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AL FRANKEN KNOCKS DOWN DEAN HECKLER
New York Post Online ^ | January 27, 2004 | VINCENT MORRIS

Posted on 01/27/2004 4:02:22 PM PST by Matthew James

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:19:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

January 27, 2004 -- EXETER, N.H. - Wise-cracking funnyman Al Franken yesterday body-slammed a demonstrator to the ground after the man tried to shout down Gov. Howard Dean. The tussle left Franken's trademark thick-rim glasses broken, but he said he was not injured.


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This clown should be prosecuted for assault; he's just a thug!

He was concerned for someone's free speach?!? He obviously doesn't understand the concept!

Al Franken would make a great Nazi.

1 posted on 01/27/2004 4:02:25 PM PST by Matthew James
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To: Travis McGee
Ping...
2 posted on 01/27/2004 4:03:02 PM PST by Matthew James (SPEARHEAD!)
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To: Matthew James
Just the guy you want to build a radio network around.

This is fabulous news.
3 posted on 01/27/2004 4:05:17 PM PST by frithguild ("W" is the Black Ice President - underestimated until the left completely loses traction.)
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To: Matthew James
"I got down low and took his legs out," said Franken afterwards. Franken said he's not backing Dean but merely wanted to protect the right of people to speak freely.

But...but...but isn't that what the heckler was doing...speaking freely, Mr. Franken?

Typical brain-dead liberal.....free speech for me but not for thee.

4 posted on 01/27/2004 4:06:14 PM PST by Lizavetta (Savage is right - extreme liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: Matthew James
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5 posted on 01/27/2004 4:06:23 PM PST by Consort
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To: Matthew James
"Franken emerged from the crowd and charged one male protester, grabbing him with a bear hug from behind and slamming him onto the floor."

Excuse me? That is absolutely unacceptable, thuggish, immature behavior. No matter what, no one should tolerate that sort of behavior.

6 posted on 01/27/2004 4:06:29 PM PST by OpusatFR (Hillary's health care means culling the herd to keep down costs.)
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To: Matthew James

7 posted on 01/27/2004 4:06:38 PM PST by ChadGore (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: frithguild
I'm amazed (and glad) that he's stupid enough to admit the assault!
8 posted on 01/27/2004 4:07:07 PM PST by Matthew James (SPEARHEAD!)
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To: Matthew James
"I got down low and took his legs out," said Franken afterwards.

"I was a wrestler so I used a wrestling move," Franken said.

Gee, it sounds like you just confessed to assault, Einstein.

9 posted on 01/27/2004 4:07:56 PM PST by AdamSelene235
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To: Matthew James
The tussle left Franken's trademark thick-rim glasses broken, but he said he was not injured.

And dog-gone-it, people like him!

10 posted on 01/27/2004 4:08:09 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (All your Mars belong to us)
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To: Matthew James
I read the title and wondered who 'Dean Heckler' was. I figured that if Franken didn't like him, that was points in his favor.
11 posted on 01/27/2004 4:08:38 PM PST by Riley
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To: Matthew James

"Vote for me, or I'll send Al Franken to raise a very
nasty welt that could well take days to heal"

12 posted on 01/27/2004 4:08:41 PM PST by ChadGore (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: Consort
Sorry... Ran a search first and didn't find this.
13 posted on 01/27/2004 4:09:11 PM PST by Matthew James (SPEARHEAD!)
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To: Matthew James
Franken emerged from the crowd and charged one male protester, grabbing him with a bear hug from behind

The progressives' preferred attack position.

14 posted on 01/27/2004 4:10:17 PM PST by Argus
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To: Matthew James
Sounds like it could be a publicity stunt set-up to me, at least in this case. What better whipping boy than the LaRouchies,..I mean they are nuts so its totally believable they'd begin heckling Howie or any of the other Dems.

I've been involved in countless campaigns on the local, state, and federal level - and these types of set-up occurences are not uncommon at speeches, rallys, and debates. The fracas becomes the story. Franken may be a fool, but he's no dummy.
15 posted on 01/27/2004 4:12:07 PM PST by NCPAC
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To: Matthew James
Re: "I'm for freedom of speech"

Franken emerged from the crowd and charged one male protester, grabbing him with a bear hug from behind and slamming him onto the floor.

