There’s a backlog of at least 10 produced NWN video clips of
Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many hours more unproduced footage,
but heading into a holiday weekend his discussion of an upcoming
film seems most appropriate.
** AL QAEDA’S AMERICAN PRISONERS STILL NOT LOCATED. A 14th day of searching by thousands of US troops south of Baghdad for the two remaining American soldiers captured in an ambush by Al Qaeda has ended. The prisoners have still not been located.
** COURT DISMISSES BID TO CHANGE CALI TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE DESCRIPTION. The attempt by Washington-based US Term Limits to overturn California Attorney General Jerry Brown’s ballot description of an initiative to change the state’s term limits law was thrown out today in court.
“We applaud the court for rejecting this transparent campaign stunt,” said campaign strategist Gale Kaufman. “The Attorney General did his job and wrote an accurate and fair Title and Summary of this initiative. The U.S. Term Limits lawsuit was a cynical campaign tactic to garner free media attention while clogging our overworked court system with a meritless case.”
The initiative, if passed at next year’s February primary election, would reduce the total number of years that can be served in the state Legislature from 14 to 12, but allow a member to serve up to 12 years in one house. Currently, members are limited to six years in the Assembly and eight years in the Senate. The initiative would also have the effect of allowing current leadership to remain in place.
** POLITICAL FIREFIGHT ON IRAQ.
“This country is united in our support for our troops, but we also owe them a plan to relieve them of the burden of policing someone else’s civil war. Governor Romney and Senator McCain clearly believe the course we are on in Iraq is working, but I do not.
“And if there ever was a reflection of that it’s the fact that Senator McCain required a flack jacket, ten armored Humvees, two Apache attack helicopters, and 100 soldiers with rifles by his side to stroll through a market in Baghdad just a few weeks ago.
“Governor Romney and Senator McCain are still supporting a war that has cost us thousands of lives, made us less safe in the world, and resulted in a resurgence of al-Qaeda. It is time to end this war so that we can redeploy our forces to focus on the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and all those who plan to do us harm.”
U.S. Senator Barack Obama
“While Senator Obama’s two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders on the ground in Iraq lead me to believe that we must give this new strategy a chance to succeed because the consequences of failure would be catastrophic to our nation’s security.
“By the way, Senator Obama, it’s a ‘flak’ jacket, not a ‘flack’ jacket.”
U.S. Senator John McCain
** STAR WARS ANNIVERSARY. Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of a little film called Star Wars. But it’s being celebrated tomorrow, so no spaceships making the jump to hyperspace or corny witticisms today. It is also the sixth anniversary of the release of Pearl Harbor. Which, were it the fifth anniversary of the film’s release, i.e., post-9/11, would be a much bigger deal.
** ON THE ONE HAND, ON THE OTHER HAND.
“Senators Obama, Clinton and Dodd stood up and did the right thing — voting down the president’s war policy. They’re showing real leadership toward ending the war, and MoveOn’s members are grateful. This bold stand won’t soon be forgotten.”
MoveOn.org Director Eli Pariser
“I was very disappointed to see Senator Obama and Senator Clinton embrace the policy of surrender by voting against funds to support our brave men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. This vote may win favor with MoveOn and liberal primary voters, but it’s the equivalent of waving a white flag to al Qaeda.”
U.S. Senator John McCain
** NEW NATIONAL POLL: AMERICANS SOUND MORE, AH, POST-PARTISAN. In the new Zogby national poll, more than 80% think the top characteristics of the next president should be competence and the ability to bring Americans together. Only 42% value a president who stands closely with his or her party.
** AMERICAN CAPTIVES OF AL QAEDA STILL NOT FOUND. Thousands of US troops are in their 14th day south of Baghdad searching for the two surviving American soldiers captured by Al Qaeda on May 12th. Their captive compatriot, a 21-year old from the LA area, turned up dead in the Euphrates River on Wednesday.
** SCHWARZENEGGER AT MACARTHUR MAZE WEBCAST. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will celebrate the rapid reopening of the I-580 connector melted down in a fiery crash less than a month ago. The connector opened to traffic this morning. He’ll be at the MacArthur Maze just east of the Bay Bridge linking San Francisco with Oakland. The webcast begins at 10:45 AM.
** AN $80 MILLION WARHOL. Now this is a bargain. Just a week after the artist’s “Green Car Crash” set an auction record of nearly $72 million, another work by Andy Warhol, “Turquoise Marilyn,” has just been sold in a private deal for $80 million. It’s one of the artist’s pieces from the ’60s, this one a portrait of Marilyn Monroe.
** THE LOST / CALIFORNIA POLITICS LINKAGE.The woman who played the head of the secret underwater jamming facility on the season finale of Lost, Tracy Middendorf, is, as Schwarzenegger finance spokesman H.D. Palmer tells us, married to former senior Pete Wilson aide Franz Wisner. She quite convincingly tortured hero Charlie, played by Dominic Monaghan, one of the heroic hobbits in the Lord of the Rings movies, when he showed up to turn off the jamming device so the losties could be rescued. But when she herself was shot, fatally, by another henchman of the chief bad guy, she gave Charlie the code he needed. A Beach Boys song. The California connections abound.
** PARIS AND ARNOLD. Forgot about this one. On The Tonight Show Wednesday, Schwarzenegger, asked about the Paris Hilton controversy — an issue he has no patience for — and whether he would pardon her (that would be a no), quipped: “I’ve seen all her films. Obviously, we both do action movies.”
** Track global and national energy prices in near real time via Bloomberg. Most crude oil prices are around $64 per barrel. The feared shutdown of Nigerian oil facilities on Wednesday did not occur. But several oil field workers there have just been abducted.
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