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AF: “As the Senator from Minnesota, I object.” JL: "Really?!"
"As the Senator from Minnesota, I object." Sen. Joe Lieberman is on board with Demcare now, but nutroots hero Al Franken couldn't help exercising his power as chair on the Senate floor this afternoon to deny Liebs an extra minute or two to finish some remarks this afternoon. Call it nutroots red meat. Or blue... Read More
Percy Sutton and Malcolm X, 1963. Well, well, well. The Congressional Black Caucus is trying to shake down the White House -- and taxpayers -- by holding a Democrat financial regulation "reform" bill hostage until Team Obama stuffs it with taxpayer goodies for a minority-owned radio station and other minority-owned businesses. The story is here... Read More
It's official. The Senate gets another buffoon. Don't worry, Al. Bozo the VP Joe Biden's shoes won't be that hard for you to fill: Showtime! *** Update: A STATEMENT FROM SENATOR NORM COLEMAN ST. PAUL – Senator Norm Coleman today made the following statement at his home in St. Paul: “Ours is a government of... Read More
State Supreme Court ruling just handed down. Maybe Franken will march onto Washington, Burris-style? (link)
It's MLK Day. Barack Obama's going to be sworn in. What more fitting time for Al Franken to tap into the emotion of the moment and celebrate history by e-mailing supporters...and asking them for money! Al Franken: Doing his best to schlockify the schlock inauguration. Dear Friend, I'm in Washington to witness the inauguration of... Read More
It's all but official: A professional Democrat clown will join all the amateur ones already in the Senate. Al Franken is going to Washington: Coleman's campaign intends to do just that, but Minnesotan Ed Morrissey at Hot Air notes: His best bet may be the inconsistencies in challenge resolutions and the lack of a statewide,... Read More
*The latest from Gaza... Two more senior Hamas terrorists are dead. And this: 35 Palestinians killed by Islamists, 75 shot in legs in the past week "to ensure they don't help Israel." Allahpundit's full coverage is here. The clock is ticking. U.S. tells UN Security Council to stuff it. *Stuart Smalley is up 225 in... Read More
My vote for most bizarre ballot of 2008 (via Minnesota NPR): More snort-worthy goodness: Allah's disputed ballot cheat sheet.
It's on.
Just keeping you posted on the Coleman-Franken vote count in Minnesota. Norm Coleman is hanging by a thread: Minnesota-based Power Line has been keeping tabs. And so has Ed Morrissey. Keep your fingers crossed. Gah:
Scroll for updates... Not funny: *** Update: The race is tightening. It's neck and neck now.
Al Franken's got some nerve talking about accountability.
Sinking ship.
Longtime readers will remember the extensive joint investigations into failed liberal radio network Air America and Al Franken that I published here and at Radio Equalizer with Brian Maloney. Fortunately, Norm Coleman's Senate campaign in Minnesota remembered, too. Franken's Air America debacle is the subject of a new campaign ad. Schadenfreude-licious: *** Press release: COLEMAN... Read More
Minnesota Democrats Exposed.
Two years ago, Radio Equalizer blogger Brian Maloney blew open the Air America financial scandals--embarrassing both Al Franken and the laggard MSM. Maloney continues to publish must-read blogging on the media, talk radio, and liberal double standards. (See here for his latest on the MSM's disparate treatment of Rush vs. Roseanne.) Another conservative blogger has... Read More
Doggone it.
Last week, it was violations of workers' comp and disability laws. This week, Stuart Smalley's in hot water over a "forfeited" California corporation. Just imagine how well he would do in the Senate with your money!
What a joke.
More than a month ago, investigative GOP blogger Michael Brodkorb in Minnesota first broke the news that Al Franken had violated New York state's worker compensation laws. The Franken campaign finally 'fesses up: DFL Senate candidate Al Franken acknowledged today that his New York-based business wrongly failed to provide workers' compensation insurance for nearly three... Read More
Brian Maloney has the scoop: Blame Bush!
Brian Maloney looks at the fool taking over Air America--and Al Franken officially jumps ship.
Brian Maloney reports Al Franken has been cancelled in San Francisco and may be on his way out at failing, flailing Air America.
