First, Shap, the comment wasn't directed at you. Selma, by inference, called me a whining nitwit, and my reply was to that.
Selma, as for "There's reasoned discourse, there's difference of opinion, and there's monotonous whining. You may choose your tone. And your description."
, I didn't, you did.
Perhaps before you go on your condescension trip, you may want to get your facts straight: Snopes on Al Gore's internet comment " Despite the derisive references that continue even today, Al Gore did not claim he 'invented' the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way. The 'Al Gore said he 'invented' the Internet' put-downs were misleading, out-of-context distortions of something he said during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN's 'Late Edition' program on 9 March 1999. When asked to describe what distinguished him from his challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Gore replied (in part):
'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.'
Clearly, although Gore's phrasing was clumsy (and perhaps self-serving), he was not claiming that he 'invented' the Internet (in the sense of having designed or implemented it), but that he was responsible, in an economic and legislative sense, for fostering the development of the technology that we now know as the Internet. To claim that Gore was seriously trying to take credit for the 'invention' of the Internet is, frankly, just silly political posturing that arose out of a close presidential campaign. Gore never used the word 'invent,' and the words 'create' and 'invent' have distinctly different meanings — the former is used in the sense of 'to bring about' or 'to bring into existence' while the latter is generally used to signify the first instance of someone's thinking up or implementing an idea. "
Al Gore is probably the most maligned politician in recent history. I thought you were better at knowing the facts than that, but I guess that's why you support President PetroProfits and his war for greed.
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