No wonder liberals like him support unions. They're thugs at heart. Hear someone saying something you don't like ? Beat them to a bloody pulp untill they submit.

Stalin would be proud.

16 posted on 01/27/2004 4:12:45 PM PST by ChadGore (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: AdamSelene235
"Gee, it sounds like you just confessed to assault, Einstein".

Uh, that would be "Franken-stein"

17 posted on 01/27/2004 4:13:23 PM PST by truthandjustice1
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To: Matthew James
Do NOT taunt 'Happy Fun Ball'.
18 posted on 01/27/2004 4:14:29 PM PST by Mark (Treason doth never prosper, for if it prosper, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.)
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To: Matthew James
Al Franken would make a great Nazi.

I'm given to the impression that all Leftist true-believers would as well.
19 posted on 01/27/2004 4:14:42 PM PST by polemikos (Steyn: Leftists demonize Wolfowitz because his name begins with a big scary animal and ends Jewishly)
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To: Matthew James
Assault:
Law.
An unlawful threat or attempt to do bodily injury to another.
The act or an instance of unlawfully threatening or attempting to injure another.

Battery:
Law.
The unlawful and unwanted touching or striking of one person by another, with the intention of bringing about a harmful or offensive contact.

Looks like he has both.
20 posted on 01/27/2004 4:15:34 PM PST by HighWheeler (A chainsaw don't know the difference between a laig and a lawg.)
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To: Matthew James
Wish he would have tried that with me.
21 posted on 01/27/2004 4:18:11 PM PST by axxmann
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To: Matthew James
I haven't read all the comments yet, but IIRC this constitutes assault and battery once you make contact. Making a credible threat like "I'm gonna beat your @ss" is simple assault. I hope AL doesn't have any liabilty insurance for this sort of thing.
22 posted on 01/27/2004 4:18:24 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: Matthew James
What do you want to bet that the "heckler" was a plant?

Dang, I wish that ol' lard ass would be in an area that I was in. I'd love to have that moron try to make a "wrestling" move on me.
23 posted on 01/27/2004 4:19:12 PM PST by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: Matthew James
You're only entitled to free speech if you're a liberal, of course. Or if you're an anti-government protestor (unless you happen to be protesting against a Democrat, that's a no-no).
24 posted on 01/27/2004 4:19:21 PM PST by Ex-Dem (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: Matthew James
Wouldn't you love to beat the snot out of this guy? I would!
25 posted on 01/27/2004 4:19:48 PM PST by grb
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To: Matthew James
Why is that assault?
Where is the legal defense fund for the guy Franken assaulted? Where are the cops on this one?
26 posted on 01/27/2004 4:21:01 PM PST by pointsal
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To: Matthew James
What is the condition of the heckler? Any head injuries, etc! ???
27 posted on 01/27/2004 4:21:35 PM PST by BushWonGore'sDone
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To: Mark
Do NOT taunt 'Happy Fun Ball'.

What's the story behind that? I've seen oblique references to it in several places, never knew what it meant though.
28 posted on 01/27/2004 4:22:42 PM PST by Ex-Dem (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: OpusatFR
One could make quite a living by shadowing Franken and shouting at liberal icons. The effort could employ an army of ambulance chasers and empty his bank account in a month.

If his presence is related to his radio gig, you can sue the radio station too!

29 posted on 01/27/2004 4:22:54 PM PST by blackdog (Democrat Party? Democratic Party? Democrat Candidate? Democratic Candidate? Wassup wit dat?)
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To: AdamSelene235
"I was a wrestler so I used a wrestling move," Franken said.

Do you think Franken is ready for the WWF?

30 posted on 01/27/2004 4:22:58 PM PST by Missouri
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To: Matthew James
Lawsuit city, Bay-Bee!
31 posted on 01/27/2004 4:23:22 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: Matthew James
Freedom of speech does NOT include the right to shout other people down.
32 posted on 01/27/2004 4:25:48 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: Howie66
So Franken admits he's been trained for violence! I think a restraining order is applicable here. Franken will be the only one doing radio interviews from no closer than 500 feet from any crowd or gathering, or from anyone with a voice.
33 posted on 01/27/2004 4:26:02 PM PST by blackdog (Democrat Party? Democratic Party? Democrat Candidate? Democratic Candidate? Wassup wit dat?)
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To: Matthew James
Hopefully, Franken will get sued big time.
34 posted on 01/27/2004 4:26:15 PM PST by hershey
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To: NCPAC
"Franken may be a fool, but he's no dummy."

