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"It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people."
-Logan P. Smith

"It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people."

-Logan P. Smith


Newsom: The whole idea is this: Right now, we have a broadcast model of governing. You vote and I decide. You understand this intimately. You’ve seen the contours of this change in the media and certainly in the music industry. Big is getting small and small is getting big. Technology has the ability to level the playing field.
Colbert: What the fuck does any of that mean? The big is getting small and the small is getting big? What are you talking about? Is there a glossary? Is there a bullshit translator?

Gavin’s not being deliberately obtuse. He’s trying to translate how we, as voters, can utilise social currency to increase growth and drive conversations. If we can ignite the existing community by amplifying the experience with relevant and engaging policy, we can all be, as McLuhan said, “governance megaphones.”

Newsom: The whole idea is this: Right now, we have a broadcast model of governing. You vote and I decide. You understand this intimately. You’ve seen the contours of this change in the media and certainly in the music industry. Big is getting small and small is getting big. Technology has the ability to level the playing field.

Colbert: What the fuck does any of that mean? The big is getting small and the small is getting big? What are you talking about? Is there a glossary? Is there a bullshit translator?

Gavin’s not being deliberately obtuse. He’s trying to translate how we, as voters, can utilise social currency to increase growth and drive conversations. If we can ignite the existing community by amplifying the experience with relevant and engaging policy, we can all be, as McLuhan said, “governance megaphones.”

California Broadcasting Legend Huell Howser Dead At 67


Q: I heard somewhere that you want to die on the air …
A: I want it to happen at the end of a show. I’m saying my goodbyes to everyone and then suddenly I clutch my heart and fall over. The credits roll as the dust covers me and everyone at home says, ‘Well, Huell had a good run but I think that’s his last episode.’ … I want to be cremated. I’ve made a list of my favorite 20 places in California, and it’s going to be a two-week vacation where [my sister and her husband] come to California and get my urn full of ashes and go to these 20 places, staying in the best hotels, eating at the finest restaurants, and at each place they leave a piece of Huell. I’ve got it exactly mapped out.

California Broadcasting Legend Huell Howser Dead At 67

Q: I heard somewhere that you want to die on the air …

A: I want it to happen at the end of a show. I’m saying my goodbyes to everyone and then suddenly I clutch my heart and fall over. The credits roll as the dust covers me and everyone at home says, ‘Well, Huell had a good run but I think that’s his last episode.’ … I want to be cremated. I’ve made a list of my favorite 20 places in California, and it’s going to be a two-week vacation where [my sister and her husband] come to California and get my urn full of ashes and go to these 20 places, staying in the best hotels, eating at the finest restaurants, and at each place they leave a piece of Huell. I’ve got it exactly mapped out.

California, can we talk?
I really appreciate the cash. But … dude … you’re broke.
There’s no sense standing on pride here. Your credit cards are all maxed out. It’s not just your college loans, either. You’re like, 6 months behind on child support. The bank is ready to foreclose on Yosemite and I’m pretty sure the repo man is about to rip the bear off the state flag.
Please, keep the money. For your own sake.

California, can we talk?

I really appreciate the cash. But … dude … you’re broke.

There’s no sense standing on pride here. Your credit cards are all maxed out. It’s not just your college loans, either. You’re like, 6 months behind on child support. The bank is ready to foreclose on Yosemite and I’m pretty sure the repo man is about to rip the bear off the state flag.

Please, keep the money. For your own sake.

"It is my unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad things that are available in America.”
— Hinton Rowan Helper, 1855

"It is my unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad things that are available in America.”

 Hinton Rowan Helper, 1855

Spotswood points us to Gavin Newsom’s new ad for Lieutenant Governor. Which is kind of corny, but I really like it.

.. the old “I talk a lot because I care so much” is kinda dumb. That being said, you have to appreciate that they’re trying.
… Da Mayor and da nurses gives the best performance, hands down. Also, where can I buy that rockin’ soundtrack?

I agree. They’re mixing it up. Good for them. During an absurdly long telephone poll about Newsom v. Hahn, they showed they were concerned about his favorables on some of this stuff. “I talk a lot” deftly addresses the lightweight charge and the “Whether You Like It Or Not" gaffe. It turns "brash" into "talkative wonk". Neat trick. And we’re walking and talking before we have time to think about it. That opening drum snare from The West Wing is a bit presumptuous though.
But if I take off my political junkie hat and put on my Democratic primary voter hat, I really like this ad. I like seeing all the party elders line up behind one person. I like all the former Speaker Pro Tems and the Speaker of the House and all the haunchos showing (what looks like) unanimity. I hated Willie Brown as a Mayor, but I loved his ass when he was in Sacramento.
Still probably voting for Hahn, though. (Todos Somos Alex Tourk) But nice first try.

Spotswood points us to Gavin Newsom’s new ad for Lieutenant Governor. Which is kind of corny, but I really like it.

.. the old “I talk a lot because I care so much” is kinda dumb. That being said, you have to appreciate that they’re trying.

… Da Mayor and da nurses gives the best performance, hands down. Also, where can I buy that rockin’ soundtrack?

