August 1, 2003
Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 1, 2003 11:20 AM
The latest Democratic candidate to enter the California fray is Larry Flynt
. While I have to admire his dedication to the First Amendment, I'm a bit skeptical about his plan to balance the budget: "I would expand the gaming and the private casinos, the slot machines." Though in this state, that's probably easier than raising taxes.
Also, my Los Angeles political correspondent, The Dude, tells me that Larry Flynt treats objects like women, man.
From daily right wing email:
California is a desert land roughly the size of Iraq. It is also an object lesson in the dangers of trying to impose democracy in a culture that is not ready for it. California "is degenerating into a banana republic," writes former Enron adviser Paul Krugman in his New York Times column. Leon Panetta http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wxxi/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=527074 , himself a Californian, writes in the Los Angeles Times that California is undergoing a "breakdown in [the] trust that is essential to governing in a democracy." Newsday http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wxxi/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=527074 quotes Bob Mulholland, another California political activist, as warning of "a coup attempt by the Taliban element." Others say a move is under way to "hijack" California's government.
What isn't widely known is that the U.S. has a large military presence in California. And our troops are coming under attack from angry locals. "Two off-duty Marines were stabbed, one critically, when they and two companions were attacked by more than a dozen alleged gang members early Thursday," KSND-TV http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/2371686/detail.html reports from San Diego, a city in California's south.
How many young American men and women will have to make the ultimate sacrifice before we realize it isn't worth it? Is the Bush administration too proud to ask the U.N. for help in pacifying California? Plainly California has turned into a quagmire, and the sooner we bring our troops back home, the better.
I must disagree with the author of this piece. While the situation in California is troubling, our continued troop presence is necessary to secure Califronia's weapons of mass destruction. British intelligence has learned that California has been pursuing a nuclear weapons program since 1952. In California's current state of anarchy, these nuclear sites are vulnerable to looting, raising the possibility that these weapons might fall into terrorist hands. Just last month a vehicle operated by a California military scientist, a possible mobile weapons lab, was looted, and among the stolen items were digital storage media that may have contained sensitive data. With incidents like these occurring on a daily basis, it is essential to our security that the U.S. maintain a high level of security in California.