Monogram Systems The world leader in rail, aviation & transport waste disposal. If want to crap on the move these are the guys to call. They just won the contract for the new Boeing 7E7 and the Airbus A380 so you will be crapping in their johns for a long time to come.
Jelly Belly Remember Ronald Reagan's bean? Those brillant crystals Thacher dipped into as she contemplated free money, a stamp to the face of Irish and a kick in the ass to the unions? That sweet candy, Gorby allowed to tickle his tougue as he contempated the demise of Lenin's dream. Little dimples of necker conjoured in the foothills of Napa, a team of dilligent Californians, new favors daily.
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More proof, as if we needed it, that Cali is better than the nation it is in union with.
Of the 304,000 students nationwide who took the SAT last year, 107 recieved the perfect score of 2400. Of those 24 were from California or 22%. What makes this shocking is that the state represents only 13.3% of the total United States population.
Over the last year, California has witnessed a new form of direct democracy. This has been a technocracy writ large. Utilizing overwhelming charisma and popularity, Arnold has rammed a wedge though the notoriously tardy California legislature, forcing bureaucrats to take action or suffer ballot initiatives by his unstoppable political machine. Quickly, other California politicians took up, what can be called, Arnold's Way - notably Gavin Newsome in San Francisco.
Based on Boxer’s survey, it seems she is trying to tap into that vibe and go national with his people-first tactics. However, lacking Arnold’s charisma or approval rating, Boxer is forced to combined the old with the new, polling Californians to gauge what they want and then, we assume, will take her poll driven "mandate" to drive the policies home. This can be called the “let-them-eat-cake” approach and just as in 1793 it will not work.
With the advent of the Internet and high speed communications real direct democracy is possible but before California, and inevitably the county, buys off on Boxer's Survey-to-Policy government we need to ask ourselves want we really want or need? Boxer may believe she is acting more like Arnold by asking the people for her policy but she is not. Arnold, through his publicity campaigns, uses technology and the media to build, or sell, a consensus for his own pre-determined policies. Some, like the Indian Gaming deal, have been extremely unpopular before he started the sales job. Boxer is doing it backwards, looking for the consensus, first, and then pursuing “the peoples” policy. This is the Democratic way of thinking on everything and it is a big problem.
Today, Republicans act like salesman (sell, sell, sell) while the Democrats act like marketers, gauge response, then act accordingly. Boxer and politicians like her do not seem to understand why the Republicans are killing them. The Republicans win because they sell their constituents on what they should believe and control the fridges of the party by dolling out carrots (anti-abortion legislation, Christian Judges or Attorney’s General) when they can. Democrats should not ask what their constituents want, we already know they want, it's a big loser called socialism. Instead, progressives need to be told what to do. That is what the Republicans do, they lead their party, and it obviously works.
Democrats need politicians to guide them along the way as we seek a more perfect union. Victories will follow as long as trade-offs can be found between the politically aggressive far left and the apathetic center, but first we need to be sold on giving up some of our wackier ideas (no guns, heavy taxation, etc.). But we will never get to that point by polling and reacting. Boxer's approach is a recipe for cake, an ultimately unfullfilling lowest common denominator government our Founding Fathers specifically sought to avoid.
The stereotypes of each political party’s stand on immigration can be easily summarized. The Democrats see immigration as a right for all and encourage it as cornerstone of their creed. While Republicans view it as an economic issue and, so long as immigrants attempt to integrate, very good for the society at large. Beyond the stereotypes though things get a bit more cynical. Democrats basically think of immigrants as a voting block born to join them and therefore good, no questions asked. At the same time, the republicans try to ignore immigration publically because a sizeable number of their supporters are stuck in a xenophobic and isolationist past that went out with the Cleavers.
This crazy way of dealing with the issue has resulted nothing but stagnation. Neither party does much ease the path to citizenship, improve the lot of the immigrant or control the problems that naturally arise when they illegally jump our border. This historic quirk on the issue makes Arnold Swartzenhegger's recent actions on the issue all the more surprising. Arnold, as perhaps the most powerful immigrant since James Madison, has boldly carved a position which barrows the best part of both party lines and rejects the “know-nothing” policy that has dominated discourse on the issue since 1960. On the one hand, he sternly rejects calls for lawless programs like amnesty or open-ended driver licenses for illegal immigrants but at the same time he has called on immigrants and native born to join in conversation as equals to begin to solve, what is in California at least, one of the most pressing and contentious issues of the day.
