The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

04 October 2005

Franken's Denial Tour Continues Maine Run

FRANKEN: NO QUESTIONS

Maine Student Democrats Disappointed, Much To Hide



Continuing his Maine Denial Tour, Al Franken has kicked the nerve factor up a notch with a shameless weekend speech to Bowdoin College Democrats.

While the young, eager Brunswick-based students soaked up rhetoric faster than SpongeBob SquarePants, Franken somehow still managed to disappoint them, by refusing to answer any questions.

Why? As Frank Chi, campus Democrats co-president, explains in the Times Record:


Many in the audience, regardless of their political views, were disappointed that there was no question-and-answer session following Franken's speech.

Frank Chi, co-president of the Bowdoin College Democrats, said, "While we would have loved to have Mr. Franken receive questions from the audience, there was a stipulation in his contract that did not allow for him to do so."


Hey, why address Franken's proven dishonesty regarding highly questionable "loan" transfers from an inner city community center to his corporate employer, if you don't have to? Is Franken afraid of being exposed as a raging hypocrite?

Good thing Franken thought in advance to protect himself, isn't it?

After all, there was plenty of time for attacks on others, according to the newspaper report:


He passionately questioned the noncompliance of federal labor laws.

Franken accused Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who was House majority leader until his indictment last week, of preventing these anti-immigration laws from reaching the floor of the House because of his friendship with Jack Abramoff, who was profiting from these workers so "he could go on golf vacations," according to Franken.

Shifting to a more local topic, Franken concluded his speech with an attack on Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

"Your senator seems nice enough and heads a committee that is looking into this corruption (related to what Franken alleges was a government failure to respond to warnings that terrorists were planning an attack on the United States before Sept. 11, 2001). She should be looking into this, but she's not, because she's going along to get along. Those aren't the kind of leaders we need," he said.


Who is Franken to talk about corruption? Were Bowdoin Democrats aware they were listening to an overpaid phony?

Republicans got a few licks in, as well, but appeared unaware of the Gloria Wise scandal. Also from Priya Sridhar's report:


Franken's visit to Maine — he also spoke at Bates College in Lewiston on Saturday — did not go unnoticed by Maine Republicans.

On Friday, Michael Leavitt, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, issued a statement that castigated Gov. John Baldacci for appearing at the same event as Franken.

"It is unfortunate that the governor has chosen to align himself with someone as divisive as Al Franken," Leavitt wrote. "As Mainers, we pride ourselves in seeking the vital center through responsible political discourse and it's regrettable that John Baldacci would stand alongside such a divisive figure as Franken. ... We wish Mr. Franken would stick to writing lame jokes and our governor would start solving some of our state's most pressing problems."


Nice statement by Leavitt, but perhaps we can bring the Maine GOP up to speed on Air America's sleazy mess sometime soon, don't you think?


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32 Comments:

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    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 04 October, 2005 14:17  

  • I agree Franken should have answered questions, but this is not out of the ordinary for speakers on college campuses. While in school, I was involved with our Speakers Committee, and was regularly frustrated with how most speakers (liberal, conservative and other) either would not allow for questions, or would only accept two or three.
    This is, indeed, shameful for someone speaking at a college. It is not, however, unusual or specific to Franken.

    By Blogger Justin, at 04 October, 2005 14:52  

  • There was a stipulation in his contract that did not "allow" him? So that means he wanted to take questions but that big meanie the contract stopped him? Franken controls his agent, if he has one, and that means he controls the contract. If it's not a common practice for speakers to take questions afterward then why not just say so? Why try to place blame outside of reason?

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 04 October, 2005 19:28  

  • Funny how Franken chickens out and runs over to Iraq to do a bunch of USO shows instead of doing the brave thing and just phoning it in over Armed Forces Radio.

    By Blogger WHT, at 04 October, 2005 20:03  

  • The answer may lie in your inability to read and/or Frank Chi's awkward turn of phrase...

    ...,there was a stipulation in his contract that did not allow for him to do so.

    Either way... big deal, so what?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 04 October, 2005 20:05  

  • Sometimes silence can be deafening...

    Sometimes not taking questions shows weakness...

    Sometimes - and most of the time, BTW - talking at people isn't a good idea...

    This happens to be all of those sometimes.

    By Blogger Josef, at 04 October, 2005 20:11  

  • Melanie Morgan must have as much enthusiasm for joining the USO and visting the troops in Iraq as Al Franken. I mean, he's just an anti-war, anti-troop, anti-American comedian. Whereas our Melanie is 100% behind our troops.

    Do you think a flood of calls and emails into KSFO could be organized to convince her to sign up?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 04 October, 2005 20:24  

  • PhilM;

    I'm not questioning Franken's patriotism. I'm questioning his judgment. So is this blog.

