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OK guys, help me understand why conservatives hate Al Franken so much. [10 Jan 2009|04:00pm]

capthek
It's not because he won this election:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2009/01/09/franken/
Because it was before that, and Franken is not the only guy to write books bashing the right. Why do people outside of Minnesota even care? Full disclosure, I think he is great! But nobody seems to agree with me : (


GOP sees Franken as top public enemy
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/17233;_ylt=AisO9kQ9upwawPSFt80gC6Jhr7sF

In this Nov. 4, 2008 file photo, Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken shakes AP – In this Nov. 4, 2008 file photo, Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken shakes hands with supporters …

With only a longshot court appeal standing in the way of Democrat Al Franken’s election to the Senate, Republicans are gritting their teeth and bracing for the arrival of a new senator whose every utterance will sound like nails on a chalkboard to them.

While Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has filed suit to contest the results of a disputed recount process that turned his narrow lead into a 225-vote deficit, his likely defeat stands to turn Franken, the polarizing former “Saturday Night Live” writer, into the senator who launched a thousand direct mail fundraising appeals.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever had an opponent who is so disliked by Republicans as Al Franken,” said Minnesota Republican Party Chair Ron Carey, who cautioned that Coleman’s election challenge could still turn the results back his way. “It’s one thing to lose to an honorable opponent, but Al Franken is not considered an honorable opponent by Minnesota Republicans.”

Marty Seifert, the Republican leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives, said Franken’s long record of antagonizing conservatives would make it difficult for him to connect with voters who supported Coleman.

“It’s going to be hard for Franken to be very effective with any Republicans, in terms of having any credibility with us, just because he’s been so nasty in the past,” Seifert said. “He certainly has callous and very partisan behavior in the past that is beyond the pale.”

According to Carleton College political scientist Steven Schier, Franken’s record as a “flamboyant and aggressive partisan” would make him ripe for criticism back home.

“I think it’s impossible to overstate the hostility Minnesota Republicans feel toward Al Franken,” Schier said. “He will be a very useful fundraising tool.”
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I am so happy about this, why is it that nobody seems as excited as I am about Frankens victory??? [19 Dec 2008|03:00pm]

capthek
Franken Senate Victory Projected
December 18, 2008 07:57 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/18/frankens-senate-victory-c_n_152241.html

Democratic challenger Al Franken finds himself on the cusp of winning a seat in the United States Senate after Minnesota's canvassing board awarded him a host of challenged votes during deliberations on Thursday.

As of 8PM ET, the Minneapolis Star Tribune projected that Franken would finish the recount process with a lead of 89 votes, positioning him to become the 59th senator caucusing with Democrats in the upcoming Congress.
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I don't see much action here so I thought I would see how many people are around. [10 Nov 2008|05:49pm]

capthek
MN-Sen: Update, and big numbers coming in tonight
by kos
Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 02:50:04 PM PST

MN-Publius gives us two new important bits of information:

Coleman “well knows” that these tallies change, because in his 2002 race the unofficial tally on election day gave him 8,920 votes more than the final total after canvass did. Did Coleman kick and scream and threaten to take his ball and go home then? No, he won so he actually complied with the law... In fact, the election day totals almost always vary immensely from the final, official results. Klobuchar gained 2,854 votes, Pawlenty lost 1,375, and Swanson gained an amazing 23,059! The tallies not changing would be the unusual scenario. Of course Coleman knows this, it’s just that in this case it’s beneficial for him to pretend this is an anomaly.

Remember, with Coleman's advantage currently at 206 votes, history bodes ill for him.

Which brings me to the point that will surely have Coleman and his surrogates feigning outrage. Guess which County’s Canvassing Board hasn’t reported yet? That’s right, Hennepin County — it’s supposed to report today. This makes it completely possible that by the end of the day today, the unofficial tally will be +Franken.
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MN Hopes To Finish Recount By December 19th. [08 Nov 2008|12:06am]

teamrodent
[ mood | annoyed ]

http://www.am950ktnf.com/node/3931

Part of the problem was election judges in Anoka County counted the ballots twice.

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Yankee Doodle Deadly! [02 Jul 2008|03:42pm]

mookiemom

Here they come again – the Sousa bands, the waving flags, the cheering crowds, and the fabulous fireworks. Ah, yes, it’s Yankee Doodle time again in America.  So let’s get ready to party.