What these other politicians seems to forget (to their great peril) is that he has an army of 80 Million first-generation Americans standing by his side who grow by the day like flood waters on the delta.
Again, Arnold and California giving America it's latest unanswered wake-up call. Waaaaake-aaa-up.
In the November issue of Paper Magazine,Glenn O’Brien calls for the secession of New York and New England if Bush wins the election. Well, well it’s seems as if FC is not the only media outlet thinking big when deciding how to control the United State’s backward-cracker problem. The only problem I have with Mr. O’Brien is that, being a sycophantic NY jackass, is part of the problem.
He states, and we quote,
“Once New York have has seceded from the Union, I’m sure like-minded states like Connecticut and Massachusetts will come along. Maybe even a chunk of the Great Lakes states. We could call it the United States of Atlantis or something. Undoubtedly California, that other big blue state, would drop out, too, perhaps Washington and Oregon with it. The United States of Pacifica? We could form a bicoastal alliance against the overfed and intolerant heartland that is ruled by the Christian Coalition Right to Life Rifle Association.”
Mr. O’Brien the only thing we can say is screw you! While the red states may be overfed and intolerant, you and your kind are overfed and power hungry. You cannot feed yourself and suck on to the rest of this nation like a gigantic remora. If we go, we will go alone and gladly strip ourselves of New York as fast as cheerfully as we would Texas.
Nice try but fight your own battle we want not part of your mess.
The sliding slope of Bush-style halfway “conservatism” just might come through for us on one bit of twisted logic, we hope one of his sick goals comes to pass- an overthrow of Row vs. Wade by the Supreme Court.
We have had real trouble real freeing California...until now.
Now, we have a perch from which we can liberate the the westside in a way unimagined by Huntington, Jobs or Lucas. From this perch - 27 west 11th Street, for now - we can gutter the Eastside beyond measure.
Tonight, we will take it easy.
Here it is: The Apprentice TV's #1 slag-fest is a fraud...natch.
Raj, that cocky mixed raced Anglo-Indian, who would get his ass kicked in Fremont, CA. and could not even speak jive in Kabul is actually an Upper Eastsider (via Vail, CO.), as crusty as Hilton, Paltrow or any of the other safety dancers you have seen on TV for the last 20 years.
Yes, Raj is, frankly, a ringer. He made the cover of TV Guide and like Trump, he is a lie. Mammy and Hindu Pappy got little Raji into the Hill School, crusty boys and girls rooming house (Pottstown, PA.) alongside Trumpy's Son. Is that a fair fight? Not.
Yes, you got it Westsiders, now crush him, and Los Appen'tice.
Somehow I do not think this is the first time someone had deep regrets after spending a night of ecstasy with Arnold Schwarzenegger. We'll just have to chalk it up as learning experience; no make that a senior moment, we should have known better. As Lee "Scratch" Perry says, "never trust no stinkin politicians."
I like Arnold. I thought his speech last night at the Republican National Convention was inspiring and a marked difference from the prattle we normally get from politicians. And his comments regarding immigration and the immigrants place in America was the boldest thing we have heard from a politician in a long time. Nevertheless, as of today, we have a big problem with the Governator.
One of the major reasons we voted for this man was his consistent refusal not take money from special interests and to change the politics of greed. He made a pack with us, follow me and I will rule, as he said in his inauguration speech: "...to your interests, not to special interests." This pledge was one of the main themes of his campaign. And, unless you think it is in our interest to put what could become the largest casino in the world :25 minutes from downtown San Francisco, it was a lie.
Today, the very day after Arnold's greatest triumph, we learn the truth; this promise, just like the promises of thousands of other politicians, was broken. It turns out he took money from Indian Gambling interests by participating in a fundraiser hosted by the Maloof boys outta Sacto. As reported by Don Thompson of the Associated Press:
Man, they are all the same, they just cannot help themselves, how could we ever have assumed otherwise? Kerry, Bush, Cheney, Kennedy and, my man, the Governator, are all one and the same, pigs at the feed box, greedy little bastards.
