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Franken Says Cheney Shot Whittington “Just to Watch Him Die”
NewsBusters ^ | 2/13/06

Posted on 02/13/2006 9:03:55 AM PST by Mr. Brightside

Franken Says Cheney Shot Whittington “Just to Watch Him Die”

Posted by Noel Sheppard

February 13, 2006 - 10:04.

Remember back in October when Al Franken joked with David Letterman about Karl Rove and I. Lewis Libby being executed for treason? Well, Franken is at it again with a blog entry Sunday evening at the Huffington Post. This time, the target of his tasteless satire is Vice President Dick Cheney who accidentally shot his hunting partner on Saturday:

“Over the weekend, Vice President Dick Cheney shot a man in Texas. Asked why he shot the man, the Vice President said, ‘Just to watch him die.’"

Much like other members of the media, Franken saw a bizarre connection to a previously documented hunting trip that the vice president went on: “You know who's doing a ‘there but for the grace of God go I?; Scalia.”

Then, Franken painted a sophomoric picture of what would happen if Bush and Cheney went hunting:

“Now, I imagine that Cheney and the President have hunted together. What would have happened if Cheney had shot the President? I think if he shot Bush this way, Bush isn't 78 and he's in pretty good shape, and he's kinda macho. I think he would've gotten up and shot Cheney back. And I think they would've started blasting each other like in a Tarrantino [sic] movie.”

That’s some funny stuff, Al. Don’t quit your day job. Speaking of which, things must not be going well over at Hot Air America, as Franken has taken to spamming blogs to attract listeners:

“Anyway, be sure to listen to the Al Franken Show tomorrow - noon to three EST. And Vice President Cheney will be our special guest. And guess what? He's bringing his shotgun!”

Makes you wonder if they’re going to start paying kids to hang ads on doorknobs to get listeners much the way Dominos sells pizza. Of course, unlike Franken's comedic attempts, Dominos delivers.


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1 posted on 02/13/2006 9:03:56 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

Maybe he was trying to impress Jodie Foster.


2 posted on 02/13/2006 9:05:02 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Hm... Doesn't that mean that he just opened himself up for a slander lawsuit?


3 posted on 02/13/2006 9:05:05 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Actually, for Franken, that's funny!


4 posted on 02/13/2006 9:05:38 AM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Franken is one sick waste of skin.
5 posted on 02/13/2006 9:05:42 AM PST by isrul
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To: Mr. Brightside
Franken is not funny. There must be some degree of truth for something to be funny.
6 posted on 02/13/2006 9:05:49 AM PST by svcw
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To: Mr. Brightside

I've heard cocaine makes some people think everything they do or say is funny.


7 posted on 02/13/2006 9:06:05 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Jack Bauer: "By the time I'm finished with you you're going to wish you felt this good again".)
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To: billorites

Exactly what I was thinking.


8 posted on 02/13/2006 9:06:06 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: Mr. Brightside

Let Franken have his fun. He's a little man who has so little to be happy about.


9 posted on 02/13/2006 9:06:42 AM PST by rhombus
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To: billorites

That's why Menachem Begin invaded southern Lebanon in 1982. Boy, that Jodie!


10 posted on 02/13/2006 9:06:43 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Spktyr

He would hide behind "satire" and the fact Cheney is a "public figure".


11 posted on 02/13/2006 9:06:56 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: Spktyr

its a joke.


12 posted on 02/13/2006 9:07:19 AM PST by conserv13
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To: billorites

LOL!


13 posted on 02/13/2006 9:07:31 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: isthisnickcool

I wonder which children's charity is being raided to subsidize Franken's habit...?


14 posted on 02/13/2006 9:07:40 AM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Asked why he shot the man, the Vice President said, ‘Just to watch him die.’

To be fair - this is hysterically funny. Also the Tarrantino gibe. Good for Franken.

15 posted on 02/13/2006 9:07:44 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: Mr. Brightside

Franken's a fool.


16 posted on 02/13/2006 9:08:37 AM PST by brivette
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To: billorites

Shows how much Franken knows about guns.

If Cheney wanted to kill his hunting mate, I don't think he would use a 28 guage shotgun at 100 feet.

Wrong weapon for the wrong prey at the wrong distance.


