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You all know the drill by now; if you criticize the president you must be a partisan freedom-hating extremist.  And so says the wizened lick spittle of Sean Hannity.  See below for the partial transcript:

Former director of National Mine Academy, Jack Spadaro, blames Bush admin. over the Sago Mine disaster

     ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST:  Joining us now on the phone is the former director of the National Mine Safety and
Health Academy, Jack Spadaro.  In terms of safety, Jack, what do we know about this mine and its relative safety
in how it should have been operating?  

      JACK SPADARO, FORMER DIRECTOR, NATIONAL MINE ACADEMY:  We know from the record that the mine, in particular
in the past year, has been cited over 180 times for violations of federal mine health and safety law and
regulations.  And about 90 of those violations were called serious and substantial violations of the law.  So we
know that it was a very unsafe mine and that there were serious problems with mine ventilation and roof control.

      COLMES:  Are you saying that these men should not have been allowed to go down there?  

      SPADARO:  Yes, sir.

      COLMES:  You're saying this mine should not have been open?

      SPADARO:  This mine should have been closed.  And there were too many serious violations.  And the record is
very clear.

      COLMES:  Why was it open then?  If you, as a safety expert, feels it should not have been, why was it open?

      SPADARO:  I think it's because of the current Bush administration's policies toward mine operators and their
reluctance to take the strong enforcement action that's sometimes necessary.   And that often involves closing a
mine.

      SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST:  Jack, let's not politicize this!  I mean, already, what do you want, to blame George
Bush with this?  Is that where you're headed with this political question?  I don't think this is the time to go
into that.

      There certainly are issues.  This mine was cited for over 200 violations, 46 during an 11-week period late
in the year.  They've been fined thousands of dollars.  But I can't see an instance where it was recommended that
they close it.

      SPADARO:  Well, actually, there were three orders to close portions of the mine that were issued in the
October to the December period.  And there has been a significant change since the Bush administration took over,
the enforcement of mine safety and health.

      And I can speak to that, because I worked in the agency, and I talk with people every day who tell me that,
in recent years, and particularly in recent months, there's been a reluctance on the part of the top management at
the Mine Safety and Health Administration...

      HANNITY:  All right, you've got a political...

      SPADARO:  ... to enforce the law.

      HANNITY:  We don't have time tonight to get into this, nor do I think it's appropriate.  But you clearly
have a political agenda that, if I had enough time, I'm sure I...

      SPADARO:  No.  You called me and asked me to make a comment.

      HANNITY:  I know, but I'm sure...

      SPADARO:  And I'm telling you what's...

      HANNITY:  You want to turn this into a political thing...

      SPADARO:  No, I'm telling you what the truth is.

      HANNITY:  ... and we have families that are suffering tonight, sir.

      SPADARO:  And that's the truth is that there were 180 violations...

      HANNITY:  You want to blame George Bush...

      SPADARO:  ... that were serious.  

      HANNITY:  ... like a lot of extreme left-wingers.  All right.  Go ahead.  You got your point out.

      COLMES:  Mr. Spadaro, I'm not sure that you have a political point of view, but I do thank you very much for
coming on the show tonight.  Thank you for your time.  

Originally posted to ortsed on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:01 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  <sigh> (none)
    n/t

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 09:59:13 PM PST

  •  Dry heave. (3.50)
    Sean Hannity should have a filthy sock stuffed in his mouth and sealed there with about a roll and a half of terrorist thwarting duct tape.

    What a scumbag.

    •  They should send his..,, (3.66)
      stupid fucking ass down that mine with nothing but a box of matches.

      "Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others." Groucho Marx

      by irate on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:09:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  or? (4.00)
        • Let him see if he can pay his bills working as a greeter/basket handler at Walmart?
        • Send him out to work the lettuce fields?
        • Have him try his hand at running an industrial sewing machine in a Marianas Islands sweat shop?
        • Send him down to New Orleans or Biloxi to shovel trash, then right before he gets his paycheck tell him there's a problem with his paperwork and fire him?
        If he makes it through this, then I'd agree to give him two or three matches out of the box. I don't think I've ever listened to a chattering head on TV who has less empathy than that little driveler.  Agenda? You bet his guest had an agenda: "Secure the health and welfare of those who perform a vital service to our economy."
        You're absolutely right, he IS an SFA!
  •  Hannity's a dope (none)
    A very small mind.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:05:08 PM PST

  •  Is it wrong of me (none)
    to spontaneously wish that a large chunk of masonry falls from a building and mashes Hannity flat? Is it?

    I'm such a bad person.

    The revolution is ongoing.

    by The Gryffin on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:10:23 PM PST

    •  What a waste... (3.66)
      of perfectly good masonry...and I hate to tell you this but your belief in gravity and the physics of that collision paint you as an extremist left intelligent design hater...and an enemy of the state as well...

      hide...now...

      The American Prophet "A voice in the widerness against the hypocrisy of the 'Right'"

      by The American Prophet on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:14:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  If your going to think 'bad' thoughts think Big! (none)
      How 'bout this Sean Hannity and Anne (whinney!) Coulter sealed into a Masonry room with no food or water?

      "The pen is mightier than the sword, but only at a range of greater than five feet" Malaclypse the Younger

      by buhdydharma on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:45:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  But if Sean wins the cannibalistic battle (3.50)
        is there enough meat on Coulters bones to sustain him for more than an hour.

        Frankly I'd rather give Hannity a wafer thin mint

        "now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill

        by Thor Heyerdahl on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 05:47:02 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I cannot wait to find out the... (none)
    Hannity/Abramoff connection...

    Please say it is so...I may even put my hazmat suit on and watch the Hannity and Colmes Show the night that news breaks...

    Of course I won't get to see much through my vomit on the face shield...

    Lord, I detest Hannity and his sock puppet Colmes...

    The American Prophet "A voice in the widerness against the hypocrisy of the 'Right'"

    by The American Prophet on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:10:58 PM PST

  •  It sounds like... (4.00)
    ...Spadaro did an excellent job of not getting thrown off of what he had to say.  Cheers to him.  Alan?  Pffft.

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 10:12:01 PM PST

  •   memo to pugs (none)
    fox , rush , robertson  have by now spewed so many outright lies , they are no longer relevant , repeat ,repeat , repeat. cut this of at the getgo . they are now a self appointed joke , cut the world cult view off at the roots. they do not even count anymore , at all,   liars  ,they are a sad & bad joke .
  •  one of these days (4.00)
    I hope somebody literally beats the fucking shit out of Hannity.

    I will cheer whoever does it.

  •  Happy to see this... (none)
    diaried.  I thought it a righteous smackdown.
  •  someday someone is gonna go on Hannity (none)
    and tell him point blank "how is it political if its the truth"

    this guy got very close to it, but not quite there.

  •  ha ha ha (none)
    good diary.

    Hannity doesn't get it because in their world, being a politician has nothing to do with setting policy and affecting people's lives and working conditions...it has ONLY to do with raising money, stealing elections, and trashing and spying on your political opponents. So I can't blame Hannity, he doesn't have the mental capacity to understand what this guy is talking about. I blame Roger Ailes for putting that dumbass on the air.

    Just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you...

    by missreporter on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 04:11:11 AM PST

  •  can`t watch hannity (none)
    the sight of hannity really turns my stomach, if you disagree with his point of view he turns you into an anti-bush zealot. i would bet he`s on the bush payroll or is getting support from someone.he has no interest in the truth,if a democrat was president and these things happened he would be screaming.
    if bush was a democrat hannity would be leading the fight for impeachment!

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