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Thursday, December 11, 2008
(Video) Al Franken hasn't given up the election yet, posts YouTube video
Al Franken, comedian-turned-Senate candidate, is in the middle of a heated recount and legal battle over the recent senatorial election in Minnesota. Although Republican Norm Coleman appears to have won the election, the state canvassing board has to make a decision about what to do with absentee ballots that either weren't counted, or were improperly tossed away. In order to sway the canvassing board, Franken put together the following video:
According to the Star-Tribune:
The video's release marked the latest attempt by Franken and U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman to swing public opinion -- and, possibly, the state Canvassing Board -- in their favor as the monthlong recount heads toward more critical turning points, and as Franken remains behind in the official recount. On Friday, the board will review what to do with what are likely hundreds of absentee ballots that were improperly rejected.
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I see "Al Franken" in the title and I expect to be amused. That video wasn't funny at all.
Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-12-11 3:11:55 AM
Jaworski is now shilling for Democrats on the extreme left wing of the party. And no, Peter, posting a video of your "opponent"'s arguments without any commentary isn't fooling anyone. An absence of commentary is commentary, especially when a socialist cabal tried to take over one of the countries of which you possess citizenship and you kept your mouth shut.
On that note: many if not most of the writers here aren't from Canada, let alone Western Canada. It would be helpful if we listed all writers along with all passports they possess as well as their current physical location, at a minimum, which is what you should have done in the first place to establish trust with your readership.
I see a few poilicially correct clueless twentysomething hippies from midwest American colleges here, and a smattering of lib-leftists, few of which appear to be located, or interested, in Canada. I could be wrong; let's see the data.
To us "true" Canadians, born and raised, who have no second passport, we can't afford to get politics wrong. The writers at the Standard, many of whom have the option of bailing to their "other" countries, have little incentive for efficient government; if Canada goes down the tubes they can go back home. Nobody comes to Canada for the weather.
Asking an immigrant to vote Conservative is like Avis asking their customers to fill up with premium gas; not going to happen, they aren't invested enough in Canada. Accordingly, it is unsurprising that a publication featuring largely immigrants has such difficulty in promoting *real* liberty.
Posted by: Statist Investigator | 2008-12-11 6:47:08 AM
Get over yourself.
Ask a *real* Canadian like Marc Emery what the Conservatives have done to promote *real* liberty.
Or by "*real* liberty" do you mean partisan whore-ism?
Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2008-12-11 7:33:08 AM
"Ask a *real* Canadian like Marc Emery what the Conservatives have done to promote *real* liberty."
You mean besides signing up "thousands" of new members for the NDP, which wants to hike spending by $30 billion? Emery admits he is an NDP organizer, the NDP wants to make Canada vastly less free; ergo, he is about as far as one can get from a freedom fighter.
Marc Emery is a socialist, and an organizer for socialist parties who want to seize power and spend billions they don't have. It is through the efforts of Marc Emery and others like him that the current PM can't cut a thin dime from public spending, or the coalition will take over, which makes him an enemy of freedom.
Nice try, Robert.
Posted by: Statist Investigator | 2008-12-11 7:44:26 AM
Anyone calling themselves "Statist" anything should be immediately disregarded.
And this video shows us once again how the voting process has become a sham. Vote caging and "lost" ballots along with making sure the military overseas are unable to vote makes the whole thing pretty much a joke. Problem is that the joke is on us.
Posted by: JC | 2008-12-11 7:48:24 AM
Emery's commitment to liberty is so principled that he's spent his entire life putting his own freedom on the line to protect unjust intrusions on everyone's else's.
I can't think of a single member of the Conservative Party of Canada with that kind of courage and integrity.
A principle Conservative seems to equate a 5% cut in the income tax, or a lifetime gun *licence* (read: permission), as libertarian utopia.
If there were two choices on a ballot, Marc Emery and the Conservative Party of Canada, and voting for the former meant a bullet in the head, I'd take my chances on an afterlife.
Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2008-12-11 9:28:30 AM
BTW Al Franken is an arrogant douche. My guess is that Jaworski posted out of interest, not support.
Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2008-12-11 9:29:59 AM
It is paradoxical that Marc Emery is an NDP freedom fighter.
Freedom to smoke pot all day day is not freedom Mark.
It is SOMA
For those too young to know what SOMA is ... State Of Mental Apathy.
And for the record ... Al Franken is a miserable, lying piece of shit who has simply run out of job opportunities. When you want to be in show business and have little or no talent, politics if for you! Looks like his appy has been rejected.
Posted by: John V | 2008-12-11 10:19:28 AM
A final last gasp from the ugly, porno scum, fecal matter known as Al Frankin before he ditches Minnesota and returns to the cesspool of NYC or Hollywood.
Posted by: Dr. Botkin | 2008-12-11 11:21:20 AM
Coleman's response to Franken would have been appropriate. My brother and his friends voted for Republican senator Norm Coleman the victor. I can't understand why anyone would vote for that psycho Franken. Statist, I am one of the Americans who reads and sometimes comments on this site. I view this site among others because I want to get different points of view from countries other than the U.S. My desire for all these countries is the same. I want them to vanquish socialism and spread conservative ideas. In America, I am a conservative Republican(pro-death penalty, pro-2nd amendment, pro-life, pro-tax cuts, pro-victory in Iraq). In Canada, I find that my views put me somewhere between the Conservatives and the Christian Heritage Party. I read about politics in other countries to understand why they have adopted their current policies. For example, it is only through reading about social conservatives in the Netherlands rolling over in the 1960's that we begin to understand the current permissive society there. Canada intrigues me because of its many similarites to my country. Yet, it has a political system where 60% of the population votes for the left. On numerous occassions, it has been pointed out that Canadians by a 3 or 4 to 1 margin find their views closer to the Democrats than Republicans. The NDP and Bloc(seperatists) are both socialists. The issue of Quebec is their only real difference. The liberals are social leftists whose economic policies range from pro-big business to pro-big unions. The liberals seem to have no core values except attacking right-wingers as American-like. The Conservatives are attacked as right-wing extremists(party takes no position on abortion and death penalty) but would be considered centrists in U.S. Socialism has been proven ineffective so why is the NDP even around? The seperatists seem to have no realistic chance in Quebec. Instead, it seems that the Bloc is around to hustle money out of the rest of Canada. Yet, these two parties pull 20-25% of the vote. I especially don't get the NDP western vote because many of these supporters(working class, union voters) would be Reagan Democrats in the U.S. The Republicans pull between 35%-40% of union vote. Also, I don't get why progressive conservative leaders(like Mulroney, Clark, Stansfield, and Diefenbaker)never made attempts to align the party with social conservatives who opposed Trudeau(and Pearson's) policies on guns, abortion, death penalty, gays, and school prayer. There seems to have been a lot of opposition to these policies at the time. Won't aligning with social conservatives have won votes in the west, ontario, or the atlantic provinces? Finally, I don't understand the Liberal Party fascination with gun control. If America is as evil and imperialistic as portrayed by the Canadian left, then wouldn't an armed Canadian population be better able to resist American aggression? These questions are not intended as insults towards Canada. These are simply the observations of an outsider who would value the input of Canadian readers.
Posted by: John | 2008-12-11 2:44:33 PM
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