    As far as Melanie Morgan, she is having her very own USO. It's called Moving America Forward.

    By Blogger Josef, at 04 October, 2005 21:21  

  • I'm not questioning Franken's patriotism. I'm questioning his judgment. So is this blog.

    Oh really? Can I quote you the next time Baloney has the hypocrisy to call Franken a sleazy anti-American liar?

    But do you know whose judgement is really in question? A recent poll showed that 59% of people now consider Bush's war a mistake. In addition, 67% disapprove of his handling of the war. Any reflections on your part over Bush's judgement?

    As far as Melanie Morgan, she is having her very own USO. It's called Moving America Forward

    That's not really the same thing is it since...
    OUR TROOPS ARE IN IRAQ!
    Why are you apologizing for a phony who is profiteering in the name of our troops all from the comfort of her airconditioned studio?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 04 October, 2005 22:29  

  • I am sure the troops appreciate Melanie Morgan countering the anti-military, anti-American nutjobs more than the appreciate having to watch Al Franken re-enact warmed over Stewart Smalley sketches.

    Maybe Al could do something and his wealthy liberal buddies should put together a benefit to pay back the boys and girls clubs for the money AAR stole.

    By Blogger V the K, at 04 October, 2005 22:33  

  • By the way, Phillage Idiot, Melanie Morgan did go to Iraq.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/07/07/MNGEADK4EU1.DTL

    She went with a bunch of other conservative talk show hosts to cut through the MSM anti-war propaganda and show the true story of what was going on in Iraq; a move many liberals denounced as a publicity stunt.

    By Blogger V the K, at 04 October, 2005 22:38  

  • Well whaddya know...

    Hey Vilthee Kook! Why the big song and dance propaganda tour instead of just going with the USO? Did they report on our troops having to buy their own body armor? Or did they keep that one hush hush?

    So I guess it must be Maloney's turn. Who's for enlisting Maloney in the USO?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 04 October, 2005 23:13  

  • PhilM said..
    Well whaddya know...

    Hey Vilthee Kook! Why the big song and dance propaganda tour instead of just going with the USO? Did they report on our troops having to buy their own body armor? Or did they keep that one hush hush?

    So I guess it must be Maloney's turn. Who's for enlisting Maloney in the USO?


    Whew...where to start with this one!?!?

    Firstly, Melanie, et al, went into the Heart of Darkness to report the truth ; she went into the war zone..She didn't hide back in the Green Zone, like Frankenwussy. It is MUCH more important to counter the lies of the filthy MSM than to try to get pats on the back by telling a few jokes and then running home to let everyone think you actually did something.(Other than robbing from poor kids, that is.)

    Look at all the proven lies and distortions by the mendacious MSM with regard to Katrina. Imagine all the bullshit they're making up about what is going on in Iraq.

    PhilM is just afraid that Melanie is actually getting the truth out.

    Secondly, Phil is trying to recycle the same old tired lies about the body armor situation. Sell crazy somewhere else. we ain't buying here. That shit might go over with the Kos Klux Klan...or Funcan Hack over at Eschaton.

    By Blogger Crapdog, at 05 October, 2005 09:32  

  • Whew...where to start with this one!?!?

    How about by giving up the crack?

    She didn't hide back in the Green Zone, like Frankenwussy.

    You have no clue what the USO actually does, do you?

    Look at all the proven lies and distortions by the mendacious MSM with regard to Katrina. Imagine all the bullshit they're making up about what is going on in Iraq.

    Oh sure... Brownie did "a heck of job" and everything is just hunky-dory in NOLA. And I'm sure you have a much clearer picture from your basement in Kansas City.

    PhilM is just afraid that Melanie is actually getting the truth out.

    No... I just feel sorry for you wingnuts for swallowing her propaganda. Actually... no, I don't. You deserve her lies... individual responsibility and all.

    Secondly, Phil is trying to recycle the same old tired lies about the body armor situation.

    And Mickey's magic kingdom in to your left.

    So this is how you wingnuts support our troops? You deny that their repeated calls for protection in the war zone are real?!! You deny that families are carrying the burden of buying body armor for their son/daughters/brother/sisters? And that the Pentagon is dragging its feet to reimburse them? You would put your blind support for Morgan before the support for our troops? Well done.

    BTW... you didn't answer my question about enlisting Maloney into the USO?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 05 October, 2005 10:38  

  • "Kos Klux Klan"

    funny how you make an obscure reference comparing Kos to the KKK, when it is fairly common knowledge that the KKK, David Duke's new organization Stormfront, and all of those other "hate groups" have openly endorsed the republican party, as well as encouraging their members to run for local political offices as republicans. go ahead and read about it all here - http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/intrep.jsp

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 05 October, 2005 11:44  

  • ha ha ha

    Phil is full of baloney - Melanie went to Iraq.

