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As we continue our investigation of Lies on the Internet, our search take us to two of our modern era politicians. Personally, I thought Dan Quayle was the most embarrassing excuse for a front-line politician in history. And to think he tried to run for President!!  Maybe politics is all he is competent to do.

Why former President Bush ever selected this man to be his running mate is completely beyond my comprehension.

Our story unfolds back in March, 1999. Again, it was my friend Robin Wagner who got the ball rolling by sending me an email with the quotes of Dan Quayle. I just rolled with laughter!  Some of the things attributed to him brought tears to my eyes!  The email was so funny that I decided to  add it to the SSQQ Web Page as part of our Vine Lines section.  In order to understand what I have added below on this page, first I request that you visit the original page right now.

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Imagine my surprise when at the end of July, I received the following email from SSQQ Student Susan Schroeder.  The quotes previously attributed to Dan Quayle are now attributed to Al Gore word-for-word. And I mean Word for Word. The only differences I can tell are the years are changed, but not the month/day, and the order of listing.

For example my favorite Quayle quote was #26 on the original list :

"For NASA, space is still a high priority." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, 9/5/90

Now Gore is given credit for saying it, but it is 2nd on the list (see below) :

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."-Vice President Al Gore, 9/5/93

Note the only difference in the date is the year. Obviously someone didn't work very hard. I would imagine using cut and paste the entire job took 10 minutes. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a visitor to the SSQQ web page who did it.

The plagiarism was so obvious that it actually inspired me to write this article. I sent Susan the following email :

Tue 08/03/1999 11:57 AM


I am starting to see why people say never to trust anything you read on the internet.


Above are the quotes submitted to me attributed to Dan Quayle. After checking my own web page and your email list, now I see almost word for word the same stupidities belong to Al Gore. Obviously anyone can say anything they want on the internet.

Susan never responded to my letter so I do not know who to credit with the nifty cut and paste job. Perhaps some of our readers received a similar email since this all happened fairly recently.

At any rate, this minor event illustrates clearly just how simple it is to make stuff up and pass it around as "Truth".


Thu 07/29/1999 10:05 PM
Email from Susan Schroeder to Rick Archer


Remember all the flack that Dan Quayle got over some of the things he said while he was Vice President? (potato vs potatoe, for example) It appears that the current Vice President also has a talent for providing us with much fun and entertainment (although I don’t remember the media making much of a fuss when Al Gore mis-spoke).

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."- Vice President Al Gore, 9/22/97

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."-Vice President Al Gore, 9/5/93

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."-Vice President Al Gore

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century."-Vice President Al Gore, 9/15/95

"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people."-Vice President Al Gore

"It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."-Vice President Al Gore

"[It’s] time for the human race to enter the solar system."-Vice President Al Gore

"We’re all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made."-Vice President Al Gore

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change."-Vice President Al Gore, 5/22/98

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared.’"-Vice President Al Gore, 12/6/93

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."-Vice President Al Gore, 11/30/96

"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."-Vice President Al Gore

"The future will be better tomorrow."-Vice President Al Gore

"We’re going to have the best-educated American people in the world."—Vice President Al Gore, 9/21/97

"I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made."-Vice President Al Gore to Sam Donaldson, 8/17/93

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."-Vice President Al Gore

"I am not part of the problem. I am a Democrat."-Vice President Al Gore

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."-Vice President Al Gore

"Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it."-Vice President Al Gore, 5/20/96

"Democrats understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."-Vice President Al Gore

"Welcome to President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton, and my fellow astronauts." - Vice President Al Gore

"Mars is essentially in the same orbit... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."-Vice President Al Gore

"What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."-Vice President Al Gore

"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have tremendous impact on history."-Vice President Al Gore (Hmmmm, anyone in particular come to mind?)

"When I have been asked who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame."-Al Gore

"The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Al Gore may or may not make."-Vice President Al Gore


Our next article on "Internet Lies" concerns a recent hoax in June, 1999, that the Post Office was getting ready to pass a bill allowing it to tax our use of E-mail.

To read about this recent story, please click here

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