Franken, Sleeping Beauty and Other Leftovers

By Al Perrotta Published on November 24, 2017

With all the family, food and football going on Thursday, and the Zen-like focus on Black Friday, a few stories may have missed your attention.

So sit back and take in some of our leftovers.

Franken the Hugger

On Wednesday, two more woman came forward claiming Sen. Al Franken touched them inappropriately during his 2008 Senate run. One says he groped her rear end. The other, according to the Huffington Post says he “cupped her butt with his hand” and “suggested they go to the bathroom together.”

On Thursday, Franken issued a statement where he blamed his behavior on a fondness for hugging.

“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations,” the statement said. “I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many.”

Franken categorically denied inviting the woman to the bathroom, and says he feels terrible he “made some women feel badly.”

“Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that,” Franken said, “I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations.” Simple question: Is grasping a female’s booty a “hug”? An “embrace”? A “greeting?”

No. Meaning Franken’s “apology” for making “some women feel badly” as empty and worthless as a post-Thanksgiving turkey carcass. Worse even. At least with the turkey carcass you can make a broth.

Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Predator

A mother in England is insisting her six-year-old’s school ban Sleeping Beauty. The reason? Sleeping Beauty did not give her consent to be kissed. Yes, it is better for her to have been left in a coma for all of eternity than to be rescued from a curse by true love’s kiss. 

According to Sarah Hall, the classic fairy tale sends an “inappropriate sexual message” to young children. “In today’s society, it isn’t appropriate — my son is only six, he absorbs everything he sees, and it isn’t as if I can turn it into a constructive conversation.”

So other kids have to miss out on a story that has enchanted children for centuries because one political correct mom is unable to craft a constructive conversation out of the experience. Sounds like she’d be taking all the fun out of anyway. In fact, she’d freak the kid out. “Wait a second,” her clever little son may think, “If I’m unconscious Mommy’s not going to kiss and make it better because she didn’t get to ask me first?!”

Somewhere on Hall’s bookshelf is another classic, How to Turn Your Kid Neurotic and Hated by His Classmates. Talk about your “Grim” Fairy Tale.

Eminem “Extremely Angry” That President Didn’t Respond to His Anti-Trump Rap

Rapper Eminem is “extremely angry” at President Trump. That’s no surprise. What is a surprise is his reason. The rapper’s feelings are hurt that Trump hasn’t responded to his four-minute anti-Trump freestyle rap at the BET Hip Hop awards in October.

“I was and I still am extremely angry,” Eminem told Sirius/XM’s “The Storm,” “I feel like he’s not paying attention to me. I was kind of waiting for him to say something and for some reason, he didn’t say anything.”

Sounds like a kid upset that Daddy’s spending too much time at work.

Perhaps Trump’s silence is a statement. He doesn’t think your worth a tweet. Or maybe he’s too busy being the leader of the free world to come out and play.

Or perhaps he’s hoping you will take the time to reflect on how narcissistic and needy you’re sounding.

Maybe you need a hug. A big hug. I hear Al Franken is available.

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  • Howard Rosenbaum

    What do these 3 newsworthy stories have in common ? Liberals ! The narcissism not unique to the left , but certainly not a rare commodity among the specious platitudes promoted from this sanctimonious swarm is in itself notable for its ersatz legitimacy.
    Are we expected to believe that any of these 3 positions should be embraced w/the same enthusiasm as say a pussycat hat wearing feminist would at a chance to march along side Ms Sansour in front of MSM cameras ?! That would actually be just as conflicted as these 3 patrons of disingenuous character display w/their nonsensical rationalizations ….

  • sc_cannon

    When I was young I made passes at girls and sometimes was rebuffed, that was the end of the incident usually although my parents did once get a angry phone call from someone that thought I was a creep. I assume this is a normal part of the mating game and I think depending on circumstances it can occur at older ages but I don’t know the game that well since I have been out of it for so long, I have a suspicion that the attention being given to this issue by guys like Perotta has something to do with their being older and really not in touch with the realities of human sexual companionship starvation.

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