17 posted on 02/13/2006 9:08:51 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (Me? I'm just a lawn mower.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

He implied that the VPOTUS is guilty of attempted murder.

Insanity.


18 posted on 02/13/2006 9:09:00 AM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: conserv13

Yeah, I'm concerned because I actually GOT it...

"But I shot a man in Reno
Just to watch him DIIIIIIIIIIiiiieeee..."
(Folsom Prison Blues)


19 posted on 02/13/2006 9:09:20 AM PST by dandelion
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To: headsonpikes

"Actually, for Franken, that's funny!"

Actually, I kind of agree. I usually don't like Franken's attempts at humor, but this sort of made me chuckle. It's an old Johnny Cash quote, no? "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die."


20 posted on 02/13/2006 9:09:25 AM PST by Maine For Bush
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To: Mr. Brightside

Then why is he alive?


21 posted on 02/13/2006 9:10:07 AM PST by null and void (<---- Aged to perfection, and beyond...)
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To: Mr. Brightside
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22 posted on 02/13/2006 9:10:11 AM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: Mr. Brightside

This was an accident BUT if they want to imply it was done on purpose, they have a right to say that Dick did not do it correctly.

The Clinton thugs were much more efficient as they left no witnesses to their many deaths ruled suicides.


23 posted on 02/13/2006 9:11:18 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the rear, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Can't be. He wasn't in Reno.


24 posted on 02/13/2006 9:11:34 AM PST by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: agere_contra

Actually, hunting accidents are nothing to laugh about.

I just hope the guy's gonna be okay. This kind of thing happens every year in Appalachia. When it involves a rifle, someone usually dies.

I'm sure Dick's very upset about it.

Franken is a sick bastard.


25 posted on 02/13/2006 9:11:51 AM PST by rootvg (Democratic Pathology)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Folsom Prison Blues
By: John R. Cash; © 1956 Hi Lo Music
Recorded 1/13/68; Number 1 - Country Charts; Number 32 - Pop Charts

I hear the train a comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend,
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when.
I'm stuck at Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' on.
But that train keeps rollin' on down to San Antone.

When I was just a baby, my mama told me, "Son,
Always be a good boy; don't ever play with guns."
But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.
When I hear that whistle blowin' I hang my head and cry.

I bet there's rich folk eatin' in a fancy dining car.
They're prob'ly drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars,
But I know I had it comin', I know I can't be free,
But those people keep a movin', and that's what tortures me.

Well, if they freed me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine,
I bet I'd move on over a little farther down the line,
Far from Folsom Prison, that's where I want to stay,
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.

26 posted on 02/13/2006 9:12:39 AM PST by Geronimo
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To: Mr. Brightside

Al's humor is appreciated by some: Inmates on death row.


27 posted on 02/13/2006 9:12:39 AM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Dear Al,
Let's go hunting sometime.

Sincerely,
Dick Cheney


28 posted on 02/13/2006 9:13:02 AM PST by NRA1995 (If feminists are so smart, why do they need masturbation workshops?)
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To: agere_contra
To be fair - this is hysterically funny. Also the Tarrantino gibe. Good for Franken.

AF is a blithering idiot, but I have to agree.

29 posted on 02/13/2006 9:13:44 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I watched 'Walk The Line' and I wanted to die!


30 posted on 02/13/2006 9:13:57 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: headsonpikes
Actually, for Franken, that's funny!

True. Not much different from some of Ann's comments!

Doesnt make me want to post pics of him, though.

31 posted on 02/13/2006 9:14:47 AM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
I'd pay to see Franken sodomized by a shotgun... make it an 10 guage.
32 posted on 02/13/2006 9:14:55 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I care about this because...


33 posted on 02/13/2006 9:15:05 AM PST by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Mr. Brightside

I think subconsciously Franken is sabatoging any chance he would have at even RUNNING for office. He knows he can't win, and with talk like this, the wouldn't even get a nomination. Apparently, he has so real, deep-seeded anger issues and I'm sure he's been told not to run. Personally, I'd love to see him run ... what a hoot that would be!


34 posted on 02/13/2006 9:15:40 AM PST by Hildy (The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth)
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To: Mr. Brightside

A million comedians out of work and Franken tries to be one. What a lame joke.


