has been gaining in popularity since Barack Obama stopped by
to answer questions last August. Yesterday Bill Gates
showed up to talk about his charity work and his global concerns; earlier in the week, journalist Matt Taibbi
explained why breaking up the banks should be the Holy Grail for activists, and The Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde
talked about why he hopes TPB dies soon. Dan Rather
fielded questions via video recordings
, while Arnold Schwarzenegger
preferred to write his answers down
(warning: kind of illegible). In the last month alone, three members of the House of Representatives showed up – Jim McGovern
(MA), Jared Polis
(CO), and Zoe Lofgren
(CA). Meanwhile, actor Dante Basco
admitted he had a crush on Emmy Rossum while she was doing a simultaneous AMA
; needless to say, Redditors mentioned it to her
, resulting in an adorably awkward exchange between the two.
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 12, 2013 -
Smilin Stan Lee, co-creator of everyone from Spider-Man to Striperella
, is teaming up with Arnold Schwarzenegger for a comic and cartoon called The Governator
. According to the article, Athe Governator will have a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of “Super Suits” that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains — including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short).
There's an excerpt
on the EW site. Excelsior!
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn
on Mar 31, 2011 -
On Tuesday, July 28
, Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated 100% of California domestic violence shelters' state funding. Ninety-four shelters
will be affected, and the cut may lead to domestic violence victims being turned away because of a decrease in the number of staff available, a cut in programs, or shelter closure
asks California residents to contact Schwarzenegger and their state legislators and request that the funding be reinstated.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl
on Aug 1, 2009 -
Amend for Arnold & Jen
(found on linkfilter) is a site trying to start up one of them "grassroots movements" to amend the Constitution of the United States, in order to allow naturalized citizens, those who were not born in the U.S. but have since become citizens, the possibility of holding the office of President. But not just out of a sense of social justice; primarily, it's to clear the way for an Arnold Schwarzenegger presidential campaign. (Or one for Jennifer Granholm... heh, whoever that
It should be noted, for whatever it's worth, that Wikipedia's entry for Granholm
states that she cares "not a whit" for running for president. Of special note are the slogans
the AFA (gasp, not AFA&J?!?!
) people cooked up to advance their cause, "Amend US
," "Give 10 to Amend
," and "Tell Your Friends 2 Amend
." Because let's face it: if you voted for ol' Schwarzy, you're probably a little more susceptible to catchphrases than the average bear, hm? Oh I'm know I'm gonna catch it for that one.
posted by JHarris
on Aug 14, 2005 -
Happy 420 day!
Although many have (wrongly
) believed that 420 had something to do with police code relating to marijuana offenses or 4/20 being the dates that Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrisson, and John Belushi died; this infamous number really was simply the time that several San Rafael high school students would meet after school to get baked.
posted by tsarfan
on Apr 20, 2005 -
Now there's a time but I say none like now:
After the eastern cantilever span of the Oakland-Bay Bridge collapsed
in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
, CalTrans engineers recommended replacing it
with a cable-stayed bridge
. The estimated cost was roughly 1 billion and would be completed in 2003--that is, until the Mayors Brown got involved.
Then-SF-Mayor Willie Brown objected to the new design
, saying the abutment at Yerba Buena island would interfere with his planned condominium development. Brown coaxed the Navy--who owned the land on which the foundation would be built--into preventing CalTrans from performing soil-engineering tests, saying the new bridge wasn't safe, making references to other bridge disasters
, and interviewing engineers all over the Bay Area until he finally found one who agreed with him.
Jerry Brown--former governor of California
and current mayor of Oakland--voiced his opposition
, calling the design a "bland viaduct" and proposing an international competition to design "a world-class bridge." When CalTrans told Brown his objections were a year late, he dug up an old Frank Lloyd Wright design
and asked CalTrans, "Say, can we put trains on it, too?"
The delays and design changes have increased the cost to over five billion, and its completion date is anyone's guess. According to Governor Schwartzenegger,
this is the Bay Area's problem, not California's. (Fine then! Can we have our water back?)
Fifteen years, two audits, and one angry architect
later, the questions remain: how and by whom will this new bridge be funded, what
will it look like, and will it be finished
when the The Big One
posted by fandango_matt
on Nov 29, 2004 -
CNN reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to sue Bosley Bobbers
seeking to stop
production of a charity bobblehead
The doll shows the former action-actor turned Governor of
California posing in a business suit, ammo belt and assault rifle.
Arnold is arguing that he owns the marketing rights to his
likeness. The creators argue that he lost those rights when he became a
political figure. However, this seems to be a repeat of Hustler
. And courts lately have been skeptical of trademark
satire. On the other hand, there seems to be a fine line between editorial use and commercial exploitation.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on May 1, 2004 -
In Feb. 8, 2002 I posted a link hoping Arnie's movie career would keep him too busy to become governor. Twenty-one months later he took office, (obviously I was being tongue-in-cheek, I had no idea it would actually happen). It seems he has his sights set pretty high.
posted by tetsuo
on Feb 22, 2004 -
California voters recall Gov. Gray Davis 55-45 percent
and elect Arnold Schwarzenegger with 45 percent
of the replacement vote. That's where the money is in the Iowa Political Markets
for tomorrow's recall election. To see how well MetaFilter's pundits fare in predicting the results, I'm offering a bribe ...
posted by rcade
on Oct 6, 2003 -
Don't just stand there - Bustamante!
Arnold Schwarzenegger would lose to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante by five precentage points if the election were held today, according to a Field Poll of likely voters released today. Margin of error: 4.5%. How useful are polls like this when there are so many undecided factors still floating about?
Poll tabs and analysis here. [PDF]
posted by GriffX
on Sep 9, 2003 -