California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger listens while California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Palm Springs, left, talks about tape-recorded comments the governor made about her at a news conference in Santa Monica, Calif., Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Schwarzenegger apologized Friday for saying during a closed-door meeting that Cubans and Puerto Ricans are naturally feisty and temperamental because of their combination of ‘black blood’ and ‘Latino blood.’ Garcia said she was not offended by the governor’s comments. Garcia earlier told the Los Angeles Times that she often calls herself a ‘hot-blooded Latina.’
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger replaces a pen after signing a document during the closing ceremony of the border governors conference Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Austin, Texas. After a morning of closed-door sessions on immigration, border security and economic issues, the ten U.S. and Mexican border governors ended their two-day conference by signing joint declarations.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is following the wrong script. After taking over as governor in 2003, he was expected to vanquish business-as-usual politicians in Sacramento–and pull California from the brink of fiscal ruin. Instead, he has decided to put his own political future ahead of the economic survival of his beloved Golden State. How else to interpret his recent move to join ranks with his opponents in Sacramento to put a pork-heavy $37 billion bond infrastructure proposal on the November ballot?
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s strategy is to win re-election. Arnold does not need the infrastructure bonds to beat the “GEEK” Phil Angelides.
Charles Meyer, who farms 2,600 acres south of Fresno, Calif., is among a growing number of people who advocate legalizing the cultivation of industrial hemp. â€œThe fact weâ€™re not growing it is asinine,â€ Mr. Meyer said.
Charles Meyerâ€™s politics are as steady and unswerving as the rows of pima cotton on his Central Valley farm. With his work-shirt blue eyes and flinty Clint Eastwood demeanor, he is staunchly in favor of the war in Iraq, against gun control and believes people unwilling to recite the Pledge of Allegiance should be kicked out of America, and fast.
But what gets him excited is the crop he sees as a potential windfall for California farmers: industrial hemp, or Cannabis sativa. The rapidly growing plant with a seemingly infinite variety of uses is against federal law to grow because of its association with its evil twin, marijuana.
â€œIndustrial hemp is a wholesome product,â€ said Mr. Meyer, 65, who says he has never worn tie-dye and professes a deep disdain for â€œdope.â€
â€œThe fact weâ€™re not growing it is asinine,â€ Mr. Meyer said.
Things could change if a measure passed by legislators in Sacramento and now on Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggerâ€™s desk becomes law. [The bill reached Mr. Schwarzenegger last week; he has 30 days to sign or veto it.]
Seven states have passed bills supporting the farming of industrial hemp; their strategy has been to try to get permission from the Drug Enforcement Administration to proceed.
Of course, it is asinine and Governor Schwarzenegger will probably sign the bill. Flap uses a hemp based moisturizer for his feet and it works well. There are many non-illegal uses for this crop and should be permitted.
Domestic hemp production was promoted in World War II but later outlawed. Hemp twine was on sale this month at the 15th annual Hempfest in Seattle.
But, will Schwarzenegger pick a fight with the federal government over this issue?
It won’t be the first or the last time for Arnold.
In North Dakota, the state agricultural commissioner, Roger Johnson, has proposed allowing hemp farming, and has been working with federal drug regulators on stringent regulations that would include fingerprinting farmers and requiring G.P.S. coordinates of hemp fields.
â€œWeâ€™ve done our level best to convince them weâ€™re not a bunch of wackos,â€ Mr. Johnson said.
Fifteen years ago, he noted, there was little market for canola, which is now a major crop produced for its cooking oil. He sees hemp in a similar vein and dismisses the fears that it would lead to criminality.
â€œIt would take a joint the size of a telephone pole to have an impact,â€ he said.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) joined by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (L) speaks at a news conference in Santa Monica, California August 17, 2006 urging California voters to support Proposition 83, Jessicaï¿½s Law on the November 2006 ballot. Proposition 83 calls for electronically monitoring sex offenders for life via a GPS system as well as allowing prosecutors to charge criminals who posses child pornography with a felony.
Conservatives see some of the governor’s stands as liberal. If too few vote, his reelection could be threatened.
The above is only wishful thinking on the part of the lefty editors of the Los Angeles Times. Let’s explore this story the substance of which which Flap discussed many weeks ago here.
With the vote on his reelection just over 12 weeks away, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger faces a wave of conservative unrest that threatens the steady political recovery he has made this year by widening his appeal beyond his base of Republican supporters.
