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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:50 AM
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Schwarzenegger set for hit sequel
Article from the UK Observer that's suprisingly pro-Arnie.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1854213,0...

Over the past six months Schwarzenegger has embarked on a wholescale political reinvention. He has pushed environmental policy to the front of his agenda and distanced himself from the White House.

So successful has his revamp been that Schwarzenegger has managed to split one of America's most reliable liberal bastions: Hollywood. Some of the biggest movers and shakers have turned their back on years of Democratic support to back him publicly. Yet perhaps Schwarzenegger's comeback should have been as easy to predict as one of his movie plot lines. For a man who made Terminators 1, 2 and 3, there was always going to be a sequel to The Governator.

John Campbell is the reason that Schwarzenegger is winning. A registered Democrat in a state where Republicans make up less than 40 per cent of the electorate, Campbell, and thousands of other Californian Democrats, are happy to vote for Arnie the Republican. 'He was a reasonable actor but he's been a much better governor,' the banker said on his lunch break in Long Beach, a seaside suburb of Los Angeles.

To win, Schwarzenegger has to persuade middle-ground independents and right-wing Democrats to back him. So his policies are far from the Republican issues dominating national politics. Schwarzenegger harps on themes Democrats listen to: the environment and small businesses. He goes against national Republican policy on stem cell research, which he supports in defiance of a White House veto on funding.
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Missy M Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:00 AM
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1. I'm always suspicious when someone has to reinvent.....
themselves. It seems to mean he is only doing it to get re-elected, not because he truly believes in a particular issue. Why are so many Democrats so willing to back Republicans these days, it doesn't make sense.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:25 AM
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2. PUFF PIECE ALERT!!!
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 09:26 AM by rocknation
He thinks he can swap bullying nurses and teachers for cozying up with environmentalists, bankers and Hollywood moguls? And never forget that whatever he does with the budget, he left SIX BILLION DOLLARS of Enron settlement money on the table.

:headbang:
rocknation
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anniebelle Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:34 AM
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3. NO Republicans. Not even dog catcher.
That is the message that must be told between now and November. I'm in a very red area of a very red state, Signal Mountain, Tennessee- Frist, Alexander, et. al. -- and it sucks! Working hard for Harold Ford, Jr. Our old mayor, Bob Corker, just had his big money-maker fundraiser come to Nashville -- the boy king himself. We've got a lot of work to do people.
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Mark E. Smith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:38 AM
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4. So why does Barry Bonds get so much shit for steroids ...
... while Arnold gets off free?

Seems to me that this is a topic that should be discussed in california a little more thoroughly.
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sgxnk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:40 AM
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6. easy answer
because when arnie did steroids, they were not CONTROLLED substances

they were merely Rx drugs.

not that i think they should be controlled substances (and i don't agree with the drug war in general).

steroids were made controlled substances after the "ben jonson" scandal, where has was caught with stanazolol in his system (winstrol).

congress went into one of their statist "protect the children" dances and legislated it into controlled substance status DESPITE the fact that AAS (anabolic androgenic steroids) do not meet the criteria for scheduling, like cocaine, heroin, etc. do.

interestingly, both the DEA *and* the AMA testified AGAINST making them controlled substances.

regardless, when arnie did them they were NOT controlled substances, which meant that possession w/o a script was a misdemeanor AT best, roughly equivalent to possessing birth control pills or penicillin w.o a script

also, it was ANCIENT history. most citizens could not care less if a governor/prez candidate smoked bud or whatever 20 yrs ago. if they did it YESTERDAY they might be concerned

when arnie did them, scripts were also very easy to get for AAS. nowadays, you can get prescriptions for steroids, but since they are Controlled Substances, the parameters by which they can be prescribed are much narrower.


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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:40 AM
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5. Thanks a lot, campbell, you
fucking traitor!

I hope Angelides pulls this off and sends arnie back to the pile of bad actors..What has arnie done for California that all these so called dems are getting on his rat fucked ship?
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