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September 30, 2006

Atheism increase due to Al Franken; doc for choir only; time-shifting?

Today's exciting Al Franken round-up features the news that Stuart is indirectly responsible for the increase in atheism in "Walnut Creek, Berkeley, San Francisco and Silicon Valley" (but not the North Bay, where Midwestern values prevail):

Meetings and rallies, once the province of older folk, now include younger people with tattoos and dreadlocks. The Internet, radio spots during Al Frankens Air America radio show and campus groups are responsible, [Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists] said.

In other news, in so many words, Robert Philpot says that the documentary 'Al Franken: God Spoke' is boring and just for true believers. And, to prove that I read the whole thing, consider this curious bit:

"'Preaching to the choir' is also what I get about Air America," Franken says. "But I get a lot of Republicans when I do...book signings [and things] like that. Even on the floor of the Republican Convention in 2004, when we had been on the radio less than a year, I had a lot of delegates come up to me and say, 'I think your show is fair.'"

Was he high, or are my archives wrong? While I still have trouble believing that they've been around for over two years, let's do the math. They started at the end of March, 2004. The GOP convention was at the end of August, 2004 (that was the one where he flew into a rage).

So, 8 (August) minus 3 (March) equals 5. Maybe it's a Minnesota thing to refer to "5 months" as "less than a year" rather than "less than half a year", or "a few months", or similar locutions. Those Canadians!

UPDATE: In fact, I visited the Bay Area earlier this year. On March 3, I visited Cupertino. April 18, Fremont. Union City on June 2. My sources tell me that the weather is a bit chilly and the leaves have already begun to turn, with squirrels running for their burrows. Sadly, there are no maples in the area, only oaks.

Posted in StuartSmalley at September 30, 2006 02:40 PM


North Bay? Midwestern Values? You've clearly never been there. Nearly every elected official is a Democrat, the county is strongly anti-death penalty, pro-marijuana, pro-choice, pro gay rights, though less so about marriage. The overly simplistic calculus you use - to assume that wealth (and Marin has that in spades) equals conservatism - is naive at best. The suggestion that Al Franken has any effect on the religious lives of people in the region is just plain dumb. The article you refer to is trash. It's presumptuous and full of opinion presented as fact. You may have a lot of valid "dirt" on Air America. I'm not sure why anyone should care, but you should at least stick to stuff you can RESEARCH beyond just reading an on line article in a relatively obscure area paper. I've lived in the area all of my 36 years and have never seen the "Tri Valley Herald" on even one news stand from San Jose to Santa Rosa. It detracts from any creditability you have. (I suspect it's little)

Posted by: slobeck at September 30, 2006 06:20 PM

I think 5 months is "less than a year". You're a moron.

Posted by: gary1134 at October 3, 2006 02:39 PM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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