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CARTHAGE, Tenn. (CAP) - She did all a mother could do. Tipper Gore child-proofed her home, she made sure household cleaners and other poisons were stored out of range, she kept questionable TV shows off until after the kids were in bed.
But the woman who was First Lady of the United States for about a half hour in 2000 knew her son was in trouble one fateful day in the spring of 1985. And he was just two.
"I remember I was listening to Cyndi Lauper at the time," recalled Tipper during a phone interview with CAP News. "I turned the tape over, went into the kitchen to fix myself a tuna sandwich, and She Bop came on.
"Before I knew what the song was about, little Al had heard the entire thing," continued the mother of four. "Now it's too late. Now he's a junkie. If only I had a warning label, my son wouldn't be a degenerate."
A short time later, Tipper and other really bored political wives formed the Parents Music Resource Center, a group whose goal was to put warning labels on albums that contained what they deemed to be excessive content. By early the following year, the little black labels began showing up on CD's, cassettes and albums.
[Editor's Note: These are the things that people apparently used to buy before iTunes.]
Gore III was recently pulled over for speeding, and subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana, as well as the prescription drugs Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall - or "The Lohan" as it's known in drug circles. It marked his second arrest in four years, third in five years, and fourth in seven years.
Pundits debate whether '80s pop music truly led to Gore III's downfall, and many feel being in the shadow of his father's environmental policies is making life tough on the son of the inventor of the Internet. Many including Gore III's former cellmate, Itchy Evans.
"Phone call after phone call, all the same thing," Itchy told CAP News through the glass at Orange County Jail. "Like the time he bitched at his dad about the car. A Prius, dad? he says. What the fuck? he says. How am I gonna get laid in a Prius?"
Cyndi Lauper could not be reached for comment because she hasn't been relevant in 20 years.
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