If you read Brian Maloney's extensive report yesterday on the failed Air America takeover deal with shady nutball Sheldon Drobny, the brief AP dispatch this morning on the liberal network's filing for bankruptcy will be no surprise: As Brian reported exclusively yesterday: After an Air America Radio buyout plan by eccentric Democrat Party fundraiser /... Read More
Brian Maloney has the lowdown on flailing lib radio network Air America's legal and financial troubles at The Radio Equalizer. The New York State Attorney General's office has now transferred the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club case involving Air America to its criminal prosecutions bureau. You won't believe who finally covered the story. Yup,... Read More
The poor Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club is still waiting for Air America to pay it back. Details are buried at the bottom of the New York Sun's story following up on liberal blog Think Progress's claim that Air America will soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy: Last year, Air America was involved in... Read More
***scroll for updates below...Think Progress retracts story*** Photoshop: Darleen Click So, Air America leaks word of its bankruptcy to liberal blog Think Progress in an attempt to avoid complete humiliation by all those evil right-wingers who were spreading such vicious rumors about its financial chaos. May I just say: Bwahahahahahaha. First question: Will the New... Read More
The New York Post's John Mainelli follows up on intrepid Brian Maloney's investigative blog exclusive from last week on the impending loss of left-wing radio network Air America's New York flagship station: Also not commenting: Air America's cheerleading team at the New York Times. David Lombino at The New York Sun also trails Maloney's blog... Read More
*** video of Maloney/O'Reilly here*** Last year, I was privileged to work with Brian Maloney of The Radio Equalizer on an ongoing blog investigative series about beleaguered Air America radio's finances. Brian has continued to dig and dig deep on the story. He has a new report here and will discuss it tonight on The... Read More
Much has been made of the rabid Left's online swarm that shut down the Washington Post's blog comment section. The comments seemed comparatively tame to me. Maybe I'll copy off Chapter 6 of Unhinged and send it off to the WaPo ombudsman and her editors to help them feel better. Meantime, the moonbat manipulation of... Read More
Here are a few of the crackpot sights and ridiculous sounds that made 2005 a year to remember (many thanks to Ian Schwartz at The Political Teen for his indispensable video blogging): Video clips... 10. Spike Lee: Tinfoil hat-wearing levee expert 9. CNBC mugs Bernie Goldberg 8. Union thugs unhinged 7. Chris Matthews unhinged 6.... Read More
Been fighting it all week. I'm losing. While I hack up a lung and dig up that hot toddy recipe someone e-mailed last year, here are a few good reads this morning: - Alexandra at All Things Beautiful on retreating Dems: "The D stands for defeat." When you're done reading that post, keep scrolling down.... Read More
And all I get is this lousy t-shirt... During one of countless book-related radio interviews this week, a liberal radio host insultingly asked me whether I write my own column. His question was prompted by vicious anonymous bloggers who portray me as a greedy Asian whore/dupe/brainwashing victim who simply parrots what my white slavemasters program... Read More
Watch this video (9MB/Quicktime): Click here. (There may be a bit of a pause before it starts.) It's a clip of the last few minutes of an exclusive promotional sales pitch for Al Franken's new book, "The Truth (with jokes)," featured at (Thanks to my web guy, Mark Jaquith, for the technical assist.) The... Read More
***updated*** Brian Maloney and I have been hearing rumblings about various Air America departures. Another one is now official. (VP of finance Sinohe Terrero resigned earlier this month.) Via the Air America blog this morning:
I'm scheduled to appear on Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor tonight with my investigative blog partner Brian Maloney to talk about our reporting on Air America. It'll be old hat for readers of our blogs, but we're glad for the opportunity to bring the story into the mainstream. Update: Video at The Political Teen. ***... Read More
Via Tax Prof Blog, Al Franken--talk show host on the foundering Air America radio network--will be lecturing today at Yale Law School. The Business School laughed him off. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and ask Franken how the Air America panhandling is going, whether he plans to donate any... Read More
Stuff it with cash, please! Al Franken's liberal radio network, Air America, is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for investors. Having taxed the patience of deep-pocketed liberal sugar daddies, Air America execs have cooked up a new campaign to hit up their own listeners for cash donations. My investigative blog partner Brian Maloney... Read More
