The Truth (with jokes) by Al Franken Wonderful! Nearly a year after the presidential election of 2004, Al Franken is still checking facts, exposing lies, and trying to clear the record as he sees it. Sneering at President Bushs declaration of a mandate after a two-and-a- half percent victory, he deconstructs Bushs 2004 platform of fear, smear, and queers, and explains how the president has done some flip-flopping of his own. He offers comment on well-known stories, including the Terri Schiavo case, and some more obscure, such as reports of forced prostitution, indentured servitude, and squalid conditions at clothing factories in Saipan (which is part of the American Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Franken focuses on Tom DeLays connection to the territory and his efforts to prevent bills from being passed that would have required Saipan to follow U.S. labor laws. Iraq, too, is discussed, from its planning stages to the huge sum of money currently unaccounted for, including $8.8 billion missing from the Coalition Provisional Authoritys coffers. On the home front, Franken covers President Bushs atte mpt at Social Security reform, explaining how they came up with the projected shortfall figure of $11 trillion. For one thing, they adjusted life expectancy to 150 years, while leaving the retirement age at 67: Thats an eighty -three- year retirement. Theyre never gonna get to that without stem cell research. He also takes some wickedly funny swipes at Karl Rove, lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pundits and hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Tim Russert, and Sean Hannity, and, of course, President Bush. The Truth succeeds i n providing ammunition to liberals and others dissatisfied with the current power base in Washington, D.C.--only this time (with jokes). --Shawn Carkonen An Exclusive Video for The Truth (with jokes) from Al Franken We try to keep things civil in our customer review section, but Al Franken, who apparently trained at the Saturday Night Live school of conflict mediation, didnt get the message in his exclusive video for his book The Truth (with Jokes): see high bandwidth and low bandwidth versions. Al Frankens books are generally wonderful. Theyre funny, informative and insightful. This one also happens to be devastating. Its a chronicle of George W. Bushs 2004 re-election campaign, and some of the lower lights of the Republican party during the early part of that term, including players in the campaign in Iraq. I consider myself a conservative (though Im really more of a libertarian), but that doesnt mean that I excuse incompetence, dishonesty or corruptio n from fellow conservatives. Those things are bad regardless of what side of the aisle they come from, and Franken does a masterful job of showing just what jerks some on the right have been. Recently I read (and enjoyed) my first Ann Coulter book. I thin k its important for people to consider all kinds of views, perhaps especially those that they are disinclined to agree with; we ought to challenge ourselves, and our beliefs. Both Coulter and Franken present their sides well, and with biting humor, and there is no reason that a thoughtful person cannot enjoy both. That said, Franken is the better of the two -- hes smarter, funnier, better equipped with research, and (I am convinced) more honest. His writings have the unmistakeable ring of truth to them. I was so impressed, in fact, with Frankens writing (and Ive been impressed before, with his early works), that it inspired me to make my first-ever political contribution, to his Senate campaign in Minnesota. If I must come up with something negative to say about this book, to balance out my review, it might be that the humor in this book can only carry a reader so far. At times, the events that Franken relates are so disgusting that they seriously made me feel sick. Although, maybe that is actually this books greatest strength. This isnt just humor writing you can smile at, put down and then forget. Frankens book shows how broken our system is: very, very broken. And while I dont think there are any easy answers, its clear that we Americans need a fundamenta l regime change. Democrats may prove no better than the Republicans they replace, but they cannot be any worse. Maybe someday, assuming my small donation is enough to carry the day for Franken in Minnesota, some conservative pundit will be able to write a blistering expose on Frankens misdeeds in office. I hope not, but am fully sure that, whatever may come to light, it cannot be worse than the disgusting saga aired out by Franken in The Truth (with jokes). This is a wonderful book, because it makes us laugh, makes us ill with disgust, and calls us to necessary action. That is the truth, no joke. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Truth (with jokes) by Al Franken - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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