It’s just that I really don’t understand what we’re celebrating.

I don’t really understand why millions of people in this country still pretend that they live in America the Beautiful. I don’t understand why they are not wailing in grief because Yankee Doodle is no longer “dandy.” I don’t understand why there is no widespread sadness about the tragic transformation of their national image.

In fact, in this eighth year of our Bush/PNAC captivity, far too few people in the United States are willing to acknowledge that Yankee Doodle Dandy has now become Yankee Doodle Deadly. The sad truth is that too few people are even remotely aware that the American flag, like Yankee Doodle, has lost every bit of its meaning.

For sure, on this Fourth of July, millions of US flags will be flown as if nothing untoward has happened to the nation they represent. So many Americans have no clue that their flag has lost its glory.  They do not realize that Yankee Doodle – along with any other symbol of the USA – now stands for immoral wars, a shattered Constitution, domestic spying, legalized torture, and corporate greed.

My full article
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http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/reggies-commentary/20-regs-thoughts/2507-yankee-doodle-deadly-
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Jesse Ventura [01 Jul 2008|09:17pm]
dee30

I saw Jesse Ventura on Jay Leno not too long ago and he called Al Franken a "vagabond." He said, Al Franken doesn't live in Minnesota. 
But then Ventura isn't even living in the United States now. Is it me or does Ventura seem like a D---? 

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Operation Iraqi Takeover Hits a Dead End (For Now) [13 Jun 2008|04:35pm]

mookiemom
It’s not on the network news programs, because, in fact – it’s kind of secret. Even the
print media, where they’ve covered a bit of this story, don’t know very much about it. Whatever it is, U.S. officials refuse comment on the details. Even members of Congress are out of the loop, but it really does sound super!

It’s got one of those feel good Bushco names, - you know – like the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, Clear Skies, and – of course, Operation Iraqi Freedom. All these clever captions successfully sold Americans some really toxic legislation, and anesthetized their free fall into dictatorship and economic collapse.

So what’s to worry about a "US-Iraq Security Pact" with our good buddies in Iraq?

Heck, Americans want security and surely Iraqis want security, - and don’t we all just want to get along? It does sound eerily comforting after so many years of killing and maiming, so maybe our compassionate leader and his cohorts are really working to provide us with peace and prosperity after all. So why all the behind-closed-doors stuff? And why, after months of bargaining has it come to a no-deal dead end?

Find out why:
http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/reggies-commentary/20-regs-thoughts/2211-operation-iraqi-takeover-hits-a-dead-end-for-now
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Sinking to New Depths: The Mad Hatter Lectures the Arab World! [19 May 2008|11:31am]

mookiemom
I don’t know who is writing George Bush’s speeches nowadays, but it has to be someone with really serious mental problems. It’s embarrassing enough when this clueless president attempts to speak spontaneously. Left to his own devices, he cannot string together a handful of simple words with any coherent continuity; just as he cannot offer rational responses to questions he apparently is unable to process. But when George Bush has a prepared speech to deliver to an apprehensive audience of 1,500 global policymakers and business leaders in the Middle East, you’d think he would say something intelligent. Think again.

It’s seems almost ridiculous when you do think about it, - but today, the President of these United States sought to lecture men whose cultures he does not understand, and whose history he does not know, and whose societies he has never studied, and whose people view him with distrust and disrespect, on how they should conduct their lives.

At an international conference of Arab notables, this arrogant, unpopular, ineffective, and insensitive man – George W. Bush - dared to pass himself off as a staunch defender of peace and freedom in the world, as well as the reigning champion of political freedom and women’s rights...
It is beyond insanity. Having George Bush lecture anyone about peace and freedom is much like Charles Manson giving a talk on positive group dynamics.

My full article:
http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/reggies-commentary/20-regs-thoughts/1783-sinking-to-new-depths-the-mad-hatter-lectures-the-arab-world
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Our Forgotten Shame in the Green Zone - tvnl [13 Apr 2008|01:04pm]

mookiemom
I’ll admit it, I did not remember either. Even though we reported the story last year, so much has happened in Iraq that somehow I, too, had forgotten. The story, like so many others, had been swept under the proverbial rug by the corporate media, and within a day or so the world forgot about the Filipino workers in Iraq.