    Phil just keeps throwing crap against the wall and hopes some of it sticks.

    He keeps trying and trying - disprove one thing he says and he makes up another - until he comes up with something that can't be absolutely disproved - as ludicrous as it might be - and says "Aha - I WIN!"

    He don't bother with the truth. He is just a random excuse generator.

    We laugh at him

    ha ha ha ha

    By Blogger Tom C, at 05 October, 2005 13:22  

  • Err... nice coherent rant there, TomC.

    But good for you for decidng to come back after being shown up time and time again to be a raving moron. Don't be embarrassed... let all of that bottled-up babble spew forth.

    You know... I have to say... I didn't know that MM had gone to Iraq. My bad. You see... I tend to steer clear of the propaganda on the wingnut airwaves. But I'm sure her Goebell's inspired "truth" tour would have been just the trick to pep up all you wingnuts into believing that things are just peachy keen in Iraq. But hey... at least she got on the plane. Soooo with you being the wingnut, can you confirm for me whether Maloney has been on a USO tour yet?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 05 October, 2005 13:59  

  • You know... I have to say... I didn't know that MM had gone to Iraq. My bad.

    Well, that's par for dumb-o-crats -say stuff without having knowledge of what you are talking about.

    Kind of like you saying Al Frankenberry signs stuff without reading it. It's a dimocrap thing.

    Attack, attack, attack, lie, commit perjury, make stuff up. It doesn't matter what the facts are.

    And if you get caught in a lie, then just think of another whopper.

    Or, like Ronnie Earle, keep trying grand juries until you come up with an indictment.

    Someone give that guy a ham sandwich.

    By Blogger Tom C, at 05 October, 2005 15:06  

  • i love how TomC is so dumb that he doesn't even realize what a hypocrit he is. he starts off his rant by saying that all democrats are stupid, "dumbocrat" and let's not forget "dim-o-crap" and then says that all the democrats do is attack others. seems like you've got your guns pointed the wrong way there pal. and as far as the Ronnie Earle thing goes, which TomC also brought up, of the 15 politicians that Earle has prosecuted, 12 have been democrats, so you can go ahead and stuff your conspiracy against DeLay theories right back up your ass.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 05 October, 2005 15:21  

  • And it appears TomC has a lot of bottled-up babble to spew.

    But I understand... it must be quite hard on you watching the GOP come part at its fetid criminal seams.

    ...say stuff without having knowledge of what you are talking about.

    Or, like Ronnie Earle, keep trying grand juries until you come up with an indictment. Someone give that guy a ham sandwich.


    You know... if you weren't so cluelessly babbling incoherent drivel, you might be able to appreciate the humor in the DeLay indictment story and get a good laugh. I know I did. It appears that DeLay tried to weasel out of a prior deal made on the first indictment after the first grand jury wound up. So instead of a little charge of conspiracy which may have resulted in 6 months to 2 years, DeLay is now up against a much more serious charge of money laundering which could result in life. It doesn't get much funnier than watching these GOP criminals fall on their ass with their foot in their mouth. Watching you make a fool of yourself with your babble comes close.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 05 October, 2005 17:03  

  • ha ha ha ha

    Oh, yeah, "criminals" like Delay - indictments ain't going to stick, Rove - nothing there... Heck, the biggest criminal in high office I see was Bill Clinton... impeached and disbarred - real stuff - not the wishful thinking you guys have.

    Must be tough being powerless in a constantly shrinking minority...

    ha ha ha ha

    I think we will get ANOTHER Supreme Court appointment after this one. Say good-bye to Roe v. Wade! It's the ROBERTS ERA, courtesy of G. Dubya Bush and your friendly local Republican party!

    Doncha just LUV IT!

    ha ha ha ha

    By Blogger Tom C, at 05 October, 2005 18:55  

  • Oh, yeah, "criminals" like Delay - indictments ain't going to stick, Rove - nothing there...

    Don't bet your buck tooth on it TomC. We wouldn't want you gumming your beans. But besides DeLay and Rove, you forgot Bill Frist, Jack Abramoff, Scooter Libby, David Safavian, Timothy Flanigan, Bob Taft, Randy Cunningham, Ernie Fletcher, and George Ryan. And there just the ones we know of. There's bound to be more in your putrid party of crime. And these guys haven't even begun to sing!

    Heck, the biggest criminal in high office I see was Bill Clinton... impeached and disbarred - real stuff - not the wishful thinking you guys have.

    Yeah, lying about blowjobs sure is big potatoes...

    But since we're digging up the past...