***Please note 9/28 note correction: Terrero was employed at Gloria Wise, but did not work under Cohen*** Inside Air America: The loan scandal deepens by Brian Maloney and Michelle Malkin Part of a continuing investigative blog series 9/14/05 *** If you believe Air America, Al Franken, and their clueless defenders, the liberal radio network's now-notorious... Read More
***235pm EDT: Updated with just-released statement from NYC Department of Investigations*** Yesterday, in our latest joint investigative piece on Air America and the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club loan scandal, Brian Maloney and I reported that "knowledgeable sources tell us the liberal radio network is contemplating how to stem the lingering bad publicity. Anticipating... Read More
Inside Air America: Al Franken's Lying Lies Part of an ongoing investigative blog series by Brian Maloney and Michelle Malkin Sept. 7, 2005 (Part II of this installment is at The Radio Equalizer) *** Take a close look at this signature. It belongs to Air America host and crusader for truth Al Franken. It is... Read More
Inside Air America: An Investigative Blog Report The Sheldon Drobny Files by Brian Maloney and Michelle Malkin Part of a continuing series My investigative blog partner, Brian Maloney, watched the surreal appearance of Air America co-founder Sheldon Drobny on C-SPAN this weekend. Drobny was on the network to plug his 2004 book, "Road to Air... Read More
Part II is up at The Radio Equalizer. Brian Maloney and I take a close look at the financial plans of Sheldon and Anita Drobny, the deep-pocketed, far left Illinois Democrat couple who dreamed up Air America and have been involved in its many strange and dubious business reorganizations. The key questions that curious radio... Read More
The New York Sun is the first print outlet to pick up on yesterday's Air America post authored by Brian Maloney and me. Reporter David Lombino writes: Lombino notes that Air America declined to comment on Multicultural's allegations. *** Another interesting article appears in this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer, where reporter Beth Gillin writes about bloggers'... Read More
*see updates below* Inside Air America: An Investigative Blog Report Part 1: A Trail of Debts By Michelle Malkin and Brian Maloney August 17, 2005 *** It's not just the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls that's knocking on Air America Radio's door looking for lost money. According to court records obtained by Radio Equalizer/,... Read More
The subject of my latest column: Where in the world is Evan Montvel-Cohen? The former chairman of Air America Radio and disgraced development director of the Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club has been unavailable to the MSM. New York investigators will not comment on whether they have been able to interview him. And... Read More
Despite liberals' insistence that the Air America / Gloria Wise story is "undersourced" and "appears to be phony," the AP article by David Caruso is being carried by dozens of MSM papers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Baton Rouge Times Picayune, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Myrtle Beach Sun News, Kansas... Read More
As I reported here on Thursday night, New York Times reporter Alan Feuer botched the Al Franken quote in his article about the Air America loan. To its credit, the New York Times has run a correction acknowledging the error: The Times still has not corrected its false assertion that the Franken quot
According to Emily Gest, a spokeswoman for the New York City Dept. of Investigation, the "transcript" of Al Franken's remarks cited by the New York Times in this article apparently does not exist. "There is no official transcript," Gest informed me. "You should expect to see a correction in the Times." As I noted last... Read More
After 15 days of silence, the New York Times has filed a thin little report on the Air Scamerica/Air Enron fiasco. But you need a magnifying glass to find it. Go the the homepage. Nothing there. Click over the National section. Nothing there. Find your way to the NY/Region section. Scroll way down past... Read More
The New York Post reports this morning on a drastic shake-up at the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, the Bronx non-profit charity ensnared in smelly "loan" schemes with the liberal Air America radio network: The NY Daily News says the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club will take over administration of one of Gloria... Read More
Al Franken is laughing it off and the elite media is still blowing it off, but the Air America/Air Enron financial fiasco continues to unfold. Ed Morrissey and his legal consultant/reader Eric Costello shine renewed light on the Piquant buyout shell game here and here, previously explored by Leon H. at Macho Nachos. The Washington... Read More
Cue the violins. Get out the Kleenex. The New York Post's John Mainelli reports that Air America host Al Franken is playing the victim card: Haven't listened to it yet, but yesterday's show is available for downloading here (MP3). Update: Brainster's Blog has isolated the clip of Franken's discussion of the scandal--with lots of inappropriate... Read More
This morning's New York Post is reporting that New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has launched an investigation into the shady $875,000 loan from Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club to Air America. Spitzer's inquiry is focusing on the conduct of Gloria Wise's board of directors. "The question is: Was their action appropriate?," Spitzer... Read More
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