Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003  

Unintentionally Correct Department: So prétendu comedian Al Franken's newest book is called Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. How appropriate that his picture is on the cover, as Michelle Malkin notes:

Thanks to Court TV's Smoking Gun Web site (www.thesmokinggun.com), we now know that the Saturday Night Live leftover abused his position as an "academic fellow" (now that's funny) at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy in a puerile attempt to trick Attorney General John Ashcroft into publicly sharing his personal experience with abstinence.

Franken urged Ashcroft to share his abstinence story for "a book about abstinence programs in our public schools entitled, 'Savin' It!'" (lie). He assured Ashcroft that the book would document how the Bush administration is "setting the right example for America's youth" (lie). And he breezily informed Ashcroft that he had already "received wonderful testimonies from HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, William J. Bennett, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, Senator Rick Santorum, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice" (lie, lie, lie, lie, lie).

Franken sent the bogus solicitation to Ashcroft on Harvard's letterhead earlier this summer, without the Shorenstein Center's knowledge or approval.

Thanks to Randy McRoberts for the link.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:55 AM

Monday, August 25, 2003  

Wilfred Boggenstein's Steam-powered Reciprocating Blogroll Department: Found in my referrer log:

The Dartscape, where Dart asks the question that all of America is asking, "What the hell are 'traffic calming devices'?"

King's Kid, who says (with just a <Fe>trace</Fe> of irony) "If only we'd get over this whole fixation on Christ's death and atonement church would be so much more fun!"

Thanks for the links!

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:59 AM
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