    John Mitchell, Bob Haldeman,
    John Ehrlichman, Charles Colson,
    John Dean, Jeb Magruder, James McCord, G. Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, Bernard Baker, Virgilio González, Eugenio Martínez, Frank Sturgis, Dwight Chapin, Herbert Porter, Herbert Kalmbach, and last but not least...
    Richard M. Nixon
    - co-conspirator; charged with three articles of impeachment: obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress; resigned in disgrace when Republican senators advised that the Senate vote would most likely convict him once the impeachment articles were passed by the House, protected from subsequent criminal prosecution by a pardon from Gerald Ford issued one month later on September 8, 1974.

    Geesh! The GOP sure has long roll-call of crimimals.

    I think we will get ANOTHER Supreme Court appointment after this one.

    You wouldn't even know the name of any of the remaining justices who might retire.

    Say good-bye to Roe v. Wade! It's the ROBERTS ERA, courtesy of G. Dubya Bush and your friendly local Republican party!

    You have absolutely no clue. Roe v. Wade is on the books and has been upheld a number of times. It ain't going anywhere.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 05 October, 2005 20:01  

  • "Must be tough being powerless in a constantly shrinking minority..."

    i believe the president's supporters are actually in the minority. 41% approval ratings mean that THE MAJORITY disapproves of the way he is handling his job. why can't you republicans ever use facts? its not hard.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 06 October, 2005 09:28  

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    By Blogger Tom C, at 06 October, 2005 11:54  

  • The GOP sure has long roll-call of crimimals.

    Oh, man, you're still humping Watergate - over thirty years ago!

    Keep living in the past, Phil, meanwhile the Republicans own the future!

    ha ha ha ha

    By Blogger Tom C, at 06 October, 2005 11:55  

  • HA HA HA HA

    And you're still humping Clinton. And for blowjobs!

    The future of the GOP will include striped pyjamas and long nights with a new buddy called Big John.

    HA HA HA HA

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 06 October, 2005 13:24  

  • Liberal Retard wrote...

    "Kos Klux Klan"

    funny how you make an obscure reference comparing Kos to the KKK, when it is fairly common knowledge that the KKK, David Duke's new organization Stormfront, and all of those other "hate groups" have openly endorsed the republican party, as well as encouraging their members to run for local political offices as republicans. go ahead and read about it all here - http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/intrep.jsp

    By Blogger Crapdog, at 06 October, 2005 15:39  

  • Liberal Retard wrote..

    "Kos Klux Klan"

    funny how you make an obscure reference comparing Kos to the KKK, when it is fairly common knowledge that the KKK, David Duke's new organization Stormfront, and all of those other "hate groups" have openly endorsed the republican party, as well as encouraging their members to run for local political offices as republicans. go ahead and read about it all here - http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/intrep.jsp

    God ...whadda dipstick...didn't he see the pictures of David Duke and Cindy "I Hate the Joos" Sheehan plying tonsil hockey down in Crawford?

    The reasons of refer to the freaks as the Kos Klux Klan are befitting:

    1) They had a picture on the Kos home page of Grand Exalted Cyclops, Robert " I Hate Nigras" Byrd with a caption calling him a hero.

    2) They cheered at the charred bodies of US soldiers hanging from the bridge in Fallujah. It reminded them of the glory days of lynching.

    30 They call for a cyber lynching of people whoese ideas the disagree with (and therefore are afraid of).


    yeah..I think the KKK kida fits

    By Blogger Crapdog, at 06 October, 2005 15:46  

  • Phil M wrote:
    She didn't hide back in the Green Zone, like Frankenwussy.

    You have no clue what the USO actually does, do you?


    Ummm..I sure do know what the USO does. What does that have to do with Frankenthief hiding out in the sub-basement of the Baghdad Motel 6?

    By Blogger Crapdog, at 06 October, 2005 16:48  

  • Crackdog wrote:
    I sure do know what the USO does. What does that have to do with Frankenthief hiding out in the sub-basement of the Baghdad Motel 6?

    You couldn't have done a better job of confirming your ignorance.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 06 October, 2005 17:24  

  • PhilM...

    For pity's sake, will you get a little more specific in your accusations. You keep throwing out insults like calling me a crackhead and ignorant, but you have not countered a single thing I wrote.

    Truth to liberals is like...ummm....

    ..sunlight to a vampire

    ..Holy Water to a demon from hell

    ..a nice rack on a chick to a homosexual

    Coincidence...no..uh, uh...I think not!!

    By Blogger Crapdog, at 06 October, 2005 18:22  

  • ...but you have not countered a single thing I wrote.

    HA HA HA HA
    You're a funny guy, DogCrap. You might even get through the 9th grade this time 'round.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 06 October, 2005 20:13  

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