But a few days ago, I received a personal email from an officer serving in Iraq and housed in the Green Zone, and the story came back to me, full blast. Just a few words in the message reminded me of the forgotten horror that must be added to the countless crimes this administration is committing in Iraq.

This time around, I don’t want the story to become lost in the endless melee of death and destruction that defines this useless war. I just want to put it out into the public consciousness once again, so we don’t simply forget what is going on. This time around, it has to get some real attention.

For the full story:
http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/reggies-commentary/20-regs-thoughts/1099-our-forgotten-shame-in-the-green-zone
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What the Hell is an "Unpopular" War? [24 Mar 2008|08:49am]

mookiemom
‘Unpopular’ - un'pop•u•lar - Lacking general approval or acceptance.

Aw, gee.. The American people really don’t approve of the war. They’ve totally forgotten about the death and destruction in Afghanistan, but they just can’t find it in their hearts to give the war in Iraq a thumbs up. What a shame.

It’s so comforting to know that we’re in the midst of what the pundits now call an ‘unpopular war.’ I suppose it’s something like an unpopular brand of toothpaste, - not really terrible, but somewhat unappealing and not quite what the public wants. “It’s not the war, really,” we hear. “It’s the way it was fought.” It’s not the toothpaste either, I imagine, but something about the after taste.

Is it conceivable that that this illegal, immoral war, built on a mountain of lies and deceptions is merely unpopular? Is it possible that the death, the bloodshed, and the hundreds of billions of wasted dollars simply lack the general approval of most Americans?

One has to wonder what would happen in a ‘popular war.’...


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http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/reggies-commentary/20-regs-thoughts/739-what-the-hell-is-an-unpopular-war
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Celebrating the Anniversary, Mr. Bush? [16 Mar 2008|09:33pm]

mookiemom
The war against Iraq began at 5:30 AM Baghdad time (9:30 PM EST, March 19), when the U.S. launches Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Five years, George. Five ugly, deadly, bloody years. This is quite an anniversary. If you wait a day or two, you’ll be able to celebrate the 4,000th US military death as well.
Break out the champagne.

It’s been a fairly quiet five years, George. No photos of the dead or dying. No flag-draped coffins, no talk of the legless, blinded or horribly burned. Not a murmur about hundreds of thousands of dead and terribly injured Iraqis. No concern about the millions who had to flee the country of their fathers… no fanfare about daisy cutters or depleted uranium. Celebrate….we’re making progress.

Great news management, George, -you’d hardly know such carnage was involved. . Good for you....

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http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/reggies-commentary/20-regs-thoughts/637-celebrating-the-anniversary-mr-bush
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Enabling a Madman: George Bush and American Amnesia [10 Mar 2008|06:18pm]

mookiemom
It just doesn’t stop. With painful consistency, there always is a new effrontery, a new attack on the Constitution, and a new slap in our collective faces. And every day, the American public responds largely in silent quiescence, seemingly unperturbed and indifferent to the insults and abuses being hurled at them from the man who reigns supreme in the White House.

And with this apathy, the people of the United States offer aid and comfort to their greatest enemies from within, and unwittingly give tacit approval to a madman and his boss.

I refuse to give total credit to Bush himself for his actions. The man does not have the intelligence, insight or experience to personally inflict all the damage done by his administration. However, for the sake of simplicity, I will refer to George Bush as the major culprit involved in the crimes against the nation and the world.. In fact, responsibility lies with the entire cadre of neocons and delusional managers who placed a sociopath in the White House and allowed him to play a role he was ill equipped to handle.

Therefore, just consider what George Bush managed to slip past a sleeping public in just the past few days...

http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/reggies-commentary/20-regs-thoughts/538-enabling-a-madman-george-bush-and-american-amnesia


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[21 Feb 2008|04:09pm]

taiki
I miss the Al Franken Show.

I was listening to NPR, and they were talking about something or another and made reference to the fact that David Brock was writing for the spectator, and i started tapping on my steering wheel and chanted, "WE WILL, WE WILL BROCK YOU."