35 posted on 02/13/2006 9:16:03 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Al Franken, I don't want to be name calling, is a homo moron, sorry I couldn't help myself.
36 posted on 02/13/2006 9:16:15 AM PST by boomop1
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To: Mr. Brightside

I think that's probably true.

I received a single shot 20-gauge for my birthday many years ago. It was referred to as a "youth gun" in those days, maybe it still it. I wish I still had the damn thing.

Being sprayed with that caliber at 100 feet certainly isn't lethal, unless they're packing their own shells with a special load. Somehow I suspect that isn't the case.


37 posted on 02/13/2006 9:16:24 AM PST by rootvg (Democratic Pathology)
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To: Geronimo

Nevef made the connection. Not a Jonny Cash fan.

Maybe Franked succeeded in humor. But not with me.


38 posted on 02/13/2006 9:16:24 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (Me? I'm just a lawn mower.)
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To: rootvg

If the lawyer was at death's door then I agree, this would be a sick joke. But he isn't.

Unlike most hunting accidents this IS a laughing matter. No bones were broken, no damage done. Cheney and his friend are fine. I am honestly amazed at the huffy tenor of the original article: Franken made an excellent joke and we should give him credit for it.


39 posted on 02/13/2006 9:16:27 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: RexBeach

Yeah, for a lesbian, Jody has inspired lots of quixotic male behavior!


40 posted on 02/13/2006 9:16:45 AM PST by willyboyishere (You'd better begin living the way you think, or you'll soon be thinking the way you live> Brecht)
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To: conserv13

if I was franken, I would do a parody song called 'cheney's got a gun' to the tune of 'janeys got a gun' by aerosmith


41 posted on 02/13/2006 9:17:36 AM PST by RolandBurnam (I WANT SOME PORK RINDS!!!!!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I bet DU is on fire today!


42 posted on 02/13/2006 9:17:47 AM PST by JFC (W, I am with YA)
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To: Maine For Bush

Yes it is.

And Franken wouldn't have EVER thought of it in his entire life if he hadn't seen Walk The Line.

Proven, once again, that liberals are primarily educated through hollywood and entertainment.


43 posted on 02/13/2006 9:19:18 AM PST by American_Centurion (A liberal is a socialist who isn't quite willing to get blood on his hands yet. -KarlInOhio)
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To: headsonpikes

That was funny. A rare one for Al.


44 posted on 02/13/2006 9:20:17 AM PST by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: johnny7

"I'd pay to see Franken sodomized by a shotgun... make it an 10 guage."

Okay...now that's just plain disturbing.


45 posted on 02/13/2006 9:20:48 AM PST by Maine For Bush
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To: headsonpikes
Actually, for Franken, that's funny!

He is frequently funny, to me. He should stick with comedy.

46 posted on 02/13/2006 9:20:50 AM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: agere_contra

Actually, I too think it's a funny joke---but like most of what comes out of Franken's mouth, its proper context would and should be something spoken to a small circle of friends. Franken can't distinguish between basically what should be offered in print or uttered in public, and what should be "kept to oneself". He is operating with the same anarchic abandon and energy as he did when a writer/performer on SNL. He's like a new media-acceptable version of Abbie Hoffman, of Yippie fame from the late 60s-early 70s.


47 posted on 02/13/2006 9:21:29 AM PST by willyboyishere (You'd better begin living the way you think, or you'll soon be thinking the way you live> Brecht)
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To: agere_contra
To be fair - this is hysterically funny.

No, to be really fair, you need a visit from the good Doctor:


48 posted on 02/13/2006 9:22:00 AM PST by tx_eggman (Islamofascism ... bringing you the best of the 7th century for the past 1300 years.)
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To: headsonpikes

I agree. The part about Bush getting back up and blasting Cheney was very funny.


49 posted on 02/13/2006 9:22:01 AM PST by oldleft
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To: agere_contra

Even so, Dick needs to be a little more careful.

I grew up around guns and still own quite a few today...brought my collection from Texas to California and don't want to sell any of them. They haven't been shot in quite some time and I have a feeling there's a mess inside that safe but I just don't have the time anymore.


50 posted on 02/13/2006 9:22:26 AM PST by rootvg (Democratic Pathology)
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