Mmmmm....no. I think he qualifies for both.

35 posted on 01/27/2004 4:26:52 PM PST by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: Matthew James
"I'm neutral in this race but I'm for freedom of speech, which means people should be able to assemble and speak without being shouted down."

What?!?!? Is he really that ignorant? He's for one's free speech but against another's? What a dope!

36 posted on 01/27/2004 4:26:56 PM PST by humboldtconservative
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To: Matthew James
I disagree. I think the possibly of getting a punch in the nose, might deter an obnoxious lout from opening their mouth in the first place. I remember as a wee child, neighbors being more civil to each other and punches thrown at other times.

"Almost without exception, social scientists are telling us that Americans are more violent than in the past. They cite statistics. Yet anyone who observe the goings on in the cities with his own eyes knows that it is not so. The American man in the street is now infinitely less pugnacious, less ready to take offense and hit back, than in the past. We used to fight in the streets, in saloons and on the job. You had to watch what you said lest you have your teeth knocked in. But just now the majority of Americans are afraid to open their mouths. They will not get into a fight no matter what you call them or do to them. They are afraid to get angry."
37 posted on 01/27/2004 4:27:36 PM PST by RunningJoke
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To: BenLurkin
Read all the posts. Doesn't anyone know whether Al was arrested? I assume he wasn't since it wasn't mentioned.
38 posted on 01/27/2004 4:28:24 PM PST by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: blackdog
So Franken admits he's been trained for violence!

I think that will be the first, and only, time that sentence is ever in print.
39 posted on 01/27/2004 4:28:57 PM PST by lelio
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To: luvbach1
Maybe it didn't really happen . . . just PR flack?
40 posted on 01/27/2004 4:29:41 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: humboldtconservative
Apparently Al has not watched Prime Minister's question time for the House of Commons.
41 posted on 01/27/2004 4:29:57 PM PST by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: luvbach1
correction: from the House of Commons
42 posted on 01/27/2004 4:30:52 PM PST by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: Ex-Dem
More about HAPPY FUN BALL!

Otherwise known as "The contents of Al Franken's head!

43 posted on 01/27/2004 4:31:02 PM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Matthew James
"wanted to protect the right of people to speak freely"

W H A T!! But the guy he tackled didn't have a right to speak freely ..?? Al Franken is nuts. I hope this costs him big time. If I was the guy Franken tackled, I would sue him for everything Franken owns.

You're right .. NO LIBERAL HAS ANY CONCEPT OF WHAT FREE SPEECH REALLY MEANS.
44 posted on 01/27/2004 4:31:13 PM PST by CyberAnt ("America is the GREATEST NATION on the face of the earth")
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To: xm177e2
Freedom of speech does NOT include the right to shout other people down.

You're absolutely right. But the options for putting it right do NOT include a flying tackle from behind.

45 posted on 01/27/2004 4:31:30 PM PST by prion
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To: lelio

46 posted on 01/27/2004 4:32:09 PM PST by al baby (Hope I don't get into trouble for this)
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To: Matthew James
"I was a wrestler so I used a wrestling move," Franken said.

Right. If looks could kill the protestor would be on life support now.

47 posted on 01/27/2004 4:32:12 PM PST by Jorge
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To: RunningJoke
Don't forget, leftists consider conservatives to be obnoxious louts.
48 posted on 01/27/2004 4:32:24 PM PST by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: RunningJoke
If you have not seent he movie "Gangs of New York" check it out. It will give you a feel for what some "American" men were like in that day.
49 posted on 01/27/2004 4:33:05 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: xm177e2
Hecklers are generally ushered out of the room by authorities. I can't tell you how many cases where a person in a fit of anger lashes out to another and inadvertently causes a fall resulting in head injuries, breaks and brain damage with several instances of death. Not everyone at political rallies are equipped for wrestling matches. I think the Larouche guy may have promising suit.
50 posted on 01/27/2004 4:35:27 PM PST by BushWonGore'sDone
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