Monday, December 12, 2005

Al Franken's USO Tour is a travesty

As Al Franken leaves tomorrow to do what he is claiming to be his 6th USO Tour (Which it may very well be)it sickens me to no end knowing how much he has hurt them here, that he has no business attaching himself to a worthwhile organization as the USO in order to elevate himself and increase his profile and celebrity status.

I called the USO office and left a message on a young ladies voicemail explaining my displeasure with Franken being allowed to "predatorily" latch onto the USO. I received a call back, also left on my voicemail, explaining that while there are some celebrity entertainers who are opposed to this administrations Iraq policies, they leave that at home and focus stricly on entertaining our troops.



So let me be clear about why I am so upset about Franken's going abroad. I don't have a problem with celebrities opposed to this administration who then go overseas to entertain our troops. I do have a problem with a celebrity who mocks and parodies our troops, yes I said OUR TROOPS, not the administration, then going abroad as if he loves and honors our guys.

Here is a brief clip from a Franken parody on our troops from his "best of" CD.

sorry 'bout the prisoners
sorry they got raped
sorry they got tortured
sorry it got taped...

believe me when I say their apology is sincere
I'm awfully sorry for that broomstick up their rear...


So pardon me if I'm just a little miffed about Al Franken being honored as a member of the USO tour.

This is like the NAACP allowing David Duke to perform at their functions as long as he promises to leave his "black" jokes at home.

If any of you decide to call the USO to protest, let them know about this passage from Franken's parody and ask them if this is simply disagreeing with this administration or an obsecene parody against our troops.

5 Comments:

At 11:24 PM, Blogger KEvron said...

how'd your uso tour go, skoski?

yeah, i didn't think so....

KEvron

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Vivaldi5 said...

I could not agree more with Mr. Skorski about Franken. I found this site after picking up "Pants on Fire" yesterday at my local Barnes and Noble.

It seems to me that Franken is the classic exemplification of Democrats' desire to play by double standards advantageous to themselves. If for instance someone like Ann Coulter mistakenly terms someone's "grandson" as their "son", people like Franken immediately jump up and down with accusations of "lying liars and their lies" and so forth, even when the mistake is obviously a slip rather than a deception. However, when Franken and his ilk say something that is either outrageous or deceptive, the comment is excused (by Franken's willing acolytes in the media, for instance) as "satire," "humor," and other "he really didn't mean it" forms of excuse.

I do look forward to Mr. Skorski's chapter on "Al Franken's Secret Crush on Ann Coulter." Al is obviously a very frustrated man in a lot of areas given the hatred and vitriol he spews--but who knew THAT was one of the areas of his frustration??

Hats off to Mr. Skorski for taking this bully and punk down several notches by publishing this book.

 
At 1:59 AM, Blogger KEvron said...

from the usa today article:

USO cheers troops, but Iraq gigs tough to book

[....]

Political views don't play a role in determining who is part of a show, Powell said. "We don't recruit based on politics. We recruit based on requests from the soldiers of who they want to see."

[....]

Sergeant Major of the Army Ken Preston, the service's senior enlisted soldier who hosts the tour, said he often is asked why he includes Franken with his "left wing" politics. "What he says to the soldiers is: Even if there are different views ... the American people are united in our support for you," Preston said after Wednesday's show as the performers signed autographs.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-12-22-uso-cover_x.htm

so is usa today lying, skoski? is sergeant major preston lying?

no. the jackass in your mirror is the liar....

KEvron

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Stacy L. Harp said...

Alan,

I just posted part of this at Writing Right. Thanks for the heads up on your site. I'm adding it as a daily read too!

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Ekpuz said...

I think Skorski's outrage is misplaced. He is assuming that the song is written from the point of view of the troops. I think it is pretty obvious that it is from the voice of higher ups--most likely the civilian leadership. This view is supported by several elements in the lyrics (available at http://www.waynelammers.com/lyrics.htm#SORRY ). For example, consider the lines:

SORRY IT WAS EVIL
BUT THEY'RE THE EVIL DOERS

"Evil Doers" is clearly the language of Bush and his administration, not the soldiers on the ground. Or how about this verse:

SORRY IT WAS EVIL
THOUGH DEEP INSIDE WE KNEW IT
IT DIDN'T SEEM SO BAD
WHEN WE GOT SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT

Clearly this is coming from the leadership, not the troops on the ground. I believe this song was written after the Gonzalez torture memo was made public so a very plausible interpretation is that the target is the civilian leadership. Another example that shows the song is _not_ from the troops is:

SORRY THAT THE THINK TANK
DIDN'T THINK THE WAR PLAN THROUGH
SORRY IF YOU'RE DEAD
HOW CAN WE MAKE IT UP TO YOU?

It just doesn't make sense for a troop on the ground to be apologizing for the lack of planning.

I believe that Franken supports the troops, and he opposes the Bushies because their incompetence is costing them their lives.

 

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