I agree. They’re mixing it up. Good for them. During an absurdly long telephone poll about Newsom v. Hahn, they showed they were concerned about his favorables on some of this stuff. “I talk a lot” deftly addresses the lightweight charge and the “Whether You Like It Or Not" gaffe. It turns "brash" into "talkative wonk". Neat trick. And we’re walking and talking before we have time to think about it. That opening drum snare from The West Wing is a bit presumptuous though.

But if I take off my political junkie hat and put on my Democratic primary voter hat, I really like this ad. I like seeing all the party elders line up behind one person. I like all the former Speaker Pro Tems and the Speaker of the House and all the haunchos showing (what looks like) unanimity. I hated Willie Brown as a Mayor, but I loved his ass when he was in Sacramento.

Still probably voting for Hahn, though. (Todos Somos Alex Tourk) But nice first try.

rillawafers:

California may vote on legalizing pot
This is how the budget in California could be fixed within a year. Not even kidding.

Does anyone think you are? I’m seriously asking. I haven’t been following conservative opposition to this measure, but it seems to me the only negative financial impact they could plausibly argue is the law & order fallout from reefer madness.

rillawafers:

California may vote on legalizing pot

This is how the budget in California could be fixed within a year. Not even kidding.

Does anyone think you are? I’m seriously asking. I haven’t been following conservative opposition to this measure, but it seems to me the only negative financial impact they could plausibly argue is the law & order fallout from reefer madness.

"The latest Field Research poll, released on Sunday, found that just 27 percent of registered voters approve of his performance, and 59 percent say he’ll leave state government in worse condition than he found it."
California voters couldn’t figure out Gray Davis wasn’t to blame for the energy crisis. No, they had to go and get cute.
"The latest Field Research poll, released on Sunday, found that just 27 percent of registered voters approve of his performance, and 59 percent say he’ll leave state government in worse condition than he found it."

California voters couldn’t figure out Gray Davis wasn’t to blame for the energy crisis. No, they had to go and get cute.

Demystifying

magicmolly:

Californians have always been inordinately interested in ideas of California. You could draft a long list of people who have devoted their writing, art, or film careers to refining different versions of a California narrative.
The state is easy to romanticize because it is a frontier, as about a million people have noted, but mainly because everything is so big. It’s tempting to find evidence of the sublime in huge things. These days I mostly think of California as the place that made Sasha Grey possible.

fochaux:

Good point.  Especially when compared to New Yorkers, who never devote their writing, art, or film careers to refining different versions of a New York narrative.  Unless you count, you know, Marty Scorcese, Robert DeNiro, Woody Allen, Diane Arbus, Marv Albert, Jerry Seinfeld, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jay-Z, Andy Warhol, Spike Lee, Derek Jeter (one could argue), Stephen Sondheim, JD Salinger, Lou Reed, Eugene O’Neill, Harvey Keitel, Nora Ephron, the Beat poets, Art Spiegelman, Alfred Stieglitz, John Cassavetes, Basquiat, Neil Simon, and your blog… off the top of my head.

I lived in upstate New York for 4 years and New York City for 2 years.  Still though, these days, I mostly think of New York as the place that made Rudy Giuliani possible.

Pundit displeased with the Moonbeam Timetable:
"Putting aside any substantive issues that any of us may have with Brown, the dithering in announcing his candidacy is hurting the Democratic hopes of recapturing the governor’s seat. Whitman and Poizner are now dictating the conversation of this election, and whether Brown wants to admit that he’s a candidate or not, he is the Democratic standard bearer. And right now, there is no Democrat articulating the values and ideas that the party stands for.
Whatever else you can say about Gavin Newsom, at least he bothered to notify the press that he was running for governor. With his exit from the race, the press simply defines the story on Republican terms.
Enough of this dithering from Brown already. If he wants to run for governor, great, fantastic, let’s do it. But Brown needs to realize that he just can’t skate through without bothering to announce that he’s running.”
-Brian Leubitz

Pundit displeased with the Moonbeam Timetable:

"Putting aside any substantive issues that any of us may have with Brown, the dithering in announcing his candidacy is hurting the Democratic hopes of recapturing the governor’s seat. Whitman and Poizner are now dictating the conversation of this election, and whether Brown wants to admit that he’s a candidate or not, he is the Democratic standard bearer. And right now, there is no Democrat articulating the values and ideas that the party stands for.

Whatever else you can say about Gavin Newsom, at least he bothered to notify the press that he was running for governor. With his exit from the race, the press simply defines the story on Republican terms.

Enough of this dithering from Brown already. If he wants to run for governor, great, fantastic, let’s do it. But Brown needs to realize that he just can’t skate through without bothering to announce that he’s running.”

-Brian Leubitz

GAVIN NEWSOM DROPS OUT OF CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S RACE
Oh thank god.
Talk about batting out of your league.
He may have made a good insurance commissioner. Maybe a lieutenant governor.
But there is no way Catcher Block (ladies’ man, man’s man, man-about-town) was ready to rescue the world’s 7th largest economy.

GAVIN NEWSOM DROPS OUT OF CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S RACE

Oh thank god.

Talk about batting out of your league.

He may have made a good insurance commissioner. Maybe a lieutenant governor.

But there is no way Catcher Block (ladies’ man, man’s man, man-about-town) was ready to rescue the world’s 7th largest economy.