareness of global warming as one of the greatest challenges facing mankind.

“Be skeptical. Or not. But research it yourself,” Compeau told the roughly three dozen onlookers and reporters gathered at the corner of Airport Way and Cushman Street at 10 a.m. Monday under gray skies. “There’s a lot on both sides.”

Compeau, who manages an outdoor recreation sporting goods store, is coupling the unveiling with a fundraiser to benefit the Presbyterian Hospitality House, a local nonprofit. Anyone — skeptic or not — can play by guessing whether this winter will be warmer or colder, and by how much, than was the winter of 1947-1948. Gore was born on March 31, 1948.

Compeau unveiled the sculpture — created by a local artist Steve Dean — near the downtown Thrifty Liquor store, where he said it will stay through March or “until it melts.”

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Al Gore Ice Sculpture

Makes my year.

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The Irony of Freedom

This is rich:

There has apparently been a groundswell of support among Arabs after Muntazer al-Zaidi, a 29-year-old  Iraqi TV journalist for the Cairo-based satellite channel Al-Baghdadia, threw his shoes at President Bush on Sunday during the press conference for his trip to Iraq.

Yelling that it was the “farewell kiss” of Iraqis, and calling the president a dog, al-Zaidi committed an act considered to be the supreme insult in Arab culture.

Al-Zaidi reportedly got a good roughing up for his deed from Iraqi police and remains in custody, facing up to seven years if convicted of attacking a foreign leader.

But while the Iraqi government called on his employers to apologize for the act, apparently planned for months, the Al-Baghdadia news agency responded with a statement demanding al-Zaidi’s release “in line with the democracy and freedom of expression that the American authorities promised the Iraqi people.”

It added: “Any measures against Muntazer will be considered the acts of a dictatorial regime.”

What an indication of how little Arabs understand the connection between freedom and the rule of law.  Jailing someone for an act of physical violence against a visiting head of state makes the Baghdad government a dictatorship?

So Al-Zaidi is essentially invoking “free speech” rights – provided to them by America … so they can assault the American President.

Decent thoughts here:

Pretty certain the late Saddam Hussein, and/or his sons would have first raped and tortured Al-Zaidi’s family, and then sent them one-by-one through an industrial paper shredder. But that’s neither here nor there…

But wait – it gets richer (from the L.A. Slimes):

In the few seconds it took Iraqi journalist Muntather Zaidi to wing a pair of shoes at President Bush, the Middle East got its own version of Joe the Plumber.

Someone at the LAT failed their journalism SAT:

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