August 3, 2004
I now realize why the L.A. Times' Outdoors section has a different slant, flavor, viewpoint. It's all written by women. There's no testosterone. No male attitude. Women are good word wizards, but they are not experienced in the macho outdoor stuff. They haven't been there and more important, they don't want to go there. Turning words, sipping latte is not duck hunting. Pete 'Jackpot' Balwan Glendale
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2004 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mocked his opponents in the California Legislature on Saturday as "girlie men," and called upon voters to "terminate" them at the polls in November if they don't pass his $103-billion budget. Using tough rhetoric that borrowed from his days as a bodybuilder and actor, the governor said state lawmakers are telling "lies" and are "back to their old habits" after a post-recall burst of bipartisan collaboration.
July 21, 2004 |
By calling state Democrats "girlie men" for blocking his budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pioneered a new era in politics: converting "Saturday Night Live" skits into partisan slogans. How long before other politicians start borrowing catchphrases from "SNL"? Surely, the immortal words of Wayne and Garth, Emily Litella and the Church Lady can be mined for pithy ad campaigns and speeches. Here are some possibilities:
July 20, 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's self-parodic testosterone swagger is getting less and less amusing. Over the weekend, amid the usual "Terminator" allusions, he called the Democrats in the California Legislature "girlie men" for holding up his state budget. A tempting response would be, "Hey, it takes one to know one."
July 22, 2004
Re "Progress on State Budget Stalls as Talks Give Way to Rancor," July 20: If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking for the fall guy in this budget battle, he should look in the mirror. About the issue of the pay for prison guards -- which he faulted Gov. Gray Davis for in the campaign -- when he reached his recent agreement with that union, one union official said that they gave the governor a dime and he gave them three nickels in return. He is certainly a fast learner on how to yield to the lobbyists.
September 2, 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to believe that the people who say the economy is failing them are "girlie men." I just want to make sure I understood his message. Are the fathers and husbands who don't have a job and can't support their families anymore "girlie men," or the people who had a job in 2000 and don't now "girlie men"? Maybe it's the people who lost a job and had to take two in its place for 30% less income who are "girlie men." Schwarzenegger is not only insensitive, he is ignorant.