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Dick Cheney and Dick Nixon Make Jerry Brown's Facebook List

More and more of you are getting tagged in those "25 Random Things About Me" lists going viral on Facebook. There seems to be no end to their reach. And now comes eccentric former (and possibly future) California governor Jerry Brown's contribution.

In his list, the 70-year-old Brown reveals his penchant for Zen meditation, arugula, his black lab, Dharma, cheerleading and running for office. (He's serious about launching a campaign to succeed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.)

Brown's spokesman, Scott Gerber, tells the L.A. Times that the 25 Random Things list was all Brown's doing. "Using Facebook shows he is with the times, and gives the sense that he is doing what thousands of other people in the state are doing, which is filling out these random things and giving others some insight into themselves," Gerber said.

Here is Brown's list:

I've seen lists of "25 Random Things About Me" that people are sending around Facebook. I thought I would share my own list with you.

1. I got my first dog 13 years ago, a black Lab named Dharma.

2. At Yale, I took "Psychiatry and the Law" from Anna Freud, Sigmund's daughter. I also studied Roman law.

3. In 1958, I took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Later, Pope John XXIII dispensed me from these obligations.

4. I took marriage vows for the first time 3 years ago.

5. I practiced Zen meditation under Yamada Roshi and Father Enomiya-Lassalle in Japan.

6. My official portrait as Governor was quite controversial and the legislature refused to hang it. My Father said if I didn't get a new one, I could never run again. It is now hanging and I am still running.

7. I am not fond of Mediterranean fruit flies, or of Malathion. Both are bad.

8. I dislike shopping.

9. I started 2 charter schools in Oakland, the Oakland school for the Arts and the Oakland Military Institute.

10. When governor, I decided not to have an Inaugural ball and my inaugural speech was 71⁄2 minutes. For the inaugural dinner, we went to Man Fook Lo, a Chinese restaurant in the produce district of Los Angeles. It was once a favorite of Mae West.

11. I am a part owner of a ranch in Colusa County. It belonged to my Great-grandfather.

12. I worked with Mother Theresa in India at the Home for the Dying.

13. I've been duck hunting with Chief Justice Warren, but not with Vice President Cheney.

14. I sued Richard Nixon's lawyer for helping the President cheat on his income tax.

15. I like arugula and broccoli.

16. On my honeymoon, my wife and I canoed down the Russian river.

17. I was a cheerleader at St. Ignatius High School.

18. I knocked my opponent to the canvas in a 3 round boxing match at Senior Fight Night.

19. My favorite cereal is Flax Plus Multibran.

20. My first car was a 1941 green Plymouth. My most famous car was a 1974 blue Plymouth.

21. I own a colt 38, given to me by my father.

22. I went to Bangladesh as a CARE ambassador.

23. I hiked to the top of half dome. My first trip to Yosemite was when I was 4.

24. The first time I became Governor, I followed an Actor (Ronald Reagan).

25. My maternal grandfather was a San Francisco Police Captain. My paternal grandfather ran a poker club in the Tenderloin.

And here's a 26th random thing about Brown: he told the Sleuth, when we saw him at an inaugural party at Maureen Dowd's house last month, that he's running for governor because, well, "I've done it before."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 10, 2009; 4:15 PM ET
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The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | February 10, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Brown is sort of out there, but even though he is a Democrat and a far left liberal, he governed from the center. He did a good job.

Posted by: bdstauffer | February 10, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Here are two words to describe Jerry Brown, uniquely American.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | February 10, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

#26 While Jerry Brown served as Governor, he had theeee "Hottest Babe" for a girlfriend, Ms. Linda Ronstadt.

#27 While Gray Davis was his Chief of Staff, Gray Davis' successor was an actor.

Sorry, but while Jerry Brown was Governor, he let the UC Board of Regents and the Cal State University System start the endless spiral of increases of educational fees. By statute the California State Government can't charge tuition at a University of California, California State University or Community College. Ever since his administration, every student working his way through school has come out a pauper.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 10, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Good old Jerry has gotten more and more conservative over the yrs. Just the other day he said he would go all the way to the Supreme Court to argue that the Feds were overstepping States Rights because of the Inhumane and Cruel treatment, plus lack of medical and mental health care. Yet Jerry has not gone to SCOTUS to argue the same thing about a Ca. Law passed in the late 90s making medical marijuana legal. He has let the Federal DEA Raids continue, if not even encouraging them. It's been 8 yrs of harassment that he could off stopped at least some of for the citizens of his state. That's not a liberal I can get behind. That kind of Law and Order BS is so 90s.

Posted by: SmileySam | February 10, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The man who brought me into politics... I owe him a nuggy and Indian burn.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 11, 2009 3:46 AM | Report abuse

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