Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Does the Urban Dictionary Have a Name For This?

I remember doing this sort of thing when I was the editor of my high school newspaper. From a truant little punk, it's sort of funny. From the Governor of a state on the brink of fiscal doom, it's an embarrassment.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Normally not a fan of the Governator. . . . But I gotta say that I love it! Nice work, Detective Kimble.

10/28/2009 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10/28/2009 5:09 PM  
Blogger tj said...

A little crazy that Schwarzenegger's response is getting so much negative coverage, especially in comparison to the far more "embarrassing" antics of your very own Bay Area Democratic "leaders" that provoked it.

Just watch (or re-watch) the video. Weak high-school-like responses or not, Schwarzenegger has a lot further to sink before he could reach the depths of stench displayed there.

As such, I remain less than thrilled (to say the least) with any politician in Sacramento at the moment. And even less so with the potential suitors who seek to be next in line.

10/28/2009 5:34 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

Yeah patrick, it is pretty biased coverage not to include "KISS MY GAY ASS" in this post.

10/28/2009 7:36 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Right, McWho. Because obscenities from an intoxicated and heckling crowd are exactly the same as the deliberate decision to insert "F— You" into the legislative record. So much the same that one just balances the other right out.

10/28/2009 9:41 PM  
Blogger tj said...

The comment wasn't intended as critique of Patrick's post, but was a reflection upon the weight assigned to the respective incidents among broader media.

But I am a bit surprised by both of your reactions to my comment.

Patrick, first I'm perplexed by the weight you seem to assign to each event. You seem to be dismissive of the drunken conduct personally taken by an elected official at a public event. Meanwhile, you're somehow personally offended by the subtle antics of some junior staffer (likely without the Governor's knowledge - as most things are likely done).

I'm no Schwarzenegger apologist, but I think something is screwy. The only explanation I can fathom is that your own political bias is showing through.

Second, my observation wasn't to point out that the ridiculous behavior of Ammiano (as well as other Democratic politicians in the room) somehow absolves the governor (more specifically, the office staffer who wrote the memo) from his own poor judgment. My momma told me that two wrongs don't make a right.

Rather, I only wanted to point out that coverage should include both wrongs to tell the whole story. And that's what I intended to contribute by linking to the video in my earlier comment.

10/28/2009 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link tj, it added some context and definitely induced a second wave of good ol' California resident shame.

Thanks for being uber-aggressive Patrick & McWho, way to police the discourse, as per usual, with your barely-veiled insults and conversation stifling wit.

10/29/2009 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tj knows knows nothing about patrick's politics. two words: closet federalist.

10/29/2009 7:55 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Here's a link to the note that doesn't require a password:

Couple of things:

1) I really liked this. It's pretty much what I have felt like saying to the Assembly ever since I moved here. I don't get offended by naughty language, and I think it's silly that we are all forced to talk like 11 year-olds whenever something we say might be overheard by one.

2) I disagree with the assertion that this was done without Arnold's knowledge. The Wall Street Journal blog had an interesting write-up about the Gov's office's response, and it mentioned that they provided the media with a list of other veto messages with coincidental word formations less than a minute after being contacted about this. ( That suggests that they knew this was coming, which means Schwartzenegger probably approved it.

Kind of reminds me of Obama's whole "Kanye is a jackass" remark, which was "supposed to be off the record." (righhhht...) Schwartz gets away with telling the whole state how he feels about the Assembly, and it's a sentiment with which many will sympathize, but he can always sweep the whole thing under the rug of coincidence. I say nice play.

10/29/2009 10:04 AM  
Blogger McWho said...

I think they actually do balance out. You have a (thinly) veiled insult in the record, versus a public insult.

Either way, not mentioning one of them seems like a selective bias to me.

If that makes me a raging asshole, well, then, I'm a raging asshole.

10/29/2009 4:28 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

I should add, of couse,that "balance out" does not mean "no harm done". I think they are both childish.

10/29/2009 4:29 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Sorry McWho, not buying it on this one. I saw about 100 different news sources reporting on the Schwartzenegger thing yesterday, and I think maybe one mentioned the Kiss My Gay Ass. The veto message is simply a bigger story. Plus it's like ten times as funny.

10/29/2009 6:06 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

Dan, you cite Huffington Post. You SO don't count.

10/29/2009 9:59 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

Also, I call BS. The reason it is so funny is because the F-Bomb was dropped on the SF politician that said to smooch his posterior. Otherwise, it is just rather petty and par for the course.

10/29/2009 10:01 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Dude, I linked to the WSJ back there. Gimme some credit.

10/29/2009 11:32 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Also, I don't think most of the people posting this are criticizing the Governor. I had seen only mostly positive (or at least amused) reactions from both liberals and conservatives until this post.

10/29/2009 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: credit for posting a link to the WSJ:

11/01/2009 4:49 PM  

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