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October 07, 2003

2nd biggest story today

The second biggest story today -- after the Red Sox win -- is that my home-state-away-from-home, California, is holding their infamous recall electio.

As of a couple of days ago I thought my old home had lost its mind and was gonna elect Arnold by a landslide.

It's still too close to call, but apparently people are reacting that Arnold seems to have a little problem with women.

We'll see.

Posted by jghiii at October 7, 2003 10:53 AM
Posted by: sherman on October 7, 2003 12:12 PM

I said it when Reagan got re-elected, and I'll say it again: It's time to stop allowing the US electorate select their own leaders. They don't deserve the right because they are idiots. They don't read newspapers, they watch sound bite commercials on Sports Center. They vacilate. They have no depth of thinking. THEY ARE IDIOTS.

Oh geez. Governor Arnold. I mean, the only issue he's up front about is that he plans to undo this big car tax (hey, tax the SUV's -- I don't care) as soon as he takes office, and yet he doesn't have the legal authority to do that. It's like Jack saying "If you make me king of the AV club, I'll immediately make cheerleaders wear shorter skirts." Nice promise, but no power to enact it.


Posted by: sherman on October 7, 2003 12:13 PM

So what we need is a benevolent dictatorship.

Sherman should select all leaders.
Which means that W and the twins would be vacating the White House.

Posted by: dave on October 7, 2003 12:43 PM

"W" should go !!
But next year this time we will be getting ready to pick the next poor sucker.

I do like Clark and of course Dean, (my ex Gov.) who did not need to be recalled from office.

But I don't think I will vote for either.
How can I put some one I like into the position of screwing up the last "Screw up" screw ups.

What I want to see in a campiagn promise, "How I plan on fixing what Bush has screwed up"
Lets not bash on the competition, lets bash on the current Prez.

But do I think A.S. should be Gov. of Cal., No, he makes great Movies (most of them), he should stick the movie business and stay out of politics.

But what do I care, its not my state

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on October 7, 2003 12:44 PM

Sherm wrote: "It's like Jack saying "If you make me king of the AV club, I'll immediately make cheerleaders wear shorter skirts." Nice promise, but no power to enact it."

It's an admirable goal though.

Posted by: sherman on October 7, 2003 01:36 PM

Which goal -- the cheerleaders' short skirts or you being King of the pocket-protector boys?

Posted by: sherman on October 7, 2003 10:46 PM

So I voted.

I originally was doing an absentee ballot, but I had filled it out a while ago and I had voted for Comejo -- the Green candidate whose name I'm probably misspelling. The Greens are really up front liberals -- they believe in policies that are necessary, rather than politically possible. I agree with them on many more issues, and I wanted to vote for their candidate to help boost the viability of that party. But that was when the polls indicated that Bustamante was beating Arnold -- before all of the undecided voters, who are brain dead and idiots, decided to vote for Arnold because they think it's cool to have the Terminator for their governor. Sheesh. So once Arnold took the lead in the polls, I was no longer willing to give my vote to the Greens. Yeah, I'm voting practicality over true beliefs, but when you follow elections and vote you get involved with whores and pimps and you don't come out of it clean. So instead of mailing in my absentee ballot, I got up early and went to my polling place down the street at the local public library branch. Bill, this old guy who lives in my building, was there to greet me. He knows me, which is why he was immediately able to say "I thought you voted absentee" and I explained that I didn't submit my ballot and wanted to vote today. I figured that would be okay, forgetting that whores and pimps were involved in the process, and of course it wasn't okay. I couldn't vote unless I submitted the absentee ballot for destruction, which seems to be their system to make sure I don't vote twice. It was getting late, and I had an appointment with a McGriddle and a hash brown (Tuesday is McDonald's day in my world), so I said I'd be back at the end of the day. I took the bus to work, with my diversion for Scottish food, and spent the day encouraging students who came to see me to go and vote, only to find most of them weren't registered. The smart kids aren't voting -- they aren't connected to this system. They feel no power.

But the idiot kids? The Metallica listening, crank snorting, video game playing fools have registered and they want Arnold for their governor. Every poll says he's gonna win.

I thought maybe I wouldn't make the effort to vote. It meant getting off the bus and going home to find my ballot god knows wherever I left it and then going back to the poll, which would probably have a long line at 5pm rather than the original 7:30 am that I actually got up early for and everyone knows how much I hate getting up early.

But no. I had to vote. I had to make my voice heard, even if it will be overwhelmed by fools. HE IS A FUCKING ACTOR -- AND A POOR ONE AT THAT. HE HAS NEVER EVEN RUN A CUB SCOUT TROOP, NEVER MIND THE WORLD'S SIXTH LARGEST ECONOMY. HE LOOKS SINCERE ON THE STUMP -- GEE WHIZ, I HOPE SO --- HE'S AN ACTOR!!!! And it doesn't matter to them that he has taken no stand on real issues, that he has no real plan, that he avoids reporters and direct questions. He refers to himself in the third person, and by his first name. He's hardly voted in his life. And he's going to win.

I was going to participate in a process that wasn't just whores and pimps now -- the court jester is running for King. And he's going to win.

So I did the only thing I could to make sense of all this. I got off the bus and went up to my apartment and found my ballot. And then I opened up my little jar and filled the bowl and flicked the lighter. And a few minutes later I was voting. It made much more sense then.

Cowboy Up.

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