... yes, I need a life that's not politics or talk radio.
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2007 - Look Back in Anger! [30 Dec 2007|04:12pm]

mookiemom
... Americans seem to be a people with a very short memory span and a very limited sense of outrage. I don’t know what it will take to shake them into any semblance of collective outrage or united action. I do know however, that I am angrier at the close of this year than at the end of any other ear that has passed.

As you might well imagine, I am furious with the usual suspect:: the corporate thugs, the PNAC warmongers and the religious fanatics who have wreaked such irreparable havoc on us all. TVNL has raged against what they have done to destroy the lives of so many.. But this time around I am ever more unforgiving in my despair and pessimism because of what has NOT been done by those who could have and should have lived up to the promise of change
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It was a year of stunning inaction, during which so much that might have been done, and that could have been done, was NOT done, 2007 was heralded as a year of hope and progress. It was not. At year’s end, the crimes of the Bush administration still were business as usual. At year’s end, every outrage against the nation and the world remained uninvestigated and unpunished.

And by the year’s end, members of both parties had joined forces to do nothing at all that might lead to a Happy New Year for anyone..

Just think about it for a minute. Here are some of the issues that could have been dealt with in 2007 and are OFF THE TABLE for any legislative action as I write. Even if every one of them had failed to pass a divided Congress, in the very least, the facts finally would have been placed in the public arena. In the very least, they would not have been swept under the proverbial rug of our shamefully intimidated and cowardly elected legislators.

As 2008 begins, here are SOME of the issues that have endangered our democracy and the lives of so many around the world. For all of 2007, there was no action, nor were there any plans to:

READ MY LIST OF NEGLECTED AND REJECTED ISSUES HERE: http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=675
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Could Musharraf’s Actions Be a Dry Run for Bushco? [06 Nov 2007|10:47am]

mookiemom
Does any thinking person really believe that the dictator of Pakistan is able to make ANY political or military decision without the approval, if not the actual direction of the US Government?

The answer is so damned obvious as to be childish. No, he can’t, because money talks very loudly. The 700 MILLION dollars in economic and military assistance the US gave to General Pervez Musharraf this year alone is most definitely not an altruistic gift that comes without strings.

The 800 million dollars scheduled to reach the Pakistani government in 2008 will continue the guarantee that Pakistan will continue to do exactly what the Bush administration. Musharraf would not last a day I office without US aid and protection. Not a single day....

...Could the events in Pakistan be a testing ground for what Bushco might be planning in the US to avoid the consequences of fair and democratic elections here in 2008?

Understand that none of Musharraf’s actions could have been implemented without the approval of the Bush administration. Understand as well that Condy Rice has announced that these actions will not mean the discontinuation of aid to the government of Pakistan...

My full article: http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=668
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I guess Ben Stein isn't all bad, huh? x-posted to progressivism [18 Oct 2007|05:56pm]

capthek
Stein crosses party lines, helps Franken
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071018/ap_on_el_se/franken_stein;_ylt=Ah6S6hx6QSHM0RCAidDXMgsDW7oF
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 53 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Liberal Al Franken is good enough and smart enough to win some of conservative Ben Stein's money — and doggone it, Stein likes him.

Stein, an actor, writer and economist, has contributed $2,000 to Franken's Minnesota Senate campaign. The two men have known each other for about 30 years.

"I'm struck by what an incredibly capable, hard-working guy he is," Stein told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday. "He's a very smart liberal, he's a thoroughgoing patriot, and I would feel better with him in the Senate."
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Nobel Booby Prize For GW Bush! [12 Oct 2007|06:20pm]

mookiemom
t[b]And the Nobel Booby Prize Goes to George W. Bush (and his supporters)![/b]


Just think about it: Some of this week’s awards from the Nobel Committee went to people who mus seem like the anti Christ to our pretentiously pious President, George W. Bush. For starters, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Mario R. Capecchi, Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies who were recognized for a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells! OH MY GAWD!

And, of course, this morning, the darkest of dark news descended on the White House when Bush’s nemesis Al Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change! ARMAGEDDON IS SURELY UPON US!...

...Okay, fair is fair. If we applaud one side, let’s give the other a nod as well. After all, we now live in a country in which war is peace and Fascism is democracy, good is evil and up is down. Nothing is as is was and nothing at all is as it should be. So why not enter the looking glass reality of George W. Bush and acknowledge what he has managed to ‘accomplish’ in so short a time?

