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SayingWhat we'd all like toExpress to ourErrant and Power-hungry Represen-Tatives(can't wait to see what others come up with)
The Governator is channeling some of his old movie dialog. He needs better writers.After Rae Dawn Chong asked him, "If you were going to kill me, you wouldn't tell me, would you?" and he answered, "Of course I would. Trust me", it went all downhill from there.
It apparently began when the legislator told Arnold to "Kiss my ass!"
I am not one of his fans, but I appreciate that letter. I have to believe that it was unconscious rather than lucky chaos.Trey
I have to add -- I'm sure the Governor didn't do this, but he probably has some questions for staff this morning.
How does someone notice something like that?
My governor can kick your governor's ass and out cuss him too.
Kinda the opposite of the Wisconsin Frankenstein veto.
For these 6 years this Assembly has endured youroffice’s allusive and oblique remarks and has not retaliated, but we can no longer be silent while youeviscerate our state budget and at the same time insult this body and our state employees. When thegovernor of California sends this message, wenote that it only speaks to his own lack of a goodeducation, and regret that we are now forced torespond in kind.
Meh - It's one of those things that should only be contemplated, not actually done. I think it cheapens public discourse even further.
For the life of me I can'tunderstand why peoplecannot just give Republicans a break.Keep making up stories, Ann.You seem to think thatoutside of Madison, people will beunable to figure out that this story is a hoax.Anywhere else this story wouldnever see the light of day.Never.
Hoax or not, and if true unconscious or not, the very idea puts a smile on my face.
Florida - It's not a hoax. The document exists, as represented in the article, on the Governor's web site. Arnold's staffers are not saying it is a hoax, but just a coincidence.
Oh, I wonder why the Governator left off the "asshole."
Now if he just had the guts to say it to the govt employees unions he could save the state from (more) economic ruin.
Well maybe there's hope for him yet. I'll really be encouraged if he dumps that stupid little rolling Scotch Tape dispenser Prius and goes back to the Hummer.
That's awesome.They so richly deserve it.
Reader:Thanks for confirming the veracity of the letter.I saw it last night and was not sure it was real.IMO, I say about time, Arnold was himself.
@tman, who wrote: "Arnold's staffers are not saying it is a hoax, but just a coincidence."You missed the satire and irony implicit in my message. Go re-read my comment more carefully.
@Freeman Hunt (offtopic):Do you have a Flickr feed of your photographs? You have some wonderful outdoor shots.
I'm amused greatly at the lefty blogs that are treating this as some kind of tremendous offense against morality. Read the letter, and it's a serious thing the state leg has done to its state. People are suffering mightily, and some cussing is basically a light hearted joke pointing out that the governor is frustrated.It's not a coincidence or unconscious. The odds are billions to one on that. But the fainting and screeching over a very funny little swear is amusing from people who have no problem with obscenity... like real obscene displays at gay rights rallies, for example.
I did miss the satire, given the number of trolling commenters here who really do wish to convey that message to Althouse.
That's... that's... that's just brilliant. I'm going to start carefully composing my emails at work now with deliberate line returns, just to pass along hidden messages. :)
Years ago I did some work for a large city board of health.One of the duties of the Vital Statistics Department was to prepare lists of death notices for publication in the newspaper.Some of the staff showed me that the head clerk, who was having an affair with one of the board members, was arranging the names of the deceased in sequence so the first letter of the first names was a message to her lover.It was funny to see "I Love You" spelled with the names of dead people.
Florida is not nice - read it.
If the F--k Y-u fits, wear it.That is some good old fashioned hate speech.
"I'm amused greatly at the lefty blogs that are treating this as some kind of tremendous offense against morality."Yeah right. The same bunch that calls tax protesters teabaggers and Sarah Palin a cunt.Hopefully by now the Governator realizes you can't "work" with democrats. You can't compromise with democrats. You can only submit. Unfortunately for them there's a whole bunch of Americans who just ain't the submitting type.
The Democrats in the California Legislature cannot understand that they must cut state spending to match tax revenues reduced by 12% unemployment, salary cuts, short workweeks, etc. etc. Eight years of dealing with them would make any sane person crazy.
I know it's juvenile and crude, and I can't believe I'm saying this about anything the Governator has done in office, but that's just awesome.
“Greetings, fellow Althousians on the occasion of our Assembly’s bringing to light the blunt, obscene, and insulting remarks by theabrasive and infantile current occupant of theCalifornia governor’s office, whom we will put thekibosh on very soon. Don’t we all wish to see this one-time action hero meet his demise, byour thrust (to the proverbial hilt) of our democrat sword, and have his (less than)olent remains sent back to Hollywood? Remember thelast time we let one of those Southern CA types up here,Leonard Decaprio (who only had one good movie role), yet having touched the hem of Al Gore’s cloak, and notwincing when someone yelled “Get a room!”, petitioned forordination of this WWW (world warming warning) prophet, wasobdurate that we provide a venue for his WWW message, anddemanded that we regulate CO2. Yet it wasArnold who took the credit for letting Al Gore speak; fortunately, his appearance put all ofSacramento to sleep, so no one paid attention, but henceforth, (make a note) we need to also start regulating CO.(Oh, how it snowed that evening!) Let us keep the faith, for the governor’s star will soon beeclipsed, and our party will, as it is written, control everything.”
