Monday, September 29, 2003

Is Bush clairvoyant?

The recall is now a foregone conclusion. There are tv commercials against the recall of “the governor” by “the Republicans,” because Davis doesn’t dare mention his own name and so that he can fight an archetypal Republican who would abolish abortion and repeal gun laws, rather than the only actual Republican who could win. If you can’t mention your own name in your own ads, if even you realize that you are despised by your own state, it’s time to resign. I still intend to vote against the recall, and it would still be wrong, I think, to vote for the recall, but if anyone wants to abstain, they have my permission. Voting no on the recall was always going to be a decision based on theory rather than practice--which I’m normally more than ok with--but voting to retain Davis no longer seems like a defense of the democratic process. “Vote for the really really unpopular guy in the name of democracy” doesn’t seem like such a viable slogan. Which is not to say that we shouldn’t change the rules to make recalls much harder to initiate, but I don’t know that an arbitrary calendrical cycle is really that much less capricious a grounds on which to schedule elections than getting 5% of the population to sign a petition.

As for candidates, you’re on your own. If I never tell you who I voted for, it probably means I voted for Thong Girl and am embarrassed to admit it, which will also mean I couldn’t bring myself to vote for the wishy-washy Camejo or the increasingly hollow Arianna, both of whom are suggesting that they might back out or ask their supporters vote for Bustamoney. Busty was always out of the running for me because he supports the death penalty, and the crap he’s pulled with illicit campaign spending (I saw one of those ads last night he was ordered a week ago not to spend laundered money on) hasn’t made him more attractive.

Of course I may change my mind after the Game Show Channel’s Who Wants to Be California Governor Wednesday.

Others have been having fun with the Census Dept’s list of names. In 2000, there were 11 children named Bentley, 5 Jaguars, and ironically, just 1 Xerox (although there were 24 Unique’s), and 49 Canons. Also, a Gouda and a Bologna, and they are not named after the places.

Indonesia is updating its criminal code, which is largely the same as when the Dutch left. For example, those Gouda-eaters (that only works as a segue if I’m right that Gouda is Dutch) (so I’m not going to look it up) somehow neglected to outlaw black magic, homosexuality and premarital sex.

A new $20 bill comes out next week. It’ll have peach and blue coloring. $33 million will be spent on PR for the bill, because we know how unpopular $20 bills are in this country. They will pay for product placement in movies and Jeopardy and such.

White House spokesdickhead McClellan says, three times no less, that he has “no specific information” about the source of the leak about Ambassador Wilson’s wife. And we all know about the high standards this administration puts on the information it uses to make decisions. Of course what he’s saying is that nothing will be done to find the felonious leakers, but hey if you guys want to violate your professional ethics, coming down to our level, and name them.... He also says that Bush knows that Rove didn’t do the leak, but refuses to say how Bush knows this, and if you read the transcript, refused in the face of a very long barrage of questions. If he didn’t ask Rove, then he is either clairvoyant (a reporter asked McClellan this), or he already knew who leaked. They’re stonewalling, of course, which actually worked nicely for them for the past 2 months, when this should have been on front pages but wasn’t. (Incidentally, if anyone knows what reporter asked the clairvoyant question, I’m curious).

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