In that pursuit, I hereby nominate George W. Bush, along with all of those who have supported behind his delusions, Booby Laureates of 2007! No man in recent history deserves this more.

[b]FIND OUT WHY:[/b] http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=665
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Five Easy Pieces to Iran! A Warning.... [10 Sep 2007|12:13am]

mookiemom
The Jigsaw to Armageddon

Yeah, folks, you can bet the ranch: we’re going in. I’ve heard all the arguments from the nay sayers, so let that go. We’re going in.

This is déjà vu time, for sure, as we look back on the months before Shock and Awe, when so many of us tried to warn the nation about the coming catastrophe in Iraq. But those of us who shouted went unheard and those of us who marched in protest went unseen. Yet in the end we were right on the mark.

And so, we’ll try again. This time, we’ll set out five easy pieces of a doomsday jigsaw puzzle that easily can be assembled if you take the time to do so. As in any such puzzle, the separate parts might be interesting, but not significant in themselves. But once assembled, the full picture emerges, where none could be seen before.

Each piece of this puzzle contains disturbing evidence that Bushco intends to unleash a massive, and possibly nuclear attack on Iran in the very near future. Examined separately, the pieces might seem unsettling but not calamitous. But when all of the pieces are viewed in correct perspective, when they interlock to form a complete picture, the final image is undeniable:

The puzzle we have pieced together reveals a very frightening picture: It is very plausible that in a very short time, most assuredly before the next presidential election, the murderous men in charge of US foreign policy may unleash Armageddon on us all.

Check out the Five Easy Pieces of my Doomsday Puzzle:

http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=658
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George W. Bush and Black Holes! [22 Aug 2007|10:41am]

mookiemom
Most of us don’t know a helluva lot about black holes, and probably don’t really care to know very much about them. But in truth, black holes are really fascinating once you take a closer look…even to a lay person with not much background. Trust me on that for a bit.

For starters, what I do know is that a black hole is an area out in space that’s so huge that its gravitational pull is astounding. So, astounding, in fact, that nothing, absolutely nothing that gets close can escape being sucked into it. That means everything, no matter how massive, would be able to escape its pull and nothing we know could move fast enough to draw away from its gravitational power. Not even a beam of light.

Stay with me here and you’ll see where I going.

One more interesting bit: According to Einstein, objects of very great mass distort time and space so that the usual rules of geometry just can’t be used to explain their behavior. So, when it comes to a black hole, something strange happens. It has a boundary that’s very unusual. If you reached that boundary, you could pass through it, but you would not be able to back out. In fact, once you’ve passed through the boundary you’d be doomed to move closer and closer to the center of the black hole.

And then it would only be a very short time until you die.

Now, that’s all fairly interesting, but why would I want to write about black holes at all? Stay with me just a little bit longer, I promise to connect.

For the record, and just in case you do happen to get pulled into a black hole, rest assured that you wouldn’t really feel anything terribly unusual at first. If the hole was a really big one, you wouldn’t be torn apart until you were about half a million kilometers from the center. Imagine that. Even as you were being pulled towards certain doom you might not suspect that anything was terribly wrong.

I suppose, when it comes it black holes, in a way, bigger is better.

And in a way, a really big black hole has formed right here on earth, and right here in the good old USA. And in a most precarious way, we all are dangerously close to the boundary from which there is no return. For in an undeniable and almost inevitable way there is a direct nexus between a barely discernible black hole in our own land and the reign of George W. Bush.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s call it the Bush Black Hole and understand that we can’t see into its abyss because black holes are devoid of light. But if we take a look around, we become painfully aware of the things that have disappeared from our lives in the past seven years, never ever to be seen again. Some vanished in secret while others were tossed into the chasm with arrogant disregard of all that we once were as a nation.

No matter how it came to pass, so much of value has crossed a mysterious boundary into the oblivion of the Bush Black Hole. Tragically, much of what has disappeared has not yet been missed by so many Americans. They don’t have a clue that so much that was so vital to their lives has been hauled forever into the bowels of this administration.

MORE ABOUT THE MANY THINGS ALREADY IN THE BUSH BLACK HOLE:

http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=656
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