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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Al Franken's Unapologetic Apology

Al Franken: Because Minnesota Needs Another Perspiring, Angry, Ill-Tempered
Jew In The Senate To Remind Us of Paul Wellstone

(Please, do not be offended by the term Perspiring Angry Ill-Tempered Jew. I agonized over using those words or the alternative "Sweaty Mad Cow Divisive Kike." It's all part of my being a satirist, just like Al).

Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken was expected to make an apology for his
unfunny, off-color and tasteless jokes written for Playboy a few years ago as well for a skit involving his drugging and then raping a woman.

Here is Fraken's - and I use the term loosely - "apology". CNN:

    “I’ve had some tough conversations this week. It kills me that things I said and wrote sent a message to some of my friends in this room and people in this state that they can’t count on me to be a champion for women, a champion for all Minnesotans, in this campaign and in the Senate”

    He said, “I’m sorry for that. Because that’s not who I am”.

    Franken apologized for the content of some of his material in the past, saying “for 35 years, I was a writer. I wrote a lot of jokes. Some of them weren’t funny. Some of them were inappropriate. Some of them were downright offensive. I understand that. And I understand that the people of Minnesota deserve a Senator who won’t say things that make them uncomfortable. But I’m in this race because there are some people in Washington who could afford to feel a little less comfortable.”

Does that sound like an apology? What did he say, "I'm sorry" about? He's sorry that, "It kills me that things I said and wrote sent a message to some of my friends in this room and people in this state that they can’t count on me to be a champion for women."

Then he apologized - or did he - that some of his content was inappropriate and offensive. As far as saying Minnesota deserves a Senator that won't say things that make them "uncomfortable", no - it's not about "uncomfortable." It's about Franken thinking that the rape of a woman if funny.

Where's the specific apology for the Playboy story and the rape jokes? Well, he didn't apologize for them. He's too arrogant to apologize for them.


Linking Here:
Rants And Other Refinements


Your article inspired me to go back through more than three years of archives for the purposes of highlighting the democrat non-apology. They are telling:

In November of 2006, Senator Lurch from Taxachusetts uttered a horrifying statement suggesting that our brave military men and women – who were currently on the battlefield – were dumb and uneducated rubes. On several occasions, Kerry refused to apologize and suggested his statement was merely a “botched joke”. He eventually issued his non-apology which ultimately placed blame for this statement on the “Republican Hate Machine”:

“we made a decision not to allow the Republican hate machine to use democratic House candidates as proxies in their distorted spin war in which once again they're willing to exploit brave American troops”

Also found in the previous link highlighting Kerry’s non-apology you will find details on our old friend Barbara Boxer. During Dr. Rice’s confirmation hearings, Boxer suggested that a single black woman isn’t qualified to make wartime policy decisions because she has no children. When confronted on this statement, she of course blamed Republicans:

“They’re getting this off on a non-existent thing that I didn’t say ... (w)hat they are doing is a really tortured way to attack a United States Senator who voted against the war”

Also in November of 2006, Charlie Rangel said this of Katrina-ravaged Mississippi:

“Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?”

His non-apology:

“I certainly don’t mean to offend anyone, I just love New York so much that I can’t understand why everyone wouldn’t want to live here.”

This is the recurring theme amongst democrat apologies: don’t apologize for what you said; rather, apologize that people were so dumb as to be offended by it. Additionally, it helps to blame eee-vil Republicans for what you said. Don’t worry – the media will make it all look right.

In February of 2007, B. Hussein Obama followed in the footsteps of Senator Lurch by suggesting that the lives of our brave military men and women were “wasted” lives. When confronted with this, he continued in Kerry’s footsteps by blaming Republicans, calling it the “trivialization of politics”.

What I found more telling were not the non-apologies but rather the refusal to apologize:

Ten years ago, columnist George Will wrote about Carol Mosely-Braun – a democrat with a very long list of corruption and illegal activities. Her reaction to Will’s article:

“I think because he couldn’t say nigger, he said corrupt” and “I mean this very sincerely from the bottom of my heart: He can take his hood and put it back on again, as far as I’m concerned.”

No apology offered or, as far as I am aware, demanded. No jail for her illegal activities, either. Instead, Mr. Ethics himself, then-President Clinton, appointed her Ambassador to New Zealand.

In January of 2005, Dan Rather found himself in a bit of hot water over a falsified memo. Instead of an apology for such blatant disregard for normal journalistic standards, Rather contends (and still does to this day) that while the documents are bogus, the story is true.

In September of 2005, rap “artist” Kanye West proudly announced on live national television that the President of the United States “doesn’t care about black people”. I don’t think anyone even bothered to ask for an apology.

As far as I know, John Murtha still has yet to either apologize or blame Republicans for falsely accusing United States Marines of slaughtering “innocent civilians in cold blood” in May of 2006.

Don’t hold your breath for the media to apologize for their insanely overt bias that lead to the election of the most unpopular Congress ever.

While you’re at it, don’t wait for an apology from the L.A. Times “journalist” who in January of 2007 disgustingly asked the question, “Was 9/11 Really That Bad?”

You can also dispense with holding your breath for an apology from the Boston Globe “journalist” who in February of 2007 suggested that ”global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers”.

The same applies to the BBC across the pond, when in April of 2007 they cancelled a 90-minute documentary of the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross since 1969 because his story was “too positive” and might alienate those who are opposed to the war in Iraq.

Our good friend from San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi, has no intention of apologizing for blatantly committing a felony in April of 2007 when she visited Syria.

Don’t even get me started on the apology owed to our military by Harry Reid for his April 2007 statement, “I believe ... that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything”, as well as Nancy Pelosi’s February 2008 statement, “This is a failure. This is a failure.” Again, you will turn Navy blue holding your breath for either of those apologies.

Right about the time that liberals were demanding an apology from Ann Coulter for likening John Edwards to “faggots”, Bill Maher was refusing to apologize for publicly wishing our Vice-President would be killed in a terrorist attack.

Rather than apologize to the United States Marines for calling them “uninvited and unwelcome intruders”, the Berkeley City Council simply “moderated” their position in February 2008, trotting out the ever-familiar canard that they, “oppose the Iraq war but support the troops”.

Shelly Obama has no regrets of her February 2008 admission of shame for her country.

The New York Times isn’t going to apologize for their February 2008 drive-by character assassination attempt on John McCain.

Yet, McCain was happy to apologize for someone else daring to (gasp) utter his democrat opponent’s middle name – oh, the HORROR! Still, that didn’t stop democrats from suggesting we horrid conservatives were dropping “fear bombs”.

And, Howard “The Scream” Dean will never, ever apologize for this filthy piece of creative editing.

Of course, your article refers to Mr. Franken and his most recent non-apology. Back in December of 2006, in the midst of the suggestion that Franken run for Senate, I put together this piece which highlights some of his most egregious failures of business and rhetoric. Right now the media is barely scratching the surface of Franken. If the Republicans know what is good for them, they will drive some of these other instances I have mentioned back into the public eye. If Minnesota elects this clown, it is truly a signal of vapid ignorance and partisan goonery.
I can cut more slack to folks like Rather and West who aren't running for office, not that that makes what they didn't apologize for any less offensive. But it's typically the Democrat politicians who refuse to apologize for when they offend someone, which is especially hypocritical because they're supposed to be the politically correct party that doesn't offend anyone.
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