God Trumps Gore in Park Reservation Fracas

As Karl Rove showed us all recently with his embarrassing, awkward Hip Hop dance routine (which we proclaim the absolute lowest point in Hip Hop music history; time for VH1 to update their list of the Top 40 “Least Hip Hop Moments“) at the Correspondent’s Dinner in D.C., sometimes politicians can let their hair down and have a good time (for better or worse). Partisan politics would never interfere with a concert, right? Especially not something as constructive as Al Gore’s global Live Earth concert series, which will raise awareness about energy efficiency and global warming this summer on all of the continents. But Gore is finding out (again) that everything is partisan nowadays.

Rolling Stone reports that permits to hold one of the concerts in D.C. (featuring artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers) have now been squashed twice. Most recently, a proposal to hold the concert on the lawn of the Capitol was shot down. “No concert for you!” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Pluto), who promised to stall the official resolution. You know Inhofe, right? He’s one of the leaders of the “global warming is a myth” movement, the modern equivelant of a supporter of the ol’ “the earth is flat” theory.

But the initial dream site was D.C.’s Mall, where numerous concerts have been held over the years. I used to go see The Beach Boys there every Fourth of July as a kid, but I vividly remember the year the Boys were given the boot for the more family-friendly Wayne Newton in the midst of pre-PMRC, “music is harming our kids” hysteria (Secretary of the Interior James Watt infamously axed the good-vibrations group in 1983 because he said they would attract the “wrong element”). Seems this situation is slightly similar.

The National Park Board, led by Bush appointee Dirk Kempthorne, said no to the proposal to bring the concert to the Mall. The blog The Hill found out the Park Board’s denial was because another event had already been booked for the fest’s July 7 date. The reservation turns out to be for an event put together by Anna Godfrey.

On her cheapie Web site, Godfrey reveals that God spoke to her in a vision she calls T.O.U. (Together One Unity) and says, “We are nowhere near ready for the return of His Son because we are too divided.” The site says the vision will launch on July 7 (7/7/07), because “7” is God’s number of completion. While Live Earth is expecting up to half a million attendees, Godfrey told Rolling Stone she anticipates between 5,000 and 25,000 people at her event (despite putting the expectant attendance numbers at 100,000 on her permit application).

So when scientists say, “The world will end if we don’t stop polluting so much,” it’s a myth perpetrated by bleeding-heart liberals. But when God talks to someone, we give that person the keys to the park?

Guess it makes as much sense as anything else going on in Washington right now.

(photo: thegully.com)

— Mike Breen

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One Comment on “God Trumps Gore in Park Reservation Fracas”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    Holy Crap!

    “global warming is a myth” — aarrgghhhh! Just this morning the prez (in a very embarrasing press conference) stated something to the effect that “the US working on environmental concerns would do absolutely no good if China doesn’t get on board.” Implicit in his phrasing was “we’re not gonna do anything until China does it first”.

    Like I said, it was very embarrasing. I’d advise any interested parties to catch the replays of it this evening. Pay special attention to his explanation (excuses) for rising gas prices.

    What a moron.


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