Speaking of Mr. Schwarzenegger, tonight he unveils himself to the nation as our Governor. This is a huge chance for California and could be a major boost for Western-style conservatism in general. Interestingly, it has been the Western, libertarian-style of John McCann and our little Austrian that has taken center stage this week over the Southern whackos. Of course, we all know this is just the President moving left to re-enforce his chances in swing states, but on a broader level it says something about America. Not all conservatives, not yet anyway, are bunch of fanatics and the majority of this country does not follow lock-step with the carnival barkers and repressed psychopaths otherwise know as the Conservative Right.
Our rise in New York, could mean that even if Bush wins, moderate republican voices are assured of some say in how he governs down the road. More importanly, a front and center presence in New York could mean Bush will not have enough power to push through his full-on Christian fundamentalist agenda over the next four years (i.e. abortions will remain legal, civil unions will roll across the country as states desire and less power and money will be allow flow directly from your pocket direct to D.C. and stay there).
Arnold represents something to be hopeful about even for liberals.
FC slipped over the boarder for a little recon mission last night and, though it is not really fair to judge a whole country by one plane flight and 36 hours of observations, we just just had to drop our readers a few notes on the North Country.
First, Canada is shockingly diverse. Just like California the nation is going through a massive shift in national demographics. The country as a whole is certainly more diverse than the U.S.A and nearly the polyglot of our Golden home. Unfortunatly, Canada seems to be dealing this shift in a much more positive way than we are. In the years to come it will be interesting to see how the country mananges the change and what real cultural differences emerge when juxtosed to the northland. If we are slowly Latinizing than Canada is surely Asianizing.
Point two, national heathcare. Everyone seems to mention this when commenting on Canada so FC just had to say a few words. Though thankfully, we had no experience with the system during our short stay, we did come across this story in the August 5, 2004 Glode and Mail which is really illuminating. In the last 18 months, University Hospital in Sherbrooke, Quebec has suffered a massive outbreak of the bacterial infection Clostridium Difficile which has killed no less than 100 people. We have no idea whether the National Heathcare system is to blame but coming from a place where entire cruise ships get condemned when one retiree croaks on a bad crab coming back from Cabo we cannot help but think that a market based system might prevent what can only be called a plague. A hundred freaking people have died, come on boys get it together.
And last, the impending NHL strike. No Canadian newscast is complete without some mention of the Hockey labor negociations. While Americans are blissfully following Major League Baseball pennent races all Canada is a flutter with the possible demise of their national pastime. No story in the USA, save possible terror attacks, can match the Canadians passions for this story. Hopefully, the NHL can work things out, otherwise we can expect a Canadian baby boom come December. These people are in for some long winter nights.
And so ends our comments from THE GREAT WHITE NORTH.
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SFist Somehow their URL conjures thoughts of “Friscos” seminal place in history of fisting culture, but no, instead this hipster super-blog chronicles SF news and happenings and is a comer for the in-d-know.
Wulad Interesting, well written SF blog. From what I can gather, this dude is like a wigger-as-blogger with a foxy asian girlfriend, C-baby.
Flashenabled FC is no fan of tech for tech's sake. With good reason, laptop jockeys nearly killed the beloved homeland. However, Phil and the FE crew are hacking their way to a better future. Respect. Thankfully, they are also Ecotopians.
Turning The Tide Love'em, Hate'em, fear'em, it matters not. The man knows truth and by ignoring him we ignore reality. This is Noam Chomsky's blog.
Betty Bowers Great site. This is like The Onion on meth. Truly original. It's sites like this that make the web unique. Bravo Betty, I have no idea what or who you are but do I love you.
IraqTheModel Ever wanted to hear some perspective from real Iraqis who are not tainted with outragous fundementalist mumbo-jumbo or flat-out hate for the USA? Real people watching a real country forming around themselves. This is a good place to start.
Latin Political Massive portal of english language news and analysis from Latin America. If you have any desire to see what's up with our brothers and sisters to the south this is it.
NO LOGO Site directed by the other women in my life: Naomi Klein, who if I was not married would be my wife. My 2nd baby-girl is trying to fight globalization. Man, is she ever sexy.