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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

The Divine Miss T and I spent Thursday night (the 23rd) at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium—Where is Zellerbach Auditorium? What is UC Berkeley? Who are The Divine Miss T and this so-called “I?”—Enough with the questions already! The important thing is that the reason we were at Zellerbach was to hear Al Franken talk about, among other things, his new book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. The other things he talked about had mainly to do with being a liberal Democrat in a time when rabid, right-wing conservatism seems to have the government and the media in its knurled, paranoid, death-grip of vitriol and self-righteousness (my words, not his) and that’s pretty much what the book is about so everything dovetailed together nicely.

Franken is good. He’s funny and smart and he was playing for the sold-out home crowd (Liberal? Berkeley? It doesn’t get any better than that). Here are a couple of things from his talk that I’ve paraphrased:

— When Bush (Jr.) said he was against nation-building in 2000, I didn’t know he meant this country.
— Thus far in Bush’s presidency, more jobs have been lost than created. If you add the three years we’ve had of Bush Jr. to the four years of his father’s presidency, it’s still a net loss in jobs.
— We may have a new slogan for Fox News Channel: Wholly Without Merit (in reference to a court’s decision regarding Fox’s lawsuit versus Al Franken and his publisher)
— Drug-induced right-wing media (in reference to Rush Limbaugh)
— By the way, if anything is wrong in my book, it’s from British intelligence.
— Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson are kinda nuts. And, I can prove it.

At the end of Franken’s talk he took questions from the audience, closed up with a call for political action in upcoming elections, and then signed books up in the hall’s mezzanine. All in all it was a good show; I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.

Apparently, Miss T concurs (except for the part about Cats, though I think she was just referring to cats).

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