To keep conservatives in line, Schwarzenegger campaign operatives have quietly launched efforts to rally support among Christian fundamentalists, gun owners and other Republicans who have long been wary of the governor and backed him only grudgingly.
Conservative voters are Schwarzenegger’s base and they WILL turn out and VOTE for the GOP ticket, including Arnold. The GOP has a good group of young “down ticket” candidates for California constitutional offices. Some of the candidates are conservatives and some are moderates – a big tent GOP ticket.
This piece in the Los Angeles Times is pre-emptive crap politics immediately before the California Republican Party convention this weekend in Los Angeles. The Times hates Arnold and why not smear him a little right before his bow with the party faithful.
Los Angeles Times = BIASED and PATHETIC…….
Read the rest of the piece, if you can stomach it.
Oh, by the way, Robert Sallady should tell his editors that GOP voters will never vote for a LEFT-WING NERD like Phil Angelides who enlists his “MOTHER” Senator Dianne Feinstein to tell him not to smirk when addressing the public – “between thoughts”.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., left, embraces California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides during Angelides’ campaign speech Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in San Francisco.
Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) apologized Tuesday for remarks that offended a man of Indian descent who was tracking the Republican’s re-election campaign for Democratic challenger Jim Webb.
S.R. Sidarth said he felt Allen was singling him out because of his race when the senator called him “Macaca” during a GOP rally Friday at Breaks, Va., near the Kentucky border.
“In no way was it meant to demean him, and I’m sorry if he was offended,” Allen said in a telephone interview.
Allen, who is positioning himself for a possible run for president in 2008, said the name was “just made up” and that he had no idea that macaca is a genus of monkeys including macaques. The name also could be spelled Makaka, which is a city in South Africa.
Webb’s campaign distributed to reporters a video clip of Allen’s remarks about Sidarth, a 20-year-old University of Virginia senior who spent last week videotaping Allen’s “listening tour” for the Webb campaign.
The Flap is concerning Senator George Allen’s character and certainly the intemperate if not offensive remarks made about an Indian-American. The manner in which Allen conducts himself in full campaign mode and under stress is not conducive to a favorable opinion by anyone.
Does Flap think that Allen used a racial epithet?
Was Senator Allen racially incorrect, stereotypical and condescending in his manner?
YOU BETCHA – much like Senator Joe Biden, also a prospective Presidential candidate, who Flap reported on here.
Were his explanations/excuses lame and un-redeeming?
Will this Flap derail Allen’s re-election to the United States Senate?
Will Senator Allen ever be a Presidential or Vice Presidential nominee of the GOP?
VERY DOUBTFUL – who wants a hot-head and someone who wilts under pressure to be the leader of the “Free World?”
Regardless of the motivation, one has to ask a couple of embarrassing questions about Allen and his fitness for higher office. First, anyone who uses a demeaning nickname to an attendee during a stump appearance probably has some judgement issues. It doesn’t exactly give one warm fuzzies about the candidate’s ability to think on his feet. The same can be said about using words one doesn’t understand, doing so in very public settings, and then doing it repeatedly. That’s the mark of an intellectual lightweight.
And speaking of intellectual gravitas, Allen should have just apologized and then shut up. That explanation only makes him look worse. Mullets, mohawks, and macacas, oh my!
I’m terribly disappointed in Allen. I don’t think it’s enough to kill his political career, and it’s no reason to stop supporting him for the Senate. However, I do think that we need someone with a little more on the ball for the GOP ticket in 2008, and unless the macaca really hits the fan, Allen should focus on keeping his Senate seat.
If Democrats are getting antsy about the current governor’s race between state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Republican incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger, it wasn’t evident Friday at a charged-up “unity” rally in San Francisco.
Several hundred union members, supporters and party faithful turned out to support Angelides — and to hear from the always-fiery Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign staff must be laughing their ASSES off. If there was a problem in Arnold’s campaign it was motivating conservatives to vote in November.
Flap can see this photo (in targeted direct mail pieces) being prepared as this is posted.
Phil Angelides is TOO LEFT for California.
Schwarzenegger will continue to lead in the polls- all the way to victory in November.
Maj. Gen. William H. Wade II, the Adjutant General of the California National Guard, answers a question concerning the deployment of guard members to the state’s largest airports during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, activated the National Guard at the state’s largest airports to bolster security for the first time since the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.