Did anyone see the video of the some CA official from the treasury office or something like that, tearing the CA Assembly a new one, telling them outright that they waste their time on pleasing one group and then another with trivial legislation and totally ignore the real job they have of managing the budget and solving the financial problems?
Got a link, Synova?
Synova:Yeah that video was great too. Common sense is so refreshing.We have too many laws maybe because we have so lawyers in elected office.
Synova, that was probably Bill Lockyer. He's the state treasurer. And I can understand his frustration.The biggest problem with the California government is between the initiative process and the governor's line-item veto the legislature can punt on every substantive issue. So they don't do much. When we have a crisis they're so used to not doing anything they keep not doing anything and whatever the problem is just gets worse.In most states when you have a recession-related drop in revenue the legislature decides whether to raise taxes or cut services or borrow money, then they send the budget to the governor. In California the legislature makes a generous budget with fraudulent assumptions on the revenue side. That way the governor has to take all the heat for balancing the budget with his line-item veto. The legislators can tell their interest groups "I would never have voted to cut that money. The governor is heartless!"
Thanks, Synova.Unfortunately, two words come to mind:Deaf. Ears.
Dang. That video clip was amazing.
Lockyer ... isn't he the guy who supports prison rape?
I am not a big fan of Treasurer Lockyer, who has been feeding from the public teat since 1973.As AG, Lockyer harassed WalMart to the point where they decided to quit selling firearms in California.As AG, Lockyer argued the "collective rights" model of the Second Amendment in Silveira v. Lockyer As state senator, Lockyer pushed to have serial numbers placed on every bullet sold in California
isn't there a better "fuck you asshole" utterance in total recall or one of the terminator movies or something?
Yikes! My speed reading technique is Kaput. I can never be confident again that reading from left to right will suffice.
Tenuously related digression:I just learned that there's actually a website which tracks in real time people swearing on Twitter. I thought it was a joke. It's not. It's called Cursebird.com. But even more bizarre, and far funnier, is the tale of one man's efforts to rise to the top of Cursebird. I mean, like, WTF?Makes Arnold seem a piker.(Hat tip to Twitter Fail Blog, which also links to a place devoted to the use of the f-words in plural noun form.)/tenuously related digressionwv: funwer (hahahahahaha)
"I am not a big fan of Treasurer Lockyer, who has been feeding from the public teat since 1973. " etc. gun stuff...Ugh.Well, that doesn't mean he can't be right about *something* once in a while.
at the article, someone had looked up the metadata on the document, and it was created by mnaple; I googled and found one Michael Naple on the staff of the Office of the Governator of the Great State of California. So yessiree, it's real. High fives to Mr. Naple.The SF guy said to kiss his GAY ass, which is even grosser than a regular one. LOL Although I'm sure some of the commentariat here are salivating at the thought. Ewwww.
Har!John, I see what you did up there ^^^.You're a bad boy, a very bad boy indeed.
Thanks Chip,Idiotic as it may seem,the truth is thatseveral of my best commentsare, or seem to be, not read or only rarelyobserved, such that I amunwilling many times to eventry my best at being original orto even care about posting.I do appreciate it whenmy fellow commenters notice,especially those who can also cook.
I, on the other hand,can certainly see other pointsof view, and would never takeumbrage at those who choose tolambast commenters with whom theydo not agree. Notcuriously, one whoarrives late to this post rarely sees the humorous threadeffusively woven in from the beginning.Lest one thinks he is not wanted here, he shouldextinguish that thought, forsomeone will inevitably appreciate hissagacity.
veni vidi vici said... isn't there a better "fuck you asshole" utterance in total recall or one of the terminator movies or something?Indeed. I linked to that Terminator scene above at 12:06pm.The funny part is how the Arnold the cyborg pulls up a visual menu of "possible responses" and chooses "fuck you, asshole."
Ha ha ha ha. John, stop it, you're killing me over here.
The year before I started high school, the yearbook editors arranged the faculty photos to spell "FUCK [school initials]". I can't remember if they revoked their diplomas, but they got in serious trouble.
On a cleaner note, this reminds me of a chemical engineering textbook from 45 years ago: "Transport Phenomena" by U. of Wisconsin professors Bird, Stewart & Lightfoot. "Transport Phenomena contains many instances of hidden messages and other word play. For example, the first letters of each sentence of the Preface spell out "This book is dedicated to O. A. Hougen." The first letters of each paragraph in the Postface spell out 'On Wisconsin'."
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